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November 2019

Content from the November 2019 Issue....

  • 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

    Photo Agence Austral

    MAGAZINE  >  LATEST NEWS  > Peter Auto Confirms 2020 Calendar

  • 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.


  • 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

  • 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 for entries and details.

    MAGAZINE  >  LATEST NEWS  > Dunlop Saloon Car Cup - 202

  • 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

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

  • 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.

  • MAGAZINE  >  LATEST NEWS  > Norwegian Finals

    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 -

  • MAGAZINE  >  RALLY NEWS  > FIA rally action in Italy

    Rally Alpi Orientali and Rally Elba Storico

    The late summer heralded two Italian asphalt rounds of the FIA European Historic Sporting Rally Championship, the Rally Alpi Orientali Historic, on 28-30 August in the north east of the country and the 31st Rally Elba Storico on 19-21 September on the spectacular island of Elba. On both events, the competition over special stages on closed public roads was fierce across the four age-based categories.

    Paul Lawrence Reports

    In Category 1 for pre 1970 cars, it was local crew Antonio Parisi and Giuseppe D’Angelo (Porsche 911S) who claimed maximum points on both events to take top spot of the category.  The big challenge to the Porsche regularly comes from Ernie and Karen Graham in their 1600cc Ford Escort Mk1 twin-cam. The UK husband and wife crew suffered from brake issues on day one of the Alpi Orientali but fought back on day two to finish third in class.

  • MAGAZINE  >  RALLY NEWS  > Preview: Mille Miglia 2020

    Organisers of this oversubscribed event are inviting anyone who wishes to participate in next year’s re-enactment of the race from Brescia to Rome and back again, to register at Dates next year are 13-16 May.

    MAGAZINE  >  RALLY NEWS  > Preview: Mille Miglia 2020

  • MAGAZINE  >  RALLY NEWS  > Preview: Maroc Historic 2020

    Entries are now open for this extraordinary competitive Moroccan adventure, which next year will take place much earlier than its usual end of April date. The 11th edition of the Maroc Historic will run from 2-7 March and organiser, Yves Loubet says this is to take advantage of better weather.

    The road book will be officially released in mid-January once the route permits have been validated by the authorities. The three main regions crossed by the rally will be Marrakech, Essaouira and Sidi Ifni. See for entry forms.

    Photo Courtesy Maroc Historic

    MAGAZINE  >  RALLY NEWS  > Preview: Maroc Historic 2020

  • MAGAZINE  >  RALLY NEWS  > Jimmy McRae Tops Historics in Wales

    Former five-time British Rally Champion Jimmy McRae used all his experience and pace as his Porsche 911RS finished leading historic car on the national section of Wales Rally GB in early October.

    Three weeks before his 76th birthday McRae drove the car, owned by Brian Bell and prepared by Richard Lepley’s Prepfab operation, over the first two full days of Wales Rally GB, Britain’s round of the World Rally Championship. In the historic specification Porsche McRae tackled challenging conditions over classic Welsh forest stages like Hafren and Penmachno as heavy rain soaked the gravel tracks.

    Tough going for 76 year-old McRae. Photo Paul Lawrence 

  • MAGAZINE  >  RALLY NEWS  > Launch of the Historic Regularity Challenge

    The Spanish rally organisation RACC and Belgian organiser Ypres Historic Rally have reached an agreement to create the “Historic Regularity Challenge” for 2020. The aim is to promote two of the most interesting regularity events with a history in Europe: The Catalunya Rally and the Ypres Rally.

    The winner of the Rally Catalunya Històric 2020, which takes place next year on 28-29 February, will get a free entry for the Ypres Historic Regularity Rally 2020, to be staged on 28-29 November, and the winning crew of the Belgian race will get a free Premium (all included) entry for the Rally Catalunya Històric 2021.

    The winner of the Rally Catalunya Històric 2020 will get a free entry for the Ypres Historic Regularity Rally.  Photo Courtesy Rally Classics

    All crews participating in both rallies will score towards the Historic Regularity Challenge and the number of points will be those of the position in the final classification of each rally. The overall winner of the Historic Regularity Challenge will get a free entry for the Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique 2021.  See for more information.

