Classic Fest a Great Success

The big news on the Irish old vehicle scene this week has to be our own Classic Fest, which packed out Galway Racecourse on the 3rd of July. Organised in a remarkably short time frame of about three months thanks to a diligent and hard-working team headed up by our own Tom Heavey, it saw not far off a thousand vintage and classic exhibits of all kinds roll into Ballybrit on the day, ranging from steam engines to nineties sports cars, along with a whole host of family attractions that kept all ages entertained throughout. 

Support from classic car clubs was particularly strong, as over twenty of them put on a great showing of their members’ treasured motors, and live music and a big screen showing the Limerick V Galway hurling (don’t mention the war!) brought a festival atmosphere to the day.

We will be running a full report on the event in our September issue, on sale in mid-August, but until then it just remains for us to sincerely thank everyone that either brought an exhibit, came as a visitor or supported Classic Fest in any way. Running an event of this scale is a massive undertaking, and it simply couldn’t have gone ahead without the help of countless people, so thank you again. 

Running in support of two fantastic causes in Féileacáin (the Stillbirth & Neonatal Death Association of Ireland) and Brú Columbanus (who provide home-from-home accommodation for families of patients in Cork hospitals), the event had a strong fundraising element, which will continue into the future when the event takes place once again in 2023 – watch out for a date announcement in the near future.

By Andrew Pollock, Editor