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Kirkistown 60th Anniversary

Posted on 1, July 2013

Saturday the 22nd of June seen my wife and I head down to an awesome track (the only club owned track in Ireland.) I’ve spent manys a day down at the track, be it with my great uncle catching glimpses of the world famous Joey Dunlop on the Easter Monday races, all the way up to watching a Formula Ford my Father had a hand in building. Formidable track, fast straights with tight technicals thrown in there, just to test the toughest resolve.


No.72 Richard Dewart in his Anderson 250cc kart (these guys were epic!)

 We knew the weather would be…..how do you put this? Irish! Being a coastal track the weather is very changeable, the forecast predicted showers. Little did we know how heavy they’d be, and that included one brief thunderstorm! Fair play to the 500MRCI for organsing this event and when the weather played up, they re-organised it all with great aplomb.

_MG_0530No.10 Darwin Smith in his Smith Formula Ford

 I feel I managed to get my head around the track and get some good positions for shooting. Always learning, but I did find the changeable coniditions quite tricky with the changing light due to the fast moving cloud. Plus I feel you can always learn other tricks about tracks that you visit. I don’t know how these professionals plan out they trips to say Le Mans, 24 hours of shooting must be fun!

_MG_0907No.7 Wayne Boyd in his 3.5 Ginetta G50.

_MG_1068No.57 Graham Beattie in his Ray GR08, lovely motor.

_MG_0707One of the reasons why we all went! The classics out racing were phenomenal. Great sounds and sights. This was No. 18 Lance Carwardine, all the way from West Australia, in his amazing 1.6 Jane Brabham BT23

_MG_0738Matt Dunne in his 1.6 March 80A, properly rapid this machine.

_MG_0780Brian Cullen in his 1.6 Crossle 12F (61) lining up Peter Boel in his 1.1 Lola Mk5a

Thanks again for reading. The rest of my set is here