The first Donington Grand Prix was held – the first-ever Grand Prix held in Britain on a road track


Saturday 5th October 1935

The first Donington Grand Prix was held – the first-ever Grand Prix held in Britain on a road track. Run over 120 laps of 2.55 miles of Donnington Park, Leicestershire, England, a total of 306.24 miles. The race was won by Richard ‘Mad Jack’ Shuttleworth driving an Alfa Romeo B/P3. The 1936 race garnered a much larger field and in 1937 the Grand Prix was granted full international status. Up until the outbreak of World War II Donington was witness to epic battles between Mercedes and Auto Union. Tazio Nuvolari driving an Auto Union Type D won the 1938 race at the age of 46. Bernd Rosemeyer won the Grand Prix of 1938. Unfortunately the world intruded and during the war Donington was used by the War Office as a vehicle depot. It was not until 1956 that it was abandoned. Eventually it was purchased by Tom Wheatcroft, who spent many years to restore the track and built up the largest collection of Grand Prix cars in the world. Currently the track conducts a full slate of racing including motorcycle, GT and Formula3. 1993 saw the first Grand Prix raced at Donington since before the war.


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