With less than two weeks to go to Deja Vu Killarney, the organisers have released the entry list and it includes a host of rally stars. To add to the theme of the event, which is non competitive, the top competitors have been seeded-Stig Blomqvist, unsurprisingly, is number one and happily, he drives an Audi Quattro A2.
Number two is seven time Circuit of Ireland winner Jimmy McRae, returning to the event he enjoyed so much in 2016- Jimmy will be at the wheel of a Chevette HSR with Mervyn Johnston in the hot seat. The number three though, is probably the most emotive for Irish rally fans as “King Billy” Coleman returns to a Rothmans Porsche 911. Even better though, he will be accompanied by long time co driver Ronan Morgan- which will no doubt bring memories flooding back for both of them. Next up are Saeed Al-Hajri and Bernard Beguin, both driving Porsche 911s and both bringing back memories of their Rothmans Rally Team days on Irish Tarmac. Sixth and seventh are Donagh Kelly and Dennis Biggerstaff, both driving the iconic Metro 6R4 machines. The entire entry, as you can see below is made up of former rallydrivers, personalities and of course enthusiasts- including our own Leo Nulty, who partners his father Jack in their Mercedes 350 SL and will no doubt keep us updated as the weekend progresses!
Deja Vu organisers Dr. Beatty Crawford and Plum Tyndall have completed plans for a 50% new route for their Easter event.
“Our aim in choosing the route for Déjà vu Killarney 2017 is to enable beautiful cars to travel over beautiful roads at speeds that will enable our Déjà vuers time to take in the magnificent panoramic views on The Wild Atlantic Way and the Kerry Mountains. It will also give them the chance to appreciate the great Special Stages that have been used by many of the world’s greatest drivers.” Said the Hillsborough natives following their return.
Some of the classic stages remain on the 120 mile Sunday Run route. Moll’s Gap for example but this time it will be experienced in both directions. The priceless parade will be going south on the Tim Healy Pass this year then due west to the jewel in the 2017 route – Cods Head, which undulates past the shores of one of the most westerly parts of The Wild Atlantic Way.
As ever, spectators are welcome and if you are coming to Killarney to spectate, a limited number of tickets are available to attend the Gala Dinner on Easter Sunday evening in The Malton Hotel. As well as a delicious four course dinner there will be driver interviews by TV personality Pamela Ballantine, RPM videos and musical entertainment.
Plus you will be able to rub shoulders with the star drivers at what promises to be a wonderful event!
Ticket cost is Eur90.00. Profits will go to the Irish Cancer Society.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP if you would like to attend this unique GALA event.
Tickets will not be available in Killarney as numbers must be finalised before the event.