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Showtime will make Destroyers’ garden rosy

By PAUL LINDSAY

Bike racing's renowned Dromara Destroyers are being put out to grass - in the nicest possible way.

A Tribute Garden is to be created in the Co Down town, marking the exploits of the legendary four, Ian McGregor, Ray McCullough, Trevor Steele and F2 world champion Brian Reid.

In their heyday these four were amongst the best road racers in Ireland and their rivalry with the Armoy Armada of Joey Dunlop, Mervyn Robinson, Frank Kennedy and Jim Dunlop in the late 1970’s was arguably one of the richest periods of road racing history.

Now they area to be honoured by their local council as part of Lisburn European City of Sport 2013 with the Tribute Garden being funded by a Motorcycle Show in Lagan Valley Leisureplex on Friday and Saturday, November 15-16.

The show, sponsored by Stoneyford Concrete and Global Oils, will feature a large display of road racing and classic bikes, autojumble, memorabilia, club stands, motorcycle accessories, an auction and chat shows.

It is fitting that these four riders have a lasting legacy in their local area to honour the contribution they made to road racing in what many argue was the ‘golden era’ of the sport.

Brian Reid commented: “When this garden was first talked about I thought, aye ok, but never believed it would get off the ground. However I have been proved wrong and work is ongoing to have it in place next year.

“Racing in those days was memorable and the battles intense, but we were all able to go for a beer afterwards despite the supposed needle between riders.

“This should be a great show and I thank all those organising it and Lisburn City Council for all their support along the way.”

There has been a resurgence in the racing nostalgia and this event will go some way to ensuring that the Dromara Destroyers will not be forgotten in their local area.

For show info, contact either Hubert Bradford on 07733210264 or Ellis Wilson on 07759937153.

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