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Organisers Fall on Hard Times

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While Club racing is restarting all over Europe and the US, those events that rely on large club and spectator participation have virtually all been cancelled for 2020.  From Monterey to Goodwood, from Silverstone Classic to le Mans Classic, all have fallen victim to COVID. 

These are the very events that require the most capital investment and huge amounts of forward planning, contract negotiations with all sorts of suppliers, staff recruitment, etc. etc.  While the organisers have put in all the work to stage them, alas, they will see no return on their investments this year.

Those events which rely on large club and spectator participation have virtually been cancelled for 2020 

Bits and Pieces, August 2020

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Alfa Revival

After a start to the season at the Peroni Promotions meeting at Imola on 11-12 July (see page 16) the Alfa Revival Cup drivers will get two more races before the season is out.  A long summer break will see them out again on 5-6 September when they meet at the Piero Taruffi circuit of Vallelunga, near Rome, and finish the shortened season on 10-11 October at the magnificent Mugello circuit where it is hoped they will be finally be able to get together to award the 2019 series victors.

Latest News, August 2020

Cup and Touring Car Trophy

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The German Cup and Touring Car Trophy started its 11th season in full summer sunshine around three months later than usual on the weekend of 4-5 July at Hockenheim, with a 30-car grid.

 Harald Tänzler showed a clean pair of heels to all comers in the first of two races, to score his second outright CTT win

In the first race, Harald Tänzler (BMW E46 WTC) celebrated a safe start-to-finish victory, his second overall victory in CTT.  “The boys did a great job over the winter and put me in a super prepared car,” said Tänzler.  Michael Nolte in a Porsche Supercup 3500 NM crossed the finish line eight seconds behind, while Jesco Kaczamarek was happy with third place in his Audi TTS.  “The hot temperature meant I had to struggle with waning brakes in the second half of the race,” he said.

Latest News, August 2020

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New Event - Goodwood Speedweek

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > New Event - Goodwood Speedweek

Members’ Meeting:  Cancelled, Festival of Speed:  Cancelled, Goodwood Revival:  Cancelled, but the Duke of Richmond is not to be downcast.  Instead he has announced a new, online event to take place on 16-18 October, that will be, in the Duke’s words, “The fastest, most exciting and spectacular event we have ever staged.”  The most ambitious event ever held at Goodwood, Speedweek will be broadcast to the world free of charge in innovative ways, with technology such as putting viewers in the racing seat, with layers of interactivity to create an immersive experience.  Without spectators present, the action can be faster and more extreme.  According to the press office, “It will redefine the experience of watching motorsport at home in much the same way that the Festival of Speed and Revival changed forever the perception of classic car events.”  The programme of events and full driver line-up will be announced over the coming weeks and months.

Leading manufacturers will launch their latest cars to a global audience, as supercars will be put through their paces around the Goodwood Motor Circuit, and technology will take centre stage, as FOS Future Lab gives viewers a glimpse into the mobility of tomorrow.  Long-time sponsor, Bonhams, will hold an online auction over the weekend, with viewing by appointment only, at Goodwood on Wednesday-Friday.

With no spectators, there will be the freedom to run the faster, modern cars on the circuit, to put rally cars through their paces all around the Goodwood Estate, and to use areas that are normally out of bounds to stage trials and contests that would normally not be permitted.  The Duke continued, “An event unlike any that’s gone before, Goodwood Speedweek will be a fitting celebration of the spirit of the Festival of Speed and Revival, both of which will return, bigger and better than ever, in 2021.”

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Latest News, August 2020

Jaguar race at Oulton Park

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > Jaguar race at Oulton Park

As reported in our July issue, the Historic Sports Car Club still wants to offer the Jaguar drivers at least one event in 2020, and have announced their own race for pre-‘66 Jaguars at the Oulton Park Gold Cup on 29-31 August.

