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The Track Day Information section of Trackdays.ie is our blog section. Here you'll find all sorts of articles, guides, FAQ's & more. We'd love to hear from you too. If you want to write about your track day experience, have a car build thread or just an interesting story, drop us a line via the contact page

MK2 Magic

Friday, 28 September 2018 by

  It’s a difficult concept to explain really, the phenomena that is the MK2 Ford Escort in Irish Rallying culture. Every weekend, from mid-February to late December, is likely to have an event of some kind taking place, and its almost unthinkable to think that any would be devoid of the presence of a venerable

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Holiday, a natural time to relax, unwind and recharge the body. Early June, with two full weeks booked off work, would be absolutely ideal for catching up on sleep, chilling out and enjoying a few cold beverages in the sunshine. It’s natural, but our man Cian doesn’t conform to normality. The following is an excerpt

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Another Year another VAGE.ie Car Show 2018

Wednesday, 08 August 2018 by

As sure as the River Lee running through Cork City, summer to the motoring enthusiast means the annual Volkswagen Audi Group Enthusiasts Show and Shine in Fermoy Co. Cork. In the interests of full disclosure I have to admit to having an inside track on this subject, as I made a small contribution to the

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After more than 40 days of solid sunshine, the likes of which Ireland has probably not seen for a generation…or ever!? Most of us woke up on Friday morning to lashing rain..bloody typical! Still, it was warm and the forecast was for the rain to stop by 11ish and with high temps we were confident

TD13 was another Monday track day which generally makes for great driving standards, very few red flags and loads of track time and this one was no different! Weather-wise it was a pleasant day, albeit overcast, but still warm. As usual we had a very broad and varied mix of cars booked in, from out

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The Lakes of Killarney

Friday, 11 May 2018 by

  There’s a distinct beauty to the first real blast of sunshine for the year, the initial feeling that perhaps we may actually get a Summer in Ireland for a change. As the evening drags on basked in glorious shades, people seem happy. Strangers make conversation about the weather, not remarking as normal on a

Rallying Down West!

Thursday, 29 March 2018 by

Irish Rallying is in an odd position at the moment, it’s fair to say. As our national involvement at the highest levels of the sport Internationally continues to hit a succession of highs, the story on the home front has been pretty much a continuing tale of lows. Off the stages, it seemed as if

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Top 11 Track Day Tyres

Saturday, 03 March 2018 by

If you’re part of any track day or car enthusiast forum or group you’ll probably be aware there are three conversations that come up time and time again and they are as follows: What are the best track day tyres? What are the best track day brake pads? What is the best track day engine oil? The answer

2018 Open Endurance Series

Sunday, 25 February 2018 by

Trackdays.ie co-owner Rob King has taken on an extra challenge for 2018 and that is the set up running of a brand new racing championship in Ireland called the OPEN ENDURANCE SERIES.  The new endurance series is open to virtually all closed-wheel cars and might be of interest to a selection of our track day

After a pretty successful first year Trackdays.ie kicked off the 2018 track day calendar on Sunday 4th of Feb. Being a Sunday and the first day on track after the long Winter break, demand was high to say the least. Two weeks out from the event we’d sold out and and over the course of

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Unlike our next door neighbors in the UK, we’re sadly not blessed with a wide variety of race tracks on our doorstep. For the Irish track day enthusiast this can become a bit of a problem as we only have Mondello Park and Kirkistown to choose from and after a while the repetition might just

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2018 Track Day Calendar

Tuesday, 16 January 2018 by

For 2018 we’ve got an even more action packed trackday schedule than last year, with no less than 11 confirmed events throughout the year!  All our trackdays will run on the full International circuit at Mondello Park and follow our tried and tested open pit lane format giving you maximum freedom and track time. As

Trackdays.ie Loyalty Reward Scheme

Thursday, 21 December 2017 by

As much as we love to see new customers taking part in trackdays and joining our sport for the first time, what we really love to see is you guys coming back time and time again. If that’s happening it means we must be doing something right and that you guys are having a good

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New Track Day Products in Our Shop!

Sunday, 17 December 2017 by

With the trackday season over for another year we’ve busied ourselves during the Winter months by expanding our shop to offer you a much wider range of track day products and accessories.  If you visit our online shop, you’ll find a host of new products. We’ve also been working away on a loyalty scheme which

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What is The Best Racing Brake Fluid?

