Ireland’s premier race track, Mondello Park, will be the venue for an historic celebration of Irish motorsport as the venue officially turns 50 on the 12th of May. A fundraising event for the Irish Motorsport Support Fund, the “Mondello 50” will feature over a dozen forms of motorsport in 4 live action arenas over 2 days, the 12th and 13th of May at the Co. Kildare venue. Several star names have already been confirmed including Irish World Rally Championship stars Craig Breen and Paul Nagle as well as Irish motorsport legend, Rosemary Smith.
While obviously being aimed at those who already have an interest in motorsport, the Mondello 50 will feature fun for all the family and there will be a number of attractions to keep everyone entertained. For anyone who has ever wanted to get a feel for what it is like to sit in a top flight rally or drift car, drivers from both disciplines will be giving passenger runs out on track over the weekend. The goal of the event is to raise funds to help support Irish motorsport which has been hit with crippling insurance hikes in recent years.
Since opening in May 1968, Mondello Park, Mondello Park has played host to a number of famous name with Formula 1 drivers such as John Watson, Derek Daly, Tommy Byrne and Ayrton Senna, regarded by many as the greatest racing driver of all time. Senna won the famous Leinster Trophy race at Mondello Park in 1982 aged just 21.
The Leinster Trophy meeting still remains the biggest racing weekend on the Irish motorsport calendar.
Tickets for the Mondello 50 are on sale at www.imsf.ie with ticket prices starting from just €15. Under 16s go free. Make sure and clear a space in your diary for this historic event, it’s never going to happen again!
What is the event for?
To raise awareness of all the different element of Irish Motorsport and to fundraise for the Irish Motorsport Support Fund (IMSF).
What is the IMSF?
As a response to the rising cost of insurance and various suggestions received regarding fundraising, Motorsport Ireland invited a group of people to a meeting in Dublin in October 2017. This group agreed to create a fundraising committee to raise funds to help offset financial risks to the sport and in the future, when the situation improves, to support motorsport as deemed necessary by the group.
What will be in Mondello?
Along with 2018 WRC Rally cars, there is a plan to have several live arenas running at all times. This event is a once off and is being held to celebrate all aspects of Irish motorsport during the last 50 years along with the birthday celebration for Mondello Park. It will be a memorable special day not to be missed. The plan includes the provision of:
Live Rallying/Drift cars which will offer members of the public a life changing trill by sitting in a rally or drift car experiencing adrenalin rushes that are only available from live motorsport.Helmets will be provided.
Autotest Arena to see show how quickly these men can park in a garage!
Trial Bike Arena defying gravity
Trial / Mudplugging area showing the resilience and patience of their sport.
Main Demonstration Arena showcasing all disciplines of Irish Motorsport including:
Night Navigation Trials
Display stands which will show cars from each discipline – an informative side to Irish Motorsport.
Historic and classic car displays
Rallycar history display – the cars that made an impact over the last 50 years.
There will be attendance by several celebrities so bring your phone and get selfies with Craig Breen, Paul Nagle, Rosemary Smith and many more who are being added to the list daily! Limited number of tickets available for a corporate dinner on Saturday evening which will also be filled with celebrities to meet.