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Ben's Brief - CADWELL PARK, SHELSLEY WALSH AND LOTON PARK JUNE 2022
Junior reporter Ben Lawrence has been out and about  Click top right to view Ben's images  HSCC Cadwell Park, BHC Shelsley Walsh and MHC Loton Park The past weeks have been very busy, so here’s a recap on the last three events. On the Saturday of the Queen’s Jubilee, we travelled to Cadwell Park for the Wolds Trophy, a race meeting on the Historic Sports Car Club calendar....
 
TIFF NEEDELL INTERVIEW - Roman Klemm
Roman interviews Tiff Needell - briefly in Formula 1, briefly about Formula 1  Words and images by Roman Klemm Being a radical fan of the seventies, I remember the year 1980 also well - the year in which a certain driver took a brief look at the world of F1 - Englishman Tiff Needell. Needell was filming for his TV programme at the 2022 Grand Prix de Monaco Historique and ‘ran in my w...
 
Ben's Brief - PLAINS RALLY 2022
Junior reporter Ben Lawrence in North Wales  Click top right to view Ben's images The Plains Rally included round three of the British Historic Rally Championship in Bala, North Wales on Saturday 21 May. The day consisted of a total of 45 miles of special stages. The first stage was Aberhirnant where Matt Edwards set the fastest time in his Fiat 131 Abarth, but Nick Elliott was only one se...
 
BROOKLANDS CELEBRATES LAND SPEED RECORD
Land Speed Record Centenary Celebration Words and images by Peter Baker It was a long day. Rising at five-thirty, birds a-twitter, and on the road not much after six. Destination Brooklands. We arrived in the trusty MG ZTT just as the town hall clock in Weybridge chimed nine o’clock, so just time for coffee and bacon rolls before the day’s Land Speed Record Celebrations got underway....
 
CELEBRITIES AT JIM CLARK REVIVAL: Roman Klemm
Celebrities at the 2022 Jim Clark Revival in Hockenheim  Words and images by Roman Klemm This year's historic event in Hockenhiem, during the weekend 7-8 May, has been a huge success after past decade of slight decline. The grandstands were filled almost at the level of DTM weekends and the queues in front of the food outlets were tens of meters long. At a time when no one knows what terri...
 
BOSCH HOCKENHEIM HISTORIC 2022 : Roman Klemm
The Jim Clark Revival  Words and images by Roman Klemm 7-8 May 2022 The Hockenheim Historic, known also as 'Jim Clark Revival', is the traditional curtain-raiser of the motoring season at the Hockenheimring. The organisers managed to put together a very interesting programme and, thanks to wonderful spring weather, thousands of fans rewarded them with their visit. From a sports point of vie...
 
DONINGTON HISTORIC FESITVAL 2022 - Editorial Rambling : Peter Baker
Mixing the old with the not quite so old  Words and images by Peter Baker The appearance of three Silk Cut Jaguars at this year’s Donington Historic Festival sent my mind racing back to Le Mans, June 1988 when I, along with 130,000 other UK supporters, after sensing victory for the home team, staged a track invasion to welcome the victorious Jaguar across the line. Such was the state ...
 
DONINGTON PARK TO CADWELL PARK - Peripatetic Peter : Peter Baker
Masters at Donington and VSCC at Cadwell  Words and images by Peter Baker From one park to another, split by a comfy night in a B&B and a good Italian meal. The long list of Easter weekend historic motorsport events kicked off on Friday 15 April at Donington, with what proved to be a fantastic day of racing, courtesy of Masters Historic Racing. This included a 25-minute outing for clas...
 
Ben's Brief - HSCC SNETTERTON 2022
Junior reporter Ben Lawrence at Snetterton  Click top right to view Ben's images We travelled to the second event on the Historic Sports Car Club calendar in Norfolk over the weekend 23-24 April 2022. The day’s racing started with the Historic Formula Fords first race. A tight qualifying session led to Tom McArthur putting his Titan Mk4 on pole by just 54 thousandths of a second from...
 
GOODWOOD MEMBERS' MEETING 2022 - Editorial Rambling : Peter Baker
79th Members' Meeting  Words and images by Peter Baker It’s pointless me going on about the 79th Members Meeting. After all, most of you were either there, or watched it on the telly. Suffice to say, Goodwood continues to exceed all expectations and our trip there and back (some 300 miles) was accomplished in Erik the SAAB 9-5 without any just cause for complaint. In fact, I’m su...
 
