Updated Rentokil Initial Killarney Historic Rally entry list to be released as door numbers will honour some very special people

Killarney and District Motor Club will release an updated entry list for the upcoming Killarney Historic Rally.

An unofficial entry list was released earlier this week.

Door Panel 1 will be reserved as a memorial to Johnny Hickey and Mike Falvey, two of the club’s hardest working members who sadly passed away earlier this year. Both Johnny and Mike would have put their heart and soul into organising any KDMC event and this is a fitting tribute to two of the club’s most loyal servants.

Rob Duggan was originally down to carry the Number One door plate in recognition of his victory on the historic rally two years ago.

Rob is not defending the overall historic title this year but will instead compete in the modified class in his newly built Ford Escort that made its debut on the Kerry Winter Rally two weeks ago.

As the Killarney event is officially a historic rally, that allows Modified cars (albeit sometimes a lot quicker) to run under a separate class and rule structure it was not possible to allow a non-historic car to carry Number 1 and to run in the modified field.

Rob will start as seed two in the Modified section behind fellow KDMC member Colin O’Donoghue. Rob will now compete with number 64 on the doors.

Honouring the two fallen clubmen was the perfect solution to the situation and Johnny and Mike will be remembered fondly as the number one men on the event!  

This year the rally is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The first rally in 1996 was won by John Keatley. He is back this year, driving the same Porsche 911 that he used to win the event a quarter of a century ago.

He will carry door number 25 to mark this occasion and not number 23 that was originally published.

Traditionally the number 55 is never used in Killarney events in memory of Sean Conlon and that place is now left blank.

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