Party at Mondello Park!


Mondello Park has launched its 50th anniversary event; the Historic Racing Festival this August 18th & 19th.

The event will feature on and off-track entertainment with a Vintage Aircraft display, as well as a lunch time fly-over by some historically important Irish planes. To help raise spirits higher there will be a gin and whiskey bar from Glendalough Distillery and a Jazz band. Mondello hopes revellers will come along in their finest 60’s and 70’s outfits to honour its big birthday.
The car racing action will be headlined by the visit of the Derek Bell Trophy from the UK. This class features classic Formula 2, Formula Atlantic and Formula 5000 cars, which must be heard in the flesh to be appreciated. Another highlight will be the return of MINI racing at the Kildare Circuit to mark the first ever winner of a race at Mondello Park, John Keeny in his MINI Cooper S.
The Motorcycle Race programme will be headlined by two rounds of the ‘Classic Bike Racing Ireland’ championship with a full grid of thirty classic machines. Running alongside the older Classics will be a pair of races for the more modern ‘Classic Superbike Championship’ machinery. Other four wheeled entertainment will be courtesy of the Historic Racing Car Association, whose ‘HRCA Historics’ Championship, for 60’s and 70’s Saloons and Sportscars, will be joined by races for the more vintage Pre ’55 series.
Alongside the track activities, displays of Classic Cars, Motorcycles and even Classic Planes, will provide visitors with the chance to get up close and personal with some of Ireland’s most beautiful and historic vehicles. The Mondello Park Museum of Motorsport will be open with free access to historic vehicles from Saloon and Sportscar racing as well as a collection of Formula One cars, including an example of a Benetton B186, the car which gave the team their first Grand Prix victory in Mexico in 1986.

Pictured from left to right: Rachel Allen Celebrity Chef, Martin Heydon TD, Allan Shine Kildare Chamber, Lucca Allen F4 Driver, Peter Carey Kildare Co. Council CEO, Alex Sinclair Motorsport Ireland CEO, Roddy Greene Mondello Park General Manager, Jennifer Foster Kildare Chamber.

Admission to the (Sunday) event is €15.00 for adults with under 16s free, tickets are also available on-line on


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