MANY characters from the road racing scene are set to gather in Ballymoney on Friday December 14 for the local ‘premiere’ showing of a new DVD which features the legendary ‘Armoy Armada’.
The venue is the Manor Hotel (8pm) for a viewing of ‘Joey, Ray and Rivals’. Admission is £5 which goes towards Armoy Motorcycle Road Racing Club. DVDs will be on sale on the night.
On the DVD - ‘Joey, Ray and Rivals’ - a glorious chapter in the history of road racing is brought to life.
The DVD is a comprehensive history of the two biggest groups in Irish motorcycling hsitory; Joey Dunlop’s Armoy Armada, and the Dromara Destroyers, led by Ray McCullough.
Created by Waldovision Ltd, the company that produced Joey Dunlop - No Ordinary Joe and programmes for BBC NI including Joey Dunlop- Remembered, the DVD was released by Duke Video on December 3.
Presented by the BBC’s Stephen Watson, the DVD features interviews with all the Dromara Destroyer riders; Ray McCullough, Ian McGregor, Brian Reid and Trevor Steele.
From the Armoy side, Joey Dunlop’s brother Jim; Paul Robinson, son of Mervyn; Frank Kennedy’s brother Bill, and Hugh and James O’Kane are interviewed.
There are also contributions from William Dunlop, Guy Martin, Conor Cummins, John McGuinness, Steve Parrish and many more.
Joey, Ray and Rivals features many unpublished pictures from family albums and photographers who were close to the groups. Also included is footage of racing in the 1960s and 1970s which has never been seen on DVD before.
Plus, there is a unique interview with McCullough recorded in 1979 in which he predicts Joey’s first win at the North West 200.
The ‘little bit of road racing history’ refers to a short history of racing in Ulster from the 1920s to the 1960s with amazing, previously unseen film of the Carrowdore 100, the Ulster Grand Prix , the North West 200, the Cookstown 100 and the Temple 100.