Star cars and drivers line up for Historic Festival
Sometimes it’s what happens off the circuit that makes a historic racing car’s story intriguing. Are you sitting comfortably? This 1935 Maserati C4S was confiscated in Singapore by the Japanese army during World War Two and its then-owner was killed. The car was recovered by the late owner’s family, dismantled and buried for the rest of the war. Prior to that it was owned and raced from 1937 to 1939 by Count Giovanni ‘Johnny’ Lurani and Luigi Villoresi. In 1969, Ken Painter recovered it and spent 18 years restoring it. At Donington, his son Adam will race the car in the Maserati Centenary Trophy.
It’s just one of many cars that will blitzing through the Craner Curves for the Donington Historic Festival on 3-5 May. A few others on the entry list caught our eye. A rare 1935 Squire Short Chassis will be in action. The Squire Car Manufacturing Company had only a short life (1935 to 1936) and managed a production run of only seven cars. Another car we’re looking forward to is Rudiger Friedrich’s Alvis Speed. He rarely races it, and has covered over 150,000 miles in the car, including three Peking Paris rallies. The gallery of images from 2013 will give you a flavour of the event; the cars spread from the 1920s to the 1980s.
There will also be some well-known faces in action. Former BTCC campaigners Steve Soper, Robb Gravett and Patrick Watts will providing tin-top action. John Surtees OBE will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of his 1964 F1 World Championship while Jackie Oliver will be at the wheel of a Ferrari 250 SWB.