Car & Tractor Road Run a great success
Inistioge Vintage Society Club Car & Tractor Road Run - September 25th 2011
In addition to their high profile show on the July Bank Holiday, it was decided to instigate a Tractor Run later in the year to help raise funds for the new Inistioge Community Centre, which was to be formally opened by the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese on the 12th September, 2012.
Due to the interest in the run it was decided to produce an additional route for classic cars. This route was to be a longer run than that for the tractors and hopefully would include a route that would be of interest to classic car owners.
The final route chosen for the cars would leave Inistioge up the famous hill-climb past Woodstock Park and through to New Ross, St. Mullins, (including a stage of the 1991 Circuit of Ireland Rally in this part), Borris, Goresbridge and Paulstown. After a regroup here it was back to ‘The Long Man’ at Thomastown for a snack and then on via the lanes to Bennetsbridge, Stoneyford and the highlight, a trip through the grounds of Mt Juliet Hotel and Golf complex, with a photoshoot outside the picturesque hotel. The final part would take the cars back through Thomastown and finish in the new Community Centre in Inistioge.
The weather on the day didn’t help the event with heavy rain from early morning and getting heavier as the morning progressed. It was, therefore, unfortunate that we only had a low turnout of competitors, but the tractor drivers donned their waterproofs and set off on the run followed by the cars in relative comfort.
The tractors finished their run as quickly as possible and returned to the comfort of the community centre and tea and sandwiches supplied by the ICA ladies.
The cars were luckier as the afternoon dried up and by the time they reached Mt. Juliet the competitors were able to get out of their cars and admire the views from the front of the hotel, while having their cars photographed. The cars then returned to Inistioge and the hospitality and food of the ICA ladies.
Although the numbers were less than hoped for much needed funds were raised for the centre.