This year the De Courcey Classic and Vintage Club will be celebrating the 70th anniversary of the launch of the Landrover in 1948. We will be organising a gathering of all types of Landrovers at our Harvest day in Harbour view, Kilbrittain on Monday 6th of Aug.
The Club recently took time out at the Innishannon Steam Rally to promote the event with some members and friends getting their Landrovers together for a photo opportunity. Camping will be available as we already have several landrover owners committed to travel some distance to the event. Keep an eye on our facebook page and website for further details.
The De Courcey Harvest Working day will be held on Monday 6th August 2018. The site will once again be in Harbour View, Kilbrittain. It will take place on the farm of club member Derry Desmond. The club is most grateful to Derry for making the site available to us for a second time. Continuing our support of local charities 2018 will see funds raised donated to The Margaret O’Dwyer fund, Carmelite friary Kinsale renovation fund, Ballinspittle De-Fib group and West Cork Rapid Response who do such vital life-saving work in our area.
At the end of April members of the committee met with Dr Jason Van Der Velt of the Rapid Response group to discuss the holding of a simulated emergency services response to a machinery accident as part of the Harvest day program. The exercise will demonstrate how the different elements of the emergency services coordinate in such an event and educate the public as to how to respond themselves if they are unfortunate enough to witness a serious accident.
This year the harvest day will feature many new additions to the range of exhibits. There are a number of restoration projects currently underway in the Club and hopefully, they will be completed in time for the August Bank Holiday Monday. We also know of some vintage combine harvesters that are being prepared for debuts at the show. As always the focus will be on activity, with a huge array of vintage machines of all sorts working at the event.
Please check our website and facebook page for up to date club information. www.decourceyvintage.com and FB.com/decourceyvintageclub.
Last May the new Kilmacsimon Community centre, Bandon, Co Cork was the venue for a very well attended slideshow and talk about the West Cork and South Coast railway organized by the De Courcey Vintage Club and presented by Mr Chris Larkin. The evening was a huge success being both informative and also a great social occasion with a chance for a cup of tea and a chat during the interval.
Another historic talk is planned for the evening of Monday 4th May next at 8 P.M. in the same venue. This year’s talk will be presented by Mr Tim Crowley of the Michael Collins centre, Timoleague and will cover the history of Henry Ford from his family’s origins in Ballinscarthy to his great industrial success story with the famous Ford model T motor car. It is sure to be a most enjoyable night for anyone interested in either the history of West Cork or the history of the automobile.
Below are some pictures from the Irish Model T Club Ballinadee Run last October