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Our Club is formed from members who are from Dublin, Meath, Westmeath, Kildare, Fingal, Louth and other surrounding areas and we meet once a month.
The Club runs the following competitive events annually: The ALMC Endurance Trial in March and the ALMC Stages Rally in July .
The Club meets on the first Wednesday of each month in the Castle Arch Hotel, Trim at 8.15 p.m. Please check back on www.almc.ie for regular news updates and follow us on Facebook or Twitter
ALMC Motor Club invite you to the launch of the 2016 Smartpart ALMC Motor Club Stages Rally on Sunday May 22nd at 4pm in the Castle Arch Hotel.
This will be a family-themed event with a static rally car display, music, food, rally videos and some special guests. A brief overview of the 2016 event will also be provided.
There is no cover charge and all members of the public are very welcome to attend.
Please bring along all your friends and family.
Bicester driver Simon Mauger begins the defence of his MSA Asphalt Rally Championship title on 13th March when the new season kicks off with the Melvyn Evans Motorsport Tour of Epynt. Reunited with both the Dennis Marshall-built Metro 4M4 and co-driver Jonathan Hawkins, a combination that proved so successful last year, Mauger will be looking to repeat, if not improve on, the victory he took on the Epynt Military Ranges twelve months ago. On that occasion, they emerged as winners by just a solitary second from the Ford Focus WRC of five-time Asphalt Champion Damian Cole who had won the event himself in 2014.
Cole replaced the Focus with a Fiesta WRC mid-way through 2015 and it’s in this that he will be pinning his hopes of another victory on the Military Ranges in the Brecon Beacons. A brace of Impreza WRCs are next in the capable hands of Steve Simpson/Patrick Walsh, Epynt winners themselves in 2014, and Adrian Spencer/Mark Hewitt - Spencer has recently taken delivery of the S11 previously campaigned by John Indri.
Builth Wells’ Eian Pritchard has entered in the Focus WRC that son Jason has taken to victory on the Manx National Rally in both 2014 & 2015. Pritchard Snr was a regular Championship contender some years ago in an Impreza and knows the Ranges very well.... Another Epynt ‘veteran’ is Bob Fowden (Impreza) who, with Paul Wakely reading the notes, starts ahead of Philip Turner/Simon Anthony (Mitsubishi Lancer EVO9).
Previous Asphalt Championship Group N winner Rob Tout and Dylan James have entered their Lancer EVO9 in Class B13 this time while, a minute behind them, Richard Clews/Carl Williamson are in a similarly upgraded Impreza. Clews was running comfortably in the Top Ten on the Isle of Man last year before problems caused him to drop back. Former Asphalt Championship sponsor Mark Worley, through his Prima Motorsport concern, and Hamish Campbell have forsaken their Fiesta and returned to more familiar ground - an Impreza S12B - while David Tinn will be hoping for better luck this time. The night before last year’s rally a colleague took ill, requiring him to return home. Hopefully, nothing will impede David and Giles Dykes this time in getting their Proton Satria Neo to the start and, obviously, to the finish!
Further to the mention of Class B13 above, it’s worth remembering that Simon Mauger’s Metro 4M4 falls into that class and, similar to his results in a Ford Escort MkII that gave others the belief that they could achieve greatness, he has now shown that it is not necessarily compulsory to have a World Rally Car to win a Championship at this level. In addition to Tout and Clews, Manxmen Stu Bainborough/Andrew Cowley are out in their Lancer EVO6, sizing up the opposition prior to their ‘home’ event, the Manx National Rally, in May.
Defending Group N Champions, David & Mathew White (Impreza) are back for more this season and are joined by Oliver Hopkins in his Lancer EVO9.
In recent years the Millington Rear-Wheel Drive Challenge has become an integral - and very popular! - facet of the Asphalt Rally Championship and, in the absence of 2015 winners Darren & Sue Underwood (Escort G3), we wait to see who is likely to follow in their footsteps. Mike English & Phil Turner (Escorts) have indicated their intention to participate, while the always-immaculate re- engineered Vauxhall Astra RWD of Geoff Glover/Keith Barker will be travelling down from Teesside to join in the fun!
The AB Motorsport Front-Wheel-Drive Challenge looks set for a bumper year, with the Citroen C1 Max of Rhidian Daniels/Tomos Whittle leading the field away from the start. Paul Clapham (Peugeot 106) and 2015 Championship class winner David Earthy (Citroen C2R2 Max) are back for more, with both Mike Williams and Tim Seipel choosing MG ZRs as their ‘vehicles of choice’!
Last year the 1400 category was a hard-fought affair and eventual winners Ian Barnard/Richard Bonner (Nova) have their sights set on back-to-back titles. However, in order to achieve this, they must first see off challenges not only from the Nissan Micras of Ian & Margaret Kelly and Lloyd Morgan/Kath Curzon, but also David & Mathew Smalley and Richard Milbank/Lee Bezuidenhout in Vauxhall Corsas.
Those competitors who have yet to register for the Championship are asked to do so before the Event on the BTRDA Membership website, where you can join or renew your membership and register for the Championship. It’s very straight- forward and you can pay using your credit or debit card. The website address is https://www.btrdamembership.com/index.php
If you don't want to register on-line, you can still do so at Event Documentation, but it would save time if you came with your form already fully completed (in capitals, please) and the correct payment. If you haven't got a form, you can download one from the Championship website.
