Tin-top treats at Donington Historic Festival - Touring Car action set to stun at DHF 2023 (29/30 April)

Tin-top treats at Donington Historic Festival - Touring Car action set to stun at DHF 2023 (29/30 April)

09.03.2023: Touring Car fans are in for an absolute treat at this year’s Donington Historic Festival (29/30 April), with five spectacular races featuring the ever-popular tin-tops. Coming just a week after Donington Park plays host to today’s cars and stars with the

Touring Car fans are in for an absolute treat at this year’s Donington Historic Festival (29/30 April), with five spectacular races featuring the ever-popular tin-tops. Coming just a week after Donington Park plays host to today’s cars and stars with the opening round of the Kwik Fit BTCC, the Festival is a fabulous throwback to decades of Touring Car glory.

DHF Touring Car action kicks off on Saturday, 29 April, with what promises to be a massive, combined grid for the Historic Touring Car Challenge, Tony Dron Trophy, Sixties Touring Car Challenge and U2TC for under two-litre Touring Cars.

The 70's and 80's Touring Cars of the HTCC are the machines most of us wished our parents (or we!) drove back in the day, with ‘favourites’, from Mk1 Ford Escorts and Capris, BMW CSL ‘Batmobiles’, Group A Rover SD1s, MG Metro Turbos, Alfa Romeo GTVs, TWR XJSs to BMW E30 M3s, Nissan Skylines and flame-spitting Sierra RS500 Cosworths.  

Not to be left out, the Tony Dron Trophy sees Ford Capris and Mk 2 Escorts wheel-to-wheel with Triumph Dolomite Sprints, Chevvy Camaros, Alfa Romeos and Golf GTIs. Add to this the pre ’66 under 2 litre Touring Cars of U2TC such as Mk 1 Mini Coopers, Mk 1 Lotus Cortinas, and BMW 1800s and the Group 2 and Group 1 Touring Cars from 1966 to 1969 of the Sixties Touring Car Challenge - think Mk 2 Lotus Cortinas, BMW 2002s, early Mk 1 Ford Escorts, Mk 2 Minis, and Lancia Fulvias - and you will have an absolutely packed grid that promises fabulous racing.  

The first entry into Redgate, with dozens of brightly-liveried machines hurtling away from the start line, will be unforgettable! Qualifying is at 09:45 on the Saturday, with the 50-minute race starting at 13:50.

That’s not the end of the tin-top action for the Saturday. Pre-’60 Touring Cars will also be mixing it out on track with pre-’63 and pre-‘63 GTs and pre-’60 Sports Cars in the epic three-hour Royal Automobile Club Pall Mall Cup, which brings the first day’s racing to an exhilarating close (qualifying: 10:55, race: 15:30).

Sunday, 30 April sees Touring Car action in three races, all from the hugely entertaining HRDC ‘stable’. Making its DHF debut, the HRDC Gerry Marshall Trophy for pre-83 Group 1 and 1½ Touring Cars evokes one of the greatest periods from the glory days of the BTCC, where many of the greatest drivers in UK motorsport history pitched battle against each other.

Named after one of the most successful Touring Car drivers of all time, the HRDC Gerry Marshall Trophy series conjures up the intense battles that were fought by Gerry’s opponents Tony Lanfranchi, Gordon Spice, Stuart Graham, Barrie Williams, Andy Rouse and Win Percy in everything from Capris and Escorts to Rovers, Camaros and Mustangs. Qualifying is at 09:05, with the 45-minte race starting at 13:10.

The combined grid of HRDC Dunlop Allstars for pre-‘66 Sports, GT and Touring Cars and HRDC Classic Alfa Challenge for 750-116 Alfa Romeos echoes the ‘Allcomers’ racers that were a staple part of Club racing in the 1950s and ‘60s.

Bringing pre-’66 Sports, GT and Touring Cars together on the same grid has produced one of the HRDC’s most successful series – and adding in the glamorous Classic Alfa Challenge cars has only increased the appeal of this grid. From mighty Cobras through to Austin A35s, with the added spice of Alfa GTs and Touring Cars, this is an intoxicating cocktail for any petrolhead! Qualifying is at 10:20, and the 30-minute race is at 15:25.

Finally, the weekend finishes with the HRDC Jack Sears Trophy for 1958-1966 Touring Cars. This series is singular in that it embraces all cars from the formative years of what we now know as the BTCC.

