This week’s Motorsport Ireland – RIAC RPM Motorsport classic video upload is coverage of the 1980 Munster Car Club / Cork 20 International Rally with commentary from George Hamilton.
Jimmy McRae and his Vauxhall Chevette HSR were a dominant force in 1980 having already claimed victories on the Galway International Rally, the Circuit of Ireland Rally and the Donegal International Rally before the Scottish driver ventured to Cork in early October with co-driver Frank Main. Local opposition was strong but gradually fell away, allowing McRae to cruise to a commending victory over the closing stages including a spectator stage on St. Patrick’s Street in Cork city centre.
Next week’s upload will feature coverage from the 1990 Ulster Rally where the British and Irish Championships went head to head for the second time that year.
The CBtoolhire.com Cork “20” International Rally, organised by the Munster Car Club that was scheduled to take place on September 26/27 next has been cancelled in the light of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Further to relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions in relation to travel and meetings, the board of directors of the Munster Car Club Limited convened a meeting to discuss the 2020 CBtoolhire.com Cork “20” International Rally.
During the course of the meeting that was attended by all of the directors, every aspect of the event was analysed and debated in great detail. Following the discussions it was evident that the only reasonable course of action was to cancel the event.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our title sponsor CBtoolhire.com and associate sponsors for their support and understanding of all the issues. We wish to pay tribute to the residents along the route of the rally, Cork County Council and the Gardai, with whom we engage on an annual basis.
We also want to express our appreciation to the competing crews that have supported our events over many years. Thanks also to ancillary sponsors, programme advertisers, marshals, officials and rally fans for their support.
We are aware of how difficult life is during the Coronavirus pandemic, we ask you all to stay safe and follow all the guidelines.
Points of Information: The key issues discussed at the meeting were:
· To ensure the continuation of the goodwill we enjoy from the residents along the rally route.
· How we were going to engage with the residents (PR) prior to the event without placing any person at risk.
· How we were to address large groups of people congregating in remote areas.
· The safety of residents, competitors, marshals, officials and spectators.
· The logistics and actual planning an event of the magnitude of the CBToolhire.com Cork “20” International Rally in the current time frame. ...