Last weekends West Cork Rally produced some great results for some of our local crews that made the trip to Clonakilty to compete in what was a very tough and challenging Event,there was Success for Mike P Kelleher/Eoghan McCarthy who emerged victorious in Class 10 in there Mark2 Escort,there were also some great performances from other local Crews including Darren Cremin/Liam Dennehy who finished 2nd in Class 11F, Denis O`Brien/Ryan O`Brien Opel Corsa who finished 4th in Class 10 who in turn were followed home by Kevin Hickey/Derry Healy in there Ford Escort with 5th in Class 10, and Denis Buckley/Jason Buckley who finished 7th in Class 10,unfortunately there was no luck for Don Moynihan/Kevin Murphy Ford Escort who were back after a long lay off from the Sport but retired with Mechanical Woes on Sunday while luck also deserted Derry Collins/Stephen Collins in there Class 9 Vauxhall Nova,and Derry Long/John Joe Williams in the Junior Section who both failed to make the finish,also local Co-Driver Declan Casey was calling the notes for Cavan Man Kevin Cole in a Ford Escort but luck also deserted them when they retired on Sunday with Mechanical Problems.The Event was won by Donagh Kelly/Conor Foley in there Ford Focus WRC who took a record breaking fifth consecutive victory, Josh Moffett/Andy Hayes Ford Fiesta were second overall and won the hotly contested R5 catagory,Gary Kiernan/Ryan Moore in there Proton won the National Section,Owen Murphy won the Historic section in his Talbot Sunbeam and Gary McNamee in his Honda Civic was the top Junior Competitor.Frequent changeable weather during the Event made for very challenging driving conditions with very Cold Conditions and even some Snow making the going quite interesting but as always Cork Motor Club led by Greg McCarthy and his hard working Team which included Danny Creedon/Michael O`Riordan Subaru and Conor Falvey Porsche performing 00 Sweeper Duties along the Route Ran a Top Class Rally which was enjoyed by both Competitors and Spectators alike.
Millstreet Vintage Club are looking forward to a very Busy 2018 Season with there first Event of the Year already after taking place which was a well supported Cars Coffee Chat Morning in January, below is a list of the Events planned for 2018.
Car Run leaving Millstreet on Sunday March 25th
Cars Coffee Chat Morning at Cafe Aroma on Easter Sunday April 1st
Tractor Run Sunday April 15th
Tractor Run Sunday May 13th
Car Run and BBQ Saturday June 23rd
Charity Truck Run leaving Millstreet on Sunday July 29th
Ford Escort 50th Celebration Run over Classic Rally Stages Sunday August 12th
Car Run Sunday September 9th.
CART Tractor Run Carriganima Sunday September 16th.
Millstreet Vintage Club Model Toy Show Sunday Oct 14th in Dromtariffe.
More Details to Follow on Events Soon, Enquiries to 087 7924406
First Event of 2018 for Millstreet Vintage Club is a Car Coffee Chat Morning at Café Aroma in Millstreet which takes place on Tomorrow Sunday Jan 21st from 11am to 3pm,the Club will be Celebrating the 50th Birthday of the Ford Escort and all Cars Bikes Tractors etc are welcome on the day but in particular Ford Escorts of all Ages and Marks to celebrate 50 Years of this Iconic Car,For more details Contact Donie on 086 8545873.
Millstreet Vintage Club would like to wish Everybody a very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year,we thank Each and Every one of you for your support at all our Events during the past Year and we look forward to meeting ye all again in 2018.Enjoy the Festive Season.
Millstreet Vintage Club held a very successful AGM earlier tonight Wednesday Dec 13th at The Parish Centre in Millstreet.
There were over 30 people in Attendance comprising of both current Club Members and also a significant number of New people who joined the Club on the Night of the Meeting as well.
Dan O`Riordan Club Secretary outlined and recapped on a very successful and busy year for the Club in 2017 with many great events being held including a highly successful Vintage Day, Car Runs, Tractor Runs, Barbeque, Cars/Chat, Coffee Mornings, Model Show etc taking place and as a result the Club raised over €6,400 along the way during the year as well for some very worthy Charities. Myra Sheehan Club Treasurer gave her Financial Report for The Year, and Club Chairman Donie Lucey in his address thanked all Club Members Fellow Committee Members and anyone else who may have helped the Club for all there hard work during the Course of the Year gone by.
