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Sunday 22 July 2018

Dust down those 'nifty fiftys' for CDYS ACTivate Honda run

Dozens of iconic bikes set to hit the roads of North Cork in aid of Mallow club

Some of the many Honda 50 enthusiasts who took part in last year’s North Cork run. Proceeds from this year run, which will take place won Sunday, May 13, will once again go to the CDYS ACTivate Youth Club in Mallow
Some of the many Honda 50 enthusiasts who took part in last year’s North Cork run. Proceeds from this year run, which will take place won Sunday, May 13, will once again go to the CDYS ACTivate Youth Club in Mallow

Bill Browne

The Honda 50 motorbike is still regarded as one of the finest, if not the most sophisticated, pieces of machinery to have ever graced the highways and byways of Ireland.

Affectionately christened the 'nifty-fifty, the motorbike was a staple on Irish roads for decades and stills holds a special place in the hearts of biking enthusiasts. 

While they may be an all too rare sight on our roads these days, there are many clubs around the country dedicated to the humble machine and regularly use their bikes to help raise funds for charitable causes. 

Among these are the North Cork Honda Club, whose members will once again be taking to the roads of the region on Sunday, May 13 for a fundraising run in aid of the Cloyne Diocesan Youth Service (CDYS) ACTivate Club. 

Based at the 'Big Blue Cube' at Gouldshill in Mallow, ACTivate is a weekly youth club for young people on the Autism Spectrum Disorder. Its principle focus is to offer children the chance to be themselves in a safe and supervised environment and, at their own pace, encourage them to interact and have fun with other children on the spectrum and their own siblings. 

The chairman of the North Cork Honda Club, Garry Morrissey, said they were delighted to be hosting the Sygma Automotive sponsored event in aid of such a worthy cause. 

"People can sign on from 9.30am at the Big Blue Cube, with the run set to get underway at 11am sharp. We will ride along an 80 mile track through North Cork taking in villages and towns including Dromahane, Beweeng, Millstreet and Boherbue before returning to Goulds Hills," said Garry.

He said the sight of Honda 50's, 70's and 90's on the road always stirs up fond memories. 

"They are one of the most recognisable and versatile motorbikes ever made, which is why people still love them. This year is a bit special for us as it is the 60th anniversary of the first Honda 50 coming off the production line. A lot of them were pushed into ditches or left to rot in sheds, but thanks to clubs like ours they have become popular again and you see a lot more of them on the road," said Garry. 

"We are calling on people to dust down their machines and get them back on the road in aid of this wonderful cause," he added. 

While Garry said the event was called the Honda Run, it is open to the owners of all vintage bikes. 

"The entry fee is only €20 and a great day's fun is guaranteed with raffle prizes also up for grabs on the day," said Garry. 

For more information about the event visit www.cdys.ie or contact Garry on 087 721 4069.

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