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Moment in Time: The Sun shines on The Rock Inn for their 2008 Vintage Rally

Under a bright blue sky and shining sun, many gathered for the annual Rock Inn Vintage Rally in May 2008.

Lots of vintage fans from around the county and the country arrived at the Rock Inn to admire the machinery basking in the

Funds were raised in aid of Laois Hospice, and organizers were delighted with the great support from everyone on the day who contributed so generously.

The event was packed full of vintage cars and tractors. A highlight was a working threshing machine.

Another event which attracted a lot of attention was the tractor balancing competition, where contestants had to balance a Ferguson 35.

The wind turbine exhibition, displaying how green energy can work, was very popular among visitors, as were all of the events that took place on the day.

The rally was planned by a committee of 20, all members of the Rock Inn Vintage Club, since November last year.

The many months of hard work paid off on the sunny Sunday afternoon where hundreds turned out to enjoy the fine weather.

Refreshments were provided for all who participated in the event, and the committee would like to thank those who worked tirelessly all day to keep proceedings running smoothly.

All photos taken on this lovely day by Alf Harvey.

David, Noreen and Eimear Whelan, Portlaoise at the Rock Inn Vintage Rally in 2008
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Two year old Jamie Baldwin, Stradbally tries out the tractors at the Rock Inn Vintage Rally in 2008
Picture: Alf Harvey.
John Hutchinson, Vicarstown and James Luttrell, Portlaoise (left) with James’ 1952 Ford Major at the Rock Inn Vintage Rally in 2008
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Joe Kelly and Joe Wiseley at the Rock Inn Vintage Rally in 2008
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Michael, Carmel, Gary and Leah McEvoy, Portlaoise at the Rock Inn Vintage Rally in 2008
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Bernie Kilbride, Cullohill; Tom Gorman, Mountmellick and Kieran Kelly, Abbeyleix view the excellent condition of Kieran’s 1973 Ford Capri 3000 V6 at the Rock Inn Vintage Rally in 2008
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Tom Gorman, Mountmellick, proud owner of this 1936 Model Y Ford at the Rock Inn Vintage Rally in 2008
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Ciaran and Sean White (left), Mountmellick with Dublin cousins Cormac and Conor White at the Rock Inn Vintage Rally in 2008
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Tony and Laura Walsh, Portlaoise with their 1976 RS 2000 at the Rock Inn Vintage Rally in 2008
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Richard Deffew, Portlaoise with John Doyle and Brendan Coss, Mountmellick at the Rock Inn Vintage Rally in 2008
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Stuart Mathews, Coolbanagher with his John Deere Collection, from left: 1950, 1940 and 1946 models at the Rock Inn Vintage Rally in 2008
Picture: Alf Harvey.

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