Cadwell Park gears up for buzz of the annual vintage festival

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CADWELL Park race circuit near Louth holds its annual Vintage Festival, one of the most popular events at the Lincolnshire circuit, this Saturday, June 9.

Organised by the Vintage Sports Car Club and featuring the prestigious Shuttleworth and Nuffield Trophies, the undulating, tight and twisty track is a favourite amongst the club’s racers, and the festival annually draws the venue’s biggest crowd for a car event.

The Vintage Festival features a full programme of races for pre-war and historic racing cars in addition to three special events including the Williams Trophy race for pre 1934 two seater Grand Prix cars, which will attract a strong grid of Bugattis, the dominant marque of the time.

Fresh from a memorable victory in the Monaco Historic Grand Prix, Mac Hulbert’s ERA R4D will contest the headline Shuttleworth and Nuffield Trophy race alongside Terry Crabb’s ERA R12C and Ben Fidler’s ERA AJM1.

From their factory in Bourne, Lincolnshire, ERA pioneered British motorsport engineering, an industry that now leads the world and this weekend represents a rare opportunity to enjoy watching evocative pre-war Voiturette racers competing on their home turf. Helping to recreate the legendary battles of the period between the English ERAs and Italian Maseratis will be Sean Danaher’s 6CM and Simon Edwards’s 4CM from the Modenese constructor.

Meanwhille Paul Baker’s 1923 Richard Bolster Special and Tony Lees’ 1925 AC/GN ‘Cognac’ special have not been seen at Cadwell Park since the 1990s and will also be racing this weekend alongside 35 Frazer Nashes and GNs competing at the meeting in their own dedicated race which has attracted a capacity grid. Also featured is a race held exclusively for Morgan 3 Wheelers!

However the main attraction for this event will be the sights, sounds and smells of a bygone age of heroic deeds and pioneering inventions. Spectators arriving in pre-war cars can enjoy parking in a dedicated car park that will provide a superb sight for visitors in addition to the open paddock filled with fascinating machinery from a pioneering age of motoring.

Tickets for the Vintage Festival at Cadwell Park on 9 June are available from £16 on the gate, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or visit www.cadwellpark.co.uk.