Hopes Ring of Kerry run can go ahead at a later date

Organisers of the annual Ring of Kerry vintage run say they are determined that the event will run this year – in some form – despite the current restrictions.

The 41st running of the county’s biggest classic and vintage car event was scheduled to run this weekend, May 9 and 10.

The Kingdom Veteran Vintage and Classic Car Club (KVVCCC) have taken the decision to postpone the event until mid-summer.

This year’s run was due to start from the Gleneagle Hotel and overnight at the Kenmare Bay Hotel, and those plans remain in place.

The Ring of Kerry Run has taken place each year since it began in 1979 despite other restrictions like the Foot and Mouth crisis of 2001.

The KVVCCC will operate within Government guidelines when it does get the go ahead to run the event and has not ruled out a scaled back version. Last year’s 40th anniversary run attracted well over one hundred cars.

“If we have to run a restricted event, say to 50 cars, we can do that,” club secretary, Garrett Foley, told the Killarney Advertiser. “We understand the situation is serious and we won’t do anything without following the Government’s advice. We were able to run the event in 2001, the year of the Foot and Mouth, restrictions were lifted at the very last minute and we were able to hang on and cobble together an event.”

This article was originally published in the May 1 edition of the Killarney Advertiser – Kerry Motorsport News is the motoring content provider to the Killarney Advertiser

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