RIAC Classic Car Show 2014 – A Huge Success Story!

The Celtic tiger might be dead and gone but there was a lot of purring going on in the RDS at the RIAC National Classic Car Show which was supported by RIAC Insurance on the opening weekend of March.

Record numbers turned up to experience an absolutely superb eclectic collection of cars that truly represented the Theme of “All Our Yesterdays” . The vehicles visitors saw on display were a window into family life in the middle of the 20th Century.

There was a huge increase in the number of clubs displaying where we saw representation jump from 18 in 2013 to a healthy 40 clubs this time around. They can all be proud of their stands and the standards set this year bode well for the future of this event. Celtic Old Vehicle Owners Club won the award for Club Stand of the Show with a truly remarkable effort to representing a country garage from a bygone era. Other clubs efforts demonstrated a wealth of ingenuity and their displays provided samples of the best vehicles in the country and included some of the rarest examples of their kind.

Over the weekend we also saw a display that enthralled visitors of all ages – Bloodhound SSC. Richard Noble was there on Sunday to talk to enthralled audiences about their remarkable plans to drive at 1050 mph in 2016. His presentation was by far the most watched of the weekend and the information he shared with us gave a great insight into the incredible scientific and engineering obstacles they are overcoming to make this project happen.

Paddy Hopkirk Joined us on Saturday to officially open the Show and was continuously surrounded by car enthusiasts who just wanted to be pictured with this legend of Irish Motorsport. He was particularly impressed with the recreation of the Phoenix Park Grand Prix feature stand and also by the Motorsport Ireland display where he got to meet with up and coming young drivers Niall Murray and Stephen Wright.

The Car of the Show was won by Dr Pat Daly with his fabulous Jaguar XK120, while the Club Car of the Show was won by the 1903 Sunbeam 10/12 on the Irish Veteran & Vintage Car Club stand.

The show has garnered international recognition with UK media traveling over to experience the best that Ireland has to offer. To say they were blown away and pleasantly surprised by the standards of the show is an understatement with one publication expressing their disappointment that the show will not be back until 2016.

On behalf of all the people involved in organising the event we wish to express our thanks to all the visitors, clubs, car owners, exhibitors, auto jumblers, guests and everyone else who had made the RIAC National Classic Car Show one of the best events in Europe. In 2016 we hope to surpass the goals we set this year and make our event a must see for enthusiasts and families from all over the country and further afield.

Press Photoshoot at the Mansion House on 24th Feb.

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Castrol Joins The Bloodhound Project
The BLOODHOUND Project is proud to announce a new partnership with Castrol, one of the world’s leading lubricant brands, who will provide high performance lubricants, brake and hydraulic fluids for use in the BLOODHOUND Supersonic Car – the 1,000 mph Land Speed racing car now being constructed in Bristol, UK.

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Castrol has always been synonymous with pioneering achievements, passion and performance and has been integral to some of the greatest performances on earth. Castrol has supported the spectacular feats of early pioneers and record breakers on land, water and in the air and that continues with this exciting new partnership with Bloodhound.

The company has a notable heritage in Land Speed Racing, the original, purest and fastest form of automotive competition. The land speed record has been broken 21 times with Castrol as a partner, from Sir Malcolm Campbell’s first record attempt in 1924 (146mph / 235kmh) to a 30-year history of supporting the Thrust campaigns. Thrust successfully raised the Land Speed Record first to 633 mph (1,019 kmh) with Richard Noble’s Thrust 2, and then to 763 mph (1,228 kmh) with Andy Green at the helm of Thrust SSC in 1997. This record still stands today and will be the first target for BLOODHOUND SSC when it arrives in Hakskeen Pan, South Africa in 2015.

The new 135,000 thrust hp racing car will use a variety of state of the art Castrol products during testing and record attempts, including the company’s strongest ever engine oil – Castrol EDGE, motorsport formula brake fluid – Castrol React SRF and Castrol hydraulic fluids previously used by NASA.

