Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle to drive Citroen Rally car in the Paddy Hopkirk Gala Cavalacade this weekend!
February 17, 2014 by Leo Nulty
World Rally Championship stars Kris Meeke and his co-driver Paul Nagle will drive a Citroen DCS R3 rally car in the Paddy Hopkirk Gala Cavalcade, which starts from Stormont at 10.30am on Saturday February 22nd.
Kris is proud to be joining the cavalcade. “I’m delighted to be part of the celebrations to mark Paddy’s victory on the Monte Carlo Rally in 1964.
Paddy has been a huge supporter of my rally career in recent years and, having finished on the Monte Carlo podium myself just a few weeks ago, I’ve a fair idea how tough it was for him to make it to the top step, on one of the most challenging events in the world! I’m looking forward to seeing many of my home supporters”
The Citroen WRC3 which had been rally prepared by David Greer and his team at Carryduff Forklift will be sponsored by the Donnelly Group Citroen dealership in Dungannon.
After leaving Stormont the cavalcade will make its way to the City Hall where Paddy Hopkirk will receive a plaque from the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir. In 1964 Paddy was given the Keys of the City but didn’t receive an official commemorative plaque and so Belfast City Council is making up for lost time……just 50 years and one month later.
Paddy will then lead the field to the Titanic Quarter where the 200 odd cars in the cavalcade will be lined up on the Titanic Slipway for spectator viewing.
At 1.30pm there will be an autograph session in the Paddy Hopkirk Gala Marquee at the Titanic Quarter. Motor sport enthusiasts will be able to collect the autographs of Paddy, Kris and Paul, Ari Vatanen, Terry Harryman, John Watson and Rosemary Smith. Entrance is free but a small donation for our charities would be gratefully accepted.