Motorsport Ireland Fixtures 20/21 April 2013

April 18, 2013 by Paul Phelan  

Motorsport Ireland Fixtures 20/21 April 2013

DATE: 20/21.4.13 CLUB: Leinster MC EVENT: Weekend Sporting Trial VENUE: Moneystown, Ashford, Co Wicklow START TIME: Sat 11.30, Sun 11.30 Event Secretary: Ben Deithrick ph: 086-1675724 DATE: 20/21.4.13 CLUB: Galway MC/Clare MC EVENT: Hillclimb/Sprint (HC) POSTPONED DATE: 21.4.13 CLUB: Co Monaghan MC EVENT: Stages Rally (SR) VENUE: HQ: Hillgrove Hotel,... [Read more...]

Tonya Fortune: The first event of the year!

April 16, 2013 by Tonya Fortune  

Tonya with her newly prepared Opel Corsa on the Wexford Hillclimb

So as you all know, I’ve spent that last few weeks having a bit of work done on the car before heading back out last weekend for the Wexford Hillclimb. Little did I know how last minute it would be, and with only getting the car back late Friday evening, I was left in the position of being unable to have any real test drive before the event. Saturday... [Read more...]

Weekend Results for 23/24 March 2013

March 25, 2013 by Paul Grogan  

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Weekend Results for 23/24 March 2013

WEEKEND RESULTS for 23/24 March 2013 WEXFORD M C HILLCLIMB AT CASTLEDOCKRELL, BALLYCARNEY, CO WEXFORD (ROUND 1 OF NAYLOR ENGINEERING NATIONAL HILLCLIMB/SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP) (DAY 1): 1 Simon McKinley (Lant RT2 Warrior) 34.53s, 2 Simon McKinley (Escort) 36.38s, 3 Paul O’Connell (Pilbeam MP58 Hart) 37.06s, 4 Joe Courtney (OMS-Suzuki) 37.31s, 5 Rory Stephens... [Read more...]

Motorsport Fixtures 23/24 March 2013

March 20, 2013 by Paul Phelan  

Motorsport Fixtures 23/24 March 2013

DATE: 23/24.3.13 CLUB: Wexford MC EVENT: Hillclimb (HC) VENUE: Castledockrell, Ballycarney, Co Wexford START TIME: Sat 12.30/Sun 12.30 Event Secretary: Brid Harpur ph: 086-8403017 DATE: 24.3.13 CLUB: Midland MC EVENT: Stages Rally VENUE: HQ: Abbey Hotel, Roscommon START TIME: 10.00 Event Secretary: Josephine Lane-Flynn ph: 043-3347819 DATE: 24.3.13 CLUB:... [Read more...]

Ferguson collects ANICC Motorsport Award for 2012

January 28, 2013 by Ian Lynas  

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Steven Ferguson collected the award to reward his achievement of becoming a Triple Autotest Champion for the second year in a row. Photo: Guy Foster

Despite being a relatively small country, Northern Ireland is bursting with motorsport talent, and that was evident at Saturday’s annual Association of Northern Ireland Car Clubs’ (ANICC) awards evening! With an impressive array of more than 200 trophies, the finest competitors in the country were present at the Armagh City Hotel to receive their... [Read more...]

Dermot Nolan: You know you want to do it!

November 29, 2012 by Dermot Nolan  

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Dermot's newly aquired Reynard 913 will be one to watch on the 2013 hills

So a week into November, Simon Mc Kinley calls me & says “you know you want to do it”. I have no idea what he is talking about, after he explained that The Kirkstown Sprint on Nov 24th was the last opportunity to have a good run in my Reynard 913 for 2012 I readily agreed ! I called Richard Young at Kirkstown and as usual he facilitated... [Read more...]

Gerard O’Connor: My year on The Hills!

November 4, 2012 by Gerard O'Connor  

Donegal is a highlight in most Hillclimb competitor's calendar. Photo: Billy Ridge of

The 2012 National Hillclimb and Sprint caught my attention because of the mixture of new and old venues. I decided to get out the competion suit for my first championship season since 2008. A sore back early in 2009 left me to pool my money for renting a Formula Libre car for the Phoenix Park races. A visit to the concrete barriers put paid to my finances... [Read more...]

Nolan beats Mc Kinley! Well, kind of…

August 9, 2012 by Dermot Nolan  

Dermot collects his winnings at a formal presentation ceremoney earlier this month!

Dermot Nolan, team mate to Ireland’s current double Hillclimb Champion Simon Mc Kinley, recently celebrated success against Mc Kinley – well Mc Kinley Senior! At the recent Connaught Competition Engines Irish Hillclimb & Sprint Championship round held in Kirkstown, Nolan double drove his very quick Reynard 873 with Peter Mc Kinley –... [Read more...]

High Octane Meets Garden Party

June 8, 2012 by Tony Gregory  

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Stuart Biggerstaff in action in his Dad's MG Metro 6R4. Photo: Raceline Photography

On Saturday the 2nd of June, 1800 visitors attended Northern Ireland’s Ulster Folk Museum where visitors and motorsport fans alike were treated to the annual running of the Cultra Hillclimb. The event utilizes the parkland setting for the 700 yard hillclimb course and the historic Cultra Manor as a display area. The Thoughbred Sports Car Club... [Read more...]

Majestic Line-up for Cultra 2012

May 30, 2012 by  

The competitive hillclimb will be just 1 element of a superb day's entertainment. Photo: Tony Gregory

With this years Cultra Hillclimb event falling on the 2nd of June, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee weekend, it seems only right that the Thoroughbred Sports Car Club (NI) has arranged for some Group B rallying royalty to be in attendance. As one of many headline appearances the MG Metro 6R4 No.1 will be making its debut at the event and will be competed... [Read more...]