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Rally News , February 2020

MAGAZINE  > RALLY NEWS > Coupe Suisse des Rallyes Historique

Swiss with Corsican origins Marc Valliccioni, and his navigator Marie Josee Cardi were crowned 2019 Swiss Historic Rally Champions at a gala evening in Berne in December. After six rounds in the various regions of Switzerland they took their BMW M3 to victory ahead of runners-up, Alain Röthlisberger and Sarah Junod (Ford Escort), with Eddy Bérard and Frédéric Rausis coming third in their BMW M3.

MAGAZINE  > RALLY NEWS > Coupe Suisse des Rallyes Historique

Latest News, February 2020

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > Italian Champions

The 2 hours of Magione “20° Trofeo Anchise Bartoli” closed another season of the Italian Historic Championship, one of the most long-lived Italian series, sanctioned by ACI for over 30 years and promoted by Gruppo Peroni.  Since the FIA introduced the classes for cars up to 1990 (4th grouping), the Italian championship has seen the arrival of the “youngtimers” including Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo, Ford Sierra Cosworth, BMW M3 and 325i, Alpine GTA, Porsche 944 Turbo, Maserati Biturbo and Peugeot 205 GTI.

The Ronconi Porsche 930 lines up at Magione next to the Ambroso-Jarach- Zardo BMW 323i, with the Rondinelli Porsche, whish was the eventual winner, laying in wait Photo Claudia Cavalleri

The 2019 championship, divided into six one-hour races plus two endurance races, has seen some fierce competition in the four groups amongst both solo pilots and two-driver crews. The range of cars chosen by new recruits has confirmed that there is interest in racing cars of all ages.  Many of these drivers alternate in other championships with contemporary cars (such as Claudio Giudice in the Italian prototype Championship or Marco Guerra in rallies), and to aim for the title you don’t need the overall podium car.  Thanks to the scoring system the Mini, the Ritmo, the Alfa 2000 GT Veloce or the small Peugeot 205 can win.

On Sunday 24 November two competitions were held, divided according to periods and displacement to decide the winners. In the first group (now extended to cars up to 1969) the result was still open between the powerful TVR Griffith of Vito Truglia and Gilles Giovannini and the nimble Ginetta G12 of Matteo Panini and Andrea Pergreffi, representing two British schools of thought in a David and Goliath contest that finally went to the little Ginetta. 

The results of the second grouping were already almost final.  Alessandro Morteo had only to pass his Alfa Romeo GTAm under the starting light to win the title to the detriment of Andrea Castronovo and Massimiliano Del Nibbio, always faster during the season but with a BMW 2002 Group 2 haunted by mechanical problems.  The third group had already been decided due to a lack of opponents at Imola when Marco Zorzi, Massimo Ronconi and Giovanni Gulinelli crossed the finish line first in the two-hour race on board a Porsche 930 Group 5.  In the fourth grouping, with the Sierra Cosworth of Gianni Giudici delayed by a bit of bad luck, it all looked set for Giovanni Ambroso and Bruno Jarach, who had the very fast professional Danny Zardo to help out with the BMW 323i IMSA and who were leading the championship by just one point over the Porsche 911 Carrera 2 of father and son Cesare and Enrico Rondinelli.  But it all went wrong when the BMW broke its differential 12 minutes from the end, handing victory to the Porsche crew.

In 2020, to favour the return of the pre-‘66 cars, so popular in series in other parts of Europe, the Gruppo Peroni will organise a trophy divided into six sprint races reserved for the older cars, certainly not less fun to admire and to drive.

Italian Championship Dates for 2020

28-29 March Misano

25-26 April Vallelunga

9-10 May Adria

20-21 June Misano

11-12 July Imola

5-6 September Cervesina (to be confirmed)

24-25 October Imola

 

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > Italian Champions

Latest News, February 2020

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > NK HTGT in 2020

NK HTGT, the Dutch pre-‘66 championship for Touring, GT and GTP cars has been running for more than 20 years.  Though registered as a National Championship, it runs many of its races at circuits in other European countries each year and attracts an international entry.

