Ulster Pre-War Austin Club
Report on the Omagh Adventure July 2011
Sometimes when a run has
been going for a number of years it is hard to find new routes, ideas and
maintain the high standard set on previous runs. Well the Omagh boys and girls
have pulled it off again this year! 33
cars turned up from as far away as Newtownards and Donegal and in my opinion
this years Omagh event was the best one yet.
Good weather helps and this year it was warm and sunny, even Ken Irwin
had the hood down! The roads used
seemed a little wider than usual but the successful format of using roads with
grass growing down the middle, coupled with potholes and uneven surfaces was
maintained! Perhaps it was because
I was driving an Austin Seven that they seemed wider than normal.
The quiet roads and fantastic scenery used are ideal for our type of
cars, it is clear that a lot of thought had gone into the route.
The standard of the road book with all the information it contained, is
a credit to Godfrey. I would have
thought it impossible to get lost no matter how much you try.
The museum gets better and
each year there are more new exhibits. The
sight of the 1st world war aeroplane flying over the cars and hills
was a novel idea that amused many of the participants.
This is Desís private collection and we are indebted to him for
allowing us total access, and the effort that he puts in to ensure that we are
welcome. Des, we cannot thank you
If you werenít there,
this is what you missed. We
with tea, sandwiches and sticky buns, leaving at 11.30 we headed over
We left Toddsleap and did
an anti clockwise loop around Ballygawley, over Bockets hill, onto Tullyvannen
for a planned stop. However our
lead driver had disappeared and we carried on past Altmore forest over
At the museum we enjoyed a
beautiful salad, ice cream and apple tart, had another look at the exhibits
and after several speeches, all too soon it was time to make our way home.
I heard later that that Des was giving children rides around the field
in his Landrover, so clearly the Toddsleap off road experience had rubbed off
on him! I now know that the event
raised £850 for our club charity which is a magnificent achievement in these
austere times that we live in.
It would not have happened
without a big thanks to everyone who helped set up the museum on Wed and Frid
nights and cleared up after the event. To Ella and Anna who stayed behind and
prepared the meal, all the ladies who helped with serving and provided food,
everyone who provided tom bola prizes, Vincent and Ann Howe who supplied all
the ice-cream and coleslaw free of charge. Thanks to Des for the venue and
Godfrey for making out the route and the road book. I hope I have left no one
out but on behalf of all the participants a big thank you for the hard work
put in by everybody.
By Wesley Lamont
By Wesley Lamont