The Halloween Historic Stages Rally Coleman, McRae and Brookes back on the stages in Co. Waterford

Thursday, 07 April 2011 19:55



Halloween will be different this year as the Carrick on Suir Motor Club introduces a new event to the Irish Rally Calendar. The Halloween Historic Stages Rally will turn back the clock to the 1970’s and 80’s when the Circuit of Ireland rolled in to town.

Russell Brookes, Billy Coleman, Jimmy McRae to compete again in Ireland on the Carrick-on-Suir Motor Club, Halloween Historic Stages Rally 2010. Dream on, dream on. No, it’s not a dream, it’s a fact. It’s the best ever historic entry to a ‘new to the calendar’ tarmac historic rally event.

There are those among us who have a dream or a vision. They see a need or an opening for an event that may be worth running. So they throw out a feeler to elicit a response or reaction, and so it transpired for Donagh O’Sullivan (Clerk of the Course). When the glorious years of rallying are epitomised in the cars of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s running an event for them may be regarded by some as regression but by others as a tribute to the rallying historic past.

So Donagh’s dream, as a result of hard work, research and team building has now come to fruition. The event a first for the club will be known as The Halloween Historic Stages Rally 2010 promoted by the Carrick-on-Suir Motor Club.

Members of the event organising team have canvassed support at similar rallies in Ireland and cross channel. To date the response received has been very enthusiastic. It’s prominence to the Rosslare ferry port, plus the Motorway network from Belfast are added attractions with the special stage locations in the Co. Waterford.

The highways and byways of Co. Waterford are no strangers to motorsport over the years. Some of the first events promoted by the Carrick-0n-Suir Motor Club since its inception in 1958 have taken place in Co. Waterford, hillclimbs, test trials, stages rallies, navigation rallies and the enduring all day navigation events that predated the current stages rallies. These events consisted of navigation, regularity and test trials over routes that often exceeded 150 miles. Not too many around now to recall them.

The committee have also used all the available networks to entice some former greats of rallying to the Carrick-on-Suir Halloween Historic Stages Rally 2010 namely Billy Coleman, Jimmy McRae and Russell Brookes.

These names are synonymous with the glorious years of Irish Tarmac Rallies. Each of these competitors is the stuff of legends even beyond these shores. It’s a testament to the commitment of the team behind the Carrick-on-Suir Halloween Historic Stages Rally 2010 that they were able to attract these competitors to compete on the same event.

This is the reality of the dream and as yet the hard work is really only starting. An event and entry of this stature doesn’t come cheap. Whilst they are semi retired, these are still professional sportsmen and the cost of staging such an event will never be reasonable, the sponsorship potential is enormous.

There will be further press releases from the Carrick-on-Suir Halloween Historic Stages Rally 2010 as the events nears. It will certainly bring out the competitors who will now have the opportunity to share the entry list with such superstars. Those who don’t compete but are among the most knowledgeable spectators on the ditches who have read and listened to the stories of the antics and abilities are also in for a treat.