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Vauxhall International North West 200 Race Week Festival

The Vauxhall International 2016 North West 200 is Ireland’s largest outdoor sporting event, attracting crowds in excess of 100,000 as well as the biggest names in the sport including Michael Rutter, Guy Martin, Alastair Seeley and Michael and William Dunlop. Taking place annually in May, the Vauxhall International 2016 North West 200 circuit runs between the towns of Portrush, Portstewart and Coleraine — an area of outstanding natural beauty and home to the world famous Giant’s Causeway.

Northern Ireland is the home of motorcycle racing on closed public roads and every May the beautiful Causeway Coast plays host to one of the sport’s most spectacular events.

The Vauxhall International North West 200 attracts the finest line-up of road racers of any race on the planet, drawing thousands of visitors to the superfast 8.9 mile circuit that links the towns of Portrush, Portstewart and Coleraine. Hitting top speeds of over 200mph, racers like Guy Martin, Michael Dunlop and John McGuiness thrill 85,000 fans who come to enjoy the weeklong festival of speed on roads that locals normally use to make their way to work to every other day of the week.

The North West 200 has become a mecca for motorcycle fans, offering everyone the opportunity to explore the history of road racing alongside enjoying the high speed thrills of a week of racing action on Thursday evening and Saturday. The North West 200 is a must see event for everyone, confirmed petrol heads and new recruits alike!

There will also be a host of supporting events throughout the Race Week Festival including…a Vintage and Classic Bike run, a Vintage and Classic Car run, amazing fireworks display. Meet the Riders event, Paddock Walkabouts, live music in the hospitality marquee and a free Outdoor Concert, all set against the stunning Causeway Coastline.

You can be guaranteed the warmest welcome as you experience world class road racing whilst being part of the theatre and drama of the 2016 Vauxhall International North West 200.

The North west 200 is set against the stunning backdrop of the Causeway Coast where there is something for everyone to do including the Giant’s Causeway. The Carrick-a-rede-rope bridge and Dunluce Castle. Add to this the many set locations where the Game of thrones series filmed and the miles of beautiful beaches there is plenty to enjoy.

The festival timetable is below, or for full information, booking services and tickets you can visit the official website www.northwest200.org.

Saturday 7th May

10am-5pm Mini Moto Racing. Aghadowey Circuit near Kilrea. Free admission

Sunday 8th May

3.30pm Pre-Race Chaplain Service at Hospitality Marquee. All welcome

Monday 9th May

9am-5pm Road Warriors, Ballymoney Museum - Discover the exciting stories of the motorcycle riders who compete on public roads at the North West 200, Ulster Grand Prix and Isle of Man TT. Admission free
3pm-7pm Car boot sale beside Inn on the Coast
4.30pm-7pm Veteran, Vintage and Classic Vehicle Display at the start area (including cavalcade of course at 7pm)
7.15pm Chat with Liam Beckett and book launch of ‘Full Throttle: Robert Dunlop, Road Racing and Me’
8pm “Highlights of the 1990s”. Debut screening of commissioned film. Free admission

Tuesday 10th May

9am-5pm Road Warriors, Ballymoney Museum
9am-5pm BikeSafe NI Free rider assessment at the start area
9.15am-3pm Roads closed for Official Practice
10am-10pm Vintage & Classic Bike Display at Portstewart Town Hall
8pm Miss North West 200 Contest, Hospitality Marquee, sponsored by Morelli’s of Portstewart, then music by The Housem8s. Admission £5

Wednesday 11th May

9am-5pm Road Warriors, Ballymoney Museum
10am-6pm BikeSafe NI Free rider assessment at the start area
10am-10pm Vintage & Classic Bike Display at Portstewart Town Hall
6.30pm-8pm Family Motor Fest, a free stunt show at East Strand Portrush featuring:
  • Broke FMX — High ramp freestyle bike show
  • Two Brothers — Street bike stunts
  • Mini moto racing, fun fair and family entertainment
7.30pm A Question of Bikes. Quiz show and banter with riders and celebs. Hospitality Marquee. Admission £5

Thursday 12th May

9am-5pm Road Warriors, Ballymoney Museum
9.15am-3pm Roads closed for Official Practice
9am-9pm BikeSafe NI Free rider assessment at the start area
10am-10pm Vintage & Classic Bike Display at Portstewart Town Hall
5pm-9pm Roads closed for racing
9pm-late Picture The Sound at the Hospitality Marquee. Admission £5

Friday 13th May

9am-4.30pm Road Warriors, Ballymoney Museum
10am-6pm BikeSafe NI Free rider assessment at the start area
10am-3pm Vintage & Classic Bike Display at Portstewart Town Hall
2pm-4pm Meet the Riders, Coleraine Town Centre. Interviews, autographs and photos
4pm NW Vintage Motorcycle Club Display at the Paddock (Cavalcade leaving at 7pm)
6pm-8pm Paddock Walkabout. Free Admission
8pm-late An Evening with “King of the Jungle”, Carl Fogarty at the hospitality marquee. Admission £5
8.30pm Matchstick Men — Free outdoor concert (Status Quo tribute) at the Crescent, Portstewart.
10.30pm Huge fireworks display at the Crescent, Portstewart

Saturday 14th May

9am-5pm Road Warriors, Ballymoney Museum
9am-6pm BikeSafe NI Free rider assessment at the start area
9.30am-9pm Roads closed for racing
8pm-late NW200 Wrap Up Party with Klass at the hospitality marquee. Free admission

Sunday 15th May

1pm-5pm Road Warriors, Ballymoney Museum

Organisers now have the ability to move a practice or race day, either one day forward or one day back. Any amendment to the race week schedule will be advised to the public via website, press, TV, social media as well as signage erected around the NW200 course. Those attending all race week events are advised to keep up to date with any changes announced.

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