Ulster Pre-War Austin Club
ANNIVERSARIES RUN 2012 –
REPORT BY ASHLEY LAMONT
first attended a UPWAC run when I was a baby and to be honest I remember
nothing about it! When Dad
suggested that I drive the Austin 12 and take my whole family, I did not know
what to expect. We arrived on Sat morning at Drum Manor forest park and were
amazed to see 26 Pre-War Austins, 5 other pre war cars and 21 classic cars, a
total of 52 cars carrying exactly 100 people crammed into the lay-by.
I thought, what’s going on here, Dad told me that this was just a
club run. To see so many old cars
gleaming in the sunshine in the one place and knowing that we were going with
them, is an experience I will never forget.
Surely these 100 people who have turned up must be friends of George
McCaig’s; Dad could not be that popular! The friendship and welcome that we
got at the start, continued throughout the day and I know many others enjoyed
the warm welcome and banter.
gave me a set of route instructions and as a regular competitor in motorsport,
believe me when I say that they would be the envy of many other motor clubs.
We headed off at 11am led by Dad and George, both as proud as peacocks
jockeying for the number one position. Our first stop was the Broughderg
Community Centre to be parked in neat rows by Sean and his team.
After a warm welcome we enjoyed tea and lovely fresh homemade bread,
provided by Mary McKenna and her band of helpers, whilst the local committee
and people watched and looked after the cars.
After a little tinkering at one of the early cars we headed off into
the wild, rugged Sperrins across some of the most beautiful scenery and
mountains, especially Doraville Lodge, that I am sure very few of us had ever
been across before. Godfrey had
avoided the usual scenic routes and found his version of a tour route.
Apparently smooth roads with a little grass in the centre are his
we headed into Altnaheglish Glen via a private road that even the locals
cannot access. Godfrey had got
special permission from N.I.Water to travel up this beautiful, unspoilt glen,
full of wild flowers, steep slopes and a meandering river. What a privilege to
be allowed access to one of the most spectacular glens in the country. At the
top car park another surprise was in store, free ice cream, courtesy of TODD
Insurance brokers. My wee boys
loved it and so I think did all the big boys and girls on the event!
Apparently an ice cream stop is a trademark of all Godfrey’s runs!
we headed off for the last leg of our journey via the Crebarkey Road across a
river ford, cleverly described in the road book as a free carwash.
With some of the showers that we received during the day, shampoo was
the only thing that was missing! Just
when I thought the scenery was over, we turned off the main road towards
Draperstown. There we were met
with brilliant views of Cashel Lake and 7 miles of beautiful mountain views.
At 5pm we arrived at the Shepherds Rest Pub, which for many was one of the
highlights of the day. The food
was superb, hot, fresh, with generous servings and lovely homemade desserts.
may not have remembered my first event but we will certainly remember this
one. It went like clockwork as
did most of the cars. You were
friendly and welcoming throughout and I am in danger of being hooked on old
cars, just like Dad and the rest of you.
Enjoying your hobby accompanied by like minded persons, with
preservation and using your cars, must be one of life’s great pleasures.
Just one question remains, how did you do it all for £15 a head?