Addicts of old-style racing and sporting cars poured into the Donington Park Circuit in the Midlands of England Saturday and Sunday (21 and 22 July) for the International Classic Car Weekend.
Addicts of old-style racing and sporting cars poured into the Donington Park Circuit in the Midlands of England Saturday and Sunday (21 and 22 July) for the International Classic Car Weekend. They rejoiced in the sleek lines and throaty roars of cars that had preened themselves on the highways and racing circuits one and two generations ago. Englishman Willie Green sparked memories on Sunday by winning the final race -- the Esso Historic Single Seater Championship -- in a blood-red Ferrari Dino Two-four-six.
SYNOPSIS: Possibly the most famous of the dozens of cars here -- an historic Mercedes benz Three Hundred SLR. In 1955, Stirling Moss won the Mille Miglia in this car in what was considered the finest exhibition ever of road-race driving.
An aristocrat of a different breed -- the Daimler E four-litre Light Straight Eight.
And the unmistakable lines of a Porsche sports car that lit up the eyes of the officials, as did another thoroughbred of the last decade -- A Jensen C.V. Eight Mark Two.
Altogether, there was a feast of sophisticated metal at this, the world's largest festival of vintage, historic and classic cars.
The sights and sounds of a bygone era drifted back as the splendid machines lined up and revved their motors for the historical single seater championship...an array of Alfa Romeos, Maseratis, Bentleys, Cooper Bristols and Bugattis. If there is a heaven for car fanatics, it will look and sound and smell, much like this scene.
Here's a Lotus Sixteen Climax FPF, driven by Bruce Halford...Green's Ferrari...and Neil Corner in a BRM P Twenty-five.
Nostalgia and excitement for the spectators as the cars roar away on the first of fifteen laps.
Green went quickly into the lead, followed by Corner's Lotus in what proved to be the final finishing order.
A Maserati leading one pack recalled the car's great racing days of the 1950s.
But nothing was destined to get in front of the prancing white house insignia on the nose of Green's Ferrari, whose pedigree was built to last.
So Green takes the chequered flag from Corner and Halford, and this three-dimensional album of yesteryear's motor racing was reluctantly closed...until the next festival.