2013 Bus & Coach Rally
Saturday 27th April – Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, Cultra

The Annual Bus & Coach Rally, the 41st since inception in 1972, will take place on Saturday 27th April 2013 at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum at Cultra, Holywood, Co. Down and will commence at 09.30 hours.

The event will include judging of vehicles and a timed Road Regularity Run around parts of Belfast and North Down. From the early afternoon a number of heritage vehicles will operate free journeys to Bangor and Holywood to give visitors and enthusiasts the opportunity to sample buses no longer to be seen in normal public passenger service.

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 hours.

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 usual ITH practice the policy of making no competitive distinction between professional and non-professional drivers will apply. 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 continues to be 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 and attached is an entry form with the hope that you will be able to support the event.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Howard Cunningham
Finance Officer & Rally Committee Member

For for a vehicle entry form click here .

For information on travel within Northern Ireland call Translink's information centre on 028 9066 6630 or visit their website - www.translink.co.uk. Coach services from GB are operated by Ulsterbus /Scottish Citylink and Eurolines. Air services to Northern Ireland are provided by EasyJet, British Airways, British Midland, British European and Comed Aviation. Ferry services are operated by Stena Line, P&O Irish Sea, SeaCat & Norse Merchant Ferries.

For accommodation information call:

North Down Borough Council 028 9127 0069
NI Tourist Board 028 9024 6609