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Contents October Issue:  Latest News - Bits & Pieces - Rally News - Tour Auto - Rally Asturias - Scottish Malts - VSCC Mallory Park - Seven Questions with Jean Ragnotti - Monterey Motorsport Reunion - Oulton Park Gold Cup - French Championships, Historic Tour Val de Vienne - Hockenheim Historic - Vallelunga Classic - Goodwood Revival (four pages form Marcus Pye) - Limonest Hillclimb

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Cancelled this year and replaced by a ‘balade’ of classic cars from the general public running over the stages without timing, the Boucles @ Bastogne has set the date of 5-6 February for the 2022 edition, avoiding a clash with the Monte Carlo Historique, which takes place the week before and the Neige et Glace, which takes place a week later. 

Such was the success of this year’s Balade des Legend Boucles Bastogne, that it too will run again next year, though no date has yet been given.

The 24th edition of the Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique will mark the return of concentration legs on 27 January-2 February, with three cities on the starting list:  Bad Homburg, Milano and Reims.  After a COVID hiatus, this move was made by the Organising Committee of the ACM, who want to once again welcome crews from all over Europe.   A record number of 17 regularity stages (SR) on the roads and passes that have written the history of ‘the Monte’ are on the menu.   One of the most, if not the most, popular event in winter rallying, entries close on November 8 and can be made on the ACM web site, at https://acm.mc.

With winter fast approaching its time to think about which winter event you will be entering for early next year.  The 34th Winter Marathon has just opened its entry list for the three-day event based in the ski resort of Madonna di Campiglio in the Italian Dolomites.  This event is unique in that it includes a race on the frozen lake in the town.  It runs next year on 20-23 January.

Photo Pierpaolo Romano

Organisers have announced a new, 500km route in the Trentino-Alto Adige and Dolomites, with 65 tests and regularities, starting on Thursday night, with a full day of rallying on Saturday and ice racing on Sunday.  For cars up to 1968, with some exceptions by special request for cars up to ’76, this event has remained a favourite for many drivers of pre-war cars.  There are discounts for those who enter early.  See www.wintermarathon.it for entries.

Rally de Asturias Histórico

‘Zippo’ and Piceno take Spain by storm

The Rally de Asturias Histórico was the first of two 2021 FIA European Historic Rally Championship rounds to be held on the Iberian Peninsula, with the Rally Costa Brava scheduled for November.  A small contingent of FIA drivers made the effort to come to northern Spain on 2-4 September to race amongst the Spanish Championship contenders, hoping to collect valuable EHRC points.  Amongst these were eventual overall winners ‘Zippo’ and Denis Piceno, driving an Audi Quattro, who increased their Category 3 Championship lead to give them a 40-point advantage going in to the last three rounds.

Juan Antonio Pruneda

A dry day in Asturias saw the pair ahead by 8.1 seconds at the end of the first leg of the two-day event, taking fastest time on three of the five stages from the Ford Escort of Jesus Ferreiro and Javier Anido, also competing in Category 3.  Third in the Category Tim and Steve Jones were making a welcome comeback to the EHRC aboard their Chrysler Sunbeam.

Overnight leaders in Category 2 were Ernie and Karen Graham in their Ford Escort RS1800, who finished the day fourth overall.   The pair came to Spain with a slim 4-point Category lead to the Porsche 911 Carrera RS of Paolo Pasutti and Giovanni Campeis, who led for the first three stages until mechanical issues dropped the Italians down the order, to the benefit of Ford Escort MK1 drivers, James Potter and Michael Johnston.  The Graham’s task was also made easier by the retirement of the VW 1300S of James Calvert and James O’Brien, who went out on stage 1 with a broken crankshaft.

 Championship leaders ‘Zippo’ and Denis Piceno

The Ford Sierra RS Cosworth 4x4 of Daniel Alonso and Adrian Perez headed Category 4, but finished with a blown turbo and subsequent power loss in their Ford Sierra, but still ahead of Antonio Sainz and David De La Puente in a Subaru Legacy 2.0 Turbo 4WD on their 2021 EHRC debut, the pair finishing the day in fifth place overall suffering their own throttle and power issues.

Seven more stages awaited the crews on day 2, which also dawned hot and dry, with the leading Italian duo taking the fastest time on five of them to finish 24 seconds ahead of Jesus Ferreiro and Javier Anido.  In so doing ‘Zippo’ and Piceno took their fifth Category 3 victory of the 2021 FIA season and their third overall win.  The Chrysler Sunbeam of Tim and Steve Jones finished in eighth place overall and third in Category 3, the British crew finishing the day a full 25 minutes behind the winning Audi Quattro.

