Successful racing drivers will once again be showing off their expert technical skills in competition action in the Autosolo Challenge at the Ormskirk MotorFest on Sunday 24 August.
And there will be plenty of family rivalry in the contest as last year’s winner Ryan Burns seeks to get the better of his father David once again as he returns to defend his title.
MotorFest organiser Aintree Circuit Club has invited experienced race and rally drivers to take part in the Challenge at Park Pool, which starts about 11.30am. Drivers will put their skills to the test, timed to a hundredth of a second, over a short and low-speed course.
Ryan was the youngest driver who took part last year when he was just 17 and he is looking forward to coming back to defend his title.
He said: “I really liked the autosolo because it was something different that we have never done before and I can’t wait to come back again. It was great to get one over on my dad and have the bragging rights at home. I think he knows his place now, and I will beat him again this year!”
Ryan, who has ambitions to compete in the World Rally Championships, started racing go-karts when he was eight and won his class in the Cetus Stages race at the Three Sisters course in Wigan last year. This season he drove his Nissan Micra to third place in the Promenade Stages at New Brighton. His father David has been racing for 27 years, winning his class at many rallies and coming second in the British Trial and Rally Drivers Association Championships in 1994.
The family rivals are from Kirkby, and David is relishing the chance to gain revenge over his son. He joked: “If I drive Ryan’s car he won’t beat me. My car isn’t built for a test like the Autosolo Challenge but if I use Ryan’s car I will beat him.”
The Autosolo Challenge is one of many exciting events planned for this year’s MotorFest, which has grown to become one of the biggest free family events in the North West of England. Thousands of people are expected to come and enjoy this year’s motoring extravaganza.
Other drivers expected to take part in the challenge include Paul Edwards, originally from Ormskirk, who has been competing in national road rallys, sprints and hill-climbs for 20 years.
The Ormskirk MotorFest is a free event organised by Aintree Circuit Club and supported by West Lancashire Borough Council. The Challenge will add a competitive element to MotorFest.
Councillor David Griffiths, portfolio holder for Town and Village centres, said: “Many visitors to MotorFest last year enjoyed the Autosolo Challenge last year. I am really pleased that we will be able to see these professional drivers in action once again.”
Mike Ashcroft, Aintree Circuit Club chairman, said: “We are very pleased that a number of drivers have accepted our invitation to take part in this year’s Autosolo Challenge. This will give people a rare opportunity to see professional drivers in action on their doorstep.”
Between 250 and 300 vehicles from all eras of motoring will be on static displays on Moor Street, Aughton Street and Coronation Park. Many of these will take part in parades around the town centre.
The displays will be open to the public from 11am onwards, and the parades are due to take place between 2.30pm and 4.30pm. Timings of events during the day are subject to change.
General entries for vehicles to the MotorFest have now closed, but if you have a competitive racing car from the 1950s or 1960s you would like to enter into the Ormskirk MotorFest please visit Ormskirk MotorFest (external link). Competition cars from other eras can also still be entered.
Application forms to become volunteer marshals for the MotorFest can also be found the website.