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HSCC SNETTERTON 2017
Historic Formula Fords star at HSCC Snetterton  Historic Formula Fords, both in 1600 and 2000 categories, will take centre stage at the Historic Sports Car Club’s race meeting at Snetterton on Saturday 23 September, writes Paul Lawrence.   Unusually, the one-day race meeting does not feature any closed-cockpit cars and each of six grids will have a pair of races after qualifying ...
LOTUS 18 - THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF STIRLING MOSS'S '912'
BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker Great Cars 10: Lotus 18 – The autobiography of Stirling Moss’s ‘912’ Miss out Chapter 1 and you could easily believe this latest offering from Porter Press is actually no more than another Stirling Moss story. Fact is, the Lotus was inextricably tied to Moss from birth, thus the connection cannot be avoided. It was Moss who drove chassis...
VSCC PRESCOTT 'LONG COURSE' HILL CLIMB 2017
VSCC tackles Prescott’s Long Course This popular event taking place on Saturday 23 September, organised by our friends at the Vintage Sports-Car Club, allows pre-1932 cars to compete on what could be termed as the 'new' course. Usually, VSCC competitors miss out the long left (Orchard Corner), the challenging Ettore’s Bend and the enjoyable straight that leads up to Pardon. Prescott ...
RALLYDAY 2017
Castle Combe’s annual Rallyday This Saturday (23 September) Castle Combe in Wiltshire will once again be bursting at the seams with all things rallying. As well as plenty of action on track and a huge static display, a host of personalities will be on-hand to chat and sign your programme. Think Elfyn Evans, Malcolm Wilson, Jari-Matti Latvala, Harri Toivonen, plus many more, some being in...
BRSCC AT MALLORY PARK 2017
BRSCC Raceday at Mallory Park   Mallory Park, this Sunday 24 September, is not only host to the British Racing and Sports Car Club, but also includes historic action by way of the Historic Racing Drivers Club. The HRDC is holding two races; its Academy and A-Series Challenge and the very popular Coys Trophy. Couple these with a round of the BRSCC Alfa Romeo Championship plus more, and for j...
HERO CHALLENGE 2017
HERO Challenge at Bicester Heritage This very popular event, the dual permit HERO Challenge (it also forms part of the HRCR National B Championship) taking place on Saturday 23rd September, has found itself a new home at Bicester Heritage where a selection of special tests has been arranged for both categories. However, the 150-mile road section differs in as much as championship contenders wi...
KOP HILL CLIMB 2017
Kop Hill will challenge classic cars and bikes The 2017 Kop Hill Climb taking place this weekend, 16/17 September, is a steep climb just outside Princes Risborough at the foot of the Chilterns in Buckinghamshire, and raises funds for the local community. Amongst the unusual tackling the Hill will be the ‘Casual Lofa Sofa’ belonging to Edd China of Wheeler Dealers – the fastest...
CIRCUIT DES REMPARTS D'ANGOULEME 2017
Circuit des Remparts d’Angouleme 2017 This weekend 15-17 September the small town of Angouleme in south west France as usual plays host to a three-day historic motor sport extravaganza that includes a Contest of Elegance (Friday), an International Rallye around the area of Charente (Saturday), and on Sunday a full day of nine race-car grids. Add to this a population that exudes warmth an...
SPA SIX HOURS 2017
2017 Spa Six Hours, 15-17 September The Spa Six Hours this weekend represents the pinnacle of endurance historic racing with some 115 cars, including 17 Ford GT40s fighting it out over the classic Ardenne circuit. The final four hours are in darkness, it always seems to rain, and pit stops are crucial. All-in-all, very exciting. Of course, this is a full weekend of racing, with two rounds of th...
HSCC RACERS AT SPA SIX HOURS 2017
HSCC racers head to Spa More than 100 competitors from the Historic Sports Car Club will head to Belgium this weekend (15-17 September) to race at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit during the Spa Six Hours race meeting, reports Paul Lawrence.   HSCC racers will compete in a pair of HSCC Closed Wheel grids as well as the final round of the Jaguar Classic Challenge.  The 30-minute Closed Whe...