For anyone intending to come out and watch, please note the following which is taken from the Port Talbot MC Event Preview :
‘Spectators are welcome at the event though, in line with the new MSA safety precautions, access will of necessity be different to earlier years on Epynt. All spectator access is from the 'Dual Carriageway' off the A40 at Llywel, no other access permitted, and three locations can be reached. Dixies will have viewing of SS1,3,5,6&7 from 09.00 through to 16.10, Burma Road will allow views of stages SS1,3,5,6&7 from 09.00 to 16.10, and the third spectator area will be for viewing near German Village East, for SS2,4,5,6&7, from 09.12 through to 16.10. It is essential that spectators respect the indicated viewing areas and parking arrangements at every location, in their own interests and that of the sport, as MSA Safety observers have the right to cancel stages, should they consider any risk unacceptable.
Admission will be by programme at the gate at the top of the 'dual carriageway', proceeds to local charitable organisations. The Awards Ceremony is scheduled for 6.00 pm at the Castle Hotel, Llandovery.’
NORTH EAST MS THERAPY CENTRE
ALMC Motor Club, the Motor Club behind the Smartpart ALMC Stages Rally on 3rd July , based in Trim, are delighted to announce the details of an upcoming Table Quiz that Club Members are running on behalf of local organisation, the Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre.
The Table Quiz will take place in the Castle Arch Hotel, in Trim, on Friday 11th March at 8:30 p.m., and it promises to be an evening of fun, challenging questions, for participants of all levels! The cost for a team of four will be €40, with all proceeds going directly to the MS Therapy Centre.
ALMC Motor Club have run many events for charity in the past, including Car Shows, Raffles and Table Quizzes for different charities including the Jack and Jill Foundation, Make a Wish Foundation and the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association, and on the 11th March, the Club hope to raise as much as possible for the MS Therapy Centre in Trim, who do fantastic work in the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis for patients from all over Ireland.
So if you fancy a challenge answering questions on a variety of subjects including Current Affairs, Sport, Music and many others, come along to the Castle Arch Hotel on Friday 11th March at 8:30, for a night’s fun, all in aid of a great local charity.
The Table Quiz is supported by the Castle Arch Hotel and MSL Park Motors, both of whom are also supporters and sponsors of the Smartpart ALMC Motor Club Stages Rally in July. For more information, see www.almc.ie or phone “Table Quiz Master” Raymond Scullion at 087-6187829.
ALMC Motor Club are pleased to announce that SMARTPART - a motor parts and accessories business based in Trim, Co. Meath - will become the title sponsor for the SMARTPART ALMC MOTOR CLUB STAGES RALLY to be held on Sunday July 3rd. The event will once again be headquartered at the magnificent Castle Arch Hotel the historic town of Trim, Co. Meath.
This year’s event promises to be a high point in the 2016 rally season as crews from the Triton Showers National Rally Championship, the MSA Asphalt Rally Championship and the Loughran Signs Midlands East Rally Championship go head-to-head for the first time since 2008.
Announcing the SMARTPART sponsorship of the event, Clerk of the Course John Carroll commented "ALMC are delighted that Smartpart are coming on board as title sponsor for our Stages Rally. We are grateful to John O’Sullivan and his staff at Smartpart for their support and they will join us in welcoming the three championships to the Castle Arch Hotel in Trim on July 3rd". SMARTPART offer a range of fully-guaranteed parts for all makes and models of vehicle at very competitive prices and are located in the Eamonn Duggan Industrial Estate, Athboy Road, Trim.
John continued “We are also very happy to announce that the CUSACK HOTEL GROUP are continuing their hosting of the event at the CASTLE ARCH HOTEL. This will be the third year that the rally is headquartered at the hotel and we are again very thankful to Shirley Brady and staff for the wonderful hospitality they continue to show the club, our competitors and our officials.” The CASTLE ARCH HOTEL is a boutique 21-bedroom hotel and wedding venue located on the Summerhill Road in Trim.
TRITON SHOWERS NATIONAL RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
6th March Mayo Stages Rally (North)
3rd April Circuit of Kerry Rally (South)
8th May Carlow Stages Rally (South)
29th May Cavan Stages Rally (North)
3rd July Smartpart ALMC Stages Rally (North)
7th August Stonethrowers Rally (South)
18th September Clare Stages Rally (South)
8th October Donegal Harvest Stages Rally (North)
MSA ASPHALT RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
13th March Tour of Epynt
6th / 7th May Manx National Rally
3rd July Smartpart ALMC Stages Rally
7th August Tyneside Stages
28th August Mewla Rally
25th September Patriot Stages
9th October Cheviot Keith Knox SS
LOUGHRAN SIGNS MIDLANDS EAST RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
21st February Birr Stages Rally
20th March Midland Stages Rally
12th June Heartlands Mini Stages Rally
3rd July Smartpart ALMC Stages Rally
21st September Westmeath Rallysprint
23rd October GSMC Mini Stages Rally
As we enter a new Rally Season, why not catch up on your Club Stages Rally from 2015, with the Special Stage programme, on Youtube! We are heading for an bigger Rally this year, with the return visit of many of our friends from the UK, as well as the return of the ALMC Stages Rally to the Triton National Stages Championship, and as always, the Loughransigns.com Midlands East Championship.
If you are an MI Licenced Competitor, please click here for further information relating to the Rally Insurance Levy that will, it would appear, apply to all 2016 MI Stages Rallies, as well as other events.
The 2016 Club Membership Forms are now available to download by clicking here, along with details of how to pay your membership.
If you require a 2016 Motorsport Ireland Licence Application Form, go to this link at the Motorsport Ireland site and download it along with the IRDS application form ( if you are a driver).
ALMC wish to announce their Events for the 2016 Motorsport season.
Saturday 5th March 2016
Spring Endurance Trial based at Luttrellstown Castle & Golf Resort, Castleknock, Co Dublin.
Sunday 3rd July 2016
Stages Rally, based at Castle Arch Hotel Trim Co Meath. This is a counting round of the TRITON National Rally Championship, the MSA Asphalt Rally Championship and the Loughran Signs Midlands East Rally Championship.