‘MAD JACK’ AT THE DONINGTON HISTORIC FESTIVAL, 30 APRIL TO 1 MAY 2011

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Mad JackThe latest highlight announced for the first, action-packed Donington Historic Festival, 30 April – 1 May 2011, will be the ‘Mad Jack’ – a race named in honour of Richard ‘Mad Jack’ Shuttleworth, the pre-War racing driver famous for his daring exploits in both aeroplanes and cars, and the winner of the first ever Donington Grand Prix, in 1935. “The ‘Mad Jack’ will be a truly spectacular 45-minute, 2-driver race, for the most dramatic and entertaining sports cars from the pre-War era,” says organiser Duncan Wiltshire. “We’re inviting huge, powerful 8-litre Bentleys, Type 35 Bugattis and Alfa 8C Monzas, the sort of cars which are raced flat-out, in hairy, four-wheel slides, along with a full array of pre-War models from such marques as Aston Martin and BMW, through to Talbot and Frazer Nash. “While sports cars from the 1930s might not have the straight-line speed of more recent machinery, the wheel-to-wheel action can provide some of the most dazzling and memorable spectacles of an entire race weekend, with the extravagant, eccentric, ‘elbows-everywhere’ drivers clearly visible as they fight with the huge steering wheels – and the cars’ narrow tyres scrabbling for grip in the corners.” The Mad Jack, supported by ecarinsurance.co.uk, will take place at 3pm on the Saturday afternoon of the Donington Historic Festival, 30 April 2011, with further race action continuing right through to 7pm on Saturday, and from 9am to 5.30pm on Sunday 1 May. Among the 300 world-class historic racing cars competing on track are Group C sportscars, pre-72 sports-racing cars, 1972-85 Touring Cars and much, much more. Plus there is off-track action in the form of Group B rally cars and historic karts, along with a trade village featuring art, photos, books, clothing, and a classic car mart and autojumble. Classic car displays of popular marques, brought along by classic car clubs, will add to the spectacle.Tags: