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Rally legends heading to Loughgall

By Sammy Hamill

Published 24/06/2008

Rally heroes from three different eras are lining up to take part in the Loughgall Festival of Motorsport on July 5.

But, intriguingly, they will all drive the same type of car — Ford Escorts.

Cork legend Billy Coleman, the only Irish driver to win the British championship and the Irish Tarmac championship back in the 70s will be taking part in the Wilson Auctions-sponsored event which is supporting Northern Ireland Hospice Care and other Lions club charities.

He will turn out for the historic car rally challenge against Kenny McKinstry who was a two-time Tarmac and triple Northern Ireland champion in the 80s and 90s.

And they will both face the brightest current star of Irish rallying, former Citroen Junior World championship ace Kris Meeke, winner of the Rally of the Lakes and the Ulster International in 2007.

All three will drive Mk2 Ford Escorts as will another hero from the past, two-time Donegal International winner John Lyons.

The festival, organised by the North Armagh Club in Loughgall Country Park, will also feature a separate class for modified cars with the likes of Wesley Patterson and Camillus Bradley taking part in their modern-day Escorts.

New this year is a classic car auction, which is being organised by Wilsons Auctions. This will take place at 12.30pm, when there will be an official break in the rally action.

Gates open at 8.30am and the admission fee of £10 includes a free colour programme and free car parking. The historic rally car challenge will start at 9.30am.

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