North West 200: Race week schedule
The Vauxhall International North West 200 is not all about the racing in the modern era, but is a week-long festival of activities for all the family in and around the Portrush, Portstewart, Coleraine and Ballymoney area designed to attract people to the area and add value to a visitor’s stay on the north coast.
Running all Race Week and until August 8 in Ballymoney Town Hall will be an exhibition entitled Story of TAS Racing, Team of Champions.
This will be open Monday to Thursday and Saturday from 9am to 5pm and Friday from 9am to 4.30pm with a special opening next Sunday from 1pm-5pm.
In Portstewart Town Hall from Tuesday until Friday there will be a vintage and classic bike display. Opening times Tuesday to Thursday are 10am to 10pm while on Friday the display will close at 3pm.
Monday: A car boot sale beside Inn on the Coast from 3pm to 7pm then a North West 200 double bill cinema special starting at 7.15pm with Joey Dunlop — The North West Wins followed at 8pm by the much- acclaimed film ROAD, centred around the Dunlop family (if you have not seen it, it is well worth a viewing).
Tuesday: On Tuesday morning roads close for the first official practice and sessions take place between 9.15am and 2.45pm.
Tuesday evening will see the crowning of Miss North West 200 in the Hospitality Marquee followed with music by Klass.
Wednesday: On Wednesday there will be a Paddock Walkabout between 4pm and 6pm and from 6.30pm to 8pm a free Family Motor Fest at the East Strand including VerticalTrix — a high energy stunt show with bikes, quads and cars, Steve Colley with a top UK trials demonstration, mini moto racing and a fun fair.
In the Hospitality Marquee there is scheduled An Evening with John McGuinness — 21 times a TT winner, six times a NW 200 winner, twice a UGP winner and a winner at the Macau Grand Prix where he has also finished second on five occasions.
Thursday: On Thursday morning roads close between 9.15am and 2.45pm for second official practice and qualifying, then in the evening roads close from 5.15pm to 9pm for the first three races: Supersport, Supertwin and Superstock.
In the Hospitality Marquee from 9pm music from The Untouchables begins.
Friday: 10.30am, Trialstar Show at the finish line;
1pm-3pm, Meet the Riders, Coleraine Town Centre;
4pm, NW Vintage Motorcycle Club Display at Paddock (Cavalcade leaving at 7pm);
8pm-late, Question of Bikes
with Steve Parrish followed
by Michael E Thomas in the Hospitality Marquee;
8.30pm, free outdoor concert at the Crescent, Portstewart, with Creedence Clearwater Revived;
10.30pm, fireworks display at the Crescent, Portstewart.
Saturday: Race day, roads close between 9.30am and 7pm with the first race scheduled from 10.30am;
From 7pm until late, NW200 Wrap-Up Party with Sunshine in the Hospitality Marquee.
From Tuesday through
Saturday Bike Safe NI will be in and around the start area: Tuesday 9am to 5pm; Wednesday free rider assessment from 10am to 6pm; Thursday 9am to 9pm; Friday free rider assessment 10am to 6pm; and Saturday 9.30am to 7pm
And if that ain’t enough, there is an Armoy Armada display in Tilly Molloy’s Community Centre, Main Street, Armoy, telling the story of the four legendary riders — Joey Dunlop, Mervyn Robinson, Frank Kennedy and Jim Dunlop.