Focus on ‘50s Sports Cars
Archie Scott Brown Trophy
The HSCC will be running ‘50s cars with the Archie Scott Brown Trophy, a race for pre-1960 sports and sports-racing cars to be held at Snetterton during the two-day Historic Sports Car Club race meeting on 4-5 April. The organisers are keen to encourage owners of drum-braked cars to join the grid. The pit-stop race will put the emphasis on the specialist manufacturers from the period when Archie raced, most notably Lister. This is the fifth running of this race and will comprise a 30-minute qualifying session and 45-minute race.
Peter Auto’s new Fifties’ Legends grid will debut at Paul Ricard
Two new Series in 2020
Equipe Classic Racing, organiser of the successful UK Club series Equipe GTS and Equipe Pre ‘63 Sports Cars, is introducing a new ‘50s grid for the 2020 racing season. ‘Equipe 50s’ has been created for racers of production sports cars under 3.6-litres and sports racers under 2-litres.
“The 1950s was an exciting era when grids were varied, with production cars from Jaguar XK, MGA and Lotus Elites competing with small volume sports racers from Lotus, Cooper, Lola and Elva. Equipe 50s will re-imagine this period with sports racing classes divided into pre- and post -1956 to account for performance and braking differences, and unique classes for engine size,” said John Pearson from Equipe Classic Racing. All cars will run on Dunlop historic tyres and to FIA appendix K specification with FIA papers welcome but not mandatory.
Equipe 50s 2020 Calendar:
Silverstone International – March 28
Brands Hatch Indy – April 19
Spa Summer Classic – June 27-28
Donington – July 11-12
Snetterton – September 5-6
Silverstone National – October 3
International Series for Peter Auto
Such is the success of Peter Auto’s Sixties’ Endurance series for pre-’66 GT and Sports cars, which regularly has to turn cars away, organisers have decided to split the grid by age, thereby giving some of the older cars a chance at overall victory. Fifties’ Legends, as its name implies, is aimed at cars from the 1950s and early ‘60s, rather like the Pre-’63 GT series and Goodwood Kinrara Trophy.
Competitors will have one 45-minute race for one or two drivers at three Peter Auto meetings this year: Paul Ricard, Spa Classic and GP de l’Age d’Or at Dijon. Eligible cars are GT and GTS classes homologated and entered for significant national or international races before 1st January 1962 (Period E) plus certain cars from classes TC, TSRC Period E and GTS Period F.