Dogleap Raises Funds for Foyle Hospice
Once again, the RiverRidge Recycling Dogleap Rally has managed to raise funds on behalf of the Foyle Hospice, this despite the atrocious weather conditions on the day, which undoubtedly affected the spectator numbers. Representatives of MCMC and title sponsor RiverRidge Recycling have presented a cheque for £1500 to Ciaran McGinley, Head of Fundraising for the Foyle Hospice, at a ceremony at Ebrington Square. Clerk of the Course for the rally, Ian Connolly, commented "It is always great to be able to support a worthy cause and the Foyle Hospice does some magnificent work. I understand a big proportion of their income comes from fundraising and Maiden City Motor Club is delighted to help in any way possible".
The whole squad .....
MCMC at Legenderry Car Show
Thanks to all who turned out to man the stand at the Legenderry Car Show in Ebrington. Particular thanks to those who brought their very top class rally cars to wow the public. A considerable number of new members were signed up on the day and we hope to see them at the next club meeting. Well done you members .....
McGarrity Wins RiverRidge Recycling Dogleap Rally.
Derek McGarrity and James McKee took a convincing win in the RiverRidge Recycling Dogleap Tarmac Stages Rally. They took the lead right from the start in their Mini WRC and set fastest time on five out of the six stages. Alan McGeehan and Niall Magee maintained a strong second place throughout and took the remaining stage victory to bring their Corolla home in second place, some 37 seconds behind. Third place went to Dominic McNeill and Tommy Speers in the Mitsubishi Evo.
Sensation of the day was motorcycle ace Michael Dunlop, who quickly adapted to the very difficult conditions to finish up in joint 8th spot overall and winner of Class 8.
Final Instructions and Seeded Entry List available for download.
Note: The Seeded Entry List has been updated as of Thursday July 31st @ 10.00pm. Some entries added which will be reseeded on the day of the rally - competitors can submit reseeding request at Sign On.
Breaking News .....
11 Times TT Winner MICHAEL DUNLOP on Entry List for RiverRidge Recycling Dogleap Tarmac Stages Rally
After taking the victory and posting a stunning near 134mph lap in this years TT Michael Dunlop is to swap 2 Wheels for 4 as he heads up a star-studded entry for the Maiden City Motor Clubs Dog Leap Stages at Shelkelton Barracks in Ballykelly. On Saturday 2nd August.
The idea of Dunlop taking part in rallying was first suggested at a charity dinner in Belfast last year, where Dunlop chatted with Irish champion and 2012 Donegal International winner Gary Jennings.
Jennings explained - "It started off as a bit of banter, but Michael fancied the idea and now it happened in the Donegal International Rally in June . He had no experience of rallying, but he is a very competitive guy and judging by the way he rides a motorbike he has the skills and appreciation of speed to do well. He was a big hit with rally fans as he brought the Ford Escort home in a creditable 17th Overall in the National Rally for the Friday over night Halt. On the Saturday he had settled in well and was climbing the field but unfortunately mechanical problems seen him retire on the Saturday afternoon when he was just outside the top 10".
Dunlop has been bitten by the rally bug and fans of Bike racing and rallying are in for a real treat and Michael drives the Ford Escort of Donegal rally driver Brian Brogan.
Den motorsport will look after the 2.5 Millington Escort on Saturday 2nd August. However Barry Den, MD of Den Motorsport, will have the task of navigating Dunlop around the 6 mile stage.
Speaking last night Barry Den said "At first I did not give the car and Michael much hope of seeing the end of the Friday stages in Donegal. I knew he had the speed so the long straights were not an issue, but the tight twisty roads in Donegal could have raised difficulties. For a man that can control two wheels at high speed the extra two wheel could have been a problem ,,,, but he is a natural and his times surprised everyone including Michael himself.
So when an offer of The Dry Arch and Sister Sarah Complex sponsored car of Brian Brogan came up, I was delighted to accept the offer to navigate with Michael on Saturday in the Dogleap Stages. This will be an event that will suit Michael - long straights and plenty of speed".
Dunlop himself said " I am delighted to be back in an Escort and I am looking forward to the stages. However, I am not so sure I like the idea of having to cycle for 6 miles on a push bike at 7.00am to recce the stages - maybe I can take a motorbike".
RiverRidge Recycling Dogleap Rally Officially Launched
The RiverRidge Recycling Dogleap Tarmac Stages Rally has been officially launched. In addition to representatives of title sponsor RiverRidge Recycling, the Maiden City Motor Club were pleased to welcome Alderman Alan Robinson, Mayor of Limavady and Counciller Gary Middelton, Deputy Mayor of Derry/Londonderry. The nominated charities once again are The Foyle Hospice and Ballykelly Community Association.
COC Ian Connolly expressed his appreciation for the the continuing support of Limavady Borough Council and Derry City Council for the three rallies held by Maiden City Motor Club each year. Ian also commented " It is particularly pleasing that RiverRidge Recycling are once again the main sponsor for the third year running. RiverRidge's ethos is very much about assisting the local community and providing practical support for local events. The fact that Eamon Doherty is a full blown rally fanatic and competitor is such a bonus for us. RiverRidge has been a major factor in building up the rally to the success that it is today".
Strong Entry for RiverRidge Recycling Dogleap Rally
As the closing date for entries approaches, COC Ian Connolly had disclosed that there is already a very strong line-up for for the RiverRidge Recycling Dogleap Tarmac Stages Rally. "I am delighted with the entries received to date and there is somewhat of a late flurry as always happens. Anyone still wanting an outing needs to get their skates on. Last year's winner, Kieran Graffin, is returning and I expect he will have to fight hard to retain his title. I am looking forward to the battle between him and Derek McGarrity in the ex Danny Sordo Mini WRC. In fact, I am particularly pleased at the quality entry throughout the whole field."
The press launch takes place at the Arts Centre, Main Street Limavady on Wednesday July 23rd. There will be quite a line-up of top class rally cars to view up close and a special DVD of highlights form previous Shackelton rallies. In all, it is a night not to be missed. Everyone welcome. Proceedings get under way at 7.30pm sharp.
