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Our caption competition published in the September issue did not elicit one response, not even a wild guess.  Where is your sense of adventure?  For those of you who have been trying to figure it out we apologise if it was just a little too obscure.  The correct answer is Eva Rueber Staier, Miss World.  The photo was taken by Peter Collins at the 1971 Crystal Palace F2 meeting.  Peter assures us that not much has changed at the Palace, and that if you stand in the same spot today, you will have much the same view, minus  Miss World of course.

This year’s Salon Privé attracted a record number of entries to the grounds of the elegant Blenheim Palace on 22-26 September for the prestigious Concours d’Élégance.  It was the first automotive event in the world to use the Liber app, which has been developed for major event organisers to ensure that everyone who attended was COVID-19 free before they entered and could be contacted if necessary afterwards.

The week got under way with a new VIP Media Day on 22 September with some supercar brands choosing Salon Privé to unveil their latest models.  Bentley hosted a trio of global premieres courtesy of its in-house bespoke and personal commissioning division – Bentley Mulliner, while Italian styling house Touring Superleggera exhibited its striking Aero3.  Danish hypercar manufacturer Zenvo showed its 1177bhp TSRS-1, and the eye-catching 1100kg, 1100bhp Engler Superquad was on display.  European debuts covered a wide variety of performance cars, including the TDF1 from British brand Tour-de-Force, the all-electric Aspark Owl hypercar, and the remarkable PAL-V flying car.

 

Photo Oliver Flower

The Concours d’Élégance presented by AXA dominated proceedings on Wednesday and attracted a record number of entries.  An ex-Scuderia Ferrari Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Spider by Zagato that was raced in period by Tazio Nuvolari claimed the coveted Best of Show Award, while Class Winners included a 1988 Porsche 962 and a 1974 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 TT12 in the new Milestones of Endurance Racing Classes.

The success of United Autosports on both sides of the Atlantic at Daytona and Sebring, in the British GT Championship, in the European and Asian Le Mans series, running drivers such as Fernando Alonso, Juan Pablo Montoya,  Lando Norris and former DTM Champion Paul Di Resta is probably well-known to our readers.  That team owners McLaren CEO Zak Brown and former racing driver Richard Dean are also dyed-in-the-wool  historic motor racing enthusiasts, is perhaps less well-known.  Indeed United Autosports also restore and maintain a range of historic Formula One and sports cars, entering races in the UK, Europe and across the world.

 

Photo Courtesy United Autosports

The company has been expanding exponentially lately and a big part of the growth has been in this historic division, which Zak and Richard want to continue to develop.  As part of the expansion, they have recently announced that Dickie Stanford has joined them as Historic Motorsport Project Manager.  The Former Williams F1 mechanic turned Team Manager will work closely alongside long-term United Autosports engineer, Paul Haigh.  

A man of vast experience, Dickie began his motorsport career running a Formula Ford team, before moving to work in Formula Three and eventually joining the Ralt Formula Two team.  In 1985, he joined Williams as race mechanic to Nigel Mansell and in 1990 he was promoted to chief mechanic, before becoming Team Manager in 1995.  Most recently Dickie was general manager of Williams Heritage and was responsible for all the team’s and customers’ historic race cars.

In his new role at United Autosports, he will manage car restoration projects for customers, while also travelling to various race events as part of the United historics race team.  His first trip was to Portugal for the Peter Auto Estoril Classic, where the team ran the 1989 Jaguar XJR10 and the 1974 Ford Cologne Capri RS3100 for Zak Brown and Dario Franchitti, sadly without a great deal of success this time.

The 10th edition of the Gran Premio Terre di Canossa exploring the roads of Emilia and Tuscany came to a close on October 4 with a win for Alberto Aliverti and Stefano Valente driving an Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 SS Zagato in less than ideal weather conditions for such an open car.

Even in these unusual and unsettling times, the team at Canossa Events and Scuderia Tricolore got the postponed Terre di Canossa regularity rally on the road, albeit with fewer cars, and revised itinerary better adapted to the necessary sanitary precautions.  Many regular competitors reluctantly had to forego competing because of the new restrictions, but crews welcomed the chance to run their cars, proven by the fact that many overcame logistical obstacles and travelled from various European countries, as well as the United States and Russia. 

