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Shot During the 1916 Rising
Returns to Ireland at the Carole Nash RIAC Classic Car Show February 9th – 10th

Hispano outside the premises of Cavey's Jaguar distributors for Ireland in the 1950's in Aungier Street, Dublin - Highest res unavailableOrganisers of the inaugural Carole Nash RIAC Classic Car Show, supported by RIAC Insurance, announced today that the famous and exceptional Hispano-Suzia sports car, the Alfonso XIII, will return to Ireland for the first time since the sixties. This very rare production sports car is believed to be only one of three surviving examples of the vehicle surviving in the world today. A superb example of this rare make, this Hispano Suiza still boasts the original steering wheel complete with damage inflicted when one of the earlier drivers was hit by a ricocheting bullet during the 1916 Rising.

Bob Montgomery, Event Co-ordinator, stated, “It is very exciting to have a car of this calibre at the show. It is the first time since it was bought by the British National Motor Museum at Beaulieu in England that it has been displayed elsewhere. Originally purchased in Dublin in 1913, the car was registered to an Alfred Gaynor who had a business at 75 Middle Abbey Street in Dublin at the time of the Easter Rising in 1916. Although accounts differ, it is clear that the driver of the car was shot by a ricochet or a sniper in Middle Abbey Street in the days following the Rising. The bullet passed through the driver, hit the steering wheel which still bears the marks, and then went through the windscreen. It is believed that the driver recovered from his wound.”

The car was named after the company’s most illustrious client, King Alfonso XIII of Spain . During his reign from 1886 until 1931 , he became a huge fan of this luxury make and owned close to 30 cars made by the company which he kept stored throughout Europe. This dedication to the marque led the company to name their last production car, before WW1 broke out, after their illustrious patron.

1912_Hispano-Suiza_Alphonso_XIIIDesigned by one of the most famous engineers of his era, Mark Birkigt, the car, also known as the Type 15T, is considered to be one of the first examples of a production sports car in the world. It was also one of the fastest cars of its day and is recorded as having been unofficially timed at 90 mph along the Balrothery Road in North County Dublin in 1919. This was a most impressive speed for a production car at that time.

After the Rising the car’s history is unknown until the late 1940s when a well-known car enthusiast, Torrie Large, discovered it in a derelict state on a farm near Athboy, County Meath. Large set about restoring the Hispano to a high standard and this was completed by the early 1950s. The car was used extensively by Torrie until it was sold in 1960 to Lord Montagu’s British National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, where it has remained ever since as one of their most prized exhibits.

In addition to the Hispano the organisers also announced that a luxurious 1913 Daimler will be on view at the Show. Daimlers were favoured by the English Royal family. Edward VII, George V and Queen Alexandra all owned Daimlers, and as a consequence they became the car of choice of the Indian Maharajahs who wanted to portray the trappings of modernisation and sophistication. This particular example is part of the world renowned and extensive collection of Jim Boland from Naas, County Kildare.

The Daimler has an unusual fully folding formal cabriolet body style which was transformed byone of the most elite bespoke coach builders of the period, Salmons & Sons of Newport Pagnall. Like many modern convertibles made today, this ingenious design enables the car to be used in the fully open or closed forms according to weather conditions. After completion, the car was exported to India where it was delivered to the Maharajah who had commissioned the work. The car was the very last veteran car exported from India before a government ban was imposed to stop the repatriation of historic vehicles abroad in the 1980’s.

Bob Montgomery added, “This 1913 Daimler first came into Jim’s possession just after the blanket ban. He was very lucky because it was the last car to make it out of India before all exports of these cars was ended. Jim worked on the car and restored it to working order and it stayed in his collection for a number of years until an English enthusiast persuaded him to part with it. The car was then fully restored to an amazing standard and as fate would have it, made its way back to Jim’s collection in recent years.”

For spectacular displays of truly amazing classic cars and entertainment for all the family, visit The Royal Irish Automobile Club National Classic Car Show Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th of February, 2013, open 10am – 6pm each day.

It’s Rare its Irish and it’s not a De Lorean
Castleblaney’s legendary Shamrock – an American car from Ireland
Carole Nash RIAC Classic Car Show Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th of February, 2013.

Organisers of the inaugural Carole Nash RIAC Classic Car Show, supported by RIAC Insurance, announced today that visitors to the show will have the opportunity to see one of the rarest cars ever manufactured in Ireland, the legendary Shamrock.

Shamrock-1-Courtesy-of-Irish-Vintage-Scene-MagazineBob Montgomery, Event Manager, “The Shamrock is a leading example of our ties to car assembly and our efforts to manufacture our own marques in Ireland. Originally it was planned to produce about 10,000 cars a year from their Irish manufacturing plant. Unfortunately, the project never got that far and I believe that as few as three cars were fully manufactured prior to the company collapsing. Rumour has it that there may be four in existence in the world today and it is a privilege that we will have the only running Shamrock left in Ireland as a feature on the Irish Vintage Scene Magazine Stand at the show.”

