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The Historic Sports Car Club’s season continued at the Croft circuit in North Yorkshire over the weekend of 3-4 August as nine of the Club’s categories provided some entertaining racing during the annual Retro and Classic Weekend.
2019 champion Andrew Park (Reynard SF81) won the first Formula Ford 2000 race from a bumper grid, though the race was shortened due to a red flag when Graham Ridgway’s Reynard tangled with Andrew Smith’s Royale. Benn Simms snatched the lead on the restart in his Reynard SF77 but was quickly reeled in by Park and second-placed Ian Pearson in his Royale RP30.
‘70s Roadsports Photos Charlie Wooding
In our report from last year’s Oldtimer Grand Prix we touched on the fact that the event – downsized from its huge Marathon days – seems blossoming despite the fact that it attracts fewer cars every year. The trend continued in 2019 on the weekend of 9-11 August, with entry numbers slightly down from the previous year, while spectator attendance was markedly on the up yet again. Especially on Saturday and Sunday when the Nürburgring paddock was swarming with fans from all over Europe very much enjoying their day out. So, the smaller the Oldtimer GP gets, the more people it attracts! It’s the amazing shrinking event…
The first Deutsche Rennsport-Meisterschaft race was won by Felix Haas’ Lola T294 and the second by Marco Werner in a McLaren M88 Photos Eric Sawyer
Germans have a passion for touring cars and, with the help of its automotive industry, have been dominating in them for decades. No wonder, therefore, that the German-based Youngtimer Trophy has become so popular in the last 20 years and can boast bumper grids that run into three digits. But the Youngtimer Festival at Spa-Francorchamps was about so much more than that. Some 450 different cars passed under starter’s orders during the weekend of August 3-4. The lure of Spa brought in quite a number of French, Belgian, Swiss and Dutch drivers as well. The Festival wasn’t strictly a historic meeting either. The ‘Cup und Tourenwagen Trophy’, which is run by the Youngtimer Trophy organisation, and the ‘Rundstrecken Challenge Nürburgring’ were mainly made up of recent one-make Cup Clios, Cupras, Minis and VLN cars. More than just a historic race meeting, the weekend was a celebration of continental club racing.
The 100-car Youngtimer eld was split into two grids covering more than two dozen different classes. Photos Gina-Maria/Stefan Eckhardt
In spite of an unfortunate clash with the massive Silverstone Classic meeting on the weekend of July 27, entries for the VSCC’s annual foray into the Lincolnshire Wolds did not seem to suffer unduly, and most of the regular protagonists were present to relish the challenges of the Cadwell Park circuit, which is always a favourite with drivers of pre-war cars.
Richard de la Roche (Cooper MkV) and Mike Fowler (Cooper MkIV) battle in F3 500s Photos Alan Cox
The perverse English summer continued to challenge the forecasters and the day began with a torrential downpour, but happily eased off as the morning progressed. However intermittent showers continued with no sign of sunshine to allow the track to dry out.
Photos John Bunston
Just 20km from Budapest and in the sleepy countryside around Mogyoród, lies the 70,000 capacity Hungaroring, home to the first Formula One Grand Prix to take place behind the Iron Curtain. Construction work on the circuit started on 1 October 1985 and was completed for the first race held on 24 March 1986, less time than any other Formula One track.
Fast forward 33 years and the biennial Hungaroring Classic event was the precursor for the Hungarian F1 GP, as the Budapest circuit pulsated to the rhythm of historic cars on the weekend of 12-14 July when the Peter Auto Series arrived in town.