Following this a New Committe was Elected as Follows:
Geoff O`Sullivan- President
John Barry-Vice President
Donie Lucey- Chairman
Mike P Kelleher-Vice Chairman
Tim Lucey-Assistant Secretary
Tom Mulcahy-Assistant Treasurer
Dan Barry-Assistant PRO
Luke Hurley-Safety Officer.
Finbar Hurley-Equipment Officer
Millstreet Vintage Club are planning on having a Busy 2018 with many of the Events held during 2017 being planned again for Next Year with more details to follow in due course,
The Club is always open to New Members and if you want to find out more about the Club give Donie Lucey a Call on 086 8545873 or Dan O`Riordan on 087 2452569 or you can contact any Club Member and do check out our Twitter Page https://twitter.com/MillstreetV for updates, and you can check us out on Facebook as well at https://www.facebook.com/Millstreet-Vintage-Club-1235187116516958/ or Email <email>
Millstreet Vintage Club Annual AGM will take place on this coming Wednesday 13 December 2017 in the Millstreet Parish Centre at 8.00pm sharp. All Club Members and anyone out there interested in Vintage/Classic Cars and Tractors are welcome to attend and join our Club.
Congrats to Denis Moynihan on his victory on Saturday in the Rentokil Initial Killarney Historic Rally. He edged out another local man who had led early on – Mark Falvey by twelve seconds. OnThePaceNote.com interviewed Denis directly after the last stage and it can be seen on their video (from 2:40-3:20). Denis said: “It’s very special, any time you win is special. Especially in Killarney, I suppose I’m not that far away from here originally – Millstreet. The effort my brother John, Sean, and AnnMarie put in to make sure the car was ready – they did a fabulous job, and Ger on the notes and Dan and Mark servicing and everything, it was a real family affair It’s great for every one of us, it’s fabulous.” [read more …] “Denis Moynihan Wins the Killarney Historic Rally”
Millstreet Vintage Club are holding a Celebration of 100 Years of Ford in Ireland with a History of the Ford Motor Company and Ford Family Film Show at the Wallis Arms Hotel on this coming Sunday Nov 19th starting at 3 pm, some very interesting Guest Speakers on the day and you are welcome to bring along your Vintage / Classic Ford Vehicle as well and display them outside the Hotel and in the Square in Millstreet,an Event not to be missed, Admission 5 Euro.Contact Donie on 086 8545873 for more details.
Well its been a long week with a Hurricane and a Storm just gone by which we hope everybody got through Safely and without any Difficulty,and as a Result it is only now that the Millstreet Vintage Club have got around to thanking Everybody who both attended,took part and helped in any way with our Third and most Successful Model Toy Show to date held in Dromtariffe Hall last Sunday,a Record Crowd came to see the Show on the day which was enjoyed by Everybody that attended,there were fantastic Displays on Show from Exhibitors who came from both near and far and once again Event Organisers Donie Lucey, Johnny Flynn and all at Millstreet Vintage Club would like to thank Everybody for there support and look forward to seeing ye all again Next Year. You can check out some great Photos here https://www.facebook.com/media/set/… captured by Matthew Twomeyy and more Photos by Tom Corbett at https://www.facebook.com/521710134582660/photos/…
Dont miss the Annual Model Toy Show hosted by Millstreet Vintage Club in Dromtariffe Hall on Tommorrow Sunday Oct 15th,The Show is always a great day out and there is something there for everyone both Young and Old including a wide display of Model Cars,Trucks,Tractors etc,Farm Setting Layouts,Remote Control Cars,Trucks,and Plant Hire,Dolls Houses and Furniture displays and much more,Admission is 5 Euro and Children are Free,Doors Open at 10.30 AM,for more information Contact Donie on 086- 8545873 or John on 087-9230332.
