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BOVC Run to The Jim Boland Collection

Saturday 24th May 2014.

The Banbridge Old Vehicle Club (BOVC) invited members of our club to go on the bus-run to see the Jim Boland Collection just outside Dublin.  Although the club has visited the collection a few years ago twelve of our members to up the offer.

We had an early start, to get down to the Outlet Centre. Cambridge, where we were to get the coach for 8:45am.  With all of us making it on time the coach headed down to Dublin,stopping for Breakfast on the way.  Some of the ladies decided that old cars where not their seen and choose an afternoon in Dublin city centre.

1913 Wolseley

After leaving them off, and promising that we will come back for them, and after a small diversion, (we missed the turn-off) we arrived at Jim Boland's House at approximately 12:30.

It's only when you go through to the back of the house and door to the sheds are opened that you start to see the wonders that lie behind this unobtrusive house.  To see as many Vintage cars, all owned by the one person, lovingly restored, is just breath taking.  Jim Boland himself, although not in the best of health, showed us around the collection.  Explaining where the various cars came from, he answered the many questions his visitors asked.

1938 Bugatti Type 57

Although his collection is mainly made up with vintage/classic Rolls Royce and Bentleys, as you walk through the large garage you also see other vintage Renaults, Sunbeams, Daimler as well as a very rare 1938 Bugatti Type 57.

Before we left, Richard Gregory, Chairman of the BOVC, thanked Jim for having us and presented him with a bottle of Bushmills finest whiskey, Blackbush.  We also presented him with a donation for his charity, collected on the bus on the way down.

After collecting the ladies in Dublin, we did promise, we headed to the City North Hotel for an evening meal.

Many thanks to David and Geogina Kinkaide from the BOVC for inviting our members and organising this excellent event

Photo's and Report by Andrew Leckey © 2014
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