Paul Waterman, Global Chief Executive of Castrol said, “We are delighted to support the Bloodhound project. At Castrol, we have a proud history of fuelling pioneers and this partnership gives us the chance to showcase how our high performance products set new standards and push boundaries.”

BLOODHOUND Project Director Richard Noble said “We are delighted that Castrol has joined the team. Their brand is synonymous with racing at the highest levels and, of course, with many pioneering achievements in Land Speed Racing – I am happy to continue a 30 years relationship with Castrol having worked with them on both Thrust 2 & Thrust SSC projects. They are a great brand and will not only work with us on the technical side, they will help us share this Engineering Adventure with a global audience.”

From 10 mph to 1,000 mph

From 10 mph to 1,000 mph

The Future Meets the Past

RIAC National Classic Car Show

The organisers of the RIAC National Classic Car Show, supported by RIAC Insurance, announced today that the Irish public will, for the first time ever, get to see the amazing Bloodhound SSC before it begins its attempt to become the World’s fastest car.

FrontView_NewLogos-JUNE-2013_LARGE-copyBloodhound Supersonic Car is a unique rocket and jet powered vehicle designed to achieve 1,000mph. To put that in perspective, this ultimate racing car will be capable of travelling 1.6 km (1 mile) in just 3.6 seconds (or four-and-a half Gaelic football pitches in 1 second). That is significantly faster than a bullet from a .357 Magnum.

Show Director Bob Montgomery stated “Bloodhound SSC is an amazing vehicle and we are literally seeing history in the making. When you think that this vehicle is going to reach speeds of up to 1,000 miles per hour it really sparks the imagination. Compare this to some of the cars we have at the show that would only reach 5mph in their heyday, it is a real statement of how far the automotive industry has come in such a short time. This car will no doubt inspire visitors when they see the scale of this engineering masterpiece in the flesh”.

The car itself weighs in at just over 7.5 tonnes and is nearly 14 m long. Its jet and rocket-powered engines produce more than 135,000 horsepower (more than 100,000 kW) pushing this vehicle to an incredible 1,000 mph (1,609 kph, Mach 1.4). That is more or less the same horsepower as 180 Formula 1 cars! At its top speed it will be generating an incredible air pressure of 11 tonnes per square metre on the vehicle. Compare that to the 1960’s Peel car that will also feature at the RIAC National Classic Car Show you get a true understanding of the scale of the project. The Peel comes in at minuscule 54in (1,372mm) long and 41in (1,041mm) wide and has an un-laden weight of 59 kilograms. It once held the record as the smallest car ever to go into production.

The organisers also noted that there will be a Bloodhound SSC simulator at the show where visitors will get a taste of what it is like to drive at speeds never before achieved on land. Team members will be on hand to discuss the project with visitors and guide them through what is involved with a World Land Speed Record attempt of this scale.

BLOODHOUND-SSC-front-view_MRRichard Noble, project director and former world land speed record holder, who will join his team at the Classic Car Show on Sunday 2nd March, stated: “Breaking the World Land Speed Record is not the main goal of the Bloodhound Project, rather, it’s to inspire young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics by showcasing these subject in the most exciting way possible. We are thrilled to be invited to Ireland to share our experiences to date and hopefully bring some of the visitors to the show along with us on our journey into the unknown”

The car for the record attempt, currently being built in a special Technical Centre near Bristol in the UK, will head to South Africa in the summer of 2015 for test runs (which will also break the sound barrier), before returning about a year later for the attempt to break the World Land Speed Record. Bloodhound SSC, will attempt to increase the current land speed record, already held by Richard Noble’s team with Thrust SSC at 763mph in 1997, to just over 1,600 km/h (1,000 mph) at Hakskeen Pan in the Northern Cape Province in 2016.

