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Formula Ford 2000 in the War of the Wolds

Marcus Pye Reports

HG Wells’ science fiction novel The War of the Worlds has gripped readers for more than 120 years.  Historic Formula Ford 2000 has only been around for 13, but back in Lincolnshire’s Wolds where the series’ first battle was enacted in 2007 (a dramatic race won by Iain Rowley) the Pinto-powered slicks-and-wings category for charismatic cars from 1975-‘81, headlined the HSCC’s annual visit to sylvan Cadwell Park on the weekend of 19-20 September. 

Thirty five competitors, the strongest entry in years, justified four races on MotorSport Vision’s picturesque playground, a qualifying heat for each championship counter giving less experienced drivers more seat time, as the quickest 10 (five from each session) progressed directly to the points races.  Late lunges by class newcomer Adrian Langridge (Crosslé 41F) and local man Lee Bankhurst (Royale RP30) snatched victory in the preliminaries, robbing Ben Glasswell and Greg Robertson (Reynards) respectively.

Twice Historic FF1600 champion Callum Grant goes airborne in his Delta T78 on the way to HFF2000 victory. Photos Charlie Wooding

Twice Historic FF1600 champion Callum Grant (Delta T78) and former Classic F3, HFF2000 and HFF1600 titlist Benn Simms (Reynard SF77) stood head and shoulders above the rest in the finals. 

Classic Formula 3 – making a rare appearance on the narrow sinuous track that hosted British F3 Championship counters until future F1 champ Ayrton Senna wrecked two Ralt RT3s there in quick succession in 1983 – and Classic FF2000 were combined, with young stars in each group.  Benn Tilley (ex-Rupert Keegan March-Toyota 743) shadowed debutant Matt Wrigley (Chevron B38) and darted past boldly into the Hall Bends on Saturday as Wrigley grappled with a clutch problem.  Tilley outran John Finch (Ralt RT1) on Sunday, the latter having worked hard to shake off FF2000 ace Ben Stiles (Van Diemen RF82).   

Benn Tilley (ex-Rupert Keegan March-Toyota 743) darted past Matt Wrigley into the Hall Bends on Saturday and outran John Finch on Sunday in Classi F3

Formula Ford, Historic and Classic, were on the timetable, with points leader Pierre Livingston (Merlyn Mk20A) continuing his Oulton Park winning ways in the former.  Linton Stutely (Royale RP3) and Cameron Jackson (March 708) disputed the other virtual podium places, netting a second and a third apiece. 

Switching to his Van Diemen RF80 local property developer Jackson won both Classic FF rounds as Mike Gardner caught the stewards’ attention by swiping the nose from his Crosslé 32F en route to fourth and second. 

Will Plant, guesting in Kevin Kivlochan’s Morgan, won the opening Historic Road Sports race

Both Road Sports categories drew big grids.  Outdragged by Kevin Kivlochan in the ‘70s opener, defending champion Jeremy Clark squeezed his Lotus Elan back past to win, then repeated. 

Will Plant, guesting in Kivlochan’s Morgan, won the opening Historic Road Sports race, as KeKi sat in the pits rueing a broken throttle spring in his AC Cobra.  Half a minute behind when Sunday’s scrappy rolling start was released, Kivlochan blasted back to fifth, this time watched by young Plant who switched the big Moggie’s Rover V8 engine off when its oil pressure light glowed ominously.

Pierre Livingston (Merlyn Mk20A) continued his Oulton Park winning ways in Classic Formula Ford

Peter Smith won both Historic Touring Car bouts in his Lotus Cortina, but had a tough time on Saturday until Roger Stanford retired his energetically-conducted version. 

For the full story see our November 2020 issue

Historic Tour - Nogaro - Val de Vienne

The whole of the French historic racing season has been condensed into three exciting months with round four taking place at Nogaro on 11-12 September and the fifth and final round running at Val de Vienne only two weeks later.  With the French championship titles at stake - one for drivers racing in single-seaters or prototypes, the other for competitors in GT or Touring cars - there are 14 distinct series in which to score points, a number of which are on shared grids, giving 9 grids with races run twice over the weekend to make an 18-race programme over three days.

