Club meetings take place on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 8.30pm at the Kinsley Hotel, Straight Road, Cork
Next meeting will be held on
Tuesday, November 13th at 
Kinsley Hotel (opp Co. Hall Cork) 
8:30pm in the Wright room.
Please note new meeting time


Over 40 years organising motorsport

COC Nial Murphy (centre) presents the Startrek Perpetual Cup to 2014 event winners Alan and George Shinnors         (pic: Richard Cassidy)

2014 Startrek Nav Trial details

Our Startrek Navigation Trial will take place on the weekend after next,  Saturday/Sunday, November 1 & 2. The event is a counting round of the National Navigation; the Munster Navigation and Cork Motor Club's championships.
The event will be based at Macroom Golf Club in Macroom town, and the route will be about 100 miles in length.  Petrol will be required for approximately 70 miles without refuelling.
Check-in and scrutiny will be from 6.30pm on Saturday, November 1st at the Clubhouse, Macroom Golf Club, entry via Arched Castle Gates at S339729. Note approach - you cannot enter the obvious way directly off the N22 -  follow the One-way system around the Square in the town.
Any crew who have not satisfactorily completed Check-in paperwork by 20.00 and/or have not passed Mechanical Scrutiny by 21.00, on Saturday November 1, will not be allowed start the event.  Maps used will  be OSI Discovery Series, Sheets 79 (3rd Ed), 85 (4th Ed) & 86 (3rd Ed)   Romer used – Eric Hopkirk.    
Entries should be sent to  Edel Fahy, Ballybeg, Buttevant,  Co. Cork. Maximum number of starters is 50. Entry fee is €120 including competitors' personal accident insurance & IRDS at 2014 standard rate. Entries close on Wednesday October 29.
Refreshments will be on sale at the venue, before and after the event. Contact details which may be of use to competitors/marshals are: Edel Fahy 086-8059501 ( Nial Murphy     086-2560273 7.00pm+ (txt anytime) or Kiera Daly 087-3132774

You have a choice of full (all TPs) or short (all time cards) to download for 2014 Startrek Navigation Trial

Startrek 2014 - Report by Nial Murphy:  Shinnors Family Affair


Cork MC’s annual Startrek Navigation Trial, the opening round of the 2014/5 National Championship, proved to be a 1-2 for the popular Limerick based Shinnors family, with Alan & George Shinnors taking first place ahead of Cousins Joe and Greg at the top of the list of 21 Finishers from field of 24 Starters,    Third, on a  tie-break, were the Tippereary crew of National Tarmac Rally’s runner up and regular Night Nav Competitor Driver Roy White, who swaps to the passenger seat for the night navs, and who was, as usual, guiding regular driver Des Cooney.   Fouth, and tie-break losers on “lesser experienced crew” rule were Ballincollig’s Eoin Murphy, who had Skibbereen’s Daire Hayes in the hot seat.

The event, based from Macroom Golf Club, and had 2 sections, each of c. 50 miles, on either side of a petrol halt in Tirelton   The first half was a very compact affair, with the entire, excluding the Regularity Section, contained in a 4km x 5km area near KIlmichael, with wide-awake Navigators being required from the very start – by TP8, a  4 point Plot & Bash Section had everyone down time, although some less than others, 5 crews showing only a single point down , but   Championship contenders Richard Cassidy/Paul Phelan had a poor start, missing one of the P&B points.

By TP 16, a pattern was beginning to emerge, with the eventual winners droping a further point to two penalties, and joined by the Cork/Skib pairing of Eoin Murphy/Daire Hayes, also at two, with Joe & Greg Shinnors along with Cooney/White and Johnny Casey Patrick O’Osullivan all on 3 pens.   

At the petrol halt, the winners were ahead on 4 dropped points, leading Des Cooney/Roy White on 7 and Johnny Keneally/Ken Carmody on 8.   By then, the Wicklow Crew of Matt Enda Hume and the Cork/Cavan combination of Elaine Shinnors/Ruaidhri Nash had retired, both cars suffering mechanical difficulties.  Some of other leading contenders were in trouble, with current National Champions Colin Duffy/Sam Johnston bending a wishbone, the Donegal/Cork pairing of Trevor McDonnell & Eoghan McCarthy dropping significant time towards the end of this half.

The second half started with a Regularity section to Inchigeelagh, with the final set of 20+ timepoints in the Ballingeary/Kilnamartyra area.  It was certainly less compact, and possibly less hectic than the first half, but was no easier on the crews, particularly for the drivers, who were coming under a bit more pressure here. Despite some running repairs to their wishbone during the petrol halt, Duffy/Johnson’s car continued to handle very badly, and they did well to make enough of the Controls to be classified as finshers. Monaghans Keith McConnon/Michael McCloskey, who had been performing very well, hard a torrid time in the  Regularity out of Petrol. Unfortunate were beginners Adrian Phelan & Adam Power who were denied a respectable finish by a visit to the scenery enroute to the last Control.

A feature of the event was the very high percentage of tarmac, with little over a mile of loose surface in the fist half, and less than 3 miles of same in the second half.  However, despite limiting the event to as near an all-tarmac event as has been seen for many, many years, the Club managed to lay out an event that tested both driver and navigator, and did so in a manner enjoyed by all, and providing a suitable opening to this season’s championship.  The speed of results was also well recieved, with provisional results posted before the max lateness of the unlucky Phelan/Power, as soon as it was confirmed that they had in fact retired.