Entries Open For RiverRidge Recycling Dogleap Tarmac Stages Rally
COC Ian Connolly has announced that Regulations and Entry Form are now available for the RiverRidge Recycling Dogleap Tarmac Stages Rally, which will be held at the Shackelton complex at Ballykelly on Saturday August 2nd. Ian remarked "Preparations for the rally are going well and I am looking forward to a very successful day. The format and the stages are tried an tested and we have made a number of small alterations to take account of suggestions made by competitors. There will be three stage configurations, each run twice, totalling nearly forty competitive miles. There is ample safe access to the stages and, with cars running at 30 second intervals, there will be near continuous action for the spectators. New for 2014 is that the rally will be a round of the Junior 1000 Rally Championship Ireland so I look forward to welcoming some newcomers to Shackelton".
Regulations and entry form now available to download.
Foyle Hospice benefits from Lark In The Park fundraising
Rachel Bruce from the Foyle Hospice has thanked the Maiden City Motor Club for the recent donation arising from the RiverRidge Recycling Lark In The Park Rally. At a presentation ceremony held at the Hospice, Danny Gormley, Club Treasurer and COC for Lark In The Park ,presented a cheque for £1000 to support the room refurbishment programme currently being undertaken by the Hospice. Rachel commented "The continuing support from the Maiden City Motor Club is very much appreciated. In addition to this very generous donation, the club made it possible for me to compete in the rally and raise an additional £500 in personal sponsorship. I also owe particular thanks to E&I Engineering who sponsored my entry and to Joe Gallagher for helping me through the event".
RiverRidge Recycling Renew Partnership for the Dogleap
It has just been confirmed that, once again, RiverRidge Recycling are returning as title sponsor for the Dogleap Rally, to be held on Saturday August 2nd at Shackelton Ballykelly. In confirming the news, RiverRidge Recycling finance director Eamon Doherty expressed his satisfaction with the ongoing sponsorship arrangement. " RiverRidge Recycling are very happy to continue its sponsorship of The Dogleap Rally. The company has had a successful association with Maiden City Motor Club for a couple of years now, most recently sponsoring the Lark In The Park. We have seen the Dogleap Rally grow and improve and we have been happy to play a part in that".
Fergal Kerr, Business Development Manager for RiverRidge Recycling commented "I am really looking forward to the rally. Shackelton is a fantastic venue and the spectators are in for a real treat. I am delighted that RiverRidge Recycling are supporting the event once again."
The rally will be known as the RiverRidge Recycling Dogleap Tarmac Stages Rally. COC for the 2014 event will be Ian Connolly. Ian commented " I am really looking forward to the challenge and I am confident that the team will put on a great rally. It is particularly pleasing that River Ridge Recycling are back on board again. Jon McIvor has made this event very successful over the past couple of years and that will be a hard act to follow. We intend to stick to the same format which proved so popular with the competitors last year. There will be six stages totalling just short of 40 stage miles. Value for money is always important so I am delighted to confirm that there will be no increase in entry fee".
Great First Outing for Hospice Fundraiser
Rachel Bruce, the fundraiser for the Foyle Hospice, successfully finished her first rally. It was a baptism of fire for Rachel on Lark In The Park as the very first stage, Cliffords, was seriously quick. Joe Gallagher was entrusted with getting her round safely and let's just say that she needs a wee bit more work on the notes. Rachel commented " I was very apprehensive when the idea was first raised as my big worry was not so much the speed but that I might throw up even before the first corner. My GP helped by giving good advice on motion sickness and it all turned out ok. I want to thank MCMC for the opportunity as I was able to raise personal sponsorship for the Hospice. Thanks also to E&I Engineering who made it possible by sponsoring the entry. I had a great time and everyone went out of their way to help me throughout the day."
Joe and Rachel finished 21st Overall and picked up the award for 3rd in Group N.
Victory for McFadden in the RiverRidge Recycling Lark In The Park
Willie McFadden and Brendan McElhinney in their Escort G3 took top honours in the RiverRidge Recycling Lark In The Park. They finished just 2 seconds ahead of Mark Alcorn and Kevin McCafferty in the Toyota Corolla. In third place were Damian Tourish and James McNulty in the first of the MkII Escorts.
Amazingly, the first three overall were all from the two wheel drive category. The competition was tight throughout the seven stages. A great drive by Mark O'Leary and Gerard McHugh saw them in the lead for the first three stages before being caught. At the end, the top four were covered by just 12 seconds.
The Cliffords stage in Donegal proved a big hit with all the competitors. Someone who had a bigger hit than most was Brady man Derek Gurney who had a big "off" on a very fast section and suffered a broken wrist and now has a very second hand Sierra. We wish Derek a very speedy recovery.
Overall winners Willie McFadden and Brendan McElhinney with the Cyril Doherty perpetual trophy.
SEEDED ENTRY LIST
The seeded entry list is now available for download.
COC Danny Gormley says that requests for reseed will be considered only after scrutiny.
Programme Sales For RiverRidge Recycling Lark In The Park
Good news .... programmes can be purchased at the following outlets.
Maxol Glendermott Road Derry/Londonderry
Parts Garage Spencer Road Derry/Londonderry
Eglinton Service Station
Kiernans Service Station Burt
Texaco Services Letterkenny
Grainan Hotel Burt
M. Doherty Killea
Final Instructions - RiverRidge Recycling Lark In The Park
Notice to all competitors - please download the Final Instructions and updated Entry List.
Marshals Meeting arrangements - Lark In The Park
Chief Marshal Jude O'Neill has made available details of the meeting points for Marshals on Saturday the day of the rally.
Marshals for the Cliffords Stage in Donegal should meet outside Doherty's Café at Bridgend at 07.30 am.
Marshals for the St. Columb's Park stage should meet at St. Columb's Park House at 10am.
For anyone who does not already know which stage they will be marshalling, please contact Jude on 07703735321.
