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ALMC STAGES 2017
Irish challenge next for Mintex MSA BHRC    The Co Meath-based ALMC Stages, on Sunday 2 July, is round five of the 2017 Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship as the focus moves to the closed-road asphalt event in the Republic of Ireland, writes Paul Lawrence.   The Championship’s first visit to the Republic of Ireland for at least 15 years marks the start a run of fo...
MONZA-HISTORIC 2017
2017 Monza Historic, 30 June-2 July No Peter Auto season would be complete without a meeting in Italy, the home of many legendary circuits and some of the most beautiful, prestigious sports cars such as Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lancia and Maserati – authentic jewels in the collective imagination. The Monza Historic was held for the first time in 2015 and it’s back on the cal...
VSCC SHELSLEY WALSH 2017
Vintage & Post Vintage Thoroughbreds at Shelsley Arguably described by the Midlands Automobile Club as the 'oldest operational motorsport venue in the world' Shelsley Walsh certainly exudes a unique pre-war atmosphere and is a wonderful place to picnic while at the same time take in some classic hill-climbing. This weekend (1/2 July) sees the annual Vintage Sports-Car Club gathering of vint...
HSCC LEGENDS OF BRANDS HATCH SUPERPRIX 2017
FF50 celebrations top HSCC Brands weekend  The celebration of 50 years of Formula Ford will top the Historic Sports Car Club’s Legends of Brands Hatch Superprix weekend on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit on Saturday and Sunday 1/2 July, writes Paul Lawrence.   Alongside a full 17-race weekend featuring many HSCC categories, the Club’s special celebration of 50 years of ...
CASTLE COMBE'S NEW SUMMER ACTION FESTIVAL 2017
Castle Combe's new festival  New for 2017, the Summer Action Festival will celebrate all things car related when it takes over Castle Combe Circuit on Saturday 22 of July. Be it classic or kit, modified or original, the show will welcome all, with specific areas set aside for all the different categories. Following the winning ‘Action Day’ format, the event will host a huge amo...
SPA SUMMER CLASSIC 2017
Three-hour race is highlight of 2017 Spa Summer Classic Highlight of this year's Spa Summer Classic (23/25 June) will be the three- hour race for GT and Touring Cars in which Team Retro-Speed members, father-and-son Richard and William Plant will be competing, number 11, in their Morgan Plus 8. Some 75 cars are entered, including everything from Ford GT40 and Mustang to a host of Porsche 911s ...
LAKE DISTRICT CLASSIC AND TARGA RALLIES 2017
Wigton Motor Club’s two in one event rally Wigton Motor Club’s 29th Lake District Classic and Targa Rallies 2017 has a full 60-car entry plus a reserve list. Taking place on Sunday 25 June it is the region’s premier historic rally and takes in some 18 special tests in the Penrith area in a compact route. Scrutineering is at the Penrith Truckstop with the first car setting off ...
BROOKLANDS DOUBLE TWELVE MOTORSPORT FESTIVAL 2017
Celebrating 110 years of the Brooklands Race Track  The 2017 Brooklands Double Twelve Motorsport Festival, organised in association with the Vintage Sports-Car Club, takes place on 17/18 June. A two-day extravaganza, the Festival is split into three competitions; the Double Twelve Speed Trials on the Mercedes-Benz World circuit on Saturday 17 June, Double Twelve Concours on both days, and D...
HSCC WOLDS TROPHY MEETING 2017
2017 Wolds Trophy meeting Cadwell Park  Up to 230 entries for a 22-race line-up will head to the Historic Sports Car Club’s 2017 Wolds Trophy meeting at Cadwell Park, over the weekend 17/18 June, writes Paul Lawrence.   Each of nine categories have double-headers while the Historic Formula Ford 1600 entry requires four races to ensure two starts for each of the 48 competitors. As ...
HSCC 2017 HISTORIC FORMULA 2
Nurburgring next for Historic F2  The Nurburgring is the next destination for the HSCC Historic Formula 2 FIA-sanctioned International Series, for the third and fourth races of the season over the weekend 16-18 June, writes Paul Lawrence.   Drivers from across Europe will race on the modern Grand Prix track at the famous German venue, exactly 90 years to the day that the 14-mile Nordsc...
