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Ford Mustangs of all model series since the sports car’s launch in 1964 met on September 7 at the Lommel Ford Proving Ground in Belgium to set a new world record for the largest number of Mustangs ever gathered in one place. With a total of 1,326 Ford Mustangs, the previous record was broken, which was set on December 3, 2017 with 960 vehicles in Toluca, Mexico. More mustangs are sold per capita in Belgium than in any other European country.
Wonder how long it took them to get so neatly lined up Photo Courtesy Ford Belgium
Round four of the Alfa Revival Cup, the last race before the long summer break, took place at the Misano World Circuit on July 13-14. Dodging a morning thunderstorm, the young driver from Milano, Davide Bertinelli took his first ever pole position at the head of the 23-car grid in his GTam, as Austrian Gerald Grohmann lined up alongside with Roberto Arnaldi just behind.
Race winner young Davide Bertinelli. Photos courtesy GPS Classic
The biggest race meeting for historic cars in Norway is the “Asfalt Classic” at Rudskogen. Nestling in the forest south of Oslo, the circuit was built in 1990, and rebuilt in 2011 when it was doubled in length to 3.217kms, offering an extremely challenging ride, the elevation changes offering some big slopes. A few years ago the Norwegians put a major effort into historic racing at Vålerbanen, about two hours north of Oslo, that also included a competition for the Swedish RHK series for a few years. Unfortunately, the meeting was stopped, but for a couple of years now the Norwegians have been interested in reviving this pan-Scandinavian concept at Rudskogen. It is not an exact copy of the previous event, but the main focus is on the historic classes. Drivers from all the Nordic countries were invited on the weekend of August 17-18, as was the sports car series from Sweden. 200 drivers took part in the races. On Saturday rain poured down all day, but on Sunday the sun was shining.
Mads Gjerdrum splashes through Friday’s rain. Photos Bengt-Åce Gustavsson – www.racefoto.se
The Dutch NK HTGT pre-‘66 championship made its yearly trip to the Assen TT track for the Gamma Racing Day event on August 16 in very changeable weather conditions. A dry Saturday afternoon quickly became a very wet one just seconds before the start of race 1 much to the delight of the drivers of the nimble Lotus Elans, Alexander Schlüchter’s making a super start when the lights turned green. But it was Roger Grouwels who powered past in the beefy Iso Rivolta 300, despite a misted-up windscreen. Fending off the attacks of Martin Bijleveld in his powerful Ford Falcon, Grouwels went on to take a well-deserved win. Third overall fell to guest driver Simon Gras, who took like a duck to water in the downpour in a Morris Cooper S.