 

The Dunlop Historic Trophy will be a one-hour race for with mandatory pit stop and the option of two drivers.  There are classes and awards for E-types in both standard and race modified specification, Mk1 and Mk2 saloons and the XK range.  An invitation class will be open to suitable cars that do not fully meet pre-‘66 specification.

The race will celebrate a long association between the HSCC and racing Jaguars, which started when Neil Corner’s D-type won the first race in the HSCC story at Castle Combe in 1966.  At the conclusion of the 1969 season, the Historic Jaguar Trophy was awarded for the first time and the recipient was David Beckett for his performances in a Lister Jaguar.

HSCC CEO Andy Dee-Crowne said: “The loss of the Jaguar Classic Challenge to the COVID-19 pandemic was a great disappointment to Jaguar racers, but the Club is honouring its commitment to them with a chance to get back racing in this special race at Oulton Park.”

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Motor Racing Legends Revised Schedule

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > Motor Racing Legends Revised Schedule 

Sadly, after searching for a date on which to run the postponed Donington Historic Festival, organisers have been forced to hold it over until next year.  The 2021 date will be announced soon.

 

Photo John Retter

In the meantime, though, there is excitement in the ranks as the Legends’ season will be underway soon with a revised date of 15-16 August for the Thruxton Historic meeting.  With some grids missing out on their races at the cancelled Donington Festival and/or Silverstone Classic, Duncan Wiltshire has announced that all Motor Racing Legends grids will be able to race at Thruxton.  “We plan to run all of our race series at this meeting,” said Wiltshire, “with the Woodcote Trophy and Stirling Moss Trophy grids having separate one-hour races, and the Historic Touring Car Challenge/Tony Dron Trophy with two 40-minute races - to be shared with the Sixties Touring Car Challenge with U2TC.”

Latest News, August 2020

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Alfa Revival Cup – Imola

MAGAZINE  >  FEATURES & REPORTS  > Alfa Revival Cup – Imola

As in the UK, the weekend of 11-12 July saw the re-start for historic racing in Italy.  Imola was the venue and, along with the first round of the Gruppo Peroni Italian Historic Championships, the Alfa Revival Cup cars were on the programme.  Thirty cars for the Championship and 19 Alfas – fewer than usual as tentative competitors ventured out after a particularly traumatic time in Italy - were out on track at the Enzo e Dino Ferrari circuit.  Three free practice sessions gave them ample opportunity to get back into the rhythm after a long winter and a cancelled spring.

 Photos Courtesy GPS Classic

Features and Reports, August 2020

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French Historic Rally Championship

The FFSA has done a great job of saving the 2020 French National Historic Rally Championship, which, despite the long interruption will still consist of seven rounds.  With the Touquet rally already run in March before lockdown, the rest of the season is scheduled to run as follows:

Championnat de France des Rallyes VHC

12-14 March, Touquet Pas-de-Calais

19-21 August, Autun Sud Morvan

3-5 September, Mont Blanc Morzine

18-20 September, Grasse Fleurs et Parfums

16-18 October, Antibes Côte d’Azur

lines, 29-31 October, Cévennes

26-29 November, Var

Rally News , August 2020

British Historic Rally Championship Cancelled

In another blow for beleaguered British rallying, this year’s Motorsport UK British Historic Rally Championship has been cancelled.  Championship promoter Colin Heppenstall had been hoping to run a shortened three-round championship in the later part of the year but the announcement that the Trackrod Rally Yorkshire, scheduled for 25-16 September, has been cancelled has left the BHRC abandoned.

Trackrod organiser Rod Parkin said, “We have closely monitored the advice from Government and Motorsport UK and we are sure that all the implications are well understood without the need to detail them here.  Uppermost in our minds is the safety of all concerned in running a complex event involving many people and outside agencies.  Whilst we had several ‘Plan B’ scenarios, time has overtaken us and it is now the appropriate time to make a decision.”

