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CLASSIC MOTOR SHOW 2019
A landmark year for the Show There were so many landmarks to celebrate at this year’s Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery at Birmingham’s NEC, which attracted over 71,000 visitors during the weekend 9-11 November, reports Andrea Seed. Acting Show Director Lee Masters said: “This was a landmark year for the show in so many ways; the biggest in size, the most ...
ROYAL AUTOMOBILE CLUB LAUNCHES HISTORIC AWARDS
The Royal Automobile Club Historic Awards The Royal Automobile Club is to present a new set of annual awards to recognise excellence and outstanding contributions to the UK’s historic motoring and motorsport industries, the inaugural gala evening to be held in the Club’s Pall Mall clubhouse on Thursday 21 November 2019, reports Karen Coe. Continuing the Club’s rich pedigree in...
FORMULA 5000 TO BE CELEBRATED AT AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL 2018
HSCC to honour Formula 5000 at Autosport International The Historic Sports Car Club will celebrate 50 years of Formula 5000 in a spectacular display at the 2018 Autosport International at the NEC, Birmingham on 10-13 January, reports Paul Lawrence.   The Club will mark the 50th anniversary of the UK debut of the spectacular category with a showcase six-car display of the mighty 5-litre ...
IMOLA CLASSIC 2018
Time to sum up, then look to the future  Report from Julien Hergault Peter Auto’s the final event of the 2018 season, the Imola Classic, took place on 26-28 October. It was the last opportunity for drivers to go head-to-head before the winter hiatus and for the organiser to give the first general round-up of the year. The weekend’s event was the fourth organised by Peter Auto o...
MOTORING BOOK OF THE YEAR 2018
Adrian Newey, OBE wins Book of the Year award Adrian Newey’s fascinating and powerful memoir ‘How to Build a Car’ scooped the Royal Automobile Club’s Motoring Book of the Year Award 2018, reports Rebecca Leppard Hosted by respected broadcaster and journalist Simon Taylor, the special Awards evening took place at the Club’s Pall Mall clubhouse on Wednesday 31 Octobe...
VSCC SPEED CHAMPIONSHIP 2018 RESULTS
The VSCC 2018 Speed Champions The winner of the Vintage Sports-Car Club’s 2019 Speed Championship is Gary Clare, who contested eight out of the nine rounds in his 1928 Grannie, and during the year achieved 16 awards, including a Class 13 record at the Snetterton Sprint and Fastest Vintage in Round 8 at Loton Park. Jo Blakeney-Edwards and her 1929 Frazer Nash Super Sports came second, with...
HSCC SILVERSTONE FINALS 2018
Sunshine and superb racing at HSCC Silverstone Finals  Under glorious autumn sunshine, a weekend of tremendous racing marked the conclusion of the Historic Sports Car Club’s season-long championships at its Finals Meeting at Silverstone on 20-21 October, reports Paul Lawrence.   Across the 20-race weekend there was plenty of superb racing as titles were settled and the big winners...
MERCEDES LEAVES DTM
Mercedes‘ farewell to DTM series  Words and images by Roman Klemm. Click to view Gallery. Over the weekend of 13-14 October 2018 many star drivers from the past came to celebrate as Mercedes said farewell to the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters series at Hockenheim. The great German manufacturer Mercedes-Benz has decided to leave the prestigious DTM after 30 successful years of participat...
VSCC ANNUAL WELSH WEEKEND 2018
Welsh weather did not deter the VSCC Presteigne, on the English-Welsh border, was host to the Vintage Sports-Car Club’s 2018 Welsh Trial over the weekend 13-14 October, along with its Welsh Scatter Rally on Saturday 13 October. The wet and windy weather did not deter competitors as they tackled muddy hills and driving rain. Clerk of the Course Paul Tebbett had his work cut out prior to the...
HSCC AT DIJON MOTORS CUP 2018
Mitchell wins at Dijon as Simac takes major F2 prize  Ben Mitchell and Robert Simac were the big winners as the Historic Sports Car Club’s Historic Formula 2 FIA International Series finished its 2018 season in style with two fine races from a 26-car field at Dijon-Prenois in France on 13-14 October, reports Paul Lawrence.  The high-profile Dijon Motors Cup featured rounds nine a...
