We have not yet announced next years schedule but will do so shortly “. 
The Gordon Bennett Classic Road Run is open to all vintage, veteran and classic cars, motorcycles and commercials registered prior to 1986.

EventsAll events are non-competitive.

Day 1- Friday 1st of June 2017

To be announced

Day 2- Saturday 2nd of June 2017

Heritage Run

Assembly at Treacy’s, The Heath, Portlaoise at 10.00am, where the run will commence no later than 11.00am. An information pack will be provided on the morning of this event and a run covering around 80 to 100 miles takes us to the beautiful, medieval city of Kilkenny. Participants will be allowed ample time to discover it’s many treasures before returning to base around 3pm in plenty time to prepare for the Gala Dinner evening, this is hosted by the now infamous Gandon Inn in Emo, Co Laois and consists of a three course meal with tea/coffee at a cost of €30 per person payable directly to the organisers or prebooked on this site along with the entry. The dress code for the meal is smart casual and the atmosphere is relaxed and informal allowing participants an opportunity to mingle and chat further about the day’s events.

Day 3- Sunday 4th of June 2017

Gordon Bennett Route

This traditionally is the main event of the weekend with many extra participants taking part and all cars are required to assemble before 10am at Treacy’s,The Heath, Portlaoise. Returning to the run this year are options to drive sections of the Gordon Bennett route or the original full route which is 104 miles. Further details on interval stops and routes  with run details are yet to be confirmed but will start between 10.30am and 11.00pm.

There will be a number of stops and refreshment opportunities en route and the day is completed at The Gandon Inn at approximately 5.00pm, where the presentation of plaques will take place along with a complimentary meal for the driver (with passengers paying €10 per person.)

Day 4- Monday 5th of June

Participants will have the opportunity to take part in The Gandon Inn Leisure Run beginning at Treacy’s of The Heath at 11am. An optional farewell barbeque is included in the itinerary at a cost of €10 person. This final run is normally between 60 to 80 miles with a rest stop and  visit to the Japanese Gardens and National Stud in Kildare. Guided tour with entry  per car 10 euro.

Entry Fee – €50 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 Pat Flynn, 31 Rockdale, Portlaoise, Co. Laois, Ireland.

Any queries on the event please e-mail

Telephone   00(353) 872528229  /  00(353) 879616754

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 |