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HISTORIC FORMULA 2 FIA INTERNATIONAL SERIES
Record interest in HSCC Historic F2   The Historic Sports Car Club has reported record levels of interest in the Historic Formula 2 FIA International Series, with the grid for the season-opening races at Hockenheim more than half-full seven weeks ahead of event, reports Pau Lawrence. Throughout the winter there have been clear signs that Historic Formula 2 is heading for a successful s...
PRESCOTT WELCOMES BACK WORKS 59/50B BUGATTI
Works 59/50B Bugatti returns to Prescott after 80 years The world-famous works 59/50B Bugatti is to return to Prescott Speed Hill Climb in May 2019, as part of the Bugatti Owners’ Club 90th anniversary celebrations, reports Rebecca Leppard. This car has not appeared at Prescott in 80 years and Chris Rogers, General Manager of the Bugatti Owners’ Club said, “We are delighted th...
THE HSCC 2019 DUNLOP SALOON CAR CUP
Touring Car aces to be honoured  Former touring car aces Tom Walkinshaw, Tim Harvey and David Leslie will be celebrated in the 2019 Dunlop Saloon Car Cup as three eras of touring cars come together on one grid, reports Paul Lawrence.   The memory of Walkinshaw and Leslie will be honoured, while current BTCC pundit Harvey will also be celebrated as cars spanning three decades race in the...
JAN MEESTER OBITUARY
Jan Meester 1943-2019  Appreciation by Keith Baud It is with great sadness that I have to report the death of Jan Meester, a gentle caring man who will be greatly missed by the many competitors and organisers who knew him, not only in Holland but right across Europe. Jan was born in a small town on the River Ijssel called Wijhe, and for many years ran the family business there. Jan was so ...
RACE RETRO 2019
Record crowds at 2019 Race Retro  Report from Andrea Seed. Images by Peter Baker.  Visitors to this year’s Race Retro, powered by Motor Sport, were treated to motorsport stars, rally legends and glorious sunshine at Stoneleigh Park over the weekend 22-24 February. Some 24,212 enthusiasts attended the show, an increase on 2018’s 23,100 attendees, to see the mix of rally and ...
THUNDERSPORTS SERIES IS BACK
HSCC revives Thundersports title  The Historic Sports Car Club is bringing back the famous Thundersports brand, reports Paul Lawrence. HSCC Thundersports is the fresh branding for the Club’s pre ’80 Endurance Series, which will have pairs of half-hour races on the Silverstone and Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuits as well as a double-header at Spa-Francorchamps.   The new tit...
VSCC POMEROY TROPHY 2019
‘Pom’ victory for Chevron B8  Words and images by Peter Baker I have my doubts as to whether the late Mr. Lawrence Pomeroy would have rated a racing Chevron B8 as the definitive ‘touring’ car. However, ‘rules is rules’, so it is only fair and proper to congratulate Alex Ames on winning outright the 2019 Pomeroy Trophy in his Chevron B8. Simon Diffey, who...
HSCC HISTORIC ROAD SPORTS
Evolution for Historic Road Sports  Classes for FIA specification cars, a dedicated Porsche Challenge Cup, a fresh calendar and the chance to race for an entry fee of just £99 are key evolutions for the Historic Sports Car Club’s Historic Road Sports category in 2019, reports Paul Lawrence.   The Historic Road Sports Championship is for production sports and GT cars built a...
JAGUAR CLASSIC CHALLENGE 2019
High-profile dates for Jaguar Classic Challenge The Historic Sports Car Club’s 2019 Jaguar Classic Challenge, will feature a superb schedule of five high-profile race dates as well as an invitation race at the Dijon-Prenois circuit in France, writes Paul Lawrence. With Donington Park, Silverstone GP, Brands Hatch GP and Spa-Francorchamps all on the schedule, joined by a debut visit to the...
RALLYE MONTE-CARLO HISTORIQUE 2019
Weather required many wheel changes  Words and images by Peter Baker Four men and a car. Or to be more precise, a Chrysler Sunbeam Ti, crewed by Clive Berry and Rupert Barker, competed in Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique 2019, backed up by Michael Kilby, ably assisted by yours truly. The plan was always, first to finish, something that I am happy to report became a reality after five days bat...
