Explore The Historic Car Event - Mondello Park

Explore The Carole Nash Historic Festival

Join 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, 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.

RACE ACTION*

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. 2024 will be the third 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
In 2024 the Dublin Grand Prix Trophy will continue to be contested by a grid of Pre-War race cars. The first running of the event in 2022 was exclusively for Frazer Nash models but in 2023 the grid was 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 2024 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.

*Trophy classes subject to change

Bike Racing Is Back

Classic Bike Racing Ireland are the go to club for pre 1973 motorcycle racing in Ireland. They have over 50 racing club members and a host of support members. They have numerous champions in their ranks like Barry Davidson. A manx GP winner and a rider with over 100 road race wins to his credit. Think about that for a second, Barry has won over 100 races on Irish roads, that easily puts him in the top ten all time Irish riders, The club also has other Manx GP winners like Nigel Moore and Brian Mateer racing with us week in week out. These are seriously quick racers on any machine. Modern bike riders sometimes come for a run out with us but struggle to keep up with these lads.

What type of machinery are you likely to see at a pre 73 classic race. We have single cylinder British and European machines like Manx Nortons, Triumph Triples, Seeley G50s and even some 2 stroke 350 Bultacos. Other 2 strokes and very popular in the smaller classes are Suzuki T20 250cc twins. Extremely light and nimble and when well-tuned can produce close to 50 HP and are capable of over 120mph in the right hands. Not too shabby for a mid-60s 250cc. We have multiple Hondas competing in all classes. The 350 K4 twin is a very versatile machine, easily capable of over 130mph. Bigger Hondas include early 450 Blackbombers, which are also twins. Then we have the 4 cylinder Hondas like 500/4 and 750/4. These compete in our unlimited class and make a glorious growl when ridden in anger.

For the Carole Nash Historic Festival all our classes will run on track at the same time. Classes are broken down as follows and each class is in its own race within a race. We have up to 250cc, 251cc to 350cc, 351cc to 500cc Twins, all multi cylinder machines compete in the unlimited class. Expect close tight racing right throught the grid, these classic machines can move and with megaphone exhaust fitted they make a beautiful noise.

OFF TRACK

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.