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Circuit Deja Vu (Killarney) - 26-28 Mar 16

Posted: June 29, 2016 9:08 AM - 21539 Hits

Easter 2016


Photo: rally.ie

€5000.00 donation to Marie Curie

Posted: June 29, 2016 9:08 AM

We are delighted to inform you that from the proceeds from Circuit Deja vu we have been able to make a €5000.00 donation to Marie Curie. We have already made a €5000.00 donation to Cancer Focus Northern Ireland. We would like to thank all who made generous contributions that enabled us to give to these very important and worthy charities a total of €10,000.00.

Dr. Beatty Crawford and Alan Tyndall. Directors of Deja vu Motorsport.


From left to right: Alan Tyndall, Director of Deja vu Motorsport, Shona Mulholland of John Mulholland Motors
and on far right Richard Finlay presenting a cheque for €5000.00 to Phil Kane (second from right) of Marie Curie.
Richard Finlay and Mulholland Motors were major donors to the charities

Rallying around for Cancer Focus NI

Posted: May 17, 2016 6:39 AM

The organisers of Circuit Déjà Vu, Dr. Beatty Crawford and Alan Tyndall made a generous donation of €5,000 to London marathon runner Sarah Jardine who is raising funds for Cancer Focus Northern Ireland. Sarah, who is a fitness trainer in Hillsborough, competed the recent 26 mile marathon in just under four hours. Sarah’s mother Heather Crawford and Alan’s wife Lynn were a vital part of the Circuit Déjà vu organising team.

Circuit Déjà Vu, recalled the magic days of the old Circuit of Ireland. A total of 170 cars traversed the classic Co Kerry rally stages with nine former Circuit winners and more than 300 rallying fans joining in the celebrations and reviving memories.

Cancer Focus NI challenge event fundraising manager Emma McArdle said:
“We really appreciate this donation from Circuit Déjà Vu and would like to thank everyone who made a contribution.

“We are also delighted that Sarah chose our charity to fundraise for. All the money donated will be spent supporting cancer patients and their families in Northern Ireland.

“We also invest in cutting-edge breast cancer research at Queen’s University Belfast and have an extensive cancer prevention programme in workplaces, schools and the community. We couldn’t do our valuable work without the support of the public.”

Video Clips

Posted: March 28, 2016 3:06 PM

Photos

Posted: March 28, 2016 3:05 PM

Sunday Run Route

Posted: March 23, 2016 10:40 AM

Easter Sunday, March 27th from 10.00 am.
Departure from The Malton Hotel, Killarney.
This will be the best place to see the cars up close and meet the drivers.

They will then follow this route:

  • Molls Gap
    Kenmare (Church Car Park)
    Kilgarvan, at the Kenmare end of the village.
  • Borlin
    Glengarriff (Jim's Coffee House + Village)
  • Healy Pass (Adrigole to Lauragh)
  • Kilmackillogue
    Kenmare (Church Car Park) - Lunch Time approx
    Blackwater Bridge,
    Blackwater Tavern
  • Ballaghbeama Gap,
    Glencar,
  • Caragh Lake,
    Killlorglin,
    Killarney.
There is no timing so we cannot give you an estimated time of arrival at any location.

1983 Circuit of Ireland winning Chevette for Circuit Deja vu.

Posted: March 9, 2016 7:08 AM

The Andrews Heat for Hire DTV Chevette HSR which won the 1983 Circuit of Ireland International Rally in the hands of Russell Brookes and Mike Broad will make a very welcome return to Killarney this Easter. Now owned by Glaswegian Graeme Sherry, it will make the same journey over the Sunday Run stages during Circuit D?j? vu as it did 23 years ago, albeit at a much reduced speed.

Another noteworthy co-driver who will be joining the elite group of winners, will be Ronan Morgan who navigated Billy Coleman to victory in 1984 in an Opel Manta 400. He will be making the journey from Dubai in the UAE to rekindle many old friendships during the weekend motorfest.

