Renault teams with Irish Restaurant Awards 2017

Renault Ireland and The Restaurant Association of Ireland have announced Renault Ireland as the official car partner of the Irish Restaurant Awards 2017, writes Trish Whelan . The Irish Restaurant Awards (RAI) will travel around the country driving new Renault models for a series of regional events this March to announce county and regional award winners across 15 different categories. County winners will be announced at four regional events with over 600 guests expected to attend each. This year’s host counties for the events are Kilkenny, Fermanagh, Limerick and Sligo. This year over 80,000 individual nominations were cast online from 11-25 January. Pictured above are Ciara Doyle (Business Development & Sponsorship Manager, Restaurant Association of Ireland), and Liz O’Gorman (Marketing Manager Renault Ireland) with two chefs from The Radisson Blue St Helen’s, Stillorgan Road, Dublin. Speaking on the quantity of nominations received, CEO of the Restaurants Association of Ireland

Classic Jaguar of 50s for limited edition rebuild

This is the Jaguar XKSS, first built in the mid-50s based on the D-Type racer which won the Le Mans 20 Hours in 1954, writes Brian Byrne.

Just 25 of them were planned, but only 16 were built because of a fire in 1957 at the company’s Brown’s Lane production facility.

Now Jaguar is building the ‘missing’ nine cars, to almost the same specification and in the same hand-built manner of the originals. Only very minor changes, for modern safety reasons, have been made.

It will be powered by a 262hp 3.4 straight-six, like the originals.

All nine, planned for production by the Jaguar Classic division starting next year, have been presold, at prices estimated to be $1.5m each.

One of the surviving originals, which was owned by film star and motor racing enthusiast Steve McQueen, is said to be worth $30m.


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