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The Rallye des Princesses Richard Mille
The women-only Rallye des Princesses Richard Mille will see its first 100% Peter Auto-run edition this year on 3-8 June and comprise a 1,500km route chosen to test the crews while showing them areas of exceptional natural and cultural beauty and significance.
FIA Historic Rally Calendar
The FIA World Motor Sport Council has approved the 2023 calendar for the FIA European Historic Rally Championship, which will include nine rounds this year (see the calendar section this issue). In a schedule that will see events in eight different countries, a second gravel rally has been added to…
Changes for the Cento Ore
After much consideration, Luigi Orlandini and his team at Canossa Eventshave decided that the Modena Cento Ore will in future run in the autumn, a cooler time of year than the previous June date and they have announced that it will run this year from 9-14 October.
FIA Historic Regularity Champions Crowned – Ostbelgien Classic 2022
Ultimate proof of the popularity of the Ostbelgien Classic is that even the snow invited itself to the party in Eupen on the first day marked by a short but intense stage, acting as a perfect warm-up for the final of the FIA Trophy for Historic Regularity Rallies, on 2 December. And it was the well-known orange Porsche 911 of Yves Deflandre, fresh from his Ypres Historic victory, this time assisted by Jennifer Hugo, that was the initial leader of the event after the first two tests and a run on the Circuit of Spa-Francorchamps.
Ypres Historic Rally
By running the Ypres Historic Rally and Ypres Historic Regularity simultaneously, the organisers have succeeded in turning what could have been a poor substitute into a magnificent end to the season. Jurriaan Tas reports…
Silver Fern Rally of New Zealand 2022
Winner of the St Mary’s Trophy race at the Goodwood Revival, multiple class winner at Rally GB, Brabham and McLaren Formula One team insider, BBC Television’s Formula One pit lane commentator and more, Tony Jardine has an impressively diverse motor sport CV. He has also been a rally driver for over 40 years, competing in 26 WRC RAC rallies.
Classic Sebring 12 Hours – HSR Props & Pistons
Now owned by the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA), Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) was formed in the mid-1970s with one goal: to celebrate the race cars of the past. Amongst the many meetings now organised by HSR is the annual Props & Pistons meeting at Sebring that, running from Wednesday to Sunday, brings a packed schedule of racing that features the 12 Hours of Sebring tribute race and includes a Friday “fly-in” and weekend display of military and civilian aircraft from the last half century.
Gulf Historic Dubai GP Revival
While most of us settled down as the winter closed in, the Gulf Historic Dubai GP Revival returned to the Dubai Autodrome for the second year on 25-27 November, showcasing F1 cars of the ‘70s through to the ‘90s and GT, sports and prototypes of the ‘80s and 2000s, with numerous motorsport legends racing and/or giving demos on track. Amongst these were Alain Prost, Mark Webber, Stefan Johansson, Timo Bernhard, Thierry Boutsen, Stanley Dickens and Marco Werner, enjoying the 35-degree sunshine.
Goodwood 2023 Dates
The Goodwood Festival of Speed will take place on 13-16 July next year and the Revival Meeting will run on 8-10 September. As previously announced, the 80th Members’ Meeting has also been confirmed for 15-16 April. Goodwood will be celebrating, amongst other things, 75 years since the circuit opened in 1948 and 25 years since the first Revival Meeting.
Alain De Cadenet Memorial Service
A Service of Thanksgiving for Alain de Cadenet will be held on Thursday November 24th, 2022 at 10:30am at the London Oratory, Brompton Road, London SW72RP. His family asks that you contact Mrs. Jane Staley by November 1st, 2022 by emailing Jane.Staley@jcb.com if you would like to attend this service.
Group 1 Touring Cars at the Autumn Classic
Automobiles Historiques ran the inaugural race for Group 1 Touring Cars at Castle Combe in September. Announced earlier in the year, and focused on the cars of the British Saloon Car Championship of the pre-1983 era, the Castle Combe race carried the Vince Woodman Trophy title in memory of the local hero who won 12 races in the era, driving Equipe Esso Ford Capris.