Heppenstall from the Roger Albert Clark Rally Motor Club said, “In the current climate of restrictions and with no timetable on the horizon for rallying to restart, we understand the Trackrod Motor Club’s decision to cancel their event in September.”  We had looked at adding one more event to the BHRC schedule along with the Trackrod and the Carlisle Stages (October 24), but this has left us with no option but to cancel the 2020 championship.”

Rally News , August 2020

The Winter Challenge is Launched

 

HERO-ERA has launched the 2021 Winter Challenge to Monte Carlo, scheduled to run from 7 to 11 February from a start in Reims.  The organisers expect that COVID-19 restrictions will not impact the five-day event, which promises a top quality route and winter rallying at its best, as crews tackle French roads steeped in motor sport history.  These will include some high altitude, and therefore likely snow-bound, sections, like the Col-de-Turini.  The event will include night sections and the route will take in regions last used in 2005, before the finish in Monte Carlo.

This 30-year-old event was first conceived by the late Philip Young, a pioneer in historic rallying.  Entries are now open at heroevents.eu.

Rally News , August 2020

La Carrera

MAGAZINE  > RALLY NEWS > La Carrera

On July 29, 1937, in the latter years of the Great Depression, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Canada, and the United States signed the Convention on the Pan-American Highway, whereby they agreed to achieve speedy construction, by all adequate means, of a highway running from the southern reaches of South America to Alaska.

 

In the heady early post-war days Mexico became the first Latin American country to complete its portion of the highway, and in 1950 a great race was announced to celebrate the opening of the new road:  La Carrera Panamericana.  In its original form the race only ran for five years, but during those years it became a major prestige event on the same level as the Mille Miglia or Targa Florio, with all the great names and teams of the era competing.

Rally News , August 2020

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UK Finally gets Rally Go-Ahead

It may have taken a little bit longer compared to other disciplines, but 115 days since the COVID-enforced sabbatical, rallying was given the go-ahead in the UK starting on 11 July.  As it stands, single and multi-venue, closed road, navigational and road rallies will now begin to resume under the latest guidance, which will include the use of PPE and the appointment of a COVID Officer for each event.  Any local legislation will also be applicable to the approval of event permits, so while there will be changes to the way in which rallies are conducted, teams can at least look forward to getting back on track, permits allowing.

Hugh Chambers, Motorsport UK CEO, said, “We were delighted with how our first weekend of motorsport went following the suspension of all permits.  Upon visiting the various events it was clear members of our community were incredibly enthusiastic.  Rallying had to follow at a later date, as we worked upon the relevant information and followed the latest government guidelines.  Following the updates from the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), this has enabled us to work on similar procedures to accommodate both driver and co-driver in a vehicle.  We have also put together information for event organisers, giving them time to implement appropriate measures and Motorsport UK is here to help support or clubs restart this popular discipline.” 

Rally News , August 2020

Tour de Corse Historique

Plans are pushing ahead for the 20th edition of the Tour de Corse Historique, which will run from 5-10 October on the Mediterranean island.   With an expected entry of 200 cars, the event will take in 20 closed-road special stages covering 350km of competitive rallying over five days.

The original Tour de Corse dates back to 1956 and the island has frequently hosted the World Rally Championship.  The historic event uses some of the famous WRC roads, renowned as some of the most challenging in historic rallying.  Entries close at the end of August and more details are at tourdecorse-historique.fr.

Rally News , August 2020

Gravel Romania Historic Rally

Postponed from its original date  of 15-20 June, Paul Lacombe  and his team have set the new date of 27-31 October for the 2nd Gravel Romania Rally.  For cars up to 1990, the event offers a five day route that includes 24 gravel stages in the forests of Transylvania, for a total of 391kms of timed special stage, all on loose surface.

A single stopover point each night in the town of Moeciu at the Cheile Gradisteï Moeciu Resort & Spa complex (located just 30kms from the city of Brasov), makes life easy for competitors and especially for support crews.  See www.romania-historic-rally.com for entries.

