DD Motoring: Russell Brookes and the Donegal connection

first_imgLast week rallying ace Russell Brookes passed away after a long illness, he was just 74.In the year 1974, he made one of his very few trips to the Donegal International Rally. He was seeded on the entry list that year at No 36 in his Ford Escort Mk1 RS 2000.Just one place ahead of a curly-headed Fermanagh man, Bertie Fisher also in an Mk1 RS 2000. Advertisement The story of Russell Brookes and his Donegal connection has more to do with his cars and how the ended up in Donegal than the great rally driver himself.Right through from before he was famous looking for that first works drive with Ford.The first of these cars was a Ford Escort MK1 Mexico which the late John Boyle paid £1150 for and competed in the 1973 Donegal in along with Johnny Mc Cafferty from Termon on the notes and sponsored by local Ford Dealership Mc Clean and McLaughlin.The late John Boyle at the Bonnet of his Escort Mk 2 LZP 85 which was originally created from an ex Russell Brookes Mk1 Escort Mexico. Photo Brian Mcdaid.That year the escort suffered transmission problems and the young Donegal crew were forced to retire. Advertisement Boyle then built a new Mk2, Ford Escort from a road-going Ford Escort 1.1 Popular and to that 1978 shell he transferred everything from Brookes old Mexico to produce that famous red LZP 85 Escort that John held onto all of his life.In the very early 80s, the late Bertie Fisher landed on a wet Galway International Rally in an ex Monte Carlo wide track Mk 2 Ford Escort which started its life in the Ford Works Team workshop built for Russell Brookes.It also appeared on the Circuit of Ireland in the hands of Billy Coleman in blue, sponsored by Ford of Ireland.Donegal’s Vincent Bonnar then purchased the ex Brookes’ RS 1800 from Fisher which was to give Bonnar his first-ever outright win on the Donegal International Rally in 1983, Making himself and Seamus Mc Gettigan the first all Donegal crew to win the event, Thanks to the Ex Brookes Escort.Breakfast with Brookes I always was a massive fan of Brookes for years. A group of us went to see him and all the other big names of the day at the full 5 days Circuit of Ireland, staying in Chimney Corner which was the starting point, on the Thursday night before the start.On a Friday morning, I slept in and was last down for breakfast.The place was packed, my crowd were jammed around a table with no room for me to sit with them.A waiter set up a makeshift table for me in the middle of the floor, much to the amusement of my so-called friends who were roaring over and taking a hand at me sitting on my own. Suddenly they all went quiet, as out of my view Russell Brooks walked into the restaurant decked out in his full “Andrews Heat for Hire” race suit and was faced with the same seating problem I had, he landed at my makeshift table and ask if the seat opposite me was free.Russell Brookes in his RS 1800 which went on to win the Donegal Rally in the hand of Donegal Vincent Bonnar and Seamus Mc Gettigan.I nearly covered him with coffee trying to get the words out, “Aye, No bother Russell, work away there,” I replied as if I was on first name terms with him all my life.My friend’s mouths dropped as they watched Brooks and me sitting yapping and enjoying a yarn over breakfast.Over that rally weekend, I name-dropped Brookes at every opportunity to the crew of spectators that were watching the rally with me.“Me and Russell were saying.” or “Brooks was telling me…” that sort of thing.Brookes and Colin McCreaIn 1991 another ex Brookes Ford landed in Donegal this time in the hands of Donegal’s James Cullen, who also competed in Brookes’ old RS1800 GVX 489T for a few seasons.Now It was an ex-works four-wheel-drive, Cosworth Sierra.A car that also was driven by the late Colin McCrea. As well as Russell Brookes. On the run-up to the Isle of man rally that year James had the car in Donegal to familiarise himself with it and when testing down at the back of Muckish.The Ex Russell Brookes Ford Sierra four wheel drive sitting in Tony Kelly’s old garage opposite Dunnes Stores which James Cullen and the Late Ellen Morgan competed in. Photo, Oran Grimes (Four Lanterns)On a September’s evening, the ex Russell Brookes Sierra was put through its paces and I was on duty to get a few photos of Cullens new car and his sponsors at the end of the test session.James asked if I would like a go for a run with him in the rally car which I gladly excepted and we set off down the road all strapped in for a fast run over Muckish.There are two things that I remember from the day.One was that James swapped seats with me and let me drive this state of the art rally car back over the mountain pass, and the other memory that still sticks with me was that of the late Frank Grimes, who was one of James Cullen’s principal sponsors from the Four Lanterns, out on the hillside that day, who captured a old black and white photo of me and James ready to head off in the ex Brookes Ford into the hills of Donegal.James Cullen and our motoring correspondent Brian McDaid in 1991 in an ex Russell Brookes Works Ford Four-wheel-drive Sierra on Muckish. Photo by the late Frank GrimesChances are there are far more ex-Russell Brookes machinery that made it way to Donegal over the years be it Fords, Talbot Sunbeams , DTV Vauxhall Chevettes Dealer Opel Teams Manta’s to name, but a few as Russell Brookes could sit in any car and get results, which were all painted in his signature Andrews Heat for Hire Colours. They were instantly recognisable.The first spectators from Donegal who were big Russell Brookes fans were the Orr brothers from the mountain top in Letterkenny, they even had a few cars painted in the Brookes colour scheme back in the day but we were unlucky not to find a photo of one of them this week.We do have a photo one oner of them old sun-visors from the seventies “Rally with Russell Brookes” thanks to Noel Orr for the photos of his old two-door Ford Escort, which had a Mexico engine fitted under the bonnet, an engine not unlike that fitted of the first Ex Brooks car that came to Donegal that the Late John Boyle from Manor purchased all them years ago.Happy Motoring FolksDD Motoring: Russell Brookes and the Donegal connection was last modified: November 6th, 2019 by Brian McDaidShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Photo library: Countryside 13