BAKER STREET : Peter Baker
The car's alive with the sound of music  Words by Peter Baker   As if it were only yesterday, I remember fitting and then listening to my first car radio. Somebody gave me a secondhand unit, along with speaker and aerial, and with a friend’s help made up a bracket, drilled a hole in the front wing and connected a live wire behind the ignition switch of my 1961 Mini. Bingo. Unfort...
 
HSCC BRANDS HATCH 2022 - Editorial Rambling : Peter Baker
Down the Hatch, 2-3 April  Words and images by Peter Baker Nineteen-year-old Harry Barton (BMW 1800Ti) will never forget his first two Historic Touring Car races at Brands Hatch as a full on racing driver. Thrown in at the deep end, twice in one afternoon, young Harry was to come up against one of the best drivers in the business, a certain Nigel Cox. Nigel has been lifting one wheel of his ...
 
Ben's Brief - RALLY NORTH WALES 2022
Junior reporter Ben Lawrence on 2022 Rally North Wales  Click top right to view Ben's images I went to North Wales near Dolgellau for the first round of the 2022 Pirelli Welsh National Rally Championship and the second round of the British Historic Rally Championship. The event was made up of four different stages run twice, starting with Pantperthog then Dyfi and Big Ray in the same fores...
 
MASTERS DONINGTON TEST DAY 2022 - Editorial Rambling : Peter Baker
Test Day at Donington for Masters Historic Racing Words and image by Peter Baker Tuesday 22 March 2022 Top runners taking part in the various Masters 2022 race series arrived to find Donington bathed in hazy sunshine, thus the day, divided into six sessions split by an extended lunch break, provided excellent test conditions. I was there primarily to catch up with Team Retro-Speed’s young...
 
DONINGTON STAGE RALLY 2022 - Editorial Rambling : Peter Baker
North Side Truck and Van Donington Rally  Words and image by Peter Baker Donington Park, Sunday 13 March 2022I’m showing my age, but I’ve been standing out in the cold and wet watching rally cars for 50 years, maybe longer. Thing is, even now, I still enjoy it. Not just the noise, etc. but also being with like-minded enthusiasts who, like me, are happy as Larry just to be there. ...
 
Ben' Brief - MALCOLM WILSON RALLY 2022
Junior reporter Ben Lawrence on the 2022 Malcolm Wilson Rally  Click top right to view Ben's images Saturday 12 MarchWe went to the 45th running of the Malcolm Wilson Rally. The rally’s opening leg encompassed an early visit to the Whinlatter Forest for stages through Hobcarton, Comb and Wythop before the first of the schedule’s two Greystoke tests. Then service preceded two st...
 
BAKER STREET : Peter Baker
Strada Panettiera  Words and images by Peer Baker Lie back and think of Italy. What comes to mind? Spaghetti. Ice cream. The Stelvio. Sophia Loren. A wealthy friend of mine, who’s deeply into his top-end Italian exotica freely admits, that in terms of sheer fun, speed and practicality, forget the 12-cylinder legends, nothing comes close to his wife’s Fiat 500-based Abarth 595....
 
Ben's Brief - TOUR OF CHESHIRE RALLY 2022
Junior reporter Ben Lawrence on the 2022 Tour of Cheshire Rally  Click top right to view Ben's images Held on Saturday 5 March, this classic road rally, based just south of Chester, opened the HRCR Clubmans Rally Championship for 2022. The event included many Cheshire and North Shropshire lanes and special tests, creating a route of just under 150 miles. The rally began at the Bickerton P...
 
POMEROY TROPHY 2022 - Editorial Rambling : Peter Baker
The VSCC's slightly quirky 'Pom' meeting  Words and images by Peter Baker Silverstone, Saturday 19 February 2022 What with Autosport International and Race Retro being cancelled, the first real opportunity for a chin-wag with friends this year happened at Silverstone last weekend, during the VSCC Pomeroy Trophy meeting. While the rain beat without mercy against the windows, we huddled tog...
 
Ben's Brief - RIPONIAN RALLY 2022
Junior reporter Ben Lawrence on the 2022 Riponian Rally  Click top right to view Ben's images  We went to the Yorkshire Riponian Rally, on Sunday 6 February, for the first round of the 2022 British Historic Rally Championship (BHRC). We were on Wass Moor for stages 1 and 4. Stages 2 and 5 were Cropton and stage 3 and 6 were Gale Rigg. There was a vast entry of historics for the event ...