Limerick ‘Round The Houses’ Grand Prix 1935 – 1938

In 1935 the streets echoed to the roar of some of Europe’s finest racing cars as they started out on the 150 mile race around the streets of Limerick. It was reported at the time that as many as 50,000 spectators lined the nearly 3 mile route through the streets of Limerick. Pery Square hosted the scrutiny area for the races. Alfa Romeos, MGs, Bugattis ERAs and Maseratis averaging speeds in excess of 60 MPH were driven by such notable drivers as Luis Fontes (1935 race winner) and Prince Bira of Siam (later known as Thailand).

75th Anniversary Commemoration
In 2010 the Limerick Classic and Vintage Car Club recreated the original route of the race and finished up in Pery square where a range of the finest vintage racing and sports cars in Ireland were on display.

2011 Grand Prix Event
Following on from the success of the 2010 event, the Georgian Quarter once again recreated the heady days of the Limerick City Grand Prix races in the 1930s.  On September 4th 2011 a myriad of models drove along the original route of the race held 76 years earlier. A display of photographs, memorabilia and film footage from the original race was put on display in the Georgian House Museum. 

The beautifully restored 1936 race winning MG PB driven by Alan Hutchinson was also put on display outside. Even after 75 years the car still exuded the excitement and optimism of those early automotive racing days. The historic surroundings of the Georgian Quarter only added to the genuine historic feel of the event with many visitors dressing up in period clothes for the occasion.

The Irish Classic & Vintage Motor Show

July 6, 2014 marks the 23rd Annual Irish Classic & Motors Show in Dublin, Ireland. The event is Ireland's largest Annual Classic car show. Eligible vehicles include classic & vintage, motorcycles and light commercials, more than 25 years old, and more recent vehicles where they are members of a one marque club. There may still time to enter your Classic, using this form, subject to the availability of space.

We conclude our visit to Ireland with the story of Irial Kennedy, who has been re-building Citroen 2CV’S since he was 16.