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RPM Deja Vu North West Event 2024 will be based in Sligo Park Hotel 

Route includes Lunch Halt at 'The Stables' (Donagh Kelly's Rally Museum)  

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CONNACHT MOTOR CLUB CO-HOST RPM DÉJÀ VU NORTH WEST

On April 26th, 27th, 28th next, Sligo will play host to the prestigious RPM Deja vu Northwest event which will attract 140 iconic cars, both old rally cars and classics and their owners, to take in a leisurely run to Donegal and back taking in many classic roads in Sligo and Leitrim on route. The format of the event is to bring together well-known personalities of motorsport, and enthusiasts for a sociable weekend, take in some classic scenery in the region, many associated with past rallies and regroup of cars in O Connell St on Saturday evening, before adjourning to a celebratory function in Sligo Park Hotel.

The concept is the brainchild of the well-known motorsport broadcaster and commentator Plum Tyndal recognisable for his many broadcasts under the RPM television programmes. He, with Beatty Crawford have run noncompetitive motor sporting heritage tours since 2016 and has raised in excess of 300k for numerous charities since its inception. The hosting of his RPM Deja vu in Sligo is particularly close to Plum’s heart as he spent a number of his formative years growing up on the Mall in Sligo and it was probably due to some local influences that sowed the seeds for his love of motorsport both at a personal and professional level.

As Sligo Stages Rally is a drop out year for 2024, Connacht Motor Club were delighted to cohost the event in this region, and once the chosen charity was selected, gave a further impetus to make it a real success. As Rally Ireland was hosted here in 2007 and 2009 and Sligo Stages Rally has a history going back to 1980, there is much affection to the region by
many household names in Rallying circles who would be delighted to rekindle their memorable encounters of the Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal roads. 

The format of the RPM Deja Vu events since its inception, was that all proceeds from the event itself, the Dinner and Charity auction on the Saturday night would go to a chosen local charity. The Sligo event will also publish a souvenir Programme to mark the event and plan to have available at selected outlets across the North and West as well as online on the RPM website from early March. The selected charity for the Northwest event is Rallying Friends, a fund set up to support the families of Gene Mc Donald and Daire Maguire, who sadly lost their lives on a tragic accident on Sligo Stages Rally 2023.

Connacht Motor Club are really appreciative of a number of loyal local businesses whom, without hesitation came on board to support the event financially, which will all go directly into the fund. Title sponsor of Sligo Stages Rally for many years now, FAAC Simply automatic and Ciaran Phelan MD was one of the first to generously lend support. Sligo Pallets and Andrew Mullan synonymous with his sponsorship of the Border Rally Championship for over a decade and more recently the Forestry Championship has also come on board as a sponsor of the event. Peter Devaney of Devaney Recovery, a long-time supporter of the local Connacht Motor Club is contributing to the event also.

Other local businesses SF Engineering supporting a fly in at Sligo Airport, Sligo Park Hotel as HQ ,Ocean Fm live broadcast from O Connell St and Sligo Retail Park are crucial in the running of the event. And in Donegal, CBM Signs and the Stables Motorsport Centre are a critical part in the chain of organisation. It also wouldn’t be possible without the support of
Sligo BID and Sligo County Council.

Currently entries are still being accepted at rpm-motorsport .com with preference now focused on accepting entries of former rally car classics. Connacht Motor Club are seeking adverts for the souvenir programme please contact DJVNW24@gmail.com or 087 4184993

 

ENTRIES UPDATE

Screen Grab from an RPM production of Vincent Bonner in flight in his Manta 400

 

Déja vu North West ’24 Entry Half Full

Entries, with almost four months still to go before the Sligo based rally re-union on the 27-28-29 April 2024 takes place, have passed the half-way mark.

RALLY CAR PRIORITY

“Such has been the response for our joint promotion with the Connacht Motor Club, that we will be prioritising the remaining fifty entries for those who will be driving rally cars, replica rally cars, or classic cars of outstanding interest, and those who are booking tickets for the Gala Dinner.”

