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Review of 2016: Donington Park, UK historic car racing

Story and photographs by Pete Taylor

As happened last year, I find myself with many more photographs than can possibly be included in the race-reports at the time; so I thought that I would put together another collection of mainly un-seen photos (although a few were already published in SCI) covering a fantastic season of classic/vintage car racing at Donington Park.

Jaguar XKEThe circuit has gone from strength to strength since it was re-launched a few years ago, facilities for spectators have improved the viewing areas for immensely; one cannot imagine how much earth-moving has gone on to re-profile vast areas to enable better viewpoints. Old buildings have come down and new ones have gone up; talking to competitors and their support-teams it is clear that Donington Park is a favourite venue in the UK; not just for the superb road-racing circuit but for all the back-up facilities around the paddock. In short, it’s a happy place to be.

The images in this selection are taken from just three of the Historic race meetings; the three-day Donington Historic Festival (imho the best single old-car event in the UK), the two-day Donington Masters Festival and a few shots from one of many Club events, in this case the Classic and Sports Car Club Late Summer Race Meeting.

The advent of digital cameras and smart-phones has turned every member of Joe Public into a photographer, personally I think this is great- but it means that us pros have got to be on our toes and up our game! Some of the photos included here were taken with an iPhone 6 plus- just to show that I can do it too!

I hope that you enjoy the following images; whilst SCI is a global publication its readership is primarily located in the USA, therefore I’ll continue to try to show you folks things you simply cannot see over there. These shots are not out-takes they are just a fraction of the overflow. Please let myself (and Gary Becker, Editor) know what you think. If you’ve got any special requests, don’t be afraid to ask! Pete Taylor.
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