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 Hillclimb.com for more information on the events.

Helmet Standards.

Do my belts comply?

Chinky’s!

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.ie

Motorsport Ireland

Rally.ie

 

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…

The many Faces of Irish Hillclimb & Sprint

The many Faces of Irish Hillclimb & Sprint project will be ongoing and every-now-and-then it will be updated. If you are missing fear not, I have ordered a new Botox plug-in and when its installed we’ll be good to go…Look, its for your own good, besides I can’t put caps on everyone, can I?

The many Faces of Irish Hillclimb & Sprint

 

Cento Challenge 2017.

Class 1B Champion Gary Egan.

What I love most about Hillclimbing is there a class for practically everything and everyone. Pictured above is the 2016 Irish Hillclimb & Sprint Cento challenge champion Gary Egan in his Fiat Cento or “Chinky” as they are affectionately called by their drivers.

 

The Fiat Cinquecento class or “Class 1B by Simon McKinley” to give it it’s proper title was the inspiration of Simon McKinley and proves its not all about having the fastest car out there, in fact one of the best and most entertaining classes of 2016 was the Italian mob;  the fiat Cinquecento’s. Now here’s a class that provided some of the most wonderful and endless entertainment all year long.

Its a class that 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.

Senan O’Connor

Watch out for the fiat Cinquecento’s this year as they really are the entertainers of the championship and why not stop by the paddock and say hello to the drivers they are always delighted to offer help and advice. And there’s always the chance there might be a Chinky for sale and you too can be going up hill faster, well…as fast as a Chinky can go in 2017 and who knows perhaps the 2017 champion could be you!

 

 

Saint-Gouéno 2017

Team Ireland

The 2017 Masters entry list for the course de cote de Saint Gouëno has been posted online and we wish the very best of luck to all.

Entry list courtesy John Lloyd.

Don’t forget to visit Hillclimbfrance.co.uk for all the latest updates and event information.

2017 Entry List.

Alan Drew ….Honda Civic
Allan Jeffery…. Ford Mustang
Andy De Lisle…. Tatus F Renault
Andy Slade…. Metro 6R4
Ben O’Brien…. BMW E46 V8M
Billy White…. Tatus FR97
Billy Le Bourgeois…. Ford Anglia
Bob Bennetts…. Mini Cooper S
Brendan Keane…. Westfeild SEIW
Chris Slade…. Honda Civic Type R
Chris Littler…. Clan Crusader
Clive Letherby…. Triumph TR6
Danny Calnan…. Opel Corsa
Darren Warwick…. Dallara F399
David Hunter…. Royale RP31M/Z
David Williams…. Ford RS2000
David Abram…. Austin Healey Sebring Sprite
David Lane…. Jensen Healey
Derek Mc Guinness…. Talbot Sunbeam
Desmond Fitzgerald…. Toyota MR2
Dierdre McKinley…. Vauxhall Nova
Eamonn Cooper…. Austin Healey 100/6
Garry Pitt Ford…. Escort Mk2
Graham Mayer…. Lister Knobly
Graham Kendall…. Ford Anglia
Graham Millar…. Ford Escort Mk2
Howard Willkinson…. Radical Prosports
Howard Thomas…. MG B FIA
Huw Edwards…. Austin Healey 3000 Mk3
Ian Fletcher…. Fletcher Hornet Mk2
James Willkinson…. Reynard FVL
James Shand…. Austin Healey Sprite Mk2
Jeff Bruce…. BMW Mini
Jerry Neary…. Westfield SEI
Jim Giddings…. Triumph TR8
Joe Courtney…. Raynard 913
John Sampson…. Quantum Etreme
John Davey…. MG Midget
John Pick…. MG Metro 6R4
Johnny Hulme…. Alpine Renault A110
Joseph Mackrell…. Austin Healey Sprite Mk1
Len Amy…. Mallock Mk32
Lyn Padfield…. Lotus Seven
Lynn Atkin…. Riley 9 Special
Martin Dorey…. Westfeild Seven
Martin Leach…. Lotus Europa
Martin Pickles…. Jedi Mk1
Mat Carter…. Radical PR6
Mathew Aves…. Caterham HPC
Michael Mc Erlain…. Ford Anglia
Mick O’Shea…. MG BGT
Mick Lancashire…. Avon Sprint
Mike Potter…. Subaru WRX-RA
Mike Tarr…. Lotus 23b
Neil Gould…. Subareno Cliopreza
Neil Dugan…. Peugeot 205 RWD
Neil Cameron…. Austin Healey Arkley Sprite
Nevile Breach…. Hillman Avenger Tiger
Paul O’Connell…. Norma M20B
Paul Morcom…. Merlyn F Ford
Paul Auston…. Austin Healey 3000 Mk3
Paul Baker…. Austin Healey 3000 Mk3
Peter Crewes…. Mini Cooper S
Peter Richards…. Clan Crusader
Peter Walton…. Austin Healey 3000
Peter Ellens…. Alpine A110
Philip Dale…. Austin Metro
Richard Kerr…. Westfeild Plays-kool
Richard Conway…. Volvo PV544
Richard Mason…. Austin Healey 3000 Mk2
Rob Hume ….Westfeild Eleven
Robert Gibson…. Alpine A110
Robin Johnson…. Austin Healey Frogeye Sprite
Rory Stephens…. Radical SR8
Ross Walker…. Caterham 7
Roy Bray ….Ford Escort Mk1
Sheridan Bell…. Renault 5 Turbo 2
Stephen Laing…. Caterham R500
Stephen Casson…. Austin Healey Sprinzel Coupe
Steve Clarke….Subaru Impreza
Steve Fursland…. Subaru S12
Tim Nunn…. Westfeild Plays-kool
Tim Jeffrey…. Renault GTA Turbo
Tom Walker…. Austin Healey 3000
Trevor McIlroy…. Austin Healey Sebring Sprite

 

Past events in our Gallery:

2016

2015

2014

2013

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