Martin Brady: The Interview Story: Evan Rothman Pictures: IRC Series An accomplished co-driver, Martin Brady is a proud Irishman and a regular HANDBRAKES & HAIRPINS columnist. In this EXCLUSIVE interview, read about his IRC ambitions, humorous moments and high-speed rally driving. H&H: Irish rallying is highly competitive and well established. With club, regional and national events, rallying is very healthy. Please tell our readers more about rallying in your homeland. MB: “Ireland is a relatively small island, but for sure we have a solid and renowned rally culture and history. This is partly because of our unique tarmac roads and the fact that we can – with local authorities’ permission – close these public roads for competition. And, this in partnership with dedicated and competent volunteers of the local motor clubs allows, us classic rallies such as Donegal, Killarney Rally of the Lakes or the Circuit of Ireland. “We also have a plethora of smaller national and clubman rallies that also use closed public roads, but we also have some brilliant forestry rallies in the calendar so there is something for everyone. Practically every weekend has at least one event to compete on. “That said, the economic downturn has hit all aspects of life in Ireland and sport is one thing to suffer and with motorsport being such a financially critical endeavour, it has obviously seen a slow down. Gone are the days when Ireland had over sixty, yes that’s right sixty, ex-works world rally cars on its shores and we had rally entry lists with a reserve listing of over 100 entries in many cases. For the moment it seems those days are gone but still rallying has leveled off to a still exciting and popular spectacle on the Irish stages there are still currently over 3,000 license holders in southern Ireland so that’s a strong indication that the future of the sport is solid.
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