Abandoned Road Races – Carrowdore 100

Born in 1927 on a 5.5 miles long course in Co. Down (Northern Ireland), the Carrowdore 100 has been one of the longest-running National road races. 

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Chris Dowd, Phillip McCallen and Michael Swann, 1987 Carrowdore 100.

It used to be the final round of the road racing season, in a village of a thousand souls ready to host hundreds of spectators every September.

After the Second World War, the Carrowdore 100 was moved on the Dundrod circuit, but soon returned on the original track, just reduced to 5.4 miles and improved in safety.

Great names battled each other on the bumpy Carrowdore course: Joey Dunlop (who won here 8 times), Phillip McCallen, Chris Dowd (now team manager for CD Racing), Brian Reid (a “Dromara Destroyer” who took here his first ever road race win in 1979).

Not to forget the fatal crashes of the loved Sam McClements in 1989 (there is a plaque on the spot of his incident saying “If he couldn’t help, he wouldn’t hinder”) and the Tandragee rider Eddie Sinton in 2000. That was also the last ever edition of the Carrowdore 100.

In 2001 and 2002 the event was scheduled in the road racing calendar, but it was cancelled just a few months before. Again, lack of sponsorship was the main cause of the withdrawal together with the impossibility of running a qualifying session on Friday, as asked by Task Force guidelines.

The Carrowdore 100 was never run anymore after 2000.

 

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  1. JAKE DRUMMOND ha scritto:

    Can anyone help provide me with a scan of the programme for September 5th 1964 please? Happy to pay if required

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