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1980 Donegal Winner Jimmy McRae Joins Déjà Vu Donegal!

Jimmy McRae, the 1980 Donegal International victor and multiple British and Irish rally champion, is the sixth former Donegal winner who will be attending Déjå Vu Donegal, the massive rally reunion which will take place on the 30-31, August 2019.

Jimmy will be reunited with a Vauxhall Chevette HSR, similar to the Group 4 car that he and Mike Nicholson drove to victory thirty-nine years ago. The full time Dealer Team Vauxhall driver, had won his first of seven Circuit of Ireland Rallies that year and his Donegal win eased him on his way to the Irish Tarmac Championship.

The Vauxhall pair finished nine seconds ahead of John Price’s Porsche after early leaders Bertie Fisher (Escort RS) and John Lyons (G2 Opel Kadett) had retired.

Jimmy revisited ‘The Hills’ on many occasions. In 1981 he was second in his Vauxhall Chevette and second again in 1991 in a a Sierra Cosworth. And he appeared in the top ten in 1993 driving a Group N Audi Quattro and in 1995 in a Porsche 911. And of course his World Rally Championship son Colin came to Donegal in 2006 for a ‘fun run’ in a Metro 6R4.

Sixty-five crews have already taken advantage of the ‘Early Bird’ entry fees – Registration – £175 (€195), Gala Dinner – £85 (€95), which have now just a month to run before they increase on the 1st. May to – Registration £200 (€105) and Gala Dinner £95 (€105).

The entries already include Mk I and Mk II Ford Escorts, Minis, Opel Manta 400s, Vauxhall Chevettes, BMW 2002 Tis, Hillman Avengers, Porsches, a Metro 6R4 and an Aston Martin, but the car requirements are open to all as you only need to have “something with four wheels that they are proud of”, to quote the organisers, to take part in the tour.


Friday 31st, August
2.30 – 5.30pm Registration – Ulster Tyres, Stranrolar.
8.30 – 10.30pm Welcome Reception – Jackson’s Hotel, Ballybofey

Saturday 30th, August
10.00am Start – Jackson’s Hotel
Lunch – Singing Pub, Atlantic Drive
3.00pm The Ramelton Rumble
7.00pm Gala Dinner & entertainment – Jackson’s Hotel

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Déjå Vu Donegal is a charity event which is supported by The Donegal Motor Club,
The Ballybofey and Stranorlar Chamber of Commerce, Bord Failté and the Ramelton Festival Committee. All profits will be donated to the Donegal Hospice.

For further details contact:
Alan (Plum) Tyndall Tel. 0044 7887827150 email:
58 Edentrillick Rd. Hillsborough. Co. Down BT26 6PG

Image from Elser Crawford

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