    MAGAZINE  >  RALLY NEWS  > Launch of the Historic Regularity Challenge

  • MAGAZINE  >  RALLY NEWS  > Mecsek Rallye Hungary

    2019 FIA Historic Rally Championship Ultimate Round

    Lucky and Pons top FIA standings as 2019 Champions are Decided

    Paul Lawrence Reports

    Italian veteran ‘Lucky’ and his hugely experienced co-driver Fabrizia Pons were top scorers on the 53rd Mecsek Rallye in Hungary to finish the season as Category 4 champions in the FIA European Historic Sporting Rally Championship.

    In a dramatic final round for the pan-European FIA-sanctioned special stage rally championship, their Lancia Delta Integrale moved back to the head of Category 4 (pre ’92) as former leaders Will Graham and Michael Johnston retired their BMW M3 mid-rally with alternator problems. ‘Lucky’ emerged as the only category champion not using a Porsche 911.

  • MAGAZINE  >  FEATURES & REPORTS  > Monza Historic

    Act Six

    Monza Historic, sixth and penultimate act of the 2019 Peter Auto opera, performed on some of the most famous European stages, brought many expectations for the weekend of 20-22 September.  The Autodromo Nazionale di Monza is one of the stages on which every motorsport actor likes to shine, either because, after the mutilation of so many European circuits it still lives up to its sobriquet of “the temple of speed” on which many epic pages of motorsport history have been written, or because it is one of those where the difference, as Jarno Trulli recalled in an interview a few years ago, is in the “guts” and not just the technicalities, which is why many actors look more favourably at Imola or Mugello.  In short, it is a stage as famous as it is unforgiving.  To make everything more complicated, capricious weather, characterised by two days of summer sun, and typically autumnal rain on the final day added to the challenge

  • MAGAZINE  >  FEATURES & REPORTS  > Circuit des Remparts

    The Circuit des Remparts Angoulême celebrated its 80th anniversary on 13-15 September, attracting nearly 1000 classic and historic cars into the city.  The only street circuit in France to have remained unchanged for eighty years, the anniversary celebrations included a series of exhibitions, a special grid showing the cars of the first race in 1939 and, as always, the Concours d’Élégance, as well as Sunday’s races and demonstrations on the famous circuit. Former racing stars were amongst the invited guests, including Jean-Pierre Jarier, Anne Baverey and Jean-Claude Andruet. Hundreds of cars took part in the tourist rally, while 80 Bugattis were present amongst the 400 racing vehicles and there were some 12,000 spectators around the circuit.

    Local man Damien Kohler won the Plateau Henri Greder in his Lotus Elan.  Photos Agence Austral

  • Jackson and Langridge Clinch Championship Titles


    Cameron Jackson and Adrian Langridge were crowned champions at Brands Hatch on 21 September, as the Historic Sports Car Club’s one-day race meeting on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit delivered some first class racing in warm sunshine.

    Though Jackson was twice headed by Richard Tarling in Historic Formula Ford, he was still able to clinch the title with two second places. “I don’t mind losing to Richard, he’s always quick and he’s a very good driver and good fun to race with,” said Jackson.

    “I’ve never started last and won before. It was an amazing race,” said Will Leverett after his
    famous victory in 70s Road Sports with his father’s Lotus Elan.  Photo Eric Sawyer

    Meanwhile, a double win assured Langridge the Classic F3 title. “I wanted to win the title by winning races,” said Langridge after an excellent day.  “However, it was down to hard work by Dan Eagling’s Lifetime Racing as an oil seal failed in testing on Friday and the team had to take the gearbox out to sort the problem.”

    In an ambitious 12 race programme for their annual visit to the Kent circuit, six categories each had two 15-minute races, allowing spectators the opportunity to watch from two different vantage points around the popular short circuit.

