New photo book features Lisburn biker Tom Herron

Tom Herron and Alex George at the 1976 TT 250 Lightweight Start
Tom Herron and Alex George at the 1976 TT 250 Lightweight Start

Derek McIntyre, a famous motorcycle photographer, has often been described as a road racing photographer ahead of his time.

The photographic collection spans 55 years, from 1966 to 2021, with many images first published in this new 234-page hardcover book by author Leslie Moore.

The Northern Irish photographer captured historic photographs of motorcycles for Motor Cycle News – the world’s best-selling motorcycle newspaper – and other publications at prestigious events such as the North West 200, Grand Prix Ulster, Isle of Man TT, Mallory Park, Oliver’s Mount, Assen TT, Mid Antrim 150, Carrowdore 100 and Temple 100.

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Tom Herron 1978 Northwest 200

McIntyre won the final TT and Ulster GP World Championship Grand Prix points races, witnessed Joey Dunlop’s very first TT races, watched Tom Herron’s 200 triumphant and sad days in the Northwest; photographed Joey’s Formula 1 TT World Championship successes across Europe; captured Joey and Neil Robinson’s debut in Suzuki GB; photographed Jeremy McWilliams and Ray McCullough’s Grand Prix victories at the world championships, and photographed Robert, Michael and William Dunlop racing in the famous TT Mountain Course.

He was the only photographer authorized to accompany Joey Dunlop on his quest for the Honda Britain World Championship in the 1980s with memorable moments from Hungary, Greece, Sicily, Germany, Spain, Italy and the Portugal.

This is not only a great tribute book to McIntyre, but also to the history of road racing with great personal insight into their racing and travel escapades during those great years of the World Championship.

McIntyre said, “It’s hard to believe that I have been practicing this hobby for 55 years now, but I have enjoyed every minute of it, having the privilege of meeting so many wonderful people across the world.

Tom Herron’s last lap at 1979 North West 200

“The past 55 years will surely be remembered as the greatest periods in motorcycle racing and I was honored to have been able to capture some of it.”

The book is available for purchase locally at the Broomhedge gas station (Lisburn).

It can also be ordered online at

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