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Friday 20 April 2018

Ford is in focus for classic car weekend

The Wexford Sports and Classic Car Club Spring Challenge and RNLI May Day Yellow Welly appeal being launched at New Ross boat club.
The Wexford Sports and Classic Car Club Spring Challenge and RNLI May Day Yellow Welly appeal being launched at New Ross boat club.
Eve St Ledger from Oldcourt at the launch of the Wexford Sports and Classic Car Club spring challenge.

David Looby

The centenary of the arrival of Ford cars to Ireland is being marked with a special event in New Ross on Saturday, April 22, when Quay Street will be renamed Henry Ford Street for the day and an exciting line-up of events is planned.

Chairman of Wexford Sports and Classic Car Club Ger Kielthy said: 'On April 17, 1917, Ford's of Cork opened and on Saturday, April 22, we are renaming Quay Street in New Ross, Henry Ford Street, with the kind permission of the local council and traders.'

Since 2010 the car enthusiast's association have been running a classic car show on the quays of New Ross on weekends in April. This April 22 and April 23 they are going all out with a free car show on the Saturday and a challenge charity drive on the Sunday. 'This event has proven to be very successful as we normally get hundreds of cars entered. So this been 100 years of Ford in Ireland we are going to fill it with Fords of all types from the model T onwards. We are looking for 100 Fords, one for every year.'

The focus will not solely be on Fords, however, as the the quays will be filled with all the other car models from Austins to Mercedes to Hondas, Porsches etc. 'All vehicles are welcome.'

On Sunday, April 23, starting from the quay at 11 a.m., the 100 mile Spring Challenge challenge will head north out of New Ross and into Bunclody skirting the Blackstairs mountains, on towards Tullow.

'We will have a long relaxed lunch stop at Rathwood Garden Centre, before heading south into south west Wicklow and back to Bunclody where the challenge continues. We climb 2,700 ft up Mount Leinster and down the other side into County Carlow and back to a welcome finish in New Ross.'

Saturday will see lots of river activities as Wexford Sports and Classic Car Club have joined forces with the boat club and RNLI This year the New Ross Branch of the RNLI will launch the National Mayday Appeal on Saturday, April 22, in conjunction with the Wexford Sports and Classic Car Club car show. 'The Mayday Appeal raises much need moneys to ensure the volunteer crew members are fully trained and equipped to answer the call whenever it comes regardless of time or conditions.

Over the last couple of weeks our attention has been drawn to the tragedy of the Coast Guard crew of Rescue 116 off the west coast of those who risk their lives to save others, Closer to home we have seen the work of the volunteers of the lifeboat crews off the south east coast and the many hours and days spent during some of those major tragedies, many other call outs go unnoticed - especially when a speedy rescue is made without media coverage.'

Mr Kielthy said the RNLI operate from 45 stations in Ireland and launch more than 1000 times. 'This has brought over 1,200 people to safety per year in recent years. The costs of these rescues, providing equipment and training, are all funded by donations and fundraising so when you see the Yellow Wellie on sale throughout the month of May please support.'

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