Thanks to all who helped, especially Event Secretary Edel Fahy, Assit CoC Sean Day, Chief Marshal Kiera Daly, and Results Crew Laurence Hartigan, Jerry Hynes and Skibbereen’s Dan Duggan.   Thanks also to the plentiful supply of marshals who turned out, including the welcome support from the Skibbereen Club

They say 'it's an ill wind that dosen't blow some good'

Storm Darwin last February caused a lot of damage around the country (you may remember), and for Joe Shinnors it was particularly bad when the roof of his 'trophy room' was completely blown off and ended up being wrapped around a certain green night nav Astra! (now that's another story).
But the disaster turned to joy for Limerick's 'Arthur Daly' when son Greg discovered a treasure trove of long lost (and seemingly forgotten) awards from Joe's night nav rally career. And amid the 'silver and cut glass' was the perpetual cup for the Startrek Night Navigation rally, a little bit shook and slightly battered, with the last engraving being the winners for the 1989 rally.
Greg decided that it would be a good idea to put together a list of winners of the Startrek Navigation Trial/Rally from 1989 to the present day, and have the trophy repaired and engraved and ready for the 2014 event on Saturday/Sunday November 1 & 2.
And this he has done after a lot of searching and detective work at home and abroad (would you believe, as far as Australia), as the Cup is now with the panel beater being prepared for presentation to the 2014 winners.
So, if you would like to see a little bit of Cork Motor Club history, why not get out to the Startrek to either marshal or compete on Saturday/Sunday November 1 & 2.

Regs and Entry Form for Startrek 2014

A free spin on a Night Navigation Trial for a beginner navigator

As you will be aware, one of the major challenges facing our particular discipline (Navigation Trials) is the difficulty of attracting and retaining beginner Navigators. Knowing this, brothers Ray & Stephen O'Neill, long-time supporters of the Navigation scene, have made a very generous offer.

They will provide a free ride on a forthcoming Navigation event to a beginner who might not have a regular driver, and who otherwise might not be able to enter. When they say free, the mean free - they will provide car, entry fee, petrol and of course driver - all the Navigator has to do is turn up with maps & licence!

The requirements are that the nominees must be Beginners (i.e. not have done more than 2 prior events at the start of the season) and that they would have demonstrated some ability - for instance by finsihing an event, not have a regular spin, and be enthusiastic about progressing as a Navigator. In addition, they must be available for either the forthcoming Monaghan Event on 4/5 October or the Cork MC Startrek on 1/2 November (which event is at the choice of the successful nominee).


Ray & Stephen have left the method of selection to the Navigation SC, and we have decided, in view of the relatively short timescale, to contact the 6 clubs involved in Navigation events, and ask each Club to select one nominee, bearing in mind the criteria outlined above. The Nav SC will then select 1 of the Noimnees.

If you are interested and meet the requirements, come along to the next meeting.

2014 Startrek Navigation Trial

The now infamous "Startrek" takes place on Saturday/Sunday November 1st & 2nd. Details for the event to follow soon.


Victory for Beamish and Hayes on 2013 Startrek Navigation Trial

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

Regs and entry form available now for 2013 Startrek Nav Trial

You can Download Regs and Entry Form Here for 2013 Startrek Night Navigation Trial

Entries continue to come in for 2013 Startrek Navigation Trial

Entries for our Startrek Navigation Trial this Saturday night Sunday morning are still coming in, so top seeds Colin Duffy and Sam Johnson head an entry that should to be well in the twenties.  Top club navigation crew Joe and Greg Shinnors will start at 2 followed by Gerard O'Connell and Denis O'Donovan, all three crews driving Subaru Imprezas. Making up the top places will be the Friels at 4 and the O’Neills at 5. Top forest competitors Owen Murphy and James O’Brien are also on the entry and top tarmac driver Roy White returns to try his hand at a nav trial.

The event will be have its HQ at Crookstown Community Centre, Bellmount Lower, Crookstown Co. Cork (Ref 429.5 657), located just off the N22 (Main Cork-Killarney Rd at Farran). Directions to the venue will be arrowed on the night. Documentation scrutiny starts at 7.30pm with mechanical scrutiny from 8pm. First car away will be at midnight over a route of just 85 miles which will see the first car finish at 3am.

Marshals are asked to be at rally HQ by 9pm and if you have a stopwatch, bring it with you.

Shorter route for 2013 Startrek Night Navigation Trial

The evenings are getting shorter, nights getting cooler, leaves are falling from the trees and the rain showers becoming somewhat more frequent, yes folks winter is upon us once more……..time to dust off the spot lamps, locate that elusive roamer, calibrate the trip and roll that navigator out of retirement, it’s Navigation Trial time again!!!

Round 1 of the Motorsport Ireland National Navigation Trail Championship kicks off on Saturday November 2nd on The Cork Motor Club’s Startrek Navigation Trial. This very popular event sees a new Clerk of the Course take the reins this year in Ken Carmody. Ken who brings a wealth of competitive and organisational experience to the event is assisted by the equally experienced Johnny Kenneally. The pair have been busy for the last number of weeks preparing a competitor friendly yet challenging event. The final touches are currently being put to the route and CMC are delighted to announce preliminary details of the night to come.

The event will base its headquarters out of Crookstown Community Centre, Bellmount Lower, Crookstown Co. Cork which is located just off the N22 (Main Cork-Killarney Rd). Directions to the venue will be arrowed on the night. Documentation scrutiny will open at 19:30 with mechanical scrutiny beginning at 20:00. First car away is at midnight and from there the competing crews will go on to tackle a very demanding 85 mile route. First car is due back to event HQ at approximately 3am making the night even more very competitor friendly. The event will use Ordinance Survey Map 86.

Event COC Ken Carmody commented this weekend, “We have picked out a very challenging route which is we are sure all competitors will enjoy thoroughly. We have paid particular attention to ensuring that the focus will be on testing the navigators and not the traction capabilities of the cars. The route is designed to be a fair challenge whether you are a beginner or an expert in a 2wd or 4wd car it will be a level playing field”.