Rally News , August 2020

News from the UK.......

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Goodwood Cancelled

As we went to press with our July issue, news came from Goodwood that both the Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival meetings have been cancelled for this year.  Lord March and his team held out for as long as possible in the hopes of staging both events later in the year, but it is just not possible for these events, which rely on the presence of large numbers of spectators and sponsors, to go ahead under current restrictions.

Behind Closed Doors

Dependant as it is on the public to come in large numbers, the mega Silverstone Classic was cancelled for this year and, with the strange quarantine rules in place in the UK, club racing will no doubt be the beneficiary, as the clubs can run without spectators for the benefit of their members.  For the moment, sporting events, including motor sports, must be run ‘behind closed doors’, which is to say without spectators and with a limited number of people in each team.

Latest News, July 2020

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The Portuguese Season

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > The Portuguese Season

Portugal is one of the least hard hit countries by COVID 19. Authorities there closed borders and locked down early, and now Portugal is enjoying the fruits of such prudent management with a pretty full schedule of racing for the rest of the season. They also have the advantage of good weather in the south late into the year. New on the calendar is a meeting organised at the last minute at the Algarve circuit, where the Portuguese Championships, Iberian Endurance, Group 1 Portugal and remaining championships plus Caterhams and Kia Trophy will run. Calendars for the two main historic championships are as follows:

Latest News, July 2020

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Making up for Lost (Track) Time

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > Making up for Lost (Track) Time

After two months of only being able to report  postponements and cancellations, we are very pleased to have received news from the V de V organisation that the Deux Tours d’Horloge, scheduled for 6-8 November at Paul Ricard is very much on!  The Deux Tours is the only 24-hour race reserved solely for historic cars.  Unlike some of its predecessors that ran in two 12-hour heats, this year the race will run continuously for 24 hours.  So, those who missed out early in the season can indulge themselves in many hours of racing, all in a single 24-hour day.

 

Latest News, July 2020

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Green Light for French Championships

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > Green Light for French Championships

The undulating hills surrounding the Algarve circuit will once again be reverberating to the sound of well-tuned racing engines

The French “deconfinement” of the population will allow the 2020 season of the Historic Tour (the French Historic Circuits Championship) to start on 17-19 July on the circuit of Albi, at a race meeting originally scheduled to take place in April.  In accordance with other postponed dates already announced, the Championship will then continue at Dijon on 14-16 August and then Charade on 28-30 August. As in most countries, the autumn will prove crowded with race meetings at Nogaro and Val de Vienne on 11-13 and 25-27 September respectively, as well as HVM Racing non-championship meetings at Dijon (2-4 October) and the Bugatti Le Mans Circuit on 16-17 October.

Latest News, July 2020

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Major US Events Cancelled

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > Major US Events Cancelled

Regrettably WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca’s new management team has cancelled the 2020 Monterey Motorsports Reunion, yet another event to  fall victim to COVID-19.

In a July 12 statement that included all the usual remarks about public and staff safety, President and General Manager of WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca’s John Narigi said, “As was our plan, we waited until June before making a final decision.  No matter how much we hoped, no one can fully anticipate what state mandates will be in place that will affect public events and social gatherings.”

Latest News, July 2020

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GP de Monaco – Past, Future and Present in 2021

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > GP de Monaco – Past, Future and Present in 2021

Having announced the cancellation of the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique for 2020, it was initially envisaged to wait until it’s natural date in 2022 for it to run again.  This was largely due to the E-Grand Prix, run in alternate years in the May slot occupied in even numbered years by the Historique.  However, by popular demand, the ACM has decided to run three Grands Prix next year, the Historique, which will take place on the earlier date of 23-25 April, the E-Prix on 8 May, and the F1 Grand Prix on 20-23 May, making a month of motor sport in the Principality, representing the past, future and present.   It is envisaged that the Historique will then go back to its formula of alternate years, which means a special treat for historic racers, as it will also run on 13-15 May 2022.

