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Friday, August 21, 2015

MotorFest comes to Ormskirk

Make sure you join thousands of other people to enjoy one of the biggest free family days out in the North West. Ormskirk MotorFest takes place on Sunday 30 August and promises to be a fantastic event which people of all ages will really enjoy.

More than 350 magnificent cars and motorcycles from all eras of motoring will line up in fantastic displays in Ormskirk town centre and Coronation Park.

Some of the most eyecatching models will include a 1978 Williams Formula 1 car, and a Tatuus Formula Renault car, the type in which many of the current Formula 1 drivers started their careers, including double world champion Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo.

There will be fabulous Ferraris, Hot Rods and Porsches, and some of the very top vehicles will take part in a Concours d’Elegance competition.

Drivers of all ages involved in the Under-17 Motor Club North West will be showing off their skills in the Autosolo Challenge on the Park Pool car park at midday. Passenger rides around the autosolo course with these top North West competitors will be available from 12.30pm for a donation to the North West Air Ambulance Service. To be eligible to be a passenger you must be at least 1.35 metres tall. Under-18s who want to be a passenger must have a responsible adult with them to sign the appropriate forms.

Other exciting attractions the whole family will enjoy include a superb vintage and handmade fair at the Chapel Gallery and on Ormskirk Bus Station car park. Charlie Chaplin will provide street entertainment and there will be other fun and games for people to enjoy. Music lovers can see Skelmersdale Brass Band performing in Coronation Park from 2pm-4pm.

The fun starts on MotorFest day at about 10.30am and runs through until about 5pm. Many vehicles will take part in the parade laps between 2.30pm and 4.30pm. Ormskirk MotorFest is a free event organised by Aintree Circuit Club and supported by West Lancashire Borough Council.

Mike Ashcroft, Aintree Circuit Club chairman, said: “Whether you like classic cars and motorcycles from bygone eras, or top class sports and competition cars, or even vehicles that are little bit quirky, then Ormskirk MotorFest has got it all for you. So come along and enjoy this fantastic day out the whole family.”

Councillor John Hodson, portfolio holder for Planning, said: “We have a fantastic line up of vehicles but there is much more for people of all ages to enjoy at MotorFest, so come along to Ormskirk for this fabulous event and enjoy one of the best days out you will have this year.”

This year is the 60th anniversary of the first British Grand Prix to be held at Aintree. To celebrate this momentous occasion the club has engaged the assistance of local Scalextric enthusiast Peter Molyneux in setting up a replica of the Aintree Circuit in the Masonic Hall, above O’Briens Tea Rooms, from about 11am to 4pm. Entrance is free and Formula 1 enthusiasts can drive the circuit in exchange for a small donation to the North West Air Ambulance Service. For an extra contribution, enthusiasts can race a model Vanwall, the car which became the first British car to win a home Grand Prix when driven to success in the 1957 race by Stirling Moss and Tony Brooks.

A regular park and ride vintage bus service, priced at £5 per car, will operate from Edge Hill University for the MotorFest, starting at 10am. The service will take a break for the parade laps from 2.10pm and then resume for a short time at 4.30pm until MotorFest finishes.

If you want to be a volunteer MotorFest marshal please apply by Monday 24 August through or Ormskirk MotorFest (external link)  or email nick@ormskirkmotorfest.com. Teenagers under 18 can apply but will need a responsible adult with them on the day.

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