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Old 12 Dec 2003, 12:25 (Ref:810081)   #1
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Neil Shanaghan

Killed in a FFord race at Oulton Park on the run to Druids a few years back.
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Old 12 Dec 2003, 12:36 (Ref:810092)   #2
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Always sad to lose promising young drivers this way.
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Old 12 Dec 2003, 14:00 (Ref:810194)   #3
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You mean Neil Shanahan, Oversteer.

I was at Lodge that day with Chris and his mum and brother. I remember Chris's mum being shocked at the state of the car coming past on a flatbed - it was her first big race meeting, and she said she hoped the driver was OK - and me reassuring her that these cars were frequently involved in accidents and that it was very rare that anyone was hurt.

It was a terrible shock to see the news on Teletext and the web that evening.

RIP Neil.
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Old 8 Jan 2004, 11:54 (Ref:831430)   #4
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Neil's accident was actually on the approach to "Clay Hill" at Oulton, just after the Knickerbrook right-hander.
I know several marshals who attended the incident and were affected in a really bad way.
A small bouquet of flowers and a photo of Neil (Albeit now faded)are still behind the armco where he died.

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Old 8 Feb 2004, 16:08 (Ref:867178)   #5
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i was on the bank above nickerbrook that day, wasnt pleasent at all, especially as a wee nipper i was at the time.
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Old 16 Feb 2004, 18:43 (Ref:876070)   #6
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Old 18 Feb 2004, 09:47 (Ref:878075)   #7
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I was a wee nipper back then too. I was based in the VIP club which overlooked that exact bit of the circuit. Thankfully something inside had told me to watch the FFord race from round at Cascades tho so I never saw the incident. I still think about Neil everytime I go to Oulton. He had such a future ahead of him, who knows were he would have been now...pass Ayrton once around the outside mate! RIP Neil

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Old 29 Dec 2004, 14:32 (Ref:1189383)   #8
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I was there at Oulton that day with my dad and we seen the chopper come to take Neil to hospital cause we were at the first corner (old Hall). I remember seeing Neil in the paddock before that race and he had an Irish flag on his helmet cause my mums irish we planned to look out for him in the race.
It was sad hearing the news that he had died on the radio on the way home.I still think about it when we go to Oulton each year.
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Old 24 Apr 2006, 13:55 (Ref:1593777)   #9
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Clay Hill.

Hi My name is Catherine Williams Nee Lindsay, I was the first first aider on seen that day, As my first big incerdent it was very tramatic & I still remember now, But I would like to say that all though I am not a medical expert Neil would not of known a thing. he was unconssion before his car stopped moving.I got there in seconds & could not do a thing.I do not regrette being there & I am glad of meet him allbe it in very sad circamstances. I learn a great deal that day. So thank you Neil.
All my love Cath xxxx RIP.
if anyone wants to contact me that is fine.

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Old 5 May 2006, 17:02 (Ref:1601357)   #10
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Mods... any chance we could change the spelling on the title of this thread so that Neil's lastname is correct ? It just doesn't feel right having it mispelt here of all places. Thanks, David.
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Old 8 May 2006, 16:07 (Ref:1603462)   #11
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Apologies, I thought I had already corrected it. Now done.

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Hi I am just calling in to say hi to all those of you who where at clay hill on this day 7 years ago. My love is with you all.

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Old 31 May 2006, 18:38 (Ref:1624045)   #13
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I was the second or third marshal to arrive at the scene on that fateful day. I was cooling the engine with a foam extinguisher as the rescue crew lifted Neil from the car. I can remember thinking that he looked peaceful. It is a day that I will never forget. RIP.
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Possibly one of the most talented racing drivers ever to emerge from Ireland. What a terrible loss. RIP Neil.
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Great driver and a great bloke sadly missed. RIP.
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Unless I am very much mistaken, today would be Neil's birthday
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I too was there at Oulton Park that day.

I watched from between Knickerbrook and Fosters corner, so sadly I witnessed the tragic accident that occurred.

Something I will never forget...

Rest in Peace Neil.
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I heard the news of Neil's passing driving into work on the following Monday morning...I got such a shock.

I have been attending Mondello Park in Ireland as a young kid since 1982 and always took a great interest in spotting drivers that were obviously that bit special, clearly better than their peers. Only a handfull of drivers stood out in such a way over that long period of time and Neil was without doubt one of them.

Anytime I saw him interviewed he was so assured and confident - confident in a good way, not over confident if you know what I mean - and was adamant that he wanted to go to Formula 1. It was good to see a fellow redhead (ginger to you UK folk) doing the business! He was such a class act on the track too.

Even now, myself and my wife could be talking about drivers who have died over the time we have been following the sport (Senna and Joey Dunlop come up a lot - you would think those guys were invincible) and we still always remember Neil.

I am privileged to have seen him race so often here in Ireland and he was destined for great things.

RIP Neil
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Just to re awaken this thread on a date just between the 11th anniversary of his passing and his birthday...

I spent last weekend at the BTCC with Neils former manager and he was all to aware of the date and the relevance and it was quite emotional to sit and chat with him in the Ginnetta tent overlooking the spot where Neil had crashed...
wont go into too many details but it seems theres still a frailty in the heart for Neil still held by the many that came into contact with him...and it seems he was on the edge of something bigger, funding had been put in place and the infrastructure was being built to help push him all the way.

RIP Neil
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