Midlands track's rebirth to continue with an ambitious new historic race weekend
Donington Park is to cement its return to the motor racing fold with an annual historic festival - the first of which is scheduled for the early May Bank Holiday weekend next year (30 April - 2 May).
After its aborted attempt to grab the British Grand Prix from Silverstone, Donington is back in the hands of the Wheatcroft family (Kevin Wheatcroft, whose father Tom reopened the circuit in 1977, is once again at the helm), and is keen to create a festival that can rival the best historic motorsport events (for that read Goodwood).
"After a period of uncertainty, Donington Park's future as a race circuit is now assured," says Kevin. "The circuit has a fabulous history that is an important part of British heritage, from the days of the pre-War Silver Arrows GP cars right through to modern times. The launch of the Donington Historic Festival is one example of how we intend the circuit not only to survive, but to thrive in the years to come."
The Donington Historic Festival will be run by experienced race organiser Duncan Wiltshire. "The Donington Historic Festival aims to fill a very clear hole in the calendar," he says, "by placing the needs and wishes of owners, drivers and knowledgeable enthusiasts at its heart. This will be a truly prestigious annual event, inviting only the very best race series and the highest-calibre cars and drivers.
"We aim to delight serious historic motorsport fans, and the owners of the most original, most fascinating and most important cars, by focusing on the pure motor racing experience, over and above any add-on attractions."
With HSCC at Oulton, Cadwell and Croft; VSCC at Oulton, Cadwell and Donington; AMOC at Oulton and CPoP I actually think we do pretty well for decent historic events in the frozen North. I only hope the Donington event is well-supported and promoted. The recent Masters events there featured really pretty shocking turn-outs for the general public. They need to find a means of capturing the public's imagination - as MSV have done with the Gold Cup, which now features enormous crowds and not just the geeks. I think they will struggle in the short term to create the right atmosphere without the infield for displays. Traditionally at the Ferrari/Maserati festival they had huge swathes of machinery filling the infield and plenty of merch vendors in the area as well to create a centre-piece. I fear the spectating areas may end up too far from the core of the off-track entertainment which might fracture things slightly. Still, great news for Donington and those of us north of Watford.
The Angry Gopher01 Nov 2010
EXCUSE ME !
Us living further north than Northampton would very much appreciate this event !
Donington is a great track too, and I'd rather queue for a while than have to drive down to M25 land and back....and still queue.
squig0931 Oct 2010
Well took Pasco and Skye to this and what a fantastic day
Pasco knows Tim Bates racing a 911 who did quite well
A super event and i hope that Donny goes from strength to strengh as its such a good venue
V8Dom31 Oct 2010
A clear hole in the calendar?
What, you mean apart from Brands Hatch Historic Festival, Goodwood FOS, Silverstone Historic Festival and Goodwood Revival?
You forget the Oulton Park Gold Cup, too...
whoops you forgot Cholmondley Pagant and Power too!!!