Read the intimate story behind one of Britain’s most legendary race tracks.
Donington Park: The Pioneers features stunning new photographs plus documents, maps and diagrams, unique then-and-now images, illustrations by the author, personal anecdotes and memories, together with extracts from on-the-spot race reports by Bill Boddy MBE, founding editor of Motor Sport magazine.
Donington Park has been at the forefront of Britain’s motor racing scene for almost a century. Opened for bikes in 1931 and then cars two years later, Donington has always had a special place in the motor sport industry.
But this book isn’t just about a circuit. It’s about people. It’s about the pioneers who looked after Donington in its infancy to preserving it for the next generation.
It’s about the phenomenal success and dramatic progress that saw the circuit expand from loose-surfaced tracks created for horse-drawn carriages to hosting four pre-war Grands Prix, including the final two the “Silver Arrows” Grands Prix of 1937 and 1938. It’s about how the Army took over during the Second World War and the many attempts that came close to bringing racing back in the 1960s with innovative, state-of-the-art facilities…and it describes the Tom Wheatcroft era from 1977, son Kevin’s revival of the track in 2010 and the New Vision of MSV’s first full season in 2018.
Donington Park: The Pioneers is a must own for any fan of British motor sport.