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Motorfest roars into Ormskirk town centre

Thousands of people are expected to descend on the market town

Crowds enjoy Ormskirk MotorFest. Photo by Graham Moreton of Tarleton Photography

Thousands of people will be in pole position for one of the North West’s biggest free motoring extravaganzas.

The Ormskirk MotorFest on Sunday, will be a fantastic day out for all the family with between 250 and 300 cars and motorcycles on static displays on Aughton Street, Moor Street, and Coronation Park. Many vehicles will take part in parades around the town centre.

Vehicles from all eras of motoring are being lined up for the event. Eye-catching models will include a 1978 Williams Formula 1 motor racing car.

 There will also be a classic BRM Formula 1 car, which was raced by Graham Hill at Aintree in the circuit’s last Formula 1 race in 1964. Rally, racing and stock car competition vehicles, and classic, vintage and competition motorcycles will also be on show.

Lancashire Police will have vehicles on static display. Motoring clubs are having their own area on the Churchfields area of Coronation Park for attractive and fun themed exhibitions.

The displays will be open to the public from 11am onwards, and the parades are due to take place between 2.30pm and 4.30pm. Timings of events during the day are subject to change.

Cllr David Griffiths, portfolio holder for Town and Village Centres, said: “The Ormskirk MotorFest has been hugely popular since it began in 2011, and this year will be another fantastic event. So make sure you come to the Ormskirk MotorFest for a fabulous day out for all the family.”

Successful racing drivers will once again show off their expert technical skills in competition in the Autosolo Challenge at Park Pool, starting at 11.30am. Drivers will put their skills to the test, timed to a hundredth of a second, over a short and low-speed course.

Competitors include Liverpool’s Declan Jones, 19, who in 2013 become the youngest British winner of a round in the British GT Championship, a series shown regularly on ITV4.

If you have ever dreamed of being driven in a competition car then GoMotorsport Live have organised passenger places in a competition car to be driven around the Autosolo course for a suitable donation to North West Air Ambulance (times announced on the day).

Another attraction on the day sees Skelmersdale Prize Band performing in Coronation Park between 2pm and 4pm.

The Ormskirk MotorFest is a free event organised by Aintree Circuit Club and supported by West Lancashire Borough Council.

Mike Ashcroft, Aintree Circuit Club chairman, said: “We have worked hard to make sure this year’s MotorFest will be a great event for everyone to enjoy, and we have a fantastic line up of cars for visitors to see.”

A regular park and ride vintage bus service, at £5 per car, will operate from Edge Hill University for the MotorFest, starting at 10am. The service will take a break for the parade laps from 2.10pm and then resume for a short time at 4.30pm until MotorFest finishes.

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