Notice to Competitors - Lark In The Park
Following quite a few phone calls from competitors and prospective competitors,COC, Danny Gormley would like to clarify the requirements for NCT, MOT and Road Tax. In summary, NCT/MOT and Road Tax are required and documentation must be checked at scrutiny. Unless everything is in order there can be no start. However, there are differences depending on where the car is registered.
For cars registered in the Republic of Ireland - for cars registered before 1.1.1980 (all you Escort people) then NCT is not required and therefore will not be a requirement for entry to the rally. Road tax will still be required. Competitors should make their own checks to make sure they are in compliance.
For cars registered in U.K then MOT and Road Tax will be required regardless of the age of the vehicle.
Of course, if a car is less than 4 years old no NCT/MOT is required anyway.
A big Thank You to all those marshals who have come forward and volunteered to help out on Lark In The Park - it can not happen without you. It is only because of the expertise and dedication of the marshals that motorsport can happen at all.
Additional marshals are still required so please come and help. Chief Marshal, Jude O'Neill has arranged a Marshals Training session which will take place at 7pm on Friday April 11th at St. Columb's Park House. Experienced motorsport marshals will be on hand to help the less experienced or those new to motorsport. All welcome. Hope to see you there.
Anyone interested in marshalling should contact Chief Marshal, Jude O'Neill on 07976266446 or register on this website using the Marshals Registration Form. Please do it NOW
Entries now open for RiverRidge Recycling Lark In The Park
The much awaited Regulations and Entry Forms for Lark In The Park are now released. COC Danny Gormley has already had lots of interest and has announced that, apart from a number of discretionary entries retained by the club, entries will be accepted and confirmed on a first come first served basis. Danny remarked " Every effort has been made to deliver good value for money and I have no doubt that competitors will really enjoy the new for 2014 road stage. Add the exposure and atmosphere on the park stages and we believe that the rally represents a very attractive overall package"
There will be two configurations in the park, each run twice, and an eleven kilometre road stage run three times.
MARSHALS - MARSHALS - MARSHALS
Calling all marshals. Your help is absolutely needed to ensure that Lark In The Park is a major success - it can not happen without you. The return on the rally to St. Columb's Park in 2013 saw a crowd estimated at some 4000 people, comprising not just the hardened rally enthusiast but also families and people of all ages, enjoying the rally action. For 2014 there is an additional road stage in Donegal. It is imperative that both locations are marshalled to the highest of standards to ensure the safety of the public and the competitors. It is only because of the expertise and dedication of the marshals that motorsport can happen at all.
Please come and help - it would be very much appreciated. As well as the more experienced motorsport marshal, help would also be welcome from anyone wishing to get involved for the first time. Don't worry, the use of a "buddy" system means that you will always be paired with somebody more experienced.
A marshals training session will be held on Friday April 11th . Details of time and location will be made available closer to the time.
Anyone interested should contact Chief Marshal, Jude O'Neill on 07976266446 or register on this website using the Marshals Registration Form. Please do it NOW.
Press Launch for Lark In The Park
Today saw the introduction of RiverRidge Recycling as title sponsor for the 2014 Lark In The Park. Representatives of the company were joined In Ebrington Square by The Derry City Council Deputy Mayor, Gary Middleton and Alderman Maurice Devenney. The Deputy Mayor very much welcomed the return of the rally after the major success of last year's event. Also present was Paul Doherty from Ilex, who are kindly making available the space for the Service Area in Ebrington, and a number of Maiden City Motor Clun officials.
COC Danny Gormley remarked that all preparations are going well and it is expected that the Regulations will be posted on the club website just as soon as they are approved by MSA. Entries will open immediately thereafter.
A big thank you also to John Dolan and hid son for bringing along their rally car. It was a bit of a coincidence that the competition number was 74 corresponding to the year 1974 when MCMC was first affiliated to the MSA. If you have worked it out, that does indeed mean that 2014 is the 40th anniversary of the club.
Turkey Run Raises Money for Charity
The RiverRidge Recycling Turkey Run rally has once again provided the opportunity to raise funds for charity. Officials of the MCMC and a representative of the main sponsor, RiverRidge Recycling, presented cheques to two charities – The Foyle Hospice and Ballykelly Community Association. Also present was a representative of the Office of the First and Deputy First Ministers (OFMDFM) who provide access to the Shackelton complex at Ballykelly where the rally was held.
Club President, Jon McIvor remarked “ MCMC is delighted to be able to support these two worthy causes. We have been associated with both of them for a number of years now and we have seen at first hand the good work that they do. The rallies at Shackelton always prove to be popular with spectators and competitors alike. Maiden City Motor Club hope to continue to use future rallies to raise funds for our chosen charities.”
Sponsor Announced for "Lark In The Park"
Event Director, Declan McCay has announced that RiverRidge Recycling will be the title sponsor for the Lark In The Park. Declan declared " It is fantastic news that RiverRidge Recycling have come on board for Lark In The Park. They have been the primary sponsor for Maiden City Motor Club for the past two years and have been a major influence in making the Dogleap and Turkey Run rallies the success that they have become. I am really looking forward to working with them on their first venture in city".
Eamon Doherty, MD of RiverRidge Recycling said " The Lark In The Park makes such good sense for our company as we are expanding our operation into the Derry/Londonderry area. Our partnership with MCMC has worked very well and we are pleased to be instrumental in making Lark In The Park a bigger and better event".
On other news, the route of the road stage in Donegal has been finalised. COC, Danny Gormley, commented "It has all the hallmarks of being a great stage - very fast in places and more technical in others. Competitors will get three goes at it. Then there is the different challenge of managing the tight confines of the St. Columb's Park stages. Overall it will be a nice mix".
