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Date announced for 2016 Donington Historic Festival

Published 29 July 2015

More than 400 historic race cars dating from the 1990s back to the 1920s will line up on the grid at the 2016 Donington Historic Festival.

Next year’s even will be held over the early Bank Holiday weekend from Saturday, 30 April, to Monday, 2 May.

With its combination of competitive historic motor racing and an open-access paddocks, it’s a popular event on the calendar.

Visitors can also experience tyre-smoking historic rally car demonstrations, historic karts action and hundreds of classic cars on show in the infield.

Festival founder Duncan Wiltshire said, ‘There is something very special about Donington Park - the only pre-War race circuit that is still in use.

The circuit brings an unrivalled sense of history to the meeting, which is highly appropriate for a historic event.’

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In 2016, the circuit will be celebrating the 80th anniversary of Dick Seaman/Hans Ruesch’s win at the Donington ‘British Grand Prix’. 

This year’s festival saw everything from pre-War sports cars and historic Grand Prix cars to Touring and Super Touring Cars take to the track – with a spectacular selection of 50s, 60s and 70s sports cars, GT cars and sports-racing prototypes thrown into the mix.

Rally car action came in the form of demonstrations from Rallying with Group B and the Historic Rally Car Register.

The infield was packed with hundreds of classic cars from dozens of car clubs, and Festival organisers will be inviting clubs to join the party and stage displays in 2016.

Ticket prices for the 2016 Donington Historic Festival will be announced later this year, and tickets will go on sale in November.

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