Out in the Field; A Weekend of Royal Celebrations

Tuesday 07 June 2022

Quite fittingly given the backdrop of a Platinum Jubilee, the British motorsport community put on an array of events fit for royalty over the Bank Holiday weekend.

In this week’s edition of Out in the Field, we put the spotlight on the Vintage Sports Car Club’s Vintage Motorsport Festival at Donington Park, the MG Car Club’s exhibition in Abingdon and the Larne Coastal Greenlane Run.

Platinum Jubilee Vintage Motorsport Festival

A trip down memory lane thrilled crowds at Donington Park last weekend, with the Vintage Sports Car Club hitting the East Midlands venue with the return of their annual Vintage Motorsport Festival.

The event featured a bumper line-up of pre-war machines, evoking memories of the iconic Donington Park Grand Prix events held at the Leicestershire circuit between 1935 and 1938, at one time one of the most significant races in Europe, attended by the sport’s biggest stars and their cars.

As well as a packed programme of retro racing action, spectators were treated to a number of ‘Best of British’ themed attractions off-circuit, including a special menu in the circuit’s Garage 39 restaurant and souvenir programmes to re-kindle the spirit of 1930s motorsport at its finest.

Larne Coastal Greenlane Run

For many, the Bank Holiday sunshine is the perfect excuse to pack a bag and head for the coast. For 65 vehicles traversing the east coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland, it was an ideal opportunity to raise money in aid of the Eco Rangers NI, from the comfort of the driving seat.

Managed by the Northern Ireland Land Rover Club, £1,060 was successfully raised to assist the Eco Rangers with the purchase of new equipment, ensuring the volunteer organisation can continue their fantastic work in maintaining the local environment and reducing pollution.

MG Car Club exhibition in Abingdon

As part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend, the MG Car Club were invited to join in with Abingdon’s celebrations, bringing an iconic model from each decade of Her Majesty’s reign to place on display.

The commemoration, which also highlighted MG’s historic ties with the Oxfordshire town, had plenty of stories to tell. Up first, an MG TC, the same car owned by the late HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh when courting the then-Princess Elizabeth.

On to the 1950s, the decade of the Queen’s coronation, and an MG YB, manufactured in the same year Elizabeth ascended to the throne. The 60’s features a double-header, with an MGB to reflect both its status as a Royal-approved commemorative stamp, and an MGC GT, a model once owned by HRH Prince Charles.

The pride and joy of the collection was undoubtedly the Queen’s unique Silver Jubilee edition MGB GT, selected to represent the 1970s. An MG Maestro, MGF, ZT 260, MG 6 GT and the latest all-electric MG 5 EV completed a star-studded line-up.