Image:Jeff Bloxham Deep in the heart of the Leicestershire countryside sits the iconic Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit, a sweeping ribbon of tarmac featuring some of the United Kingdom’s most challenging and entertaining corners set amongst the beautiful rolling hillsides of Castle Donington. Donington Park is famed for its mighty undulations and pre and post war racing exploits. At any given event, one can close their eyes and easily imagine the heroes of yesteryear wrestling their auto racing machines at breakneck speeds around the 1.979 mile venue, looking to become champion of the world or simply embracing the pure unrestricted joy of pitting man and machine against each other in the pursuit of reaching the chequered flag in first place. To celebrate a rich history of motor racing this coming weekend, Donington Park will once again reverberate to the chorus of classic cars as the circuit continues its tradition of hosting the annual Donington Historic Festival - an event aimed at bringing back on track a wide variety of different vehicles from the many memorable eras of closed top and open wheel racing heritage. The Donington Historic Festival is a 3 day celebration of motorsport, promising to have upwards of 400 cars spanning across 8 magnificent decades of racing competing against period rivals in three thrilling action packed days of door to door racing, off track activities and demonstrations from some of the finest examples of race, rally and road cars in anywhere in Europe. Image: Peter de Rousset-Hall With races taking place featuring machines from as early as the 1920’s to the late 1990’s, the Donington Historic Festival offers a little something for everyone with an interest in period racing cars. On both Saturday and Sunday, fans at the circuit will be treated to a very special on track display featuring a selection of legendary Formula One machinery in the form of the 2002 Jordan EJ12 from Takuma Sato’s F1 debut year, the ex-Michael Schumacher 1992 Benetton B192, and the 1990 Camel Lotus 102 (ex-Derek Warwick/Martin Brundle/Johnny Herbert). The previous two decades will be represented by the ex-Rupert Keegan 1977 Hesketh 308E, 1983 Williams FW08 (ex-Keke Rosberg/Jacques Laffite), the ex-Jean-Pierre Jarier/Piercarlo Ghinzani/Corrado Fabi 1983 Osella FA1-D and two Tolemans. The 1985 TG-185 is ex-Teo Fabi, while the 1984 TG-184 was Ayrton Senna’s regular test car throughout 1984. As well as the 17 races held over the 3 day event on the main Donington Park circuit, fans attending the festival will be able to enjoy action from the Historic Rally Car Register's mighty collection of Group B specification rally cars. Performing demonstration runs on a specially created stage around the Melbourne Loop area of the track throughout the day. The Group B cars are a must see for anyone with an interest in rally's most dangerous and spectacular period. Image Syd Wall As Donington Park comes alive with the sound of yesteryear (in what for many UK and overseas fans is a highlight of the racing season), we at RaceDepartment.com will be right in the heart of things at the track on Sunday and Monday. We aim to bring you reports of the on track action and share some of the excitement from the events impressive schedule of on and off track activity. Keep an eye out on RaceDepartment next week for a full review of the event and quotes from several of the key personalities involved in running what is fast becoming the UK’s premier historic event outside of the Goodwood Festival. It is still not too late to get in on the action this weekend as tickets continue to be on sale online or on the gate for each of the festival’s 3 days of racing. With free paddock access allowing fans to get up close and personal with the many priceless cars on show, the Donington Historic Festival is a great opportunity to enjoy some of motor sports great sights, sounds and smells first hand. Single-day advance discounted tickets for the Donington Historic Festival are available for a limited period at £21. Two-day tickets are £34 and the full three-day weekend ticket costs just £48 (on-the-gate prices will be £28, £45 and £65, respectively). Children aged under 16 are admitted for free. Advance discounted tickets can be bought via www.doningtonhistoric.com and through the 24-hour ticket hotline 0844 873 7355. Are you attending the 2016 Donington Historic Festival? Have you been to previous editions of the event? What are you most looking forward to seeing out on track? Like classic racing cars? Let us know in the comments section below!