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    It’s that time of year again.

    Our showpiece event of the year will take place,again within the grounds of Arklow Rugby Club.

    We’ll have live music,bouncy castles & a BBQ.

    All are welcome.
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    Happy birthday Colin and happy international beer day!
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    McRae at 50: memories of a fellow Scot

    https://www.wrc.com/en/wrc/news/augu...1--12-12-.html

    Sunday (August 5) would have been the 50th birthday of Colin McRae. WRC All Live reporter and fellow Scot Colin Clark penned a personal tribute to the 1995 world champion:

    “Scotland is a small country, less than 10 per cent of the population of England, but in motorsport we punch above our weight. Perhaps our greatest motorsport hero, certainly the greatest of my generation, was Colin McRae.

    I wasn’t fortunate enough to be at stage ends when Colin was doing what many thought impossible for a Brit - winning rallies and world titles and rewriting the record books. I say unfortunate, but in some ways I was the fortunate one. I was a fan!
    My early memories of Colin are as a sporting God and national icon. So you can imagine how I felt when I had the privilege of meeting him in a professional capacity. I was starstruck. I don’t lack confidence and rarely feel nerves, but on this occasion I’ll admit to a few butterflies.
    It was Wales Rally GB 2005 and Colin was making a surprise WRC comeback with Skoda. I was close to the end of the Epynt stage, hoping some drivers might stop on the liaison section to give me a few words.
    Thankfully I got the biggest prize. Seeing me standing there, furiously waving my microphone at him, Colin stopped. Excitement levels went into overdrive! No one other than another excitable Scot would have understood my garbled, slightly hysterical question but the great man did, and answered with his usual laconic charm.
    I even managed a follow up which Colin had every right to ignore - but he didn’t. He answered that, too, with remarkable good grace and patience. Then he drove off and I had a memory that will stay with me forever.
    There are other great memories, like the time in Australia at the end of 2005 when Colin came desperately close to an unlikely podium for Skoda.
    It sadly wasn’t to be and Colin retired early to the Irish bar across the road from rally HQ in Perth with wife Alison and a few friends.
    By the time I got to the bar, fully kilted in preparation for the end of season dinner, Colin was a little merry. Seeing my kilt and recognising another true Scot, he came up to me and lifted my kilt - exposing me to the eyes of all and sundry!
    And he was horrified! Fearing for my modesty amongst a predictably rowdy end of term WRC crowd, I turned my back on national tradition and put on my finest boxer shorts under my kilt. Apparently as I walked in, he bet one of his Aussie mates that I would be wearing my kilt as every Scot should, with nothing underneath.
    He lost his bet and worse than that, he lost it to an Aussie. His revenge was to be swift and brutal. The boxers had to come off!
    Colin positioned himself on one side of me, while Alison took up station on the other. Somehow my skean dhu, a small ceremonial knife worn with the kilt, was in Colin’s hand. I was hoisted aloft by my boxers.
    The discomfort and embarrassment was extreme. But worse was to come. Colin put the skean dhu to good use, cutting off my best tartan boxer shorts.
    He had his trophy, my now shredded boxers and my modesty, both left unceremoniously on the beer stained floor of O’Neills Irish Bar in Perth!
    I always knew Colin was more than a bit unique. And he always will be.”

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    Who you recon won the race?

    SPEEDING MOTORISTS

    Police Scotland is asking for the help of the motoring public in relation to an incident which happened on the southbound carriageway of the A74(M) between junctions 16 (Johnstonebridge) and 19 (Ecclefechan) at around 12.15 pm on Sunday 5 August 2018.

    At that time a traffic patrol car travelling south observed four cars, also travelling south, and which appeared to be travelling at excessive speed. The vehicles, a blue coloured BMW M6, an orange coloured Nissan GTR, a red coloured Audi S5 and a grey coloured Porsche GT3 were unable to be stopped at the time by the traffic patrol.


    Sergeant Leigh McCulloch of the Trunk Roads Policing Group said "these four cars were observed by officers travelling south and it is suspected that they were travelling in convoy. The speed of these vehicles was recorded as being more than double the legal limit for the motorway. Clearly speed to this level on a public road is totally inappropriate and I am appealing to anyone who may have been on the A74(M) to call us if they can help us identify these vehicles, or indeed on any other roads south of Ecclefechan in the lower Annandale area during early Sunday afternoon. Motorists with any dashcam footage which might help are also asked to call us at Lockerbie on the 101 number, quoting the reference 2124 of 5/8.
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    The Rentokil Initial Killarney Historic Rally takes place on Sat 1st December and is recognised Internationally as Irelands premier Historic Rally, it attracts a huge amount of quality competitors every year and is Ireland’s only event to cater solely for historic rally cars. It is included as counting rounds of the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship, The Kingdom of Kerry Rally Championship, The British HRCR Rally Championship and The Plasticbags Southern 4 Rally Championship. The Event is expected to attract over 150 crews from all over Ireland, the UK and indeed Europe.
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    Motorist gets six month ban for parking in disabled car space
    Ennis driver should be ‘ashamed of himself’ for ‘contemptible’ behaviour’ judge said
    https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crim...27095?mode=amp

