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The History of the NW200 – Highlights of the 1990’s

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The makers of the BBC programme “HOW THE NORTH WEST WAS WON” have been revisiting the history over the past few years to expand selected decades into a feature length DVD. The first of these, released last year, was called “JOEY DUNLOP- THE NW200 WINS” and covered the 1980’s period.

This new programme “HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 1990’s” takes a close look at the period 1990 to 1999. It covers in great detail the big stories from that decade. Included among these stories are – Robert Dunlop’s first appearance on the JPS Norton; Phillip McCallen‘s 5 wins in 1992; Carl Fogarty’s first wins in 1993 after years of trying; Robert’s last triple in 1994; Owen McNally’s only win in 1997; Michael Rutter’s first wins in 1997; Robert’s dramatic comeback in 1998 & David Jefferies’s triple in 1999.

Using footage from a number of sources and many unpublished photographs together with the newspaper headlines, from the race coverage in the Newsletter, the story is well illustrated.

Among the contributors telling the stories first hand are Carl Fogarty, Keith Huewen, Mervyn White, Billy Nutt, Liam Beckett, Jackie Fullerton, Barry Symmons, PJ O’Kane, Stephen Davison, Steve Plater, Michael & Tony Rutter, Kenny Loughrin, George McCann, Hector Neill, Dick Creith, Michael Dunlop, William Dunlop, Ryan Farquhar, Phillip McCallen & Paul Robinson.

Stephen Watson is the Narrator

The programme is 90 minutes long and has been specially made to raise funds for the NW200 race. The Programme makers & contributors are not charging for their time or copyright.

The programme will be available to purchase from the NW200 Website and at the Premiere showing on Monday the 9th of May in the Marquee at the Circuit in the evening.

Colin James, the producer of the programme said : “I am very grateful to the many people who helped make this fund raising programme by providing photographs, video & newspaper cuttings. Also to the 21 interviewees who give fascinating first-hand accounts of the racing in the 1990’s. I appreciate the time Stephen Watson has given to narrate the story. I hope the programme is a financial success for the Coleraine MC as the purpose is to raise funds to support the NW200.”

Also commenting, the programme’s Narraor Stephen Watson said : “I was honoured to be asked to narrate the amazing stories about the battles on the race track. I am sure everybody will enjoy seeing the main highlights from that remarkable decade. While there are many stories told, the backbone story in the 1990’s is all about Robert Dunlop. If you watch the programme you will appreciate just how brave and brilliant a rider he was.

Brian Moore who co-ordinates the entertainment in the Paddock Marquee added that “we’re delighted that Colin James and the team at Waldovision have come up with another great production for the NW200.  Their feature last year on the 1980’s was incredibly well received and given the subject matter of this film we’re expecting an even bigger audience”.

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