Kingdom Veteran Vintage & Classic Car Club Run

Ballymac Vintage Car and Honda Run 10-7-2016
George Glover (left) with: Peter O’Connor, Joan and Tom Glover preparing for the seventh annual Ballymac Vintage Car and Honda Run from Ó Riada’s Bar on Friday, July 22nd at 7pm. ©Photograph: John Reidy

Members of the Kingdom Veteran Vintage & Classic Car Club have been pooling their strengths with the owners of equally classic motor-bikes to boost the charity take from their annual runs.

Their seventh annual ‘Ballymac Car & Honda Run’ will leave Ó Riada’s Bar on Friday week, July 22nd. at 7pm.

The event is free-to-enter and a voluntary donation charity bucket system will be in operation on behalf of Downs Syndrome Kerry. Last year the ‘Ballymac Run’ raised a total of €1,301.60 for the charity and they’re hoping to equal or better that this year.

Break with Tradition

In a break with tradition last year, the organisers invitied Honda 50, 70 and 90 owners to join them and this not only swelled the crowd on the run but also the donations to the charity bucket.

Ó Riada’s Bar and Restaurant in Ballymacelligott is the starting and finishing point. This year the run will pass through: Ballycarty, Gortatlea, Farranfore, Currow, Cordal and Castleisland before heading back to Ó Riada’s.

The runs usually take in a 30 mile circuit and last about an hour. The event is one of a half dozen or so in the long-standing Friday evening classic runs throughout Kerry organised by the Kingdom Veteran Vintage & Classic Car Club and all are free to enter. All enquiries about the event will be taken by George on: 087 28 14 545 or by Lucy on 087 41 41 158.

Kerry Veteran Car Club

The Kingdom Veteran Vintage & Classic Car Club began its life as the Kerry Veteran Car Club in September 1979 after a meeting of vintage car enthusiasts at Farranfore Airport.

Some of those present at that founders meeting were: Tom Twohill (RIP ), John Mitchell, Francie Cantillon, Tom Gleasure (RIP), Pat Gleasure, P.J. O Riordan, Paudie Finnerty, Myles Foley (RIP) Joe Ryan (RIP), Colm Foley (RIP), John Gill, Mick Ahern and John Naughton.