Final Entry List

Posted: February 17, 2016 3:56 AM

John Adam (1979 Ford Escort)
Peter Allen (2004 MG TF)
Ian Anderson
Graham Birell (BMW Alpina)
Bill Blair (1957 Austin Healey 3000)
Brian Boyd (1991 Lancia Delta Integrale)
Adrian Boyd (Renault Alpine A110)
Martin Boyle (1964 Ford Anglia)
Russell Brookes (1987 RAC Andrews Heat for Hire Lotus Sunbeam)
Brian Brophy
Dan Brosnan (Ex works Nissan Sunny)
Brendan Brosnan (1971 Ford Escort)
Harry Brown (Hillman Avenger)
John Brown
Martin Buckley (1983 Lancia Integrale)
Gordon Buckley (1972 Ford Escort Mk 1)
Mike Buckley (Porsche 911 3.0 RS Chequered Flag)
Maria Callanan (1954 TR2)
Sabrina Campbell (Audi)
Jack Cassidy
Pat Caulfield (1984 Ex-Per Eklund Gp.A Toyota Carolla)
Michael Chester (1982 Mercedes Benz)
Tom Clarke (1275 Mini Cooper S)
Billy Coleman
Ed Colton
Nicholas Condon (Audi RS6)
John Conway
Ian Corkill (1967 Austin Cooper S)
Andrew Coulter (2001 Mini Cooper)
Geoffrey Crabtree (1966 Porsche 911)
Esler Crawford
Beatty Crawford
Des Cullen (2010 Mercedes 250?)
Brian Cullen (2005 Porsche Boxster S)
Cahal Curley
Bernard Daly (Ford Escort Mk1 RS 1600 2.0 litre BDA.)
Darren Damerell (Mini Cooper)
Anne Davidson
Noel Devlin (Mini Cooper S)
Norman Devlin (Discovery Sport)
Mark Dixon
James Doherty (1971 MG Midget)
Peter Dougherty
Brian Duggan (Subaru Legacy RS)
Mike Dunnion (1979 Vauxhall Chevette HSR)
Jackson Eagleson (2010 Mazda)
Maurice Eakin (MGA)
Steve Entwistle (1275 Mini Cooper S - 33 EJB)
Todd Falvey
Robert Falvey
Mark Falvey (Escort RS1600 Mev. 36 J)
Connor Falvey (1978 Porsche 911 3.0 RS Monte Rep.)
Pat Fay
Mike Feeney (Mazda MX5)
Frank Fennell (Volvo Amazon)
Noel Ferriter (1974 Ford Escort Mk 1 RS 2000)
Richard Finlay (Porsche Panamerican)
Melanie Fitzgerald Power (2007 BMW)
Ken? Fitzgerald-Smith
Austin Frazer
Drexel Gillespie (1973 Ford Escort Mk I FFZ 12)
Margaret Graham (2001 Vauxhall Astra)
Moira Graham (2001 Rover)
Mike Greasley
Joey Greenan (BMW Alpina HI 1555)
Donald Grieve
Ian Grindrod
Derek Harden (2008 Porsche)
Terry Harryman
Andy Hennessy (1965 Hillman Imp GZ1 Ex Rosmary Smyth '65,'66)
Kevin Hickey (1978 Ford Stw 200 r)
Richard Hogg (1969 Escort Mk1 1300 GT)
Robert Holmes (MG Midget)
Paddy Hopkirk (Mini Cooper)
Dawn Irwin
Andy Johnson (1979 Vauxhall HS YEB 624 T)
Mervyn Johnston (1979 Wks. Chevette HSR)
Gus Kearney
Pat Kearney
Michelle Kearney
Andrew Kearney
Gus Kearney (1987 Peogeot 205 Gti Class winner)
John Kelleher (1977 Ford Escort Mexico 3453 PI)
Donal Kelly (Mini GT)
Brian Kernaghan
Pat Laracy (Opel Ascona 400? Rothmans Opel Team)
