The 75 Icons of Irish Rallying are wanted for special book autographing charity fundraiser

75 Icons of Irish Rallying wanted for special book autographing fundraiser

The organisers of Déjà Vu Ireland West will auction a copy of ‘Icons of Irish Rallying’ once they get all 75 contributors to sign it.

The book, published by Headford man Michael O’Mahoney, hit the bookshops just before Christmas. It features the stories of 75 different famous and not so famous Irish and International rally stars as told to O’Mahoney.

The year’s Déjà Vu motorsport event – virus permitting – will run out of Westport on May 21 and 22 – and will re-trace the glory years of the Galway International Rally.

It is organised by Alan ‘Plum’ Tyndall of RPM Motorsport fame and legendary international co-driver Dr Beatty Crawford. Previous versions of the Déjà Vu events re-traced the Circuit of Ireland Rally in Killarney and Belfast and the Donegal International Rally.

“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,” said an event statement.

The event will raise funds for the Roscommon and Mayo Hospice.

Organisers hope to raise additional funds by auctioning a copy of the book once all 75 contributors have signed it.

“We are going to auction it at Deja vu Ireland West in order to make as much money as possible for the Mayo Roscommon Hospice. Our aim is to have as many of the “Icons” as possible add their autographs. The problem is the logistics since they are spread across the length and breadth of Ireland and in England and Scotland. Has anyone a bright idea how to do this?” said another statement issued by the organising committee.

The event 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.

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