Erwin van Lieshout is Dutch Champion

Latest News, February 2020

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > Alfa Revival Cup

While the car to beat in the GPS Classic-organised Alfa Revival Cup is the GTaM if it’s an overall race win you’re after, to win the championship you have only to beat other cars of the same age and cubic capacity as your own.  In an effective Index of Performance ranking, this year’s Alfa Revival Cup champions are Alessandro and Emanuele Morteo, who drove their 1961 Giulietta Ti to victory in a season that comprised six one-hour mini endurance races at some of Italy’s greatest race tracks.  Accompanying them on the championship podium are Massimo Guerra and Franco Mischis, driving a 1600 GTA and Luigi Mercatali, who took third in his GT Veloce 2000.  The Alfa Revival Cup, for rear wheel drive Alfa Romeos built from 1947 to 1981, enjoyed its best season yet since Tommaso Gelmini and his team began organising it in 2012, with some 25% of drivers coming from outside of Italy.

The Morteos lead a three-Giulie a Ti train to win the Alfa Revival Cup Championship

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > Alfa Revival Cup

Latest News, February 2020

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > HSCC Formula Ford Festival: Preview

The life of the late Jim Russell will be celebrated in a new two-day Historic Sports Car Club race meeting at Snetterton next spring.  The Jim Russell Trophy Meeting on 4-5 April will feature 10 Formula Ford races to honour the early heritage of Formula Ford and the racing school pioneer.  Before moving to Brands Hatch in 1976, the first four Formula Ford Festivals were run at Snetterton from 1972 to 1975. 

Ten Formula Ford races will feature at HSCC Snetterton in April

Amongst other HSCC Club races, the race line-up will include double headers for the HSCC Historic Formula Ford Championship, the HSCC Classic Formula Ford Championship, Heritage Formula Ford, the HSCC Historic Formula Ford 2000 Championship and a double-header for modern Formula Fords running under the Champion of Snetterton title.  In addition, two races for the Classic Formula 3/URS Classic Formula Ford 2000 Championship will also feature a contingent of Formula Ford 2000s.  The spread of races will form a journey through Formula Ford history, from the earliest Pre-1972 cars in the Historic category via the cars of the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s to the latest Kent engined cars in the Champion of Snetterton races.  The HSCC hopes to stage a display of cars relevant to Jim Russell’s life and is keen to hear from anyone with a suitable car.  See hscc.org.uk.

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > HSCC Formula Ford Festival: Preview

Rally News , Features and Reports, February 2020

MAGAZINE  > RALLY NEWS > Le Jog 2020

The Silver Jubilee edition of Le Jog, the Land’s End to John O’Groats Classic Reliability Trial, was the UK’s final major classic rally of 2019, as 83 cars tackled the challenging and relentless 800-mile trek up the length of Great Britain.

The Porsche 356 of German crew Thomas Lundt and Dirk Adam makes a splash. Photos Will Broadhead Courtesy HERO

Rally News , Features and Reports, February 2020

MAGAZINE  > RALLY NEWS > Coppa Delle Alpi 2020

Peter Collins went along to test the first winter rally from the organisers of the Mille Miglia

Perhaps perceiving a gap in the litany of quality historic car events in Italy, MM Srl, the organisers of the Mille Miglia since 2013, decided to turn their hand to running a winter rally in early December, travelling through no fewer than four countries during its four days.

This ambitious schedule involved a long counter-clockwise route starting in Brescia and heading towards the Trentino with the first night-stop at Bressanone or Brixen, depending upon your allegiances.  After a brief doubling back the route headed east over the Passo Del Brennero, into Austria to finish the second day at Seefeld in the Tirol.

Winners Antonino Margiotta and Guido Urbino (Volvo PV444).  Photos Couertesy 1000Miglia

Features and Reports, February 2020

MAGAZINE  >  FEATURES & REPORTS  > F5000

NZ Tasman Revival Cup - Round 1

Local fans of New Zealand’s SAS Autoparts MSC NZ F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series had two of their own to cheer on at the opening round of the 2019/20 series at Feilding’s Circuit Chris Amon Manfeild.  One – Tim Rush – is a series regular who drives one of the rarest cars in the field, a 1972 McLaren M22.  The other is a more recent arrival, Kevin Ingram, who made his series’ debut last season behind the wheel of the ex-Ian Clements’ Lola T332.  The Rush McLaren (M22-3-72) enjoys the distinction of being both the last McLaren built by the company’s early production partner Trojan, and the last McLaren customer car to be built.

