Tomorrow morning, a group of classic cars and enthusiasts will complete on a Tour of Wicklow- with a difference. The Norse Raid is the brainchild of Leo Nulty of Leo Nulty Promotions and Craig Fox of E Fox Engineers Ltd.
With E Fox launching a new range of Norse Tools and also having a big association with the classic car community, the decision was made to organise a classic car run. Wicklow came to mind immediately with its beautiful scenery and incredible driving roads. As anyone who received an Irish education can tell you, the Vikings have a huge part in Irish history and plenty of this surrounds Wicklow. The iconic round tower in Glendalough is of course, a reminder of the Viking raids in the area, with the structure being used as a place of refuge from the Viking raids by the monks of St Kevin’s Monastery over 1000 years ago!
On May the 7th, the Monday of the May bank holiday weekend, the cars will assemble at the iconic Russborough House with magnificent views of both the Blessington Lakes and the Wicklow Mountains. Leaving mid morning, they will follow a route that has been put together by the organisers in conjunction with Visit Wicklow and Ireland’s Ancient East, winding their way across some of the best driving roads and views in the country. En route, they will face some challenges and at each Norseman manned checkpoint, they will receive screwdrivers, spanners etc meaning that when they reach the finish they will have amassed a full took kit worth in excess of €150!
The cars will be available to view at Russborough House from 10-11am and at Avondale House near Rathdrum at lunchtime, where they will be joined by the Vintage Tea Tours Bus. From about 3pm,the cars will arrive at Kilruddery House and will be on display at the front of the house, in the area normally closed off to traffic.
The event is now fully booked out and 75 cars and crews will assemble at Russborough House in the morning!