2011 Ravens Rock Rally

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Ravens Rock Rally

The 2011 Ravens Rock Rally will again be located in Kilkenny. The rally moved to the Marble City twelve months ago for a three year stint and after a very successful event in 2010 we're now heading back for the second installment. COC John Rafter and his team again take charge and we are eagerly looking forward to the 22nd of May and Irish Motorsport Expo as part of the day's attractions is the official launch of Ravens Rock Rally. During the launch the club will announce details of the rally, event sponsors and HQ.

COC John Rafter and his event have been working behind the scenes over the five months and by now most of the ground work is finished. As of the last event meeting, PR on the rally route has is now on to it second visit and the residence on the stages can't wait for the 26th of June. The club are delighted to welcome back Dunlop National Tarmac Rally Championship status for this year's event and already the fifth round of the season is shaping up for something special.

Championship Website: Click Here


Halloween Historic Stages

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The Halloween Historic Stages Rally

It is with great regret that the Carrick on Suir Motor Club logo homepageannounce that they will NOT be hosting their Halloween Historic Stages Rally as part of their 2011 event calendar. Last year the South Tipperary Motor Club broke new ground in organising and promoting their first dedicated Historic Stages Rally but from the outset of the 2011 season the club have faced countless problems in securing a date for the 2011 event. 

Clerk of the Course for the 2010 Donagh O'Sullivan stated "My event committee and I initially proposed an event date for 2011 but from the beginning of the year we encountered opposition from other motor clubs. After trying every avenue to find a date that would suit everyone, we are left with no alternative but to postpone the event for 2011. At this time I would like to thank the members of my event team for their work throughout the organisation and running of last year's event. I would also like to thank the Carrick on Suir Motor Club for giving me the opportunity to take the position of COC for the inaugural running of the Rally. I want to thank all the sponsors that came onboard and helped to make the event should a success. Finally I would like to thank all the competitors who participated on the day. It was very rewarding to see all our work come to pass on that Sunday in October. It had been my ambition to run such an event in Carrick on Suir, I feel very proud of what we all achieved and my goal now is to get the Halloween Stages Rally back on the event calendar as soon as possible."


2011 Hillclimb Weekend

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Hillclimb Weekend

May signals a very busy month for the club with two events dominate proceedings. Up first on Saturday the 14th and Sunday the 15th is our Hillclimb Weekend. Billy Collins COC twelve months is back calling the shots as the club welcomes National Championship status. Billy has been working hard over the las
t few months putting the ground work in place for the event and he is pleased to announce that Day One Saturday will be held in Tempelorum, Piltown, Co. Kilkenny and Day Two will take place in Owning, Piltown, Co. Kilkenny. Billy would like to thank Pat Kerley/ D&B Windows for coming on board as the event sponsor

The Event Regulations and Entry Form are currently available in the download section of this site. To download the event poster click here

Please log back here for further updates and announcements as we get closer to the event

Please click here to logon to the National Hillclimb Championship Website


2011 Ravens Rocks Rally Location

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Ravens Rock Rally


Autocross Weekend in Ballyhale

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Autocross Weekend

It has been another busy week for local Motorsport. The Carrick Motor Club went of road with their annual Autocross weekend

 We start this week with the Carrick on Suir Motor Club's Autocross weekend. The action got underway on Saturday as this year’s even moved to Coolmeen, Co. Kilkenny, just outside Mullinavat on the Dublin road. The Saturday action got off the start line at 2pm. There was a host of saloon car and singleseater specials on show for the first practice session, then after the competitors got time to test the conditions the first timed run got underway at 2.30pm. Three times runs were completed in total by the end of day. Top of the timesheets on Saturday was Whitby Moynan in a special, with a time 59.2. It was a case of practice makes perfect for Whitby as he slowly improved his totals over the opening two runs and then put the hammer down on the final run of the day. There was no surprise in the saloon category as Ger Brennan took the honors with his rear wheel drive Fiesta. Ger was pushed all the way and it wasn’t until the last timed run when he banged in 1:04.3

The Sunday action got underway at 10.30 am and a total of three timed runs were completed. As the sunshine rained down it was Dermot White who took the fastest time of the day, stopping the clocks on 55.5 seconds. Whitby Moynan had to be content with fourth best on day two but did takeaway the best overall time of the weekend. In the saloon section it the man again is the checkered Fiesta, Ger Brennan who took the trophy. Among the club member there were class awards for Killian O’Sullivan, James Commins, Gemma Kerley, Seamus Anderson, Eddie Doherty, Conal O’Sullivan and Lisa Knox. There was a special presentation to Pascal O’Shea for some destruction work he carried out during Saturday’s action. Pascal also faces a heavy bill from the venue owner as he was not happy with the amount of rebuilding work that has to be done after Pascal’s escapades in his Mk 11 Ford Escort.


