Ulster Transport Museum

Driven

Transport provides opportunities for people to perform above and beyond their own physical limitations.

Permanent display

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This exhibition celebrates all kinds of achievements associated with transport, from the familiar and famous to the unusual and unexpected.

The exhibition is split into three sections:

Winning Personalities

Vehicles may bring success, victory and fame to those who ride, drive or invent them.

Winners are driven people who share key characteristics such as determination, commitment and courage. They push themselves beyond their limits and are willing to take calculated risks.

Personal Bests

Vehicles have taken people on great personal journeys, over distances both short and long − around racetracks, along roads and even across the world.

The people who undertook extraordinary journeys were often world-class achievers – the very best in their field at the time. Ground-breaking in nature and difficulty, their success is described in a language of achievement - furthest, fastest, longest, hardest.

Against the Odds

Transport plays a key role in breaking down various cultural, physical and economic barriers. It enables people to meet and make changes to their lives in positive and beneficial ways.

Vehicles are an expression of our personalities and our aspirations and, by giving us freedom and independence, they can help us to achieve against the odds.

Highlights of this exhibition include:

Crosslé Mk3 Racing Car

John Crosslé designed and built the Crosslé Mk3 and raced it at Kirkistown, Phoenix Park and Dunboyne race tracks. The Crosslé Car Company was founded in 1959 when this car was built, and the firm continues to build and repair racing cars in Holywood, County Down.

McCandless Manx Norton Motorcycle 1952

Rex McCandless was a successful motorcycle racer who designed the legendary ‘Featherbed’ frame. This frame was strong and rigid, making the motorbike easier to control. Norton adopted the frame for use on all its successful racing motorbikes, which dominated the sport in the 1950s.

Isabel Woods’ Mercian Racing Bicycle 1953

Isabel Woods (née Clements) was born in 1928. She notched up eight world records while cycling for Belfast Cycling Clubs in the 1950s. Most famously she held the Ladies ‘end-to-end’ Irish cycling record – from Mizen Head in Cork to Fair Head, near Ballycastle – from June 1955 to July 2007. Her record-breaking time was 23 hours, 0 minutes and 3 seconds.