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MEET REPORT: Northern Ireland Meet & Drive

With a Bank Holiday weekend it was the perfect opportunity to organise an S2000 driving meet. As usual there was great enthusiasm within the group no matter the age. 12 cars in attendance with 13 owners. Most were NI owners but others also journeyed from NE England, Donegal and  2 members from Cork and Limerick making the 5 hour drive north! Ages ranging from 25-70. Starting just north of Belfast it was a 2 night/3 day weekend based in Coleraine on the North coast of Northern Ireland. 

The Friday drive took in the famous Causeway Coastal route. A fantastic driving road with a great mix of twisties up into the Glens to enjoy our car’s driving ability. Instead of the normal 60-70 mile distance, our day was 140 miles! The route took in some viewpoints, most notably Mount Slemish where St Patrick (a Welshman) tended sheep and various hillclimbs along the way. The quiet nature of the roads involved made for some great driving. The mix of photo and coffee stops allowed for the usual social aspect which is as big a part of these meets. 

The Saturday drive left Coleraine and headed further north. Stopping at Gortmore viewing point overlooking Foyle Lough and Donegal. The plan was to do Eagles Rock hillclimb up Binevenagh mountain in the morning, alas our date coincided with the actual event. They were keen to enter us all in the event! Again very quiet roads with staggering views. After coffee we headed for Ramelton in Donegal. Our ultimate venue being the famous Knockalla rally stage which overlooks Ballymastocker beach near Portsalon. In fairness Donegal is loaded with a great mix of very secluded roads and beaches but too many for today’s drive. Very much on the to do list. If you ever visit Donegal make sure Knockalla is on your bucket list, it’s an awesome piece of tarmac to enjoy driving an S on! The scenic views are an added bonus, but you’ll be too busy driving!

The evenings involved too much fine dining which is as much part of the weekend. (The odd refreshment is taken too). The craic and banter is ongoing all weekend. After breakfast on Sunday morning all the goodbyes were said and everyone started their journeys homeward. What was very evident was the enthusiasm for the next time we organise one of these weekends. Several are off to Megameet in Cumbria next month, and are already looking forward to that. 

A great word of thanks to all that attended for making it such an enjoyable meet on all levels. Everyone left loving their S even more than before the weekend. If you’ve never attended an S2KUK event, get along to one no matter what it is and enjoy what Honda gave us to enjoy

 

 

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