Captain Brand New Drive in West Street.
The theme of this year’s Drogheda Motor Weekender was again to ‘Make it a Drogheda Brand New Drive’ and it lived up to every piston of its promise.
By the end of the weekend, on Sunday 18th June, many cars were bought across the 16 brands that were involved in the festival weekender. It was a blistering weekend and lots of car buyers turned out to enjoy great deals and the fun activities on offer across the 11 locations.
“The Drogheda Motor Dealers would like to say a massive thanks to the people of Drogheda who came out to all the events over the weekend. And an even bigger thanks to all those who bought a new or used car. We always wanted to be of service to Drogheda and hoped this new Weekender format would work.” said Robert Murray, a member of the organising committee.
“And it definitely did. The feedback has been tremendous. People test drove all across the by-roads and main roads of Drogheda. A sincere thank you for supporting all the dealers. The €1,000 cash prizes giveaway feature was a huge attraction. Winners will be announced on LMFM within the next few days.”
Another reason for the success of the Weekender was the ‘Design a mascot – schools challenge'. 5th and 6th classes from 16 schools across Drogheda and District were asked to design, colour, paint and decorate a 'mascot on canvas'. The result was the amazing Captain #BrandNewDrive life-sized mascot.
The judges were those who are passionate about cars, art and design, including Highlanes Gallery. All the judges were blown away with the creativity, imagination and uniqueness of each design.
“We are excited about this initiative which supports creative thinking, collaborative work between students, and supported by teachers, and bringing it out of schools to be seen by the public, and engaging with design, art and technology and the world of cars and commerce.“ said Aoife Ruane, Director of Highlanes Gallery.
In first place was Cartown National School who won a €300 Opening Minds voucher for the school, 2nd Place went to St. Joseph’s CBS Sundays Gate who won a €200 voucher, 3rd Place went to St. Ita’s Special School who won a €100 voucher, in Joint 4th Place was Callystown National School and St. Mary’s Parish Primary School who both won €100 vouchers also.
“This is the third year of the Schools Challenge. There was a superb collection of designs. A huge well done to all schools and teachers involved and of course a thank you to Aoife Ruane from the Highlanes Gallery and Eddie Phelan of Drogheda Chamber of Commerce for their transparent and fair judging. It was a tough job that’s for sure. “ said Frans van der Werff, Boyne Cars.
Ireland's only award winning motor show and now motor weekender had 11 Motor Dealerships participating in this year's show with 16 marques. These are Brian Reynolds Car Sales (Mazda), Smiths of Drogheda (Ford), Malone’s Garage (Toyota), Jack Doran Motors (Kia and Citroen), Blackstone Motors (Renault & Dacia), Western Motors (Volkswagen & Skoda), Drogheda Car Sales (Hyundai), McCabe Car Sales (Mitsubishi), Boyne Cars (Nissan and Opel), Tom Fox Car Sales (Honda and Suzuki) and Holcroft Motors (Peugeot).
“A motoring event like this couldn’t take place without key supporters. First Citizen Finance, the Drogheda Chamber of Commerce and SIMI have backed us since we started. We’ve also had great support from local suppliers and the media. We’re so grateful to them for their continued support.” explained Nicky Smith, Smiths of Drogheda.
Nicky concluded “It was great to see old customers and meet new ones. 172 registration is beginning in a few days and all the dealers involved would like to extend an invitation to those that couldn't make the show to come in and test drive the new models. Let’s make it a Drogheda Brand New Drive.”