William Curtis, a wealthy Irish American industrialist, was said to be shocked by the level of unemployment he witnessed while holidaying in Ireland with his Galway born wife in the early 1950’s. In an effort to give something back to the birth place of his wife he decided to start a car manufacturing business producing a luxury sports car primarily for export to the American market. The original plan to manufacture in Tralee Co Kerry but this was changed when agreement about the expansion of Fenit Harbour to accommodate large car transport ships and the location of the manufacturing plant fell through when negotiations broke down with officials in Kerry. As a result the factory was eventually established at Castleblaney in Monaghan.

The Shamrock was a mixed bag of innovation, styling and impracticality that has given it legendary status in the world of Irish classic cars.

Shamrock-2-Courtesy-of-Irish-Vintage-Scene-MagazineDestined for export the Shamrock was designed and built to attract interest in the American market. At over 17 feet long the car makes an immediate impression. Built using the latest innovations in fibreglass production, the open top convertible also encapsulated the desire for flair which is evident in the use of the fin-tail styling and the wrap around windscreen that were iconic of the era. The chassis and coil suspension were considered one of the best in use at the time. It was so impressive to look at that the vehicle was lauded for its beauty, styling and sheer elegance by the media at the time.

We are delighted to have the Shamrock as a feature car on our stand. We wanted to show a car with an Irish connection, and even though many people are aware of the Shamrock story, with less than a handful in existence, many have never seen one. The car we have on display has, in the past, made appearances on The Late Late Show and Top Gear, but in recent times has not made many public outings. So, this is a rare chance to see for yourself the legendary, Irish-built Shamrock.

For such a picture perfect car the Shamrock did have a few flaws. The engine, while practical, was considered to be quite underpowered for such a large vehicle competing in the convertible sports car sector of the time. The Impressive looking rear wheel overhangs led to a minor issue of been unable to change the wheel in the case of a puncture without dropping its axle and lowering the suspension first. Not a very realistic option for the casual driver.

Shamrock-3-Courtesy-of-Irish-Vintage-Scene-MagazineDespite these issues the car did receive many plaudits on both sides of the Atlantic and it was suggested that Curtis had an order of 600 cars for the California market at one point but like many Irish car manufacturing efforts financial troubles beset the project and it was finally scrapped in the early sixties. The plant was closed and the unfinished fibreglass bodies and other parts where reportedly dumped into the local Lough Muckno.

Bob Montgomery Continued, “We have an amazing array of vehicles on display at the show and visitors will be left with a fantastic overview of the history of motoring in Ireland from the early 1900’s right up to the more modern day Classics of the last century. Rarities like the Shamrock will leave an impression but I know it is only one highlight amongst many that will delight all who come along.”

For spectacular displays of truly amazing classic cars and entertainment for all the family, visit The Carole Nash RIAC Classic Car Show Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th of February, 2013, open 10am – 6pm each day.

The Gathering Begins!!
Exotic and Rare Classic Cars Together Under One Roof Carole Nash RIAC Classic Car Show Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th of February, 2013.

AC 428 Frua CoupeOrganisers of the inaugural Carole Nash RIAC Classic Car Show announced today that the up-coming event has surpassed all their expectations. Taking place in the RDS Simmonscourt on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th of February, the first National car show the RIAC have organised since 1908 promises to be an eclectic gathering of vehicles spanning the last century of motoring in Ireland.

As the event has developed the organisers have had to take extra space in the RDS to accommodate the growing list of vehicles that will be on show. Many of the cars on view have been rescued and lovingly restored from, in some cases, barns and ditches they were found in, from all corners of the world. According to the organisers the quality of some of the restorations is impeccable and a true sign of the dedication of enthusiasts in Ireland.

Bob Montgomery, Event Co-ordinator, stated, “We are thrilled with the response from the clubs and individual collectors who want to be part of this event. I can confirm that we will have a fantastic representation of vehicles from early in the 1900’s right up to more modern cars that are already viewed as classics of the future. In fact I wouldn’t be surprised if we had vehicles that were at our last show in 1908 as new cars, now on display this time as timeless classics. All I can say is If you like motor cars this is a must-see event to put into your calenders.”

Clonmel 1951 Sunbeam Talbot 90Visitors to the show will also have access to experts in the classic and vintage car world who can offer advice on choosing the right car through to actually taking on restoration projects. With such an array of vehicles on display you want to make sure they are protected at all times and it is appropriate the event is supported by classic car insurance specialists, RIAC Insurance.

Myles O’Reilly of RIAC InsuranceWe have been involved with the classic car movement in Ireland, for nearly forty years, and we are delighted to support the Carole Nash RIAC Classic Car Show as the main sponsor. This event will showcase the very best cars reflecting our Irish motoring heritage.”

As a virtual paradise for car lovers, visitors will be able to get up close to cars that they have up to now only had a chance to read about or see pictures of in a book. They will not only be able to see cars from some private collections that have never been on display to the public before but they will also be treated to live entertainment that will appeal to all the family.

