Entries for the 2013 ALMC Stages Rally which takes place on Sunday 7th July are now open with full regulations for the event available from the club. This year’s stages rally marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the ALMC Motor Club and will for this year’s rally move to a new headquarters at the Dunboyne Castle Hotel, in Co. Meath with the event taking place a week earlier than in previous years on the 7th July. This year’s rally is yet again a counting round of the highly popular Get Connected REIS UK Asphalt Rally Championship, with the Loughran Signs Midlands East Rally Championship counting the ALMC event and the Citroen C2 championship making a return. The rally will feature nine stages located in County Meath with competitors take to the narrow lanes on a variety of stages that will test all levels of rallying ability, all under the watchful eye of new Clerk of the Course Raymond Scullion. The motor club has linked up with Dunboyne Motor Club for the event with the Dunboyne team providing marshals and officials for the event focusing in particular on special stage one.
2012 ALMC Stages Rally Winner Melvyn Evans in his Subaru Impreza WRC
Work on the event has been well underway since before Christmas, there are lots of changes with a new headquarters, service park and stages so the team are very busy. "Enquiries about the rally have already started to flood in and we are expecting a larger number of crews to travel from the UK due to the interest in the championship and the opportunity to sample the Irish stages. The event as in other years will also feature a strong local entry. The event is the closest stages rally to Dublin and offers ease of access for travelling crews from Ireland and further afield we are hoping to start a maximum entry on the morning of the 7th July" said Raymond Scullion COC at the launch of the event regulations.
The rally offers great value for money with entries costing just €499 and the opportunity for competing crews to feature on the dedicated TV coverage which will be shown on Motors TV and online following the event. The stages rally will feature classes for Historic and Junior competitors with them competing on the six stages of the rally at a reduced entry fee and there will be additional prizes on offer for the winner of the MkII and the Honda Challenge which was first featured on last year’s rally. The club are providing the opportunity to pay the entry fee on a stage payment basis, details of which can be found on the dedicated stages website www.almcstagesrally.com, there are several methods for submitting entries including the online entry system, details of which and a link to the electronic version can be found on the stages website or via the club website at www.almc.ie where regulations are also available to download.
Last Updated on Monday, 13 May 2013 20:53
Anyone for Endurance ?
Written by Administrator
Monday, 08 April 2013 15:04
The Garda Motor Club Endurance Trial is on May 25th. Are you tempted..?
Check out this UK ERRC Endurance Trial promotional video :
Last Updated on Friday, 03 May 2013 08:36
ALMC Multi Venue Autotest Results
Written by Club PRO
Sunday, 07 April 2013 21:45
Co. Louth played host on Sunday to ALMC's Multi Venue Autotest with over eighteen tests set to challenge the thirty plus competitors, the event with Martin Devine as Clerk of the Course enjoyed a dry and relatively bright day as the crews weaved their way between pillions and some other bigger obstacles tactfully placed about the course. The event was a great success with all the tests covered by teams of willing and helpful marshals, many thanks to all who came out and provided support and to the many crews that made the effort to enter, congratulations and well done to Martin and all the organising team.
1st Eddie Petersen Toyota Starlet
2nd Simon Echlin Toyota Starlet
3rd John Nolan Toyota Starlet
4th Damien Doran Toyota Starlet
5th Graeme Colfer Toyota Starlet
6th Piers MacFheorais Mazda MX5
7th William Fenton Toyota Starlet
8th David Meeke Toyota Starlet
9th Philip O'Reilly Toyota Starlet
10th Alan Shinnors Toyota Starlet
1st Damien Doran Toyota Starlet
2nd Alan Shinnors Toyota Starlet
3rd Owen Murray Toyota Starlet
1st Graeme Colfer Toyota Starlet
2nd William Fenton Toyota Starlet
3rd David Meeke Toyota Starlet
1st Malcolm Clarke MG Midget
1st Piers MacFheorais Mazda MX5
2nd Les Coogan BMW 318i
ALMC Multi Venue Autotest Sunday 7th April
Written by Administrator
Saturday, 06 April 2013 06:31
On Sunday ALMC will run the second of its 2013 events with the now annual Multi Venue Autotest taking place, the event will kick off at 11am and will see the Endurance Trial team of Martin and John Devine present a selection of challenging and interesting tests for the autotesters to try their skills on. The event has attracted a strong field of thirty five cars with the top ten littered with Autotest regulars who will be out to take the overall win, leading entries include Eddie Peterson in his Starlet and club member Graeme Colfer who won the second of the two day autotest that took place in Punchestown over a year ago. Piers Mac Fheorais is also taking to the tests in his MX-5 and is sure to entertain as will John Kelly and Malcolm Clarke in the MG Midget, Patricia Denning known for her Enduro skills is out in her familiar Starlet as is her now regular co-driver Joe Downey with ALMC CoC from the Spring Endurance event Noel Devlin also taking part in a Starlet.
ALMC's Graeme Colfer in Action in his Toyota Starlet
First car leaves Monasterboice Inn at 11am, and is due to Start Test 1 – O’ Brien’s Quarry in Tullyallen at 11:30. There are three tests in the Tullyallen area repeated three times, ending with a lunch stop at the Mace shop in Tullyallen Village. The afternoon starts with first car leaving the lunch stop at 14:15 and is due in Bellewstown Racecourse at 14:35. Then four tests are repeated three times before cars head back to Monasterboice for results and the prize giving. The event promises to be an exciting days autotesting and with the weather forecast looking favourable for the day will mean the many marshals and setup teams involved can stay warm and dry.
