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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.
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.
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.”