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Latest News, July 2020

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > International Historic Hill Climbing

The FIA European Hillclimb Championship has also been reworked to give competitors five events and the points rules revised accordingly:

11-12 July Trento Bondone

1-2 August   Ecce Homo Sternberk

28-30 August GHD Petrol Ilirska Bistrica 18-20 September Buzetski Dani

25-27 September Coppa Chianti Classico

More generally speaking, the FIA, its Historic Motor Sport Commission, ASNs but also organisers have been working very hard to ensure the safety protocols necessary for motor sport to resume would be as clear as possible but also enforced at all levels.  It looks like there is a strong will from the industry but also Competitors to come back on track.

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > International Historic Hill Climbing

Latest News, July 2020

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > Major US Events Cancelled

Regrettably WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca’s new management team has cancelled the 2020 Monterey Motorsports Reunion, yet another event to  fall victim to COVID-19.

In a July 12 statement that included all the usual remarks about public and staff safety, President and General Manager of WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca’s John Narigi said, “As was our plan, we waited until June before making a final decision.  No matter how much we hoped, no one can fully anticipate what state mandates will be in place that will affect public events and social gatherings.”

Latest News, July 2020

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > GP de Monaco – Past, Future and Present in 2021

Having announced the cancellation of the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique for 2020, it was initially envisaged to wait until it’s natural date in 2022 for it to run again.  This was largely due to the E-Grand Prix, run in alternate years in the May slot occupied in even numbered years by the Historique.  However, by popular demand, the ACM has decided to run three Grands Prix next year, the Historique, which will take place on the earlier date of 23-25 April, the E-Prix on 8 May, and the F1 Grand Prix on 20-23 May, making a month of motor sport in the Principality, representing the past, future and present.   It is envisaged that the Historique will then go back to its formula of alternate years, which means a special treat for historic racers, as it will also run on 13-15 May 2022.

“To organise three races in the space of one month will be a premiere for us all at the ACM,” commented Christian Tornatore, the General Commissioner of the Automobile Club de Monaco.  “The logistical side promises to be complex, but not impossible to manage! Because of the new constraints, we shall need to start setting up the track earlier than usual, at the end of February, instead of mid-March.”

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > GP de Monaco – Past, Future and Present in 2021

Latest News, July 2020

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > The Scandinavian Calendar

Bengt-Åce Gustavsson fills us in on how the Scandinavian season is shaping up…

Historic Racing in Sweden:

All racing in Sweden was banned during April, May and June.  Now we are hoping that we can start racing in July, but we don´t know for sure.  I´ll give you the calendar as it looks today:  The opening round at Kinnekulle should have been raced in the middle of May, but is now moved to 5-6 September.  The biggest race, Velodromloppet GP in Karlskoga, is moved to 9-11 October.  Svenskt Sportvagnsmeeting at Ring Knutstorp is now postponed to next year.  Our best hope is that the race meeting at Mantorp on 21-23 August will take place as scheduled, along with Falkenberg on 18-20 September.

Latest News, July 2020

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > News from the UK.......

Goodwood Cancelled

As we went to press with our July issue, news came from Goodwood that both the Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival meetings have been cancelled for this year.  Lord March and his team held out for as long as possible in the hopes of staging both events later in the year, but it is just not possible for these events, which rely on the presence of large numbers of spectators and sponsors, to go ahead under current restrictions.

Behind Closed Doors

Dependant as it is on the public to come in large numbers, the mega Silverstone Classic was cancelled for this year and, with the strange quarantine rules in place in the UK, club racing will no doubt be the beneficiary, as the clubs can run without spectators for the benefit of their members.  For the moment, sporting events, including motor sports, must be run ‘behind closed doors’, which is to say without spectators and with a limited number of people in each team.

