Classic summer spin on the Bennett Run

Leisure Laois welcomes the Gordon Bennett to the highways & byways

Classic summer spin on the Bennett Run
by Conor Ganly @laoisnews

Once again the Gordon Bennett Irish Classic Car Run takes place on the June bank holiday weekend, from Friday, June 3 to Monday June 6.

The Run had its official launch on April 26 at the Heritage Hotel Portlaoise, where the guest of honour was the newly crowned Laois Rose, Kate Hyland.

This run annually commemorates the original Gordon Bennett route which was first run in 1903 by the son of the founder of the New York Herald and travelled through the charming country sides and villages of Kildare, Carlow and Laois.

However, instead of the neck braking race it once was, this event invites participants to take a gentler approach and to travel at their own pace whilst embracing the experience of a weekend filled with fun and nostalgia, while meeting other liked minded individuals.

Based at Treacy’s The Heath and visiting neighbouring counties over the weekend, it entertains classic petrol heads from all over Ireland, England and Wales who join in this journey back in time experience.

Even if you’re not taking part, it is an equally thrilling experience to be an onlooker, no other event in Ireland brings such a variety of vehicles from every era together with owners from so many different backgrounds, all enjoying what the midlands has to offer over this four-day motoring event.

Over the last few years the event's participation in the Rose of Tralee Regional Finals Parade in Portlaoise has proven to be a great success, as part of the weekend's itinerary.

This year, however, the Regional Finals have returned to Tralee but the organising Committee will again hold a parade for all to see this splendid collection of cars.

This year’s Saturday parade will take place in Mountmellick as part of the Summerfest Festival, in association with Laois County Council.

The day also includes a museum visit in the town and Fun Run on the Laois Heritage Trail, while night time entertainment is well covered with a Gala Meal and entertainment at the Gandon Inn in Emo.

Sunday's run takes in sections of the original Gordon Bennett Route along with a Museum visit in Athy and the regular Kildare Stop Trophy presentation. Monday will see the cars heading off to tour the Slieve Blooms with a few surprise stops along the way, to the finish at Sheerans in Coolrain.

The organising committee mainly consist of volunteers from the Laois-based Ballinakill Vintage and Classic Owners club and they would like to take this opportunity to thank its many programme sponsors, along with Brophy Insurance, for their continued support in making this Classic Car Run the great success it is for visiting participants, not to mention the many hotels guesthouses and hostelries in Laois that enjoy their company over the weekend.