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On 19-22 April the Terre di Canossa will begin its 600km journey through the art cities and sites of natural beauty in Tuscany, Liguria and Emilia. Brought to you by Scuderia Tricolore, of Cento Ore fame, the Canossa goes at a different pace and gives competitors more time to savour the lunches and dinners, the palaces and places of cultural and natural heritage that these regions have to offer. Salsomaggiore Terme, La Spezia, Portovenere, Lerici and the Cinque Terre, Forte de Marmi, Lucca, Pisa and Reggio Emilia are all on the menu, with special tests and regularity sections including a visit to the Autodromo di Varano along the way. Though the cut off date for cars is 1976, the pace and the route are also suitable for pre-war cars.
Run in collaboration with Flavien and Vanessa Marçais of Automobiles Historiques, the Historic Sports Car Club has announced a 4-round Pre-’80 Endurance Series calendar for 2018, with a new, revised format of two 30-minute sprint races per weekend. For sports racing, GT and touring cars from international racing through the 1970s, the series includes an invitation class for Sports 2000 cars up to 1984 and, new this year, an invitation class for Can-Am.
John Whiteman Visited
the Warwickshire Show
Billed as ‘Europe’s Number 1 Historic Motorsport Show’ Race Retro took place at its usual venue, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, on 23-24 February and showcased its normal wide range of cars and motor cycles. The 40th anniversary of Formula One’s ground-effects era was highlighted with an excellent feature display, including Lotus 79, Williams FW07, Ensign N180 and Arrows A4, as well as Formula 2 Chevron B48 and Toleman TG280. Alongside these were an earlier McLaren M14A and, perhaps, a car not familiar to everyone, the 1972 Connew F1. This car is probably unique in that it is being restored to original condition by its creators, cousins Peter Connew and Barrie Boor, who were on the interview stage during the weekend recounting their exploits of living the “Formula One dream.” This car was literally built in the cousins’ garage, something that could never happen in the modern era and is probably difficult to comprehend by current enthusiasts.