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

Motorfest Entries pass the 300 mark! Closing 10th Aug…last chance to enter!

Motorfest organisers, The Aintree Circuit Club, are delighted to announce that Motorfest Entries have now passed the 300 mark!

We are still negotiating for some very special historically significant competition cars to appear at Motorfest for your delight.

We will also have a live WWII Aircraft Engine Demonstration in Coronation Park during the day by local Aviation Enthusiast David Haughton.


You can still Enter for Static Displays and The Ormskirk Concours d’Elegance.

Vehicle, Marshal and Media Registration.

Motorfest Concours d’Elegance.


Park Pool Autosolo returns again to Motorfest with a Top Quality Championship Entry!

This year’s AutoSOLO will step up a gear as it will be a qualifying round of one of the UK’s most hotly contested Championship’s, The Association North Western Car Club’s AutoSOLO Speed Challenge.

Competitors from across the region will show their finely honed driving skills around the specially constructed course, set in the Park Pool Car Park.

Run in association with Bolton Le Moors Car Club, one of the UK’s leading organisers of this type of event, the will feature production based cars competing from 10.00 to 14.00, with drivers as young as 14 competing against the Clock.

Motorfest Parades are Full!. Space still available for Coronation Park and Ormskirk Concours sponsored by Carequick Air Conditioning.

We are delighted that the Motorfest Parades have a full Entry and thanks to everybody for your superb quality entries.

If you have a race or rally car, we may be able to squeeze you in but no guarantee.

Please email if you have an interesting Competition Car in top quality condition and running order.

Entries are still invited for the Coronation Park display are and our Ormskirk Concours d’Elegance, which features a special Class and Award for 1959 Motor Cars.

All entries are via our Online Entry Forms:

Enter your vehicle for the Coronation Park Static Display

Motorfest Concours d’Elegance.

OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT – 3rd Dec – Motorfest now open for Early Bird first 50- £5 Entries to Parades!

The Aintree Circuit Club, creators and organisers of The Ormskirk Motorfest are delighted to open for Entries for the 9th Edition 2019 Motorfest.

As a special incentive, we are offering the first 50 to register for the Parades, a special price of just £5 admin fee.

Once we have reached this limit, entries will revert to our normal £10.

Please go to our registration page to enter your vehicle.

Note: Entries to parades are generally limited to cars and motorcycles but we do also admit interesting vehicles such as ex-military or public service vehicles such as fire engines!

James Bond has driven many Aston Martins so come and see one of the latest models at Ormskirk MotorFest!


Legendary spy James Bond has driven Aston Martins on screen for more than 50 years. One of the latest models, adorned in Red Bull Racing livery celebrating the company’s sponsorship of this successful Formula 1 team, is coming to the Ormskirk MotorFest on Sunday 26 August.


A number of models of Aston Martin cars have featured in a number of Bond films, including different types of DB5 in Goldfinger and Skyfall. The DB10 was seen in action with actor Daniel Craig at the wheel in the most recent Bond film Spectre.


The new Aston Martin 5.2 Litre V12 DB11 Coupe has almost become a celebrity in its own right as it has been on display in Liverpool and Manchester several times since the turn of the year.


Motoring fans will be able to see this fabulous car close up when it is brought to the Ormskirk MotorFest on Sunday 26 August by Aston Martin Wilmslow.

The Ormskirk Motorfest, one of the biggest free family events in the North West of England, is organised by Aintree Circuit Club and supported by West Lancashire Borough Council.

The Aston Martin will be one of up to 300 classic and competition vehicles from all eras of motoring will be on display in Coronation Park and Ormskirk town centre streets.

Peter Kiernan, Events and Brand Partnership Manager at Aston Martin Wilmslow, said: “We may be in Wilmslow but we are the local Aston Martin dealership to West Lancashire and we are delighted to support the Ormskirk MotorFest by bringing this very special car. We are really looking forward to the event and people are welcome come and take a closer look at our Aston Martin DB11.”


The Red Bull Formula 1 has enjoyed spectacular racing success in the last decade. Sebastian Vettel won four consecutive world titles between 2010 and 2013, while one of its current drivers Daniel Ricciardo finished third in the 2016 championship and fifth last year. Aston Martin are their current title sponsors.


Mike Ashcroft, chairman of Aintree Circuit Club, said: “We are really pleased that Aston Martin Wilmslow have provided the Aston Martin DB11 for the Ormskirk MotorFest. The Aston Martin is an iconic car and I am sure this model will be a big attraction at the event, particularly with the Red Bull livery adorning the bonnet.


“The MotorFest will be fantastic free event for all the family don’t miss this great day out on Sunday 26 August.”


Councillor John Hodson, portfolio holder for Planning, said: “Come along to the Ormskirk MotorFest and see the Aston Martin and all the other wonderful cars and motorcycles on display. With many thousands of visitors expected to come to Ormskirk for the MotorFest, we hope town centre businesses will take advantage of this great opportunity and open up on MotorFest day.”

There is still some room for owners of particularly high-quality vehicles to put them forward in advance for the MotorFest’s Concours de Elegance competition through

As well as enjoying all the fantastic cars visitors to MotorFest can also browse around the Makers Market on the Ormskirk Bus Station Car Park.

AutoSOLO Challenge returns to Motorfest!


A much loved attraction returns to Motorfest this year…our AutoSOLO Challenge!

This spectacular test of driving skill, featuring 15 different types of cars driven by the North West’s best AutoSOLO competitors, returns to Park Pool.

Tests will be run on the Park Pool Car Park, next to Coronation Park and will run from 10am to 2.15pm.

The AutoSOLO will be run by Aintree Circuit Club in association with our friends at Bolton Le Moors Car Club.