Fastest qualifer Michael Collins dominated three races in the  rst round of the 2019/20 SAS Autoparts MSC NZ F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series at The Sound MG Classic meeting at Circuit Chris Amon Manfeild. His McRae GM1 led Grant Martin’s Talon MR1A on both days.  Photos Fast Company/ Aaron Mai

Features and Reports, February 2020

MAGAZINE  >  FEATURES & REPORTS  > Classic 24 Hours of Daytona

 

The 2019 Classic 24 Hours at Daytona presented by IMSA was held on 13-17 November on the 3.56-mile road course at the famous Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Peter Falkner Reports from the North American ‘Temple of Speed’

 Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) conceived the idea back in 2014 and after a successful inaugural running that year, the Classic 24 Hours has been a highlight of the US historic racing calendar and continues to draw an ever-increasing number of domestic and foreign competitors from as far afield as South America and Australia.  No doubt many competitors are also looking forward to the warm Florida sun to wrap up their season, but much of this year’s free practice, qualification and racing took place under uncharacteristically cool, leaden skies.

 

Todd Napieralski entered a team of three Camaros in Group G and won the category with Lee Saunders

Photos John Retter 

Latest News, December 2019

MAGAZINE  >  LATEST NEWS  > Silverstone Classic 30th Anniversary

A lot has changed since 1990, when the first of what was then known as the Christies International Historic Festival was staged (see our March 2013 issue for the story of that first event) at Silverstone.  It was a resounding success, and despite being preceded by events such as the Oldtimer-Grand-Prix in Germany and the Grand Prix de l’Age d’Or in France, it set a new benchmark for what a successful historic festival should be.  It has now grown to a proportion that its founders probably never imagined, with 1000 entries and 100,000 visitors.

The First Historic Festival at Silverstone took place 30 years ago next year.  PHOTO ALAN COX

Latest News, December 2019

MAGAZINE  >  LATEST NEWS  > HSCC Silverstone Finals

.Championship Deciders

Strong grids and an end-of-term atmosphere at the annual HSCC Silverstone Finals Meeting on the weekend of 19-20 October saw some close finishes across 21 races and 280 entries.  A number of season-long contests were settled including in a bumper grid of Historic Formula Ford 2000s where Andrew Park sealed a fourth straight championship title.  Chris Drake (front-engined) and Andrew Taylor (rear-engined) were the key winners in Formula Junior, while Simon Armer clinched the Historic F3 title in his March 703. 

The Historic Touring Car crown was shared between Roger Stanford and Bob Bullen, while Mark Charteris and Barry Webb claimed their respective categories in Classic Clubmans, with Charteris taking his sixth title in a row.  Ross Hyett (Guards Trophy) and Ben Stiles (Classic FF2000) and Rob Smith (Over 50s FF1600) were the other winners across the weekend on the Silverstone National circuit.

MAGAZINE  >  LATEST NEWS  > HSCC Silverstone Finals

Latest News, December 2019

MAGAZINE  >  LATEST NEWS  > Masters Champions

Masters Champions

The 2019 FIA Masters Champions are Matteo Ferrer-Aza, Martin Stretton, Henry Fletcher, Jason Wright/Andy Wolfe and Chris Jolly/Steve Farthing.  Ferrer-Aza is the new post-78 FIA Masters Historic Formula One champion, with Stretton and Fletcher lifting the post-83 and pre-78 titles respectively.  Wright and Wolfe took top honours in the FIA Masters Historic Sports Car Championship, while Jolly and Farthing prevailed in the FIA pre-66 section.

