Explore The Carole Nash Historic FestivalJoin us for the Carole Nash Historic Festival and step back in time with classic cars, racing and entertainment.
Ireland’s only historic motor racing festival celebrates Vintage and Classic Cars and Historic Motorsport, from the glamour of the roaring 20s through to the swinging 60s.
Over two glorious days the Carole Nash Historic Festival will feature Pre and Post War Historic Car Races, a celebration of 100 Years of Le Mans, demonstration runs by cars from the Martin Birrane Collection and displays of classic road and race cars in a show area filled with interesting and exciting sideshows, entertainment and top class food and drink.
This is an unmissable event offering the chance for racing enthusiasts and car lovers to experience five decades of Motorsports.
On track, we will have The Irish International Grand Prix Trophy, the Dublin Grand Prix Trophy and the St. Brigid’s Trophy along with a full supporting cast.
Irish International Grand Prix
The first Irish International Grand Prix was an open-wheel motor race which was held in the Phoenix Park in Dublin in 1929. 2023 will be the second year of the Grand Prix’s revival and this year the prestigious and historic trophy will be contested by the visiting HSCC ‘Guards Trophy’.
The Guards Trophy is a class for 1950’s and 60’s Sports Racing Cars and is contested by famous makes such as Lotus, Chevron, TVR, GInetta, McLaren, Brabham and MG, with races usually running for 1 hour, including pit stops and driver changes.
Dublin Grand Prix
After the success of 2022, the Dublin Grand Prix Trophy will continue to be contested by a grid of Pre-War race cars. The first running of the event was exclusively for Frazer Nash models but for 2023 the grid will be opened up to a variety of makes and models.
The oldest racers on the Historic Festival programme are some of the most beautiful, rare and valuable and are always hugely popular with festival visitors.
St. Bridget’s Trophy Race
St. Bridget the patron saint of Kildare, the County where Mondello Park is situated, with fame rooted in pagan folklore and known for her compassion and kindness, lends her name to this new Irish Motor Racing trophy which celebrates the first Irish public holiday to be named after a woman.
For 2023 the trophy will be raced for by a class which is close to the hearts of Irish Motor Racing fans. Once the premier Irish Motor Racing class Formula Ford 2000 returns to Mondello Park as the HSCC bring their historic FF2000 series back to Ireland.
Off-track, we will have plenty to see and do for fans of everything retro, with music, food, entertainment and plenty of surprises the Historic Festival has something for everyone.
Even when you want a break from the track activity we will have something to entertain all the family.
We’ll have music with a retro theme from our fabulous swing bands and our exciting drum ensemble while you enjoy the food from our street food pop-ups or our in-house restaurant. A vintage funfair will further enliven our paddock with fairground rides, retro games, face painting and much, much more.