In Category 4, though still down on power, Daniel Alonso and Adrian Perez kept going to win the Category and take third place overall, having fended off a determined challenge from Sainz and De La Puente, who had gained some 75 seconds on the leaders during the day, but not enough to steal the lead.  In fact, the Sierra reached the finish line for Alonso to claim a home victory, but the Cosworth engine gave up as it was driven to the scrutineering bay!

 Rally headquarters were in the charming town of Pravia

The overnight Category 2 leaders held on to take their second Category victory of the 2021 season, but behind Ernie and Karen Graham, Pasutti was on a mission, coming back from the back of the field in his repaired Porsche to move ahead of the Potter/Johnston Escort and finish second in class, the gap to the leaders proving just too big to bridge by the end of the day. There were no FIA Category 1 contenders.

A full grid in all the categories is expected at the following round in Italy, when the Rally Elba Storico takes place as we go to press on 23-25 September.

The return of the Cobras

For the second year running, the Tour Auto Optic 2000 was postponed to September, which ultimately aligns more closely with its history, as in times past it took place in late summer/early autumn.  In addition, to celebrate its 30th anniversary, the event finished in Nice, as it did in the 1970s when it was relaunched by the Automobile Club de Nice.  

After seven years of domination by Jaguar E-types and Lotus Elans, without forgetting the victory of a Ford GT40 in 2017, the event was won by a Shelby Cobra for the first time since 2014, in the hands of Christophe Van Riet and Eric Werner.  Jean-Marie Biadatti reports....

PhotoClassicRacing.com

One of the big changes was the location of the technical and administrative checks.  Due to work at the usual venue of the Grand Palais, the competitors found themselves on the Champs de Mars a stone’s throw from the Eiffel Tower in a temporary structure, the Grand Palais Ephémère, which took on the appearance of the Grand Palace, but without the glass roof and a little smaller.  In view of this, the organiser - Peter Auto - had planned to limit the number of participants to 200 crews, but in the end, 218 crews took the start, 124 in competitions and 94 in regularity.  There is no doubt that without the health crisis, the event would have returned to its usual number of entries, unlike last year.

After mishaps involving most of the leading Jaguars, the Cobras were left to do battle with the Ford GT 40 of Didier Sirgue

Despite the absence of some British competitors, the field in VHC competition looked great, with the Jaguar E-type of triple (including last year) winners Raphaël Favaro and Lucien-Charles Nicolet, as well as that of Jean-Pierre Lajournade, also a three-time winner.   Sébastien Berchon, who shone last year behind the wheel of his Austin Healey by finishing fourth overall, was also present, this time in an E-type.  On the Cobra side were Ludovic Caron, with 20 participations, two victories and seven podiums under his belt; Damien Kohler, third last year in his first appearance; and the Belgian Christophe Van Riet, partnered by Frenchman Eric Werner, at the wheel of a Cobra prepared in his Gipimotor workshops that we saw for the first time winning the Spa 3 Hours last June.  A Ford GT 40 was also present in the hands of Didier Sirgue, owner of the Albi circuit.

Seeing, and hearing, the V-12 Matra MS650 of Mr John of B on the Fench country roads is not an experience that will be forgotten soon

Only the cars in the VHC (pre-‘66) field can claim the final victory, but the other attraction of the competition fields was the Matra MS650 of Mr John of B/Sibel entered in the Period G class.  This model, initially intended for endurance races, won the Tour de France Automobile in 1970 and 1971 equipped with Beltoise’s V12 in 1970.  Seeing, and above all hearing, this recreation, built by Matra specialist EPAF, on the back roads of France was a unique experience that its crew and the spectators present on the roadsides will not soon forget.

For a full report see our October 2021 issue

 

After the events of 2020 brought racing and many historic car events to a standstill, Car Week in Monterey was officially back for 2021 and with it, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Car Week’s two cornerstones.  Many of the usual small and large shows were not held.  However, the important ones, on Tuesday Cars On The Avenue in Carmel-By-The-Sea, on Wednesday McCall Motorsport Revival at the Jet Center, on Friday The Quail A Motorsports Gathering,  plus Concours Italiano, Porsche Werks, Little Car Show, and many other significant events were back on the menu.