The Wright/Wolfe Lola T70 leads out the FIA Sportscar pack at Brands Hatch in July Wright
doubled up by also claiming the sportscar version of the Grand Master Trophy Photos Eric Sawyer

Latest News, December 2019

MAGAZINE  >  LATEST NEWS  > Historic Tour 2020 & Other French Dates

Don’t  change a winning formula is the logic adopted by the FFSA and HVM Racing for the 2020 Historic Tour season.  Thus the calendar will again see five race meetings, the main differences from this year being a return to the Nogaro circuit and date changes for the meetings at Albi and Charade.  The season will start in Albi, next year in mid-April, before continuing with its traditional Dijon date of 8-10 May.  Charade will next year take place in June (19-21), followed by trips to Nogaro on 11-13 September and Val de Vienne on 27-25 September.

While some tweaks within the series are inevitable, the list of eligible series to determine the French champions, for single seaters and for prototypes, will remain the same.

Other French Dates

HVM will also be organising the GP de Pau Historique on 30-31 May, and the traditional Dijon Motors Cup on the first weekend of October.  With no Paul Ricard event this year, Laurent Vallery-Masson and his team will move to the Le Mans Bugatti circuit for the Le Mans Motors Cup on 16-18 October.

MAGAZINE  >  LATEST NEWS  > Historic Tour 2020 & Other French Dates

Latest News, December 2019

MAGAZINE  >  LATEST NEWS  > Banger Racing at its Best

The Historic Sports Car Club has unveiled the Production Car Challenge, a new race series for production touring, sports and GT cars from the 1980s.  The new series will be open to cars with standard bodyshells and only minor modifications to engines and suspension, and will not be open to Caterhams or homologation specials.  Cars will be split into classes based on engine size, with a separate class for turbocharged cars.  Only treaded tyre types from the Motorsport UK list 1A, 1B and 1C will be allowed.  There are plans to run several pilot races later in 2020, ahead of a fuller programme in 2021. 

Photo Courtesy HSCC

The series will complement the Club’s existing Historic and 70s Road Sports Championships, which are for cars from the mid-1950s through to the end of 1979.  The list of eligible cars for the new series is huge and many suitable cars are available and affordable.  Typical cars that could be entered include the Alfa Romeo GTV6, BMW 3-series, Ford Fiesta XR2, Honda CRX, Morgan Plus 4, Porsche 944, Suzuki Swift GTi, Toyota MR2 and VW Golf.

HSCC CEO Andy Dee-Crowne said about the new series, “No organising Club can afford to stand still and we are keen to develop a cost-effective race series for the next generation of cars, which should also appeal to a wide range of drivers.  The Production Car Challenge will offer another way into historic racing for newcomers to the sport.  Our aim is to grow the category over the next couple of seasons.”

MAGAZINE  >  LATEST NEWS  > Banger Racing at its Best

Latest News, December 2019

MAGAZINE  >  LATEST NEWS  > French Champions

The French Championships concluded at Val de Vienne on the weekend of 26-27 October (see our report page 46) with Didier Gruau and Frédéric Rouvier crowned respectively as GT/Tourisme and Monoplaces/Prototypes champions, Rouvier for the second year running.  Both won two out of two races at the Vigeant weekend, Gruau driving his TVR Griffith 400 in the ASAVE´65 series and Rouvier in his Martini MK34 in Classic F3.  The 61 year-old Gruau won every ASAVÉ 65 race this year, with the exception of one at Albi where he took second place, in a car with exceptional reliability.  Racing instructor Rouvier, who started his driving career in 1995, racing a variety of cars and even motorbikes, likewise won 9 out of 10 Classic F3 races throughout the season in his Blue is Blue team Martini.  Congratulations to the Champs!

Didier Gruau (le ) and Frédéric Rouvier with Historic
Tour promoter Laurent Vallery-Masson Photo Guy Pawlak

MAGAZINE  >  LATEST NEWS  > French Champions

Bits and Pieces, December 2019

MAGAZINE  > BITS & PIECES > London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

Otherwise known as the Brighton Run, the Royal Automobile Club’s London to Brighton event took place on its traditional date of the first Sunday in November in unseasonably mild weather and under cloudless skies. 