Event regulations will be available to download shortly from www.corkmotorclub .com. For anyone wishing to receive more information on the event please contact the event COC, Ken Carmody on 0871373887 (after 6pm please).

First nav win for Dermot Whelton and Barry O’Sullivan

Full results can be downloaded here (all time points)

Our 2012 Startrek Navigation Trial, a counting round of both the National and Munster navigation championships, and the second last round of our own 2012 club championship, took place on November 3/4, and was won by the Skibbereen & District Car Club crew of Dermot Whelton and Barry O’Sullivan, driving a Golf GTi,  with a total of four penalties.
They finished just one penalty point ahead of the Subaru Imprezas of second placed David Beamish and Daire Hayes, and Johnny Kenneally and Ken Carmody taking third place on 10 penalties and top Cork Motor Club championship points.
The Night Nav was based in Stuake Community Hall, just outside Donoughmore and we had 25 starters, with 24 finishing. The first section saw the crews travelling via Bweeng, Knocknagown Mountains, on to Rylane and Bealnamarbh, with the petrol halt in Coachford at 2:30 am.
Cars left HQ at 11.30pm for the ”real“ start near Bweeng. TP2  approach included a sudden “bump” which surprised many (incl the CoC!), onto French’s Road, one time a regular “Cork 20” and sometime CofI stage, before turning back south almost to Stuake using mostly tarred (sort of) roads, but with an enjoyable lane approach to TP4. North again to the Boggeragh Mountains, with a “long-way round” semi-forest road to Via 8 was, at the end of the night, to prove decisive, with top seeds  Colin Duffy/Sam Johnston getting a WA here, without which they would have emerged victors.
Last year's event winners  Richard Cassidy (Monaghan) and Paul Phelan (Dublin) lost any hope of a repeat result, when their Vauxhall Vectra droke a driveshaft shortly after the start control. Richard changed it on the side of the road, but the loss of time put them right out of contention.
Another crew in early mechanical trouble were Martin Dolan & Olivia McCarthy, a combination of experience and youth (won't say which is which, but one of them has white hair). The gearbox on their Impreza packed up very early in the night, and force them out.  Remartkably, they were the only retirement in the field of 26 starters. Meanwhile, top seeds, Colin Duffy and Sam Johnston (Subaru) incurred penalties after they had a wrong approach at Via 8, south of Nadd.
By the time the first time card was handed in near Rylane, by which time the first regularity (which looped Eastwards above Aghabulogue) had been done,  six crews were still with clean sheets. They were Packie Duffy/Nigel McCloughry, Dermot Whelton/Barry O'Sullivan, Johnny Kenneally/Ken Carmody, Gerard O'Connell/Denis O'Donovan, Mike Murphy/Pat Cashman, Brian O'Mahony/David Swanton,  but the penalties were mounting for others, with only 4 other crews under 20 penalities.
The second Time Card took crews though some forestry above Rylane, where the excellent condition of most of the tracks ensured most crews had an enjoyable drive, even if they were not fully sure where they were.   The remainder of the run into the halfway halt  was largely uneventful, with a run thru the Balliunamorrive area, before reaching petrol at Cooneys Coachford (BTW – petrol @ 157p/litre!!) via a run thru the Rockgrove 4x4 venue.
By Petrol, only Dermot Wheton/Barry O’Sullivan and Gerard O’Connell/Denis O’Donovan were still clean, with three crews (Johnny Keneally/Ken Carmody, Mike Murphy/Pat Cashman & Brian O’Mahoney/David Swanton) with only a single penalty, although the low scores were helped by the fact that the Plot & Bash TPs had to be scrubbed due to some confusion in regard to the order in which they were to be tackled.
The second half  took crews through Berrings, Dripsey, proceeding West of Courtbrack, then North of Donoughmore and Pluckanes and finishing in Donoughmore village at 5:15am. It started from Coachford at 3am via a Regularity which looped from Coachford eastward to Ballyanly & back, followed by TPs on what seemed to be some “ordinary” roads between Dripsey and Courtbrack, but with enough complications to eliminate all clean sheets.
By the time the third time card was added up, CMCs Johnny Keneally/Ken Carmody were leading on 2 penalties, ahead of David Beamish/Daire Hayes joining Gerard O’Connell/Denis O’Donovan on 3 penalties, and Dermot Wheton/Barry O’Sullivan on 4 dropping time north of Dripsey, and Mike Murphy/Pat Cashman on 5. Brian O’Mahoney/David Swanton had something of a disaster on this card, dropping right out of contention.
The Last section proved to be something of a “sting in the tail”, with all but the leading crews getting high penalties. After a  Farm track near New Tipperary  including a water (well mostly water – some, actually a lot, of slurry included) splash at TP 115 left the cars with an interesting burning smell, and some intricate farm tracks used as “loops” to the North of Fornaught caught out many, (although again some of them had to be scrubbed due to “plot & bash” issues), the last two points of the event – a short double loop thru a farm & farmyard at Donoghmore Cross using the same entry point but two different exits brought the event to an finish within half a mile of the HQ.
Congratulations to overall winners Dermot Whelton and Barry O Sullivan who finally pulled it out of the bag in their VW Golf GTi.
Experts: 1 David Beamish/Daire Hayes, 5 pens;  2 Johnny Kenneally/Ken Carmody, 10 pens; 3 Ger O Connell/Denis O Donnovan 12 pens.
Semi-experts: 1 Pakie Duffy/Nigel McCloughry, 30 pens; 2 Brian O’Mahony/David Swanton,  97pens.
Novices: 1 Martin Tynan/Fintan Clerkin, 28 pens; 2 Cathal McCarthy/Mark McCarthy, 39 pens; 3 Trevor O’Callaghan/Iarla McCarthy, 60 pens.
Beginners: 1 Ted O’Riordan/Patrick O’Leary, 71 pens; 2 Des Cooney/Roy White (Subaru Forester), 140 pens; 3 David O’Donoghue/John Finnegan, 193 pens.
Congrats to Sean & Kiera on a fine job with some long-unsed territory being re-discovered, and thanks to them for taking the trouble to go outside their home “comfort zone”  to do so. It was a fine event, enjoyed by all, and the fact that the exceptional finishing rate was achieved at the same time as being demanding enough to ensure no chance of a clean sheet made it all the more remarkable.
The COC would like to offer a sincere word of thanks to the many marshalls who gave up their evening to help make our event the success it was. Also a big thank you to the residents on the route, the committee of Stuake Community Complex, Leonard Downey for the use of his yard and last but not least , the members of Cork Motor Club who voluntarily gave so much of their time.