Regulations to be released soon - watch this space
Breaking News ...... Lark In The Park
Big changes are afoot for the Lark In The Park Rally. The Event Director, Declan McCay has disclosed that there will be a MASSIVE increase in stage mileage for the 2014 event. Declan declared " While we were delighted to get Lark In The Park returned to the calendar last year for the City of Culture celebrations, it was always part of the plan to make it bigger and better. It was a great showcase rally last year but the organising team were very conscious that any rally confined solely to the park would always be very limited on stage mileage and that is not the best situation for competitors. I am delighted to be able to announce that as well as four stages in the Park, there will be an additional road stage close by in Donegal which will be run three times. This will give us a total stage mileage close to 25 miles".
The organising team have been very busy in recent weeks and plans are well advanced. The final approval for the Park stage is expected from Derry City Council within the next two weeks, closely followed by release of the Regulations. Watch this space ...
Derek McGeehan and Arthur Cairns came out as the worthy winners of the RiverRidge Recycling Turkey Run Rally after a monumental battle with Donagh Kelly and Kevin Flanagan. The Mini crew took an early lead and were six seconds up after SS1 but Donagh Kelly in the Focus soon applied pressure. While McGeehan was fastest on five of the six stages, the gap was just one second on three of them. Kelly pulled back four seconds on the final stage of the day but it was not quite enough. McGeehan took the well deserved win by just nine seconds after a very sporting battle. In third place and a further 38 seconds back were Alan McGeehan and Niall Magee in their Toyota Corrola WRC
The President and Committee of the Maiden City Motor Club would like to wish all the members and friends of the MCMC a very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year. The club has had a very successful 2013 so let's finish it off in style with a big turnout for the Turkey Run. Here's looking forward to another great year of motorsport in 2014.
Turkey Run Latest ....
Final Instructions are now available to download.
The 2013 RiverRidge Recycling Turkey Run Rally is shaping up to be something really special. The prospect of six stages and forty stage miles all on the demanding tarmac roads within the Shackelton Complex has really caught the interest of those rally men and women wanting to get out for a "throw" over Christmas. The entry list has closed at a fantastic ninety three entries.
COC Jon McIvor is delighted with the response. " I have to say that I am really delighted with both the number and the quality of the entries. The number of WRC cars stretches into double figures, not to mention the Mark IIs and even a couple of Historics. We do have some of the top drivers in the country but this is also the opportunity for the Clubman on a more modest budget to get out there and enjoy themselves competing for class awards."
Competitors should note that there will be no reseeding on the day but hopefully everyone will be reasonably satisfied.
And finally ... For anyone hoping to get a new helicopter from Santa, please note that landing anywhere on the Shackelton complex is strictly prohibited.
AGM / Prizegiving
Congratulations to all those who won awards at the annual prizegiving. The achievements which were recognised reflected a lot of hard work throughout the year for the benefit of motorsport, for MCMC and for charity. It has been a remarkable year for the Maiden City Motor Club. The Turkey Run and Dogleap rallies exceeded all expectations and the return of Lark In The Park was a resounding success. Well done to one and all.
Thanks are also due to our sponsors, to our charity partners and to the government departments who provided support. It was fitting indeed that the Mayor of Limavady and the Mayor of Derry-Londonderry were on hand to present the awards.
As part of the AGM , the MCMC held our own version of the Turner Prize in recognition of the City of Culture 2013. Following four hilarious yarns, a panel of independent judges declared Elkin Robinson as the worthy winner for his tale of his chaotic service crew on a long past Donegal Rally. In true Turner Prize fashion, the trophy was a tin bucket - anyone who visited the real Turner Prize exhibition will know what you are supposed to do into the bucket. Thankfully Elkin was not required to do it in public. Instead of the £25000 prize, MCMC donated 25000 pennies to the Foyle Hospice as well as recognition awards for Rachel and Michelle for their help throughout the year.
Turkey Run Latest ......
Less than three weeks now till the RiverRidge Recycling Turkey Run Tarmac Stages Rally kicks off and preparations are moving forward at a great pace. COC Jon McIvor is keen to remind everyone that no entries will be accepted after Tuesday December 17th. To be fair to the organising team, that gives them just one week to get everything finalised before Christmas.
Jon commented, "I am mindful of the difficulties with postage over the holiday period, so it has been decided that final instructions will be posted on the MCMC website. Hopefully this will ensure that all competitors get the information they need in a timely fashion. Entries to date are very encouraging and we are all looking forward to a great days rallying. I would just ask any prospective competitors get their entries in as soon as possible as I don't want anyone to be disappointed. We can use a few more marshals, so I would ask anyone who can help to contact Chief Marshal Jude O'Neill on 07703735321 or his assistant Michael Irving on 07851811885."
A first for this year is an increase to six stages and a total of 40 stage miles. The entire route is on sealed surfaces entirely within the Shackelton complex at Ballykelly.
Whether competing, marshalling or spectating, this is a great chance to get out and get the head cleared after the excesses or boredom of Christmas and see some top class motorsport action.
MCMC 2013 AGM
Agenda and Committee Nomination Forms for the upcoming AGM on Monday 9th December are now available for download.
The AGM will be held in the White Horse Hotel at Campsie and proceedings will get under way at 8.00PM sharp. All existing and prospective club members are encouraged to come along and have your input as to how the club can progress for the upcoming year. In addition, there will be a Prizegiving and awards ceremony.
Following the AGM, there will be a social gathering of family and friends of the Maiden City Motor Club, Neighbouring Motor Clubs and invited guests. Light refreshments will be provided.
Come along and enjoy the "craic"
Nomination forms are available for those wishing to nominate committee menmbers. Please note that completed forms must be returned to the Registered Offices of the Maiden City Motor Club Ltd, Brian McDaid and Co, 19 Clarendon Street, Derry, BT48 7EP, to be received no later than 5pm on Friday 6th December 2013.
Marshals Required for Turkey Run
With plans being well advanced for the RiverRidge Recycling Turkey Run on Saturday December 28th, attention now turns to the personnel required on the day to ensure the smooth running of the rally. This is the ideal opportunity for experienced or even not so experienced marshals to get the head cleared after the excesses of Christmas and enjoy some top class motorsport.
