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Preview: Muscle Cars at the Members’ Meeting

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This year’s 28-29 March Goodwood Members’ Meeting will feature three 20-minute races for the Gerry Marshall Trophy for saloons that raced between 1970 and 1982, but unlike in past years, it will be for owner-drivers. In contrast, the last race on Saturday, the new Pierpoint Cup, will be a two-driver event for V8 saloon cars of a type that raced up until 1966. That means Plymouth Barracudas and Ford Falcons will face up against Mustangs and Galaxies, in a 45-minute race.

The Edwardian cars, the Earl Howe Trophy for pre-war cars, the rear-engined Formula Juniors, the pre-‘63 GT cars, a two driver, 45-minute race for pre-‘66 prototypes, a 20-minute race for ‘50s prototypes, a pre-’66 GT race, a race for the 500cc Formula 3 cars and the Hailwood motorbike race are also on the programme, along with demonstrations including F1 cars dating from 1970 to 1975 in which the innovative Lotus 72 will be a key feature.

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Preview: Masters and the FIA Championships

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > Masters and the FIA Championships: Preview

In a departure to what has gone before, the Masters will only be running the two FIA Championships at three venues this year. The Historic Formula 1 and Masters Sports Cars will run as championship counters at the Silverstone Classic, the Historic Grand Prix Zandvoort and the Spa Six Hours meeting. Masters boss, Ron Maydon, was surprised to be informed by the FIA that the Formula One Historic cars would only be allowed to run Championship points rounds at Grade 1 circuits. This limited his ability to form a calendar the historic racers would like. The regs for the Sportscar Championship remain unchanged and they are allowed on Grade 2 circuits, however the two championships will continue to run together, which means only three venues this year. “We have been running the Championships for seven years now,” said Maydon, “and we were trying to think of ways to freshen them up, so this came as an opportunity to do something different.”

The Masters will continue to run non-championship races for both series at the four other venues they are scheduled to attend this year (see our calendar pages). Two circuits that they have not visited for some years appear on the calendar, with races scheduled at the Autodromo do Algarve in April and, in August, instead of their usual visit to the Oldtimer Grand-Prix, they will go to Zolder on August 22-23. They will also run the one-make Mini races, as last year, at Donington in June and at the Silverstone Classic.

The title of FIA Champion is no doubt attractive and brings great prestige with it,” said Maydon, “and if it wasn’t for the fact that Zandvoort is being upgraded for this year’s Grand Prix, we wouldn’t have been able to run a championship round there either. But the drivers also enjoy running at some other great circuits and events, like Brands Hatch GP and Algarve, and we want to make sure they have the opportunity to do so.”

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Preview: HSCC Touring Cars and Single Seaters

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > HSCC Touring Cars and Single Seaters: Preview

The Historic Sports Car Club has opened up its Historic Touring Car Championship for 2020 to 1300cc Austin A30s, A35s, A40s and Morris Minors. Previously, these cars were only admitted into the championship for Pre-‘66 Touring Cars with the 1150cc or smaller engines they had in period. Andy Dee-Crowne, CEO of the HSCC said: “This is a logical step to offer a group of cars the chance to race with the HSCC.”

1300cc Austin A30s, A35s and A40s can now run in the HSCC Touring Car Championship

Preview: Sixties Touring Car Challenge with U2TC

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > Sixties Touring Car Challenge with U2TC: Preview

Motor Racing Legends has announced a new grid for the 2020 season - the Sixties Touring Car Challenge. To be run for Group 1 and Group 2 cars that were eligible for the European Touring Car Championship from 1966 to the end of 1969, the series will also encompass the current U2TC grid for pre-’66 cars, but importantly, will stick to the U2TC under 2 litre formula. The new series gives a home to Mk2 Lotus Cortinas, BMW 2002s, Alfa Romeo GTA variants, early Mk 1 Ford Escorts, Mk 2 Minis, Lancia Fulvias and a host of other small-engined cars that have hitherto been poorly served.

