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Donington Historic Festival 2016: everything you need to see

Heading to the Donington Historic Festival this year? Here's what you can expect to see (and hear!)


It’s been a while since the roar of an F1 car rang round Donington Park Circuit, but this month a cacophony of F1 engine noises will once again permeate the Leicestershire circuit as part of Donington Historic Festival.

The event – which takes place on 30 April, 1 May and 2 May – will feature spectacular demonstrations of Formula 1 cars spanning four decades, as well as other competition machines from the 1920s to 1990s. 

The youngest Formula 1 cars at the event include the 2002 Jordan EJ12 from Takuma Sato’s F1 debut year, the 1992 Benetton B192, which was driven by Michael Schumacher, and the 1990 Camel Lotus 102. 
 
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Then there are the machines from the 70s and 80s… These include the ex-Rupert Keegan 1977 Hesketh 308E and the 1983 Williams FW08 (ex Keke Rosberg/Jacques Laffite). But the star of the show has to be the 1984 TG-184, which was Ayrton Senna’s regular test car throughout 1984. It was that same year, in that same machine, that the Brazilian caused a sensation at Brands Hatch, setting the fastest time in both of the day’s sessions. 

These – along with almost 400 other race machines – will rip around Donington circuit throughout the festival’s 17 races. 

Donington Park has been one of the nation’s premier circuits since it opened in 1931. It’s hosted the Silver Arrows in the 1930s and — in 1993 – Formula 1, alongside other race series such as MotoGP. 

The Donington Historic Festival will pay homage to its racing legacy and in particular the 80th anniversary of Richard Seaman and Hans Ruesch’s victory in the 1936 Donington GP. This special occasion will be marked by staging the HGPCA Nuvolari Trophy, with a grid of iconic pre 1950 Grand Prix and Voiturette cars.

The event will also feature historic rally cars and historic karts, not to mention the dozens of car clubs who will gather in the infield’s Club Village area. Indeed, this is an event that definitely sings for its supper.

Single day advance tickets for the event cost £21 and a two-day ticket costs £34. Children under age 16 are addicted for free. For further details and tickets, visit www.doningtonhistoric.com or call 0844 873 7355.

Words: Rachael Clegg

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