Some of the world's rarest cars all set to feature at Classic Car show here
This year's AXA National Classic Car Show takes place at the RDS on March 5th and 6th and will feature some of the world's rarest and most famous cars.
The show, for which the Irish Independent is a media partner with AXA, is expected to attract up to 30,000 people.
These shows can be wonderful occasions for an up-close look into motoring history.
And this year looks like it will be rather special with, for example, the first show of a Panhard CD, made by the iconic French manufacturer, in either the UK or Ireland.
Only 159 were built and it is reckoned to be one of the last remaining that were built in 1964 by race car engineer Charles Deutsch. Appropriately enough it will be on the 'Iconic French Cars' stand. Based on the model that won the Performance Index in 1962 at Le Mans, experts say it is the best example of this vehicle in the world right now.
As such it will showcase the competitive side of Panhard, who won more than 1,800 races and rallies between 1895 to 1967.
But there are many other marques and makes of note to see too.
And we here at Independent Motors will be previewing some of them over the next few weeks.
For example there will be a 1917 Renault Type EU. This will be on the stand of the Ballinakill Vintage and Classic Owners Club.
It's an example of large Renaults at a time when the driver was separated from his passengers.
And then there is the Citroen DS 23 which was made between 1955 and 1975. A major innovation in its days with its futuristic and aerodynamic body, it became something of a byword for ride quality and handling. It was the first mass-produced car to have disc brakes. It's highly prized by collectors.
And then there will be the Jaguar E-Type V12. The E-Type is an icon of the Sixties and is many an expert's best car of all time.
The V-12 engine was introduced in 1971 as the Series 3a - and a total of 15,287 were made before production ended in 1975.
So there's just a small sample of what will be on show. But nothing beats seeing these cars in the flesh so now might be a good time to plan a visit on the weekend of Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th March.