Belfast Telegraph

Michael Dunlop and Alastair Seeley among big names revved up for top bike festival

By Paul Lindsay

Eleven-time TT winner Michael Dunlop and 12-time Vauxhall International North West 200 race winner Alastair Seeley were on hand yesterday at Titanic Belfast to launch the Adelaide Blackhorse Motorcycle Festival, which will take place in the Kings Hall, Belfast from February 6 to 8.

This will be Nutt Promotions' 20th year promoting Northern Ireland's leading motorcycle show, which was commended by title sponsor Sam Geddis, director of motorcycle insurance at Adelaide.

He said: "We are delighted to be involved once again with Billy and Marty (Nutt) in the promotion of the Adelaide Blackhorse Motorcycle Festival."

Fellow title sponsors Blackhorse were represented by Dave Macey, their Market and Franchise Development Manager, who added: "We hope everyone attending this year's Motorcycle Festival will have a thoroughly enjoyable time. It promises to be a great festival with all that the motorcycle world has to offer''.

A large number of Northern Ireland's leading motorcycle dealers have already taken space for the festival.

The 2014 event had a record number of visitors but the emphasis next year will be on opportunities for a career in the motorcycle industry.

Nutt Promotions is hoping to attract students from all over the province to come along and see what is available to them.

The doors will open on Friday February 6 at 12 noon for those coming along from schools, colleges and universities, with admission free for students.

Also scheduled for a return is the Motocross Village, which has grown to represent all aspects of off-road motorcycling. Karting and vintage motorcycling will also be represented and the official charity for the event will be the Eilish Degnan Cancer Foundation.

Opening times for the event are: Friday 2pm-10pm; Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm.

In other news, construction has started on the new 'David Wood Ulster Grand Prix House' - named after the well-known road racer and team manager - in the paddock at Dundrod.

James Courtney, President of the Dundrod & District Motorcycle Club and member of the David Wood Project, said: "After many years of planning and fundraising we are delighted to see construction begin."

Construction work is scheduled to finish in the spring and it's not too late to 'buy a block' for the David Wood Ulster Grand Prix House.

Contact the Ulster Grand Prix Supporters' Club for more information or come to the Adelaide Motorcycle Festival in the Kings Hall this February.

Visit www.ulstergrandprix.net

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