29th Ballygowan Vintage Club rally


The 29th Ballygowan Vintage Club rally was held on 19th September at Tullygarvin Road, Ballygowan.

There was a record turnout of vehicles dating from the mid twenties to modern classics in the “Car, van and motorcycle” class and a surprising number of large modern tractors determined to outdo each other pulling the sleigh or on the dynamometer.

An impressive display of the original “wee” grey Fergusons surrounded the Ferguson Heritage caravan.

Both MG cars and Minis were there in numbers to support their clubs. The Ballygowan club is fortunate to have the era of steam power always represented at the rally in the form of Wilmar Bryces’ traction engine.

The really young had free access to bouncy castles while parents could browse some 20 stalls.

Result of judging


Most Original: 1965 NUFFIELD 10/60, Edward Jackson, Crossgar

Best Restored: 1950 FERGUSON T20, Alistair Craig, Saintfield

Best David Brown: 1971 DAVID BROWN, John Flanagan, Ballygowan Threshers: 1st 1914 RANSOMES mill - Mervyn Porter, Ravara; 2nd GARVIE mill - John Scott, Magherascouse

Cars, vans and motorcycles

Pre-war: 1930 AUSTIN 12, W. Donnan, Downpatrick

Post-war: 1957 AUSTIN A35, David Eynon,Crossgar

Classic: E Type JAGUAR, Edmond Shaw, Saintfield

Motorcycle: 1936 VELOCETTE GTP, Colin Allen, Comber

Stationary Engines: 1939 SAAB Marine, J.A. Coulter, Portaferry.