Donington Historic Festival to celebrate 90th anniversary of Motor Sport magazine with pre-War sports car race

A fantastic array of racing cars from the 1920s and 1930s will battle it out on the track at this year’s Donington Historic Festival (May 3rd, 4th, 5th) in a pre-War sports car race to mark the 90th anniversary of Motor Sport magazine.

Organised by Motor Racing Legends, the Motor Sport 90th Anniversary Trophy will be a double-header, held on the Sunday and Monday of the Festival. Each part will last 30 minutes, and include pit-stops, to evoke that true period feel and memories of the earliest days of the magazine and of racing at Donington Park.

With a grid that’s likely to feature such legendary marques as Bentley, Bugatti, Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Frazer Nash, BMW, Vauxhall, Riley, MG and Talbot, it promises to be enormously entertaining. These cars might not boast the straight-line speed of later racing machines, but the exhilarating wheel-to-wheel action, the sight and sound of narrow tyres scrabbling for grip and the spectacle of drivers wrestling with huge steering wheels should prove unforgettable.

Event founder Duncan Wiltshire said: “This is the race that links the history of Donington Park to the Festival and to be able to celebrate the 90th birthday of Motor Sport is perfect. We’ll have cars on the grid from the year that the magazine was founded, and we’ll make a big paddock feature of the cars between races.”

The magazine’s editor Damien Smith said: “It’s entirely fitting that we should celebrate this notable anniversary with a race, at one of Britain’s oldest circuits, for sporting cars dating back to our first year of publication. Founder editor Bill Boddy would surely have approved.”

Advance tickets on sale

The Donington Historic Festival offers world-class historic motorsport at family-friendly prices, with advance ticket discounts making the price of entry even more friendly.? Advance tickets cost? £20 for a Saturday, Sunday or Monday single day ticket, £32 for a Saturday + Sunday or Sunday + Monday 2-day ticket and just £45 for a 3-day weekend ticket. On-the-gate prices will be £25 for Saturday, Sunday or Monday single day tickets, £40 for Saturday + Sunday or Sunday + Monday 2-day tickets and £60 for the 3-day weekend tickets. Kids aged 13 and under are admitted for free.

Advance discounted tickets can be bought via and through the 24-hour ticket hotline 0844 873 7355. Advance ticket sales close at 5pm on Wednesday, April 30th 2014.

There are also special discounts for members of car clubs that have registered with the Festival, and car club organisers are invited to register their club via the car club section on the event’s website to allow their members to enjoy these benefits.

With close-fought racing every day, over 400 historic racing cars spanning seven decades, historic rally car and karting action and a ‘living motoring museum’ created by dozens of car clubs displays, plus a host of other entertainment and attractions, exhilaration and entertainment is guaranteed on every day of the Festival.

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