 

 

Alberto Aliver and Stefano Valente won, driving an Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 SS Zagato through rain and shine.   Photos Courtesy Canossa Events

 

Giorgio Lambruschi and Alessandro Mancini came second in a 1964 Porsche 356 C and also won the special classification for the average speed trials.  Third place went to Stefano Ginesi and Susanna Rohr, in a 1959 Porsche 356 A 1600 Super.  A small class of modern Ferraris was won by Enrico Zobele and Ivana Trentinaglia in a Ferrari GTC 4 Lusso.

 

Starting at Salsomaggiore Terme and finishing at Scandiano in the province of Reggio Emilia, as always, highlights of the three-day event were visits to historic sites, meals in medieval castles and beautiful scenery along the roads.  Accompanied by sun, then rain, then sun, on day two the afternoon excursion into Liguria had to be cancelled because of a flood alert and drivers were diverted directly to the night destination of Forte dei Marmi.  The event ended on a sunny terrace overlooking Reggio Emilia. 

 

One of the few significant UK classic rallies to go ahead since the COVID lockdown was the HERO Summer Trial, which moved to the late summer date of 25-27 September on a heavily revised route.

After two and a half days of competition, largely in Shropshire, over special tests and regularity sections, father and son David and Edward Liddell (Triumph TR4) finished nearly two minutes clear of the earlier TR3A of Piers Barclay and Nicholas Harries at the head of a 41-car field.

The event retained its planned base in Telford but when the problems of running in Wales became obvious, it was re-routed to stay in England, though sections on  Saturday took the crews very close to the Welsh border as the route wound around the border towns on Leintwardine and Clun.

The TR3A of Piers Barclay.  Photos Will Broadhead Courtesy HERO 

The first and third days were effectively half days, running in North Shropshire and taking in several special tests on private ground.  In trouble at the Rednal kart track was the rare Renault 8 Gordini of Malcolm Dunderdale, which suffered some cosmetic damage when it slid off into the tyres.  Dunderdale and co-driver Anita Wickins recovered to finish inside the top 20.

 

David and Edward Liddell (Triumph TR4)

“The first day was very stressful for us, we hit a lot of traffic so we were very happy to be third,” said David Liddell. “The second day was brilliant, losing just 60 seconds stuck behind four rally cars and a slow non-competing car, but we took the lead.  We were both pretty nervous going into the final test.  It was good to win with my son.” 

The rare Renault 8 Gordini of Malcolm Dunderdale

“It is more than we expected so we are both very happy with the podium,” said Harries in second place in the event aimed at beginners and intermediate level competitors.  Further down the field was classic motorcycle racer Mike Farrall in his 1936 Jaguar SS.  Fellow Goodwood-winning motorcycle rider Charlie Williams made a welcome return to take on the co-driving role.

Alberto Salvini and Davide Tagliaferri took their Group 4 Porsche Carrera RS to victory in the XXXII Rallye Elba Storico-Trofeo Locman, run on its originally scheduled date of 17-19 September with a full entry list of over 130 cars.  The second round of the Italian Championship was this year, for the first time in many years, not to count towards the FIA Historic Sporting Rally Championship, but when the FIA finally cancelled the EHSRC in August, Elba benefitted with some last minute entries from the FIA competitors. 

Reigning FIA Group 4 Champions ‘Lucky’ and Fabrizia Pons fought hard, but came second

There were also categories for Sport Regularity and the Elba Graffiti regularity rally, the latter counting towards the Italian regularity championship.  The event incorporated  twelve A112 Abarth Trophy cars, racing amongst themselves for separate honours.  Despite all the COVID madness, there were 16 nationalities represented in the entry lists.

Alberto Salvini and Davide Tagliaferri took their Group 4 Porsche Carrera RS to victory  Photos Courtesy Rally Elba

After their victory in the first round of the Championship in Tuscany in July, reigning FIA Group 4 Champions ‘Lucky’ and Fabrizia Pons in their Lancia Delta Integrale were looking for another win, but although they led after the first stage of the last day, they were overhauled by Salvini three stages from the end and relegated to a  Group 4 winning second place.