Said Alan (Plum) Tyndall and Alan Graham, the directors of RPM DJV Motorsport.

Other applications will be placed on the events Reserve List on the day that we received them, and these owners will be informed if their entry has been accepted not later than the 29th. March 2024.

“If your entry is not chosen on this occasion, or if you wish to withdraw your entry you will be fully refunded, (less the small fee that we are required to pay to PayPal for your transaction).

QUALITY FIELD

Amongst the eighty-two entries received to date is the Dungloe driver Vincent Bonner. Vincent had his first big day in the North West when he won the Sligo Rally in 1981 and two years later he became the first Donegal man to win the Donegal International Rally.

On both of these occasions he was in a Ford Escort RS 1800, but when he returned to win the Sligo Rally for a second and third time in 1988 and 1989, he was in an Opel Manta 400, the Group B rally car that he is borrowing from The Stables Museum, to use on the Sligo based Déjà vu North West ’24 in April.

All proceeds go to RALLYING FRIENDS to support the McDonald and Maguire families who tragically lost Gene McDonald and Daire Maguire while taking part in the Sligo Rally in July 2023.

Entries available on:

www.rpm-motorsport.com/tours

RPM Dèjà vu Motorsport contacts:

Alan (Plum) Tyndall 0044 7887827150 alan@rpm-motorsport.com

Alan Graham 0044 7802875808

 

 

ENTRIES OPEN!

 

Ciaran Phelan will be entering his Mk II Escort and sponsoring Déjà vu North West ’24 on the 26-27-28 April 2024. Entries, for the great rally re-union (which are expected to be brisk even if the event is still six months away), opened today Wednesday 1st November.

Entrants (for this non-competitive rally gathering) will arrive, Register, and enjoy a Welcome Reception on Friday; take part in a 150 mile run and Gala Dinner on Saturday, and say farewell at a new Cars & Coffee event on Sunday morning.

FAAC CONTINUED SUPPORT FOR CONNACHT MOTOR CLUB

Ciaran Phelan, the Managing Director of National Automation Limited, which is based in Boyle County Roscommon the neighbouring county to Sligo, had to miss the Déjà vu Cork ’23 event, but he will not be missing the Sligo start in his immaculate Mk II Ford Escort, as he is not only taking part in the great rally re-union but through his company’s core products FAAC Simply automatic, supporting it.

National Automation is one of Ireland's leading distributors to the security trade both through their FAAC products covering automation, access control, door entry, CCTV, intruder detection, fire detection. car parking and more.

“We, through FAAC, have been the headline sponsors of the Connacht Motor Club’s Sligo Rally and we are delighted to extend our support to Déjà vu North West ’24 an event that will bring a spectacular array of historic and present rally cars and personalities to the region and will raise money for a very worthwhile cause.” Ciaran Phelan.

RALLYING FRIENDS is the chosen charity with all proceeds going to the McDonald and Maguire families who tragically lost Gene McDonald and Daire Maguire while taking part in the Sligo Rally in July 2023.

 

Entries now open on:

www.rpm-motorsport.com/tours

RPM Dèjà vu Motorsport contacts:

Alan (Plum) Tyndall 0044 7887827150 alan@rpm-motorsport.com

Alan Graham 0044 7802875808

 

Connacht Motor Club contact:

Robert Lyttle 00353 874184993 robertlyttle52@gmail.com

 

SLIGO TO HOST CLASSIC RALLYING WEEKEND IN THE SPRING

Alan Graham & Plum Tyndall (RPM Déjà vu Motorsport and Robert Lyttle (Connacht Motor Club).

 

RPM Déjà vu Motorsport, in conjunction with the Connacht Motor Club have announced that they will be bringing rallying nostalgia to the north-west when Déjà vu North West ’24 rolls into Sligo next April.

These annual charitable tours attract a spectacular gathering of cars and rallying personalities for their non-competitive run over famous rallying stages, and raise considerable funds for the benefit of local charities.

RALLYING FRIENDS will be their chosen charity in 2024, with all proceeds going to the McDonald and Maguire families who tragically lost Gene McDonald and Daire Maguire while taking part in the Sligo Rally in July 2023.

