Cork 20 Rally

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Sébastien Loeb 2007 Cork 20 rally winner

The Cork 20 Rally is a long-standing motor endurance test lasting twenty hours which is held annually in the vicinity of Cork in Munster, Ireland. It is now a well established international event, and a round of the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship drawing competitors from Ireland North and South, Britain, Europe and further afield. The rally was part of the National Rally Championship between 1966 & 1976. It became a full International Rally in 1977.

Currently run under the auspices of the Munster Car Club, the Cork 20 Rally is one of the oldest motor rallies in the world, the 2010 event was the 95th. The first rally was held in 1912.

In the 1950s the Cork and Munster Motorcycle Club, based at the neo-classical building Vernon Mount gave strong support to the Cork 20 Rally.

In 2007 WRC drivers Sébastien Loeb C4 WRC, Daniel Sordo Xsara WRC, Mikko Hirvonen Focus RS WRC 06/07 all started the rally heading a field of 130 of which 17 were World Rally Cars . With Sébastien Loeb winning out after two days and 14 stages.

The recent courses are in the region of 280 km (170 mi) in length.

Winners[edit]

Organisers[edit]

Organisers of the Cork "20" Rally are the Munster Motor Cycle & Car Club Ltd. Vernon Mount,Kinsale Rd Cork. Clerks of the Course are as follows :

  • Paul Browne - 2017
  • Coleman Hegarty - 2015 to 2016
  • Kevin O'Riordan - 2013 to 2014
  • Jim Murphy - 2012
  • Coleman Hegarty - 2008 to 2011
  • Frank O'Mahony - 2004 to 2007
  • Hugh McPhillips - 2002 to 2003
  • No event due to Foot and Mouth crisis 2001
  • Alan G.Verso - 1998 to 2000
  • No event. No sponsors. No HQ. No C.O.C. 1997
  • Liam Hayes - 1996
  • Frank Thompson - 1993 to 1995
  • leo Whyte - 1990 to 1992
  • Alan G.Verso - 1987 to 1989
  • Bryan Curtin - 1982 to 1986 (pace notes allowed)
  • Leo Whyte - 1976 to 1981 (event became International-1977,Cork City stage used - 1980)
  • Declan Mullally - 1973 to 1975 (event was flagged away by Ronnie Peterson-Lotus Grand Prix Driver.
  • Sean R.O'Sullivan - 1971 to 1972
  • Dick O'Brien - 1969 to 1970 (2 events run in Feb & Nov 1969)
  • No event due to Foot and Mouth crisis 1968
  • Dick O'Brien - 1967
  • Ricky Foote - 1966
  • Noel Davin - 1965 (Moonraker substituted)
  • Ricky Foote - 1963 to 1964
  • No event as a C.O.C. could not be found 1962
  • Declan O'Leary - 1961
  • Reggie Tilson - 1959 to 1960
  • Joe O'Mahony - 1958
  • Reggie Tilson - 1953 to 1957
  • Declan O'Leary - 1952

General History[edit]

The event has been run in most parts of Cork county since the 1960s, Kinsale was the main hub throughout the 1970s while Cork city has been home to the event a few times also. The final stage of the 1980 event started on Patrick Street and went through Grand Parade and the South Mall in front of thousands of spectators. In later years the event has run in the north and east Cork regions with various forays into mid Cork as well and the event returned to West Cork in 2010.

The format of the original rally was similar to the Monte Carlo Rally, in that there were several starting points; Cork, Dublin and Galway. The cars would then meet at a designated town, e.g. Clonmel. The final leg would be from there into Cork city. The roads were not officially closed for these early events.

With various affiliations, the Cork Motor Club became very active in motorsport in the Cork area from 1976 on.