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 the 1-2 December.
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 evening and a Book Signing at Creightons of Balmoral on Saturday morning.
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.Having set the fastest ever Cosworth engined F1 time at the Silverstone test, his pace impressed, but he didn’t. That effectively ended his Formula One chances and started a descent into lesser formulae in America, along with alcohol and drug problems, a marriage break up and a tie in with a mad gun toting Mexican- all of which are described in his award winning book Crashed And Byrned.
Tommy has rebuilt his life and now makes a living as a race driving instructor in the States and his newly updated no holes barred book is a sensational read.
The public are welcome to join Tommy on Saturday morning 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’.
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.
TOMMY BYRNE BOOK SIGNING
Creightons of Balmoral
Upper Lisburn Road Belfast
Saturday 2nd . December.
12.00 – 2.00pm
For further details contact:-
Alan Tyndall. 58 Edentrillick Rd. Hillsborough. BT26 6PG. Tel. 0044 7887827150