Jim Black of Lisburn sets
off on a road trip to the Middle East in his
1924 Silver Ghost Rolls-Royce, waved off by
Mayor of Lisburn, Councillor James Tinsley.
A VINTAGE Rolls Royce is taking a Ballinderry man half way
across the world to raise money for charity. Jim Black's Silver
Ghost 1924 car will take him on a three month journey across
Europe and the Middle East. He started on July 20 and will
travel through France, Italy, Macedonia, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon,
Israel, Jordan and Egypt and returning through Austria and
Belgium. On his return Mr Black will be hosting a series of
fundraising lectures with local car clubs for the Rolls-Royce
Enthusiasts' Club of Ireland, the St. Joseph's Pre-School for
Blind and Deaf Children and the Jordanstown School for Blind and
Mr Black will attend a number of civic
receptions on his journey and present ambassadors with the City
of Lisburn plaque.
Jim, who took a similar trip to Jerusalem in
his Rolls Royce in 1997, said before left: "I have always had a
passion for vintage cars and for travel and I can't think of a
better way to combine the two.
"I must pay tribute to Lisburn man Leslie
Gamble for the immaculate bodywork; identical vehicles were
rebodied in the Middle East for desert warfare so I am in no
doubt that this one is up to the challenge.
"Raising money for charities through my
fundraising lectures when I return is an added bonus and I hope
I can count on fellow car enthusiasts to support these
Mayor of Lisburn, Councillor James Tinsley,
said: " It is encouraging to see members of the local community
widening their horizons and representing the City of Lisburn
further afield, as well as raising the profile of a number of
"Jim has also agreed to let us use his
vintage cars to raise money for my own nominated charity, the
Make a Wish Foundation."