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DONINGTON HISTORIC FESTIVAL
Calendar: Historic Racing
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28 Apr 2017 to 30 Apr 2017 08:00 to 18:00
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Location: Castle Donington

Annual Historic Festival. In 2017 qualifying will be on Friday, with racing Saturday and Sunday.

Invited grids so far include all 4 Motor Racing Legends series, FJHRA, GTSCC and Jaguar Challenge.

There are also two races for HRDC categories-
TG/TC63
COYS
Further info on their website...

And two 40 min races for U2TC.
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Old 27 Nov 2016, 06:49 (Ref:3691332)   #2
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In two minds about attending - the last few I have been to didn't really match up to expectation . It's a typical historic weekend meeting masquerading as something bigger and stretching a two day meeting to three . The timing of some feature races has been stupid- much as I love watching T70s etc , if races don't start until 5.30 or later , the 150 mile drive home does tend to mean I have to watch an hour long race for 50s Jags (for example ) at prime time- early afternoon - which is pleasant enough but not what I came to see whilst missing out on the star attraction.
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Old 29 Nov 2016, 21:39 (Ref:3692231)   #3
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Having 1 full day of qualy and 2 full days racing next year might help sort some of that out?
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Old 30 Nov 2016, 13:20 (Ref:3692379)   #4
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In two minds about attending - the last few I have been to didn't really match up to expectation . It's a typical historic weekend meeting masquerading as something bigger and stretching a two day meeting to three . The timing of some feature races has been stupid- much as I love watching T70s etc , if races don't start until 5.30 or later , the 150 mile drive home does tend to mean I have to watch an hour long race for 50s Jags (for example ) at prime time- early afternoon - which is pleasant enough but not what I came to see whilst missing out on the star attraction.

"It's a typical historic weekend meeting masquerading as something bigger and stretching a two day meeting to three ."

now that is it in a nutshell ! very well put
you might see that through the eyes of a speccy, but for an entrant is much the same

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Well, it's getting close and the timetable is on their website-

http://www.doningtonhistoric.com/the-races/ Not sure how that works for you, coppice?

Assuming paddock access is allowed Thursday I'll be arriving then to get organised for qualifying Friday pm and race Sunday morning. That's 3 nights hotel so not the cheapest of meetings to do........ With the event running Friday to Sunday at least competitors won't have to do battle with holiday traffic on the motorways Monday eve!

I know our race (GTSCC) is oversubscribed- reserves plus waiting list, so will be interesting to see how well supported the others are.
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Well, it's getting close and the timetable is on their website-

http://www.doningtonhistoric.com/the-races/ Not sure how that works for you, coppice?

Assuming paddock access is allowed Thursday I'll be arriving then to get organised for qualifying Friday pm and race Sunday morning. That's 3 nights hotel so not the cheapest of meetings to do........ With the event running Friday to Sunday at least competitors won't have to do battle with holiday traffic on the motorways Monday eve!

I know our race (GTSCC) is oversubscribed- reserves plus waiting list, so will be interesting to see how well supported the others are.
Can't wait Mike!
Going to see if i can do all 3 days this year (thanks to a nice crimbo pressie i got last yr) so maybe we'll get the chance for a proper catch up for a change!

Be interesting to see how the one day qualy works and then 2 solid days racing. Should work better than previous format?
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Old 11 Apr 2017, 08:12 (Ref:3725445)   #7
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Be careful with your travel plans if attending this meeting (or indeed anything at Donington for the next 18 months or so); junction 23a to 25 (I think) has just started the roadworks to upgrade to a "smart motorway", and at the same time the parallel A453 between 23a and 24 is down to single lane traffic due to the construction of a new traffic island and a massive distribution complex on the north side of the airport.

The upshot is that traffic on those roads is now backing up even more than it did before, the traffic island at the motorway services is very busy and people are using the road through Donington village (past the race track main entrance) as a "rat run" to try to avoid the problem, causing more problems in the village!

