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