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The 2014 Don­ing­ton His­toric

Fes­ti­val takes place over the first Bank Hol­i­day of the year (3-5 May). Highly com­pet­i­tive his­toric mo­tor­sport is guar­an­teed.

The Satur­day in­cludes two Tour­ing Car races, with Mo­tor Rac­ing Leg­ends’ His­toric Tour­ing Car Chal­lenge for 1966-85 Tour­ing Cars kick­ing off the ac­tion, and HRDC ‘Cel­e­bra­tion of the BTCC’ for Tour­ing Cars 1958-1965 pro­vid­ing the fi­nale. In be­tween, the HSCC His­toric For­mula 3 prom­ises sin­gle-seater ac­tion, with evoca­tive ‘scream­ers’ from 1964-1970.

Sun­day sees the first parts of the Fes­ti­val’s two fea­ture races – the Mo­tor Sport 90th An­niver­sary Tro­phy for pre-War Sports Cars, likely to fea­ture such leg­endary mar­ques as Bent­ley, Bu­gatti, Alfa Romeo, As­ton Martin, Frazer Nash, BMW, Vaux­hall, Ri­ley, MG and Tal­bot, and the Maserati Cen­te­nary Tro­phy, show­cas­ing cars from the 1930s to the 1960s, pow­ered by en­gines built by Maserati or OSCA. The day ends with sixty glo­ri­ous min­utes of the FIA Masters His­toric Sports Car Cham­pi­onship for Le Mans-style sports cars and ‘Group 4’ cars from 1962-1974.

The Bank Hol­i­day Mon­day fea­tures an­other mag­nif­i­cent ar­ray of his­toric rac­ing cars. The Mus­tangs, Lo­tus Corti­nas and Ford Fal­cons of the Masters Pre- 66 Tour­ing Cars will be put through their paces. The Stir­ling Moss Tro­phy for pre-1961 sportscars is al­ways hugely en­ter­tain­ing, while the Fes­ti­val ends in high style, with a ninety minute Masters Gen­tle­men Driv­ers pre- 66 GT race.

Ad­vance tick­ets cost £20 for a sin­gle day, £32 for a two-day ticket and £45 for a three-day weekend ticket (on-the-gate prices will be £25, £40 and £60 re­spec­tively). Kids aged 13 and un­der are ad­mit­ted for free.

His­toric Tour­ing Car Chal­lenge is on the bill.

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