Marking the centenary of the first motorised car, the Irish Veteran and Vintage Car Club held an exhibition in the Royal Dublin Society (RDS).
Tom O'Neill, director of the Irish Veteran and Vintage Car Club, gives a flavour of the 400 cars on show, representing nearly every year since the world's first car, a Mercedes Benz, was launched. This three wheeler car has been brought over from Germany especially for the exhibition.
Also on show is the first car in Ireland dating from 1898 which was owned by Dr John Colohan in Blackrock, County Dublin. Another interesting car is the Itala 1908, similiar to the type used by Pope Pius X
Now he is a canonized saint and as such, he is the only canonized saint that ever used a car.
Further examples on show include a 1914 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost and a 1960s Lincoln Continental, a favourite of President John F Kenndy and similar to the one he was using on the day he was shot in Dallas.
Of particular Irish interest is the armoured car Sliabh na mBan built in 1918 and used by Michael Collins on the day he was shot at Béal na Bláth in 1922. This armoured car has been preserved by the army.
A novelty car causing a big stir at the exhibition is the one featured in 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'. Specially made for the film, this car has fold out wings, can fly and plays a tune.
An RTÉ News report by Brian O'Connell broadcast on 12 July 1986.