One hundred and forty entrants in cars ranging from the Mini Coopers of the ‘60s to the specialist rally cars of today, are expected to enjoy a leisurely run over some of the stages used by the world rally competitors in Rally Ireland in 2007 and 2009, and Sligo and Donegal Rally stages.

BIGGER THAN EVER

The tenth RPM Déjà vu Motorsport event will be bigger than ever with a Welcome Reception on Friday evening at the events head-quarters in the Sligo Park Hotel; a visit to The Stables Rally Museum in Donegal; a Sligo Town Centre finish and an entertainment and personality filled Gala Dinner on Saturday. Then, for the first time, there will be a Cars & Coffee gathering in Sligo, on Sunday morning.

“I am delighted to be bringing Déjà vu North West ’24 to my old home town. It was in the streets of Sligo that, as a little boy, I saw my first competition cars pass by, an occasion that drew me to a lifetime involvement in motorsport.” Said Alan Tyndall, who was accompanied by his Co-Director of RPM Déjà vu Motorsport Alan Graham at the launch announcement.

“The Connacht Motor Club are delighted to welcome Déjà vu North West ’24 which will help us to raise through our chosen charity - RALLYING FRIENDS, some useful financial support for the McDonald and Maguire families.” Said Robert Lyttle of the Connacht Motor Club.

All the details of the event and how to enter are on the rpm-motorsport.com and connachtmotorclub.com websites.

Entries opening on the 1st November 2023 on:

 

www.rpm-motorsport.com/tours

RPM Dèjà vu Motorsport contacts:

Alan (Plum) Tyndall 0044 7887827150 alan@rpm-motorsport.com

Alan Graham 0044 7802875808

 

Connacht Motor Club contact:

Robert Lyttle 00353 874184993 robertlyttle52@gmail.com

 

 

 

2023 HILLCLIMB

 

Remembering Tom (RIP) - tribute prepared by his good friend - John F. Golden 

 

Connacht Motor club are returning to Dromahair to host their 2023 Hillclimb

Connacht Motor club are returning to Dromahair to host their 2023 Hillclimb over two days as part of the ALEKTO Irish Hillclimb and Sprint Championship on what is widely acclaimed as one of the best new hills nationally. The event taking place on Saturday 16 th and Sunday 17 th September is being run in the memory of the late Tom Devaney, who was highly influential in identifying the hill and encouraging the club to run its inaugural event in 2021 and secure championship status last year, which Tom was adamant he would contest amidst his treatment which he did proudly.

Following on from the support last year, Joe White through his San Francisco based heavy civil engineering company LVI Engineering has once again come on board as title sponsor. Joe who has been deeply embedded in motorsport for years remains loyal to his native region.

This year sees Gerry Mc Garry take on the role of Clerk of the Course for the 2023 Hillclimb having worked shoulder to shoulder with Ultan Mc Gowan, who took the event from its infancy to a very successful two-day event last year. Gerry will bring to bear his years of experience involved in many elements within the club supported by who have been involved from the start.

As the third year over this 1.7km hill, the club are deeply indebted to the residents who are so accommodating in welcoming the team back again.Regulations are now published, and entries are open online.

 

2023 SLIGO STAGES RALLY

Group photo from our recent Rally Launch & Open Day at Sligo Park Hotel .......countdown is on for the Sligo Stages Rally 2023 ..... looking forward to the Rally action returning to Sligo again (photos courtesy of James Burke) 

See more photos from the Rally Launch in the Gallery Section of the Website - photos include Sponsors, Local / Other Crews looking forward to the 2023 Sligo Stages Rally

 

Title Sponsor supports emerging Youth

Our joint title sponsor FAAC simply automatic has generously offered a contribution towards the entry fee to each of the MIJRS entries starting this year, to be presented to each driver immediately before Driver briefing on Sunday morning.

Ciaran Phelan as a competitor himself and father of Cormac who during his progression became a nominee for the Billy Coleman award. This recognition gave the then youg competitor the impetus to pursue his dreams even further.

