History of KVVCCC


The Rose of Tralee Run took place in August 1979

After which the late Tom Twohill and the late PJ Rordan decided to form a club as there seemed to be an interest in the county.

In September 1979 the the Kingdom Veteran Vintage & Classic Car Club was formed.

On Sunday 28th October 1979 the first run was held.

Some of those who took part in the run where as follows:
Tom Twohill, John Mitchell, Francie Cantillon, Myles Foley, Tom Gleasure, Pat Gleasure, P.J. O Riordan, Paudie Finnerty, Joe Ryan, Colm Foley, John Gill, Mick Ahern, John Naughton and Des Walsh.

All those who took part where awarded with a small trophy now a rear item.

Foundation of the Club

The “Rose of Tralee Run” took place at the end of August 1979 and had a stop at the Castleross Hotel in Killarney. During that stop the late Tom Twohill suggested to P.J. O’Riordan that there was enough interest in vintage cars in Kerry to form our own club. Enthused by the suggestion P.J. seized on the moment and called a meeting of those interested to take place a few weeks later at Farranfore Airport.

In September 1979 a group of enthusiasts gathered together and formed The Kerry Veteran Car Club. The group then embarked on the club’s first run which left the Airport and toured Firies-Currans and the surrounding area before returning to the Airport. There are reports of all sorts of calamities along the route with tempers fraying and cars expiring!

1980’S Farranfore early run

1980’S Farranfore early run

Those who survived the experience were rewarded with a trophy for their efforts, by now a prized possession.

Some of those present at that Founders Meeting were:

Tom Twohill (RIP ), John Mitchell, Francie Cantillon, Tom Gleasure (RIP), Pat Gleasure, P.J. O Riordan, Paudie Finnerty, Myles Foley (RIP)Joe Ryan ( RIP), Colm Foley (RIP), John Gill, Mick Ahern and John Naughton.

Extract from ‘The Kerryman’ Friday, November 2, 1979
First run 1979 car no 6 Bentley Mk 6 900IN