“To organise three races in the space of one month will be a premiere for us all at the ACM,” commented Christian Tornatore, the General Commissioner of the Automobile Club de Monaco.  “The logistical side promises to be complex, but not impossible to manage! Because of the new constraints, we shall need to start setting up the track earlier than usual, at the end of February, instead of mid-March.”

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Latest News, July 2020

The Scandinavian Calendar

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > The Scandinavian Calendar

Bengt-Åce Gustavsson fills us in on how the Scandinavian season is shaping up…

Historic Racing in Sweden:

All racing in Sweden was banned during April, May and June.  Now we are hoping that we can start racing in July, but we don´t know for sure.  I´ll give you the calendar as it looks today:  The opening round at Kinnekulle should have been raced in the middle of May, but is now moved to 5-6 September.  The biggest race, Velodromloppet GP in Karlskoga, is moved to 9-11 October.  Svenskt Sportvagnsmeeting at Ring Knutstorp is now postponed to next year.  Our best hope is that the race meeting at Mantorp on 21-23 August will take place as scheduled, along with Falkenberg on 18-20 September.

Latest News, July 2020

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From Our July 2020 Letters Section, From Louis Quiniou

MAGAZINE  >  BITS & PIECES > From Our July 2020 Letters Section, From Louis Quiniou

Dear Carol, 

Thanks for the link of the May issue of HMRN, very funny article about the Reykjavik GP, a good read.

About Peter Collins’ article entitled The Time and Space Continuum, if of any interest to you, I started a lap time analysis back in the days I was working for Peter Auto that I continued up to 2016.  I feel the article is of interest but misses quite a few things.  Goodwood is probably the only place where one can compare lap times, given the circuit has not changed since its heyday, but of course it has been resurfaced.  Anyway, the interesting fact is if you look at those values:

2006, Pre-66 Whitsun Trophy and best time by Frank Sytner in a Lola T70 Spyder is 1:22:513 and which was also the last year I believe that the T70s were allowed to run the front high downforce spoiler, which is now only possible if you run a McLaren M1 like Chris Godwin.  Then comes the T70 times of 2012 (Pearson 1:19.703) and 2014 (Hart at 1:19.985), but what about 2016 and Padmore, who did a 1:17.079?  All competent drivers, just like Hadfield.  Both Pearson and Goodwin are even faster than the reference taken in HMRN but Padmore, another very competent driver, was really a break in terms of performance.  Ever since 2016 it seems that the previous level of drivers chosen for the race has changed back to a more capable but enthusiast type, maybe a way for Goodwood to hide the fact that it was getting out of control.  You may also remember the crash of Michiel Smits from the Netherlands and I guess things had to be calmed down.

Bits and Pieces, July 2020, Letters

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From Our July 2020 Letters Section From Joel Wykeham

MAGAZINE  >  BITS & PIECES > From Our July 2020 Letters Section From Joel Wykeham

Faster Now Than Then?

Not Faster Than an Arrows

Dear Carol,

Peter Collins’ excellent piece in the April issue about the relative speed differential of some cars now and in period, reminded me of the well documented case of the Arrows A4 F1 car.

In 1982 this basically sound but heavier Grand Prix design would get smoked every time by the likes of Williams, McLaren and Brabham.  Despite having the same DFV engine and some highly competent drivers, it was, for example, over three seconds a lap slower than the leading FW08 at Brand Hatch that year, a huge gap by F1 standards.  Fast forward to Historic F1 in 2014-2017 and talented amateur driver Steve Hartley was using an A4 to beat many of the pros in their period-superior machines.  How was this possible?  Much credit must go to Nigel Rees at GSD race dynamics.  A very clever man who recently revealed he was once part of the support crew of the ‘good old boys’ Terry Sanger Camaro team at the Spa 24 Hours way back in 1973.  His company has since developed increasingly sophisticated engineering and computer analysis capabilities for all manner of race cars.  By recording detailed measurements and data, plus the use of potentiometers and software programming largely unavailable back then, they are able to make up for many of the advantages in dynamic road-holding, handling and aero efficiency that the bigger budget teams had at the time - and for much lower cost.  The need for the  ‘black art engineering’  role of a test driver is also thereby reduced to a minimum by science.

