Wednesday 22 May 2019

Car’s the star on the quay!

Des and Chloe Byrne from Ferns
Des and Chloe Byrne from Ferns

Simon Bourke

Over 160 classic and vintage cars convened on Wexford Quays for the annual Spring Challenge hosted by Wexford Sports and Classic Car Club (WSCCC).

With every decade of motoring represented, and some contemporary models mixed in for good measure, there was something for everyone as the cars gathered by the riverfront in advance of their 118 mile drive through four different counties.

"We went through Wexford, Kilkenny, Carlow and Laois,' confirmed club chairman Ger Kielty. 'The roads were fabulous and we had plenty of people out to greet us and take photographs.'

Pinpointing the appearance of a rare Ford RS200 supercar as one of the highlights of the event, Ger said the weekend had attracted people of all ages and cars of all types. 'We had replica sportscars and Morris Minors, a Fiat 131, and we had young drivers and quite old ones, there definitely seems to be a new generation of car enthusiasts coming along.'

Driving the lead car, Ger and the rest of the fleet were escorted out of Wexford Quay by the gardaí, and he was quick to pay tribute to all those who had helped facilitate the event. 'The gardaí and Wexford County Council were great, they gave us permission to operate on what was a busy day for the town. Alan Corcoran on South East Radio did a brilliant job on the day too.'

All proceeds from the event were shared among the WSCCC's three chosen charities; Wexford MarineWatch, Wexford RNLI and Wexford Women's Refuge. 'That was the main thing for us,' said Ger. 'It was all about raising funds for these three very worthy charities.

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