A season-long F3 Classic battle has been raging between Frédéric Rouvier (March 783), seen here leading and father and son Valerio (March 783) and Davide Leone in the blue Alba.  Photos Guy Pawlak

Single seat championship leader, Christian Vaglio-Giors, had bad luck (or was it planned?) in his bid for the title when ex-champion wunderkind Lionel Robert decided he’d like to come back to Formula Renault for a couple of races.  Taking pole and winning both races ahead of the Swiss by a margin numbering in the tens of seconds in a demonstration of effortless driving, the interloper put paid to Vaglio-Giors’ ambition.

On the same grid, but in a different race, a season-long F3 Classic battle has been raging between Frédéric Rouvier (March 783) and father and son Valerio (March 783) and Davide (Alba AR1) Leone.  The battle continued at Nogaro, but with the Leones not present at Val de Vienne Rouvier was able to score his third title of Champion of France.

Back in his own Porsche at Val de Vienne, a relaxed Laurent Sabatier completed the 14 laps and ran home joint winner of the French Championship GT title.

In the GT stakes, Franck Quagliozzi was invincible, and surprised no one by taking four wins out of four races at Nogaro and Val de Vienne, though the last one was a little bit tricky when the Honda Civic pilot was given a drive-through for jumping the start in the wet race.  Having already distanced the Citroën AX Coupe of Samuel Vivas on the first three laps, the Mâconnais had the luxury of taking his penalty without even losing his first place!  He flew to a new title by over 42 seconds to complete and a perfect score of ten out of ten.

 

Matthieu Châteaux was a double winner at Nogaro in his Debora SP91 BMW in SportProtosCup. He won the rst race at Val de Vienne too, but sadly retired from the last race

The only other contender for the GT title was betrayed by the double turbo of his Porsche 993 GT2 in free practice at Nogaro, but fortunately Laurent Sabatier found an emergency solution.  In a true act of sportsmanship, his comrade from GBF Racing, Sébastien Mathieu, gave him the wheel of his own BMW M3 GTR to run in the GT Classic races.   Back in his own Porsche at Val de Vienne, Sabatier took both races to run home joint winner of the French Championship GT title. 

Formula Ford Historic 

One of the most successful of the French series, the front battle for Formula Ford honours has been between two Swiss drivers.  The first race at Nogaro got off to a bad start when Didier Mantz took a severe off-track excursion at the first corner and crashed into the concrete wall.   The unfortunate ‘Didou’ was freed from the carcass of his Jomo and evacuated to Mont-de-Marsan hospital, then to Bayonne, where he was operated on for a fractured vertebra the next day.  We wish him a speedy recovery.

ASAVÉ 

In four poorly supported 45-minute ASAVÉ races with both groups ASAVÉ 65 and 75 running together on the same grid, the absence of a few regulars at Nogaro was partly offset by the arrival of the WG British Racing Ford Escort, now equipped with a formidable 300hp Ford BDG engine, in in the hands of Franck Julien, and the return of Gérard Besson’s Alpine A310 V6, seen on the Tour Auto a few days earlier.  Though not competing for the same trophy José Beltramelli was able to bring his TVR Griffith home in first place overall and dominate the 65 category ahead of Julien’s Escort in the first race. 

Absent from Nogaro, Jean-François Besson (Alpine A110) was back at Val de Vienne, and took the lead away from Sébastien Calas’ Cooper S

At Val de Vienne, the grids were not much better and with prototypes also allowed to race, François Derossi brought his magnificent Elva MK7S and German Roland Fischer unexpectedly brought out his AMS 2000, a car of Italian origin seen in its time at the Targa Florio, then at the 1000kms of Buenos Aires in the hands of Carlos Pace. 

