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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.
The third revival edition of the Cap Corse rally was back for three days of racing on 9-11 March, offering more than 225kms in 11 special stages and a further 250kms of sinuous liaison sections. The Ronde de la Giraglia, which took place in the ‘70s in the wildest part of this rugged and unspoilt Island, was once a round of the European Rally Championship. Now, like then, it took four loops around the Cap Corse Peninsula, with the rhythm increasing with each loop.
To celebrate the 21st birthday of the ever-popular Rallye Monte Carlo Historique, the Automobile Club of Monaco altered the itinerary of the event quite considerably for the first time for many years. Gone was the requirement to arrive in Monaco, and then leave again to Valence, only to return for the final night. This time the Monaco start point was revived and all routes led to a ‘Zone de Montage’ not far from Lyon St Exupéry at Bourgoin Jallieu.