Deja Vu Ireland West - NEW DATE 17-18 Sep 21

Posted: February 2, 2021 12:13 PM - 2847 Hits

WAS 21-22 May 21
WAS 25-26 Sep 20


Posted: February 2, 2021 11:25 AM

Eighty-five of you have already signed up for the magnificent run through the Mayo and Connemara countryside. it will be well worth waiting for as the quality of the entry indicates. Expect to see at least sixteen Porsches including a fabulous 911 RSR; eight Minis and Mini Cooper S’s; nine Escorts of all varieties; four Subarus; three Toyota Celicas; Opel Mantas; Sunbeam Lotus, Tiger and Avenger models; a Fiat 131; a Ford Focus WRC and much more.

And as always on our Déjà vu events you will be rubbing shoulders with legendary motoring personalities such as Paddy Hopkirk, Jimmy McRae, Rosemary Smith and Austin MacHale.

Déjà vu Ireland West will herald the grand re-awakening of historic motorsport in Ireland, a time to celebrate and to meet those old friends that we haven’t been able to see for many months.

Registration, dinner and hotel bookings will automatically roll over to the new September date and prices are frozen apart for a small increase in the Hotel Westport room rates. If the change of date doesn't suit, don’t worry, we will refund your registration and dinner payments minus a small percentage to cover our PayPal dues.

IT WILL RUN! - May or September

Posted: January 20, 2021 2:50 PM

Austin MacHale, six-time winner of the Galway International Rally will lead the mighty parade of historic rally cars and other fascinating motors out of Westport this year. Hotel Westport will be the Rally Headquarters. Over one hundred crews will take part and there will be a hundred and thirty mile route and Gala Dinner.

Déjà Vu Ireland West will take place this year but whether it will be on the 21-22 May as currently planned, or on the 17-18 September, we will have to wait and see.

Like all organisers we do not get the final say in these turbulent times, as Covid-19 makes all the shots. The safety of all is our paramount consideration. When we postponed from September 2020 to May 2021 it was more than reasonable to assume that the pandemic would have subsided enough to finally get Déjà vu Ireland West underway. But now, with four months to go there are doubts that the vaccines will have been sufficiently distributed to warrant the safe running of our highly social event.

We have therefore taken the precaution of reserving a further date on the 17-18 September, 2021. We will make the decision by March, 1st .

If we have to change to 17-18, September 2021, don’t worry as registration and dinner prices will be frozen and all registrations and dinner bookings will roll over. There will be a small increase in Hotel Wesport rates but bookings will automatically roll over to the September date.

If, for any reason, the September date does not suit you we will refund your registration and dinner payments minus a small percentage to cover our PayPal dues.

McRae to relive Galway memories.

Posted: January 20, 2021 2:48 PM

Jimmy McRae, the Circuit of Ireland Rally supremo and twice Galway International winner will return to the West in 2021 for the great Déjà Vu Ireland West party on the 21-22 May.

The Lanark native and five-time British Rally Champion, is loved by the Irish and loves the Irish stages on which he has won 7 Circuits of Irelands; 3 Ulster International Rallies; the Donegal and the Cork 20 International Rallies, and the Galway International in 1980 and 1982.

Jimmy will be joined by two other former Galway winners, Austin MacHale and Gareth MacHale who are amongst the sixty-five crews that have already registered for the 130-mile route through the Mayo and Galway mountains. A route that incorporates many miles formally used by both the Circuit of Ireland and Galway International rallies.

The West has a special place in Jimmy's heart as the 1980 Henley Forklift Galway Rally was his first international win and one of the Dealer Team Vauxhall early successes with their HS Chevette. Ger Buckley followed him home that year in an Escort RS 1800, but the Cork driver returned in 1981 in a Chevette HSR to beat Jimmy’s Opel Ascona 400.

The McRae/Buckley rivalry continued in 1982 when both had Ascona 400s but on that occasion the Scottish driver, despite early contact with a telegraph pole, headed the Corkman home.

Déjà Vu Ireland West’s non-competitive run will revive many motoring memories at a pace that will allow the entrants to enjoy the West’s unsurpassable scenery and the onlookers to wonder over a cavalcade of glorious rally machinery from the last fifty years.

