The Gordon Bennett Classic Road Run is open to all vintage, veteran and classic cars, motorcycles and commercials registered prior to 1989. Entry is at the committees discretion.

EventsAll events are non-competitive.

Day 1- Friday 31st of May 2019

For the early arrivals we have a thatch pub to that pub run, meet at Treacys and finish at Sheerans in Coolraine in the Slieve Bloom mountains, no maps, no schedule and getting lost is optional, times to be confirmed

Evening Reception in County Hall Portlaoise at (to be confirmed)

Day 2- Saturday 1st of June 2019

Heritage Route

Today’s run will see us travel through the Laois and Kildare countryside to Russborough House in County Wicklow, a Palladian Mansion overlooking the Blessington Lakes at the foot of the Wicklow Mountains built in 1742 for the 1st Earl of Milltown, and steeped in history. Entrance fee to Russborough House is included in the Gordon Bennett weekend package, this includes parking in front of Russborough and a guided tour of the house (limited to 2 pax per car). Explore the beautiful gardens/walks/maze and parklands. Visit the Bird of Prey centre, shop in the gift shop, lunch in the onsite restaurant or BBQ or simply picnic in the grounds and soak up the beauty of the location. Our route will see us weave our way around the wonderful lakes and views, where we will return to the Gandon Inn for the Drivers Dinner.

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

The Drivers Dinner, will be served in The Gandon Inn directly after the return from Russborough House. The driver’s meal is included in the overall entrance fee, however, additional passengers are extra. Additional tickets can be purchased from the website on initial booking, or from a committee member of the day.

Day 3- Sunday 2nd of June 2019

Gordon Bennett Route, and a celebration of this great historical event

We want to see you in ‘tweed’ today or in costume matching the period of your car…. it is not full fancy dress, a hat or scarf will suffice, but a simple nod to mark the celebration of this great historical event is what we want..but if you want to go the whole way please don’t let us stop you…

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 Treacy’s, The Heath where collection of the race plaques can be collected for those not attending the Gala Dinner.

There will be prearranged stops on the route at the Moate of Ardscull, Ballitore Quaker village for lunch and refreshments and in Kildare Town for an event hosted by the Cill Dara Car Club, before ending at the Treacy’s The Heath.

The evening Gala Dinner will be held at The Killeshin Hotel this year from 7.30pm, until late. Again we encourage the fancy dress theme of period costume from the time of the race or the era of your car. Race plaques will also be presented here as well as the committees choice of ‘best car’, speeches, pictures of the days events and much more.

Day 4- Monday 3rd of June 2019

The Laois Leisure Run.

Today we will leave Treacy’s, The Heath, Portlaoise and head off for a quiet drive through the Laois countryside and visit Kilcullen where we will help them celebtrate 700 years of history. Visit Bardons where the french team stayed in 1903, refreshments and activities will be available. We then head back to our end of event BBQ and entertainment at Treacy’s for those of you who are staying with us for the full day. In additional we will have local artisan food and crafts people displaying at the event. Tickets for the BBQ can be pre-booked or purchased on any of the day of the event. Ask a committee member for details.

Entry Fee – €65 per vehicle entered for all 4 days, no charges apply to passengers but meal options are extra.

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 |