For spectacular displays of truly amazing classic cars, feature stands, autojumble, a dedicated Irish motorsport section, a restoration feature and entertainment for all the family, visit The RIAC National Classic Car Show, 1st and 2nd March 2014, RDS Dublin.

For further information, high-resolution images please contact:
Richard Burke PR
00353 86 8167822
richard@inet.ie

Bob Montgomery
Show Director
00353 87 4184360
bobmont@indigo.ie

Notes for the editor: The BLOODHOUND Project www.bloodhoundssc.com

It's Bigger and its Back!

It’s Bigger and its Back!

RIAC National Classic Car Show

The Royal Irish Automobile Club announced today that the prestigious RIAC National Classic Car Show, which is supported by RIAC insurance, will return to the Simmonscourt Hall at the Royal Dublin Society Showgrounds in Dublin on the 1st and 2nd March 2014.

The inaugural show last February saw huge numbers attend the RDS to see the finest collection of classic, Veteran and Vintage cars ever gathered together in Ireland. Vehicles that were displayed included some of the rarest examples of their marque. Exit polls showed one of the highest satisfaction ratings ever recorded at an event in the RDS and this prompted the RIAC to proceed with an all new show in 2014 and thereafter every two years.

1946-Jaguar-Mk--iV-see-properties-subject-details--for-more-infoThe RIAC have indicated that the show will be much bigger in 2014 and have taken over the whole of the RDS Simmonscourt to accommodate the increase in space requirements. Anyone visiting this year’s show can expect a completely new selection of vehicles on display in March.

Show Director Bob Montgomery: “Following the success of the 2013 Show, the decision was taken to organize the event again in 2014 after which it will be held every second year alternating in the RDS with the Bike Show. The 2013 Show demonstrated to us the wealth and variety of classic cars that exist in Ireland and I have no hesitation in saying that the 2014 Show will be entirely new and to the same high standard the first Show established. We will have significantly more space available and have exciting ideas as to how it will be filled.”

The space allocated to Clubs has been doubled and as a result no less than 36 clubs will be featured, up from the 18 Clubs at the 2013 show. As a result visitors, whether an avid collector or someone looking for information on how to get started, will have the best opportunity to meet with enthusiasts from all over the country to share their passion or ask for help. The clubs in 2014 will have their own section within the show.

In addition to the increased numbers of clubs attending there will be new feature stands, an autojumble for the first time, an Irish Motor sport section, a dedicated restoration feature and much more. As this is a family orientated event emphasis has also been put on creating a dedicated family section which will, amongst other entertainments, feature the Road Safety Autority’s ‘Street Smart Kids’ interactive learning initiative promoting road safety for children from the ages of 5 up to 12.

1956-Triumph-TR3---See-properties-and-title-details-for-more-infoHighlighting the success of the previous event RIAC insurance have renewed their support for the 2014 show. Myles O’Reilly of RIAC Insurance said: “We are delighted to re-affirm our support for the RIAC National Classic Car Show in 2014. Following on from the great success of last year’s show, the plans for this year’s event really excite us, and will give us great opportunities to meet customers, enthusiasts, their clubs, as well as fellow supporters. The RIAC are to be commended for their commitment to Irish historic motoring, and we welcome also, the involvement again of Irish Vintage Scene Magazine, and the Irish Veteran and Vintage Car Club, whose support underlines the importance of this event. RIAC look forward to meeting you at the show in March.”

For spectacular displays of truly amazing classic cars and entertainment for all the family, visit The RIAC National Classic Car Show 1st and 2nd March 2014.

For further information, high-resolution images please contact:
Richard Burke PR
00353 86 8167822
richard@inet.ie

Bob Montgomery
Show Director
00353 87 4184360
bobmont@indigo.ie

Notes for the editor: Details for the two attached images are as follows. If you do not receive the images directly or they are not with your photo desk please contact richard@inet.ie and we will arrange for them to be sent again.

