Bolton Le Mans Motorsport Festival comes to Victoria Square

The Mayor and Mayoress of Bolton, Cllr Martin Donaghy and Gay Wharton, in Victoria Square for the motorsport festival

The Mayor and Mayoress of Bolton, Cllr Martin Donaghy and Gay Wharton, in Victoria Square for the motorsport festival

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , politics reporter

PETROLHEADS descended on Victoria Square to see super cars on show for the fifth annual Bolton Le Mans Motorsport Festival.

Crowds enjoyed the multi-million pound car display — including a £350,000 Mercedes SL — as well as live music and dancing.

The festival celebrates Bolton’s link with twin town Le Mans in France, which hosted the world famous 24-hour race at the weekend.

Event director and former Heartbeat actor Jack Marsden said it was “amazing” to see so many people turn out for the festival, which was opened by the Mayor of Bolton, Cllr Martin Donaghy.

Mr Marsden said: “I’ve never seen so many people in Bolton town centre. The crowds on the Saturday were huge.

“People were there from very early on and it ran like clockwork. It was super to have that level of support.

“What I wanted to do was celebrate the twin towns of Bolton and Le Mans, which hosts the world’s most glamorous motor sport event — it’s appropriate we do something to celebrate that association.

“To watch the families, who have come in on a limited budget, have their faces painted, get free balloons and generally have a nice family day out was really great.”

On Saturday, former X Factor finalist and S Club Juniors member Stacy McClean sang from the Town Hall steps, alongside the live bands.

Mr Marsden said he is already looking forward to next year’s event.

He added: “Next year I am trying to arrange a big screen to show the race live.

“With the Mayor of Le Mans visiting Bolton in August, we want to strengthen that relation-ship between the two towns on the motorsport side.”

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10:40am Tue 17 Jun 14

Wolfie190 says...

Was that supposed to be that event they've had on in the last few years where there has been rally cars, racing cars, stock cars and GT40's etc ?

I was in Bolton and thought it was just a promotion for a local garage they had a banner up and most of the cars just normal cars like Ford Focus's were for sale oh and they needed to turn that bloody music down a bit too.
Was that supposed to be that event they've had on in the last few years where there has been rally cars, racing cars, stock cars and GT40's etc ? I was in Bolton and thought it was just a promotion for a local garage they had a banner up and most of the cars just normal cars like Ford Focus's were for sale oh and they needed to turn that bloody music down a bit too. Wolfie190
  • Score: 7

8:48pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Andy Higham says...

I was on Victoria Square on Saturday.
I did not see anything relating to any form of motor sport, just a few dealers exhibiting their mundane motors.
Considering Bolton was the home of one of the greats of sports car racing Chevron, led by one of the greatest car designers, the late Derek Bennett. I feel this so called motorsports festival is an insult to all fans and competitors past and present.
There are many people in Bolton who compete in motorsports events on 2, 3 and 4 wheels, I'm sure some of these would have been happy to exhibit their race vehicle and chat with the public about them. I would have happily exhibited my classic sprint bike
I was on Victoria Square on Saturday. I did not see anything relating to any form of motor sport, just a few dealers exhibiting their mundane motors. Considering Bolton was the home of one of the greats of sports car racing Chevron, led by one of the greatest car designers, the late Derek Bennett. I feel this so called motorsports festival is an insult to all fans and competitors past and present. There are many people in Bolton who compete in motorsports events on 2, 3 and 4 wheels, I'm sure some of these would have been happy to exhibit their race vehicle and chat with the public about them. I would have happily exhibited my classic sprint bike Andy Higham
  • Score: 3

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