Country Crest/Des Darcy Motors Skerries 100 Launch
The Loughshinny M.C.S.C. launched the Skerries 100 last Friday night, and the Hills Cricket Club was alive with the spirit of the 72nd running of the iconic event. The lovely sunshine saw a great crowd attend, and there were plenty of riders with their bikes on display.
The evening was the launch of two local business joining forces, Country Crest and Des D’arcy Motors, to sponsor the famous event. The meeting will also incorporate a one off Superbike race in memory of the late Martin Finnegan, whose 10th Anniversary was last week. This invitation race will have the largest prize money for a national road race, with the first prize of at least €5000. This money is being collected by the Friends of the late Martin Finnegan, and this should prove to attract a quality entry for the three Superbike races.
Michael Hoey from Country Crest was first to speak and he said; “Country Crest is delighted to be the official co-sponsor for this year’s Skerries 100. It’s a real honour to be in a position to support this incredible local sports event, which is now running for over 70 years, and has become engrained in our calendar. Thanks to the fantastic work done by the Loughshinny Motorcycle Supporters Club, the event attracts riders from all over the globe, and thousands of motorcycle fans every year. We hope that you the spectators enjoy this thrilling weekend of racing, and most importantly, we want to wish the entire road racing stars, a safe and enjoyable event.”
Des D’arcy; “Des D'Arcy Motors are proud to be once more involved with the Loughshinny Club as a co-title sponsor and we are looking forward to an exciting weekends racing. I believe that the change to Saturday/Sunday racing will improve the attendance, and hopefully the fans will respond by buying the wrist band and programme and support the club in keeping road racing alive”
MCI President Sean Bissett; “It is great to see two local sponsors come together to sponsor Skerries, after all it is the shop window for our sport, in attracting a huge amount of road race fans. Loughshinny took over the race at an important time in its history in 1986, and thankfully the event is still going, in this the 40th Anniversary of the club”
Susan Plunkett Club Chairperson and Clerk of the Course; “With a break in tradition, this year’s event will take place on Saturday and Sunday, 7th July and 8th July over the demanding 2.9 mile seaside course, and with all the recent debate surrounding the insurance crisis, it is great to have loyal and new sponsors supporting the famous “Skerries 100”.
“The support we have received from our loyal sponsors over the years has helped us to keep this historic race going and our very proud to announce the following sponsors, Axa Bike Care, HMS, B&V Nurseries, Kennedy’s Motorcycles, Sam Dennigan & Co., The Seaver Family, ASM, VTL Transport, Ollie’s Place, C&T Supermarkets, Convent Lane Motors, Mc Nally & Co Accountants and the People's Race. In addition we have a new race sponsor Hughes Sales and Service Ltd”
“As we are all well aware that the cost of running Irish Championship road racing is escalating and we are keeping the cost of the two days practice and racing at just €25, and that will include a race programme. We are hoping that all road race fans will dig deep to help the future of racing, and buy their admission arm band, that will help the club with the cost of the event”
“Proceedings will start with the Annual Classic Parade that will take place on Friday 6th July, with sign on starting in Skerries Mills at 5:30pm, and the run itself at 7.30pm. The entry fee of €10 for the parade will all go to the MCI Medical Team who have started to fund raise for a vital piece of equipment which they current use but it has reached it final year of operation. The vital piece is a LifePak 15, and the cost will be €23000, which we need to raise between now and the end of the season to get ensure that we start 2019 with it”
Roads will close on Saturday 12 noon for practice, and will re-open no later than 8:30pm. On Sunday 8th July, the roads will close at 9.30am, and re-open no later than 6.30pm. For more information please log on to the clubs website www.loughshinnymotorcycleclub.com , or contact the club on 086-0447478