From the early cars of the 1950s such as the ubiquitous Austin A35 and A40 giant-killers that battled so fiercely against the thundering Jaguar Mk1s, this series encompasses the development of Touring Cars through the early to mid-1960s with the heady battles between Lotus Cortina, Ford Mustangs and Falcons and, of course, those cheeky Mini Coopers! Watch out for titanic class battles throughout this truly historic grid! Qualifying is at 11:20 and the 45-minute race begins at 17:40, ending the Festival weekend in tin-top style.

The Donington Historic Festival offers a wealth of on and off-track entertainment for spectators, with two days simply jam-packed with world-class race action, track displays and parades, an open-access paddock and pitlane walks, a trade village, plus the presence of hundreds of cherished classic cars in displays staged by dozens of car clubs. The event attracts a calibre of drivers that matches the calibre of cars, and past and present-day BTCC and Le Mans names are often seen on the entry lists.

This family-friendly event at a circuit renowned for unrivalled spectator viewing is also a great way to introduce the younger generation to the joys of historic motorsport – with the added advantage that you can take it all in on the Saturday and Sunday and still have the Bank Holiday Monday to relax at home!

Advance discounted tickets offer great savings over the on-the-gate prices and start at just £25 for a one-day adult (16+) entry, with discounts for teens aged 13-15. Under 13s are admitted for free. The event features free car parking. For further information and tickets please visit www.doningtonhistoric.com.

 Karen Coe , photos Donington Historic Festival

Permanent-URL: http://www.automobilsport.com/tin-top-donington-historic-festival-touring-car-action-dhf-april---248361.html

