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BBC covers museum exhibition as our 65th celebrations come to an end.

Updated: Nov 13, 2020

Larne Motor Club's exhibition in the Larne Museum and Arts Centre brought the 65 years in local motorsport celebrations to an end. The exhibition was off to a great start as club members past and present gathered for the launch night. The mayor of Mid and East Antrim Council, Maureen Morrow officially opened the exhibition while the reminiscing began.

Vice chairman Jonathan Millar the exhibition architect, was delighted with the launch night and how popular is the display became. "It was important to record the history and share with our younger members and the people of Larne”. The exhibition visitors were created by archive video footage, images and props to assist with telling the story and celebrating the clubs history.

The exhibition quickly gained the interests of the BBC and Jonathan found himself talking with Anne-Marie McAleese on Radio Ulster's Your Place and Mine. The show helped as visitor figures began to increase and even a listener of the radio show called in the following week once again to talk about Larne Motor Club Autotests in the Ballygally car park.

BBC airwaves then change to video as BBC journalist Alan Haslam contacted the Larne club. He was interested in not only the exhibition and club history but also the events that were being organised today. So Alan and his camera arrived at the exhibition with club Vice President John Millar who took him for a trip down memory lane.

After the interview Alan received another trip as two local competitors demonstrated their skills David Crothers gave Alan a taste of Clubman Autotest in his Mazda MX5 with a quick passenger run. Next up was Northern Ireland Autotest championship competitor George McMillan who in his lightweight Autotest Nova demonstrated the various manoeuvres that can be expected at top level Autotesting.

The BBC coverage was fantastic for not only raising the profile of the exhibition but also Larne Motor Club and the local Motorsport. The icing on the cake was the feedback from Tourism NI who found the exhibition “excellent”.

The hard work really paid off and Larne Motor Club would like to thank Gerard O'Connell, Graham Thompson, Steven Craig, Vincent Taggart, Robert Bearns, Graham Curry Photography, Donald Grieve, Larne Drama Circle, Lesley McMillan, Gus Geddes, Ian Lynas, Alan McCready, Andrew Kernohan, Club President Rosie Ford-Hutchinson, Chairman Paddy Haveron and finally John Millar as he spent a lot of time at the exhibition greeting visitors, helping bring the exhibition to life.

Watch the BBC Video here.

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