STATHAM'S By Pembroke Kilkenny
The three highly successful Irish International Grand Prix held in Dublin's Phoenix Park between 1929 and 1931 led to races being held on street and road circuits throughout Ireland.
For those that could not afford a purpose-built racing car, there was an alternative - designing and building your own 'Special'. One of the most famous 'Special's was the Statham-Ford Special built in the garage of the same name on which this hotel now stands. The car was taken to several notable successes by its driver MJ Hynes.
Powered by a Ford V-8 engine it had a major success at the 1934 Phoenix Park Senior Race that it won outright in a new record time. But it's greatest success came in the 1935 Limerick Grand Prix, a street race that attracted the cream of international drivers and their cars to this island. There it placed 7th overall against some of the finest purpose-built racing cars of the day built by such legendary names as ERA, MG and Bugatti.
Statham's is a great place to meet, drink and dine in Kilkenny. With its all day fresh and locally sourced menu, late brunch, great wines,
Erected by the Pembroke Kilkenny.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Man-Made Features • Roads & Vehicles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1929.
Location. 52° 38.969′ N, 7° 15.085′ W. Marker is in Kilkenny, Leinster, in County Kilkenny. Marker is on Patrick Street, 0.1 kilometers east of High Street/The Parade, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11 Patrick Street, Kilkenny, Leinster R95 VNP4, Ireland. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. STATHAM-FORD Special (here, next to this marker); William F. Roe (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas Moore (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Ireland's Medieval Mile (about 120 meters away); Kilkenny Historic Sites (about 150 meters away); The Colles Horse Trough (about 150 meters away); Teach Déirce Shee / Shee Almshouse (about 210 meters away); War and Peacekeeping Memorial (approx. 0.2 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kilkenny.
Also see . . . Statham’s Ford Special in good company!. (Submitted on July 16, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 16, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 16, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 122 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 16, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.