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).

Ballyvaughan Hillclimb Weekend

ballyvaughan-signIn just a few short days the Irish Hillclimb & Sprint championship will make its annual trip to the picturesque village of Ballyvaughan Co Clare, this year the Ballyvaughan Hillclimb weekend takes place on the 22nd – 24th of April.

This is one of the do not miss weekends of racing that features two magnificent hills which includes the world famous Corkscrew Hill and  Ballyvaughan is also renowned for its hospitality and excellent sea food. Action gets underway early on Saturday (23) morning with some of the fastest race cars in Ireland going head-to-head in the stunning Burren.

Over the course of the weekend some very powerful machinery will compete for championship points on two challenging; yet technically different hills. The Corkscrew Hill is traditionally run on Saturday, and this year a brand new hill near Ballinalacken will be used on Sunday.

Joe Courtney Reynard 913

Joe Courtney Reynard 913

Joe Courtney our reining Hillclimb & Sprint champion will be eager to defend his title and securing maximum points from both days would be a dream start to his title hopes. But Joe will need to keep an eye on his mirrors as Rory Stephens and his amazingly good looking fire-breathing Radical will be chasing the championship title too..

 

Rory Stephens Radical SR8

Rory Stephens Radical SR8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aidan Courtney

Aidan Courtney

The championship has a wonderful array of classes and one of last years popular classes is class 1B the Fiat Cinquecento/Seicento cars. Last year Aidan Courtney secured the title in which some of the rounds were won by just a fraction of a second, in fact the cars are so closely matched that forgetting to fold in the side mirrors could mean the difference between first and second place, its that tight folks…

Ed Cassidy 1935 Iona Special

Ed Cassidy 1935 Iona Special

Keep an eye out too for the Historic cars as they give us a rare glimpse of yesteryear, and cars like the Iona Special of Ed Cassidy make a glorious sound when driven in anger, and these drivers really do push theses leviathans of speed hard on the hills.

 

 

 

copyDSC9071The Ballyvaughan Hillclimb weekend is a very family friendly weekend of Motorsport, there is lots to see and do that will keep the smallest member of your crew entertained. A walk around the paddock(s) is highly recommended, it’s an excellent way to get up close to some of the stunning cars competing on the hills including some very rare historic cars. Drivers are only too happy answer questions about their cars and you’ll find out all sorts of Hillclimbing information and trivia too.

A word of warning, a paddock is a busy spot and young children should be supervised at all times, if you are taking pictures please do keep a discrete distance from the cars and allow crews to work away unhindered.

Why not visit the Aillwee caves, they are just a short distance away from the bottom of
Corkscrew Hill, or perhaps a walk across the stunning Burren where some of Irelands oldest Megalithic tombs are to be found.  If you are feeling a bit peckish Logues Lodge in Ballyvaughan has an excellent menu and it’s a very cosy spot to rest your weary
feet.

Please Remember there will be traffic restrictions in place and if you are going to spectate at the event arrive early and always obey the directions of the Marshals who are there for our safety!

I highly recommend taking the coast road from Galway to Ballyvaughan as the views are simply stunning.

For more information, news, views and lots more visit the Irish Hillclimb Web page

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

 

 

 

 

Tynagh Test Day

Frank Byrnes

Frank Byrnes

Some of the Hillclimb regulars were doing a bit of pre-season testing at Tynagh today and we popped over to have a look. The pictures are in the gallery….

Pre Season Scrutiny

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Frank Byrnes

There will be a Pre-Season Scrutiny event this coming Saturday 12th 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.

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John Linnane Motors will be hosting the event on Sunday the 13th from 11am – 3pm…

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.

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Motorsport Ireland

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Blast off!!!

_DSC5085The 2016 Irish Hillclimb & Sprint championship was officially launched at the classic car show in the RDS yesterday. The stunning Motorsport Ireland stand featured some amazing cars from a wide variety of Irish motorsport classes.

The Hillclimb cars on show had a very busy two days at the show and were hugely popular with the public. Gary Eagan’s Cento with its new livery looked amazing, and of course Rory Stephens Radical SR8 once again stole the show with people queuing up to have their photo taken beside it…

The pictures are in the Gallery…And once again, welcome to the 2016 Naylor Engineering Irish Hillclimb & Sprint Championship. The first rounds are in Co Clare in April and we’ll have more news on that later….

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.

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Motorsport Ireland

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Hillclimb Launch

Course de côte de Saint-Gouëno 2014

Rory Stephens Course de côte de Saint-Gouëno 2014

The 2016 Naylor Engineering Irish Hillclimb & Sprint Championship will be officially launched at the National Classic Car Show in the RDS Dublin on Sunday the 6th of March. The launch will get underway about 3pm on Sunday at the Motorsport Ireland stand and there will be a number of competition cars on display which will include the spectacular Rory Stephens Radical SR8.

Also on display at the RDS will be the much loved Simon McKinley Escort (Scort) mkii.
There will be lots to see and do over the weekend with multimedia displays and lots of Hillclimb information, so drop by and say hello, and see how we go Up-Hill Faster!Simon McKinley

Clubs List:

Clare & Galway Motor Clubs.

Wexford Motor Club.

Imokilly Motor Club.

Carlow Motor Club.

Limerick Motor Club.

MEC Motor Enthusiasts’ Club.

Donegal Motor Club.

Irish Hiillclimb & 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

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A Question of safety!

