30th Anniversary Autumn Run

30th Anniversary Autumn Run
Sunday 13th September.

Starting at Russborough House, Blessington. Gathering at 10am for 11am sharp departure. Lunch suggestions on Route sheet or bring a picnic. Cost €20 per car or €10 per motorcycle.

Entries not later than Thursday 10th September to Alice Nugent, “Kylebeg”, Dublin Road, Blessington, Co. Wicklow

( cheques payable to the B.V.C.M.C Ltd ).

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A quick reminder that the Autumn run will start from Russborough House on Sunday September 13th.  This will be the last big club rally of the season so it would be great to see a big crowd out to finish off of 30th year of events with style.  Russborough House is a beautiful venue and we are much obliged to the Russborough Trust who allow us to gather on the front steps of the house for the off.  We look forward to seeing everyone there on the day.  We welcome pre entries as it helps the planning for numbers on the day so if you could send your details to Club Secretary Alice Nugent it would be appreciated.

Lets hope for a dry day and see you in Russborough.

30th Anniversary BBQ Run

Some 30 years ago on the 20th of July 1985 the very first Lake Run was held starting from the Square in Blessington out around the lakes for some 25 old cars and 14 bikes on what was the first event of the Blessington Vintage Car & Motorcycle Club.  Here we have three of the original organisers Wille Nash, Tony Clarke and Billy Flynn on the steps of the Downshire Hotel which served as club base for many years.  In 1985 white coats were used by stewards instead of high- vis vests we see today.

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On the 19th of July 2015 we did it all again and thankfully many of the original participants and a few of the original cars could take part.   The rain held off and a very enjoyable afternoon was spent out around the lakes, at the refreshment stop in Valleymount then back in the Square where everyone could admire the cars.  Its a very busy square now compared to 1985 so its much more difficult to accommodate the 60 odd cars that turned up.  The space provided by Billy & Joan Flynn as well as Peter of the West Wicklow Inn  was much appreciated by all.

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We had a fantastic BBQ provided by Peter and all the staff at the West Wicklow Inn and to finish off a lovely Birthday Cake.

An enjoyable event to recreate the first club event.  Pat Foley has taken a lot of fantastic photos which are on the Gallery.  Have a look and see if you can find your car. Click here to view them.

Thanks everyone.

 

Irish Classic & Vintage Motor Show/Terenure Show

The club had a fantastic stand again this year with over 60 cars of various ages styles and attractive features.  All shared a common bond of being the pride and joy of their owners and we are delighted with the turnout for the Blessington Club stand to make it one of the biggest and best stands yet again this year.

A hugh thanks to everyone for bringing their cars out especially as we celebrate the clubs 30th birthday.  A special Congratulations to the three cars from the Club stand won awards at the Terenure Show.

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Noel Kavanagh on the left with his Model T Truck got Best Commercial Award

Brian Mahon on the right with his Austin A40 Devon won Best Post War car.

Also a winner was Joe McDonnell in his Vauxhall

Click here to view Pat Foley’s photos.

  

Gordon Bennett Rally great success for Blessington Club Members

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.

GB cars         GB Drivers & Navigators

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.

Chevy @GB Run 2015

Full details can be found on the organisers website IVVCC.ie

 

 

 

SPRING RUN MAY 2015,

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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.

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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.

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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.

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2014 Mince Pie 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.

 

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AGM 2015 March 9th 8.30pm

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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.