North West 200

North West 200

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Details

Location

Coleraine, Portrush, Portstewart

Year

1957

Source

National Museums Northern Ireland

Format

16mm

colour

Length

02min 50sec

Silent

silent

Courtesy

British Film Institute, National Museums Northern Ireland, Tourism NI

Rights Holder

Rights are managed by National Museums Northern Ireland on behalf of Tourism NI

It is illegal to download, copy, print or otherwise utilise in any other form this material, without written consent from the copyright holder.

Description

The North West 200 is a motorcycle road race that is held each May in Northern Ireland. It is the largest annual sporting event in Ireland, with 150,000 spectators attending over the race weekend. This film shows the riders making their way to the grid and a manic push-start as the race gets underway. Later, we see them take some of the early course corners at ferocious speeds.

This film was digitised as part of the BFI's Unlocking Film Heritage project.

Notes

Rushes: The North West 200 course is a closed street circuit, made up of public roads running between the towns of Portstewart, Coleraine and Portrush. In 1957, Sammy Millar won the 250cc race, Bob Anderson the 350cc and Jack Brett the 500cc.

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