THANKS Steven!!!!!!! Bucket Barry`s Tipp Bus I BUILT IT MYSELF - NO REALLY!!! WHO NEEDS A JACK!! I DONT NEED ONE EITHER???? Benny Smith going well
After an extended off season this year due to FMD the Irish 4x4 Off Road Championship started
a new season on Sept 23rd. For the start of this years championship Shane Mc Meel, Championship
co-ordinator, decided to bring us to a new venue. Bruff in Co. Limerick, about 20 miles south
east of Limerick City was the chosen site. Some of the competitors who live in the area had found
a site and it was decided to give it a go. On entering the gate to the site no trailing ground
was evident, however a short, almost overgrown laneway opened the way to a very interesting site.
The local lads has brought a digger into the site in the previous few evenings and with an odd
'rub of Barry`s bucket' had created some very interesting tests.
The ground under foot had a bit of
everything, from sand on the right to rock on the left and a marsh at the bottom. With the
weather having been good leading up to the event the marsh area had dried enough to be drivable
without causing any problems. The tests were set out in order to try and use as many different
surfaces as possible and the layout worked very well.
As the championship came to a premature end in Cork city the previous March it was noted the
considerable number of new drivers getting involved in the sport and it was hoped that interest
In the weeks coming up to the event it was rumoured that there were and number
of new drivers interested in joining the fun and the entry on the first day reflected this.
Forty-nine drivers in all signed on for competition a good increase from the first round last
year. There were a number of new vehicles around also mainly Suzuki's and for the first time in
a while a Lada.
Class 5 also had a new competitor, yes we finally got predator running, however
considering it was driven out of the workshop for the first time at 3.00pm on the previous day
it wasn't expected to be a serious contender against the beast. We decided to bring it for a test
run and see what happened!!
As the midday sun rose into the clear Limerick sky proceedings got underway. Despite some initial
objections to a section of test 1 the majority of the vehicles managed to clear the test with
no penalties. The rest of the tests were not as clear-cut with the scores varying from tens to
By dinnertime there were tales of joy surprise and woe! Two novices held the joint lead with the
more experienced drivers lagging behind. A score of two was leading and the fact that the guys
leading were on their first day out was a surprise indeed. Mervin Colton and Malcolm Cooper's
Land Rover 90 had refused to go even before the first test. The 90 refused to remain running
when hot and rather than cause delays on the tests the guys decided to call it a day.
was also in dry dock suffering from first day blues. A combination of problems had put an early
end to the days testing. Firstly a CV joint and an oil seal in the front axle had given up. This
was followed by an oil seal in the auto gearbox failing and lastly bent rear axle mounts called
a halt to proceedings. The 'Beast' was have the day all to itself in Class 5 with the only
problem being lack of brakes which was sorted at lunchtime.
With the weather continuing good the afternoon sections went off quickly. Damien Heneghan, last
years Champion had made an uncharacteristic mistake in the morning giving him a nine and
dropping him out of contention for the lead.
Brian Berkery was holding steady in second and
dropped just one point in the afternoon to hold on to second. Brian was separating brothers
Pat and Liam Hogan who were first and third. Liam had the lead at lunchtime with a score of
two while Pat was on three but a two on test five, dropped Liam from first to third and Pat took
the overall win for the day.
Class two this year has been changed with the Daihatsu's joining Land Rovers in this class.
With the V8 powered 90 of Mervin and Malcolm retired James and Niall O' Meara in their Diesel
powered 90 were the only Land Rover in class. John Franklin in a Daihatsu won the class with
James O'Meara taking second and Robin Lyons in another Daihatsu taking third.
Bucket Barry`s Tipp Bus
I BUILT IT MYSELF - NO REALLY!!!
WHO NEEDS A JACK!!
I DONT NEED ONE EITHER????
Benny Smith going well
Next round of the championship takes place in two weeks in Cashel Co. Tipperary.