Photo Oliver Flower Courtesy MRL

Italian Champions

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > Italian Champions

The 2 hours of Magione “20° Trofeo Anchise Bartoli” closed another season of the Italian Historic Championship, one of the most long-lived Italian series, sanctioned by ACI for over 30 years and promoted by Gruppo Peroni. Since the FIA introduced the classes for cars up to 1990 (4th grouping), the Italian championship has seen the arrival of the “youngtimers” including Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo, Ford Sierra Cosworth, BMW M3 and 325i, Alpine GTA, Porsche 944 Turbo, Maserati Biturbo and Peugeot 205 GTI.

The Ronconi Porsche 930 lines up at Magione next to the Ambroso-Jarach- Zardo BMW 323i, with the Rondinelli Porsche, whish was the eventual winner, laying in wait Photo Claudia Cavalleri

The 2019 championship, divided into six one-hour races plus two endurance races, has seen some fierce competition in the four groups amongst both solo pilots and two-driver crews. The range of cars chosen by new recruits has confirmed that there is interest in racing cars of all ages. Many of these drivers alternate in other championships with contemporary cars (such as Claudio Giudice in the Italian prototype Championship or Marco Guerra in rallies), and to aim for the title you don’t need the overall podium car. Thanks to the scoring system the Mini, the Ritmo, the Alfa 2000 GT Veloce or the small Peugeot 205 can win.

On Sunday 24 November two competitions were held, divided according to periods and displacement to decide the winners. In the first group (now extended to cars up to 1969) the result was still open between the powerful TVR Griffith of Vito Truglia and Gilles Giovannini and the nimble Ginetta G12 of Matteo Panini and Andrea Pergreffi, representing two British schools of thought in a David and Goliath contest that finally went to the little Ginetta. 

The results of the second grouping were already almost final. Alessandro Morteo had only to pass his Alfa Romeo GTAm under the starting light to win the title to the detriment of Andrea Castronovo and Massimiliano Del Nibbio, always faster during the season but with a BMW 2002 Group 2 haunted by mechanical problems. The third group had already been decided due to a lack of opponents at Imola when Marco Zorzi, Massimo Ronconi and Giovanni Gulinelli crossed the finish line first in the two-hour race on board a Porsche 930 Group 5. In the fourth grouping, with the Sierra Cosworth of Gianni Giudici delayed by a bit of bad luck, it all looked set for Giovanni Ambroso and Bruno Jarach, who had the very fast professional Danny Zardo to help out with the BMW 323i IMSA and who were leading the championship by just one point over the Porsche 911 Carrera 2 of father and son Cesare and Enrico Rondinelli. But it all went wrong when the BMW broke its differential 12 minutes from the end, handing victory to the Porsche crew.

In 2020, to favour the return of the pre-‘66 cars, so popular in series in other parts of Europe, the Gruppo Peroni will organise a trophy divided into six sprint races reserved for the older cars, certainly not less fun to admire and to drive.

Italian Championship Dates for 2020

28-29 March Misano

25-26 April Vallelunga

9-10 May Adria

20-21 June Misano

11-12 July Imola

5-6 September Cervesina (to be confirmed)

24-25 October Imola

 

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NK HTGT in 2020

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > NK HTGT in 2020

NK HTGT, the Dutch pre-‘66 championship for Touring, GT and GTP cars has been running for more than 20 years. Though registered as a National Championship, it runs many of its races at circuits in other European countries each year and attracts an international entry.

Erwin van Lieshout is Dutch Champion

Alfa Revival Cup

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > Alfa Revival Cup

While the car to beat in the GPS Classic-organised Alfa Revival Cup is the GTaM if it’s an overall race win you’re after, to win the championship you have only to beat other cars of the same age and cubic capacity as your own. In an effective Index of Performance ranking, this year’s Alfa Revival Cup champions are Alessandro and Emanuele Morteo, who drove their 1961 Giulietta Ti to victory in a season that comprised six one-hour mini endurance races at some of Italy’s greatest race tracks. Accompanying them on the championship podium are Massimo Guerra and Franco Mischis, driving a 1600 GTA and Luigi Mercatali, who took third in his GT Veloce 2000. The Alfa Revival Cup, for rear wheel drive Alfa Romeos built from 1947 to 1981, enjoyed its best season yet since Tommaso Gelmini and his team began organising it in 2012, with some 25% of drivers coming from outside of Italy.