Lucio da Zanche won the night prologue stage, and led the next day, but dropped out with a broken gearbox

The Elba Graffiti regularity event was won by father and son team Marco and Riccardo Leva, in their Alfa Romeo Giulia GT Veloce.

Read all about it in our November 2020 issue

 

 

In these difficult times the Tour de Corse Historique was a kind of beacon of normalcy, when a full complement of 210 cars, over 130 in competition (VHC) and the others split into regularity categories (VHRS) of high, medium and low average speed, took the start in Porto-Vecchio on 6 October for the 20th Tour de Corse Historique.  True, special health measures were in place, but the ambiance was as friendly as always and the Corsican roads were, well, the Corsican roads, and just as awe inspiring as ever. 

 

The entry list included many Tour de Corse heavy hitters, including past masters Alain Oreille (Porsche 911 RS 3.0), Marc Valliccioni (BMW M3 E30), François Delecour (Porsche 911 SC RS) and newcomer to the event, but certainly not to rallying, Robert Consani (Porsche 911 SC), who proved to be a bit of a revelation, coming in on day 1 with a 2-second overall lead ahead of Valliccioni, who was top in J2.  Alain Oreille sat in third place, and last year’s winner, François Foulon, driving a Ford Escort RS 1800, was equal sixth with Christophe Casanova in a BMW M3 after an errant brake cable slowed his progress.

On day two things changed dramatically.  Valliccioni left the road into retirement on the, and the same fate befell Consani on the last stage of the day.  The rally had lost the two leading cars.  The drivers arrived in Bastia with Alain Oreille as the new king with a 48-second advance on Capanaccia and Casanova, while Delecour was lying in wait in fourth place.

Alain and Sylvie Oreille drove to victory on their fourth attempt.  Photo Fred Chambert Courtesy TDCH 

The next twist of fate was to befall François Delecour, who had been caught speeding on the last liaison stage and had his licence withdrawn.  The officials had no choice but to exclude him from the start the following morning. 

The penultimate day of the rally went from Calvi to Ajaccio, this time with only three specials on the menu, but these included the daunting 30-kilometre Our Lady of the Serra and Liamone - Sant’Andria D’Orcino (29, 47 km).  Consani,, now running in super rally, was once again in the forefront, but Oreille was the fastest of those still in contention. 

David Perier drove his D-type evocation in the regularity section.  Photos François & Leo Haase

The fifth and final day took everyone back to Porto-Vecchio via four more stages, where Alain and Sylvie Oreille drove as winners for the first time, after four attempts.

 

In VHRS, Bernard Figuière/Isabelle Godin (BMW M3) won the high average speed category, Christophe and Anne Baillet (Porsche 911 SC) the medium intermediate, Serge Garosi/Jean Marc Piret (Mazda RX2) the medium moderate and Daniel Klumpp and Sylviane Dennu took their Mini to victory amongst the low average speed contenders.

Patrick Canavese starts his Lancia 037

Read More in the November 2020 issue…..

Gamma Racing Day - TT Circuit Assen

Eager to Get Started

A somewhat chaotic start for the NK HTGT race at the Gamma Racing Day meeting on 26-27 September got the red flags flying.  The second attempt was slightly less messy, with only Martin Bijleveld and Egbert Kolvoort getting penalties for jumping the start. 

Allard Kalff in his Corvette Grand Sport. Photos Carlo Senten Courtesy NKHT GT

This was the 10th Edition of the eclectic Gamma Racing Days Meeting, with various one-make Cup races, motorbikes, and historic cars on the programme.  Because of virus restrictions BOSS GP did not take its usual slot on the programme this year, but regulars NKHT GT, fielded a full grid of pre-1966 cars despite losing many of its international competitors to the travel restrictions. 

Battle of the Elans: Bob Stevens leading Jos Stevens

Once the race was under way, the Corvette Grand Sport of Allard Kalff and Kaj Dahlbacka took off at the front, followed by Roeland Voerman (Corvette Stingray) who was soon put under pressure by Bob Stevens in his Lotus Elan.  When Stevens dropped way back after a spin, Tom Kuiper, also in a Corvette Stingray, took up the chase.  Voerman then retired, after which there was a short safety car interlude.  This was to be Dahlbacka’s downfall.  He overtook a backmarker and was given a five second penalty, promoting Kuiper to second place. 

