Last Chance To Save With Advance Discount Tickets For Donington Historic Festival

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682390_Jim_HoulgraveAdvance discount ticket sales for the Donington Historic Festival (May 3rd, 4th, 5th) close at 5pm on Wednesday, May 1st, so there are only a few days left to secure savings on the on-the-gate prices. Drivers, cars and spectators are travelling from across the globe for the event – some from as far afield as Australia, Russia and the USA – making this a truly international historic race meeting. And what a race meeting it will be, with over 400 iconic race cars from pre-War Alfa Romeos, Bugattis and Maseratis to thunderous Group C cars taking to the track. Advance tickets cost £12 for the Friday, £20 for Saturday or Sunday and just £36 for a three-day weekend ticket. On-the-gate prices will be £15 for Friday, £25 for Saturday or Sunday and £45 for the three-day weekend. Children aged under 16 are admitted for free. Until 5pm on Wednesday May 1st, advance discounted tickets can be bought via and through the 24-hour ticket hotline 0844 873 7355. Fast and furious action from Friday through Sunday 682393_PeterdeRoussetHallThe action kicks off on Friday with both qualifying and racing. The HGPCA Nuvolari Trophy pre-1940 GP cars with Hall & Hall, Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy pre-56 sportscars, pre-66 and 66-85 Touring Cars, Historic F2 and pre-72 sports-racing cars will be qualifying until mid-afternoon. This is interspersed with an on-track display from one or more of the Ayrton Senna cars appearing at the event, a car club parade and a demonstration run by Donington Park owner Kevin Wheatcroft’s superb replica of a 1937 Mercedes-Benz W125 Grand Prix Car. There’s also a flypast by the Douglas C-47 Dakota of the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and historic rally car demonstrations. Friday’s racing begins just before 4pm, with the E-Type Challenge and Formula Junior races before the day’s entertainment ends in spectacular fashion with one of the weekend’s big races; the 75-minute Pre-63 GT race, with SWB 250 Ferraris set to line up against DB4 GT Astons, E-type Jaguars, Morgans, AC Aces, Lotus Elites, etc. Saturday includes qualifying for Group C and the Stirling Moss Trophy pre-61 sportscars, followed by races for the E-Type Challenge, HTCC for 1966-85 Touring Cars with 70s Celebration and the HGPCA Nuvolari Trophy pre-1940 GP cars with Hall & Hall – all before lunch! Formula Junior, U2TC pre-66 under two-litre Touring Cars, the Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy pre-56 sportscars and HSCC Historic F2 races follow in the afternoon, before the day ends with the 60-minute ‘1000km’ competition for pre-72 sports-racing cars. Sunday morning will see racing from HSCC Historic F2, Group C and the Stirling Moss Trophy for pre-61 sportscars. And the final afternoon’s race action features the pre-War GP cars in their second race, Masters pre-66 Touring Cars and a second Group C race, before 90 glorious minutes from the Masters pre-66 GT Gentlemen Drivers series to round off the weekend in style. This final race features one or two drivers per car, pit stops and a grid that is set to include Aston Martins, ACs, Jaguars, Porsches, Ferraris, Austin Healeys, Chevrolets, Triumphs, Alfa Romeos and Lotuses; all guaranteed to send spectators home very happy indeed. And, of course, both Saturday and Sunday also feature the busy programme of demonstrations and off-track attractions, so spectators can enjoy more historic rally car action, the Ayrton Senna cars on the track and in the paddock, car club parades and displays and W125 replica demonstrations plus the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flypast – with the Flight’s Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane scheduled to appear on each of these days. And throughout the Festival, spectators will also have full access to the open paddock, so they can really get a good look at the fabulous historic racing machinery gathered together for the weekend.Tags:,