This year Donington Historic Festival is inviting visitors to ‘Get Involved’ by giving spectators the chance to get behind the wheel, or in the passenger seat, for a once-in-a-lifetime driving experience. Visitors can take a lesson in stunt driving, learn how to drift or have a passenger ride in luxurious supercars and classic cars.
These hands-on experiences are part of a new look for the historic racing festival, which takes place at Donington Park circuit, over the May Bank Holiday weekend from Friday 28 – Sunday 30 April.
Highlights of the festival include precision driving legend, Paul Swift, who will be offering stunt driving lessons – teaching people how to J-turn and drift a car through 360 degrees. Paul, who is known as the man behind the Top Gear Live stunts, will also be performing a tribute to ‘The Italian Job,’ a high-speed stunt show starring three classic Minis.
Those keen for more action can also participate in a drift driving lesson from BookaTrack, the UK’s leading track day provider. The experience gives people the chance to learn how to drift a Caterham under the specialist instruction of professional drivers.
Go Motorsport is offering auto solo passenger rides, showing how easy it is to get into competitive motorsport. Additionally, the Sporting Bears Motor Club will be running Dream Rides for passengers to ride in luxurious supercars and classic cars, for a donation to a local charity.
This year, the pit lanes will be open at lunchtimes, giving visitors the chance to get up close and personal to the cars being race prepared. Photo opportunities will also be available at the driver’s podium, giving people the chance to stop and take a photo of themselves standing on the winner’s step.
Advance tickets for Donington Historic Festival 2017 range from £16 for a Friday pass, up to £48 for a three-day package that will give access to all the weekend’s racing and other attractions. Children under 16 can visit the event for free, provided they are accompanied by an adult. Tickets are available online at www.doningtonhistoric.com or on the 24-hour hotline on 0844 873 7355 (charged at 7p per minute plus your network access charge).