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Limerick Motor Club Steps into the breach....!
Following the successes of earlier rounds of the Naylor Engineering Hillclimb/Sprint Championship hosted by Limerick MC in August. The club has been asked to fulfill the date vacated by Laois Mc (due to circumstances beyond their control.)
Limerick Mc are delighted to announce that the fabulous venue at Greenmount Racecourse, Patrickswell, Limerick (just off the M20 Motorway) will host Rounds 13 & 14 of the National Hillclimb/Sprint on Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd September.
There will a 2km loop of flat smooth tarmac in a enclosed venue with great facilities which will offer superb motorsports on the weekend.
Limerick MC committee and organising team would like to thank the Greenmount Racecourse management their sincere gratitude for allowing us to use this super facility.
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MOTORSPORT CAN BE DANGEROUS DESPITE THE ORGANISERS TAKING ALL REASONABLE PRECAUTIONS.
UNAVOIDABLE ACCIDENTS CAN HAPPEN.
THEREFORE YOU ARE PRESENT AT AN EVENT AT YOUR OWN RISK.
Stan Russell 1916-2010
Photo from 1984 Circuit of Munster programme
IN PROFILE Bernard Kelly talking with Stan Russell from LIMERICK MOTORING NEWS The Journal of the Limerick Motor Club Ltd. November 1982
Since joining L.M.C. about 12 years ago one of the Members I have admired most is Stan Russell. He is, to my mind, the epitome of a Club Member. This is borne out by the fact that he keeps a very low profile but is always involved. I can remember very few L.M.C. run events at which he did not officiate - but unlike many others he was given a job, he did it thoroughly and efficiently and that was that. No Bouquets and No Bows.
For this reason I choose him as my subject in this the first of a regular "In Profile" interviews with some of our more illustrious Members.
B.K.: Stan, you have been a Member of L.M.C. since its inception in 1948. Who conceived the idea of a Motor Club in Limerick ?
Stan, The man who first got the idea of forming a Motor Club was R.I.C. (Ricky)Kemp, an employee of B.0.A.C. at Shannon. He was friendly with Dermod O'Brien - who is still in Limerick - and as both of them had sports cars they got the initial idea of a Motor Club. I had a Motor-bike at the time and knew both of them so I joined with them in forming the Club. Others who were involved at that time included Sean Fitzgerald who worked with T.W.A. in Shannon, Hector Newenham - who lives in Lisnagry and still competes in Saloon Car Racing, and Jimmy Eades. Dermod O'Brien and Jimmy Eades went to the R.I.A.C. and had the Club affiliated. This was in 1948 and the Club was then known as The Limerick Light Car and Motor Cycle Club.
B.K.: How many Members were there initially and what events were held ?
Stan: There were only 20 to 30 Members at first but this grew to over 100 by the early 1950's. The first event held by the Club was an (illegal) Hillclimb for Motor-bikes at Gallows Hill on 2nd. May 1948. (photograph of the entrants and officials at this event below). Other events run (Legally) that year were a Race on the Strand at Lahinch for both Cas and Motor-bikes and Grasstrack Racing at Thomond Park.
On bikes left to right Derek Waterstone, unknown, Mick Barry, Jimmy Eades, Graham Leask, Stan Russell
Also standing from right to left the 1st person is Ricky Kemp, 4th Gerdie McNamara, 6th Sean Fitzgerald, 7th Tony O'Brien, 8th Joe Garry, 9th Derri O'Brien, 11th Pat Phillips
B.K.: Since then you have seen the Club "progress" to its present standing -
has it developed as the Founders would have wished ?
Stan: The club was formed to organise and run Motorsport events for enthusiasts and it has never ceased to do this. This is what the Founders wanted and would have wished for..Motor Cyclists have not been catered for since the early 50's as this form of the sport was never very popular in the Limerick area.
B.K. : Did you ever compete in Motorsport events and if so in what capacity?
