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Earlybird discounted tickets now on sale for the Donington Historic Festival

Just in time to solve the problem of what to get that historic motorsport fan for Christmas, tickets for the 2023 Donington Historic Festival (29/30 April) are now on sale, with Earlybird prices offering extra savings on discounted advance tickets until 31 January.

The Donington Historic Festival (DHF) offers a wealth of on and off-track entertainment for spectators, with two days simply jam-packed with world-class race action, track displays and parades, an open-access paddock and pitlane walks, a trade village, plus the presence of hundreds of cherished classic cars in displays staged by dozens of car clubs. The event attracts a calibre of drivers that matches the calibre of cars, and past and present-day BTCC and Le Mans names are often seen on the entry lists.

This family-friendly event at a circuit renowned for unrivalled spectator viewing is also a great way to introduce the younger generation to the joys of historic motorsport – with the added advantage that you can take it all in on the Saturday and Sunday and still have the Bank Holiday Monday to relax at home!

The racing line-up for DHF 2023 promises spectacular track action. Touring Car fanatics will be over the moon with what’s likely to be a massive turnout from the combined Historic Touring Car Challenge, Tony Dron Trophy, Sixties Touring Car Challenge and U2TC for under two-litre Touring Cars grid. The sight and sound of this grid hurtling towards Redgate will be unforgettable!

Adding to the tin-top fun are races for the HRDC Jack Sears Trophy (for 1958-1966 Touring Cars), the HRDC Gerry Marshall Trophy (for pre-83 Group 1 and 1½ Touring Cars) and a combined race for HRDC Dunlop Allstars (for pre-‘66 Sports, GT and Touring Cars) and HRDC Classic Alfa Challenge (for 750-116 Alfa Romeos) – all of which promise to be tremendously enjoyable.

GT and sportscar fans will not feel left out – DHF 2023 will showcase some of the most beautiful and iconic examples. The ‘Mad Jack’ for Pre-War Sports Cars sees sports cars built before 1941 – and some approaching 100 years old – battle it out round Donington Park, in a wonderful reminder of the circuit’s pre-War racing past. The combined grid for the Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy for pre-56 sportscars and Stirling Moss Trophy for pre-61 sports racers brings together a truly stunning collection of machines, while the epic, three-hour Royal Automobile Club Pall Mall Cup brings the best of both worlds, featuring GT, Sports Racing and Touring Cars built before 1966 in a feast of glamour, pace and action.

The Jaguar Classic Challenge race will once again see a packed grid of ‘big cats’ prowling their way round the circuit, while – new for DHF – there will also be action from the ‘prancing horses’ of the Superformance Ferrari Club Classic series, which will stage no less than three Ferrari-only races at the event.

Earlybird ticket prices start at just £22 for a one-day adult (16+) entry, with discounts for teens aged 13-15. Under 13s are admitted for free. The event features free car parking. For further information and tickets please visit