The Phoenix Park Motor Races

The Phoenix Park - This is Dublin's playground and one of its most famous landmarks - the largest urban enclosed park in Europe,

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The Phoenix Park

- This is Dublin's playground and one of its most famous landmarks - the largest urban enclosed park in Europe, with a circumference of 11km (7m) and a total area of 712 hectares (1,760 acres). Situated 3km (2m) west of the City centre. Ornamental gardens, nature trails, and broad expanses of grassland, separated by avenues of trees, including oak, beech, pine, chestnut, and lime. Deer roam the forested areas, and horses romp on polo fields and once a year we turn this wonderful park into a MOTOR RACING CIRCUIT.

The rolling grasslands and clear roads of Phoenix Park have long been a draw for sports and sportspeople alike including running, cycling, polo, cricket, soccer and hurling.

From motor racing to cycling, polo, cricket, soccer and hurling, the wide expanses allow for a broad range of activities.

- The Park residences include Dublin Zoo, Áras an Uachtaráin, Ashtown Castle, Farmleigh, the American Ambassador’s home, Garda Headquarters, and more.

- The Phoenix Park is the largest enclosed Park in Europe and hosts almost 250 events annually.

Motor racing has taken place in the Phoenix Park since 1903, and during the period 1929 – 1931 the Park was the venue for the first ever Irish Grand Prix which led to the annual motor racing event that continues to this day.

The Motor Races were originally the model for Albert Park in Melbourne which also set up its own race meeting. Today, that meeting is the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix.

During the 1990’s, a number of sponsors used the Phoenix Park Motor Races to promote their involvement in Formula 1, bringing World Champion Jacques Villeneuve to the circuit in 1996, and Damon Hill in 1997. The rich history of the Park has seen memorable racing by John Watson, Derek Daly, Eddie Jordan – all of whom became international names.

Motorsport Ireland, the governing body for motor sport in Ireland is involved in the organisation of this event in conjunction with the Phoenix Park Motor Racing Committee. This committee is made up of selected personnel from various motor racing clubs, with combined experience of 70 years of organisation of this prestigious event. The event is FREE to spectators and the revenue required to run the Park is generated through Competitor Entry Fees, Sponsorship and Corporate Hospitality.

Motorsport Ireland is fully conscious that the circuit, which consists of three public roads in the Phoenix Park, is not primarily there for motor racing. However, at the same time over the past 100 years the Phoenix Park has become synonymous with motor racing worldwide. Obviously, a major part of the budget required to run this event is the circuit build to the high standards of safety that are required.

The track is very suited to both historic racing cars and several of the modern racing classes. In order to attract both motorsport enthusiasts and general spectators, the 2009 event will have a mixture of historic and modern racing cars. Negotiations are taking place with several overseas classes that will be major attractions in 2009 – who knows – we may even have ‘The Stig’.

An event of this nature incurs a substantial amount of organisation and financial backing. The fact that it is also a free event to spectators makes matters more difficult. With this in mind, there are a number of excellent opportunities for potential sponsors and businesses who wish to promote their product(s) to a large audience. Some of these opportunities are outlined below.

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The future of the Phoenix Park Races -

Started by Conor O'Brien May 14, 2009. 0 Replies

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Comment by Neil Kavanagh on February 1, 2010 at 3:13pm
Good to hear that it's not being lost. Tempted to get the Mk1 going for this!

I agree with Conor on Farmleigh I have to say though. Having the paddock so far away from the track was a real pain for competitors and spectators alike. I know there are severe budget constraints but it took friends and family almost 2 hours to find the paddock due to a complete lack of signposting and spectator information. A lot of people I spoke to trackside didn't even realise there was a paddock that they could visit!
Comment by Paul Dalton on February 1, 2010 at 11:26am
Thats good to know. It would be a shame to lose it. I like the thinking too Conor, a 2 drivier race might suit a lot of people that can't afford the entry fee on their own.
Comment by Conor O'Brien on January 30, 2010 at 8:13am
Great News - We need to rethink the area, the hardstanding was great but too far away from the course. Could we get Government to put down more hardstanding at the visitors centre/ as that is the ideal site. Maybe the Army Engineers could put up a small Bailey Bridge to get across to the track. They could have an information centre next to it. Probably asking too much but how about a pit area behind armco, on the paddock side of the track, so that we could have at least 1 endurance 2 driver race say 45 mins. We should not expect that all car groups will have 2 races in the park, invite some others over and have some endurance races as well for say Porsche, Historics and one of the Fiat classes. Food for thought?
Comment by Leo Nulty on January 30, 2010 at 7:34am
Yeah, I heard that too. The OPW also counted the amount of visitors to the paddock last year and the total was just over 15,000! It's worth letting any potential sponsors know!!!
Comment by Eamonn Harte on January 29, 2010 at 3:36pm
Good news. I've found out that the OPW want a race in the Park this year so it is definitely going ahead. They are going to modify the track around the new roundabout. I'm informed that Dublin will be the centre of sport in Europe this year and "The Park Races" will be one of the ten featured events. So get your cars ready. I've already started saving for a set of steel con rods which will give me that extra rpm that I was missing last time. Plus my engine builder "HRE" are also supplying an FIA spec 7 port head.
Comment by Eamonn Harte on January 15, 2010 at 2:55pm
I spoke to Motorsport Ireland and was informed that they are having a meeting next week to discuss the issue. I'll update after that.
Comment by Paul Dalton on January 15, 2010 at 6:29am
Been around it myself and there is no way anyone would race there. Its way too tight and the high kerb stones are about 75 mtrs into the braking area. I did hear that MI, at a meeting with OPW, agreed to it then tried to change their minds when they realised that what they had agreed to was the wrong thing. OPW then basically told them to p**s off! All hearsay of course but from a good source.
I have also heard that the reason for historics being off the MI site is that HRCA are too busy fighting with themselves to bother with such details as deadlines. As of last Monday they didn't even have thier race dates. Its no wonder I race in the UK!!!
Comment by Conor O'Brien on January 15, 2010 at 6:16am
Send an email to Motorsport Ireland and ask them if this is the end of the Phoenix Park races and ask them to reply. I have just sent an email to them to ask why the Historics are excluded from their website.?
Comment by Eamonn Harte on January 15, 2010 at 5:50am
I was driving through The Park recently and noticed that they've put a roundabout right in the middle of turn three. This looks like the end of the park's future. And not only that but the new roundabout has been agreed with Motorsport Ireland. So it was effectively them that condemned the future running of one of the worlds oldest motor races.
Comment by Paul Dalton on August 13, 2009 at 5:00pm
Great to see you all so hard at it guys. Made spectating all the more difficult. Mind you having witnessed the carnage at the 1st corner I was kind of glad I wasn't there...!

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