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North West 200: Ballymoney opens up new frontier

By Jim Gracey

Published 06/05/2011

You know the North West 200 isn't far away when Ballymoney museum mounts its'annual North West Frontier exhibition.

This year's opens on Monday, May 9, in time to catch travelling bike fans on their way to the Relentless International race week, leading up to the big event on May 21.

The exhibition, celebrating Ballymoney's close links to road racing, attracts thousands of visitors from all over the globe who also visit the County Antrim town to pay homage to racing legends Joey and Robert Dunlop in the specially created Memorial Gardens and to enjoy a traditional pint in the local Joey’s Bar.

“Ballymoney has produced a series of road racing champions, including the late Robert Dunlop, a North West record holder with a total of 15 wins. Robert is joined on the list of Ballymoney winners by his brother Joey, sons William and Michael, his nephew Paul Robinson and Adrian Archibald. In fact Ballymoney men have won at the North West an amazing 34 times,” explained mayor Bill Kennedy.

“Last year I was thrilled to see Paul Robinson win his first North West.

“Everyone in Ballymoney is proud to see the continuing tradition of riders from our borough and we wish them and all North West riders the very best of luck on May 21.”

The free exhibition runs from Monday until August 27 and opening times are Monday–Thursday and Saturdays, 9am -5pm, and each Friday 9am– 4.30pm with a special Sunday opening to coincide with the North West 200 on Sunday, May 22 from 1pm until 5pm.

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