2019 dates announced for Donington Historic Festival

An early date for your 2019 diary – Donington Historic Festival's next three-day event is set to continue at its eponymous host venue, Donington Park circuit

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Dates for Donington Historic Festival’s 2019 edition have been announced, the classic motorsport event returning on May 3-5 next year.

The Festival showcases nearly a century of motorsport history each year, ranging from pre-war sports cars to touring cars and historic Formula 1 machinery.

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Though class and vehicle line-ups have yet to be confirmed for the 2019 edition of the Festival, the recently completed 2018 races are a good indication of what will be present next year.

Cars built before 1941 featured in a standalone class, including vehicles from the small and nimble Morgan 4/4 against thundering Bentley 3/4.5s and Frazer Nash Super Sports.

Those seeking historic formula racing were well taken care of, the schedule including Historic Sports Car Club’s Derek Bell Trophy featuring a mixture of V8-powered Formula 5000 cars and Formula 2 machinery from 1967-1969.

Fans of touring car racing, especially cars from Britain’s domestic BTCC series are typically well served. There are Ford Lotus Cortinas aplenty racing against Minis and Alfa Romeo Giulettas, while newer classes are packed with recognisable touring car icons like the BMW M3 E30, Rover SD1, Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500 and Ford Capri.

Expect to see past and present touring car stars pedalling those historic vehicles too. In the most recent Donington Historic Festival earlier this year, Steve Soper raced both a Ford Lotus Cortina and a Rover SD1 Vitesse.

Father and son pairing Mike and Andrew Jordan teamed up to race their family-owned Austin A40, while John Cleland also raced the same Vauxhall Vectra he campaigned during the 1997 BTCC season.

Formula Junior is also a regular fixture of the festival, featuring packed grids with Lotuses, Brabhams and Coopers.

The Festival is also a good opportunity to get up close to racing machinery, thanks to paddocks being fully open to all ticket holders.

For those looking for a step away from the fast-moving racing action, there are always plenty of car club displays on offer in Donington Park’s infield section.

More information about Donington Historic Festival can be found on their website.

Images courtesy of Jakob Ebrey Photography

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