Cassidy and Phelan take victory on 2011 Startrek night nav

The Monaghan/Dublin pairing of Richard Cassidy (Monaghan) and Paul Phelan (Dublin) driving a Vauxhall Vectra, scored an overall victory on our 2011 Startrek Navigation Trial last weekend (Nov 5/6). A round of the National and Munster Navigation Trial championships and part of our own club championship, they finished on seven penalties over a route of approximately 140 miles.

Second place went to last year's event winners Michael Carbin / Evin Hughes, Subaru Impreza who finished on 12 penalties while third overall saw an excellent performance from Novice crew Darren Quinn/Nigel McCloughry, Subaru Legacy on 22 penalties, who also won the Novice class. They were third Beginners here last year.

Top CMC crew were Johnny Kenneally and Ken Carmody,  who brought their Opel Vectra to an excellent fourth overall and second Experts on 31 penalties. Johnny and Ken were second semi experts last year. Fellow club members Joe Shinnors, with his brother Greg navigating, added to his awards on the weekend. Having earlier in the night collected his forest championship award, and then challenging for the lead in the first half, they finished three penalties behind on 34 to take third Experts award.

Another crew to improve on their 2010 result were Derek Butler/Olivia McCarthy (Honda Civic). They won the Semi-Expert class on 62 penalties, having been third novice last year. Brian O'Mahoney and David Swanton were second in this class on 79 penalties beating expert crew Alan and George Shinnors in a tie decider. Dermot Whelton and  Barry O'Sullivan finished third on 221 penalties.

Novice crews proved to be the stars of the event. Class honours went to Darren Quinn/Nigel McCloughry, Subaru Legacy on 22 penalties. Equally impressive were David Beamish and Muirean Hayes who finished on 40 penalties and second in class. And continuing the trend in this class were Alwin white and Adrian Tobin who fiished third on 75 penalties.

The Beginner’s class proved to be very close at the finish. Top spot was won by Trevor O’Callaghan and Iarla McCarthy (Vauxhall) with 171 penalties from andrew Whelton and Cyril Maguire on 178 pens with Matt Shinnors and Catherine Levis third on 188 penalties.

While the event was tough on all crews, two in particular had it much tougher. Colin Fitzgerald/Daire Hayes (Car 1) and Chris Kelly/Sam Johnston (Car 2), both Subaru Imprezas, wrong-slotted into a farmyard on the approach to TP8, and were detained there by the farmer who used a tractor to block their exit. Unfortunately they were well over OTL by the time an eventually amicable release was negotiated. However, they are likely to become the first crews to benefit from the new National Champioinship "force majure" rule which will credit them with championship points for the event based on their average score over the full season.

The competition took place over a route of approximately 140 miles on what was described as a fine, dry, frosty night, but roads all OK. The course took in a mix of some forestry, plus many tight, twisty and mucky farm lanes and farmyards, some narrow roads, some wide "white line" roads. The opening half took in areas around  Kiskeam and Rockchapel, while the second half after petrol was over areas of Rockchapel and Meelin with one particularly tough section involving four timepoint at St. Jons Bridge.

Overall an excellent event with 36 starters and 28 finishers, with almost 40 marshals and all TPs manned. Full credit to the orgainishg team, in particular Asst COC Sean Daly,  the Caseys and Jerry Hynes. Also an excellent venue - warm hall, plenty light and parking, separate rooms for marshals and results and refreshments care of Batty's mobile food!

Last year's top crews back for 2011 Startrek

With an entry of over 30 crews in before final closing for our Startrek Navigation Trial this weekend, competitors are showing that navigation trials are still very popular.
Back to defend their win on last year's event are Monaghan crew Michael Carbin and Evin Hughes in a Subaru Impreza. Also in an Impreza, Alan and George Shinnors should be one of the main opposition, they having led last year until conditions forced them out while brothers Joseph and Greg Shinnors, Subaru Impreza, are looking to improve on their fourth place last year, but need to go to the Valvoline Forest championship prizegiving first on Saturday evenging for Joe to collect his class trophy.

Also in contention for overall honours will be Colin Fitzgerald and Dairy Hayes, Subaru Impreza,  while Richard Cassidy will have Paul Phelan on the maps in thier Vauxhall Vectra. Other experts in Subarus on the night will be Gerard O'Connell / Denis O'Donovan, James Fitzgerald / Pat Cashman and Ted and Glyn Gaffney.

Last year's semi expert winners Chris Kelly and Sam Johnston, Subaru Impreza,  are looking for honours again, as are class runners-up Johnny Kenneally and Ken Carmody, Opel Vectra who move up to the Expert class this year. Other semi experts include Derek Butler and Olivia McCarthy, Honda Civic and John Helen and Eoghan McCarthy, Mazda 323.
Last year's Beginner's winner  Sean O'Regan is back with 12 other crews in this class including  Elaine Higgins / Gillian White and Darren Quinn / Nigel McCloughry who were third in class in 2010.

