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The Masters have been expanding into America for some years now, but this year marks a further push, with a new Masters-run meeting at Laguna Seca on 15-16 May, and a new series, Formula Atlantic Plus, for Formula Atlantic, Formula Super Vee and Formula 2 cars from the pre-1986 era.   Having already run some of their US grids at Sebring in March, in all, they are offering their US drivers the opportunity to race at nine different race meetings this year, four of them in collaboration with David Hinton and the HSR organisation, with whom they enjoy ever-closer ties.

The continued uncertainty due to COVID, has resulted in the postponement of the Bosch Hockenheim Historic race meeting, originally scheduled for 7-9 May, and now with a provisional date of 27-29 August.  With Formula Junior, HSCC Formula 2, the HGPCA historic Grand Prix cars, Youngtimers and the first Group C race of the season amongst the races on the programme, the meeting promised a lot of variety and quality on the grids.  Sadly, the HGPCA cannot fit the new date into its crowded calendar, but it is hoped that all the other  grids will be present on the new date.

The Group C race, organised by Zoe Copas, is to be known as the Group C Super Cup, and drivers have shown a high level of interest in what for many will be their first outing since 2019.  The last time these cars raced at Hockenheim was in the 1000kms WEC race in July of 1985.  With encouragement from sponsors, more Super Cup races for next season are being planned. 

In addition to the more regular Group C teams, there will be a meeting of old friends who raced these cars back in 1985.   Amongst the special guest drivers will be Frank Jelinski, Stanley Dickens and John Graham, who raced in the 1985 Le Mans 24hrs, with Frank and John driving the C2 Labatt Gebhardt JC853 and Stanley the C2 Strandell 85.  Frank had been a regular driver of Gebhardt cars since 1984 and for the 1985 1000kms  at Spa, all three shared the Team Labatt Gebhardt JC853, coming in 12th overall.  The trio will be reunited with their period Gebhardt cars for the first time since 1987.  For entry information see www.groupcsupercup.com.

Hanging over all of this, and the rest of the racing and rally season, are the continuing changes in travel restrictions from county to country.  Hopefully by August all of these will have been lifted

First run tentatively for 100 minutes in 2015, then as a full three-hour race in 2016, the Spa 3 Hours has become a popular tradition at the Spa Summer Classic race meeting in the long, languid days of June, this year on 26-27.  A collaboration between Summer Classic and Spa Six Hours organiser, Vincent Collard, Diogo Ferrao of Iberian Endurance, and the Classic Sports Car Club, it has grown in popularity and now fields full grids, which means over 75 on the big Spa circuit.  For Appendix K touring and GT/GTS cars up to 1976, there is also a class for pre-‘66 under-two-litre prototypes.  If you want to enter, don’t wait too long. 

The Spa Summer Classic is also a race meeting for many of the clubs, not only from Belgium, but also from the UK and Europe that usually only run nationally, but look forward to a once-a-year outing to the fabulous Francorchamps circuit.   Amongst these will be the Classic Sports Car Club from the UK, the Colmore YTCC from the Netherlands, joining the Belgian Belcar Historic & Youngtimer Cup.  A full programme of races and entry forms will be published soon at spasummerclassic.com.

The 30th Anniversary of the huge summer festival at Silverstone - postponed from last year – has added a pair of pre-1966 Mini races to its one-make line-up, not only to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the diminutive Alex Issigonis’ designed car, but as part of its 30th Anniversary Greatest Hits’ celebration.  Minis were last offered a dedicated race, which met with huge success, at Silverstone in 2019.  Organisers of the Classic, set to take place at the end of July, have already announced a one-make celebration race for the 60th anniversary of the E-type Jaguar (see our January/February issue) on its busy schedule.

After nine enthusiastic seasons, Alfa Revival Cup organisers have announced the calendar for 2021.  “We have tried really hard to put together a calendar and have managed to finalise what until few weeks ago seemed impossible,” said series organiser, Tommaso Gelmini.   Traditionally run in close collaboration with Gruppo Peroni Race, which has hosted many of the Alfa Revival races from the beginning, early season events in Italy are already being postponed, and the decision has been taken to start as late as possible, with the first race at Monza on 29-30 May.  This will be followed by race at Misano on 19-20 June and Vallelunga in mid-July.   After the summer break, the Alfa Romeo drivers will gather again on September 11-12 in the newly renovated and extended circuit of Adria, while the fifth and final round of the series will again be at Monza on October 2-3.  For Alfa Romeos up to 1981, the regulations will remain unchanged.   There will be a test day in April at the newly-extended Varano de’ Melegari circuit where all confirmed Monza entrants will be invited. 

See www.alfarevivalcup.it for more details.

See the Historic Motor Racing News website for a full calendar of this and other European racing series.