The Morteos lead a three-Giulie a Ti train to win the Alfa Revival Cup Championship

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Preview: HSCC Formula Ford Festival

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > HSCC Formula Ford Festival: Preview

The life of the late Jim Russell will be celebrated in a new two-day Historic Sports Car Club race meeting at Snetterton next spring. The Jim Russell Trophy Meeting on 4-5 April will feature 10 Formula Ford races to honour the early heritage of Formula Ford and the racing school pioneer. Before moving to Brands Hatch in 1976, the first four Formula Ford Festivals were run at Snetterton from 1972 to 1975. 

Ten Formula Ford races will feature at HSCC Snetterton in April

Amongst other HSCC Club races, the race line-up will include double headers for the HSCC Historic Formula Ford Championship, the HSCC Classic Formula Ford Championship, Heritage Formula Ford, the HSCC Historic Formula Ford 2000 Championship and a double-header for modern Formula Fords running under the Champion of Snetterton title. In addition, two races for the Classic Formula 3/URS Classic Formula Ford 2000 Championship will also feature a contingent of Formula Ford 2000s. The spread of races will form a journey through Formula Ford history, from the earliest Pre-1972 cars in the Historic category via the cars of the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s to the latest Kent engined cars in the Champion of Snetterton races. The HSCC hopes to stage a display of cars relevant to Jim Russell’s life and is keen to hear from anyone with a suitable car. See hscc.org.uk.

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Silverstone Classic 30th Anniversary

MAGAZINE  >  LATEST NEWS  > Silverstone Classic 30th Anniversary

A lot has changed since 1990, when the first of what was then known as the Christies International Historic Festival was staged (see our March 2013 issue for the story of that first event) at Silverstone.  It was a resounding success, and despite being preceded by events such as the Oldtimer-Grand-Prix in Germany and the Grand Prix de l’Age d’Or in France, it set a new benchmark for what a successful historic festival should be.  It has now grown to a proportion that its founders probably never imagined, with 1000 entries and 100,000 visitors.

The First Historic Festival at Silverstone took place 30 years ago next year.  PHOTO ALAN COX

HSCC Silverstone Finals

MAGAZINE  >  LATEST NEWS  > HSCC Silverstone Finals

.Championship Deciders

Strong grids and an end-of-term atmosphere at the annual HSCC Silverstone Finals Meeting on the weekend of 19-20 October saw some close finishes across 21 races and 280 entries.  A number of season-long contests were settled including in a bumper grid of Historic Formula Ford 2000s where Andrew Park sealed a fourth straight championship title.  Chris Drake (front-engined) and Andrew Taylor (rear-engined) were the key winners in Formula Junior, while Simon Armer clinched the Historic F3 title in his March 703. 

The Historic Touring Car crown was shared between Roger Stanford and Bob Bullen, while Mark Charteris and Barry Webb claimed their respective categories in Classic Clubmans, with Charteris taking his sixth title in a row.  Ross Hyett (Guards Trophy) and Ben Stiles (Classic FF2000) and Rob Smith (Over 50s FF1600) were the other winners across the weekend on the Silverstone National circuit.

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Masters Champions

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Masters Champions

The 2019 FIA Masters Champions are Matteo Ferrer-Aza, Martin Stretton, Henry Fletcher, Jason Wright/Andy Wolfe and Chris Jolly/Steve Farthing.  Ferrer-Aza is the new post-78 FIA Masters Historic Formula One champion, with Stretton and Fletcher lifting the post-83 and pre-78 titles respectively.  Wright and Wolfe took top honours in the FIA Masters Historic Sports Car Championship, while Jolly and Farthing prevailed in the FIA pre-66 section.

