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Inter-county hurling stars for Piltown Festival of Motorsport

John OShea, Piltown Community Enterprise; James Coleman, Carrick on Suir Motor Club and Dr Gordon Watson, South East Radiotherapy Trust (SERT) pictured at the recent launch of the Festival of Motorsport.

John OShea, Piltown Community Enterprise; James Coleman, Carrick on Suir Motor Club and Dr Gordon Watson, South East Radiotherapy Trust (SERT) pictured at the recent launch of the Festival of Motorsport.

A one-day Festival of Motorsport showcasing a dazzling fleet of more than 1000 cars, motorbikes and tractors along with an array of family fun attractions takes place in the Iverk Show showgrounds in Piltown on Sunday, July 13.

Hurling greats Declan Fanning from Tipperary, Tommy Walsh from Kilkenny, Michael (Brick) Walsh and Seamus Prendergast from Waterford will be among the big GAA names making special guest appearances at the Festival.

Fans will have an opportunity to puck the sliothar and have their photos taken with their heroes.

An estimated 10,000 people are expected to flock to the Festival, which is being organised jointly by Carrick-on-Suir Motor Club, the South East Radiotheraphy Trust and Piltown Community Enterprise.

Festival of Motorsport Chairman James Coleman of Carrick-on-Suir Motor Club estimated there will be more than 1000 vehicles on display at the event.

They will include vintage, veteran and classic cars and motorcycles, custom and vintage tractors and static engines from motor clubs throughout the country.

There will be a parade of Harley Davidson motorbikes and also a big display of Vespa motorbikes.

Another big crowd-puller will be motorcross motorcycle racing on the grass track in the showgrounds.

There will also be a range of racing vehicles at the show including Kart racera, auto test car and rally cross cars.

“We will have a live action arena for the rally cars where you can sit in a car as a navigator and be driven around a few laps of the purpose built circuit,” said Mr Coleman.

Festival of Motorsport Treasurer Gerri Hickey said there will also be a host of non-motoring attractions at the event.

They include hot air ballons, threshing, model displays, a best dressed lady competition and a “Ladies Haven” featuring a fashion show, talks and demonstrations on health and fitness.

And for children there will be bouncy castles, amusements and a cup cake baking workshop.

“It will be a great fun event and we have organised events to cater for everyone in the family.We hope people will come out and support it.”

Gerri said the 52-strong Festival of Motorsport committee has put a huge amount of work into organising the one-day event since last November and have their fingers crossed that the weather will be good on the day.

 

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