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Ormskirk MotorFest 2013

Crowd An estimated 25,000 people visited Ormskirk town centre to enjoy a fabulous day out at one of the North West’s biggest free family events - the Ormskirk MotorFest.


Organised by Aintree Circuit Club (external link) and supported by the Council, the event took place on Bank Holiday Sunday 25 August 2013 and more than 250 cars and motorcycles were on show from all eras of motoring. An added attraction for all the family was the Vintage and Handmade Fair which took place on the same day.


Mayor BentleyThe 2003 Le Mans winning Bentley Speed 8 was one of the most popular attractions on the day. Huge crowds gathered round to take a close look at this awesome vehicle.


Stock car drivers and enthusiasts marked the 60th anniversary of stock car racing coming to this country with a fabulous display charting the development of the sport in this country. Vehicles of current racers Neil Holcroft and Aaron Cozens, who races under his grandfather Alf Cozens’ number 76, were among those on display along with the oldest original stock car in Great Britain. This is a Formula 2 stock car looked after by George Rimmer of the Heritage Stock Car Association.


The circuit

Ormskirk town centre streets surrounding the Clock Tower, together with Coronation Park, were the main locations for the event and featured static displays. There were also parades during the day around a one-mile circuit of the town centre. 


Autosolo Challenge

Gary WrightSuccessful rally drivers Gary Wright (pictured right), David and Ryan Burns, and Tim Rodgers, had their vehicles on display and took part in the Ormskirk MotorFest Autosolo Challenge. This added a competitive element to MotorFest, as drivers tested their skills over a short and low-speed course.


The Autosolo Challenge was won by Ryan Burns, with Daniel Brady coming a close second.


Displays and parades

Visitors thoroughly enjoyed seeing displays of racing, rally, classic and sports cars, veteran and vintage vehicles, together with racing and classic motorcycles, in and around the town centre.


Derek Rumble79-year-old Derek Rumble (pictured left) relived his past glories by riding his Rumble/BSA sidecar motorcycle during the parades and he will also have the vehicle on display. Derek began racing in 1955 and was still competing up until 1990 when he achieved a top 10 finish in the Isle of Man TT aged 56.


Derek was also a successful race development engineer and sidecar manufacturer, building motorcycles in Ormskirk that won the Isle of Man TT manufacturers’ award in 1970 and 1983 as well as championships in Ireland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.


Current rally and stock car drivers Gary Wright (pictured right), David and Ryan Burns, Tim Rodgers and Aaron Cozens also took part in the paarade laps along with a squadron of bubble cars and a fabulous array of vintage cars and motorbikes and sports cars from the different decades.


Mayor's Choice Awards

Winner of the Mayor’s Choice Award for best car was a 1950 Aston Martin Lagonda 2.6 Saloon, owned by David Foster, and the Mayor’s Choice Award for best motorcycle was the replica of the 500cc Honda RC181 that motorbike racing legend Mike Hailwood rode to win the 1967 Isle of Man TT. This is owned by Ken Gilbert.


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Last Updated: 1/17/2014

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