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Countryside contact sheet (1.6MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Western Cape province:Church tower in a Karoo town. Photo: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Western Cape province:A dog guards a house in a Karoo town. In Afrikaans, the sign reads, “Beware of the dog.” Photo: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Western Cape province:House in a Karoo town. Photo: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Western Cape province:The town of Barrydale. Photo: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Western Cape province: The town of Barrydale. Photo: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Western Cape province:The church in the town of Barrydale. Photo: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Western Cape province: The Barrydale Hotel. Photo: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Western Cape province: The local liquor store in the town of Barrydale. Photo: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Western Cape province: Wind pump viewed from the town graveyard, Prince Albert. Photo: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res imageCOUNTRYSIDE 13: {loadposition cs}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more

Alitalia heads into bankruptcy proceedings

first_imgAlitalia’s board has filed for an “extraordinary administration” as the Italian flag carrier staggers towards what could be its final days.The move will see the Italian government provide temporary funds to keep the airline flying while administrators are appointed to decide whether to sell or liquidate it.The administrators will have 180 days to arrive at a decision with a possible extension of 90 days, Bloomberg reported.The   Italian government has indicated it will not renationalise the carrier and major investors have no appetite to put in more money after the airline’s workers rejected a 2 billion euro restructuring deal that would have seen job losses and pay cuts.The airline is estimated to have lost 3 billion euros since it last emerged from bankruptcy in 2009The airline’s board said in a statement issued on Tuesday that the bankruptcy proceedings acknowledged “the serious economic financial situation of the company, of the unavailability of the shareholders to refinance and of the impossibility to find in a short period of time an alternative’’. Alitalia’s flight schedule would continue to operate as planned, it said.Major shareholder Etihad Airways, which owns 49 per cent of Alitalia, said it was not prepared to continue to invest in the airline without support for the restructuring. Etihad invested  1.7 billion euros in Alitalia in 2014.Etihad Aviation Group chief executive James Hogan said the Abu Dhabi airline had done all it could to support Alitalia but it was clear the business required “fundamental and far-reaching restructuring” to survive and grow.“Without the support of all stakeholders for that restructuring, we are not prepared to continue to invest,’ he said. “We, therefore, support the necessary decision of the Alitalia Board to apply for extraordinary administration.“We are disappointed that despite Etihad’s significant investments in Alitalia, alongside those of the other shareholders, the airline was unable to proceed in its current form.’’Hogan said an initial strategy developed by Alitalia at the time of Etihad’s investment and implemented from 2015  had delivered “significant improvements”. “However, new marketplace challenges, including greater low-cost carrier competition and the impacts of terrorist events on tourism demand, meant further, deeper change was required,’’ he said.The Gulf airline is advising its passengers with Etihad bookings on Alitalia, or vice versa,  to proceed with their travel plans as normal. It said it would communicate promptly and directly with its affected guests if the situation changed.The decision by the Alitalia workers to reject the restructuring comes as polls show most Italians are reluctant to bail out the troubled airline.last_img read more

