The Donington Historic Festival signals the beginning of the classic racing season in the United Kingdom. The festival itself is only three years old but has quickly gained international recognition. This year’s event saw an extensive field of more than 400 historic racing cars challenge the Donington Park circuit.
Events such as the Donington Historic Festival are like being transported back through history in a weekend. The most exciting racing cars from the last one hundred years were on display. One minute you can be watching priceless Bugatti and Maserarti’s from the ’30s and ’40s on the track, followed by action from the 60’s and 70’s Ferrari’s and Aston Martin’s.
Over 20,000 people came through the gates over the three day race weekend, which featured 18 races for 13 grids spanning seven decades of racing history. Some of the more prominent races included the HGPCA Nuvolari Trophy for pre-1940 Grand Prix cars, the HMRN Pre-63 GT race, and the Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy for pre-56 sportscars.
The entry list for the HGPCA Nuvolari Trophy Race featured a pair of Alfa Romeo Tipo B P3, including the 1935 Donington Grand Prix winner. In addition to a selection of ERAs, an Alfa Romeo Monza, Bugatti T35s, T37s and a T39, Maserati 4CMs, 6CMs and 8CMs and a Talbot-Lago T26SS, among others
Photo Credit Pavel Novitski