Vintage Rally – a great success!

16/08/2011

Vintage Rally

Main photograph - John Madden, President, Irish Vintage Society; Phil Hogan T.D. Minister for Environment; Terry O’Brien, Slievenamon Vintage Club, Mullinahone, Co. Tipperary; Lucy Rothwell

Inistioge Vintage Rally was another great success despite the inclement weather. It is a fantastic place at the best of times, and was really enhanced by the rally which had something for everyone this year.

The rally took place over the August Bank Holiday weekend. It's always great day out for all the family in the charming village along the banks of the river Nore. On Saturday 30th July the Slievenamon Vintage Club Road Run from Mullinahone arrived in Inistioge at 6.00pm. John Madden – Irish Vintage Society President donned his kilt again and piped the vintage exhibits of tractors, threshing mill and combine harvester into the rally field. On Saturday evening the site already looked like a medium sized vintage rally.

Also on the Saturday, Heritage cargo boats sailed up the Nore valley on a rising tide from New Ross as they did for hundreds of years before the road and rail networks made them redundant.  Their destination was Inistioge, and it was there that the boats rubbed shoulders, or should that be wheels and fenders, with the mighty machines at the Vintage Rally.

On Sunday 31st July, there was a fantastic display. Exhibits included Vintage Cars, Tractors, Trucks, Motorbikes, Stationary Engines Commercials, Farm Implements, Threshing Mills, Bread and Butter Making, Crafts, Live Music & Dancing, Tug-O-War, Wellington Boot Throwing, Puppet Show, Dog Show, Bouncy Castle, Stalls, Side Shows and many novelty events including the ever popular Duck Race which took place in the canal that splits the rally field.

Inistioge Vintage Rally is run on a voluntary basis, with proceeds passed on to charitable causes in the community. To-date, Inistioge Vintage Rally has contributed in excess of €85,000 to St. Vincent de Paul, Alzheimer’s Day Care, Guide Dogs, and cancer-screening units, along with local clubs and good causes.

John Madden – Irish Vintage Society President officially opened the event and during his speech thanked the organising team and volunteers for their dedication and hard work in preparing the event. During his address he mentioned how the team continued to hold health and safety in the highest regard in running such a successful event.

This year there were over 350 exhibitors, slightly down on the record entry in 2010. On show were classic and vintage cars, oil engines, tractors and motorbikes. Special guest this year was Mr. Phil Hogan T.D., Minister for Environment. Mr. Hogan and Lucy Rothwell presented the Leslie Rothwell Trophy for the Best Vintage Exhibit. The judges for the award were John Madden – President Irish Vintage Society and local Garda Paul Martin. Both men struggled in their decision making as the award covered all vintage classes with standards very high which made for a very for a competitive event.

After over 2 hours of deliberations, the Leslie Rothwell Trophy was fittingly won by a 1951 David Brown Super Cropmaster Tractor owned by Terry O’Brien from the Slievenamon Vintage Club, Mullinahone, Co. Tipperary. There were 5 other exhibits that made the final – Sean Murphy’s 1954 NSU Max Classic Motor Cycle, Tony McGrath’s 1967 Bedford Truck, Austin Rothwell’s 1845 Horse Drawn Famine Soup Boiler, David Gordon’s 1935 Austin 10 Motor Car and Graham Carthy’s 1921 Crossley 10/60 4 H/P Stationary Engine.

There is no doubt that the Inistioge Vintage Rally will be very special again on the banks of the Nore in 2012 when the event will be staged over the August Bank Holiday weekend 5th August 2012.

Photograph below - Austin Rothwell’s 1845 Horse Drawn Famine Soup Boiler.

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