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Peter Auto has announced its 2021 calendar, which includes five race meetings for its regular series, very similar to what it should have been this year, plus the postponed  Le Mans Classic, the date for which has been set at 1-4 July.  A new feature will be two test days for its series competitors at the Paul Ricard circuit in early March.  The schedule will be marked by anniversary celebrations of the 10th running of Le Mans Classic and Spa-Classic and the 30th anniversary of the Tour Auto Optic 2000.

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > Peter Auto 2021

In the wake of the dreaded COVID pandemic, the Valletta Grand Prix Foundation announced that the Malta Classic, which was to take place on 8-11 October, has been cancelled.  2020 will be the first year since 2008, that the annual street racing event, along with all its peripheral activities, will not be taking place.  Attracting thousands of enthusiasts to the picturesque island each year, the Malta Classic committee has promised, “the most thrilling edition yet for its drivers, patrons and spectators alike for Malta Classic 2021.”   The four-day national event is scheduled to be back on the road on 7-10 October next year.

Racing in the streets of Malta will be back next year

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > Malta Classic

The German Cup and Touring Car Trophy started its 11th season in full summer sunshine around three months later than usual on the weekend of 4-5 July at Hockenheim, with a 30-car grid. 

In the first race, Harald Tänzler (BMW E46 WTC) celebrated a safe start-to-finish victory, his second overall victory in CTT.  “The boys did a great job over the winter and put me in a super prepared car,” said Tänzler.  Michael Nolte in a Porsche Supercup 3500 NM crossed the finish line eight seconds behind, while Jesco Kaczamarek was happy with third place in his Audi TTS.  “The hot temperature meant I had to struggle with waning brakes in the second half of the race,” he said.

The fight of the race came - albeit in different classes – from Mike Münch (Ford Fiesta), Christoph Eicker (Renault Clio RS III) and Oliver Davidovic (Mini Cooper R56).  For 30 minutes the three fought door-to-door, but always clean and fair and were a joy to watch.  Münch, who is only 16 years old, came out ahead to take tenth overall.

Michael Nolte won the second race in bright sunshine.  Manfred Lewe, who had been fastest in qualifying, had to let Nolte pass after a few laps.  Despite everything, Lewe was more than satisfied with the result.  After an accident in the first race, in which a rival had roughly driven into the side of his Seat Leon WTCC, putting him out, he was just glad to be able to start the second race, “Thanks to my boys who managed to get the car back so that a race was possible!”  As in the first race, Jesco Kaczamarek completed the podium and, after two class wins, also leads the overall points table of the Cup and Touring Car Trophy. 

The catch-up race was provided by Marc Ullrich, who, coming from the back in his VW Golf GTI, was still eighth overall.  Next race for these Youngtimers will be on 11-13 September at Zolder.the three fought door-to-door, but always clean and fair and were a joy to watch.  Münch, who is only 16 years old, came out ahead to take tenth overall.

 Harald Tänzler showed a clean pair of heels to all comers in the first of two races, to score his second outright CTT win

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWSCup and Touring Car Trophy

Members’ Meeting:  Cancelled, Festival of Speed:  Cancelled, Goodwood Revival:  Cancelled, but the Duke of Richmond is not to be downcast.  Instead he has announced a new, online event to take place on 16-18 October, that will be, in the Duke’s words, “The fastest, most exciting and spectacular event we have ever staged.”  The most ambitious event ever held at Goodwood, Speedweek will be broadcast to the world free of charge in innovative ways, with technology such as putting viewers in the racing seat, with layers of interactivity to create an immersive experience.  Without spectators present, the action can be faster and more extreme.  According to the press office, “It will redefine the experience of watching motorsport at home in much the same way that the Festival of Speed and Revival changed forever the perception of classic car events.”  The programme of events and full driver line-up will be announced over the coming weeks and months.

As reported in our July issue, the Historic Sports Car Club still wants to offer the Jaguar drivers at least one event in 2020, and have announced their own race for pre-‘66 Jaguars at the Oulton Park Gold Cup on 29-31 August.

 The Dunlop Historic Trophy will be a one-hour race for with mandatory pit stop and the option of two drivers.  There are classes and awards for E-types in both standard and race modified specification, Mk1 and Mk2 saloons and the XK range.  An invitation class will be open to suitable cars that do not fully meet pre-‘66 specification.

