It is rare that you would see, or even imagine, beer and cigarette papers involved in sponsoring within Formula 1 these days, but just such a combination will be one of the star elements at next weekend’s Historic Festival at Mondello Park.
The March Racing car driven by Irish man Derek Daly in the 1981 Formula 1 season will be at the Festival and on the track both days of the gathering that evokes memories of a bygone era.
Daly finished seventh in the British and 8th in the Canadian Grand Prix of that year in a Championship which was won by Nelson Piquet. It was the first formal year of the Formula One Championship and the first in which a specific set of rules was applied to each of the races.
Alain Prost, John Watson, and a young Nigel Mansell also took part that year so the presence of the car will evoke plenty of memories for those who have long followed the sport.
The car is now owned by John Campion who has been supporting Irish Motorsport and is seen here describing the history of the car.
“Everybody at Mondello Park is very excited to have this iconic car returning to Mondello after such a long time,” said Roddy Greene of Mondello Park.
“Derek Daly is very much an Irish hero and to have him come back at the same time is the icing on the cake. We are hugely thankful to John Campion for making this possible.”
As in previous years, period 1960s and 1970s attire is encouraged and for the first time, there will be prizes presented on the day for the best-dressed male and female.
As well as the usual Historic races, Daly’s car will join some of the Birrane Collection, including the MG Lola Le Mans car, for an exciting on-track demonstration.
A major addition to the event this year is the VIP “Lola Package” lunch option on Sunday the 18th.
Upon arrival at the VIP car park, guests will be accompanied by their hostess to the BMW suite, for pre-lunch drinks and entertainment before adjourning to the Grand Prix suite where Celebrity Michelin Star chef Derry Clarke will serve up a sumptuous meal.
The package costs €1,250 for a table of ten and understandably, numbers are limited, so contact info@leonultypromotions to secure your place.
All proceeds will go to Pieta House
Image credit: Stephen McCarthy, Sportsfile