Andy Newall won race 2 in Rhea Sautter’s E-type

A grey morning with a very slight drizzle made the going treacherous for the Sunday race.  Michiel Campagne powered away at the start in his Corvette Grand Sport, but Andy Newall (Jaguar E-type) used every last bit of grip he could find to pass him, the pair swapping positions several times.  After a short safety car interruption to tow Kenneth Persson’s stranded GT40 away, the pair resumed battle and Newall managed to eke out a small gap.  In third Dahlbacka held station, while fourth was disputed by Kuiper and Bob Stevens in the Lotus Elan.  Stevens needed several attempts before finally making a successful pass. 

Read more in our November 2020 Issue

At the heart of the temple of speed

Jean-Marie Biadatti reports

Though there were fears for the worst, in the lead-up to the event due to the pandemic, Monza Historic went ahead as planned on the weekend of 18-20 September.  Even though many regulars from the Peter Auto grids were absent, there were still over 200 cars spread over eight grids.  If the Friday practice took place under a beautiful clear sky, the weather was more mixed for the races on Saturday and Sunday, with even a little rain taking some competitors of the Greatest’s Trophy and the Endurance Racing Legends by surprise.

Philippe Scemama’s CER2 victory in his Lola T600 was expected.  Photos PhotoClassicRacing.com

As usual, it was the Sixties’ Endurance field that brought together the greatest number of competitors with 50 cars on track.  And a very competitive field it was, with many candidates for victory.  David Hart/Nicky Pastorelli in a Bizzarrini 5300GT, Richard Cook/Andrew Smith, James Cottingham/Harvey Stanley, Urs Beck/Olivier Hart, soloist Christophe Van Riet, Charles Firmenich/Henri Moser, Michel Lecourt /Raymond Narac, Yvan and Guillaume Mahé, all in Cobras, qualified in that order, grouped within 3.3 seconds!

The pace was ferocious.  Last year Christophe Van Riet took pole in similar weather conditions in the same car with a time of 2’10’’608.  This year he qualified fifth with a time of 2’08’’939, while Nicky Pastorelli took pole with a lap of 2’07’’493!  The level of driving and preparation of the cars continues to improve, but this is not always profitable. 

Classic Endurance Racing presented its two variously supplied grids, each having a one-hour race.  In qualifying were six Lola T70s in the first seven places, with Claudio Roddaro’s Porsche 917 setting the fifth fastest time, but it was the T70 of Hart and Pastorelli on pole.  In the race, though the Porsche recovered to lead for some time, the Hart/Pastorelli Lola ended up 12 seconds ahead of the beautiful German car.  In the GT classes, Mr John of B performed the feat of the weekend.  Starting last after not having competed in qualifying following a gearbox problem in his Ford GT40, he won his category and finished 5th overall.

In CER2, the highlight was the exceptional presence of four Ferrari 512 BBLMs.  Given the forces involved, Philippe Scemama’s victory at the wheel of his Lola T600 was expected, which was achieved by winning the race with an 11-second lead - a safety car having intervened at the end of the race while he was leading by 45 seconds. 

Christian Traber - BMW 3.0 CSL

One of the most seductive grids of the Peter Auto programme is undoubtedly the Heritage Touring Cup, both in terms of the participating cars and the show they produce.   There was a big fight in qualifying between the BMW 3.0 CSLs of the two Swiss entrants, Christian Traber and Michael Erlich, and the Capri 3100 RS of Belgian Christophe Van Riet with only a second between them.  For the race, after a fanfare start where Traber took the lead, all attention was on the battle between Erlich and Van Riet that only came to an end when Van Riet retired with transmission failure. 