Check-in and scrutiny will be from 7.30pm on Saturday, 5th November 2011 at Lismire Community Centre (352 090). Paper scrutiny will finish at 8.30pm and mechanical scrutiny at 9.30pm. Out of Bounds/Non-goers will be issued at 8.30pm, and route instructions at 10pm. First car will start at 11.30pm.

Night navigation trial ready to rally competitors

Our annual Startrek Navigation Trial takes place this year on Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th November. The event will again this year be a counting round of the National Navigation Trial Championship; Munster Navigation Trial Championship and our own Club championship.
This year the route will be approximately 140 miles in length adn fuel will be required for approximately 75 miles without refuelling. Maps to be used will be OSI Discovery Series, Sheet Nos. 72 (3rd Ed) & 73 (2nd Ed).  A second copy of Map 73 is advised.
Check-in and scrutiny will be from 7.30pm on Saturday, 5th November 2011 at Lismire Community Centre (352 090). Paper scrutiny will finish at 8.30pm and mechanical scrutiny at 9.30pm. Out of Bounds/Non-goers will be issued at 8.30pm, and route instructions at 10pm. First car will start at 11.30pm.
Regs and entry form are available now and can be downloaded in PDF format or Word format here. Entry fee is €120 which includes personal accident insurance and IRDS at the standard rate. Maximum entries is 50.
Entries should be sent to Karen O'Sullivan, Cullen, Mallow, Co. Cork. Entries close on Wednesday, 2nd November 2011
Useful contacts are COC Martin Sheahan 086 8432472; Ast COC Sean Daly  086 3731193; entries sec Karen O’Sullivan  087 9107332. email:
Refreshments will be on sale at the venue for a nominal fee!

 Regs available here to download   Regs Word Format   or  Regs PDF

Carbin and Hughes steer their way to 2010 Startrek navigation win

Download Results in Excel format here        Download Results in PDF format here

Download Full results including each Time Point here 

Monaghan crews came out on top on our 2010 Startrek Night Navigation Trial last weekend. Michael Carbin and Evin Hughes brought their Subaru Impreza to victory with just one mark lost. A big improvement on last year when they finished in 11th place and outside the awards. The pair have been steadily moving up the national navigation ladder having won the Novice award  two years ago and were first driver and second navigator in the Semi Experts last year. Second place again as in 2009, went to Arthur Kierans and Ashley McAdoo, the reigning national champions incurring just two penalties in their Impreza. They also won the Expert class.
Third and fourth places were also just seperated by one penalty with Trevor Farrell and Noel Hall, (second Experts) also in a Subaru Impreza, on 9 marks lost coming out ahead of the Toyota Rav of  third placed Experts Joe and Greg Shinnors with 10 penalties.  
There was also just one penalty between fifth and sixth places where West Cork's Gerard O'Connell and Denis O'Donovan, Celica, finished ahaed of Michael and Ciaran Tynan, Vauxhall Vectra.
First in the Semi Experts were Chris Kelly and Sam Johnston, who moved to this class this season. Their  Impreza finished ahead of second placed Semi Experts Johnny Kenneally and Ken Carmody in their Vauxhall Vectra. Third place in the class went to Dermot  Whelton and Barry O'Sullivan driving a Mazda 323.
There was a close battle in the Novice class with Bryan McCarthy and Stephen Quinn taking the honours with just three penalties to spare over second novice crew of  Alwyn White and Adrian Tobin. Third novice home were  Derek Butler and Olivia McCarthy.
The Beginners put on a good performance on the event with eight of the nine crews finishing. Best of these were West Cork's Sean O'Regan and Eamon McCarthy taking their Carina to a class win and 14 overall. Second in class were CMC's Stephen Lane and Gillian White. They brought their Vauxhall Vectra home second with just one penalty to spare over the Co. Longford pairing of Darren Quinn and Nigel McCloughry driving a Toyota Sprinter.
Penalties were high for many of the Beginners, non more so that David Beamish and Muirean Hayes who despite many problems, including repairing the exhaust, brought their Carina to the final contorl at Buttevant.
A new award for this year's Munster championship rounds is the club awards. Here Gerard O'Connell and Denis O'Donovan took the Skibbereen trophy, Trevor O'Callaghan and Eoin Longworth took the Birr award and the Cork MC honours went to Johnny Casey and Vincent Goggin.
For number one seeds, Alan and George Shinnors it wasn't a good night. A lot of rain over the preceeding days had made conditions very slippery. As crews headed for Ballyhoura, a problem with the approach to TP7 saw the brothers' Impreza stuck on a very muddy track.  While Alan and George warned the following cars of the problem, unfortunately their event ended here. The TP later had to be scrubbed.
In fact the Ballyhoura area caused a lot of problems on the night. It was certainly no place to doze off, as a plot and bash section started here as competitors entered the area for the second time. And for those who were not wide awake problems with results and penalties mounted.
The route took crews north of Doneraile and into the Ballyhoura Mountains to a petrol halt near Kilavullen. The second half took competitors north to Kildorrery and back into the Ballyhouras from the east with the first car finishing back in Buttevant at 4.20am. There were 34 starters and 26 crews managed to finish the event.
This year is the first time a Beginners class has been included in the National championship and it was very well supported in Buttevant.
At the prizegiving, winning navigator Evin Hughes praised the event, which was particularly good for the COC and his team, after some unjustified negative comments had been aired after last year's event.