1946 Jaguar Mk. IV
Supplied by Frank Cavey & Sons of Camden Street, Dublin, who were Jaguar Agents and Assemblers since 1937, to a jeweller in August 1946. The car was lovingly restored in the 1990’s by a longstanding member of the Irish Jaguar and Daimler Club when the original Gun Metal Grey colour was changer to a more attractive Maroon over Black two tone scheme to better show off its very attractive styling.

1956 Triumph TR3
This very attractive TR3 was assembled in early 1956 at Stand-Triumph (Eire) Ltd’s assembly plant at Cashel Road, Dublin, from a CKD kit supplied from Coventry. It is an excellent example of a very original, all numbers matching TR3 and will be displayed on the TR Register’s stand at the 2014 RIAC National Classic Car Show.

Family Saloons - an endangered species?

Family Saloons – an endangered species?

RIAC National Classic Car Show

Morris-Minor-DisplayThe organisers of the RIAC National Classic Car Show, supported by RIAC Insurance, have announced that the theme of this years show is “All our Yesterdays” and reflecting this is a centrepiece of the show, a display of 1950s and 1960s family saloons. Originally sold in there thousands there are few running examples of these iconic vehicles left on our roads today

Show Director Bob Montgomery stated, “When we think of family cars today we most likely imagine people carriers or SUV’s. This was of course not always the case and before the seven seater four wheel drives there were the family saloons, which were hugely popular on our roads for decades. Some of us may even remember when you would fit five or six people into a Morris Minor or a VW Beetle for a family day trip to the sea side or when heading away on a holiday. While the cars on display will bring back happy memories for many, it will no doubt shock some of the current generation who can never imagine heading on a five hour road trip sitting on laps, poking your head out of the window to see what is going on – all without a DVD player in sight to keep you occupied.“

One of the most familiar and iconic family saloons on display will be the Morris Minor. Conceptualised by Sir Alec Issigonis, who also designed the Mini, the Morris Minor began production in 1948 and continued to appear on our roads in its various guises up to the early seventies. Marketed as an affordable small family car, more than 1.3 million were built which made it the first vehicle to pass the magical 1 million car sales mark of any British manufacturer. The example on show is a pristine early example of the Morris Minor – a wonderful survivor of the model.

While the Morris Minor has survived in fairly healthy numbers this is not the case for every family saloon from this period. A recent survey undertaken in the UK market has revealed that many of the most popular vehicles of their time are fast disappearing. Some examples of this are the Ford Cortina with just 0.1 per cent remaining, the Austin Allegro 0.05 per cent remaining the MG 1100/1300 with 0.1 per cent remaining and even the more modern Ford Sierra is reported to have only 0.4 per cent remaining.

photo-cropBob continued, “Some of the vehicles on display are becoming so rare that they are in danger of becoming extinct. It’s a shame to think about the huge numbers of these vehicles that were once on our roads and realise that there may only be a handful left running today. It’s great that we will have many of the survivors on display at the show and we may even encourage some of our visitors to consider getting involved in preserving more for future generations.”

For spectacular displays of truly amazing classic cars, feature stands, autojumble, a dedicated Irish Motor sport section, a restoration feature and entertainment for all the family, visit The RIAC National Classic Car Show 1st and 2nd March 2014.

For further information, high-resolution images please contact:
Richard Burke PR
00353 86 8167822
richard@inet.ie

Bob Montgomery
Show Director
00353 87 4184360
bobmont@indigo.ie

Notes for the editor: Details for the two attached images are as follows. If you do not receive the images directly or they are not with your photo desk please contact richard@inet.ie and we will arrange for them to be sent again.

RIAC Returns to the RDS

RIAC National Classic Car Show Returns to the RDS on the 1st and 2nd March 2014.

The organisers of the Royal Irish Automobile Club National Classic Car Show announced today that the prestigious event will return to the Simmonscourt Hall at the Royal Dublin Society Showgrounds in Dublin on the 1st and 2nd March 2014.

