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Kildare > Heritage > Gordon Bennett Motor Race > Events 5 - 7 June, Irish Veteran & Vintage Car Club

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Events Organised by
The Irish Veteran and Vintage Car Club
June 5th - June 7th

The entries will include cars from Ireland, United Kingdom, Holland, Germany, Jersey, Greece, Australia, New Zealand, Kenya and South Africa. The 'Napier' car which won the 1902 Gordon Bennett Race driven by Selwyn Edge and another 'Napier' that ran in the 1903 Irish Gordon Bennett Race now owned by Lord Montague of Beaulieu, South England will be featured. The 1903 Gordon Bennett Race was won by a 1903 Mercedes and there will be two similar models from 1903 featured: one coming from Germany and a second one coming from Jersey. There will be examples of electrical, steam and petrol cars from the last 100 years!

Thursday 5th June
A Raleigh event with controlled sections involving about 200 Veteran and Vintage cars. It will be leaving Naas at 9.00pm going to West Wicklow, crossing Balltinglass and Shillelagh and back to Carlow for lunch. After lunch the cars will travel on a route going through Stradbally and Vicarstown and back to Naas for around 5.00pm. The cars will stopping en-route at the Moate of Ardscull, Dublin Road, Athy.

Friday 6th June
A Scatter Event involving approximately 200 Vintage and Veteran cars. This event is like a treasure hunt whereby the participants will be seeking out points on a map throughout North Kildare.

Saturday 7th June
This will be the highlight of the Irish Vintage and Veteran Gordon Bennett Centenary festivities. This will involve about 300 Veteran and Vintage cars which will traverse the original 1903 Gordon Bennett route in so far as is possible. There will be 4 controlled sections along the route where the cars will be required to average 24 miles per hour through that section. The cars will be stopping at the Moate of Ardscull, outside Athy town throughout the day. All competitions are optional.

4th June
Kilcullen Heritage Centre has organised a talk by Motoring Historian, Bob Montgomery at 8.00pm on Wednesday 4th June.

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