IRISH TRANSPORT HERITAGE LIMITED have announced as follows:
The Annual Bus & Coach Rally, the 40th since inception in 1972, will take place on Saturday 28th April 2012
at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum at Cultra, Holywood, Co. Down. The Rally will commence at 09.30.
The event will include judging of vehicles and a timed Road Regularity Run around parts of Belfast and North
Down. A Parade Ring focusing on a little of the history of some of the vehicles attending the day’s events will
The Road Regularity Run will cover approximately 40 miles starting in the mid-morning with details of the
route together with maps being distributed to drivers on the morning of the event. Entrants participating in
this part of the day are strongly advised to bring someone along to assist with navigation, as due to
very limited staff availability Irish Transport Heritage (ITH) will be unable to provide any assistants. On return
to Cultra following the Road Run vehicles will be on display to the public until approximately 17.00.
In the afternoon a number of heritage vehicles will operate free journeys to Bangor and Holywood to give
visitors and enthusiasts the opportunity to sample vehicles no longer to be seen in normal public passenger
A range of cups and trophies will be presented to winning entrants, the presentation of which will take place
at the conclusion of the Rally. A “Finishers Award” will also be presented at the conclusion of the Rally to all
entrants who attend for the whole of the day.
In line with recent practice ITH will continue the policy of making no competitive distinction between
professional and non-professional drivers. This reflects present day licensing requirements for drivers to
have professional qualifications to drive most types of public service and former public service vehicles.
Also in the interests of fair competition an independent judge will be appointed on the day. Their role will be
to observe the day’s proceedings and to penalise any entrant who does not follow the rules or acts in an
irresponsible or unacceptable manner.
The Rally is the only event of its type in Ireland and Irish Transport Heritage strives to make it an interesting
and memorable day for the professional and enthusiast alike. Everyone is welcome.