24/3/2015: Stars of the 2015 Vauxhall International North West 200 pictured with Event Director Mervyn Whyte at the race launch in Titanic, Belfast. (L-R) Jeremy McWilliams, Ryan Farquhar, John McGuinness, Lee Johnston, Maria Costello, Dean Harrison, Michael Rutter, Peter Hickman, Alastair Seeley and William Dunlop. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON PACEMAKER, BELFAST.
Last night I attended the 2015 Vauxhall International North West 200 press launch at the Titanic Quarter, Belfast. With just 47 days to the next NW200 fans and riders alike prepare themselves for the 86th North West 200 road race and Ireland’s largest outdoor sporting event.
The press launch wasn’t just your usual PR event. It was a chance for the riders to engage with the fans, with the aim of making the NW200 as enjoyable as possible for everyone.
It was my first time ever attending such an event and my first feeling of the night was surprise. I couldn’t believe how relaxed it was, and how humble the riders were. All the riders seen in the picture above hold amazing racing records yet their humility and clear passion for their fans, as well as the sport, was just astonishing to see. I kept wondering would certain golfing stars of the world be as pleasant and willing among a large group of almost 1,000 fans demanding pictures, autographs and on some occasions much more.
Have a look at this interview with NW200 Director Mervyn Whyte on the reasons why you should come to the NW200, 2015.
The North West 200 name derives from the location of the event on the North West of Ireland, an area of outstanding beauty, ‘200’ was included to keep links to the original race which was run over a distance of 200 miles.
There is no doubt that the NW200 will be a wonderful experience for anyone and in an area of such beauty just adds to the glamour of the event.