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Goodwood Revival to Celebrate Carroll Shelby
The Goodwood Revival has a long tradition of celebrating the greatest names in motorsport, and in 2023 the honour will go to the legend behind the AC Cobra and the GT40: Le Mans winning driver Carroll Shelby in the year in which he would have been 100 years old. Shelby…
Automobile Week St Moritz
Kilomètre Lancé Amongst the activities comprising St Moritz Speed Week, or to give it its proper name the Internationale St. Moritzer Automobilwoche, is the much touted Kilomètre Lancé, which last year attracted record-breaking cars and motorbikes from owners and museums out onto the Samedan airfield to test their powers of…
Testing in Andalucia
VdeV Racing is also joining in two open pitlane test days for historic cars only. Organised by HYRacing on 10-11 February on the 5.02km Andalucia circuit in Spain near Tabernas, 40km from Almeria between spectacular mountains and olive groves, it is the place in Europe with the highest rate of…
Spa Open Pitlane
Each year Vincent Collard from Roadbook runs an early season track day for anyone who wants to run or test their cars on the great Spa Francorchamps circuit. It is for all closed-wheel cars, modern and historic, road and race. No vans. Motorhomes, SUVs or vehicles with fewer than…
The lake at St. Moritz is freezing over slowly this year and the mountains are not yet totally enrobed in snow. However, at this altitude (1,800 metres), by 24-25 February, they no doubt will be and the organisers of the International Concours d’Elegance (The I.C.E) will be assembling some 50…
The world is indeed returning to normal and as we go to press Autosport International is underway and we have both Race Retro and Retromobile to look forward to, as well as the relative newcomer, the London Classic Car Show, which takes place at the end of February. Amongst…
The FIA Historic Motor Sport Commission 2022-2023
Under new rules, the FIA Historic Motor Sport Commission is appointed for two years (it was previously one year), so this year’s Commission remains the same as last year with only one exception. Roger Wills becomes the delegate from the UK in place of David Clark. President John Naylor (IRL) …
Retromobile is Back!
With new director Romain Grabowski, whose motorsport credentials include following his father on the Paris-Dakar and the French Super Touring Car Championship in the 1980s, and then being in the driver’s seat in cars competing in the Tour Auto (2020), Dakar Classic (2022) and Le Mans Classic (2022), while doing a 12-year stint at Motul as Group Communications Manager and Brand Manager during which time he concluded partnership agreements with the 24 Hours of Le Mans, IMSA, the Dakar, Le Mans Classic, Goodwood Revival, la Carrera Panamericana, and MotoGP, Retromobile will enter a new phase of its long and illustrious life.
NKHTGT Night of Champions
A well-attended and relaxed evening on December 10 at the Healey Museum in Vreeland saw the 2022 NKHTGT champions crowned, with drivers coming from Sweden, the UK and Germany to receive awards in this International series for pre-1966 GT and touring cars. Overall Championship 2022: 1st Roelant de Waard…
FIA Historic Prizegiving Bologna
After nine events, taking competitors to Spain, Finland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Austria and Switzerland, winners of the FIA European Historic Rally Championship were fêted at a prizegiving dinner in Bologna on December 10, when the FIA honoured both their historic champions and their off-road winners. The World Council meeting…
Anglo American Acquires Classic Fuel Solutions Brand
Our friend Anders Hildebrand and his team at Anglo American Oil Company announced in November that they have their acquired the Classic Fuel Solutions brand. A start-up five years ago, Classic Fuel Solutions has become a leader in the classic motorcycle racing market, having developed a fuel that could eliminate the problems due to ethanol and a lack of lead in modern petrol.
GT & Sports Car Cup – And the 2022 Winners Are….
GT2 Class Winners – Richard & Alice Locke – MG B 2nd GT2 Class – Brian & Barbara Lambert – MG B 3rd GT2 Class – Mark Hope & James Bilsland & Jason Minshaw – MG B GT3 Class Winners – Mark Pangborn & Harvey Woods – Austin Healey 3000…
F1 Demos for Peter Auto
The years 1987 to 1994, the time of the Prost-Senna duels and the emergence of Michael Schumacher, who won his first World Championship title in 1994, are seen by many as the Golden Age of Formula One. Boosted by the rise in power of micro-computing, it was also the time of the last great technological innovations such as the steering wheel gear selector, active suspension, ABS and traction control, which were fitted to chassis powered by V8, V10, V12 or even W12 engines.
RAC Historic Motoring Awards
The Royal Automobile Club paid tribute to the best of the United Kingdom’s historic motoring and motorsport world on November 24 at a swanky celebration at its Pall Mall clubhouse to announce the winners of the Club’s 2022 Historic Awards. And, with the wealth of skills, creativity and sheer enthusiasm to be found in the UK, there was plenty to celebrate, especially the many initiatives to involve the next generation in the classic car movement.
Silverstone Festival Rebranded
It started out as the Christie’s Historic Festival way back in 1990 before it became the Coys Historic Festival and then the Silverstone Classic. Last year it reverted to the BRDC as promoters, and became the Classic Silverstone and this year, after a date change to the end- of-August bank holiday in 2022, it is to be rebranded again. This time it is simply the Silverstone Festival.
Historic Lotus returns to Goodwood – Marçais’ Madgwick Magic
The Lotus-Bristol Mk10 in which 19 year-old Oliver Marçais finished third in the Madgwick Cup race at the Goodwood Revival, placed 12th overall (second in class) in the 1955 Goodwood Nine Hours as #25 with Cliff Davis and Reg Bicknell (of Revis 500 fame) driving. Racing is in Marçais’ genes, through parents Flavien and Vanessa, but his experience of the Lotus amounted to “15 minutes up and down the A41” prior to driving the circuit for the very first time in practice.
Success for New Lime Rock Consortium
As the track celebrated its 65th year of operation in 2022, Lime Rock Park experienced its best season in recent history this year. With a new group of investors taking ownership in the spring of 2021, the Connecticut motoring and event facility has been going full speed ever since. Under the leadership of its new investment group (Lime Rock Group, LLC), the circuit has seen a concentrated effort to upgrade the visitor experience that included upgraded catering, as well as a rebranding and continued growth of sponsorship development.
Autumn Motorsport Day, Brooklands
Held in beautiful October weather, the Brooklands Museum staged its annual Autumn Motorsport day mid-month and attracted a large crowd to the historic site in Surrey, reports John Whiteman. An Autotest was held on the Finishing Straight and there were runs on the Test Hill, but the main action took place on the adjacent Mercedes-Benz test track and skid-pan.
A collection of Ferrari-inspired original artworks created by historic racer and international rock star musician Chris Rea are being offered at auction by Anglia Car Auctions (ACA). The 68 dramatic pieces, offered on Rea’s instructions, are part of a unique collection entitled ‘La Passione’, themed around Ferrari and the Cavallino Rampante. For details visit www.angliacarauctions.co.uk.
Chantilly Arts et Élégance
Arriving on the international concours scene at the highest level in 2014, the Chantilly Arts et Elegance Richard Mille has continued to progress both in terms of spectator attendance and the richness and rarity of the cars entered for the various concours. This year, 20,000 spectators were seduced by nine cars in competition for the Concours d’Élégance and by the almost 100 cars that came from all over the world for the Concours d’État, Amongst the most beautiful cars in the world, they were all contenders for victory in their respective classes and for one of the two supreme Best of Show titles awarded according to their age.