Ormskirk Motorfest Organisers Raise the Bar

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Creating an entirely new formula for family events when it burst onto the scene in 2011, against a backdrop of financial cuts and local government restraint, Ormskirk Motorfest  bucked the trend, set new records and established itself as the region’s premier free-to-attend event.

Building on that success, organiser Aintree Circuit Club has again widened Motorfest’s appeal for the 2013 event, which takes place on Bank Holiday Sunday, August 25th.

At the heart of the event, which attracts 20,000 visitors to the town, established favourites including historic Formula One racing cars, fire-breathing rally cars and classic racing motorcycles will again be in action on Ormskirk’s road circuit. Static displays of all types of vehicle from diminutive little bubble cars of the 50’s to huge American gas guzzlers, vintage and veteran cars to modern classics – a total of over 300 display vehicles – will again fill the town centre and adjacent Coronation Park.

New for 2013, West Lancashire Borough Council has made a huge extra tract of land available, making a significant number of extra features possible. A new club display area will be the centrepiece of the new extension, which stretches from the existing park display area as far as County Road. This display space is being offered to vehicle enthusiast clubs completely free of charge and some are already planning themed displays, including one set around a vintage garage forecourt complete with retro petrol pumps.

The extra land has also relieved pressure on town centre and Coronation Park displays, enabling new features to be created within the existing event footprint. A mini rally stage is being created where seasoned competitors will be making demonstration drives and also giving some passenger rides. One of those drivers will be Becky Kirvan, who returns to Motorfest after her stunning debut last year.

New static displays include an extensive military display in the new area, while the organisers are currently locked in talks to bring a full grid of race-cars to the parade laps. There’s even a documentary film being made about the event.

Motorfest is not just on the calendar – it gets better every year.

And it is all free!

Where else can a family spend a full day out, wander around hundreds of show vehicles and watch a non-stop two-hour action parade of stunning automotive history and it not cost a penny (even town centre car parking is free)?

And it’s the same for participants, for it costs nothing to display a vehicle or to take part, just a little time to go on-line and register (there’s a small admin charge for hard copy registrations).

But if the first two years are anything to go by, the organiser may again need to close the entry list early – even though the capacity has been increased.

Full details, vehicle entry forms and club registration forms can be located at www.ormskirkmotorfest.com

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