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The NK HTGT is the longest running historic racing series in the Netherlands. Established in 1997, it caters for Touring and GT cars conforming to Appendix K built between 1947 and 1965 running on Dunlop tyres. It is known for its wide variety of competing cars, ranging from the huge Corvette Grand Sports, Mustangs and Falcons to tiny Mini Coopers, Ginettas and Lotus, with Porsche, MG, Austin Healey, Marcos and Jaguar in between. This year its title sponsor are online auctioneers Catawiki. To call it a Dutch championship is a little misleading, since NK drivers come from all over Europe, from Sweden to Portugal. They will run in six events this year, visiting five different circuits. Starting at Paul Ricard at the end of March, where the touring cars will share the Masters’ touring car grid and the GTs
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
VNUK is an EU insurance issue that has been looming over the future, some would say the very existence, of motor sport since 2014. You may have even signed a petition on the subject, as many have been circulated. It is a European Court judgement that would require all vehicles, including all motorsport vehicles to have compulsory third party motor insurance. European ASNs, including Motorsport UK, and the FIA have since been lobbying at the highest levels to have motorsport excluded from the ruling. On 13th February, the MEPs voted to adopt amendments, supported by the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA), excluding motorsport from compulsory motor insurance as proposed in the new EU Motor Insurance Directive (MID).