Donington Historic Festival announces dates for 2017
Donington Historic Festival has announced a number of exciting changes following the latest redevelopment at one of the UK’s most iconic racing tracks. With a restored infield and a refreshed paddock now up and running at Donington Park, the event plans to capitalise on the new facilities that have been made available for 2017.
Following feedback from spectators and competitors, who come from all over Europe to compete, the festival is now running from Friday 28 to Sunday 30 April. This allows all the excitement of qualifying to take place on the Friday, and even more action-packed racing on Saturday and Sunday.
With an established reputation as a premier international historic racing event, the new format is an exciting change that will allow this year’s festival to be even bigger and better. Stars of the 2016 event included Le Mans winner Jackie Oliver and BTCC champions Andrew Jordan, Matt Neal and Colin Turkington. They were joined on the track by a spectacular variety of historic racing cars, from famous marques such as Ferrari, Aston Martin, Jaguar, BMW, Bugatti, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Lotus and Lola, to name but a few.
The theme of this year’s event – the seventh consecutive Donington Historic Festival – is ‘get involved’ and organisers have invested in a diverse range of entertainment both on and off the track in which families and fans can get immersed. This means that the popular rally car stage returns, together with a new stunt driving arena and other new attractions soon to be announced.
Richard Grafton, commercial director of Historic Promotions – which organises Donington Historic Festival – commented: “There is nothing like getting close to the action and experiencing historic racing cars in all their glory. Donington is a great venue for allowing visitors to become part of the story and, now that the site has even more space available, we have an exciting opportunity to expand what we can offer.”
He continued: “This year, we wanted to create an immersive experience and so we’ve secured more content in which people can participate. It is an event that gives visitors close access to exhilarating entertainment, so we want people to leave Donington Historic Festival with a sense of delight and amazement at what they have experienced.”
Tickets for Donington Historic Festival will go on sale from early November 2016. For more information, visit www.doningtonhistoric.com.