With all the optimism in the air surrounding the prospects for the 2021 racing season, for some the nightmare is  already beginning.  The Peter Auto Dix Mille Tours meeting, which was to take place at Paul Ricard on 26-28 March has now had to be postponed until later in the year.  This has been a big blow, not just to Peter Auto, but to other organisers who have races scheduled in the early part of the year and who are also considering their options.  This affects mostly the organisers of big events that rely on the paying public for their revenue, and to those, like Peter Auto, who attract international teams, many of whom are living under travel restrictions.  It also affects the whole ambiance  for organiswrs like Peter,  who make hospitality and conviviality an integral part of the offer to competitors.

Thundersports

Revived by the UK’s Historic Sports Car Club  in 2019, the HSCC Thundersports series’ highlights in 2021 will be two events on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit; for the HSCC’s own International Trophy meeting; and for Classic Silverstone, as well as races on the Brands Hatch GP track, at Donington Park and the Spa Six Hours meeting.

The series is open to cars of the type that raced in the World Championship, FIA GT Championship and FIA 2 Litre Sports Car Championship up to 1981, along with Can-Am cars from the 1970s.  Just as in period, Sports 2000s are an important part of the series with a dedicated class covering all Ford Pinto-engined cars up to 1990, while there is an invitation class for other appropriate cars.

A particular emphasis for 2021 is being placed on attracting more GT cars to join the sports-prototypes and the Club is putting out an invitation for American cars from the Trans-Am and IMSA GT classes of the period to join the grid along with a wide range of Group 4 and Group 5 GT cars. 

The series has very strong links to HSCC heritage as it draws close parallels to the Atlantic Computers Historic GT Championship run by the Club from 1982 to 1990. 

Andy Dee-Crowne, CEO of the HSCC, said: “As well as our regular competitors we’re keen to welcome UK teams and drivers who usually race in Europe.  With the twin challenges of international travel during the on-going pandemic and the issue of carnets for those taking race cars out of the UK, we can offer drivers some great UK races at leading events.  We’re looking at the race format to see if we can add one or two longer pit-stop races to the mix alongside our usual format of two 30-minute races.” 

 

Photo Jason Ingold

Appendix K Cars for Road Sports

With more people racing closer to home last year due to travel and other restrictions, the trend looks set to continue for the coming season.  The HSCC’s Historic Road Sports series for production sports and GT cars up to 1969 is a case in point, with entries up by 25% in 2020.  Keen to attract even more competitors, the Club has extended an invitation to Appendix K under two-litre cars to join the championship.  These will include MGBs, Triumph TR4s, Morgans, TVR Granturas and 2-litre Porsche 911s.  Cars that conform to Appendix K but do not have current papers will also be welcome.  Over 3-litre cars running to existing Historic Road Sports regulations will remain an integral part of the championship.

To recognise the FIA specification cars, the championship’s annual David Barraclough Trophy for the ‘spirit of the series’ will be presented for the best performance in an Appendix K car in 2021.  The prestigious Porsche Challenge Trophy will again go to the best performer in a Porsche.

'80s Production Cars 

The HSCC has also confirmed a four-race schedule for its new 1980s Production Car Challenge, a perfect entry-level race series for production touring, sports and GT cars from the 1980s.  The highlight of the programme will be a chance to race on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit.

The series is open to cars with standard bodyshells and only minor modifications to engines and suspension.  It is not open to Caterhams or homologation specials for competition.  Cars will be split into classes based on engine size, with a separate class for turbocharged cars, and all will race on treaded tyres.

Although 2020 plans were impacted by the pandemic, a pilot 1980s Production Car race was held at Cadwell Park last September, with cars ranging from an Audi Quattro to a Vauxhall Nova. 

See hscc.org.uk for details.

Moving Racing Cars Between Europe and the UK

 

We asked expert James Walker, General Manager of CARS (Classic Automotive Relocation Services), to give us an update on the transport of racing cars in and out of Europe after Brexit.

Transporting your car around Europe used to be straightforward under the long-established provision of freedom of movement of vehicles across the UK border and into Europe.  Since the UK exited the EU, it is necessary to consider how your car will be temporarily imported into Europe and what new driving regulations you will need to follow.  Likewise, those planning to bring their racing car into the UK must consider the new requirements.

The UK’s new relationship with the EU is a changing situation, with import and export arrangements still being straightened out and the various EU customs authorities considering how their new relationship with the UK is going to work (unfortunately customs rules are not harmonised across EU states), and vice versa.

The following are some simple answers to those questions commonly being posed by those that tow their own race cars to Europe on their own trailer.  The rules regarding the permanent export of cars are a completely different matter.

Is my Driving Licence Still Valid?

Your UK Driving Licence is valid in all EU countries, as well as Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.  You will require an IDP (International Driving Permit) to drive in Monaco (as well as many non-EU countries).  You can apply for an IDP at main UK Post Offices.  EU driving licences will be valid in the UK.

