Nenagh Classic Car Club puts on a vintage display at fifth annual show

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Nenagh Classic Car Club celebrated its fifth show this month with just under 350 cars packing into the Showgrounds on Borrisokane Road.

And the show was a specially poignant one as it awarded its first Eric Campbell Memorial Cup for car of the show.

The late Mr Campbell died tragically aged 18 when the car he was driving crashed into a ditch outside Nenagh in 2013. He was also a promising hurler with Toomevara.

The winner of the trophy was Sean Ryan for his magnificent Jaguar E-Type, one of the last 100 E-Types to be built.

Second prize went to John Fitzgerald owner of a Renault 18 estate, a car which once was very popular around this area as these were sold in large numbers by Liam Buckley in Moneygall.

The third prize was won by Shaun O'Keeffe for his super clean 1992 Toyota Supra which again is a rare car to see these days.

It was evident that all winning cars were so well looked after by their owners as were the all of the cars at the show

Nenagh Classic Car Club show has grown from its first display of 70 cars in 2014 to 347 cars this year.

The day exceeded all expectations, with feedback from early in the week prior to the show suggesting that there was great interest in this year’s show which had a Fast German car theme.

The show brought with it an unimaginable display of cars and vehicles that just couldn’t be ignored even by non car fans as curiosity took over the minds of both young and old as they were drawn to the enormous display that almost filled the field.

Vintage commercials and tractors were a fantastic addition to this year’s show and added that bit of extra variety to our display, which the club intends to extend even further.

The show was attended by the Mercedes Club of Ireland, BMW E30 club, Opel and Vauxhall Club, and the Renault Club of Ireland, all of whom had a fantastic display of cars.

Local Club member Clive Moynan and family brought an amazing display of cars, including a selection of Minis and an autocross race car.

The club has a strong reputation for welcoming and encouraging younger enthusiasts to get involved in and this year saw an increase in younger members joining and displaying their pride and joys on show day.

The show also had some cars travel from abroad and members were in awe when a couple arrived in a 1980 Toyota Corolla DX all the way from Austria.

Martin and Dani attended Nenagh Classic Car Club Show in 2017 while on holidays, but did not have a classic with them on the day but decided to bring their Toyota Corolla this year.

The couple were presented with a trophy for furthest travelled car on the day.

There was also a Citroën 2CV which had travelled from Brittany, which incredible and indicates there must be something special about the show if people are willing to travel such distance to attend.

One standout element of the show was the background music which made the atmosphere so welcoming and nostalgic. The music, apart from song choice, was a fitting part of the vintage display as the equipment used was over 40 years old.

Local man and club member John Hewitt was the DJ on the day, using the vinyl disco rig that he used in the UK playing at various discos and events. John did a superb job playing classic hits that went down a treat.

The retro sound of the vinyl through the vintage speakers got attention and drew a crowd of admirers to the disco rig where they could see the old vinyl record spinning on the vintage turntables.

The club would like to thank Lyons of Nenagh, main sponsor of the show and Andys Bar, the club's main sponsor. They also thanked Donie Comerford Crash repairs / Auto spares for their continued support and help all year round, and to our club members and exhibitors at this years show.

Nenagh Classic Car Club welcomes new members both young and old.