Given the current serious issues regarding falling entries in Stages Rallies and other Motorsport disciplines, Motorsport Ireland have called a meeting open to Competitors in particular to advise on what the future holds for the sport in this country.
The meeting has been scheduled for 8:00 on Tuesday 23rd May, and if you are an MI Licence holder, it will in your interest to attend.
A bright and early start on 23rd March for over 35 ALMC Club members at the Monaghan Stages Rally. Pictured above at Marshals Briefing, in Newbliss, ready to go to the final Stage in the Kileevan area.
Congratulations to Monaghan Motor Club on a great event and ALMC are looking forward to seeing you all in Trim on the 2nd July!
The May Meeting of the Motor Club will take place at the Castle Arch Hotel, Trim at 8:15 on 3rd May. All are welcome as always and all systems are now go for the Stages Rally on 2nd July!
Event Report by Ted Gaffney.
The Rally of the Tests emulates the RAC Rallies of the early 60’s, using cars of that era and crews are encouraged to dress up as befitting those days. Drivers are expected to wear a hat on tests, navigators to wear headgear when at time points. Penalties for not adhering to this rule have never been applied.
Starts and finishes each year are always locations where the “RAC” rally has been based in the past.
This rally is one of the toughest in Europe including Tests, Regularities, and Night sections. Many miles of road sections are frequently designed to bring the crews through many scenic areas you would never see on the usual trips to England Scotland or Wales.
Dermot Carnegie was navigated by regular partner, Paul Bosdet from Lancashire were in a Volvo PV544
Limerick’s James O’Mahony and Frank Hussey from Dublin were in a Volvo 122S
Frank Lenehan teamed up for the third time with Paddy McCollum from Co. Down in Frank’s Mini Cooper
Ted Gaffney was navigated by another Lancashire man, Brian Goff in Ted’s Mini 850
Travelling to the start of this 4 day over 750 miles, Regularity and Tests Classic rally was an operation in itself:
James flew in from Austria to Dublin, bussed to Limerick, collected the Volvo, went to Dublin, and collected the navigator, Frank. Then Dublin to Holyhead ferry, followed by 8 hours on the road to Bournemouth on the south coast of England.
Frank and Ted drove (rather than 2 on the one trailer) the Minis this year, getting on the Rosslare to Pembroke ferry at 08:30, for 4 hours. They then had 6 hours on the road to Bournemouth.
Paul collected Dermot’s car in Lancashire and met Brian a little further south. They were on the road for 7 hours.
Due to business commitments Dermot flew to Bournemouth.
There were 95 starters. 40 were able to win overall by being pre-1962. The others were eligible for class awards.
This is the 15th running of the Rally of the Tests and consisted of a 2 hour prologue on the Thursday after Scrutiny, documentation and plotting.
That was followed by 3 gruelling days with 07:30 starts and 21:00 finishes on the Friday and Saturday with an early ceremonial finish on Sunday at 17:00 in Chester City Centre.
The 20 regularity sections were in country roads sometimes including private land, nearly always hard to find.
On Regularities the navigator has their work cut out with 4 jobs in one:
Reading the map and instructing the driver
Reading the speed tables and instructing the driver as to whether they are going too fast or slow by
Checking the Trip and
Watching the clock(s) to see that their time matches the distance per the tables
The driver drives and tries to maintain the instructed speed on that part of the section and speeding up or slowing down as instructed.
The 30 tests were on Airfields, Army tank testing / combat training roads, Karting tracks, Farm lanes, Hill climb, private roads and grounds of stately homes.
Results: Time penalties
1st Andy Lane / Richard Crozier Volvo 123GT 08:27
6th Dermot Carnegie / Paul Bosdet Volvo PV544 10:42
9th Ted Gaffney / Brian Goff Mini 850 15:28
10th James O’Mahony / Frank Hussey Volvo 122S 15:32
15th Frank Lenehan / Patrick McCollum Mini Cooper 21:07
51st (5th Class 8) Robin Eyre Maunsell / Peter Scott Nissan Sunny 32:43
On the way home to the Holyhead ferry, Frank Hussy was driving James’s Volvo with a noisy diff when 100 meters before the traffic lights in Holyhead the car stopped! Frank didn’t know that the 3 other Irish cars were 15 seconds behind him. Before Frank could get the phone out of his pocket Dermot pulled up in front, and had his tow rope on the stricken car and towed away as good as any pit stop!
On the 30 Tests:
On the Porlock and Worthy hill climbs James and Frank were 2nd O/A on each the first time up, and were fastest O/A on Porlock on their second run through.
Dermot and Paul’s best test was 5th O/A on Down on the Farm, a long test around farm buildings, in and out of sheds followed by around a yard and finishing with chicanes on farm roads.
Frank and Paddy beat Ted and Brian on 12 tests
Ted and Brian beat Frank and Paddy on 12 tests
Their times were equal on the 6 other tests!
Ted / Brian’s best being 7th O/A on Banfords Bash, a private road with a very narrow hairpin left downhill, ideally suited to the Mini’s.
Frank / Paddy’s best being 9th O/A on Playing the Market, a cattle Market in Wales.
On the 20 Regularities:
Dermot and Paul were first overall on 2 Regularities
James and Frank best Regularities were a 2nd 3rd 4th and 5th O/A
Frank and Paddy had a 3rd and a 4th O/A
Ted and Brian’s managed a best of 5th O/A
Average positions over all 20 Regularities
Dermot and Paul 18th
James and Frank 26th
Ted and Brian 31st
Frank and Paddy 33rd