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HSCC SILVERSTONE MEETING 2017
HSCC’s 2017 International Trophy Meeting at Silverstone  Report form Paul Lawrence. Click to view our Gallery  Close racing and big grids typified the Historic Sports Car Club’s International Trophy meeting on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit over the weekend 20/21 May.   With a significantly increased crowd and a display of more than 50 classic cars in the paddock, t...
VSCC SPEED CHAMPIONSHIP 2017
Speed Championsip off to flying start  Report from James Taylor The Vintage Sports-Car Club’s 2017 Speed Championship began in style with Curborough Speed Trials and Wiscombe Park Hill Climb events on consecutive weekends in May. Comprising ten of the Club’s Sprint and Hill Climb events throughout the season, the opening round of the year took place at the long-standing Curboro...
VSCC 2016/17 TRIALS CHAMPIONS
VSCC crowns 2016/17 Trials Champions  Report from James Taylor Donald Skelton and Paul Jeavons have been confirmed winners of the 2016/17 Vintage Sports-Car Club Trials Championships, which concluded with the Club’s annual Scottish Trial in Biggar, Lanarkshire in April. Following a Committee decision to realign the Club’s ever-popular Trials Season, the specially extended seaso...
NK HTGT AT HISTORIC ZANDVOORT TROPHY 2017
Bijleveld and Van der Ende take the lead in NK HTGT  Report from Jan-Bart Broertjes. Images by Senten Images. Historic Zandvoort Trophy 2017 at Auto Motor Klassiek Festival. Zandvoort's new tarmac changed the goal posts in the NK HTGT powered by Gamma races on 29/30 April. The V8-powered cars had trouble finding traction on the ultra-smooth surface and the nimbler cars benefited. Now an AC...
DENIS WELCH MOTORSPORT AT DONINGTON
Historic ex-works car returns to the track after 45 years  Report from Mark Gibson. Images DWM At the 7th Donington Historic Festival, 28-30 April, many historic race cars took to the track for the first time in 2017, and Denis Welch Motorsport was in attendance with six DWM-prepared racers, with Jeremy Welch at the wheel of two of them. GT and Sports Car Cup In this highly competitive ra...
PRESTON HENN OBITUARY
Preston Henn 1931-2017  Appreciation by Ken Davies Swap Shop entrepreneur and avid Porsche collector. Since motor racing began in the late nineteenth century, there have been participants with colourful and evocative names, befitting the glamour, excitement and drama of the race circuit; Tazio Nuvolari, Enzo Ferrari, Lorenzo Bandini and Scott Speed are just a few in point. Preston Henn is a...
SIR JOHN WHITMORE 'RACING BARONET' OBITUARY
Sir John Whitmore ‘Racing Baronet’ 1937-2017  Appreciation by Ken Davies Sir John Whitmore, famously known in the sixties as the ‘Racing Baronet’, sadly passed away on the 28 April age 79 following a short illness. Although Whitmore inherited the baronetcy on his father’s death in 1962 he was a completely unpretentious figure in motor racing, yet one of the m...
TIMO MAKINEN OBITUARY
Timo Makinen 1938-2017  Appreciation and images by by Ken Davies An archetypal and proud Finn, Timo Makinen started competing with brother Harri in a Triumph TR3 and their first 1000 Lakes Rally gave them third in class, just behind a couple Saabs driven by Erik Carlsson and Rauno Aaltonen. Timo’s sublime driving talent was quickly spotted by Helsinki’s local Morris dealer, wh...
2017 MINTEX MSA BHRC PIRELLI HISTORIC RALLY
Elliott takes Mintex MSA BHRC hat-trick  Report from Paul Lawrence  Nick Elliott and Dave Price continued their impressive form in the 2017 Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship with a third win in a row on the Pirelli Historic Rally on Saturday 29 April.   The Ford Escort Mk2 crew finished with a winning margin of just 6.5 seconds over defending champions Jason Pritchard ...
DONINGTON HISTORIC FESTIVAL 2017
HSCC races star at Donington Historic Festival Report from Paul Lawrence   Double victories for James Dodd and John Sykes capped the HSCC race action during the seventh Donington Historic Festival on 28-30 April.   Across a very full three-day programme, the Historic Sports Car Club was responsible for organising the racing element of the high-profile event. Despite the full schedu...
