Kilbroney Vintage Show cancelled for second year in a row

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It has been a tough few years for the organisers of one of the country’s largest vintage car shows and things aren’t getting any easier.

Having heard amazing things about this annual show organised by the Kilbroney Vintage Show Committee and Newry Lions Club, I visited the event in June 2017 and was somewhat taken aback at the sight of 1,500 vintage vehicles alongside 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 become be one of the biggest and most anticipated vintage shows of the annual calendar.

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

However, things changed in 2019 when our unpredictable weather forced postponement of the event from summer-time until September, due to the terrain being much too wet to host such an event without destroying the landscape in what was meant to be the better months.

Then, as with almost every event in 2020, organisers were forced to close the gates and abandon the event due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The announcement of a vaccination rollout gave some hope for an event this year. But, with participant and spectator numbers at a level that the virus can only dream of spreading throughout, organisers have taken the tough but very sensible decision to cancel the 2021 event.

A statement from the show organisers on Facebook said, “We approached 2021 in the hope that this year The Kilbroney Vintage Show would be able to proceed. However, despite our best hopes this year it is not to be.

“Unfortunately, due to the ongoing situation with Covid-19 and social distancing measures expected to continue for some time it is not going to be possible to proceed with the event this year.

Show organisers continued, “With such large numbers of exhibitors and spectators expected we have no choice but to cancel the event. For now we hope everyone stays safe and while we are saddened that we cannot proceed this year we look forward to brighter days ahead. We hope to see everyone in 2022.”

Here’s hoping that summer 2022 will indeed see some return to normality, but more importantly the return of the best vintage car show on our shores.

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vw1500 replied at 12:56, Tue 06 Apr, 2021
I'd say most large events be the same, hadn't been to it in years as started to get very samey, but it and Mosney were always great shows. The drive down that morning was always class due to the volume of old cars heading the same way :cool:
suckindiesel replied at 12:56, Tue 06 Apr, 2021
Very annoying :( p.s. Graham, how the heck was that 2017!?
Graham replied at 13:15, Tue 06 Apr, 2021
| Very annoying :worried: p.s. Graham, how the heck was that 2017!?
I've never been back since and am busting to go for the full day.
Sparkyirl replied at 13:21, Tue 06 Apr, 2021
Suppose it was inevitable but sad to see all the same, Kilbroney is always a good day out, apart from when you see cars that you thought were still pretty modern being shown as classics :sob:
suckindiesel replied at 13:49, Tue 06 Apr, 2021
| Suppose it was inevitable but sad to see all the same, Kilbroney is always a good day out, apart from when you see cars that you thought were still pretty modern being shown as classics :sob:
Definitely some stuff taking up space that no ones needs to see yet lol
jimc replied at 14:43, Tue 06 Apr, 2021
2017 the weather was tropical ,took my old boy for the first time down in Boxster he got roasted :cool: great show and something for everyone.
vw1500 replied at 15:12, Tue 06 Apr, 2021
| Suppose it was inevitable but sad to see all the same, Kilbroney is always a good day out, apart from when you see cars that you thought were still pretty modern being shown as classics :sob:
Sign of old age dude :laughing: guy was talking to me while getting tyres on the VRS last week that you don't see many older cars around, I pointed out to him that my car was almost 20years old, would be like me driving a 1977 car when I passed my test in 1996
mikey replied at 17:12, Tue 06 Apr, 2021
| Sign of old age dude :laughing: guy was talking to me while getting tyres on the VRS last week that you don't see many older cars around, I pointed out to him that my car was almost 20years old, would be like me driving a 1977 car when I passed my test in 1996
It’s strange and something I’ve noticed too! My daily driver is 23 years old, but I wouldn’t class it as ‘classic show interest’ (Celica), yet when I passed my test in 2006 I was driving my uncles 23 year old MK3 Escorts and Fiestas to shows like Kilbroney and there were plenty of early 80s Toyotas there too! I can’t understand it lol.
Chris100 replied at 18:42, Tue 06 Apr, 2021
Unfortunately I think this will be the same for most of the big events this year. I really see any meet ups being smaller "last minute" things.
DJMCA replied at 09:12, Wed 07 Apr, 2021
We were there in 2019, its was like a monsoon! Never seen rain like it. We camped and took our tent, ended up having to go to Halfords in Newry to buy small tents to put inside the big tent as it was leaking like a sieve. Decided to chance it and stay the night as we had went to so much bother. We were miserable all night only to find out the next morning the show was cancelled ffs. Had parked the car in the field the night before, nearly didnt get it out the next morning, was like a bog!! Great memories :joy: 318653 318654