Former Rally Driver Russell Brookes was the three times Circuit of Ireland winner in 1977, 1978, and 1983. British Champion 1977 and 1985. He Visited Millstreet in 2011 and 2015 with his wife, recalling stories of completing against Billy Coleman and Ger Buckley regularly that time. Famous for driving his ‘Andrews Heat for Hire’ liveried cars, has passed away last week at the age of 74. [obituary]
at the Raven Rock Rally Waterford in 1994
(photo Ger Leahy, Youghal)
We have been successful in securing the Orchard Motorsport Cork 20 International rally for Millstreet, to be held on 4th, 5th & 6th October 2013. All competitors and spectators will hope to stay in Millstreet or as close as possible.
In order to be included in the accommodation list on the official Cork 20 website all registered and non-registered accommodation providers need to register on 086-1721142. Registration fee is €20 per room.
All registrations need to be completed by 25/3/13.
Please make cheques payable to Millstreet Development Group
Due to the initiative of some members of Millstreet Development Group and with the cooperation of Millstreet Community Council this announcement is possible. When the management of the Munster Car Club were approached about headquartering the Rally in Millstreet they gave it their full attention and eventually gave the nod to Millstreet against keen competition. In the negotiations Millstreet had one “ace” that would be hard to beat, namely the outstanding facilities at the Green Glens Arena and the enthusiasm of the Duggan family to see the rally come to Millstreet.
Millstreet is certainly no stranger to rallying. One has only to cast their minds back to the 70’s and 80’s when Billy Coleman and Gerard Buckley dominated rallying nationally and internationally. In that time Coleman won six Cork 20’s and Buckley won five.
Also Millstreet lies smack in the middle of the best rallying countryside in Ireland and in previous years it hosted stages of the Cork 20, Rally of the Lakes and Circuit of Ireland which Coleman won three times.
The rally will take place in 2013 on Oct 5th and 6th. Over the two days competitors will travel about 280km on up to 14 stages. We expect about 120 competing teams of which 12 to 15 will be W.R.C professional cars. Apart from the 5/600 members of backup teams and [read more …] “Rallying Comes Home”
Cork 20 Historic category winners Denis and Dan Moynihan from Ballydaly in their beautiful Mk1 Escort. (More photos below)
FRUSTRATION turned to elation for North Cork rally pair Charlie Drake and Eoin Moynihan on winning the PRC National Class in Australian leg of the World Rally championship in New South Wales.
Derinagree native Drake described their 15th overall position and class win as one of the proudest moments of his life.
“To stand on the podium of a world rally championship round and be presented with a trophy and watch the tri-colour flying in front of me was brillant”
The pair ran into problems with scrutiny, excluded from both group N and official results because of not having a rear wiper which was very frustrating
[read more …] “Drake and Moynihan WRC Australia Results”
Eoin Moynihan (Ballydaly) and Charlie Drake (Derinagree) are currently taking part in group N of WRC Australia (3rd to 5th September). The two have been in Australia for a few years, and have started rallying recently, under Charlie’s own motorsport team Celtic Motorsport. They are driving a Subaru Impreza WRX N4 for this race.