THE recent Clough Vintage Car Run was a big success, the 12th staging of the annual event raising more than €3,000 for the local community.
The vintage club’s chairman Tom Murphy explains: “We organise just one event a year. It died down a little bit during the recession, but the good people who come to it always supported us.
“The emphasis isn’t so much on money; it’s on getting the vintage machines out and having a good day. The committee organises the event and the people bring their cars, go for a drive and have a good time. It’s not a race; it’s just a bit of fun. We had our biggest-ever turnout this year with 51 entries. We have the support of nearby vintage clubs, who come and support us, and when it’s their turn, we support them. It works well.
“The money raised goes towards the upkeep of the local churches and the St Vincent de Paul society. We have schools in the parish, community councils, a hurling club and a handball club and they all benefit. We’re not staging the event for profit; it doesn’t cost much to run, so it’s easy to put on.
“Paddy Power Catering is our main sponsor. Paddy provides a good, hot dinner for everyone on their return to the clubhouse after the day’s outing. We’re very grateful for that and people always comment on it. Eurospar in Castlecomer sponsor us, too. They provide us with fillings to make sandwiches for people before the run begins.
“Locals also lend a hand, which includes marshalling the route. And we’re very grateful for the gardaí in Castlecomer, who look after us along the route with traffic control. We try to have safety at the heart of everything we do and thankfully we’ve never had an accident or a major incident,” concluded Tom.