Killarney Valley Classic & Vintage Club.
After completing a tractor run of the famous Ring of Kerry with our friends from Nobber Vintage Club, a group of Killarney enthusiasts discussed how much they enjoyed the day and how Killarney was missing out by not having its own classic and vintage club – that dry Saturday afternoon in October 2013 was the beginning of what is now the Killarney Valley Classic & Vintage club.
With committee members in place, the club affiliated to the Irish Vintage Society Ltd to guide and support us in the development of the club. One key objective was to gather like-minded members in their love of all things classic and vintage, whether that be tractor, truck, car or even motorbikes.
Our main focus was to organise events for our members so that they had a social outlet to meet like-minded people and to showcase their vehicles to the wider public. Our events include car runs, tractor runs, car shows as well as information evenings, weekly meet-ups and other fun outings throughout the year.
In 2016, the Killarney Valley Classic & Vintage Club also founded Killarney Ploughing Association and the first points match took place on the 25th March 2018 with the last points match to take place in Killarney in 1969. Killarney Ploughing Association is also affiliated with the National Ploughing Association and is honoured to have two members, Shane Godley in the U21 category and Mike Brosnan in the Vintage category who qualified for the National Ploughing Championships in September 2018.
To commemorate the World Ploughing Championships held in Killarney in October 1954, the Killarney Valley Classic & Vintage Club in association with both the National Ploughing Association, the World Ploughing Association and Kerry County Council have recently designed a Cairn of Peace which was unveiled in May 2019 and can now be seen standing proud on Mission Road.
Our membership has swelled to over 100 and many take part in different events the most recent being the full restoration of a 1989 Land Rover Defender was raffled for local charities in November 2018.
To date in our short history, over €150,000 has been raised and donated to local charities by the club and being a member of Killarney Valley Classic & Vintage has become so much more than all the classic and vintage, it has created friendships, days out and we have gained knowledge while supporting worthwhile charities along the way.
If you like what we do, we are always ready to welcome new members to join our club.
Yours in vintage,
Tom Leslie – PRO