Monterey Motorsports Reunion - Good to be Back

Celac Colvert Reports From Victory Lane Magazine

Saturday started as a foggy and damp day, though that did not deter the confident racers at the Laguna Seca circuit.  As the fog started to lift, each qualifying race and feature race had its close battles, excellent passes, and above all else, the drivers’ respect for each other and the machinery as they entertained the many fans. 

Photo Jim Rose/Rolex

The Featured Marque this year was not a marque but a category celebrating Ford in Trans-Am and the 55th Anniversary of the Pony Car Wars and there were many on the Group 6A grid for 1966-1985 1996-1972 Trans-Am cars as 36 thunderous racers headed into Andretti Hairpin for the final feature race of Saturday. The Boss Mustang 302s of Jim Farley and Ken Adams were going head-to-head out front until Farley faltered and Adams went on to win the race.  Patrick Byrne (Shelby Trans AM Mustang) and Ken Epsman (Plymouth Barracuda) took second and third.

Also on Saturday was the Group 3A for 973-1981 FIA, IMSA, GT, GTX, AAGT, GTU race, always much anticipated, with big-name drivers such as Cameron Healy, Adam Carolla, Bruce Canepa, and Zak Brown taking to the track.  With the Porsche marque dominating, it wasn’t unexpected to see most of them at the front.  Charles Nearburg in the Porsche 935K3 maintained his first place start ahead of Timothy Pappas in his Porsche 934.5, busy keeping high-flying Ken Epsman, in the “Porsche Killer” 1976 Dekon Monza, at bay.  While Nearburg was never really challenged at the front, behind him there was a great three-way battle between Carlos de Quesada (Porsche 935K3), Pappas, and Epsman.  Patrick Long, in his older 3.5-litre Porsche 911, kept contact and eventually made a spectacular effort to displace Tom McGlynn’s Porsche 934 for sixth place, the pair going into Turn 11 wheel-to-wheel.

Steve Schmidt and Zak Brown in Porsche 935s - Brown retired from the race.  Photo Kurt Borden

The final race result was Nearburg, Pappas, and Carlos de Quesada – a testament to the power and competitiveness of the drivers, and of course the Porsche 934.5 and 935 chassis. 

Fantasy Junction’s, Spencer Trenery, vanquished all comers in the race for 1955-1961 sports racing cars in a Cooper Monaco.  Gregory Meyer in a Sadler, and Cameron Healy in the 1953 Cooper Porsche Pooper 1850, also entertained at the front of a big grid.  From the moment the flag dropped the three were swapping places and trying to out-drag each other out of (and into) the corners, to finally finish in that order.

Hard trier Lynn Park in his Cobra

After all the tribulations, another obstacle hit the event on Sunday morning, when the power was switched off on the whole Monterey Peninsula for several hours due to high winds and the danger of power lines coming down and igniting fires.  It served nicely as a demonstration that, despite the controversy of the recent past, the team at Laguna Seca was up to the challenge of staging a great event.  Schedules were tweaked, the morning races went on, albeit without timing, and, as always, the overcast lifted.  After all they’d been through, nothing much could dampen the spirits of fans, organisers or participants - everyone was just glad to be there.  

Amongst the highlights in Sunday afternoon’s Rolex feature races was the battle of the 26Rs in Group 2B for under 2.5-litre ‘60s GT cars.  The field was dominated by Porsches both in number and on the podium.  lan Benjamin and Alan Terpins, enjoying a clear pace advantage, took first and second places with a clean run from the front row.  The next three in the finishing order were locked into a tight dogfight.  Mike Malone’s Lotus Elan 26R was gridded on the second row alongside Randall Smalley’s 911 with the 26R of Victor Avila a row back.  The 26Rs both got away at the start with the Porsche giving chase and eventually getting by on lap four to initiate what would be a great battle to the finish.  Malone and Avila tenaciously gave chase with Malone making a nice pass after running wide into Turn 10.  Smalley countered by winning the drag race up past the start-finish only to get slightly out of shape through the hairpin, whereupon Malone slid past to take third.  Great stuff.

A small, but aesthetically pleasing and historically interesting grid of 1927-1951 racing cars lined up for Sunday afternoon’s third Rolex race, with Paddins Dowling leading in ERA R2A and Charles McCabe chasing in ERA R6B, the pair quickly running away from the rest of the field.   Nathanael Green resisted a challenge from James Cleary’s Studebaker to take third.  In the same race, the nimble Type 37 Bugatti of Luca Maciucescu caught and squeaked past Richard Morrison’s 1939 Lagonda V12 only to be caught and passed on the run up the hill.  This was a great battle, with each of the two drivers doing what he could to exploit his cars’ strengths.  Maciucescu was finally able to hold the position after a race-long duel.