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    the Drift Union Legacy
    CAR FEATURE
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    http://www.speedhunters.com/2011/08/...egacy_feature/
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    And a bit of oldnews

    Thursday 1st March 2012
    Spotted: Subaru Legacy rally car

    https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/...f=23&t=1119475
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    Rally Germany 2006, how the Subaru World Rally Team brought Petter's car back to life:
    At 1105hrs on Thursday 10 August Petter set off for his fifth pass through Rally Germany's 3.3km shakedown stage.
    At 1118hrs the team's sporting director, Luis Moya, received a telephone call from Petter's co-driver Phil Mills - his first words were "it's a mess".
    Their car had gone off the road near the finish line and had hit some trees. Petter and Phil were uninjured but the car was going nowhere.
    The stage was stopped, Petter and Phil got out of the seats and the team started work on a plan…
    1123hrs
    Team co-ordinator Ken Rees and two technicians (including Petter's No.1 tech, Steve Whitehead) drive one the team's Subaru Legacy estate cars to the accident scene.
    The technicians make an initial damage assessment, put a cover over the car and stay with it. Ken and the drivers return to the service area.
    1204hrs
    Petter's car is brought to the team's service area on the back of a breakdown truck. Using trolley jacks and muscle power, 15 technicians drag it into the service area.
    Privacy screens are put up, the car cover comes off and the team's senior engineers get their first proper look at the damage.
    1219hrs
    If the car is unsafe, Petter's rally is over. Operations Director Paul Howarth, Petter's engineer FX Demaison and Steve Whitehead make an inch-by-inch inspection of the most critical component, the roll cage.
    Despite data loggers confirming an initial impact of 15g, the cage is undamaged. A group of 10 Subaru World Rally Team technicians start to remove damaged panels and components.
    1257hrs
    FIA technical delegate Jerome Touquet checks the roll cage and confirms the car is suitable for repair.
    1326hrs
    Nineteen hours and two minutes before it is due to leave for the first stage, the car is being broken apart. As components come off, the scale of the repair job becomes clearer.
    Already on the replacement parts list are the engine (cam belt mechanism broken in impact) gearbox (bell housing cracked) left-front wing, bonnet, headlights, radiator pack (including mounting panel) front and rear bumpers,
    left-rear inner and outer wheel arches, left-rear sill, left-rear door, boot-lid, rear lights, seatbelts, HANS straps, wheel hubs, suspension uprights, prop-shaft, rear differential and all electronic control units (ECU's).
    1406hrs
    The car is stripped of major mechanical components. Measurements confirm that the engine and gearbox were pushed back in the accident.
    Technicians assemble the team's mobile chassis jig and start work on getting the bodyshell straight. Initial straightening is made using a mixture of 6lb lump hammers and 16lb sledge hammers.
    More delicate adjustments are carried out with ratchet straps, chains and hydraulic rams.
    1722hrs
    The front chassis legs are perfectly straight. The split left-rear chassis leg has been welded together and the inner boot floor and rear arch are repaired.
    A new outer wheel arch panel and sill cover is bonded to the shell. Up to 20 technicians are working on the repair job. Groups of technicians rotate to keep fresh and alert. Re assembly begins.
    1735hrs
    Engine, gearbox, propshaft and rear differential are fitted. Work starts on fitting suspension components, drive shafts and plumbing in the engine and gearbox.
    2008hrs
    Official start ceremony in Trier city centre. In front of thousands of fans, competitors drive over the start ramp. Wearing their racing overalls, Petter and Phil walk over.
    2240hrs
    A new radiator cross member and headlight mounting panel arrive with a courier who has driven from the team's base in the UK. Up to 17 technicians are working on the car.
    Just before he goes to bed, Solberg gets a telephone update from Howarth - he thinks there is a 90 per cent chance the car will be ready to go in the morning. The engine is started for the first time.
    0000hrs
    With eight and a half hours remaining. Eight technicians leave Bostalsee for the team hotel and some sleep. Engine engineer Vincent Dumarski, data engineer Charles Hodge, Demaison, Whitehead, Howarth and three technicians stay on.
    Work is concentrated on the body shell, engine and transmission.
    0145hrs
    First road test. Howarth and Hodge take the car on a 35km test drive and systems check on the roads around Bostalsee.
    0230hrs
    Back to the service area and the flat patch. The alignment is double checked and suspension settings applied (chosen by Petter after his fourth pass through the shakedown stage). Final inspections and spanner checks are made.

    0329hrs
    Finished. Car cover goes on. Faced with a 1.5hr round trip to the hotel, Howarth and the other workers catch some sleep in the team's trucks.
    0630hrs
    Solberg's event crew arrives in service. A fresh group of technicians inspect the car and prepare it for the first group of stages. Since shakedown, almost every part of the car (except the body shell and wiring loom) has been replaced.
    Eighty nine new components or sub assemblies have been fitted. From start to finish, the repair job has taken more than 300 man-hours.
    0730hrs
    Solberg arrives in service and hugs each of his technicians.
    0838hrs
    Solberg leaves service and starts the rally on time.


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