FIA HSCC HISTORIC FORMULA 2
Perfect start for HSCC Historic F2 Report from Paul Lawrence  Wins for Frazer Gibney and Richard Evans capped the opening event in the HSCC Historic Formula 2 FIA-sanctioned International Series at the high-profile 2017 Donington Historic Festival over the weekend 28-30 April.   With a fantastic 27-car field, close racing across all classes and a tremendous spirit in the paddock, it co...
LONDON TO LISBON RALLY 2017
Crosby and Taylor Win London Lisbon  HERO Events' 2017 London to Lisbon classic rally, 22-30 April. It was not easy, and at times Daniel Gresly/Elise Whyte in their Porsche were ahead, but as we predicted, bar mechanical problems, from day one when crews left Brooklands, the winner's cup had the names of Paul Crosby and Martyn Taylor all over it. In third place, and considering they were u...
VSCC SPRING START SILVERSTONE 2017
VSCC’s Formula Vintage triumphs at season opener  Report from James Taylor. Images by Michael Fox-Byrne. The Vintage Sports-Car Club saw its new Formula Vintage brand take off, at the Club’s 2017 race season opener, the Spring Start at Silverstone on 22/23 April. Proceedings began on Friday evening when the VSCC held an informal Formula Vintage Season Launch, before Saturday mor...
WIGTON MOTOR CLUB'S DRIVE IT DAY 2017
Wigton MC drives to Dalemain Wigton Motor Club once again ran the Cumbrian gathering for Drive It Day on Sunday 23 April 2017, the annual event founded by the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs to celebrate the use of all types of historic and classic vehicles, writes Graeme Forrester. For the third year, it was held at Dalemain and the Club was rewarded with some 235 cars from member...
MSA BRITISH HILL CLIMB CHAMPIONSHIP PRESCOTT 2017
Willis wins at Prescott  Words and images from Ken Davies. Click to view Gallery Prescott Hill in the leafy and tranquil Cotswolds echoed to the rise and fall of angry race engines on Sunday 23 April when the British Hill Climb Championship circus descended on the iconic home of the Bugatti Owners Club for the first event of the 2017 season, conclusively proving that speed hill climbing is y...
R.A.C. HISTORIC ASPHALT RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP 2017
Crooks conquer at Rallye Salamandre Report from Paul Lawrence  Simon and Alister Crook topped the 2017 Fuchs Lubricants R.A.C. Historic Asphalt Rally Championship contenders on round two on Sunday 23 April, Rallye Salamandre in Belgium.   After a tremendous day’s sport in spring sunshine, the top three R.A.C. crews were covered by just over a minute-and-a-half after a first class...
BOSS GP AT HOCKENHEIM 2017
Gerstl and Toro Rosso rule Report and images by Roman Klemm BOSS GP at the Hockenheim Historic 21-23 April 2017 The entry list for the first weekend of this year‘s BOSS GP (Big Open Single Seaters) championship promised more than 30 cars, but only 16 found their way to Hockenheim. Formula 1 machinery was represented by five cars, there was one IndyCar and ten GP2s. Pole-position went to ...
NK HTGT AT ESPIRITU DE MONTJUIC 2017
Dutch historic racers conquer Spain Report from Jan-Bart Broertjes. Images by Senten Images. The 2017 NK HTGT powered by Gamma series hooked up with Masters Historic Racing for its Season opener at Espiritu de Montjuic weekend held at the Circuito de Barcelona-Catalunya on Sunday 9 April. No less than 41 competitors made the trip, showing that the Dutch pre-'66 championship is in rude health. W...
MASTERS' 2017 SEASON STARTS IN SPAIN
Masters Historic Racing at Barcelona The Masters Historic Racing 2017 season started at the Espiritu de Montjuic weekend on 8/9 April at Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya. Unbroken blue skies welcomed the FIA Masters Historic Formula One, FIA Masters Historic Sports Car, Masters Three Hours, Masters Pre-66 Touring cars. Lotus 91 driver Greg Thornton won the opening race of the Historic F1 Champions...
MK CLASSIC CAR TOUR 2017
11th MK Classic Car Tour Click to view our Gallery   The 2017 MK Classic Car Tour, held on Sunday 9 April, continues to go from strength to strength in raising funds for the Little Lives Appeal. A perfect spring morning, glorious wall-to-wall sunshine that was to last all day, saw 215 cars leave Poplars Garden Centre at Toddington near Dunstable, en route to Millbrook Proving Grou...