Engines Started for Gowran Festival of Speed!
More Coups Announced for Debut Festival that Opens This Weekend
Professional race driver Freddie Hunt, son of the legendary Formula 1 world champion James Hunt, will demo his father’s revered Hesketh F1 car at the inaugural Gowran Festival of Speed that opens next weekend (11th & 12th July), it has been announced.
Not content with the coup of debuting the Hesketh in Ireland for the very first time, Gowran Festival of Speed organisers have gone one step further and secured Hunt’s son – himself an internationally renowned race driver – to bring his father’s car to life at the all-new festival. This was done with the assistance of London-based F1 afficionado James Hagan. The Hesketh F1 was used in the 2013 Hollywood movie Rush, starring Chris Hemsworth as James Hunt.
Freddie Hunt will be joined by rally legends such as Rosemary Smith and Billy Coleman, along with Ireland’s most brilliant auto test drivers and a talented team from Slowly Sideways, to perform daring track demos and precision driving in the largest collection of Group B rally cars ever seen in Ireland. A professional Rally Rescue Team, with specialist skills in dealing with fires and accidents at international rally and F1 events, will be on hand over the weekend to deal with any emergencies that may happen.
In another first for the festival, the respected Ferrari Owners Club has also confirmed this week it is to bring 12 cars to Gowran Festival of Speed for a display that will include a Testarossa, a 308 and the revered 360 Challenge Stradale.
There’s great interest too, amongst horse race enthusiasts, of the planned Man V Machine challenge on Sunday that pits ex champion jockey Tony Mullins against the 300 brake power of Joe Connolly in his Fiesta R5. Ladbrokes may offer odds before the weekend, according to organisers.
Separate to the live events, many of the country’s motor and classic car clubs will have a presence at Gowran Festival of Speed, participating in what will be one of the biggest displays of classic cars in Ireland. Other static events include a large truck and bike display.
Up to 20,000 people are expected to descend on Gowran Park for the debut festival that opens at noon on Saturday and Sunday, until 6pm. There’s huge interest in Gowran Festival of Speed from around the country as well as the UK, according to organisers.
“Gowran Festival of Speed will be the most exciting motoring event of 2015. It’s a terrific offering, combining the thrills and spills of motorsport, both historic and modern, with the beauty and elegance of classic cars, and there’s a huge amount of attractions of keep everyone entertained for two days,” said Pat Caulfield, Chairperson, Gowran Festival of Speed. “As Gowran Park is a fully working racecourse and golf club, it offers restaurant, bars, showers and and rest room facilities and there’s the night time entertainment includes live bands and a huge barbecue on Saturday evening.”
The weekend line-up is as follows:
Saturday: Slowly Sideways Demos F1 Demo with Freddie Hunt Auto Testing Hill Climb Demos Champion Competition Car Demos Sunday: Slowly Sideways Demos F1 Demo with Freddie Hunt Auto Testing Model Aeroplane Displays Man V Machine Challenge: Joe Connolly v Tony Mullins Championship Car Demos
Fringe Events on Both Days: International Wall of Death Show Full Static Displays of Classic, Trucks and Bikes Helicopter Fly Overs Full Children’s Area Live Music & Entertainment Full Food Quarter Camping Facilities.
Tickets are available from www.tickets.ie or on the gate at Gowran Park. Tickets for Gowran Festival of Speed are €10 per adult and €5 for seniors and students. Children under 16 go free.