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Prescott is the great early August annual social occasion for VSCC members with the Orchard car park as full of desirable motor cars as is the competitors’ paddock. Rileys are always well represented and with the grandson of founder William, and son of Victor Riley, Victor Jnr in attendance, this year even more so. The hill also finds favour with Lady drivers, often sharing with their ‘other half’ which, of course, is more difficult to do when circuit racing, and there were many among the large entry.
Undoubtedly the major attractions at the Grand Prix Historique du Pas De Calais on 6-7 July were the two rounds of the 500 Owners Association Circuit Championship. Many of the 500 racers are also Formula Junior drivers, and they were well represented at Croix, led by likely winner Mike Fowler (Cooper Mk 5). Martin Sheppard (Effyh “Brynfan Tydfyn“), Xavier Kingsland (Staride Mk3), Duncan Rabagliati (Comet Mk1) and Andy Rayner (Cooper) were also amongst the tourists from the other side of the Manche, while Elva 200 Lurani racer Gilbert Lenoir brought along three of his cars to race, the French built Terigi for Simon Frost, and two invitation cars, the front-engined, Monopole FJ for Jean-Luc Renard and the ex-Harry Schell 1950 Monaco F1 GP Cooper-JAP v-twin for journalist Dominique Pascal, while Goodwood French commentator, Olivier Barjon was also there in his near barn find Cooper Mk II, although not yet ready to race.
This meeting has now become so big that it commences on Wednesday 25 September with track sessions for pre-war cars (this in collaboration with the Belgium Classic Cars Federation) and the activities of Aston Martin Heritage, who is sponsoring the track time for their customers with recent racing cars. This is in addition to the two Masters Endurance Legends races, also sponsored by Aston Martin that were already shoe-horned into the event last year.
The schedule for this year’s Spa Six Hour meeting is more packed than ever
As in previous years, Thursday is given over to free practice and testing for all competitors before the full race programme begins on Friday with qualifying for all grids and racing for a few. All of the usual grids will be there, including HGPCA, all the Masters grids, all the Motor Racing Legends grids, including pre-war sports cars, and the HSCC has its usual two-30-minute race slots, this year for closed wheel cars from any of their championships, from Touring cars, to Thundersports. The HSCC also brings back its Jaguar Challenge.
After a successful run this year for historic IMSA cars at the Long Beach Grand Prix, next April Historic Formula Atlantic cars will run two 20-minute support races at the annual IndyCar street racing event.
Races will run Saturday, April 18 along with the IMSA WeatherTech Championship race and Sunday, April 19 - the same day as the NTT IndyCar Series race -- with practice and qualifying on Friday.
The Formula Atlantic series ran at Long Beach from 1978-‘82 and 1989-2008 as one of the premier “feeder” series to top-level open-wheel racing. “Hosting the historic Formula Atlantic cars are a natural at Long Beach,” said Cris Vandagriff, president of the HMSA, the body that will be organising the race. “It will be so exciting to see these cars on the Streets of Long Beach again and have many of the former drivers attend the Formula Atlantic autograph session. All the cars will be authentic in every detail including the livery they ran in-period.”
Contact HMSA at www.hmsausa.com for details and entries.
Historic Sportscar Racing is making some alterations to the groupings at this year’s Daytona Classic with the division of Group E into two distinct classes, each featuring modern but retired prototypes and GT cars from this century. Group E remains the place for Audi R8, Pescarolo Judd, Peugeot 908 and Lola B07 LMP race cars that compete in the group with Daytona Prototype International (DPi), LMP2 race cars and others just past their prime, but the split paves the way for Oreca FLM09 Le Mans Prototype Challenge (LMPC) “PC” cars and Gen 2 and Gen 3 Daytona Prototypes to compete for overall honours in a move to completely restructure Group F. Still current in their appeal but no longer eligible in contemporary racing series, the “DP” and “PC” cars will compete in Group F against retired LMP2 cars of the same era.
Daytona Prototypes and LMPC cars have become quite popular with HSR competitors in recent years
‘Lucky’ and Fabrizia Pons have continued their winning streak in the European Historic Rally Championship in their Lancia Delta Integrale 16V with a storming drive on the Rally Weiz Historic, winning all but two of the 14 special stages in the Austrian round of the Championship on the weekend of 18-20 July.
Second overall and rst in Category 3 ‘Zippo’ and Denis Piceno took maximum championship points
The first day already saw the Italian pair with a lead of 1m25.2s ahead of their nearest rivals and well ahead of the second placed Category 4 competitor after the Porsche 911 SC of championship leaders Mats Mysell and Esko Juntilla suffered a technical problem on the fourth stage of the day.