    Mark Martin in his Lotus Cortina clinched victory in both Historic Touring Car races but left it late in the second race after passing Richard Belcher at Clearways
    on the final lap when the former leader went in just too deep. “I didn’t think that through,” said Belcher. “I just went in a bit too quick.”  Photo Charlie Wooding

    Jeremy Clark’s Lotus Elan was only 0.003secs up in qualifying for ‘70s Road Sports, with Charles Barter in his Datsun 240Z and the top five covered by 0.8 of a second.  In race 1 Barter, Dave Karaskas (TVR 3000M) and John Williams (Porsche 911SC) put on a show of close racing in widely differing cars. The second race saw Williams take an early lead from Barter, as Will Leverett came through the field from the back having taken over father Mark’s Lotus Elan S4. The youngster flew up the order to catch the battling lead pack, then, as Barter parked the Datsun, picked off his remaining rivals one by one to score a famous victory. “I’ve never started last and won before. It was an amazing race,” said Will.

    A healthy grid of 24 Historic Formula Fords saw some very close racing with  Cameron Jackson (Winklemann WDF2) nosing in front of Richard Tarling, in his Jamun T2, only 0.086secs separating them at the finish.  The gap at in thwe second race was 0.4 of a second.  Two second places were enough to clinch the title for Jackson. Classic Formula 3 was supplemented by Classic Formula Ford 2000 to produce a reasonable 15-car grid with Steve Maxted (Ralt RT3) being beaten off pole by fellow front row sitter Adrian Langridge in a March 803.  Maxted harrassed Langridge at the front until slight contact at Druids dislodged the Ralt’s front wing causing him to drop back to 3.9secs behind at the finish.  

    A rather poorly supported Ford Escort-only contest following last year’s successful 50th anniversary event saw Terry Davies win fairly comfortably from a battling Mark Freemantle and Stephen Primett.  Davies won the second race by an even greater margin, with Jonathan Miles joining the fight for second.

    The perennial Charles Barter won the rst 70s Roadsports race in his Datsun 240Z, but suffered engine woes in the second

    A good 23 starters for Historic Formula Ford 2000 were headed by Nelson Rowe’s Reynard SF79, by 0.076secs from Jason Redding’s similar car. Rowe led until Andrew Park (Reynard SF81), having started from sixth spot found a way past into the lead which he held until the red flags came out on lap 13 following at least three cars off the increasingly slippery surface.  On count back Ian Pearson (Royale RP30) was second with Rowe third. The second encounter saw Park in the lead followed initially by Rowe until lap 5 when Pearson snatched second, the order being maintained to the flag.

    Richard Tarling was best of a 24-car Formula Ford grid, but the nishes in two races were very
    close and, after placing second in both heats, Cameron Jackson went home as the champion

    The final race on the programme was for Historic Touring Cars with a grid headed by Mark Martin in his Ford Lotus Cortina from Richard Belcher’s similar, but 2-litre example, and Nick Paddy’s Austin Mini Cooper in third. Martin was straight into the lead followed by Roger Stanford from the second row and Belcher, who soon found a way past Stanford’s Cortina and settled into second place.  With four cars off on the opening lap of the second race and only one able to continue there was another red flag.  At the restart Belcher used the power of his 2-litre engine to take the lead from Martin and Stanford.  Further back there was an excellent scrap for fourth, which eventually fell to Bullen’s Anglia ahead of battling Minis and Cortinas.  Belcher was caught on the last lap through Clearways by Martin who won by 0.2secs on the run to the line.

    Adrian Langridge won both F3 races in a March 803

    For a full report see out November issue

  • MAGAZINE  >  FEATURES & REPORTS  >  Castle Combe Autumn Classic

    Abecassis and Blakeney-Edwards

    top Autumn Classic winners

    Marcus Pye Reports

    Victories for Jonathan Abecassis (Austin-Healey 100/4) and Patrick Blakeney-Edwards (Frazer Nash Super Sports) evoked memories of the past at Castle Combe’s seventh stand-alone Autumn Classic event on Saturday, October 5, by common consent one of the best (maybe the best) CCAC yet.

