RORY KENNEDY HAS RECALLED ‘born leader’ Bertie Fisher ahead of the launch of a book tomorrow night celebrating the life and times of the legendary rally driver.
‘King Fisher- the story of rally legend Bertie Fisher’ was written and compiled by rally enthusiast and photographer Fergus McAnallen with support from the Fisher family and the Armagh Tigers Committee.
The book will be officially released at a celebratory dinner in the Fisher Suite of Armagh City Hotel tomorrow night to mark the 15th anniversary of the tragic accident that claimed the lives of Bertie and his children Mark and Emma.
The family helicopter came down in woodland in their native Fermanagh and the three lost their lives.
“Bertie set the standard and everyone else followed,” said Kennedy, who formed a lethal partnership with Fisher.
Fisher was a four-time winner of the Donegal International Rally, three times – in 1992, 1993 and 1995 – with Letterkenny’s Kennedy calling the notes.
Bertie was a born leader. I was delighted to get the call up when Austin Frazer retired. It was a great opportunity to get.
“He and I went from strength to strength. I learned a huge amount from Bertie.
Fisher – who came to prominence in a Mark 2 Escort and then an Opel Manta in the 80s – won the Circuit of Ireland three times and had many big battles with the likes of Austin MacHale and James Cullen.
Kennedy said: “This book is a long time on the go. It’s been talked about for many years, but the energy that Fergus has put means that it’s now available.
“It is fascinating reading. To this day, people come to me and recount stories about Bertie.”
Listen to the full interview below …