The West Wicklow Inn in Blessington is the venue of our winter meetings again for 2015/2016 season. Meetings are set to start at 8.30pm and are held on the second Monday of each month.
We have a different speaker each month talking about their restoration projects, various motoring collections and events attended abroad.
The dates for your diary then are
March 14th AGM.
We hope you can attend some of these evenings to keep in touch while the cars are wrapped up.
Our 30th year Celebrations continue with a Christmas Dinner at Lawlors Hotel, Naas. The Pre dinner Reception is at 7.30pm. This is a larger venue than before so hopefully everyone can be catered for as some late entrants were disappointed last year. We have held the price at €25 per person so booking early would be appreciated by Tuesday November 10th to allow numbers be confirmed with the hotel. Booking details as per last club members mail shot to
Jim Scott, Confreys, Craddockstown Naas Co Kildare.
Michael Darcy, 35 Roselawn, Naas Co kildare
Rooms are available at €109 for 2 people B&B booking directly with hotel on 045 906430.
As we gathered on the front lawn of Russborough House in Co Wicklow we enjoyed the dry start to the day although we could see the dark clouds beyond the Wicklow mountains to the east. Everyone was in good spirits and looking forward to the day ahead.
Brian Mahon in his Hillman A striking colour combination
It was great to see the return of an old regular of Blessington runs in the form of a racing Frazer Nash proudly displaying its Kildare registration and club badge.
The car was once part of the Colley family collection and was driven on many a Blessington Run over the years by the late Tony Colley. Its now owned by Shane Houlihan and looked fantastic with its new stainless steel exhaust and a fresh lick of paint yet still retained its lovely aged interior. Many thanks to Shane for bringing the car along.
The plan for the day was a trip over the Wicklow gap, past Glendalough and a stop for lunch in Roundwood with a finish at the Victorian Field day in Enniskerry. Many members turned out in victorian dress to reflect the atmosphere of the day.
However the rain awaited us on the east of the mountain gap and the field day had to move to nearby Powerscourt Estate where a wonderful reception awaited everyone. Well done to Noel Kavanagh and the Enniskerry event committee who had a busy 24 hours to make alternative finish arrangements and we appreciate their efforts. The sun came out at the end of the day to warm us up before the final lap home.
Thank you to all the participants and to Pat Foley for these great photos. There are more photos available in the gallery.
Some 30 years ago on the 20th of July 1985 the very first Lake Run was held starting from the Square in Blessington out around the lakes for some 25 old cars and 14 bikes on what was the first event of the Blessington Vintage Car & Motorcycle Club. Here we have three of the original organisers Wille Nash, Tony Clarke and Billy Flynn on the steps of the Downshire Hotel which served as club base for many years. In 1985 white coats were used by stewards instead of high- vis vests we see today.
On the 19th of July 2015 we did it all again and thankfully many of the original participants and a few of the original cars could take part. The rain held off and a very enjoyable afternoon was spent out around the lakes, at the refreshment stop in Valleymount then back in the Square where everyone could admire the cars. Its a very busy square now compared to 1985 so its much more difficult to accommodate the 60 odd cars that turned up. The space provided by Billy & Joan Flynn as well as Peter of the West Wicklow Inn was much appreciated by all.
We had a fantastic BBQ provided by Peter and all the staff at the West Wicklow Inn and to finish off a lovely Birthday Cake.
An enjoyable event to recreate the first club event. Pat Foley has taken a lot of fantastic photos which are on the Gallery. Have a look and see if you can find your car. Click here to view them.
The club had a fantastic stand again this year with over 60 cars of various ages styles and attractive features. All shared a common bond of being the pride and joy of their owners and we are delighted with the turnout for the Blessington Club stand to make it one of the biggest and best stands yet again this year.
A hugh thanks to everyone for bringing their cars out especially as we celebrate the clubs 30th birthday. A special Congratulations to the three cars from the Club stand won awards at the Terenure Show.
Noel Kavanagh on the left with his Model T Truck got Best Commercial Award
Brian Mahon on the right with his Austin A40 Devon won Best Post War car.
Also a winner was Joe McDonnell in his Vauxhall
Click here to view Pat Foley’s photos.
Pat Foley has provided us with more of his excellent photos from this year’s Spring Run. Click here to view them or visit the gallery.
Club members have had a very successful weekend at the IVVCC International Gordon Bennett Rally. This was 112th anniversary of the 1903 race and the 40th anniversary of the IVVCC celebrating the event. The event takes the form of a regularity test with drivers travelling at an average speed of 40kph over 160km and this year the route took the cars through Kildare Meath & Cavan for the lunch stop at Mullagh Village and returning to Johnstownbridge where the rally was based in the Marriott Hotel.
Club members took home 5 of the 15 prizes including the most important prize of Overall winner of the event.
Pictured above are the successful Drivers, Navigators and their cars at the June Monday night run which started from Blessington. Those pictured are
Brian King, William Cullen, Pat Goulding, Tony Clarke, Brian & Breege Dempsey, Colin Dunne & Keith Pearson.
The overall winner of the event were Colin Dunne & William Cullen in a 1926 Chevrolet.
Full details can be found on the organisers website IVVCC.ie
The first rally of this the clubs 30th year took place on Sunday May 17th from Russborough House near Blessington, to Athy, Co Kildare when we stopped for for lunch. While most people adjourned to Hotel for lunch, some hardy souls wrapped up warm for a picnic at the Moat of Ardscull just outside the town. Its a venue famous in old car circles as the location of the Gordon Bennett Memorial to the Race of 1903 which selected this as a key spectator vantage point for the race. The road that can still be used today although thankfully the main traffic is carried by a new road nearby which allows old cars to pass in peace and stop a while to savour the history of the spot.
Following lunch the group made its way to the Curragh Racecourse to join up with the display of old Military Vehicles and enthusiasts in various Military costumes. The Curragh area has a long established close association with Military for British, Irish and also German given the large number of downed airmen held at the nearby Curragh camp during WWII.
Many thanks to all who supported the event and to the committee who put a lot of work into the organisation of it. A special mention to Pat Foley for these fantastic photos and on this occasion we have one of Pat with his Morris Minor.
The 2015 Calendar of events is now available. Click here to view it.
Edward Connally has provided us with photos from the recent Mince Pie run in December. Click here to view them.
Below is a sample of cars Parked in Donadea Forest Park where we stopped for a while and some availed of the hot chocolate drinks to keep the cold away.