Hundreds attend first ever BMW Classics Open Day

Glorious sunshine and a hundreds of rare, shiny classic BMWs made for a great day out at the first-ever Irish classic car show for BMWs in Straffan, Co Kildare last Sunday, writes John Craden.

Glorious sunshine and a hundreds of rare, shiny classic BMWs made for a great day out at the first-ever Irish classic car show for BMWs in Straffan, Co Kildare last Sunday, writes John Craden.

Organised by independent BMW specialist Mark Allen and classic BMW car club BMW Classics Ireland and hosted at Allen’s premises on the Station Road in Straffan, the BMW Classics Open Day featured up to 80 rare and desirable BMW cars from the 1950s to the present day.

Among the many cars on display were a number of classic 2002s, 3 series, 5 series, 6 series and 7 series models, along with special performance editions, modified cars and several rally and race models.

The idea for the event came from Mark Allen, who is a serious classic BMW enthusiast. “I grew up in a family of BMW fans and have travelled in, owned and enjoyed many, many examples of classic BMWs,” he said.

“Since entering the motor trade, I have worked with just about every BMW from the 1960s right up to the present day, but I still most enjoy working on the classics, and have built up a small collection of my own.”

“I have also got to know many owners of classic BMWs over the years and have always wanted to host an event bringing all these owners and their cars together,” said Allen.

He thanked his team and the many folks and local firms who contributed or sponsored the event, which included several prizes for the best cars on the day, judged by a special panel chosen by BMW Classics Ireland.

The award for the best overall classic BMW went to Ken Fleming for his stunning 1973 BMW 2002 Targa convertible.

A special competition raffle on the day managed to raise in excess of €1,000 for the Irish Cancer Society.

There were many positive comments from attendees on the event’s Facebook page the day after the event, and the organisers now hope it will become an annual affair.