North West neighbours, the Armoy Road Race organisers, kickstarted their 10th anniversary celebrations by welcoming nearly 200 biking legends, enthusiasts and members of the Armoy Club to the Royal Court Hotel in Portrush for a black tie gala dinner.
With a line-up of festivities planned throughout the year, the gala dinner marked the beginning of what is set to be a special period indeed for the entire club and racing fans alike.
President of the Armoy Motorcycle Road Racing Club, William Munnis, commented: "I was very proud to see so many people come together to get the celebrations under way.
"We have created a family in the biking community, both locally and nationally, throughout the years and the gala dinner was a great opportunity to get together and celebrate the world that is road racing.
"Speaking to those who attended the dinner, a fantastic night was enjoyed by all."
Born from an initial idea by the locals in 2007, the Armoy Road Races has continued to grow from strength to strength, now positioning itself as one of the biggest national road races in Ireland, welcoming an increasing number of spectators from around the globe each year.
Munnis continued: "The fact that our Bayview Hotel Race of Legends is not only the youngest but the best national road race in Ireland demonstrates how far the club has come in just 10 years.
"The club, fans and our many sponsors have worked hard to get where we are today, so I think that it is very important to recognise and celebrate that journey and the gala dinner marked only the beginning of what we've got planned.
"The Armoy Road Races is still in its infancy and judging by the up and coming talent we have progressing through the ranks, I have every faith that the next generation will continue to support and drive the club for many years to come."
Armoy Bike Week 2018 runs from Saturday, July 21 to Saturday, July 28.
The races, supported by the Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council, will be taking place on Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28, culminating in the headline Race of Legends feature.