The Wright/Wolfe Lola T70 leads out the FIA Sportscar pack at Brands Hatch in July Wright
doubled up by also claiming the sportscar version of the Grand Master Trophy Photos Eric Sawyer

Historic Tour 2020 & Other French Dates

MAGAZINE  >  LATEST NEWS  > Historic Tour 2020 & Other French Dates

Don’t  change a winning formula is the logic adopted by the FFSA and HVM Racing for the 2020 Historic Tour season.  Thus the calendar will again see five race meetings, the main differences from this year being a return to the Nogaro circuit and date changes for the meetings at Albi and Charade.  The season will start in Albi, next year in mid-April, before continuing with its traditional Dijon date of 8-10 May.  Charade will next year take place in June (19-21), followed by trips to Nogaro on 11-13 September and Val de Vienne on 27-25 September.

While some tweaks within the series are inevitable, the list of eligible series to determine the French champions, for single seaters and for prototypes, will remain the same.

Other French Dates

HVM will also be organising the GP de Pau Historique on 30-31 May, and the traditional Dijon Motors Cup on the first weekend of October.  With no Paul Ricard event this year, Laurent Vallery-Masson and his team will move to the Le Mans Bugatti circuit for the Le Mans Motors Cup on 16-18 October.

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Banger Racing at its Best

MAGAZINE  >  LATEST NEWS  > Banger Racing at its Best

The Historic Sports Car Club has unveiled the Production Car Challenge, a new race series for production touring, sports and GT cars from the 1980s.  The new series will be open to cars with standard bodyshells and only minor modifications to engines and suspension, and will not be open to Caterhams or homologation specials.  Cars will be split into classes based on engine size, with a separate class for turbocharged cars.  Only treaded tyre types from the Motorsport UK list 1A, 1B and 1C will be allowed.  There are plans to run several pilot races later in 2020, ahead of a fuller programme in 2021. 

Photo Courtesy HSCC

The series will complement the Club’s existing Historic and 70s Road Sports Championships, which are for cars from the mid-1950s through to the end of 1979.  The list of eligible cars for the new series is huge and many suitable cars are available and affordable.  Typical cars that could be entered include the Alfa Romeo GTV6, BMW 3-series, Ford Fiesta XR2, Honda CRX, Morgan Plus 4, Porsche 944, Suzuki Swift GTi, Toyota MR2 and VW Golf.

HSCC CEO Andy Dee-Crowne said about the new series, “No organising Club can afford to stand still and we are keen to develop a cost-effective race series for the next generation of cars, which should also appeal to a wide range of drivers.  The Production Car Challenge will offer another way into historic racing for newcomers to the sport.  Our aim is to grow the category over the next couple of seasons.”

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French Champions

MAGAZINE  >  LATEST NEWS  > French Champions

The French Championships concluded at Val de Vienne on the weekend of 26-27 October (see our report page 46) with Didier Gruau and Frédéric Rouvier crowned respectively as GT/Tourisme and Monoplaces/Prototypes champions, Rouvier for the second year running.  Both won two out of two races at the Vigeant weekend, Gruau driving his TVR Griffith 400 in the ASAVE´65 series and Rouvier in his Martini MK34 in Classic F3.  The 61 year-old Gruau won every ASAVÉ 65 race this year, with the exception of one at Albi where he took second place, in a car with exceptional reliability.  Racing instructor Rouvier, who started his driving career in 1995, racing a variety of cars and even motorbikes, likewise won 9 out of 10 Classic F3 races throughout the season in his Blue is Blue team Martini.  Congratulations to the Champs!

