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CLASSIC & PERFORMANCE CAR SPECTACULAR 2018
Countless classic cars and Cheshire’s giant autojumble It was a weekend to remember for the new owners of the Classic & Performance Car Spectacular and Cheshire Autojumble at Tatton Park, Cheshire on 2-3 June. Long standing events company Mortons Media Group successfully put on a brilliant automotive event attracting huge crowds. Visitors could explore the countless classic vehicles o...
MARTIN BIRRANE OBITUARY
Martin Birrane 1935-2018  Appreciation by Ken Davies Martin Birrane, who died on 9 June aged 82, was an Irish businessman and prolific racing driver with a career spanning 42 seasons and starting in a Ford Anglia saloon car in 1967. Born in Ballina, County Mayo, Birrane was educated at St Muredach’s College and went on to make his money in property development. Owner of the Peer Group...
2018 FUCHS MSA BHRC - CARLISLE STAGES
Robinson wins Carlisle historics  Matthew Robinson and Sam Collis took a long overdue first BHRC victory when they won round three of the FUCHS LUBRICANTS MSA British Historic Rally Championship, the ATL Carlisle Stages on 8-9 June, reports Paul Lawrence.   Over tough and dusty stages Robinson and Collis (Ford Escort Mk2) had a great battle with the BRM-powered Hillman Avenger of Ieuan...
MOTOR SPORT HALL OF FAME AWARDS 2018
Motor Sport inducts Hall of Fame class 2018  Report from Rebecca Leppard The mighty Porsche 917 and legendary Kiwi Bruce McLaren were among the inductees at the 2018 Motor Sport Hall of Fame Awards. The ceremony was hosted by Suzi Perry at the Royal Automobile Club’s Woodcote Park estate on 4 June, with guests including Damon Hill, Derek Bell, Adrian Newey and Gordon Murray. More than ...
BAVARIA HISTORIC 2018
A celebration of motoring in Southern Germany  Words and images by Roman Klemm. Click to view Gallery. The 31st ADAC Bavaria Historic, from 31 May to 2 June 2018; a 600km rally for historic cars, that was accompanied by Southern Germany’s biggest get-together of lovers and owners of veteran cars and motorcycles. Around Maxlrain Castle, not far from the spa town of Bad Aibling, more tha...
HSCC AT THRUXTON'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY
HSCC races star at Thruxton  Report from Paul Lawrence Races from the Historic Sports Car Club, including two sensational Historic Formula Ford Championship rounds, were among the highlights of the hugely successful 50th Anniversary Meeting at Thruxton over the weekend 2-3 June. As a large and enthusiastic crowd basked in warm sunshine, 50 years of the challenging Hampshire track were cele...
VSCC FORMULA VINTAGE AT OULTON PARK 2018
Sunshine at Oulton Park  Words and images by Peter Baker. Click to view Gallery  We seem to be enjoying something of an early summer heat-wave here in the UK, which meant competitors taking part in Round 2 of the 2018 VSCC Formula Vintage Championship at Oulton Park on Saturday 19 May were in a most relaxed mood, although things were a little different on track. Race of the day was undo...
HSCC AT CADWELL PARK
Tremendous racing for HSCC at 2018 Wolds Trophy  Report form Paul Lawrence  Some superb racing played out in glorious sunshine made the HSCC’s annual visit to Cadwell Park for the Wolds Trophy on 19-20 May 19/20 a soaring success.   First out in front of a good-sized crowd on Saturday were the Historic Touring Cars, with an added group of invitation class cars from the over-...
MONACO GRAND PRIX HISTORIQUE 2018
High-class racing on the very edge!  Words and images by Roman Klemm. Click to view Gallery. This year’s Monaco Grand Prix Historique was the 11th edition of Automobile Club de Monaco’s sensational historic event. The initially, innocent parade of racing cars presented to the Prince some 20 years ago by the ACM’s has developed into the best event of its kind in Europe. Eve...
VSCC WISCOMBE PARK 2018
Julian Grimwade shines in spring sun Round 2 of the Vintage Sports-Car Club’s 2018 Speed Championship was held at the beautiful Wiscombe Park Hill Climb on Sunday 13 May in wonderful spring weather. In the absence of last year’s winner, Terry Crabb (1937 ERA 12C), Fastest Time of the Day fell to Julian Grimwade in his 1934 Frazer Nash Single Seat Special with a time of 48.10 seconds...