1. Eddie Peterson Toyota Starlet
2. John Nolan Toyota Starlet
3. Simon Echlin Toyota Starlet
4. Graeme Colfer Toyota Starlet
5. Harold Hassard Nissan Sunny
6. Ron Mullen Nissan Sunny
7. Piers Mac Fheorais Mazda MX-5
8. Damien Doran Toyota Starlet
9. William Fenton Toyota Starlet
10. Owen Murray Toyota Starlet
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Last Updated on Saturday, 06 April 2013 11:58
ALMC Crews at Max on Midland
Written by Club PRO
Monday, 25 March 2013 09:40
ALMC competitors impressed on the weekends Midland Stages Rally, club member Pat Donegan lined up at the start of the event in his class 14 Ford Escort MkII and set some impressive stage times as he did battle with the other Escorts in his quest for the overall win. Pat made steady progress from lying fifth overall to eventually finishing 3rd overall 57 seconds behind second place crew of Rodney Wilton & Conor McMahon also in an Escort. The event was won by Chris Armstrong & Tom Clinton who finished the event just three seconds ahead, making it an all Ford Escort top three. Dermott Hassett with his regular co-driver daughter Emily alongside on the notes drove a great rally to bring their Cheverolet Kalos home an impressive 56th overall and fourth in class 9. The ALMC crew started the event 104th and made steady progress up the leader board through the events nine stages to finish just outside the top fifty.
The ALMC marshalling team led by chief marshal Richie Tallon also had a good day on the event providing important support for the Midland club on stages 3, 6 & 9. Well done to all the ALMC competitors and to those who made the effort to come out an marshal, we look forward to seeing you all on the stages soon. Next club event is the Multi Venue Autotest Sunday 7th April, if you are available to marshal please contact Richie on 086 235 5026.
ALMC ‘Bunny Run’ Open for Entries
Written by Club PRO
Friday, 08 March 2013 15:44
Sunday 7th April will see the leading Autotest drivers do battle on the now annual ALMC Motor Club ‘Bunny Run’ Multi Venue Autotest. The events tests will be spread through the Boyne Valley area with the organisers arranging a variety of challenging tests to suit all driving styles, with test sites located near the event headquarters at Donegan’s Monasterboice Inn, Drogheda. The event kicks off with sign on from 9.00am followed by drivers briefing at 10.30am and the first of the tests starting at 11.00am. The event has been put together by Martin Devine and his team and promises to be a great day’s autotesting following on from the success of the event last year. “What better way to spend a Sunday, the tests are a good mix of challenges to test competitors driving techniques with a few added surprises along the route. There are some really cracking tests which should make for a great days enjoyment for all involved” commented Martin at the launch of the event regulations.
ALMC’s Graeme Colfer in Action in his Toyota Starlet Photograph courtesy of fostermotorsport.com
The event which last year ran on Easter Sunday has moved back one week to Sunday 7th April to facility competitors who were keen to attend but were unable to do so over the Easter weekend due to other motorsport commitments. The event will be run in accordance to the International Sporting Code of the FIA and the general rules of Motorsport Ireland and will feature four classes, front wheel drive cars up to 1300cc, class 2 is for front wheel drive cars over 1300cc with classes 3 and 4 for rear wheel drive cars under and over 1600cc. Entries for the event are now open with full regulations available on the ALMC Motor Club website almc.ie or via the club Facebook page. The event promises to be a great day out for drivers and all involved, completed entries should be sent to the entries Secretary John Carroll with the entry restricted to eighty cars.
Championship Hopes dashed for the O’Mahony’s
Written by Club PRO
Monday, 04 March 2013 07:18
Richie O’Mahony with dad Richard alongside on the maps saw their hopes of lifting the 2012-13 night navigation beginners title all but end on Saturdays Cavan night navigation trial. The all ALMC crew took to the Cavan lanes on their first time doing the event and quickly found that local knowledge can play a key part in achieving success. Getting lost on sections in the early stages of the event through the crew somewhat and resulted in them playing catch for much of the event although by the half way point they had got into a good rhythm and were making steady progress, then disaster struck. They got stuck behind another Subaru on a tight section of the course until the car in front missed a turn down a lane and Richie powered by into the lane only to meet another competitor travelling the wrong way they managed to stop the Subaru and avoided a collision only to be hit by the following crew at speed destroying the rear of the Subaru in the process. The back of the car was badly damaged and while both the crew did not sustain serious injury necks were stiff and sore. The incident put them out of the event and while they limped back and made the final controls their championship hopes are over having started the event a single point behind the leaders, with only Monaghan remaining next weekend their will not be enough time to have the Subaru back on the road in time. All at ALMC hope to see them back in the Subaru competing soon and there is always next year for the night navigation title lads.
The O'Mahony Family Subaru before the Start in Cavan
Last Updated on Monday, 04 March 2013 07:43
Murphy & Kelly Dominate ALMC Endurance Trial
Written by Club PRO
Tuesday, 19 February 2013 20:49
Brian Murphy and William Kelly lead from start to finish to win the ALMC Spring Endurance Trial in their Toyota Starlet finishing the event over a minute ahead of the second place crew of Enda McLoughlin and Declan Tynan also in a Starlet. Karl O'Donoghue with Evan Hughes calling the instructions came in third overall in their Rover 200 preventing a clean sweep for the Toyota's. The event started from its now customary base at the Luttrellstown Golf club in West Dublin and took the fifty competing crews on a loop of selectives through the grounds of various privately owned facilities and estates located in counties Dublin, Louth and Meath before returning to the Luttrellstown Castle estate for the final 15km selective loop of the grounds under the cover of darkness.
Murphy and Kelly made clear their intent right from the opening selective posting fastest time through the test and taking a lead which they did not relinquish for the remainder of the day. McLoughlin and Tynan maintained a steady pace through the course of the day and continued to swap seconds on the tests with the leaders while keeping the gap to less than thirty seconds. On the final test of the day Murphy's outright pace was too much for them and with just twenty seconds separating first and second at the start of the selective the winners emerged a minute and one second up to secure the win. Number one seeds Daniel Byrne and Kevin Fagan stayed in the hunt for the overall victory while battling with Eddie Peterson and Richard Pain both of which were driving Starlets until the final test in Luttrelstown when disaster struck and Byrne and Fagan took the maximum time and dropped to twenty fifth overall. Early indications at the finish were that Peterson and Pain would take third overall but when corrections were made to earlier test times O'Donoghue and Hughes moved ahead to clinch the final podium place ending the event just five seconds behind second placed McLoughlin. Peterson and Pain took first in class one, with the Starlet of Damien Doran and Anthony O'Neill second and Simon and Deirdre McKinley in their Canary yellow Fiat Cinquecento completing the top three in the class, they even had time for a car wash in Turvey prior to the MacHale test.
