The May Day bank holiday weekend saw the Donington Historic Festival 2017, which has become a standard date in recent years for the event at the Leicestershire circuit. As normal, there were plenty of on track races and car parades as well as plenty to see around the track, including an incredible number of vehicles from various car clubs across the country.
The races saw vehicles from various vintages and classes, with events as diverse as the HSCC Historic Formula Two International Race series, various historic touring car events, Formula Junior races for pre-61 front engined cars, the Stirling Moss trophy for pre-61 sports cars, the Jaguar Challenge, and of course, the Mad Jack – named after Richard ‘Mad Jack’ Shuttleworth who won the first Donington Grand Prix in his Alfa Romeo Tipo B – for pre-war sports cars. Plenty of the cars taking part had an impressive pedigree, and it is, as always, impressive to see so many of them gathered together.
Some of the cars that had come along with the various car clubs took part in track parades, so that everyone could see them. It was quite a sight as the various cars moved around the circuit to take part in the parade, and then afterwards getting back to their club area.
The festival also had a family fun area with bouncy castles and some retro games, in keeping with the historic nature of the event. Children – and perhaps some not so young – could take part in skittles, horseshoe throwing competitions, quoits, croquet, or even have a go on space hoppers. Brilliant.
There was plenty to buy too with a host of stalls around the paddock as well as the paddock suite having a mix of stalls selling various items and some of the cars of Donington’s past on display given that 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of the re-opening of Donington, including a couple of Formula One cars and a Formula E car, with that series having its teams based at the circuit.
The 2017 festival was, like its predecessors, a great event, and I’m sure that the Donington Historic Festival 2018 is already being planned. Meanwhile, here are a few photos.