Monday, 30 January 2012

Irish Real Road Racing 2012 + Irish Short Circuit 2012 Dates

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A complete listing of all Irish Real Road Racing 2012 Dates plus all Irish Shorth Circuit 2012 Dates for your diary. Any changes will be updated when made available. Further information may or not be available by contacting the MCUI-UC although don't blame moi if your request is ignored. On the other hand,  probably just information requests from moi that are being ignored. Can't really imagine why!

For 2013 Dates - Irish Real Road Racing 2013 + Irish Short Circuit 2013 Dates

Date Short Circuit Event
17th March Nutts Corner
24th March Bishopscourt
1st April Mondello Park
6/7th April Bishopscourt
9th April Kirkistown
14th April Nutts Corner
21/22nd April Mondello Park
7th May Bishopscourt
27th May Mondello Park
2nd June Kirkistown
9th June Bishopscourt
23/24th June Mondello Park
8th July Mondello Park
13/14th July Kirkistown
21st July Bishopscourt
3/4th August Bishopscourt
12th August Mondello Park
18th August Mondello Park
1st September Kirkistown
1/2nd Sept Mondello Park
22nd September Bishopscourt
29th September Nutts Corner
6/7th October Mondello Park
Date Real Road Race Event
28th April Cookstown 100
5th May Tandragee 100
15/17/19th May North West 200
16th June Mid Antrim 150
23rd June Bush Road Race
1st July Kells Road Race
7th July Skerries 100
15th July Walderstown Road Race
22nd July Munster Road Race
28th July Armoy Road Race
5th August Athea Road Race
9th August Dundrod 150
11th August Ulster Grand Prix
26th August East Cork Road Race
9th September Killalane

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Sunday, 29 January 2012

Will Sinn Fein's Caral Ni Chuilin Drink From The MCUI-UC Poisoned Chalice?

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WARNING: MOTORCYCLE RACING IS DANGEROUS. PERSONS ATTENDING THIS MEETING DO SO ENTIRELY AT THEIR OWN RISK. Now where have we seen such a notice previously? Ah yes, motorcycle road race events, programmes - we've all read it, shrugged the shoulders, filed the inconsequential information away in the corner of some black hole of our tiny brains under the heading - 'Meaningless Input' - because that's what it is - meaningless, something of no consequence, not worth the cheap paper it's printed on.

You think differently? Consider this grim revelation then, and think again my dear friends - several competitors, and bereaved families of deceased competitors, are allegedly currently being sued by spectators previously injured in motorcycle real road race events held in Northern Ireland. And what of those very people who are supposed to be the guardians of our well-being at each and every motorcycle road racing event held under the auspices of the MCUI-UC - to where have they now allegedy crawled? Perhaps if moi looks under this here stone - are those blood sucking parasitic slimy leeches I see down there?

HEALTH WARNING: MOTORCYCLE REAL ROAD RACING IS DANGEROUS. PERSONS ATTENDING MAY BE SERIOUSLY INJURED, OR KILLED. Now this would be a more appropriate warning notice - a still meaningless declaration, even if it would be significantly more truthful than the current notices allegedly being used by the MCUI-UC and associated Clubs - but then again does it matter, do any of the Dinosaurs really care if you live or die anyway? Your demise would in all probability allegedly merely present another opportunity to spew forth a reworking of the infamous catch phrase: "It could only be described as a freak accident and a risk spectators accept in the pursuit of their chosen sport" But what if the demised was your husband, wife, partner, lover, or an innocent child - your innocent child? Would hearing those allegedly callous, self-exonerating words satisfy your lust for justice?