John Leahy (1987 Lanci Delta HF)
David Lillywhite
David Llewellin
Peter Lyster
Maurice Malcolm (1963 Austin Healey 3000)
Ross Mathieson (1963 Mini AMT 251 A)
John Mc Dermott (1979 Ford RS 2000)
Paraic Mc Gurn (MINI GT)
Martin McCarthy (1968 Alfa Romeo 201 EZA)
Paul McCluney (1980 GTCReliant Scimitar)
Mark McElduff (Mk Indy R Kit Car Q558 GAK)
Gerry McGarrity (Honda)
Martin McGrath (Sunbeam Tiger)
Eamonn McGuigan (2005 Audi)
Trevor McIlroy (1959 Sebring Sprite)
Phonsie McIlwee
Chris McNally (1982 Lancia Montecarlo)
Donal McQuillan (2005 Audi)
Jimmy McRae
Des McWilliam (1934 Morgan F4 Trike)
Tom McWilliam (1990 Peugeot 205 Mi16)
Leslie Millar (1956 Austin-Healy 3000)
Stephen Mills (1974 Ford Escort MEV 36 J)
Ronan Morgan
Johnnie Mulholland (Porsche Carrera RS)
Adrian Mulholland (MK 1 RS 1600)
Denis Nagle
Maurice Nagle (1965 Mark 1 Lotus Cortina)
Paul Nagle (Ford RS 2000)
Malcolm Neill (Ford Ka)
Brian Nelson
Barney Noble (1960 Ford 107e CAS 618)
Leo Nulty (1978 Mercedes 350 SL)
James O'Brien (Jaguar XK 120)
Donal O'Callaghan (1970 Alpine Renault (ex-works))
Daragh O'Callaghan (1973 1300cc Mini Innocenti)
Shane O'Callaghan (1973 Porsche 911)
Liam O'Callaghan (1971 VW Beetle CZT 666)
Trevor O'Callaghan (2000 Subura Impreza)
Niall O'Connell
Frank O'Donoghue
John O'Kane
Michael O'Neill (1964 Triumph 2000 rep. wks. BJB 341 B)
Ken O'Neill
Dessie 'Penti' O'Neill (Vauxhall Chevette)
Dan O'Sullivan
Frederick Patterson
Sam Patterson
Edmund Peel
Paul Phelan
Nicky Porter (1975 Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC)
Rodney Preston (1971 Escort RS 1600)
Gerard Quinn (Ford Focus ST)
Jonathan Radley (1973 Renault Alpine ZV 5079)
Martin Reilly (1972 2002 BMW)
Elkin Robinson (1964 Mini Cooper S)
Paddy Rowan (Skoda Fabia)
Simon Russell (Lancia Integrale)
Frank Scanlon (1952 Triumph TR2)
David Seeds (1961 MG Midget 621 RVK)
Roy Seeds (1974 MG Midget Mk4)
Graeme Sherry (1982 COI winning Chevette HSR)
Ken Shields (Porsche 911)
Philip Short (2012 Audi R8 V10 Coupe)
Rosemary Smith (Hillman Imp)
Derek Smyth (1969 Mini)
Duncan Spence (Aston Martin DB9)
John Thurston (Jaguar XJ8)
John Timoney (Ford RS 2000)
Martin Treacy (Triumph TR7 V8)
PJ Treacy
Sean Treacy
Francis Tuthill (Saab)
Alan Tyndall
Con Ward (Mini Cooper S)
Fred Ward (Retro 1973 Toyota Celica GT)
Barry Williams (Mini)
Conn Williamson (1971 BMW 2002 tii)
David Wilson (1979 Ford Escort)
James Wilson (1972 Hillman Avenger)
Mike Wylie (2013 Toyota Landcruiser)
David Wylie (BMW2002 Ti Ex-Warmbold)
David Yeates