Déjà Vu Ireland West, which will support the Roscommon and Mayo Hospice, will be based at Hotel Westport in the historic town and will use part of the grounds of Westport House, the magnificent manor that was designed by Richard Cassels and James Wyatt in the 18th. Century.

The Flying Doctor Returns to Galway

Posted: January 20, 2021 2:46 PM

Dessie started his rallying at Queen’s University Belfast where he was a medical student. He won the QUB Motor Club Championship on several occasions and his first major success was to win the Northern Ireland Rally championship outright in 1976.

Due to a fine result in the 1976 Galway International in his Vauxhall Magnum, Dealer Team Vauxhall kindly gave him a works engine and gearbox and arranged sponsorship with Castrol. Unfortunately the car was quicker than the brakes and it ended its career against a wall in Ramelton in the Donegal Rally in 1977.

After a hiatus he decided to take up Historic Rallying and bought Mervyn Johnson’s own Mini Cooper S, AIL 3300, and went on to win the Dunlop Tarmac Historic Championship in 1994. This car was replaced this with his current rally car, a 2 litre yellow Porsche 911 built by Francis Tuthill. He won the Irish Historic Tarmac Championship five times in succession and decided to move to the British MSA Championship which we also won five times in succession.

Over the years he has been navigated by Derek Smyth, Austin Fraser and Rory Kennedy. His current co-driver Geraldine McBride has co-driven for 25 years. In recent years he has been navigating for his son Michael and they won Class 1 in the Northern Ireland Rally championship.

Combining his medical degree with Motor Sport he has acted as Medical Officer during the East African Safari Rally.

Like father, like son - The MacHale family will be a centre of attraction during Deja Vu Ireland West

Posted: January 20, 2021 2:44 PM

The MacHale family will be a centre of attraction during Déjà Vu Ireland West on the 21-22 May next year when the great rally reunion comes to Westport, County Mayo. Both Austin, who comes from nearby Louisburg and who holds the record number of wins, and Gareth will join the host of other rally celebrities taking part.

Déjà vu Motorsport’s sixth charity event will support the Roscommon and Mayo Hospice and will take in in many of the famous stages which were used on the Galway and Circuit of Ireland rallies. Although it is a non-competitive run, spectators will have the opportunity to see many of the classic rally cars that took part in those rallies over the years as they negotiate their way over many of the famous special stages such as Lough Nafooey.

They will include the ex-works Toyota GT4 Celica ST185 with which Austin won the 1998 Galway International Rally. Mark Doyle of KD Cars in Lurgan has completely restored the ex-Didier Auriol Toyota for the event and thanks to Mark's generosity Austin will be reunited with it for the 130 mile run through the magnificent Connemara scenery.

Austin will also drive a selection of other cars including Joey O'Shea's fabulous Opel Manta.

Gareth will be navigated by Brian Murphy who shared so many of Austin's victories in the hot seat and will drive the Ford Focus WRC with which he won in 2010.

Trevor and Angus back again.

Posted: January 20, 2021 2:43 PM

Trevor Agnew and Angus Watt liked Déjà vu Donegal so much that they are making the return journey from the south of England to Ireland West. It's a homecoming for Trevor since he was born and bred in Markethill in County Armagh. He is one of a long list of Ulster co-drivers who have made their mark on the world stage, such as Derek Johnston and Terry Harryman who both won the Monte Carlo Rally. The list also includes Fred Gallagher, twice winner of the East African Safari rally, Chris Patterson, the 2006 Production World Rally Champion, Rory Kennedy, Stephen McAuley, Allan Harryman, Bobby Willis, Gordon Noble and Aaron Johnston.

Trevor has co-driven for Mark Higgins, Neil Wearden and Martin Rowe with whom he won the 2003 Production World Rally Championship. After hanging up his crash helmet he has become a very successful performance coach and facilitator. He currently hosts the podcast The Stage by Stage Way ?

Angus is a Porsche aficionado and owns Greatworth Classics which restores classic Porsches. They will of course be driving a classic Porsche.

