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Champions Rally Round for “Mini Magic”

Historic champion and Mini icon Mervyn Johnston will join Mini owners from road, rally and track in Tynagh, County Galway for Mini Magic on July 15.

The all-new event will see Minis of all ages coming together for both a relaxed format show parking area and track day where owners of standard road-going Minis can take part.

“The rally men have really got behind the event thanks to our track sponsor Galway Mini Centre,” said Event Director, William Neill.

Rally champion Ray Cunningham, who lifted the Mini Cup title last season and Irish Touring Car champion Eoghan Fogarty, in his Honda powered 1275 GT (below), will join Johnston’s Mini Midas kit car.

“Gerry McGarrity, Donal Kelly, Iarla Carthy,” they are all coming added Neill. “But equally we have first timers entered so we don’t want owners thinking they too have to have anything more than a standard Mini.”

The track format is three laps per run of Europe’s largest karting centre to take in around 4km on each pass. Runs, starting at 10am, will be continually added to the day with the on track price at a value for money 95 euro. Entries are available on entry system website and

Track spaces are being taken up, with at the time of press 30 per cent of spaces gone. Minimum requirements are 18+, Irish or UK driving license (not competition), working belts or harness, long sleeves and a track day helmet. The on location Pallas Karting store will hire helmets for just five euro with a 50 euro returned deposit.

Show entries are on the day and priced at 10 euro with up to three passengers included.