You Need More RWD Irish Rally In Your Life

Rally is awesome. Rear wheel drive rally is even more awesome. Then there is rear wheel drive rally in Ireland kind of awesome. You seen this guy before as his videos get shared all over Facebook. His name is Frank Kelly and the man can drive.

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His car, “Baby Blue”, is a Ford Escort Mk2 built to Group 4 specs and runs a 2.5ltr series 2 engine prepared by Millington. The transmission is a sequential 5 speed from Tractive which sends power to an Elite LSD with a 4.4 ratio. Ford escort mkII 2.5ltr series 2 engineHe runs 4 way adjustable DMS shocks and stops the car with AP brakes – four pistons in the front, 2 in the rear. And for those that need new wheels, his are GP4 Revolutions.

The car is top notch, but its still very much a “clubman” effort with much of the preparation work being carried out by friends and family.  Frank takes care of the pre-event prep work and any rebuilds or developments required. Gary, Frank’s brother, is the on-event service man and chief mechanic. He keeps the car in good shape throughout the rally and has pulled the team out of the fire on numerous occasions. Conor, also Frank’s brother, takes care of the paint work when required. He has been known to manage a full re-panel and paint between rallies.

Frank Kelly - Driver

Frank Kelly – Driver

Liam Brennan - Co-driver

Liam Brennan – Co-driver

The team’s merchanise is looked after by Rosemarie (Frank’s wife) and Lauren (Frank’s daughter) and Ciaran (Frank’s nephew) take care of the media side of things.  Lauren who operates LK Media, is responsible for capturing the days footage and posting it onto YouTube as well as looking after the teams Twitter page while Ciaran handles the photography side.

 Most of the Facebook videos only show the external shots. This is what it looks like on board. These guy are good.

You can follow more of Frank and his team on his Facebook page. 

Bill Caswell is a self-taught racing driver, mechanic, and fabricator, and rose to internet fame taking a $500 Craigslist BMW to a World Rally Championship event in Mexico in March of 2010. His exploits have featured in places like ESPN Magazine, Grassroots Motorsports, NPR Radio, Wired.com and Jalopnik.com. A lifelong fan of rally and motorsport, Caswell famously believes nothing to be impossible.

There are 2 comments for this article
    • Bill Caswell Author at 3:07 pm

      Very true. He has tons of videos online. They’re all pretty good. I just wanted to see what the in car looks like! Amazing how smooth his inputs are and how calm it inside relative to how it looks from outside the car!