Articles tagged Kevin Wheatcroft

Page 147 of July 2013 archive issue thumbnail Page 147, July 2013

Simon Arron

The hills are alivePrescott, April 27: the British & Midland championships emerge from hibernation The time of day is immaterial — Brixton never sleeps. Early starts acclimatise you to weaving around its nightclub strays and this morning's foremost exhibit is a young woman teetering on high heels between two lanes of slow-moving traffic. In one hand she has a cigarette, in the other a full...

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Park keeper

Sir, I write in reference to Gordon Cruickshank's excellent article regarding Donington Park, which describes how much and how little things have changed at Donington since pre-war days. However, there were a few inaccuracies. When my father acquired the derelict circuit in the 1970s his original intention was to preserve it as it was so that he had somewhere to drive his grand prix racing car...

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Boost for Donington future

Kevin Wheatcroft says that winning permission to run 60 days of racing at Donington Park over the next two years was vital to securing the long-term future of the East Midlands track. Since the circuit re-opened for racing in September 2010, after the abortive bid by Simon Gillett to host the British Grand Prix there, circuit owner Wheatcroft has battled against planning rules that allowed just...

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Louisa Skipper's Diary

Racing greats gather to honour Sir Stirling Motor Sport recently welcomed back to our Chelsea riverside offices many familiar faces from the world of racing, including Sir Jackie Stewart, Damon Hill, Derek Bell, Paddy Hopkirk and other long-standing friends of Sir Stirling and Lady Moss for a special evening to celebrate Stirling’s 80th year. His birthday is in September, so Stirling was a...

Page 36 of January 2010 archive issue thumbnail Page 36, January 2010

Tom Wheatcroft

1922-2009Famed for his Grand Prix car collection and for reviving Donington Park, ‘Wheatie’ was a rough-diamond old soldier with a heart of pure goldBy Doug Nye So Wheatie has gone. We don’t have to believe it. If ever there was an enthusiasts’ enthusiast who will live on in the memories of all those who met him, Tom Wheatcroft was that man. He was – by his own admission – a car, motorcycle and...

Page 24 of March 2010 archive issue thumbnail Page 24, March 2010

Donington could re-open mid-year

Racing may restart at Donington Park by the middle of 2010, says Kevin Wheatcroft, son of late circuit reviver Tom, signalling his desire to see the track restored to life as soon as possible. The Wheatcroft family took back control of the venue before Christmas when Simon Gillett’s DVLL concern failed. Damage done during the aborted Grand Prix development work will require around £600,000 to...

Page 97 of May 2003 archive issue thumbnail Page 97, May 2003

Miscellany

During the Donington VSCC meeting another anniversary party for Tom Wheatcroft will be held. Kevin Wheatcroft is also to have a monument erected to Roger Williamson, and have the Pat Fairfield memorial relocated on the 60th anniversary of Pat's Le Mans accident. * * * * * Among my paperwork from the past is a Trojan bhp chart for their XL engine, based on hill-...

Page 111 of July 2010 archive issue thumbnail Page 111, July 2010

New hope for Donington

Racing will make a welcome return to Donington Park over the first weekend of September when a Masters Classic Festival heralds the re-opening of the circuit. Having lain dormant for over a year following the abortive attempt by Simon Gillett to turn Donington into a venue for the British Grand Prix, the East Midlands track will now be restored by Kevin Wheatcroft, son of late circuit owner Tom,...

Page 30 of November 2013 archive issue thumbnail Page 30, November 2013

Double memorial unveiled at Zandvoort

Family and comrades assemble in Holland to commemorate Roger Williamson and Piers Courage The names of Piers Courage and Roger Williamson have always been linked in the minds of racing enthusiasts – an inevitable result of the eerily similar nature of the fiery accidents that claimed their lives on the same stretch of the Zandvoort track, just three years apart. That connection has now been...

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On the road... with Ed Foster

DONINGTON COLLECTION, DERBY Don't pass by this Treasure TroveIt's the finest assessment of the Grand Prix cars on earth. So why haven't you been? The museum at Donington houses the largest collection of Grand Prix cars anywhere in the world. There are over 130 Formula 1 cars, and if you include bikes, military vehicles and other road cars, there are over 300 exhibits. The Donington Collection is...

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