The race will celebrate a long association between the HSCC and racing Jaguars, which started when Neil Corner’s D-type won the first race in the HSCC story at Castle Combe in 1966.  At the conclusion of the 1969 season, the Historic Jaguar Trophy was awarded for the first time and the recipient was David Beckett for his performances in a Lister Jaguar.

HSCC CEO Andy Dee-Crowne said: “The loss of the Jaguar Classic Challenge to the COVID-19 pandemic was a great disappointment to Jaguar racers, but the Club is honouring its commitment to them with a chance to get back racing in this special race at Oulton Park.”

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > Jaguar race at Oulton Park

Sadly, after searching for a date on which to run the postponed Donington Historic Festival, organisers have been forced to hold it over until next year.  The 2021 date will be announced soon.

 

In the meantime, though, there is excitement in the ranks as the Legends’ season will be underway soon with a revised date of 15-16 August for the Thruxton Historic meeting.  With some grids missing out on their races at the cancelled Donington Festival and/or Silverstone Classic, Duncan Wiltshire has announced that all Motor Racing Legends grids will be able to race at Thruxton.  “We plan to run all of our race series at this meeting,” said Wiltshire, “with the Woodcote Trophy and Stirling Moss Trophy grids having separate one-hour races, and the Historic Touring Car Challenge/Tony Dron Trophy with two 40-minute races - to be shared with the Sixties Touring Car Challenge with U2TC.”

In addition, there will be a 40-minute race for Pre-War Sports Cars, and a 60-minute race for Pre-‘63 GT.  The GT & Sports Car Cup and Julius Thurgood’s HRDC grids will also be on the bill.

“We now have official confirmation that competitors who choose to stay overnight will be able to camp in the paddock; be it in a motorhome or caravan and the paddock will be open for set-up on Friday afternoon.  Our hospitality arrangements are still under review, but we definitely aim to provide COVID-compliant lunch on each day and to host some sort of socially-distant gathering on both Friday and Saturday evenings,” added Wiltshire.

After that the Motor Racing Legends will continue their season as scheduled at the Spa Six Hours meeting, where there will be races for Woodcote Trophy, Stirling Moss Trophy, Pre-War Sports Cars, and all the touring car classes, and the Algarve Historic Festival on 23-25 October, where the Pre-’63 GTs will race and a pre-war sports car double header has been added to the programme.  Entries for these meetings are strong and it is clear that the Legends drivers are keen to get back out on track.  See www.motorracinglegends.com for details and entries.

 

Photo John Retter

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > Motor Racing Legends Revised Schedule

Goodwood Cancelled

As we went to press with our July issue, news came from Goodwood that both the Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival meetings have been cancelled for this year.  Lord March and his team held out for as long as possible in the hopes of staging both events later in the year, but it is just not possible for these events, which rely on the presence of large numbers of spectators and sponsors, to go ahead under current restrictions.

Behind Closed Doors

Dependant as it is on the public to come in large numbers, the mega Silverstone Classic was cancelled for this year and, with the strange quarantine rules in place in the UK, club racing will no doubt be the beneficiary, as the clubs can run without spectators for the benefit of their members.  For the moment, sporting events, including motor sports, must be run ‘behind closed doors’, which is to say without spectators and with a limited number of people in each team.

HSCC off to a Strong Start

Despite the restrictions, the Historic Sports Car Club is reporting a 300-strong entry when UK historic racing resumes at its Legends of Brands Hatch Super Prix meeting on the Grand Prix circuit on 11-12 July.  With the Club’s F2 series particularly badly hit by race cancellations in the early part of the season, two F2 races have been added to the timetable.

The Club has confirmed its race meeting schedule for the balance of 2020, taking in Brands Hatch GP (11- July), Oulton Park International (29-31 August), Cadwell Park (19-20 September) and Silverstone National (17-18 October) circuits.

Each of the four race meetings will include a wide range of the Club’s categories and series and the Oulton Park Gold Cup will feature a special one-hour, two-driver race for pre-‘66 Jaguars for which any intending competitors are asked to enter as quickly as possible.

HSCC CEO Andy Dee-Crowne said, “Our 2020 calendar is, of course, entirely dependent upon instructions from both the government and Motorsport UK. However, the signs are increasingly positive and we are very encouraged by the response to our Brands Hatch meeting. I’d now like to ask competitors to enter for the remaining race meetings this season as this really helps us in planning for these events.”

Entries for all events are now open via the HSCC website (www. hscc.org.uk) and entry fees will only be taken at the closing date for entries. For the balance of 2020, full refunds will be given for any entries withdrawn up to the date of the event.