09.03.2023 / MaP

More News

Regal Gullwing Mercedes lands gracefully at the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu
One of the most beautiful and desirable motor cars ever built is the latest exhibit to take its place at the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu.The distinctive Gullwing Mercedes 300SL was originally supplied by Mercedes-B more >>
Kwik Fit to return to Goodwood Festival of Speed
Automotive servicing and repair giant set to showcase prestigious BTCC partnership After two successful exhibits in 2021 and 2022, official BTCC Title Sponsor Kwik Fit has today announced that it will be returning to this year’s Goodwood Festi more >>
Veteran Cars Ride Again As Summer Run Becomes An Annual Occasion
  Royal Automobile Club confirms re-staging of its curtain-raiser to the annual RM Sotheby’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run – a rare chance for ancient cars to get a shakedown in warmer climesFollowing the huge succe more >>
Vehicles from Mercedes-Benz Classic at the Retro Classics 2023
Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupé “Rolling Chassis” (W 198), 1954In February 1954, the 300 SL Coupé (W 198) production sports car was presented in New York. Its gullwing doors were not an aesthetic end in themselves, but a technical n more >>
Important anniversaries in the history of the Mercedes-Benz brand in 2023
    60 years of the Mercedes-Benz 600 (W 100)    This vehicle was a sensation at the 1963 International Motor Show. The brand advertised the new top model as “The ‘Grand Mercedes’ 600 – The exclusive ve more >>
Mercedes-Benz Classic starts the 2023 season at the Retro Classics
    Trade fair for driving culture, from 23 to 26 February 2023 in Stuttgart    The brand clubs play an integral part in preserving the heritage of Mercedes-Benz    Outlook on the multifaceted classi more >>
Gulf Historic Dubai GP Revival partners with Octanium for landmark Le Mans 60s category - entry form
•    Le Mans 60s category confirmed for the 2023 Gulf Historic Dubai GP Revival•    This year’s event to take place between 8-10 December more >>
Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique - end of this XXVth edition, full results
The XXVth edition of the Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique came to an end this Wednesday evening at the Salle des Etoiles of the Sporting de Monte-Carlo for the traditional Gala Evening. Between nostalgic moments and award ceremonies, let's take a look back at this magical moment and the prize list of this great 2023 event. more >>
Entries open for 2023 Gulf Historic Dubai GP Revival
Bringing the glamour and thrills of classic motorsport to the Middle East •    Third running of the Gulf Historic Dubai GP Revival confirmed for 8-10 December 2023•    Entries are now open for this year’s competitors to be a part of celebration of iconic motorsport• & more >>
Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique - The classics of the Ardèche, live results and more
  Tricky, winding, polar, snowy, exhausting. So many words to sum up this long day, first part of the Common Leg of this XXVth edition. Held in the Ardèche Department, this Sunday's stage revisited some of the Mont more >>
Grand Prix Bordino 2023
Now, after the thirtieth edition of Portofino, we are ready for a new extraordinary adventure around the lands of Piedmont, its landscape being The World Nature UNESCO Heritage; we mean Langhe and Roero. more >>
FIA EHRC What is new in 2023 - Sporting regulations, news and videos
SPORTING REGULATIONS: WHAT’S NEW FOR 2023? With the 2022 season concluded, everyone is looking forward to 2023, when the FIA EHRC will begin in March with the 71st Rally Costa Brava in Spain. The full 9 round 2023 calen more >>
FIA EHRC Champions rewarded in Bologna
On Saturday 10 December all of the 2022 FIA European Historic Rally Champions gathered in Bologna for the 2022 Off Road and Historic Awards Gala.In a glittering ceremony at the Palazzo Re Enzo the awards were presented to the top three drivers and co-drivers in each of more >>
2023 FIA EHRC calendar revealed - with video
The 2023 calendar for the FIA European Historic Rally Championship was approved by the FIA World Motor Sport Council in Bologna.  The championship calendar will feature nine rounds, with Greece joining the championship with the Historic Acropoli more >>
FIA European Historic Rally Championship calendar 2023
FIA European Historic Rally Championship calendar 202316-19/03/2023    ESP    71 Rally Motul Costa Brava20-22/04/2023    CZE    31. Historic Vltava Rallye11-13/05/2023    ESP    14 Rallye de Asturias Histórico01-03/06/2023  & more >>
FIA Historic Formula 3 European Cup calendar 2023
FIA Historic Formula 3 European Cup 07-09/04/2023    FRA    Grand Prix de France Historique, Circuit Paul Ricard - FIA - more >>
The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2023
Initial information on the world’s most exclusive and tradition-rich festival weekend for historic automobiles.On 19 – 21 May 2023, BMW Group Classic will host the legendary Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in cooperation with more >>
ADAC will be involved in historic motorsport
• Pilot project at the Bosch Hockenheim Historic 2023 In the coming year, the ADAC will be involved in historic motorsport on the circuit for the first time. As part of a partnership, the ADAC supports the Bosch Hockenheim Historic as a spo more >>
Gulf Historic Dubai GP Revival - Remarkable race cars and thrilling action ends the season in style
•    Gulf Historic Dubai GP Revival returns for a second year at Dubai Autodrome•    70s, 90s F1, 00s & GT Prototype and 80s sport cars all on track • & more >>
Surprising outcome in the final of the Ypres Historic Regularity
YPRES HISTORIC REGULARITY25-27 November 2022Yves Deflandre and Yves Noelanders take their second victory. The 4th edition of the Ypres Rally Regularity proved to be a very exciting weekend. After a first day o more >>
Lights out for Gulf Historic Dubai GP Revival this weekend