Didier Gruau (le ) and Frédéric Rouvier with Historic
Tour promoter Laurent Vallery-Masson Photo Guy Pawlak

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Peter Auto Confirms 2020 Calendar

MAGAZINE  >  LATEST NEWS  > Peter Auto Confirms 2020 Calendar

The ever-industrious Patrick Peter has announced some changes to the Peter Auto programme for 2020, starting with the Dix Mille Tours event at Paul Ricard, which next year switches from its end-of-season October date, to a season opening 4-5 April.  Dates for Spa Classic and GP de l’Age d’Or remain stable in May and June respectively, and in early July the Peter Auto team will be concentrating all its efforts on the biennial Le Mans Classic. This year the race grids ran at Monza in September, and will do so again next year, while, to cap off the season, Peter’s team is to take over the running of the Estoril Classic event, next year on 9-11 October. See peterauto.peter.fr.

Photo Agence Austral

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Deux Tours d’Horloge Back on Track in 2020

MAGAZINE  >  LATEST NEWS  > Deux Tours d’Horloge Back on Track in 2020

Six years after the last edition organised on the Paul Ricard circuit, the only 24-hour race exclusively for historic cars, will be back next year.  The new chapter in the event’s history will begin on 6-8 November, 2020. As in the past, V de V Sports will be the prime promoter, but this time the event will also benefit from the support of HVM Racing, official organisers of the historic events for the FFSA. Laure Van de Vyver will be in charge of the general coordination.

 

NZ F5000 Series

MAGAZINE  >  LATEST NEWS  > NZ F5000 Series

After excursions to Australia and the US this year, New Zealand’s world-leading SAS Autoparts MSC NZ F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series, will stay closer to home in the coming 2019-2020 season.  “One of the main reasons is cost,” said NZ F5000 Association committee member and spokesperson Glenn Richards, owner/driver of the ex-Eppie Wietzes Lola T400. “The majority of the series regulars pay all their own car, maintenance and travel bills and it all adds up, particularly if you are away from your home base and business for more than a week at a time,” he explained.  “As the demand from race meeting organisers here is stronger than ever, we have five rounds between November this year and March already sorted - and a sixth – in April next year – a distinct possibility.”

Photo Fast Company/Geo Ridder

Dunlop Saloon Car Cup - 2020

MAGAZINE  >  LATEST NEWS  > Dunlop Saloon Car Cup - 2020

The Historic Sports Car Club has confirmed plans to build on the success of the inaugural Dunlop Saloon Car Cup season in 2020. The series covers three distinct groups of saloon and touring cars: Group 1, Group A and Super Touring/S2000, and provides eight races at four high-profile historic race meetings for cars from 1970 right through to 2006. All three groups have a dedicated podium after each race. Next year’s calendar will again focus on four double-header events at prime UK tracks, giving eight races at very competitive entry fees. There will be some detail changes to the class structure but the headline features of the series will remain unchanged.

Photo Courtesy HSCC

A total of 40 drivers took part across the four events this season in a fabulous array of cars, ranging from Super Tourers to a Group 1 specification Mini 1275 GT and six examples of the stunning Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth. See hscc.org for entries and details.

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50 Years of Formula Ford in the US

MAGAZINE  >  LATEST NEWS  > 50 Years of Formula Ford in the US

Formula Ford’s 50th anniversary in the United States was celebrated on 11-15 September at Road America. Hosted by the Vintage Sports Car Drivers Association and sponsored by Ford, over 200 drivers competed from 33 states, Canada, Mexico, Australia, and the UK. The FF50th was a busy weekend both on and off the track with three Formula Ford race grids, a birthday party on Thursday evening, a group photo on Friday, and a concours d’elegance and banquet on Saturday. 

Photo Jay Bonvouloir

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A Few 2020 Dates

MAGAZINE  >  LATEST NEWS  > A Few 2020 Dates

As usual we will be publishing a full calendar of races, rallies and special events in our January/February issue, which you will receive at the beginning of the year. However, we can share a few dates now for those of you who are planning to get married or have babies next year and want to avoid clashes, and for those just keen on planning ahead.

Norwegian Finals

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Divided into three groups - Pre 1965, 1966-1971 and 1972-1990 - the Norwegian finals for historic racing were run at the 2.5km race track at Vålerbanen on 8 September. 

