Next Tuesday's (Dec 3) club meeting will discuss the club championship for 2014 and beyond. If you have an interest in same, either as a competitor or an organiser, please come along to the Commons Inn and make your views known.
The club meeting will start at 9pm. All club members welcome.
The best Christmas present for rally fans, and in particular West Cork Rally fans, must be the West Cork Rally Book by Kevin O'Driscoll, which gives a complete history of the first 35 years of what is possibly the best rally in Ireland. Priced at €35, it represents excellent value. Details of how and where it can be bought can be viewed HERE.
REMEMBER: Last day for posting the book for Christmas to the UK is December 17th. Last day for posting the book for Christmas to Ireland is December 20th
Our final round of the 2013 Cork Motor Club championship for drivers took place at Rockgrove, outside Coachford, Co. Cork on Sunday (Nov17).
Winner on the day, and club champion driver for 2013 (pending the championship results being made final), was Owen Murphy, in what I believe was the Ovens driver’s first 4X4 overall victory.
Class wins went to Robert Beamish, John Browne, Johnny Casey and Orla Beamish.
There was an entry of 13 drivers, eight of whom were club members. And club members also turned out in numbers to help with all points marshalled. The weather was ideal for, what one driver said, was the first time in 40 years. But I think Orla Beamish was exagerating at little.
Big thanks to COC Mick O’Shea and his helpers who put on 11 tests for competitors.
Full results available later.
For those competing on the Cork Motor Club championship, the Provisional results after the final round for 2013 are now available to download or view.
2013 Club Championship update after final round, downlowd here.
Due to another club's event taking place on our proposed date, the second showing of the West Cork Rally Book launch will now happen on Tuesday, November 26. Cork Motor Club will run a Rally Show which will show forum footage from the book launch plus video of the first 35 years of the West Cork Rally.
The show takes place at the Commons Inn, Blackpool and is timed for 8.30pm. All rally fans are welcome to attend, club members and friends. Admission is free and copies of the West Cork Rally Book by Kevin O'Driscoll, will be available for sale on the night. Priced at €35.
It makes an excellent Christmas present for all motorsport fans.
A full list of outlets for the book are available on HERE
Cork Motor Club would like to offer its sympathy to the wife and family of the late Vincent Fagan who passed away this morning following an illness. RIP. Funeral Arrangements: Reposing at his residence from 3 pm on Friday. Funeral mass at 2pm in Knocklyon parish church on Saturday. Burial in Glencullen graveyard afterwards.
Congratulations to David Beamish and Muireann Hayes on their win on our 2013 Startrek Navigation Trial last Saturday night Sunday morning (Nov 2/3). They were followed home by Gerard O'Connell and Denis O'Donovan in second place with top seeds on the night Colin Duffy and Sam Johnson taking third place overall. All three crews drove Subaru Imprezas. Twenty three crews started the event with 20 classed as finishers. View Results Here
Cork Motor Club has appointed its first female club chairperson. Claire O'Mahony was elected to the post at a meeting on Tuesday (Oct 8).
After the election Claire stated: "I feel very privileged to be taking up the position of first female Chairman of Cork Motor Club. I'm really looking forward to the year ahead and would welcome any suggestions or feedback from the members on ways to further improve the club."
She takes over from the outgoing chairman, Conor Calnan, and her nomination was unopposed.
Cost:Ireland North & South - €45 inc Post & Packing UK mainland - €50 inc Post & Packing
To order your copy (or copies!) please email:
Please include your full name and postal address, and you will be sent return email with a secure link to PayPal.
You will not need a paypal account for transaction to take place.
On receipt of payment we will courier book to address provided.Please allow at least 10 working days from date of payment to receive book
Postage available to other locations - quote provided on request.
Books available at these locations in Clonakilty:
Noel White's Texaco Station.
Also available at:
EARS, Muddy Hill, Mallow.
Cost of book at these premises is €35.00.
Further outlets to be announced...
Round 1 of both the National & Munster Navigation Trail Championship kicks off on Saturday November 2 on Cork Motor Club’s Startrek Navigation Trial. New Clerk of the Course Ken Carmody promises a shorter route with the focus on testing the navigators and not the traction capabilities of the cars. Read more here.
Congratulations to Cork Motor Club members Michael O'Brien and James O'Brien who won the 2013 Valvoline National Forest Rally Championship last Saturday Read more here.
Latest positions in our club championship are available to view or download here.
If you have any questions about the championship, Cork Motor Club Championship Registrar for 2013 is Robert Beamish, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. or email@example.com. Mark subject line: "2013 CORK MOTOR CLUB Championship". Any correspondence by letter can be sent to Robert Beamish, Moneen, Templemartin, Badon, Co Cork.
You can check out the championship regulations here
With less than two weeks to go before the launch of the “The West Cork Rally, A History”, a book by Kevin O’Driscoll, Cork Motor Club would like to announce that WRC co-driver Paul Nagle will now be in attendance on the night. Paul joins a list of guests which will include former world rally champion Ari Vatanen, Billy Coleman, Keith Cronin, Brian O’Mahony, Bob Fowden & Gerard Quinn among others. All six past and present Clerks of the Course will also be in attendance. Read more here...
Top seed Stephen Ferguson, Mini Special, was the victor at our test trial at Vernon Mount last Saturday on 711.2 penalties. Second was Robin Lyons, Mini Saloon on 722.4 pens with JJ Farrell, Mini Saloon, third on 732.5. The event had an entry of 25 cars with 24 classed as finishers. Full results available here.
