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Thurles District Vintage Club

The Thurles and District Vintage Club was formed following the enormous success of their millennium celebrations in 2001. Over the past ten years the event has grown considerably and has now become one of the top annual attractions in Tipperary, drawing visitors and vintage machinery exhibitors /collectors from far outside its local natural environment.

In 2001 the club started with three members and today membership has grown to over eighty three, not just from all over North Tipperary, but from surrounding counties such as Co. Limerick and Co. Laois.

The clubs main aim is to promote the collection and restoration of all types of vehicles and memorabilia, thus preserving past heritage and providing valuable primary sources for lovers of rural Irish history.

Our world, over the past ten years, has observed more change and experienced more rapid progress than in the previous one thousand years of man’s existence, so it is extremely important that we display not just our old rural artifacts and labour saving devices, but that also we demonstrate the skills required to operate these devices.

Between annual events the club organise different charity fun events, raising large sums for various designated local and national charities.

The highlight of their year, however, is the clubs Annual Vintage Rally which normally takes place in Corbally, Thurles, Co. Tipperary and already the club have begun planning for this event, and of course are always on the lookout for willing volunteers and helpers, whose assistance is very much appreciated.

We learn from club chairman Mr Jim Fogarty that two, up and coming, events for are already well into the planning stages and worthy of note for those who love to travel back in time and reminisce.

Note : Thurles Vintage Rally is planned for 12th June 2011, while their Thurles and District Road Run will take place on the 17th July 2011.

The  club is affiliated to the Irish Vintage Engine and Tractor Association and last year they had the honour of hosting the I.V.E.T.A. National Rally.
For further information on this clubs activities contact Paddy Kelly, Thurles, Tel 087 9678114 or Jim, Tel 087 9678114 or 086 2743442.

For all of their great work and effort, this organisation is truly worthy of Tipperary’s full support.

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3 comments to Thurles District Vintage Club

  • Noel Ryan

    Mighty is the only way to describe the binder,
    I have a ground drive Mc Cormick binder, last used in 1961 +- and stored in a shed ever since. Is there a plate that might give the year of manufacture, I suspect that this one is somewhere between 1925 and 1935.
    Best regards,
    N.R.

  • Anyone out there with any information, for Noel, on Vintage Binders? Is this binder a horse drawn machine Noel?

  • Jamie Coady

    I’m from the South East Vintage Motor Club and I’d like to invite you to a 2 Day Charity Display in the Waterford Airport Business Park on the 18th & 19th May.

    It’s a Trucks, Tractors, Cars, Bikes and Engines Show with Full Security and lots of Stalls, Amusements, Entertainment, Catering and an Area for Camping provided and its free. There will be Toilet blocks and Showers available also.

    There will be an Indoor Model area with RC Trucks on display.
    There will be Tractor Pulling also.
    A shuttle bus will be running from the Venue to the Coastal Town of Tramore and Waterford City also during the weekend. There will be Live Entertainment on the Saturday night.

    As part of the Gathering, it is sure to be a fun filled weekend that your bound to meet new and old friends.

    We have Trucks coming from every county in Ireland and some from afar and we would love to see your Trucks, Buses, Cars and Bikes coming from every county also.

    I could list off all that’s happening but rather than fill pages with everything, come and see instead.

    Entry is €20 with all proceeds of this 2 day event going to http://www.sert.ie/.
    Last year our club donated over €18,000 to this worthy cause, after all we all know somebody who has been touched by Cancer in some way.

    If you think that you or your club would like to exhibit at this show or if you’d like more info, please don’t hesitate to email myself or check out the following web addresses.

    http://www.facebook.com/WaterfordTruckMotorshow?ref=hl

    http://www.waterfordtruckshow.com/

    Regards,
    Jamie Coady.

    j-coady1@hotmail.com

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