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A new chapter in the legacy of Bertie Fisher

By Sammy Hamill

A new book celebrating the life and career of Irish rally champion Bertie Fisher is to be published early next year.

Titled 'King Fisher - the Story of Rally Legend Bertie Fisher' the book has been written by rally enthusiast and photographer Fergus McAnallen with support from the Fisher family and the Armagh Tigers Committee.

The three-time Circuit of Ireland winner and Fermanagh businessman was killed along with his son Mark and daughter Emma in a helicopter crash in January, 2001.

The book will chronicle Fisher's hugely successful rally career as well as his charity work and the impact he had on the business community throughout Ireland and beyond with his family company, Fisher Engineering.

McAnallen, who compiled the book, said: "We wanted to create something that celebrates the legacy of Bertie and remembers the lives of Mark and Emma.

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"Still to this day Bertie remains a major figure in Irish rally history. It took many years of research, but the end result is packed with hundreds of images from dozens of archives, and contains an in depth synopsis of his career, results and life outside the sport. In writing the book, I have conducted many interviews across the British Isles with people who were involved with Bertie's rallying career - from mechanics to co-drivers, each had a unique story to share."

A four-time Irish Tarmac champion, Fisher's record of 20 wins in the international series still stands. They include his three Circuit of Ireland victories, six on Rally of the Lakes in Killarney and four on the Ulster Rally.

All proceeds from the book will be donated to the Fisher Foundation, which was set up following the helicopter tragedy and provides financial support to young people volunteering overseas and also continually works to improve safety standards throughout motorsport. The book will be officially released at a celebratory dinner in the Fisher Suite of Armagh City Hotel on Friday, March 4.

Rally enthusiasts can buy tickets for the book launch and night of celebration at where the book is available for pre-order, priced at £45.

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