Thruxton to host 2019 historic festival with Motor Racing Legends

Thruxton will host a historic festival in 2019 after announcing a partnership with the team behind the Motor Racing Legends series

Thruxton to host 2019 historic festival with Motor Racing Legends

The news follows on from the track celebrating its 50th anniversary celebration in June.

Thruxton and Historic Promotions have teamed up to deliver high-profile historic races for the Thruxton Motorsport Celebration over the weekend of June 1-2.

Historic Promotions is fronted by Duncan Wiltshire, the boss of Motor Racing Legends, so MRL's race series will be at the heart of next year's event, taking in Heritage Touring Cars, Woodcote Trophy, Stirling Moss Trophy and possibly Pre-War Sports.

The 2018 50th anniversary meeting included races for the Heritage Touring Cars and a combined Woodcote/Moss Trophy race.

It is expected that MRL categories will have an increased presence in the 2019 event.

The weekend will celebrate motorsport and the automotive industry, including displays and demonstrations.

"The 2018 Thruxton 50th Anniversary Celebration weekend was a huge success and we were delighted to be taking part with historic grids from Motor Racing Legends," said Wiltshire.

"Historic Promotions is now very much looking forward to working with Thruxton to launch and develop its exciting new Thruxton Motorsport Celebration.

"We're aiming to bring all our experience and enthusiasm to this new event at one of the most historic circuits in the country."

Bill Coombs, MD at Thruxton said: "It's been a year to remember for Thruxton Circuit with a host of events to mark our Golden Jubilee prompting overwhelmingly positive feedback from visitors.

"It is by reminiscing about our illustrious history that we became inspired for the future with the launch of the Thruxton Motorsport Celebration.

"We're certain it will become a huge regional summer highlight for years to come."

For many of the cars and drivers competing in June, the event was a rare, if not first, taste of the high-speed Hampshire track as Thruxton does not usually feature in the major historic racing schedules, despite a 50-year continuous history and roots dating back to the 1950s.

When Goodwood closed for racing in 1966, the British Automobile Racing Club set about finding a new home venue and Thruxton opened for racing in March '68.

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