Over 100 years old and still running!

1898 Leon Bolee that will carry No. 1 in this year's event.
It is unusual today that you must be over 100 years old to be eligible to take part in an event, but that is exactly the criteria required to enter a particularly unique Run in the Irish sporting and classic car calendars. The Royal Irish Automobile Club (RIAC) Pioneer Run celebrates the drive and passion of the earliest motorists whose legacy is still felt today as we continue our insatiable love affair with the motor vehicle.

It is unusual today that you must be over 100 years old to be eligible to take part in an event, but that is exactly the criteria required to enter a particularly unique Run in the Irish sporting and classic car calendars. The Royal Irish Automobile Club (RIAC) Pioneer Run celebrates the drive and passion of the earliest motorists whose legacy is still felt today as we continue our insatiable love affair with the motor vehicle.

The RIAC announced earlier that members of the public will have an exceptional opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the oldest and rarest vehicles still running in Europe. Part of the two day event will involve an early afternoon stopover at The Spirit of Dunboyne Festival in County Meath on Saturday, May 25, where visitors to the village will get unprecedented access to the participants and their vehicles.

Bob Montgomery, Event Co-ordinator, said: “The RIAC Pioneer Run is Ireland’s premier event for early cars and motorcycles and I am very pleased that we will be able to let people see these very special vehicles when we stop in Dunboyne village. Some of the cars that will be there come out rarely, while other vehicles that are taking part are coming from abroad and will drive on Irish roads for the first time.”

The run is based at Barberstown Castle in Straffan, Co Kildare, where each day the cars will set off to travel around a designated course that will see them pass through many of the picturesque villages in the surrounding countryside.

Bob Montgomery continued, “Over the two days people will see cars from the dawn of motoring that were driven by the pioneers of Irish motoring. The fact that they will be up and running on our roads as they were over 100 years ago adds something very special for those that do get to see them. It could be described as witnessing living history.”

The Pioneer Run will take place on May 25 and 26. For further information on the event contact Richard Burke PR on 086 8167822 or richard@inet.ie; or Bob Montgomery, Event Co-ordinator on 087 4184360 or bobmont@indigo.ie. Alternatively, more information can be found on the event’s website at www.riacpioneerrun.ie