Donington Park re-opens with classic fest

By Gary Pinchin -


 04 August 2010 10:52

After a year of turmoil Donington Park is going racing again. On the weekend of August 13-15 the former home of the British Motorcycle Grand Prix will host the Festival of Classic Motorcycle Racing, marking the much awaited re-opening of the iconic Leicestershire circuit.

With the infamous Formula One plans leaving the circuit unusable after redevelopment work on the track was halted due to a financial crisis, the circuit was returned to the Wheatcroft family at the end of 2009. 

With the new leaseholders Adroit, determined to bring Donington back to its former glory, the circuit has been reinstated with the finishing touches just taking place this month. 

A slight change to the right hand Esses will form a slightly longer start and finish straight but otherwise the circuit remains unchanged.

Organised by the Classic Racing Motorcycle Club (CRMC) the festival boasts period racing machines and top class riders. 

With a packed timetable of 50 races and parades featuring a strong representation of international riders the event promises to be a spectators dream with competitive racing at its best.

The CRMC caters for machines from 1945 to 1986, which covers everything from British and Italian single cylinder racers to Japanese multi cylinder superbikes.

This means some of the most spectacular bikes ever built will be competing this weekend including Manx Nortons, Matchless G50s, AJS 7Rs, Aermacchis, Greeves, MT Hondas and TZ 250/350/750 Yamahas.

On Sunday the meeting features major races including the Wheatcroft Trophy Race, a celebration of the man who masterminded and brought racing to the Leicestershire venue, Tom Wheatcroft. 

The meeting will also host two rounds of the ACU UK Classic Championship, the UEM Vintage Motorcycle Cup and the Anglo Nordic Team Challenge, which will see an English team taking on riders from the rest of the world.

Throughout the course of the weekend, paddock entry is free for spectators to sample the nostalgia around some of the most iconic motorcycles ever made.

Adult tickets for the CRMC this weekend (13-15 August) cost £6 Friday and £12 each day Saturday/Sunday or £25 for the weekend for adults with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information go to the CRMC website