Bits and Pieces, July 2020, Letters

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The FIA Historic Sporting Rally Championship

MAGAZINE  > RALLY NEWS > The FIA Historic Sporting Rally Championship

The schedule for the FIA European Historic Sporting Rally Championship has been heavily impacted, but the FIA has come up with a plan to salvage the season, starting with the Rally Weiz, which has been confirmed for 5- 6 September.  This will be followed by the Elba Storico (17-19 September) and the Rallye International du Valais (15-17 October) on their original dates, while new dates have been found for the Historic Vltava Rally  (6-7 November) and the Rally Asturias Historico (27-28 November), making a five-round championship.  Specific updates have been made to the Sporting Regulations of the Championship, first being the move from 1st July to 1st September for entry closing date to allow crews to register, and second, the number of results to count have been updated in accordance with the updated calendar.

The only round of the FIA Regularity Trophy, the Alpine Challenge, will take place on its original date of 2-4 October.

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Features and Reports, July 2020

International Historic Hill Climbing

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > International Historic Hill Climbing

The FIA European Hillclimb Championship has also been reworked to give competitors five events and the points rules revised accordingly:

11-12 July Trento Bondone

1-2 August   Ecce Homo Sternberk

28-30 August GHD Petrol Ilirska Bistrica 18-20 September Buzetski Dani

25-27 September Coppa Chianti Classico

More generally speaking, the FIA, its Historic Motor Sport Commission, ASNs but also organisers have been working very hard to ensure the safety protocols necessary for motor sport to resume would be as clear as possible but also enforced at all levels.  It looks like there is a strong will from the industry but also Competitors to come back on track.

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > International Historic Hill Climbing

Latest News, July 2020

Rally Monte-Carlo Historique 2021

MAGAZINE  > RALLY NEWS > Rally Monte-Carlo Historique 2021

Dates for the 2021 edition of the popular historic Monte have been set for 27 January-3 February with only one starting point.  In the post-pandemic world, organisers of this major endurance regularity rally have decided that all competitors will start and end in Monte Carlo.  They have written to authorities in Bad Homburg, Barcelona, Oslo, Reims and Milano, to inform them of their decision. 

The 2021 Monte will start and end in Monte-Carlo for all competitors

Rally News , July 2020

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Historic Portugal Rally Confirmed

MAGAZINE  > RALLY NEWS > Historic Portugal Rally Confirmed

The last uncertainties have been resolved and the organisers of the 2020 Rally de Portugal Histórico confirm their event will take place on the originally scheduled dates of 5-10 October.  The 15th edition of this rally, considered by many to be “the most beautiful European regularity rally”, offers a route of some 2000kms with no fewer than 40 regularity tests.

Departure and arrival are at Estoril, and the rally forms part of what locals are promoting as Estoril car week, which includes the Estoril Classics race meeting at Estoril Circuit on 9-11 October  (where rally drivers get to run a special stage), which has also been confirmed, and the concours d‘élégance in the town centre, rounded off by a gala dinner in Estoril Casino for all participants.  The rally includes high-quality hotels and meals, luggage service and breakdown assistance.  There are also options for car transport, reception of crews at the airport, and the possibility of joining a team for shared assistance.  See www.rallyportugalhistoric.eu.

