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Latest News, March 2020

Bravo (Belgian Racing Automobile Vintage Organisation) the promoter behind the ever-popular Belgian historic championship, has announced five rounds for the 2020 season.  Starting early in the year, they go to Zolder to support the 1000km of Zolder 2CV Cup on 21-22 March.  At the end of June they go to Spa-Francorchamps for the Spa Summer Classic, before returning to Zolder in mid-August for the Historic Grand Prix Zolder.  With a return to Circuit Zolder for the American NASCAR Festival at the beginning of October (3-4), they will end the season at the Nürburgring on 16-17 October for the Westfalen Trophy meeting.

This year will see a new class, “Nineties”, for cars after 1990 but with a maximum engine capacity of 2500cc. The category is therefore open to small cars (Peugeot 106, Toyota Yaris, etc.) and serves as an entry class for drivers who want to discover circuit racing at an affordable price.  See www.bravoracing.be for entries and details.

Latest News, March 2020

As reported in our last issue, VdeV racing in collaboration with HVM, are reviving the Deux Tours d’Horloge at the Paul Ricard circuit on the weekend of 6-8 November.  Cars up to 1990 are eligible and there are classes for early cars from Period E upwards.  All GT, sports, sports prototypes, Sports 2000 (up to 1986 without aerodynamic aids) and touring cars are welcome.  No slick tyres will be allowed.  Entries are now open at https://vdev.fr.

Latest News, Features and Reports, March 2020

MAGAZINE  >  FEATURES & REPORTS  > Retromobile Paris

John Whiteman went to the top exhibition of the classic car world

 

Photos Eric Sawyer

The event that kicks off the European season each year, Salon Retromobile, took place over 5 days, from 5-9 February, in the 75,000 square metres of Paris Expo at Porte de Versailles 44 years after it was started by Marc Nicolosi whose passing was recorded in the January/February issue of Historic Motor Racing News.  Sadly, apart from a brief mention in the official guide, no further tribute was paid at the show, which until last year has been run for events company Comexposium by Nicolosi’s right hand man at the very beginning, François Melcion.

Latest News, Features and Reports, March 2020

MAGAZINE  >  FEATURES & REPORTS  > Taupo Historic Grand Prix

New Zealand Clean Sweep and Lap Record for Michael Lyons

Visiting UK driver Michael Lyons (Lola T400) roared to an SAS Autoparts MSC NZ F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series clean sweep at the annual Taupo Historic GP on the weekend of 18-19 January, the series’ second meeting of the 2019-2020 season.

After claiming pole in qualifying on Saturday morning, then smashing category stalwart Ken Smith’s F5000 class lap record on the way to a dominant win in the first race on Saturday afternoon, Lyons went on to win the two Sunday races, all from fellow young gun and series leader, Michael Collins (McRae GM1) from Christchurch.

Photos Fast Company/Graham Hughes

Latest News, March 2020

MAGAZINE  >  LATEST NEWS > The FIA Historic Motor Sport Commission 2020

For a report of the proceedings of the Historic Circuit Sub Commission see our March issue

  

President

P. Cantarella (ITA)

 

Vice-President

HRH Prince Joachim (DNK)

 

President of the International Historic Commission

F. Graf Zu Ortenburg (DEU)

 

Features and Reports, March 2020

MAGAZINE  >  FEATURES & REPORTS  > 19th Passion For Speed - Zwartkops & Killarney, South Africa

South Africa’s historic racing scene is vibrant, colourful, relaxed and proudly independent of institutional red tape.  The focus and cars are, in the main, very different from those in other theatres of warfare.  They, not to mention the promise of winter sunshine, attract British, European and American competitors year after year. Marcus Pye ‘Brexited’ from the UK early to experience February’s 19th Passion for Speed events.

 An inspired Andrew Beaumont (Lotus 18) staved off Will Nuthall (Cooper T53) to record a superb maiden HGPCA victory at Killarney.  Photo Colin Brown

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