Gaz invited me along with him to Kirkistown Racetrack as Barry Rabbitt was racing his Fiat Uno, and was expected to clinch the championship at this deciding event. Of course, I had my camera with me and felt the need to feature a run-of-the-mill day of track events at Kirkistown.

On arrival we were greeted by a flying oil drum which nearly killed us, due to a racecar smashing into the crash barrier and consequently knocking the adjacent drum in our direction. Crazy! However, the motoring madness continued when the Fiat Puntos were out, two of which rolled at the far end of the track (hence no pics), and a mix up in the reading of the safety lap flag left half of the Unos in pieces when they were out.

As the scrap metal was pulled from the track, I spoke to Barry, who explained that when the red flag was shown, about half of the cars slowed down and the rest kept hard at it – and collisions were unavoidable. His team soon had the car patched up and back on the track.

By pure coincidence, the metro and small hatch championships were also taking place – in which two of my uncles took part. One of them, John Miller, won the race leaving him overall championship winner for the season, with his brother Keith coming 3rd.

The attractions of the day didn’t just include the racing, as there were some tasty motors on show as well as a private helicopter. The V8 American muscle car (as seen at 100% in Belfast) was there, along with a Delorian, a TransAm (remember Knight Rider), and an AC Cobra among other things!


Andy is the founding member of RMS, and when he's not following motoring events around the UK and Ireland he can be found on the track (sideways, having competed in top level drifting for a decade), or of course he'll be on the forum.