Galway Motor Club has announced plans for it's first ever "Retro" event, to be known as The Circuit of Galway Classic car trial. It will take place on April 15th and 16th 2000, and will primarily cater for cars registered before 1976. More modern vehicles can take part also. Galway Motor Club was formed in 1960 and this year celebrates 40 years of motorsport,
The base for the event will be the Quality Hotel, Oranmore, Co. Galway. The route will contain five Selectives, timed to the second, one in darkness. It is also planned to include seven Regularity sections and nine Autotests.
This style of event is new to Galway and will bring memories of classic, pre-1976 cars to those who view the contestants along the route. The Provisional Timetable is
<pre> Leg 1 : Start Saturday 15th at Oranmore 12.01 hours Regularity 1 ( Craughwell - Kilreekill ) 12.15 Selective 1 - 2.5 miles - near Kilreekill 13.00 Test 1 at Loughrea Lake Car Park 13.20 Selective 2 - a revised version of selective 1 @ 13.45 Tests 2 and 3 at Loughrea Lake Car Park 14.00 Regularity 2 ( Masonbrook - Tynagh ) 15.00 Regularity 3 ( Tynagh - Duniry ) 15.45 Regularity 4 ( Dalystown - Loughrea ) 16.15 Test 4 ( Saddlers Restaurant Loughrea ) 17.45 Finish Leg 1 at Saddlers Loughrea 18.00
Leg 2 : The night section in Loughrea - Peterswell - Gort - Ardrahan Areas - including Selective 3 - starts from Saddlers at 21.01 Finishes at Oranmore at 23.00
Leg 3 : Sunday 16th April 2000 Start Oranmore 10.01 Regularity 5 ( Moycullen - Furbo ) 10.30 Selective 4 ( Furbo ) 10.50 Selective 5 ( Furbo ) 11.15 Test 5 ( Tra M=F3r ) 11.25 Tests 6,7,8 and 9 ( Cashla Industrial Estate ) 12.00 Regularity 6 ( Derrykyle - Oughterard ) 14.10 Regularity 7 ( Roscahill - Moycullen ) 15.00 Finish at Oranmore 16.00 </pre> Clerk of the course for the event is former Statoil Galway International CoC Bobby Clinton. Entries will be accepted at 26b Grangemore, Rahoon, Galway. Phone 00 353 91-521298 (evenings), or by fax from 00 353 91-524557 and email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Entries to hand so far include:- <pre> Eamonn Byrne/ Steven Bolton; Wicklow, 1964 Mini Cooper S Ronnie Griffin/ Rory Dooley; Dublin, 1964 Cortina GT John Folan/Adrian Reidy; Oughterard, 1974 Cortina GT Liam Cashman/Michael Cashman; Cork, 1973 Mini 1275 Mickey Gabbett/Mick Jackson; Kilkenny, 1961 Peugeot 404 Frank Lenihan/Joanna Lenihan; Dublin, 1974 Datsun 100A Bryan C Brophy/Dave W Ray; Galway, 1962 Volvo PV544S Geoffrey Long/Michael Daly; Celbridge, 1963 Turner GT Martin Ward/Linda Conroy; Loughrea, 1974 Manta A TBA/Eoin Longworth; Longford, 1970 Mini Cooper S Ray Cunningham/Robbie Ward; Loughrea, 1962 Mini 850 Robert Bolton/Ian McCullough; Dublin, 1969 Hornet Craig McWilliams/Nick Sparks; Dublin, 1970 Escort Mk1 Barry Tobin/Paddy McDonnell; Limerick, 1964 Lotus Cortina Martin Creavin/TBA; Galway, 1973 BMW 1602 James O Mahoney/TBA, Limerick, 1963 Volvo PV544