Irish young rallying talents Robert Barrable and FIA Academy star Alastair Fisher came together for their first event competing together with Alastair taking to the selective notes. Seeded two for the event their hopes of challenging for the overall award ended less than two kilometres into the first selective when they went straight on at a right hander and ended up getting stuck resulting in a loss of two minutes. Class two of the event for modified cars under 1400cc was a hotly fought battle with Martin Devine and dad John alongside coming home class winners and seventh overall following a blistering time through the final selective and the scrubbing of an earlier late penalty. Frank Lenehan and Olwen Blair took second in class two in their Starlet with Niall and James Driver finishing third in the class, five and a half minutes off the class winners. Class three was dominated by ex-track racing ace Patricia Denning with former border championship winning co-driver Joe Downey calling the instructions in the Toyota Starlet, proving they are a formidable team on enduro events. Glyn Gaffney and Alan Doran in their Celica finished one minute forty seconds behind Denning, yet another ageing Toyota put to good use. The final place in the class went to Coffee Perfections Sean McEnroe and navigator Paul Tierney in the Proton Sabia GTi. Ted and Karen Gaffney an all ALMC club crew once again swept the selectives in the Golf GTi, Karen feeling the pre-event pressure sitting with Ted following his recent event success she need not have worried they toped class four.
Dermot Carnegie and Paul Bodset lead the rear wheel drive brigade in their Ford Escort, sliding their way through the slippy tests they finished forth overall and first in class five over five minutes ahead of Martin Nugent and Mark Doran in their Escort with Philip Armstrong and Frank Hussey in the Volvo 544 over seven minutes further back. Ian Downey driving one of several Starlets from the Downey fleet took the inaugural Gary Emmett perpetual Trophy, a tribute to ALMC club member and endurance competitor who passed away late last year. Fifty crews took to the start of the event and with only five crews not making the full distance forty five muck splattered, sump dented, happy crews made it across the finish line late on Saturday night. Congratulations and well done to COC Noel Devlin and his hard working team and all who marshalled on the day.
ALMC Endurance Trial Results
Written by Club PRO
Sunday, 17 February 2013 10:30
Results O/A 1st Brian Murphy/William Kelly Toyota Starlet, 2nd Enda McLoughlin/Declan Tynan +1.01 Toyota Starlet 3rd Karl O'Donoghue/Evan Hughes +1.06 Rover 200.
Class 1 - Eddie Peterson/Richard Pain Toyota Starlet, 2nd Damien Doran/Anthony O'Neil Toyota Starlet +0.31, 3rd Simon & Deirdre McKinley Fiat Cinquecento +1.33
Class 2 - 1st Martin & John Devine Toyota Starlet, 2nd Frank Lenehan/Olwen Blair Toyota Starlet +3.06, 3rd Niall & James Driver Toyota Starlet +5.27
Class 3 - 1st Patricia Denning/Joe Downey Toyota Starlet, 2nd Glyn Gaffney/Alan Doran Toyota Celica +1.40, 3rd Sean McEnroe/Paul Tierney Proton Sabia GTi +10.26
Class 5 - 1st Dermot Garnegie/Paul Bodset Ford Escort, 2nd Martin Nugent/Mark Doran Ford Escort +5.15 3rd Philip Armstrong/Frank Hussey Volvo 544 +12.30
50 cars started ALMC Endurance Trail with 45 making it across the finish line late on Saturday evening congratulations and well done to all. BIG THANKS to Luttrellstown Golf Club, all the estate & land owners and the many marshals, volunteers and club members who came out to help!
Last Updated on Monday, 04 March 2013 07:44
Murphy & Kelly Wrap Up Win on ALMC Endurance Trial
Written by Club PRO
Saturday, 16 February 2013 23:29
(Provisional) Brian Murphy and ALMC member William Kelly have won the ALMC Spring Endurance Trial 2013 in their Toyota Starlet, the crew dominated the event taking the overall lead on the opening selective and maintaining their advantage to the finish. Enda McLoughlin with Declan Tynan on the selective notes also in a Starlet finished second overall just over one minute behind with Karl O'Donoghue and Evan Hughes third a further five seconds back in their Rover 200 preventing the Starlets from a clean sweep. Daniel Byrne and Kevin Fagan who featured in the top four for most of the event saw their dreams of an overall win disappear on the final Luttrellstown test when their Starlet cried enough dropping them to twenty fifth overall. More news, full results and class winners will be posted shortly along with photographs from the days selective's.
Three to Go Murphy Holds Lead
Written by Club PRO
Saturday, 16 February 2013 21:04
With thirteen selectives completed and just three test remaining in the dark, Brian Murphy and William Kelly still lead the field in the spring Endurance Trial although their lead has been cut by 2 seconds, Enda McLoughlin closed the gap slightly, Enda and navigator Declan Tynan are keeping it clean and hoping for a mistake by the leaders. Eddie Peterson holds third and remains just 2 seconds off 2nd place. Daniel Byrne in 4th has made up good time and closed the gap to first to just 30 seconds and only 6 seconds off 3rd spot. It is all still to play form with just three selectives remaining any of the top four could realisrically win the event, the first crews are due back in Luttrellstown at 8.30pm approximately.
1 Brian Murphy/William Kelly Toyota Starlet
2 Enda McLoughlin/Declan Tynan Toyota Starlet +22
3 Eddie Peterson/Richard Pain Toyota Starlet +24
4 Daniel Byrne/Kevin Fagan Toyota Starlet +30
5 Dermot Carnegie/Paul Bosdet Ford Escort +52
6 Damien Doran/Anthony O'Neil Toyota Starlet +1.11
7 Ian Downey/Breen McNamee Toyota Starlet +1.27
8 Joe Murray/Clifford Auld Toyota Starlet +1:55
9 Karl O'Donoghue/Evan Hughes +2.15
10 Simon McKinley/Deirdre McKinley +2.15
Murphy Leads After Eight Selectives
Written by Administrator
Saturday, 16 February 2013 18:05
After 8 selectives of the 2013 ALMC Endurance Trial Brian Murphy and Wlliam Kelly lead the field by 26 seconds, number 2 seeds of Robert Barrable with Alastair Fisher alongside slid wide on the opening test in Luttrellstown droping close to two minutes and pushing themselves down the field. Enda McLoughlin is keeping it clean on the tests and lies second overall with Eddie Peterson just 2 seconds behind in third. With a further six selectives still to go including Slane Castle, Fairyhouse Race Course and the daunting 15km Luttrellstown test all in the dark it is all to play for and the slightest mistake from the leaders could cost them the event.
