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IAN STEWART OBITUARY
Ian Stewart 1929-2017  Appreciation by Ken Davies Ian Macpherson M Stewart, who sadly died on Sunday aged 88, was known as one of the founding members of Ecurie Ecosse, the iconic Scottish racing team and also as the designer of the team’s evocative badge and distinctive metallic blue and white livery which became well known and respected globally. After serving his National Service i...
WIGTON MOTOR CLUB
Newcomers and Novice Autotest 2017 Wigton Motor Club held an autotest training day for newcomers and novices on Sunday, March 19 at Maryport Business Centre, attracting some 15 participants including several of our younger drivers, reports Graeme Forrester. The day started with coffee, followed by a short talk and presentation on the types of autotest, rules and regulations, and how to organise...
SIR CLIVE BOSSOM, BT OBITUARY
Sir Clive Bossom, Bt 1918-2017 Appreciation by Ken Davies Sir Clive Bossom, Bt who passed away on Wednesday 8 March, just a month after his 99th birthday, was a talented and multifaceted character who played a significant part in British and international motor sport during the seventies and eighties. Initially a committee member of the Royal Automobile Club (RAC), Sir Clive’s great enth...
JOHN SURTEES, CBE OBITUARY
John Surtees, CBE 1934-2017  Appreciation from Ken Davies Probably one of the greatest all-rounders in the history of British sport, John Surtees died peacefully on Friday 10 March at the age of 83 after being admitted to St George's Hospital, London in February. His wife Jane and daughters Leonora and Edwina were at his side. His enduring legend is assured by virtue of being the only man ...
GATES TYRES HISTORIC RALLY AWARDS 2017
Round 1 – White Heather Tests  Organised by Wigton Motor Club, the north of England’s 2017 historic rally season got under way with the White Heather Tests at Kirkbride airfield on Saturday 4 March, reports Graeme Forrester. The opening round of the Gates Tyres Historic Rally and Targa Awards saw a healthy entry with several newcomers doing their first event. Based on four loo...
R.A.C. HISTORIC ASPHALT RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP 2017
  Bailey tops Fuchs R.A.C. Historic Asphalt opener  Report from Paul Lawrence  Jerry Bailey and Graham Lacey scored a tremendous victory on the opening round of the 2017 Fuchs Lubricants R.A.C. Historic Asphalt Rally Championship, the Bovington Stages on 4/5 March.   After 12 fast and flowing stages at the Dorset venue, Bailey/Lacey ended the weekend with just 19s in hand over...
GREAT WESTERN CLASSIC CAR SHOW 2017
Success for revamped classic car show It was a weekend to remember at the 2017 Foortman James  Great Western Classic Car Show on 11/12 February, with the expanded event drawing a huge crowd to explore the hundreds of classic vehicles on display, reports Jack Harrison. With a new heated marquee and more stands than ever before, the February 11-12 show enjoyed a 15 per cent boost in attendan...
HISTORIC MOTORSPORT INTERNATIONAL 2017
New historic motorsport show a success The inaugural Historic Motorsport International 2017 has been hailed a resounding success. Held alongside the London Classic Car Show over four days, 23-26 February, at ExCeL in London’s Docklands, HMI welcomed more than 37,000 visitors. Motor sport legend, Belgian Jacky Ickx (72), whom many regard as the best-ever all-round competition driver, opene...
HSCC 2017 CLASSIC F3 CHAMPIONSHIP
Classic F3 Championship heads to Zandvoort A double-header at the superb Zandvoort circuit in The Netherlands is one of the headline dates for the Historic Sports Car Club’s Classic Formula 3 Championship in 2017, reports Paul Lawrence.   Two 25-minute races will be run within the Zandvoort Historic Grand Prix weekend from 1-3 September, as the event celebrates the circuit’s Form...
HSCC CLASSIC RACING CARS
New momentum for Classic Racing Cars  A pre-season test day and the chance to race on the street circuit at Pau in France are among the new initiatives for the Historic Sports Car Club’s Classic Racing Car category in 2017, reports Paul Lawrence.   The Classic Racing Car category is open to single-seater racing cars of the 1960s and early 1970s, including Formula 2 cars up to 197...
