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Autumn Run 2014

Autumn Run 2014

Model T Autumn Run 2014

The Autumn Run of the Irish Model T Club took place on Sunday 19 October 2014.

Two original Model T Ford Touring Cars, 1915 (L) and 1914 (R).

Two original Model T Ford Touring Cars, 1915 (L) and 1914 (R).

 

James and Thomas Stinson from Donegal consult with Eamon Dunne.

James and Thomas Stinson from Donegal consult with Eamon Dunne.

 

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Organised by Sean McEvoy and starting from the Maldron Midway Hotel, it is usually the final run of the season for our members.

Line up rear of 1913 Touring Car, 1920 Roadster and 1926 Coupe.

Line up rear of 1913 Touring Car, 1920 Roadster and 1926 Coupe.

 

Paul Dunne enjoys the ride in an 1918 Touring Car

Paul Dunne enjoys the ride in an 1918 Touring Car

 

Rita & Michael

Rita & Michael

It was a dull and rainy morning as we gathered in the Hotel car park for our pre run briefing by Sean.

 

Sean McEvoy addresses the Drivers prior to commencement of the Autumn run.

Sean McEvoy addresses the Drivers prior to commencement of the Autumn run.

 

Attendees at Drivers' briefing

Attendees at Drivers’ briefing

 

Dave with his 1927 Coupe

Dave with his 1927 Coupe

We set off in the direction of Abbeyleix where we turned of in the direction of Borris in Ossery. The weather brightened somewhat as we drove  through some lovely countryside. Autumn was very much in evidence as the trees were changing colour. Beautiful shades of yellow, russet and all shades in between lined the roads. Nature is truly wonderful. Soon all the leaves will fall and the trees will sleep over the next few months and by the time we are ready for our first run of 2015 the new growth will be pushing through and hopefully we will have dancing daffodils to greet us!

O'Neills arrive in a 1913 Model T Ford Touring Car.

O’Neills arrive in a 1913 Model T Ford Touring Car.

 

Thomas Connors on his maiden run in his rebuilt 1911 Model T Ford Touring Car.

Thomas Connors on his maiden run in his rebuilt 1911 Model T Ford Touring Car.

 

Anthony Molloy our latest new member pictured in his 1925 Model T Ford Roadster.

Anthony Molloy our latest new member pictured in his 1925 Model T Ford Roadster.

 

We continued on our merry way through the village of Ballacolla and on to Borris in Ossery, where we took the road to Roscrea and Racket Hall, our lunch stop.

1927 Coupe | 1915 Touring Car  1918 Touring Car | 1925 Fordor.

1927 Coupe | 1915 Touring Car 1918 Touring Car | 1925 Fordor.

 

Vinny, Lorraine & Colt

Vinny, Lorraine & Colt

 

Interesting line up of Model T Fords

Interesting line up of Model T Fords

After a delicious lunch, we resumed our run, back through Borris.

The O'Neills (Dubin) on the Autumn Run 2014

The O’Neills (Dubin) on the Autumn Run 2014

 

Matt, Martin and Thomas.

Matt, Martin and Thomas.

 

Bernard & Anne in their Manchester built 1913 Model T Ford Touring Car, the only one of its kind in Ireland at present.

Bernard & Anne in their Manchester built 1913 Model T Ford Touring Car, the only one of its kind in Ireland at present.

 

John & Eleanor

John & Eleanor | 1909 Model T Ford Touring Car

 

Frances & John

Frances & John

 

John on his first outing with his 1926 Model T Ford Fordor.

John on his first outing with his 1926 Model T Ford Fordor.

 

John | Frances | Eleanor | Peter | Anne | Bernrd

John | Frances | Eleanor | Peter | Anne | Bernrd

 

Valerie | Bernard | Frances | Peter

Valerie | Bernard | Frances | Peter

 

Valerie & Eileen

Valerie & Eileen

Our next stop at the Donaghmore Workhouse and Agricultural Museum.

Donaghmore commissioned in 1847 at the height of the great famine to tackle cronic overcrowding in the Irish Workhouse Union system.

Donaghmore commissioned in 1847 at the height of the great famine to tackle cronic overcrowding in the Irish Workhouse Union system.

 

Our host at Donaghmore Trevor Stanley.

Our host at Donaghmore Trevor Stanley.

We were greeted by Trevor Stanley who gave us a fascinating talk and tour of these sobering and grim buildings which are some of the few original Workhouses standing today.

Sean McEvoy discuses the replica with John, Bernard and Martin.

Sean McEvoy discuses the replica with John, Bernard and Martin.

 

Frances | John | Paul

Frances | John | Paul

 

Thomas & Anthony

Thomas & Anthony

This workhouse was commissioned in 1847 at the height of the Great Famine to tackle chronic overcrowding of the Irish Workhouse Union system.

Stinson & Son

Stinson & Son

 

Cars lined up at Donaghmore

Cars lined up at Donaghmore

 

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The boys dormitory at Donaghmore

The boys dormitory at Donaghmore

 

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The rain which had been forecast earlier conveniently fell as we were coming to the end of our visit. It cleared as we left the Workhouse, an option which was not too available for the unfortunates who were forced to live there.

The Dunnes at Donaghmore.

The Dunnes at Donaghmore.

 

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Just as we were about to depart Sean McEvoy called the group together and proudly presented his latest work of art being a recreation replica of the original Henry Ford internal combustion engine, the forerunner of engines that has to date been manufactured and supplied to 80 million cars and commercials.  It works as it should.  Pictures below show Sean setting up the engine and presenting it to us.  We were speechless.  Congratulations and well done Sean.

 

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Sean McEvoy demonstrates his replica of the apparatus Henry Ford clamped to his kitchen sink - the trial Ford engine running under its own power.

Sean McEvoy demonstrates his replica of the apparatus Henry Ford clamped to his kitchen sink – the trial Ford engine running under its own power.

We headed off again and drove through Donaghmore village and back towards Abbeyleix. All arrived safely after a thoroughly enjoyable day.

Before closing

  • we wish to extend a special welcome to Anthony Molly from the West of Ireland who joined up as a new member and joins with his son Marcus in experiencing the uniqueness of the Model T.
  • We congratulate Thomas Connors on the completion of his 1911 Model T Touring Car and his maiden voyage.  It took a little longer that originally thought but Thomas declares he enjoyed the rebuilding experience.
  • We are delighted to see Messrs Stinson and Son with their fully repaired 1914 Model T ford Touring Car after its engine rebuild and rear axle overhaul.
  • We welcome Paul Dunne who visited his family home and rook time to be with us for the final run of the season, and hope he will return to join with us and his family soon.
  • Young Colt, son of Vinny and Lorraine clearly enjoyed his first run in his Grandad’s 1914 Model T Ford.  Maybe some day he will drive it himself.  Time passes so quickly;  we look forward to that day.

We loaded up our cars and said our goodbyes until next year when we hope to meet up once again for another enjoyable T touring season.

A big thank you to Sean McEvoy for his organising of this most enjoyable day for us all.

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