Our plans for this year have been driven way off course by Covid19, as you can see by our Calendar of Events. Our only remaining major event that might go ahead is the weekend in Ballylickey in September, and naturally that depends on what happens between now and then. We’ve talked about it in our fortnightly Zoom calls, and a suggestion was made that we do a day trip while the option appears available, and get our cars out for a bit of a run together once over the summer at least. The day trip is planned for Saturday 8th August, and we’ll be going to Gougane Barra National Forest Park. Keep an eye on the Calendar of Events, and more details will be added as we have them. In the meantime, stay safe!
In the absence of our monthly club meetings and our proposed outings for this year we decided to have Zoom meetings for informal chats every second Wednesday. Our first Zoom meeting was held on the 8th April which proved very successful so we decided to have another on the 22nd April and at that time we agreed to hold these meetings every two weeks. Our next meeting is Wednesday 6th may, the time is always 8pm and the duration is 45 minutes. One of our members expressed concern over the security of using Zoom and I have discussed this with our man Jonathan and while this has merit as security cannot be guaranteed we feel for the type of chat we are having it’s a good way of staying in touch with friends and members. Of course I wouldn’t suggest discussing bank details or personal matters!
I have in recent days been advised that the Terenure Car Show will not take place this year and of course the Dungarvan event also had to be cancelled. It seems Ballylickey will be our only event this year, I have had a number of calls from our friends in the IJDC expressing interest in the Ballylickey event so fingers crossed all will be well by then.
I hope you are all keeping well and looking after yourselves in these difficult times and especially those who are cocooning.
I look forward to chatting on the 6th May and this week along with our usual chat I have put together a quiz which I hope you will enjoy.
Due to ongoing social distancing measures to address the COVID-19 pandemic, our March monthly meeting has been cancelled and the Doneraile House event planned for the 4th April is postponed. We also received news from the UK that the Summer Jaguar Festival at Newby Hall which was scheduled for May has been postponed until August. Further disruptions are expected depending on how long the measures remain in place, and of course we would not want members to take unnecessary risks. We hope you are all staying safe and well.
Welcome to new meeting attendee, Pat, who joined us for the February club meeting with news of his restored Mk2. We are always happy to see new faces, whether of prospective members or returning members.
Our annual post-Christmas lunch was held in the Garryvoe hotel on Sunday, 19th January. The staff made us feel very welcome, and the option of a 2 or 3-course lunch met everyone’s requirements. No sooner than the teas and coffees were served was the raffle in progress, bringing us efficiently to the business of the AGM.
It was a smaller group of stalwarts than usual that met in the Kingsley Hotel for the monthly meeting. We had apologies from a few of the regulars, so our best to everyone and we hope to get together again soon.
Ballylickey, Co. Cork – September 6th, 7th and 8th 2019.
We had another great weekend in West Cork where 21 cars and over 40 people attended this event. Some of us began the weekend on Friday night and we had 22 for dinner increasing to 38 on the Saturday. This was greatly added to by our friends from the IJDC who brought 10 cars and 20 members of their club to the event.
Now well established as a mainstay annual event, Ballylickey and the Seaview House Hotel proved as popular as ever this year. Growing in stature with the addition of our friends from IJDC, we had a total of 39 people for dinner on the Saturday night.
British Motor Museum Trip and Jaguar Special Vehicle Operations
It was an early start for everyone on Friday 30th August, I was fortunate to be picked up by Jonathan and Adam Sherwin arriving at the airport at 5.30am. We met up with John O’Driscoll, Larry Mohally and Robert Burns. The flight went on time and we landed at 8am and met Rodney who had flown from Dublin. We had a memorable breakfast in Bermingham airport (memorable for all the wrong reasons), an experience not to be repeated. We survived despite the attempt to poison John O’D with raw sausages.
We picked up our hired mini bus which was driven by John O’D and arrived at the museum in time for opening at 10am. We met up with Stuart McEvoy from Jaguar Heritage Trust who is well known to all members in the club and has been to the Terenure Car Show many times with several of the iconic cars from JHT.
As far as Club events go, our recent trip to Jaguar Heritage in the British Motor Museum in Coventry will be hard to top. We were treated to a bespoke tour of the Jaguar section by Tony Merrygold, who shared his in-depth knowledge of the cars with us. It was exciting to see the cars that we have had in Terenure over the past decade on display and housed in this modern facility.