This year’s Classic Car & Motorcycle Live at Mondello Park was a huge success. In fact, we reckon this was the busiest year to date, so a massive ‘thanks’ goes out to all who made it down.
We’ve been proud title sponsors of this fantastic event for the third year running now. The show started up as a car-only event back in 2008, but our interception in 2011 saw the event welcoming motorbikes to the mix, making it one of the largest (and best) combined motorcycle and car shows in Ireland.
The day was action-packed, from races and demos to a whole host of exhibitions and displays for visitors to enjoy. This year’s theme was Irish motoring and we were astounded at the sheer number of Irish manufactured or assembled road and race cars turning up for the show. As well as a static display, the owners of the cars treated visitors to a track-parade.
One of our highlights from the show was witnessing a demo run of Jackie Stewart’s former 1967 Indianapolis 500 Lola T92, which is now back safe and sound in its permanent home at the Mondello Park Museum of Motorsport.
Of course, another hotly anticipated part of the show was the Classic Car & Motorcycle Races, with three races organised for classic bikes, two for the Historic Racing Car Association (HRCA) classic cars, one for future classics and one for pre-1955 racers. All competitors put on a fantastic show, with all races being slightly nail-biting at times!
For the two HRCA races, the winners were Bernard Foley (MGB V8) and Jack Chatham (Austin Healey). Darren Scully took the title in the Future Classics race driving a Honda Civic, while Fionn McArthur won the Pre-55 class driving a Buckler.
For the three classic motorbike races it was Tony Willis that reigned supreme, finishing top in all races on his Honda 500.
All in all it was a fantastic event and we’re already excited for the next one!