Thursday 26 April 2018

Vintage club holding run in memory of John

THE Avondhu Valley Vintage Club will hold their annual road run in memory of the late John O'Keeffe on Sunday, May 11.

Once again nostalgia will be the order of the day as vintage and classic tractors, cars and motorbikes take to the highways and byways for what promises to be a hugely enjoyable jaunt through the countryside.

Formed in 2003 the Club has held a run each year, raising more than €80,000 for a variety of local charities in the process.

Club chairman Danny Higgins said this year's event will be tinged with sadness following the passing of one of its founder members, John O'Keefe, last September.

"John was a true gentleman and a true vintage man. He was always generous with his time and help and his vast knowledge and expertise is sadly missed," said Mr Higgins.

"In thanks for the work he did on behalf of the club we have decided to dedicate this year's run to John. Each competitor will be given an engraved glass sponsored by the McCarthy Insurance Group to commemorate the event," he added.

As in previous years the WJ Broderick memorial trophy will also be given out in the 'Best tractor you would like to take home' category.

Mr Higgins said that all monies raised on the day would go directly to the local branch of Meals on Wheels. "This is a fantastic charity that provides hot meals and a bit of chat to local residents and the elderly," he said.

Organisers have marked out a 20-miles tractor route that will tale participants from St Coleman's Pitch in Fermoy to Glanworth, Ballyhooley and back to Fermoy via Cappagh Cross.

Cars and motorbikes will traverse a 60 mile route that will take them through Glanworth, Kildorrery, Mitchelstown, Ballyporeen, Lismore and Tallow before returning to Fermoy.

The entry fee is €20 per vehicle and drivers are to meet for registration at the St Colman's pitch, College Road at 11.15am. For more details contact Danny Higgins on 087 6638438.