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Plenty of famous faces join line-up for Boxing Day


Stuart Biggerstaff

Stuart Biggerstaff

Stuart Biggerstaff

A massive entry of almost 170 drivers and their navigators will burn off the post-Christmas calories by taking part in the (It's Not The) Boxing Day Rally on Saturday, a traditional old-style event of driving tests and speed sections.

It is a who's who line-up of all shades of Irish motorsport from former Northern Ireland rally champion Stuart Biggerstaff to multi-autotest champions Steven Ferguson and Eamonn Byrne.

Allan Harryman, more usually seen in a co-driver's seat in the Middle East, will be behind the wheel of one of the many MX5 Mazdas taking part.

Even rally car preparation specialists like David Greer and Stan Harper will be swapping spanners for steering wheels, the latter navigated by his UK Ginetta Scholarship-winning son Daniel.

Runner-up last year, David Crothers, heads the entry list in the absence of 2014 winner Robert Junior Woodside although the motorsport-mad Templepatrick family are still out in force with no fewer than six of them taking part led by former sprint and autotest ace Robert senior.

Run by the Ulster Automobile Club and based at the Tannery in Moira, the first car leaves at 9.30am on Saturday.

In contrast, another traditional Christmas rally, the Maiden City Club's Turkey Run scheduled for Aghadowey next Tuesday, has been cancelled due to lack of entries.

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"With the Christmas holiday about to take place, we needed to have our hired equipment and services in place, but unusually, the full, committed entries were not there to allow us to go forward," said clerk of the course Ian Connolly.

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