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July 18, 2013

Rabbitt to Star at Mondello Truck Show This Weekend!

Rabbitt's TruckFresh from his debut single seater win at Mondello last weekend, saloon car racing specialist Barry Rabbitt will tackle a completely  new challenge at the Mondello Park Truck Show this weekend.

Amongst the many attractions and challenges at the Mondello Truck Show is the “Stop Go Challenge” on the main straight. Tractor Units line up on the grid and when the lights change, they charge side by side down the straight before coming to a stop in a “box” right in front of the grandstand, without knocking over a pylon right in front of the truck!

Rabbitt will compete in an Irish Commercials supplied 460bhp Volvo FM11 Globetrotter LXL equipped with Volvo’s reknowned 12 speed I-Shift Gearbox. “I can’t wait”, said an enthused Rabbitt yesterday- “it should be great fun. The Truck show was historically a great event at Mondello and my family have always been in the transport business so I used to go as a kid and loved to watch these type of competitions!”
Barry has also entered Ireland Fastest Courier Competition through his own company, This is where various van drivers and courier companies race down the straight in Mondello, but have to stop on a number of occasions to deliver and pick up various things, as quickly as possible!

Other attractions at The Truck Show this weekend are the UK Race Trucks, Stunt Ireland, a Drift Demo and much much more. Admission is €10 on Saturday and €15 Sunday with under 16s going free both days. Discounted tickets are available on Mondello’s website if prebooked:

“The I-Shift will change the way you drive. It is a 12-speed automated gearbox. Thanks to the intelligent software, I-Shift always applies the right gear in every situation. This leads to lower fuel consumption, enhanced driveability and makes the driver’s job a lot easier. I-Shift is quiet and more compact than ever, weighing approximately 70 kg less than a manual gearbox.”

It’s all go at Mondello Park as final preparations are being made for Ireland’s Biggest Truck Show in 2013! The two day ‘Festival of Trucks’ to be held at the County Kildare motor racing circuit on Saturday & Sunday next 20/21 July features a number of unique Star Attractions.

Truck Racing – The BIG attraction is once again the British Racing Championship Trucks, which will compete in a number of Demonstration Races on both days of the Show.

Time-Attack – The Racing Trucks will be joined by Round 5 of the Irish Time-Attack Championship where some of Ireland’s top cars will battle it out for the fastest lap of the day.

Motorcycle Stunts – Stunt Ireland will also be on hand with a number of its top riders set to excite and entertain the large crowds.

Drift Demo – James Deane and Adrian Walsh, are two of the country’s top competitors taking part in the new IDC (Irish Drift Championship) with James Deane running his brand new Falken Tyres Mazda RX7 Drift car.

Stop & Go Competition – Further on-track entertainment will be provided by the Stop & Go Competitors, where exhibitors in their tractor-units can drag race each other down the straight, where they then have to stop suddenly within a stop box. The knock-out competition will see the 2013 Irish Champion crowned.

Courier Race – Ireland’s top van man (or woman!) will be awarded to the winner of the Mondello Courier Challenge, which sees courier companies go head-to-head on the main Mondello Park track where they must collect, load, unload and deliver their parcels faster than the opposition!

Truck Displays – In the centre Paddock, manufacturers and trade will share with other attractions and exhibitors with lines and lines of shining trucks parked all the way out onto the International Loop as in the past.

Prizes – As an extra bonus for all prize winners, in addition to the trophies presented on the day, they will receive a Mondello Park Supercar Experience Course, where the chance to drive a Porsche awaits!

Convoy! – The Mondello Truck Show concludes on Sunday afternoon with the legendary Ireland’s biggest convoy.