The car's the star at Motor Show
Published 25/06/2016 | 00:00
THERE were a few 'sold' signs on some of the shiny new cars on Wexford Quays at the end of last weekend's Motor Show, billed as the biggest ever in the town.
Twenty franchise dealers and 27 brands were represented, displaying many of the new vehicles avilable in the Irish market, the show attracting thousands of people from town, county and further afield.
The show is organised by the local motor retailers and The Society of the Irish Motor Industry with support from Wexford Borough District Council, the Gardai and the Road Safety Authority and drew large numbers of people over its two days.
The organisers had anticipated 100 classic cars would join the line-up, however, in the event there was only a handful of classics at it, apparently put down to too many such events taking place in the region over the same weekend.
Those that were there included an MGB GT, a Daimler and a Honda 'dressed' up to look like a DeLorean.
'The 4th year of the show was a huge success, helped by the beautiful weather that we had on such a picturesque setting,' said Tom Cullen from the SIMI.
'The show brought people from all over the South east and plenty of Dublin visitors too. Each year we grow the size of the show and this year we added a food offering from the Wexford Food Family to go with over 120 new vehicles and 50 commercial vehicles. As we try to make the festival a family free day, we had Disney Characters, Face Painting, Games and lots of balloons and fun,' he said.
Mr Cullen said that as the motor industry grows, there was a greater requirement for technical staff.
'This year the Enterprise & Training Board attracted many young candidates to discuss the opportunities of apprenticeships and other career choices in the sector. We also worked with a number of start up businesses to give them an opportunity to promote their products and services at the show which was also really productive for these companies,' he said, thanking the many sponsors from the financial sector and Motoring Support Services.
'The success of the show would not have been possible without their help,' said Mr Cullen.
The Road Safety authority provided Road show vehicles as part of a Road Safety Awareness campaign with the crash simulator drawing a lot of attention. The Wexford Food Family and their artisan food offering kept people fed and watered, and the late morning showers largely held off on Sunday's second day.
Proceeds from the show will benefit the RNLI and the Special Olympics.