BPR 25 Years On
In 2017 a collaboration between Peter Auto and Jarrah Venables’ Endurance
Photo Pierre-Yves Riom Courtesy Peter Auto
Racing Legends Club saw a series of demos at Peter Auto Race meetings for GTs and prototypes from the 1990s-2000s. The three events in 2017 became four in 2018 and proved popular, the highlight being Le Mans Classic where no fewer than 77 cars entered. This created such a buzz that it was decided to turn the demonstrations into races for the coming season.
Endurance Racing Legends was originally formed for amateur drivers out to enjoy themselves at the wheels of their exceptional cars and not necessarily to race them, so for 2019 two formats will be on offer, with races planned for three race meetings at Peter Auto’s Barcelona, Spa and Monza events and demonstrations at Dijon and Paul Ricard.
It is fitting that these races take place at Peter Auto meetings, the organiser that made such a significant contribution to the history of the cars in the ‘90s with the BPR (Barth-Peter-Ratel) series, and the 2000s with the Le Mans Endurance Series.
Ferrari F40 LM and 550, McLaren F1 GTR, Porsche 911 GT1, Porsche 993 GT2 to 997 RSR, Chrysler Viper GTS-R, and Ferrari 360 to F430 GTC, plus prototypes like the Audi R8 LMP and Bentley Speed 8 are the target for the series. For the races cars that share most aspects of history and performance will be selected, while the demonstrations will be more inclusive and accommodating to a wider variety of cars.
In addition to the Global Endurance Legends partnership, Jarrah Venables will also be acting as Peter Auto’s British representative covering all of its events, with a particular focus on the Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille concours.
Pre-War Race at Monaco 2020
The Monégasque Organising Committee is committed to having a pre-war race at the 2020 Grand Prix de Monaco Historique, which takes place on 8-10 May next year. However after last year’s low turnout, they want to make sure there will be enough demand. They are therefore asking for those interested in racing to complete a pre-registration form.
Patricia Merlino Beasley from the Automobile Club de Monaco has written to pre-war car owners asking them to fill out the registration form if they wish to compete, and is offering a preferential entry fee of €3000 to those who return the forms before 15 July. In her letter she said, “The continuation of this series will depend on the number of files received.”
In case you didn’t get a form, you can request one by calling the ACM or by emailing
€1000 will be requested and will be non-refundable (unless the series is cancelled due to
insufficient registrations). Your fellow pre-war drivers are counting on you to fill the grid.
Formula Ford Huge US Gathering
Formula Ford’s 50th anniversary in North America will be celebrated as the headline
event on September 11–15 at the Vintage Sports Car Drivers Association’s (VSCDA)
2019 Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival at Road America in Wisconsin with the objective
of getting as many drivers into the FF50th as possible.
Heading the project, Steve Beeler tells us, “The pre-registration car count is at 226. We
can “only” start 100 cars in a race group at Road America (4 miles x 25 cars per mile)
so we are working out how to add a third Formula Ford-only race group. We have a
solution but it is not quite ready to be announced.” Entries have been received from 31
states, 3 Canadian provinces, Mexico, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Amongst the
most notable entries are Jim Harrell, 1971 SCCA National Champion, Dennis Firestone,
1976 SCCA National Champion and IndyCar driver Dave Weitzenhof, 1977, 1979, 1981,
and 1987 SCCA National Champion. “I have lined up Paul Page to speak at the Saturday
evening banquet at the Osthoff,” said Beeler. “Everyone knows Paul as the Voice of the
Indy 500. Fewer know that he raced Formula Fords way back in the early years.”
Road America is one of the most challenging tracks in North America, situated on 640 acres midway between Milwaukee and Green Bay.
Road America’s 4.048 miles remain in their original configuration from 1955: 14 turns, 150 feet in elevation changes, three long straights, and the iconic Kink. See https://stevebeeler.com/ff50th for more details and to see a lap of Road America from the cockpit of a Formula
Ford captioned with track notes.
HSCC Revives Thundersports Name
The Historic Sports Car Club is to revive the famous Thundersports name for their ‘80s Endurance Series. Evoking memories of the popular Thundersports series of the 1980s, which was created by John Webb at Brands Hatch. Thundersports was first run in 1983, and was open to a wide range of sports and sports-racing cars. Webb, now 88-years-old, said: “I’ll be absolutely delighted to see the Thundersports name in use again.”
This will be the fourth season of the HSCC-organised series initially started by Automobiles Historiques. Cars of the type used in the World Endurance Championship, FIA GT
Championship and FIA 2 Litre Sports Car Championship will race, along with Can-Am cars from the heydays of the category in the 1970s. Just as in period, Sports 2000s will be welcomed with a dedicated class covering all Ford Pinto-engined cars right through to 1990.
The 2019 HSCC Thundersports dates are:
May 18-19 Silverstone GP (International Trophy)
June 29-30 Brands Hatch GP (Legends of Brands)
September 27-29 Spa-Francorchamps (Spa Six Hour Meeting)
GT & Sports Car Cup
For original Pre-1966 GT and GTS cars and Pre-‘63 sports racers of a type that raced in the World Endurance Championship in period, the GT and Sports Car Cup, run by the affable Flavien and Vanessa Marçais will offer four endurance races this season starting with a two-hour race at the Donington Historic Festival on 3-5 May. It has become a tradition that the series races on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit in May at the HSCC’s Silverstone International meeting, and this year GT&SCC racers are offered a 90-minute race there on 18-19 May. The next two races will take competitors to the continent where they will have a two-hour race at the HVM-organised Historic Tour event at Albi in southern France, an hour’s drive from Toulouse, on June 14-16. It will be the series’ first visit to the historic circuit, which will be celebrating the 75th GP d’Albi. Returning to tradition, a two-hour race at the Algarve Historic Festival on 1-3 November, a week later this year than usual, will cap off the season. Cars must have HTPs and run to Appendix K specification with the particularity that all cars must run on Dunlop 204 compound L section tyres. Very much in the spirit of the old Gentleman Drivers series, owners must drive at least 50% of the race time. For the first time this year, the series is registered as an FIA International series and drivers must have international licences unless they are racing in their own country.
The Alfa Revival Cup enters its eighth season this year with a six-event calendar that visits the best circuits in Italy. For all GT and Touring Alfas built between 1947 and 1981 one of the highlights of the season will be the ‘Alfa Romeo Festival’ in September, organised by the Registro Storico Alfa Romeo and supported by FCA Heritage at Verano circuit. For the occasion, organisers of the Alfa Revival, GPS
Classic and SOGESA, the company that manages the Circuit, will organise an additional grid for all Alfa Romeos homologated after 1981, giving Duetto, Alfetta, Alfasud, GTV, 33, 75, 145, 146, 147, 155, 156, 164 Alfa Romeos that comply with FIA safety regulations the chance to run. The race format includes two 20-minute races and is open to Italian and foreign entrants.
The event is for all fans and owners of Alfa Romeos, which will be part of an exclusive show. The full list of Alfa Revival fixtures is:
April 13-14 Mugello
May 25- 26 Imola
June 15-16 Monza
July 13-14 Misano World Circuit
September 28-29 Varano de’ Melegari Alfa Festival
October 12-13 Imola
All races are 60 minutes with mandatory pit stop for one or two drivers. The scoring system remains as before, with an additional classification called “Performance Index”. Introduced in 2018, it allows the older cars and the small capacity cars, such as the Giulia Ti and the GTA 1600s, a chance to be on the podium. To further encourage the older cars, entries from Period E are offered a significantly reduced entry fee. See www.alfarevivalcup.it for details and entry forms.