In two Greatest’s Trophy races, where, in addition to the usual Ferraris, Bizzarrini and Alfa Romeos, there was the opportunity to see rare cars like the Christopher Milner/Nigel Greensall Lister Costin Chevrolet, which took pole, or the Lister Knobbly of Anthony Schrauwen, the Lister Jaguar of James Thorpe or Katarina Kyvalova’s Cooper T33 TT (which sadly, practised but didn’t start), all cars rarely seen on French or Italian grids.   In the first race Milner retired the Lister after only four laps in the lead.  With rain coming in during the race, Remo Lips and David Franklin were winners in a Ferrari 250 GT SWB ahead of Christian Bouriez (Bizzarrini 5300GT) and the Thorpe/Phil Quaife Lister Jaguar.  The Ferrari pair had started last after they missed qualifying.  Thorpe and Quaife won the second race, with Bourriez again second and the Lips/Franklin Ferrari in third place for an inverted podium.

James Thorpe’s Lister Jaguar - a rare sight at Monza

There was no doubt that grid numbers suffered due to all the travel restrictions, and just 15 cars lined up for the 2L Cup.  Though qualifying was close, with so few cars a 90-minute race became a little boring.

Ivan Vercoutere/Ralf Kelleners (Porsche 962C) dominated the Group C qualifying as usual, by over a second to Raymond Narac/Michel Lecourt’s identical car, and these two each scored a first and a second place in the two races.

The Endurance Racing Legends, for cars of more recent vintage, saw 23 cars at the start.  The field presented some great cars with, in particular, the Ferrari 333 SP of Lecourt/Narac,  whose song of 12 cylinders on the long Monza straights was inspiring. 

This second meeting of the season has kept its promises.  It is still a sign of the remarkable success of Peter Auto, that though the grids were considerably smaller than usual in these difficult times, there was still great quality throughout the fields and they were still bigger than some others, without having to resort to mixing more than one series on the same grid.

Read the full report in our November 2020 issue

This year in August the Portuguese nation lost a great character and proponent of the sport, Portugal’s first Formula One driver Mário de Araújo ‘Nicha’ Cabral.  As drivers prepared for the last race of the weekend at the Estoricl Classic event, a minute’s silence was observed to honour his memory and the sold-out race was named after the charismatic driver.   It was also a moment to remember Laura Salvo, the 21 year-old Spanish navigator who unfortunately died the previous weekend in the Rallye Vidreiro, a round of the Portuguese Rally Championship.

After two qualifying sessions, a wide variety of cars was on display as the 44 teams, of seven different nationalities lined up for Sunday’s 50-minute race with Olivier Tancogne’s GT40 on pole and Carlos Barbot’s (shared with Pedro Matos) little Merlyn Mk4 alongside.  At about the same pace, Michiel Campagne’s heavy-duty Corvette Grand Sport lurked on row two, ready to pounce.   As the lights changed, Tancogne maintained his position, but was under fierce pressure from Barbot and Campagne, the latter soon breaking through to take the lead.  Meanwhile Andy Newall was on the move from a sixth place start in Rhea Sautter’s Jaguar E-type, which was soon embroiled in a dice for third with Barbot.

Right behind them, the Danish Lars Rolner and Pedro Bastos Resende were having a Porsche 911 3.0 RS duel, which ended when the latter car went into the pits with mechanical troubles.  After a few laps., the GT40 was back in command, but a touch between Barbot and Newall caused the Merlyn to leave the track, without serious consequence.  It did bring out the yellow flags though, and most chose that moment to make their mandatory pit stop and optional driver change.

Running without missing a beat, the Frenchman’s GT40 emerged from the pits and stormed to the finish over a minute ahead of Allard Kalff, now in the Campagne Corvette, with the Barbot/Matos Merlyn holding on to third ahead of Rolner’s Porsche, winner of the ‘76 class, and the AC Cobra of Olivier’s father, Xavier Tancogne, who took the ‘65 class.  German, adopted by the Portuguese, Christian Oldendorff overtook Domingos Sousa Coutinho’s spectacular BMW 2800 CS in the last metres of the race to win the ‘71 category and the Index of Performance in his Alfa Romeo GTAm.

In the Gentleman Driver Spirit category, after the Ford Anglia of Spaniard António Castro dominated at the start, victory ended up smiling on the Datsun 1200 driven by the Iberian duo Francisco Freitas/Guillermo Velasco.

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