Photo Peter Collins

Rally News , December 2019

MAGAZINE  >  RALLY NEWS  > Flying Scotsman

Nearly 90 cars are already entered for the 12th Flying Scotsman from the Endurance Rally Association.  The three day rally for pre-war cars runs from 3-5 April and takes crews from Chester to the Gleneagles Hotel near Perth in southern Scotland.  Among the entries are Will Onions and vintage radiator expert Rob Smith, best known for rallying Ford Escort Mk2s.  They will compete in a 1934 MG Magnette K3 that Onions recently added to his stable.  It will be their first experience of such an event.

Photo Gerard Brown Courtesy ERA

MAGAZINE  >  RALLY NEWS  > Flying Scotsman

Rally News , December 2019

MAGAZINE  >  RALLY NEWS  > Cento Ore Anniversary Edition

The Modena Cento Ore is 20-years-old, and to celebrate, a special 20th anniversary edition is planned for 2-7 June, featuring a long-awaited departure from the Eternal City.  Competitors will spend two nights in Rome and two nights in Florence with, as always, the prize-giving and final night in Modena.  Circuits next year will be Vallelunga, Magione, Mugello and Imola and Luigi Orlandini and his team at Canossa Events have promised “some new, great special stages.”  With both competition and regularity categories for cars up to the ‘80s (Period I), a ‘50s drum-braked sports car class with its own classification and special prizes was introduced last year to try to encourage more early cars.  Previous entrants took priority until 31 October, and entries are now open to all online at www.modenacentooreclassic.it.

MAGAZINE  >  RALLY NEWS  > Cento Ore Anniversary Edition

Rally News , December 2019

MAGAZINE  >  RALLY NEWS  > Marathon de la Route

Photo Courtesy Marathon de la Route

The 2020 edition of the Marathon de la Route will run from June 13 to 16 across the Bourgogne-Franche Comté, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Occitani regions of France. The route will cover 1800km including 50 regularity sections. “The course will be completely new, with two short loops on Saturday and Monday, 99.9% of paved roads and less than 100 kilometres of highway to bypass the centre of major cities on the course,” said organiser Joseph Lambert. “When imagining this route, we wanted to focus on some of the highlights of the history of motor sport in France.”

MAGAZINE  >  RALLY NEWS  > Marathon de la Route

Rally News , December 2019

MAGAZINE  >  RALLY NEWS  > 2020 British Rally Championship

The 2020 calendar for the Motorsport UK British Historic Rally Championship has been unveiled.  The schedule grows from seven to eight events and takes in five gravel events and three asphalt events, including two closed-road rallies.  The Jim Clark Rally returns to the calendar after a break with closed-road stages in the Scottish borders.  The Kielder Forest Rally, which replaces the former Pirelli Rally, will run in late April in the North Tyne Valley.

Dates are: March 28, Rally North Wales; April 25, Kielder Forest Rally; May 29-30, Jim Clark Rally; June 14, Red Kite Stages; July 26, Harry Flatters Rally; August 22, Ulster Rally; September 25-26, Trackrod Rally; and October 24, Carlisle Stages.

MAGAZINE  >  RALLY NEWS  > 2020 British Rally Championship

Bits and Pieces, December 2019

MAGAZINE  > BITS & PIECES > Fiskens at Retromobile

Each year, for over 10 years Fiskens has curated, presented and sold an amazing selection of historic cars, including many competition cars, from its glamorous stand at Salon Retromobile.  The Fiskens team will be there again next year – dates are 5-9 February - with another array of cars for sale on one of the largest and most impressive stands of the show.  They are looking for a few further consignments.  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have a suitable car you want to sell.  

