Ex-Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari headlines new line-up of F1 cars at Donington Park Grand Prix Collection
A Ferrari 312T5 as driven by F1 legend Gilles Villeneuve is the star attraction of a new series of Formula One cars to go on display at the Donington Park Grand Prix Collection.
The car is from the 1980 season, which although a difficult season for Ferrari, was another which firmly cemented Villeneuve as a key figure in F1’s history. Villeneuve was one of F1’s most spectacular drivers, characterised by his frequent manhandling of sometimes below-par machinery, and a never say die attitude.
Also now included in the collection is a Martini Racing Team Lotus 80 example from the 1979 season, as driven by Mario Andretti. The car was designed by the fabled Colin Chapman and was an attempt to take the ‘ground effect’ first developed with the successful Lotus 79 a step further. Coupled with the ubiquitous Ford Cosworth DFV V8 engine, the car produced incredible amounts of downforce but was ultimately judged too difficult to drive and the Lotus 79 returned to action, making this a very rare example. The Ferrari and Lotus can be found in Hall Two of the Collection.
Another machine now on display in Hall Two is an ex-Frank Williams Racing De Tomaso 505-38 car, raced in the 1970 F1 season by Piers Courage, Brian Redman and Tim Schenken
Other recent cars to be added to the museum include a Shadow DN5 from 1975, driven by Jean Pierre Jarier, as well as a much more recent F1 car, the ex-Jarno Trulli Panasonic Toyota, both now in Hall Three.
Two new additions of an even greater heritage are on show in Hall Five. A spectacular 1954 Jaguar D-Type, which has always been used as a road car, and the very rare 1963 British Racing Partnership (BRP) 1.5 litre Grand Prix machine as driven by Innes Ireland, which completes the new arrivals.
Donington Park Grand Prix Collection Manager Garry Rankin commented: “The Grand Prix Collection and Wheatcroft Military Collection at Donington Park is constantly changing and evolving, but these latest arrivals to our display, particularly the Ferrari and Lotus GP cars are sure to evoke misty eyed memories for all racing fans. Gilles Villeneuve and Ferrari have gone down in history, and it’s a real privilege to have a car as driven by such a legendary driver on display here.”
Entry to the Donington Park Grand Prix Collection, incorporating the Wheatcroft Military Collection is available throughout the year, with admission for adults costing £10 and £4 for children aged 16 and under. Opening hours are from 10am-5pm with last admissions at 4pm. For more information visit www.donington-park.co.uk