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The FIA Trophy for Historic Regularity Rallies has undergone a change in format in recent years and, instead of a list of point-scoring events, there are 17 qualifying events all around Europe with one final to decide the winner.  This year the final will be held in Poland for the first time.  The leading competitors from each qualifying event will receive an invitation to compete in the Rally Poland Historic in its tenth anniversary year, on 11-14 November 2021, the winner taking the FIA Trophy for Historic Regularity Rallies 

Based in the town of Wieliczka, close to the historic city of Krakow, the route will consist of 953km of open roads, with 633km of those being part of the regularity tests.   See www.rallypolandhistoric.eu for details.

See  the Historic Motor Racing News website calendar pages for a list of qualifying rallies and contact details of their organisers.

Moving Racing Cars Between Europe and the UK

 

We asked expert James Walker, General Manager of CARS (Classic Automotive Relocation Services), to give us an update on the transport of racing cars in and out of Europe after Brexit.

Transporting your car around Europe used to be straightforward under the long-established provision of freedom of movement of vehicles across the UK border and into Europe.  Since the UK exited the EU, it is necessary to consider how your car will be temporarily imported into Europe and what new driving regulations you will need to follow.  Likewise, those planning to bring their racing car into the UK must consider the new requirements.

The UK’s new relationship with the EU is a changing situation, with import and export arrangements still being straightened out and the various EU customs authorities considering how their new relationship with the UK is going to work (unfortunately customs rules are not harmonised across EU states), and vice versa.

The following are some simple answers to those questions commonly being posed by those that tow their own race cars to Europe on their own trailer.  The rules regarding the permanent export of cars are a completely different matter.

Is my Driving Licence Still Valid?

Your UK Driving Licence is valid in all EU countries, as well as Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.  You will require an IDP (International Driving Permit) to drive in Monaco (as well as many non-EU countries).  You can apply for an IDP at main UK Post Offices.  EU driving licences will be valid in the UK.

Do I need to register my Trailer?

Trailers plated to carry under 3500kg will not need to be registered.  Trailers plated to carry 3500kg or more (or trailers carrying over 750kg on a commercial basis) will need to be registered before you can drive them through most European countries (including France).  Registered trailers must display their own registration plate (separate from the vehicle towing them).  Information on how to register your trailer can be found on the GOV.UK website.   All trailers must be properly insured to be towed on the road in Europe.

Most European countries already require trailers to be registered separately, so there should be no issue for continentals visiting the UK.

Will I require a Green Card?

You will need to carry a Green Card, obtainable from your insurer,  for your trailer, your tow vehicle, and any registered vehicles being carried in your trailer.   You should carry registration documents for all vehicles and also your trailer registration (if applicable).

Will I require an ATA Carnet to take my race car into Europe or the UK?

An ATA Carnet is an international customs document that permits the tax-free and duty-free temporary export and import of non-perishable goods for up to one year.  UK road registered race cars will not require an ATA Carnet when going to Europe (you only need to carry a copy of your UK registration document and a Green Card).  However, it may be necessary to carry a separate list of any spare parts that you are carrying.

Non-registered vehicles will require an ATA Carnet.  You will also need to list any spare parts that you are carrying on your ATA Carnet (you are not required to list consumables on an ATA Carnet). 

An EU road registered vehicle being transported on a trailer will require a C110 form to enter the UK   This is available to fill out online at Gov.UK.  At time of writing we do not know whether a formal customs entry will be required.

All vehicles, whether they are registered or not, being transported by a third party (such as your race team) or a commercial operator will require an ATA Carnet (as well as a Green Card).

The information listed above is provided to the best of our knowledge.  These rules could have easily changed by the time you read this.  It has not been possible to test these practices since the UK’s departure from the EU, as the current COVID-19 pandemic has stopped the general public from transporting their race cars to the continent on a trailer. 

We strongly advise that you seek the most up-to-date advice before transporting your car.  We understand that there is a strong possibility that the EU will insist on all race cars being temporarily imported under an ATA Carnet (regardless of whether they are road registered) but this is yet to be confirmed. 

You can of course enlist the services of a reputable vehicle transport company to take the hassle for you!  I am of course more than happy to recommend the services of CARS (Classic Automotive Relocation Services).  CARS have formed a partnership with the Bristol Chamber of Commerce and are able to issue ATA Carnets on their behalf.  Contact Sukie Duhaney (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for further information.  With over 30 years of experience, CARS are ideally placed to solve your European transport needs - for further information please visit www.carseurope.net.

