Thursday 18 September 2014

Ted's Run enthrals again

Published 15/08/2013 | 05:26

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Some of the Opel cars that were on display at the recent, Ted's Opel Run 2013. Photo courtesy of Ted O'Connell

Sunshine shone on Killarney as the Opel and Vauxhall enthusiasts congregated for Ted's Opel Vauxhall Run 2013.

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Sunshine shone on Killarney on Saturday morning as the Opel and Vauxhall enthusiasts congregated for Ted's Opel Vauxhall Run 2013.

The array of cars varied from the early 1970's to current models, including the New Opel Adam and an Opel Insignia OPC which was driven by Laura Condron from Opel Ireland.

The enthusiasts had come from all over the country with ten cars coming from the Northern counties.

A total of almost 70 cars attended this year's Run which is a fabulous turnout in these recessionary times. As registration concluded, the first of the Special Awards was presented and the recipient was Katherine Mullane from Donoughmore, Co. Cork with her 1977 Vauxhall Cavalier Coupe.

The Run took to the road travelling over Moll's Gap through Kenmare and the first stop was at Pat Spillane's Bar. They then continued on to Sneem and on to O'Carroll's Cove to Ireland's only Beach Bar & Restaurant for Lunch. After everyone had their fill they presented some more prizes.

A Special Award was presented to John Keating from Midleton, Co. Cork, for his 1972 Opel Manta A 1900 SR.

The Perpetual Shield was awarded to Declan Horan from Killarney, Co. Kerry. with his 1978 Vauxhall Chevette. The Perpetual Cup was presented for the Best Vauxhall and was awarded to Tommy Burke from Lisburn, Co. Down. for his 1978 Vauxhall Chevette HS.

The Kevin O'Leary Opel Perpetual Cup was awarded for the Best Opel to John Unkles from Sligo with his 1978 Opel Manta. The Group Motors Rallying Team which were in attendance presented a Memorial Trophy in honour of one of its late members Jackie Small and that was presented to Denis Murphy of Macroom, Co. Cork for his 1976 Vauxhall Magnum Sports Hatch.

Numerous Spot prizes were raffled before some presentations were made to people in attendance.

A presentation was made to Anne and John Keating from Midleton, Co. Cork. to mark their 30th Wedding Anniversary.

The convoy then continued through Waterville.

The stunning mountain views of the Ballaghisheen Pass and Beallaghbeama were next before returning to the Quality Hotel in Killarney via Moll's Gap.

The night concluded with a great social gathering in the Hotel bar and a singsong till the late hours.


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