The 50th anniversary of the Times Trophy race will be the centrepiece at the Bentley Drivers Club’s 73rd annual race meeting at Silverstone, on Saturday 7 August. The Times Trophy encounter, a Bentley scratch race incorporating a contest for pre-war cars, is the meeting’s blue riband event and will undoubtedly be the high point of an 11-race programme – the biggest in recent years.
The list of multiple Times Trophy winners down the years reads like a who’s who of the BDC’s most celebrated drivers, but in recent times, Michael Higginbotham has remained undefeated since 2017 in his imposing black Mk VI Special. Indeed, ‘The Gadget’ itself hasn’t actually been beaten since 2016 when Michael’s father Mike Haig triumphed.
This year the competition should be hotter than ever, with a staggered start being introduced to allow the older cars a greater chance of winning against the more modern machinery. The popular ‘garden-party’ style club meeting will also feature two races each for the Aero Racing Morgan Challenge and MGB GTV8s along with grids for FISCAR (Fifties Sports Car Racing Club), Ecurie Classic Racing, BDC Classic Challenge (incorporating the Morgan Techniques Trophy) and Allcomers scratch plus TVRCC Challenge.