Circuit Deja Vu Sold Out

Posted: February 13, 2016 11:14 AM

"150 cars and crews have entered so we have closed Circuit Deja vu registration. There will inevitably be a few cancellations so if you still wish to join us in Killarney please register at www.rpm-motorsport.com/events
We will place you on a first come first serve waiting list. You will, of course, be refunded the entire registration fee should we not able to find you a space."

Newsletter No 2

Posted: February 7, 2016 4:58 PM

Newsletter No 1

Posted: February 7, 2016 4:56 PM

Entries Received (5/2/15)

Posted: February 7, 2016 4:16 AM

John Adam (1979 Ford Escort)
Peter Allen
Ian Anderson
Graham Birell (BMW Alpina)
Bill Blair (1963 Austin Healey 3000 11KZ)
Brian Boyd (1991 Lancia Delta Integrale)
Adrian Boyd (Renault Alpine A110)
Martin Boyle
Russell Brookes (Lotus Sunbeam KKV 394V)
Brian Brophy
Dan Brosnan
Harry Brown (Hillman Avenger)
Martin Buckley (1983 Lancia Integrale)
Gordon Buckley
Maria Callanan
Pat Caulfield (1984 Ex-Per Eklund Gp.A Toyota Carolla)
Michael Chester (1982 Mercedes Benz ZV 10110)
Tom Clarke (1275 Mini Cooper S)
Richard Claydon (1965 WKS. HILLMAN IMP FRW 304C)
Billy Coleman
Nicholas Condon (VW Beatle)
Ian Corkill (1967 Austin Cooper S)
Geoffrey Crabtree
Esler Crawford
Beatty Crawford
Des Cullen (2010 Mercedes 250 )
Cahal Curley
Caroline Daly
Darren Damerell
Anne Davidson
Noel Devlin (2015 Mini Countryman)
Norman Devlin
Mark Dixon
James Doherty (1971 MG Midget)
Brian Duggan (1989 Subaru Legacy RS)
Peter Dougherty
Michael Dunnion (1979 Vauxhall Chevette HSR)
Jim Eakin
Steve Entwistle (1275 Mini Cooper S - 33 EJB)
Pat Fay
Mary Feeney
Frank Fennell (1968 NSU FZL 14 '86 COI Class winner & 8 O/A )
Noel Ferriter
Richard Finlay
Melanie Fitzgerald Power (2007 BMW 07 D 72613)
Austin Frazer
Gerry Garrity ()
Drexel Gillespie (1973 Ford Escort Mk I FFZ 12)
Margaret Graham (1998 Vauxhall Astra FKZ 6173)
Moira Graham (2001 Rover UCZ 2914)
Maude Gray (BMW 7 Series)
Mike Greasley ()
Joey Greenan (BMW Alpina HI 1555)
Donald Grieve
Ian Grindrod
George Hamill (2015 Mini Countryman RJI 6677)
Derek Harden (2008 Porsche OIL 1550)
Terry Harryman
Andy Hennessy (1965Hillman Imp GZ1 Ex Rosmary Smyth '65,'66)
Richard Hogg (1969 Escort Mk1 1300 GT)
Robert Holmes (MG Midget)
Paddy Hopkirk
Mervyn Johnston (1979 Wks. Chevette HSR)
Gus Kearney (1987 Peogeot 205 Gti Class winner)
Patrick Keenan (1970 Mini GOI 1951)
John Kelleher (1977 Ford Escort Mexico 3453 PI)
Adrian Kermode (Ex-works Golf GTI)
Brian Kernaghan
Leragh Kernaghan
John Leahey
David Lillywhite
David Llewellan
Peter Lyster
Maurice Malcolm (1967 Austin Healey 3000 )
Ross Mathieson (1963 Mini AMT 251 A)
John Mc Dermott (1979 Ford RS 2000)
Paraic Mc Gurn
Donal Mc Quillian (Belfast)
Martin McCarthy (1968 Alfa Romeo 201 EZA)
Paul McCluney (1980 Reliant Simitar GTE EIB 2020)
Mark McElduff (Mk Indy R Kit Car Q558 GAK)
Martin McGrath (Sunbeam Tiger)
Fergal McGuigan (2005 Audi)
Paraic McGurn
Trevor McIlroy
Chris McNally (1982 Lancia Montecarlo)
Jimmy McRae
Des McWilliam (1934 Morgan F4 Trike)
Leslie Millar (1956 Austin-Healy 3000)
Stephen Mills (1974 Ford Escort MEV 36 J)
Johnnie Mulholland (Porsche Carrera RS)
Adrian Mulholland
Denis Nagle
Maurice Nagle (1965 Mk.I Lotus Cortina LFI 1)
Malcolm Neill
Brian Nelson
Barney Noble (1960 Ford 107e CAS 618)
James O'Brien
Donal O'Callaghan (1970 Alpine Renault (ex-works))
Daragh O'Callaghan (1973 1300cc Mini Innocenti)
Shane O'Callaghan (1973 Porsche 911)
Liam O'Callaghan (1971 VW Beetle CZT 666)
Frank O'Donoghue
John O'Kane
Patrick O'Leary
Michael O'Neill (1964 Triumph 2000 rep. wks. BJB 341 B)
Dan O'Sullivan
Frederick Patterson
Sam Patterson
Robert Porter (1975 Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC)
Rodney Preston
Jonathan Radley (1973 Renault Alpine ZV 5079)
Elkin Robinson (1964 Mini Cooper S)
Paddy Rowan
Frank Scanlon (1952 Triumph TR2)
David Seeds (1961 MG Midget 621 RVK)
Roy Seeds (1974 MG Midget Mk4)
Ken Shields (Porshe)
Philip Short (2012 Audi PS 2290)
Rosemary Smith (Hillman Imp)
Derek Smyth (Mini - N0. 31 on 1969 Circuit)
Duncan Spence
John Thurston
John Timoney (Ford RS 2000)
Francis Tuthill (Saab)
Alan Tyndall
Con Ward (Mini Cooper S)
Conn Williamson
David Wilson
Dessie Wilson (2008 Porsche 911)
James Wilson (1972 Hillman Avenger)
Mike Wylie (2013 Toyota Landcruiser)
David Wylie (BMW2002 Ti Ex-Warmbold)
David Yeates