Anyone able to help is asked to make contact with Chief Marshal Jude O'Neill on 07703735321 or his assistant Michael Irving on 07851811885
Regulations now available for the Turkey Run
The Entry Form and Regulations for the RiverRidge Recycling Turkey Run Rally are now available for download. The rally will again be based at the Shackelton complex at Ballykelly. COC Jon McIvor said " I am really pleased to confirm the stage mileage has been increased to 40 stage miles spread over six stages. This will present a bit of a challenge in view of the shorter days in December. However, based on experience from the Dogleap, we are confident we can make it happen without too much difficulty by running at 30 second intervals".
"We really want to provide good value for money and the extra stage mileage is an important part of that, as well as keeping the entry fee as low as possible. To make it a bit easier for the competitors, scrutineering will be on the morning of the rally. Also, we have been very lucky with the weather in recent Turkey Runs but, should we have to contend with the unexpected, then snow or forest tyres will be permitted depending on the weather conditions".
Entries will definitely close on Tuesday Dec 17th to allow the organising team the opportunity to enjoy their Christmas and get ready for the rally on December 28th.
Next Up ...... Its the TURKEY RUN
Details have just become available for the ever popular Turkey Run which will be held on December 28th. The format will be similar to the very successful 2012 event , but with a big increase in stage mileage. Once again the rally will be based in the Shackelton complex at Ballykelly and will feature six stages and 40 stage miles.
COC Jon McIvor has announced that RiverRidge Recycling have come on board again as title sponsor. " I am delighted to renew our association with RiverRidge Recycling for the Turkey Run. MD Eamon Doherty has been such a great supporter for Maiden City Motor Club events for the past couple of years and RiverRidge Recycling are a pleasure to work with. Plans for the 2013 Turkey Run are well advanced. The stages will be very similar to those used on the Dogleap and we plan to run six stages despite the shorter days in December. I have even seen a forecast of snow over Christmas if you can believe it, but with the right tyres sure anything is possible".
Regulations and Entry Forms will be available soon - watch this space ....
Competition Dates for 2014 Finalised at ANICC
The MCMC competition dates foe 2014 are now finalised and follow a similar pattern to 2013.
Lark In The Park Rally - Saturday April 26th
Dogleap Tarmac Stages Rally - Saturday August 2nd
Turkey Run Rally - Monday December 29th
Marie Curie Cancer Care - The Big Haircut
Long-standing MCMC club member Michael Coyle is an avid supporter of the Marie Curie Cancer Care charity. As most people will know, Michael has not set eyes on a barber's chair for a very long time and he has now decided that the time is right for the big haircut. So the ponytail will go, all in aid of charity. The big transformation will take place on 19th October and the sponsor sheet is live. The MCMC Committee are delighted to support such a good cause and have made a donation on behalf of the club. Individual donations are also most welcome.
MCMC are running a stage of the Bushwacker Rally on Saturday 28th September. The stage is near Castlederg and approx 15 marshals are required. It is important that we help out other clubs so that, in turn, we can get some help with our own events. Contact Ian Conolly for details of meeting point and timing,.
Donegal Harvest Rally
We are reminded by Danny Gormley, COC for the An Chuirt Hotel Donegal Harvest Rally on October 12th, that Regulations are now available to download from the DMC website.. The rally has three stages run three times and is based in Dungloe. Marshals and timekeepers required so anyone who can help is asked to contact Danny Gormley.
Danny can be reached on +353 872413944. Download Regulations.
Win for Graffin on RiverRidge Recycling Tarmac Stages Rally
After six hard fought stages, Kieron Graffin and Paddy Robinson in their Subaru Impreza enjoyed a narrow victory over the WRC Mini of Alan Carmichael and Ivor Lamont. In third place were James Laverty and Francis Regan also in an Impreza.
Throughout the day, the top three were never separated by more than a few seconds. Despite setting fastest time on three of the six stages and getting the defecit down to two seconds at one point, Alan Carmichael finished up five seconds off the lead.
RiverRidge recycling Dogleap Tarmac Stages Rally ..... Entry list
The word from COC Jon McIvor is that entries for the RiverRidge Recycling Dogleap Tarmac Stages Rally are now CLOSED and that there will be no further reseeding on the day. Jon said " We are very pleased with the strong entry and we now need to get on with final preparations for the rally. We did extend the entry period but now we have to call a halt. Thanks to everyone who is competing and I hope you will all have a very enjoyable rally".
Spectator access to the Shackelton Ballykelly complex is via Broighter Road off the main A2 Limavady / L'Derry road. The gate will be open from 8am and the first stage starts at 10am. There will be an admission charge of £5 per adult with proceeds going to the Foyle Hospice. Children accompanied by an adult are free.
RiverRidge Recycling Dogleap Tarmac Stages Rally ..... update.
With just over one week to go to the RiverRidge Recycling Dogleap Tarmac Stages Rally, entries are fast approaching the maximum permitted. COC Jon McIvor has urged anyone still thinking about taking part to get their entry in as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
At the recent press launch, Jon welcomed Gerry Mullan the Mayor of Limavady and Gary Middleton the Deputy Mayor of Derry/Londonderry and expressed his thanks for the support of the councils over the years and for recent events. Jon also commented "I would particularly like to thank our title sponsor RiverRidge Recycling for their continuing support. It is with their help that the Maiden City Motor Club has been able to run two very successful rallies at Shackelton and we expect that the Dogleap this year will be even better".
Jon paid tribute to The Foyle Hospice who are the principal Charity Partner for the event. "Rachel Bruce from the Foyle Hospice has give us some insight to the fantastic work they do at the hospice. They have introduced a new childrens bereavement support programme and they are in the middle of a major refurbishment. Work such as this requires an unbelievable amount of money and we are very pleased to have been able to help in some small way with an interim donation this evening of £1000. We will also be supporting the Ballykelly Community and Youth Association through proceeds raised at the rally."
