LEINSTER MOTOR CLUB 57th VETERAN, VINTAGE & CLASSIC CAR RALLY
MEETING AT BRAY BANDSTAND ON SUNDAY 10th JULY 2011 AT 10AM
In July 1901, Arjay led the first organised tour of motor cars in Ireland, starting at Dublin’s Shelbourne Hotel and finishing at Killaloe, Co. Clare. But the Diamond Valley man was not short of stamina and both he and another motoring pioneer Dr Colohan, both driving Daimlers, continued onto Limerick and Kerry.
It was the first time automobiles had travelled into that remote and beautiful corner of Ireland and the trip was considered to be a very considerable achievement on the roads of the time.
The participants will stop for a picnic at Avondale House, Rathdrum before continuing on to Belmont Demesne, Windgates where the main ‘concours’ section will be judged. Prizegiving will be at 5.30pm including presentation of the Dudley Colley Memorial Cup.
The 57th Rally is sponsored by Patrick O’Kelly Ltd., Bray. All profits from car entry fees donated to Wicklow Hospice Foundation. Cars over 20 years old are eligible and pre-war cars are actively encouraged. Entries must be received not later then 6th July 2011. Entry form available on www.leinstermotorclub.ie
Read about the historic Valley of Diamonds here http://diamondvalley.ie/ValleyOfTheDiamonds.HTML
You can read a tiny bit more about RJ Mecredy, who was also a world champion cyclist here: http://diamondvalley.ie/Transportation.html. Also, the Town Hall Bookshop on Florence Road in Bray stocks a couple of modestly priced books about the Valley of Diamonds’ motoring hero.