JAGUAR CLASSIC CHALLENGE 2018
Jaguars star at Donington Historic Festival  Report from Paul Lawrence  The opening round of the Jaguar Classic Challenge, organised by the Historic Sports Car Club, was one of the star races at the eighth Donington Historic Festival on 4-6 May. From a superb 37-car field, Julian Thomas and Calum Lockie overcame two penalties and strong opposition to win the hour-long race. Heading int...
HSCC AT 2018 DONINGTON HISTORIC FESTIVAL
HSCC races feature at DHF  Report from Paul Lawrence  The opening rounds of the Super Touring Car Challenge and Derek Bell Trophy as well as four races for the FJHRA/HSCC Silverline Formula Junior UK Championship featured in the stellar programme for the Donington Historic Festival over the Bank Holiday weekend, 4-6 May.   The categories from the Historic Sports Car Club were prom...
ERA'S 10TH FLYING SCOTSMAN
Rare Alta wins 10th Flying Scotsman  Click to view our Gallery. Gareth Burnett and Matthew Vokes in a rare 1939 Alta were overall winners of the 2018 tenth anniversary running of the Flying Scotsman rally, organised by the Endurance Rally Association, from 26-29 April, writes Andrea Seed. Burnett has won the event twice before in 2013 and 2016, both at the wheel of a Talbot 105 Alp...
VSCC CHAMPAGNE RALLY 2018
Inaugural Champagne Rally for the VSCC  Click to view Gallery. Under a new umbrella, Rally Revival, the Vintage Sports-Car Club held its inaugural Champagne Rally at Wyck Hill House & Spa, Stow-on-the-Wold on 28-29 April 2018. The VSCC welcomed both new and past rally participants to Saturday’s presentation on all aspects of rallying, which included car preparation, cockpit managem...
MASTERS HISTORIC RACING AT IMOLA
Masters 2018 season-opener at Motor Legend Festival, Imola  Images by Jon Bunston The inugural Motor Legend Festival at Imola, from 20-22 April,provided lots of exciting racing in perfect sun-drenched conditions, to start off the 2018 Masters season. Two first-time winners, Mike Cantillon and Martin O’Connell, took a win each in the FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship. Canti...
2018 FUCHS MSA BHRC - PIRELLI RALLY
Barrett tops BHRC in Kielder  A glorious battle between Paul Barrett and Matthew Robinson marked round two of the FUCHS LUBRICANTS MSA British Historic Rally Championship during the Pirelli Rally on Saturday 28 April, reports Paul Lawrence.   After a fierce but entirely sporting contest, Barrett and Dai Roberts took victory by just 8.6s over the similar Ford Escort Mk2 of Robinson and ...
2018 HISTORIC FORMULA 2
Peter at the double in HSCC Historic F2 at Hockenheim  Report from Paul Lawrence   A double victory for German racer Hans Peter got the HSCC Historic Formula 2 FIA-sanctioned International Series off to a fine start when a strong entry contested the opening two races at Hockenheim over the weekend 21-22 April.  The Formula 2 races played a leading role in the event that celebrated...
BOSS GP 2018 AT HOCKENHEIM HISTORIC
Gerstl’s flying Toro Rosso and two fast lady-racers  Words and images by Roman Klemm. Click to view Gallery. The BOSS GP (Big Open Single Seaters – past and present) series for Formula 1 and GP2 cars opened its 2018 season with two races in Hockenheim on 21-22 April. Favourite Ingo Gerstl won both races rather convincingly. But the 20,000 fans also saw very strong outings of BOSS...
HSCC 2018 SNETTERTON 200
Historic Road Sports star at Snetterton  Report from Paul Lawrence  Some tremendous racing from the Historic Road Sports Championship contenders capped the day as the Historic Sports Car Club organised the racing on the Snetterton 200 circuit on Saturday 21 April.   The Historic Road Sports Championship, now into its 24th season, delivered a strong field headed by the mighty Morga...
VSCC SCOTTISH TRIAL 2018
Nail biting conclusion to 2017/2018 Championship An enthralling day of traditional Vintage Sports-Car Club Trials was enjoyed by many competitors at The Scottish Trial on Saturday 14 April, writes Alexandra Elliot. The final round of the 2017/18 Championship was based near Biggar in Scotland where over 50 pre-war cars tackled the 13 tough sections. Winner of the Scottish Trial, receiving the C...