Rose-tinted spectacles enhance memories through time but there will be no disappointments when over 150 Classic Rally and Supercars roll onto the hallowed ground outside the Rose Hotel in Tralee, County Kerry.
The Rose of Tralee Dome site will be the start and finish point for the Rentokil Initial supported tour, the feature event in the Kerry Motor Club’s 50th anniversary year.
Déjà vu Tralee will be the seventh reunion of its kind organised by Dr. Beatty Crawford and Alan (Plum) Tyndall. These have raised over £150,000 for charities since its inception in 2016. All profits will be donated to Recovery Haven Kerry, the cancer support house.
The multi-generational appeal of the Déjà vu events is epitomised by four of the entries already received. Five-times Irish Tarmac Champion Austin MacHale will have his grandson Adam reading the route notes in their Group A Toyota Celica, and his son Gareth will be dusting off the family Ford Focus WRC in which he became the 2010 Irish Tarmac Champion.
Dennis Biggerstaff, a multiple British and Irish Rallycross Champion is bringing his ex-Peder Solberg Subaru Impreza WRC along and his son Stuart, who will be driving another of the families rallying gems, a Group B Metro 6R4. Then there are the Kellys from Donegal. Donagh, a National and Tarmac Rally Champion and a five-time winner of the West Cork Rally will be taking his ex-works East African Safari Toyota Celica out of his Stables Motorsport Centre, and his son Eamonn, the runner-up in the British Junior Rally Championship in 2021, is bringing along their Group 2 Subaru Impreza.
The Creighton’s from Belfast, Niall, a historic rallying regular and his son William the 2021 British Junior Rally Championship will have two Porsche 911s in the parade. And there will be many other famous names of the past and present in the driving seats of this high priced cavalcade. ‘Mr. Cork’, Frank O’Mahony will be wheeling out his Mini Cooper S with his former co-driver Hugh McPhillips. They have participated with considerable success in both the Cork 20 and West Cork Rallies in the past and they jointly helped to organise the Cork 20 Rally in 2007 when the Citroen and Ford World Championship Teams came to call.
The 130 mile route will circulate the Dingle Peninsula in a clockwise direction taking in such classic Circuit of Ireland and Tralee Rally stages as Slea Head and the Conor Pass before the cars return to The Rose Hotel in the late afternoon.
130 of the maximum 160 entries have already been received and Déjà vu Motorsport will be announcing further big names in the months ahead. Déjà Vu Tralee entries are online at: www.rpm-motorsport.com/tourFor further information contact: Dr. Beatty Crawford – firstname.lastname@example.org or Alan Tyndall – email@example.comTel. 0044 7887827150
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