The action moved to Co Armagh one weekend later for the 50th running of the Tandragee 100. This ultra-fast 5.3-mile circuit always attracts huge crowds as well as full grids, especially in the Classic race where all classes are combined for a five-lap extravaganza. Saturday’s race saw 31 machines take to the grid and it was almost 20 minutes later when Norton-mounted Dean Stimpson crossed the line to take the flag, having set a fastest lap of 88.3mph in the process. He was followed by Mark Parrett, also on Norton then John Pemberton took third, again on Norton and, just for good measure, Keith Clarke crossed the line in fourth to make it a Norton one, two, three, four. It’s been a very long time since Tandragee, or anywhere else for that matter, has seen a finish like this. Fans of Nortons were in their element. The 350cc class went to Barry Davidson, George Stinson 2nd and Chris Mcgahan 3rd to make for an all Honda 350cc podium. Brian Mateer, keen to make up for his non-start at Cookstown, was first 250cc to cross the line, a full 28 seconds ahead of Richard Ford with Gary Hutton taking 3rd spot on his Honda.
Chris Mcgahan pilots his Honda to third spot in the 350cc class at Tandragee.
John Pemberton in action at Tandragee.
Dean Stimpson wins the Tandragee 100 on the IZZARD Norton.