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Ireland's Leading Classic Car Event


Join us for an historic journey through the Irish countryside on the Gordon Bennett Irish Classic Car Run. Whilst the famous Gordon Bennett Route was raced by the world’s greatest dare-devils at record-breaking speeds in 1903, we suggest you set yourself a much easier pace. Relax, get your motor running and follow in the footsteps of our motoring pioneers; taking time to enjoy the breath-taking scenery along the way.

This hugely popular event has taken place each year since it was first celebrated on the 100th anniversary in 2003. Beginning on the Friday of the Irish June bank holiday, it prides itself on being the oldest motor sporting event of the year. It welcomes classic petrol heads from all over the globe to join in this journey back in time experience. And what an experience it is- to sit in your timeless masterpiece of an automobile, whilst drinking in the awe-inspiring splendour of the Irish countryside or ambling through the quaint and curious little towns. Even if you’re not taking part, it is an equally thrilling experience to be an onlooker. If you have never had any desire to own or drive one of these vehicles before, trust that at the end of the day you will!

Our Package Includes entry to the Gordon Bennett Irish Classic Run, which starts on the Friday and runs through to Monday.  Entry also includes the Gala Dinner and all of the other organised activities during the event.

Vehicle Entry Criteria 

Please note the entry vehicle must be 30 years old or older to qualify for entrance to the event. 


Please note: the organisers may, at their discretion, include the opportunity for you to visit one or more local attractions during the weekend at a discounted rate. Any admission charges applicable are not included in our tour price. Details of these will be included in your Road Book. The schedule is subject to change and is based on the previous years schedule.

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Tour Itinerary

The day at leisure to drive to your chosen port of departure for the crossing to Ireland. Followed by the drive to Portlaoise & the Midlands Park Hotel.
From 18h30 the official start of the Gordon Bennett Weekend will begin. You will make your way to Portlaoise College for registration and introductions, this is where you will receive your information pack for the weekend. A light finger buffet and refreshments will be provided.

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Look What’s Included

  • Return ferry from Holyhead to Dublin - see other crossings options above

  • 4 Nights at the Midlands Park Hotel, Portlaoise

  • Buffet Breakfast each Morning

  • Registration from 18h00 on Friday at Portlaoise College*

  • Light finger buffet and refreshments during Registration*

  • Historic Run route on Saturday*

  • Entry to the woodlands & garden at Abbeyleix House*

  • Driver's Buffet at Thatch Pub, Killenard, Co. Laois on Saturday*

  • Entry to the Original Gordon Bennett Route on Sunday*

  • Gala Dinner at Midlands Park Hotel on Sunday*

  • Leisure Run on Monday*

  • BBQ finale on Monday*

  • Detailed Road Book with Drives, Maps & Event Information

  • Commemorative Gordon Bennett Rally Plate

  • Car Parking at the Hotel

*The above schedule is based on 2023 and is subject to change

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Dates & Prices

The Gordon Bennett Run 2023

*Please note: All prices shown above are per person and based on 2 persons sharing a car and a twin/double room 
Meal Basis -​ Breakfast each morning and 3 Dinners
Single Occupancy Supplement - £400.00

Extend your stay and join our Post Tour to The Causeway Coast

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5 Days, 4 Nights - June 

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