MARIE MOLONEY RALLY DRIVER
Sadly Shane McGirr was forced to retire his Starlet when a steering arm broke after a big jump and the car skittered into a ditch. Alan Ring pulled his Impreza out of the event because the Subaru engine was seriously down on power. Fair play to him! The main man behind it, the unflappable Beatty Crawford, did a tremendous job, ably assisted by the likes of Cahal Curley, Terence Donnelly and Plum Tyndall. Chris Armstrong slid his Escort off the road at the end of stage 2, also when lying 9th.
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Enniskillen Motor Club is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and a dinner dance has been arranged for this Saturday night in the Manor House Hotel. The vibes are that interest in the event will be very high and entries will be opening soon. It will be well worth watching.
Marie Moloney – rally profile
Roy White had a new engine in his MG S and led initially with a cracking time over the opening stage, Shanahoe. Just what sort of character he was at 21 is hard to imagine! Meanwhile on Sunday the Irish rally action switched to the Birr Koloney.
Almost certainly the top seed will be current Champion Declan Boyle in his Subaru. Then there was the organisation of what was a massive event.
Annie Grace Jennings weighed in at 6lb7oz despite being four weeks early. Every way you turned there were rally friends old and new. Alan Ring pulled his Impreza out of the event because the Subaru engine was seriously down on power.
The top ten finishers were as follows. How honoured we were to be in the company of this man over what was a truly memorable weekend. Madie Shane McGirr was forced to retire his Starlet when a steering arm broke after a big jump and the car skittered into a ditch.
All in all, the rally and the Dunlop series, are building up a good head of steam.
It is hard to believe he is 81 years old. Even raloy sun shone as the Cavalcade made its way through the spectator lined route to Belfast City Hall, with police cars and motor cycle escorts closing molobey the roads to other traffic through the city centre.
In the changeable conditions, Hugh found himself not on the right rubber at least once. The time gaps between the top three just got bigger stage by stage.
He was often in the top three stage times of what was a huge and competitive class, but punctures and a spin deprived him of a good result and a meaningful points score. Whilst all this was rslly in Belfast, there was more serious rally business in progress 70 miles down the road in Fivemiletown on the Omagh MC Spring Rally.
Under no pressure from behind, he also took the opportunity to try some different tyres. The main man behind it, the unflappable Beatty Crawford, did a tremendous job, ably assisted by the likes of Cahal Curley, Terence Donnelly and Plum Tyndall. Quinn did appear to get ahead ra,ly one point, but he was decent enough to go to the organisers and point out that he had received a faster stage time than he had actually achieved.
For all involved in the Paddy Hopkirk Gala and Cavalcade that took place last Saturday 22nd it was one of those extraordinary days. Billy Coleman Award winner Stephen drove extremely well, in alien conditions.
The effort and the hurdles to be overcome were enormous.
This will be in addition to the Lisburn City stage on the Saturday afternoon. Unauthorised duplication marei a violation of applicable laws.
Heavy rain at times made it even more so. Tommy Doyle was taking things quietly in his rebuilt Clio R3, determined to finish in good shape for the opening Dunlop Championship counter in Ballina, but his Clio under steered off the road in a stage 6 square left when lying 9th.
Marie Moloney – Wikipedia
Finally for now, it is great to end on a high note: The rally has 25 overseas entries and a couple of the interesting Historics are Darren Moon and John Coyne. Rall will be all sorts of old event footage, clips and photographs to jog the memories and bring on the stories.
Through it all, the stamina, wit, charisma and charm of Paddy Hopkirk shone through.