The Gordon Bennett Classic Road Run is open to all vintage, veteran and classic cars, motorcycles and commercials registered prior to 1988. Entry is at the committees discretion.

EventsAll events are non-competitive.

Day 1- Friday 1st of June 2018

Reception in County Hall Portlaoise at 7:30 p.m.

Day 2- Saturday 2nd of June 2018

Heritage Route

Today’s run will see us travel across the Slieve Blooms to Birr Castle, ancestral home of the Parsons family. There is a €6 entry per car to the demesne but there is also parking in the town next to the Castle for those who do not wish to enter. It also is the home of The Great Telescope built in the early 1840’s, the Third Earl of Rosse it was the largest telescope in the world. There is a small café but the town of Birr features many pubs and cafes, if you don’t bring your own lunch.

Assembly at Treacy’s, The Heath, Portlaoise at 10:30 – rally will commence no later than 11:00 a.m.

Gala Dinner, Saturday Night 8 p.m. (If you do not have a ticket and decide that you want one please ask one of the committee.)

Day 3- Sunday 4th of June 2018

Gordon Bennett Route

After assembling at Treacy’s, The Heath, Portlaoise, we will drive the original Gordon Bennett Route. The run will start at 11:00 a.m. There will be a number of stops and refreshments en route. The run ends at the Gandon Inn for presentation of plaques and Driver’s dinner (extra dinner tickets are available).

There will be prearranged stops on the route at the Moate of Ardscull, Ballitore Quaker village for lunch and refreshments and Kildare Town, hosted by the Cill Dara Car Club, before ending at the Gandon Inn.

Day 4- Monday 5th of June 2018

The Leisure Run. Today we will leave Treacy’s, The Heath, Portlaoise and head to Brian King’s Classic Car exhibition in the town of Naas. There will be a BBQ at Treacy’s for those of you who are staying with us for the full day. Tickets for the BBQ can be pre-booked or booked any of the day of the event. Ask a committee member for details

Entry Fee – €60 per vehicle entered for all 4 days, no charges apply to passengers but meal options are extra. Special rates are available for large club entries and must be prebooked via e-mail at the following;

All drivers will receive a commemorative plaque of the rally.

All postal entries should be completed & returned to:

Gordon Bennett Irish Classic Car Run,

c/o Martina Yearsley, 12 Derrywood, Durrow, Co. Laois, Ireland.

Any queries on the event please e-mail

Telephone   00(353) 861287281  /  00(353) 879885204

For entry forms & payment online visit

Useful Links:

Ballinakill Vintage & Classic Owners Club | Carzone | Classic Car Sales | Discover Ireland | DoneDeal | International Gordon Bennett|Irish Vintage Scene|Laois Tourism |London to Brighton Run | RDS National Classic Car Show| NEC Classic Car Show |