Maxi 1300

The Maxi 1300 drivers had a busy Saturday at Nogaro, with two races on the timetable.   Philippe Gandini took pole with his Jem GT, but was penalised with a drive-through for jumping the start.   This left Laurent Majou at ease up front.  Halfway through the race, the Mini Cooper driver had a lead of over six seconds to Belgian 

In the afternoon race, Gandini was immediately relieved of Laurent Majou, who lost oil pressure.  After letting Falière lead for the first two laps, the Jem GT driver took command  and drove to victory, with Falière and Jean-Pierre Destombes (Simca CG) completing the podium.  Philippe Quirière won class 3 in his Mini Cooper in both races.

Absent at Nogaro, Jean-François Besson (Alpine A110) was back at Val de Vienne, and took the lead away from Sébastien Calas’ Cooper S on lap three of the first race after a bad start from pole.

The second race was run in the rain, which seemed to suit Calas, who took an immediate lead, followed by Jean-François Besson and Adrien Harang, both soon forced to perform  drive-throughs for jumping the start.  Halfway through the race, Calas had the situation in hand 11 seconds ahead of Laurent Poirier’s CG and 15secs over Besson, who had already returned to the fray.

Geoffroy Horion and Gislain Genecand (Trophée Formule Ford Kent), Augustin Sanjuan (Trophée Formule Ford Zetec), Matthieu Châteaux (Debora SP91 BMW) (SportProtosCup) and Anthony Delhaye (Trophée Lotus) were also double winners in their series over the two race weekends.

One of the biggest grids is the Roadster Pro Cup for Mazda MX-5s that regularly fields 25-30 cars and runs concurrently with the Youngtimers.  Florian Cabarrou and Ludovic Bellinato shared the spoils in this, swapping first and second places in four races.

The newest cars of the Historic Tour compete on the Saloon Cars grid for Touring and GT cars up to 1999.  Julien Grenet took his Dodge Viper to four consecutive wins in various conditions at Nogaro and Val de Vienne, leaving Alain Derognat (BMW 323i) and Patrick Delannoy (Porsche 996) to slug it out for second.

For a full report of both meetings, see our November 2020 issue

The Falkenberg Classic, organised by Sweden’s Racerhistoriska Klubben together with the Sports Car Championship, welcomed 160 drivers at the Falkenberg circuit near Sweden’s south-east coast on 19-20 September for a further two rounds for each grid of the Swedish Championships.  Bengt-Åce Gustavsson reports.

Dead Heat in Falkenberg

Talk of the paddock was the photo finish between Richard ‘Tiny’ Persson and Johan Lund in the Formula Vee race.  After a first win by Persson, by just 0.2 of a second in race 1, the second race also saw a battle royal between these two drivers, which ended literally in a photo finish.  However, so close were the two cars, that officials examining the photos could not pronounce a winner, so both drivers stood on the top step of the virtual podium! 

 Magnus Neergaard in his Lotus Eleven complete with its Gentleman Drivers 2005 s ckers

Formula Vee has taken over the role of being RHK’s largest class and such was the demand that the organiser applied for permission to increase the number allowed to start on the 1826-metre track.  Formula Slicks has also shown good starting fields this year.  Above all, there are many new F3 cars in the field. 

Håkan Tagesson made his Formula Ford debut at Falkenberg.  Coming from the rally forests, he has quickly adapted to track racing and won both heats ahead of Nicklas Nilsson and Björn Otterberg in race 1 and Nilsson and Daniel Magnusson in race 2.

The older historic cars finally got an outing this year on a mixed grid for pre-war cars, F3 500cc and Formula Junior.  Hans Hillebrink in his Lotus 20 Formula Junior felt very new and modern in this field, and this was clearly reflected in the results, as he managed to lap the rest of the field twice before the finish. 

