After the success of Thruxton’s 50th Anniversary Celebration last summer, the retro-themed extravaganza will return to the popular Hampshire circuit on 1st/2nd June as part of a ‘fabulous fortnight’ of high-octane action.
There will be something for everyone at the Thruxton Motorsport Celebration with a huge variety of motorsport disciplines – spanning historics and the modern era – will take to the track for evocative races and high-speed demos throughout the weekend, featuring iconic four-wheeled and two-wheeled machinery.
Local Bennetts British Superbike Championship star Tommy Bridewell (Devizes) – currently tied for the top of the BSB title standings – will make an appearance on his Oxford Racing Ducati in what is guaranteed to be a crowd-pleasing run. Not only that, but one of the most successful Formula 5000 cars ever produced – the thunderous V8 Lola T332 – will rewind the clock as it returns to the circuit along with a Lola T70, arguably the British manufacturer’s most recognisable car. A 1989 Formula 3000 Reynard will add to the ‘memory lane’ appeal.
A number of car clubs from across the UK are also set to attend, from the Porsche Club GB to the MX-5 Owners Club – celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2019 – the Alfa Romeo Owners Club, Lotus Seven Club, Overton Classic Revival and GT40 Enthusiasts Club.
Off-track, there will be no shortage of activities for spectators to enjoy. ‘Battle of Britain’ flypasts on both days will pique the interest of aviation fanatics, featuring one of six Hawker Hurricanes remaining in the UK and the legendary Douglas C-47 Dakota transport aircraft. Not forgetting, of course, Thruxton’s impressive supercar display, circuit coach rides, sideways skid pan experiences and – for the more adventurous – axe-throwing, all topped off by local classic rock tribute band ‘The Cellarats’ performing live on the Saturday evening.
“We have a very exciting couple of weeks coming up at Thruxton,” enthused Bill Coombs, Thruxton Director. “We are thrilled to have been able to turn the Thruxton Motorsport Celebration – initially planned as a one-off to mark our half-century – into an annual event after it was so well-received last year, and an amazing selection of cars, races, demos and off-track activities will make it a great weekend out for the whole family. The Battle of Britain flypast will be a particular highlight.