Limerick city prepares to host vintage rally

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

THE clocks will roll back to 1936 in the city this Sunday as the Limerick Classic and Vintage Car Club recreates the Limerick Grand Prix.

THE clocks will roll back to 1936 in the city this Sunday as the Limerick Classic and Vintage Car Club recreates the Limerick Grand Prix.

The event, which took place three quarters of a century ago, saw some of the finest motors come to Limerick’s streets.

This Sunday, starting at 9.30am a gathering of pre-1940 sports and racing cars will arrive on the streets of Limerick, recreating the route of the original Grand Prix. Some city streets will be closed at 10am for the event.

And for those who want to admire the magnificent motors in all their glory, there will be a display in Pery Square.

Several of the actual cars that took part in the Limerick ‘Round the Houses’ motor races of 1935, 1936 and 1938 will be taking part, including the MG in which Andrew Hutchinson won the 1936 race.

The Bugatti, Mercedes, Lagonda, Talbot and Bentley cars will all be represented.In No 2 Pery Square, there will be an exhibition of memorabilia relating to the races, with a trophy from 1938 and original programmes and race reports on display.

There will be a harvest market and jewellery showcase, and there will be a prize on offer for the best 1930s style costume.The Boherbuoy Brass and Reed Band will be on hand to provide music . the Peoples’ Park.