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The stuff of legends

Thursday, 27 July 2017

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WHERE has the time gone? In 2009 the Armoy Road Races was an unknown quantity amongst riders, spectators and - if truth be told - the organisers, too.
It's hard to believe that 2017 marks the ninth running of a meeting that has quickly established itself as one of the go-to events on the national calendar.
Bill Kennedy, the Armoy Road Races' Clerk of the Course, has again worked his magic to secure a top-quality line-up for this week's packed race schedule.
Coupled with his team's reputation for running a slick meeting with minimal time loss between races, this helps attract growing spectator numbers to the quaint north Antrim village year after year. It's a fact that hasn't escaped the attention of Terence Brannigan - the chairman of Tourism Northern Ireland.
A self-confessed motorbike junkie, Brannigan's first taste of watching the sport came at the North West 200 as a little boy in the company of his father.
He knows the important part occasions like the Armoy Road Races play in increasing Northern Ireland's appeal to an international audience. International because, as in previous years, it will benefit from an hour long highlights programme with all eleven races being broadcast on free-to-air station, Channel 4.
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