MOTOR RACING: Vintage car festival marks double celebration at Cadwell Park

Vintage sports cars at Cadwell Park
Vintage sports cars at Cadwell Park

There is double cause for celebration at Lincolnshire’s Cadwell Park race circuit this Saturday (June 7).

Cadwell Park will host a double celebration at the Vintage Sports Car Festival, as both the Lincolnshire circuit, near Louth, and the Vintage Sports Car Club (VSCC) celebrate their 80th anniversaries in 2014.

The event recalls the innovative spirit of motor racing’s early pioneers, during an era in which motor racing began to cement its place as a globally popular sport. Many of the cars that will be racing played a part in shaping the blueprint for modern motorsport, and spectators are encouraged to wander into the open paddock to take a closer look at these machines as they are prepared for battle.

A comprehensive racing line-up will include the Shuttleworth, Nuffield and Len Thompson Trophy, which focuses on bespoke racing cars, originally built and raced before 1961.

Cars appearing in this race will include examples of the iconic Bugatti T51 and a number of machines from ERA, a trailblazing British outfit who were based in Lincolnshire when they manufactured racing cars between the 1930s and 1950s.

One of the most hotly anticipated will be the Williams Trophy race for pre-war Grand Prix cars. Named in honour of William Grover-Williams, the trophy awarded to the winner of this contest is the very same given to Williams for his success in the inaugural Monaco Grand Prix in 1929, behind the wheel of a Bugatti Type 35B. A number of similar Bugattis, as well as a variety of others from the iconic French marque, will compete against British MGs and Frazer Nashes for the silverware.

Additionally there will also be Frazer Nash and GN cycle cars, plus exciting action from the Morgan three-wheelers which are ever-spectacular as they fight for grip over the circuit’s Mountain.

Formula 3 500cc cars were amongst the first to race at the circuit during the early post-war era, a time in which Sir Stirling Moss cut his teeth in the category, and they also join the event’s racing line-up.

There will be plenty to occupy spectators away from the circuit too, with large numbers of pre-war vehicles expected to appear on display. Enthusiasts will also have the opportunity to pick up their own pieces of motor racing history at an autojumble.

Advance tickets for the Vintage Sports Car Festival at Cadwell Park are available from £14, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 08434 539000.