Aug 22 2013 by Sophie McCoid, Ormskirk Advertiser
MOTORFEST is coming to town this weekend and organisers are hoping it’ll be the best year yet.
Over 300 cars and motorcycles will be on display around Ormskirk and parades will take place throughout Sunday, August 25.
Vehicles from all eras of motoring are being lined up for the event. Eye-catching models will include a Santa Pod Dragster, 1950s bubble cars, rally, racing and stock car competition vehicles, and classic, vintage and competition motorcycles.
Councillor Martin Forshaw, portfolio holder for planning and development, said: “Visitors to the Ormskirk MotorFest over the last two years have really enjoyed the event and this year promises to be even bigger and better. So make sure you come to the Ormskirk MotorFest for a fabulous day out for all the family.”
Rally driver Gary Wright is currently the leading driver in Class RC2 of the NGK Spark Plugs British Rally Championships Challenge in his MG ZR and he will be bringing his car to show off to the crowds.
Bentley will also be displaying their LeMans 24-hour winning Speed 8 race car.
Mike Ashcroft, chairman of Aintree Circuit Club said: “We are delighted that Bentley are supporting Ormskirk Motorfest by displaying such a famous and iconic car.
“This is the car that, after 70 years, returned glory to the UK with resounding success, taking both first and second places.”
A new addition to the MotorFest this year is the Autosolo Challenge where experienced drivers will be competing against each other at 11.30am at Park Pool.
Drivers will put their skills to the test, timed to a hundredth of a second, over a short and low-speed course.
Professional drivers Gary Wright and Tim Rodgers will also be taking part in the challenge organised by Aintree Circuit Club.
Mike Ashcroft said: “We were pleased to be able to organise this Autosolo Challenge which will give people a rare opportunity to see professional drivers in action on their doorstep.”
Car displays open to the public at 11am and parades through the town will take place at approximately 2.30pm and 4.30pm.
As well as MotorFest, the final Vintage and Handmade Fair will be taking place on the same day, ensuring there’s something for everyone to do.
Music will be provided by Skelmersdale Prize Band which will perform in Coronation Park between 2pm and 4pm.