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VSCC - BROOKLANDS DOUBLE TWELVE MOTORSORT FESTIVAL 2017
Brooklands returns to its former glory  Report from James Taylor. Images by Peter Baker.  An annual highlight of the historic motoring calendar, the 2017 Double Twelve Motorsport Festival – co-hosted by the Vintage Sports-Car Club and Brooklands Museum – took place on 17/18 June. However, this year’s edition marked a particularly special occasion as the weekend was he...
SPA SUMMER CLASSIC 3 HOURS RACE 2017
3 Hours at Spa Summer Classic  Words and images by Peter Baker. 2017 Spa Summer Class, 23-25 June. As to be expected, a pair of Ford GT40s topped qualifying for the Spa Summer Classic’s 3 Hours race. All well and good, but big V8s guzzle gas, so would they lose their advantage through extra stops, and have to give way to something lighter, more agile and fuel efficient? With 70 cars ...
2017 FIA HSCC HISTORIC FORMULA 2
Wheatley and Simac share Historic F2 spoils  Report from Paul Lawrence  Jeremy Wheatley and Robert Simac shared the major spoils at the Nurburgring on 16-18 June, during rounds three and four of the 2017 HSCC Historic Formula 2 FIA-sanctioned International Series   Historic F2 drivers from across Europe raced at the modern Grand Prix track exactly 90 years to the day that the 14-...
HSCC WOLDS TROPHY 2017
Wolds Trophy is a scorcher at Cadwell Park  Report from Paul Lawrence A fabulous weekend of racing run in scorching temperatures made the Wolds Trophy from the Historic Sports Car Club on 17/18 June a tremendous success at the glorious Cadwell Park circuit.   From a total of 22 races on the superb three-dimensional Lincolnshire track, the first of two races for the Historic Formula For...
VSCC OULTON PARK 2017
Rain didn’t dampen Formula Vintage spirit at Oulton Park  Report from James Taylor The Vintage Sports-Car Club’s new Formula Vintage series enjoyed a second triumphant outing last weekend, despite the weather’s best efforts to disrupt the track action throughout the afternoon at Oulton Park on Saturday 10 June. As well as the Club’s prestigious Hawthorn Memorial Tro...
CULTRA HILLCLIMB 2017
A Ford-tastic Cultra  Report from Tony Gregory 2017 Cultra Hillclimb, Saturday 3 June.This year’s Cultra Hillclimb celebrated 50 years of the Formula Ford racing category and 60 Years of Crossle racing cars. The Thoroughbred Sports Car Club hillclimb, based in the parkland grounds of the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, once again attracted a capacity entry of 100 cars. The overal...
R.A.C. HISTORIC ASPHALT RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP 2017
Williams on top after Mini Epynt Stages  Report from Paul Lawrence  Neil Williams and Peter James headed the 2017 Fuchs Lubricants R.A.C. Historic Asphalt Rally Championship contenders on round three, the Mini Epynt Stages on Sunday 4 June.   On a day when rain made conditions particularly demanding over the Epynt ranges, Williams was always in control with a masterful display and...
MOTOR SPORT HALL OF FAME 2017
Racing greats honoured The 2017 Motor Sport Hall of Fame awards ceremony took place at the Royal Automobile Club’s Woodcote Park Clubhouse near Epsom in Surrey on Wednesday, 7 June after more than 20,000 votes had been cast by enthusiasts, reports Rebecca Leppard. Grand Prix legend Nigel Mansell CBE was one of four greats to be inducted. Roger Penske won the US Racing category and Barry S...
ERIC BROADLEY OBITUARY
Eric Broadley 1928-2017  Appreciation by Ken Davies The death of Eric Broadley, who sadly passed away on Sunday, 28 May after experiencing poor health for some time, ends another link with that golden age of British motor racing which spanned from the late 1950s through to the 1960s and ‘70s when innovative designers such as Colin Chapman, John Cooper, Derek Bennett and Eric thought o...
2017 MINTEX MSA BHRC - SEVERN VALLEY STAGES
Elliott’s four tops in Mintex MSA BHRC  Report form Paul Lawrence  Nick Elliott and Dave Price made it four wins from four rallies in the 2017 Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship on the Severn Valley Stages on Saturday, 3 June.   The Ford Escort Mk2 crew finished with a winning margin of just five seconds over defending champions Jason Pritchard and Phil Clarke af...
DENIS WELCH MOTORSPORT AT BRANDS HATCH
All DWM cars collect silverware at Brands  Report form Mark Gibson. Images by Peter Baker  At the 2017 Masters Historic Festival at Brands Hatch on 27/28 May, Denis Welch Motorsport was in attendance to support four cars in three different races on the 2.43-mile GP circuit. Masters Gentleman Drivers Following a wet qualifying session the Jaguar E-type of Julian Thomas and Calum Lockie ...
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 ...