Hans Beckert started in the 1000cc Cup with the Morris Cooper 970 S that burned a couple of years ago, now completely restored and in a great condition.  There was no lack of speed either and with Beckert on good form it could only end one way. 

In the GT class, Kennet Persson put in an unexpected appearance with his lovely Ford GT40.  He was the fastest in the qualifiers, but had a hard time getting off to a good start in the race, allowing Lotus Elan driver Bengt-Åke Bengtsson and Anders Schildt, in his Austin Healey 3000, to get away.  Persson, however, recovered and overhauled them both as the race progressed, with Schildt holding on to second and Claes Andersson, also in a Healey 3000, getting past the Elan to take third by the slimmest of margins.

In the class for standard cars over 1000cc, it was once again Beckert and Skårner in the lead with Beckert as the winner in both races. 

There was also a maximum field in the class for the newest cars with Rolf ‘The Mosquito’ Nilsson on pole with his Ford Escort RS1600.  He initially led the first race but had to give way to Anders Berger in a similar car, who had trouble in qualifying and had started further back.  However, both Berger and Tomas Hall (also in an Escort) missed the yellow flag when they lapped a back marker and thus received a penalty.  This handed the win to ‘The Mosquito’, with Claes Andersson (Opel Kadett GT/E) and the Ford Capri of Robert Paulsson next up. 

Read the full report in the November 2020 issue

The three-day Estoril Classics race meeting has been steadily gaining momentum over the past four years, with a winning formula involving 20-25 degree weather under a beautiful blue sky, an iconic circuit, built in 1972, that has seen all types of international racing, the beauty of the region, great food and the welcoming nature of the Portuguese people.  Despite travel restrictions and all the rest of the difficulties we are living through, 200 teams turned up to enjoy what was for many, the last outing of the season.

This is also the first year, in a three-year arrangement, that the Peter Auto grids were to make up the bulk of the programme, and though travel restrictions saw lower numbers than would have otherwise attended, it brought the cream of historic racing cars and drivers to Estoril. 

 

 Photos Carlo Senten Courtesy Race Ready

Usually attracting over 20,000 fans, this year no public was allowed, but enthusiasts could follow all the racing from home through a live stream of the whole weekend, and some 80,000 of them took up the offer.

It’s the Greatest

Many of the stalwart Peter Auto regulars were there with several cars, and these included David Hart, who, with Nicky Pastorelli won the first of two Greatest’s Trophy races in David’s Costin-bodied Lister Jaguar, having resisted the attentions of Dirk Ebeling’s Bizzarrini.  Sunday’s second race was unfortunately without the victorious Lister, leaving Ebeling’s Bizzarrini and Guillermo Fierro’s Maserati T61 Birdcage fighting for the top spot, with the Bizzarrini taking the advantage. 

Group C

Two 45-minute races for a thin grid of Group C cars saw the return of the Nissan R90 CK of Pierre-Alain and Erwin France.  The Nissan, that had been forced to withdraw from the race at Monza with mechanical issues, qualified second behind the Porsche 962C of Michel Lecourt and Raymond Narac, both cars reaching in excess of 300kph on the straight. 

Sixties

As usual for Peter Auto, a large and varied grid of pre-‘66 GT and pre-‘63 prototypes lined up for the two-hour Sixties’ Endurance race as the last race on Saturday, this time with the Porsche 911s of the 2L Cup in their midst.

Leading the pack were the well-known Sixties’ Endurance trio of Xavier and Olivier Galant, David Hart/Nicky Pastorelli and Damien Kohler, sharing his “new” Gipimotor-prepared car with Christophe Van Riet, all three teams in Shelby Cobras, with the Mahé father and son Cobra in their wake.  Young Xavier Galant took the initial lead from Hart, with Yvan Mahé and Kohler in their own battle for third.   

