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  1. Published on: 19/08/2019 12:18 PMReported by: roving-eye
    The whole family can get in pole position to enjoy a great day out at one of the biggest free events in the North West as the Ormskirk MotorFest comes to town on Sunday 25 August.

    Some of the region's best drivers and cars will compete in the MotorFest AutoSolo Challenge which this year will form part of the North West Regional Championship. This highly entertaining and competitive event will take place on the car park at Park Pool.

    Up to 300 fabulous cars and motorcycles representing all types and eras of motoring will line up on the town centre streets and in Coronation Park.
    Among the very best on display will be a replica of the 1964 Rumble/BSA racing sidecar outfit built by Ormskirk motorcyclist Derek Rumble. He was a sidecar driver on the international road race circuits for nearly 40 years and won 30 trophies at the Isle of Man TT alone.

    Derek was also a successful race development engineer and sidecar manufacturer, building motorcycles in Ormskirk which won the Isle of Man TT manufacturers’ team award in 1970 and 1983 as well as championships in Ireland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

    Now aged 85, Derek is looking forward to bringing his machine to the MotorFest. There is a huge interest in vintage race machinery and lots of bygone memories, that he is only too happy to discuss with any of the younger riders if approached.

    The huge range of wonderful cars on display will include a superb AC Cobra 289 and a fabulous Ultima GTR which is based on a design used in the Le Mans 24 Hour Race.

    There will also be a whole host of other classic, competition and sports cars and motorcycles on display, including Mini and Bentley Displays in the Town Centre and Coronation Park.

    Some of the finest will take part in the MotorFest's Concours de Elegance on Coronation Park. Expert judges will cast their eyes over the vehicles on display and name winners in a number of categories.

    The MotorFest fun starts about 11am and runs through until about 5pm. MotorFest visitors can see many of the cars in action and hear the roar of the engines during parade laps around Ormskirk town centre between 2.30pm and 4.30pm.

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

    Councillor David Evans, portfolio holder for Planning, said: “The magical MotorFest is a great day out for all the family so don't miss this really exciting event. We are hopeful for better weather this year and that local businesses will take advantage of so many people being around to open their doors for the day.”

    Mike Ashcroft, Aintree Circuit Club chairman, said: “We are really excited about all the marvellous cars and motorcycles coming to Ormskirk MotorFest. It will be a great day out for people of all ages, so come along and enjoy the fun.”
    Organisers would like to thank Carequick, Lancashire Ford, Corkills VW and Hyundai and Hatfields Jaguar and Land Rover for their support.

    Visitors are encouraged where possible to come to the event by public transport. There is a good direct train service from all stations from Liverpool to Ormskirk and many bus services come into the town. Ormskirk bus and train stations are a few minutes walk from the town centre streets where the displays begin.

    Alternatively a regular park and ride vintage bus service, priced 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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