Best of Show 2021 went to the 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Autobahn Kurier from the Keller collection

Spencer Trenery took another victory in Sunday’s Master Endurance Legends race, bringing his Riley Dp MkXI in at the head of an impressive field of the most modern hardware featured at the event.

Masters also staged an F1 race for their cars of the 1966-1985 era.  Charles Nearburg (Williams FW07) was finally able to break pond-hopping Greg Thornton’s (Lotus 91/5) run of wins in the series in a race in which position changes were rare and cars were spread out.  Cal Meeker finished third in his Tyrrell 009.

After missing 2020, this was a welcome event for Monterey and the historic racing community at large.

La Dolce Vita by Peter Auto

Report by Jean Marie Biadatti

The fourth meeting of the season after Dijon, Le Mans-Bugatti and Nogaro, the Italian track of Vallelunga near Rome welcomed the Peter Auto grids just a few days after the arrival of the Tour Auto in Nice. It should be noted that several teams, such as Equipe Europe, Gipimotor and Classic Garage managed to attend both events. In this difficult year, the Peter Auto team is striving to offer its supporters a full season of five meetings - the last one will be in Estoril in October - but some are on less prestigious circuits, which could help to explain why a lower number of cars than usual have been present this season.

This was still the case on Italian soil, but to a lesser extent than in Nogaro. The Endurance Racing Legends (ERL) was again grouped together with Group C Racing due to the low number of cars in the latter category. Indeed, the tortuous profile of the track at Vallelunga was not well suited to this type of car and there were no ERL prototypes either. Likewise, the 2.0L Cup cars were again grouped with the Sixties’ Endurance. On the other hand, Classic Endurance Racing (CER) found its two usual grids here. The Sixties’ Endurance and the Heritage Touring Cup races found a larger number of competitors with 46 and 36 cars respectively, and it was once again these two fields that produced the most intense racing. There were six Shelby Cobras among the first seven cars in Sixties’ qualifying, separated by 2.6 seconds. The race was won by Christophe Van Riet, fresh from his Tour Auto win.

Van Riet could also be found in the Heritage Touring Cup at the wheel of his powerful Ford Capri RS3100 where he found himself trailing Maxime Guenat, in a similar car, in qualifying and race.

There were Cobras galore in the Sixties’ Endurance race.  Photos PhototClassicRacing.com & Julien Hergault

As for Classic Endurance Racing 1, David and Olivier Hart dominated the field, both in qualifying and in the race in their Lola T70, but it should be noted that the under two litre prototypes made their mark on this twisty circuit, with Emmanuel Brigand’s Chevron B19 and Armand Mille’s Lola T212, which definitely shines this year, second and third respectively.

Jean-Luc Papaux and Jacques Sando in the Greatests’ Trophy race

With only 16 cars in the CER2 contest, there were still a few top drivers. Though Maxime Guenat took pole, he decided not to take part in the race because it preceded the Heritage Touring Cup race in the furnace of Sunday afternoon, he didn’t feel up to doing both and preferred to race his touring car. It was therefore Philippe Scemama and his beautiful Lola T600 that started on pole, ahead of Franck Morel’s TOJ SC206 for a front row in BP colours. The battle was good between these two cars during the first part of the race but unfortunately the Lola, which was in the lead at the time, never left the pits due to a starter and battery problem.

Ford Capris led the Heritage Touring Cup race, which was won by Maxime Guenat

With the Endurance Racing Legends running with Group C, it was natural to find the latter in the top spots, while the Bizzarrini 5300GTs could be found at the front of the Greatest’s Trophy field. For the first time since its inception, the Fifties Legends featured sparse ranks with just 12 cars at the start. Pierre Mellinger/Tommaso Gelmini took pole at the wheel of their Jaguar E-Type but were unable to capitalise due to a start-line driving error that plunged them down the order to last place on the first lap.

For a full report see out October 2021 issue..

Marcus Pye Reports

The wail of two-litre engines reverberated through the trees, traversed the tranquil lake and rent the air above rural Cheshire as the first standalone Formula 2 races at Oulton Park since 1972 highlighted the annual Gold Cup event, entertaining a large audience over the 28-29 August Bank Holiday weekend.  There were many twists and turns across the two-heat feature, the aggregate result deciding its outcome, mirroring many European Championship rounds of the later ‘70s, from which the majority of the entry was drawn.  When heat one winner Andy Smith’s hopes were dashed by engine failure in his March 742, Matthew Watts swept to victory on Monday in his works-liveried 782.

