The Easter weekend was blessed by great weather,better than many could remember for the time of year and it certainly cast a warm glow upon on the Tipperary Vintage and Custom Rally and the Trip Through Tipp bike run on the Saturday afternoon. These two events are now becoming firm favorites amongst bikers and enthusiasts of all types of vintage, classic and now custom vehicles and the attendance at Tipperary Racecourse reflected this interest.
The weekend kicked off with a Bike Run originally intended for Honda 50’s but such is the interest from riders of all types of bikes that it was thrown open to everyone.
In the late afternoon an assortment of 100 machines set off from Dundrum and travelled through Cashel, Bansha and back though Tipperary via Christ the King. Apart from three of the bikes simultaneously trying to occupy the same piece of tarmac in Bansha it passed off without incident with everyone enjoying the dry roads and grand scenery of the Golden Vale and Glen of Aherlow. Having returned from the run there was something of a first when five mopeds took to a pitch for a game of Honda Soccer and although the score was inconclusive, no bones were broken or bikes wrecked which was something of a miracle in itself.
Sunday started early for the organisers and exhibitors of the rally with tractors and cars arriving on site from 8am onwards. Thankfully the weather stayed warm and mainly dry for the day encouraging a good turnout of machinery with the grandest entrance being made by the traction engine ‘Reliance’ belonging to Ger Cross. With pistons whirring down the main road from the Limerick direction, at little more than walking pace, it presented a wonderful sight of swirling smoke and steam that stirred many a spectators soul and doubtless frayed many following drivers tempers.
In addition to the engine there was a wide range of trucks, tractors, cars and bikes on display with plenty of other activities to keep the whole family entertained with the whole day being topped by an incredible display of aerobatics by Gerry Humphreys in his distinctive stunt plane. As a former pilot of Harrier Jump, Jets Gerry amply proved his skill and ability in the air impressing everybody with his mastery of his craft.
Staying with a military theme the army pitched up with a display of small arms and not so small guns and mortars that proved a great attraction. The friendly and informative army personnel obviously enjoyed explaining and demonstrating the weapons on display.
More fun was to be had at the dog show that attracted nearly 60 entries from pet puppies to full pedigree dogs. Best in show went to Cody, a husky belonging to Liz Maloney of Golden who came away with a trophy and several bags of Burns dog food, as did all those who took part.
The major raffle prize of the day was a 1977 MGB GT car that was kindly donated by Ger Finnan Car Sales. Paddy Leddy from County Cavan won the car and is now the proud owner of this old classic.
The organisers of the Tipp Rally would like to thank all those who supported and helped with the Rally and Bike Run with the sponsors deserving especial mention in these constrained times.