Leading the Sixties’ pack were Xavier and Olivier Galant, David Hart/Nicky Pastorelli, Damien Kohler/Christophe Van Riet and Mahé father and son, all in AC Cobras

After the pit stops Pastorelli in the Hart car was chipping away at Olivier Galant’s lead, but he was under attack by France, who got past on lap 46 and went after Galant.  By lap 50 of 56, as night began to fall, France was past Galant, and on the following lap Pastorelli was past too and on France’s tail.  In the final suspense-filled lap, with headlights ablaze, France crossed the chequered flag just 1.857 seconds ahead of the Hart/Pastorelli car. 

Heritage Touring Cup

A healthy grid (for these COVID times) of 20 cars lined up for the one-hour Heritage Touring Cup race with the Ford Cologne Capri 3100 RS of United Autosports’ Zak Brown, co-driven by Dario Franchitti, on pole with Gipimotor boss Christophe Van Riet’s Capri alongside hoping to make up for his retirement due to gearbox problems from the race at Monza. 

United Autosports’ Zak Brown, with Dario Franchitti, started the Heritage Cup on pole, but their race was short lived. The pair had bad luck too in their Jaguar XJR10, retiring from the Group C race

This time the bad luck hit his rivals when Franchitti had to make a pit stop with an engine problem at the end of the first lap.  The car did not return to the track until lap 17, with Brown at the wheel, who only did three laps before retiring to the pits again, this time for a problem with the accelerator cable.  Meanwhile Van Riet continued to circulate in the lead, followed closely by Yvan Mahé and Yves Scemama.  Unlike at Monza, in the absence of the Swiss-driven BMWs, it was an all Ford podium.   

CER 1

Hart and Pastorelli were once again in the limelight in the Classic Endurance 1 race, which they won in their Lola T70 MKIII B after a tough fight with the similar MK IIIB of Robert Beebee/Steve Brooks and Marc Devis/Martin O’Connell in a McLaren M8C.  A worthy contender in this David and Goliath battle was John Emberson in his Chevron B19, keeping pace with the McLaren, until the latter came to a stop on the side of the track, then restarted and limped to the pits. 

CER 2

Yves Scemama lined up his TOJ SC304 on pole for the one-hour CER 2 race.  In the last place was Monza winner Philippe Scemama in a Lola T600 after qualifying troubles.  OK it was a small grid, but by lap two Philippe was in second place and challenging brother Yves for first place, but with a mirror full of the Chevron B36 of Francisco Lara Resende.   A safety car, due to oil on the track, neutralised the race, which was re-started just as the pit window opened.  Everyone except Resende piled in for their mandatory stop, the Brazilian’s strategy to take advantage of a free track and make up the most time possible.  Unfortunately it wasn’t enough and didn’t allow him to come out of the pits ahead of the Scemama

Stormtroopers Haddon and Wolfe win GTSCC classic

Castle Combe’s ninth Autumn Classic should have been a special climax to the circuit’s 70th Anniversary celebrations on October 3-4.  Coronavirus dictated a late start to the season, with initial events run without spectators, but just when car club members and enthusiasts (in limited numbers) were invited back to South West England’s longest-serving venue, cruelly the rains came.  Thirty-six hours of unbroken precipitation failed to break competitors’ spirits on the Saturday – when a superb GT & Sports Car Cup enduro played out – but no overnight respite saw the new-for-2020 second day torpedoed.  Two feet of standing water in one run-off area made racing untenable.

Tom Water eld won the Freddie Giles Memorial Trophy race for Frazer Nashs in his Supersports.  Photos Eric Sawyer

Marcus Pye Reports

The GTSCC spectacle was world class.  An extraordinary battle raged throughout its 90 minutes as Andrew Haddon/Andy Wolfe (Lotus Elan) and Gregor Fisken/Marino Franchitti (in Gregor’s hooded early GT3 spec Jaguar E-type) slugged it out.  The cars were seldom more than a few seconds apart, their owners starting and finishing - but the mid-stint scrap between the vastly-experienced Wolfe and 2014 Sebring 12 Hours winner Franchitti was wonderful to behold as they scythed through seemingly endless traffic in the 33-car field.