COC Sean Daly will hold a forest rally debrief next Tuesday, (Sept 3) at our club meeting. All who were involved in the running of the event are welcome to attend Meeting starts at 9.30pm
Wexford Rally stages are being held on the 7/8 of September and Martin Godfrey is looking for marshals for this event. Wexford helped out greatly with Marshals for the West Cork Rally this year so the club needs to return the favour. Meeting points and times to follow.
The TV broadcast date for the DJD Transport Jim Walsh Cork Forest Rally is Wednesday, September 11 on TG4. Preview of what to expect can be viewed here:
Competitors can download a copy of Final Instructions 1, Seeded Entry, Time & Distance Schedule plus Service Area layout map from the list below:
Rally programmes will be on sale at the following outlets: Costcutter Ballyhea, The Corbett Court Ballyhea (rally HQ), Roche’s Londis Doneraile, O’Sullivan’s Kildorrery, Amber Service Station Charleville, Doherty’s Centra Buttevant, Keary’s Filling Station Mallow and at The Roundabout Inn Mallow
Part of the large attendance at the Corbett Court last Tuesday (July 30) for the launch of the 2013 DJD Jim Walsh Cork Forest Rally. Included are Forest championship chairman John S Quill, Clerk of the Course Sean Daly, competitors and CMC club members (Pic: Ger Leahy)
The Stages are set, the plans are finalised and the countdown is on to the best Forest Rally of 2013, The Denis J Downey Transport Jim Walsh Cork Forest Rally. Round 5 of the Motorsport Ireland Valvoline Forest Rally Championship sees the country’s top gravel crews descend upon the North Cork towns of Buttevant and Ballyhea for what has long been regarded as Ireland’s premier Forest Rally event. (Read more).
One of the biggest announcements made at the rally launch was anew feature to the event, "The MK2 Master”. This special prize is open to all drivers of the legendary Ford Escort MK2 which for almost 4 decades has been the most popular competition car out there and still occupies a large majority of the entry lists on events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. The Mk2 Escort has always been a firm favourite with Irish forest rally fans and this year CMC have laid down the challenge, who is the best out there on gravel, who will be crowned “The Master” on Sunday August 18.
The MK2 Master awards will be presented to the three highest placed MK2 Ford Escort drivers. First prize will consist of a free entry to the 2014 event Second prize will consist of a €300 voucher and third prize will be a €200 voucher, both of which may be redeemed against an entry to the 2014 event. A perpetual cup will be awarded to the top placed driver.
Cork Motor Club is also delighted to announce that we have secured an entry from recent Swansea Bay Rally winner Sara Williams. Sara a native of Wales was introduced to the Cork Forest Rally team at the Willie Loughman Carrick Forest Rally back in March of this year. Since then Sara and the team have kept in constant contact and having heard nothing but top reports about the Jim Walsh Cork Forest Rally, Sara confirmed an entry even before regulations were available. Sara will no doubt add her own style and proven ability to an already impressive line-up in her Subaru Impreza N12b.
The 2013 DJD Jim Walsh Cork Forest Rally will have an extremely compact route and schedule while giving the competitors arguably the longest competitive route of the 2013 Valvoline Forest Rally Championship.
“Our scrutiny and Parc Ferme location could not be more ideal” commented Clerk of the Course Sean Daly. “Mechanical scrutiny, documentation scrutiny and Parc Ferme are all located within the one complex, Greenhall Motors, Buttevant. We are indebted to the O’Shea Family for the use of their premises for this purpose. It should prove extremely convenient for competitors on the Saturday evening to have all pre-event checks under one roof with Parc Ferme less than 50m away. Sundays arrangements are equally as competitor and crew friendly. The service area for this year’s event is located at Charleville Show Grounds, Ballyhea which is located on the N20, approximately 1.0km from the Rally HQ, The Corbett Court Ballyhea and 2.0km from Charleville to the north. The Charleville Show committee have very graciously allowed us the use of their venue and we would like to thank them sincerely for this support. Due to the central location of the service park, teams will have easy access to facilities with filling stations to choose from in both Ballyhea village or Charleville and food being served all day at the Rally HQ, crews will be spoiled for choice”.
Also of note is the proximity of the service area to Stages 1 & 3 with service crews having the option of doing a spot of spectating if they wish as the stage is approximately 4km away. With the service area located right on the doorstep of the Ballyhoura Mountains, road sections are quiet compact with approximately 150km of road section over the entire course of the event. The compact format has also allowed the organising team to build very reasonable service times into the schedule. Service will be conducted after every two stages with crews being allowed 40mins per service.
Clerk of the Course for the 2013 DJD Jim Walsh Cork Forest Rally, Sean Daly, and his team have been busy putting a lot of work into the event. "Our aim from the outset this year is to deliver an event based on what the competitors want," Sean told corkmotorclub.com. "The team has attended all rounds of the championship and have met with competitors from far and wide to find out how best to tailor our event to the needs of the competitors. The feedback we have been continually hearing is give us more competitive kilometres and service time. This is exactly what we have done."
The rally will now total 8 stages with total competitive distance set at 85km. Some of the territory included has not been used in almost 10 years so there should be something new in there for even the most seasoned campaigners.
The format has been set to include service after every two stages, making the event even more competitor friendly. Total road distance is now 150km.