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RALLYDAY 2019
The International Rally Drivers Club to celebrate 50th birthday at Rallyday Rallyday 2019 – the country’s most-loved rallying event – descends on Wiltshire’s Castle Combe Circuit on 21 September, bringing with it some of the sport’s biggest stars and cars from over the years, and among the anniversaries is the iconic Metro 6R4, celebrating 35 years since being launc...
RALI BAE CEREDIGION 2019
Victory for Osian Pryce.… and closed-road rallying! Rali Bae Ceredigion, the first competitive stage rally ever to take place on closed public roads in Wales, took place in balmy, late summer weather on Sunday 8 September, reports Ken Davies. The start, finish and service were at Aberystwyth University and scrutineering took place on the town’s famous Victorian esplanade Saturday a...
FIA HISTORIC FORMULA 3 EUROPEAN CUP 2019
Two out of two for Christian Olsen  Report by Jeff Carter Reigning Historic Formula 3 European Cup Champion Christian Olsen won the first of the two 25-minute races at the 2019 Zandvoort Historic Grand Prix weekend on 6-8 September, over 14 seconds ahead of the rest of the field. After early heavy rain the track was dry with damp patches in places, so some teams elected for wets and some s...
HISTORIC FORMULA 2 AT ZANDVOORT 2019
Watts and Smith share wins at Zandvoort Matthew Watts and Darwin Smith were the winners in rounds nine and ten of the Historic Sports Car Club’s Historic Formula 2 FIA International Series at the Zandvoort Historic Grand Prix on 6-8 September, reports Paul Lawrence.   Two races for the capacity field of Formula 2 cars were among the highlights of this major date on the historic r...
NK HTGT AT GAMMA RACING DAY 2019
Roger Grouwels and Andy Newall win at Assen  The fourth round of the Dutch pre-66 championship, the Catawiki NK HTGT, made its annual trip to the Assen TT track for the Gamma Racing Day on 16-18 August 2019.A dry Saturday afternoon changed into a very wet one just seconds before the start of race 1. Alexander Schluchter made a super start in his nimble Lotus Elan but it was Roger Grouwels wh...
CUMBRIA CLASSIC WEEKEND 2019
Sunshine Saturday, showery Sunday The 31st Cumbria Classic adn Motorsport Show weekend, organised by Wigton Motor Club on 17-18 August 2019, enjoyed mixed fortunes with the weather, reports Graeme Forrester. Saturday’s weather was wonderful for the Rose and Thistle Challenge Tour, which took 75 crews from the start at Houghton Hall into the Borders and a lunch halt at Gilsland Spa Hotel. ...
COTSWOLD ECONOMY DRIVE 2019
Steam lorry upsets economy  Words by Peter Baker. Every year since 1999, during the third week of August, the Cotswold Economy Drive, sponsored by Retro-Speed Magazine, has attracted more or less a full entry on its highly enjoyable classic car tour. And 2019 was no exception, with 50 cars, ranging in size from Bentley to Mini, setting off from the Evesham Hotel & Spa early on Sunday m...
2019 FUCHS LUBRICANTS MOTORSPORT UK BHRC : ULSTER RALLY
Orr dominates BHRC in Ulster  Report by Paul Lawrence Stanley Orr and Graham Henderson were the dominant force in round six of the 2019 FUCHS Lubricants Motorsport UK British Historic Rally Championship, the Ulster Rally on Saturday 17 August. The local crew took control of the BHRC pack right from the start of the nine special stages and were fastest on five of the nine tests in their For...
LAHTI HISTORIC RALLY 2019
Maximum points for Esa Peltonen in Finland  Report by Jeff Carter. Images by Jarmo Maki. Click to view Video. Round 6 of the 2019 FIA European Historic Sporting Rally Championship was Lahti Historic Rally in Finland on 9-10 August. Unsurprisingly the top three overall places at the end of Day 1 were filled by Finnish entries with the Category 4 no5 Audi Quattro A2 of Ville Silvasti leading ...
HSCC AT CROFT RETRO AND CLASSIC WEEKEND 2019
HSCC racers in action at Croft  Report by Paul Lawrence   The Historic Sports Car Club’s season continued at the Croft circuit in North Yorkshire over the weekend 3-4 August as nine of the Club’s categories provided some entertaining racing during the annual Retro and Classic Weekend.   Andrew Park (Reynard SF81) won the first Formula Ford 2000 race from a bumper g...