Download Results in Excel format here        Download Results in PDF format here

Entry list for 2010 Startrek attracts the top navigation crews

Navigation trials are still attracting the entries with 31 crews already entered by Wednesday for our Startrek Navigation Trial this Saturday night Sunday morning (Oct 30/31).
Arthurs Kierans/Ashley McAdoo had to settle for second last year after a tie break, but after a win on our
1000 Shakes Nav event in January, they must be hopeful for this weekend.
The Shinnors brothers, Joe and Greg will have improved their confidence after their victory on the opening
round of the Munster championship in Birr a few weeks ago while the other Shinnors pairing of Alan and George will also be looking for the win.
Along with the first mentioned, other northern crews will include Michael Carbin and Evin Hughes; Michael
and Ciaran Tynan; Trevor Farrell and Noel Hall and Paul Doherty and Donny Riney.
Semi expert winners last year, Colin Fitzgerald and Daire Hayes compete in the Expert class along with
Eoin Fitzgerald and Pat Cashman and Gerard O'Connell and Denis O'Donovan.
Johnny Kenneally and Ken Carmody will be hoping to take the Semi Expert class win but they will have the
likes of Chris Kelly and Sam Johnson, beginners last year, plus Dermot Whelton and Barry O'Sullivan and Trevor O'Callaghan and Eoin Longworth (Birr COC) to contend with.
Seven novice crews are on the entry at present with club members Johnny Casey and Vincent Goggin and
Brian McCarthy and Stephen Quinn looking for the top spot. They will have opposition from the likes of Derrk Butler and Olivia McCarthy, Mark Forbes and Eamon Ahern, Richard Jennings and Leslie Wolfe, Alwyn White and Adrian Tobin andTimmy Foley and Conor Collins.
There is great interest in the Beginner's class with nine entries so far. And it's good to see some of the 'old'
and 'young' club members competing. They include Michael Linehan and Trisha Hogan; Gillian White and Stephen Lane (had their first nav outing here last year); Paul McMahon and Kieran Brennan, and Brian Oakes plus David Beamish and Muireann Hayes.

Marshals are needed on the event. Meeting point is Buttevant GAA Hall from 8.30pm. Give Martin a ring on  086 8369091 if you are goiing. The event is part of the National, Munster and Cork Motor Club championships.

Regulations are available for 2010 Startrek Navigation Trail

Cork Motor Club's Startrek Navigation Trial on Saturday 30th/Sunday 31st October, 2010 will have a route of approximately 140 miles in length. Petrol will be required for approx. 75 miles without refuelling.
Map to be used is OSI Discovery Series, Sheet 73 (2nd Ed).  Competitors are advised to have a second copy also.

Along with the 1st overall plus the class awards, three new awards will be on offer this year. They will be for best Cork Motor Club Crew (2 Trophies), best Skibbereen Club Crew (2 Trophies) and best Birr Club Crew (2 Trophies).

Check-in and scrutiny will be from 7.30pm on Saturday, 30th October at Buttevant G.A.A. Hall. Any crew who have not completed  paperwork scrutiny by 9pm and/or have not passed Mechanical Scrutiny by 9.30pm, will not be allowed start the event.
Entries close on Wednesday, 27th October 2010. Entry fee is €120 including competitors' personal accident insurance and IRDS at 2010 standard rate.
Refreshments will be on sale at the venue for a nominal fee!

Regulations and entry form are available now.  Word version       PDF version

The Trial continues to be part of the National Navigation championship as well as our own club championship.

