According to a March 31 press release from the 500 Motor Racing Club of Ireland (MRCI), Crosslé Car Company founder Dr. John Crosslé MBE will be honored later this spring at the Kirkistown Motor Racing Circuit in County Down, Northern Ireland. The 500 Club, with which Crosslé had a long-standing relationship, will name the “John Crosslé Chicane” at Kirkistown in his memory.
In 2013, at a reception at Stormont celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Kirkistown circuit, Crosslé had spoken about how his company and the 500 MRCI had grown together since the 1950s. Now, after the passing of Dr. Crosslé in August of 2014 at the age of 83, the named chicane will provide a permanent memorial of that close affiliation.
The 500 Club, notes that a simple ceremony on Saturday, May 30, 2015 will be held there when members of the 500 Club meet. Friends and family of Dr. Crosslé will also be there.
The 500 Motor Racing Club of Ireland invites cars from Rory’s Wood to the event. Notes the club, “A Crosslé Handicap Race will provide an opportunity for single-seater and sports racing cars of all ages to compete in a showpiece to mark the occasion. Other races for Formula Ford 1600, Roadsports and Formula Libre (BOSS) mean that Crosslé drivers will be able to compete in up to three races if they wish. Separately, 80T trials cars will demonstrate their remarkable off-road capabilities and a static display of Crosslé cars and related items will intrigue friends of the marque.”
In addition, a grid of 500cc Formula 3 cars and their drivers will be on hand. This is the class from which the 500 MRCI derives its name. Food and attractions will contribute to making the day a festive one for Crosslé owners, drivers, and enthusiasts.
Interested potential participants are encouraged to fill out the entry form that will appear on the Kirkistown website in the near future. Click on “Competitor Downloads” to access the form.
The Crosslé Car Company is known in the United States for manufacturing many of the Formula Ford cars driven in the Skip Barber Racing School programs around the country. Crosslé cars, both single-seaters and sports racers, are also seen on the historic/vintage racing circuit, both in the U.S. and abroad.
Paul McMorran, Managing Director of The Crosslé Car Company, notes that a 60th anniversary celebration of the car manufacturer is being planned for 2017. Owners and interested others will be notified in plenty of time about the event, should they wish to participate.