Date: Sat 26th Mar 2016 - Sun 27th Mar 2016
We had an absolutely cracking time when we tipped up in Tipperary over Easter, and from the sea of smiling faces we saw, so did all the families that flocked into town for this great event that’s now in its seventh successful year.
Once known as the Tipperary Vintage & Custom Rally, under its new name it packs in plenty of fresh ideas and attractions to appeal to all ages. But they’ve definitely kept what made it famous in the first place. The amazing atmosphere – and all those even more amazing machines!
The serious fans got there good and early on Saturday, and for two very good reasons. All the stunning sights in the motorbike show – and all the equally stunning sights in the annual run out into the countryside that’s at the heart of this event. They call it the ‘Trip thro Tipp’ and a stream of bikers headed out onto the open rolling roads that led through some of the most beautiful scenery in Tipperary. Biking at its very best, and a great way to get in the mood for Easter Sunday.
Easter Sunday dawned and we were treated to the best rally of vintage and custom cars and bikes we’ve seen in a long time. Including customised trucks and tractors that have to be some of the most bizarre contraptions we’ve ever seen on wheels.
The local enthusiasts had let their imaginations run riot and the results were mind-boggling to say the least.
And that sums up the whole event, with something different to catch the eye wherever you turned. A traditional funfair had the kids shrieking with delight, not to mention the parents who rolled up with them. And there was a whole merry-go-round of trade stands, craft stalls and side shows. Plus, a big autojumble offering bikers lots of big bargains.
One of the great things about this hugely popular annual event is that it’s organised and staged by a non-profit making organisation, with all monies after expenses being donated to different charities. 140,000 Euros have been donated over the last seven years, with South Tipperary Hospice being the main beneficiary. So it was really great to see so many bikers turn out in force and add their support for very worthwhile causes.
We love to sponsor events like the Tipperary Family Fun Day, and it was good to get out from our Dublin office to rub shoulders with fellow bikers, hand out some great freebies and join in all the fun. We met lots of people and enjoyed a good natter about their bikes and what they wanted from their insurance cover.
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