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Ireland Exhibits At Classic Car Show

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Ireland Exhibits At Classic Car Show

Tourism Ireland, along with eleven other Irish tourism organization, exhibited at the Classic Car Show 2013 in Birmingham last weekend. 

Now in its 30th year, Birmingham's Classic Car Show is one of the largest classic and vintage car shows in the UK and attracts about 58,000 visitors every year.

"Great Britain is the island of Ireland's largest tourism market and Tourism Ireland is actively promoting longer-stay holidays in the GB market, encouraging people to come and discover Ireland by car. Visitors who use or bring a car on holidays tend to stay longer, spend more and are more likely to visit more than one region." said Vanessa Markey, Tourism Ireland's head of Great Britain.

This year's show had the usual display of car clubs with many classic models but also some of more modern models. Amongst the car club displays were Ferrari, Corvette, Audi, Mini and Aston Martin.

The show covered eleven halls with 250 motoring clubs, around 1500 cars and 300 motorcycles. Silverstone Auction had a wide range of vehicles for sale including 1998 Bentley Continental T which sold for £64,400, 1958 Aston Martin DB2/4 MK111 which sold for £330,800.

David Soul who played Ken "Hutch" Hutchinson in Starsky and Hutch made a guest appearance on Saturday 16th November and posed alongside a replica Ford Gran Torino. The racing Legend Sir Stirling Moss took to the live stage as well as Wheeler Dealers presenters Mike Brewer and Edd China.