Over the weekend, Connor and I joined some of the GTINI and NI Euro contingents for a trip to Fermoy, Cork for VAGE 2012 (insert hilarious genital joke here)
Although not exactly local, at least we got to stay on dry land for this journey and as we had never been before, we thought we would make the effort this year.
We left Sprucefield at 12pm on Saturday andwith the pace being set largely by R32s and various other tuned vehicles, we made it to Fermoy pretty quickly. We even managed to stop off at TJs family pub, The Hill Inn, in Cahir along the way for a few well deserved drinks to cool off and stretch our legs.
The NI Euro group went on down the road a bit to stay the night in Cork city, while we and GTINI stayed in Fermoy. Around 25 of us dined in the Corbett Court that night where the steak was good, the drink was great and the banter excellent!
The craic continued in room 127 til the small hours, by which time a tropical storm appeared to have descended on the town and the forecast for the show didnt look positive…
Sunday morning actually dawned bright and sunny but there were still some ominous clouds on the horizon. Nevertheless we headed for the show in good spirits, if a little worse for wear, and with more of an excuse for not washing the car!
This year marked the 10th anniversary of the VAGE show and also its first year in a new location, the Corrin Exhibition Centre on the outskirts of Fermoy.
Wearrived, parked up and after a quick wipe down (everyone else was much more thorough than me!) started into exploring the show which was filling up quickly.
The atmosphere was brilliant all day and despite a couple of heavy showers early on the sun came out again and a few of us were actually sunburned in the end.
Everyone we met seemed upbeat and willing to chat and the constant soundtrack on the PA added to the ambience without being too overpowering for those of us who were still feeling a bit delicate (Yes UD I’m looking at you)
There werent that many trade stands but the highlight of the day was the delicious Carvery lunch, a welcome change from the usual burger vans!
It was also great to see some new cars from those we see all the time and the standard was pretty high overall.
I thoroughly enjoyed the show and the rest of the weekend and it will be high on my to do list again next year.
NI came out well in the prizes at the end of the day
Congrats to all those who won!
After the prize giving there was just time for a quick group photo and it was time to head back north at warp speed.
In contention for quote of the weekend were:
“I don’t want your ass ice”
“The worst thing is, when you blink, having to open your eyes again”
But that was until the Troon/Cairnryan rant started…
I guess you had to be there, so next year make sure you are!
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