Should you ever have the misfortune of becoming involved in one of those so readily acceptable 'freak accidents', you'll very quickly discover your name is allegedly filed away in a dark dusty closet with the rest of the alleged skeletons under the alleged title - 'Unknown Acceptable Statistic'

When she took office last year, the in-tray that awaited the new Minister of the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure - Sinn Fein's Carál Ní Chuilín - just like the in-trays of other Stormont Departments, allegedly all contained numerous files marked - 'No Decision Until After Election' - even though most had allegedly been rumoured to have been idly sitting there since the last election, except of course for the file allegedly marked 'Motorcycle Real Road Racing - The Poisoned Chalice' which had allegedly been gathering dust since the beginning of the New Millennium, or was it the Old Millennium?

Obviously there has to be reasons for the continuing indecisiveness of the assorted brands of DCAL Ministers in relation to the thorny MCUI-UC safety problem - perhaps they've been convinced motorcycle real road racing is a guaranteed vote winner, something not to be tampered with - preferring to humour the motorcycle racing disinterested lobby with timely suitably sympathetic noises about unacceptable injuries and fatalities - stopping short of once and for all ridding the World of the Dinosaurs.

Then again, one should probably first consider asking why some Northern Ireland political parties are so fervently reluctant to reveal from where the financial donations regularly appear to swell their respective coffers.

What other sport relies so heavily on handouts of Taxpayers money on an event by event basis? In these austere times in which we find ourselves, DCAL Minister Caral Ni Chuilin needs to seize the opportunity - wave the red flag to bring the gravy train to a halt - park it - starve the Dinosaurs of funding. Motorcycle real road racing needs to be saved from evil; the safety of every single person attending an event must be the number one priority. If DCAL Minister Caral Ni Chuilin is being told the Dinosaurs are genuinely interested in safety issues, she should be asking this question of the MCUI-UC hierarchy: Which of the Dinosaurs for a whole year - allegedly blocked back protectors being made compulsory for all competitors? He the man, he say - No! If they care so little about the well being of competitors, just imagine how much less they care about you the ardent fan.

Motorcycle real road racing is a dangerous sport, a fact not accepted by those who would say that mountaineering, another extreme sport, is equally dangerous, moreso even, but how many fans are maimed or killed whilst spectating? And consider also the answers to these two simple questions: Is the sport of mountaineering blighted with an alleged out of control Dictatorship Governing Body, and benefactor of regular obscene amounts of funding from the bottomless pit of taxpayers money?

There is however some good news in this MCUI-UC blighted tale of woe - the forward thinking safety conscious owners of the Bishopscourt racetrack in County Down must be heartily congratulated. Bishopscourt really does deserve financial support from DCAL - by local standards, a first class motorcycle race venue. Will their efforts be enough though to stop our sport from being consigned to the horror history books of Hell by a bunch of alleged scheming inept incompetents?

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Friday, 27 January 2012

When The Dream Becomes A Reality, And Betrayal Is Your Only Friend

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At 61 Degrees - A stunning novel from Mike S Martin that will have you gripped and on the edge of your seat until the very end. A must read for Motorsport and Motorcycle fans and Military Personnel alike. Immerse yourself into the world of Motorcycle Riding, Racing and the MotoGP World Championship as young Aaron’s dream becomes reality in this breathtaking, exhilarating and moving story that is only available from Amazon
The Official Synopsis: Seeing is believing, that is until we open our eyes. Aaron Rose is a modest young man whose skill at riding and racing motorcycles defies his lack of experience. His talent earns him a ride within the pinnacle of the sport, the MotoGP World Championship.

It is race day at his home Grand Prix in front of thousands of British fans and whilst Aaron and his team are preparing, they are visited in their garage by the Race Directors and the officials.

Aaron’s team look on in disbelief as the officials demand that he remove his race leathers to confirm if their suspicions are correct. If they are, there is only one outcome - he cannot race.

Not just that day - but ever again.

When life doesn’t give us what we hope for, we are forced to dream.

But what happens when the dream becomes a nightmare and betrayal is your only friend.

