Limerick’s Grand Prix Races of the 1930s
The Limerick Grand Prix ran on the streets of Limerick, Ireland, between 1935–1938 (except 1937). The first race in 1935 was known as “Round the Houses” and the route ran 2.76 miles (4.44 km) through William Street, Roxborough Road, Careys Road, Rossbrien Road, Punches Cross, O’Connell Avenue and back down O’Connell Street. The first place was taken by Luis Fontes in an Alfa Romeo.
The following pamphlet courtesy of Reg Morrow shows a map of the entire 1935 route as well as the local sponsors and a leader board pull out.
The Round the Houses Grand Prix of 1935 was filmed by British Pathe
Grand Prix 1936
John Fitzroy, the 9th Duke of Grafton, was killed in the 1936 race while driving a Bugatti. The winner of this race was Alan Hutchinson in an MG.
The 1936 event program
The 1936 Grand Prix race was filmed by British Pathe which also shows some familiar scenes around the city.
The final Grand Prix of this era in 1938 was won by J McClure in an MG.