30 Sec’s With Donegal man Gary McElhinney
Name: Gary McElhinney
Lives: Donegal Town
Occupation: long story
Rally car: Ford Escort Mk2
Road car: BMW 530D
How old were you when drove your first car ?
Not sure, pretty young, too young proably..!!
Where does your love of Motorsport come from?
My father rallied a mini in the 70′s/80′s and in the 90′s in a Suzuki Swift which I
navigated for him in..
First memory of rallying in Donegal ?
Watching Austin McHale in the black BMW M3 . I still have a xtravision sticker I got
from them at the finish ramp of the Donegal international
What was your first event?
Navagating it was Ballina rally 1998
Driving it was bunbeg single stage in 2002
What your plan’s for the rest of 2014 year ?
Finish off the Dunlop National Championship navagating for Paddy McVeigh, 1 more
trip accross to the British Forests navagating for Ray Cunnigham in the mini. Going
to the Silver fern Rally New Zealand with Frank Cunnigham and may be one more outing
driving the Mk2 myself. And a few nite navagation rallies with Damien Connolly.
Favourite food ?
Lasange and chips
Do you have any frustrating memory’s in rallying?
When I was Driving myself I Lost the 2006 enniskillen club mans rally overall win by
just 1 second..
What’s your Favourite rally of the year and why ?
The Donegal International is a high light for me driving and I really used to enjoy
driving in the Enniskillen Lakeland every year.. When navagating I’ve done a few
events out in Europe and I really enjoyed them..
Who is your favourite rally driver of all time and why ?
Bertie Fisher, because he was just a geniune straight forward quiet man and who was
a suberb rally driver
Who is going to win the Dunlop national rally 2014 ?
Hopefully Paddy McVeigh..!! But it will be tough to hold our championship lead if
Declan Boyle, Hugh hunter etc are out on there usual pace..!!