THE SOLWAY HISTORIC AND TARGA RALLIES 2018
Noel Cochrane and Olly McCullum Historic victors Wigton Motor Club’s Solway Historic Rally based around Workington on Sunday 14 October saw the honours go across the Irish Sea to Ulstermen Noel Cochrane and Olly McCullum in their Austin Healey Sprite. Although nearing the end of the season, the Solway attracted an excellent 40-car field with most of the NESCRO regulars turning up, with Ch...
THE ARCTIC CIRCLE 2020
A circular drive of discovery  An update from Classic Events In June 2000, 84 vintage and classic cars set out on an epic Arctic adventure from Palace Het Loo in Holland. The purpose of their 7000km-journey across Europe the Baltic States and Scandinavia, was to celebrate the Millennium Midsummer above the Arctic Circle, whilst at the same time completing a full circle of the Baltic, the fi...
2018 FUCHS MSA BHRC - TRACKROD HISTORIC CUP
Home rule for Robinson and Collis in BHRC final  Matthew Robinson and Sam Collis scored a popular home victory on the Trackrod Historic Cup on 28/29 September during the sixth and final round of the FUCHS Lubricants MSA British Historic Rally Championship, reports Paul Lawrence.   Meanwhile, Brian Hodgson was confirmed as champion co-driver in this year’s MSA BHRC. With champion ...
FAREWELL BARRIE
A fitting farewell for Barrie ‘Whizzo’ Williams  Words and images by Peter Baker On Saturday, 29 September 2018, along with many others, I attended the BRDC Clubhouse at Silverstone to say a final farewell to Barrie ‘Whizzo’ Williams, perhaps the most gifted and natural motor sport 'all-rounder' of recent times. He made his name by winning the Welsh Rally way back in ...
HSCC BRANDS HATCH INDY MEETING 2018
Imps star in the Brands Hatch rain  Report from Paul Lawrence  A brace of Hillman Imp wins for Adrian Oliver and Steve Platts were highlights of a wet weekend at Brands Hatch on 22-23 September, as the Historic Sports Car Club’s event also honoured 50 years of the Ford Escort.   Both Historic Touring Car races ran on Saturday in wet and greasy conditions. The opening race wa...
RALLYDAY 2018
Miki Biasion stars at 2018 Rallyday  Words and images by Ken Davies. Click to view Gallery. Typical showery British rally weather greeted the thousands of spectators who turned up at Castle Combe for the 18th running of Rallyday on Saturday 22 September, but they weren’t disappointed. Star cars, included charismatic WRC Subarus, Ford Sierra Cosworths, a plethora of Lancia Integrales ...
MASTERS HISTORIC RACING AT SPA SIX HOURS 2018
Christophe d'Ansembourg is home hero at Spa  Words and images from Masters Historic Racing Christophe d’Ansembourg was the home crowd’s hero at the 2018 Spa Six Hours meeting as he spoiled himself with three wins at his home track. The Belgian took a double win in Masters Endurance Legends and a first and second place in the two FIA Masters Historic Formula One races. Sunday wa...
ERA'S ALPINE TRIAL 2018
Fourth time lucky on Alpine Trial     Having competed in all four of the Endurance Rally Association’s Alpine Trial events, American driver Jim Gately and British navigator Tony Brooks finally claimed the winner’s trophy, writes Andrea Seed. Competing in a 1937 Cadillac, the pairing completed the challenging final day less than a minute ahead of the second-placed 1934 ...
CREDIT SUISSE HISTORIC RACING FORUM
A fascinating insight into Le Mans   The Credit Suisse Historic Racing Forum at the 2018 Goodwood Revival welcomed a distinguished panel to discuss ‘The challenge of Le Mans’ on Saturday 8 September, reports Rebecca Leppard. VIPs, motor-racing personalities and members of the press attended Goodwood’s Credit Suisse Race Control building before the day’s on-track acti...
VSCC SPEED CHAMPIONSHIP AT LOTON PARK 2018
New VSCC record achieved at Loton Park Hill Climb The Vintage Sports-Car Club held Rounds 7 and 8 of its 2018 Speed Championship at the Loton Park Hill Climb in Alberbury, Shrewsbury, reports Alexandra Elliot. As well as returning to the popular September date and new double-round format, a new VSCC record was achieved by James Baxter in David Hawkins’ beautiful 1934/35 Riley ERA. On Sat...