Formula 5000

Donington Historic Festival 2018

The May Day Bank Holiday weekend saw the Donington Historic Festival 2018, and unlike the BTCC rounds there last weekend, the event saw glorious sunshine for the competitors, the spectators, and the various car clubs who spent the weekend at the circuit.

The Donington Historic Festival is always a superb event, and I have posted some photos before from the 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 events. This year was no different, with the usual races including various historic touring car series, a Formula 5000 & Formula 2 event, Formula Junior, pre-61 sportscars, the Jaguar Challenge, and of course the Mad Jack for pre-war cars.

Various car clubs also attend, with the off circuit areas filled with various historic marques of various vintages.

In addition, lunch breaks saw track parades and special demonstration cars. On Saturday, there were three Formula One cars, the 1977 McLaren M26 that James Hunt had raced, Nelson Piquet’s 1989 Camel Lotus, and the 1993 B193 Benetton Ford of Michael Schumacher were on track.








I happened to be walking around the circuit on Saturday as the track parade was forming up. This is only a snippet of it, the actual parade took up almost the full circuit.



The action was not just limited to the ground. The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight provided lunchtime aerial displays, with a Spitfire overhead on Saturday and a Dakota on Sunday.






The open paddock also means that you can get close to most of the various classic and historic cars there for the weekend. It was good to see plenty of HHF #Fever stickers to remember Henry Hope-Frost.




Of course, the cars don’t just look good, they sound good too. The Formula 5000 and Formula 2 races screamed that historic engine sound that you just not hear these days. It was a joy to listen to them as much as to watch them, and they looked magnificent in the glorious sunshine.

Here are some more photos from the Donington Historic Festival 2018.