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We are Northern Ireland's premier Short Oval Motor Racing promotion, bringing you the very best in Stock Car, Hot Rod and Banger racing since 2003. We promote top flight race meetings at both Tullyroan Oval near Dungannon and Aghadowey Oval near Coleraine. From the high speed, high octane National Hot Rods, to the thrill a minute wreck 'em racing of the National Bangers, DMC Race Promotions have something for everyone, from the serious motorsport enthusiast to the family looking for a day out with a difference.

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Aghadowey Oval
28/5/2022 @ 5pm

MAY WEEKENDER
National Hot Rods Simpson Race Exhausts World Series NI Round 13
Junior Productions 2022 British Championship (first ever staging)
National Ministox 2022 Irish Championship

Superstox
Thunder Rods

Tullyroan Oval
29/5/2022 @ 1pm

MAY WEEKENDER
Celebrating 10 Years of Tullyroan Oval!
Unlimited National Bangers Shamwreck 2022 - Ireland's Biggest Banger Bash!
& James 'The Cat' Smith Memorial Destruction Derby
National Ministox 2022 Irish Masters
Junior Productions 2022 Irish Open Championship

1300 Stock Cars
Lightning Rods

Tullyroan Oval
4/6/2022 @ 6.30pm

JUBILEE WEEKEND
National Hot Rods Simpson Race Exhausts World Series NI Round 14 (Final Round)
Rookie Bangers 2022 Irish Teams Championship (Teams of 3)

2.0 Hot Rods
Stock Rods
Ninja Karts 2022 Tullyroan Challenge Cup


 


 

 
News
Restoration of the Willie Cooke Mk1 Escort
This Saturday's race meeting at Aghadowey Oval sees the Stock Rods contest the William Cooke Memorial Trophy, raced in memory of the expert engine builder and former driver from Kilrea.

The meeting sponsor Darrell Hanna from Limavady was always a great friend of Willie, and used his Motex Race Engines with great success. After Willie's sad passing Darrell acquired an old Mk1 Ford Escort that Willie had raced, and recently this was passed on to another former racer, William Wilson from Cullybackey.

William, alongside his son David who races in the Thunder Rods formula, painstakingly restored the car to its former glory, leaving it as close as possible to how it raced in the Production Cars back in the day. They reckon it was debuted new by Willie Cooke back in 1970, and during the restoration it has received a lot of care and attention, including new arches, tidied bodywork and also a new engine.

William and David have pulled off a fantastic job in restoring the car to allow it to once again grace the Aghadowey circuit this weekend. It will be given a few laps on Saturday night by Darrell Hanna, and will be on display for everyone to admire.

The photos show the car before and during the course of the restoration - we'll keep the finished article under wraps until Saturday!

Added: 17/09/20

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