The fourth Tipperary Vintage and Custom Rally took place at the Tipperary Racecourse over Easter with a wide-ranging display of exhibits and demonstrations that proved popular with all family members.
Despite the current economic difficulties the event still raised the very worthwhile sum of €16,300 which will be split between the South Tipperary Hospice and The Irish Heart Foundation. The cheques will be presented on May 19 at Ballyglass Hotel.
The organising committee led by Jack Leonard, Steve Thornton and Eddie Spencer would like to thank all those who came to help in making the show such a success. “Each Year there seems to be more and more people to thank,” said committee member Jack Leonard. “From the Civil Defence to the stall holders, the entertainers to the cleaners, it really is difficult to know where to start but most of all it is the people coming to enjoy the day that make it such a rewarding experience and that is appreciated by us all above everything else.”
Alongside the excellent display of vintage machinery that included working threshing and log cutting exhibits, there was also the second National Modified Car show organised by Mike O’Dwyer which attracted owners from all over Ireland with their very beautifully prepared vehicles.
Also building on the success of last years introduction was a small display of veteran aircraft with Gerry Humphries once again putting on a breathtaking display of aerobatics in his purpose built stunt plane. Not to be out done by events in the sky, several young bands from the Tipperary area put on excellent performances to entertain the crowd whilst the Dog Show drew a whole range entrants all of whom were well turned out and on the very best behaviour. Thankfully the rain stayed away for the afternoon allowing all the planned attractions to go ahead and so the large number of visitors of all ages was certainly not short of things to do and see.
Plans for next years rally are already being considered and once again it will be held at the Racecourse on Easter Sunday with the organisers enthusiastically looking forward to putting on another great day.