Mondello Park’s 50th anniversary preparations are in full swing as the County Kildare venue gets ready to welcome visitors to its second annual Historic Racing Festival on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th of August.
The Historic anniversary event will feature the return of the exhilarating sight and sound of Formula 1 and Formula 5000 power to Mondello Park, with the visit of the Derek Bell Trophy races for Historic Formula 1, Formula 5000, Formula 2 and Formula Atlantic cars.
Heading the entry list will be Irish Motor Racing folk hero Tommy Byrne, who will race at Mondello Park for the first time in more than thirty five years. Byrne will make his return at the wheel of an ex James Hunt Hesketh Formula 1 machine and both Car and Driver are sure to excite the crowds. Joining Byrne on the entry list will be former F3000 driver Kevin McGarrity, who will drive the late Martin Birrane’s F5000 Lola T332.
Making a first visit since racing at Mondello Park’s 40th anniversary event will be Frank and Judy Lyons who this time will be joined by their son, International Historic Racing star, Michael Lyons and all three will be on-board F5000 machines. Another well known visitor will be Tony Trimmer who has won many times in the past at Mondello with his F5000 Lola and bringing the fantastic sound of Formula Atlantic back to the venue will be Dan Daly who will campaign his Ralt RT2.
The Derek Bell Trophy competitors will qualify on Saturday and race twice on Sunday as part of a programme which will include a huge grid of local Historic Racing Cars, races for Pre’55 cars, Future Classic and of course the ‘Classic Bike Racing Ireland’ Motorcycle Races.
Alongside the track activities there will be displays of Classic Cars, Motorcycles and Classic Planes, with the Mondello Park Museum of Motorsport also open to visitors, allowing free access to this unique collection of rare machinery. There will be action in the skies too, as Sunday lunch time will see a flyover by a number of historically important Irish aircraft.
While standard admission to Sunday’s event is €15.00 for adults with under sixteen’s admitted free of charge, tickets are also available to purchase on-line at discounted prices, via the Mondello Park website, www.mondellopark.ie, where all of the event information including the timetable can be found.