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ROGER ALBERT CLARK RALLY 2019 ROUTE
Acclaim for the RACR route  The unveiling of the route for the 2019 Roger Albert Clark Rally at Autosport International on 10-13 January met with widespread approval from competitors, fans and officials alike, reports Paul Lawrence.   Rally manager Colin Heppenstall, from the Roger Albert Clark Rally Motor Club, took the wraps off a five-day, 32-stage, 300-stage mile route for the 13th...
THE ARCTIC CIRCLE 2020 UPDATE
All points north When competitors on next year’s Arctic Circle rally reach Rovaniemi on Midsummer Day, they will probably be as close to the North Pole as any classic car rally has ever travelled since the original event almost 20 years ago, reports Keith Baud. The home town of Santa Claus in Finland is bang on the Arctic Circle and as such is much further north than many other more frequ...
NEW YEAR'S DAY AT BROOKLANDS
New Year records at Brooklands Museum  The 2019 New Year’s Day gathering of classic vehicles at Brooklands Museum broke its previous record with just over 7,900 people attending throughout the day. In excess of 1,500 classic cars, vans, motorcycles and commercials from all over the country attended this annual event, marking another record. The 32-acre site was filled with a staggerin...
THE ARCTIC CIRCLE 2020
Potsdam Pioneers Classic Events has confirmed that The Arctic Circle rally will start on 13 June 2020 from the historic city of Potsdam, just south-west of Berlin, reports Keith Baud. Potsdam was the location for the first night halt on the original event 20 years ago, so it was an appropriate choice for the start of the revival. The 16-day classic rally, which will encircle the Baltic and pe...
GT & SPORTS CAR CUP 2018 WINNERS
Martyn Corfield and Jeremy Welch have won outright the 2018 GT & Sports Car Cup championship as well as their Class, in the ex-works John Gott Austin Healey 3000 – SMO 746, prepared by Denis Welch Motorsport. The GTSCC, is a highly competitive race series for pre-66 GTs and pre-63 sports cars which sees historic cars such as Jaguar E-types, Austin Healeys and AC Cobras battling for overa...
MASTERS HISTORIC RACING AT SUZUKA SOUND OF ENGINE 2018
Greg Thornton was the man to beat at Suzuka  Words and images from Masters Historic Racing Masters Historic Racing at Suzuka – Sound of Engine event, 6-18 November 2018 In Race 1, Thornton took a dominant flag-to-flag victory after pole-sitting teammate Katsu Kubota failed to take the race start, leaving the door wide open for Thornton to make the race his own. An early safety car pe...
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 ...