Eamon Doherty, MD of RiverRidge Recycling spoke enthusiastically regarding his company's association with the Maiden City Motor Club throughout 2012 and his excitement at getting out to compete on the new longer stages. He commented, "RiverRidge Recycling, one of Northern Ireland's leading waste management companies, is delighted to be associated with the DogLeap Tarmac Stages Rally. This is a great sport and a great family event.
RiverRidge Recycling Dogleap Tarmac Stages Rally - Latest ....
With the August 3rd date for the RiverRidge Recycling Dogleap Tarmac Stages Rally fast approaching, the latest news from the organising team is that preparations are going well and the entries are looking strong. COC Jon McIvor commented " Last year the Dogleap Rally at Shackelton was a great success and we had excellent feedback from competitors and spectators alike. I am excited that this years event will be even beter, with a big increase in stage mileage. The Maiden City Motor Club is extremely grateful for the continuing support of title sponsor RiverRidge Reclycling. Also, the event could not take place in the Shackelton Ballykelly complex without the support and co-operation of the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM) at Stormont. Once again, our charity partner will be the Foyle Hospice.
I would like to remind everyone that the Press Launch takes place in the Civic Centre on Main Street Limavady at 7pm on Thursday July 25th - our thanks to Limavady Borough Council for supporting the Dogleap once again. This is a chance to learn a bit more about the event, hear from the sponsors, see some of the competing cars and meet a number of the drivers. I am hopefull of a big turnout from the public who might be planning to attend the rally and particularly from club members. Everyone is welcome. Bring along the children to see the rally cars".
Additional marshals will be required in light of the longer stages. Chief Marshal, Jude O'Neill , can be contacted on 07703735321. In addition, it would be appreciated if prospective marshals could register their contact details on the Marshals page of the club website.
Update ..... RiverRidge Recycling Dogleap Tarmac Stages Rally
With still more than four week to go to the RiverRidge Recycling Dogleap Tarmac Stages Rally, COC Jon McIvor reports that entries are coming in and look very strong even at this early stage. Jon added " The drivers I have talked to are pretty excited by the prospect of longer stages. The Shackelton stages we have used to date have been very popular because of a good mix of fast and twisty. The new stages will have more of the same. I really want to offer the best value possible with nearly a 50% increase in stage mileage."
Eamon Doherty, MD of title sponsor RiverRidge Recycling is delighted with the way things are going. "I want to commend the work of the Maiden City Motor Club. They are continually looking for ways to improve the event, the new stages being a prime example. I can't wait to get out there myself and have a go."
The Press Launch for the event will take place at the Civic Centre on Main Street in Limavady at 7pm on Thursday July 25th. This is an opportunity to hear from some of the drivers and see some of the cars. Everyone is welcome so please come along.
Entries are now Open for the 2013 RiverRidge Recycling Dogleap Tarmac Stages Rally
Along with the announcement that entries are now open for the RiverRidge Recycling Tarmac Stages Rally. COC Jon McIvor also divulged further details of the event. Jon said "I am really excited to confirm that, as a result of a lot of hard work by my team, we will be able to significantly increase the stage mileage for 2013. Each of the six stages will be in excess of six miles and total stage mileage will be close to 40 miles. To spice things up a bit, the stage will run in reverse direction from previous rallies at Shackelton. The feedback I have been getting indicates that both these changes will be prove to be very popular with competitors"
Regulations and Entry Forms are now available to download.
Title Sponsor Announced for Dogleap Rally 2013
Breaking news ..... It has just been conformed by COC Jon McIvor, that the title sponsor has been agreed for the 2013 Dogleap Tarmac Stages Rally. Jon said " I am delighted to announce RiverRidge Recycling as the title sponsor for the 2013 Dogleap Rally. The event will be known as The RiverRidge Recycling Dogleap Tarmac Stages Rally. The MCMC first formed a very successful partnership with RiverRidge Recycling in 2012 for the Dogleap Rally and subsequently for the Turkey Run. RiverRidge Recycling have been a pleasure to work with and it is great that we can continue to build on the success of last years events. This years rally will again be based in the Shackelton complex which has proved to be very popular with competitors and spectators alike. My team have been busy in recent weeks and I hope to soon be able to announce details of revised stages with additional competitive miles. It is also important for MCMC to support the marvelous work of the Foyle Hospice and they will continue to be our Charity Partner for this event." Eamon Doherty, MD of RiverRidge Recycling, himself an active and enthusiastic rally competitor said "RiverRidge Recycling are extremely happy with their association with the Maiden City Motor Club and I am really excited by the prospect of returning to Shackelton and building on the success of last year. It is a fantastic venue with brilliant stages and this year should be no exception with the prospect of even longer and more varied stages."
John Mulholland Motors Lark In The Park on TV
Don't forget to set a date for Thursday May 9th at 23.05 on UTV for coverage of LITP on RPM.
Further coverage is scheduled for TG4 on the Wednesday Motorsport Ireland slot, most likely
on May 15th.
Richard Hogg wins the John Mulholland Motors Lark In The Park
Richard Hogg and Mark Hanna in their Evo6 led from the start of the John Mulholland Motors Lark In The Park to finish 8 seconds ahead of Derek McGeehan and Laurie Smyth in the WRC Mini. With such compact stages the time difference for the top crews were never going to be big. After a slow start on SS1, McGeehan immediately started to close the gap but Hogg's posted consistently quick times to keep himself out in front. Darren McKelvey and Denver Rafferty also in an Evo6 took the final podium spot a further 8 seconds back.
Big crowds packed into St. Columb's park to see some top class rally action and Ebrington Square was a buzz all day with car displays and Brides Across the Bridge activities. The location of the Service Park in Ebrington really made it easy for the public the see the cars and crews up close.
John Mulholland Motors Officially Welcomed as Title Sponsor At the recent launch, Maiden City Motor Club formally welcomed Mr. John Mulholland to the 2013 The John Mulholland Motors Lark In The Park.
