|About ALMC Motor Club|
OVER 40 YEARS IN IRISH MOTORSPORT
The club was founded in 1963 by a number of motorsport enthusiasts who worked at Dublin Airport and the club was originally known as Aer Lingus Motor Club. In early 1982 the club became a Limited Company and the name was changed to ALMC.
In those early years the club ran Autocrosses and Navigation Rallies and social events and gained a reputation for good organisation and running enjoyable, affordable, non-car breaking events. Within a few years as these events grew in popularity and stature, membership was opened up to non-employees. The annual subscription in 1966 was ten shillings or 63c in todays money !! Membership was drawn mainly from Dublin City & County and Counties Meath and Louth, as most of the club’s events were run in these areas.
In 1966 the club (in conjunction with the MG Car Club) ran its first series of Rally Navigation Classes which became so popular in following years, that by 1978 numbers had to be restricted to 50 participants.
Many famous rally competitors have been long time club members such as, in former years drivers David Yeates, John Coyne, John Farrell and up to the present National Championship contender Michael Barrable. Navigators/Co-drivers include Ronan Morgan, Frank O’Donoghue, Christy Farrell, Joe Ffrench, Rea Inglis, Don Foley, Ted Gaffney, Vincent Fagan. All of these and many others have over the years passed on their expertise to newcomers through the annual Navigation Classes which continue up to the present.
Our longest serving club member from the sixties, former Chairman and long time committee member, competitor and organiser is Chris McNally. Chris is a renowned navigator/co-driver and over the last 40 years has competed on all types of events in Ireland, Europe and the USA.
In the sixties and into the seventies, rallies were a mixture of navigation and loose surface forestry sections with the emphasis on navigation. Aer Lingus MC ran events such as the ‘Bunny Run’, ‘Try-out’, ‘Canbog’ and ‘Jumbo Rally’ the latter being a round of the National Irish Championship. In 1978 the National Championship was divided into a separate navigation and stages series.
These days we have only one remaining navigation event in our calendar, the Jumbo Navigation Trial (as they are called nowadays) and takes place at the end of March. Our Autocross is now a loose surface event and takes place in early October.
In 1974 Aer Lingus MC organised the first Bellurgan “Mountaincross” which was really a single stage forestry rally with local resident John Coyne as COC.
In subsequent years the Moutaincross was run on a tarmac road section (single stage rally format) in the Cooley Penninsula and was the forerunner of the first ALMC Multistage Rally in 1984 out of the Ballymascanlon Hotel with John Carroll as COC. John was COC of our Stages Rally for 10 consecutive years from 1984 to 1993 where the rally was run in the Louth/Meath area (except 1988 when it was based in Wicklow)
In 1996 the Stages Rally moved to new territory in Co.Laois and the ‘Montague ‘ Stages
and from the days of old......click on the image for a larger version
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7th July 2013