Trevor said: - “We’ve all been through a lot since Déjà vu Donegal so it’s nice to be able to look forward to another fantastic weekend’s reminiscing along with some amazing cars on the Emerald Isle, providing it’s safe to do so. The recent news is certainly positive, so fingers crossed we can all meet up and have a bit of craic. I’ve no doubt the event will be oversubscribed so Angus put the pressure on to get the entry in early and the accommodation booked. We’re mad for it!”

Angus has fond memories of his first Déjà vu “The welcome I got in Donegal was simply fantastic. I had been there before visiting customers when I used to sell rally cars at Prodrive, so it was great to catch up with some old friends as well as make lots of new ones. The entry of cars was phenomenal, the stages we drove were spectacular and the black stuff tasted great too!”

Deja vu Ireland West - 21-22 May 21

Posted: July 1, 2020 4:00 PM

The demographics are not on our side and in view of the uncertainty regarding COVID we have decided to postpone until May 21/22, 2021.

With regard to entry and dinner fees already paid, we will either roll these over for the May, 2021 date or give you a refund, minus the PAYPAL fee, should you wish to cancel.

If you have reserved accommodation at Hotel Westport they will roll over your reservation. However please confirm this with the hotel.

?Stay well, stay safe and keep the revs Up. ?

Beatty and Plum

Austin MacHale will lead the parade

Posted: March 11, 2020 10:13 AM

Six-times Galway International Rally winner, Austin MacHale, will head the parade at the sixth Déjà Vu Motorsport event when the cavalcade of mouth-watering rally cars leaves The Mall in Westport County Mayo on Saturday 26th. September.

? Austin, who is a native of Luisburgh, which is just down the road from the Déjà vu Ireland West start, first won his ‘home’ international rally in 1985 with Christy Farrell as his co-driver in the Shell backed Manta 400. By 1990 Austin had acquired a BMW M3 and Ronan McNamee partnered him to his second Galway win. He kept the car but changed his co-driver to Dermott O’Gorman for his third win in 1991.

O’Gorman was still with Austin in 1993 when they topped the time sheets in a Toyota Celica ST165, but Kenny McKinstry’s Subaru Legacy proved to have the upper hand over the aging Toyota the following year. Austin again had to settle for the runner up spot in 1995 when Frank Meagher’s Ford RS Cosworth pipped him in a real cliff hanger, but two years later Austin sprayed the champagne for the fifth time in Eyre Square when Brian Murphy joined the team which had upgraded to a Toyota ST185.The ST185 proved to be Austin’s all-time favourite car as it not only brought him his sixth Galway win in 1998, (again with Brian Murphy co-driving), but also his fourth and record breaking fifth Irish Tarmac Rally Championships.

But that was not be the last time that the MacHale name appeared at the sharp end of the Galway International Rally’s result as in 2010 Austin’s sons took two of the three places in a pair of WRC Escorts. Gareth won with the old ‘family retainer’ - Brian Murphy by his side and Aaron was third with Eugene O’Donnell reading the notes.

Forty crews have already registered for the autumn event including Ireland’s first lady of motoring Rosemary Smith who will again be driving Andy Hennessy’s V8 powered Sunbeam Tiger over the 130 mile route through Mayo and Connemara which takes in many of the classic Galway International and Circuit of Ireland stages.

Registration details are on:, link below.

Profits will be donated to the Mayo and Roscommon Hospice.

Famous co-driver joins Deja vu Ireland West

Posted: February 7, 2020 6:31 AM

Phil Short won the Circuit of Ireland in 1973, co-driving for Jack Tordoff in a Porsche 911. He has remained a big fan of Ireland ever since and has taken part in all Deja vu events since the Paddy Hopkirk Gala. He will be navigated by his wife Lyn. He is seen in this photo co-drivng for Dai Llewellin.

His international co-driving career started in 1970 and he enjoyed considerable success alongside the likes of former world champions Hannu Mikkola, Björn Waldegård and Walter Röhrl. He also partnered Pentti Airikkala, M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson and David Llewellin, twice winning the British international series alongside the Welshman and claiming 17 international victories.

