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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

The French “deconfinement” of the population will allow the 2020 season of the Historic Tour (the French Historic Circuits Championship) to start on 17-19 July on the circuit of Albi, at a race meeting originally scheduled to take place in April.  In accordance with other postponed dates already announced, the Championship will then continue at Dijon on 14-16 August and then Charade on 28-30 August. As in most countries, the autumn will prove crowded with race meetings at Nogaro and Val de Vienne on 11-13 and 25-27 September respectively, as well as HVM Racing non-championship meetings at Dijon (2-4 October) and the Bugatti Le Mans Circuit on 16-17 October.

“Obviously, the Albi meeting will take place in compliance with the specific health system in force on this date so that the event can be carried out in the safest conditions”, specified the promoter of the championship Laurent Vallery-Masson of HVM Racing. “To date, this could involve wearing masks, distancing measures in the paddock, banning gatherings of more than 10 people and a maximum of 5000 people on site, including spectators. I also hope that the situation will continue to develop favourably at European level, so that we can have the pleasure of welcoming teams from abroad.”

There is due to be another announcement by French authorities on 22 June, just as we go to press. After that date, the specific FFSA measures will be updated on the HVM and FFSA web sites.

The undulating hills surrounding the Algarve circuit will once again be reverberating to the sound of well-tuned racing engines

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > Green Light for French Championships

We don’t envy the plight of race promoters in various countries in Europe and around the world, with each country mandating different safety measures when racing resumes, and these changing nearly from day to day.  There is also the constant threat that the whole thing will go into reverse at the last minute and the resumption date further postponed.  While this latter threat seems to be rapidly receding, organisers have been unable to give concrete answers to questions about what measure will be in place at their meetings.  They can only reply that they will comply with government regulations in force at the time.

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > Racing Resuming

MAGAZINE  > RALLY NEWS > Rally Monte-Carlo Historique 2021

Dates for the 2021 edition of the popular historic Monte have been set for 27 January-3 February with only one starting point.  In the post-pandemic world, organisers of this major endurance regularity rally have decided that all competitors will start and end in Monte Carlo.  They have written to authorities in Bad Homburg, Barcelona, Oslo, Reims and Milano, to inform them of their decision. 

The 2021 Monte will start and end in Monte-Carlo for all competitors

MAGAZINE  > RALLY NEWS > Historic Portugal Rally Confirmed

The last uncertainties have been resolved and the organisers of the 2020 Rally de Portugal Histórico confirm their event will take place on the originally scheduled dates of 5-10 October.  The 15th edition of this rally, considered by many to be “the most beautiful European regularity rally”, offers a route of some 2000kms with no fewer than 40 regularity tests.

Departure and arrival are at Estoril, and the rally forms part of what locals are promoting as Estoril car week, which includes the Estoril Classics race meeting at Estoril Circuit on 9-11 October  (where rally drivers get to run a special stage), which has also been confirmed, and the concours d‘élégance in the town centre, rounded off by a gala dinner in Estoril Casino for all participants.  The rally includes high-quality hotels and meals, luggage service and breakdown assistance.  There are also options for car transport, reception of crews at the airport, and the possibility of joining a team for shared assistance.  See www.rallyportugalhistoric.eu.

MAGAZINE  > RALLY NEWS > Historic Portugal Rally Confirmed

Despite it usually attracting large international crowds, Vito Piarulli and Paolo Valli, the creators of RallyLegend, have decided to go ahead with the event on 8-11 October.  “The support we’ve received both from the Government of the San Marino Republic and our sponsors has been crucial to us deciding to attempt such a feat.  The format of the event is now being reviewed and we would like, as much as possible, to adhere to the original formula.  The presence of the public from all over Europe and beyond, a true cornerstone of the event, will be managed according to the relevant San Marino government regulations,” said the organisers.

MAGAZINE  > RALLY NEWS > British Championship Succumbs to COVID

One of Britain’s most popular historic rally championships, the HRCR Clubmans Championship, is the latest victim of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Although two rounds were run in February and March before the lockdown started, many rounds have now been cancelled and with only two possible events remaining on the calendar, the Historic Rally Car Register has pulled the plug on the 2020 championship for daylight historic rallies covering special tests and regularity sections.

MAGAZINE  > RALLY NEWS > British Championship Succumbs to COVID

The revised Balkan Classic rally is set to run in the last half of September, with final dates still to be announced.  Due to restrictions in its usual venue in Bulgaria, and in consideration of other pandemic-related difficulties, organiser Alexander Kovatchev has announced that the rally, for cars up to 1985 and Youngtimers up to 1990 running in a separate group, will be shortened to two days of rallying and one day of shakedown in Poland.  The rally runs on a series of flat gravel and dirt roads in a balanced mix of open wide roads and forest roads with no reconnaissance.  See https://balkanclassic.com for information and entries.

Italy having been the first country to go into lockdown when the coronavirus struck, it is now coming out the other side with an eagerness to get back to normal quickly, none more so than Canossa Events, who are planning a full schedule of rallies for the remainder of the year.

As we go to press the Stella Alpina, will be running from 26-28 June, limited this time to 40 cars in order to ensure safe distancing at social moments.  With Americans either unable or unwilling to travel to Italy, Canossa is planning to bring Italy to them in the second half of August with a new Canossa Grand Tour in California, open to all Italian cars.

A new driving tour in the Alps will be the Grand Tour Dolomiti on 4-6 September, which will be run on classic mountain passes interspersed with Michelin-starred restaurants.  The Terre di Canossa rally will go ahead on the revised date of 1-4 October with a modified programme utilising alternative locations that allow for better social distancing.  The gala 10th anniversary dinner originally planned for this year, will be postponed to next year.

As previously reported, the Modena Cento Ore, Canossa’s only full speed competition event,  will now take place on 11-15 October, again with a modified itinerary and alternative social venues. 

After a return to the US for an autumn rally in New England, the Canossa crew will set out in November for the United Arab Emirates Desert Tour, touring the deserts and mountains of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Ras Al Khaimah.

As all of these events are subject to last-minute changes depending on prevailing rules and restrictions, long-term planning will be substituted this year by a just-in-time organisation, and Canossa is offering flexible registration and cancellation policies so that no one will lose an entry fee.

MAGAZINE  > RALLY NEWS > The FIA Historic Sporting Rally Championship

The schedule for the FIA European Historic Sporting Rally Championship has been heavily impacted, but the FIA has come up with a plan to salvage the season, starting with the Rally Weiz, which has been confirmed for 5- 6 September.  This will be followed by the Elba Storico (17-19 September) and the Rallye International du Valais (15-17 October) on their original dates, while new dates have been found for the Historic Vltava Rally  (6-7 November) and the Rally Asturias Historico (27-28 November), making a five-round championship.  Specific updates have been made to the Sporting Regulations of the Championship, first being the move from 1st July to 1st September for entry closing date to allow crews to register, and second, the number of results to count have been updated in accordance with the updated calendar.

The only round of the FIA Regularity Trophy, the Alpine Challenge, will take place on its original date of 2-4 October.

MAGAZINE  > RALLY NEWS > The FIA Historic Sporting Rally Championship