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Members’ Meeting:  Cancelled, Festival of Speed:  Cancelled, Goodwood Revival:  Cancelled, but the Duke of Richmond is not to be downcast.  Instead he has announced a new, online event to take place on 16-18 October, that will be, in the Duke’s words, “The fastest, most exciting and spectacular event we have ever staged.”  The most ambitious event ever held at Goodwood, Speedweek will be broadcast to the world free of charge in innovative ways, with technology such as putting viewers in the racing seat, with layers of interactivity to create an immersive experience.  Without spectators present, the action can be faster and more extreme.  According to the press office, “It will redefine the experience of watching motorsport at home in much the same way that the Festival of Speed and Revival changed forever the perception of classic car events.”  The programme of events and full driver line-up will be announced over the coming weeks and months.

As reported in our July issue, the Historic Sports Car Club still wants to offer the Jaguar drivers at least one event in 2020, and have announced their own race for pre-‘66 Jaguars at the Oulton Park Gold Cup on 29-31 August.

 The Dunlop Historic Trophy will be a one-hour race for with mandatory pit stop and the option of two drivers.  There are classes and awards for E-types in both standard and race modified specification, Mk1 and Mk2 saloons and the XK range.  An invitation class will be open to suitable cars that do not fully meet pre-‘66 specification.

The race will celebrate a long association between the HSCC and racing Jaguars, which started when Neil Corner’s D-type won the first race in the HSCC story at Castle Combe in 1966.  At the conclusion of the 1969 season, the Historic Jaguar Trophy was awarded for the first time and the recipient was David Beckett for his performances in a Lister Jaguar.

HSCC CEO Andy Dee-Crowne said: “The loss of the Jaguar Classic Challenge to the COVID-19 pandemic was a great disappointment to Jaguar racers, but the Club is honouring its commitment to them with a chance to get back racing in this special race at Oulton Park.”

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > Jaguar race at Oulton Park

Sadly, after searching for a date on which to run the postponed Donington Historic Festival, organisers have been forced to hold it over until next year.  The 2021 date will be announced soon.

 

In the meantime, though, there is excitement in the ranks as the Legends’ season will be underway soon with a revised date of 15-16 August for the Thruxton Historic meeting.  With some grids missing out on their races at the cancelled Donington Festival and/or Silverstone Classic, Duncan Wiltshire has announced that all Motor Racing Legends grids will be able to race at Thruxton.  “We plan to run all of our race series at this meeting,” said Wiltshire, “with the Woodcote Trophy and Stirling Moss Trophy grids having separate one-hour races, and the Historic Touring Car Challenge/Tony Dron Trophy with two 40-minute races - to be shared with the Sixties Touring Car Challenge with U2TC.”

In addition, there will be a 40-minute race for Pre-War Sports Cars, and a 60-minute race for Pre-‘63 GT.  The GT & Sports Car Cup and Julius Thurgood’s HRDC grids will also be on the bill.

“We now have official confirmation that competitors who choose to stay overnight will be able to camp in the paddock; be it in a motorhome or caravan and the paddock will be open for set-up on Friday afternoon.  Our hospitality arrangements are still under review, but we definitely aim to provide COVID-compliant lunch on each day and to host some sort of socially-distant gathering on both Friday and Saturday evenings,” added Wiltshire.

After that the Motor Racing Legends will continue their season as scheduled at the Spa Six Hours meeting, where there will be races for Woodcote Trophy, Stirling Moss Trophy, Pre-War Sports Cars, and all the touring car classes, and the Algarve Historic Festival on 23-25 October, where the Pre-’63 GTs will race and a pre-war sports car double header has been added to the programme.  Entries for these meetings are strong and it is clear that the Legends drivers are keen to get back out on track.  See www.motorracinglegends.com for details and entries.

 

Photo John Retter

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > Motor Racing Legends Revised Schedule

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.

HSCC off to a Strong Start

Despite the restrictions, the Historic Sports Car Club is reporting a 300-strong entry when UK historic racing resumes at its Legends of Brands Hatch Super Prix meeting on the Grand Prix circuit on 11-12 July.  With the Club’s F2 series particularly badly hit by race cancellations in the early part of the season, two F2 races have been added to the timetable.

The Club has confirmed its race meeting schedule for the balance of 2020, taking in Brands Hatch GP (11- July), Oulton Park International (29-31 August), Cadwell Park (19-20 September) and Silverstone National (17-18 October) circuits.