VAUXHALL'S HERITAGE CENTRE OPEN DAY 2017
Open Day marks Vauxhall Victor’s 60th anniversary The Luton-based Vauxhall Heritage Centre opens its doors to the public for its 2017 Open Day on Sunday, 11 June and admission is free for all. Vauxhall’s strong collection of vehicles, covering every decade since the Company started building cars in 1903, will be open for families and enthusiasts to explore. The event also coincides ...
PORSCHE 911: THE DEFINITIVE HISTORY 1997 to 2005
BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker Porsche 911: The Definitive History 1997 to 2005 With the one millionth Porsche 911 rolling of the production as we write, Veloce have chosen a good time to re-release this history of the 911’s 996 series by Brian Long. Announced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1997 this, the first water-cooled 911, was not exactly greeted with unbounded ecstasy by the 'd...
HUGHES HISTORIC RALLY 2017
2017 Hughes Historic Rally Yet another round of the popular 2017 HRCR Clubmans Road Rally Championship, also the HRCR’s Premier Rally Championship, takes place this Saturday, 3 June when the Hughes Historic Rally takes to the lanes of Kent. This no nonsense 140-mile route, organised by Blackpalfrey Motor Club, will include the usual regularity sections plus special tests through Merewort...
SEVERN VALLEY STAGES 2017
Severn Valley next for Mintex MSA BHRC  The 2017 Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship moves back to Wales for for round four, the Severn Valley Stages on Saturday 3 June, with Nick Elliott and Dave Price aiming to make it four wins from four rallies in 2017, writes Paul Lawrence.   As the season started, on the Red Kite Stages, three crews marked themselves as the early pace-...
WELSH MARCHES MINI EPYNT STAGES 2017
Epynt date for R.A.C. Historic Asphalt Championship  Local experts Neil Williams and Roger Moran head the contenders in the 2017 Fuchs Lubricants R.A.C. Historic Asphalt Rally Championship into round three, the Welsh Marches Mini Epynt Stages on Sunday 4 June, write Paul Lawrence.   Both drivers have good knowledge of this challenging and spectacular venue and should set the pace amon...
CULTRA HILLCLIMB 2017
Oldest active Crossle comes home Cultra Hillclimb, Saturday 3 June 2017.The oldest Crosslé racing car currently in regular competition arrived at its Holywood, Co Down birthplace last week and ran once more at Kirkistown race circuit, in preparation for its Cultra debut, writes Tony Gregory. John Crosslé's first rear-engined design was the 1962 4F Formula Junior of Derek Walker. T...
A LIFE IN CAR DESIGN - JAGUAR LOTUS TVR
BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker A Life in Car Design – Jaguar Lotus TVR Great value, as this is really two books in one, and all the better for it. Oliver Winterbottom has, in just 176 pages, combined a rattling good story, i.e. his time with Jaguar (Sir William Lyons), Lotus (Colin Chapman), TVR (Martin Lilley) and General Motors (John Peck) with what is tantamount to an Open University...
MASTERS HISTORIC FESTIVAL BRANDS HATCH 2017
11th Masters Historic Festival at Brands The 2017 Masters Historic Festival at Brands Hatch GP circuit this weekend, 27/28 May, features two rounds (25 minutes each) of the FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship and a round of the FIA Masters Historic Sports Cars Championship (60 minutes) during an unmissable two days. But that's not all, there’s a 60-minute race for Pre-66 Tourin...
LA VIE EN BLEU INCORPORATING LA VITA ROSSA 2017
French and Italian motoring festival at Prescott The eleventh La Vie en Bleu takes place at Prescott Speed Hill Climb, Gotherington in Gloucestershire during the Whitsun Bank Holiday 27/28 May 2017. This spectacular two-day event has always been a firm favourite and last year introduced ‘La Vita Rossa’ to celebrate everything Italian as well. Prescott will be transformed into a cel...
2017 HASLEMERE CLASSIC CAR SHOW AND TOUR
9th Haslemere Classic Car Show 2017 The Haslemere Classic Car show has become a popular feature in Haslemere’s 'season' and this year’s 9th running of the event will be held on Sunday, 28 May. Taking place at Lion Green, Haslemere, Surrey, GU27 1LD it’s a day filled with stunning pre-77 classic cars. Alongside the cars there is much to appeal to the whole family, with quality ...