2015 marks the 60th anniversary of the first British Grand Prix to be held at Aintree and a special celebration of this historic occasion is being organised for Ormskirk MotorFest.
World Famous drivers competed in a total of 16 formula 1 races at the Aintree circuit, including five British Grand Prix between 1955 and 1962. The last formula 1 race at the circuit was the Aintree 200 in 1964.
Huge crowds gathered at the Aintree circuit for the 1955 race to see Stirling Moss earn his first World Championship Grand Prix victory when he beat the legendary Juan Manuel Fangio. This made Moss the first British driver to win his home Grand Prix. More than 150,000 people watched the race that day, a record for motor racing in Britain.
To mark this anniversary Aintree Circuit Club have engaged the assistance of local Scalextric enthusiast Peter Molyneux in setting up a replica of the full three-mile Aintree Circuit, which was the UK’s only purpose built Grand Prix track, on the day of the MotorFest on Sunday 30 August.
Aintree Circuit Club president Graham Hughes, who saw some of the races, said: “It was fantastic to see the world’s best motor racing drivers at Aintree. I can remember seeing Stirling Moss beat Juan Manuel Fangio by a yard in the 1955 British Grand Prix. Fangio was Moss’ team leader and world champion at the time. Having a replica of the course is a great way to celebrate this historic occasion.”
The track will be in the Masonic Hall, above O’Briens Tea Rooms, on the corner of Park Road and Aughton Street in Ormskirk town centre from about 11am to 4pm. Entrance is free and Formula 1 enthusiasts will be able to have a go at driving the circuit in exchange for a small donation to the North West Air Ambulance Service.
As a secondary attraction there will be a chance to race, for a little extra contribution, 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, against the c lock, with a prize going to the fastest time. Refreshments will also be available to purchase.
The Ormskirk MotorFest is a free event organised by Aintree Circuit Club, supported by West Lancashire Borough Council.
Councillor John Hodson, Council portfolio holder for Planning, said: “I was lucky enough to see a genuine Vanwall Formula 1 Grand Prix car at the Aintree Circuit in the 1980s, when there was an event held there. Having the replica of the Aintree course at the MotorFest will be a great extra attraction for the day and I am sure many people will enjoy testing their skills on the course.”
Mike Ashcroft, Aintree Circuit Club chairman, said: “The Aintree Circuit has a long and proud history, and we are really pleased to be able to celebrate the anniversary in this way.”
Over 350 wonderful cars and motorcycles from all eras of motoring will be on display in Ormskirk town centre and Coronation Park at the marvellous MotorFest. Many of the vehicles will also take part in parade laps.
If you have a competition car or bike you would like to enter for display for the MotorFest, or a vehicle suitable for the Concours de Elegance on the day, please download an entry form from the MotorFest website (external link)
To become a MotorFest sponsor please call Colin Brady on 01695 585125, or contact Mike Ashcroft email or tel 01704 882 027 (bus) or 07821 230 961 (m).