Latest News March 2017

Can-Am to Star in Long Beach

The streets of Long Beach will resound to the sound of Can-Am cars in 2017 when the Historic Motor Sports Association (HSMA), takes a grid of the powerful monsters to support the Long Beach Grand Prix on April 8.

The Grand Prix will be headlined by the second round of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series and the Can-Am cars will be one of a number of supporting grids, with a 20-minute race, the first ever Can-Am race on a street circuit according to Jim Michaelian, president and CEO of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach, who enthused, “The sounds of these high-powered engines racing down Shoreline Drive will be exhilarating.”

“HMSA is thrilled to be part of the Long Beach Grand Prix” said Cris Vandagriff, president of the organisation that also sanctions the Monterey Motorsport Reunion races amongst others. “We are proud to bring the cars from what has been called the greatest series ever created. These cars were the fastest racing cars of their day and still make the earth move when they take to the track.”

For more details see http://www.hmsausa.com


80s Endurance Calendar Set

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For sports-racing, GT and Touring Cars of a type that competed in international races up to the end of 1979 and for pre-’85 Sports 2000s, the Pre ’80 Endurance Series will run at four major events this year. The HSCC, in collaboration with Flavien and Vanessa Marçais, will run the series this year at the Club’s Silverstone International meeting on May 20-21, at their Brands Hatch meeting on July 1-2 and at the Dijon Motors Cup meeting on 6-8 October. In addition, the cars from the series are invited to run in the HSCC closed-wheel race at the Spa Six Hours meeting in September. 2016 series winner was Leo Voyazides in his Cosworth DFV-powered Lola T282 at the head of a diverse grid that included GT cars - notably the Chevrolet Corvette of Peter Hallford - Sports 2000s as well as an array of 2-litre and 3-litre sports-racing cars.


Formula Fords Galore

HSCC Formula Ford Celebrations Continue at Silverstone

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The 2016 Historic Formula Ford championship finale at Silverstone in October produced a 50-car grid



In its 50th anniversary year, the HSCC will be celebrating Formula Ford at its July, flagship Superprix meeting (see the announcement in our December issue). The club has now added another string to its celebratory bow and will be staging not one, but two 1600 Formula Ford races at the Silverstone Classic, and both 54-car grids are expected to be full to capacity. Known for close, wheel-to-wheel racing, excitement will surely be guaranteed. Contact the HSCC for entries.

The HSCC have planned a nine-event national programme for these cars with two grids at most meetings to accommodate the high demand. These include races at all of the Club’s major events such as Silverstone International in May, Brands Hatch GP and the Oulton Park Gold Cup meetings. There will be some double headers meaning that at some meetings there will be four Formula Ford races.

 

Classic Sports Car Club

This innovative and popular British club offers a variety of racing, mostly historic, but also modern for GT and touring cars. One of its longest running series is the Swinging Sixties, but more recently it has been running a series for Sports, Saloons and GT cars (with doors) originally produced in the 1970s and 1980s and one for ‘Modern Classics” with a cut off date of 1999. They also run an Appendix K series for pre-‘66 cars.


For 2017 they have announced an 11-event calendar, which includes for the first time races on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit (May 27-28 at the HSCC International meeting) and, for the Appendix K cars, at the Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit on September 9-10.

The CSCC is the UK promoter for the Spa 3 Hours endurance race, run at the Spa Summer Classic meeting for the first time last year with many CSCC members taking part. This year the 3 Hours runs on the evening of 24 June with various categories and classes for cars up to the end of 1976, including an invitation class for cars without HTP by prior agreement. See www.classicsportscarclub.co.uk for details of all the series that this club runs.


ASAVÉ 2017

One of France’s most long-standing Championships, the Challenge ASAVÉ enters its 14th season this year. Originally for pre-‘72 GT and q2aqq2121qtouring cars, with a class for period F cars, the Challenge now has classes for cars up to 1981, but last year, and this, cars run in separate grids depending on age. The first grid, which runs for cars up to the end of 1965, will have a change of format. Instead of running two races over the weekend, the period F cars will now have one 30-minute qualifying session and one race of one hour with a mandatory pit stop for one or two drivers. This division has proven very popular and newly acquired cars are coming into the championship.

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The Challenge ASAVÉ will run for the 14th time this year, now with 

separate races for the pre-‘66 cars

The GT Tourisme ASAVÉ 71-81, as it is known, for period G and H cars with separate categories for the two period groups, will continue to run in a format offering two 25-minute races on each race weekend. Further there will be two classes depending on capacity - in Touring over and under 2 litres, and for GT cars, over and under 2.5 litres.

The calendar is the same as that of the FFSA Historic Tour, with an added end of season date at Magny Cours of 20-21 October. See http://www.asave.paris for details.

2017 Year of the Single Seater

Under the presidency of Nicolas Deschaux, the FFSA is a great supporter of historic racing. Indeed France’s ASN is the instigator of the Historic Tour, which is the umbrella for all the French historic championships and is patron of the events. “But,” said Deschaux, “we still wanted to create a 100% historic event under the auspices of the FFSA and our thoughts rapidly turned to single seaters.


Naturally we went to HVM, our promoter for the Historic Tour, to define the sporting contours and content of the event, and to the circuit of Nevers Magny Cours in order to be able to welcome everyone in optimal conditions.”

HVM has created a programme on which single seaters, starting at the top of the tree with Formula One, will be celebrated in all their forms. Between them, the Historic Grand Prix Cars Association and the Masters will run grids comprising cars from 40 years of Grand Prix and F1. Added to this will be HVM’s own F3 Classic series, the HSCC Formula 2 Championship and a special celebration of 50 years of Formula Ford, on the very date of the first Formula Ford race, at Brands Hatch in 1967. Demonstrations of newer Formula cars are also on the programme.

“For having hosted the Formula 1 Grand Prix de France for so many years, Magny Cours has the legitimacy and the willingness to share in our ambition to make this into a major international “revival” event,” said Deschaux. Further, long time patron of Magny Cours, the Conseil départemental de la Nièvre, where the circuit is located, is also lending its full support to the new event.

The intention is to run the event in alternate years, the years in which there is no Le Mans Classic and no GP de Monaco Historique. To add to the attraction for the audience, rock concerts, fun fairs and other sideshows will make this a full-on festival event. Date is 1-2 July.


Open Wheel 
World Challenge

One of America’s largest sanctioning clubs for historic racing, SVRA, will also be staging an open-wheel event this year, at the fabled Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a Mecca for US racers.

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Single seaters will star at the Speedway on June 8-11

SVRA has been running a historic event at Indianapolis for the last few years and for 2017, as part of its 50 Years of Formula Ford celebrations, they will be inviting all open wheel cars, from Formula Ford, Formula One, Formula 5000, Indy cars, Indy Lights, Formula Vee, and Formula Junior to an exclusive event on the weekend before their big historic Brickyard Invitational meeting for a weekend of open wheel racing on June 8-11. They are predicting that this could be “the largest gathering of open wheel competition cars ever assembled.” The Formula Junior Historic Racing Association has included the event as the first American meeting in its Diamond Jubilee World Tour, and the US F5000 Association has one of its rounds scheduled on the programme and are hoping that some of the New Zealand crews will come and participate in this special event, setting the stage for their own 50th anniversary celebrations in 2018. See www.svra.com for more details.