ISLE OF MAN RALLY CLASSICAGH 2017
Mintex MSA BHRC title race heads to the Isle of Man The 2017 Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship continues on asphalt for rounds seven and eight, the annual fantastic closed-road event on the Isle of Man on 14-16 September, writes Paul Lawrence. Rally Isle of Man is a landmark event on the rallying calendar and the event’s popularity among the historic crews is stronger than ev...
FORD DESIGN IN THE UK - 70 YEARS OF SUCCESS
BOOK REVIEW  by Peter Baker Ford Design in the UK - 70 years of success Freshly published by Veloce and written by established car designer and author Nick Hull, this is a most interesting 224-page story, based on Ford Motor Company and its different creative studios established in the UK over the past 70 years. There are some superb period images showing FMC personnel at work, supported ...
CLASSIC SPORTS CAR CLUB DONINGTON 2017
CSCC Donington meeting  You have to be a brave organiser to arrange any form of historic racing on the same weekend as the Goodwood Revival. The Classic Sports Car Club’s 2017 Donington meeting is on 9/10 September as they have decided their meeting appeals to a different market. This is a 16-race weekend with plenty of exciting action, including Future Classics, Special Saloons and ...
HISTORIC GRAND PRIX ZANDVOORT 2017
Zandvoort’s 2017 Historic Grand Prix Because of its great seaside location and its closeness to Amsterdam, the Historic Grand Prix meeting at Zandvoort, on 1-3 September, is among the most popular historic race meetings of the year. And the racing is pretty good too. Circuit Park Zandvoort will host rounds of FIA Masters Historic Formula One, FIA Masters Historic Sports Cars, Grand Prix ...
CARS IN THE CLAYDONS 2017
Claydon Estate’s motorsport garden party The Claydon Estate, in association with James Beckett Motorsport, will again be running its 'motorsport garden party'. The 2017 Cars in the Claydons, a motoring and motorsport show, along with a classic car tour, takes place over the weekend 2/3 September. Claydons’ manicured lawns and historic courtyard will host a garden full of motorsport ...
SYWELL CLASSIC 2017
2017 Sywell Classic – Pistons and Props Sywell Aerodrome will once again host the Footman James Sywell Classic – Pistons and Props on 23/24 September. This two-day motoring festival combines historic cars, motorbikes and hot rods alongside classic air displays, and a variety of vintage entertainment from song and dance to the vintage fairground. And with the vintage shopping village...
JAGUAR C-TYPE - THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF XKC 051
BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker Great Cars 9: Jaguar C-type – The autobiography of XKC 051  Co-written by acknowledged marque experts Chas Parker and Philip Porter, this most satisfactory 320-page history of ex-Le Mans-winning Jaguar C-type, chassis number XKC 051 is, simply put, as good as it gets. Of course, it helps when the subject in hand is already a star, this Jaguar C-type...
JAGUAR MARK 1 & 2: A CELEBRATION OF JAGUAR'S CLASSIC SPORTING SALOONS
BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker Jaguar Mark 1 & 2: A Celebration of Jaguar’s classic sporting saloons Part of the Classic Reprint series by Veloce this is a 'once upon a time' story by acknowledged expert Nigel Thorley and involves that most classic of all Jaguar saloons, the 'compact' Mk1 and Mk2, manufactured between 1955 and 1969. For sure they won countless races and rallies, a...
OULTON PARK GOLD CUP 2017
2017 HSCC Oulton Park Gold Cup Oulton Park Gold Cup, 26-28 August Three days of historic motor sport action, both on and off track, takes place this Bank Holiday weekend courtesy of the Historic Sports Car Club at Oulton Park. The programme is divided, with qualifying all day Saturday and on Monday morning. Sunday, therefore, is the only day given over purely to racing followed by 11 more grid...
MOTORSPORT AT THE PALACE 2017
Motor sport at Crystal Palace London’s Motorsport at the Palace, on Bank Holiday Monday and Sunday 27/28 August, will be celebrating all eras of motoring as racing drivers from all over the world showcase cars from pre-war to the latest supercars. Crystal Palace is one of the oldest venues used for racing and the first place from which live televised motor-racing was broadcast, and the ev...