The annual Gordon Bennett Irish Classic Car run took place over the June Bank Holiday weekend with a record number of cars from Ireland and the UK taking part.
The weekend started off with a civic reception hosted by Laois County Council in County Hall.
On Saturday there was a drive along the Laois Heritage route taking in part of the Slieve Blooms and then visiting the museum in Mountmellick, followed by a parade down the town. On Sunday there was a drive to Vicarstown along the canal and into Athy, with a visit to the Ernest Shackleton exhibition centre. Afterwards to the Moat of Ardscull and back to Kildare town for a festival which was hosted by the Cill Dara Old Vehicles Club. Monday was one of the highlights of the weekend with a drive from The Heath to Ballyroan, Ballyroan through Abbeyleix, Abbeyleix to Shanahoe and onto Camross for light refreshments.
Afterwards was a stunning visit to Ballyfin House. To finish up the weekend there was a short trip to Sheeran’s of Coolrain for a barbeque which completed the event.
This run commemorates the original Gordon Bennett route which was first run in 1903 by the playboy 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, nostalgia while meeting other liked minded individuals.
Based at Treacy’s of 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.
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.