2019 FUCHS LUBRICANTS MOTORSPORT UK BHRC : HARRY FLATTERS RALLY
Elliott returns in style on Epynt  Report from Paul Lawrence  Nick Elliott and Dave Price made a perfect return to rallying on the asphalt roads of the Epynt ranges in mid-Wales to finish top of the FUCHS Lubricants Motorsport UK British Historic Rally Championship contenders on round five, the Harry Flatters Rally on Sunday 28 July.   The Brecon Motor Club event marked the first ...
MASTERS HISTORIC RACING AT SILVERSTONE CLASSIC 2019
Six grids for Masters at Silverstone In FIA Masters Historic Formula One, Matteo Ferrer-Aza (Ligier JS11/15) claimed victory in the wet on Saturday to further extend his championship lead, while after his win at Brands, Steve Hartley gave his McLaren MP4/1 a second win on Sunday, fending off Mike Cantillon’s Williams FW07C to the end. Meanwhile, Michael Lyons came out with the McLaren M26 ...
HSCC AT 2019 SILVERSTONE CLASSIC
HSCC racers shine at the Silverstone Classic  Report by Paul Lawrence  Three categories from the Historic Sports Car Club played prominent roles in the racing element of the 2019 Silverstone Classic on 26-28 July, topped by a record-breaking field for two rounds of the HSCC Historic Formula 2 FIA International Series.Historic Formula 2The Historic F2 pack had the worst of the wet weathe...
RALLYE WEIZ 2019
Victory in Austria for ‘Lucky’ and Fabrizia Pons  Report and images by Jeff Carter. Click to view Video   Round 5 of the 2019 FIA European Historic Sporting Rally Championship was Rallye Weiz in Austria on 18-20 July. On day one it was the no102 Lancia Delta Integrale of ‘Lucky’ and Fabrizia Pons which held the top spot after posting the fastest time on all...
MASTERS AT WEATHERTECH INTERNATIONAL CHALLENGE 2019
Hagan, Thornton, Bennett and Engen take the spoils at Road America Even a weekend of changeable weather conditions at Road America couldn’t stop some great racing for Masters USA, at the 2019 WeatherTech International Challenge with Brian Redman, Presented by Hawk on 18-21 July. It was a wet first-race for Masters Historic Formula One USA on Saturday afternoon, with James Hagan (Tyrrell 01...
NK HTGT AT SPA SUMMER CLASSIC 2019
Sweden and GB take the spoils at a sweltering Spa-Francorchamps The third round of the Dutch pre-’66 championship, the Catawiki NK HTGT, took place during the Spa Summer classic over the weekend 28-30 June 2019. Swedish driver Kaj Dahlbacka kept his head cool to win Saturday afternoon´s race at a blistering hot Spa-Francorchamps. At the start the pair of Corvette Grand Sports leapt a...
HSCC INAUGURAL ANGLESEY MEETING 2019
Fabulous Anglesey weekend for HSCC racers  Report by Paul Lawrence  The Historic Sports Car Club’s inaugural race meeting at the Anglesey track in North Wales on 13-14 July delivered a fabulous weekend of racing as drivers loved the track and its coastal setting. The first Tom Pryce Memorial Meeting featured 20 races, a total entry of more than 170 cars and a very special tribute...
TOURENWAGEN CLASSICS AT NORISRING 2019
Sweet memories  Words and images by Roman Klemm Tourenwagen Classics, 6-7 July 2019 The new director of the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) championship, Gerhard Berger has a lot of trouble filling the supporting programme of his racing weekends. After the disappearance of the Formula 3 European Championship the programme has a huge gap, which is often filled with a sentimental look-bac...
NIKI LAUDA REMEMBERED AT 2019 AUSTRIAN GRAND PRIX
Remembering Niki Lauda  Words and images by Roman Klemm On 28-30 June at the 2019 Austrian Grand Prix, it was a year since Niki Lauda came down with a deadly pneumonia (according to the author) while stepping out of his 1973 Alpine BMW, which he was driving in the Legends DRM show at the Red Bull Ring. At the end of May, the three-time world champion succumbed to his illness and the organi...
LE MANS CLASSIC, BUT NOT AS YOU KNOW IT
Classic Days Le Mans 2019  Words and images by Peter Baker . Click to view Gallery. I decided to give the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed a miss. But one needs an antidote to counteract annoyingly persistent withdrawal symptoms. Simple, clear off to France for a long weekend. So, come Saturday 6 July, the trusty SAAB, hood down, was sitting on the P&O ferry ready to transport us via near...