As you can see below from the Pictures Our Star Celebrity has arrived today in Millstreet after spending a couple of days Touring around the Country and should be in Dromtariffe Tommorrow Morning all going well,he got a drive from Mitchelstown to Millstreet in a K and L Truck and wants to thank K and L for that,he then went to Marios for Grub but it was shut so went to the Wallis Arms instead where he was treated very well,he then went to the Garda Station but didn’t get arrested thankfully and from there he mingled with the Locals around Town for a while,he then went to Colemans purely because he loves Tractors and is a big New Holland Fan,and from there he went on to visit Drishane and Green Glens before finishing his Tour at Mill Oils to see how the Oil Buisness in Millstreet is doing, he is now resting for the Night close to the Hall in Dromtariffe,rumour has it that Donie Lucey has given him B and B at his place but this can’t be confirmed,but what we can say is that he is still very very fired up about the Model Show now as it is so close to the day itself and is looking forward to meeting everybody Tommorrow as are all the other Celebrities including Mickey Mouse and Charlie Chaplin who are all in the area at this stage,and if you happen to come across any of them do stop and say hello or you can meet them all in Dromtariffe Tommorrow as well from 10.30 AM.
As we get yet another day closer to the Model Show in Dromtariffe the Famous Person we have been featuring on here over the last few days is still on route to Millstreet and on schedule to hopefully be in the area by Sunday just in time for the Model Show,this Morning he was sighted in Mother Hubbards Restuarant in Cashel having his Breakfast and was seen in the Town later,as you can see from the Picture below he still looks very happy as he always is,and is very excited about the Model Show,we will keep you updated on how he is getting on in his journey over the next couple of days.
The Famous Person we featured on here yesterday is still in the Country and was spotted near Portlaoise earlier today looking for a lift to Millstreet, he is still believed to be on target to hopefully be in Dromtariffe for the Model Show on Sunday next
The countdown is on to the Annual Model Toy Show hosted by Millstreet Vintage Club in Dromtariffe Hall on next Sunday Oct 15th,The Show is always a great day out and there is something there for everyone both Young and Old including a wide display of Model Cars,Trucks,Tractors etc,Farm Setting Layouts,Remote Control Cars,Trucks,and Plant Hire,Dolls Houses and Furniture displays and much more,also this Year one or two Celebrities are thinking of attending and might just turn up at the Show on the Day, as can be seen from the Photo below we already have one very famous person seen at Dublin Airport earlier with the Model Show being firmly on his mind so who knows he might be attending on Sunday, Admission is 5 Euro and Children are Free,for more information Contact Donie on 086- 8545873 or John on 087-9230332 for details.
The recent Cork 20 Rally produced mixed results for some of our local crews that made the short trip to Macroom which is now the new Home for the Rally to compete in what was a very tough and challenging Event, Saturdays stages were in the Kilmichael, Inchigeela and Kilnamartyra areas while the stages on Sunday were more Local to Millstreet with the Butter Road, Mushera and Mullaghanish stages all being used,the weather was sometimes very mixed particularly on the Saturday Morning loop and this made driving conditions quite challenging for all the Crews which as a result brought quite a few retirements along the way,from a Millstreet point of view there was a good battle in Class 10 with only just over 18 sec covering the top 3 Crews in the Class with Bandons Victor Beamish in an Vauxhall Nova topping the Class with our local crews filling the next 4 places with Denis O`Brien/Ryan O`Brien Opel Corsa finishing just 14.7 sec behind while 3rd in the Class were Kevin Hickey/Derry Healy Ford Escort Mark 1 a further 4 seconds back, rounding off the Top 5 in Class 10 were Sean Moylan/Denny O`Riordan in a Peugeot 306 who were followed home in 5th by Mike P Kelleher/Iarla McCarthy in there Mark 2 Escort,Sean Moynihan/Liam Brennan in another Mark 2 Escort took 3rd in Class 12 and as a result are Class 12 Champions in both the Irish Tarmac Championship and also in the Southern 4 Rally Championship as well in what has been a remarkable year for the talented Young Man from Millstreet,Todd Falvey/Andrew Cronin in there Porsche 911 were 3rd overall in the Historic Section and finished first in Class C1 while John Murphy/ Eoghan McCarthy finished 5th in Class 20 with there Subaru Impreza,unfortunately there was no luck for Dan Kelleher/Gavin Downey Ford Escort Mark 2,Denis Buckley/Declan Casey Ford Escort Mark 2 and John O`Sullivan/Derry Long Ford Fiesta who all failed to finish what was a very tough Rally.The Event was won by Sam Moffett in his Ford Fiesta who by just starting the Rally finished off a remarkable year by winning the Irish Tarmac Championship to add to his National Tarmac and Forestry Titles he already has under his belt as well from the 2017 Season, while Josh Moffett Ford Fiesta crashed out on the last stage while fighting for the lead with his older Brother which left Alastair Fisher in his Fiesta finishing in the runner up spot while Kevin Eves co-driven by Macroom Man William Lynch won the National Rally in his Toyota Corolla and also the Tarmac Championship Title in the National Section as well in the process,Keith McIvor won the Historic section in his Ford Escort while Jenna McCann was the top Junior Competitor and as a result clinched the Junior Tarmac Championship in Cork,Munster Motor Club led by Paul Browne and his hard working Team laid on a very challenging Route with top class stages used that provided tough driving conditions which were enjoyed by both Competitors and Spectators alike,out of the 104 Crews listed to start the Event 63 Crews made it back to the finish on Sunday Evening in Macroom.
