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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Ormskirk MotorFest a magic event despite wet weather

Ormskirk MotorFest splashed into town as people of all ages braved wet weather to come to one of the North West's biggest free family days out, and there was plenty for people to enjoy.

Highly skilled drivers showed off their expertise competing in the AutoSOLO Challenge which was organised by Bolton-Le-Moors Car Club in association with Aintree Circuit Club.

Over 200 vehicles covering over a century of motoring and automotive heritage and history were on display in Ormskirk Town Centre and Coronation Park.

Star cars of the show included the Ginetta GT4 G55 driven by 19-year-old Ben Wallace, of Southport, in the British GT4 Championship and an Aston Martin 5.2 Litre V12 DB11 Coupe, provided by Aston Martin Wilmslow. The Aston Martin was wrapped in an exclusive Red Bull Racing digital camouflage livery designed to celebrate the partnership of Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing’s formula one venture.

There were also Bentleys, Ferraris, Porsches, Jaguars and a whole host of other classic, competition and sports cars and motorcycles on display.

Over 110 vehicles took part in parade laps which legendary motor racing commentator Neville Hay and Classic Car Weekly Editor David Simister commentated on those to keep the crowds informed about the wonderful cars going around the town centre.

The Mayor’s Choice was awarded to Chris Walker, from Southport with his crowd-pulling 1962 Aston Martin DB4.

Neville, David and former Top Gear presenter Steve Berry also used their expertise as judges in the Concours d’Elegance competition, which saw some of the best presented cars competing for prizes in individual classes, and David and Neville presented the prizes. The overall winner was George Cross with his 1977 Ford Escort Ghia 1600.

The winner of the AutoSOLO was Will Shepherd, a Lecturer from Accrington driving a Mazda Eunos (MX5). His overall time was 96.6 seconds who won by the narrowest margins of just 0.8sec. He represented Accrington Motorsport Club.

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: “It was a real shame that the weather was so wet for the Ormskirk MotorFest, but it was still a marvellous spectacle for West Lancashire. This annual event provides fantastic value for money for Council taxpayers as the authority works well with the organisers Aintree Circuit Club to set up this marvellous occasion which thousands of people enjoy. Whilst weather kept footfall down from previous years, it was still three times what we would expect on a normal Sunday in the town."

There was also a Makers Market which had to move to the Chapel Gallery due to the rain. There was a selection of stalls selling art and crafts, retro, vintage and up-cycled wares and there was also live entertainment, games and activities including face painting for children.

Mike Ashcroft, Aintree Circuit Club chairman, said: “There were many wonderful vehicles on display at the MotorFest and I am delighted we were able to bring such a marvellous event to the streets of Ormskirk once again even though the weather let us down. There were plenty of attractions for visitors to see and the Makers Market was a great added attraction for people to enjoy.

“We are very grateful to West Lancashire Borough Council and the police for their support and to all our sponsors and volunteer marshals. We would also like thank the medical staff and volunteers who gave us great support on the day.

“We are also very grateful to all the drivers and riders who came from far and wide to display their cars and motorcycles.”

There is lots more happening in and around Ormskirk – to find out more visit the great website Discover Ormskirk (external link). You can also find Discover Ormskirk on Facebook (external link).

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