MAGAZINE  > BITS & PIECES > Fiskens at Retromobile

Features and Reports, December 2019

MAGAZINE  >  FEATURES & REPORTS  > Historic Tour du Val de Vienne

The final round of the French Historic Championships took place at the 3.7km circuit at Le Vigeant in western France.  There were still five candidates for the two French titles, so the weekend of 26-27 October was to be decisive.  In the ‘Monoplaces/Protos’ contest, Arnaud Dousse (Van Diemen in Formula Ford Kent-Zetec) and Frédéric Rouvier (Martini MK34 in F3 Classic and Lucchini SP94 in SportProtosCup) were the contenders, while Didier Gruau (TVR Griffith 400 in Asavé Racing 65) was in indirect competition with Franck Quagliozzi (Honda Civic in Youngtimers GTI Cup) and Xavier Jacquet (Lotus Seven in Lotus Trophy) for the ‘GT/Tourism’ crown.

Reigning champion Frédéric Rouvier (no 59)  ew from all the opposition to secure two F3 Classic wins and the 2019 Monoplaces/Protos’ title.  Photos Guy Pawlak

Rally News , December 2019

MAGAZINE  >  FEATURES & REPORTS  > Tour de Corse Historique

Frédéric Lombarde Reports 
from the Ile de Beauté

Over the last 19 years, the Tour de Corse Historique has become a major event on the French and international historic rally calendar, and many drivers, including many with great past rally successes to their names, continue to return to the legendary Corsican stages.  After a first day of technical inspections and a short shakedown stage in the wet, the sun came out on 8 October for competitors, who, for five days were to rally over some 900kms and 16 special stages totalling 350kms on a route that is altered each year.  Eighty-eight cars in competition and 61 in regularity delighted the enthusiastic Corsican public, who never seem to tire of lining the road to admire and listen to the melodious song of cars from the glory years of rallying in Corsica.

Features and Reports, December 2019

MAGAZINE  >  FEATURES & REPORTS  > Estoril Classics

The revived Estoril event, first started by Francisco Santos of GP do Porto fame, and  now run by Diogo Ferrao’s Race Ready organisation, proved itself again a great success as part of what the local Municipality is billing “Estoril Classics Week”.

Classics Week kicked off with the Rally Portugal Historica, which started its tough 2000km route on Wednesday 9 October from the Casino Gardens in Estoril, for a finish on Saturday at Estoril racing circuit, where the rally cars took to the track to be time-tested through slaloms and laps.  In addition there were celebrity exhibitions by drivers such as Ari Vantenen.   Reputed to be one of the toughest asphalt regularity events in Europe, the rally was won by the Franco-Belgian team of Philippe Fuchey and Christophe Hayez driving a Porsche 911 SC.

Features and Reports, December 2019

MAGAZINE  >  FEATURES & REPORTS  > Dix Mille Tours Circuit Paul Ricard

Marco Zanello Reports

Not everyone remembers it, but it is at the Paul Ricard Circuit that several years ago the format that the French organiser has so successfully brought to the some of the world’s most important circuits was first tested.  This year was the 10th running of the Dix Mille Tours event.  That the event was successful can be taken for granted.  In fact it was a record year in terms of numbers of entries.

Didier Denat was an early retirement from the 90-minute 2L Cup race. Photos Courtesy Peter Auto

Features and Reports, December 2019

MAGAZINE  >  FEATURES & REPORTS  > Algarve Classic Festival

The Algarve Classic Festival is a most agreeable finale to the European historic racing season.  Rain or shine, sometimes both, southern Portugal is warm in late autumn and the sensational Autodromo Internacional, opened in 2008, is a favourite among drivers and teams.  This year’s event – promoted by Diogo Ferrao’s Race Ready concern – moved to the first weekend of November.  While some grids were weak (in part due to cross-border movement uncertainty in what was supposed to be post-October 31 Brexit) the best action was tremendous. 

GTSCC Tops the bill.  Photos Eric Sawyer

Rally News , December 2019

MAGAZINE  >  RALLY NEWS  > Rally Of The Tests

Paul Lawrence Reports on the event 
that recalls the RAC Rally of the ‘50s

Heavy rain, snow, ice and bright sunshine ensured that the 2019 Rally of the Tests was a big challenge for around 80 crews during three full days of classic rallying from Torquay to Chester on 7-10 November.

