UGP No 1
For me, it beats the NW and TT, and all other road races - thats why it was on the GP circuit in the 70s - its such a fantastic track (er, road). You can get your elbows on the road lying in the bushes, and watch the bikes come towards you - yes your f***ed if they have an off, but that all adds to the massive adrenaline rush you get when 3 come past line abreast at 160 up the road to Budore. Stephen Davison recommends Budore as "it wll blow your mind" in one of his books, and in 03 when the sun was splitting the stones, it was the best road race I ever attended. I remember well Martin Finnegan giving a big wave to the two of us lying in the hedge, elbows on road, on his slowing down lap, but I think Martin was waving to my pretty companion that day. I'll have that memory for ever - my girlfriend was living in new zealand at the time, and was cheering on Anstey, who was on blistering form that day.
As mentioned, if you only ever attend one race before you die, make it the UGP - you'll not be disappointed, and you will remember it for the rest of your days. Its the only one I look forward to all year, and get excited as it gets closer. Make a week of it, so you can watch the dundrod 150, which is basically the UGP but run on a Thursday - same circuit. You'll get more freedom to ramble from hedge to hedge between races with your carry out and a mini barbeque, as its more relaxed - but mindblowing all the same.
I'll have to start some lobbying for the NI govt to put some money into it, and try and get a campaign going - as they did for the north west, and look how massive that is now - 150k people attend, and its now a week long festival, and massive pissup, but it does have the nightlife of portrush. Mind you, belfast is only a few miles away from dundrod, so its a good chance to go and check out the nightlife there - its pretty mad now, and lots of variety.
Long live road racing!! By the way, there are some fantastic shots of Ray McCullough tearing round Dundrod cranked right over on a 350 with utterly crap tyres, in one of Stephen's great books, with a contrasting photo of Adrian Archibald or Flyin Ryan at exactly the same spot 30 years later. McCullough kicked everyones ass, including Joeys (I remember Joey being interviewed about a great race he'd had and his only comment was "That man McCullough..."), but he never travelled overseas - he had some phobia about planes and boats, but is the unsung hero of true road racing. I remember watching him as a kid tearing round with Joey and Tom Herron. Blew me away, and I can still smell that two stroke oil! He was the master. You get the odd interview with him usually around NW and UGP time. Worth trying to find out a bit about him if you've never heard of him.