Car lovers have the run of Cork for weekend

MORE than 80 Opel car enthusiasts took part in a run in Co Cork over the weekend with drivers coming from as far away as the North to participate.

Eighty-four Opel cars departed from the Blarney Golf Resort Hotel in Tower shortly after 10.30am on Saturday, travelling through Millstreet and on to Bally-vourney before returning to Blarney Golf Resort Hotel.

The event has been in existence for four years and was founded by Opel fan, Ted O’Connell, who says the run has grown from 13 cars to 84 since 2008.

“We started up a forum for Opel owners about four years ago and the first event was organised in two weeks with just 13 cars. In the second year we had 27 cars and last year we had over 50. We are delighted with the number this year. Cars came from places such as Sligo, Roscommon and Monaghan for the event,” Mr O’Connell said.

The event drew a number of individuals signed up to the Opel Owners of Ireland forum online.

The forum includes discussions on different makes of Opel and car lovers recount their memories of previous incarnations of the car.

The site also has a forum for girlfriends and wives “to get together and chat about whatever you like while your other half is out playing with his toys”.

A number of drivers who took part in Saturday’s run went on to attend the Irish Vintage Society All-Ireland Show hosted by Crookstown Vintage Club.

Meanwhile, the 2011 Jim Walsh Cork Forest Rally took place in Mallow, Co Cork, on Saturday.

The race began at Peter’s Hill at 9am and finished in the Main Street in Mallow at 6.30pm.

Participants included Ballincollig’s Owen Murphy and fellow Cork Motor club co-driver James O’Brien.

The rally consisted of eight stages, three stage locations run twice and then on to the 19km Streamhill Bridge stage for two runs.

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