RACE RETRO 2017
Race Retro 24-26 February  Words and images by Peter Baker We all said it: Race Retro was a show passed its best, seemingly left by the organisers to slowly fade away. They were disinterested, and in growing numbers, so were their supporters and the paying public. Then, last year, Clarion Events took over. Clarion operates worldwide, employs some 760 people and is best known by UK classic ca...
VSCC'S 2017 POMEROY MEMORIAL TROPHY
Original works rally BMW 2002 triumphs  Report from James Taylor. Click to view gallery. Any fears of a ‘Last Night at the Pom’ were spectacularly quashed as an entry of almost 150 pre- and post-war cars lined up to take part in the Vintage Sports-Car Club’s celebrated Pomeroy Trophy at Silverstone on Saturday 18 February. An undoubted highlight of the Club’s annual ...
2017 MINTEX MSA BHRC RED KITE STAGES
Elliott takes BHRC opener  Report from Paul Lawrence Nick Elliott and Dace Price opened their bid for the 2017 Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship in the best possible style on the opening round, the Red Kite Stages on Sunday 19 February.   The Cheltenham Ford Escort Mk2 crew finished the day with a winning margin of 35s over defending champions Jason Pritchard and Phil Clar...
FORMULA VINTAGE FOR VSCC
Formula Vintage – A new name for VSCC Racing The Vintage Sports-Car Club presents Formula Vintage, the new name for the Club’s 2017 racing programme with the aim of introducing the VSCC’s unique and celebrated line-up to a new and wider audience of motorsport enthusiasts, reports James Taylor. Racing activities for the VSCC began 80 years’ ago with the Club’s first ...
IRDC HISTORIC 'MONTE' 2017 UPDATE
Jon and Christine Miles win IRDC Tyresoles Trophy Following the final two stages of the 2017 Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique Rally, played out in the bitterly cold and snow-covered Alps Maritimes, it was Michel Decremer and Yannick Albert in the immaculate Belgian Opel Ascona 2000 that were declared the worthy winners when results were posted at rally headquarters in the sunlit Automobile Club ...
ROGER ALBERT CLARK RALLY 2017
Jordan prize for 2017 Roger Albert Clark Rally One historic rally crew will win a free entry for the 2017 Roger Albert Clark Rally in a prize presented by regular competitor Barry Jordan and his businesses, Jordan Road Surfacing and BRM Competitions Dept Ltd, reports Paul Lawrence.The winning crew in this year’s Northern Historic Rally Championship will receive the award, worth around &pou...
VSCC'S 2017 NEW YEAR DRIVING TESTS BROOKLANDS
Diffey defends his VSCC New Year Driving Tests crown  Report from James Taylor In a repeat of his triumph last year, young George Diffey led the way at Brooklands Museum once more, claiming overall honours in the Vintage Sports-Car Club’s annual New Year Driving Tests on Sunday 29 January. Piloting his distinct, gold-coloured Austin 7, the 23-year-old set the fastest time on ten of th...
RALLYE MONTE-CARLO HISTORIQUE 2017
20th Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique Rally – last lap Tuesday (31 January) and tired competitors are expected to arrive back in Monte-Carlo from around 3.30 this afternoon following 24 gruelling hours in the bitterly cold and snow-covered Alps Maritimes, reports Ken Davies. Crews can then enjoy four whole hours in and around the sunny harbour-side parc ferme before 9.00pm, when they disappea...
IRDC 2017 'MONTE' UPDATE
Challenging Conditions on Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique Monday 30 January. With the Alps Maritime blanketed in thick snow, the latest news is that the 2017 Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique is currently being led by the Danish Audi 80 GLE of Toni Hansen and Per Brodersen 60 points ahead of the Monegasque-entered Volkswagen Golf GTI of Daniel Elena and Olivier Campana, reports Ken Davies. Internati...
RALLYE MONTE-CARLO HISTORIQUE 2017
Team IRDC update Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique 2017: Reports coming in from the Alps this morning (Saturday 28 January) paint a very snowy picture on the infamous Col du Turini, where snow has been falling all night, reports Ken Davies. Among other news emerging from the IRDC contingent currently in the Alps Maritime is that David Mustarde, and the ever-green Monte-Carlo regular Willy Cave, had...