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Rally News , July 2020

RallyLegend Gets Go-Ahead

MAGAZINE  > RALLY NEWS > RallyLegend Gets Go-Ahead

Despite it usually attracting large international crowds, Vito Piarulli and Paolo Valli, the creators of RallyLegend, have decided to go ahead with the event on 8-11 October.  “The support we’ve received both from the Government of the San Marino Republic and our sponsors has been crucial to us deciding to attempt such a feat.  The format of the event is now being reviewed and we would like, as much as possible, to adhere to the original formula.  The presence of the public from all over Europe and beyond, a true cornerstone of the event, will be managed according to the relevant San Marino government regulations,” said the organisers.

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Rally News , July 2020

British Championship Succumbs to COVID

MAGAZINE  > RALLY NEWS > British Championship Succumbs to COVID

One of Britain’s most popular historic rally championships, the HRCR Clubmans Championship, is the latest victim of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Although two rounds were run in February and March before the lockdown started, many rounds have now been cancelled and with only two possible events remaining on the calendar, the Historic Rally Car Register has pulled the plug on the 2020 championship for daylight historic rallies covering special tests and regularity sections.

MAGAZINE  > RALLY NEWS > British Championship Succumbs to COVID

Rally News , July 2020

Balkan Classic Moves to Northern Poland for 2020

MAGAZINE  > RALLY NEWS > Balkan Classic Moves to Northern Poland for 2020

The revised Balkan Classic rally is set to run in the last half of September, with final dates still to be announced.  Due to restrictions in its usual venue in Bulgaria, and in consideration of other pandemic-related difficulties, organiser Alexander Kovatchev has announced that the rally, for cars up to 1985 and Youngtimers up to 1990 running in a separate group, will be shortened to two days of rallying and one day of shakedown in Poland.  The rally runs on a series of flat gravel and dirt roads in a balanced mix of open wide roads and forest roads with no reconnaissance.  See https://balkanclassic.com for information and entries.

MAGAZINE  > RALLY NEWS > Balkan Classic Moves to Northern Poland for 2020

Rally News , July 2020

Canossa Back in Action

MAGAZINE  > RALLY NEWS > Canossa Back in Action

Italy having been the first country to go into lockdown when the coronavirus struck, it is now coming out the other side with an eagerness to get back to normal quickly, none more so than Canossa Events, who are planning a full schedule of rallies for the remainder of the year.

As we go to press the Stella Alpina, will be running from 26-28 June, limited this time to 40 cars in order to ensure safe distancing at social moments.  With Americans either unable or unwilling to travel to Italy, Canossa is planning to bring Italy to them in the second half of August with a new Canossa Grand Tour in California, open to all Italian cars.

A new driving tour in the Alps will be the Grand Tour Dolomiti on 4-6 September, which will be run on classic mountain passes interspersed with Michelin-starred restaurants.  The Terre di Canossa rally will go ahead on the revised date of 1-4 October with a modified programme utilising alternative locations that allow for better social distancing.  The gala 10th anniversary dinner originally planned for this year, will be postponed to next year.

As previously reported, the Modena Cento Ore, Canossa’s only full speed competition event,  will now take place on 11-15 October, again with a modified itinerary and alternative social venues. 

After a return to the US for an autumn rally in New England, the Canossa crew will set out in November for the United Arab Emirates Desert Tour, touring the deserts and mountains of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Ras Al Khaimah.

As all of these events are subject to last-minute changes depending on prevailing rules and restrictions, long-term planning will be substituted this year by a just-in-time organisation, and Canossa is offering flexible registration and cancellation policies so that no one will lose an entry fee.

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Rally News , July 2020

Restarting Rallying

MAGAZINE  > RALLY NEWS > Restarting Rallying

The global pandemic has had a massive impact on motor sport across the globe and rallying, in all its forms, has been particularly badly hit.  Now, as the first shoots of recovery start to emerge, and racing will resume in Europe during July, rallying is set to be left behind in the early stages.  How does rallying re-start in the aftermath of the COVID 19 pandemic?  Rally Editor Paul Lawrence tries to make sense of a constantly evolving situation.

Rally News , July 2020

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