Cir­cuit stars in DŽjˆ Vu rally treat

The star-stud­ded Déjà Vu rally in Kil­lar­ney has closed its reg­is­tra­tion af­ter fill­ing its quota of 150 com­peti­tors.

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A host of stars is set to join the 150 com­peti­tors with Paddy Hop­kirk MBE and Bar­rie ‘Whizzo’ Wil­liams top­ping the bill to join a glit­ter­ing ar­ray of for­mer Cir­cuit of Ire­land rally win­ners for the run, which takes place on 26-28 March.

Co-or­gan­iser Dr Beatty Craw­ford thinks the pop­u­lar­ity of the in­au­gu­ral rally is down to nos­tal­gia. He says: ‘It only took eight months for en­tries to fill out and we’re pretty pleased with that.

‘Back in the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s there was so much more ca­ma­raderie and it’s be­cause of that so many peo­ple want to get in­volved with it again. We’re re­ally hop­ing to cap­ture peo­ple’s imag­i­na­tion.’

Cathal Cur­ley will be com­pet­ing in a freshly re­stored 1973 Porsche 911 RS, the same car he used to win the Cir­cuit of Ire­land with in 1974. ‘The 911 had a rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing un­for­giv­ing, but I found the car an ab­so­lute plea­sure,’ says Cathal. ‘We won by over five min­utes, the largest win­ning mar­gin ever! I’m trav­el­ling 300 miles to get to the event and it’s go­ing to be ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic.’

Other win­ning driv­ers tak­ing part in­clude Adrian Boyd, Rus­sell Brookes, Billy Cole­man, Di Llewellin, and Jimmy McRae, to­gether with some past co-driv­ers.

Cathal Cur­ley and Austin Frazer on the way to win­ning the 1974 Donard Park Cir­cuit of Ire­land.

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