Bioprospecting to aid N Cape community

first_img30 July 2012The Komaggas community in South Africa’s Northern Cape province stands to benefit in both monetary and non-monetary terms from the bioprospecting permits that Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa awarded to seven community organisations last week.The permits will allow these organisations, who work with plants, to legally engage in bioprospecting activities.Bioprospecting involves searching for, collecting and deriving genetic material from samples of biodiversity that can be used in commercialised pharmaceutical, agricultural, industrial, or chemical processing end products.South Africa’s competitive edgeAwarding the permits at a local community hall in Komaggas, Molewa said the South African benefits of biodiversity or ecosystems services were estimated at R73-billion, contributing 7% of the country’s gross domestic product per year.“The biodiversity economy, which is part of our green economy, is therefore our competitive edge in growing our economy and addressing climate change adaption,” she said.South Africa’s Bioprospecting, Access and Benefit Sharing Regulatory Framework: Guidelines for Providers, Users and Regulators was also launched at the ceremony.The legal framework provides a huge opportunity for economic growth, sustainable development and poverty alleviation.Rich in biological and cultural diversityMolewa said South Africa had a rich natural and cultural resource base that ranked among the top three in the world.“We are home to approximately 24 000 plants species and have an entire floral kingdom within our borders. South Africa is not just rich in biological diversity but also blessed with a rich cultural diversity.”Molewa said many widely used cosmetics produced by industries were derived from medicinal plants, and many of these plants were indigenous and endemic to South Africa.“We must build a shared appreciation of the importance of medicinal plants resources to human health and well-being and a shared concern about the conservation and sustainable use of these resources,” she said.According to the department, researchers have successfully cultivated a selection of naturally occurring Sceletium as a new commercial crop on a large scale and developed a standardised extract known as Zembrin, which is manufactured to the European Union’s Good Manufacturing Practice (EU-GMP).The plant is associated with the treatment of anxiety, stress, mood and cognition.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Facebook Questions Goes Where Quora Can’t

first_imgWhile we were initially excited about Questions as something “people will end up spending hours browsing through…learning things,” there are already plenty of sources for knowledge on the Internet. From Wikipedia to Quora, the wisdom and knowledge of the crowd is already being harnessed. Facebook Questions, on the other hand, makes it quick and easy to ask the people you trust the most – your friends – simple things like where to eat, what movie to watch and how to go about your daily life. That’s something Wikipedia and Quora could never really answer.While everyone on Quora may agree on the best restaurant in my neighborhood, the service suffers from the same issue as something like Yelp – maybe I don’t agree with the masses. Maybe I’m friends with my friends because we all like divey, dirty, cheap restaurants with “atmosphere” and other such things. Maybe five stars has no bearing on my taste. Facebook Questions will make it easy to gather this type of information – subjective and social graph specific information – not the agreed upon answer of the general masses. Facebook says that the new feature will be “available to everyone soon.” mike melanson Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Facebook#news#web Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification When Facebook first launched its Questions feature last summer, we predicted that things were “about to change dramatically on the world’s largest social network.” The launch turned out to be a bit of a false start, however, and the feature never took off. Today, Facebook announced that It has launched a revamped version its Questions product, making it even easier to quickly gather “the wisdom of friends,” rather than the wisdom of the masses.At first, Questions tried to do what sites like Yahoo Answers and Quora already do. It attempted to surface the best answer to a question by aggregating answers and letting users vote for the best one. It was topically organized and focused more on general knowledge than opinion. The revamped version of Questions focuses less on categorical knowledge and more on making it quick and easy for users to ask for their friends’ opinions.“We noticed that people were frequently asking for opinions (‘what are your favorite restaurants in New York?’) or hoping to learn about their friends ‘what was your favorite movie as a kid, something you watched over and over?’),” writes Questions product manager Adrian Graham. “For most of these questions, experts weren’t going to be the best source for advice. The answers to these questions are meaningful or interesting because you know your friends and your friends know you.”The new version offers the ability to quickly poll your friends with multiple choice questions, where friends can either quickly choose an answer or add one of their own. Questions are also shared with friends of friends who answer the question, helping you to “cast a wider net.”last_img read more