Steve Entwistle and Mark Appleton led from start to  nish in thier Mini Cooper S.  Photos Paul Lawrence

Through it all, the Mini Cooper S of Steve Entwistle and Mark Appleton dominated the action with neither crew member faltering as the Mini led from the short prologue section on Thursday evening.  As the overall awards are restricted to pre-1968 cars, the overall runners-up were GT racer and Porsche expert Phil Hindley and his co-driver Martyn Taylor (Porsche 911). 

Latest News, November 2019

MAGAZINE  >  LATEST NEWS  > Peter Auto Confirms 2020 Calendar

The ever-industrious Patrick Peter has announced some changes to the Peter Auto programme for 2020, starting with the Dix Mille Tours event at Paul Ricard, which next year switches from its end-of-season October date, to a season opening 4-5 April.  Dates for Spa Classic and GP de l’Age d’Or remain stable in May and June respectively, and in early July the Peter Auto team will be concentrating all its efforts on the biennial Le Mans Classic. This year the race grids ran at Monza in September, and will do so again next year, while, to cap off the season, Peter’s team is to take over the running of the Estoril Classic event, next year on 9-11 October. See peterauto.peter.fr.

Photo Agence Austral

MAGAZINE  >  LATEST NEWS  > Peter Auto Confirms 2020 Calendar

Latest News, November 2019

MAGAZINE  >  LATEST NEWS  > Deux Tours d’Horloge Back on Track in 2020

Six years after the last edition organised on the Paul Ricard circuit, the only 24-hour race exclusively for historic cars, will be back next year.  The new chapter in the event’s history will begin on 6-8 November, 2020. As in the past, V de V Sports will be the prime promoter, but this time the event will also benefit from the support of HVM Racing, official organisers of the historic events for the FFSA. Laure Van de Vyver will be in charge of the general coordination.

 

Latest News, November 2019

MAGAZINE  >  LATEST NEWS  > NZ F5000 Series

After excursions to Australia and the US this year, New Zealand’s world-leading SAS Autoparts MSC NZ F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series, will stay closer to home in the coming 2019-2020 season.  “One of the main reasons is cost,” said NZ F5000 Association committee member and spokesperson Glenn Richards, owner/driver of the ex-Eppie Wietzes Lola T400. “The majority of the series regulars pay all their own car, maintenance and travel bills and it all adds up, particularly if you are away from your home base and business for more than a week at a time,” he explained.  “As the demand from race meeting organisers here is stronger than ever, we have five rounds between November this year and March already sorted - and a sixth – in April next year – a distinct possibility.”

Photo Fast Company/Geo Ridder

Latest News, November 2019

MAGAZINE  >  LATEST NEWS  > Dunlop Saloon Car Cup - 2020

The Historic Sports Car Club has confirmed plans to build on the success of the inaugural Dunlop Saloon Car Cup season in 2020. The series covers three distinct groups of saloon and touring cars: Group 1, Group A and Super Touring/S2000, and provides eight races at four high-profile historic race meetings for cars from 1970 right through to 2006. All three groups have a dedicated podium after each race. Next year’s calendar will again focus on four double-header events at prime UK tracks, giving eight races at very competitive entry fees. There will be some detail changes to the class structure but the headline features of the series will remain unchanged.

Photo Courtesy HSCC

A total of 40 drivers took part across the four events this season in a fabulous array of cars, ranging from Super Tourers to a Group 1 specification Mini 1275 GT and six examples of the stunning Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth. See hscc.org for entries and details.

MAGAZINE  >  LATEST NEWS  > Dunlop Saloon Car Cup - 202

Latest News, November 2019

MAGAZINE  >  LATEST NEWS  > 50 Years of Formula Ford in the US

Formula Ford’s 50th anniversary in the United States was celebrated on 11-15 September at Road America. Hosted by the Vintage Sports Car Drivers Association and sponsored by Ford, over 200 drivers competed from 33 states, Canada, Mexico, Australia, and the UK. The FF50th was a busy weekend both on and off the track with three Formula Ford race grids, a birthday party on Thursday evening, a group photo on Friday, and a concours d’elegance and banquet on Saturday. 

Photo Jay Bonvouloir

MAGAZINE  >  LATEST NEWS  > 50 Years of Formula Ford in the US