1 Brian Murphy/William Kelly Toyota Starlet
2 Enda McLoughlin/Declan Tynan Toyota Starlet +26
3 Eddie Peterson/Richard Pain Toyota Starlet +28
4 Daniel Byrne/Kevin Fagan Toyota Starlet +43
5 Dermot Carnegie/Paul Bosdet Ford Escort +53
6 Damien Doran/Anthony O'Neil Toyota Starlet +57
7 Ian Downey/Breen McNamee Toyota Starlet +1:01
8 Joe Murray/Clifford Auld Toyota Starlet +1:08
9 Martin Devine/John Devine Toyota Starlet +1:31
10 Seamus O Grady/Oonagh Roche Toyota Starlet +1:32
11 John Newman/Dave Woodcock +1:33
12 Karl O Donoghue/Evan Hughes Rover 200 +1:49
13 Simon McKinley/Deirdre McKinley Cinquecento +1:54
14 Declan O'Toole/Sean O'Toole Toyota Starlet +1:55
Testing Selective's Await Crews on ALMC Endurance Trial
Written by Club PRO
Thursday, 07 February 2013 09:53
With less than two weeks to go to the ALMC Endurance Trial the first event of the 2013 Endurance calendar Noel and the ALMC team have been working hard to put together a difficult and challenging event for competitors to tackle. The trial will see competitors visit ten different selective venues as they tackle a total of 60km of competitive distance, the event will start from the Luttrellstown Golf resort on the out skirts of Dublin to the west of the city taking crews through counties Dublin, Louth and Meath before returning to the finish at the Luttrellstown estate.
Noel Devlin & Deirdre Gallagher on the Fairyhouse Race Course Selective
A number of the selective venues will be familiar to competitors as they have been used for previous events although clerk of the course Noel Devlin assures us that the tests will be very different and have been designed to maximise the distance of the selectives. The event will open with a run through the Luttrellstown estate a now familiar opening salvo of the ALMC spring Endurance Trial, on making it through the opener crews will move to Fairyhouse Racecourse just up the road where a route that resembles a spiders web awaits competitors and maybe even a TV appearance as the RTE TV camera's follow Greg Starr from Operation Transformation around the racecourse. Following the jumps at Fairyhouse is a new venue for this year Raystown Business Park in Ashbourne again a short distance away with the addition of a bus or two to create some excitement. Turvey at Junction 4 on the old road north is the scheduled coffee stop followed by a test amongst the plant and machinery supplied as unforgiving pylons provided by the MacHale's famous for their combined six Irish Tarmac rally championship titles.
Into the early afternoon and the event gets into full swing and following a road section north west the event moves to Walterstown Farm (near Kentstown) and a reverse run of the very popular test from last year and then a short dash over the road to Harristown Landfill and a chance for competitors to recycle any bits that may have come off their endurance cars. Slane Castle is next up and with Bon Jovi and Eminem due here later this year the wonderful grounds of the world famous concert venue will be alive with the sound of trial cars by mid afternoon as the crews do battle around the castle for the first of two runs through and a chance to perfect the selective notes before darkness falls. Townley Hall joins the list of new for 2013 venues, it is home to the “School of Philosophy” but the crews will need a lot more than "Philo" to negotiate the driveway; logging roads and mud tracks on the two and a half kilometre selective. With the afternoon drawing to a close and the dusk turning to darkness Whiteriver Kart Track will be the final test in whatever is left of daylight and the crews will have a chance to display their track skills all be it in something a lot bigger than a kart.
The first of the night selective's will be a return to Townley Hall which will most definitely look a lot different in the dark and then the afternoons tests will follow in quick succession Slane Castle, Harristown Landfill and Fairyhouse Racecourse to name but a few. Then the "piste de résistance" translated as "Endurance crews worst nightmare in the Dark" 15km of selective around the grounds of the Luttreslltown estate with several laps and cars starting at minute intervals it will surely be a spectacular light show and perfect end to an excellent day and true endurance event. A welcome rest will greet crews at the golf resort beside the final test and for those not driving home and who mastered it all it will be "porter, pie and prizes" to end the day. Entries remain open for the event although places are limited; regulations and event details are available on this site or by contacting Deirdre Gallagher event secretary on 086 336 6186 or by email
Last Updated on Thursday, 07 February 2013 12:36
Jasper & Whyatt 6R4 Returns
Written by Club PRO
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 09:11
The UK Iconic based MG METRO 6R4 of Mark Jasper and ALMC club member Don Whyatt will soon be heard in the Irish lanes on full chat, as the crew are planning to do the 2013 Irish Dunlop National Championship, Don who is now based in Dublin with Ecocem Ireland - a low environmentally friendly carbon cement company (free plug) said the crew are really looking forward to throwing the metro down the Irish lanes, hopefully not as they threw it down the Jersey lanes last year as this resulted in a rather large accident resulting in the car having a full bare shell rebuild. For the tech’s out there the rebuild included, the Proflex suspension, a new Paddle flat shift sequential gearbox fitted and the engine upgraded and freshly rebuilt. Since the rebuild the crew have completed 2 UK single venue events finishing 2nd on the Lynn Stages and 1st on the Woodbridge stages, so far so good!!
Mark Jasper & Don Whyatt's Metro 6R4 in its New Livery
The crew have entered the Birr Stages rally, round 1 of the Irish Dunlop National Championship and the associated ferries, flights and hotel have been booked, the 6R4 will also compete on selected rounds of the UK MSA national championship which includes the Dublin based ALMC Stages rally in July and as many rounds of the Irish Dunlop Championship as the funds allow. Don mentioned that any potential Irish sponsors will be more than welcome to join the team which by its nature is always a crowd pleaser and generates huge interest and media coverage. The team is currently supported by Ian Chamberlain Motorsport and Dunlop Tyres, all at ALMC wish them the very best for the forth coming season and we look forward to tracking their progress through the year.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 January 2013 09:52
What is a Rally Seat when it comes to Endurance Trials ?.
