The largest collection of 40 years of Donkervoort.


Tienhoven, 1978. At 28 years old, Joop Donkervoort started the engine of the S7, the very first car to bear his name. Feelings of tension, anticipation, enthusiasm and perhaps a little fear were palpable. The roaring engine symbolises the act of taking a gamble to make achievable a dream shared by many.

An important moment that heralded in the introduction of Donkervoort Automobielen; born out of a long-cherished childhood dream of creating the purest and most perfect sports car. A hint of bravado with a cocky dash of perfectionism. This is also what characterises Joop Donkervoort.

Ever since, Donkervoort has been going against the tide as a pioneer in a range of sectors; the search for perfection never ends. This was certainly not without a struggle, and went hand-in-hand with moments in which moving forward and perseverance was the motto. With a firm faith and trust in the car and always fighting to achieve what was once just a dream, and supported by the enthusiasm of Donkervoort drivers and the tireless efforts of the team, which welcomed the second generation of Donkervoorts some 10 years ago. As a David in a world of Goliaths, it has grown over time to become a synonym for lightweight, top performance and craftsmanship. This allowed Donkervoort to claim and retain their rightful place in the international supercar industry.

On Saturday 12 May 2018, Donkervoort will be celebrating its 40 year anniversary; a milestone of which we can be proud and which should be celebrated. We can look back on 40 years of history and also examine the future of Donkervoort. A look back and an introduction. We hope to welcome you, as a valued driver, fan or relation of Donkervoort, in and around our factory in Lelystad. On this page you will find all information regarding the Donkervoort 40th Anniversary Party.


09.00 – 10.00
Start / welcome participants

10.00 – 11.00
Preview & Judging Concours d’Elegance

11.00 – 15.00
Donkervoort Historic Rally
Participants depart between 11.00 and 11.30 and return between 13.00 and 14.00

10.00 – 11.00
Various activities
– Donkervoort Mini-Factory Tour (every 30 minutes)
– Food trucks
– Various partner stands

15.00 – 15.15
Award ceremony Best of Show*

15.30 – 16.30
A look back and an introduction ..*

16.30 – 18.00
Festive closing*

End of program

*Only accessible to Donkervoort drivers/owners and invitees

Donkervoort Concours d’Elegance

We start this special day with a Donkervoort Concours d’Elegance, for which everyone with a Donkervoort is welcome to register.

As a visitor you get a unique overview of the complete Donkervoort model range, varying from the very first S7 to the latest D8 GTO RS.

Donkervoorts from all over Europe and beyond compete for the title ‘Best of Show 1978-2018’. Selected entries are divided into various classes and are judged by a renowned jury on originality, state and presentation. Will you bring the ‘Best of Show’ to Lelystad?

Donkervoort Historic Rally

In addition, Donkervoort Automobielen – in close collaboration with the Donkervoort Touring Club Netherlands – organizes a beautiful, but brief, Historic Rally along a number of important historical milestones in the history of Donkervoort. A fantastic experience for Donkervoort owners to be able to drive their beloved cars accompanied by so many other Donkervoorts!

During the Historic Rally, others – both young and old – can enjoy everything else in and around the factory. There will be many small shops with Donkervoort-related products (including some exclusive 40th Anniversary products!), a unique Mini-Factory Tour and much more!

A look back and an introduction..

Donkervoort drivers/owners are also invited to join the final part of the day. We look back on 40 years of history, but also lift a tip of the veil of the future of Donkervoort. A look back and an introduction; that’s all we’re going to say at this minute…
We strive to convey the casual, unpretentious and Donkervoort family atmosphere you are used to during this festive day. We hope to welcome you – and your Donkervoort – very warmly on this very special day and to be able to toast with you on the next 40 years!


Confirming your attendance

Donkervoort drivers
If you would like to participate in the Donkervoort Concours d’Elegance and / or the Donkervoort Historic Rally, we kindly ask you to sign up for one or both parts of the program. As a Donkervoort driver you are also welcome – with a guest – to the exclusive afternoon program “A look back and an introduction”. For organizational reasons, we would appreciate it if you could also confirm your attendance for this part.

Other visitors
As a Donkervoort enthusiast, you are of course more than welcome to celebrate our 40th anniversary on May 12th. Come and admire the unique collection of Donkervoort during the Donkervoort Concours d’Elegance and hear, see and feel the cars depart and arrive during the Donkervoort Historic Rally.

During the Historic Rally, there is plenty else to do in and around the factory for both young and old. Think of many small shops with Donkervoort-related products (including some exclusive 40th Anniversary products!), food trucks, a unique Mini-Factory Tour and much more!


Donkervoort owners/drivers 
If you come as a visitor and bring your own Donkervoort, we offer you the possibility to park it – as long as there is space – on the event grounds around the factory.

Visitors with other cars
If you are coming to the event with another type of car, we can guarantee you a parking space in the immediate vicinity on the Larserpoort industrial estate.


In the area
Van der Valk Hotel
Leuvenumseweg 7
3847 LA Harderwijk
Distance to Donkervoort: 20 min. – 23 km

Hotel Cafe Restaurant Monopole
Buiten de Bruggepoort 3
3841 CT Harderwijk
Distance to Donkervoort: 23 min. – 22 km

Please note that reservations do not run through Donkervoort; you must place these directly at the hotels. You can of course always contact us for additional information and / or assistance.

Suitable for a staycation
Conservatorium Hotel Amsterdam
Van Baerlestraat 27
1071 AN Amsterdam
Distance to Donkervoort: 45 min. – 56 km

The Student Hotel Amsterdam City
Wibautstraat 129
1091 GL Amsterdam
Distance to Donkervoort: 35 min. – 52 km

Sir Adam Hotel Amsterdam
Overhoeksplein 7
1031KS Amsterdam
Distance to Donkervoort: 40 min. – 58 km