As is customary for the HSCC additional dates for certain HSCC categories are scheduled, including Historic Formula Ford 2000 at Zandvoort (4-6 September) and Spa (10-11 October); Historic Formula 2, Dijon (3-4 October); Classic F3 and Thundersports at Spa (24-26 September).

BDC Silverstone

The Bentley Drivers Club has confirmed that its Silverstone meeting will go ahead on the revised date of Saturday 22 August – a move from its original slot of 8 August due to the Emirates Formula 1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix now scheduled over that weekend.

The ‘behind closed doors’ policy will mean that neither Club members nor general spectators will be allowed to attend the meeting, removing its typical garden party-style atmosphere that makes it one of the highlights of the BDC’s annual social calendar.

But racing members are so keen to get back on track and the Club is expecting a surge in entries, which will be very welcome. This will be the Club’s 72nd consecutive annual Silverstone race day!

Donington Festival

The Donington Historic Festival was postponed from its early May date, and while Duncan Wiltshire of Motor Racing Legends was optimistic about getting an August date for the event, this has proved impossible and the event will now be postponed until next year.

GT & Sports Car Cup

After the loss of its Donington round, the GT&SCC will continue on its originally scheduled dates of 3-4 October at Castle Combe for the Castle Combe Autumn Classic and the Algarve Classic Festival, which promises to be a bumper year for the event, on 23-25 October.

FIA Championships to Kick off on Revised Donington Date

Reduced to just three races this season, long before the coronavirus struck, the FIA Masters Championships are set to kick off on a revised Donington date of 18-19 July, after the cancellation of the Silverstone Classic.  Quarantine rules in the UK currently prevent non-UK based competitors from racing there, but the FIA is confident that these will be lifted before 18 July.  All other Masters grids will also be racing.

The  Formula 3 European Cup will go ahead with its scheduled races at the Zandvoort Historic Grand Prix on 4-6 September, with a revised closing date for entries of 10 August.  There is already a strong Italian contingent registered.

The Masters will continue its season with the postponed Brands Hatch meeting, which will now take place on 22-23 August, but not as an FIA Championship counter.

After that, the Masters’ calendar is set to run as scheduled, with the Zandvoort Grand Prix in early September, and the Spa Six Hours meeting on 25-27 September, both also rounds of the FIA Championships, running on their original dates.

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > News from the UK.......

Portugal is one of the least hard hit countries by COVID 19. Authorities there closed borders and locked down early, and now Portugal is enjoying the fruits of such prudent management with a pretty full schedule of racing for the rest of the season. They also have the advantage of good weather in the south late into the year. New on the calendar is a meeting organised at the last minute at the Algarve circuit, where the Portuguese Championships, Iberian Endurance, Group 1 Portugal and remaining championships plus Caterhams and Kia Trophy will run. Calendars for the two main historic championships are as follows:

 

Campeonato de Portugal de Velocidade Clássicos (CPVC)

18-19 July – Autódromo Algarve – new meeting

12-13 September - Braga Circuit

23-24 October - Autódromo Algarve

5-6 December - Estoril Circuit

 

Race Ready Iberian Historic Endurance

18-19 July - Autódromo Algarve – new meeting

9-11 October - Estoril Classic

17-18 October – Jerez

7-8 November – Jarama

21-22 November - Estoril 250kms

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > The Portuguese Season

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

Regrettably WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca’s new management team has cancelled the 2020 Monterey Motorsports Reunion, yet another event to  fall victim to COVID-19.

In a July 12 statement that included all the usual remarks about public and staff safety, President and General Manager of WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca’s John Narigi said, “As was our plan, we waited until June before making a final decision.  No matter how much we hoped, no one can fully anticipate what state mandates will be in place that will affect public events and social gatherings.”

The County of Monterey Health Department has approved a reopening plan for private track rentals that have strict health and safety protocols.  Following these protocols,  a “Driver Appreciation Weekend” has been created for 8-9 August to allow the significant number of entrants who have expressed interest in still running their cars on the challenging circuit the opportunity to do so.”

This must come as a frustrating blow for the new management team, who have not yet had the opportunity to show what they can do with the event.

Sebring and Daytona

However, some events scheduled for later in the year, such as HSR’s, 4-8 November Classic Daytona and Classic Sebring (3-6 December) race meetings, are still expected to go ahead.

