More details on De Ja Vu Tralee

Glory days of Kerry rallying to be re-lived next May

Tralee will host a major classic car rally next May.

It was confirmed in the last week that Deja Motorsport has chosen the County capital as the host town for its 2022 Déjà Vu event.

Déjà Vu Motorsport events re-trace the glory days of Irish rallying.

The non-competitive events re-visit iconic stage locations in a region and former international rally stars are often re-united with cars they drove in period.

Déjà Vu Motorsport started out recalling the glory days of the Circuit of Ireland Rally and the first event of its kind took place in Killarney in 2016.

It returned to Killarney the following year to retrace the history of the Rally of the Lakes.

Since then, it has visited Belfast for the Ulster International Rally and Letterkenny for the Donegal International Rally.

This year’s event was set to honour 50 years of the Galway International Rally but has been put back to September 2022 as a result of COVID-19 restrictions in the host town of Westport, County Mayo.

This event had attracted over 160 entries but organisers are offering entrants the opportunity to transfer their entries to either the deferred Galway/Mayo event or to the Tralee rally.

Déjà Vu Tralee will form one of the central events in Kerry Motor Club’s 50th-anniversary celebrations which are currently being planned by the Tralee-based club.

It will also commemorate the 1972 Easter Rally. The Circuit of Ireland did not run that year because of The Troubles but Limerick Motor Club stepped in to run an alternative event that overnighted in Tralee.

“Less than a year away is Déjà Vu Tralee, a spectacular 130-mile trip that has been planned to coincide with the Kerry Motor Club’s 50th Anniversary. Drivers will traverse the Dingle Peninsula, passing through such tourist hot spots as Inch Beach and Dingle Town and driving over classic Irish rallying stages like the Connor Pass and Camp Mountain and around Slea Head. Rally Headquarters will be in the luxurious Rose Hotel in Tralee, the home of the Rose of Tralee Festival,” said event organisers Dr Beatty Crawford.

Dr Crawford is a former international co-driver but during his radiology career spent many months as a locum Radiologist at University Hospital Kerry.

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