An early start (0600hrs) for myself & David Archer traveling with a good friend of ours Colin Jones and his son Matthew, we headed south for a two and a half hour drive to Donington. The drive was horrendous in torrential rain with several accidents witnessed on the M1 even though the majority of the journey seemed to be through roadworks with a 50MPH limit covered by average speed cameras!
We arrived just in time for the start of the first race and were treat over the day to the sights, sounds and smells of over 400 historic racing cars dating from the 1990s back to the 1920s.
The nostalgia flowed even more with hundreds of classic cars in the paddock and at lunchtime, the air resonated with the raucous sound of the F 1 cars from the 1970s, 80s and 90s.
There was an amazing variety of cars from formula Juniors, Historic Formula 2s, Historic Touring Cars, Super Touring, GT and Sports cars. It was amazing to see such a variety of cars competing in the same races with the Alfaholics Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA competing with Lotus Cortinas a plenty,
The amazing Ferrari Bread Van racing flat out, a vehicle we estimate to be worth currently £10m+. The weather warmed up after lunch and we basked in glorious sunshine.
The event saw the first-ever round of the new HSCC Jaguar Heritage Challenge, with a staggering line-up of ‘caged cats’ including C, D and E-types, XK120s and 150s and a trio of Mk1s, E-types took the top 10 spots.