The Castle Combe Autumn Classic race meeting is set to welcome three new series this year to the popular one-day event on 24 September. These include the inaugural race for Pre-1983 Group 1 Touring Cars launched by Flavien and Vanessa Marçais earlier in the year. Named for the charismatic Bristolian Ford dealer, whose 27 victories at the local Wiltshire circuit entertained generations of racegoers, the 45-minute Vince Woodman Trophy race is open to all period FIA Group 1 specification cars that conform to Appendix J of the relevant period, or to period Group 1½ British Saloon Car Championship specs. All cars must comply with Appendix K, and a valid Historic Technical Passport is recommended, but not mandatory. Dunlop Post-Historic tyres are obligatory, regardless of weather conditions. Confirmed entries to date include V8 Camaros and V6 Capris, Rover SD1s and a Ford Escort RS2000.
Another series launched this year, the new HSCC Griffiths Haig Trophy for ‘50s drum brake sports cars, will have two 20-minute races, while the Ecurie Classic Racing series, in its second year, will have a 40-minute race for pre-‘66 club racing GT cars up to 2700cc, including MGAs and Bs, Triumph TRs, and Morgans, as well as a range of Jaguars, allrunning on Dunlop tyres.
Established grids on the programme come from the GT & Sports Car Cup, a regular feature of this meeting for several years now, FISCAR and Formula 500. For entries contact the various organisers or see the Castle Combe website https://castlecombecircuit.co.uk.
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