First clas­sic car show set to be a big hit

Bray People - - MOTORING EXTRA -

OR­GAN­IS­ERS of the in­au­gu­ral RIAC Na­tional Clas­sic Car Show an­nounced to­day that the up-coming event has sur­passed all their ex­pec­ta­tions. Tak­ing place in the RDS Sim­mon­scourt on Satur­day 9th and Sun­day 10th of Fe­bru­ary, the first Na­tional car show the RIAC have or­gan­ised since 1908 prom­ises to be an eclec­tic gath­er­ing of ve­hi­cles span­ning the last cen­tury of mo­tor­ing in Ire­land.

As the event has devel­oped the or­gan­is­ers have had to take ex­tra space in the RDS to ac­com­mo­date the grow­ing list of ve­hi­cles that will be on show. Many of the cars on view have been rescued and lov­ingly re­stored from, in some cases, barns and ditches they were found in, from all cor­ners of the world. Ac­cord­ing to the or­gan­is­ers the qual­ity of some of the restora­tions is im­pec­ca­ble and a true sign of the ded­i­ca­tion of en­thu­si­asts in Ire­land.

Bob Mont­gomery, Event Co­or­di­na­tor, stated, "We are thrilled with the re­sponse from the clubs and in­di­vid­ual col­lec­tors who want to be part of this event. I can con­firm that we will have a fan­tas­tic rep­re­sen­ta­tion of ve­hi­cles from early in the 1900's right up to more mod­ern cars that are al­ready viewed as clas­sics of the fu­ture. In fact I wouldn't be sur­prised if we had ve­hi­cles that were at our last show in 1908 as new cars, now on dis­play this time as time­less clas­sics. All I can say is If you like mo­tor cars this is a must-see event to put into your cal­en­ders."

Vis­i­tors to the show will also have ac­cess to ex­perts in the clas­sic and vin­tage car world who can of­fer ad­vice on choos­ing the right car through to ac­tu­ally tak­ing on restora­tion projects. With such an ar­ray of ve­hi­cles on dis­play you want to make sure they are pro­tected at all times and it is ap­pro­pri­ate the event is sup­ported by clas­sic car in­surance spe­cial­ists, AXA In­surance.

Myles O'Reilly of AXA In­surance "We have been in­volved with the clas­sic car move­ment in Ire­land, for nearly forty years, and we are de­lighted to sup­port the RIAC Na­tional Clas­sic Car Show as the main spon­sor. This event will show­case the very best cars re­flect­ing our Ir­ish mo­tor­ing her­itage."

As a vir­tual par­adise for car lovers, vis­i­tors will be able to get up close to cars that they have up to now only had a chance to read about or see pic­tures of in a book. They will not only be able to see cars from some pri­vate col­lec­tions that have never been on dis­play to the pub­lic be­fore but they will also be treated to live en­ter­tain­ment that will ap­peal to all the fam­ily.

An AC 428 Frua Coupe (above) and a 1951 Sun­beam Tal­bot 90.

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