Wednesday, 13 December 2017 by

Before we get into ‘What is the best racing brake fluid’ you need to first understand what it does and how it can cause a problem. On a race track your brakes have to work much harder than on the road and this makes them get extremely hot. When they get too hot, they can

Farewell Ultimate Drift

Thursday, 30 November 2017 by

  My outlook, in an automotive sense, was to always push the envelope in terms of the events I get to, the experiences I encounter, the people I meet, the craftsmanship I witness and the enjoyment I get at the end. My calendar is like a military operation at times, planned to the nth degree

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#TD08 was our last track day of 2017 and was exactly 1 year on to the very day from our first track day! Amidst a month of pretty lousy weather we were extremely fortunate on Friday 17th to get a dry, bright day. It was absolutely baltic though – on the flip-side, great conditions for

Hot on the heels of hurricane Ophelia, the less sexily named storm Brian was sent to really test our resolve for #TD07! For some, especially those travelling from the south coast it was touch and go whether they should risk making the trip to Mondello Park at all and quite a few, understandably did cancel

A Cork Rally in 20 Pics

Wednesday, 04 October 2017 by

Ireland in late September is a funny place. The sense of closure and conclusion equal the sense of excitement. A time, if ever there was one, to look back on the year to date, lament the loss of Summer that must have passed in a blink, reminisce of sporting endeavors and begin making lists. Lists

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#TD06 was little quieter than previous track days. September/August seems to be a difficult time of year for a lot of events, what with people being on holidays and the kids going back to school – that said we still had a full paddock with over 50 cars, which is a great turn-out for a

Niall Maher is one of our trackday.ie rookies who brought his beloved MX5 out to our last track day back in July. He was immediately hooked and signed up for our next event on the 4th of September. Virtual Reality Racing While Niall might be new to the track days, he is no stranger to

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The Ulster GP

Thursday, 17 August 2017 by

Its a Saturday afternoon. Mid August, there is a sense of late summer heat battling through a distinctly gray and ominous sky. Heavy rain was a feature of the 5 hour drive up the country, but in motorway mode it makes little difference. Weary legs bow in delight at the prospect of a sitting height

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Fund‐Racer Ireland Charity Track day – Friday 11th August 2017, Mondello Park In aid of The Jay & Ellie Foundation Dublin, Ireland | 11 July 2017: Announcing the fifth annual Fund‐Racer Ireland charity Track‐day, which takes place in Mondello Park, were Jay and Siobhan O’Reilly, proud parents of children, Jay and Ellie, who live with

Wow! What a day, and I’m not just talking about the weather, although it was officially the hottest day of the year. Our fifth Mondello track day of 2017 was a complete sell-out. We even had stop adding people to the reserve list. Unfortunately we had to turn a few people away on the day

A New District On The Map

Wednesday, 05 July 2017 by

The modified car show scene is something that has an interesting life cycle here in Ireland. We lack the marquee, established dates in the calendar that you might see elsewhere in the world, but we have a history of putting on all shape and size of show. In the height of the 90’s era Max

Something Different: It was time for a change of pace, time for something a little different, something fun, something laid back and without any of the pressures that come with running a track day, but still involving cars…obviously! It was time for a Dyno Day!  I’ve had my own cars mapped on the dyno a

Keep Drifting Grass Roots!

Monday, 26 June 2017 by

Drifting. A conundrum. An enigma. Somehow anti-establishment yet mainstream in equal measure. Its difficult do decipher, and a source of a lot of personal thought of late. There was a time, not that overly long ago, when I would have considered myself perhaps even a fanboy. I wore my Prodrift jacket to school every day,

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Donegal Has It All

Sunday, 25 June 2017 by

“Can’t wait for June to come around, Can’t wait for that four cylinder sound. Flat shifting and rubber on the ground all weekend long”. Sport and music, forever a case of never the two shall mix. It’s been tried countless times, and many a list of worst abominations ever committed to a recorded media include

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Donegal Diary – Thursday

Thursday, 15 June 2017 by

Every person who’s life revolves heavily around a hobby generally has a key date in mind when planning their year. No matter the interest, we all have that single point in time where we know exactly where exactly we wish to be, and I’m no different. For myself, and countless motorsport or simply car enthusiasts,

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Beginners guide to track days

Wednesday, 31 May 2017 by

So what exactly is a track day? Well, in short it’s a non-competitive, non timed, fun event that allows you to drive your own car on a proper race track. It enables petrol heads like you and I to push our cars to the limit in a safe environment, without endangering other road users or

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The North West

Monday, 29 May 2017 by

It’s the sound that hits you. That guttural, demonic roar that descends into an ear splitting crescendo of speed and disappears off into the distance with haste. It’s intoxicating and intriguing in equal measures. Your heart races to see more, while your head struggle to comprehend. As a chase helicopter glides overhead, what can only

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Ahh the black art of tyre pressures! In motor racing circles, up at the sharp end where championships are at stake, tyre pressures are a closely guarded secret – just ask our co-founder, Stephen Kershaw. A few years ago when he was winning championships in Formula Vee he kept a little black book, not of

Time for something a bit different! We’re always looking for ways we can diversify improve on what we do here at Trackdays.ie and with that in mind the next even we’re running isn’t a trackday at all but a Dyno Day which will take place at STONE Motorsport on Saturday June 24th. What is a dyno

Sher It’s The Lakes!

