Killarney Motor Show, Sunday 15 Oct 2017
The coming Killarney Motor Show has it all.
The 2017 Killarney Motor Show is certainly going to have it all. Starting with the static exhibits, that will include everything from sleek Supercars and then gradually proceed down the line to the latest in family transportation.
In another area, a trip down memory lane will be responsible for the sighs of nostalgia that are sure to greet the magnificent display of meticulously restored vintage and classic masterpieces of years gone by – some of them more than a century ago. But they’re all in perfect working order and to prove it the Crankhandle Club are going to hold a demonstration drive around the circuit.
Much the same can be expected from the motorcycle fraternity, with a selection of sidecars to remind viewers of the bridge that used to narrow the gap between two and four wheels – well it did to an extent anyway.
In between them, will be sports and racing cars of all types and sizes, as well as Afrika Burn and several ageless wacky wonders like the Opel powered, make believe, motorcycle tank that was said to have been commissioned for towing, by the German Luftwaffe.
While those are only some of the static displays, they’re going to occupy a large area of the complex. However thoughtful planning has ensured that a leisurely walk to take it all in and can be punctuated at any one of the many of fast food and drink replenishment stopovers that the organizers have spread out around the main site.
While everything mentioned above is essentially static, as happens at the world’s top traditional motor shows like Geneva, Tokyo and others – the Killarney Motor Show is also mobile.
In fact, at times it’s going to be extremely lively.
However, that does not apply to the latest cars and motorcycles being available for test runs on a restricted section of the Killarney main circuit.
Ironically, one of the highlights of the show is going to be conducted at no more than a snail’s pace because that’s when Alphonso Loots is going to afford a South African audience their first opportunity to see a monster truck in real car crunching action.
At this stage it is not yet certain what type of cars are going to be flattened, but there will be more than one of them. Titan (that’s the truck’s name), is rather fond of Beetles as a snack, but is known to settle for almost any other brand as well.
However Alphonso also has a trained Beetle that he keeps well clear of Titan. This one is known for its ability to execute spectacular wheelies and it is also going to be in action at the show.
But while Titan is the new kid on the block, the Le Riche brothers, who were at Killarney for the 2016 show, are going to be back in action again. Recently returned from a working holiday in the United States, where they both qualified in the country’s top 10 for their type of stunt riding, they have a new show for Killarney.
There were said to have been 2000 mechanical units on display in 2016, and at the present rate there may well be even more this year.