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Racing Car Constructor Remembered at Kirkistown

Kirkistown Circuit is to pay a lasting tribute to Dr. John Crosslé MBE, with the naming of the Chicane in his honour.

In addition to establishing the Crosslé Car Company, John was an active and long-time supporter of the 500 Motor Racing Club of Ireland and many drivers have raced his cars throughout its long history, including the likes of Nigel Mansell.

Following John’s passing at the age of 83 in August 2014, the 500 Club has decided to name the Chicane at the County Down venue in his memory.

A simple ceremony to this effect will be held there on Saturday May 30 with members and friends of the Crosslé family (1pm). Fitting that the ceremony will be staged at the May Car Race Meeting.  A number of cars from Rory’s Wood where the cars are built are expected at Kirkistown and a Crosslé Handicap Race will provide an opportunity for single-seater and sports racing cars of all ages to compete in a showpiece to mark the occasion. The programme will include races for Formula Ford 1600, Roadsports and Formula Libre (BOSS) mean that Crosslé drivers will be able to compete in up to three races if they wish.

In addition 80T trials cars will demonstrate their remarkable off-road capabilities and a static display of Crosslé cars and related items will intrigue friends of the marque.

A visiting grid of 500cc Formula 3 cars, the class from which the 500 MRCI takes its name, will add to the carnival feel of what promises to be a special day. Other attractions and stylish catering promise a grand day out for the whole family.

Visitors will also be welcome at the Crosslé factory, an opportunity to catch up with friends old and new.

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