East Antrim DUP Ride-Out

Taking up Finance Minister Sammy Wilsons invitation, Right To Right’s Trevor Baird joined Sammy and 40 riders on the recent annual East Antrim DUP Ride-Out.

Under an ominous sky, the ride out started from the Antrim Civic Centre where riders were welcomed by DUP Mayor Pam Lewis and Road Racer John Burrows who was on hand for a chat about racing and bikes.

On what must have been the wettest day of the year, the ride out headed for its first stop in Ballymoney, paying a visit first to the Dunlop Memorial Gardens, then welcomed at the Town Hall and Museum by Joey and Robert’s mum, May and other members of the Dunlop family.

Commenting, Sammy Wilson said “It was an honour for us all to meet May Dunlop and her family, the Dunlop name is synonymous with road racing and for the family to take time out to spend with us was indeed the highlight of this year’s event.”

Sammy continued, “We were delighted to see the new memorial Garden to Robert and contribute in a small way by donations to the sculpture fund. Ballymoney Council is to be commended in the way that they have kept the memory of Joey and Robert Dunlop alive both by the memorial gardens and the exhibits in the museum.”

With the rain now “chucking” it down in bucket loads, the ride out headed first to Portrush, a stop for fuel and then down the Coast Road finishing for a hot meal in Larne.

Right To Ride’s, Trevor Baird said, ”The day wasn’t about politics, just riders out for a good run and talking bikes and with the weather as it was, testing skills in the rain and the survival – not so much of man/woman and machine but waterproof riding gear.”

Our thanks to Sammy Wilson for the invite, the day was a blast!

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