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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.
Drivers are heading south to cheat the onset of winter for a number of attractive events
You are probably reading this at the end of September/early October and there are still a number of race meetings on the calendar before the season ends. First of these is the Dijon Motors Cup on 5-6 October where, amongst others, the Dutch NKHTGT and the HSCC Historic Formula 2 series will finish their season and choose their champions. Youngtimers, Triumph Competition and British HTGT and some more modern races will complete the programme. www.hvmracing.fr
After a successful inaugural event in 2019, the Sonoma Speed Festival will run for the second time on May 28-31, 2020 at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. Billed as the place for the most authentic racing cars from the brass era to the modern age, along with the track racing, organisers also offer high quality hospitality to competitors, fine food and wine options, motorsport exhibitions, car shows and more, all in the lovely Sonoma setting.