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Spectacular Donington Historic Festival returns this weekend!

Tuesday, April 25 2017

The seventh running of the Donington Historic Festival takes place this weekend (28-30 April) for a three day thriller of classic motorsport.

Hundreds of rare and valuable historic cars will be in action across the weekend, with some dating as far back as the 1920s! Despite their age, these evocative machines are all in stunning condition and are primed to re-engage in battle with 19 races scheduled for an eclectic mixture of single seaters, sports cars, touring cars and Le Mans cars all poised to race once more.

This huge line-up will provide a real throwback to how racing used to be, and a reminder of what it was like when Donington was re-born as a racing venue 40 years ago. With a relaxed and open paddock atmosphere, fans will be able to mingle with the teams and drivers before the racing engines roar into life.

As well as a fabulous mixture of on track action, there's a range of off track activities to keep all visitors entertained too. This year's festival theme is 'get involved', and organisers have laid on a number of activities for visitors to immerse themselves this weekend, including stunt driving lessons from TV star Paul Swift, Caterham drifting and auto solos, as well as supercar passenger rides through the local area, while there will also be hundreds of display vehicles around the venue.

The event traditionally attracts a number of star drivers and this year is no different, with modern day British Touring Car aces Mat Jackson and Adam Morgan among those confirmed to race this weekend, while other famous motoring names confirmed include Steve Soper, Patrick Watts and Nick Whale.

This year's Donington Historic Festival features a new event format, with qualifying for all the races taking part on Friday, with Saturday and Sunday being two action packed days of racing. On track activity starts at 9.10am on all three days, and runs well into the evening.

There is also a Community Open Evening taking place on Saturday evening, allowing free entry for local residents who will have received a promotional flyer via their local parish council.  General public entry will also be permitted after 4pm on Saturday, for just £10.

Richard Grafton, commercial director of Historic Promotions, which organises the Donington Historic Festival, commented: "The Festival is now in its seventh year and with the format of the event changed to have qualifying on the Friday and two full days of racing over the weekend, it is an unmissable event for anyone interested in classic cars. The Festival has firmly established itself as part of the classic calendar and offers enthusiasts a chance to see real racing at a historically significant circuit."