The historic market town of Ormskirk once again hosted the North West’s biggest motoring event, Motorfest 2015. Now in its fifth year, this much anticipated free annual event was once again blest with good weather which attracted 1,000’s of visitors to Coronation Park and the newly refurbished town centre.
The day was also an opportunity for Gary O’Brien, the Masonic hall caterer and his staff to take full advantage of the event to promote the tea rooms and bar along with the other facilities that the hall has to offer. His burgers, hot dogs and ice cream sales were very much appreciated by one and all.
On this occasion the upstairs area had been transformed into a large scaled down slot car representation of the Aintree racing circuit. This gave many visitors to the hall the opportunity of trying their hand at becoming a champion racer for a small donation to charity.
Ormskirk Group Membership Officer Greg Pinnington was on hand, ably assisted by Dave Irving, both members of Arthur Stanley Lodge No 3469, taking the opportunity to welcome guests to the hall, answer questions and to distribute information leaflets to potential new members. The highlight of the afternoon was to welcome the Mayor of West Lancashire Nikki Hennessy and her consort Paul Hennessy during an impromptu walk about.
The Aintree Circuit Club, the organisers of the event, has a proud and interesting history. Officially opened by Earl Howe and Raymond Mears in 1954, the three mile track remains Britain’s only purpose built Grand Prix circuit and still exists in its entirety. In 1955 the club held the British Grand Prix and proudly witnessed the first time a British driver, Stirling Moss, had ever won the title at home.
The draw of over 300 gleaming vehicles to the town included sleek super cars and vintage motors, combined with classic bikes was once again a crowd pleaser. The town centre became a showcase for the unusual and elegant in the motor world. From stock car racers, super sports cars and vintage classics to the humble bubble car all were on show.
However the fun did not stop there; Coronation Park was also filled to capacity with cars and bikes of every description. The young at heart were also well catered for with a small fun fair and side show attractions.
On hand and representing ‘North West Blood Bikes Lancs and Lakes’ was grand lodge officer Martin Walsh a member of Lathom Abbey Lodge No 6286, who is the area manager for Ormskirk and Southport for this worthy charity. The volunteers give their time freely to transport urgent medical items, including blood, drugs, human tissue etcetera between hospitals and blood transfusion banks.
A draw for petrol heads was the sound of screeching tyres coming from the adjacent swimming baths car park commandeered for the day for classic time trials with competitors racing against the clock to complete the tight winding course in the quickest possible time.
The highlight on this family friendly fun packed day culminated with the grand parade around the town centre. The chance to see what had been a static display come alive with the sound and the distinctive smell of racing fuel and the roar of high powered engines, drew many to pack the streets and to cheer on the exhibitors.