It’s a team thing this Classic MXdN.
The International Classic Motocross circus visited Ballyblack in Newtownards in September, for the 2016 Classic Motocross des Nations International event, promoted by the Northern Ireland Classic Scrambles Club (www.niclassicscramblesclub.com).
The venue and track at landowner Leslie Wright’s farm was classic motocross utopia and much lauded by the competing riders representing 12 national teams, from as far away as Vancouver in Canada and across Europe.
The sun shone on the event providing ideal conditions for the competitors and the huge crowds of spectators enthusiastically cheering on, waving programmes and blowing air horns to create a fantastic atmosphere and spur on the Northern Ireland teams.
Highlights of the event, giving the crowd what they had come to see, included a victory and second place in both Over 70 years Class Races, for Ards man Cecil Pearson. This helped the Over 70 years Northern Ireland team, along with team-mates Tommy McFarland and Albert Stewart, to second place overall in the competition, behind Wales in that class. Tommy McFarland is originally an Eglinton man who emigrated to Vancouver in 1971 and came back specially to ride for Team NI in this event.
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