News — 01 May 2015

Ballivor Community Council to host the Norman Pratt Vintage Run, in Ballivor, on Sunday, 03rd May, 2015.

Based in Kells, Celtic Old Vehicles Owners Club (COVOC) has just entered its 23rd year and is rated the second most dynamic club in Ireland. Annual hosts of the Norman Pratt Vintage Run, membership of the COVOC has reached over the 150 mark and owners and enthusiasts are attracted countrywide as well as local members from Co Meath. The Run was named after the Club’s founder, Norman Pratt, who regrettably passed away on the occasion of the premier club run in 1991.

Owners and enthusiasts of classic, vintage and veteran vehicles, including cars, vans, tractors, motor bikes and even fire engines, enter this car rally annually, of which some lucky recipients will be awarded prizes pertaining to their particular class for each decade entered from the 1920’s. Local charities, including Meath Hospice and The Heart & Stroke Foundation, have benefitted greatly from this annual event.

Ballivor Community Council was first formed in 1977 to manage and develop the Community Centre and to provide a forum to support the community of Ballivor and the surrounding areas. Towards the end of last year, 2014, after long, and very lengthy, drawn out negotiations, Ballivor Community Centre was procured and is now belonging to the people of Ballivor. Ballivor Community Council has been involved since 1991 with the Norman Pratt Run and it has become a tradition since the very beginning of the Run to stop over in Ballivor for a few hours.

Ballivor Community Council will present awards in the following categories:

  • Best Presented Bike;
  • Most Original Irish Car; and
  • Best Presented Car,

very kindly sponsored by Trevor Byrne and McLaughlin’s Pub.

Chairperson for Ballivor Community Council, Yvonne Kavanagh, spoke of the great success of the Ballivor Vintage Car Rally Festival over the years:

‘’The annual stopover in Ballivor by the Celtic Old Vehicles Owners Club (COVOC) on The Norman Pratt Vintage Run has grown into the Ballivor Vintage Car Rally Festival since The Gathering in 2013. It is a fantastic day filled with music and family entertainment throughout the village. This year, we are delighted to welcome our special guest, Trim-based singer/songwriter Kathy Crinion. Kathy just received the Leinster Entertainment Award for Best Female Vocalist of the Year, 2015. Kathy will showcase her new single I’m Just Not That Lonely Anymore on the day.

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