Rally Seats: "Appendix 35 27.6"
Rally type seats may be considered as one piece including headrest and slots for the harness both back & sides.
i.e. Seats that do not recline & do not have slip on headrests.
If your car has rollover protection fitted, you are required to have Rally Seats ( that meet the above requirement ) fitted.
ALMC Crews Get the Shakes
Written by Club PRO
Monday, 21 January 2013 17:40
Two ALMC crews took to the West Cork lanes at the weekend to take part in the Cork Motor Club 1000 Shakes Navigation Trial, the event provided an interesting evenings entertainment for them all with the weather playing its part, with heavy rain early on followed by frosty conditions for the second half of the night. Richie O'Mahony with father Richard alongside in their Subaru Impreza had an excellent run on the event finishing in 15th place overall and an impressive 2nd in the beginner class. Endurance trialer come Autotester Noel Devlin made a return to his home County for the event and teamed up with stages codriver specialist William Kelly, the crew bringing home their Subaru Impreza in 22nd overall and just missing out on 3rd place in the novice class with an odd sick stop here and there thrown in for good measure. Well done to them all on making it back in one piece and we look forward to catching up with them on their next night nav outing.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 14:18
Written by Administrator
Friday, 07 December 2012 14:16
2013 Club Membership
The 2013 Club Membership forms are now available for download and payment can be made by using your online banking facility. The Club bank details are:
BANK TRANSFER DETAILS
You can make a bank transfer to our AIB account, ( Reference = MEMBERS FULL NAME) but you must submit the membership form ( and proof of bank transfer ) to be included as a valid membership payment / renewal
The AGM takes place on January 9th at 8pm followed by a Club Meeting where you can renew your membership and get your 2013 MI Competition Licence application stamped.
Last Updated on Friday, 07 December 2012 14:26
Stages Rally Update After SS6
Written by Club PRO
Sunday, 15 July 2012 14:37
Melvyn Evans in a Subaru Impreza S12B has extended his lead in the City North Hotel ALMC Stages rally after six stages; Melvyn who has led the rally from the first stage is 1 minute and 9 seconds ahead of James Belton in an Evans Motorsport run Impreza S11 WRC. Leader of the UK Championship Damian Cole remains third a further 1 minute 15 seconds and is focused on maintain his championship lead and bringing the car home. Damian seems set to be awarded maximum championship points as the championship coordinator Andrew Hail has issued both Evans and Belton with an instruction that their cars are in breach of championship regulations, relating to the cars mud flaps. It seems certain that this story will run long after the event is over but will not in any way affect the results of the ALMC Stages Rally.
Fourth place in the rally is held by Stephen Simpson also in an Impreza S12, Stephen is enjoying a better run on this year’s rally having not finished last time out, he is followed in fifth place by Chris Armstrong and codriver Tommy Clinton in their Ford Escort who are also the top crew in class 13. David Armstrong has consolidated his sixth place overall and held his lead in class 14. ALMC’s own Stephen Cullen with Seamus O’Grady leads the group N class and seventh place overall, during the second loop Stephen was briefly passed by Lloyd Hutchinson in the Mini when a heavy rain shower slowed Stephen’s Impreza on the Niall Russell Engineering sponsored SS5. Stephen retook seventh place through stage 6 with Lloyd eight overall just 5 seconds behind and keeping the pressure on. Ninth place overall is held by the fast charging Chris Snow, who only entered the rally yesterday morning and arrived at sign on shortly before teatime when his co driver Sean Brunton finished work, an incredible performance from the lads considering they had two runs through only the first stage. Another ALMC driver rounds out the top ten Graeme Colfer with co driver Dave Woodcock in the Citroen C2R2.
Some of the other retirements on the rally include Simon Chapman and Tony Graham who retired their Austin Metro with a centre differential problem at the end of the opening loop of three stages. Adam Clews with Peter Williams alongside on the notes only managed about one metre of the first stage when their Ford Puma broke a shaft on the start line. Joe Connolly and John J Connolly in the Red Mills backed Ford Escort pulled out of the rally due to an electrical problem; they managed to rectify the problem at service and are running as a 00. PA Bellew and ALMC’s Andres Reid in their Ford Escort crashed out on stage two both the crew were OK but the car will need some work. Third place driver following the first loop of stages Thomas Fitzmaurice withdrew from the rally at service as his co driver Fionn Foley has taken ill with a stomach bug. Desi Henry has also retired his Citroen DS3 from the event although we have not yet been able to determine why
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 July 2012 12:17
Written by Administrator
Thursday, 19 January 2012 02:04
Following a well attended AGM on Wednesday 18th January, the following were elected:
Vice Chairman: Raymond Scullion
John Devine ; Ivan O'Connor ; Richie Tallon
John Carroll ; Conor Crowley ; Noel Devlin ; Joe Downey ; Raymond Scullion
Last Updated on Friday, 20 January 2012 08:48
New Year Celebrations
Check out the Photo Gallery for some Club Members in action on Lyndsay Doran's Punchestown New Year Celebration event !
Spring Endurance Trial 2012
Written by Club PRO
Monday, 16 January 2012 19:06
ALMC Motor Club will return to Luttrellstown Castle Resort Golf Club on Saturday the 18th February for the now annual spring Endurance Trial. Following the success of the event last year and the growing popularity of Endurance Trials in Ireland ALMC will once again kick off the Endurance Trial calendar with a challenging and interesting event for competitors. The event will visit some of the more difficult tests which featured in last year’s Trial while visiting a number of new locations with the event ending in a run through the Luttrellstown Castle test which will be the longest of the day under the cover of darkness. Clerk of the Course for the event is Raymond Scullion who will for the first time take on the responsibility for the event, "this year’s event will be even bigger and better than last years and while there will be some of last year’s tests included they will all have some subtle changes so that last year’s crews don't have any significant advantage. We will also be running new locations around Collon, Slane, Navan and Dunshaughlin and of course the night test in Luttrellstown, which I believe will play a significant part in deciding the overall winner of the event" commented Ray.