The sweet aroma of methanol fuel pervaded the area as 18 500cc Formula 3 cars of the 1950s, representing 10 chassis marques and three engine manufacturers took to the wet track

Formula 3 500cc

The sweet aroma of methanol fuel pervaded the assembly area as 18 500cc Formula 3 cars of the 1950s, representing 10 chassis marques and three engine manufacturers, prepared to head out for the rolling start in the distant wheeltracks of period stars Stirling Moss, Peter Collins, Don Parker and Jim Russell.  Missing, alas, was 2016 victor Richard de la Roche who had qualified his Smith Buckler on pole, only for a big end bearing failure to silence its JAP engine during the warm-up ritual.

Mike Fowler (above) was uncatchable once George Shackleton (right) retired his Cooper Mk11

Assuaging his father’s F3 disappointment, Peter de la Roche drove Pat Barford’s Lola Mk3 brilliantly to beat Lotus-mounted spinner Clive Richards (22) and Sam Wilson (in Simon Diffey’s second-string 20) in Historic Formula Junior.  Regenmeister Stuart Roach flung his Alexis Mk2 to fourth, ahead of Diffey’s Veedol Lotus 20/22 – future Lotus F1 team manager Peter Warr’s ‘62 Nürburgring winner – and debutant Tim Child in the ex-Curt Lincoln/Chris Merrick Cooper T56.  Nick Taylor (Elva-BMC 100) and Alex Morton (Condor) pursued Roach in the front-engined set. 

 

 

A magnificent pre-war Frazer Nash and GN pack – plus Philip Champion’s gloriously swoopy FN Mille Miglia – set out for the Freddie Giles Memorial Trophy race.  Tom Waterfield drove Simon Blakeney-Edwards’ Super Sports with great brio to win by a country mile. 

Peter de la Roche drove Pat Barford’s Lola Mk3 brilliantly in the Formula Junior race to beat Lotus-mounted spinner Clive Richards

Piloting a historic car for the first time in five years, third generation Combe racer Alex Buncombe lapped allcomers in the Norman Dewis Memorial Trophy Pre-‘66 Jaguar contest, debuting Bob Neville’s newly-built E-type FHC.  Surprisingly, the 2014 HSCC Autosport Three Hours winner had not previously raced at his local circuit, where granddad John and father Jonathan were favourites. 

Two drivers with British Touring Car Championship experience won the Dunlop National Mini Challenge rounds.  Andrew Jordan staved off Kane Astin among the 1275cc Mini Miglias while Jeff Smith beat Spencer Wanstall home in the 1000cc Seven class, in its 50th year. 

For a full report see our November 2020 issue

In another blow to historic rallying the planned Silver Fern Rally has been cancelled due to the on-going COVID-19 travel restrictions.  The marathon biennial event relies on entries from Europe to make it viable and with those now not possible the organisers had no option but to cancel the 2020 edition completely.  Plans to run a shorter two-day event for local crews have now also been shelved.

 

Since 1999 Viviane Zaniroli has been encouraging women to get behind the wheel of old sports and GT cars and compete in their own right.  The resulting Rallye des Princesses regularity rally, inspired on the old Paris – Saint-Raphaël  Féminin, has been a great success over the ensuing 20 years, bringing many women into competition as drivers that might not have had the chance in mixed rallies when there is only one eligible car in the house.  A number have since bought their own rally cars.  Zaniroli has created an event tailored to women’s interests, in the route, in the places visited and in the evening stops.  For some years now, she has been supported by the high end watchmaker, Richard Mille.  Mille is well-known in racing circles for his sponsorship of the Peter Auto run Le Mans Classic, Rallye des Legendes and Chantilly Art et Elegance, and also for his large collection of racing cars, which he exhibits at Retromobile each year.