This fast paced, exhilarating but emotional story follows a modest young guy called Aaron Rose who gets persuaded by friends to take his motorcycle test. It is not long before his talent is recognised whilst riding on track days in Britain and Europe, in particular Monza, Italy where he meets Jon Locke. Together they experience triumph and tragedy whilst competing in the national championships and it is through Jon that Aaron gets given the chance to compete within the pinnacle of the sport, the Moto GP World Championship against the likes of Valentino Rossi.

To prepare for this huge challenge, Aaron being an unproven rider with a new team on a new bike, they both set out across Europe to test themselves on all the European circuits on the GP calendar. It is on this trip that their friendship becomes stronger and they resort to funny and desperate measures to be able to ride the famous and dangerous 20km Nurburgring circuit/toll road in Germany.

Aaron just about survives pre season testing before the GP season is upon them. In front of sceptics and doubters Aaron defies his experience by riding elbow to elbow with the best riders in the world, his race results gradually improving circuit by circuit.

Whilst Aaron and his team are preparing for his home grand prix in front of thousands of fans they are visited in the garage by the race directors and officials. His team look on in disbelief as the officials demand he remove his race leathers to confirm if their suspicions are correct.

If they are he cannot race. Not just that day but ever again.

When life doesn’t give us what we hope for we are forced to dream but it is when our minds try to protect us - that is when it can also betray us.

And not one single mention was made of our allegedy much maligned and loved MCUI-UC Dinosaurs.

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Thursday, 26 January 2012

Megalosaurus Claims Irish RealRoadRacing Is For Wimps

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Breaking News! A mixed bag contingent of alleged dubiously parented Dinosaurs have allegedly quite recently been on a trip to sunny Spain. Seems they're allegedly of the opinion that motorcycle real road racing in Northern Ireland isn't quite dangerous enough for competitors and fans. 'Real road racing in Ireland is for wimps, it's gotten to be more akin to the sport of knitting.' allegedly quipped an unidentified Megalosaurus. Another unidentified source confirmed Portrush town centre was being seriously considered for the first round of an All Ireland Real Town Racing Championship. DCAL have already allegedly been confirmed as headline sponsors, or to put it another way - that's you and me. Enjoy!

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Wednesday, 25 January 2012

The Price Of Lives In Real Road Racing - Who Decides?

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If you've never had to call upon a household as the bearer of the news every parent/spouse/partner dreads - you haven't witnessed the pain of those traumatized by the tragic avoidable death of a loved one.

If you've never experienced a middle of the night visit from a police officer bearing the news every parent/spouse/partner dreads - you have yet to experience the pain of those traumatized by the tragic avoidable death of a loved one.

Think of the paramedics at the scene of a fatal road traffic incident, how traumatic the experience is, perhaps a child has been killed, a life snuffed out by the thoughtless irresponsible action of another person. Imagine being one of those paramedics - the parent of a child yourself - having to deal with the broken lifeless body of that young child - or any broken lifeless body of a loved one. Imagine being one of the police officers, a member of an attending fire and rescue crew, the hospital staff - imagine being the person responsible for that fatality - any avoidable fatality.

Imagine now if you will - being the mother, or the father of that child - imagine if it was your husband who'd been killed, your wife, your partner, your soulmate, your ------.

Would you want justice for your child, wife, husband, partner - or would you simply be willing to forget and forgive the drunken driver, the car thief, the 'joyrider'?

What if the fatality was the result of an incident at a motorcycle real road race event? Would you expect all concerned to tell the truth, would you want justice, or for the good of the sport - would you be willing to forget and forgive?

During the recent inquest into the tragic death of the much loved and missed Martin Finnegan, it was revealed that experts had come to an agreed conclusion that if Martin did not suffer a severe 'tank slap' in all probability the cause of the failure was a loose banjo bolt. Whilst allegedly possibly not 100% in agreement, Senior Coroner Mr John Leckey nonetheless also concluded that "in all probability a loose banjo bolt was the cause of the failure of the front brake".

