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Ben's brief - VSCC LOTON PARK 2021
Junior reporter Ben Lawrence at Loton Park  Click top right to view Ben's Images We went to Loton Park on Saturday 11 September, day one of a two-day Vintage Sports-Car Club hill climb. There were 130 unique and very varied vintage cars, some up to the age of 120 years old. The day started with two practice runs and then in the afternoon two timed runs. It was very entertaining to watch, a...
 
HARALD GROHS AT AUSTRIAN DTM 2021 : Roman Klemm
Grohs tests Porsche 935  Words and images by Roman Klemm What was the biggest spectacle of the Austrian DTM weekend? Harald Grohs in a Porsche 935, of course! Nothing against the nice GT Ferraris, Mercedes and BMWs on the DTM grid in Spielberg - but it was another driver/ car combination that had the upper hand. Former top driver of the DARM, DTM and World Sports Car Championship, Harald...
 
REFLECTIONS OF THE 1966 TOUR OF EPYNT - Purely Personal : Ken Davies
Gibbs and Morgan win in Willment Cortina GT  Words and images by Ken Davies It was 1966 and the Beatles had just released Eleanor Rigby, which was continually playing on my crackly car radio. I’d joined Swansea Motor Club that March and started gaining experience in every type of motorsport I could enter: rally, autocross, autotest, sprint, hill climb, anything, and everything, someti...
 
'TESTING' HISTORIC F3 CARS - Purely Personal : Roman Klemm
Roman gets to 'test' historic F3 cars  Words by Roman Klemm. Images by Walter Falbesoner and Roman Klemm Only at historic events I can find racing cars that (from my point of view) still have a 'real history' and arouse respect for their designers, mechanics and brave pilots - something I simply do not feel about cars since the beginning of the 'carbon period'. Sometimes I try to go a litt...
 
Ben's Brief - BRITISH HILLCLIMB CHAMPIONSHIP 2021
Junior reporter Ben Lawrence at Prescott Speed Hill Climb  Click top right to view Ben's images.  We went to Prescott on Sunday 5 September for rounds 23 and 24 of the British Hillclimb Championship 2021. Wallace Menzies came into this event leading the Championship from Alex Summers, but in the first run-off Alex Summers won by four-hundredths of a second from Menzies. In the second ...
 
Ben's Brief - THREE CASTLES TRIAL 2021
Junior Reporter Ben Lawrence follows the Three Castles Trial  Click top right to view Ben's images We went to the Three Castles Trial on Thursday 2 September, it was a three-day event carrying on through Friday and Saturday. Due to Covid the Trial was delayed from June and postponed to September. The route included special tests and regularity sections. Around 80 cars started the day from...
 
OULTON PARK - PRESCOTT HILL - CASTLE COMBE : Peripatetic Peter
A Gold Cup, a Garden Party and GT cars   Words and images by Peter Baker. Click to view Castle Combe Countdown images. Even before the first maternal thrush had returned with its early worm yours truly was well on his way north via the M5 and M6, destination Oulton Park, located as we all know in that fair and financially solvent county of Cheshire. The editorial MG ZT-T, having recently...
 
Ben's Brief - OULTON PARK GOLD CUP 2021
Junior Reporter Ben Lawrence visits Oulton Park for the Gold Cup  Click top right to view Ben's images We went to Oulton Park for the three-day Gold Cup meeting. Saturday was testing and most of qualifying. Sunday was all racing, starting off with the Historic Formula Fords’ first race and the man on pole keeping his lead through the duration of the race was Tom McArthur, and in secon...
 
HISTORIC RALLY FESTIVAL 2021 - A Personal Perspective : Stephen Mosley
Country house hosts historic rally cars  Words and images by Stephen Mosley The rally stage, in the UK at least, belongs as much to the tarmac drives of the country house estate as to the rutted gravel tracks of the forest. Although the hard-core enthusiast will walk miles into the wilderness of Kielder, many will have experienced the raw excitement of a road going car dancing on the limit ...
 
THE COTSWOLD REUNION TOUR 2021 - Editorial Ramblings : Peter Baker
Empty ford and gates galore  Words and images by Peter Baker Time passes faster than air from a punctured tyre on a rainswept night. It seems only yesterday we were welcoming crews to our first Cotswold Economy Drive, run on behalf of the Historic Rally Car Register, but actually it was way back in 1999, that’s err, 22 years ago! Goodness me, at least 10 of this year’s drivers h...
 
