Mallow gearing up to welcome Rally Extravaganza

With less than three weeks to go until the crackle and pop of rally cars’ echo around the town of Mallow, the ground swell of support for what is sure to be a feast of automotive excitement is growing at an incredible pace. For a ninth successive year, the North Cork town will be the base for the Cork Motor Club’s annual Jim Walsh Cork Forest Rally on July 28th and 29th. This year in particular, has all the makings of being a special event with the return to a two-day format after a ten year spell as a single day event. Mallow welcomed the occasion with open arms in 2010, and the return year on year since is no accident or coincidence, such is the support received from local business and people alike, while the rally in return brings a huge economic boost to the region.
The support received from local business right across a large spectrum is testament to the quality of the event, as firms can see real benefit in being associated with the Jim Walsh Cork Forest Rally. The stages themselves based close to Mitchel-stown on Saturday and near Mallow on Sunday, have been undergoing all necessary work to get them in prime shape for the high-speed rally machines come late July, with much of this groundwork being helped by the financial contributions of the stage sponsors.
The official launch of the 2018 Jim Walsh Cork Forest Rally will take place this Thursday, July 12th, at 7.30pm with a photo-shoot involving a number of rally cars and drivers in the grounds of Mallow Castle, followed by a formal press launch with refreshments in the Rally HQ, the Hibernian Hotel Mallow. All are welcome. (See full story on page 78)