THE Loughgall Festival of Motorsport and Classic Country Lifestyle Fair will be held on Saturday, May 19.
Now in its sixth year the festival, which is held in the beautiful Loughgall Country Park, will raise funds for the RNLI Lifejackets Appeal.
This year there will be a historic rally and dynamic autotest for the mechanically-minded as well as a static display of over 200 cars alongside country produce and rural lifestyle trade stands.
There will also be a specialist demonstration on locally produced foods by multi award-winning chefs, Robert McDonald, who joins us from Digby’s in Killylea and a showcase of all things rural - from food to clothing - by Eric Thompson and his sons, Alan and Edward from Rockvale Poultry.
Organised jointly by Armagh Lions Club and North Armagh Motor Club Ltd, Armagh Lion member Hugo Cowan said, “We are expecting a huge turnout of statics on display, all of whom will be presented with a special finisher’s prize, unique to the 2012 festival. There is nothing to rival a gentle stroll around these amazing vehicles admiring the workmanship of a long-gone era. These models are always extremely well presented and are a credit to the dedication of their owners.”
William Fullerton, treasurer of North Armagh Motor Club Ltd, “The format of the special stage rally for historic rally cars, the Apple Blossom autotest and the historic and classic vehicle display along with trade stands have proved very successful. However, without the main sponsor, Burkes of Cornascriebe it could not happen and we are also grateful for the help and support of Armagh City and District Council, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Forest Service and the many voluntary marshals and officials.
“The main event, the historic rally will this year have six all-tarmac special stages in the scenic parkland and spectator-friendly setting of the Loughgall Country Park. It is the only event in Northern Ireland with the emphasis on historic rally cars. We welcome back last year’s winner Cookstown man Keith McIvor in his Porsche, second overall last year, Donal Connolly from Letterkenny in the Ford Escort RS2000 and Lisburn’s Wesley Patterson in his new Ford Escort RS2000. With competitors of this quality we are confident it will be an exciting day of rally action.”
Further information and regulations can be downloaded from the club website at www.namcc.com or from the event secretary Keith Somerville on 07745959141.
Autotest regulations can also be downloaded from the club website and from event secretary Gordon McKeown on 07703187491
Information on the classic country lifestyle fair is available from Ivor Ferguson on 07712 647 546.