Ulster Pre-War Austin Club
Outing 20th Oct -
Report by Godfrey Crawford
large number of people, 60 in total turned out for our annual Social Outing
and what a day we had. The brain child of our organiser Wesley Lamont who
planned a really enjoyable day. Meeting at the Donnelly Groupís Vauxhall
garage in Dungannon we were kindly treated to tea/coffee, sandwiches and
scones, all courtesy of the garage. Many thanks must go to proprietor Terence
Donnelly and their general manager Geoffrey Lamont for their generosity. We
had a lovely surprise when our club member Geoffrey Livingstone brought along
his recently acquired immaculate J40 pedal car and his two little sons Josh
and Robbie to demonstrate it.
refreshed and after a lot of banter we split up. One group (all ladies) went
for a browse around the shops at the Linen Green at nearby Moygashel. From all
reports they had a great time, so much so that 4 of them lost track of time
and nearly forgot to leave (no names will be mentioned). Evidence of how good
a time the ladies had will become clearer when husbands get their credit card
statements. Rumours are going around that Wesley is feeling guilty at all the
expenditure incurred and if receipts are produced he may pay for all. Donít
hold your breath !!!
other group (including some ladies) made their way to the Bush for a visit to
Trevor Haydockís museum. Itís difficult to put into words how amazing this
museum is. It really is a life times collecting; from large classic
articulated lorries, most of which have been lovingly restored by Trevor
himself, right down to miniature model cars and there were literally 100ís
of these. No matter how many times you went around, each time you found
something new. Then you look up and the walls are lined with automobile signs
from years gone by. Hanging from underneath the loft were numerous
Ďlight-upí signs depicting lots of various car and parts manufacturers
from the 60ís and 70ís. On hand all the time was Trevor and his good
friend Eric Patterson to tell stories about the exhibits. Another surprise lay
in store when mid afternoon Trevorís lovely wife Ada appeared with tea and
tray bakes for all.
a nice gesture. If you missed the event all is not lost. Just visit our
go to Gallery and enjoy looking at all the pictures. Thank you Trevor, Ada and
Eric for providing us with a brilliant afternoonís entertainment. No entry
fee to the museum was charged but the UPWAC were proud to be able in a small
way to repay Trevor by donating £100 to the blind, a charity very close to
the Haydock family.
too soon we had to leave and go to the Cohannon Inn where both groups met up
for our evening meal. The buzz and banter was evidence that everyone had
enjoyed a great day out. All were thanked for attending the event. For some
this was their first time at a UPWAC event. We hope you enjoyed it and will
return and maybe even consider becoming a club member for 2013.
to the main man. Thank you Wesley. You had an idea Ė Provide a social day
out with enjoyment to suit all tastes. Letís put it simply, you certainly
succeeded and we hope you deservedly took a lot of pleasure at sending the
large turnout of 60 people home very happy. Please do it again next year.