Showtime for 2017 Motorcycle Festival

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 12/1/2016: Mayor of Lisburn and Castlereigh, Cllr Brian Bloomfield and Cllr Uel Mackin pictured with top Ulster motorcycle racers Lee Johnston, Alastair Seeley, Andy Reid and Ryan Farquhar, promoters Billy and Marty Nutt and Black Horse girls Victoria Robb and Anoushka Black at the launch of the 2017 N.I. Motorcycle Festival which takes place in the Eikon centre on Feb 3-5.
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 12/1/2016: Mayor of Lisburn and Castlereigh, Cllr Brian Bloomfield and Cllr Uel Mackin pictured with top Ulster motorcycle racers Lee Johnston, Alastair Seeley, Andy Reid and Ryan Farquhar, promoters Billy and Marty Nutt and Black Horse girls Victoria Robb and Anoushka Black at the launch of the 2017 N.I. Motorcycle Festival which takes place in the Eikon centre on Feb 3-5. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

The 2017 Blackhorse Northern Ireland Motorcycle Festival was officially launched last week at the Eikon Exhibition Centre in Lisburn, where Lee Johnston, Ryan Farquhar, Alastair Seeley and Andy Reid were among the special guests.

The annual motorcycling extravaganza, promoted by Billy and Marty Nutt, has become one of the most popular fixtures on the annual calendar and will take place over three days next month from February 3-5.

In addition to yesterday’s star names, four-time World Superbike champion Carl Fogarty will attend the show next month, while top international road racer Ian Hutchinson will also make the trip to Northern Ireland for the event.

“The Council is delighted to have this prestigious event again in this area offering thousands of motorcycle fans the opportunity to view motorcycles, meet famous racers and hear about bike safety,” he said.

“I would like to commend the organisers on all their hard work developing this three-day programme.”

Many of the new models launched by manufacturers will be on display, and it is hoped Honda’s all-new Fireblade will be on show next month along with the latest Kawasaki, BMW, Triumph, Suzuki, Yamaha, KTM and Harley Davidson machines.

Opening times: Friday, February 3 (2pm-10pm); Saturday, February 4 and Sunday, February 5 (10am-5pm).

Admission: Adults £12 (senior citizens £6). Children U16 admitted free.