#dublinport – Ireland's oldest Garda car was back on duty for the first time in over eighty years today, to help launch the inaugural Dublin "Vintage Port" Rally which is being supported by Dublin Port Company. The 1927 Model T Ford of Dublin Metropolitan Police (DMP), later to become An Garda Siochána, will be one of over 150 beautifully maintained and rarely seen trucks, classic buses, vintage & classic cars and veteran fire & military vehicles on show. The rally takes place this Sunday 28th September from 10am – 6pm at Dublin Port's Trade Car Compound. The rally coincides with Dublin Port's Parade of Sail, which will see a flotilla of over 40 sail boats sail along the River Liffey to mark the recent installation of new permanent pontoons on the River Liffey at North Wall Quay.
Commenting, Eamonn O'Reilly, Chief Executive of Dublin Port Company, said, "The bygone sound of classic engines will be heard throughout Dublin on Sunday, as veteran, vintage and classic commercial vehicles from all over Ireland roar into Dublin Port for the inaugural Dublin "Vintage Port" Rally. The rally offers families a truly unique opportunity to view a slice of Ireland's by-gone transport history and I would encourage all Dubliners and visitors to come along to Dublin Port and enjoy a great day out in aid of Barnardos."
Commenting, Ed O'Neill, organiser of the Dublin 'Vintage Port' Rally said, "The rally provides a wonderful opportunity for classic vehicle enthusiasts to view up close a huge selection of the very best commercial and private vintage vehicles in the country. The 1927 DMP/ Garda Car will be just one of many fascinating vehicles on show."
Highlights of the rally include Dublin's oldest double decker bus, Leyland Titan TD4, RI of the Dublin United Transport Company, which dates back to 1937 and a Dennis F8 NIK 888 Fire Engine, which served Dubliners faithfully from 1956 to 1984.
As well as the many classic vehicles on show, there will be exhibition stalls, a children's play bus, model truck and bus exhibition, transport-themed stalls selling collectibles and food kiosks. Families will also be able to enjoy a nostalgic vintage bus trip on a London Routemaster Bus which will be giving guided tours of Dublin Port on the day
The rally will run from 10am – 6pm, at Dublin Port's Trade Car Compound, located at the junction of Sheriff Street Upper and East Wall Road. Access is via the main gate on East Wall Road. While some parking will be available on site and can be accessed via Alexandra Road, the public is encouraged to travel by the LUAS Red Line which terminates across the road from the rally venue.