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2019 ROGER ALBERT CLARK RALLY
The 2019 Roger Albert Clark Rally will be the toughest yet, with 300 stage miles in five days of rallying when the 12th edition of the rally runs in November 2019, reports Paul Lawrence.  After the runaway success of the 2017 edition, Rally Manager Colin Heppenstall has confirmed that the 2019 rally will build on that success when it runs from 21 to 25 November 2019. While the event has stron...
FORD ESCORT 50TH ANNIVERSARY AT BRANDS HATCH
Ford Escort celebration tops HSCC Brands Hatch weekend  The Historic Sports Car Club’s 50th anniversary celebration races for the Ford Escort top the Club’s 2018 race meeting on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit this weekend, 22-23 September, reports Paul Lawrence.   As well as two races dedicated to Ford Escort Mk1s and Mk2s, a busy programme takes in nine other HSCC champions...
SPA SIX HOURS 2018
HSCC racers head to Spa  Nearly 150 racers from the Historic Sports Car Club will head to Belgium this weekend, 14-16 September, for the 2018 Spa Six Hours meeting, reports Paul Lawrence. The high-profile classic weekend features three grids dedicated to HSCC members, with rounds 10 and 11 of the Silverline Formula Junior UK Championship, the final race of 2018 for the Jaguar Classic Chall...
ZANDVOORT HISTORIC GRAND PRIX 2018
Superb Historic F2 grid for Zandvoort  The success story of Historic Formula 2 in 2018 will continue at this weekend’s Zandvoort Historic Grand Prix on 31 August-2 September, when a spectacular field of 27 cars will contest rounds seven and eight of the Historic Sports Car Club’s Historic Formula 2 FIA International Series as the season resumes after a summer break, writes Paul ...
CLASSIC MOTOR SPORT FOR ALL
Something for everyone Two international-level historic race meetings take place this weekend, 1-2 September; FIA Masters Historic Formula One is headlining the Zandvoort Historic Grand Prix Meeting 2018, while a few hundred miles further south, the Peter Auto-organised Dix Miles Tours du Castellet at Circuit Paul Ricard has once again attracted a superb entry. Nearer home, the Aston Martin Ow...
ASTON MARTIN ULSTER
BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker Exceptional Cars 5: Aston Martin Ulster – The remarkable history of CMC 614 Thanks to social media, not that long ago it became a generalised opinion within the print industry that their days were numbered. Nobody would buy books or magazines anymore. Even worse, nobody in the future would write books or provide copy for magazines. Well, thankfully, and al...
OULTON PARK GOLD CUP 2018
HSCC racers set for 2018 Oulton Park Gold Cup  The annual Oulton Park Gold Cup organised by the Historic Sports Car Club takes place over the Bank Holiday weekend 25-27 August, writes Paul Lawrence. A superb 19-race programme includes the very special Chevron B6/B8 50th anniversary race, a dedicated race for the B8s and the earlier, similar B6s. Three B6s are due and a rare B4 is coming f...
CUMBRIA CLASSIC WEEKEND 2018
2018 Cumbria Classic and Motorsport Show The 30th Cumbria Classic and Motorsport Show at Dalemain, near Ullswater, on Sunday, 19 August has attracted a fantastic 876 entries. The event is part of the Cumbria Classic Weekend and is organised by Wigton Motor Club. This year’s event celebrates 70 years of Land Rover and the Citroen 2CV, along with 60 years of the Austin Healey Sprite and 50 y...
TEWKESBURY CLASSIC VEHICLE FESTIVAL 2018
The Tewkesbury Annual Classic Vehicle Festival  The Rotary Club of Tewkesbury’s annual Classic Vehicle Festival takes place on Sunday 19 August at Tewkesbury School Playing Fields. Over 1000 classic vehicles will be on display, from the dawn of the motoring era, to pre-war, post-war, American classics, custom cars, hot rods to supercars. Everything from a crazy 970 Z28 Camaro 454 big b...
VSCC AT MALLORY PARK
Formula Festival at Mallory Park 2018 The Vintage Sports-Car Club returns to the glorious Mallory Park for Round 4 of its Formula Vintage championship on Saturday 11 August. A 12-Race Programme is scheduled, including an exciting line-up of Historic Racing and Pre-war Sports Car grids, as well as the inaugural running of the Herbert Austin Challenge with competitors from both the VSCC and 750 M...
