Saturday 24th September 2016.
The Presidents Run was held on Saturday 24th September. Derek Clack, President of the EAOVC, arranged for us to assemble at the Chimney Corner Hotel for a 10am with a 10:30 start.
We drove down through Templepatrick on to Antrim to the Randalstown roundabout where we joined the M2 motorway and travelled on through Tomebridge to Mal's Restaurant on the Hillhead Road
Derek had arranged, at his own expense, for tea/coffee to be served complete with freshly baked scones with jam and cream. This was a welcome break and allowed Derek to reassemble, as there was a bit of confusion on the route we were supposed to take.
This confusion continued, for Norman and Brian (yes me too, as I was travelling with Brian) as we did not hear the change of route to go through Ballyronan to skip the roadworks at Magherfelt.
With everyone travelling behind Patrick in the Porsche the travelled through Ballyronan, bypassing Magherfelt, Moneymore and coming back on to the original route at the far end of Cookstown, were Brian and Norman where waiting.
The convoy of 13 cars travelled on into Dungannon, to Trevor Haydock's collection were we where warmly welcomed by the man himself.
This was a collection a mixture of lorries, cars and some tractors. When you go upstairs to the upstairs balcony you find a collection of most things related to car/lorry trade.
Trevor Haydock opens up his collection and supplies tea and coffee and tray bakes at his own expense in an effort to raise money for Guide Dogs for the Blind. This is very close to his heart as his father became blind after a road accident.
With the weather a bid on the damp side and time was marching on that we should skip the visit to Ranfurley House. Unfortunately not all of us got the message. With a trip around a busy shopping centre car park for fuel (and Brake fluid for Norman) the cars where a bit split up. Most of them followed Derek to Glenavon House Hotel for the evening meal and the rest of us heading for Ranfurley House.
We all eventually ended up in the Glanavon House Hotel for our meal. The meal itself and the service was excellent. Nobody left on an empty stomach (Including me.. )
The day was a great success. Many thanks to the EOAVC President, Derek Clark, and of course his wife Isobel, for organising a great day out.