Gordon Bennett Irish Classic Car Rally arrives in Kildare and Monasterevin this bank holiday weekend

This year the Irish Gordon Bennett Classic Car Race will roll into Kildare town on Sunday and Monasterevin on Monday – and members of the public are welcome to get out and enjoy the car show.

The first Gordon Bennett race was organized in 1903 by the New York Herald founder’s playboy son, Gordon Bennett. He passed through the countryside and the villages of Kildare, Carlow and Laois. However, organizers say, instead of the daredevil race it once was, this 2022 event invites you to take a gentler approach and travel at your own pace while enjoying the weekend experience. filled with fun, nostalgia and like-minded individuals. .

The rally took off from Heath, Portlaoise, on Saturday, and took a route that included Kilkenny Castle and Abbeyleix.

On Sunday, drivers will retrace the original 1903 route, with stops for a lecture at the Memorial Trailhead, near the Moate of Ardscull, (approximate arrival time 11.30am) and then Ballitore Quaker Village (departure time approx 12pm arrival), parking for teas and coffees, before heading to Kildare town (approx 3pm arrival time) via the Curragh, where the best car will be chosen independently by Cill Dara Old Vehicles Club.

On Monday, the cars will arrive in Monasterevin at approximately 12.15 p.m. Monasterevin was a ‘speed control area’ during the original 1903 Gordon Bennett Race, where entrants were driven through the town by the Royal Irish Constabulary on bicycles. This controlled approach to the city will be reenacted on Monday by actors in RIC uniforms and on bicycles. There will be plenty of interest for visitors to Monasterevin on Monday, with walks, exhibitions, crafts and talks.


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