Stan : Yes, as a Motorcyclist. I competed first in a Reliability Trial on 5th. December 1936. I was a member of Dublin and District and competed in the Dublin area until 1939 when the War started and all forms of Motorsport were stopped. I came to Limerick in 1942 and started competing again after the War. I took part in Team Competition in Reliability Trials run by the Motor Cycle Union of Ireland Southern Centre. In 1939 I had progressed to the stage where I was looking forward to competing in International events but as I said the War put a stop to that. I was member of Dublin and District until 1948 when L.M.C. was formed.
B.K. : You have seen Motorsport "develop" in Limerick to its present standard - what are the greatest changes you have witnessed and how good or bad are they ?
Stan : The greatest change has been the introduction of Special Stages. As you know Rallying in the 1940's and 50's was made up of Navigation and Trials. The sport now is much more skilled. It is also more competitive and has become terribly expensive. I think it has become too expensive for the beginner and this is the one thing I would like to see reversed.
B.K. : In recent times you appear to have officiated at most events organised by L.M.C.. What pleasure do you get from this ?
Stan : Since 1948 I have helped out at events for just one reason - I have an inbred love of the sport and when you have this you enjoy working at it.
B.K. : What advice would you give a new Member joining L.M.C. ?
Stan : If you cannot afford to compete in an event, help out in organising it. You can develop great pleasure from doing the odd jobs that need doing. Also, you can compete on events like closed navigation rallies which are inexpensive to take part in. Whatever else - get involved;
B.K. : What direction would you like L.M.C. take from now ?
Stan: I would like to see the Club have its' own Clubhouse. The other thing I would like would be to see a plan to get enthusiasts and members together - discussing and planning new developments in the sport.
B.K. Comment : We, the members of L.M.C., should feel honoured to have had the service of Stan Russell since our Clubs foundation. We should wish to have a dozen like Members at the moment.
Additional biographical information. Stan's early life was in Kiltiernan, Co Dublin, he was married with three children and was employed as a manager at Irish Shell's depot, Shannon airport. Stan's bother Benji lost his life at the 1947 Isle of Man motorcycle Grand Prix.
Standing left to right P Heelan, S Russell, S Fitzgerald, J Eades, J Garry
Sitting left to right Derry O'Brien, Rickie Kemp, M O'Connor
Photograph from a 1972 club function
Standing left to right Hector Newenham, George Newenham, P Fogarty, S Russell, Val Baker, J Garry
Seated Ned Cussen, Derry O'Brien, Claire Fitzgerald, To be confirmed, Ger McNamara
Stan Russell, Sean Cox, Hal Lewis
Photograph taken at the 50th anniversary of the club's formation dress dance in 1998
The club archivist appreciates Stan's family allowing the use of his collection of material about the club, which has provided the resources for this article and numerous other articles on the club's history.
This series of films were located by Denis Hogan Sr. He had them transferred from 8mm film to DVD back in 2011. More recently Barry Baker whose father, mother and uncle feature in the videos uploaded them to the internet. The reference to 1958 events is because of the 1958 Winter Trial caption, research has shown that the Corkscrew hill is likely 1956.
The officials of the club during 1958 were President Dick Nash, Chairman George Newenham, directors included Noel Thompson and Paddy Fogarty
The Winter Trial was held 9 February 1958 and was round 12 of 16 in the Hewison Championship. SV (Val) Baker (uncle of Barry) took the premier award with "TheThing". There were 16 starters with one non finisher.
The entry included A Malcolm (Buckler), R Nash (Dellow), C Vard (VW), SM Logan (VW), K Sherry (VW)
Preparation for the Circuit of Munster 25/26 May 1958 on the Dock Road, Limerick city
Continuation of the Circuit of Munster above held on the Dock Road in Limerick. This area was popular as start or finish trial in such events as the Circuit of Munster and the Circuit of Clare.
