Upcoming Car Shows in Ireland 2022

While one of the biggest has been cancelled, there are still plenty of exciting car shows happening in Ireland this year.

With the Covid situation at the start of the year still touch-and-go, the Irish Jaguar and Daimler Club took the decision to cancel the Irish Classic and Vintage Motor Show in the grounds of Terenure College in Dublin. The Terenure show is usually one of the classic scene’s highlights of the year, so its cancellation was a disappointment for many. Those looking to get out and see some great classic and modern cars in the flesh, however, are still spoiled for choice, with tons of great events still going ahead around the country between now and the end of the year. Here are some of the best:

July 1-3

Gordon Bennett Reliability Trials

Location: Athy, Co. Kildare

Run by the Historic Racing Car Association of Ireland, the first Gordon Bennett reliability trial, a new event, is based around Athy and will see all types of pre-1940 cars retracing the route of the original 1903 Gordon Bennett Cup race. Cars will be gathered in the square in Athy not far from the Shackleton Museum.

July 3

Classic Fest 2022

Location: Galway Racecourse

Adults: €10; under-18s: €5

Irish Vintage Scene’s Classic Fest is back and will see tons of pre-2000 classic cars, tractors, steam engines and bikes taking over the racecourse at Ballybrit.

July 17

Old School, New School

Car Show Ireland

Location: St. Mel’s College, Longford

Adults: €15; under-12s: free

Great show featuring some of the best modified, tuned, Japanese and retro cars the Midlands has to offer. All are welcome though the focus is on slightly more modern metal.

July 21

RIAC’s Picnic in the Park

Location: Marlay Park, Dublin

Unusually, this one’s on a Thursday, running from 3pm to 7.30pm. This year, the Royal Irish Automobile Club’s event gives a special nod to sixty years of the MGB. All proceeds go towards the LauraLynn’s children’s hospice.

August 7

Baltinglass Classic Show and Run

Location: Main St., Baltinglass, Co. Wicklow

Entries: €20

West Wicklow Classic & Vintage Vehicle Club events are always well-attended with a good showing of cars. Registrations begin from 11pm with the road run starting at 2pm. All proceeds going to local causes.

August 13-14

Mondello Historic Festival

Mondello Park Car Show

Mondello Park, Co. Kildare

Another Historic Racing Car Association event, the Mondello Historic Festival is a great chance to see classic and vintage racing cars doing what they do best, getting driven just as hard as they did back in the day. This year, the event has scheduled a grid of over 70 pre-war cars with many travelling from the UK and Europe to attend.

August 20

“Crank Up” & Classic Car static show

Location: Drumachose Primary School, Limavady, Co. Derry

Entries: £10

Shows up north are usually great fun as there’s always an amazingly varied collection of cars. Gates for this static show in Limavady open from 10am, with pre-1990 cars and bikes welcome.

August 28

Kilkenny Motor Club Annual Show

Location: St. James’s Park, Kilkenny

Always a good turnout and often with an appearance by a bevy of Eastern Bloc classics.

September 11

Blessington Vintage Car & Motorcycle Club Autumn Rally

Blessington Car Show

Location: Russborough House, Blessington, Co. Wicklow

This one should be worth attending for the spectacular setting of Russborough House alone.

October 2

Gerard Murphy Memorial Classic Show and Run

Location: Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford

After being cancelled last year, the Gerard Murphy Memorial Run is back, having quietly grown into one of the biggest events on the classic calendar over the past few years. The event will be held in aid of Pieta House.