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > Major US Events Cancelled

Having announced the cancellation of the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique for 2020, it was initially envisaged to wait until it’s natural date in 2022 for it to run again.  This was largely due to the E-Grand Prix, run in alternate years in the May slot occupied in even numbered years by the Historique.  However, by popular demand, the ACM has decided to run three Grands Prix next year, the Historique, which will take place on the earlier date of 23-25 April, the E-Prix on 8 May, and the F1 Grand Prix on 20-23 May, making a month of motor sport in the Principality, representing the past, future and present.   It is envisaged that the Historique will then go back to its formula of alternate years, which means a special treat for historic racers, as it will also run on 13-15 May 2022.

“To organise three races in the space of one month will be a premiere for us all at the ACM,” commented Christian Tornatore, the General Commissioner of the Automobile Club de Monaco.  “The logistical side promises to be complex, but not impossible to manage! Because of the new constraints, we shall need to start setting up the track earlier than usual, at the end of February, instead of mid-March.”

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > GP de Monaco – Past, Future and Present in 2021

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > The Scandinavian Calendar

Bengt-Åce Gustavsson fills us in on how the Scandinavian season is shaping up…

Historic Racing in Sweden:

All racing in Sweden was banned during April, May and June.  Now we are hoping that we can start racing in July, but we don´t know for sure.  I´ll give you the calendar as it looks today:  The opening round at Kinnekulle should have been raced in the middle of May, but is now moved to 5-6 September.  The biggest race, Velodromloppet GP in Karlskoga, is moved to 9-11 October.  Svenskt Sportvagnsmeeting at Ring Knutstorp is now postponed to next year.  Our best hope is that the race meeting at Mantorp on 21-23 August will take place as scheduled, along with Falkenberg on 18-20 September.

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > International Historic Hill Climbing

The FIA European Hillclimb Championship has also been reworked to give competitors five events and the points rules revised accordingly:

11-12 July Trento Bondone

1-2 August   Ecce Homo Sternberk

28-30 August GHD Petrol Ilirska Bistrica 18-20 September Buzetski Dani

25-27 September Coppa Chianti Classico

More generally speaking, the FIA, its Historic Motor Sport Commission, ASNs but also organisers have been working very hard to ensure the safety protocols necessary for motor sport to resume would be as clear as possible but also enforced at all levels.  It looks like there is a strong will from the industry but also Competitors to come back on track.

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > International Historic Hill Climbing

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > Racing Resuming

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  > LATEST NEWS > Hat-Trick at Spa

Roadbook organisation, which each year brings you the Spa Summer Classic and the Spa Six Hours meeting, is making it a hat-trick with a new, third meeting at the Francorchamps circuit, on 10-11 October this year.

HMR Holland will bring a full grid of monopostos for two races

For many years now, the other two meetings have been full to capacity, with many grid organisers being turned away due to lack of sufficient slots on the timetable.  The Spa Hat Trick meeting, much like the Spa Summer Classic in its early days - before it became a meeting in its own right with its own character - will initially welcome the overflow from the other two meetings, but will no doubt take on a shape and character of its own in future years.

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > NNKHTGT Goes International

The hitherto Dutch Championship series for Pre-‘66 touring and GT cars, NKHTGT, has this year taken the step to register as an FIA International Series to better reflect the international nature of the series, both in terms of circuits visited (this year in Holland, France, Germany and Belgium) and also in the international make up of the participants. The series has always been for Appendix K cars, but for 2020 drivers will need HTPs and international race licences. Now entering its 24th year – yes it’s been around for a long time - the ethos of this series is no frills, and the aim is to provide economical racing for the greatest number of participants. Thanks to sponsors Nolte Küchen, Gamma and HP Tyres, they are able to offer a season package of six races for only €3150, and individual races cost €795. Grids are generally full. See rThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info, or contact Egbert at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for entries.

NKHTGT grids are full and diverse

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > New Series for Group A

One of the most memorable eras of motor racing was the first five years of Group A.  The European Championship was healthy and the national series were rising.  In the big class Rover, Holden, Jaguar, BMW, Ford and the old Volvos battled it out, and there was close racing in the 1600 and 2500cc classes as well.  Nowadays, these cars are racing with the much faster FIA J2 cars, like Cosworth Sierra and BMW M3 and sometimes even with the Super Tourers of the late ‘90s.

