Motorfest 2023 Awards Winners Announced

We are delighted to announce the following awards winners for this year:
Best pre-1950 – Car 2 – Gordon Rimmer – 1928 Chrysler 62
Best 1960s – Car 17 – Brian Tagg – 1965 VW Karmann Ghia
Best 1970s – Car 25-George Cross – 1972 Princess 1100
Best 1980s – Car 29 – George Rimmer – Trackstar Modstox Heritage Stock car.
Best 1990s – Car 47 – Allan Forster – 1990 Ford Escort 1300
Best New Millenium – Car 69 – Paul Croft 2003 Subaru Impreza
Best MINI – Car 86 – David Sheperd Jones – 1970 Austin Mini 1000
Best Jaguar – Car 14 – John Holcroft – 1963 Jaguar 3.4 Mk2
BEST IN SHOW – Car 86 – David Sheperd Jones – 1970 Austin Mini 1000

Motorfest Overspill Car Parking arrangements announced – Edge Hill University Main Car Park

As previously advised, there is limited on-site at parking at the school, which will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and then on a one in, one out policy.

By kind arrangement, Edge Hill University have agreed to the use of their Main Car Park as the designated overspill car park.


  • Main Car Park only to be utilised and no parking or attempts to park anywhere else
  • Any parking on double yellow / red lines or anywhere else on the campus, inconsiderate parking or obstruction risks receiving a Penalty Charge Notice
  • No exceeding the 10 mph while on site
  • No anti-social behaviour or driving on site e.g. doughnuts as this has happened in previous years

These conditions of parking will be strictly enforced by The University.

Please don’t abuse this facility.

Only use Student and Staff Entrance.

Please refer to these maps for directions.  Map reference to Car Park entrance:

Bing or Google Map Reference: 53.555756, -2.870189

Google Maps

Walking Route:

Please follow the route highlighted above from the North Corner of the Car Park, join the Public Footpath through Ruff Wood and across the Field to Crosshall Brow.

Take care crossing Crosshall Brow or walk further down to the set of Traffic Lights at the Junction of Thompson Ave and Wigan Road, opposite Ormskirk Hospital.

Estimated time – 12 – 15min.


Edge Hill University, Aintree Circuit Club or Endeavour Learning Trust/Ormskirk School will not accept any liability for any loss or damage incurred whilst your vehicle is parked at the University.


Motorfest is closed for Entries. No walk ups

Hi all, we are still getting enquiries re-entries.

Our registration page states quite clearly, we are now closed and have been since 14th May.

Please DO NOT make attempts to gain access to the site if you haven’t been registered.

This just wastes Marshal’s time and can create unnecessary unpleasantness


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Awards Categories and Judging Panel announced for Motorfest 2023

For this year, we will have additional awards categories which will replace the former “Mayor’s Choice” and Concours Classes:

  • Best in Show.
  • Best Mini (as there is a good entry from Mini Meets)
  • Best pre-1950
  • Best 1960’s
  • Best 1970’s
  • Best 1980’s
  • Best 1990’s
  • Best New Millennium

The Awards Panel for this year will be:

  • Andy Talbot – Motoring Journalist and Motor Show TV Presenter.
  • David White – ACC Historic Commissioner and Vintage Car Engineer/Restorer.
  • Staff and Pupil Representatives from Ormskirk School.

The Awards will be presented by the School’s Headmaster, John Burnham at 2pm.

Motorfest now open for General Entries – Early Bird now full!

Participants are now invited to enter their cherished vehicles for Motorfest at the standard rate of £7.50.

This guarantees a reserved display space at Ormskirk School and entry to the Motorfest Touring Assembly, that will start in West Lancashire Sunday Morning (28th May) and finish at Ormskirk School.

Cars will leave the start from approx 0830 to 10.00 for a leisurely drive through West Lancashire with all vehicles expected to be in their display location by approx 10.30.

All vehicles will receive an individually numbered souvenir Motorfest 2023 Rally Plate that will be available at sign-on at the start venue.

To enter, simply go to our Registration page.

Thanks to all for your continued support for Motorfest.

We look forward to seeing you at the event on the 28th May!

Clarification re withdrawal of support for Motorfest

Less than two months ago, West Lancs Council suggested that Aintree Circuit Club should pay for a public event, the Motorfest, from its own reserves, as the Council wasn’t prepared to provide ANY funding. We refused, and were prepared to walk away from the event.

As it stands, Aintree Circuit Club agreed to fund over 2/3rds of the cost of Motorfest via trade stands sales and some small sponsorship arrangements. This was in order to save the event, as WLBC claimed it no longer had the cash or resources to support the event. Additionally, at the June 7th Cabinet meeting, the Labour Group voted to provide ZERO funding for future Motorfest.