Severe weather tests 2009 Startrek Nav Trial competitors

The second round of the 2009-2010 National Night Navigation Championship, Cork Motor Club's Startrek navigation trial, saw 37 crews on the start line on Saturday night Sunday morning (October 31/November 1 2009). The event was again based in the GAA hall in Buttevant with first car away at 11pm. The route covered areas of Ballyhoura, Doneraile, Ballyhea, Churchtown, Liscarroll, Freemount, Meelin, Kanturk, Kilbrin in North Cork, and returned to Buttevant at 4.30am Sunday, covering a route of 115 miles.
On a night of very wet weather, which saw the organisers having to scrap two sections due to the severe conditions, 27 crews made it to the final control. Of these, two were clear of penalties at the finish with the Monaghan crew of Shane Maguire and Kieran Coyle (Subaru 1.8) getting the win on a tie break over Arthurs Kierans/Ashley McAdoo, in a Subaru 2.0.
Ger Gowen and Paul Phelan took third place with four penalties, in another tie break, ahead of Garreth Beagan and Stephen Thornton, both in Subarus. Ger and Paul got most of their penalties in the final quarter of the event. Fifth place went to Donal Healy and Peter Keohane who also fell foul of the final section which included some Plot and Bash.
Best of the semi-experts were in sixth place where Colin Fitzgerald and Daire Hayes, again in a Subaru Impreza,  were also involved in a tie break to decide the place. Local crew Tadhg O’Shea and Brendan Fahy took seventh in their Opel Astra having incurred thier first penalty in the first quarter of the event. Eight place went to the expert crew of Alan Shinnors and George Shinnors, also driving a Subaru Impreza
Possibly the best result of the night were beginners Chris Kelly and Sam Johnston who finished an excellent ninth in an Opel Vectra on their first trip to Cork to finish on 13 penalties. Here again a tie break with semi experts Johnny Kenneally and Ken Carmody also on 13 penalties finishing tenth overall in their Vauxhall Vectra. Finihsing 11th were Monaghan Semi-Expert crew Michael Carbin and Evin Hughes, in a Subaru Legacy
The top Novice crew were Kevin Keenan and Barry Garvey from Monaghan in a Subaru Impreza. They finished 12th overall one place and one penalty ahead of fellow Novices Dermot Whelton and Barry O'Sullivan from West Cork driving a Mazda 323.
Former National champions Andy Mackarel and Liam Higgins had a night to forget with their Impreza suffering badly from wet electrics all night, leaving them to finish in fourteenth place.
Paul Casey and Stephen Quinn were on their first outing in a Subaru Impreza and despite some problems on the night, managed to bring it home in fifteenth place and  third in the novice class. Brother Johnny Casey and Vincent Goggin in a 2.0 Peugeot 406,  finished one place behind in 16th after carrying out some running repairs at the petrol halt.
Two Monaghan Expert crews Richard Cassidy and Sean McCaffrey, Vauxhall Vectra and  Michael Tynan and Ciaran Tynan, Subaru Impreza were off their usual pace finishing 17th and 18th respectively while West Cork Beginners Brian O'Mahony and Ian Stately finished 19th.
Last years top expert Ger O Connell and Niall O Keeffe in a 2.0 Celica were another of the crews to fall foul of the weather. They held a strong position up to the final section where they suffered mechanical problems after traversing one of  the many floods and nurshed the car home to  20th place.  Novice crew James Kingston and John Buttimer were 21st, just six penalties back while Fergus and Anthony Harrington from West Cork brought their Honda Accord to 22nd place another five penalties down.
Lisgriffin's Derek Butler and Skibbereen's Olivia McCarthy, driving a1.6 Nissan Sunny; managed to pick up some hard earned points in the Novice class to finish 23rd.
Timmy Foley and Conor Collins took the third Beginners place in their Toyota Corolla when they finished 24th overall and were followed home by fellow Beginners Andrew Beamish and Fergus Murphy, Nissan Sunny, 25th and  John Helen and David Beamish 26th ina Mazda 323F, both crews from West Cork.
Despite a troubled night Joe Shinnors and Trish Hogan brought thier Toyota Rav 4 home in 27th place.
One crews who didn't make it to the final control were Paul McMahon and Kieran Brennan from Churchtown, in a Volvo440 who retired with mechanical problems early in the night. Also the Cork/Wesrtmeath pairing of Trevor O'Callaghan and Eoin Longworth succumbed to fuel pump failure in their Rover 600 while beginners Stephen Lane and Gillian White had to call it a day after the fanbelt on their Honda Civic broke. But it hasn't put them off. "Can't wait for the next event," they said.
Other non finishers included Experts Ray O'Neil Stephen O'Neill;  Semi-Expert James Fitzgerald Ed O'Neill; Novices Cathal McCarthy, Mark McCarthy, William Lynch, Colm McSweeney, Mervyn Helen, David Warner, Eoin Fitzgerald, Cal McCarthy, Eamon Dullea,   and Beginners Paul McMahon and Kieran Brennan.    
Clerk of the course Martin Sheehan and Asst COC Sean Daly, would like to thank Lynn Sheehan, Edel Fahy, Eileen Daly, Ciara Daly, Walter Dick, Kieran Daly, Jerry Hynes, Niall Murphy and Ian O Brien for all the hard work before and during the event. A big thank you also to all the marshals  who turned up on the night without whom these events would not run, plus the local gardai and last but not least the residence along the route for their support.
Results here.

Entry list for Startrek Navigation Trial 2009

Navigation Trials in Cork continue to command a healthy interest for competitors with this weekend’s Startrek Navigation Trial showing a healthy entry. By Wedneaday 35 crews had entered which still allowed a little extra time for some late comers. Last year’s event winners Arthur Kierans and Ashley McAdoo are back to defend their title as are a lot of last year’s class winners.  But it is the amount of beginners and novices that augers well for this type of motorsport. Six Beginners, two of these crews as a direct result of the Cork Motor Club’s Rally Lectures, have entered and the same amount of  Novices. Entry list included below
The 115mile event starts from Buttevant GAA Community Centre Hall, with check-in and scrutiny from 7pm on Saturday and is part of the National, Munster Navigation and Cork Motor Club championships. Marshals are need so please let Martin or Sean know if you are helping. COC  Martin Sheehan 086 8432472 and  Asst COC Sean Daly 086 3731193.








