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Steve Smeltzers Irish Tour

Steve Smeltzer's Vintage Tour of Irish Bars!

Steve, after his thrash around Mondello Park!

On making arrangements to attend this years Gordon Bennett Rally in Ireland, Dennis and Sheila Brown, Bob and Val Richardson and myself decided to spend a few days after the rally touring in Southern Ireland.


You have already read reports on the rally itself so I won't dwell on that, apart from to mention that our high speed laps around Mondello Park race circuit were the highlight for me. Another high was the fact that my car kept finding it's way to Osborne's bar all of it's own accord.


Having said our goodbyes to David and Harry Groom, Len Barr and Steve O'Hara we stayed for one more night in our B&B at the magnificent Sherwood Park House. The following morning we motored down the coast to a very chilly Wexford. It was so cold that we soon headed for our accommodation for the next two nights just outside Rosslare. On arrival we found the landlady was out, so most of our party insisted on going to the local bar (I tagged along- just to be polite of course). We spent a pleasant evening consuming the odd Guinness and watching the cricket on TV.

Our visit to the lighthouse

The next morning we decided to visit Rosslare resort which is supposed to be a seaside resort. Suffice to say we left after about five minutes and  drove down the south coast to Ardmore lighthouse. There, some of us elected for a guided tour of the lighthouse led by a lovely young lady doing her first day of tours. Her description of part of the mechanism to rotate the lantern was "a kind of clockworky windy uppy thing". 

We also visited Tramore where we parked the cars on the beach, Kilmore Quay for lunch and a drop of Guinness, and an ancient windmill before returning to our B&B and the local bar for a swift half.

The following day we went to the Irish Agricultural Museum and it's magnificent gardens. The museum was very interesting and even had mention of our own Sir John Black. Then it was time to return to our accommodation and a little drop of Guinness, pausing on the way to photograph my car beside a highly appropriate advert painted on a bar wall.


All too soon it was time to board our ferry and head for home via an uneventful run down the A40 to Dennis and Sheila's house for a welcome of tea. 

An appropriate advert on a bar

My car covered over 800 miles during the trip with no problems other than the battery overcharging on the return trip, not bad for an 82 year old car.

Report and Photos by Steve Smeltzer, Bristol

Thank you for the report, Steve and for demonstrating agin just how useable Vintage Standards are on a daily basis. You are a good example to us all. If you would like more information on the Gordon Bennett Event in 2010, contact Len Barr in the first instance.

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