Entries Received (8/1/16)

Posted: January 8, 2016 7:52 AM

Above list includes:
    COI Winner:
    McRae, Hopkirk, Brookes, Coleman, Boyd, Curley, llewellin.
    Winning Co-drivers:
    Dan O'Sullivan, Terry Harryman, Phil Short, Esler and Beatty Crawford, John Brown, Ian Grindrod, Ronan Morgan, Paul Phelan, Austin Fraser,

    COI Clerks of Course:
    Peter Allen, Donald Grieve and Malcolm Neill

Circuit Deja vu closes on Feb 12.

Posted: January 8, 2016 6:37 AM

Registration for Circuit Deja vu 2016 will close on February 12th or when we receive 150 registrations, whichever comes first. You can register at www.rpm-motorsport.com/events

The Malton Hotel is now full but in case there are cancellations it would be worthwhile checking.
first if you wish to stay there. If you do not stay at The Malton you can still attend the two dinners and the cost is Eur 150.00 per person.
Sorry but It will not be possible to attend the dinners without registering for the event.

Five times Circuit of Ireland Rally winner Paddy Hopkirk has two certain destinations in his 2016 diary, Killarney and Buckingham Palace!

Posted: January 8, 2016 6:30 AM

The Irish rallying legend, who has just been awarded the MBE in the New Year's Honours List, has confirmed that he will be joining the six other Circuit winners for Circuit Deja Vu at Easter.

It was back in 1958 when Paddy and Jack Scott took their Triumph TR3 to Paddy's first Circuit victory, and he and Jack won again in 1961 and '62 in a works Sunbeam Rapier. Paddy joined the BMC Rally Team and quickly established himself as one of the fastest Mini drivers in the world and in 1964 he and Henry Liddon became household names by winning the Monte Carlo Rally in a Mini Cooper 'S?. Paddy with Terry Harryman took the little Cooper S bombshell to his fourth Circuit victory one year later, and repeated the feat with Terry in 1967 to win the Circuit for the fifth time.

But it wasn't always plain sailing as he and Terry had a narrow escape when they rolled their Mini into a ball on the Lough Eske special stage in Donegal during the 1966 event. This serious accident convinced the BMC team to introduce roll cages, which are an essential safety item in all rally cars today.

The six Circuit winners will who will be honouring the Dejv Vu event on 26-28 March in Killarney have collectively clocked up no less than 23 wins in the Circuit of Ireland Rally's long history!

