IVVCC Punchestown May 2017

Our Club members were pleased to support a the IVVCC Festival of Transport described as a show for enthusiasts run by enthusiasts, encompassing all forms of transport over 20 years of age on Sunday May 14th at Punchestown Racecourse, Naas, Co. Kildare.

The Festival of Transport is a partnership between IVVCC and all Clubs involved in the preservation of vehicles. And so on Saturday evening cars galore began to get positioned in the large indoor exhibition space.  

The Irish Model T Ford Club members were on hand in the setup. Vincent K volunteered his services in lining up the Ts in date order right through the ages from 1909 to 1927.  

To be fair we almost succeeded in our year by year line up.  The variety of vehicles was to hand; Touring cars, Delivery Van, Tudor, Centre Door, Doctor’s Coupe, Roadster, TT Ton truck; and even mixture of brass and black with a few nickel ones as well.

Clive came along with his design and build contraption that holds our large scale colour poster of the stainless steel replica at Ballinascarthy. Tools and man power, Alan D and John V, soon had our stand an attractive piece of work once the Ford flag was hoisted.

Sunday morning saw an influx of visitors to the Festival of Transport with more than our fair share of visitors admiring and enquiring of Ts in general and asking detailed questions in particular.  Eleanor took charge of marketing. Club brochures answered the more common bits of information that we hear about. Membership enquiries resulted in three persons joining our ranks, some with Ts already and another as a work in progress.

Anne improvised and from nowhere with limited resources fed the troops and visitors.  Hot beverage and square ham and cheese rolls with current cake went down well;  this was much appreciated.

Lorraine together with toddlers and husband displayed our new range of Club clothing.  Happily sales were brisk. Members get quality apparel at exceedingly good value.  

The show was no doubt a success and the organisers deserve every praiseworthy comment that we heard. The Irish Vintage Scene magazine featured Fords manufactured in Cork and on their stand were the vehicles that featured on the front cover of the May 2017 edition, a 1926 Touring Car, a Ford Mark 2 Escort and a half ton Thames Panel Van.

All in all it was a good day for IVVCC and an enjoyable one for our members in attendance. Well done to Bernadette and Shane Houlihan. Thank you for initiating this show; we are pleased to encourage. Another success story all round.

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