FIA Historic European Hillclimb Championship
Italians are very keen hillclimbers both in historic and modern cars, with a thriving national championship, so it is not surprising that they also excel on the international field. The 2022 FIA Historic European Hillclimb Championship came to end with the final round at Buzetski Dani in Hungary in mid-September and after five rounds, Italy went away with the Nations Cup thanks to the three Italians who topped their categories.
Grand Prix De France Historique
Once upon a time the annual Easter race meeting at Paul Ricard signalled the start of the historic racing season in Europe. It was a time of green shoots, budding mimosa and, for many, the first sight of real sunshine and sea after the long winter. It was a time to meet friends again after months of absence, and it always drew big grids and competitors from all over the continent.
Historic Lotus returns to Goodwood – Marçais’ Madgwick Magic
The Lotus-Bristol Mk10 in which 19 year-old Oliver Marçais finished third in the Madgwick Cup race at the Goodwood Revival, placed 12th overall (second in class) in the 1955 Goodwood Nine Hours as #25 with Cliff Davis and Reg Bicknell (of Revis 500 fame) driving. Racing is in Marçais’ genes, through parents Flavien and Vanessa, but his experience of the Lotus amounted to “15 minutes up and down the A41” prior to driving the circuit for the very first time in practice.
Success for New Lime Rock Consortium
As the track celebrated its 65th year of operation in 2022, Lime Rock Park experienced its best season in recent history this year. With a new group of investors taking ownership in the spring of 2021, the Connecticut motoring and event facility has been going full speed ever since. Under the leadership of its new investment group (Lime Rock Group, LLC), the circuit has seen a concentrated effort to upgrade the visitor experience that included upgraded catering, as well as a rebranding and continued growth of sponsorship development.
Autumn Motorsport Day, Brooklands
Held in beautiful October weather, the Brooklands Museum staged its annual Autumn Motorsport day mid-month and attracted a large crowd to the historic site in Surrey, reports John Whiteman. An Autotest was held on the Finishing Straight and there were runs on the Test Hill, but the main action took place on the adjacent Mercedes-Benz test track and skid-pan.
A collection of Ferrari-inspired original artworks created by historic racer and international rock star musician Chris Rea are being offered at auction by Anglia Car Auctions (ACA). The 68 dramatic pieces, offered on Rea’s instructions, are part of a unique collection entitled ‘La Passione’, themed around Ferrari and the Cavallino Rampante. For details visit www.angliacarauctions.co.uk.
Tour Auto – Return to the Riviera
With a different route each year, Peter Auto has announced that the 32nd Tour Auto will finish on the French Riviera. After the exhibition of the cars at the Grand Palais Ephémère in Paris, crews will hit the road on a 2,000km journey for a finish in Cannes, a popular destination that the Tour Auto, last visited in 2016.
MC Piston – Rally and Picos Tour 2022
Many regular competitors in the classic motorcycle Moto Giro D’Italia (see our Oct 2022) also choose to take part in the MC Piston rally based in Cantabria Spain, this year run on the 18-25 September. It was the 35th anniversary for this pre-1980 bike event which has continued to grow in popularity, now with over 400 entrants and pleased to welcome more women riders this time than ever before.
Chantilly Arts et Élégance
Arriving on the international concours scene at the highest level in 2014, the Chantilly Arts et Elegance Richard Mille has continued to progress both in terms of spectator attendance and the richness and rarity of the cars entered for the various concours. This year, 20,000 spectators were seduced by nine cars in competition for the Concours d’Élégance and by the almost 100 cars that came from all over the world for the Concours d’État, Amongst the most beautiful cars in the world, they were all contenders for victory in their respective classes and for one of the two supreme Best of Show titles awarded according to their age.