The 2016 Portrush Cavalcade, run by The East Antrim Old Vehicle Club (EAOVC) and sponsored by E.A.Davies Insurance Brokers was held on the 7th of August 2016. There were 90 cars registered to take part in the event which is held every year to raise money for the club's chosen charity.
This year's charity is Crossroads Young Carers`(www.crossroadsyoungcarers.co.uk/)
" Crossroads Young Carers Project were the first charity in Northern Ireland to recognise the vital role children play in caring for an ill/disabled family member on a daily basis. Crossroads Young Carers Project's aim is to provide support for children who 'care' for another member of their family who may be ill, disabled, have mental health problems or an addiction to alcohol or drugs."
The day started with a cooked breakfast at Mossley Mill. For the marshals this was an 8 am start, with cars starting to arrive at 8:30 am onwards. Breakfast, courtesy of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, was excellent with no complaints that I am aware of.
The weather stayed dry if a bit overcast, which was welcome for the spectators who came to see the array of classic cars taking part in the event. The oldest cars in the Cavalcade were a the Wolseley Hornet driven by Kenneth Dowse and the Rolls Royse driven by William Peoples both from 1935 and both I might add, in better condition than cars driven on the roads today.
The variety of cars was bewildering, from a 1966 Jaguar E-type to Morris Minors from the fifties and sixties. There was enough cars there to suit all tastes and I dare say bring back a lot memories form the past.
As always the Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor John Scott, was there to see us off.
At 11 am Brian Hamilton in his 1960 Vauxhall Victor rolled through the gates of the mill followed by nearly 100 classic cars. The route took us up through the Sandyknowes Roundabout on though Templepatrick heading for Antrim town.
From Antrim we head on to Ballymena, taking the bypass and on to Ballymoney. At the Portrush Road Roundabout the Cavalcade turns right to take us through Ballybogy and down onto the coast to arrive at Portrush via the scenic route.
The Cavalcade stops on the Ballybogy Road for the last catch as this is an ideal place for so many cars, due to it being long and straight as well as its proximity to Portrush itself.
The cars arrive at the Dunluce Green where we will park up for the rest of the afternoon. Many thanks to the marshals that help to get all the cars of the road and into the field without causing too much chaos.
The weather this year was, to say it mildly, a bit windy, so putting up the gazebo, never mind the flags, was not an option. Ken Little of Causeway Coast & Glens Council suggested we use the Dunluce Centre to serve the lunches, which also served to shelter us from the rain that was about to descend upon us, making the Portrush Static pretty much a washout.
This did not dampen the spirits for the evening meal` At about 4 pm the entire Cavalcade headed up the Coleraine Road to the Magherabouy House Hotel for the evening meal` This is the second year we have used this hotel and again it did not disappoint. With a large car park and function room it is ideal place to finish the day.
Again the meal was excellent with no complaints that I am aware of. After the meal the main raffle went ahead with plenty of prizes for all. We then made the draw for the main ballot which we all have been selling for the past six or eight weeks.
Finally at the end of the evening the finishers awards, a half inch socket set, where handed out to all the drivers of the event.
The Portrush Committee would like to thank all involved in the organising of this event, including the sponsor E.A.Davies Insurance Broker, Antrim & Newtownabbey Council and Causeway Coast and Glens Council. The Committee would also like thank the marshals on the day that helped the run go so smoothly.
This event has been a great success and we are all looking forward to next year's event.