THE WOLSELEY CAR CLUB OF IRELAND got a great reception when they arrived in Youghal last Saturday 15th August 2012. This spectacular collection of beautifully maintained cars ranging in years from the early 1920’s up to early 1950’s. The cars arrived at the car park near near Nealon’s Quay (beside The Quay’s Bar) at 2pm and were on display until 4pm, after which the vintage cars then headed onto the next stage of the rally.
This was a fantastic opportunity for vintage car enthusiasts and locals alike to view these magnificent cars. While in town the drivers and crews took part in free bus tour of the town with a guided tour and talk by Youghal Town Cryer, Cliff Winser. The group really enjoyed seeing the historic St. Mary’s Collegiate Church and College Gardens but they all said it was shame they were not able to see Myrtle Grove, the Elizabethan gabled house (It was home for Sir Walter Raleigh in 1588-1589) as the gates were closed but Cliff Winser was able to show photographs of the famous house and tell the legend that the house is reputed to be where potatoes were first planted in Europe.
Mayor of Youghal, Michelle Hennessy said it was great credit to Sal and Phil Tivy for organising and bringing the Wolseley Car Club Rally to town and hopefully next year they will come back to visit us here in Youghal again. Lesley Murray from Downpatrick in Northern Ireland and driving a 1924 Vauxhall, said it was tremendous fun and his group were having wonderful time.
Clerk of the course, Ian McCulloch, said the competitors had a brilliant time since arriving in town, “The stewards had the place so well organised down by the quayside, listening to the free musicians, the free tour bus and the fabulous food provided by Seamus and Richenda in The Quay’s Bar. I’ve been down here a few times as clerk of the course deciding on which routes for the rally and got great assistance from Sal and Phil Tivy who know the area well, we are well looked after”
Click on the different audio interviews below with the organisers and competitors of the Wolseley Car Club of Ireland visit to Youghal on Saturday 15th August 2012.
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