The final round of the 2017 Clonakilty Blackpudding Irish Tarmac Championship, The AceSigns Cork ’20’ Rally 2017 is on this weekend (Sept 30th & Oct 1st), and it will be coming close to Millstreet passing through the Mushera, Cloghoulabeg and Aubane areas for four stages (two stages run twice) on Sunday Morning. Please note that roads on the route of the rally will be closed from 8:00am to 1:30pm on Sunday, and that there will be extra traffic (spectators) on the side roads. Below are the maps of the roads closed, and further information on the rally.
In what was one of the biggest Car Runs hosted by Millstreet Vintage Club in recent times,48 beautiful Vintage and Classic Cars left Millstreet Town last Sunday just after 12 Noon to embark on what what was a most enjoyable Autumn Car Run which travelled to The Farm Grenagh, for anyone that has never been to the Farm it is well worth a visit,on arrival at the Farm the whole Group were taken back in Time with a Tour of the many exhibits there,and this was followed by a Meal and a chance to catch up with some old Friends and to make some new Friends along the way as well,both Luke Hurley and Donie Lucey of Millstreet Vintage Club who co-ordinated the Event would like to thank each and everyone that took part in the Run last Sunday,they would also like to thank Noreen in the Aroma Cafe for providing the refreshments and Venue for sign on before we set out on our way, to the Photographers for taking Photos and covering the Run and to all the Stewards and helpers who kept the Event running so smoothly a big thank you,and we hope to see ye all again very soon.
Photos Courtesy of Matthew Twomey and Bernard Crowley
Millstreet Vintage Club are holding an Autumn Car Run on this coming Sunday 24th September. Sign on is from 10.30 am at The Aroma Café in Millstreet, with Take Off at 12 Noon.The Run will then proceed along a Scenic Route to the Farm in Grenagh where it will stop for a Tour and an optional Meal at the Farm. All Vintage and Classic Cars welcome, enquiries to Luke Hurley on 086-8805437 or Donie Lucey on 086-8545873.
The time is nearly there for what promises to be a great Vintage Show and Family Fun Day on Tommorrow Sunday Aug 27 in Millstreet Town Park, please spread the word to Family and Friends,it is for a very good cause in Cancer Connect,and for anyone with a Vintage or Classic Vehicle you are most Welcome to the Show,for People that might be travelling a distance from outside the area the Town Park is very Centrally Located in Millstreet and will be Signposted from all the Leading Roads into the Town,we look Forward to meeting Everybody on the Day.
Millstreet Vintage Club are holding a Vintage and Family Fun Day on Sunday August 27th in the Town Park in Millstreet,the Event is in Aid of the Cancer Connect Service which is a Free and Flexible Transport Service to Cork Hospitals for Cancer Treatment,this Project is supported by Local Link Cork and the Services are free, flexible and confidential.Great Day planned with all types of Vintage/Classic Cars, Tractors,Bikes,Trucks etc Welcome, plenty fun for the Kids with Bouncing Castle, Face Painting etc, BBQ, Live Music,Trade Stands, Tractor Build, and much more,your Support would be greatly appreciated for this great Cause. Event Kicks off from One O`Clock.