Smith secured pole in 1m34.055s (103.03mph) on the 2.69-mile circuit, finally bettering local ace Andy Meyrick’s 782 time of 2007 - the best anybody could find official records of - and won the first leg as he pleased in his ex-Gabriele Serblin car, motivated by a Ford BDG engine as opposed to its original BMW M12.  Before the pack, from a standing start, reached Old Hall corner in a crescendo of sound, Mark Dwyer (742-BDG) from P7 had burst past Callum Grant (ex-Don Breidenbach 1600cc March-BDA 79B) whereupon a brush of wheels with Rob Wheldon (from P4 in Keith Bisp’s ex-Alex Ribeiro 762-BMW) deflated tyres on both cars.  When Wheldon’s right front gave way as he turned-in to Clearways he tagged the barrier and red flags flew.

Matthew Watts swept to victory and Gold Cup honours in his works-liveried Polifac March 782, as Miles Griffiths (No 19) retired, and heat one winner Andy Smith’s March 742, (No 77) suffered engine failure

Smith dominated the restart, hurtling clear of Miles Griffiths (Ralt-BDG RT1) to take a 4.955s advantage into the following day’s decider.  Third-placed Watts faced a deficit of almost 11 seconds, having finished a long way clear of Formula Atlantic standouts Grant and Marc Mercer (March 73B).  James Murray (ex-works/Peter Gethin Chevron-BDG B27) completed the top six, chased by the similarly motivated John Harrison (Team Harper March 742) and Mike Bletsoe-Brown (ex-Bob Marsland B27).  Julian Stokes (Tecno) beat Nick Pancisi (ex-Equipe Arnold/Jean-Pierre Jaussaud March 712) among the earlier 1600cc F2 runners.

Griffiths snatched the lead as he and Smith careered through Old Hall abreast on Monday, Andy settling into Miles’ slipstream knowing he only had to keep him in sight to land the coveted title and have his name added to those of Stirling Moss, Jack Brabham, Denny Hulme and John Surtees on the Gold Cup first awarded in the 1950s.  It was not to be.  Exiting Brittens chicane on lap six Griffith’s engine cut and the white Ralt slowed abruptly on the rise to Hilltop.  The shadowing Smith couldn’t avoid it.

Nobody could catch Jeremy Timms in the Chevron B17 in the 1000cc Historic F3 Races

“It was unfortunate,” said Andy, “a case of mirror, signal and manoeuvre, which Miles did, but I chose the wrong side.”  The yellow March’s nosecone was scuffed, and tweaked slightly to the left, but Smith continued, now behind Watts who had torn ahead.  “My initial worry was that it had damaged the radiator (as on the F3 783 he previously raced), so I was watching the temperature gauge, then I remembered that they are at the back on the 742…”  Having picked himself up and got his head round understeer caused by the deranged nose, Andy closed back in on Watts, only to suffer, “a catastrophic blow-up, with no warning” on lap 11.  Rods through the sump told their own story, and Dwyer’s engine let go two laps later, a legacy of missing a gear he suspected.

Watts thus cruised around patiently to the chequer, playing the role of Marc Surer, twice a winner in Polifac BMW Junior Team 782s in ‘78.  Grant and Murray finished second and third, Murray having just got the better of Mercer.  From the back, prototype racer Wheldon had reached second on the road, but a 35 second penalty for exceeding track limits dropped him to fifth in the heat, still well clear of Harrison and Bletsoe-Brown.  Pancisi earned 1600cc (Pre-’72) honours this time, but only after Stokes was docked 10 seconds for an over-eager getaway.

For a full report of tis and other race meetings, see out October 2021 issue...

Historic Tour Val de Vienne

The French Historic Circuits Championships (Historic Tour) reached its halfway point at the 3.7km Val de Vienne circuit in western France on 3-5 September, with 250 drivers in 19 races.   After two races each at Albi and Dijon, contenders for the two 2021 French championship titles have already taken position, with, in the Monoplaces/Protos category, Lionel Robert (Martini MK48 in Formula Renault Classic) slightly increasing his lead over Matthieu Châteaux (Ralt RT3 1982, F3 Classic).  Sébastien Mathieu (1996 BMW M3 GTR in GT Classic) was on equal points with Pierre-François Rousselot (Cobra Daytona 1965, Asavé Racing 65) going into the meeting, and the absence of Rousselot made every point in Mathieu’s two GT Classic victories count towards the GT/Tourisme title.

