A WORLD famous parachute display team will take to their skies over Thruxton in June.

The Red Devils have been confirmed as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations for Thruxton race circuit being held on Saturday, 2 and Sunday, 3 June.

The team is currently composed of 14 professional skydivers, who have conducted air shows and tandem parachute descents as far afield as America, Bahrain and at poignant regimental memorial events.

The Red Devils will be at the circuit for the Sunday of the celebrations.

Thruxton group managing director Bill Coombs said: “We already have a fabulous line-up of on and off-track entertainment planned for our milestone anniversary weekend, but to now secure the Red Devils as part of the high-octane bill will add another dimension to an event that truly does have something for everyone.

“As an active airfield, it is almost a ‘home-from-home’ for them and we are sure they will put on an extra-special show to celebrate our landmark year in style.”

The first motorsport event to be held at Thruxton in its current guise was in March, 1968 and 50 years on, a host of single-seaters, sports cars and saloons from the last five decades will hit the track for a sprint down memory lane at the circuit’s 50th anniversary celebration.

The weekend will feature 15 races, demonstrations from Williams’ 1983 FW08C and other iconic racing cars and bikes, and a static display of Nigel Mansell’s title-winning Williams FW14B.

There will also be appearances from 1992 Formula 1 World Champion Mansell and motorsport commentator Murray Walker, who together will officially open The Thruxton Centre, the venue’s new, £2 million hospitality facility.

In addition to the Red Devils, off-track activities will include car club reunions, a funfair, live music, overnight camping and a fireworks display in evidence of the festival’s family-friendly appeal.

Tickets are available from £12 for Saturday entry and £15 for Sunday, or £24 for both days. Accompanied children aged 15 and under will be admitted free.

For further information, go to https://thruxtonracing.co.uk/racing/50th-anniversary or call 01264 882200.