Kingdom Veteran Vintage and Classic Car Club has become the first organisation in Ireland of its kind to appoint a Youth Officer. At the club’s recent annual general meeting Alan Fitzell from Lisselton was appointed to this new role to protect the future of the club.
Kingdom Veteran Vintage and Classic Car Club is the biggest car club in Kerry with over 200 members. It was founded in 1979 and continues to grow and expand to this day. The oldest car in the club is a 1922 Peugeot but there is a growing number of owners of modern classics from the 1980s and 1990s on the club’s books too.
Like nearly every club in the county, Kingdom Veteran Vintage and Classic Car Club is managed by a group that have been in their positions for many years.
Members felt that by appointing a Youth Officer the club would be able to protect its future by encouraging the next generation of classic car enthusiasts to get more involved in activities. Alan Fitzell accepted that role at the club’s AGM in February and last week attended his first club meeting as a committee member.
A life-long Ford fan, he owns a 1956 Ford Anglia.
“We have a lot of younger members but join and we don’t see them too much afterwards,” he said. “Part of my role is to get these members to attend more shows and runs and support some of the charity events. We also welcome new members.”
The full committee elected at last month’s AGM are: President Francie Cantillon; Chair Tony Hehir; Vice-Chair Joe O’Sullivan; Secretary Garrett Foley; Treasurers George Glover and Aine Doyle; Youth Officer Alan Fitzell; Club Merchandise Lukas and Sylwia Warcaba; Webmaster Chris Foley and Richard Bono who is entering his 20th year on the committee.
The club is preparing for its annual Ring of Kerry Run which will take place in May – further details including date to be announced in due course.