Local car scene slowly coming back to life

Local car scene slowly coming back to life

The local classic car scene returned to some degree of normal over the long weekend as Abbeydorney Vintage Society staged a scaled-back version of its annual road run.

The event usually takes place over two days at Abbeydorney Complex and runs would usually have the back-up of a static display and other sideshows.

However, crowd gathering rules prevented the field display but the club decided to press on with a different version of the same event.

The tractor run took place on Saturday and this was followed by a vintage and classic car run on Sunday.

Close on 70 cars visited Ballyheuige, Ballybunion, Asdee and Ballyduff, while at the same time raising funds for the Palliative Care Unit at University Hospital Kerry.

Stars of the show included a 1917 Model T Ford and a fully restored Ford Transit van from the 1970s.

Several local rally drivers used the event as an excuse to drive their rally cars (at road legal speed, of course), after they had been lying idle in sheds across the county since last year.

Despite the lack of field activities and a smaller than usual turnout due to COVID-19 regulations, the club deemed the event a success.

“Thank you to everyone who came and supported our event or helped in anyway, they are too numerous to list individually,” an event spokesperson said. “Your time and generosity is greatly appreciated.”

Meanwhile on Monday, BG Motors in Killarney hosted a Cars and Coffee event on its Tralee Road premises. Over one hundred cars attended the events including a Kerry registered Peugeot 505 hearse from the 1980s.

This article was originally published in the Killarney Advertiser. Kerry Motorsport News is the motorsport content provider to the Killarney Advertiser.

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