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Karting in the Park a success at Donington
8 May 2012
A stellar cast of drivers and 104 karts joined the British Historic Kart Club's Karting in the Park meeting at the Donington Historic Festival last weekend.
Donington's Melbourne Loop provided the circuit. It was an acknowledgement of Donington's past as a karting venue. It used to hold a 100 mile race during the 1960s for the British championships.
With the club's John Galloway providing commentary, the karts, among them an ex Ayrton Senna DAP/DAP, took to the track with the spectators getting a good view and able to mingle with the drivers in the paddock. One driver was young Ed Thurston who distinguished himself last year. The karting was interrupted by rainfall during Saturday but there was plenty of track-time.
Under awnings, there was a static display of karts, including the innovative Villiers powered Marlerhaley kart equipped with independent suspension. A film was also projected showing the Superkart Grand Prix at Silverstone during the 1970s and other kart meetings from the past.
Prominent figures from karting's history were also present. They included club patron Barrie “Whizzo” Williams along with a Fastakart that his father built. Ed McDonough, who was one of the first karters in the United States, was driving a 100cc Birel Parilla.
Bill Longdon, who won the 210 Villiers class at the World Cup at Donington in 1984 joined fellow 210 champion Bob Rawden along with 1976 250 champion Bob Phair and 1961 world champion in gearbox class Peter Freeman. International visitors included Eric and Jasper Van Schaik from the Histokart Nederland club.
Tina Hines, the widow of the late Martin Hines paid a visit and posed by a class 1 and class 4 Zip.
The next big meeting to be held by the club will be the Shenington Superprix on 16/17 June and the club will also be present at the Silverstone Classic in July. A few members are hoping to go to Jesolo later this month for the Champions Cup revival.
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