FUCHS LUBRICANTS MOTORSPORT UK BHRC 2019
2019 BHRC event information  More event details for the 2019 FUCHS Lubricants Motorsport UK British Historic Rally Championship have been announced, reports Paul Lawrence. Five gravel events will be held in Wales, Kielder and Yorkshire, along with the closed-road Ulster Rally and the asphalt roads of Epynt on the Harry Flatters Rally. The full schedule is:-   Saturday 30 March: Rally ...
ROGER ALBERT CLARK RALLY 2019 ROUTE
Acclaim for the RACR route  The unveiling of the route for the 2019 Roger Albert Clark Rally at Autosport International on 10-13 January met with widespread approval from competitors, fans and officials alike, reports Paul Lawrence.   Rally manager Colin Heppenstall, from the Roger Albert Clark Rally Motor Club, took the wraps off a five-day, 32-stage, 300-stage mile route for the 13th...
THE ARCTIC CIRCLE 2020 UPDATE
All points north When competitors on next year’s Arctic Circle rally reach Rovaniemi on Midsummer Day, they will probably be as close to the North Pole as any classic car rally has ever travelled since the original event almost 20 years ago, reports Keith Baud. The home town of Santa Claus in Finland is bang on the Arctic Circle and as such is much further north than many other more frequ...
NEW YEAR'S DAY AT BROOKLANDS
New Year records at Brooklands Museum  The 2019 New Year’s Day gathering of classic vehicles at Brooklands Museum broke its previous record with just over 7,900 people attending throughout the day. In excess of 1,500 classic cars, vans, motorcycles and commercials from all over the country attended this annual event, marking another record. The 32-acre site was filled with a staggerin...
THE ARCTIC CIRCLE 2020
Potsdam Pioneers Classic Events has confirmed that The Arctic Circle rally will start on 13 June 2020 from the historic city of Potsdam, just south-west of Berlin, reports Keith Baud. Potsdam was the location for the first night halt on the original event 20 years ago, so it was an appropriate choice for the start of the revival. The 16-day classic rally, which will encircle the Baltic and pe...
GT & SPORTS CAR CUP 2018 WINNERS
Martyn Corfield and Jeremy Welch have won outright the 2018 GT & Sports Car Cup championship as well as their Class, in the ex-works John Gott Austin Healey 3000 – SMO 746, prepared by Denis Welch Motorsport. The GTSCC, is a highly competitive race series for pre-66 GTs and pre-63 sports cars which sees historic cars such as Jaguar E-types, Austin Healeys and AC Cobras battling for overa...
MASTERS HISTORIC RACING AT SUZUKA SOUND OF ENGINE 2018
Greg Thornton was the man to beat at Suzuka  Words and images from Masters Historic Racing Masters Historic Racing at Suzuka – Sound of Engine event, 6-18 November 2018 In Race 1, Thornton took a dominant flag-to-flag victory after pole-sitting teammate Katsu Kubota failed to take the race start, leaving the door wide open for Thornton to make the race his own. An early safety car pe...
CLASSIC MOTOR SHOW 2019
A landmark year for the Show There were so many landmarks to celebrate at this year’s Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery at Birmingham’s NEC, which attracted over 71,000 visitors during the weekend 9-11 November, reports Andrea Seed. Acting Show Director Lee Masters said: “This was a landmark year for the show in so many ways; the biggest in size, the most ...
ROYAL AUTOMOBILE CLUB LAUNCHES HISTORIC AWARDS
The Royal Automobile Club Historic Awards The Royal Automobile Club is to present a new set of annual awards to recognise excellence and outstanding contributions to the UK’s historic motoring and motorsport industries, the inaugural gala evening to be held in the Club’s Pall Mall clubhouse on Thursday 21 November 2019, reports Karen Coe. Continuing the Club’s rich pedigree in...
FORMULA 5000 TO BE CELEBRATED AT AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL 2018
HSCC to honour Formula 5000 at Autosport International The Historic Sports Car Club will celebrate 50 years of Formula 5000 in a spectacular display at the 2018 Autosport International at the NEC, Birmingham on 10-13 January, reports Paul Lawrence.   The Club will mark the 50th anniversary of the UK debut of the spectacular category with a showcase six-car display of the mighty 5-litre ...