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Donington Historic Festival revs into life next weekend

Friday, April 27 2018

The Donington Historic Festival returns for an eighth year next weekend (4-6 May), with over 400 rare and iconic classic cars dating from the 1920s to the early 2000s set to battle it out. 

The all-access paddock will be scented with the unmistakable fragrance of Castrol R and other evocative odours that instantly transport enthusiasts back to the golden era of motorsport. It's a classic motor racing fan's dream come true, as Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Austin-Healey, Bentley, BMW, Bugatti, Frazer Nash, Ferrari, Jaguar, Lister, Lotus, Porsche - to name but a few of the legendary marques represented in the entry list -  take to the track in a living motorsport museum.

Touring car buffs have not one, not two, but five different grids of tin tops spanning six decades with seven races between them, including the HSCC Super Touring Car Challenge which rebirths some of the classic machines that sprung the British Touring Car Championship to worldwide fame in the 1980s and 90s. 

There's glamour galore in the 1950s and 60s GTs and sports cars, and single-seater action from historic Formula Juniors, Formula 5000 and Formula 2 cars. Meanwhile, proving that age is no barrier to agility on the track, a fine selection of pre-war sports cars will show what motor racing looked like in the 1920s and 30s and recreate the memories of Donington's legendary early years.

Spectators can also enjoy a celebration of Donington Park's famous 1993 European Grand Prix with F1 car track demonstrations on the Saturday and Sunday of the event, plus static displays on all three days. In addition, there are pitlane walks, Group B rally car and historic kart demonstrations, thousands of classic cars gathering on the infield, lunchtime classic car club parades and DHF's family-friendly, inclusive atmosphere.

Tickets are available in advance and offer savings compared to on the day prices. Individual day tickets start at £10 with the full three day weekend priced at £40. For more information visit www.donington-park.co.uk or call 0843 453 9000.