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Mondello Truck Show on horizon

The re-emergence of truck shows across Ireland has many positives, no more so in that collectively they are a sign that the economy is buoyant again, but also that these weekend events provide hours of wonderful family fun and entertainment. Rounding off the season of truck shows held North, South, East and West of the country, is the annual event held at Mondello Park.

For the 2016 running of the Mondello Park Truck Show, it focusses on the family element primarily as a full ‘Festival of Entertainment’ programme is lined-up for 3 & 4 September next. Sponsored once again by Calor, in association with Mercury Fuel Systems, the annual two day gathering of all things trucks will take place at the famous Kildare circuit with plenty of activity both on and off the track.

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This year, the organising team at Mondello Park is keen to expand and grow the Show both in the paddock and on track, building on an already impressive line-up that includes Truck Racing, Driving Competitions, Time-Attack, Trade Stands, and a huge display of Ireland’s finest trucks and fleets. Children of all ages love to see the vast number of gleaming vehicles with their vibrant colour schemes in the paddock and out on the circuit.

As for the truck owners and drivers, they take great pride in their vehicles and will have them primed to compete for prizes in the 19 Static Display, competition categories. First, second and third prize trophies will be awarded on this occasion, but many will be vying for the big prize – Top Truck 2016.

Title sponsors Calor Gas will conduct a series of demonstrations on the advantages of the Calor Gas LPG/Diesel Dual Fuel system as a viable alternative fuel for fleet operators, through its technology partner, Mercury Fuel Systems.

“In addition to being a great family day out, Mondello Truck Show is also an important commercial event for fleet operators and those involved in the trade with exhibitors from the commercial vehicle industry. We have also introduced a dedicated caravan, campervan and tent area on-site,” stated Roddy Greene, General Manager, Mondello Park.

Also new for 2016 is the third running of Ireland’s Best Truck Driver Competition, hosted by Fleet Transport and sponsored by Enprova, which will be held at the Show for the first time. Ten finalists will test their skills against the clock with a series of challenging manoeuvers in a confined area around the paddock behind the wheel of a new Mercedes-Benz Actros 1545 tractor-unit coupled to a Dennison curtain-sider trailer.

Top attractions at this year’s Show:
Truck Racing– The BIG Truck Show attraction is once again the British Racing Trucks which will compete in a number of demonstration races on both days. These 1,100hp monsters are not to be missed as they struggle to put all that power down on the technical Mondello Park circuit.

Stop & Go Competition- Further on-track entertainment will be provided by truck exhibitors in their tractor-units, drag racing each other down the straight, where they then have to stop suddenly within a stop box. This knock-out competition will see the 2016 Irish Champion crowned.

Courier Race- Ireland’s top van man (or woman!) will be awarded to the winner of the ‘Ireland’s Fastest Courier’ competition, which sees express delivery companies go head-to-head on the track where they must collect, load, unload and deliver their parcels faster than the opposition!

Truck Displays- In the centre Paddock and out on to the Mondello Park International loop, exhibits from truck manufacturers and the HGV trade, along with fleet and individual displays will fill every available space. This is where the show trucks entered for the various competitions can be seen.

Nascar Demonstration -One of the two Mondello Park Museum Nascars will be out on track over the weekend to demonstrate the sheer power and noise of American Muscle. See what the #1 car in motorsport looks like. Guaranteed entertainment that won’t be seen anywhere else in Ireland!

Visitor’s Choice -Attendees of the 2016 Mondello Truck Show can choose their favourite truck on display around the Paddock and the track, and be in with a chance to win super truck related prizes!

Drift Demo- The IDC (Irish Drift Championship) is home to drifting in Ireland. Drifters will put on a show of high speed precision driving like no other.

Future Classics- At the Mondello Park Truck Show, Future classics will be racing over the entire weekend. These race winners and motorsport champions from the recent past always provide plenty of entertainment on track.
Live Music- To add to the already existing festival feel of the Mondello Park Truck Show, this year there’ll be live entertainment for all to enjoy, including The Druids as well as local 2-two-piece band, No Limits.
Convoy!- The Mondello Truck Show concludes as usual on Sunday afternoon with the legendary ‘Ireland’s Biggest Convoy’ which is open to all show exhibitors.

Interested in displaying or exhibiting at the 2016 Mondello Truck Show? Please contact Keith Gallagher on 045 860200, or by email: kgallagher@mondellopark.ie

For further information on Calor LPG / Diesel Dual fuel systems or to speak to an Energy Advisor, please visit the Calor stand at the Centre Paddock at the Mondello Truck Show.