In 1985 four men who shared a common desire to form a club that would welcome Classic and Vintage cars and motorcycles alike of all makes, model and type, met in the picturesque village of Blessington and the Blessington Vintage Car and Motorcycle club was born. The clubs inaugural run was held on the 20th July that year, starting in Blessington and circumnavigated the lakes. That first run attracted 49 entries ( 35 cars and 14 motorcycles).
The club then and today is hugely family orientated where spouses, partners, children and friends are all welcomed and encouraged to participate in club events and to come along for the drive.
In the intervening 30 years membership has grown from that original 4 to an active membership today of 150. Like their beloved motors, these members are varied in age, profession and reside not only in Wicklow and Leinster but also in the United Kingdom
Our current membership boasts guardianship of an impressive collection of vintage and classic vehicles.They range from a rare Alfa to a quirky Zonda. From a 1913 Krit to a 1974 Mini and everything in between. Originals to rebuilds and many are in concourse condition while some are in 15 boxes in the back of the garage.
Between April and September on the 2nd Monday of each month, the club organizes evening runs taking in parts of Wicklow and surrounding areas. These runs always start in or near Blessington and finish in various watering holes for refreshments. Sometimes there are treasure hunts, quizzes or driving skills tests but always there is laughter, chat and discussion on important matters such as which is the best way to fit a crankshaft in to a 1947 standard eight
In addition we hold 3 main runs annually, Spring and Autumn and the ever popular Mince pie run held on the 27th of December. These full day runs take in a 75 mile drive and on a good day take along as many cars. During the winter months, when the cars and bikes are safely tucked away, we replace our monthly runs with meetings where, over tea and biscuits, we learn everything from the correct way to apply polish to how to replace that rusty rear quarter panel.
Our club has raised substantial amounts of money over the years in support of local charities. The Club also supports other Clubs and Shows such as the ‘Terenure Show’ where each year there usually a category winner on the club stand.
Chairperson: Michael Darcy, Secretary: TBA, Treasurer: Eugene Connell, Membership: Colin Dunne.
Other Committee Members:
Brian Dempsey, Pat Callaghan, Bob Webster, Willie Nash, Pat Denning, Brian Cosgrave, Tony Clarke, Jim Scott, Keith Pearson, William Cullen, Alice Nugent