Halloween Historic Stages Rally Launch

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The Halloween Historic Stages Rally

The Carrick on Suir Motor Club are delighted to announce they will hold the launch of their new event the Halloween Historic Stage Rally on Friday the 8th of October. The launch will be held in the Carraig Hotel Headquarter of the event in Carrick on Suir, starting at 7.30pm.

A wine reception on the evening plus a host of Rally Cars on display outside the Hotel will greet rally fans. The new event to the Irish Motorsport Calendar will be officially launched by the legendary rally driver and Ex British Rally Champion Russell Brookes. Also on display will be Russell's Andrews Heat for Hire, Talbot Sunbeam that he will drive on the event. Clerk of the Course Donagh O'Sullivan will outline the event and introduce the event sponsors Suirway Forklifts, Great Stuff Catering and the Carraig Hotel. There will be historic rally DVD's on in the hotel to whet your appetite of old and young rally fans before the action gets under on October 31st.


Halloween Historic Stages Rally Early Entry Incentive Package

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The Halloween Historic Stages Rally

Carrick on Suir Motor Club is delighted to announce their Halloween Stages Rally Early Entry Incentive Package.

As a follow on from our successful running of the Willie Loughman Forest Rally and our Ravens Rock Tarmac Rally On The Limit Sports will once again be with us to cover this inaugural Historic Stages Rally for TV.

All entries received and paid by the closing date which is Friday the 15th of October will be entered into the draw for the following prizes;

1st = Full Entry Refund.

2nd = Free Entry to any one Carrick MC event in 2011

3rd = 50% entry reduction on any one Carrick MC event in 2011

4th = €150.00 refund on the entry.

5th = €100.00 refund on the entry.

6th = B&B for two people on the Saturday night of the rally.

7th = Free Carrick-on-Suir Club membership for two people for 2011.

Special draw for the competitors whom filled out their forms fully; i.e. both signatures etc etc, Prize – Mountain Bike (open to all entries)

Please note; to avail of any of the above prizes you must start the event.

Prizes are non transferable.

Whilst the closing date is 15-10-2010, We will however accept entries after this date but they will not be entered in the above draw.

Count Down Starts Here……!!!!


Rallying Returns to Waterford

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The Halloween Historic Stages Rally

During the golden ago of rallying in the early 1980's, Waterford City and County would come a live at Easter time, when the most famous event in the Irish Motorsport calendar, the Circuit of Ireland would roll in to town. Crowds of enthusiastic rally fans would line the stages to get a glimpse of drivers like Coleman, Brookes, McRae and MacHale. Now three decades later the Carrick on Suir Motor club are about to bring rallying back to Co. Waterford.

On Sunday October 31st, the Carrick Motor Club will hold the inaugural running of the Halloween Historic Stages Rally. Cars and stars from a bygone age will return to the Co. Waterford countryside as the Carrick on Suir Motor Club introduce a new event to the Irish Motorsport calendar.

The Halloween Historic Stages Rally is the realization of a dream for club member Donagh O'Sullivan. Donagh, who lives just outside the Village of Faugheen, Co.Tipperary and is a Carrick Motor Club member for over twenty five years, takes the helm as clerk of the course. It’s Donagh’s ambition which was the driving force to organise and run an Historic Tarmac Rally of this type for the first time. Now with almost twelve months of preparation work gone in to the organising of the event we are only weeks away from the rally.

The rally will be based in the club's home town of Carrick on Suir, with the Carraig Hotel as headquarters. Eight special stages covering 130 Kms all of which are located in Co. Waterford and are steeped in Circuit of Ireland history from the 1980's. Classes for the event include Historic, Post Historic, Classic and Modified Classic ensuring plenty of sideways action.

Over the last year the event committee (Donagh O'Sullivan, Eamonn Murphy, Connie Delaney, and Barry Duggan) have canvassed support from similar events in Ireland and cross channel. To date the response has been enthusiastic. The rally base in Carrick on Suir and it's prominence to ferry ports in Dublin, Rosslare and Cork, plus the new motorway network from Belfast amount to the perfect location for both Irish, UK and European competitors and spectators.

The committee has also used available networks to entice three former greats of the sport to take part in the event. Billy Coleman, Russell Brookes and Jimmy McRae will take the start line on Sunday morning October 31st and the clocks will be turned back to a bygone era. These drivers all ex Irish and UK rally champions are synonymous with the glorious years of Irish Tarmac Rallying. It's a testament to the commitment of Carrick on Suir Motor Club that they are able to attract these competitors to compete on the same event. The three drivers named are just the tip of the iceberg as many more former greats have expressed an interest and as we get closer to the event news on these entries will be made available. On the event weekend the competitors will carry out there recce of the stages during Saturday the 30th, then that evening there will be a ceremonial start in the main street in Carrick on Suir, culminating with a parade of the cars and interviews with the crews.

On the Saturday night after the ceremonial start, there will be a "Rally Forum". The Rally forum will take place in the Carraig Hotel headquarters and be hosted by Graham Robson. The Forum will give the opportunity to spectators to see the star being interview in an informal setting and will also give rally fans the opportunity to ask questions to their rallying heroes. 


