Monday, 13 January 2020

Dean Martin - Get My Drift...

Having watched him put on a spectacular display during the recent Retromania event at Mondello Park I thought it would a good idea to catch up with Dean as he prepares for the next event in his 2019 season. Round 4 of the Drift Games Extreme Championship takes place this weekend at the Irish Motorsport Festival in Punchestown and Dean will be competing in his faithful E36 BMW M3.

This is his 5th season competing in the drifting, having spent the first 2 competing in the NI Drift AMA Championship. He is full of praise for the organisers and fellow competitors who gave him a great grounding in the sport with plenty of advice and support to allow him to continually improve his skills.

After talking to him for 5 minutes it's quite obvious that he is totally committed to the sport with every spare hour and cent spent on having the car running as smoothly as possible for the high-speed blasts around the very demanding courses. He acknowledges that it wouldn't be possible for him to compete at the highest level in Ireland without the support and help of his family, friends and sponsors

He started competing with a BMW 323 ( Type E36 ) in 2014 in fairly bog-standard spec. The first big change to the car was when the engine was replaced with an M3 Evolution unit. He made various changes to that car over the next 2 years before he made the decision to reshell it into a 1997 M3 shell.

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

28/05/19 - Ardee Cycling League Round 3 - New Kid On The Block

It was back to the Tallanstown circuit for round 3 of the Ardee Cycling Club Summer League. 14 year old Ciaran O'Connor from the Drogheda Wheelers Club was first to cross the line, from Stephen Carry (Ardee) with Aaron McCann (Drogheda Wheelers)  3rd. Andy McAfee was 4th and closely followed by Gary Gorman who moves into the overall lead of the league as it reaches it's halfway point.

Monday, 27 May 2019

26/05/19 - Malahide Classic & Vintage Motor Show

The Grand Hotel in Malahide once again played host to the Malahide Classic & Vintage Motor Show that was organised by the Malahide Lions Club.
The show was a fundraiser for DEBRA Ireland and was sponsored by AXA Ireland.

Sunday, 26 May 2019

25/5/19 - Vintage And Steam Woodworking Show

There was a good turnout for the annual event held by Clem & his son Paddy Kelly of AMS in a place that will always be known as McCabe's yard in the area. The event was a fundraiser for the Day Ward on Floor 7 of the Maher Hospital.

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

21/05/19 - Ardee Cycling League Round 2 - The return of the king

Round 2 of the 2019 Ardee Cycling League was held over the formidable Dromin circuit. It was a nail biting finish with last weeks winner James McMorrow having to settle for second place behind Gary Gorman, by only a few cm. Andy McAfee fought hard to take 3rd place.

Monday, 20 May 2019

19/05/19 - Whiteriver Park 24 hour Kart Race

A few shots from a short visit to Whiteriver Park for the 24 Hour Karting Series race that was held over the weekend. This is the 2nd of these events that was ran by Whiteriver and it attracted some continental teams over this time around.