Do I need to register my Trailer?

Trailers plated to carry under 3500kg will not need to be registered.  Trailers plated to carry 3500kg or more (or trailers carrying over 750kg on a commercial basis) will need to be registered before you can drive them through most European countries (including France).  Registered trailers must display their own registration plate (separate from the vehicle towing them).  Information on how to register your trailer can be found on the GOV.UK website.   All trailers must be properly insured to be towed on the road in Europe.

Most European countries already require trailers to be registered separately, so there should be no issue for continentals visiting the UK.

Will I require a Green Card?

You will need to carry a Green Card, obtainable from your insurer,  for your trailer, your tow vehicle, and any registered vehicles being carried in your trailer.   You should carry registration documents for all vehicles and also your trailer registration (if applicable).

Will I require an ATA Carnet to take my race car into Europe or the UK?

An ATA Carnet is an international customs document that permits the tax-free and duty-free temporary export and import of non-perishable goods for up to one year.  UK road registered race cars will not require an ATA Carnet when going to Europe (you only need to carry a copy of your UK registration document and a Green Card).  However, it may be necessary to carry a separate list of any spare parts that you are carrying.

Non-registered vehicles will require an ATA Carnet.  You will also need to list any spare parts that you are carrying on your ATA Carnet (you are not required to list consumables on an ATA Carnet). 

An EU road registered vehicle being transported on a trailer will require a C110 form to enter the UK   This is available to fill out online at Gov.UK.  At time of writing we do not know whether a formal customs entry will be required.

All vehicles, whether they are registered or not, being transported by a third party (such as your race team) or a commercial operator will require an ATA Carnet (as well as a Green Card).

The information listed above is provided to the best of our knowledge.  These rules could have easily changed by the time you read this.  It has not been possible to test these practices since the UK’s departure from the EU, as the current COVID-19 pandemic has stopped the general public from transporting their race cars to the continent on a trailer. 

We strongly advise that you seek the most up-to-date advice before transporting your car.  We understand that there is a strong possibility that the EU will insist on all race cars being temporarily imported under an ATA Carnet (regardless of whether they are road registered) but this is yet to be confirmed. 

You can of course enlist the services of a reputable vehicle transport company to take the hassle for you!  I am of course more than happy to recommend the services of CARS (Classic Automotive Relocation Services).  CARS have formed a partnership with the Bristol Chamber of Commerce and are able to issue ATA Carnets on their behalf.  Contact Sukie Duhaney (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for further information.  With over 30 years of experience, CARS are ideally placed to solve your European transport needs - for further information please visit www.carseurope.net.

The Historic Sports Car Club has devised an outstanding 12-race (six race weekends) calendar for its 2021 Historic Formula 2 International Series, with highlights to be prime slots at three of Europe’s biggest historic racing festivals: The Historic Grand Prix de France at Paul Ricard, the Zandvoort Historic Grand Prix and, after the 2019 event was marked by a record field of more than 50 Formula 2 cars, the Silverstone Classic (see our calendar section this issue). Historic F2 was declared ‘race series of the year’ in the 2020 Royal Automobile Club Historic Awards. According to Championship Chairman Roger Bevan, “The signs are clear that the tremendous momentum gathered in 2019 will readily carry forward into 2021.”

The Championship is open to cars built to period regulations for Formula 2, Formula Atlantic and Formula B, starting from 1967 and running right through to the end of the 1978 season. Later cars, designed to employ ground effect technology, are not permitted. See hscc.org.uk for full regulations.

Karin Kölzer and Stefan Eckhardt, organisers of the German-based Youngtimer Trophy for cars from homologation years 1966-1991, have presented an eight-event calendar for 2021 that spans three countries for its 29th season. Races include a three-hour support race on the world’s most demanding racetrack, the Nürburgring Nordschleife, where the Youngtimers will be on the racecard of the ADAC 24h race.

For 2021 most races are of an hour’s duration, but the visit to the Nürburgring GP track will be run in two 30-minute heats with combined results. Such is the demand for places on the grid, cars will run in two race groups. From the small displacement cars such as NSU TT, VW Polo and Audi 50; to the stars of the 1970s like Opel Kadett C Coupe or Ford Escort; to the most recent vehicles, such as BMW M3 or Mercedes 190E, models that were successful in the DTM; or Group 5 Porsches that are regularly seen on the podium, the Youngtimer Trophy hosts a huge variety of machinery. See
www.youngtimertrophy.de for details.

Youngtimer Trophy, Provisional Calendar 2021

April 16-18, Hockenheim

May 21-23, Nürburgring GP

June 03-06, Nürburgring Nordschleife

July 16-18, Spa Francorchamps

August 27-29, Assen

September 17-19, Nürburgring Nordschleife