The event will start from Luttrellstown golf club at 11am with scrutiny and drivers briefing taken place prior to the start also at the club. The crews will then head for the tests with a lunchtime stop scheduled for 1.30 followed by an afternoon packed with tests spread over counties Dublin, Louth and Meath with the crews returning to the tea stop location prior to their run through the night test. The first of the competing cars is due back in Luttrellstown at 8.45pm with results and prize giving scheduled for shortly after 10pm.
Entries are now open for the event and will close on the 9th February, with the number of entries restricted to 70 competing cars it is likely a reserve list will be created long before the closing date, similar to the two ALMC Endurance Trials last year. The entry fee is just €185 which includes standard rate IRDS/BRDS insurance and a €30 crew personal accident insurance; the club are offering a discount of €7 for entries from competitors aged 16 or 17. Cars from classes 1 to 5 are eligible for the event which range from navigation trial cars up to 2000cc to front and rear wheel drive retro type cars, with the overall winner being decided from class 1.
"The popularity of Endurance Trial events has really grown in the past twelve months and based on the number of entries we have already received we will most certainly run the maximum number of cars. I would encourage anyone who has not experienced Endurance Trials and is interested in getting involved to come along and help out on the event where they will get the opportunity to experience the event while learning about this low cost form of Motorsport" said CoC Raymond Scullion at the recent launch of the event.
Full regulations and details of the event are available on the site or by contacting the event secretary Clara Healy on 086 3366186 or by email
Last Updated on Monday, 16 January 2012 22:55
Ted and Paul's Amazing (and long) adventure!
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Tuesday, 10 January 2012 21:53
Ted Gaffney (ALMC) and Paul Bosdet (Morcambe Club) comfortably won their class on the gruelling 1500 mile LE JOG Lands End to John O'Groats rally. It was their first time to compete together, and the first time for each to compete in this classic Endurance Rally. Ted’s trustworthy 1983 Golf GTI was brought out of retirement again, to compete on this Historic Endurance Rally Organisation run event.
Eamonn Byrne and navigator Anthony Preston swept to victory on last weekend’s inaugural ALMC Endurance Trial, Eamonn best known for his auto testing exploits powered his Toyota Starlet through the gruelling event to win by just under 200 marks from his nearest rival. Second overall was taken by Daniel Byrne and Richard Pain in similar machinery with Simon McKinley in third place with Deirdre Delaney alongside on the notes. The event was based out of Luttrellstown Castle resort in Castleknock, on the outskirts of Dublin with competing crews taking on a marathon of trials throughout the day and late in to the evening, with over eleven hours of competition.
The event attracted competitors from a range of motorsport disciplines including Rallying, Auto Testing, Circuit Racing, Rallycross and Retrospective Rallies to name but a few. The sixty strong entries set off at 11am on a bright and dry morning all with an understanding of the type of event but not sure what to expect through the day. The route for the event took competitors to a range of trials with a mix of surfaces from gravel to tarmac and many offering both in the one trial. The trial sites included Bellewstown racecourse, Slane Castle, to name but a few with the evening trials taking place in Joe McHale’s Leinster Driving school, Tattersall’s and Fairyhouse Racecourse before the crews returned to the final night trial on the 8km Luttrelstown test.
Current Irish Tarmac Championship co-driver Brian Murphy turned his hand to driving for the event teaming up with navigator Derek Brannigan in a Noel Devlin prepared Toyota Starlet his efforts were rewarded with first in class two for navigation cars up to 1400cc with second in the class going to Richard Meeke and Philip O’Reilly in their Vauxhall Nova, Noel Broderick with Shay Crawley alongside rounded out the top three in the class.
Class three for navigation cars 1400-2000cc engines was a hard fought battle with Steven Free and Keith Wiseman in their Proton Satria the only Proton entered in the event. They edged out regular auto tester and ex-circuit racer Patricia Denning driving a Toyota Starlet with UK Asphalt championship co-driver William Kelly alongside, third in class three was taken by the Ford Escort of John Folan and Tazmin O’Donnell who spent the day entertaining the marshals and officials as they spent most of the day sliding sideways through the trials.
The event took its toll on a number of crews including number one seeds Karl O’Donoghue and Alan Dorman who’s Rover 200 expired on the early afternoon run through the Gormanstown Trial. Another crew to suffer late in the day but to go on and win the Fiat Cento class was Motorsport Ireland Billy Coleman award winner and current UK and Irish Citroën Trophy champion Robert Barrable who was using the event to warm up for the weekends Sunseeker rally. Robert picked up a puncture on the final trial and dropped two and half minutes, with his spare already punctured Robert and co-driver Damien Connolly had to drive to the finish on the rim. Class four for Retrospective FWD cars class was won by yet another Toyota Starlet crew of Liam Cashman and Eoin Curry who put in a strong performance to beat second place crew of Craig O’Rourke and Ronan O’Neill in a similar machine, third in class four was taken by Piers MacFheorais and Fergal Collins giving Toyota all three places in the class. The RWD Retro car class five was the fifth and final class of the event with the class honours won by ex-Rallycross champion Dermot Carneige partnered by Paul Bosdet in their Ford Escort, second and third in class five was won by Bernard Bradley/ Kevin Fagan in the immaculately prepared Ford Escort Mexico and James O’Mahony / Paddy McDonnell in their Volvo 122s respectively. The event was a great success with many competitors asking when the next Endurance Trial would be taking place. ALMC would like to thank Luttrelstown Castle resort, all the owners of the trial sites, marshals, officials, competitors and all those who helped to make the event such a great success.
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 February 2011 14:22
ALMC win top MSA Round Award!
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Monday, 29 November 2010 21:39
The 2010 ALMC Stages Rally won the best rally award at the MSA Asphalt Rally Championship prize giving which took place in the UK on Saturday evening. The Richard Egger sponsored championship included the ALMC stages rally as a counting round for the first time during the 2010 season with a large number of regular championship contenders making the trip to Ireland for the round. The ALMC event won the award in it’s first year as a counting round which is a remarkable achievement and something which clerk of the course Noel Devlin is very proud. “It is a fantastic achievement for the club and testament to all the effort that the stages organising team put in advance and during the event weekend, the UK competitors really enjoyed our event and are looking forward to taking part in the 2011 ALMC round. The other rallies in the championship calendar continue to set a very high standard and we are working on next year’s event already and hope to bring some new initiatives to the attract a large entry from both UK and Ireland.
