‘Great day out’ at south east vintage rally and haymaking day

The South Eastern Vintage Machinery Club (SEVMC) held its annual vintage rally and haymaking day recently on Sunday, July 9, in Ardattin, Co. Carlow.

The vintage club was holding its 36th annual vintage day, and was also commemorating 100 years of Ford in Ireland at this year’s event.

Funds raised on the day were in aid of Tullow Daycare Centre, a very worthy cause whose mission, according to the centre itself, is “to promote the physical, mental, social and spiritual well-being of the Senior Citizens of Tullow and the surrounding areas”.

To highlight the Ford centenary, a 1907 Model S and Model T were present, as well as a 171-reg New Holland and Ford car – showcasing the transition of the brand’s vehicles over the years.

There were several main events on the day – a typical pre-1950s haymaking display took place throughout the day with vintage haymaking implements pulled by horses going non-stop. There was also an oat-threshing expo in full swing.


As well as this, a display of timber-chopping with axes was exhibited to show how the job was done in times gone by.

In terms of the rally, approximately 290 vintage vehicles were on display, ranging from cars, tractors and trucks, to motorbikes, engines and miscellaneous machinery.

For the children in attendance, the dog show and the pets’ corner proved to be big attractions.

There were also 42 stalls set up on the day, offering everything and anything. In the words of SEVMC PRO, Kevin Fennelly: “You could find anything there.”Vintage

According to Fennelly, the event made for a very enjoyable day out, with a very good crowd in attendance – which was up on last year.

Fennelly added that the club has 58 members and is going strong, but is always looking for new members and new ideas.

Anyone interested in learning more about the South East Vintage Machinery Club can visit its website here.