    Photos Eric Sawyer

  • MAGAZINE  > BITS & PIECES > Bernina Gran Turismo

    From humble beginnings in 2014, the Bernina Gran Turismo 2019 event proved there is an ncreasing appetite for a sociable hillclimb amongst owners of great cars. Staged on the Bernina pass just outside of the chic resort of St Moritz, this year’s event brought out an even greater variety of cars to run in the competition and regularity categories, with little distinction between the two - the road is closed and participants can run at any speed they choose. It is a chance for collectors to bring out some cars that they might not usually race.

  • MAGAZINE  >  FEATURES & REPORTS  > Historic Tour Charade

    The French Historic Tour resumed in the Auvergne at the undulating circuit of Charade on 20-22 September after a long summer break with 300 entries competing in 20 races.  Clement weather on Saturday gave way to rain on Sunday afternoon, as the pilots wrangled for the two French Championship titles.

    Formula Ford Historic

    With Formula Ford forming the biggest grid of the meeting, 37 starters were headed by reigning F Ford Champion François Belle in his Lola T540E, ahead of Alain Girardet.  These two distanced the rest of the pack, led by Alexandre Fournier and guest driver, Frédéric Rouvier, getting into his stride and moving firmly into third place. Half way down the pack, Brit Alan Crocker took Class A. The second race was a re-run of the first,  Belle, taking it by 7/10ths of a second.  Crocker took his second Class A win, ahead of Lombardi and Didier Mantz.

    F3 Classic – Formula Renault

    This time it was the turn of Alain Girardet to try a new formula, the Swiss taking a Ralt RT3 to third place in qualifying behind regulars Rouvier and Davide Leone in his March 783.  A long safety car period two laps in, after Gianluigi Candiani went off, saw the trio circulating in that order, with only three laps left to run once the safety car retired.  The sprint to the chequer saw Rouvier finish by a 7/10ths margin to Leone and Girardet, with Eric Martin (Martini MK39) and Ian Jacobs (Ralt RT3) completing the top five. 

    In the F Renault division, Tony Boudreault was the winner when Fabrice Porte, who had started from the back of the grid after his engine blew in qualifying, flew to the front in the few available laps, only to break again within sight of the flag.

  • MAGAZINE  >  FEATURES & REPORTS  >  Dijon Motors Cup

    The Dutch NKHTGT, the British Classic Sports Car Club, The Triumph Competition and British HTGT series, the Colmore Youngtimers and the new Maxx Formula grids brought an international cast to Dijon Prenois to do battle in some tough weather conditions on the weekend of 5-7 October at the traditional Dijon Motors Cup meeting. 

    Playing a starring role, the Formula 2 International series also had its final two rounds at the former French GP circuit. The category has gone through somewhat of a resurgence this year, with grids increasing in size at each meeting bringing new entries in throughout the season. This left those who began at the beginning with hopes for the championship title.

  • MAGAZINE  >  FEATURES & REPORTS  > Spa Six Hours

    Shedden’s silver bullet hits the target

    Marcus Pye Reports

    Sixty years after Belgian hero Jacky Ickx scored the last Le Mans 24 Hours victory for Ford’s GT40, with Jackie Oliver, 14 late-built versions of the icon started odds-on favourites to win the 27th Spa Six Hours, highlight of the Historic racing season, on September 28.  The following day 70 plus GT40 evocations lined-up in echelon along the Formula 1 pit wall and were flagged away by Jackie Ickx for a two-lap celebratory cavalcade.

    The FIA Appendix K-spec GT40s filled the top 10 places in qualifying. Another Belgian ace and former F1 driver, Eric van der Poele, secured pole, from which Ford Motor Company’s President, New Business and Technology, Jim Farley had the honour of starting at 15:55 on the Saturday, in the damp with 98 cars behind him, from the period downhill grid preceding the daunting Eau Rouge left-right and the ascent to Raidillon. No pressure then!