God knows what it will be like this weekend for the BTCC meeting or for the Download concert in June.
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Andy is right. If coming from the South, under no circumstances use the M1 even outside rush-hour - go M40/M42/A42 and come off one junction before you reach the M1.
I travelled up M1 on the Friday before last Saturday's HSCC and it was a nightmare journey the whole way from London - roadworks, speed restrictions, jams and then the gridlock that Andy describes. 3.5 hours for 115 mile trip. On Sat. afternoon after my race I returned via M42/M40 - two hours inc a fuel stop to feed the insatiable Chevy Holley.
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Is this one of those "smart motorways" that actually cause more crashes?
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Can't wait Mike!
Going to see if i can do all 3 days this year (thanks to a nice crimbo pressie i got last yr) so maybe we'll get the chance for a proper catch up for a change!

Be interesting to see how the one day qualy works and then 2 solid days racing. Should work better than previous format?
Yes, Would be good to catch up, James!

Thanks for the motorway updates, guys. I'll be travelling from Kent so can do M40 alternative without too much hassle.....
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Can't wait Mike!
Going to see if i can do all 3 days this year (thanks to a nice crimbo pressie i got last yr) so maybe we'll get the chance for a proper catch up for a change!

Be interesting to see how the one day qualy works and then 2 solid days racing. Should work better than previous format?
From memory I think the first time the event was run day 1 was qualifying and racing on 2 and 3. Better for the enduro stuff. Indeed about the only way they could get a 4hr sports car race (or whatever it was) running into the evening.
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Andy is right. If coming from the South, under no circumstances use the M1 even outside rush-hour - go M40/M42/A42 and come off one junction before you reach the M1.
I travelled up M1 on the Friday before last Saturday's HSCC and it was a nightmare journey the whole way from London - roadworks, speed restrictions, jams and then the gridlock that Andy describes. 3.5 hours for 115 mile trip. On Sat. afternoon after my race I returned via M42/M40 - two hours inc a fuel stop to feed the insatiable Chevy Holley.
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Friday M1 north is always a nightmare from about lunchtime onwards. With the roadworks it is not going to get better and southbound gets screwed as well.

Getting to the circuit may be challenging but anyone thinking of going into Donington should allow good time. At least half an hour from the circuit at peak late afternoon. Maybe an hour if the A42 is also very slow (quite likely) and everyone tries to cut the corner by using the village.

As for the M42/A42 route ...

purely coincidentally I have travelled to Donington from Birmingham for the past 2 Fridays leaving Brum at around 2pm.

M42/A42 was busy on both occasions but at least it kept moving at regulation truck speed.

If travelling in something smaller than a truck there are some options across country.

If the A42 northbound is clogged where it joins the M1, exit early at Ashby north and use the parallel road to Donington but watch out for the speed humps in Breedon.

For the M1 north there is the option to leave at J23 (Shepshed/Loughborough) skirt Shepshed and cut across country via Belton to the south of Donington and join as if coming in from the A42 or head towards (but not into) Diseworth then join the A453 towards the Park from the East.

Both are OK in a car or van.

Slightly trickier if towing - some parts are quite narrow - but better than sitting in traffic. Probably not a good recommendation for a truck of any size. For that Mr. Hadfield would be a much better source of information.
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As qualifying is all on Friday I guess a lot of folks will be pitching up Thursday. It's a normal work day following so fingers crossed there shouldn't be too much of a 'bank holiday' surge Thursday pm.

And leaving the circuit Sunday will hopefully mean just usual traffic for that day rather than May bank holiday Monday mayhem......

More importantly- update on the local eateries / pubs please!
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As qualifying is all on Friday I guess a lot of folks will be pitching up Thursday. It's a normal work day following so fingers crossed there shouldn't be too much of a 'bank holiday' surge Thursday pm.

And leaving the circuit Sunday will hopefully mean just usual traffic for that day rather than May bank holiday Monday mayhem......

More importantly- update on the local eateries / pubs please!
Any particular sort of eateries?

Most of the pubs seem to have either converted to eateries or shut down.

I drove through Diseworth a couple of days ago and discovered The Bull, an incredibly busy pub and food place when we first moved up here and always rammed full with aircrew being next to EMA, seem to have been recently converted to a large centre of village house.

It then struck me that although it was somewhere we went a number of times when we moved here the last time was more than likely about 30 years ago!

We are back to just the three curry houses in the centre of Donington ...
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Last year we had one meal at a pub on the road into town. Just up a side road on the right as you go down the hill. Nags Head? Wasn't impressed.

Curry thurs eve sounds my style- Rest of the team won't have arrived and aren't Indian food fans........

Any of the 3 stand out for VFM?
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