For more details contact Mike on 087 2929430 Donie on 086 8545873 or Bernard on 087 7924406.
Please Note Millstreet Town Park is closed on Saturday Aug 26 and Sunday Aug 27 to facilitate the Running of this Event.
Last weekends Imokilly Mini Stages Rally produced some great results for some of our local crews that made the trip to East Cork to compete in what was a very Enjoyable Event,there were Class Wins for two of our local Crews who competed with Mike P Kelleher/Iarla McCarthy emerging victorious in Class 10 in there Mark2 Escort while Sean Moynihan/Liam Brennan in another Mark2 Escort finished just outside the Top 10 in 11th place and took the Class 12 Honours, John Murphy/ Eoghan McCarthy came second in Class 20 with there Subaru Impreza,and Colin Moynihan/Sean Collins Honda Civic had a great run to finish 2nd in Class 11F while there were also some great performances from other local Crews including Denis Buckley/Declan Casey who finished 3rd in Class 10 and Kilcorney Man Derry Long guided Colin Roche in his Toyota Starlet to top Class 11R Honours.Mike Dineen/Darren Cremin also had a good run and finished 7th in the hotly contested Class 11 R Category.
The Event was won by Gary Kiernan/Ryan Moore in there Ford Escort Mk2 with Killarneys Rob Duggan driving another Mark2 Escort securing second overall, the Rally which consisted of 6 Special Stages used Roads around the Cloyne Area and was ran in very favourable Weather Conditions with 102 Crews crossing the Start Line and 71 finally making it back to the finish after a good days Competition.
Millstreet Vintage and Classic Car Club held a highly successful Car Run and Barbecue last weekend, the 40km Car Run started out from Millstreet last Saturday Evening at 7.00 pm, travelled firstly down through the lovely Grounds of Drishane Castle. Then it moved on to some scenic countryside as it made its way to Knocknakilla, Saint John’s Well, the Kerryman’s Table, on to a short stop in Kilcorney, from there it headed to the Eagle’s Nest, where another brief stop was had in stunning countryside with the Run finally winding its way on to the Event finish at Moll Carthy’s Bridge Bar, where a lovely barbecue with some refreshments were enjoyed by all. The weather was perfect for what was a lovely drive and the event was well received by everyone who took part.
Event Organiser John P. Kelleher and Millstreet Classic and Vintage Car Club would like to thank the following: Noel C. Duggan Hardware for the use of their yard to park and display all the beautiful cars, the Bush Bar for the use of their premises for event sign-on and registration, O’Leary’s Butchers for the lovely barbecue which was provided, Herlihy’s Centra and O`Keeffe’s Super Valu Millstreet for supplying some refreshments, Matthew and Noreen Sheehan of Moll Carthy’s Bridge Bar for providing and managing a great Venue for the barbecue and to Tom of TMC Photography, Matthew Twomey Photography, Sean Radley,Shane O`Leary of Munster Drone Services and John Tarrant for covering the Event and taking some great Photos. Also many thanks to the hardworking marshals who helped along the route to keep the event running smoothly and safely and finally to all the people who brought out their lovely motors and took part. We say a Big Thank You to Each and Everyone of You. Without your support this Event would not have been the success that it was, and hopefully we will do it all again in the not too distant future.
Millstreet Vintage & Classic Car Club will hold there Annual BBQ Run on Saturday Evening the 24th of June! Sign on at The Bush Bar between 5.30pm and 6.45pm with the Run starting at 7.00pm and taking In a 40 km Scenic Route as it winds its way to the finish at Moll Cartys Bridge in Kilcorney for a Riverside Barbeque. All Classic and Vintage Welcome Contact John P Kelleher on 087 8300494 for More Details.
