Sunday 3rd August 2014
The East Antrim Old Vehicle Club (EAOVC) held its annual Portrush Cavalcade on the 3rd of August 2014. This year, the charity chosen by the club,is the NI Hospice 'Buy a Brick' campaign, raising money to rebuild Somerton House.
Somerton House has cared for countless patients in Northern Ireland over the years but it is no longer fit for purpose. More details can be found at
Mossley Mill, Newtownabbey
The club officials, marshals etc meet up at around 8am and were met by the Deputy Mayor, Alderman Pat McCudden and his wife.
The weather finally eased off enough for the cars, all 108 of them, to get their photographs taken as well as the spectators to mingle with vast range of cars.
At 10:45am all the cars, led by the oldest car, a 1935 Wolseley Hornet, driven by Kenneth Dowse, were sent on their way by the Deputy Mayor. Over 100 cars from the 1930's to the early 1990's were on their way in convoy to Portrush, something you will not see too often.
Dunluce Centre, Portrush
When the marshals arrived at Dunluce Green to set up for the static display the sun was splitting the trees, all looking good for the afternoon. Unfortunately when the cavalcade of cars arrived they had brought the damp weather with them.
Unfortunately the weather is something that is outside our control, and with the rain not too far away it really washed out most of the afternoon. This didn't help the Ladies form the Coleraine Branch of the NI Hospice raise yet more money for their charity.
The club would like to thank Coleraine Borough Council for the use of the Dunluce Centre, and especially Ken Little who helps us out at short notice when last minute changes where needed.
Royal Court Hotel, Portrush
We left the Dunluce Centre at 4:30pm heading for the Royal Court Hotel for our evening meal, ballots and finishers awards.
The dinner, as usual, was excellent after which the raffle prizes were drawn and several other prizes where auction off.
The ballot prize winners were:
|1st Prize||Weekend for two at the Royal Court Hotel|
(donated by The Royal Court Hotel, Portrush)
|Katheryn Anderson, Ballyclare|
|2nd Prize||10" Netbook Computer||Bert McMaw, Carrickfergus|
|3rd Prize||Meal for two at the Carvery, Clarion Hotel|
(donated by The Clarion Hotel, Carrickfergus)
|Ronnie Kirkham, Newtownabbey|
The EAOVC would like to thank the marshals who gave up some their time on the day to help the event run as smoothly as it did. Many thanks to the AA for giving us excellent support as always. We would also like to thank the drivers and their passengers as without the cars, there would not be an event.
And finally the club would like to thank the Portrush Committee, who behind the scenes, put a great deal of work to make this event happen.