Each of the four race meetings will include a wide range of the Club’s categories and series and the Oulton Park Gold Cup will feature a special one-hour, two-driver race for pre-‘66 Jaguars for which any intending competitors are asked to enter as quickly as possible.

HSCC CEO Andy Dee-Crowne said, “Our 2020 calendar is, of course, entirely dependent upon instructions from both the government and Motorsport UK. However, the signs are increasingly positive and we are very encouraged by the response to our Brands Hatch meeting. I’d now like to ask competitors to enter for the remaining race meetings this season as this really helps us in planning for these events.”

Entries for all events are now open via the HSCC website (www. hscc.org.uk) and entry fees will only be taken at the closing date for entries. For the balance of 2020, full refunds will be given for any entries withdrawn up to the date of the event.

As is customary for the HSCC additional dates for certain HSCC categories are scheduled, including Historic Formula Ford 2000 at Zandvoort (4-6 September) and Spa (10-11 October); Historic Formula 2, Dijon (3-4 October); Classic F3 and Thundersports at Spa (24-26 September).

BDC Silverstone

The Bentley Drivers Club has confirmed that its Silverstone meeting will go ahead on the revised date of Saturday 22 August – a move from its original slot of 8 August due to the Emirates Formula 1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix now scheduled over that weekend.

The ‘behind closed doors’ policy will mean that neither Club members nor general spectators will be allowed to attend the meeting, removing its typical garden party-style atmosphere that makes it one of the highlights of the BDC’s annual social calendar.

But racing members are so keen to get back on track and the Club is expecting a surge in entries, which will be very welcome. This will be the Club’s 72nd consecutive annual Silverstone race day!

Donington Festival

The Donington Historic Festival was postponed from its early May date, and while Duncan Wiltshire of Motor Racing Legends was optimistic about getting an August date for the event, this has proved impossible and the event will now be postponed until next year.

GT & Sports Car Cup

After the loss of its Donington round, the GT&SCC will continue on its originally scheduled dates of 3-4 October at Castle Combe for the Castle Combe Autumn Classic and the Algarve Classic Festival, which promises to be a bumper year for the event, on 23-25 October.

FIA Championships to Kick off on Revised Donington Date

Reduced to just three races this season, long before the coronavirus struck, the FIA Masters Championships are set to kick off on a revised Donington date of 18-19 July, after the cancellation of the Silverstone Classic.  Quarantine rules in the UK currently prevent non-UK based competitors from racing there, but the FIA is confident that these will be lifted before 18 July.  All other Masters grids will also be racing.

The  Formula 3 European Cup will go ahead with its scheduled races at the Zandvoort Historic Grand Prix on 4-6 September, with a revised closing date for entries of 10 August.  There is already a strong Italian contingent registered.

The Masters will continue its season with the postponed Brands Hatch meeting, which will now take place on 22-23 August, but not as an FIA Championship counter.

After that, the Masters’ calendar is set to run as scheduled, with the Zandvoort Grand Prix in early September, and the Spa Six Hours meeting on 25-27 September, both also rounds of the FIA Championships, running on their original dates.

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

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:

 

Campeonato de Portugal de Velocidade Clássicos (CPVC)

18-19 July – Autódromo Algarve – new meeting

12-13 September - Braga Circuit

23-24 October - Autódromo Algarve

5-6 December - Estoril Circuit

 

Race Ready Iberian Historic Endurance

18-19 July - Autódromo Algarve – new meeting

9-11 October - Estoril Classic

17-18 October – Jerez

7-8 November – Jarama

21-22 November - Estoril 250kms

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > The Portuguese Season

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.

“Today there is no particular worry about the holding of the event, nor from my side nor from the circuit management’s side, said organiser Eric Van de Vyver.  “In truth, the biggest risk for us today is to receive more entry requests than places available on the track.”  In mid-May, there were around 40 confirmed entries and some 20 others on the way.  “We received a lot of calls during the confinement period,” confirmed event coordinator, Laure Van de Vyver.  “It’s clear drivers are missing their track time and are looking forward to our event.”

Cars from the early ‘60s to 1990 are eligible, but no slicks are allowed - only historic tread pattern, or road tyres - and cars like Porsche 964 and Sports 2000s have special restrictions in order to limit their performance.   See https://vdev.fr for entry forms and information.

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

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