In our report from last year’s Oldtimer Grand Prix we touched on the fact that the event – downsized from its huge Marathon days – seems blossoming despite the fact that it attracts fewer cars every year. The trend continued in 2019 on the weekend of 9-11 August, with entry numbers slightly down from the previous year, while spectator attendance was markedly on the up yet again. Especially on Saturday and Sunday when the Nürburgring paddock was swarming with fans from all over Europe very much enjoying their day out. So, the smaller the Oldtimer GP gets, the more people it attracts! It’s the amazing shrinking event…
The first Deutsche Rennsport-Meisterschaft race was won by Felix Haas’ Lola T294 and the second by Marco Werner in a McLaren M88 Photos Eric Sawyer
The Historic Sports Car Club’s season continued at the Croft circuit in North Yorkshire over the weekend of 3-4 August as nine of the Club’s categories provided some entertaining racing during the annual Retro and Classic Weekend.
2019 champion Andrew Park (Reynard SF81) won the first Formula Ford 2000 race from a bumper grid, though the race was shortened due to a red flag when Graham Ridgway’s Reynard tangled with Andrew Smith’s Royale. Benn Simms snatched the lead on the restart in his Reynard SF77 but was quickly reeled in by Park and second-placed Ian Pearson in his Royale RP30.
‘70s Roadsports Photos Charlie Wooding
Germans have a passion for touring cars and, with the help of its automotive industry, have been dominating in them for decades. No wonder, therefore, that the German-based Youngtimer Trophy has become so popular in the last 20 years and can boast bumper grids that run into three digits. But the Youngtimer Festival at Spa-Francorchamps was about so much more than that. Some 450 different cars passed under starter’s orders during the weekend of August 3-4. The lure of Spa brought in quite a number of French, Belgian, Swiss and Dutch drivers as well. The Festival wasn’t strictly a historic meeting either. The ‘Cup und Tourenwagen Trophy’, which is run by the Youngtimer Trophy organisation, and the ‘Rundstrecken Challenge Nürburgring’ were mainly made up of recent one-make Cup Clios, Cupras, Minis and VLN cars. More than just a historic race meeting, the weekend was a celebration of continental club racing.
The 100-car Youngtimer eld was split into two grids covering more than two dozen different classes. Photos Gina-Maria/Stefan Eckhardt
In spite of an unfortunate clash with the massive Silverstone Classic meeting on the weekend of July 27, entries for the VSCC’s annual foray into the Lincolnshire Wolds did not seem to suffer unduly, and most of the regular protagonists were present to relish the challenges of the Cadwell Park circuit, which is always a favourite with drivers of pre-war cars.
Richard de la Roche (Cooper MkV) and Mike Fowler (Cooper MkIV) battle in F3 500s Photos Alan Cox
The perverse English summer continued to challenge the forecasters and the day began with a torrential downpour, but happily eased off as the morning progressed. However intermittent showers continued with no sign of sunshine to allow the track to dry out.
Photos John Bunston
Just 20km from Budapest and in the sleepy countryside around Mogyoród, lies the 70,000 capacity Hungaroring, home to the first Formula One Grand Prix to take place behind the Iron Curtain. Construction work on the circuit started on 1 October 1985 and was completed for the first race held on 24 March 1986, less time than any other Formula One track.
Fast forward 33 years and the biennial Hungaroring Classic event was the precursor for the Hungarian F1 GP, as the Budapest circuit pulsated to the rhythm of historic cars on the weekend of 12-14 July when the Peter Auto Series arrived in town.
In July 1939 Jean Bugatti accepted the invitation to compete at the first Bugatti Owners’ Club International Prescott Hillclimb and brought the monoposto Type 59 fitted with 8-cylinder supercharged 4.7-litre type 50B engine for his works driver Jean-Pierre Wimille. The car came second in the event behind the ERA of Raymond Mays. Except for its single post-war outing in 1945 in the hands of Wimille at the Coupe des Prisonniers in the Bois de Boulogne in Paris, the 59/50B was not to be driven again and like so many Bugattis, ended up in the Schlumpf collection, which has now become the French National motor museum - Cité de l’Automobile in Mulhouse. This summer the car will return to Prescott after 80 years as part of the Bugatti Trust’s summer exhibition, just as the Bugatti Owners Club that owns Prescott celebrates its 90th anniversary this year with a special anniversary edition of the famous hillclimb on 25-26 May
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.