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
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.
The 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.
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
Successful 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
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.
79-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
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
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.