José Beltramelli took two ASAVÉ wins, beating the later cars to the flag in his pre-‘66 TVR Griffith.  Photos Bruno \Bonisec

José Beltramelli took two overall wins in two 45-minute ASAVÉ 65 & 75 contests, driving solo this time and beating even the later cars to the flag in his pre-‘66 TVR Griffith.  But bad luck dogged his rivals, as first Josserand De Murard’s Lola T70 got a puncture and retired from the lead of the first race and, in the hands of Jean-Marc David in race two, the Lola suffered from a broken shock absorber.  As Beltramelli continued to circulate behind Sylvain Regnier’s Porsche 910 in race 2, the latter, having recovered from an earlier visit to the gravel, received a drive-through for a shortened pit stop, and then a black flag for not observing the penalty in time.  This in turn was followed by disqualification for failing to stop at all.  Third in race 1 behind Regnier, Jean-Charles Valinho and Dominique Mathon, thus took second overall and first of the ‘75ers in their Datsun 240Z.  Antoine Benne was second both times in the 65 classes in his Lotus Elan.

Gianluigi Candiani (no 44) proved unbeatable in his V6 Lucchini Alfa in two 25-minute SportProtosCup races

Another double winner was Damien Benjamin, in the combined heats for Youngtimers GTI Cup and Maxi 1300 Series. Gianluigi Candiani proved unbeatable in his V6 Lucchini Alfa in two 25-minute SportProtosCup races. A full grid of first-generation Mazda MX-5s in the Roadster Pro Cup were led two times by Laurent Fresnais, who remained aloof from two heated battles in two races, the second of which saw the next three places covered by 4/10ths of a second.

Frédéric Rouvier (March 783) and Matthieu Châteaux (Ralt RT3) each won a Formula 3 Classic race while Lionel Robert continued to dominate in Formula Renault

Regular Formula Ford Historic rivals Gislain Genecand (Crosslé 25F), and François Belle (Lola T540E) animated two races, the pair keeping onlookers in suspense as to the outcome right up to the flag, the Swiss Crosslé driver finally coming out on top both times.  Further back there was some close racing, resulting in two third places for Stéphane Brunetti (Merlyn Mk20), who had to fight New Zealander Alan Crocker in race 1 and the Van Diemen of Ludovic Ingwiller in the second heat.

For a full report see our October 2021 issue...

After last year’s cancellation of the Bosch Hockenheim Historic, the organisers did everything they could to make sure it would happen in 2021.  As a tribute event to Jim Clark, it usually takes place in April, the month Jim Clark suffered his fatal crash at Hockenheim, but the dreaded COVID dictated that no event could go ahead in the spring.  As soon as the lights went green, the Hockenheimring moved the event to late-August and made sure it applied all government COVID rules. 

 Sadly, Casper Elgaard retired the Porsche 917/10 from the Can-Am race.  Photos Peter Heil

Tim Havermans Reports

Normally we would have seen some international grids at this event, but the Lurani Trophy for Formula Junior, the HSCC Historic Formula 2 and the Historic Grand Prix Cars Association dropped out when their schedules clashed with the new August date.  The German grids more than made up for it, as some 500 racing cars filled the infield of the Motordrom, amongst them full grids for the Colmore Youngtimers, Youngtimer Touring Car Challenge, GT Classics, Kampf der Zwerge, the HTGT Dunlop Trophy, Formula Vee and the less well-furnished Sports & Can-Am and Group C.   Demos and regularity events rounded out the programme.  Spectators were allowed both in the grandstands and paddocks and nearly 20,000 turned up for the occasion.

Peter Mücke dominated the GT Classic race in his Ford Zakspeed Turbo Capri, winning the race with a 45-second margin

The presence of the Porsche 917/10 in the Can-Am series surprised many.  Casper Elgaard, however, could not cash-in his pole-position.  He suffered mechanical issues and didn’t make it to the finish line, leaving victory to Michael Gans in his Lola T290.  Also notable was the presence of 11 Group C cars that got a 45-minute race on Sunday, won by Michael Lyons in his Gebhardt C91.

Christian Nowak took his brutish Cobra to double victory in the Colmore YTCC races

Amongst the double race winners were Christian Nowak, who won two out of three Colmore Youngtimer races, Georg Hallau, who took two victories in his Lotus 23 in the Gentle Drivers Trophy races, and Swiss driver Luciano Arnold, who twice vanquished all comers in the Historic Racecar Association races in his Brabham BT36.

For more on this race meeting, see our October 2021 issue...