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Who all would like to see Stephen Finlay back out rallying.:idea:
 

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one of the most naturally talented drivers in the world....

.....and he just can't be bothered


Thats straight from the horses mouth last year in Donegal.
 

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yes it would be great to see him back,hes some pilot.he would deffo be winning rounds of the ITC

and i see 2 pineapples voted no:dunno:
 

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I really dont understand the guy.......so much talent what a waste!!!
 

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i agree. came back after 4 years off to win the Pirelli then take Killarney, right enough Nesbitt ran outa fuel but still the fella has talent. sure was he not 6th in the acropolis that year on the first day?
 

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Yes he was doing exceptionally well on the Acropolis.
First man to rally a Focus over here ..I think?
Anyway it would be good to see him back out on the stages.
 

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Now FOUR pineapples have voted no!!!! That's what you get for asking a stupid question in the first place!!!! Anyone who likes rallying would love to see him back - as well as Cathal Curley, Billy Coleman, Russell Brooks, Jimmy McRae, Ari Vatanen, Stig Blomquist, etc etc etc. Forget the past - let Finlay and the rest of them retire in peace and let's look forward to new drivers, nagivators and cars. We can't go back so let's go forward willingly instead of having to be dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century.
 

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almost agree Ben.

But, and I am not slagging or anything like that, but many of the drivers now at the top level are there because of cheque books and not talent.

What we really need is to get some incredibly talented but less financially aware people to the top level. Take McShea - a world champ from Ireland, who can only afford to rally a grp n machine now and again. Compare to the likes of Boland - talented but not in the same league - who is out every turn about.

Talented drivers could get to the top a lot easier in by gone days - money was nowhere near as big an obstacle. Talent took ye to the top, not the machinery.

I re-iterate, I am not slagging off any driver, just trying to make a point.
 

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did you not know montogamery building finlay a new bda mk 2 so he will deffo be out again heard he wants to go and play with the marae's rich boy toys :p
 

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Originally posted by Ben
Now FOUR pineapples have voted no!!!! That's what you get for asking a stupid question in the first place!!!! Anyone who likes rallying would love to see him back - as well as Cathal Curley, Billy Coleman, Russell Brooks, Jimmy McRae, Ari Vatanen, Stig Blomquist, etc etc etc. Forget the past - let Finlay and the rest of them retire in peace and let's look forward to new drivers, nagivators and cars. We can't go back so let's go forward willingly instead of having to be dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century.
Would disagree ben what age do you think stephen finlay is !! probley younger than any of the top current itc wrc men only in his thirtys came to fame a shy 18 year old. still pently of life in him yet
 

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Kenny Wilson I will say it again jealously is a terrible thing.....wether you have a big cheque book or not you need some amount of skill to drive a WRC car like bolnad does ........please keep your sour grapes to yourself...
 

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STE. Kenny seemed to be on to something. Cast your mind back to Galway a fair few years back, Meagher, in a MK2, beating Mark Lovell in the Cosworth. A real case of talent and no big cheque book

[Edited on 26-7-2005 by ral.ly]
 

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Originally posted by JJ
Cast your mind back to Galway a fair few years back, Meagher, in a MK2, beating Mark Lovell in the Cosworth. A real case of talent and no big cheque book
i agree with JJ on this, Frank Meagher showed up a lot of top men and he was in a home built self prepared mk2 escort and he showed up Mark Lovell in a factory prepared sierra cosworth

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Originally posted by jp ruth
Originally posted by JJ
Cast your mind back to Galway a fair few years back, Meagher, in a MK2, beating Mark Lovell in the Cosworth. A real case of talent and no big cheque book
i agree with JJ on this, Frank Meagher showed up a lot of top men and he was in a home built self prepared mk2 escort and he showed up Mark Lovell in a factory prepared sierra cosworth

[Edited on 26-7-2005 by jp ruth]
Yeah and Dave Metcalfe beat Meagher in the 92 Manx and he was in a 1600 Nova and Meagher was in a proper sierra:p:p:p
 

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I agree with saying that a lot of talented drivers havent been able to make it to the top due to financial constraints but Finlay isn't one of them. He has the money but just not the interest. Which is a shame cos hes a genius.
 

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i think i speak for a lot of people herenow, we would love to see Stephen Finlay back out for the rally ireland he is pure class on Gravel and tarmac, i would love to see him head to head with Gareth and Kevin on the loose and head to head with Eugene and Derek on the tarmac
 

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maybe as a 00 i suppose. he has a lot to do with thwe organising side of it. as in surveying stages from the air and i presume on the ground.
 
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