Punchestown, Winter Fair & Racing

We are invited to take part in the Ballymore Eustace GAA Winter Fair at Punchestown Racecourse this Sunday November 20th.
So why not come along to enjoy the Horse Racing and maybe get some Christmas shopping done.

Assemble at 1.15 pm sharp at the main entrance road to Punchestown Racecourse (inside the gate).  We will enter in convoy to the parking area which is to the right in front of the Pavilion at 1.30pm.



Monthly Winter Meetings

The monthly meetings restart Monday October 10th in the usual venue in Blessington at the West Wicklow Inn at 8.30pm.

These meetings provide a welcome chance to listen to fellow club members and guest speakers tell us about their restoration projects and trips to various Vintage Automotive runs and shows here and abroad.   Many of which are well know events but others have turned out to be unknown gems that provide ideas for personal trips.  So we look forward to welcoming all members.

Autumn Run Entry Form

Autumn Run Entry Form

Sunday 18th September 2016

Name of driver/rider. ____________________________________________________

Address _______________________________________________________________



Name of owner/entrant ___________________________________________________

Make and model of vehicle_________________________________________________

Number of adults ______________ Fee enclosed € _______________

Declaration of Insurance

I declare that during the period of this event my car/motorcycle and my driver/rider thereof will be covered by a valid insurance as required by The Road Traffic Act and that such insurance shall include Rally cover and I undertake to produce same on demand to an authorized official if required.

Signed _______________________________________________________

Important Notice

Neither the submission of any vehicle for participation in any event organized by the Blessington Vintage Car & Motorcycle Club (herein called the Club) nor its consequent acceptance for the participation in any event under the direction or control of the Club or its duly appointed officials as to the mechanical condition of the said vehicle or its suitability to participate in any event, nor shall any liability attach to the Club or the said officials howsoever arising in connection with same and the signing by the entrant of any application form shall be deemed to be acknowledgement of acceptance of this condition.

Cheques etc. payable to. : Blessington Vintage Car & Motorcycle Club Ltd..

Autumn Run 2016

The 2016 Autumn Run is on Sunday the 18th Starting in Russborough house at 10.30 AM for 11.00 departure.


We are unable to upload documents currently due to a technical issue. Below is the Regulations for the event.

Autumn Run Regulations

Sunday 18th September 2016

START; Russborough House 3km south of Blessington (off N81)

ROUTE: A scenic drive through Wicklow and Kildare

(Total distance. 40 Miles approx)

ASSEMBLE: 10.30am for 11am departure.

AGENDA: All entrants are invited to come along to

‘ Wellfield House’ , Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare to visit the beautiful gardens, by kind permission of Maurice and Mairead Mason.

LUNCH STOP: lunch stop in Baltinglass ( see route sheet for suggestions) or alternatively, picnic option at Wellfield House (bring a picnic table if you have one)

FINISH; Wellfield House.

INSURANCE : All vehicles should be covered in accordance with the

requirements of the Road Traffic Act and must be

registered prior to December 31st 1984.

Entries to: Alice Nugent, ‘Kylebeg’, Dublin Road, Blessington, Co. Wicklow.

NOT LATER THAN Thursday the 15TH September

(cheques etc. payable to: Blessington Vintage Car & Motorcycle Club ltd.)

ENTRY FEE: €25 per car & €10 per motorcycle

Prizes : Each Entrant will receive Refreshments and a Finishers award.

Visit to Noel Hughes and Renault AX restoration

The New Year saw us move the regular Monday Meeting out of the West Wicklow Inn for the night and down the road to Noel Hughes garage where a treat was in store with a great presentation on the hard work carried out to restore an original Irish 1911 Reanult Ax.

The will be remembered by many for numerous appearances on Blessington runs over the years with the late Tony Colley at the wheel.  It left the family after Tony passed away in 2009 but Noel was able to buy the Offaly  car last year and bring it close to home again.  A lot of work has been carried out since  and the car itself was revealed in ready for paint condition with new wood in place and engine re-bulit and ready to go back in.  Noel gave us a great presentation on the interesting history of the car as it moved from Geashill Co Offaly to Kildare, Wicklow and Dublin with new information discovered as the restoration revealed some hidden treasures about the car.  We also had a musical version of the cars history to preserve the story.  The presentation can be viewed on community “Irish TV” on

Sky channel 191.

Many thanks Noel, Christine and family for their hospitality.

Click here to see the gallery.

Upcoming events in 2016

Venue West Wicklow Inn Blessington at 8.30pm

Winter Meeting on Monday February 8th

AGM on Monday March 14th

First evening run

Monday April 11th assemble at the Industrial Estate at 7.30pm

We will depart at 7.45pm for short run locally.

Please note prompt departure given it will get dark early.

We hope to see all members out and about and don’t forget annual subscription is now due and can be paid at any event, via post or directly via bank payment, see details in contact/forms section.



Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

As the year draws to a close the club committee would like to thank all members and supporters for their attendance at the various events in this the clubs 30th year.  We have had a busy year with many events that everyone seems to have  enjoyed and help make it a memorable year for the Club.

The Christmas dinner function in Lawlor’s Hotel on November 21st was well supported and enjoyed by everyone and looks like becoming a regular event again.

Finally a reminder that the last meeting will be held on Monday December 14th and final rally of the year the very popular Mince Pie Run will take place on Sunday December 27th and full details will arrive in the December mailshot very soon and the Committee wishes everyone a Happy and peaceful Christmas.

Christmas Pic

The Committee.


Winter Meetings

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

October 12th

November 9th

December 14th

January 18th

February 8th

March 14th AGM.

We hope you can attend some of these evenings to keep in touch while the cars are wrapped up.



Club Members Christmas Dinner Sat November 21st

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.


30th Anniversary Autumn Run

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.
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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.
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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.

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