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Sponsor gives Armoy Road Races big boost

 

Support: (from left) road racing legend Phillip McCallen, new Armoy Road Races sponsor John Massey, clerk of the course Bill Kennedy MBE and competitor Ian Lougher
Support: (from left) road racing legend Phillip McCallen, new Armoy Road Races sponsor John Massey, clerk of the course Bill Kennedy MBE and competitor Ian Lougher

By Roy Harris

A road racing fan from England has answered the Armoy Road Racing Club's call for new sponsors, simply because of his love for the sport.

When John Massey, entrepreneur and property investor, heard that sponsors were needed for the Armoy Road Races he was only too happy to oblige.

"I've watched the Armoy Road Races from afar and, to be honest, I've been caught up in the nostalgia and camaraderie that is associated with the event," he explained.

"Having met with both club members and other sponsors recently at the launch in the Bayview Hotel I really cannot wait for the race meeting to start."

Under the name of hemelflatstudios.co.uk, the Englishman will be sponsoring the Open race.

"I had the great privilege of speaking with Jim Dunlop and his son Sam at the launch," Massey continued.

"I'm familiar with the Dunlop name and watched the family for many, many years, but to sit down and have a chat and talk of the world of road racing was so special to me.

"The room that day had quite a few road racers from days gone by in it and it was great to listen about the rivalry between the Armoy Armada and Dromara Destroyers."

Clerk of the course Bill Kennedy MBE said: "I say it every year, but the club is truly indebted to our sponsors, without them Armoy Road Races and Race of Legends would not be possible.

"John (Massey) epitomizes all that is good about road racing. A man who loves our sport, who wants to help and who has done just that.

"Of course, he is not alone, we've a few new sponsors this year, including myself. However, many of our sponsors are returning for their second, third or fourth time."

Bike Week runs from Saturday, July 20-27, with practice and racing on the 26th and 27th.

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