There was success for 2 local Crews last weekend at the Killarney International Rally of the Lakes which was the 3rd Round of the Irish Tarmac Championship, Sean Moynihan driving his Ford Escort Mk2 co-driven by Liam Brennan came out on top of Class 12 after a dominant performance, this was a repeat of the performance that Sean had when he also won his Class on Round 2 of The Championship The West Cork Rally back in March,Sean also finished 9th overall in the National Rally and is now sitting in 3rd Place in the Overall Rankings of the Modified Class in the Tarmac Championship, there was also success for Denis and Ryan O`Brien in there Opel Corsa who had a great Rally and at the end of the 2 day Event they had a convincing win in Class 10, Pat Sheehan in his Renault Clio had a good Run and finished 4th in Class,while Mike Dineen/Declan Casey in there Corrolla Twin Cam had a good Rally and went on to finish 5th in Class but there was no such luck for Local Man James O`Brien who was calling the Notes for Roy White in his Fiesta WRC who retired while Leading the Rally towards the end after hitting a Chicane,this left the door open for Sam Moffett in his fiesta R5 to take the Victory with Robert Barrable finishing behind in his Hyundai I20 R5 with Stephen Wright finishing 3rd in another Fiesta,the Rally was held in sometimes very challenging Conditions over the 2 days and used some famous Stages like Molls Gap,Healy Pass and Caragh Lake. We thank Matthew Twomey for the use of his Photos and you can see more of his work at https://www.facebook.com/M2merallyphotos/#
Billy Coleman the three times Circuit of Ireland Rally winner was reunited with a Rothmans 911 during Circuit Deja Vu in Killarney over the Easter Weekend, the Porsche 911 he drove is now owned and beautifully restored by John Mulholland, a County Antrim motor trader, the Porsche was a genuine Porsche 911 similar to the car that Billy drove for the Rothmans Team in the 1985 season. Billy’s first Circuit win was in 1975 in an Escort RS1600. He repeated the win a year later in an RS1800 but it was another eight years before Billy, this time at the wheel of an Opel Manta 400 and with Ronan Morgan as his co-driver sprayed the champagne again at the finish of the five-day marathon, for the Circuit De Ja Vu Run last Sunday Ronan was back in the hot seat again to accompany Billy.
The Circuit De ja Vu is the brainchild of both Alan Tyndall of RPM Motorsport and Beatty Crawford who was a former Circuit of Ireland winning Co-Driver back in 1971,the Event was established to Celebrate the Glory Years of Rallying in the 70s and 80s and this Event without doubt captured that with some great Cars and Drivers from the that Period coming from near and far to be part of the Celebration,this was the second year that the Event was Ran and like last years Event which was also based in Killarney it was an outstanding Success.
Billy Coleman was not the only Millstreet Native to take part in the Circuit De Je Vu over the weekend,Conor Falvey had French Champion Bernard Beguin behind the wheel of his beautiful Porsche for the Run while his Brother Todd Falvey had Saeed Al-Hajri who is a former winner of the 1989 Cork 20 driving his Car which was also a Porsche along the Route as well, both Al-Hajri and Beguin are former Rothmans Teamates to Coleman so it was fitting that they all got together along with another former Rothmans driver from the same Era Jimmy McRae who was driving a Vauxhall Chevette,Former World Champion Stig Blomqvist was another famous driver to do the Run in an Audi Quattro while Donagh Kelly and Denis Biggerstaff each wheeled out a Metro 6R4 for the day,the other Millstreet Drivers that completed the Course included Kevin Hickey with co-driver Matthew Twomey in there beautifully turned out Replica of Billy Colemans 1979 Circuit of Ireland Ford Escort,and Ballydalys Denis Moynihan also completed the Course in his immaculate Mark 1 Escort, the Run which was based at the Malton Hotel departed at 10 am on Easter Sunday to tackle some famous Rally Stages along the way such as Molls Gap, Healy Pass, Cods Head, Ardgroom, and Killmackillogue and finished back in the Malton Hotel at around 4.30pm,the Event was a great Success and was enjoyed by both Competitors and Spectators who turned out in quite large numbers.
Below are the Local Crews who took part along with some Famous Stars as well and in Order they are
Kevin Hickey/ Matthew Twomey Motorcraft Mark 2Ecort
Millstreet Vintage Club are holding a Car Run on this coming Sunday 23 April, starting from Dromtariffe Parish Hall with Take Off at 12 Noon,all Vintage and Classic Cars welcome, enquiries to Denis O Flynn on 087-2033350 or Donie Lucey on 086-8545873.
In the history of rallying in Ireland, one name stands out above all others for the respect in which he is held and the ability he demonstrated behind the wheel of the cars — predominantly Fords — that he drove.
