It's 25 years since Senna famously won the British Grand Prix in the rain at Donington Park – there will be special displays to mark the anniversary at Donington Historic Festival
The 25th anniversary of the famous rain-soaked 1993 European Grand Prix, in which Ayrton Senna took a legendary victory, will be celebrated at this year’s Donington Historic Festival on May 4-6.
The Festival’s anniversary theme celebrates that victory in April 1993, when Donington Park hosted its first Grand Prix in 55 years. In treacherous conditions caused by torrential rain Ayrton Senna started fourth, and battled Alain Prost, Damon Hill and Michael Schumacher to win by a remarkable 80 seconds.
F1 cars on show will pay tribute in particular to Ayrton Senna, and were either driven by him or against him during his career up to 1993. They include:
The Toleman TG-184-01 Hart Turbo in which Senna caused a sensation for Friday practice at the 1984 British GP
The Camel Lotus/Judd 101/3 campaigned in 1989 by Nelson Piquet and Satoru Nakajima
Gerhard Berger’s 1992 Canadian GP-winning McLaren MP4/7A-8, courtesy of the Donington Collection museum
The 1993 Benetton B193B raced that year by Michael Schumacher and Riccardo Patrese
The McLaren MP4/8 that was Senna’s test car for the 1993 Donington Park race (courtesy of the Donington Collection museum
Visitors will also be invited to share their memories of the famous race on display boards at the Festival. Before the event, motorsport fans will be able send in their own images and memories of the race, which will be printed out and put up on a shared ‘scrapbook’ board
The 25th anniversary of Senna's win will add to the usual three days of world-class historic motorsport from a wide range of grids, spanning nine decades.
Donington Historic Festival tickets
Tickets are cheapest bought online in advance, starting at just £10 for the Friday practice and qualifying day (£15 on the gate). Children aged under 13 will be admitted for free and there are discounted tickets for teenagers aged 13-15.
Car parking is free, and owners of pre-1990 classics who are not attending with one of the registered clubs can request a free infield display parking pass when they book their tickets.
For more information on the Donington Historic Festival and to book your tickets, please visit the Festival website.
Images courtesy of LAT, Jeff Bloxham and Peter de Rousset Hall