BDC SILVERSTONE TO VSCC PRESCOTT - Editorial Ramblings - Peter Baker
Bentley battles at Silverstone and Prescott's pre-war entertainment  Words and images by Peter Baker Whatever the pundits might have you think, nothing in this country, regarding our weather has changed much over the past hundred years. Just ask those who holiday in Blackpool, or play village green cricket. Enough said then about climate change, or lack of it, because you all know...
 
Ben's Brief - LOTON PARK INTERCLUB MEETINGS 2021
Junior reporter Ben Lawrence visits Loton Park  Click top right to view Ben's images Interclub Meetings, Loton Park Speed Hillclimb 7-8 August The early August event at Loton Park was a low-key club meeting but still had a full entry of 125 cars including some classics. The morning was damp and drizzly, but it dried out in the afternoon. The day consisted of two practice runs in the mornin...
 
BROMYARD SPEED FESTIVAL 2021 - A Personal Perspective : Stephen Mosley
Altitude with Attitude  Words and images by Stephen Mosley. Saturday 31 July saw the Bromyard Speed Festival kick off with a day spent sampling the local culinary delights on its 'Tastes of Herefordshire Tour'. The Festival has been something of a moveable feast in itself since its inception in 2015, starting as a tour around the closed roads of Bromyard, before running at the historic Shels...
 
THE CLASSIC 2021 - Editorial Ramblings : Peter Baker
Shunning the rain at Silverstone  Words and images by Peter Baker. Click to view our Gallery. It rained. But by now most of you will know that. Horrendous it was, almost from the word go. In fact, between 30 July and 1 August it would be fair to say, Silverstone resembled more an underwater theme park than a race circuit. Put another way, yours truly suffered badly, wet-wise, and was very gla...
 
Ben's Brief - THE CLASSIC, SILVERSTONE 2021
Junior reporter Ben Lawrence visits Silverstone for The Classic  Click Top right to view Ben's images We went to Silverstone for an action-packed weekend, actually, four days. Testing on Thursday, then 15 qualifying sessions on Friday with on and off rain showers. Saturday consisted of 12 races. Historic Formula Junior was won by Richard Bradley, closely followed by Cam Jackson with Alex A...
 
ENNSTAL-CLASSIC 2021 - Roman Klemm
The wonder of Styria  Words and images by Roman Klemm. Click top right to view the Gallery. Ennstal-Classic, 21-24 July 2021 Eighty-one-year-old Viennese Helmut Zwickl is certainly the most influential Austrian motoring journalist, alongside Heinz Pruller. In the 1960s, they reported on Jochen Rindt's promising career. After Jochen's death, fate 'presented them Niki Lauda', and after the e...
 
Bens' Brief - BRITISH & MIDLAND HILL CLIMB CHAMPIONSHIP PRESCOTT 2021
Junior reporter Ben Lawrence visits Prescott Speed Hill Climb  Click top right to view Ben's Images We went to Prescott for a mainly modern British & Midland Hill Climb Championship round on Sunday 25 July. Wallace Menzies won both run offs, extending his lead in the Championship to eight points. There were also some classic cars, like the Lola T492, the Pringett Mistrale, a lovely Lotus...
 
Ben's Brief - SHELSLEY WALSH 2021
Junior reporter Ben Lawrence goes to Shelsley Walsh Classic Nostalgia  Click top right to view his images.It was a scorching day out at Shelsley Walsh, but I was accompanied by a whole range of classic beauties, like Mick Strafford in the wonderful sounding Chevrolet Firenza, the BRM P154 Can-Am car driven by Stephen Hepworth in the parades and his brother Andrew in the Hepworth. Oher rally...
 
SHELSLEY WALSH CLASSIC NOSTALGIA - Editorial Ramblings : Peter Baker
Nothing but nostalgia  Words and images by Peter Baker. Click to view Gallery. Early Saturday morning on 17 July, and the sun is shining, with a promise of a 30 degree high. What’s more, I’m driving the thirty-odd mile, cross-country route to Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb behind the wheel of our highly entertaining, did somebody say, slightly outrageous, Abarth 595. A wonderful start...
 
HEROES OF FORMULA 1 : Roman Klemm
Launch of the book 'Hrdinove Formule 1' (Heroes of Formula 1)  Words and images by Roman Klemm What did not find its way into the book....? When I was working on my latest 'Hrdinove Formule 1' book some three years ago, covering the bios of Clark, Fittipaldi and Mansell, I was lucky to be able to discuss the theme with a number of significant motorsport personalities, who shared their memo...