Clonmel1909 StarBob Montgomery continued, “I feel that it is very important for those of us involved in the classic car scene that we have an opportunity to share our enthusiasm with others. We have not forgotten that enthusiasts have families as well. That is why the Show is geared to being a family friendly weekend. We are also hoping that we can show people that there are classic cars that are affordable and easy to maintain yet continue to have that unexplainable je ne sai quoi’ that make them so desirable. Aside from the cars it should be a great day out for everyone.”

For spectacular displays of truly amazing classic cars and entertainment for all the family, visit The Carole Nash RIAC Classic Car Show Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th of February, 2013, open 10am – 6pm each day.

For further information, high resolution images please contact:

Richard Burke PR
+353 (0)86 8167822
Bob Montgomery
+353 (0)87 4184360


The Chairman of the Royal Irish Automobile Club, Cecil Sparks, today announced the Club’s plans to run a The Carole Nash RIAC Classic Car Show in 2013. The Show will be held in the Royal Dublin Society Simmonscourt Hall on Saturday and Sunday February 9th and 10th 2013.
RIAC Insurance, the market leaders in classic car insurance, will support this first National Irish Classic Car Show, together with other show partners, the Irish Veteran and Vintage Car Club and Irish Vintage Scene magazine.
Cecil Sparks commented, “ It is entirely appropriate that the Royal Irish Automobile Club should organise this show, given its unrivaled motoring heritage and also the fact that it organised Ireland’s first Motor Shows, also at the RDS, in 1907 and 1908. The Club promises an unparalleled line-up of all types of classic, post-vintage, vintage, veteran and antique cars as well as motorcycles and tractor displays. In addition, the Club intends to invite selected car clubs to participate by mounting club stands and will also have feature stands ranging from Classic Supercars to a unique display of historic Irish racing and rally cars.”
“The Club is delighted to welcome RIAC Insurance as the prime supporter and partner of the event. Their expertise and knowledge of the classic car movement in Ireland will prove of invaluable assistance in preparing and organising the show. We are also very pleased to have as partners the Irish Veteran and Vintage Car Club, the umbrella organisation of the old car movement in Ireland, as well as Irish Vintage Scene magazine, the publication which has done so much to draw together all the various strands of interest in the different forms of old transport in Ireland.”

Myles O’Reilly, from RIAC Insurance commented;” We are delighted to be supporting as main sponsor the The Carole Nash RIAC Classic Car Show. As Irelands leading classic car and private motor insurer we warmly welcome the initiative of the Royal Irish Automobile Club in organising a major event which will showcase the very best of Irish motoring, with support from clubs and enthusiasts all over Ireland. With show partners, Irish Vintage Scene Magazine, and the Irish Veteran and Vintage Car Club, we look forward to working together to make this a memorable event”.
Tom Farrell, President of the Irish Veteran and Vintage Car Club said: “The Irish Veteran and Vintage Car Club are delighted to be associated with this exciting event as we set out on our Golden Jubilee year – as a club, we have had a long association with the RIAC and in fact it was to the RIAC that our first president Knowles Stokes turned for advice on the formation of the IVVCC. We intend having a number of iconic cars on our stand with such diversity as the Irish entry in the 2010 Mille Miglia, a 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C to a one owner Austin Cooper. We also look forward to being joined at the event by a number of our affiliated clubs at this not to be missed spectacle.

Thomas Heavey, Editor & Managing Director of Irish Vintage Scene, said; “There has been a strong appetite for a show like this among Irish vintage and classic vehicle enthusiasts for a number of years now, and at last someone has taken it on board. We are delighted to be official partners to the RIAC in the hosting of this event, and will work tirelessly to put on a show that will match the best of equivalent events across Europe. The involvement of RIAC insurance and the IVVCC will also add greatly to the professionalism that the event deserves. Having seen the plans and proposals for the show, I am sure it will be a huge success right from the off. I am personally genuinely excited about this event, as we enthusiasts deserve a national show where we can showcase the best old vehicles that this country has to offer”.
Bob Montgomery, who is leading the project on behalf of the Royal Irish Automobile Club said; “This is a wonderful opportunity to highlight the many different strands of interest in old vehicles that exist in Ireland, but most of all this will be a Show for everyone with an interest in old vehicles. It will not be a Show filled with ultra expensive exotica – although there will be some examples of such vehicles there as well – rather it will reflect the interest that exists with enthusiasts throughout the country. I’m happy that we can mount a Show that will send everybody that visits it away happy and inspired by what they have seen”.
“It is hoped that invited clubs will provide displays and these together with themed feature stands will provide something for everybody. The history of Irish Motoring; Historic Irish Racing and Rally cars; Classic Supercars and cars from some of Ireland’s great car collections, many of which will not have been seen publicly before are just some of the attractions already confirmed for the show.”
“Another feature of the Show will be a free car park on both days for the first 250 pre-1980 cars to arrive – something that will in itself no doubt provide an interesting attraction. There will be special awards for the Best Club Stand, Best Club Car and Car of the Show’. Tickets to the Show will also be available to Car Clubs to purchase in advance at a significant discount.”
The Carole Nash RIAC Classic Car Show will be a two-day event, taking place on Saturday 9th February and Sunday 10th February 2013.