Established in 1929 the North West 200 bike race has become second only to the Isle of Man TT in terms of prestige on the road race calendar, with 2009 marking its 80th anniversary.
Attracting crowds in excess of 150,000 this week long event now sits proudly in the plans of bike fans from across the globe.
Taking place on Saturday 16th May 2009, the North West 200 circuit runs between the towns of Portrush, Portstewart and Coleraine – an area of outstanding natural beauty and home to the world famous Giant's Causeway.
This year's event will again see such high profiles names as Michael Rutter, Steve Plater and John McGuinness take on the famous triangle circuit at speeds exceeding 180mph.
For a more in-depth look at the event plus live coverage of Tuesday and Thursday's qualifying and Saturday's big race day visit: bbc.co.uk/nw200 on your PC.