Autocross History

Autocross was a very popular club event from the 1960s to the 1990s when difficulties with getting venues led to the end of this event. Events were mainly held on loose surfaces such as quarries with the occasional grass surface event. The Limerick Motor club event had national championship status for a number of years. the club sometimes held 5 autocross events in a single year. In 2014 a new venue for Autocross event was located near Rear Cross Co Tipperary beginning a new era of Autocross for Limerick Motor Club

10 December 2017 Autocross at Tarrant's Quarry, Cahir, Co Tipperary
Best time of day (Special): Kevin O'Connor (Semog Buggy) 1m 56.09s
Best time of day (Saloon): William Meade (Nova) 2m 09.07s
Class winners:
Evan Maher (Corsa) 2m 19.07s
Denis Greaney (Peugeot 205) 2m 12.03s
Damien Driver (Corsa) 2m 11.06s
Mike O'Connor Snr (Integra) 2m 18.05s
P J O'Connor (Lancer Evo 9) 2m 10.08s
Declan O'Regan (Kawasaki Special) 2m 8.07s
Whitby Moynan (Toyota Special) 2m 03.09s
Adam Grace (Ka) 2m 15.03s
Cian Walsh (Peugeot 205) 2m 27.06s
Paul O'Driscoll (Semog Buggy) 2m 01.04s
Elaine Shinnors (Impreza) 2m 34.00s

Photos by Alan Noonan of Rally Through a Lens Full Result Event Page

11 December 2016 LOOSE SURFACE AUTOCROSS AT SHANBALLYEDMOND, REARCROSS, CO TIPPERARY (ROUND OF MUNSTER CHAMPIONSHIP) Event Report

Best time of day (Special): Paul O’Driscoll (Semog Buggy) 1m 44.13s,

Best time of day (Saloon): Lukasz Czapnik (Impreza) 1m 51.06s

Class 1: 1 Joe Dowling (Corsa) 1m 58.25s, 2 Shaun Forde (Nova) 2m 01.73s, 3 Evan Maher (Corsa) 2m 02.00s.

Class 2: 1 Denny Greaney (Peugeot 205) 1m 56.46s, 2 T J O’Connell (Corsa) 1m 58.79s, 3 Joe Shinnors Jnr (Corsa) 2m
00.06s.

Class 3: 1 Pat Driver (Peugeot 106) 1m 58.83s, 2 P J O’Connor (Peugeot 206) 2m 00.82s, 3 Niamh Driver (Peugeot 106) 2m 09.81s.

Class 4: 1
Gerard O’Connell (Celica) 1m 59.77s.

Class 5: 1 Ed Walsh (Impreza) 1m 53.47s, 2 Barry Driver (Sunny) 2m 02.92s, 3 Gerard O’Connor (Impreza) 2m 04.91s.

Class 6: 1 Lionel Percy (Honda Blackbird) 1m 46.41s, 2 Mikie O’Connor (Suzuki Special) 1m 51.30s, 3 Declan O’Regan (Kawasaki Special) 1m 54.35s.

Class 7: 1 Whitby Moynan (Toyota Special) 1m 48.38s, 2 Nicky Hegarty (Mazda Special) 1m 58.60s.

Class 8: 1 Ian Horgan (Corsa) 1m 54.92s.

Class 10: 1 Sean Cahill (JB Buggy) 1m 45.49s, 2 Eoghain McMahon (Semog Buggy) 1m 48.55s, 3 Kevin O’Connor (Semog Buggy) 1m 50.69s.

13 December 2015 LOOSE SURFACE AUTOCROSS AT REARCROSS, CO TIPPERARY (ROUND OF BARRETT TRANSPORT MUNSTER CHAMPIONSHIP): Event Report
1 Christopher O'Callaghan (Semog Buggy) 1m 48.97s,
2 Brian Hassett (Semog Buggy) 1m 49.48s,
3 Ross Hayes (Semog Buggy) 1m 49.73s,
4 Peter Brennan (Semog Buggy) 1m 51.36s,
5 James Lucey (Subaru Special) 1m 52.19s,
6 Eoghain McMahon (Semog Buggy) 1m 55.28s.
Class winners: Eamonn McCarthy (Swift) 2m 01.23s, Lukasz Czapnik (Peugeot
206) 1m 59.90s, Ed Walsh (Impreza) 2m 01.86s, James Lucey, Brian Hassett,
Cian Robinson (Starlet) 2m 04.74s.

7 December 2014 Event Report

Overall winner: Padraig Egan (Buggy) 2m 00.54s.
Class winners: James Lehane (Civic) 2m 13.53s, Lukasz Czapnik (Peugeot 206) 2m 13.93s, Michael O'Sullivan (Escort) 2m 19.45s, Owen Murphy (Impreza) 2m 01.55s, Whitby Moynan (Mazda Special) 2m 06.15s, Peter Brennan (Buggy) 2m 08.57s.

