Slieve Donard Classic & Sports Car Show Newcastle

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Slieve Donard Classic & Sports Car Show Newcastle

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A bit of James Bond motoring magic is coming to Newcastle later this month.

Some of the best known models from 50 years of Bond movies will be centre stage at this year’s annual Vintage, Classic and Sports car Show at the Slieve Donard Hotel (January 25-27).

This stunning Aston Martin DB5 will be the star attraction at the show which features some of 007’s most iconic cars. The model first appeared in Goldfinger with Sean Connery in 1964, and has featured in several other Bond films, including the most recent installment of the franchise, Skyfall.

Also on show will be a model of the famous white Lotus Esprit which first appeared in The Spy Who Loved Me, and a yellow Citroen 2CV which featured in a dramatic car chase in For Your Eyes Only.

As well as the Bond-themed cars, there will be more than 40 other collectors’ cars, from every era packed into the hotel’s Grand Ballroom. Sure to catch the eye will be a Model T Ford, a first edition Mini and Mark 1 and Mark 2 Ford Escort rally cars.

Now in its nineteenth year, the Vintage, Classic and Sports Car Show is run by local car enthusiasts and attracts more than 3,000 visitors over the course of the weekend.

The show has raised almost £120,000 for local charities and proceeds from this year’s event will go to Cancer Research UK.

Admission is £5 for adults and £2 for children. Opening times are 2pm to 10pm on Friday 25 January, 10am to 10pm on Saturday 26, and 10am to 4pm on Sunday 27 January.

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Two great Northern Irish drivers having a chat at last year's show. Who are they? :D

Alan
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'uncle' ken colbert is one of them!

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Mervyn Johnston is the other - a legendary Mini driver/tuner/preparation expert. Some very quick and successful competition Minis have come from his workshop in Tullyhommon including Ronnie McCartney's Pirelli Marathon winning Cooper 'S'.

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Is the guy in the light blue jumper behind them John Lyons? Looks like he is having a look at your MK3 'S' Alan?

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bmcman.ie wrote:'uncle' ken colbert is one of them!
You are 100% correct it is Uncle Ken Colbert in the foreground :) :)

Alan

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Blue1300gt wrote:Mervyn Johnston is the other - a legendary Mini driver/tuner/preparation expert. Some very quick and successful competition Minis have come from his workshop in Tullyhommon including Ronnie McCartney's Pirelli Marathon winning Cooper 'S'.
Robert, again 100% it is the great John Lyons in the background looking at my Mk3 Cooper S. Hope we can all meet at this event and enjoy old times :D

I've been invited with my 1968 Morris Cooper S and Elgin also has an invite. Ronnie White with his 1959 car will be interesting :D

Alan

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Yes, would like to make it again this year. Really enjoyed the crack and camaraderie of last years event. Hopefully will meet up with you there.

Robert

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Then the previous caption should say , "three great Northern Ireland drivers". John was the absolute king of autotest driving in the early 1970's often taking part in an autotest in Northern Ireland on a Saturday, driving overnight to an event in England, or down south to compete on a Sunday, winning both and being back at his job for Monday morning. This resulted in him winning the NI Championship, Hewison (Republic of Ireland) Championship and RAC Championship all in the one year.
His exploits, when he turned to rallying are legendary, especially leading the Circuit of Ireland in a Group 2 Opel Kadett, beating Jimmy McRae on The Donegal International etc, etc, etc.

A huge talent.

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Robert, hope we get a chat with John Lyons and Ronnie White this weekend, agreed both great drivers, underated in comparision with Paddy Hopkirk. My Mk3 S at last years show :D
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