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North West 200

Each May, for the past ten years, Ballymoney Museum has staged a fantastic display celebrating the history of road racing. At this time of year, motorcycling road racing fever takes over Ballymoney, and fans come in droves to the museum to see the memorabilia associated with the sport’s heroes.

This year, Ballymoney museum became a place of mourning and reflection following the death of much loved road racing legend Robert Dunlop.

The exhibition became a celebration of two of the greatest motorcycling road racers in its long history, Joey and Robert Dunlop. Many Visitors expressed the opinion that the exhibition was a fitting tribute to them both. 

The highlight of the exhibition was a selection of magnificent photographs by Stephen Davison, Pacemaker Press, Belfast, and local man Clifford McLean of Ballymoney - two of Northern Ireland’s foremost bike photographers.  The collection of pictures, called “THE BROTHERS”, featured pictures by Clifford charting Joey and Robert’s celebrated careers in their younger days; while Stephen helped to complete the story with breathtaking shots from the more recent glory years.

The unique display also featured helmets, trophies and leathers of the two road racing brothers – World Champion, TT genius Joey Dunlop MBE OBE and his younger brother Robert, the most successful rider ever at the North West 200.  Linda Dunlop and her family generously agreed to lend the museum four of Joey's bikes, making this one of the best road racing exhibitions ever seen.

In addition to the Dunlop treasures, contributions from other local heroes, such as Richard Creith, were also on display, along with the original North West 200 trophies (1929-1954) kindly on loan from the North of Ireland Motor Club.  Visitors also were able to discover how road racing began in Ballymoney back in the 1920s.

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