17 August 2003
This event was won by G Lucey in a Celica special and held at Cullen, Co. Tipperary

7 November 1999
by Austin Shinnors from rally.ie

Held at Lynchs Quarry Kilfinny,Co.Limerick. Richard Percy arrived at the Limerick Autocross on a mission-he needed to finish at least fourth overall to clinch his first ever Jerry Murphy Tyres Munster Autocross Championship. In the event the Nenagh man took no chances and he lead the race from start to finish,in his Ford Special.Percys best time around the Kilfinny track was 2.23.65,and he clocked that time on his third of three runs.In second place was Mervyn Shorten from Croom driving a Ford Escort, four seconds adrift of the new champion.Escorts also filled the next three places with Walter Bourke (Galway) ahead of Dick Mc Carthy (Castleisland) and Mick Linehan (Cork).In sixth position was Gordon Percy in the Kawasaki Special,followed by a pair of Escorts driven by Matt Shinnors (Bruff) and Eamon Daly (Limerick).Finishing off the top ten was Ger Brennan (Killarney) in the Chevvy V8 and Joe Shinnors Snr. (Bruff) in another Escort.

Class winners:
Class 1 Joe Shinnors Jnr Bruff Opel Corsa
Class 2 Mervyn Shorten Croom Ford Escort
Class 3 Matt Shinnors Bruff Ford Escort
Class 4 Dick McCarthy Castleisland Ford Escort
Class 5 Gordon Percy Nenagh Kawasaki Special
Class 6 Ger Brennan Killarney Chevy Special. 
Best Limerick MC Member Austin Shinnors Bruff Opel Corsa
Best Novice James Lehane Knocknagree Honda Civic
Best Lady Breda Pigott Newmarket Lancia Delta

19 September 1999

by Austin Shinnors from rally.ie

Bruff driver Alan Shinnors was the surprise winner of the Limerick Autocross held at Lynchs Quarry, Kilfinny last Sunday. Shinnors who was driving a Ford Escort,clocked a time of six minutes and forty seven seconds on the first of two timed runs. Four seconds in arrears was his nearest challenger Gordon Percy, the 1998 Munster Autocross Champion. Percy from Cloughjordan was driving his Kawasaki special On the final run of four laps of the smooth but demanding track, Percy upped the ante as expected with time of six minutes and forty three seconds, despite suffering a broken driveshaft one hundred metres from the finish. It looked bleak for Shinnors as he set off in pursuit of the high revving Kawasaki. However a split time after two laps revealed he was two seconds ahead and he kept his cool to beat the Tipp man by four seconds.

Limerick drivers dominated the rest of the top six with Michael O Connor Snr. from Athea third in the Mazda 323 4X4 ahead of the Bruff trio-Matthew, Austin and Joseph Shinnors Jnr. The best Limerick Club member was Aidan Walsh, Kilcornan in a Ford Escort and the best novice was George Shinnors also from Bruff in an Opel Corsa.

1st O/A Alan Shinnors Ford Escort 1600cc 6m39s
2nd O/A Gordon Percy Kawasaki special 6m43s
3rd O/A Mike O'Connor Mazda 323 4x4 6m53s
4th O/A Matt Shinnors Ford Escort 1600cc 6m 58s
5th O/A Austin Shinnors Opel Corsa 1600cc 7m 10s
Class one 
1.Joe Shinnors Opel Corsa
2 Brian Farrell Ford Fiesta
3.Ed O Callaghan Ford Escort
Class two 
1.Austin Shinnors Opel Corsa
2.James Murphy Sunbeam
3.Roland Doherty Sunbeam
Class three
1. Matt Shinnors Ford Escort
2. Niall O Connel Peugeot 205
3. Greg Shinnors Ford Escort
Class four 
1. Mike O Connor Snr Mazda 323
2. Whitby Moynan Chevette V8
3. Mike O Connor Jnr Mazda 323
Class five 
1. Gordon Percy Kawasaki Special
Novice: George Shinnors Opel Corsa 1600cc 7m 28s

16 June 1996
This was a round of the national championship with 47 entries. Pat Dowling was CoC for the very sucessful event run on a hot Sunday afternoon. Club members results included Alan Shinnors first in class 3 and Jack Bennet 2nd in class 6

24 September 1995
This was the final round of the 1995 club championship. Liam Fitzgibbon won on the day and took the championship.

