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Racing Makes a Much-Welcomed Return to the Donington Historic Festival


An overwhelming level of entries for the Donington Historic Festival confirms the eagerness of competitors to return to the track.  With just a fortnight to go to our spectacular season opener, all of the girds have attracted healthy support – particularly from UK based racers. With several grids now over-subscribed, this tenth anniversary edition of the event is shaping up to be a real celebration.

The 2021 Motor Racing Legends season gets straight off the blocks on Saturday 1st May with hour-long races for the Jaguar Classic Challenge and Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy and Stirling Moss Trophies.  Saturday evening will be a memorable occasion with the inaugural all-Ford GT40 Amon Cup, racing for 80 minutes into the dusk.


Sunday 2nd May welcomes our Pre-War Sports Cars to the party with a huge grid contesting the infamous ‘Mad Jack’ two-driver race.  A wall-to-wall Touring Car extravaganza follows with an hour-long thrash for our Historic Touring Car Challenge ahead of the pinnacle of the meeting, the 3-hour Royal Automobile Club Pall Mall Cup race for Pre ’66 GT, Sports and Touring Cars.  A capacity grid of fifty-cars have committed for the three-hour team challenge around Donington’s 3.1km national circuit – one of the most challenging venues in the UK.  The seismic entry sees an astonishing array of race cars, from Jaguar C-type, to MGB, Ford Mustang, Porsche 911, Lotus 26R, Aston Martin DP214 and no fewer than seven AC Cobras in various guises! 


Alongside the Motor Racing Legends grids will be races from the Historic Grand Prix Cars Association and the Formula Junior Historic Racing Association.     

A handful of places are available in a few grids, and reserves are being accepted for others – please email for further details.

Sadly, due to a change in government restrictions, spectators are now not permitted to visit the event.  However competitors will be allowed to stay in motorhomes in the paddock or use local self-catering accommodation and hotels.



Key image Abby Bowers @greaseandgrain other images Oliver Flower @fullthrottlephotos