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MASTERS DONINGTON HISTORIC W/END
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18 Jul 2020 to 19 Jul 2020 07:30 to 19:30
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Location: Donington Park

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Old 17 Jul 2020, 10:50 (Ref:3988916)   #31
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Only as far as Coppice.



I wonder of the toilet blocks will be open? Does anyone know?
Yes. they have to provide toilet facilities by law. if you check the donington website they say that they will be open with increased cleaning
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Old 17 Jul 2020, 11:19 (Ref:3988926)   #32
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Yes. they have to provide toilet facilities by law. if you check the donington website they say that they will be open with increased cleaning

That's good news especially if they are all open.

I note from the map linked that the old toilet facilities at Coppice (that came and went from time to time after the original permanent block was demolished) seem to have been moved to a location between McLeans and Coppice.

I have seen some reports in the media about very hot weather this weekend but Accuweather seems to be suggesting quite normal temperatures - perhaps even a little low for July. So taking a trek around the circuit should be OK. Assume there will be no catering out there and take water with you on the trek.
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Old 17 Jul 2020, 20:02 (Ref:3989096)   #33
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This is getting deeply tiresome. Pubs and cafes are open, shops, hairdressers and cafes . But I can't walk in the open air across a large expanse of tarmac , then through a wide tunnel from the paddock .
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Old 18 Jul 2020, 19:10 (Ref:3989277)   #34
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Very pleasant day at Donington. Walked multiple loops inside and outside the track - many thanks for all the tips. Fields a little thin but some good quality. Donington is transformed since my last visit in 2015.
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Old 19 Jul 2020, 19:17 (Ref:3989572)   #35
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Glorious weather today. Superb racing amongst a small group in the Minis, in both races.

Other sessions a bit mixed but I've really enjoyed the weekend. Great to be out again!
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Old 19 Jul 2020, 21:45 (Ref:3989592)   #36
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Was only there for Saturday but was great to be back at Donington. Considering how thing are at the mo, the grids were respectable and let to sum great racing in the races I seen.

Anyway heres my vid from the day, 00:00 - 21:45 is the morning qualifying sessions with the races 21:45 - 36:20.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANpnMWUg9KE
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Nice day out , and wonderful to see and hear stuff like T70s and DFVs. Some good racing , some a bit underwhelming and I left when the (two car) F 1 demo started .



But in mid March I was wondering if we'd see racing at all this year (and even if we would be there to see it ) , so being able to enjoy an ice cream in the sun with Formula One cars was a long overdue treat.
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Old 20 Jul 2020, 08:03 (Ref:3989665)   #38
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[QUOTE=coppice;3989663]Nice day out , and wonderful to see and hear stuff like T70s and DFVs. Some good racing , some a bit underwhelming and I left when the (two car) F 1 demo started .

Or as the commentators gently pointed out - F1 replicas - and it appears even that was only the liveries.

However, you missed a cracking Mini race - smallish field again but a superb battle for the minor placings.
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Old 20 Jul 2020, 14:26 (Ref:3989741)   #39
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A very pleasant Sunday with some good racing as other have already observed. Lookes tlike the spectator numbers were pretty good for the modern era as well.

The Ice cream van near the entrance seemed to be busy all day.

The F1 race was pretty tight at the front most laps.

Slightly surprised that on the day entrance was £21 and that was something I had not seen mentioned at all on the website. Normally a couple of quid would be considered acceptable. But without dedicated staff for selling only tickets I'm not sure the £6 difference was justified.

None of the discounts for local residents, pensioners, or DPRAC members seem to available this year. Possibly no surprise but then they are running events almost every day now and noise levels seem a little higher than expected. The new houses being built very close to the Eastern end of the track are unlikely to be shielded by some newly planted shrubbery and may help the noise transmission further afield. Some local PR activity might be advisable for the future.

On a positive note, parking at the tarmac lake was quite convenient and I noted that there were a few cars accessing the inner spectator areas - presumably allowed in through the gates under some dispensation. The lockable poles that were installed last year to keep vehicles out seem to have disappeared so perhaps once (if?) the circuit gets back to something closer to previous operation access will become more available for those wishing to investigate the more distant parts of the circuit without having to walk there. For the bigger meetings with a lot of spectators I can see a need for restrictions but for club meetings they should not be a necessity. IMO.
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I found the meeting a bit of a curate's egg, good in parts. Although only eight historic Formula One cars finished in both races there some good scraps, and don't you just love the noise? The Aston Martin sponsored Endurance Legends was a bit of a joke. two forty minute qualifying sessions on Saturday with maybe four cars on track at a time.And then a forty minute race with seven cars. Yawn. The HGPC race in the wet was fun. And the 90 minute Gentlemen Drivers had its moments. First time for me without a photo tabard in fifteen years so I felt a bit left out. I know what you're thinking-spoiled brat. Couple of images anyway. Copyright www.retro-speed.co.uk
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I attended Donington for both days last weekend. Whilst being disappointed at not being able to access the Paddock it was an enjoyable experience. Sat in the new stand (Haven't been to Donington for 10 or so years) which gave fantastic views of the circuit. My only grumble would be the lack of catering facilities. The only one was an independent wagon who had clearly realised they had a captive audience. It was a complete rip off and I heard others grumbling as well. To be fair this is unusual for a MSV circuit and sadly the cafe being in the Paddock was not accessible.
Please no more F1 Demos unless they are proper F1 cars not a WSR car and a Honda painted as a Mercedes with a V6 engine! Very tedious.
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Photos from "A Walk in the Park" (with occasional engine noises) now here. Having got as far as Coppice with camera, lenses, monopod, step and provisions I spent most of the day there. Confirmed my dislike of shooting through the fence but I do like the images you can get there with something other than gravel run offs, tyre walls and fences in the background. Inside of Coppice is a superb spot but don't tell anyone else. Small grids disappointing and would happily take 40 minute Mini races and let the few Endurance Legends off with 20 minutes. https://flic.kr/s/aHsmPxPEdt
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Photos from "A Walk in the Park" (with occasional engine noises) now here. Having got as far as Coppice with camera, lenses, monopod, step and provisions I spent most of the day there. Confirmed my dislike of shooting through the fence but I do like the images you can get there with something other than gravel run offs, tyre walls and fences in the background. Inside of Coppice is a superb spot but don't tell anyone else. Small grids disappointing and would happily take 40 minute Mini races and let the few Endurance Legends off with 20 minutes. https://flic.kr/s/aHsmPxPEdt
A very small gap in the fence at Coppice, but enough.
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I think we have to congratulate Masters, MSV and HGPCA for the meeting. Although a mainly British crowd of racers and teams, given the timeframe since the date was announced and the event taking place as well as the fact that almost no foreigners would make it, good numbers and good to see all back racing.

I came as an official and from Switzerland, it wasn't easy to see this happening just a few weeks back, I could also understand why foreign racers did not make any comitment as the travelling restrictions were only lifted the week before and some countries actually enforce quarantine on people travelling back from the UK. All in all a positive.

I just hope to see more social distanciation in the future and in the paddock as well.
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I just hope to see more social distanciation in the future and in the paddock as well.
Louis, I can see where You are coming from and why officials need to emphasise this, to make sure motorsport at large can get back on track
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while necessary at the moment and possible for longer that we like to think

social distancing takes away half the fun, for me at least

for me a weekend of racing means at least 3 days away from home
it about more than 40 minutes in the car

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