40 years on and still a classic

Tadhg Evans

It was an historic weekend for the Kingdom Veteran Vintage and Classic Club and they marked it in fitting style.

The club's iconic 'Ring of Kerry Run' has now been going 40 years, and the magic hasn't worn off.

Club treasurer George Glover explained that this year's run of vintage machines left the Gleneagle on Saturday, stopped at the Red Fox Inn, and went down Cahersiveen direction, with some going to Renard point. Thereafter, the participants enjoyed an overnight stay at the Derrynane Hotel.

The day after, they stopped in Kilgarvan and met up with the Roughty Valley Vintage crew and had soup and sandwiches at Healy-Rae's bar, before the motorists went their separate ways.

"We were blessed with sunshine," George explained to The Kerryman. "We had well over 130 participants, some from all over the country, including quite a few from County Down. I'd say it was up there with one of the biggest and best runs to date."

There was a lot of history to this year's run, and reminders of the last 40 years were all around. In fact, several motorists and even motors were still there from the inaugural run.

Indeed, sponsors 'Aherns Castleisland' had a connection through founding club member Mick Ahern, and a trophy in his honour was designed by a former chairperson - Fintan Foley - and awarded to another founding member, Frank Cantillon.

"Mick's wife, Anne, presented the cup, and Frankie was a worthy first recipient," George said.