Short switched to team management and oversaw nine world drivers’ titles and seven manufacturers’ crowns during his time at Audi, Toyota, Mitsubishi and Ford.

Short has guided more than 100 promising young drivers and co-drivers through the early stages of their WRC careers and witnessed the likes of Ott Tänak, Hayden Paddon, Craig Breen and Elfyn Evans progress to the sport’s top level. ?

For the last 11 years, Short has held a key management role in various incarnations of the series, including the Pirelli Star Driver, WRC Academy and the current FIA Junior WRC. He stepped down as sporting supervisor after the final round at Wales Rally GB.

Entries opened on the 1st. February on and already 30 entries have been received.
Drivers and passengers should be aware that they will be required to download and post indemnity forms this year.

The entry fee is €230.00 or £200.00 and includes route book & programme; rally plate; rally sticker; souvenir polo shirt and welcome reception. Gala Dinner tickets, always a popular feature of the DéJà vu weekends, are available at €100.00 (£87.50) per person, and will be strictly limited to 300 with preference being given to the Déjà vu crews.

Profits will be donated to Mayo Roscommon Hospice.


Posted: February 1, 2020 4:43 AM

Nobody is sure where the phrase “Go West Young Man” came from. Some say John Babsone Soule invented it in an editorial in 1851, but it was the American Horace Greeley, author and newspaper editor who put it into popular parlance.

We will be celebrating a young man who “Came out of The West”, Louisburg, County Mayo, to be precise, during Déjà Vu Ireland West. That young man is the six-time winner of the Galway international Rally - Austin MacHale.

Austin will lead the classic car cavalcade out of Westport and into the Mayo and the Connemara mountains on the 26th September on a 130-mile route that will pass over famous Circuit of Ireland and Galway International Rally stages and through some of the most breathtaking vistas on the Wild Atlantic Way.

The route for this sixth Déjà vu charity event has not evolved by chance but through years of rallying experience, as one of the organisers Dr. Beatty Crawford will be literally going over old ground.

It was Beatty who guided another young man Adrian Boyd to victory on the 1973 Galway International Rally, so some of the territory will seem familiar even though that was forty-seven years ago.

Entries open on the 1st. February on, link below and drivers and passengers should be aware that they will be required to download and post indemnity forms this year.

The entry fee is €230.00 or £200.00 and includes route book & programme; rally plate; rally sticker; souvenir polo shirt and welcome reception. Gala Dinner tickets, always a popular feature of the DéJà vu weekends, are available at €100.00 (£87.50) per person, and will be strictly limited to 300 with preference being given to the Déjà vu crews.

Profits will be donated to Mayo Roscommon Hospice.


Posted: February 1, 2020 4:42 AM

Déjà vu Motorsport is going west in 2020 to fire up memories of some of the great Galway and Circuit of Ireland stages. Our rally re-union will centre on Westport. This Georgian architectural gem, with its tree lined malls and stone bridges over the river Carrowbeg, designed by William Leeson in 1780, will host Déjà Vu Ireland West this September.

The popular tourist destination was first put on the map in the 16th century by the pirate queen Grace O’Malley who plundered the seas from her base on Clew Bay. Déjà Vu Connemara will be setting out to rediscover famous stretches of road like the Lough Nafooey and Sky Road stages that were used on the five-day Circuit of Ireland and Galway International rallies.

Our weekend will have a familiar feel to the Déjà vu’s run in Killarney, Belfast and Donegal. Arriving in Wesport on Friday, entrants will register and enjoy a welcome reception. Then on Saturday morning they set off on a 100 + mile run through the spectacular Connemara scenery.

On their return there will be time to change before the gala dinner featuring big screen footage of historic rallying action; personality interviews; and top class entertainment. The cavalcade of mouth-watering motors will be a travelling museum of rallying history and the entry will be sprinkled with former champions and some special international guests.

As on all Déjà vu Motorsport events, all the proceeds will go to a local charity, shortly to be announced. Registration, limited to the first 120 crews, will open on the 1st, February 2020.

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Posted: February 1, 2020 4:41 AM

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