A new challenge for historic rally drivers was the Dakar Classic, a regularity event in the Saudi desert for cars up to the year 2000.  Run in parallel with the madness that is the modern Dakar, which took place from 3-16 January, a reconnaissance team led by historic rally specialist Yves Loubet and 1980s co-driver Alain Lopes traced a route comprising 12 stages running alongside those of the modern vehicles, but shorter in length - 200 to 300kms per day compared to 600 and more for the moderns.  Adapting the difficulties to avoid breakage and overheating, the route saw only one retirement when the Spanish team of Carlos Vento and Juan Carlos Ramirez retired their Mercedes G320 on stage ten.  The cars shared the bivouacs and started in amongst the modern rally stars each day.  A new route saw the start and finish in Jeddah.   

 

Ignacio Corcuera, co-driven by Iker San Vincente drove a Volksvagen Il s, iden cal to the vehicle that won the 1980 Dakar in the Cars category. Corcuera has raced the African Dakar three  mes, alone and without assistance. He also contested the Rally of the Pharaohs and went from Bilbao to Dakar in 112 hours in 2013 amongst his many other driving feats.  Photos Gustavo Epifanio

Like the rest of the world, protective measures against the COVID virus were in place and more than 2,400 PCR tests were completed to form the “Dakar bubble” in which the rally caravan operated for nearly two weeks.

Amongst the more 300 vehicles in different two and four-wheel categories at the start were some 25 classics, including the Porsche 911 SC tribute to René Metge’s 1984 Dakar winner, driven by American Amy Lerner and co-piloted by novice Belgian navigator Sara Carmen Bossaert, the pair finishing in 15th place.  Two Sunhill buggies like those that tackled the Dakar in the ‘80s were running, and it was the French team of Marc Douton and Emilien Etienne, driving a Nantes Prestige Auto-prepared example, that won the classic category.

 Classic category winners Marc Douton and Emilien E enne in the Team Sunhill Buggy, a lightweight machine, well- adapted to desert condi ons. On the  rst Dakar in 1978, an example of this avant-garde machine was present at the start, piloted by its preparer Yves Sunhill

Amongst other vehicles were a VW Baja, a Nissan Patrol, and even a Mercedes Unimog and a Renault truck with mechanic on board for assistance, which finished third overall.

Amy Lerner’s Porsche 911 SC tribute to René Metge’s 1984 Dakar winner

The Historic Sports Car Club has devised an outstanding 12-race (six race weekends) calendar for its 2021 Historic Formula 2 International Series, with highlights to be prime slots at three of Europe’s biggest historic racing festivals: The Historic Grand Prix de France at Paul Ricard, the Zandvoort Historic Grand Prix and, after the 2019 event was marked by a record field of more than 50 Formula 2 cars, the Silverstone Classic (see our calendar section this issue). Historic F2 was declared ‘race series of the year’ in the 2020 Royal Automobile Club Historic Awards. According to Championship Chairman Roger Bevan, “The signs are clear that the tremendous momentum gathered in 2019 will readily carry forward into 2021.”

The Championship is open to cars built to period regulations for Formula 2, Formula Atlantic and Formula B, starting from 1967 and running right through to the end of the 1978 season. Later cars, designed to employ ground effect technology, are not permitted. See hscc.org.uk for full regulations.

Karin Kölzer and Stefan Eckhardt, organisers of the German-based Youngtimer Trophy for cars from homologation years 1966-1991, have presented an eight-event calendar for 2021 that spans three countries for its 29th season. Races include a three-hour support race on the world’s most demanding racetrack, the Nürburgring Nordschleife, where the Youngtimers will be on the racecard of the ADAC 24h race.

For 2021 most races are of an hour’s duration, but the visit to the Nürburgring GP track will be run in two 30-minute heats with combined results. Such is the demand for places on the grid, cars will run in two race groups. From the small displacement cars such as NSU TT, VW Polo and Audi 50; to the stars of the 1970s like Opel Kadett C Coupe or Ford Escort; to the most recent vehicles, such as BMW M3 or Mercedes 190E, models that were successful in the DTM; or Group 5 Porsches that are regularly seen on the podium, the Youngtimer Trophy hosts a huge variety of machinery. See
www.youngtimertrophy.de for details.

