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Roy Harris produces an absolute thriller at Ulster GP

By Robert Jones

Published 05/08/2015

Doing it by the book: Roy Harris launches his book ‘Just for the Thrill’ with racers Mick Chatterton and Paul Owen
Doing it by the book: Roy Harris launches his book ‘Just for the Thrill’ with racers Mick Chatterton and Paul Owen

The launch of the book 'Just for the Thrill' by Roy Harris created a huge amount of interest at the Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix last night.

The publication, based around the 70s, has been compiled by Roy and is a must for any motorcycle fan as it takes a look back at what was a Golden Era in local motorcycling, not only road racing, but scrambles, trials and short circuits.

Many local competitors like Ray McCullough, Con Law, Dennis McBride and Kenny McKee plus journalist Harold Crooks and motorcycling official Drew Armstrong have contributed to what is a fascinating journey through the period and interwoven with accounts of the decade, their recollections are little gems of the racing, club activities and the characters from that particular era - well worth the read.

On hand last night to sign copies, Roy said: "The book records both the highs and lows from the 70s and to be fair only scratches the surface.

"The idea from the word go two years ago was to have people who read the book say 'I remember that, I had forgotten about him or I was there the day that happened' as well as bringing back old photographs, many never published before, to remind people of the competitors, officials, spectators and venues from that era.

"If that is the reaction to Just for a Thrill then I'll have done my job."

Roy added: "It is thanks to quite a number of people that this project turned into reality and I am indebted to them all for their assistance."

Just for the Thrill can be purchased at Eason's, Tesco stores, any good book shop and at the Ulster Grand Prix Supporters Club stand in the paddock at the UGP or through the publishers Ballyhay Books at www.cottage-publications.com or tel +44 (0) 28 91888033.

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