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Celtic Charity Classic Tour

(December 03, 2014)

Celtic Charity Classic Tour

Classic Cars - quayside
Wexford Sports & Classic Car Club welcomed the tour to New Ross

Another classic car and motorbike trip is being organised for April 2015 to Dungarvan, County Waterford, following the successful inaugural 2014 Celtic Charity Classic Tour (brainchild of Norman Mason and Gareth Jenkins) to Ireland in April.

The main aim of the event is to raise funds for two nominated charities - the Dean Mason Memorial Fund and Meningitis Now - and to have some fun while doing it. Celyn Jones (granddaughter of Norman) had Meningitis as a two year old, and the family of the late Dean Mason set up a memorial fund to help 'CRY' (Cardiac Risk in the Young) reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death (YSCD) through supporting CRY's screening programme. CRY supports young people diagnosed with potentially life-threatening cardiac conditions and offers bereavement support to families affected by YSCD.

Nearly 40 classic cars and some classic bikes took part in this year's tour. Proving to be a great success, entrants came from all parts of Wales, assembling at The Snooty Fox Inn, Martletwy, Narberth. The event was started by seven-year-old Celyn Jones of Bethesda, near Narberth and the cars and bikes were given a great send-off from many enthusiastic well-wishers. S4C cameras were also present to record the event for the Heno news programme.

Classic Cars - IrelandWexford Sports & Classic Car Club welcomed the tour to New Ross

There was also a large turnout of people in Fishguard town, as the locals had made a special request for the tour not to by-pass the town and gave everyone an enthusiastic send off, before the afternoon ferry sailed from Fishguard to Rosslare. The evening was spent in Wexford, where many sampled the local Irish hospitality.

Everyone met up on Saturday morning at Wexford Racecourse before heading to New Ross where the Wexford Sports and Classic Car Club were out in force to give everyone a warm welcome and the cars were displayed in the quayside car park (alongside the Dunbrody Famine Ship) for a couple of hours. The Wexford Club then guided everyone on a picturesque drive (which took in part of the famous Circuit of Ireland World Rally stages), before arriving in Dungarvan town centre to be greeted by the local Yesteryear Club. Even though the weather was a little wet it did not dampen the spirits of the participants and a pleasant two-hour stop was enjoyed by all, before setting off for the next overnight stop in Kilkenny.

Kilkenny proved a great place to be on a Saturday night and a great welcome was given by the Kilkenny Motor Club and locals on the Sunday morning for a display of the cars and bikes outside the historic Kilkenny Castle (once home to the Earl of Pembroke). The vehicles proved a great attraction on a lovely sunny Sunday morning/afternoon and the Irish television cameras were also present.

Classic Cars - on the roadQuick stop in Anglesey
image by kind permission of Dewi Roberts, Betws yn Rhos Classic Car Club

The third and last overnight stop was at Bewleys Hotel, Newlands Cross, near Dublin, where a night of traditional Irish music was provided. Everyone was up early to catch the morning ferry sailing from Dublin port to Holyhead on Monday morning. We were greeted with more good weather, which made the leisurely drive down through some of the most superb scenery Wales has to offer, even more enjoyable.

The cars returned to the Snooty Fox at 6pm, where certificates and awards were presented to everyone who had taken part and a complimentary buffet was enjoyed by all the participants. It had proved to be a challenging and very enjoyable trip of over 400 miles throughout the four days, and where many friends and memories were made that will last forever.

The grand sum of £3,720.50 was raised as a result of the tour, and divided between the two charities. Cheques were presented at an entertainment and presentation night held on 28 June this year.

Classic Cars - on tourEnjoying the scenery at Cross Foxes, Cadair Idris

Next year's tour will again commence at the Snooty Fox Inn, near Narberth and after sailing from Fishguard to Rosslare, will be based at The Gold Coast Resort, Dungarvan, County Waterford for three nights (24 – 26 April 2015). We hope to visit four different clubs during our stay in Ireland (details to be confirmed). The Gold Coast Resort offers several types of accommodation which includes a hotel, lodges and camping. We are also planning an optional visit to the famous Blarney Castle on 27 April, before making our return on the ferry back home to Fishguard.

It is hoped to take approximately 60 cars and bikes over to Ireland. So, anyone who has an unusual or classic vehicle over 20 years old and would like to enter the 2015 event, please contact Norman (07969 313892) or Gareth (07811 296325), or email helen-classiccarrallies@yahoo.co.uk for further details.

Helen Wilson, December 2014

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