BMW Centenary and historic Mondello Park film footage set to make Classic Live 2016 special
Mondello Park is the place to be for fans of Classic Cars and Motorcycles this Sunday June 19th, as Ireland’s only Live Classic show celebrates 100 years of BMW alongside its unique mix of Classic Car and Motorcycle exhibits and Classic track action.
A exciting addition to the event this year will be the first ever showing of film footage from the opening of Mondello Park in 1968. The footage has been made available thanks to historian John Fitzgerald from Waterford and it will be playing throughout the day in the BMW Ireland suite for everyone to enjoy.
With BMW celebrating 100 years, the show will feature a number of BMW themed exhibits including another chance to see Martin Birrane’s very rare BMW M1 Procar on track. The M1 is normally resident in the circuits’ Motorsport Museum and will be joined in the show area by another BMW car from the museum, the BMW Turbo engined Benetton B186 Formula One machine which brought the team its first Grand Prix victory. Although two of the museum cars will be on display in the Mondello Park paddock, the rest of Mr. Birrane’s collection will still be available to view as the museum will be open all day, free of charge to show visitors.
Mondello Park is very grateful to Frank Keane and Jim Boland who will bring a number of cars from their collections to the show, including a road going M1, a rare BMW 320i Anniversary, a nineteen fifties 503, a 328 Frazer Nash from the thirties, a 1980’s 6 Series Alpina and a 2002.
The four wheeled track action will be made up of a mixture of demonstrations, racing and parade laps, with the centrepiece of the Live portion of the show being the demonstration laps by the M1 Procar which are scheduled to take place at 14:50. The Car Race programme includes demo races for Future Classics and Pre ’55 cars and there will be also be parades by the Dunboyne Motor Club and a number of other exhibitors.
Fans of two wheeled classics will have plenty to see as well at Classic Live as the Dunboyne Motor Club and the Irish Veteran & Vintage Motorcycle Club will both have members’ machinery on display, both in the paddock and on track during the parade laps. Classic Bike Racing will also be a major part of the show with three Championship Races set to be run by Classic Bike Racing Ireland.
With over 500 Classic Cars and Motorcycles on show, a full day of track action and some very special BMW Cars on display, Classic Live at Mondello Park is not to be missed. Admission for all Classic Car and Motorcycle drivers attending the event with their classic is free, with general admission for Adults set at €12:50 and under 16’s admitted free.