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Club History

As a result of an advert placed in the Mid Ulster Mail in 1974, a group of men interested in vintage machinery gathered at the assembly rooms in Moneymore, and the Mid Ulster Vintage Vehicles Club Ltd was formed.

The first chairman appointed was Stanley Bell. John Joe McKenna was Vice Chairman, Betty Bell was Secretary and Brian Gilbert, Treasurer.  As the majority of the new members were farmers, the first event organised was a vintage ploughing match held at Moneyhaw, Moneymore.  Desmond Wright won the lift class: Harry Bell won the Novice class.  Norman Wright won the trail class and was awarded the championship of the field.  The judges were Hugh Barr, Lawrence McMullan and Sam Robinson.  The prizes were presented to the winners at a dinner dance on 21 January 1976 at the Glenavon Hotel in Cookstown.


The club's first rally was held on 1 March 1976 at Springhill, Moneymore where entries were received from 20 cars and 52 tractors.


From a suggestion by John Joe McKernan in 1977, the club organised a sponsored tractor

and car trek to Portrush where £4,900 was raised for Multiple Sclerosis Research. 

Over the years the trek has raised over £450,000 for various charities. 

The highest yearly total was £22,222 collected in 2008 for the British Red Cross,

with Jim Scott MBE collecting £10,624 on sponsor cards.


Fifteen May Day runs have been organised by the car section of the club over the years. 

Every year the club continues to organise the ploughing match, May Day run, Rally and Trek.

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