As one the official partners in the 2013 City of Culture celebrations, the special rally event is gearing up for an exciting Motorsport rally event in St. Columb’s Park and Ebrington Square on Saturday 27th April 2013. The Clerk of the Course for the event, Ian Connolly added that, “We are delighted that John has come on board with us to put on this showcase event in this City, making this one of the top rally events for 2013. We are especially pleased of the chance to bring top rally action and a great day out in the Park and Ebrington to all.”
Ian went on to announce that the Event Director for the whole event, Declan McCay, had negotiated a deal with a local TV company again, explaining that The John Mulholland Motors Lark In The Park event will be televised on Ireland’s leading Motorsport programme, UTV’s RPM Motorsport programme, run by well known presenter Alan (Plum) Tyndall, of Tyndall Productions. Mr. Tyndall from RPM commented that,” …we are pleased to be covering this great event and are happy to announce that the John Mulholland Motors Lark in the Park Rally has been added to the RPM schedules. RPM will be covering it on UTV, TG4, Setanta and Motors TV.”
Ian continued, “This is really great news for our title sponsor John Muholland Motors, and other sponsors here in the North-West. This will put us in the spotlight again, and give a great focus for McElhinney Metal Recycling and our nominated Charity partners, Foyle Hospice, and everyone who is associated with the event.”
John Mulholland added that he wanted to assist in bringing top class rally action to everyone in St. Columb’s Park, and to do this he was bringing two of the top European rallycars to the event in April, in the form of the official factory Skoda and Hyundai rallycars. They will be on show and be driven in the The John Mulholland Motors Lark In The Park, both for the Scrutiny on Friday night 26th , in Ebrington Square, and for the 5 special stages on Saturday 27th April in St. Columb’s Park. During the Friday and Saturday, there will be a special The John Mulholland Motors Motorsport Unit set up in the Ebrington Square, where there will be many special features such as viewing the rally cars up close and meet some of the top competitors who will be on show over the time of the rally event. John finished, “My team and I look forward to meeting the public on the week-end, to highlight a special event to mark the 2013 City of Culture.
Friday 26th April 2013
Saturday 27th April 2013
McElhinney Metal Recycling announced as Associate Sponsor
Declan McCay has welcomed the announcement that McElhinney Metal Recycling have come on board as Associate Sponsor for the John Mulholland Motors Lark In The Park. "It is great that McElhinney Metal Recycling are providing very welcome additional sponsorship. This is their first foray into motorsport sponsorship and the Maiden City Motor Club is delighted they have chosen to go with the John Mulholland Motors Lark In The Park. As for the rally, entries are coming in and the team continues to work extremely hard to satisfy the many requirements to run a safe and successful event in a city centre location".
Chief Marshal, Jude O'Neill "We continue to receive offers of help from Marshals but we need MORE. In particular we want to hear from experienced motorsport marshals and there is also a plan to provide training for the less experienced or novice. So, you marshals and potential marshals out there, please use the registration form on this website to provide your details".
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John Mulholland Motors are Title Sponsors for Lark In The Park 2013
LITP Event Director, Declan McCay, is delighted to announce that John Mulholland Motors are the Title Sponsor for Lark In The Park 2013. "MCMC could not be happier that we have the support of such a professional organisation as John Mulholland Motors, especially when you consider that their franchised marques have such a rich heritage in motorsport at the highest level. With their help, we are looking forward to making The John Mulholland Motors Lark In The Park bigger and better as part of the City of Culture 2013 celebrations. The team are working extremely hard to ensure that everything will be in place for Saturday April 27th. There has been a lot of interest from prospective competitors so I am pleased to say that the regulations and entry form are now available to download."
Lark In The Park Press Launch at Ebrington
Preparations for Lark In The Park are moving along at a great pace. Latest happening has been the Press Launch held in the magnificent sorroundings of Ebrington Square, which will be the venue for Scrutineering and for the Service Park on the rally weekend. MCMC members were delighted to welcome The Mayor, Kevin Campbell, and Alderman Maurice Devenney as well as Paul Doherty from Ilex. They wished the rally every success and confirmed that there is great support for the return of the rally to St. Columb's Park.There is great anticipation that once again the public will turn out in great numbers for this unique event.
Marshals......Marshals.......Marshals Lets hear from you
A great number of marshals will be required due to the popularity of the event. Chief Marshal, Jude O'Neill , is anxious to confirm as many marshals as possible as soon as possible as there is likely to be the need for a training day. Please register your interest, stating your name, email address and phone number and whether you are already an experienced marshal. New marshals are most welcome.
Marshals Registration Form> > > Register Here
Clerk of the Course Announced for Lark In The Park
LITP Event Director, Declan McCay has confirmed that planning for the Lark In The Park is in full swing. Key personnel are now on board and the latest update is that Ian Connolly is announced as Clerk of the Course. Ian brings a wealth of motorsport experience to the role. "I am delighted to have the opportunity to be COC for the Lark In The Park. The rally is always popular with both competitors and spectators and this year should be no exception. We are expecting a very big turnout on the day".
Chief Marshal, Jude O'Neill, has requested that prospective marshals register as soon as possible using the Website Contact Form on this website. Please leave your name, tel/mobile number, email address and whether you are an experienced marshal. A large number of marshals will be required and a training session will be held for new marshals if necessary.
The Lark is BACK !!
Breaking News ...... After several years of absence, the Lark In The Park Stage Rally will return to St. Columb's Park in Derry/Londonderry on Saturday April 27th as part of the 2013 UK City of Culture celebrations. This event has always proven to be a very popular with competitors and rally fans as well as with the wider public who may have a more casual interest in motorsport. Innovations for this special year include a revised route for the five stages and the service park being located in Ebrington Square .
Event Director Declan McCay says "I am absolutely delighted that the Lark In The Park is back thanks to the support of Derry City Council, Ilex and The Culture Company. It will be a great family day out with the opportunity for spectators to see rally action in the heart of the city. Entries will be limited to 50 cars so competition for a place will be intense. Watch this space for details of regulations and entry forms".
