The final competition of the 2012 Cork Motor Club championship takes place on Sunday Nov 18, 2012. Our annual November 4X4 off-road event at Rockgrove, outside Coachford, As in previous years, the venue will be signposted from Coachford village.
Scrutiny will begin at 9.30am sharp at the venue on the morning of the event with the tests beginning at 11am. Entry fee is €50 (including (CPAI) with a late fee of €60. A maximum of two drivers will be allowed per vehicle.
One day licences will be available for the event, but they will need to be booked in advance to secure one.
The event will also need marshals. Meeting time is 10am at Rockgrove. Club championship competitors are reminded that in order to qualify for the club championship, they must marshal on at least one club event. So if you have not done so yet, this event needs marshals
Clerk of the Course is Mick O'Shea and entries can be had by contacting the Event Secretary Kathleen O'Shea 021-7337130. .
Club members can check their club championship positions here
It was a beautifull, fine, clear day that greeted competitors at the Cork Motor Club's 4x4 Production Vehicle Trial at Coachford on Sunday 21st Nov 2010. COC Mick O'Shea had laid on 3 tests that were the usual mixture of the sloped section above the road, around the trees up on the right and down in the humps and hollows near the entrance.
There was a good turn out of 22 Competitors. Jermery Keohane made a welcome return in his Special and Diarmuid Fitzgerald and Kevin Donovan were out again after missing the previous event in Newcastlewest. Ann and Joe Balfry had got their Special repaired after breaking the front diff in Limerick.
Cork Motor Club member Robert Beamish made his annual outing in is his Suzuki with his daughter Orla (pictured right with Billy Tobin) sharing the driving seat for her first competition outing.
Willie Houlihan had a distinguished guest sharing the driving with him in the shape of Owen Murphy, son of former regular 4 x 4 competitor Gerry Murphy. Cork Motor Club member Owen is a regular tarmac and forestry rally competitor in his Mitsubishi Evo. James Ryan and Steve Shields had repaired the Hardy Spicer in their camaflagued Suzuki and were delighted with the fine weather.
At the last event at this venue, high scores were the order of the day due to the wet conditions, however this time around low scores were very much in evidence as the dry conditions helped with traction. Jermery Keohan showed his long lay off had not affected him by scoring a remarkable 5 zero's and a 1 on the morning tests in his Jimney Special. Willie Houlihan was close behind with another 5 zero's and a 2.
COC Mick O'Shea, ably assisted by Vincent Dorney, revised the tests for the afternoon, resulting in fewer zero's as judicious use of tape and repositioning of posts tightened up the courses.
Mark Kelly and Peter Ellis were back out in their yellow Suzuki after their deep water experience in Newcastlewest. Mark Ellis finished 3rd o/a in the Novice Class. Ben Jones finished 2nd with James Ryan in the camoflagued Suzuki taking 1st place in the novice class. Brothers Paul and Fergal Bates made the long journey down to Cork and were rewarded with Fergal taking the honours in Class 1 and Paul taking the runner up spot. Padraig Ryan, son of Liam Ryan, took 3rd place in his Suzuki.
1st overall was a closer run thing with Owen Murphy and Willie Houlihan finishing on 12 points each sharing Willie's Suzuki SJ. Willie came out on top by virtue of having scored more zero's. Owen finished 2nd with Jeremy Keohane 3rd overall on 20 points.
It was nip and tuck between husband and wife team Joe and Ann Balfry in their class 3 Special. Ann was 2 points ahead going into the afternoon tests and managed to hold onto her lead to take 1st in class with Joe 2nd and Garret McInerny finishing 3rd. Series sponsor Pat Ryan had his brother Keith sitting in with him and took the honours in class 2.
All competitors were delighted with the day's sport, helped in no doubt by the fine weather. There were plenty of Cork Motor Club members out to marshal which greatly helped with the running of the event. This was the last event of 2010 with competitors back in Cork again for the 2 day event on the 19th/20th Feb 2011.
Don't forget the 4 x 4 Christmas party in Donovan's Pub, Tipperary town on the 11th Dec at 8.00pm. Contact Pat Ryan for further details. (report by Martin Bond)