The Gordon Bennett Route is a 104-mile signposted driving route through counties Kildare, Carlow and Laois, along an exciting mix of national and leafy secondary roads through picturesque villages and busy county towns.
The 1903 Gordon Bennett Cup Race came to Ireland because of the remarkable victory by Selwyn F. Edge in the 1902 race. The rules required the winning country to stage the following year’s race and so unexpected was the British victory and so strong the establishment opposition to motoring in that country that there was little hope of the race being staged there. A number of enthusiastic motorists seized upon the opportunity to unite all shades of Irish political and public opinion by securing the race for Ireland. The chosen route was a figure eight course centred on Athy. The great Belgian driver, Camille Jenatzy, ran out overall winner after a particularly fine drive for the German team. The impact of the 1903 Gordon Bennett Cup Race was enormous and it was to shape the future of motor racing world wide.
Nowadays, identifiable road signs make the Gordon Bennett Route an easy-to-follow tour through one of the most beautiful parts of Ireland offering a unique insight into the lives, atmosphere and sheer adrenalin behind the historic car race that roared across this route. There is plenty to see and do along the Gordon Bennett Route for all the family, for motoring enthusiasts and for motor club members alike.
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