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Moment in Time: Gordon Bennett rally in 2008

Sophie Corcoran, Rebecca and Chloe Finlay and Ava Corcoran in Tony Finlay's 1971 MGB Roadster at The Lawn Stradbally for the Gordon Bennett Picnic stop. Picture: Alf Harvey.

Our Moment in Time looks back to the Gordon Bennett Rally of 10 years ago.

Photographer Alf Harvey captured the event, which was blessed with sunshine.

The 6th annual classic run basked in sunshine as the car enthusiasts retraced the route of the world famous race and even managed to dine al-fresco over the four day event.

Close to 150 cars took part in the event, with a great variety of cars noted at it.

A group from the Tayne Valley Vintage Club in Manchester returned for their fourth year and were so impressed that they had already signed up for the 2009 event.

The groundwork for the success of the event was laid long before the June hosting, with committee members attending the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham for the International Classic Car Show. The three day event attracted 75,000 visitors.

The visitors got to recreate the Gordon Bennett route on the Sunday of the event, at a more leisurely pace than the original race.

This section of the route started at Treacy’s at The Heath and brought the car enthusiasts through Stradbally, Ballylinan, Athy, Kilcullen, Castledermot, Carlow, The Curragh, Kildare Town, Monasterevin and Ballybrittas.

Ciara Ramsbottom, Maeve Handy and Matt Delaney at The Lawn Stradbally for the Gordon Bennett Picnic stop.
Photos: Alf Harvey.
Sophie Corcoran, Rebecca and Chloe Finlay and Ava Corcoran in Tony Finlay’s 1971 MGB Roadster
Pat Flynn, Tony Dunne, Kieran Flynn, Ger Davy and Tony Finlay
D’arne O’Shiel and Tiernan
Station master Cliff Flewitt sets off the train at The Lawn Stradbally for the Gordon Bennett Picnic stop
Mervyn Graham, Thomas Cosby and George Dalton with his 1924 Essex Tourer
Noah and Megan Gorman with their grandfather Cecil Lewis’s 1974 Triumph Stag

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