History

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The first club meeting took place on the 29th July, 1935 and the annual subscription was set at five shillings (25p). It was proposed that a Treasure Hunt be organised as these were popular in Omagh at the time, and that the proceeds be donated to the Tyrone County Hospital.

The club became Omagh Motor Club Ltd. on the 6th April, 1954 by which time the membership subscription was ten shillings (50p) per annum.

The club celebrated it’s 75th Anniversary at a Gala Dinner in 2010 and were awarded MSA UK Club of the Year in 2011.

For many years Syon Fin Hillclimb was the club’s most prestigious event drawing many big name sponsors such as Tuborg Lager and John Player. The Hillclimb was held in late May or early June and ran from 1951 until 1977. In the seventies it was paired with Gortin Glens Hillclimb offering competitors a weekend of motorsport and socialising in the Royal Arms Hotel.

In 1972 the club combined with Dungannon Motor Club and Enniskillen Motor Club to run the highly successful Dunomen Rally.

In 1975 the club obtained a road closing order and ran a 22 stage tarmac Bushwhacker Rally. The event was sponsored by Duckhams and was a forerunner of the 1976 Ulster Rally. The Bushwhacker moved into the forests in 1976 and is now one of the most prestigious forest rallies in Ireland. It is a round of the Northern Ireland Stage Rally Championship and the Irish Forest Rally Championship.

  • Presently the club runs two stage rallies, the Bushwhacker Rally based in the Castlederg/ Killeter forests and the Spring Rally based in the forests around Fivemiletown.
  • Spamount Hillclimb in late May is a round of the N.I Hillclimb Championship.
  • A N.I Autotest Championship event is organised in June each year, while the traditional Ken Irwin Christmas Autotest takes place early in the New Year.
  • A Targa Rally is organised in November.

Club meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month in McAleers Bar at Campsie and club membership averages around 250 people.

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