Win A Land Rover And Help Out Recovery Haven And Down Syndrome Kerry

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Grace Sheehan and Louise McCarthy, both Special Needs teachers, on hand to help Killarney Valley Classic & Vintage club members, who restored a 1989 Land Rover 90, putting it to the test on Rossbeigh Beach. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

A VINTAGE car club has restored an old Land Rover and will raffle it in aid of Recovery Haven and Down Syndrome Kerry later this year.

It was a labour of love for The Killarney Valley Classic & Vintage club, who have restored the 1989 Land Rover 90, and put it to the test on Rossbeigh Beach, giving the Land Rover a whole new lease of life, all in the name of charity.

Following the success of the clubs Massey Fergusson 135 Tractor which was fully restored for charity last year, the club took on a bigger challenge of an old Land Rover 90 which happens to coincide with the 70th Anniversary of Land Rover.

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The club sourced the old Land Rover through a friend of the club in Cork. The vehicle had been off the road since 2002 , had only 82,000 miles on the clock.

Tom Leslie and John Coffey from the Killarney Vintage Club describe the painstaking but, remarkable restoration story.

“The vehicle was in good condition except for the bulk head which had a serious rust issue with the chassis and other components well maintained but the club decided to do a full complete dismantle last November when the project began, including the full galvanising of the chassis and to give it a modern look. The club added a sump guard, winch, roof rack, awning, LED lights and a full body spray was carried out to make it a dream machine”.

Club Chairman, James Looney, estimated that it took over 300 hours of voluntary time to complete the restoration which would not have been possible to complete without the huge support of the club members, sponsors and supporters through all walks of life.  James added; “The project was a great social event for our committee and club members and we would like to sincerely thank everyone who got involved with the project.  It would not have been possible to complete the restoration without your help and support, which is greatly appreciated.”

Benefitting this year from the proceeds are Down Syndrome Kerry and Recovery Haven Cancer Support Group. Tickets cost €10 each and are available online at, directly from both charities and from various outlets.

The Land Rover will be at different events throughout the county over the summer months with the draw taking place on November 17th, 2018.

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  1. Gina MCElligott says:

    How can i enter compeition for land rover