Belts ‘n’ Braces!

(L→R) Joe Courtney, Neil Bradbury & Frank Byrnes

There will be a Pre-Season Scrutiny event this coming Saturday 11th at Frank Byrnes Autobody Repairs in Oranmore Galway from 11am – 3pm and its open to drivers who are planning to compete in Hillclimb and Sprint events this year.

On Saturday not only will you be able to have your car checked out by a Motorsport Ireland Scrutineer, but they will also be able to advise you on the championship, Class eligibility, Roll Cage design, Seat Belts, Seats and much, much more.

Can’t make Saturday’s event? On Sunday 12th March John Linnane Motors Tighe Avenue, Rathnew, Co. Wicklow will be hosting the event.

Check Irish for more information on the events.

Helmet Standards.

Do my belts comply?


Clubs List and all things Hillclimb.

Clare & Galway Motor Clubs.

Wexford Motor Club.

Imokilly Motor Club.

Carlow Motor Club.

Limerick Motor Club.

MEC Motor Enthusiasts’ Club.

Donegal Motor Club.

Irish Hillclimb & Sprint webpage all the news, views, results and much much more.

Irish Speed Marshals FaceBook Page.

Irish Hillclimb on Facebook

Vantage Point Video for the definitive collection of Irish Hillclimb Video & News.

Motorsport Ireland


The Leviathans of Speed.

The Leviathans.

Have you ever sat in front of the Gogglebox (D-Telly) watching an old race from Le Mans or perhaps like me you were watching  the great Fangio blasting along on the Mille Miglia.

As you watch,  you begin to think wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could travel back in time and see and hear these cars…Nay! These Leviathans of Speed in action.

Well unfortunately I don’t have a Time-Machine, but the Irish Hillclimb & Sprint Championship features some of the most magnificent examples of  Race Cars from yesteryear and if you think these folks drive like little-old-ladies well you are in for a shock!

Pictured above are three of these magnificent Titans of Tarmac featuring  Ed Cassidy and his magnificent 1935 Iona special that makes the most glorious sound when driven in anger by Ed.

Watching Ed drive the socks off this priceless example of motorsport history is a real nerve jangling affair and at times the car comes perilously close to the scenery as you watch Ed wrestle with the big steering wheel  as if its just a gentle Sunday drive.

Did you know that some of the finest examples of Historic race cars are currently being raced on the hills and race tracks of Ireland?  And they are worth having a closer look at not only because of their beauty but because when they race its like 1935 all over again and you need only close your eyes and you are there.

So why not stop by the Paddock and see these magnificent machines for yourself and have a chat with the drivers. They are always delighted to talk about the car and its race history.

Come along to Ballyvaughan in April to see…To hear, and to watch these Leviathans of Speed Race Ar nós na gaoithe (as fast as the wind) in the beautiful Burren.

Click on the image above to view more of these wonderful cars in action…