This is also Circuit of Munster. The Buckler originally owned by Guy Baker, now owned by his son Barry, can be seen from 1m 00s to 1m 08s probably driven by its second owner Alex Malcolm.
Barry Baker driving the Buckler at the IMSF Mondello 50 13 May 2018
The autho has been advised this may be the 1956 Corkscrew as Billy Bradshaw has been identified in the Jaguar.
Limerick Motor Club had four Major events during 1958 -Winter Trial, Circuit of Munster, Hillclimb and Circuit of Clare 28 September 1958. There were also a number of smaller events such as a hillclimb at Portroe Slate Quarries, a fun navigation trial and more. Competitors active in 1958 included Dave Nicholson (Thunderbird), Don Gray (MG TC and Morris Minor) Louis Smith (Triumph TR2), JD Garry (Ford Consul), Hector Newenham (MG Saloon)), Bryan Geary (VW), Tommy Ballantyne (FIAT), Raymond Roche (MG and Morris Minor), Dick Barrett (Triumph and DKW)
Rallies of the time consisted of navigation to tests typically at crossroads as in the film above. The Circuit of Munster was typically over 500 miles over two days of the Whit Weekend.
Event starting at the Hurlers on the Dublin Road just outside Limerick city
Val Baker in "The Thing" can be seen in action from 1m 43s to 2m 00s in this crossroads test
The author has identified some cars in the films. So names are based on other events in the time period
FI 7671 Hillman Minx Californian
ZF 5610 Fiat 1100
FI 6080 Buckler originally owned by Guy Baker Driven in many events in the late 50s by Alec Malcolm
PI 8077 The Thing owned by Val Baker
ZL 8745 Dellow Richard (Dick) J Nash
Lots of Beetles
TI 6864 first registered to club member D M O'Brien
TI 7969 first registered to club member J Garry
PRI 54 Sam Logan
ZP 2128 T P O'Connell
PZF 7035?, EIK 368, ZT 8370, ZT 6419, ZT 6419, FI 7242, ZT 6030,BI 8641, ZT 9315, IR 6554, ZT 8370
A few DKWs ZF 6184, ZF 5536, ZX2244, ZX1832, ZX291, __699_
ZF5214 DKW is at Kilgarvan Motor Museum (2)
ZM 2174 Jaguar XK 120 Link to recent history of this car Used by W E (Bill) Bradshaw to win 1956 Sexton Trophy
Assorted MG T series cars probably TDs,
NCD 69 TD known to T type register (3)
ZL 5035 TD known to T type register (3)
ZE 8314, TI 5561, ID 3751 (possibly IO)
TI 7171 in both blue and white. This car was owned by Sean Fitzgerald one of the founders of Limerick Motor Club. It is not known survivor (1)
BI 6600 dark green owned by Brian McCaldin from Monaghan. This was a famous early 'long door' TR2 extensively raced & rallied in Irl & UK. Not a known survivor (1)
ZN3501 Louis Smith was the owner in 1958, the car survives. (1)
IL 7772 Austin A30
CIK 147 Fiat 500
URI 696 Morris Minor
RRI 75_ Ford Prefect
TI 6918 Ford Anglia first registered to club member Hector Newenham
LRI 839 Special described variously as a Ford 1000 -it survives- (1) and Jack Toohey's Dellow with supercharged 1172cc(4)
HRI 7 Elmer Connell's special
ZE 9443 Cavey Special built by M Cavey later used by Rodney Stafford
ZP 364 Ford Special used by club member Don Gray
Not identified yet
KRI 300 black sports car
ZZ 6538 red sports car on the loose surface hill
Cars in another film to be uploaded
AIU 437 DKW
TI 9001 Red Ford driven by Claire Fitzgerald
TI 6848 Vauxhall first registered to L Cronin
Help in linking drivers/owners to cars would be greatly appreciated, send information to
or message the club facebook page
(1) TR register
(2) DKW club Ireland
(4) IMRC Archivist
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