Entries close on February 12th, 2016 or when we receive 150 entries, whichever comes first.

Billy Coleman to be reunited with MEV36J on Circuit Daja Vu.

Posted: December 21, 2015 8:50 AM

Billy Coleman will have a busy time during Circuit Deja Vu 2016 next Easter in Killarney since he will also drive the Ford Escort MEV 36J which he used to win the British Rally Championship in 1974.

It was was built in 1971 and that year Hannu Mikkola drove it and retired on both the Hankirally and 1000 Lakes in Finland. In 1972 Timo Makinen used it to finish 2nd on the Artic Rally, Gilbert Staepelare and Guy Chasseuil both drove it in 1973, the best result being 4th by Chasseuil on Rally Corsica.

In 1974 Billy Coleman bought it and next day finished second In the Welsh Rally to Markku Alen in a "works" Escort. Billy went on to win the British Rally Championship that year. No privateer has since won the BRC title.

MEV will also be reunited with Dan O'Sullivan, Billy's co driver, who now lives in London and Stephen Mills, one of his service crew during the '74 Championship year. Steve will be coming all the way from Sydney, Australia for the event.

It is now owned by Mark Falvey in Killarney and he has had many successes with this car in Historic Rallying.

FORMER WINNING CO-DRIVERS NAVIGATING THEIR WAY TO CIRCUIT DEJA VU.

Posted: December 10, 2015 2:19 PM

"The Forgotten," the co-drivers whose lot is often not a happy one, are coming in their numbers to the great re-union next Easter ? Circuit Deja Vu. Do well and don?t make a mistake and they have to live in the shadow of their drivers victory. Call a wrong pace note or make a map reading or timing error and the whole world will know about it. On the other hand co-drivers have the incredible satisfaction and pleasure of vicariously enjoying great drivers doing something that most of us are unable to do. There is probably no other sport, except sidecar racing, where this possible. The list of Circuit of Ireland winning co-drivers who will be attending Circuit Deja Vu is growing.

ESLER CRAWFORD, BSc. Ph.D, perhaps better known as one of the finest motorsport photographers, was also a top navigator in the 60s and won the COI with Ian Woodside in an MG Midget in 1963.

TERRY HARRYMAN won with Ronnie McCartney in 1964 and Paddy Hopkirk in 1965 and 1967 in Mini Coopers. Terry went on to navigate for Ari Vatanen and won the Monte Carlo Rally and many other WRC events.

PHIL SHORT won with Jack Tordoff in a Porsche 911 in 1973 and twice with Dai Llewellin in 1986 and 1990 in an MG Metro and Toyota Celica GT-4 respectively. AUSTIN FRAZER was the wining co-driver in 1974 with Cathal Curley in their Porsche Carrera.

DAN O'SULLIVAN was also a one time winner when he co-drove "King Billy" Coleman in a Ford Escort RS 1800 in 1976.

JAMES O'BRIEN sat beside Andrew Nesbitt in 2002 for their epic victory in a Subaru Impreza WRC.

And of course Dr. BEATTY CRAWFORD, who has been the brainchild of Circuit Deja Vu, tasted the winning champagne in 1971 when Adrian Boyd was the winner in an Escort T/C.

COLEMAN'S 1974 ESCORT RETURNS FOR Circuit Deja vu

Posted: December 9, 2015 9:31 AM

Peter Jaeger, from Fuerth in Germany will reunite Billy Coleman with the Mk I Escort (VVX 958) that he and Leo White finished second in the 1974 Circuit of Ireland. Peter now owns this historic car and he will be accompanied by his father, mother and other members of his family in Killarney for the great Circuit Deja vu reunion, which takes place over the Easter weekend (26th. to the 28th. March 2016).

In 1972 Hannu Mikkola drove VVX in the RAC Rally but retired. Chris Slater then bought the car from Ford and he used it in World Rally Championship and won the Jerez de la Fontera Rally. After this Billy used it in the British Rally Championship. In it he and Peter Scott won the Texaco Rally, now known as The Ulster Rally.