Wednesday, 10 May 2017 by

Have you ever got to a point, where the only logical question to ask is “What the *expletive* am I doing with my life?”, and all possible answers seem soo much more appealing than your current situation? It’s a point when every choice made in getting to the here and now is thought over, analysed

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That Clio…

Sunday, 16 April 2017 by

You couldn’t help but have noticed Philip Gilmartin’s Martini liveried Clio at our last trackday at Mondello Park, it’s striking to say the least and that colour scheme really just makes an already racy looking car even more purposeful. The main thing you need to know about this Renaultsport Clio is that its had a heart transplant.

The McBennett Motorsport Supercharged K20 Elise If you’re at a track day with Pat Mcbennetts bright yellow 1997 Lotus Elise, it’s likely to be the fastest thing there that day, and that goes for virtually any day. What I love about this car is that like Alan Healy’s B18 ek Civic that we featured last week,

A Self Built Civic

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 by

Regulars to our track days will be familiar with the sight of Alan Healy’s rapid silver ek Civic. If there was an award for most laps done at a track day I think Alan would be in with a chance of winning every time and the reason for that is that he’s always testing out something

Car Track Day Helmets

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 by

We frequently get asked questions about track day helmets and safety equipment in general, which is understandable because most car track day newcomers won’t have any of this stuff, so it’s an obvious concern. I think the perception, having watched any form of Motorsport is that you need the full Power Ranger suit, helmet, gloves, boots

Winter is such an odd time. All the glory and success of the last year is parked in a corner, cars are rolled into garages, spanners earn their keep and generally everyone presses a big reset button. As the days shorten to nothing more than a quick blast of sunlight and the roads descend into

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SCHEDULE:  Please ensure you arrive in plenty of time to get signed on and briefed! Gates Open: 8am Sign on: 8.30am – 9.30am Briefing: 9.45am Morning track session: 10am – 1pm (FIRST 10 MINS BEGINNERS ONLY) Lunch: 1pm – 2pm Afternoon Sign on: 1.15pm – 1.45pm Afternoon Briefing: 1.45pm Afternoon track session: 2pm – 5.30pm

The Monte Carlo Rally 2017

Wednesday, 01 February 2017 by

That fist faint whisper of an exhaust note in the air just does it for me. Excitement takes over, as the growl grows louder. You know what’s coming, yet waiting for the first glance of headlights is infectious. Today is different. I’m perched on the wall of a very old looking natural well, right in

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Track Day Drivers Briefing

Monday, 23 January 2017 by

At the start of any car trackday there will always be a drivers briefing. It’s mandatory for anyone going on track as a driver or passenger to attend the briefing, even if you’ve done hundreds of track days or races before, you still need to attend as there may be some critical information, specific to

Meeke & The Monte

Friday, 20 January 2017 by

Ahh January. A time to clear the mind and body, look forward to the year ahead, plan summer holidays and survive on pennies after blowing all the wages at Christmas. A tranquil time with not much going on. But then there’s the Monte!! The traditional curtain raiser for the World Rally Championship, Rallye Monte Carlo

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Basic Track Car Modifications

Thursday, 19 January 2017 by

“What Modifications does my car need to take part in a track day?”  That’s a question we get asked quite a lot here at Trackdays.ie…..so we thought we’d answer it! In short, not a lot. I think the assumption is that you need a bunch of performance and safety mods to bring your car on

Have you ever looked at the world of drifting and wondered what on earth are they doing? Destroying tires often in a couple of laps-wait I mean corners!Spending thousands on cars with engines producing four figure brake horsepower. I have followed drifting since we started FreshFix back in 2010, I can honestly say now that

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Track Day Noise Limits & Noise Testing

Sunday, 11 December 2016 by

As with pretty much all Motorsport events, track days in Ireland have to conform to a pre-defined noise limit. The reason for this is to reduce environmental impact and to help keep Motorsport running. Local Authorities actually have the power to suppress any noise source deemed to be causing a nuisance – in other words, they

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Track Day Etiquette & Overtaking Rules

Wednesday, 07 December 2016 by

Track days are unique in that they have their own set of rules and regulations, which are completely different from any other form of Motorsport or on-track activity, so we thought we’d write a quick post about track day etiquette and in-particular the rules around overtaking. A track day is a bit of a balancing act,

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