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‘Classic Fest’ vehicle show returns to Galway

In 2014, Galway Racecourse played host to one of the largest vintage and classic vehicle shows ever to take place in Ireland. Now, after eight years, it’s once again coming back to Galway Racecourse in Ballybrit on 3rd July.

Organisers of the ‘Classic Fest’ show say that this year’s event is already shaping up to be as big, if not even bigger, than the last outing, with classic car clubs from all over Ireland already reserving their stands and individual cars, tractors and steam engines being booked in on a daily basis.

Registering a classic or vintage vehicle at the event is free of charge, which can be done on the organiser’s website, www.irishvintagescene.ie.

As well as all types of collectable vehicles and displays, there will be trade, food and craft stalls to peruse on the day, along with a free magic show for kids, face-painting and balloon modelling right across the venue. There will be live music taking place for most of the day, as well as other attractions that will be confirmed and announced shortly.

Classic Fest will be supporting two worthy charities that are close to the organiser’s heart. The first is An Féileacáin, the Stillbirth & Neonatal Death Association of Ireland, who do amazing work in helping so many grieving parents every year.

The second charity to benefit is Brú Columbanus, which is a home-from-home accommodation service for families of patients of Cork hospitals. This was a project established by the Knights of St. Columbanus, and provides 26 en-suite family rooms with a supporting kitchen and lounge rooms, where families can stay while loved ones are in hospital a short distance away. Both of these are not-for-profit charities and deserve support.

“As well as providing a great day out, Classic Fest 2022 will be supporting two extremely worthy causes”, said event organiser Thomas Heavey of Irish Vintage Scene Magazine. “We are delighted to finally be hosting this event as we had a few false starts because of Covid and had planned to hold the show back in 2020. That’s all gone now, and we can get back to doing what we enjoy best. Right now it looks like Galway Racecourse will be once again packed to capacity, with vehicles from the early 1900s to the 1990s on display across this fantastic venue.”

Classic Fest 2022 will open to the public at 10am on Sunday, 3rd July. Tickets for general admission are now on sale online at www.irishvintagescene.ie. There is a discount of up to 30 per cent on early bird tickets until 17th June.

Tickets will also be available at the gates on the day. To follow the event, check it out on Facebook at Irish Vintage Scene.