Since I first got involved in motorsport many years ago, Autocross (alongside Rallying) has been an absolute passion of mine. I always tried to find the time and resources to compete, while juggling the responsibilities of running my own business.
I became active in test trials in 1961, after being introduced to the Volkswagen by my friend and neighbour, Jim Cassidy. Not many, however, appreciated my skills behind the wheel until I became the first Irish Autocross champion in a Renault R8 Gordini in 1968, having always favoured oversteering cars.
This achievement would not have been possible without the support of trusted motorsport volunteers, particularly Frank Garry and Joe Norris, without whom I never would have made it to the Autocross Championship that year.
While I have always loved the thrill and excitement of competing in Autocross, as well as Rallying and the odd Hillclimb; it is the fun, friendship, and camaraderie that I always found most enjoyable.
One of my fondest memories was driving on the 1969 Monaghan Rally with my Navigator Frank O'Donohue in an actual mini-van borrowed from my good friend David Yates. We somehow managed to finish in 2nd place overall!
These days, I am proud to be able to give back to the sport and am still actively involved in marshaling. I would urge those that have finished in competitive life to get involved in marshaling - without marshals and volunteers, there are no events!