Amongst the 200 fans, former winners, and officials, that have already signed up for this nostalgic outing are, in addition to our German friends, people travelling from Australia, Jersey, Mallorca, the Isle of Man and a host from the UK.

VVX 958 will be just one of the star exhibits taking part in the Sunday Run.

DOUBLE CIRCUIT WINNER DI DOWN FOR Deja Vu

Posted: August 12, 2015 6:34 AM

Di Llewellin joins the elite number of Circuit of Ireland Rally winners who have already booked in for the grand

Circuit Deja vu re-union in Killarney next Easter.

Anyone who was at the Belfast finish of the 1986 Rothmans Circuit will never forget the emotional moments as 'Land of My Fathers' played over the final scenes at the City Hall on the joint RTR/UTV production. For Di, navigated by Phil Short, and his Metro 6R4 it was their first international rally win at the end of a five day marathon.

The twin 6R4 had not made it to Belfast as Di's team mate Harri Toivanen had crashed in the Sperrin Mountains that morning through sheer exhaustion.

When Di, (or David), and Phil came back to Ireland four years later to win the Easter classic for the second time, the Group B cars had been banished and the Toyota Celica GT4 was the all conquering Group A machine.

Indeed it was in these Japanese models, run by Phil Collins, that Di won both the '89 and '90 British Rally Championships.

The highly likeable Welshman drove for Audi (pictured), Nissan, and Vauxhall as well as Toyota and British Leyland in his short but very successful rallying career.

Jimmy McRae for Circuit Deja Vu.

Posted: August 1, 2015 4:22 AM

Jimmy McRae, the man with the most Circuit of Ireland Rally wins to his name, is coming to Circuit D?ja Vu! The Scottish ace started his collection of UAC Challenge Trophies in 1980 in one of the most thrilling contests in the events history. For five days the DTV driver, with Mike Nicholson in the passenger seat of their Vauxhall HSR battled with Ari Vatanen?s MkII Escort with the result only being decided on the final day.

In 1981 Jimmy started his long partnership with Ian Grindrod on the Circuit in their Dealer Opel Team Opel Ascona 400 to win again, and he and Ian completed Jimmy?s hat trick of victories in 1982, again in an Ascona 400.
Jimmy and Ian were spraying the champagne, this time over their AC Delco Opel Manta 400 at Easter in 1985. Two years later the Group 4 cars had been banned and Jimmy and Ian drove their RED prepared Sierra Cosworth to Jimmy?s fifth win on the Circuit.

Rob Arthur joined Jimmy for his ?88 and ?89 wins in Sierra Cosworths giving the Scottish driver a remarkable total of seven victories in what was the longest and toughest contest on these islands.

But the McRae Circuit story was not complete as in 1991 Jimmy stood proudly beside the finish arch in Dun Laoghaire to see his son Colin take the UAC Challenge Trophy. Jimmy and Margaret will be our very special guests at Circuit D?ja Vu in Killarney next Easter.

Full details with reservation forms are available from the link below.

BROOKES BACK FOR CIRCUIT DEJA VU

Posted: July 30, 2015 9:15 AM

Russell Brookes the three times Circuit of Ireland winner, will return to the land in which he had many Group 1 and outright rally success in the '70s and '80s. Russell is the latest of the increasing list of Circuit winners, including Billy Coleman, Adrian Boyd and others yet to be announced who will be traveling to Killarney for the Circuit Deja event next Easter. The stocky Englishman conquered the five-day marathon event in 1977 and 1978 in MkII Escort RS 1800s and again five years later in a Vauxhall Chevette HSR.

The former British Rally Champion will be reunited with his old Andrews Heat for Hire Sunbeam Lotus for the Sunday Run over the stages in the Kerry Mountains, stages he will remember well as it was in this territory that Russell clinched the 1989 Irish Tarmac Rally Championship driving a Sierra Cosworth.

BILLY COLEMAN BACK IN ROTHMANS PORSCHE FOR CIRCUIT DEJA VU.

