Déjà vu Donagh Day: Press release

Donagh Kelly in his fabulous new motorsport museum.




Rally enthusiasts won’t have to wait until next year for a Déjà vu Motorsport fix as the organisiers of these charity reunions have announced Déjà vu Donagh Day. This pilgrimage to Donagh Kelly’s new Stables Motorsports Centre in the Frosses, near Donegal Town will start in the centre of Donegal Town at 12.00 noon on Sunday 24th October 2021.

Paddy Hopkirk, Ireland’s legendary Monte Carlo Rally winner, will lead the way, navigated by Rory Kennedy, in a Mini Cooper S, identical to the one he used in 1964 to win the sports most famous event. Jimmy McRae, the Scotsman, who won the Circuit of Ireland seven times, will follow in the Subaru Impreza once driven by his World Rally Champion son Colin. The 1982 Irish Tarmac Rally Champion John Coyne will be returning from America to drive the Sunbeam Talbot) that brought him so much success. Other names including Donagh Kelly, a Tarmac and National Rally Champion in 2015, are expected to join the eighty car spectacle on the thirty-mile route from Donegal Town around Lough Eske special stage and into the Bluestack Mountains.



Sunday 24th October.

09.00  Gather at Donegal Quay car park. Registration and  Drivers Briefing at the Abbey Hotel.

12.00  Start at Donegal Quay of the 30 mile trip around Lough Eske and through the Bluestack Mountains.

13.15  Arrive at The Stables Motorsports Centre at the Frosses. Admission to the centre is by invitation only.



Registration will be on a first come first serve basis and is restricted to 80 cars. On this occasion only rally cars and rally replicas are eligible. The entry fee of €175.00 (£150.000 covers two people per car and  includes: Morning coffee, Route book, Car Plate, Motorsports Centre entry, entertainment and a BBQ lunch for two people.

All the proceeds will go to The Bluestack Special Needs Foundation, the  community organisation that helps special need children and their parents in the Donegal area.

Registration is now open on: www.rpm-motorsport.com

For further information Contact: Dr. Beatty Crawford – [email protected] or Alan Tyndall – [email protected]

Keep the revs up!

Beatty and Plum.


It will be well worth the wait!

February 1st, 2021


We have published Ivan Fuery’s montage of Donegal Déjà vu to remind you of the fun we all had in September 1919 as, unfortunately we have no option but to postpone DÉJÀ VU IRELAND WEST again, until 17-18 September, 2021.

Eighty-five of you have already signed up for the magnificent run through the Mayo and Connemara countryside. it will be well worth waiting for as the quality of the entry indicates. Expect to see at least sixteen Porsches including a fabulous 911 RSR; eight Minis and Mini Cooper S’s; nine Escorts of all varieties; four Subarus; three Toyota Celicas; Opel Mantas; Sunbeam Lotus, Tiger and Avenger models; a Fiat 131; a Ford Focus WRC and much more. 

And as always on our Déjà vu events you will be rubbing shoulders with some legendary motoring personalities such as Paddy Hopkirk, Jimmy McRae, Rosemary Smith and Austin MacHale.

Déjà vu Ireland West will herald the grand re-awakening of historic motorsport in Ireland, a time to celebrate and to meet those old friends that we haven’t been able to see for many months.

Registration, dinner and hotel bookings will automatically roll over to the new September date and prices are frozen apart for a small increase in the Hotel Westport room rates. 

Entries are still available at 
www.rpm-motorsport.com, but if the change of date don’t suit, don’t worry we will refund your registration and dinner payments minus a small percentage to cover our PayPal dues.

So, it’s now 
17-18 September 2021.

In the meantime  think positive, test negative and keep the revs up!

Plum & Beatty.

McRae to relive Galway memories.

McRae to relive Galway memories.

Arch rivals in the 80s, Jimmy McRae with Ger Buckley. Clerk of Course Eamonn Cotter looks on.

McRae to relive Galway memories.


Jimmy McRae, the Circuit of Ireland Rally supremo and twice Galway International winner will return to the West in 2021 for the great Déjà Vu Ireland West party on the 21-22 May.

The Lanark native and five-time British Rally Champion, is loved by the Irish and loves the Irish stages on which he has won 7 Circuits of Irelands; 3 Ulster International Rallies; the Donegal and the Cork 20 International Rallies, and the Galway International in 1980 and 1982. 

Jimmy will be joined by two other former Galway winners, Austin MacHale and Gareth MacHale who are amongst the sixty-five crews that have already registered for the 130-mile route through the Mayo and Galway mountains. A route that incorporates many miles formally used by both the Circuit of Ireland and Galway International rallies.

The West has a special place in Jimmy’s heart as the 1980 Henley Forklift Galway Rally was his first international win and one of the Dealer Team Vauxhall early successes with their HS Chevette. Ger Buckley followed him home that year in an Escort RS 1800, but the Cork driver returned in 1981 in a Chevette HSR to beat Jimmy’s Opel Ascona 400.

The McRae/Buckley rivalry continued in 1982 when both had Ascona 400s but on that occasion the Scottish driver, despite early contact with a telegraph pole, headed the Corkman home.  

Déjà Vu Ireland West’s non-competitive run will revive many motoring memories at a pace that will allow the entrants to enjoy the West’s unsurpassable scenery and the onlookers to wonder over a cavalcade of glorious rally machinery from the last fifty years.

Déjà Vu Ireland West, which will support the Roscommon and Mayo Hospice, will be based at Hotel Westport in the historic town and will use part of the grounds of Westport House, the magnificent manor that was designed by Richard Cassels and James Wyatt in the 18th. Century.

For details and entry forms or to sign up for our newsletter, please visit our website atwww.dejavumotorsport.com

Stay well, stay safe, keep your distance and keep the revs up.

Beatty and Plum




Nobody is sure where the phrase “Go West Young Man” came from. Some say John Babsone Soule invented it in an editorial in 1851, but it was the American Horace Greeley, author and newspaper editor, who put it into popular parlance.


We will be celebrating a young man who “Came out of The West”, Louisburg, Co. Mayo to be precise, during Déjà Vu Ireland West. That young man was the six-time winner of the Galway international Rally – Austin MacHale. 


Austin will lead the classic car cavalcade out of Westport and into the Mayo and Connemara mountains on the 22th May on a 130-mile route that will pass over famous Circuit of Ireland and Galway International Rally stages and through some of the most breath taking vistas on the Wild Atlantic Way.



And the route for this sixth Déjà vu charity event has not evolved by chance but through years of rallying experience, as one of the organisers Dr.  Beatty Crawford will be literally going over old ground.

It was Beatty who guided another young man, Adrian Boyd to victory on the 1973 Galway international, so some of the territory will seem familiar even though that was forty-seven years ago.



Entries open on the 1st. February on www.rpm-motorsport.com and drivers and passengers should be aware that they will be required to download and post indemnity forms this year.


The entry fee is €230 (£200) and covers route book & programme; rally plate; rally sticker; souvenir polo shirt and welcome reception.


Gala Dinner tickets, always a popular feature of the DéJà vu weekends, are available at €100 (£87.50) per person, and will be strictly limited to 300 with preference being given to the Déjà vu crews. 


For further information contact:

Dr. Beatty Crawford [email protected] 0044 7972 879895

Alan Tyndall [email protected]  0044 7887 827150