Arthur Kierans

Ashley McAdoo



Subaru Impreza

Johnny Kenneally

Ken Carmody



Vauxhall Vectra

Cathal McCarthy

Mark McCarthy

West Cork


Honda Vicic

Colin Fitzgerald

Daire Hayes



Subaru Impreza

William Lynch

Colm McSweeney



Toyota Carina

Andrew Mackarel

Liam Higgins




Timmy Foley

Conor Collins



Toyota Corolla

Richard Cassidy

Sean McCaffrey



Vauxhall Vectra

Michael Carbin

Evin Hughes



Subaru Legacy

Joe Shinnors

Diarmuid O'Donovan



Toyota Rav 4

Shane Maguire

Ciaran Coyle



Subaru Impreza

Trevor Farrell

Noel Hall



Subar Impreza

Chris Kelly

Sam Johnston



Opel Vectra

Kevin Keenan

Barry Garvey



Subaru Impreza

Mervyn Helen

David Warner



Toyota Carina

Gerard O'Connell

Niall O'Keeffe



Toyota Celica

Derek Butler

Olivia McCarthy



Nissan Sunny

Alan Shinnors

George Shinnors



Subaru Impreza

Ray O'Neill

Stephen O'Neill



Ford Mondeo

Tadhg O'Shea

Brendan Fahy



Opel Astra

Michael Tynan

Ciaran Tynan



Subaru Impreza

Ger Gowen

Paul Phelan



Subaru Impreza

Fergus Harrington

Anthony Harrington

West Cork


Honda Accord

John Helen

David Beamish

West Cork


Mazda 323F

Andrew Beamish

Fergus Murphy

West Cork


Nissan Sunny

Paul McMahon

Kieran Brennan



Ford Mondeo

Dermot Whelton

Barry O'Sullivan

West Cork


Mazda 323

Trevor O"Callaghan

Eoin Longworth



Rover 600

Garreth Beagan

Stephen Thornton



Subaru Impreza

Kevin Gleeson

Shane O'Brien




Stephen Lane

Gillian White



Honda Civic

Paul Casey

Stephen Quinn



Subaru Impreza

James Fitzgerald

Ed O'Neill

Co. Cork


Subaru Impreza

Brian O'Mahony


West Cork



Johnny Casey

Vincent Goggin



Peugeot 406 SRI

Startrek Night Nav on Saturday/Sunday October 30/November 1

Download Regulations in PDF format or   Word format  or  Web Page format

The final touches are being put to the club’s annual Startrek Night Navigation Trial which takes place this year on Saturday night and Sunday morning, October 30 and November 1.
Back again is Clerk of the Course Martin Sheehan with Sean Daly as his assistant. Similar to last year the event will be based at Buttevant G.A.A. Community Centre map reference 541094.5, where check-in and scrutiny will begin from 7pm on the Saturday evening. The event will again be a counting round of the National Navigation Trial Championship, the Munster Navigation Trial Championship and CMC’s own Club Championship.
This year will see an increase to 115 miles in the total distance of the event with a petrol half at the half distance point. All plots will be given before the event and will consist of straight forward navigation. Maps 72 (3rd edition) and 73 (2nd edition) will be needed. Regulations and further details are available now.
Contacts: COC  Martin Sheehan 086 8432472 and  Asst COC Sean Daly 086 3731193.
Cork Motor Club will run a series of rally lectures over the month of October.

Kierans and McAdoo win Startrek

Winners on Cork Motor Club’s 2008 Startrek Navigation Trial on the first weekend in November were Arthur Kierans and Ashley McAdoo driving a Subaru Impreza when they finished on 10 penalties. They were pushed hard by the Celica of Ger O’Connell and Niall O’Keeffe (1st Experts)  who finished with one extra penalty at the end of an 85 mile route which incorporated some 36 Time Points, Vias and ITCs.

Third place  ended in a tie with two crews finishing on 14 penalties.  The decider went to Michael Carbin and Evine Hughes, Subaru Impreza who also took the first Novice award.  Brendan Fahy and Tadhg O’Shea had to settle for fourth but they also took top Semi Expert award. Fifth place and second Semi Expert were Colin Fitzgerald and Daire Hayes in a Corsa on 17 penalties. Top seeds and favourite for victory before the event Bones O’Connor and Paul Phelan had to settle for sixth and second experts after a disastrous WA at TP6 scuppered their chance of victory. Best of the Beginners were Donal McArdle and Raymond Conlon who finished in an excellent seventh place on just 21 penalties.

Time Points 9 and 19 were the ones that caused all the problems for competitors on the event, with all crews suffering time losses at these points. In all 36 crews competed on the event with 32 of these being classed as finishers. Congrats to Martin Sheehan and his crew for an excellent event.



1st O/A Arthur Kierans/Ashley McAdoo

Experts: 1 Ger O'Connell/ Niall O'Keeffe; 2 Michael O'Connor/Paul Phelan; 3 Richard Cassidy/Sean McCaffrey.

Semi Experts: 1 Brendan Fahy/Tadhg O'Shea; 2 Colin Fitzgerald/Daire Hayes; 3 Shane Maguire/ Stephen Thornton.

Novice: 1 Michael Cartin/ Evine Hughes; 2 Cathal McCarthy/Mark McCarthy; 3 Victor Beamish/Susan Beamish.

Beginners: 1 Donal McArdle/Raymond Conlon; 2 Johnny Casey/Vincent Goggin; 3 Niall Maguire/Barry Garvey. 

Best CMC: Michael Murphy/Pat Cashman.


Tell us about it: A large amount of Cork Motor club members took part and it would be nice to hear your account of how you fared on the event. Did you find it hard? Did you have problems? Did you enjoy it? Did the navigator get you lost? Did the driver put it off? Why not email me with the details to

Startrek Navigation Trial

COC : Martin Sheehan.
Contact Number:  086 8432472 (text anytime)

Download Regs Here

Cork Motor Club’s Startrek Night Navigation Trial takes place on Saturday night and Sunday morning, November 1 & 2 next.The event will be a counting round of three championships, the National Navigation Trial Championship, the Munster Navigation Trial Championship CMC’s own Club Championship.

Clerk of the Course Martin Sheehan has laid out a course of about 85 miles in length and petrol will be required for the entire route. The entire route will be issued prior to the start, save that details of up to six locations which may be issued during the course of the event. Maps to be used: OSI Discovery Series, Sheet Nos. 73 (2nd Ed). Competitors are advised that a second copy of Sheet 73 may be advantageous.

The event will be based at Buttevant G.A.A. Community Centre map reference 541094.5, where check-in and scrutiny will begin at8pm on Saturday 1st. Competitors are reminded that paperwork check-in will finish at 10pm and mechanical scrutiny finishes at 10.45pm Saturday 1st. Competitive Navigation will not begin before midnight.

Entries close on Wednesday October 29th and the entry fee is €120 including competitors personal accident insurance and IRDS at 2008 standard rate. All competitors must have a valid 2008 Competition Licence and all drivers a 2008 IRDS letter of acceptance. Maximum number of starters is 50. Awards will be given for first overall plus first, second and third in Expert, Semi Expert and Novice plus Beginners.

Entries should be sent to  Edel Fahy, Dromore, Dromahane, Mallow, Co. Cork. Email