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News | Irish Festival of Speed

Thank You

We would like to thank you all of coming to the 2013 Irish Festival of Speed – we hope you enjoyed the weekend.

Concours Results:
  1. Best of Show;  1939 Alfa Romeo Corto Spider.
  2. Best Restoration; 1963 Jensen CV8 Mk 1.
  3. Best Preserved Car; 1966 Ford Anglia.
  4. Best Classic Car; 1962 VW Beetle.
  5. Best Sports Car; 1970 Porsche 911E.


Sprint Results:

Saturday (PDF)
Sunday (PDF)



More photos of the 2013 Irish Festival of Speed are available in our photo gallery.

1930’s Whitehead & Bira ERA’s to Race again in Limerick!

The ERA’s of Prince Bira and Peter Whitehead from the Limerick 1930’s Grands Prix will for the first time in 75 years race once again in Limerick!   

We are thrilled to welcome the two ERA owners Paddins Dowling and Charles McCabe who will recreate history in 2013 when they once again race their unique cars at the Irish Festival of Speed Circuit. Both Irishmen, who now live in San Francisco will travel especially for the event and if their performances at Monaco, Goodwood, Monterey and beyond are anything to go by we really are in for a treat!


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Charles McCabe, Prince Bira ERA R5B ‘Remus’

ERA R5B “Remus”1.5litre was made in 1.5litre form in 1936 for owner Prince Chula and driver Prince Bira. The White Mouse team had already got the R2B “Romulus” in their stables so named R5B “Remus” after the Roman Twins. Prince Bira would have come 1st or 2nd if he had not crashed at Punches Cross on the last lap of the 1936 Limerick Grand Prix. The team had several other successes however winning at the Albi Grand Prix and at Brooklands.





Paddins Dowling, Whitehead ERA R10B

Paddins Dowling, Whitehead ERA R10B

ERA R10B 1.5litre R10B was made in 1936 as a 1.5litre in black for Peter Whitehead. Whitehead and his regular driving partner, Peter Walker, drove the car singly and as co-drivers. Whitehead finished 3rd in the 1936 Limerick Grand Prix. The best result of the year being a third in the important Donington Park Grand Prix for the pair.

IFS 2013- August Bank Holiday!

Collage_watermark_flying_cowThe Irish Festival of Speed is the largest celebration of car culture in Ireland, a five star mix of all things automotive; Racing Cars past and present, Rally Cars, Supercars, Vintage and Classics, Motorcycles and Air Displays!

We are delighted to announce that the ‘’The Irish Festival of Speed Circuit’ at Limerick Racecourse  near Adare will host our next Irish Festival of Speed on the August Bank Holiday weekend 2013.  And this year it will be a 2 day event on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th.

(We plan to have associated off-site activities on Friday 2nd, details of which will be provided once the timetable is finalised)

Limerick / Greenmount Racecourse was chosen for its infrastructure, facilities and eases of access and is intended to provide the IFS with a permanent home into the future.

Among the numerous enhancements planned for 2013 will be a new purpose built motorsport track – one of the largest investments in Irish motorsport for many years. More to come – watch this space!

Mattie Griffin – Street Bike Stunt Rider

Galway stunt-riding sensation ‘Mattie Griffin’ will perform his array of signature motorcycle skills at the IFS.

Ranked fifth in the world at Street Bike Freestyle Riding in 2008 and 2009, Mattie’s presence at events such as the Annual Goodwood Festival of Speed, Motorcycle Live Show at the NEC Birmingham and countless bike shop open day’s throughout the UK and Ireland have been warmly welcomed by his growing fan base.

The 32-year-old from Galway works hard to entertain his audiences, training for two hours a day, six days a week, and for four hours on Sundays ( when not away performing ) to practice his routine and develop his signature tricks. It’s a dream job for Mattie, whose motorcycling career began at an early age – thanks to an enthusiasm for trials riding and talent for mechanics.

MattieGriffinBuilding the bike in his workshop was almost as enjoyable as honing his stunt-riding skills and gave the young motorcyclist greater confidence in his abilities. “I’v been doing mechanic work since I was very young and I have always enjoyed working on motorcycles in particular. It can take months to complete a stunt bike, a lot of parts have to be made especially for it, and it can take a some time to get over any teething problems, and before you feel totally comfortable on it.”

Soon after he decided to start stunt riding, he was spotted by BMW Motorrad Manager Conor McRory at the Irish Motorbike Show in Dublin in 2004. “Conor saw me perform and was pretty impressed by my riding skills. From there, I carried out some demonstrations at numerous BMW events on different BMW motorcycles and was introduced to the BMW Motorrad team.”

Happily, stunt riding is now a full-time profession for Mattie. Most of his week is spent training, practising, preparing his BMW F 800 R for shows and working in his home office in Galway.

50 Years of the Porsche 911

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For five decades, the 911 has been the heart of the Porsche brand. Few other automobiles in the world can look back on such a long tradition and such continuity as the Porsche 911. It has been inspiring car enthusiasts the world over since its debut as the model 901 at the IAA International Automotive Show in September 1963. Today it is considered the quintessential sports car, the benchmark for all others. The 911 is also the central point of reference for all other Porsche series. From the Cayenne to the Panamera, every Porsche is the most sporting automobile in its category, and each one carries a piece of the 911 philosophy.

For Porsche, the 50th anniversary of this iconic sports car is the central theme of 2013.


Porsche 911 anni 4Over 820,000 Porsche 911s have been built..

making it the most successful sports car in the world. For each of its seven generations the engineers in Zuffenhausen and Weissach have reinvented it, time and time again demonstrating to the world the innovative power of the Porsche brand. Like no other vehicle, the 911 reconciles apparent contradictions such as sportiness and everyday practicality, tradition and innovation, exclusivity and social acceptance, design and functionality. It is no wonder that each generation has written its own personal success story. Ferry Porsche best described its unique qualities: “The 911 is the only car you could drive on an African safari or at Le Mans, to the theatre or through New York City traffic.”

In addition to its classic yet unique lines, the Porsche 911 has always been distinguished by its advanced technology. Many of the ideas and technologies that made their debut in the Porsche 911 were conceived on the race track. The 911 was committed to the performance principle from the start, and motor racing is its most important test lab. From the very beginning it has been at home on circuits all over the world, earning a reputation as a versatile and dependable winner. Indeed, a good two thirds of Porsche’s 30,000 race victories to date were notched up by the 911.

Porsche 911 anni 2How Porsche celebrates the anniversary

 There will be a wide variety of anniversary events, starting with the “Retro Classics” automobile show in Stuttgart. From 7 to 10 March the Porsche Museum will ring in the anniversary year with four special exhibits, an early-model 911 Turbo Coupé, a 911 Cabriolet study from 1981, a 1997 street version 911 GT1 and the pre-series Type 754 T7. This chassis by Professor Ferdinand Alexander Porsche was a milestone on the way to the 911 design.

The company is also sending an authentic 1967 model 911 on a world tour. Over the course of the year, this vintage nine-eleven will travel to five continents where it will be shown in places like Pebble Beach CA, Shanghai, Goodwood UK, Paris and Australia. As an ambassador for the Porsche brand, this vintage 911 will be in attendance at many international fairs, historical rallies and motor sport events. Fans and interested individuals can follow the car’s progress at porsche.com/follow-911.