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > Historic Formula 1 at the French Grand Prix

Belgian suppliers and dealers of Formula One cars, Officina Caira, has organised for historic F1s to run demos at Paul Ricard on the weekend of the French Grand Prix on 26-28 June.  For €1500 drivers will get a space for their car in the historic paddock, four driving sessions, One F1 paddock pass and two breakfasts, lunches and dinners daily over four days. They are looking for GP cars of any era, from 1950 to 2010.  See officinacaira.com or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > Historic Formula 1 at the French Grand Prix

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > Calling all Alfisti - Alfas Only at the Classic

Since its inaugural race at Donington late in 2018, the HRDC has successfully built up its Classic Alfa Challenge series in 2019 and will continue it into 2020 with a flagship race at the Silverstone Classic for the marque in its 110th anniversary year.  Alfa races always attract good grids, the Alfa Revival Cup series in Italy, and the Scuderia del Portello-run Tutto Alfa races at Monza, being cases in point.  Not many single marques would be able to do that.  It is therefore hoped that a full grid of 75 Alfas from all over Europe will put on a fitting show to celebrate the milestone in the  history of a company that has produced more racing cars and more top results than any other.

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > Les Deux Tours

Scheduled for 6-8 November on the F1 track at the Paul Ricard circuit, this 24-hour event, unique in the world of historic competition, is decidedly back in favour after some lean times.  With a maximum of 60 grid spaces available, the list of confirmed entries has already exceeded 40 with nine months to go before the event, with another 40 having expressed interest.

Amongst the entries are Henri Leconte, who will be at the wheel of Eric Van de Vyver’s TVR Griffith 200, and Philippe Gache who will partner "John Doe" in his Chevron B36.  There will be family teams from Patrice Lafargue, whose IDEC Sport team is the reigning champion of the European Le Mans Series, and who will be sharing another B16 with his son Paul, while two TVR Griffith 400s will be driven by José Beltramelli and his sons Brady and Viny, and by  2019 French Champion Didier Gruau, joining forces with his talented heirs Julien and Ghislain Gaubert.  Brothers Matthieu and Jean-Baptiste Châteaux will drive a BMW 635 CSI entered by their parental team, while Jean-Jacques Mancel, the editor of the magazine Berlinette Mag will share his Alpine A310 V6 with his son Cyril.

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > Editorial - On the Pace

Diary of a Virus

28 February: The historic motor sport world is increasingly affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, as more and more drastic measures are taken by governments to curb its spread. 

Gatherings of 1000 people or more are banned in Switzerland, and The Ice event in St Moritz, due to run on February 29, is one of the first casualties, soon followed by the cancellation of the Geneva Motor Show.  It is a decision that clearly didn’t take into consideration the rule of unintended consequences.  On the same weekend that the outdoor Ice concours was cancelled, those who would have been strolling on the frozen lake were instead packing themselves into crowded cable cabins and going up the mountain.  A number of cars went out on the lake anyway.

MAGAZINE  >  LATEST NEWS > FIA Historic Formula 3 European Cup

2020 is a special year for Zandvoort as FIA Formula One returns to The Netherlands for the first time since 1985 and the circuit is being upgraded to welcome its return.   The upgrades to the circuit include two new banked corners, improved run off areas and expansion of the paddock (check out Google or Youtube for some videos of the ongoing work).

Zandvoort has long been associated with Formula 3

MAGAZINE  >  LATEST NEWS > HSCC Single Seaters at Pau

Single-seater racers from the Historic Sports Car Club will have the chance to race on the famous Pau street circuit, first used for the French Grand Prix in 1930 and virtually unchanged since.  In partnership with event promoters HVM Racing, up to 2-litre cars from the HSCC single-seater ranks will tackle a double-header over the weekend of 30-31 May.  Originally billed as a round of the HSCC’s Historic Formula 2 series, it became clear that the timing was awkward as the date falls immediately after the Masters Festival F2 round at Brands Hatch and is itself followed the next weekend by a round at Dijon.  “Consequently entries will surely suffer,” said Roger Bevan, HSCC F2 Championship Chairman.  Therefore the grid has been opened up to cars from the new Geoff Lees Trophy.  Launched this year, the Geoff Lees Trophy series is open to up to 2-litre Formula 2, Formula Atlantic, Formula 3, Formula Ford 2000, Formula Vauxhall Lotus, Formula Renault and Formula Super Vee cars built and raced during the 1980s.

