Knockalla Hillclimb

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Joe Courtney

Action from the Donegal Hillclimb is now online.
Congratulations to Joe Courtney on making it a double and retaining his title.
Don’t forget the annual prize giving bash will be held in The Killeshin Hotel in Portlaois on October 22nd.

A BIG Thank You to all the Marshals who worked so hard all year keeping us all safe...

Course de Côte de La Harmoye.

Action from the Course de Côte de La Harmoye 2016 are now online and more will be added later..Click Here..

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All things Hillclimb in Ireland:

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.ie

Motorsport Ireland

Rally.ie

Mondello Races.

Saint Gouéno 2016

Its bank holiday Monday and are still full of the after-glow of Saint-Gouéno 2016. Only a few short days ago twenty-five Irish drivers set sail for France,  spirits were high and Team Ireland was looking forward to a wonderful weekend of Racing and of course the wonderful French wine, Oh…Lets not forget the excellent  French cuisine  too.

Team Ireland

Team Ireland

The weather like home was scorching hot for the event, thick early morning fog soon cleared away and from early  Thursday Team Ireland started to arrived at the Paddock  and quickly set about setting up home for the weekend. Festooned with copious amounts of Irish flags and banners the camp looked excellent.

 

 

13315493_1054724481274246_4442160054049852718_nFriday was sign-on day and scrutiny, Irish Hillclimb Champ Joe Courtney needed new belts fitted, and with loads of helping hands he was soon sorted. All of the crews were busy checking their cars and carrying last minute adjustments to wring every ounce of performance from their cars.

Saturday qualifying started and conditions early on were foggy, however, the Irish drivers were still pushing hard all the same. Both Joe Courtney and Rory (Grandad Stephens) were putting in cracking times. Once again the Italian Mob made up of Billy White, Gary Eagan and Bishop Neil Bradbury in their Cento’s  were the entertainers of the weekend. The lads pushed their cars to the limit as the battle they left behind in Ireland continued to rage in France. The Cento’s are now a firm favourite of the French spectators, well done lads.

Darren Warwick

Darren Warwick

The reigning Masters Champion Darren Warwick of Guernsey was absolutely spectacular to watch in action. Joe and Grandad Rory made a valiant effort to try and reel in Darren but the Guernsey driver was not be denied another Masters title, Darren’s average speed for the hill was 149.95 km/h and the French Nicolas Schatz average speed was 157.64 Km/h, not a whole lot in it…Well done Darren.

 

DSC_1315Peter McKinley was over with the legendary Escort of Simon McKinley, and he received a warm welcome from  the French fans. Like ourselves, the French were heart broken when Simon left us, as Peter  entered Fer du Cheval hairpin he received a tremendous welcome from the fans who were delighted to see Simon’s Escort back on the hill. They flocked to the paddock to take pictures of the car and the Simon McKinley sticker has become a much sought after item by the French, they all want to carry Simon with them as they make their way around France.

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Merci Commissaire’s

On Sunday about lunch time, the French Marshals (Commissaire’s) were being picked up for lunch in a van…So feeling a bit tired…ok, lazy, I hitched a lift back to the Paddock, or so I thought. The Marshals were fairly surprised to have in their company an Irish man with his funny Paddy’s hat. Well after a few minutes I though the trip back was a bit long, and suddenly the van stopped to the loud cheers of the Marshals within. I had arrived at the village hall where the marshals were having lunch, well… not one to waste an opportunity I set about recording the marshals dinner much to the amusement to the marshals. There was a nice roast chicken dinner and I can tell you in spite of the language barrier  I had a wonderful lunch break with some incredible people, who kindly gave me a lift back to the hill after.

DSC_5135Once again I find myself struggling to put into words just how much we appreciate all the help, friendship and kindness extended to us by John Lloyd and his wonderful team. Thanks does just not go anyway near the gratitude we have for all you guys and what you have done for us. All I can say is Merci beaucoup for us all here. And we wish our extended French family all the best for 2016.

Well that’s about it…I could write volumes about our French escapade, but the pictures tell the story so much better than my meanderings…We’ll see ye along the road sometime soon.

For results from France and all things Irish Hillclimb & Sprint follow the links below.

All Results

Hillclimb Masters Website by John Lloyd.

Course de cote Saint Gouéno webpage

French Championship Webpage

All things Hillclimb in Ireland:

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.ie

Motorsport Ireland

Rally.ie

 

 

 

Saint Gouéno 2016

Congratulations to team Ireland another spectacular result and a wonderful mad week…more pictures when I get Home…

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Grandad!

Grandad!

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Peter McKinley

Deidre McKInley

Deidre McKinley

Darren Warwick

Darren Warwick

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Saint-Gouéno 2016

smlbannerTwenty-six Irish drivers have now entered the Saint-Gouéno Hillclimb masters event held in Côtes-d’Armor in Brittany France. This 3.2Km ribbon of Tarmac is considered by many to be one of the most prestigious motorsport events in the French Hillclimb calendar. The event runs from May 27/28/29 and attracts thousands of spectators who flank the entire hill all the way up to the infamous Fer à Cheval hairpin bend, where the faster cars approach this bend at well over 240Km/h, testing both the metal of the driver and their cars to their limits.

