Irish Shindig in the North

Its Thursday the 7th April and the ALARM goes off at 02.00am!! By 03.00am we are the road to Cairnryan, Scotland for the Stena Line ferry to Belfast.

Organised by the Irish Sidecar Owners Club at the The Shepherds Rest Pub and Campsite in Northern Ireland.

Friday l take a ride to find a President.

Friday evening outfits  turn up from the far corners off the “Island of Ireland”.

Yorkshire MZ rider Andrew takes a warm at our campsite cottage Rally HQ.

Our sidecarman from Limerick enjoys his Guinness.

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This Panther needs some tender loving care.

Saturday l go exploring the  The Sperrins |


I did not take solo Mystic across the Ford very SLIMY SURFACE. But did use the footbridge. (Ford highly possible on 3 x wheels)

Pantherman returns after doing a swop for his BSA.

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Sunday morning the Shindig draws to a close and in the afternoon l find a hotel in  Bangor by the Sea – Home  In the early 1970s l came over on a visit to see a friend David McVeigh & his wife. David had a BMW R60 & Steib sidecar & was a regular visitor to the Elephant Rally, Germany.

My motorcycle at the time was BSA Lighting and l was trying to catch the 04.00am sailing from Stranraer Scotland Ferry. Also l was running on FUMES the last few miles to the ferry port!!

On arriving in Larne l at the docks l was told NOT TO START ENGINE BY THE POLICE which l could not do anyway (EMPTY FUEL TANK) because they suspect BOMB making material strapped under a car on board the FERRY!!! So the COPPER gave me a SHOVE to the nearest petrol station.

Later that evening on the TV the Police had found 50 pounds in DYNAMITE under that car!!

Yes, it was at the time of the TROUBLES.

 Bye for now from Bangor Marina.