Next years’ ALMC Stages is likely to welcome back the Metro 6R4 Challenge, BMW M3 Challenge and the Mitsubishi Evolution challenge plus other championship rounds. News on the 2011 ALMC Stages Rally can be found on the dedicated event website www.almcstagesrally.com or by visiting the club website at www.almc.ie.
Last Updated on Monday, 29 November 2010 21:45
Robert Barrable wins Billy Coleman Award
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Friday, 19 November 2010 22:33
Barrable Clinches Billy Coleman Award 2010
ALMC club member Robert Barrable has won the 2010 Billy Coleman award. Robert along with fellow ALMC club member Ian Downey were both nominated for this year’s prestigious award. Robert and Ian received nominations long with six other young ambitious rally drivers who make up the list of contenders for this year’s title all of which have been competing against each other all year in an effort to claim the coveted first prize of €50,000 to help further their motor sport career. The eight contenders put forward their case for winning the award during an interview process which was held on November 16thwhere their performance during 2010 and their plans for 2011 were reviewed. Robert was given a wild card nomination for the award as a result of winning the UK and Ireland Citroën Trophy championships on his first year competing in the Citroën C2R2. “I am absolutely delighted to have won this prestigious award, it is the icing on this year rallying year for me. The award prize money will go a long way to helping me realise my plans and ambitions for next year, thanks to all the team and to all those who supported me during the year” commented Robert on being informed he had won the award.
The eight contenders were:
Robert Barrable (Dublin) – Wildcard Selection and winner of the UK and Ireland Citroen Trophies 2010.
Mark Wedlock (Co. Cavan) – First eligible highest placed driver overall in the Dunlop National Rally Championship.
Michael Carbin (Co. Monaghan) - Second eligible highest placed driver overall in the Dunlop National Rally Championship.
Ian Downey (Dublin) - First eligible highest placed driver overall in the National Forest Rally Championship.
Tom Murphy (Cork) - Second eligible highest placed driver overall in the National Forest Rally Championship.
Darren McKenna (Co. Monaghan) – Overall winner of the Junior Category of the Dunlop National Rally Championship.
Damien McCarthy (Co. Cork) & Kevin O’Connor (Co. Limerick) both wildcard Selections.
The Motorsport Ireland “Billy Coleman Award” is supported by the Irish Sports Council and Motorsport Ireland’s affiliated rally organising Motor Clubs. Robert will be presented with his award at the Dunlop Champions of Irish Motorsport Awards Luncheon on Tuesday 7th December. Congratulations to Robert on winning the award and also to Ian on receiving a nomination.
Last Updated on Friday, 19 November 2010 22:47
Robert Barrable completes the Double!
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Friday, 08 October 2010 21:17
ALMC’s Barrable Completes the Double and Wins Irish Citroën Racing Trophy
Robbert Barrable and co-driver Damien Connolly after an epic battle with championship rival Marty McCormack to win the Citroen Racing Trophy Ireland 2010 in their C2 R2 Max on the final round of the championship the Cork 20 International Rally as winners of the Citroen Racing Trophy. It has been a fabulous two weeks for the young Dubliner who added the Irish title to the UK one he secured on the Trackrod Rally at the end of September.
Robert drove a calculated rally in difficult weather conditions especially on the Saturday stages, and the fact that the odds were stacked against him going into the final round made his championship win an even greater achievement. Leader of the Trophy before the Cork start was Marty McCormack who had made the decision not to contest Cork, however due to administration issues, Marty was a last minute entry in the event. Robert Barrable’s task changed from merely having to finish in the top five, to having to win and hope that Marty finished third or less or not at all. The crews took to the stages with some of the classic Cork stages making a return to the event and after the first loop of three stages; it was Robert Barrable who led by just 6 seconds from the then championship leader McCormack. McCormack managed to claw back a further 2 seconds on the next loop of stages to head into the final set of stages 4 seconds behind. The final loop of the day’s stages McCormack took the lead setting a blistering time on the penultimate stage, but Robert replied on the day’s final stage to take a 1.3 second lead overnight.
Day two’s stages started with dry conditions, with Desi Henry setting the early pace, Desi was ten seconds up on the second fastest McCormack. McCormack continued to push through the second and third stage of the day two’s loop of stages and edged ahead of Barrable by three seconds at the mid day service.
This left Robert with no option but to attack on the final three stages if he was to have any chance of winning the Irish championship. McCormack’s luck though was about to change, the first stage after service spelt disaster when the drive-shaft broke on his C2 ending his rally. This left Robert to carefully drive his Citreon through the final two stages to emerge the Citroen Racing Trophy Ireland winner. “I am absolutely delighted. To take the two Citroen Trophies is really special, as everyone in the team has worked so hard. It was unfortunate for Marty to retire, but that’s the way it goes. For us it’s been a great year and it’s been a great little car to compete in.”
It was a fantastic finish to an exciting and well driven year by Robert, congratulations and well done to both Robert and Damien on their achievements from all at ALMC. We look forward to seeing them on the stages in 2011!
Last Updated on Friday, 08 October 2010 21:26
ALMC Endurance Trial 2011
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Wednesday, 29 September 2010 21:35
Endurance Trial Returns To ALMC Motor Club
Regulations for the 2011 ALMC September Endurance Trial will be available by clicking here in the next two weeks.
Endurance Rallying in the UK was introduced as a new low-cost Formula restricted to a maximum of 1400 cc. It is classed as “back to basics” rallying when the sport was all about rallying production cars with little modification. The formula offers a “third way” or middle rung-of-the-ladder format, bridging the Night Nav / Multi Venue scene and Special Stage rallying. It is not so complicated as these disciplines but runs to simpler rules and regulations. Engines, gearboxes, transmissions and brakes have to be standard. Safety harnesses, roll-over protection and fire extinguisher are among mandatory items, control tyres are normally used which are of a one make and design. Suspension can be uprated and better seats fitted. However the new formula is all about keeping costs down and modifications restricted.