Motorfest has always been a Council lead and funded event with ACC acting as a service provider for defined delivery points.

All Motorfest costs have been for service costs either contracted directly by West Lancs Council, such as Road Closures, Traffic Management, Policing, safety barriers, car park closures, liaison with town centre businesses and residents affected by the road closures, some advance signage, car park closures, use of Council owned land and car parking at Edge Hill University or via ACC including

  • a dedicated website.
  • maintain, manage and run the website for the duration of the event.
  • event entry and vehicle management system.
  • provision of medical and safety staff and equipment including First Aid for the duration of the event.
  • event communications system.
  • provide sufficient marshals and stewards.
  • Production and maintenance of the Event Safety Plan,
  • Production and maintenance of the Event Risk Assessment.
  • Public Address system and commentators.
  • event catering.
  • event insurance and documentation.
  • event Motorsport Permit/Insurance
  • ensure all participating vehicles and drivers have all the necessary permits and licenses to participate,
  • procure all trophies and awards.
  • procure vehicle and participant number decals and security wristbands plus promotional materials.
  • manage all aspects of the organisation and running of the event on the day including vehicle logistics, arrival            and departure and running of parades.

Contrary to claims made by certain Councillors that the Club had received funding of the order of £150000, the maximum amount the Club has ever received to provide the above has been £7500/annum. This is documented in Council Minutes and contained within Service Level Agreements drawn up by WLBC. This amount was based on the actual costs of buying in these services and equipment for the first event in 2009 but have risen considerably as the event has grown but the Grant has remained static, with ACC having to fund up to an extra £4000/annum from income generation.  The majority of event costs (Road closures and policing) have always related to services that have been the responsibility of the Council and costs negotiated/agreed by them. Aintree Circuit Club has never levied any charge for its time or expertise and remains a not for profit, limited by guarantee organisation with any surplus’s used for reinvestment into Motorsport including the purchase of safety related equipment.

As has previously been stated, approval for Motorfest to run was not granted by WLBC ESAG until 14th June, which was already outside the normally accepted timescales for a road closure application to Lancs County. However, no issues were raised by the ESAG in relation to ongoing road works in Ormskirk or any unexpected delays in issuing the road closure approval.

However, Lancs County advised us almost immediately on submission of the application that the ongoing temporary relocation of the Bus Station stops and reserved road space would prevent them from granting the closure.

A further two weeks elapsed when it was revealed that there were further road works in Moor St that we were not aware would affect Motorfest.

After making representations to Lancs County, they then advised early last week that the application would have to follow their normal consultation processes, that would take at least until early August but could drag on until after the event if there were any objections.  They could offer no guarantees.

The Club was faced with potential unrecoverable sums of over £14000 if for any reason the event had to be cancelled at short notice, as there would be no event income.

This was a risk we weren’t prepared to take and hence our withdrawal of support.

The Council could easily have avoided this situation by using its own powers to arrange the road closures, as it did in 2019, but chose not to do so.

The Cataclean Paddock Special for Motorfest at Aintree – Race Car Competition with BTCC Driver Dan Rowbottom!

The Cataclean Paddock Special for Motorfest at Aintree.

In support of this one day event held at the historic Aintree Racecourse, we are very pleased to announce that Team Cataclean will be joining us for a special display with race driver Dan Rowbottom, bringing along his Renault Clio Cup car, which took him to 3 wins and 9 podiums of 17 races in 2018.

The car will be on display, using the original plot of the Grand Prix paddock before winners of our competition will have the opportunity to sit alongside Dan and experience his race winning Clio Cup Car in a controlled demonstration run along part of the historic Aintree Grand Prix track.

For a chance to win this experience, you must have a confirmed entry to the event, and like and share the Cataclean Facebook page. Winners will be selected on Friday 28th August at 5pm.

Good luck!…/

Update – Motorfest format to change for 2020 to comply with Covid-19 measures

Following further consultation with West Lancs Borough Council, Aintree Circuit Club are delighted to announce that Motorfest will be one of the few very large scale Motor Events to take place on the North of England this year.

It would have been extremely difficult to monitor and control social distancing measures in our traditional Town Centre and Coronation Park locations under current guidelines, so we are now going to bring our wonderful cars and motorcycles to the residents and visitors to West Lancs with a fabulous 30 mile route across the Borough.

People will be able to experience the magic of these vehicles from their chosen viewing locations, with the route passing through centres of population as well as picturesque villages and some excellent driving locations.

The route will also include a specially controlled run along a new closed road Hill Climb Course that is being developed by us.

Entries from all types and ages of vehicles is encouraged but large commercial vehicles cannot be accommodated due to start and road width restrictions.

To enter, simply click on this link  and choose the Tour Option.

Registrations from Marshals and Media are also encouraged.

Updated 19 July 2020