Youngtimer Trophy, Provisional Calendar 2021

April 16-18, Hockenheim

May 21-23, Nürburgring GP

June 03-06, Nürburgring Nordschleife

July 16-18, Spa Francorchamps

August 27-29, Assen

September 17-19, Nürburgring Nordschleife

The 2021 Appendix K is available online at
www.fia.com/regulations-0

23-25 April Rechberg, Austria
28-30 May Ecce Homo Sternberk, Czech Republic
18-20 June GHD Gorjanci, Slovenia
02-04 July Trento Bondone, Italy
09-11 July Cesana Sestriere, Italy
27-29 August GHD Petrol Ilirska Bistrica, Slovenia
17-19 September Buzetski dani, Croatia
24-26 September Coppa Chianti Classico, Italy

The Grand Prix De France Historique is, like its modern counterpart, moving from Magny-Cours to the Paul Ricard circuit at Le Castellet, and this year the biennial event will take place on 10-13 June, two weeks before the Formula One GP, when the weather and the joys of Provence should be at their optimum. Designed as a festival for single-seaters, the programme includes rounds of all the popular monoposto series: Historic Formula 1, MAXX Formula, Formula Ford Historic, F3 FRenault, the Lurani Trophy for Formula Junior, HSCC Formula 2, and two grids of GP cars from the HGPCA, for pre-‘61 and pre-‘68 cars. Promoted by HVM racing, entries should be made through individual grid organisers. Other races include GT and touring cars, Lotus Trophy, as well as a round of the Masters Sports Car Championship.

The Dutch Championship for pre- ‘66 Historic Touring and GT cars, NKHTGT, was established in 1996 and will enter its 25th anniversary year with a busier schedule than ever. Instead of the usual six events, drivers will get seven race weekends on some of the best European circuits, including two races at Barcelona-Catalunya on 3-4 September, which will be free of charge for season entrants. As support to the Hankook 24H Series, one of the races will be run at night. A very affordable series, thanks to large numbers of loyal followers on the grid and also to the generosity of sponsor Nolte Kitchens, the 2021 package deal for the entire NKHTGT season is €3,250 and single entries are €795 per event, for two races.

Always a series focussed on preserving automotive heritage, organisers are at the same time looking ahead to the next 25 years. Effective from this year, the series will reduce its carbon footprint by offsetting greenhouse gas emissions from its races. This will be in collaboration with the Land Life Company, a technology-driven reforestation company with a mission to help restore the two billion hectares of degraded land worldwide. To achieve this, Land Life Company uses data and technology - drones, artificial intelligence and monitoring apps. By planting trees in places where they are most needed, the company ensures the restoration of important ecosystems, increased biodiversity and social and economic benefits for local communities.

“We are pleased that as a racing series we can contribute towards making historic motorsport more sustainable. This is not a stand-alone initiative. We do this in cooperation with race organisers and the circuits. Together we are working towards the future of our sport, under the umbrella of the FIA Guide for Sustainable Events. Together, as drivers and supporters and board of trustees, we look forward to the next 25 years of historic racing in the NKHTGT,” commented NKHTGT Chairman Bert Mets.

NKHTGT 2021 Calendar

16-18 April Hockenheim

4-5 June Zandvoort

25-26 June Spa-Francorchamps

9-11 July Zolder

6-8 August TT-Circuit Assen

3-4 September Barcelona

8-10 October Dijon

The traditional start to the German Historic Motorsport season is the Bosch Hockenheim Historic event, dedicated to the memory of Jim Clark. This year, on 7-8 May, the feature race at the long-standing event will be a new Group C Super Cup race for Group C, IMSA & GTP cars running to 1982-1993 specification. With support from competition suspension specialists and main sponsor, KW automotive GmbH, this will be an inaugural standalone race for 2021 with more events planned for 2022. Zoe Copas, who has been the main contact and admin for the Group C series for many years, first with Bob Berridge at the helm, and then with Patrick Peter, said a number of people have been asking, “if we could do some races for those with smaller budgets, newcomers, less frequent racers etc. So in conjunction with Hockenheim circuit and the Gebhardt Marketing Services we will be the feature race at the Bosch Hockenheim Historic. The last time these cars raced at Hockenheim was way back in July 1985 when they ran in the 1000kms WEC race.” For entries contact zoe@groupcracing or see more details at www.groupcracing.com.

As tradition dictates, the Formula Junior Lurani Trophy championship will also start their season at the Hockenheim Historic, and the HSCC will bring a round of its F2 Championship. Amongst local races on the programme is the German-based Tourenwagen Classic series, celebrating DTM cars of the ‘80s and ‘90s.