Donnington Historic Festival CANCELLED

I am immensely disappointed and very sorry to have to let you know that new guidance was issued by government yesterday- Tuesday 6 April – which contradicts the previous position that spectators would be permitted at non-elite sport events from Step Two of the roadmap (12 April onwards). As a result of yesterday’s announcement, the 2021 Donington Historic Festival can now only be run behind closed doors, with only essential personnel attending.

Whilst outdoor attractions like zoos and theme parks can reopen, and events such as boot fairs, steam rallies and food festivals can take place with up to 4,000 visitors per day, a specific ban has now been applied to spectators at sport events until 17 May. This means that all events due to take place between 12 April and 17 May will have to be run behind closed doors.

I know exactly how hard some of you have worked to promote the event to your members, and how disappointed you will all be that DHF is not permitted to welcome spectators this year.

Those of you and your members who have already booked will, along with all other affected customers, be contacted by email by Donington Park’s operators, MSV, with options on how to manage your booking – including obtaining refunds. Please note, while I’m always happy to help where I can, I don’t handle ticketing at all, and it’s not handled from the DHF office, so ticketholders should wait to hear from MSV. You can read more about this here: http://news.msv.com/statement-5-march.aspx

Once again, I am so very sorry and disappointed to have to give you this news. I can only hope that we can see each other again next year.

With best wishes

Karen

Karen Coe
Car Club Co-ordinator
Donington Historic Festival

NEC Restoration Show CANCELLED

As a consequence of the ongoing impact of Covid-19, the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show, with Discovery, will not run on 11-13 June 2021 as originally planned. The next edition of the show will now take place 18-20 March 2022.

“It’s extremely disappointing that this popular show will not be going ahead,” says MASC’s Alan Pritchett. “With a brighter future in prospect, MASC is hoping that COVID is in retreat and we can all get back to enjoying our cars again – particularly in November for the Classic Motor Show.”

The cancelled show will be replaced by an online edition on the 27th March, available here – https://www.necrestorationshow.com/online-edition. You can get involved by entering the Pride of Ownership, and sharing your own Lockdown Discoveries.

Show Director Lee Masters is also looking forward to the end-of-year event: “We have confidence that come the autumn, life will have returned to a more normal rhythm and we are planning the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery as usual for November.”

Tickets already purchased will automatically be carried over to the same day next year. Visitors also have the option to move their booking to the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show (11-13 November 2021) or Reis Race Retro (18-20 February 2022).

Area Rep Changes

If you’ve been following MASCOT closely you’ll have noticed that a few Area Rep positions have changed around recently:

  • Somerset: Jess Linham is now in post as Area Rep.
  • Surrey: Gavin Rowles has taken over as Area Rep from Mike Gorman.
  • Heart of England: Lara Warburton has taken over from Dave Colclough.
  • Dorset: Karen Mallik has taken over from John Gully.
  • Ireland: Noel Kavanagh is co-ordinating occasional meetings on the island of Ireland.

Area Reps are key to the club reaching members in local areas, and provide an important conduit between the committee and members. If you’re interested in taking up the mantle, we’re looking for interested people in the following areas to take on the role of Area Rep:

  • North Wales
  • South Wales
  • North East
  • Sussex
  • Cambridgeshire
  • Oxford

For more information, contact Area Liaison Officer Andrew Parrott to discuss what the role entails. His details can be found in MASCOT, along with those of all the Area meetings and their Reps.

Young Members Festival Cancelled

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the organisers of TYRE Festival have decided that the 2021 Festival will not go ahead, and will instead focus on an improved event in 2022.

TYRE Festival is a joint young members rally, organised by the TR Register Youth and Morris Minor Owners Club Young Members and supported by MASC’s own Young Members group.

“Although TYRE Festival would have been a highlight of the Young Members calendar, the priority is always the safety and wellbeing of our members,” says Alex Gleed, MASC Young Members rep. “The decision to postpone until 2022 by the TYRE Fest organisers is an unfortunate but necessary one.”

Lead Organiser Liam Murphy (MASC / MMOC) says: “Obviously we’re disappointed, but we believe that cancelling the event is the safest, most responsible thing to do for 2021. We would rather plan a full weekend of entertainments and have a top-quality event, than risk watering down the festival and worrying about cancellation in the event of a future wave of infections.”

Ticket holders will be contacted and given a full refund, and will be entitled to advance tickets ahead of the 2022 festival.