 

MAGAZINE  >  LATEST NEWS > Le Mans Classic – a Century of Automotive History on Track

A Century of Automotive History on Track

Le Mans Classic, the biennial event with its six grids for cars from 1923 to 1981, will include even more cars racing on the legendary track this year, with single marque support races for both Porsche and Jaguar and, as has become the tradition, two Group C races.  This year the latter will run in partnership with Mazda, who will take the opportunity to celebrate its centenary during the July 2-5 event.  The Japanese manufacturer will be bringing its iconic 787B.  Even later cars will also be running, with the Peter Auto series Endurance Racing Legends no longer on display, but engaged in real racing.  A 75-car grid of these GT and prototypes from the 1990s and 2000s is expected.

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.

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.

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)

 

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > Muscle Cars at the Members’ Meeting: Preview

This year’s 28-29 March Goodwood Members’ Meeting will feature three 20-minute races for the Gerry Marshall Trophy for saloons that raced between 1970 and 1982, but unlike in past years, it will be for owner-drivers.  In contrast, the last race on Saturday, the new Pierpoint Cup, will be a two-driver event for V8 saloon cars of a type that raced up until 1966.  That means Plymouth Barracudas and Ford Falcons will face up against Mustangs and Galaxies, in a 45-minute race.

The Edwardian cars, the Earl Howe Trophy for pre-war cars, the rear-engined Formula Juniors, the pre-‘63 GT cars, a two driver, 45-minute race for pre-‘66 prototypes, a 20-minute race for ‘50s prototypes, a pre-’66 GT race, a race for the 500cc Formula 3 cars and the Hailwood motorbike race are also on the programme, along with demonstrations including F1 cars dating from 1970 to 1975 in which the innovative Lotus 72 will be a key feature.

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > Muscle Cars at the Members’ Meeting: Preview

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > Masters and the FIA Championships: Preview

In a departure to what has gone before, the Masters will only be running the two FIA Championships at three venues this year.  The Historic Formula 1 and Masters Sports Cars will run as championship counters at the Silverstone Classic, the Historic Grand Prix Zandvoort and the Spa Six Hours meeting. Masters boss, Ron Maydon, was surprised to be informed by the FIA that the Formula One Historic cars would only be allowed to run Championship points rounds at Grade 1 circuits.  This limited his ability to form a calendar the historic racers would like.  The regs for the Sportscar Championship remain unchanged and they are allowed on Grade 2 circuits, however the two championships will continue to run together, which means only three venues this year.  “We have been running the Championships for seven years now,” said Maydon, “and we were trying to think of ways to freshen them up, so this came as an opportunity to do something different.”

The Masters will continue to run non-championship races for both series at the four other venues they are scheduled to attend this year (see our calendar pages). Two circuits that they have not visited for some years appear on the calendar, with races scheduled at the Autodromo do Algarve in April and, in August, instead of their usual visit to the Oldtimer Grand-Prix, they will go to Zolder on August 22-23.  They will also run the one-make Mini races, as last year, at Donington in June and at the Silverstone Classic.

The title of FIA Champion is no doubt attractive and brings great prestige with it,” said Maydon, “and if it wasn’t for the fact that Zandvoort is being upgraded for this year’s Grand Prix, we wouldn’t have been able to run a championship round there either.  But the drivers also enjoy running at some other great circuits and events, like Brands Hatch GP and Algarve, and we want to make sure they have the opportunity to do so.”

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MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > HSCC Touring Cars and Single Seaters: Preview

The Historic Sports Car Club has opened up its Historic Touring Car Championship for 2020 to 1300cc Austin A30s, A35s, A40s and Morris Minors.  Previously, these cars were only admitted into the championship for Pre-‘66 Touring Cars with the 1150cc or smaller engines they had in period.  Andy Dee-Crowne, CEO of the HSCC said: “This is a logical step to offer a group of cars the chance to race with the HSCC.”

1300cc Austin A30s, A35s and A40s can now run in the HSCC Touring Car Championship

MAGAZINE  > LATEST NEWS > Sixties Touring Car Challenge with U2TC: Preview

Motor Racing Legends has announced a new grid for the 2020 season - the Sixties Touring Car Challenge.  To be run for Group 1 and Group 2 cars that were eligible for the European Touring Car Championship from 1966 to the end of 1969, the series will also encompass the current U2TC grid for pre-’66 cars, but importantly, will stick to the U2TC under 2 litre formula.  The new series gives a home to Mk2 Lotus Cortinas, BMW 2002s, Alfa Romeo GTA variants, early Mk 1 Ford Escorts, Mk 2 Minis, Lancia Fulvias and a host of other small-engined cars that have hitherto been poorly served.

Photo Oliver Flower Courtesy MRL

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