AVD OLDTIMER GRAND PRIX 2018
Masters moves to Germany The FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship 2018 arrives at the Nurburgring this weekend, 10-12 August, for the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix. Seventeen drivers will compete in two more races of the Championship on the Saturday and Sunday. In support will be rounds of the FIA Masters Historic Sports Car Championship, Masters Endurance Legends and Masters Gentlemen Drivers...
TED'S OPEL VAUXHALL RUN 2018
Ted’s 11th Opel Vauxhall Run  The 11th edition of Ted's Opel Vauxhall Run takes place on Saturday 11 August. A wide array of Opel and Vauxhalls, old and new, from all over the country will assemble at the Mill's Inn, Ballyvourney. Registration begins at 09.00am with the cars departing at 10.15. The route takes in Bothar Aban, Furihy, Ballingear and Ballylickey before stopping for lun...
CROFT NOSTALGIA WEEKEND 2018
Croft for HSCC racers  The hugely successful Croft Nostalgia Weekend is the next date for the Historic Sports Car Club when many of the Club’s categories race at the North Yorkshire track in an 18-race programme on 4-5 August, reports Paul Lawrence.   An excellent field of cars will contest rounds eight and nine of 13 in the HSCC 70s Road Sports Championship. Former Formula Vee c...
THE PERFECT CAR: THE BIOGRAPHY OF JOHN BARNARD
BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker The Perfect Car: The Biography of John Barnard - Motorsport’s most creative designer If ever I was stuck on a desert island this outstanding biography of John Barnard, written by Nick Skeens, is the one motor racing book I’d want with me. Simply because it runs to nearly 600 pages, every one so chock-a-block with facts and figures I would have to read...
SHELSLEY WALSH - CLASSIC NOSTALGIA 2018
Nostalgia plus classic championship rounds One of the most idyllic motor-sporting venues in the country, Shelsley Walsh is hosting its annual two-day Classic Nostalgia meeting this weekend, 28-29 July, and promises plenty of action both on and off the hill. Highlight on both days will be the Formula One 'Through the Ages' demonstrations. And the organisers, Midland Automobile Club, have arranged ...
HARRY FLATTERS RALLY 2018
Asphalt switch for BHRC contenders  The FUCHS Lubricants MSA British Historic Rally Championship 2018 moves to asphalt for round five, the Harry Flatters Rally on Sunday 29 July, as the championship contenders head to the challenging Epynt ranges in Wales, reports Pau Lawrence.   As well as being the fifth of eight BHRC rounds, the Harry Flatters Rally, organised by Brecon Motor Club, ...
IRISH HISTORIC RACING FESTIVAL 2018
  Derek Bell Trophy to star at Mondello Park The Historic Sports Car Club’s Derek Bell Trophy will play a leading role in the 2018 Irish Historic Racing Festival, which marks 50 years of Mondello Park over the weekend of 18-19 August, reports Paul Lawrence.   As well as celebrating the Irish circuit’s half-century, the event will also be a celebration of the life of Mondello...
GLOUCESTERSHIRE VINTAGE & COUNTRY EXTRAVAGANZA 2018
The South West’s largest festival of vintage transport The 2018 Gloucestershire Vintage & Country Extravaganza takes place over the weekend 3-5 August. This is the 44th annual show held at South Cerney Airfield near Cirencester in Gloucestershire, and over recent years has raised over £180,000 for charity. An incredible 1000 cars will be on display, together with 335 motorcycles...
CHATEAU IMPNEY HILL CLIMB 2018
Motor sport at Chateau Impney This two-day hill climb event, reliving the competition history of Chateau Impney takes place this weekend (7-8 July 2018) and since its return in 2015 just keeps getting better. As usual Saturday is given over to practice, a good time to take time out, maybe have lunch in the hotel, or enjoy the many side attractions that make this such a great venue. While on Sund...
FROM SEND TO SYRACUSE: THE HISTORY OF CONNAUGHT
BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker From Send to Syracuse: The History of Connaught The fact that an author such as Graham Rabagliati can compile such a book as this is in itself remarkable. Not only does he need immense depths of passion and self-determination, Rabagliati also requires a memory capable of pulling forward at any one time all the relevant facts that bring each chapter to life. I ...