Jimmy McRae, the man with the most Circuit of Ireland Rally wins to his name, is coming to Circuit Déja Vu! The Scottish ace started his collection of UAC Challenge Trophies in 1980 in one of the most thrilling contests in the events history. For five days the DTV driver, with Mike Nicholson in the passenger seat of their Vauxhall HSR battled with Ari Vatanen’s MkII Escort with the result only being decided on the final day.
In 1981 Jimmy started his long partnership with Ian Grindrod on the Circuit in their Dealer Opel Team Opel Ascona 400 to win again, and he and Ian completed Jimmy’s hat trick of victories in 1982, again in an Ascona 400. Jimmy and Ian were spraying the champagne, this time over their AC Delco Opel Manta 400 at Easter in 1985. Two years later the Group 4 cars had been banned and Jimmy and Ian drove their RED prepared Sierra Cosworth to Jimmy’s fifth win on the Circuit.
Rob Arthur joined Jimmy for his ’88 and ’89 wins in Sierra Cosworths giving the Scottish driver a remarkable total of seven victories in what was the longest and toughest contest on these islands. But the McRae Circuit story was not complete as in 1991 Jimmy stood proudly beside the finish arch in Dun Laoghaire to see his son Colin take the UAC Challenge Trophy.
Jimmy and Margaret will be very special guests at Circuit Déja Vu in Killarney next Easter.
Circuit Déja Vu 2016 is for all the family. The chance to meet old friends and rub shoulders with famous drivers, to take part in a fun competition and a spectacular drive.
You will have plenty of time to savour the spectacular scenery on the classic stages of the Sunday Run. We will supply the co-ordinates in advance, a marked map and away you’ll go. No pressure, no tricky navigation, no passage controls, no secret checks and no timing. All you will need is a SATNAV and a mobile phone or a digital camera.
CLICK & WIN
Complete the route and snap the clues and you could be in the prizes on Sunday night!
Historic Rally Cars and their road replicas, Classic Cars, Sportscars and Supercars, we hope to see them all. Arrive in anything on four wheels that will get you to Killarney! There will be no unsurfaced or rough roads en route.
You may prefer to come just for the entertainment and chill out during the day before joining in the evening festivities. The weekend’s finale will be an Irish cabaret and dinner dance with good old 60s rock and roll dancing.
Easter Saturday 26th March 2016
15.00 – 17.00 Registration & welcome glass of sparkling wine.
19.30 Welcome Dinner, star driver Interviews and an Irish cabaret.
Easter Sunday 27th March 2016
10.00 – 17.00 The Sunday Run.
19.30 Gala Dinner, star driver Interviews and dancing to 60s music
Easter Monday 28th March 2016
10.30 Farewell coffee morning.
A very competitive package has been arranged with the Malton Hotel and bookings will be first come, first served.
To book a place on the event, click HERE.
Circuit Déjà Vu 2016 is being organised by Beatty Crawford and Plum Tyndall through RPM-Motorsports Ltd. Please contact Dr. Beatty Crawford, 10 Governor’s Gate Meadow, Hillsborough.BT26 6FY.email@example.com or call 0044 7972 879895 or Alan Tyndall, 58 Edentrillick Rd, Hillsborough, BT26 6PG. firstname.lastname@example.org 0044 7887 827150.
PHOTO: Esler Crawford, Jimmy McRae, Plum Tyndall at the launch of the Mad For Road rally book.