An Inch of pure vintage
THE sun came out to play on Sunday afternoon as crowds thronged the Pattern Field across from Foley's pub for the hosting of the annual Inch Vintage Rally. A staple of local life since its revival in 2006, there was plenty to see and do with the field packed with vintage tractors, motorbikes, cars, trucks and every manner and class of aged machinery.
There was plenty of family fun to be had as well on the day with time-honoured traditions such as sheaf tossing drawing the crowds and the annual tug-o-war which saw the mighty men of Maharees overcome Brosna, while their fellow female counterparts put paid to a mixed local team.
Vintage displayers from all over the county and beyond brought their fine machines to Inch where eager enthusiasts were delighted to have a look under the bonnet.
For vintage displayer John Nolan of Castleisland, the restoration of his bright red 1947 Ford V8 Pick-Up Truck was something of a labour of love. "I discovered it in a shed in Kilgarvan back in 1983," said John who was working as a delivery man for Bórd na Móna at the time. "I brokered a deal for her, securing the purchase with a load of turf and I have had her ever since."
John then undertook the challenge of restoring the beautiful machine, even travelling to New York to source parts. The pick-up truck, with a Ford flathead V8 patented by Henry Ford himself back in the 1930s under the bonnet, is actually an Irish made vehicle that came from the long defunct Ford factory in Cork.
"It has a crash gearbox so, like a tractor, you have to time it when making a gear change but I have gotten used to it and drove it here today," said John, who certainly attracted a lot of as he drove the prize vintage vehicle to the rally.
The Ford was only one of the gorgeous machines that thrilled motoring enthusiasts on the day with tractors, cars, motorbikes and trucks aplenty to keep rev-heads, young and old, entertained.
Paul Teahan, Donal Teahan and James Ashe made a fine trio on the gate on the day as they collected for the Kerry General Hospital's Palliative Care Unit and the Kerry-Cork Health Link Bus with Paul commenting that it had been one of the best vintage rallies in recent years with numbers definitely up on last year.