The fifth Ormskirk MotorFest was declared a massive success as around 30,000 people flocked to the town to enjoy a fantastic day out. There were more than 350 magnificent cars and motorcycles lined up on the town centre streets and in Coronation Park for people to admire.
The cars really were the stars of the show and superb vehicles such as the a 1978 Williams Formula 1 car and a Ginetta 55 racing car, which was brought to MotorFest by members of the University of Bolton’s Centre for Advanced Performance Engineering, and competes in the British GT Series. There were also some fabulous Ferraris, Hot Rods and Porsches.
Many of the cars took part in parade laps around the town centre, while some of the best presented cars took part in the Concours d’Elegance with prizes going to individual class winners. The overall winner was a Rover P5B Coupe owned by Graham Postlethwaite.
Ormskirk MotorFest is a free event organised by Aintree Circuit Club and supported by West Lancashire Borough Council.
Councillor John Hodson, portfolio holder for Planning, said: “The Ormskirk MotorFest has once again proved itself to be one of the biggest free family occasions in the North West. The streets became a river of people as the crowds enjoyed seeing all the wonderful vehicles on display.
“My thanks go to the members of Aintree Circuit Club who organised this fantastic event, supported by our own Council staff.”
As well as the wonderful displays of cars there were many fantastic attractions for people to enjoy throughout the day.
Drivers involved with the Under-17 Motor Club North West excited the crowd with their motoring skills as they took on the Autosolo Challenge on Park Pool car park. This event was a scoring round in the Association of North Western Car Clubs (ANWCC) championship. Some competitors gave passenger rides to lucky MotorFest fans who made a donation to the North West Air Ambulance. The winner of the Autosolo Challenge was Steve Mather, chairman of Bolton-le-Moors Car Club.
Formula 1 enthusiasts had a special treat as they were able to drive model cars around a replica of the Aintree circuit. This was organised by the club with Peter Molyneux, a local Scalextric enthusiast, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the First British Grand Prix held at the Aintree circuit. One of the model cars was a replica of the Vanwall, which became the first British car to win a home Grand Prix when in the 1957 race. Donations made to drive the model cars went to North West Air Ambulance.
Families also enjoyed a visit to the Vintage and Handmade Fair at the Chapel Gallery, the vintage market on the bus station car park and Skelmersdale Brass Band entertained people in Coronation Park. A restored Routemaster bus was also among the attractions in the park.
Mike Ashcroft, Aintree Circuit Club chairman, said: “I am so pleased we were able to bring such a marvellous event to the streets of Ormskirk once again. It was a capacity event and we had to turn a lot of vehicles down because there simply wasn’t enough space in the town centre. There were some wonderful vehicles on display and everyone enjoyed the attractions, including the Autosolo Challenge, Concours de Elegance and the vintage market.
“We are very grateful to West Lancashire Borough Council and the police for their support and to all our sponsors and volunteer marshals. We’d also like to say thanks to all the drivers and riders who came from far and wide to display their cars and motorcycles.”
The Mayor’s Choice Award winner for best car was for the 1948 Rover 75 P3 Saloon, owned by Graham Martin, and the Mayor’s Choice Award winner for best motorcycle was a 1999 Yamaha Dragstar 650.