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Tommy Byrne – The greatest racing driver you never saw

Tommy Byrne, the Dundalk lad whose rapid rise to Formula One in the ‘80s was followed by an equally spectacular fall, will be in Belfast this weekend
1982, Tommy Byrne Winner F3 race (Image © Formula One Pictures / Picture by John Townsend)

Tommy Byrne, the Dundalk lad whose rapid rise to Formula One in the ‘80s was followed by an equally spectacular fall, will be in Belfast on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd December 2017.

The Florida resident is being flown home by the Belfast developer and Historic Formula One competitor James Hagan for an appearance at the Action Medical Research Motorsport charity dinner on Friday 1 December 2017 and a book signing at Creightons of Balmoral  (Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast) on Saturday 2 December 2017 (12 to 2pm).

Tommy’s updated book ‘Crashed and Byrned’ has recently been made into an acclaimed documentary which has been shown on RTE and BBC NI.

It tells the extraordinary story of the penniless kid from Dundalk who rose rapidly through the learning racing classes – Formula Ford 1600 (double British Champion in 1980); Formula Ford 2000 (British and European Champion in 1981); and Formula Three (British Champion 1982), to drive a F1 Theodore and get a McLaren F1 test.

His fall, sadly, was equally as spectacular when having set the fastest time at the Silverstone test he made an inappropriate remark to their management. That ended his Formula One chances and started a descent into lesser formulas in America, alcohol and drug problems, a marriage break up and a tie in with a mad gun toting Mexican.

Tommy has rebuilt his life and now makes a living as a race driving instructor in the States and his no holes barred book is a sensational read.

BOOK SIGNING

The public are welcome to join Tommy on Saturday 2nd December 2017 between 12.00 and 2.00pm at Creightons spectacular new filling station and supermarket at Balmoral on the Upper Lisburn Road Belfast.

It will be an ideal opportunity to pick up a special Christmas present for a petrolhead friend as Tommy will be meeting some old racing colleagues there and signing copies of ‘Crashed and Byrned’.

RACING CAR

A Formula Ford Van Diemen RF81, a replica of the car that Tommy took over from Ayrton Senna to win the 1981 Brands Hatch Formula Ford Festival will also be on display on the forecourt.

EVENT INFO

Creightons of Balmoral
Upper Lisburn Road Belfast
Saturday 2nd. December 2017
12.00 – 2.00pm

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