Classic cases of just how much we love those old cars
At grass-roots level there is huge interest in the restoration and use of old models. Given the number of enthusiast clubs that exist, a quick calculation puts the numbers with an interest in old cars between 150,000 and 200,000.
An incredible number of classic car and old-timer shows take place from March to October.
The largest outdoor event is the Terenure Show organised by the Irish Jaguar and Daimler Club. But there are many others.
Every two years we have the AXA National Classic Car Show organised by the RIAC in the RDS. This showcases a wonderful mixture of cars from the very rare to the once-commonplace.
Perhaps the most important of the other events is the Gordon Bennett Rally of the Irish Veteran and Vintage Car Club that commemorates the 1903 international race held here in Ireland.
Early cars are amongst the most glamorous and they are catered for by several events, but most noticeably the RIAC Pioneer Run that brings out cars and motorcycles more than 100 years old.
If you're interested in becoming part of this fascinating hobby, come along to the AXA National Classic Car Show on 5th and 6th March.