Sports

Going from strength to strength

Thursday, 24 November 2016

IT goes without saying that motor clubs right across the country could and would not exist were it not for the hard work and tireless dedication of individuals who perform menial but essential jobs.
Be they a marshal or timekeeper, a secretary or treasurer, every single person from top to bottom has an important role to play. In short: these bands of volunteers do it for the love of their sport.
And it was this love of the sport that led to the creation of North Ulster Car Club back in November 1971 by three gentlemen: Ross Bailie, Chris Gibson and the late Bertie Anderson from Coleraine.
Next Friday (December 2) club members, past and present, along with a sprinkling of some famous Northern Irish drivers will converge on the Bushtown Hotel to celebrate over four decades of motoring excellence.
Former road rally champion Cathal Curley - who became famous for winning the Donegal International Rally on three separate occasions - is the guest speaker and he will have plenty to talk about.
The last forty five years have been very challenging but also very rewarding says Raymond McFaul, the North Ulster Car Club Chairman, adding: "Any obstacles the club has faced it has overcome."
It demonstrated this during the petrol rationing episode of the early seventies; while events across Great Britain were cancelled left right and centre closer to home the Rally of the Causeway Coast went ahead. Although it was intentionally shortened to try and conserve petrol the allure of racing against the clock was too strong for many. The net effect was an entry in excess of 100 drivers. Perhaps shortened is not the correct word because the Forward Trust Rally of the Causeway Coast covered two hundred miles, with the competition starting and finishing in the centre of Portrush.

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