The inaugural show last February saw huge numbers attend the RDS to see one of the most unique collections of classic cars ever gathered together in Ireland. Vehicles that were displayed included some of the rarest examples of their marque. Exit polls showed one of the highest satisfaction ratings ever recorded at an event in the RDS and this prompted organisers to proceed with an all new show in 2014 and thereafter every two years.

Show Director Bob Montgomery: “Following the success of the 2013 Show, the decision was taken to organize the Show again in 2014 after which it will be held every second year alternating in the RDS with the Bike Show. The 2013 Show demonstrated to us the wealth of variety of classic cars that exist in Ireland and I have no hesitation in saying that the 2014 Show will be entirely new and to the same high standard the first Show established. We will have significantly more space available and have exciting plans as to how it will be filled.”

Work has begun already and the organisers are in contact with collectors throughout Europe as well as in Ireland to bring together a whole new show. If its rare, unusual, attractive or just plain interesting they will try to get it.

Highlighting the success of the previous event RIAC insurance have renewed their support for the show and will remain as headline sponsors.

Myles O’Reilly from RIAC Insurance said: “We are delighted to re-affirm our support for the RIAC National Classic Car show, in 2014. Following on from the great success of this years show, the plans for next year’s event really excite us, and will give us great opportunities to meet customers, enthusiasts, their clubs, as well as fellow supporters. The RIAC are to be commended for their commitment to Irish historic motoring, and we welcome also, the involvement again of Irish Vintage Scene Magazine, and the Irish Veteran and Vintage Car Club, whose support underlines the importance of this event. RIAC look forward to meeting you at the show next year.”

Chairman of the Royal Irish Automobile Club, Cecil Sparks, noted that the event is something that will attract not only the enthusiast but also their families and friends. “Every effort is being made to create a brand new show that will be even bigger and better than in 2013 with many new additions to enhance the overall spectacle. We want to create an event that classic car enthusiasts can get up close to cars that they could only previously dream of ever seeing in the flesh while at the same time ensuring that non enthusiasts also have plenty to attract them as well. I have every confidence that our team will achieve this.”

Michael Duff, Honorary Secretary of the Irish Veteran and Vintage Car Club said:
“Following on from the great success of the 2013 show, the IVVCC is delighted to be involved in next year’s event which promises to be bigger and better in many aspects. The backbone of our hobby are the enthusiasts who collect, restore and drive historic vehicles and the RIAC Classic Car Show provides the ultimate venue for these enthusiasts. Whether your interest is in cars from the very dawn of motoring or rally cars from the eighties, you will be assured of having your appetite satisfied. From the IVVCC’s perspective, having clubs from all over the country assembled in one spot provides a wonderful opportunity for enthusiasts to meet old friends and indeed make new ones. We are delighted at the prospect of seeing many of our affiliated clubs in attendance and also the opportunity to see large numbers of vehicles that would normally never be assembled together under one roof. We look forward to working with the RIAC, RIAC and Irish Vintage Scene magazine in promoting our hobby through this wonderful event and on our own stand we will be displaying a variety of vehicles from some rare early cars to a number of everyday classics that everybody will have fond memories of.”

Irelands premier, domestically produced classic car magazine, IRISH VINTAGE SCENE, has once again lent its notable support to the event. Tom Heavey, Managing Editor of Irish Vintage Scene, says: “We are honoured to be involved in the second running of the RIAC National Classic Car Show. Last year’s inaugural show was a runaway success, and the 2014 event promises to be even bigger and better. We look forward to working once again with the RIAC, RIAC Insurance and the IVVCC in organising this flagship event, which promises to become not only our hobby’s national showcase, but an international showcase for the hobby here in Ireland. Finally both myself and all the Irish Vintage Scene staff look forward to seeing you at the show in the RDS on the 1st and 2nd of March next.”

For spectacular displays of truly amazing classic cars and entertainment for all the family, visit The RIAC National Classic Car Show 1st and 2nd March 2014.