Turkey Run Charity Presentations
Ballykelly Community and Youth Association
Club President Jon McIvor, along with members of the MCMC presents a cheque for £500 to Tina McCloskey Chairperson of the Ballykelly Community and Youth Association and Tracy Clyde, Treasurer. Jon said " The Ballykelly community has welcomed the Maiden City Motor Club to Shackelton for the Turkey Run rally. The work of the Association is very valuable for the young people of the area and the MCMC are happy to be able to help".
Jon McIvor along with members of the MCMC, presents a cheque for £1500 to staff of the Foyle Hospice. Also included is Dr Monro, Chairperson of the Foyle Hospice.Jon said "Once again the MCMC is delighted to be able to support the good work of the Foyle Hospice"
RiverRidge Recycling Turkey Run - The Results
Despite the initially inclement weather, the RiverRidge Recycling Turkey Run provided a great days craic for everyone. Conor McCloskey and Francis Regan in their Impreza WRC took an immediate lead and had fastest time on four of the five stages. As the day progressed and Marty McCormick settled in to his first experience of the McGeehan Motorsport Mini WRC, the gap began to reduce. In the end,however,it was McCloskey/ Regan who took the win by 13 seconds from McCormick and David Moynihan. Derek and Alan McGeehan took third in the second of the Minis. COC Jon McIvor commented "Iwant to thank all the marshals, timekeepers, officials and everyone else who helped to put on such a thoroughly enjoyable event. Without your help we could simply not run events like this. Thanks also to RiverRidge Recycling who once again have provided very welcome sponsorship."
RiverRidge Recycling Turkey Run Update.... December 21st.
Excitement is building with the entries for the Turkey Run fast approaching a record level. The December 28th event will see the battle of the Minis, with regular Mini man Derek McGeehan facing a strong challenge from Marty McCormick, making a rare appearance in the second McGeehan Motorsport Mini. Both will be pushed all the way by Kenny McKinstry in his Subaru. Add to this a Renault Clio Maxi and a host of Mk2's etc and the craick should be mighty. COC Jon McIvor has asked that any competitor unable to make it to early scrutiny should complete sign-on and scrutiny before doing their recce of the stage on the Friday morning.
For spectators, the first of five stages gets under way at 09.00. Get out there and enjoy
CLICK>>> FINAL SEEDING LIST TURKEY RUN 2012
MARSHALS REQUIRED ON 28TH DEC:>> CONTACT JUDE O NEILL MOB: 07703735321
RiverRidge Recycling Turkey Run Press Launch
The press launch of the River Ridge Recycling Turkey Run has taken place at Stormont. The rally will be held at the Shackelton Ballykelly complex with the full support of the Office of the First and Deputy First Ministers (OFMDFM). Indeed, both Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness attended the launch and took a very keen interest in the rally cars present. They wished the MCMC every success with the upcoming event. Also in attendance were representatives from title sponsor, RiverRidge Recycling, and the Foyle Hospice who are the charity partner for the event.
Turkey Run Update ....
As expected, entries for the Turkey Run continue to come in at a very healthy rate. CoC Jon McIvor is delighted by the response. "I am very happy that the Turkey Run 2012 will definitely run as we have had a very strong interest even with four weeks to go. I am looking forward to another very enjoyable day at Shackelton. A limited number of entries are still available so my advice to anyone still making up their mind is to get your entry in soon so as not to be disappointed"
MARSHALS REQUIRED ON 28TH DEC:>> CONTACT JUDE O NEILL MOB: 07703735321
Christmas is coming - time for the Turkey Run
Only a few more weeks to go and preparations for the Turkey Run are gathering pace. Entries are coming in and include a number of WRC cars - rumour has it that there might be a Mini or two in there already. The stage has been reviewed in detail to incorporate any learnings from the Shackelton Dogleap Rally. Clerk of the Course, Jon McIvor, confirms that the stage layout is all in place and that additional on-stage signage will be added. Time now to get the entry in and get the car prepared.
MARSHALS REQUIRED ON 28TH DEC:>> CONTACT JUDE O NEILL MOB: 07703735321
THE 2012 Shackelton Ballykelly Turkey Run is GO..GO..GO
Clerk of the Course Jon McIvor is delighted to confirm that the end of year Turkey Run is all systems go. The December 28th event will provide a bit of action to shake people out of their after Christmas boredom. Such was the success of the heavily oversubscribed Dogleap Shackelton Rally that it has been decided that this year the Turkey Run will use the exact same stage. Hopefully those who did not manage to secure an entry in August can get a run out this time - get your entries in ....
Preparations are already well advanced. There will be a total of five stages to ensure that proceedings are finished before dark. Prize Giving will be in the Drummond Hotel in Ballykelly who are doing a very attractive stay-over deal for rally competitors and sponsorship is by RiverRidge Recycling.
2013 Dates Agreed at A.N.I.C.C. Meeting
The competition dates for MCMC events in 2013 are as follows:
April 27th - Single Stage Rally.
Lark In The Park
- August 3rd - Stage Rally - Dogleap Stages
December 28th - Stage Rally - Turkey Run
July / August - Date to be decided - Autotest.
Hopes are high that, after a number of years trying, it will be possible to return to St Columb's Park for the very popular Lark In The Park event as part of the City of Culture celebrations.In addition, the MCMC plan to run an Autotest at a city centre venue in July / August. This should be a fun event intended to broaden the appeal of motorsport in the Derry/Londonderry area.
RiverRidge Recycling Dogleap Tarmac Shackelton Rally
Clerk of the Course Jon McIvor " I want to express my thanks to all those who helped make the RiverRidge Recycling Dogleap Stage Rally such a resounding success. Competitor feedback has been very positive and it is very pleasing to know that a substantial sum was collected on gate receipts for donation to our chosen charity - The Foyle Hospice".
COC Jon McIvor and Committee Members of the MCMC presenting the cheque for £2012 to Staff of the Foyle Hospice . Well done also to the Club Representatives who completed the recent Foyle Hospice 10k Run / Walk.
2012 Dogleap Tarmac Rally >>>>> RESULTS