Creative Inspiration: The History of the Title Sequence

first_imgClassic motion graphic design is displayed in The History of the Title Sequence.In a world of After Effects and Cinema 4D it’s easy to forget how much effort and creativity it took to create motion graphics in a non-digital environment. In his graduate project, motion graphics artist Jurjen Versteeg takes us on a fictitious journey through The History of the Title Sequence and creatively encapsulates the essence of some of the most popular motion graphic designers of the 20th century. The video was created in 2011, but we missed it upon it’s release and thought it too good not share.It should be noted that the entire film was shot over the course of 1 day. Jarjen used a small camera crane to shoot over his shoulder so his hands could be in the shot. The film is a great example of what can be achieved if you have a great idea and put in the necessary pre-production. The following video shows a behind the scenes look at the making of the short film.What do you think of The History of the Title Sequence? Is there anything you would have done differently? Comment below.last_img read more

Always ready to get his number called, Nambatac helps save Rain or Shine from elimination

first_imgView comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Nambatac added he can’t afford to relax once Game 7 starts especially with his fourth-quarter performance surely putting him on the Hotshots’ scouting report.“I have to study for this especially that I know I’ll be on the scouting report so I can’t relax,” said Nambatac. “I know in myself that I can help the team when I go to the floor.” ANTIPOLO CITY—Rey Nambatac isn’t Rain or Shine’s usual go to go when the team needed buckets, but with the Elasto Painters’season on the line, the hustling wingman knew he had to produce.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess The sophomore guard out of Letran out delivered in the biggest ways possible, willing the Elasto Painters to a crucial 91-81 Game 6 win over Magnolia in the semifinals of the PBA Philippine Cup Friday at Ynares Center here.Nambatac had a stellar outing of 16 points on 4-of-6 shooting from deep and 13 of those points came in the payoff period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsRain or Shine held on to a 77-71 lead, a respectable margin but not something that could assure a win, with 5:52 remaining in the game.Sensing his team needed a boost, Nambatac knocked down two straight three-pointers that gave the Elasto Painters a 83-71 with 3:57 to play essentially assuring his team of a Game 7. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated “First of all, I was ready because since the start of the third quarter I wasn’t called to get to the game but my mindset was anytime I can come in,” said Nambatac in Filipino.“So when I did get called, I knew I had to step up which was really needed because our wings were focused on defense and our offense sorely lacked because of it. I then focused on the offensive end.”James Yap was the only wingman for Rain or Shine, apart from Nambatac, to have a productive night finishing with 16 points and seven rebounds while shooting 7-of-14 from the field.Nambatac, who averaged 7.7 points and 3.7 rebounds, shot an overall 5-of-9 from the field.Gabe Norwood had a miserable outing on then floor shooting just 3-of-13 but finished with eight points and 10 boards while rookie Javee Mocon shot 0-of-2 from the field but made two of his four free throws.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles 6 doped Kazakh athletes fail to return Olympic medals DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more