AGM Report 27-Jan-2016

Our 2016 AGM took place at the Kingsley Hotel, Cork from 8pm on Wednesday 27th January.

The meeting coincided with the launch of our new, phone-friendly web-site (still at the same address – and our new email address (

In attendance were: Pat, Walter, Val, Bernie, Larry, Rodney, Jonathan, John (Sh), John (O’D), Michael, Mary, Leo, Abi, Emer and Derek.

The chairman (John Sh) opened the meeting, welcoming everyone to the plush surroundings of the Deane-Woodward Suite, set up for us by the staff of the Kingsley who did a fantastic job of making sure we had everything we needed. set out the order of business according to the posted agenda. In his report, John outlined the high-points of the year. Special mention was made of the Ballylickey trip, where we were joined by the IJDC – and one of their members had an article describing the trip published in Irish Vintage Scene magazine. The chairman then called on the secretary and treasurers to give their reports.

The secretary (Jonathan) gave an account of the meetings and events held during 2015 – 10 meetings (including the technical evening in Larry and Bernie’s and the October meeting in Jonathan and Eirin’s) and 6 events (Ashford, Derry, Fota, Terenure, Ballylickey, Inishannon).

The treasurer (John) summarised the region’s financial position. We started the year in the black, and ended the year in the black, with some in- and out-goings, mainly related to the Terenure Car Show.

The election of officers for 2016 followed, with results as follows:

  • Chairman: John Sh, proposed by John O’D, seconded by Mary.
  • Secretary: Jonathan, proposed by Michael, seconded by John Sh.
  • Treasurer/PR: John O’D, proposed by Derek, seconded by Larry.
  • Events: Michael, proposed by John O’D, seconded by Jonathan. A suggestion was made that Rodney assist Michael, and Rodney agreed to the proposal.
  • Technical Advisor: Larry, proposed by Derek, seconded by Walter.

The discussion then turned the Calendar of Events for the year, and these arrangements were agreed:

  • 5th/6th March – RIAC Classic Car Show. Some members are planning to attend on the Saturday morning, meeting at the RDS at 11am.
  • 16th/17th April – Trip to Wexford. Travelling on Saturday to JFK Park near New Ross for lunch and a stroll around the park. Dinner and overnight in a hotel in Wexford. Visiting Wells House and Gardens on Sunday, for a tour of the house and lunch.
  • 29th April to 2nd May – Weekend trip to Tayside, Scotland.
  • 28th or 29th May – Day run to Spike Island for a tour and talk on the history of the island.
  • 3rd July – Classic and Vintage Car Show, Terenure, Dublin. We are optimistic that we will have a car from the UK for the show.
  • 3rd/4th September – Overnight trip to Dingle, Kerry, or Ballylickey, West Cork, with scenic drives.
  • 16th December – Christmas lunch, venue to be confirmed later.

Those are the major events planned for the club for the year. Some other calendar-related items of note:

  • The IJDC Classic Car Show launch event is on the 13th February, at the Johnstown House Hotel, for those who can make it.
  • February meeting: Jonathan will give a Dashcam talk and demonstration.
  • March meeting: Larry and Bernie may host a technical night, depending on their progress with the XK120 being sufficiently advanced.
  • November meeting: in Jonathan and Eirin’s house as usual.

The next item on the agenda was to agree a location for the monthly meetings. Mary and Michael had been in discussions with management of the Kingsley. If we have our meetings in the lounge area, or Library if it’s available, there will be no charge for parking, and by notifying the hotel in advance, they can make sure that somebody is on hand for us to order drinks or food in the lounge. On that basis, we agreed to re-confirm the Kingsley as our normal location for monthly meetings.

More details on the trip to Tayside in Scotland have come through from the IJDC. For anyone interested in going, contact us for the details at

The RIAC Classic Car Show is on the 5th and 6th of March. Some members are planning to attend. From previous experience, they have said it is best to go in the morning as the show gets very busy in the afternoon.

There has been a change in the JEC organisation in the UK, with a new regional liaison with whom John O’D has already been in contact. John plans to make regular submissions to the club magazine through the liaison.

In other business, Larry outlined the recent progress on his XK120:

  • The indicators are now fully functional.
  • The brightness of the rear sidelights has been adjusted to make brake-lighting clearer.
  • The dash is in, but may have to be removed in order to fit the glovebox.
  • Work is well progressed on the upholstery.

Following refreshments, we watched a video of a Jaguar factory tour from 1961 – which was as instructive on health and safety in the 1960’s as it was on cars! The chairman then wrapped up proceedings by thanking everyone who attended.