The 55th staging of the Veteran Run organised by the Tipperary Light Car and Motorcyle Club takes place this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, June 21 and 22.
The first run was held on June 13, 1959, with 26 cars and seven motorcycles and has grown in size and popularity since..
One of its most enthusiastic entrants and club member is Fethard’s Sean Ward whose 1930 Citroen has taken part in every event - and he is again looking forward to this weekend’s event.
It the programme announcing the inaugural event 55 years ago, the club said that many people have an interest in ‘things old’. such as stamps, furniture, castles or tombs - but the members of their club had an interest in old motor cars. And they organised the run so people could get a better idea of what cars were like in their father’s - or grandfather’s - time.
This weekend’s 55th staging starts from the Clonmel Park Hotel on Saturday at 11am and heads for Carlow via Carrick-on-Suir, Kilmoganny, Knocktpoher, Thomastown, Gowran and Paulstown for an evening meal and overnight stay in the Dolmen Hotel.
On Sunday it leaves Carlow at 11am in the direction of Kilkenny with the first stop at the well known car boot sale at Cuffesegrange where they will be a two hour stop.
It’s next back to Clonmel with the second last stop at Nagles in Kilsheelan for lunch at 3pm.
Sponsored by Jim Strang and Sons and John O’Donoghue and son, the event is not only a great opportunity for owners and drivers to show off their beutifully maintained vehicles but a chance for other enthusiasts to view the cars, either before the start at the Clonmel Park Hotel, or watch them en route.