On Saturday 17th May the Kingdom Veteran Vintage and Classic Car Club set out on its 35th Annual Ring of Kerry Run.
The two day event started in Killarney 70 cars registered before the run by post and on line and another 22 on the day giving us a total of 92 cars on the day.
The 92 entrants were made up of 50 of our own club members of 140, 20 Cork and the remainder Carlow, Dublin, Tipperary, Offaly, Galway, Kildare, Waterford, Limerick and more.
The Ring of Kerry is a road route in the south of Kerry which encompasses the Iveragh peninsula with a length of 170 km.
Our journey started in Killarney the tourist capital of Kerry and makes its way to Killorglin (the home of puck fair).
Our first stop was in Glenbeigh for tea/coffee leaving Glenbeigh and going to Caherciveen for our lunch stop.
We had a optional route to explore Valentia Island which on previous Ring of Kerry Runs had been part of the route but had been changed due to us upgrading our hotel to the Sneem Hotel in Sneem village instead of our Waterville overnight stop.
On arrival in Sneem drivers could indulge in some refreshments and rest before our dinner dance at 8 pm on the Saturday night.
At the dinner dance we have a raffle with the money raised along with other club funds makes up our charity funds.
This years funds of 3500 euro are to be divided between:
- Parents of the Mentally Handycapped
- Donal Walsh Foundation
- Alzheimers Society
- Kerry/Cork Cancer Bus
Our oldest car was a 1911 Ford Model T from Limerick, followed by a 1924 Humber from Cork.
The remander were made up of Riley, Rollsroyce, Bentley, Rover, Mg, Austin, Lancia, Mercedes, Datsun, BMW, Ford (Escord/Capri), Vauxhall, Fiat, Dalmler, Volvo, Porsche and Mini to name a few.
Our Sunday route consisted of departing our hotel in Sneem at 11 am and rejoining the Ring of Kerry for a 22 mile trip to Kenmare town were participants could enjoy a stroll around for shopping before climbing to the top of Molls Gap and then making your descent to Killarney town and the finish of the 35th Ring of Kerry.
But if you have never been on this vintage trip in Kerry don’t despair as there is always next year.
And if you can not wait until then why not come to our Autumn Run in Kenmare in October (18/19 October).
Looking forward to seeing you in the Kingdom soon.