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Classic car restorations on show in Waterford

A public showcase of some of the finest classic and vintage vehicles is set to take place in July at the Waterford Training Centre.

The showcase will feature cars, vans, motorcycles, and scooters along with some vintage farm machinery and is a celebration of the works completed by the course participants who have taken part in either the classic car restoration day or evening courses and the agricultural mechanics apprenticeship.

The classic car restoration course was launched in 2016 at the Waterford Training Centre, part of Waterford Wexford Education and Training Board (WWETB), and it is the only course of its kind in Ireland.

Over 200 people have taken part in the course to date in order to gain the course qualification. The course participants who have completed the recent day and evening courses will be awarded their certificates at the car showcase event.

The agricultural mechanics apprenticeship on offer at WWETB is a four-year level six apprenticeship where participants gain qualifications in fault-­finding, repair, overhaul and maintenance of farm tractors and farm machinery.

The Waterford Training Centre is the only centre in the country to deliver agricultural mechanic apprenticeships.

Commenting the upcoming event, Shay Cummins, assistant manager at the Waterford Training Centre said: “We really enjoyed hosting this event in the past and it has been three years since the last classic car showcase.

“We are excited to welcome everyone back and see lots of new faces for this fun day out appreciating the finest in classic car restoration work and some incredible motors too.

“In the past, the showcase had very much become a family event and this year families and children are very welcome. This year we are delighted to include vintage tractors to the showcase which we believe will add a new dimension to the show.”

The classic car show is open to the public free of charge from 10:30 on the morning of Saturday, 9th July where visitors to the centre can expect to see a variety of different classic and vintage cars, vans, motorcycles, scooters and farm machinery on display along with an ability to gain an insight into the care restoration course and agricultural mechanics.

Pat Bolger, the classic car restoration course instructor, has over 40 years of experience in the motor trade and in restoring old cars.

He said: “This is a classic car show with a big difference. Visitors get to not only enjoy the gleaming and purring end product of a full classic car restoration but they also get a sneak peek at the process and work that goes into creating the finished product.”

Organisers of the show have also encouraged motoring enthusiasts to bring along their own classic car, van, motorcycle, tractor or scooter on the day as there will be a best of show trophy, which will be decided by a collective vote of all the participants showcasing their vehicles.