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There’s No Business Like Snow Business
Marcus Pye reports
Racing in snow was an unwelcome novelty to most competitors, marshals, officials and spectators, faced with that scenario at Goodwood’s 76th Members’ Meeting – the fifth of the 21st century and 50th of the Duke of Richmond and Gordon’s modern era – on March 17-18. Then again, Britain’s weather is notoriously fickle. Beautiful sunshine and 13C on Friday raised hopes that the vernal equinox had come a few days early and that forecasters were wrong, but a wind change saw temperatures plunge to minus figures overnight and the sky remain a sullen grey.
Regularity Category winners, Philip Vlieghe and Filpp Deplancke tackle the ‘Mallorcan Pike’s Peak’
The 14th edition of the Mallorcan Classic rally was held on its usual mid-March date with the support of Puerto Portals, the most prestigious marina on the Island, which again hosted the rally service park on its quays, lined as ever with some of the most luxurious yachts in the Mediterranean, while long time event supporter and keen competitor Michael Stoschek continued his involvement through his Brose Motorsports concern. Stoschek, a former German National rally champion, has driven his remanufactured all carbon Lancia Stratos as a zero car for the past couple of years, but this year the lure of the chase proved too much for him and he returned to the competition section in a 1965 Porsche 911.
One of the highlights when this year’s Festival of Porsche returns to Brands Hatch will be a special 70th anniversary race for all Porsche cars built between 1953 and 1973. Supported by Porsche Cars GB, which is running a 1965 911 SWB in historic events throughout 2018 in conjunction with its four Classic Partner Centres, the race will take place on the Indy Circuit on September 2, showcasing the marque’s exceptional sporting pedigree.