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.
Millstreet-Vintage Club will host their first Event of 2017 at the Aroma Cafe in Millstreet on this coming Sunday Morning, The Club are holding a Cars,Coffee and Chat Morning with all Vintage,Classic & Retro cars welcome on the day. Come along if your free tommorrow Sunday January 15th to the Aroma Cafe at 11 am, Contact 086-8545873 for more details. New Members always Welcome to join the Club.
Team Ireland Rally Car International Ambassador and Irish American businessman, a renowned rally enthusiast John Campion and his wife Suzanne Campion, hosted a panel discussion with Irish Rally Car legends at his private rally car shop, including Craig Breen, Paul Nagle, and our own Billy Coleman. Watch the video below:
Millstreet Vintage Club held a very successful AGM on last Tuesday Evening Nov 15 at The Parish Centre. 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 as well.
Dan O`Riordan Club Secretary outlined and recapped on a very Successful and Busy year so far for the Club in 2016 with many great Events being held including Car Runs, Tractor Runs, Barbeque, Cars/Chat and Coffee Morning, Show and Shine, Model Show etc taking place, Ryan Tarrant Club Treasurer gave his Financial Report for The Year,and Club Chairman Donie Lucey in his Address thanked all Club Members and 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
Myra Sheehan-Assistant Treasurer
Dan Barry-Assistant PRO
Luke Hurley-Safety Officer.
Finbar Hurley-Equipment Officer
Millstreet Vintage Club are planning on having a Busy 2017 with many of the Events held during 2016 being planned again for Next Year with more details to follow in due course.
The Club will be making a Presentation of the Proceeds collected from there very successful Tractor Run held back in September which was in aid of the CART Bus Service based in Carriganima, this Presentation will take place on Sunday Morning Dec 4th at a Coffee Morning in The Pub Carriganima.
The Clubs Final Event for 2016 is a Social Night which is to be held at McCarthys Bar in Millstreet on Saturday December 10 with Finger Food, Refreshments and Music on the Night and Everyone is welcome to attend.
Millstreet Vintage Club Annual AGM will take place on next Tuesday 15 November 2016, in the Millstreet Parish Centre at 8.00pm sharp. All Club Members and anyone interested in Vintage or Classic Cars and Tractors are welcome to attend and join our Club.
LTV 2 Millstreet Programme 279 is Now Online, On this Programme we take a look at the Millstreet Vintage Club Autumn Car Run which took place on Sunday Sept 25th last, we hope you enjoy our latest Programme.
Millstreet Vintage & Classic Car Club are holding another Car Run after there very sucessful & enjoyable last trip out….. This Run is on next Sunday the 14th of August!! Sign on for Run in Dromtariffe Hall at 10.30 am, Local Route being used and to finish off the Day there is Dinner at Bobs Bar in Ballydesmond. All Classic & Vintage Cars welcome! For Details Contact Mike P Kelleher on 087 2929430.(Many Thanks to Tom Corbett for the Photo)
Millstreet Vintage and Classic Car Club held a highly Successful Car Run and Barbeque last Weekend, the 40km Run which started out from Millstreet last Saturday Evening at 7.30pm travelled along some Scenic Countryside as it made its way to the Event finish at Moll Carthys Bridge Bar where a lovely Barbeque and some Refreshments was then enjoyed by all, the weather was perfect for what was a lovely drive and was well received by Everyone who took part.
Event Organiser John P Kelleher and Millstreet Classic and Vintage Car Club would like to thank Noel C Duggan Hardware for the use of there Yard to Park and Display all the Beautiful Cars, The Bush Bar for the use of there Premises for Event Sign On and Registration, Tony O`Brien Butcher for the lovely Barbeque which was provided, Nora and Joe Dennehy of Moll Carthys Bridge Bar for providing and managing a great Venue for the Barbeque and to Tom of TMC Photography and Matthew Twomey Photography for covering the Event and taking some great Photos, 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 there 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.(Thanks to TMC Photography for the Photo.) … continue reading the full article “Great Turn Out for Millstreet Vintage and Classic Car Run and BBQ last Saturday Evening”
Millstreet Vintage Club are holding a Model Toy Show in Dromtariffe Parish Hall on Sunday The 1st of November 10.30am to 5pm ! Admission is 5 Euro. (Free Admission for kids) Plenty Rally Cars Old & New, Trucks & Trailers & Farm Machinery on Show!
Note: Please tune in Tonight at 9.30 to www.corkmusicstation.com when next Sundays Model Toy Show Organiser Donie Lucey will be in Conversation with CMS DJ Willie Fitzgerald about details of what promises to be a very Exciting Event which is not to be missed next Sunday over in Dromtariffe Hall.
KDMC will be hosting round 5 of the Munster Autotest Championship this Sunday the 5th of July at K&L Deliveries Venue in Millstreet with a starting time of 11:30.This was a very successful run event last year which showcased some excellent displays of car handling and control. Marshals are meeting at 10am,if anyone can help out please Contact COC Todd Falvey 087 2386276.
Check out the link below for Action from Last Years Event and see what this popular sport is all about.
Round 2 of The Irish Drift Championship will take place at Green Glens Arena in Millstreet, Co. Cork on June 6th/7th.
Due to seating, space and safety reasons only 1800 tickets will be available for this event. Tickets will go on sale this Friday morning April 30th at 9:00am on the IDC website : www.irishdriftchampionship.com
Tom Murphy, Tullig, & Grace O’Brien, Dromtariffe in action today in the Ford Escort Mk2 at the Moonraker Forestry Rally where they finished second in class 10 (results). Photo by Tom of TMC Photography Cork
Russell & Julia Brookes visited the home of John P & Eileen Kelleher today, after a fab weekend where Russell drove John’s 1991 Ford Cosworth, in the ’91 colours at the Copper Coast Challenge in Newross! (Article & photos thanks to Tom of TMC Photography Cork)
For the first time ever, the Green Glens has been listed on the Irish Drift Championship Season Schedule 🙂
Round 2 – Green Glens Arena (Indoor), Millstreet – June 6/7
For the first time in Irish drift history, the IDC will compete indoors at the 2,500-seater Green Glens Arena in Millstreet, Cork. This historic venue, coupled with the insanity of the IDC will certainly be the highlight of the season. Expect a concert-like setup where the weather, for once, will not be a factor.
Veda Murphy from Millstreet was one very happy Passenger at The Navigator Experience Stage on the Cork 20 Rally over the weekend,Veda who is only 8 years of age enjoyed a number of high speed runs in a Proper Rally Car at the Purpose Built Track at The Green Glens, and as you can see from the Photo she thoroughly enjoyed herself, I think we could have a new co-driver in the making here, well done Veda.