DSC_0373The event kicks off on the Thursday with the traditional welcome party for the masters drivers in the village of Saint-Gouéno where the guests sample the finest local French cuisine along with some excellent French wine and beer and some more wonderful French wine…

 

copyDSC9071Heading up the Team Ireland is our champion Joe Courtney, Joe finished second last year behind Darren Warwick in his Dallara 399.

Rory Stephens is also making the trip with his Radical SR8 along with Deidre McKinley, and the legendary Simon McKinley Escort will be driven by Simon’s dad Peter. The Escort is sure to get a warm welcome as Simon had a legion of French fans who loved to see the car in action. Indeed one of the most popular areas in the paddock is the Irish camp; festooned with Irish flags, banners etc. The fans adore the party spirit of the Irish competitors, and a real party atmosphere runs all weekend practically 24hrs a day.

John Lloyd

John Lloyd

 

Looking after the masters is John Lloyd & co, John has assembled a Dream Team and they have practically turned the event into a Click-and-drive affair. The amount of work that goes into this event is mind-boggling  and these guys have a Bazillion things to organize over the course of the weekend. And we all really do owe John and his team a Big Thank You.

I could go on and on about this event, but I think the pictures tell the story of the masters so much better. So click on the links to see some excellent action and a whole lot of mighty crack!

Past events in our Gallery:

2015

2014

2013

Irish Drivers entry list courtesy of John Lloyd.

1.    Barry Smith            Ford Escort Mexico
2.    Paul O’Connell       BMW E30 V10
3.    Ben O’Brien           BMW M3
4.    Cormac O’Brien    Ray Formula Ford
5.    Dermot Nolan        SHP RT 2000
6.    Peter Mc Kinley      Ford Escort
7.    Deirdre Mc Kinley   Vauxhall Nova
8.    Ivalo Linder             Fiat Cinquecento
9.    Derek McGuinnes   Peugeot 205
10.    Jack Kingston       lotus Elan S4
11.    Colm Hynes          Ford Cortina GT
12.    Denis Hogan         BMW M3
13.    Donal Grffin           Hilman Avenger BRM
14.    Emmet Dunne       Dallara 391
15.    Gary Cunningham Global Light GTJ
16.    Peter Cummins     Darian T90 GTR
17.    Eanna Carrol         Honda Civic
18.    Neil Bradbury         Fiat Chinquecento
19.    Peter Dwyer           Lola T96/50 F3000
20.    Rory Stephens       Radical SR8
21.    Robert Swaine       Van Diemen FF 1600
22.    Brendan Keane      Westfeild SeiW
23.    Joe Courtney          Reynard 913
24.    Garry Egan             Fiat Seicento
25.    Mick O’Shea           MGB GT     
26.    Billy White              Fiat Seicento

Below is a list of websites well worth a visit..

Hillclimb Masters Website by John Lloyd.

Course de cote Saint Gouéno webpage

French Championship Webpage

All things Hillclimb in Ireland:

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.ie

Motorsport Ireland

Rally.ie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wexford Ahoy!

eventsssThis weekend coming rounds 3 & 4 of the Irish Hillclimb and Sprint Championship are taking place in Bunclody in Co Wexford on May 21st & 22nd.

Our Hillclimb Champion Joe Courtney will be hoping to add to his points tally after two solid third place finishes in Ballyvaughan. Joe like many of the drivers will be heading to France next week to take part in the Saint Gouéno Hillclimb Masters where he finished second last year.

Wexford club promises a challenging two days of racing that will test both driver and car, and already Rory Grandad Stephens has thrown down the challenge, he is promising to “Beat The shi!!! Out of as many as I can” Well…Mmm, now, that’s a challenge-and-a-half! But I think the rest of the class may have other ideas,or they will politely just ignore his statement, time will tell.

class1BAfter two 1st place finishes in Ballyvaughan Gary Eagan will be looking to extend his lead in the ever popular class 1B. But he better keep an on the lads behind as Neil Bradbury, Danny Herlihy and Billy White will be trying to even the score after Galway.

class4Class 4 is another excellent class to keep an eye on over the weekend as it produced an excellent battle between Sean Murray, Seamus Anderson and Mick O’Shea.

CLASS3BSparks are set to fly again this weekend too in Class 3B, these fire breathing cars are among some of the fastest cars on the Hills, and are proper scary fast.

Thinking of spectating this weekend? Well please remember motorsport is dangerous and do follow Marshals instructions at all times. They are there for our safety.

For more up to date news visit Irish Hillclimb.com or click on the links below to find out more about the exciting world of Hillclimb.

Results from Rounds 1 & 2 are now online at Irish Hillclimb.com

Want to take a peek at the cars in action? Well pay a visit vantage Point Video

 

 

 

 

 

Ballyvaughan 2016

Rounds 1 & 2 of the 2016 Irish Hillclimb and Sprint are taking place this weekend in Ballyvaughan, and we remember our wonderful friends who are gone from our sight but not from our hearts.

Ian Quinn (right)  Denis Hogan snr (left) and Simon McKinley (center).

We wish the very best of luck to Clare & Galway Motor Clubs and all of the drivers taking part.

Ian Quinn (right)  Denis Hogan snr (left) and Simon McKinley (center).

Ian Quinn (right) Denis Hogan snr (left) and Simon McKinley (center).