Fassbender’s Rally of the Lakes airs today at 5pm – tune in for part two
By Sean Moriarty
Rallying in County Kerry has gone viral thanks to an online documentary created by Killarney-born Hollywood A-lister Michael Fassbender to mark his participation in last year’s cartell.ie Rally of the Lakes.
“The roads are so narrow and twisty and windy, and somebody thought, lets see how fast we can go and make a competition out of it, it’s bonkers,” said Fassbender in one of the opening scenes of his Rally of the Lakes documentary.
Part one was released on social media channel Vero last Tuesday with further episodes to be broadcast at 5pm every Tuesday over the next two weeks
If you have not seen part one you can view it here
Last May Fassbender was the event ambassador as the local international rally celebrated its 40th anniversary.
The on-line documentary was eagerly awaited by local fans and while it is put together for non-rally fans the directors got the balance just about right. There is enough in the six-minute episode to keep rally fans happy, and never does it get too patronising for those who understand the sport.
At the same time, it serves as a great introduction to the sport, capturing the pre-event preparation and the scenic roads, so often associated with Killarney rallying, perfectly.
Fassbender is the main character in the showreel, but he is certainly not the star, that honour goes to Firies man Barry Goodman who acted as his co-driver on the rally last year. Goodman explains pacenotes, and other rally terms, in a simple way that brings out the best of his 30 years involvement in the sport.
It also features Paul Nagle, the local rally man who went on to so much World Rally Championship success and the winner of the 2019 rally. Tributes are paid to Paul’s father, the late Maurice who was equally influential in his son’s career as he was influential in the development of the sport in the Killarney area.
This article was originally published in the May 15 edition of the Killarney Advertiser. Kerry Motorsport News is the motorsport content provider to the Killarney Advertiser.