Kerry’s oldest rally car to go on show in Tralee on Sunday

Kerry’s oldest rally car – and potentially Ireland’s oldest – will go on show in Tralee on Sunday.

Kilgarvan Motor Museum are bringing two cars to the James Quinlan Recovery Fund car show on Sunday.

Both of them are DKWs from the 1950s.

One of them is a 1953 DKW that was built in Ballincollig, County Cork in 1953.

The plant’s owner was a man called Jim Hennesey and he rallied and raced the car from 1953 to the early 1960s.

He competed on at least three Circuit of Ireland rallies in the car as well as several Circuit of Munster rallies and the old Munster 100 Road Races.

“He did everything from hilllclimbs to the Ulster Trophy road races,” current owner Trevor Mitchell of the museum told Kerry Motorsport News. “It has a three-cylinder two-stroke engine and revs forever. It is a forerunner to Audi, DKW became part of the Auto Union and the car has the four rings.”

The second DKW is the cover star of this month’s Irish Vintage Scene magazine.

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