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Vintage and classic vehicles coming to Dromara

Members of the Dromara Vintage and Classic Club admire two of the vehicles to be shown - a 1972 Ford Escort and a 1975 MF Industrial tractor. Seated on the tractor is 10-year old Jamie Flanagan.

Members of the Dromara Vintage and Classic Club admire two of the vehicles to be shown - a 1972 Ford Escort and a 1975 MF Industrial tractor. Seated on the tractor is 10-year old Jamie Flanagan.

Vintage and classic vehicle enthusiasts are in for a real treat next month with the relaunch of the Dromara show incorporating a new format and venue that will undoubtedly increase its popularity and appeal.

Under the auspices of the Dromara Vintage and Classic Club - formerly known as the Dromara Vintage Club - ambitious plans for this year’s event are well underway and members of the hard working organising committee are confident it will be an enjoyable day out for all the family.

Classic cars as well as vintage agriculture vehicles and machinery will provide the foundation for the show at the village soccer pitch on Saturday June 14 but with special attractions and entertainment for the children this promises to be an event not to be missed.

First staged in 1994 by the Dromara Vintage Club their annual show was always a popular event attracting upwards of 300 vehicles but it had to be cancelled for the first time last year due to a variety of reasons.

Now relaunched as the Dromara Vintage and Classic Club to widen the scope and appeal of the project and with the recruitment of several new and enthusiastic members the future is certainly promising for exhibitors and visitors alike.

Among the many vehicles of interest on display this year will be a beautifully maintained and preserved 1972 Ford Escort which has been in local man Alistair Gray’s family for the past 35 years.

With 90,000 miles on the clock and still driving like new this has got to be one of the finest examples of a car that has a special place in the hearts of all motor enthusiasts and fans of the iconic blue oval badge.

Brian McGrillen’s immaculate 1975 MF 20 Industrial tractor will be another attraction after its appearance by special invitation at the Balmoral Show.

It formerly earned its keep as a workhorse with Banbridge Council but after “rescuing” the tractor 27 years ago Brian- who is the chairman of the Dromara Vintage and Classic Club - has restored this vehicle to pre-showroom condition and nowadays it takes centre stage at vintage events.

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