Latest News, July 2020

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > The Portuguese Season

Portugal is one of the least hard hit countries by COVID 19. Authorities there closed borders and locked down early, and now Portugal is enjoying the fruits of such prudent management with a pretty full schedule of racing for the rest of the season. They also have the advantage of good weather in the south late into the year. New on the calendar is a meeting organised at the last minute at the Algarve circuit, where the Portuguese Championships, Iberian Endurance, Group 1 Portugal and remaining championships plus Caterhams and Kia Trophy will run. Calendars for the two main historic championships are as follows:

Latest News, July 2020

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > Making up for Lost (Track) Time

After two months of only being able to report  postponements and cancellations, we are very pleased to have received news from the V de V organisation that the Deux Tours d’Horloge, scheduled for 6-8 November at Paul Ricard is very much on!  The Deux Tours is the only 24-hour race reserved solely for historic cars.  Unlike some of its predecessors that ran in two 12-hour heats, this year the race will run continuously for 24 hours.  So, those who missed out early in the season can indulge themselves in many hours of racing, all in a single 24-hour day.

 

Latest News, July 2020

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > Green Light for French Championships

The undulating hills surrounding the Algarve circuit will once again be reverberating to the sound of well-tuned racing engines

The French “deconfinement” of the population will allow the 2020 season of the Historic Tour (the French Historic Circuits Championship) to start on 17-19 July on the circuit of Albi, at a race meeting originally scheduled to take place in April.  In accordance with other postponed dates already announced, the Championship will then continue at Dijon on 14-16 August and then Charade on 28-30 August. As in most countries, the autumn will prove crowded with race meetings at Nogaro and Val de Vienne on 11-13 and 25-27 September respectively, as well as HVM Racing non-championship meetings at Dijon (2-4 October) and the Bugatti Le Mans Circuit on 16-17 October.

Latest News, April 2020

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > Hat-Trick at Spa

Roadbook organisation, which each year brings you the Spa Summer Classic and the Spa Six Hours meeting, is making it a hat-trick with a new, third meeting at the Francorchamps circuit, on 10-11 October this year.

HMR Holland will bring a full grid of monopostos for two races

For many years now, the other two meetings have been full to capacity, with many grid organisers being turned away due to lack of sufficient slots on the timetable.  The Spa Hat Trick meeting, much like the Spa Summer Classic in its early days - before it became a meeting in its own right with its own character - will initially welcome the overflow from the other two meetings, but will no doubt take on a shape and character of its own in future years.

Latest News, April 2020

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > NNKHTGT Goes International

The hitherto Dutch Championship series for Pre-‘66 touring and GT cars, NKHTGT, has this year taken the step to register as an FIA International Series to better reflect the international nature of the series, both in terms of circuits visited (this year in Holland, France, Germany and Belgium) and also in the international make up of the participants. The series has always been for Appendix K cars, but for 2020 drivers will need HTPs and international race licences. Now entering its 24th year – yes it’s been around for a long time - the ethos of this series is no frills, and the aim is to provide economical racing for the greatest number of participants. Thanks to sponsors Nolte Küchen, Gamma and HP Tyres, they are able to offer a season package of six races for only €3150, and individual races cost €795. Grids are generally full. See rThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info, or contact Egbert at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for entries.

NKHTGT grids are full and diverse

Latest News, April 2020

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > New Series for Group A

One of the most memorable eras of motor racing was the first five years of Group A.  The European Championship was healthy and the national series were rising.  In the big class Rover, Holden, Jaguar, BMW, Ford and the old Volvos battled it out, and there was close racing in the 1600 and 2500cc classes as well.  Nowadays, these cars are racing with the much faster FIA J2 cars, like Cosworth Sierra and BMW M3 and sometimes even with the Super Tourers of the late ‘90s.

Latest News, April 2020

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > Historic Formula 1 at the French Grand Prix

Belgian suppliers and dealers of Formula One cars, Officina Caira, has organised for historic F1s to run demos at Paul Ricard on the weekend of the French Grand Prix on 26-28 June.  For €1500 drivers will get a space for their car in the historic paddock, four driving sessions, One F1 paddock pass and two breakfasts, lunches and dinners daily over four days. They are looking for GP cars of any era, from 1950 to 2010.  See officinacaira.com or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > Historic Formula 1 at the French Grand Prix

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