There are lots of classes and anyone can have a go. You do not need a special competition licence- same as Nav / Retro /MVAT. Crews do not have to wear race suits or helmets. The event is split into road sections and Selectifs (like special stages) organised in country parks, stately homes, farmland, Hillclimbs, classic circuits etc., all combining for a course that runs day and night....... They vary in length from a couple of miles up to 19 miles, depending on the size of the forest.
They are timed to the second. The average speed is kept below 40 mph by the use of artificial chicanes, (usually set up on long straights), stopping to get code boards or stopping to have a time card stamped.
Some events (a minority) have an easy night navigation section of 1 – 2 hours before the night break.
The cars must have engines no larger than 1400 c.c. No modifications are allowed to engine or gearbox, except the engine can be “chipped”. No LSD allowed. Cars must have at least a rear cage.
Suspension is free, but no remote reservoirs. Wheels are free. Two spots allowed.
Sump-guard and tank-guard allowed. Cars must run with full glass and all seats and trim. Control tyres must be used, with a limit to number. Also, the corners of the tyres must be buffed off, which means far less damage to forestry roads, something the U.K. Forestry Commission is aware of. (Silverstone Tyres provide buffed tyres).
FIA seats not obligatory but advisable. Helmets not obligatory on selectives but advisable.
Full harness belts required but don’t have to have ‘quick release’ buckles. Hand-held fire extinguisher required (i.e. much the same as our night trial regulations)
No service crews allowed, but sweeper crews with mechanics attend at the start, throughout the event and at service halts; these are provided by the organisers. Spares must be carried in car. Being standard, the cars are ultra reliable.
At present, there is no such event under Motorsport Ireland regulations. The nearest we got to one was the Summer Lanes, run last August up North. Even though it wasn’t confined to Endurance specification cars, an Endurance car finished third. Ronnie Griffin’s TDC event in Mondello in January was similar – to get an idea of an Endurance event, think of Ronnie’s event but with much longer selectives.
There is a championship in the U.K. of six rounds. Some are fairly easy to get to – the Welsh being a good example – but the Daddy of them all is the Rally Evolution. The last time it was run it started on a Wednesday with scrutiny, you rallied for 13 hours on the Thursday, 18 hours on the Friday, 18 hours on the Saturday and 8 hours on the Sunday. The route went from Harrogate in Yorkshire to Carlisle to Glasgow, around the Scottish forests, back to Glasgow and back to Harrogate. There were over 40 selectives with a total selective mileage of 240 miles, nearly all in the forests.
The other six events run from Saturday lunch time to about 1:00 a.m., then an overnight halt and again from 9 a.m. to midday on Sunday, with results 2 hours later. Some events finish late on the Saturday night.
That’s it. Simple and cheap, where the fattest wallet doesn’t count as it does in stage rallying – and where you get a chance to win the event outright, rather than be consigned to the small print for your hard earned class win!
Many of the cars out on ALMC or TDC Multi Venue Events (or Retro Events) would have been eligible for an Endurance event and some even for a stage event.
1400 c.c. standard cars. No engine or gearbox modifications. No LSDs.
May change suspension, add two spotlights, strut brace.
Must have at least a rear cage (most have a full cage).
FIA seats not necessary.
Full harness belts required, but not the (expensive) quick release type.
Forestry tyres allowed but must have corners buffed off – much less damaging to gravel roads. (Silverstone Tyres supply buffed tyres).
This is just an outline; but essentially the cars are to the same specification as our Navigation Trial cars.
The winner is decided over a number of Selectives, which vary from a couple of miles up to 19 miles.
Selectives are held on private ground such as stately homes, racecourse perimeter roads, racing circuits, farms with long farm lanes and state forests.
A number of events include a short night navigation leg, but most don’t.
Unlike special stages, you must navigate your way through the selective .Unlike special stages, the average speed is kept below 32 mph by the use of cones, artificial chicanes, code boards (where the competitor has to stop to record a combination of letters and numbers on the board) and passage controls, where the competitor has to stop to get a signature from a marshal.
No service crews allowed.
Here are some extracts from the Regulations on Vehicles- from AUDI South West Endurance Rally 2008
Cars must have bodywork that represents the manufacturer’s original profile, as in standard or manufacturer’s optional extra form. All bodywork panels must be of the material provided as standard by the car manufacturer. Front and rear bumpers must be retained and be of the same material and dimensions as those fitted by the manufacturer. The fitting of additional wheel arch extensions is prohibited. Cars may not be lightened from the manufacturer's standard production weight. Strengthening of the body shell is permitted. De-mountable strut brace(s) may be fitted. Detachable sump guards, transmission, fuel tank and silencing system protection plates may be fitted. Bonnet, door and rear door/hatch locks may be changed and additional catches fitted. In the interests of safety, self locking door mechanisms should be disabled and glass sunroofs should be plated over.
All major internal trim must remain as originally supplied by the manufacturer. The exceptions are:- full harness belts must be fitted; a roll cage must be fitted; the steering wheel may be replaced; the front seats may be replaced; rear seats may have their backs folded down and securely fastened (or cut only where necessary to allow the fitting of the roll cage and seat belts); parcel shelves may be removed; trim and carpets behind the rear seats in the boot space may be removed; inside door panels may be reshaped to accommodate roll cage door bars or substituted by an alternative panel from a model variant; safety air bags may be removed or disabled; additional instruments, switches and controls may be fitted providing the layout of the original components is not changed; interior accessories may be added to improve comfort, convenience or safety, provided they do not affect the performance of the car. The glass areas of the car must not be rendered opaque except for the sun strip area.
This is a new way forward in providing cheaper motorsport events at a cheaper cost of preparation and participation in these challenge economic times.
We look forward to meeting some old and new friends on September 24th , 2011.
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Last Updated on Thursday, 04 August 2011 08:44
MVAT Results and Slide Show!
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Monday, 26 April 2010 10:37
Results for last weekends MVAT are now available for download in the Downloads section.