Don­ing­ton His­toric Fes­ti­val

Lots of glo­ri­ous clas­sics both on and off the track made this year’s 40th an­niver­sary event truly spe­cial

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Nick Larkin

The 2017 Don­ing­ton His­toric Fes­ti­val marked 40 years of Don Wheatcroft re-open­ing the cir­cuit, but some of the cars com­pet­ing had ac­tu­ally raced on the Le­ices­ter­shire cir­cuit be­fore World War II.

A novel fea­ture was ‘Get In­volved’, with vis­i­tors be­ing able to watch stunt driv­ers, sam­ple a Cater­ham and en­joy pas­sen­ger rides in clas­sic cars pro­vided by the Sport­ing Bears.

A high­light of the event was Sun­day’s HRDC Coys Tro­phy for Pre-’66 Tour­ing Cars, which saw Ford Mus­tangs bat­tling for supremacy over Lo­tus Corti­nas, Minis, Jaguar Mk2s, Ri­ley 1.5s and Austin A35s dur­ing a nail-bit­ing 45 min­utes of track ac­tion.

Af­ter a fi­nal fe­ro­cious Lo­tus Cortina bat­tle, David Tom­lin in his 1965 ex­am­ple (KFR 218D), emerged vic­to­ri­ous – hav­ing also won the race last year. He said: ‘ There was a lot of dif­fer­ence in car speeds; and pass­ing some of the back-mark­ers was quite dif­fi­cult be­cause they were hav­ing their own race.

‘ The Don­ing­ton His­toric Fes­ti­val is just a great event.’

Tom But­ter­field cam­paigned this 1958 Jaguar Mk1 at the event.

Im­pres­sive club dis­play from the East Mid­lands-based Robin Hood Mini Club.

HRDC Tro­phy for Pre-’66 Tour­ing Cars was won by David Tom­lin and his Lo­tus Cortina.

Ge­off Ta­tum and part­ner Sue have owned their Tri­umph TR6 for four years.

A Lo­tus Cortina leaves the track with a lit­tle help from three will­ing mar­shals.

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