So here’s a fairly simple question, who do you think is the most important official at any Motorsport event? You might say the doctor or perhaps the Rescue unit. Well, they are important there’s no doubt about that. But the most important officials at any Motorsport event are Marshals, and here’s why…As far as I’m aware no Motorsport event can run without Marshals.

Hillclimbs and Sprints are very popular here in Ireland and in Europe, and looking after the safety of spectators is just one of the very important roles a Marshal has during an event. Did you know that some of the top drivers in Motorsport started out as a Marshal, and many still do Marshal at events, its their way of giving something back to their sport.

So how do I get started? Getting started as a Marshal is very easy, just find out where your local Motor club meets and go along and offer your services. Most clubs advertise in local papers, online and on radio before an event, just go along and get signed up. Clubs will also run training nights for Marshals with Motorsport Ireland before an event. And for folks who like to learn more about safety, most clubs offer First Aid courses and training in the correct use of fire extinguishers etc.

But perhaps one of the more rewarding aspects of being a Marshal is…it’s a wonderful way to make new friends, and you also get the chance to travel to many different events. Did you know that the Irish Hillclimb & Sprint championship visits some of the most spectacular locations in Ireland and the clubs who run these events are always looking for Marshals to help out. There is also a wonderful social side to the Hillclimb family and there’s always something fun going on in the paddock in the evenings.

So if you want a front row seat to see some of the fastest cars in Ireland in action why not Marshal? You’ll make lots of new friends and the crack is only mighty. Visit Irish Hillclimb.com for more information about our sport. And to see some excellent Hillclimb Video visit Vantage Point Video.

Clubs List:

Clare & Galway Motor Clubs.

Wexford Motor Club.

Imokilly Motor Club.

Carlow Motor Club.

Limerick Motor Club.

MEC Motor Enthusiasts’ Club.

Donegal Motor Club.

Irish Hiillclimb & 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

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2016 Calendar

For all you Hillclimb enthusiasts out there I have added some Twelve-Month calendars for you to download. For best results when printing you should use photo paper.  The images will printout nicely in A4 size portrait or landscape. Click on the picture to view/save, they are ideal for home or office.

Saint Gouéno France 2015

2016 Calendar

Irish Hillclimb.com

 

Hillclimb & Sprint 2016

Knockalla Donegal

Well we are off…well almost, the 2016 Naylor Engineering Irish Hillclimb & Sprint Championship is just a few weeks away from starting and already drivers are itching…well, they are raring to go anyways. There’s a sprint in Kirkistown in March that many of the regular Hillclimb competitors may take advantage of for  some pre-season testing/shake-down. Once again the championship  will visit some of the most scenic  areas of Ireland, from the haunting beauty of the Burren in Co Clare to the spectacular knockalla  hill in Donegal with its stunning views of the north Atlantic and the beautiful  Portsalon beach.

One wonderful aspect about Hillclimbing is…there’s a class for practically everything and everyone. Its not all about having the fastest car out there, in fact one of the best and most entertaining classes of 2015 was the Italian mob. I am talking of course about the fiat cinquecento’s, now here’s a class that provided some of the most wonderful and endless entertainment all year long.  The class offers a very cost effective way of entering the world of Motorsport, and it really is fun to take a small car like this by the scruff-of-the-neck and throw it around a hill or race track.

Watch out for the fiat cinquecento’s in 2016 they really are the entertainers of the championship, why not stop by the paddock and say hello to the drivers they are always delighted to offer help and advice.

Joe Courtney Reynard 913

A championship wouldn’t be a championship without a champion,  and our champion Joe Courtney has his eyes firmly fixed on the year ahead and securing a second consecutive title. He is an amazing driver to watch in action and makes it all look so very easy as he guides his Reynard 913 at high speed through the tightest of corners.

Rory Stephens

Watch out too for Rory (grand-dad) Stephens in his radically good looking Radical SR8, I’ve said it before Rory’s car is like an Armani suit, you don’t just drive it, you wear it! The sound the Radical makes is glorious at full throttle and Rory’s car eats Tarmac at an amazing rate as he effortlessly  guides his fire-breathing monster up the hills. Joe Courtney will need to keep an eye on his mirrors this year as Rory will also have his eyes on the title.

Ed Cassidy 1935 Iona Special

Watch out also for the historic cars during the year as it gives you a rare glimpse into the past as these leviathans of speed from yesteryear race up the hill. Do you think these folks take it easy on the hills? Well no! these guys litterly drive the socks of these wonderful machines and they make the most amazing sound as they are driven to the max, its a real nerve jangling exercise watching theses drivers in action on the hills.

Its not all about racing of course, the championship has a wonderful social and family side to it, there is always something going on in the evening in the paddock as the drivers kick-back and relax after a day of racing. You’ll hear tall tales of amazing bravery and the odd excuse for a silly moment on the hill. But you will always receive a warm welcome and there’s always a cup of tea on offer, or perhaps something a bit stronger.

 

There’s no doubt about it, the Irish Hillclimb & Sprint championship is one of the most vibrant and entertaining forms of motorsport, so why not drop by an event and watch the action and say hello. Caora Dubha will be bringing you the very best of the action in pictures during the year, and check out the links below for all things Hillclimb. We’ll see you along the road someplace. Check out the Gallery, the pictures tell the story much better than my mutterings ever will!

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

Irish Hillclimb on Facebook

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

Motorsport.ie

Motorsport Ireland

Rally.ie