Posted: June 25, 2015 10:28 AM

Billy Coleman the three times Circuit of Ireland Rally winner will be reunited with a Rothmans 911 at the big Circuit reunion in Killarney next Easter, (26/28 March 2016). The car now owned and beautifully restored by John Mulholland the County Antrim motor trader was a genuine Prodrive 911 similar to the car that Billy drove for the Dave Richards run team in the 1985 season.

Billy's first Circuit win was in 1975 in an Escort RS1600 partnered by Paul Phelin. He repeated the win a year later in an RS1800 with Dan O'Sullivan alongside him. But it was another eight years before Billy, this time at the wheel of an Opel Manta 400 and with Ronan Morgan as his co-driver sprayed the champagne again at the finish of the five-day marathon.

Rosemary Smith in Circuit Deja Vu

Posted: June 25, 2015 7:39 AM

Rosemary Smith, who drove for a number of factory teams at the height of her distinguished international racing and rallying career, is the latest personality to sign up for Circuit Deja Vu.

She joins the growing list of former rallying stars who will be in Killarney next Easter, (26/28 March 2016), for the great Circuit of Ireland Rally reunion.

And as an added bonus Rosemary is bringing her rally Hillman Imp for the Sunday Run over the famous Kerry stages, the type of car she used to win the International Tulip Rally outright in 1965.

Rosemary will have plenty of tales to tell as the Dublin lady made many Circuit of Ireland Rally appearances including her 1964 Ladies Prize victory on the Easter Classic driving a works assisted Sunbeam Rapier.

Adrian Boyd signs up

Posted: June 25, 2015 7:34 AM

Adrian Boyd became the youngest ever Circuit of Ireland Rally winner at the tender age of 19 in 1960, driving a "Frogeye"

Austin Healy Sprite accompanied by Maurice Johnston. Adrian, with Beatty Crawford as co-driver, repeated the achievement

11 years later in 1971 in a Mk I Escort, and he is the first "big name" to commit to the nostalgic Circuit Deja Vu event.

The great Easter re-union has captured the imagination of many Circuit veterans with heavy room reservations already in the old Rally Headquarters in the heart of Killarney, known as the Great Southern in the Circuit's glory days but as the beautifully re-furbished Malton Hotel today.

Adrian's early commitment to the grand 2016 gathering will be doubly pleasing to Beatty Crawford, the joint organiser of Circuit Deja Vu, as Beatty not only sat beside the County Antrim driver on his second Circuit win but on many more of Adrian's successes.

To add to the nostalgia of the occasion Adrian will be bringing his recently restored Renault Alpine A110 to Killarney, the car that he drove to fourth place on the 1975 Circuit of Ireland Rally and which he and Beatty took part in the 1976 Canadian Winter Rally.

Reunion dinners, a drive through the classic Kerry stages on the recreation of the Sunday Run, personality interviews, top-level entertainment and a Gala Dinner Dance are all on the menu for Easter 2016.

You will find full details with booking forms at the RPM Website, link below.

'Early Bird' discounted registration fee will end on July 1st.

Posted: June 25, 2015 7:32 AM

'Early Bird' discounted registration fee will end on July 1st.

Circuit Deja Vu details and entry available on RPM-Motorsport web site.

Posted: June 25, 2015 7:23 AM

Details:

Posted: June 25, 2015 7:21 AM

Recreating that old Circuit of Ireland Easter magic.

Posted: June 25, 2015 7:15 AM

Do you remember that Easter buzz and all those great moments from an ill spent youth? The trip to Killarney and the Sunday Run through the Kerry Mountains The classic stages like Molls Gap, Borlin, Tim Healey Pass, Killmakilloge, Ballaghbeama and Caragh Lake? The parties in the Great Southern Hotel?

Well Plum Tyndall and I will be bringing you the opportunity to relive those carefree days on Circuit Deja Vu when they will be recreating much of the old magic in the Kingdom of Kerry over the Easter weekend (26-28 March 2016). Relive the friendships, the cars, the stages, and the craic next Easter in Killarney at the Malton Hotel, (the Great Southern in the days of the Circuit). Join former drivers and team members, organisers and anyone who was a fan of the old Circuit format. Two days of fantastic memories and much more.

Topics: Deja Vu Tours 





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