The current Motorsport Ireland Junior Rally Series is a platform to encourage and promote and assist junior competitors focusing on developing their motorsport future. Their entrance into motorsport at an early age with the support of the Rally Academy give young drivers every opportunity to reach the highest pinnacle of their motorsport career. Connacht Motor Club are delighted to be included as a Tar round of the championship particularly as Leitrim driver Keelan Grogan is a registered entrant and only recently was chosen as a nominee of the Billy Coleman Award. The field of juniors are seeded as a group in the mid forties.

 

Top field line up for the FAAC simply automatic / Sligo Park Hotel Stages Rally 2023

With seeding published its obvious that the title of winner of the 2023 FAAC simply automatic Sligo Park Hotel Stages will be a hard fought battle and within the grasp of a number of the top starters. Title holder from 2019. Josh Moffit would be tipped as favourite based on his form to date but with Calum Devine carrying number 2 on the door and fresh from his Donegal International win, it will certainly be a hard one to call. 

The closing margins to date between the two sporting rivals have been so tight on every outing, a typical example being, Cavan Stages when only 0.3 separating them entering the final stage in Calum’s favour, only to be overturned on the final stage, Josh coming out with an advantage of 1.8 seconds at the finish ramp. Earlier in the season on the Kerry Stages the margin at the finish ramp was just 6.5 seconds after Josh held the lead all day pursued by Calum. Merion Evans at number 3 coming from Wales to once again compete for the valuable National Championship points on the back of his Galway International win earlier in the year. Jonny Greer is seeded at 4th place with local navigator Niall Burns on the notes. Within the top ten other R5s are in the hands of Declan Boyle, Daniel Barry, Michael Boyle, Daniel Cronin and Aidan Wray at 10.

Just inside that top ten in the first rear wheel drive is Kevin Gallagher in the Darien at 9 while at 11 Dessie Keenan is the second two-wheel drive on the road. Gary Mc Phillips at 14 and Chris Armstrong at twenty are the only others within that top twenty starters. Sligo native though now a Mayo adoptee John Warren starts with 23 on the door coming sharp on the heels of a 13th overall in Ravens Rock, although the stages are the opposite side of the county to his birthplace. Seeded at 30 are the crew of Donagh Kelly and Rory Kennedy in the beautifully presented Class 19 E30 BMW with Martin Mc Cormack in a Class 14 E30 at 31. Two competitors back in Sligo after some absence, James Leckey and Daniel Doherty are seeded at 28 and 29 in R5 Fiestas.

Title Sponsor Ciaran Phelan in the FAAC Honda Civic starts at 90 while daughter Aine , sitting on with Mick Lonergan 91, both in the 11F Class. Stage Sponsor Iarla Carty starts at 126 in the ex-Callum Devine Opel Adam with
son Jack Carty on the notes. Seeded at the mid forties are seven crews registered in the Class 2 MIJRS series led by Ryan Mc Hugh at 45. Sligo Stages Rally title sponsor Ciaran Phelan of FAAC Ireland in association with National automation have generously sponsored a draw for 3 prizes of €200 to be selected from one of the entries in that beginners Class, to take place live in advance of Drivers Briefing in Sligo Park on the Sunday morning.

Scrutiny takes place from 14.30 until 20.00 on Saturday July 15th at Sligo Junction / Hot Rods in Collooney. First Car away on Sunday morning from Parc Ferme at Sligo Retail Park in Carraroe is at 9.29, first car back at the Sligo Park Hotel Rally Headquarters is at 17.24.

 

 

See the 2019 Faac Simply automatic Sligo Park Hotel Rally highlights Video 

Video provided Courtesy FlyinFinnMotorsport

 

 

Sligo Retail Park hosts Parc Ferme for Sligo Stages Rally 2023

 

 

Aerial view of Parc Ferme at Sligo Retail Park 

Many thanks to all involved at Sligo Retail Park for making this facility available for the event. 

 

See Gallery Section for more photos courtesy of James Burke Photography & Website Admin

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