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

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The Halloween Historic Stages Rally


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.

  • Three Ex British and Irish Tarmac Champions ALREADY SIGNED UP.
  • Rally Base: Carrick on Suir, Co.Tipperary.
  • 80 Miles/130 Kms Covering 8 Special Stages.
  • Old Circuit of Ireland Special Stages located in Co. Waterford.
  • Classes Include: Historic, Post Historic, Classics and Modified Classics.
  • TV Coverage.
  • Early Entry Incentive Package.
  • Centralized Scrutiny and Service.
  • Special Hotel and Ferry Rates Available.

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.


2011 AutoTest Weekend

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Autotest Weekend

The club's Autotest weekend will take place next Saturday and Sunday the 22nd and 23rd of January. The event will again be held in the IDA Industrial Estate Waterford City. Event Office and Sign On will be located in the Keltech Engineering premises and will be signposted from the entrance of the Estate. Sign On for Saturday will start at 11.00 hrs SHARP! and Sunday Sign On will start at 10.30 hrs SHARP!


Inaugural Irish Motorsport Expo comes to the HUB!

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Irish Motorsport Expo

altSummer of Motorsport set for Marble City

Nine months ago Threecastles man John Rafter was the driving force that saw the hugely successful Ravens Rock Rally being hosted in Kilkenny City. Rafter and his organising team brought the Carrick on Suir Motor Club’s premier event back to the Marble City for the first time in three year’s. He and his team took the Rally to new heights as the Black and Amber County welcomed back rallying. Now nine months on and John is back for round two and he promises this year’s event will be bigger and better, “Last year I took on the job of Clerk of the Course for the first time. It turned out to be a huge success and very rewarding for both myself and my hard working team. One of the main reasons for taking on the organisation of the club’s most prestiges event was that the rally would be based in Kilkenny for three consecutive years. In 2010 my team and I set ourselves a goal of laying the foundation of a professionally run event that we could build upon over the following two years. I was delighted with the support from within Kilkenny City and the people of the County where the special stages were situated. Among the highlights over the event weekend last year was the help we received from Pius Phlean at the Kilford Arms Hotel, the Dalton family at chancellors Mills, the City Council, the Gardai but the part that still gives me the most pleasure was the ceremonial start that was staged the evening before. To see the culmination of all our hard work come together and for rallying to take over Main Street was something I will never forget.”

“After taking some time (Three days) to recharge the batteries my team were full of ideas to make the event bigger and better for this year. Our intention from the start of the project last year was to build a legacy that would continue after the three year period of hosting the event was up and I think we have now found away to do that. I am now proud to announce that on Sunday the 22nd of May “The HUB” in Cillin Hill will host a feast of Motorsport as the Carrick on Suir Motor Club will host the Inaugural Irish Motorsport Exposition.

The HUB, Located in a commanding roadside position on the outskirts of vibrant Kilkenny City, The Hub is fast becoming the premier multi-purpose venue in the south east. With a flexible indoor space: 1,585msq (17,060ft sq), a capacity of 2,000 and access to a local population of 434,205 within a 40-mile radius, this integrated exhibition and events centre is quickly developing as the venue of choice in the south east for event planners and consumers alike.

The Hub indoor arena:    * Floor area: 1,585msq (17,060ft sq)

    * Dimensions: 51m long x 31m wide x 9m height (floor to underside of grid)

    * Power: 3 phase power supply, distributed throughout The Hub

    * Access: Direct access to The Hub via two large loading doors (6m high x 5m wide) operated electronically

    * Capacity: 2,000

    * Organiser/Production Office: Equipped with telephone line, broadband internet access and linked to the in-house PA system.

The Irish Motorsport Expo will be divided into three core sections. Section one will be the exposition itself, based in “The Hub”. There will be twenty five main exhibitors showcasing the best of Irish Motorsport; all the various disciplines of Motorsport in the Country will represented. The show will focus on the sport at grassroots level and how a young person can join the club and get involved in Motorsport.

In Motorsport and on our Countries roads safety is of paramount importance. Within the last month Ireland’s motorsport governing body Motorsport Ireland joined forces with the Irish Roads Safety Authority to launch a new safety initiative concentrating on young drivers. Both organizations will be on hand at the expo to raise awareness for this new initiative and promote this new scheme.

Section two, on the evening of the Show the club will hold the Official Launch of this year’s Ravens Rock Rally. The launch will include various rally cars taking on a specially built course outside the HUB grounds, this will then be followed by the official announcement of the details of the 2011 Ravens Rock Rally and the unavailing of this years main Sponsors. Sponsors - Suirway Farm Machinery, the Kilford Arms Hotel and the Kilkenny People Newspaper.

Section three, directly after the official launch of the Ravens Rock the focus will return to the indoor arena of the HUB where a Motorsport Forum will be held. The Forum will be hosted by Irish Motorsport Journalist Martin Walsh and will focus on Irish rallyings youngest talent.


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