The Moonraker Forestry Rally which took place last Saturday April 8th was the 2nd Round of the Valvoline Forestry Championship,the Rally which was based at the Abbey Hotel in Ballvourney and oraganised by Munster Car Club who laid on 8 Challenging Stages around Mullaghanish and the surrounding areas on what turned out to be a very dry day which made for sometimes quite dusty conditions,once again there were some Local Competitors taking part with last years winners Desi Henry and Ballydaly Co-Driver Liam Moynihan leading the Field away,while they didn`t repeat last years Victory this time around they still finished a fine 4th overall at the end, Tom Murphy and his Co-Driver Kieran O`Donoughue in there Ford Escort Mk2 had a great Run and at the end of the Rally they emerged victorious in Class 10,Grace O`Brien from Dromtariffe was the Co-Driver in the Class 9 winning Vauhall Nova which was driven by Ruari Maguire from Tyrone, John O`Sullivan from Boherbue driving his Fiesta finished 5th in Class 16,Ballvourneys Ciaran Creedon driving a Honda Civic and Co-Drivenby John Murphy had a great run and finished 2nd in Class 11F, Danny Creedon and Derry Healy in there Subaru Impreza had to retire on Stage 2 due to a Mechanical Issue but returned under Rally 2 Rules to have a great run and finish 6th in Class 15,there was no luck for Ger Cullinane who had to retire after 4 Stages while going well in his Toyota Starlet,The Rally had 81 starters which is a record amount of Competitors taking part in a Forestry Event in recent years and was won by Keith Cronin in a Fiesta R5 who was in turn followed Home by Josh Moffett Fiesta R5 in second place with his Brother Sam Moffett Fiesta WRC finishing in 3rd place overall in what was a closely contested Battle at the Top End of the Field. The 2wd Battle was won by David Crossan in a Ford Escort MK2,Out of the 81 Crews that started the Event 65 made it back to the Finish Line after a tough days Competition.
Last weekends West Cork Rally produced some great results for some of our local crews that made the trip to Clonakilty to compete in what was a very tough and challenging Event,there were Class Wins for three of our local Crews who competed with Mike P Kelleher/Iarla McCarthy emerging victorious in Class 10 in there Mark2 Escort, Sean Moynihan/Sean Nolan in another Mark2 Escort took the Class 12 Honours while John Murphy/ Eoghan McCarthy came out on top in Class 20 with there Subaru Impreza,there were also some great performances from other local Crews including Denis O`Brien/Ryan O`Brien Opel Corsa who finished 3rd in Class 10 who in turn were followed home by Denis Buckley/Declan Casey in there Ford Escort while Todd Falvey/Peter Falvey in there Porsche 911 were 5th overall in the Historic section on there return to competition following a lenghty break from the sport,unfortunately there was no luck for Dan Kelleher/Gavin Downey Ford Escort who retired with Mechanical Woes late on Sunday while luck also deserted Pat Sheehan/Liam Dennehy Renault Clio and Colin Moynihan/Sean Collins Honda Civic who both failed to make the finish.The Event was won by Donagh Kelly/Conor Foley in there Ford Focus WRC who took a record breaking fourth consecutive victory, Josh Moffett Ford Fiesta was second overall and won the hotly contested R5 catagory while Kevin Eves co-driven by Macroom Man William Lynch won the National Rally in his Toyota Corolla,Barry Jones won the Historic section in his Ford Escort and Kieran Reen in his Honda Civic was the top Junior Competitor.Frequent changeable weather during the Event made for very challenging driving conditions but as always Cork Motor Club led by Greg McCarthy and his hard working Team which included Danny Creedon/Derry Healy Subaru and Conor Falvey Porsche performing 00 Sweeper Duties along the Route Ran a Top Class Rally which was enjoyed by both Competitors and Spectators alike.
Millstreet Vintage Club are holding a Cars Coffee Chat Morning in Millstreet on next Sunday March 5th, all Vintage,Classic & Retro Cars/Tractors/Bikes welcome on the day,so do come along if your free on Sunday March 5th to the Aroma Cafe at 11 am, Contact 086-8545873 for more details. New Members are always Welcome.