27 August 1995
Club member Liam Fitzgibbon provided the field for this grass surface event (the first the club had run on grass for a number of years). the event was won by Dick McCarthy

16 July 1995.
Despite the bad weather there were 21 entries for this event. Liam Fitzgibbon took first overall in his new Escort ahead of Mervyn Shorten and Alan Shinnors. Brigetta McAuliffe took the Best Lady award

24 June 1984
Peter Whyte from the Naul, Co. Dublin in his Ford Special won this Castrol Championship round from a field of 49. The event was held at Meelick, the tight nature of the course led to seven cars rolling.

15 August 1982
Limerick Motor Club's autocross near Cratloe was the sixth round of the Duckhams Munster Autocross championship.
Results: Best time of the day P Horan (Grant Hydrogate Spl) 1m 54.9s
Class 1 1 D Carroll (Imp) 2m 01.9s 2 J Dowling (Mini) 2m 04.4s 3 J Walsh (Mini) 2m 10.6s
Class 2 1 B Sparling (Mini) 2m 03.2s 2 J Dowling (Mini) C Moynan (Mini) 2m 04.7s 3 J O'Callaghan (Mini) 2m 11.0s
Class 3 1 G Barrett (Escort) 2m 05.4s 2 J Bennett (Escort) 2m 07s 3 P Flynn (Escort) 2m 11.3s 3
Class 4 1 L Fitzgibbon (Escort) 2m 03.2s 2 D Moynan (Escort) 2m 05.1s 3 M O'Connor (Escort) 2m 05.6s
Class 5 1 T O'Brien (Ford Spl) 2 J Ryan (VW Spl)
Class 6 1 C Limehan (Rover Spl) 1m55s 2 J Lucey (rover Spl) 1m 56.3s 3 W Cavanagh (Rover Spl) 1m 57.3s
Class 7 Miss A Carroll (Imp) 2m 13.3s 2 Mrs S Dowling (Mini) 2m 14.4s
Novice Award F Madden (Rover Spl) 1m 58.9s

16 August 1981
Pat Horan Extended his  lead in the Duckhams Munster autocross championship with another win in the Limerick Motor Club event at Caherdavin. His Grant Hydrogate Special finished a secoond quicker than the Rover V8 Special of Billy Cavanagh, with Chris Culleton in third place in another Rover Special
Results: Best time of the day P Horan (Grant Hydrograte Special) 2m 03.5s
Class 1 1 D carroll (Imp) 2m 11.5s 2 R Farmer (Mini) 2m 12s 3 J Dowling (Mini) 2m 14.2s
Class 2 1 N McCarthy (Cooper s) 2m 09.6s 2 M Hyland (Marcos) 2m 14s 3 B Sparling (Fiat 127 Sport) 2m 18.3s
Class 3 1 J Bennett (Escort) 2m 13.9s 2 J Conroy (Midget) 2m 17.6s 3 Jim Cullleton (Escort) 2m 17.7s
Class 4 1 S Hawkins (Escort TC) 2 M Canty (Escort) 3 P Culleton (Kadett)
Class 6 1 W Cavenagh (Rover Spl) 2m 04.4s 2 C Culleton (Rover Spl) 2m 05.3s 3 P O'Sulleabhain (Ford Spl) 2m 07.7s
Ladies 1 S Dowling (Mini) 2m 16.1s 2 B Culleton (Escort) 2m 24s

15 July 1979
Autocross at Newcastle West won by Billy Cavanagh
Report and full results

16 July 1978

The sixth round of the Castrol Autocross championship was held near Newcastle West. Billy Cavanagh  from Cloughjordan won in his Rover V8 Special from Tim Turner and John Farrelll. The event was run over a fast dry track and had 45 starters

17 July 1977

Gordon Percy from Cloughjordan driving his Rover V8 powered Vampire Special was the winner . There were 40 drivers at the Newcastle West venue.

24 July 1974

Jacky Thomas won the Castrol championship round at Adare

14 August 1966

Even with 55 entries the event at Adare was a close battle between Larry Mooney (VW) and Conor Linehan (Mini Cooper S). At the end of three timed runs Linehan won by a fifth of a second.Steve Moran from Shannon was third.

1965

Limerick Motor Club had a new course at Plassey House, Castletroy. Laid out with several switchbacks, the course which was 4 laps of a 0.75mile circuit became muddy due to the weather.   
1. Larry Mooney 1500 Beetle 5m 17s   
2. Tom Burke 1500 Beetle 5m 50.5s

4 September 1960

Saloon Class
1. JS Moore Austin 7 2m 34.6s
2. CA Gunn VW 2m 35.6s
3. D Grey NSU 2m 38.2s
Open Class
1.  D Bradley Dellow 2m 33,0s
2. G Percy "Thing" 2m 38.1s
3. Mrs C Fitzgerald Dellow 2m 40.8s
The General Handicap was won by D Bradley

1950 The club ran grass track events at St. Munchin's college sports field