•    Second staging of the 70s-themed event opens its doors on Friday•    Motorsport stars including André Lotterer, Thierry Boutsen and Stefan Johansson to attend•    Car highlights include Hesketh 308b, Williams FW07 and Porsche 962•    On-track more >>
THRR - Introduction to FIA Historic Regularity Rally
The final of the 2022 FIA Trophy for Historic Regularity Rallies will be hosted by the Ostbelgien Classic on the 02-04 December 2022.   The rally is based in the city of Eupen, which is the capital of the German speaking community of Belgium, less than 10 more >>
Larbre Competition enters Gulf Historic with Le Mans-winning Saleen S7R
•    Jack Leconte to drive Le Mans-winning Saleen at Gulf Historic•    Remarkable story of Larbre ingenuity led to 2010 class triumph•    Second Gulf Historic Dubai GP edition taking place this weekend more >>
Motorsport Champions confirmed for this month's Gulf Historic Dubai GP Revial
•    Three-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner, André Lotterer, to compete at the upcoming Gulf Historic Dubai GP Revival•    Oliver Webb aiming to retain his title in James Hunt’s Hesketh 308B•    Sophia Flörsch and Nicolas Prost among others also confirmed more >>
More historic race-winning cars announced for this year’s Gulf Historic Dubai GP Revival
•    Icons of 1980s Formula One to go head-to-head at the Dubai Autodrome this month•    The last Tyrell to win a Formula One Grand Prix, the 011, to go head-to-head with Emerson Fittipaldi’s eponymous F8•    ISMA GT Champions confirmed as well, with the Nissan NPT-90 and Ferrari more >>
6th E-Rallye Monte-Carlo : Pastor and Gazzola ready for the big prize, full results
Stage 4: Monaco > Monaco 77km  TimedThe 4th and final Leg of the 6th E-Rallye Monte-Carlo had a strong WRC flavour, with a route drawn on former stages of the World Championship version, between the departments of Alpes-de-Haute more >>
E-Rallye Monte-Carlo stage 3: Valence > Monaco The longest day - classification
E-Rallye Monte-Carlo Valence > Monaco93 km chronométrés / TimedOver sixteen hours on the road, nearly 500 kilometers to cover between Valence and Monaco, four Regularity Stages. In other words, this 3rd Leg more >>
2 Tours d'Horloge - 10 days to go to the 30th anniversary edition
2 TOURS D’HORLOGE Circuit Paul Ricard4-5-6 NOVEMBER 2022As the countdown brings us closer each day to the 30th anniversary edition of the 2 Tours d’Horloge, the list more >>
Most successful Porsche race car ever meets his Porsche drivers in Leipzig
40 years of Group C – a reunion in Leipzig  •    Most successful Porsche racing car of all time•    The challenge at the time was to build, in record time, a new and powerful more >>
EHRC news - 37th Sanremo Historic Rally and full review video
 The ninth and final round of the 2022 FIA European Historic Rally Championship took place in Italy last weekend with the 37th Sanremo Historic Rally being the host event. more >>
Alfa Romeo presents the “Alfa Romeo Classiche” heritage program
•    Alfa Romeo is pleased to present the “Alfa Romeo Classiche” heritage program, a specific set of services designed to protect and promote its history which is carried out in close cooperation with Stellantis’ Heritage Dept. The presentation will take place on the occasion of the 39th edition of Auto e Moto d’Epoca, one of the most im more >>
The Cape 1000 2023- Entries are open, but filling up fast!
Following the spectacular success of the first-ever Cape 1000 classic car tribute rally earlier this year, entries for the second iteration, which takes place from 19 to 24 March next year (2023) are now open, but the slots are being snapped up quickly! more >>
Silvasti Takes Title after Win at Final Event of 2022 Season in Italy
 Ville Silvasti and Risto Pietilainen finished the second and final leg of the 37th Sanremo Historic Rally as the winning FIA EHRC crew, which was enough to secure the 2022 FIA European Historic Rally Category 4 Driver’ more >>
37th Sanremo Historic Rally, Lucio Da Zanche fifth win
Fifth victory, third in the last three participations, for the driver from Valtellina, who stemmed the comeback of a very fast Angelo Lombardo, who had the categorical imperative of arriving to become overall Italian champion; who, however, honor more >>
First Four Race Winners of Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) Fall Historics Take to the Top Step of Victory Lane
...Friday at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta- Jack Lewis in Jack Lewis Enterprises 1974 No. 9 Porsche 911 RSR and Local Legend Johnny O'Connell in 2011 No. 3 2011 No. 3 Cadillac CTS/VR Friday's Overall Race Winners at HSR Fall Historics- Full HSR Weekend Features Sports Cars and Road Racing Machines From the Last 60 Years Competing in Era-Appropri more >>
Silvasti Leading After Leg 1 of the Sanremo Historic Rally - video highlights, results
Ville Silvasti and Risto Pietilainen were the leading FIA EHRC contenders on the first day of the 37th Sanremo Historic Rally, the 9th and final round of the 2022 season. The no1 Lancia Rally 0 more >>
Sanremo Historic Rally day 1 - An Italian monologue
 The Italian race continues to soar on the West Ligurian Coast race, thanks to Lucio Da Zanche and Angelo Lombardo, who set the best time in all special stages of the first day and finished ahead of Finland's Ville Silvasti. more >>
Sanremo Historic Rally - Numbers and dates of the October 14/15 races in Sanremo
37th Sanremo Historic RallyDays: 2Special Stages: 11Total route; 371.20 kmSpecial stages route; 142.93Validity:FIA European European Historic Rally Championship for Drivers and Co-Drivers. FIA Trophy for EHRC TeamsItalian Historic Car Rally Championship (CIRAS)Michelin Historic Rally Cup more >>
37th Sanremo Historic Rally, 36th Coppa dei Fiori -scrutineering concluded, now the engines are ready to start.
37th Sanremo Historic Rally, 36th Coppa dei Fiori (Flowers Cup)Thursday's day dedicated to sporting checks and scrutineering, as well as the Shakedown, with no major defections with 88 compe more >>


2001-2023 automobilsport.com full copyright