2018 Bus & Coach Rally

Saturday 28th April – Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, Cultra

February / March 2018

The Annual Bus & Coach Rally, the 46th since inception in 1972, will take place on Saturday 28th April 2018 at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum at Cultra, Holywood, Co. Down commencing at 09.30 hours.

The event will include judging of vehicles, a timed Road Regularity Run around parts of Belfast and North Down and during the afternoon a number of heritage vehicles will operate free journeys to Bangor and Holywood/Holywood Exchange to give visitors and enthusiasts the opportunity to sample buses no longer to be seen in normal public passenger service. There will also be a number of sales stands for those interested in purchasing photographs, model buses/coaches/cars and other memorabilia.

The Road Regularity Run will cover 35/40 miles starting in the mid-morning with details of the route together with maps being distributed to drivers on their arrival at 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 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. For those who wish they may also participate in providing a vehicle(s) to assist in the free heritage bus service mentioned above (vehicle insurance terms and conditions permitting).

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.

No competitive distinction will be made between professional and non-professional drivers. This reflects present day licensing requirements for most drivers to have professional qualifications to drive 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 only the 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.

Will Hughes
Howard Cunningham

An entry form for the Rally can be downloaded here.