Atle Ramberg on his way to victory the last race of the year in his Ford Escort 1300 GT.  
Photo Bengt-Åce Gustavsson - www.racefoto.se

Mustang Milestone

MAGAZINE  >  FEATURES & REPORTS  > Mustang Milestone

Ford Mustangs of all model series since the sports car’s launch in 1964 met on September 7 at the Lommel Ford Proving Ground in Belgium to set a new world record for the largest number of Mustangs ever gathered in one place.  With a total of 1,326 Ford Mustangs, the previous record was broken, which was set on December 3, 2017 with 960 vehicles in Toluca, Mexico.  More mustangs are sold per capita in Belgium than in any other European country.

Wonder how long it took them to get so neatly lined up Photo Courtesy Ford Belgium

 

Alfa Revival Cup - Misano

MAGAZINE  >  Latest News in Brief > Alfa Revival Cup - Misano

Round four of the Alfa Revival Cup, the last race before the long summer break, took place at the Misano World Circuit on July 13-14.  Dodging a morning thunderstorm, the young driver from Milano, Davide Bertinelli took his first ever pole position at the head of the 23-car grid in his GTam, as Austrian Gerald Grohmann lined up alongside with Roberto Arnaldi just behind.

Race winner young Davide Bertinelli.  Photos courtesy GPS Classic

Asfalt Classic in Rudskogen – Norway

The biggest race meeting for historic cars in Norway is the “Asfalt Classic” at Rudskogen.  Nestling in the forest south of Oslo, the circuit was built in 1990, and rebuilt in 2011 when it was doubled in length to 3.217kms, offering an extremely challenging ride, the elevation changes offering some big slopes.  A few years ago the Norwegians put a major effort into historic racing at Vålerbanen, about two hours north of Oslo, that also included a competition for the Swedish RHK series for a few years.  Unfortunately, the meeting was stopped, but for a couple of years now the Norwegians have been interested in reviving this pan-Scandinavian concept at Rudskogen.  It is not an exact copy of the previous event, but the main focus is on the historic classes.  Drivers from all the Nordic countries were invited on the weekend of August 17-18, as was the sports car series from Sweden.  200 drivers took part in the races.   On Saturday rain poured down all day, but on Sunday the sun was shining.

Mads Gjerdrum splashes through Friday’s rain.  Photos Bengt-Åce Gustavsson – www.racefoto.se

Dutch Championship NK HTGT

Grouwels and Newall at Assen

The Dutch NK HTGT pre-‘66 championship made its yearly trip to the Assen TT track for the Gamma Racing Day event on August 16 in very changeable weather conditions.  A dry Saturday afternoon quickly became a very wet one just seconds before the start of race 1 much to the delight of the drivers of the nimble Lotus Elans, Alexander Schlüchter’s making a super start when the lights turned green.  But it was Roger Grouwels who powered past in the beefy Iso Rivolta 300, despite a misted-up windscreen.  Fending off the attacks of Martin Bijleveld in his powerful Ford Falcon, Grouwels went on to take a well-deserved win.  Third overall fell to guest driver Simon Gras, who took like a duck to water in the downpour in a Morris Cooper S.

Eventful October

Drivers are heading south to cheat the onset of winter for a number of attractive events

You are probably reading this at the end of September/early October and there are still a number of race meetings on the calendar before the season ends.  First of these is the Dijon Motors Cup on 5-6 October where, amongst others, the Dutch NKHTGT and the HSCC Historic Formula 2 series will finish their season and choose their champions.  Youngtimers, Triumph Competition and British HTGT and some more modern races will complete the programme. www.hvmracing.fr

Preview: Sonoma Festival 2020

After a successful inaugural event in 2019, the Sonoma Speed Festival will run for the second time on May 28-31, 2020 at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California.  Billed as the place for the most authentic racing cars from the brass era to the modern age, along with the track racing, organisers also offer high quality hospitality to competitors, fine food and wine options, motorsport exhibitions, car shows and more, all in the lovely Sonoma setting.

