Belfast Telegraph

Charismatic Glenn Allen's colourful exploits recalled in superb DVD

By Sammy Hamill

It was a tragedy which rocked Irish rallying and now family, friends and fans are paying tribute to Glenn Allen with a DVD recalling the exploits of the former Northern Ireland champion.

Glenn died this time last year in a freak incident as he walked back to his holiday home in Portrush after attending a wedding reception, leaving behind a family and rally community in shock.

But at the weekend they gathered in his home town of Cookstown for the launch of "Mr Sideways, the Glenn Allen Story" which charts the rise and successes of a big hearted character who built up a dedicated fan base with his flamboyant style.

In Ford Escorts to Toyota Corollas, he was a formidable opponent and rivals like Eugene Donnelly, Kevin Lynch, Frank Kelly and Richard Hogg remember their duels in the DVD which has been produced by Alan Tyndall's RPM team.

Contributing, too, is his long-time co-driver Damien Connelly who recalls that it took three different WRC Corollas to finally land them the Northern Ireland championship in 2007. "Typical of Glenn, he just wouldn't give up even when we wrecked a couple of the Toyotas," he recalls.

With his ready smile and larger-than-life personality, Glenn Allen was more than a talented driver, he was the kind of "character" all sports need. Details of the "Mr Sideways" DVD are available at the RPM website.

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