Finish: – The West Wicklow House, Main Street, Blessington
Pat Foley has provided us with more of his excellent photos from this year’s Spring Run. Click here to view them or visit the gallery.
Club members have had a very successful weekend at the IVVCC International Gordon Bennett Rally. This was 112th anniversary of the 1903 race and the 40th anniversary of the IVVCC celebrating the event. The event takes the form of a regularity test with drivers travelling at an average speed of 40kph over 160km and this year the route took the cars through Kildare Meath & Cavan for the lunch stop at Mullagh Village and returning to Johnstownbridge where the rally was based in the Marriott Hotel.
Club members took home 5 of the 15 prizes including the most important prize of Overall winner of the event.
Pictured above are the successful Drivers, Navigators and their cars at the June Monday night run which started from Blessington. Those pictured are
Brian King, William Cullen, Pat Goulding, Tony Clarke, Brian & Breege Dempsey, Colin Dunne & Keith Pearson.
The overall winner of the event were Colin Dunne & William Cullen in a 1926 Chevrolet.
Full details can be found on the organisers website IVVCC.ie
The first rally of this the clubs 30th year took place on Sunday May 17th from Russborough House near Blessington, to Athy, Co Kildare when we stopped for for lunch. While most people adjourned to Hotel for lunch, some hardy souls wrapped up warm for a picnic at the Moat of Ardscull just outside the town. Its a venue famous in old car circles as the location of the Gordon Bennett Memorial to the Race of 1903 which selected this as a key spectator vantage point for the race. The road that can still be used today although thankfully the main traffic is carried by a new road nearby which allows old cars to pass in peace and stop a while to savour the history of the spot.
Following lunch the group made its way to the Curragh Racecourse to join up with the display of old Military Vehicles and enthusiasts in various Military costumes. The Curragh area has a long established close association with Military for British, Irish and also German given the large number of downed airmen held at the nearby Curragh camp during WWII.
Many thanks to all who supported the event and to the committee who put a lot of work into the organisation of it. A special mention to Pat Foley for these fantastic photos and on this occasion we have one of Pat with his Morris Minor.
The 2015 Calendar of events is now available. Click here to view it.
A reminder to everyone taking part on the 30th Anniversary Club Trip from April 9th to 12th.
The initial details are outlined in the attached summary sheet meeting up on Thursday morning so please review link below for more details.
Enjoy the run.
Edward Connally has provided us with photos from the recent Mince Pie run in December. Click here to view them.
Below is a sample of cars Parked in Donadea Forest Park where we stopped for a while and some availed of the hot chocolate drinks to keep the cold away.
Tony Clarke & Pat Foley
Congratulations to Pat Foley who was awarded the Club person of the Year award by Tony Clarke at the AGM on Monday March 9th. Pat will be known to all members for his regular attendance at most club events with camera in hand. He has been very generous over the years with his time and quality photos he takes and shares with us all. Well done Pat.
Club AGM in the West Wicklow Inn at 8.30pm for members to attend. The club is 30 years old this year so would welcome all members. We can accept sub renewals on the night for those who have not renewed already.
As normal we shall review last years events and outline events planned for this year as well as the usual housekeeping items.
We look forward to seeing you there.
SEE APRIL 2015 EDITION OF IRISH VINTAGE SCENE FOR ARTICLE ON THIS RUN
We had a fantastic Autumn Run on Sunday Sept 21st to Emo Court helped in no small way by the great sunny weather and it was a lovely way to finish off the summer runs relaxing with a picnic on the gardens around EMO court. The lovely drive down from Russborough through Kilcullen and across the Curragh was put together by Keith Pearson and Bob Webster so many thanks to them for that. The directions seemed to make sense to everyone as we had very few straying off the route sheets and there are always a few who wander!
The Curragh Golf Club proved a lovely finish venue with setting sun backdrop on the golden shades in the tree belt opposite the clubhouse balcony when we sat for the refreshments as the finishers awards were handed out.
PS If you were on the run and did not get your award send on an email and we can have it with us for collection at the next evening run.
Thank you to all participants.
Pat Foley has provided us with more of his beautiful photographs, this time from the Classic & Vintage Motor Show in Terenure this year. Click here or on the Gallery page to view them.