Thursday 20 June 2019

Vintage cars line out on the seafront in aid of Purple House

Eamon Dunne, Martin Fleming and Howard Connolly
Eamon Dunne, Martin Fleming and Howard Connolly

Mary Fogarty

Bray Vintage Car Club invited the public to see their beautiful vehicles on the seafront in Bray last Sunday afternoon.

They held a bucket collection for Purple House and don't yet know exactly how much was raised. It was a fantastic day, with the Purple House choir adding to the ambience from the bandstand.

About 130 cars were brought to the seafront by their owners for the static display. Some of those belong to the members themselves, others to members of other clubs, and some to individuals who happen to own vintage cars.

The oldest car there was 101 years old - a Ford Model T from 1918 that has been restored to perfection. Some of the older cars included a couple of Model As from the 1930s and an Austin Chummy. There were quite a few American cars, which always draw a lot of people to see the impressive models.

The weather forecast had cast doubt on what the day would bring, but the sun shone on the event and a large number of visitors came to admire the stunning fleet.

'It was a fabulous day and we will be back on Bray seafront in September for the vintage weekend,' said Daphne Connolly of Bray Vintage Car Club. Formerly called the 'Original Garden of Ireland Vintage Run', the event has been renamed to the BVCC 'Vintage Weekend', spanning two days on September 28 and 29, with a run on the first day and static show on the second. Visitors will come from all over the country to participate, and the weekend will be based at the Esplanade Hotel.

The run will take cars all over the county, along Wicklow's scenic country roads. This will be the 11th year of the event. Bray Vintage Car Club now has a membership of 50 and continues to grow steadily.

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