The problem with those foregoing conclusions is that not only do they leave us with unanswered questions - a loose banjo bolt did not end Martin's life - it was in fact the immovable extremely large banking which he was unable to avoid.

It has since been mentioned by several people that all precautions had been taken by the organisers and that no amount of air fencing would have saved Martin's life, but might it be pointed out that had the banking not been there, that would not have been the case. That simple fact alone would surely therefore suggest the organisers did not take all necessary precautions, and the MCUI-UC should therefore not have issued a Track Safety Certificate.

As Mr Michael Maxwell, barrister for the family of John Donnan, rightly said during that inquest: "Far from being a freak accident, this was an accident waiting to happen."

It should also be remembered that during an earlier preliminary hearing ahead of Martin's recent inquest, Senior Coroner John Leckey heard Martin would have had a real chance of surviving his Tandragee 100 crash if the organisers had put a run-off area or slip-road on the dangerous Marlacoo Corner, instead he died of multiple injuries. Not only did this particular dangerous corner not have a run-off area it was also the only corner which allegedly didn’t have air cushioning either, and those omissions were allegedly said to be directly responsible for his death.

Senior Coroner John Leckey at that time also acknowledged motorcycle road races did not have the same safety measures in place as other motor sport venues here in Northern Ireland and allegedly then said - if it cannot be made safe to a requisite standard, then the question has to be asked - should motorcycle racing on public roads take place at all? This is the first issue that must now be addressed by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure.

The second issue to be addressed is that of those who were responsible for allowing the event to proceed without ensuring all necessary safety precautions actually had been taken - those persons should now be held to account.

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Tuesday, 24 January 2012

The Price of Lives in the Failing State of Northern Ireland

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While it would be lovely to say it's great to be back home in this wee corner of the World, I'm honestly not so sure it is. Okay, one has to admit that South Africa is very much an untamed country, and there are areas where one simply shouldn’t visit - for any reason, but one could say the same applies to Northern Ireland. Hijackings, shootings, bombings - the similarities are endless, apart perhaps for the scale of poverty and deprivation, which is on an unimaginable grand scale in South Africa.

Not sure when I last saw a shantytown in Northern Ireland, especially one that was on a par with those of South Africa. We should all be really thankful for small mercies; any one of us could have been born in one of those South African slums with little chance of survival. Who amongst us could survive without our house, money, supermarket, electric, telephone, computer, health service, and sewage system, transport - what a culture shock?

If anything was learned from the prolonged volunteering trip, it's the disturbing fact that lives are cheap, especially so in other failed African states. People are dying at an alarming rate, and not only from natural causes - if starvation should ever be referred to as natural. Particularly distressing is the plight of the innocent children - the number of children dying every minute on the continent of Africa is quite simply staggering - not just failed states, a failed continent.

Back home here in Northern Ireland, to a certain degree it's easy to draw comparisons between our wee country and some of those failed African states. We're living in a failing state, the quango masquerading as an undemocratic government up on the hill. Huge amounts of money being flushed down the sewers, an unfit for purpose health service, likewise the Justice system, ever increasing numbers of jobless people which ultimately leads to poverty and who suffers the most? The children – as usual! An altogether unfit for purpose undemocratic government which this wee country simply cannot afford.

Another comparison one could make is the price of lives - a portion of the blame we can lay at the feet of the Justice system. Those people responsible for the death of another person should be facing more severe penalties. The murderers should be serving life, which should be exactly that - life. The penalty for the drunk driver, the boy/girl racer, the 'joyrider' who takes innocent lives should be from ten to twenty years.

And then we have those people indirectly responsible for numerous deaths including the inept incompetent event organiser who fails to take adequate safety precautions, the government official who instead of intervening to ensure the known serious safety concerns are addressed - financially supports such events with taxpayers money. Should these people be held to account? Most certainly, but more about the reasons in part deux.

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