Monday 16 July 2018

Speed metal fans in for a fast and furious treat

To hurtle down a runway at great speed and not take off is exhilarating, and strange, writes Philip Hedderman

LIFE’S A DRAG: Lamborghini and Ferrari go head-to-head
LIFE’S A DRAG: Lamborghini and Ferrari go head-to-head

It's the Irish equivalent of the Goodwood Festival of Speed and it's back again after enjoying phenomenal success last year.

Taking place at Weston Airport, Dublin, on April 14, the Runwayclub Live show gives motor enthusiasts, big and small, the chance to get up close and personal with the world's best supercars as they battle it out on the one-mile runway.

Some of the exotic metal on show (100 in total) will include Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Porsches, McLarens, Aston Martins, top-of-the-range performance Audis such as the R8, AMG Mercedes and BMW M Sport.

Spectators can take to the track-side grandstand to watch owners and drivers battle it out in both the half-mile drag and 1km max V runway duels.

At the press launch last week, I had the honour of being co-pilot to Adrian Quinn as his pride and joy (a bright yellow Gallardo) brushed off a spirited challenge from the new M4 coupe driven by BMW's "bag man" Kevin Hennebry.

To hurtle down a runway at breakneck speed and not take to the air is both a strange and exhilarating experience.

The symphony of snarls pops from the 5.0-litre V10 generating 562bhp and a blistering sprint from 0-100kmh in 3.4 seconds was simply mind-blowing.

Another pin-up on the tarmac was a cherry red Ferrari 458 which tipped the thrill scales at well in excess of 240kmh. This year, the show is thoroughly spectator-focused and petrol heads will be treated to a specially choreographed show from the Irish Drift Championship in hourly intervals, also shown on giant screens.

Another new element being added this year is the Car Expo section where visitors will be able to see the latest models from Alfa Romeo, Audi, BMW, Kia and Tesla.

To further entertain, there will be a trade village in the main hangar, driving simulators, a food pavilion and a kids' zone. Car clubs from around the country will also display various models from many different marques.

Weather permitting, it's set to be a fantasitc family day out, with an expected crowd of more than 4,000.

Tickets for the Runwayclub Live event are on sale now from eventbrite.ie and runwayclub.ie, priced from €25, under-12s from €10

Sunday Independent

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