With only weeks till the April 27th / 28th weekend co-hosted by RPM and Connacht Motor Club, when a spectacle of 140 classic, rally and collectors’ cars will converge on Sligo for the Déjà Vu Northwest. The festivities will begin on Friday afternoon as the participants will begin to arrive, park up at Sligo Retail Park before a meet and greet at Sligo Park Hotel.

On Saturday Morning, flagged off from the Retail Park at 9.30 the array of unique and collectable cars will depart to drive the chosen scenic route, taking in Sligo, North Leitrim and south Donegal headed for mid-day refreshment stop at Frosses in Donegal. Resuming the route, cars will then head back towards Sligo, taking in some classic, what would have been stages of the past, in the north of the county. The grand finale will be as they park up in the centre of O’ Connell St for the public to view at 4pm, and with a series of interviews of personalities taking place. Oceanfm will also be present to broadcast live from the centre of the action and get a flavour of the atmosphere. The social element of the weekend will take place on Saturday night when a fully sold-out Gala Dinner takes place in Sligo Park Hotel.

Unique to the Connacht Motor Club co-hosted Déjà Vu event is the publication of a much sought after 80 page Souvenir Programme, which will be available from early April at selected retail outlets, namely Cannings House and Garden, Sligo Junction / Hot Rods Collooney, Innisfree Service Station, Pearse Road and Henrys Service Station Ballymote. It will also be on sale online at RPM and other outlets in Donegal, Cavan, Monaghan, Galway, and Belfast.

The line up of entrants are show stopping, from the renowned Rauno Aaltonen who will participate in a replica BMC Mini of the sixties, Matthew Wilson of the Msport family, winner of the test event run prior to hosting Rally Ireland rounds and also contested both Irish Championship events. Three times winner of Sligo Stages Rally, Vincent Bonner is out in one of the five Opel Manta 400s entered . The jewel in the crown will be the Subaru Legacy’s of both Donagh and Eamonn Kelly, one the ex-Colin Mc Rae Rothmans car and the other a Richard Burns title winning car of 1993. Last years FIA Junior World title winner, William Creighton will be switching from the modern WRC 2 Fiesta to drive his Dads Mk 1 1965 Lotus Cortina.

There will be quite a bit of Sligo representation taking on the run, including a line up of three 60s 1275 GT minis in the hands of John Armstrong, Alister Kee and Ballyshannon’s John Kelly. Martin Reilly brings out the limited edition 2021 Paddy Hopkirk commemorative Mini.Then from the Group B supercars of the 1980s we have Barry Foley’s fabulous Metro 6R4 and Ferlin Taylor’s Peugeot T16 replica. Tommy Mullen will be in his 2000 Subaru Impreza, George Sherlock his 2005 BMW M3. In two Novas are the Bundoran father and son pairing of Irla and Jack Carty. From Ballymote is the Audi Trio of John O Malley and Bernard Mulhern in two Quattros and Francis Corcoran in a Coupe. Ciaran Phelan, event sponsor will be out in the well recognised FAAC Mk 2 Escort. Other local sponsors Sligo Pallets and Devaney Recovery will be lending their support over the weekend.

As an extension The SF Planes, Cars & Coffee will be hosted at Strandhill Airport on Sunday morning from 10am till 12.30 where the Déjà vu rally cars, a panorama of competition machines ranging from the Mini Coopers, Saabs and Renault Alpines of the ‘60s and ‘70s; the Ford Escorts, Opel Mantas, and Porsches, of the ’80; the Subarus and Toyotas of the 90s, and the WRC Fords and Subarus right up to the latest R5 and WRC cars will be joined by multiple high-flyers from all over the land at the Sunday morning Breakfast Fly-in. Entry on the day will be by purchasing a Souvenir Programme.

All proceeds from the event, the souvenir programme sales and the Gala Dinner is going to Friends of Rallying, a fund to support the families of Gene Mc Donald and Daire Maguire, driver and navigator who tragically lost their lives on Sligo Stages Rally last year. Patrons are reminded to keep up to date on Connachtmotorclub.com , on Connacht Motor club Facebook and Twitter pages and purchase a Programme which has full route and entry details.