 

Preview: Classic 24 Hour at Daytona Classes Restructured

Historic Sportscar Racing is making some alterations to the groupings at this year’s Daytona Classic with the division of Group E into two distinct classes, each featuring modern but retired prototypes and GT cars from this century.  Group E remains the place for Audi R8, Pescarolo Judd, Peugeot 908 and Lola B07 LMP race cars that compete in the group with Daytona Prototype International (DPi), LMP2 race cars and others just past their prime, but the split paves the way for Oreca FLM09 Le Mans Prototype Challenge (LMPC) “PC” cars and Gen 2 and Gen 3 Daytona Prototypes to compete for overall honours in a move to completely restructure Group F.  Still current in their appeal but no longer eligible in contemporary racing series, the “DP” and “PC” cars will compete in Group F against retired LMP2 cars of the same era.

 

Daytona Prototypes and LMPC cars have become quite popular with HSR competitors in recent years

Preview: Formula Atlantic at Long Beach

After a successful run this year for historic IMSA cars at the Long Beach Grand Prix, next April Historic Formula Atlantic cars will run two 20-minute support races at the annual  IndyCar street racing event.

Races will run Saturday, April 18 along with the IMSA WeatherTech Championship race and Sunday, April 19 - the same day as the NTT IndyCar Series race -- with practice and qualifying on Friday.

The Formula Atlantic series ran at Long Beach from 1978-‘82 and 1989-2008 as one of the premier “feeder” series to top-level open-wheel racing.  “Hosting the historic Formula Atlantic cars are a natural at Long Beach,” said Cris Vandagriff, president of the HMSA, the body that will be organising the race.  “It will be so exciting to see these cars on the Streets of Long Beach again and have many of the former drivers attend the Formula Atlantic autograph session.  All the cars will be authentic in every detail including the livery they ran in-period.”

Contact HMSA at www.hmsausa.com for details and entries.

Preview: Spa Six Hours

This meeting has now become so big that it commences on Wednesday 25 September with track sessions for pre-war cars (this in collaboration with the Belgium Classic Cars Federation) and the activities of Aston Martin Heritage, who is sponsoring the track time for their customers with recent racing cars.  This is in addition to the two Masters Endurance Legends races, also sponsored by Aston Martin that were already shoe-horned into the event last year. 

The schedule for this year’s Spa Six Hour meeting is more packed than ever

As in previous years, Thursday is given over to free practice and testing for all competitors before the full race programme begins on Friday with qualifying for all grids and racing for a few.  All of the usual grids will be there, including HGPCA,  all the Masters grids, all the Motor Racing Legends grids, including pre-war sports cars, and the HSCC has its usual two-30-minute race slots, this year for closed wheel cars from any of their championships, from Touring cars, to Thundersports.  The HSCC also brings back its Jaguar Challenge.

Preview: 50 Years of the Circuit des Remparts Angoulême

The Circuit des Remparts will this year celebrate 50 years since the first ‘Circuit Automobile des Remparts’ at Angoulême with a re-evocation of that original grid.  Run in 1939 as two qualifying heats of 40-laps each, followed by a final of 70 laps, it was hardly surprising there were a number of DNFs behind eventual winner Raymond Sommer in an Alfa Romeo 308, the only truly modern GP car to have competed. 

This year’s event will feature many favourites, such as the Bugatti races, this year split into two categories, for four and eight and cylinder cars.  Other pre-war grids will include pre-war GP racers and there will also be a grid for Edwardian cars.  Post-war cars will run in two grids, for cars up to 1965 and for cars up to 1976.  In addition, numerous demos and themed runs are planned.

As usual there will be the Concours d’Élégance and the Concours d’État and the International rally, all culminating on Sunday when the streets are closed and the racing takes place in front of packed grandstands.  Dates this year are 13-15 September.  For once it doesn’t clash with Spa Six Hours, which has moved to 27-29 September this year, but it does clash with the Goodwood Revival.