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Sunflower Trophy Races, Parade Laps

by / Thursday, 19 October 2017 / Published in Blog / News, Motor Bike Racing









Celebrations with multi cylinder magic

This year, the Hillsborough & District MCC , along with their ever supportive Sponsor, Jim Finlay (J.A.S.Finlay) are both celebrating milestones in their own right.

For the organizing club, this is their 70th anniversary, and for Jim Finlay, this is his 40th year of association with this prestigious event!.

Over the years, we have witnessed some very close and exciting races, Famous riders of the past have battled it out for this magnificent Trophy, Illustrious stars such as, Carl Fogarty, Ron Haslam, Jamie Whitham, Steve Hislop, Jim Moodie along with our own, Jonathon Rea, Michael Laverty, Steve Cull, Gary Cowan, along with the only Father and son to win, Alan and Glenn Irwin, and not forgetting the inaugural winner, Joey Dunlop, back in 1977.

To mark this double anniversary, the club have pulled out all stops to bring the race fans some very special Motor cycles, of which will be ridden by some of the Past Winners!.

Before Lunch break on Saturday, ( and also on Friday) These bikes and their riders will do one lap before stopping at the grid, where there will be a short photo session, then the Past winners will come under starters orders, under the watchful eye of the starter with the national flag!

There is a fantastic list of riders and bikes entered for this parade.

Thanks to Two enthuasatic Classic bike entrenepuers ;John Chapman and Dean Simpkins, between them, they hope to bring over 8 exotic race machines! Anyone who has been to the Classic TT, Scarborough etc, will understand the high standard of machinery that these guys possess! The Past winners and Guests will be honoured to ride these machines.
Exotic machines are a real crowd puller, Old and young are mesmerised by the sounds of these fantastic machines, So, who and what can we expect to see?
Here are just some of the machines and riders we can expect to see and hear!
AND, These guys wont just be riding around, you WILL get to hear these machines at full revs!!

Alan Irwin        ex Freddie Spencer 500 Honda             (Chapman Collection)

Glen Irwin                                  RC181 Honda                  (Chapman Collection)

Noel Hudson Ex Roger Burnett Rothmans 500 Honda (Chapman Collection)

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx                         250 TSR Honda               (Chapman Collection)

Brian Morrisson          ex Ron Haslam 500 Cagiva           ( Simpkins Collection)

Dean Simpkins                  500cc M.V Agusta                     (Simpkins Collection)

Baylon McCaughey          500 M.V. Agusta                       (Chapman Collection)


Admission Charges for Sunflower Trophy Race Meeting ; £10 on Friday £15 on Sat or £20 for the weekend. Includes free program and parking. Also no extra charge for campers or tents
Note for Sunflower race Competitors
Bishopscourt Racing Circuit
Gates Will Open On Thursday 19th Oct
at 2pm For Competitor Setup, Closing at Midnight.
Friday 20th Gates Will Open At 6am Closing Again …
At Midnight Re opening Saturday 21st At 6am.
The Circuit To Be Vacated 7pm Saturday Evening

john Chapman astride one of the MV Agustas that will participate in the parade laps.

The RC181 Honda, to be ridden by Glenn Irwin

Scotlands Brian Morrisson,a popular past winner of the Sunflower returns for the Double Celebrations

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