Now Zaniroli would like to step back and she will be handing the baton over to Patrick Peter’s organisation, which will observe and handle media and some other aspects in 2021 and take over the running of the event in 2022.  Next year’s event is scheduled for 29 May- 3 June 2021.  Zaniroli Classic Events, which Viviane runs with her Husband Patrick, will continue to run all its other annual events as usual, including Neige et Glace, Trans Maroc and Trophée des Alpes.

Though some things have changed much will be the same on next year’s Historic Monte, which takes place on 30 January – 3 February.  Though organisers have foregone the multi-national starting points in 2021 after the trauma of this year’s COVID epidemic, the challenge will be as tough as ever for four days and one night loop, returning cars to the unique starting point of Monte-Carlo after three nights in Valence and many historic regularity stages.  The final night run in the arrière pays that will include stages such as Col de Braus – La-Bollène-Vésubie and Lantosque – Lucéram will sort out the final order.

The organisers have also widened the eligibility criteria, now allowing any car that took part in the Monte between 1911 and 1983, making cars such as the Audi Quattro, Renault 5 Turbo, Lancia 037 and Fiat Panda eligible, at one end of the spectrum, and pre-war cars such as Bugatti, Delahaye, Talbot and Invicta at the other.  Another change to the regulations is that cars will run to only two average speeds.

Though this is likely to result in some newer cars entering the event for the first time, it seems unlikely that many pre-war cars will be attracted, as all cars built before 1966 are to be lumped into a single category, with further category cut off dates falling at the end of 1971, 1976 and 1982.  Entries must be in by 9 November and can be made on the ACM web site.

Lucy O’Reilly-Schell nished the Monte ve mes between 1929 and 1936, her best result being second place in 1936. In 1930 she drove a Talbot 2600, which has now become eligible for the historic Monte. She later became a Grand Prix team owner and was the mother of Grand Prix driver Harry Schell

Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR), organisers of Daytona 24 Classic and Sebring Classic 12 Hour, amongst many others, has been named the new sanctioning body of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca (WRLS).  The previous sanctioning body was the Historic Motor Sports Association.

In the new multi-year partnership, HSR will provide expertise in vetting entries for authenticity, competitor and participant registration and full technical scrutineering for both the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion and Monterey Pre-Reunion.

Previously owned by SCRAMP, who also held the franchise for the track, and now owned by the County of Monterey, new track managers A&D Narigi will take care of the event in its entirety, retaining the marshals, rescue and medical, timing and scoring and all ancillary activities associated with the event. 

HSR will play a critical role in the selection process and ensure the cars are appropriately grouped.  It will take responsibility for technical inspection, competitor relations and conduct driver meetings, etc.  When it comes to on-track racing, HSR will be the primary point of contact.

Established in the mid-1970s, HSR is currently operated by David Hinton, who acquired majority ownership of the organisation in 2012 in partnership with the late George Tuma.  A racer himself, who often participates at Monterey, Hinton has served as HSR President ever since.  When asked about his plans for the event, Hinton said, “I think what they’ve got going on has been phenomenal with the best cars in the world racing out there and I don’t think we need to change that.  It’s simply the best vintage race in the country.  Some of the people on the East Coast have never been comfortable going out there, so I think they might be a little more inclined to send an entry in now.”

“Our intent is to continue evolving the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion to new levels of excitement by continuing to attract and present the very finest historic and authentic race cars that owners want to drive and fans want to see,” explained John Narigi, president and general manager of WeatherTech Raceway. “In partnership with HSR, we will continue this journey.”

The Blower Continuation Series is a run of 12 newly-built recreations of one of the most famous Bentleys of all time – the supercharged 4½-Litre ‘Blower’ Bentley raced by Sir Tim Birkin in the late 1920s.  Forming the world’s first pre-war continuation series, Bentley Motors is creating 12 cars amid protests from owners of real Bentleys and the disapproval of many historians and lovers of the original cars.  All 12 new cars have been pre-sold.

 

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