Massive Kilbroney Show Returns

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An annual show organised by the Kilbroney Vintage Show Committee and Newry Lions Club took place on Saturday past (17th June) and played host to over 1500 vintage vehicles, live music and children’s entertainment.

From humble beginnings back in 1985 when a show was organised to celebrate the centenary of the motor car, little did those involved back then know that what was set to be a one-off show, would in 2017 be one of the biggest and most anticipated vintage shows of the annual calendar.

Stunning View 70m above Kilbroney Park

Not only does the show attract vintage cars, motorcycles, tractors, commercial vehicles and stationary engines from all four corners of the Emerald Isle but entrants cross the pond from mainland UK as well which is a testament to the efforts of the organising committee.

Earlier this week I was reminded of the Kilbroney Vintage Show and after a quick chat with Ricky from RB Automotive in Comber I had secured a lift to the show alongside him in one of only two remaining right-hand drive FIAT Barchetta’s that exist in the UK – a pretty rare car I think you would agree and one that fits the ethos of the show perfectly.

Affectionately Named Noddy-Mobile

Aptly named the ‘noddy mobile’ we set off on the 90-minute drive to the Kilbroney Vintage Show without a red jumper, yellow neck-chief or silly blue hat in sight and thankfully the weather was kind enough to enjoy the journey roof-down.

On arrival in Rostrevor at Kilbroney Park, after a queue of a couple of miles there was a great buzz in the air – this type of show tends to attract all walks of life as there really is something for everyone on display and a great family day out can be had – as such everyone was in good spirit.

I am no stranger to a car show and have certainly been around over the years reporting from many events across the world but I don’t honestly think I have seen a show quite like this before anywhere on my travels.

Stratos, Abarth and Campers. It’s all at Kilbroney

Imagine a concert at Slane and the sea of people in the crowd – now picture that sea of people only see them as cars – over a thousand of them to be exact. A sight to behold! Applause is deserved for every single person involved behind and every vehicle owner who works tirelessly to keep these classics on the road.

An eclectic mix of vehicles is guaranteed and to give an example of how diverse the machinery is at the Kilbroney Vintage Show – one minute you could be drawn to a 911 or a Fiat Barchetta, next it’s an E-Type Jag, Ford hot-rod, Montego MG, VW Camper or maybe even an ex-works rally car with more pedigree than a pet store.

Stunning bikes on show

Never mind the huge mix of motorcycles as well as commercial and agricultural lorries, vans and tractors in attendance that I will admit I am not too clued in with, however, the appreciation for seeing such vehicles is never without a doubt. I have had this show on my bucket list for a long time now and am grateful to have ticked it off.

Will I return to the Kilbroney Vintage Show? Most definitely!

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Graham is a professional photographer and motoring writer with over 15 varied years of coverage from manufacturer press launches to international motorsport and rally events throughout the world. Graham is a full member of the Guild of Motoring Writers. See more at grahamcurry.com

RMS Forum Comments

cormac81 replied at 15:31, Sat 17 Jun, 2017
What a day. Left a bit early as it was just too warm for the wee fella. Good mix of cars as always. The McRae rep impreza was one of my favourites there today.
Graham replied at 16:17, Sat 17 Jun, 2017
| You are a brave man
i have few fears thankfully - £5 charity donation to go up - was worth a lot more very very warm and unreal event
hannakournikova replied at 16:47, Sat 17 Jun, 2017
I'm sure the magners helped @Graham
Graham replied at 17:01, Sat 17 Jun, 2017
| I'm sure the magners helped @Graham
I had it after - bloody refreshing it was also i must add :) didn't notice you
domo gti replied at 17:49, Sat 17 Jun, 2017
Great day out and the weather was unreal. We had a brilliant drive home on the back roads in our mini convoy of my Polo, a 1965 beetle and a 1982 polo breadvan lol. @Graham don't know how you did that, I was freaking out looking up at it +o(
Bryan replied at 18:01, Sat 17 Jun, 2017
Absolutely cracking day as usual. We left Waringstown at 9.30 and didn't arrive until close to 12. The traffic coming in from Hilltown was mental - must have spent an hour sitting in that queue https://scontent-lht6-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/19275224_1344937798923093_1578753984377680746_n.jpg ?oh=13d9ac0ae62a1e0edf224d2f68cec5b0&oe=599F47AB
m00k replied at 18:59, Sat 17 Jun, 2017
Arrived after three passed a fair bit on route which had already left sadly but no queue and parked on middle of rostrevor and dandered down so all good Great event as ever and when we left all traffic was clogged towards newry back by hilltown was a gift
Andy55 replied at 19:07, Sat 17 Jun, 2017
Another brilliant year at Kilbroney. Superb turnout and they couldn't have chosen a better day for it weather wise. Just wishing I had brought suncream :mad:
cormac81 replied at 19:18, Sat 17 Jun, 2017
| Great day out and the weather was unreal. We had a brilliant drive home on the back roads in our mini convoy of my Polo, a 1965 beetle and a 1982 polo breadvan lol. @Graham don't know how you did that, I was freaking out looking up at it +o(
Polo looked well. How did you get the certificates that you had displayed on your dash?
amg306 replied at 19:26, Sat 17 Jun, 2017
| Absolutely cracking day as usual. We left Waringstown at 9.30 and didn't arrive until close to 12. The traffic coming in from Hilltown was mental - must have spent an hour sitting in that queue https://scontent-lht6-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/19275224_1344937798923093_1578753984377680746_n.jpg ?oh=13d9ac0ae62a1e0edf224d2f68cec5b0&oe=599F47AB
Saw the Iveco and transporter coming in, but never saw your jeep. Noticed another kit car type one and was wondering how and why you had put Ford RS alloys on it, was only on closer inspection i realised it was a Ford based kit!