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HRDC CASTLE COMBE RESULTS 2017
HRDC at Castle Combe’s 2017 BRSCC weekend The 45-minute Historic Racing Drivers Club Coys Trophy, held at Castle Combe on Sunday 16 June was a runaway win for the Ford Lotus Cortina shared by the father-and-son team of Mike and Andrew Jordan. They finished 1m 22.713s ahead of Michael Squire (Ford Mustang) who in turn beat the Ford Falcon of Andy Edwards into a distant third place, two laps...
BRITISH RACING DRIVERS CLUB'S BREAK CLAUSE
BRDC to trigger break clause in Silverstone’s Grand Prix contract Silverstone, the home of British motor racing, was at its bright and sunny best on Friday 14 July, the first day of practice for the 2017 British Grand Prix weekend, reports Ken Davies. The racing, though, was not the main topic of conversation among those gathered in the paddock, but more the menacing threat hanging over t...
CHATEAU IMPNEY HILL CLIMB 2017
2017 Chateau Impney Hill Climb 8/9 July  Words and images by Peter Baker. Click to view Gallery Well supported and blessed all weekend with ‘real’ summer weather, the 2017 edition of the Chateau Impney Hill Climb was a big hit with spectators and drivers alike. Yes there were a few organisational hiccups along the way; for example, what happened to the air display, it never app...
VSCC SHELSLEY WALSH HILL CLIMB 2017
Alta takes top honours at vintage Shelsley  Report form James Taylor It was another triumphant occasion as two of the most celebrated names in pre-war motor sport joined forces for the Vintage Sports-Car Club’s Vintage and Post-Vintage Thoroughbred Meeting, hosted by the Midland Automobile Club at the historic Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb on 1/2 July. New for this year, the ever-popular...
2017 FIA HSCC HISTORIC FORMULA 2
Gibson takes Historic F2 double  Report from Paul Lawrence Daniel Gibson scored his first Formula 2 victories with a double win in rounds five and six of the HSCC Historic Formula 2 FIA-sanctioned International Series during the Grand Prix de France Historique at Magny Cours over the weekend 1/2 July.   This major new racing festival was one of the highlights of the 2017 historic racing...
HSCC BRANDS HATCH SUPERPRIX 2017
Formula Fords star at Brands Hatch  Report from Paul Lawrence  Some of the finest Formula Ford racing from 50 years of the category headlined the Historic Sports Car Club’s 2017 Legends of Brands Hatch Superprix weekend on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit on 1/2 July.   Within a full 17-race weekend featuring most HSCC categories, the Club’s special celebration of 5...
NK HTGT AT SPA SUMMER CLASSIC 2017
Perfect weather for NK HTGT’s one-hour race  Report from Jan-Bart Broertjes. Images by Senten Images. Fifty cars were on the grid for the one-hour NK HTGT powered by Gamma race on Saturday, 24 June on a dry and sunny day during the Spa Summer Classic weekend. At the start it was Andy Newall who displayed amazing car control by gunning the snaking Jaguar E-type through Eau Rouge withou...
2017 MINTEX MSA BHRC - ALMC STAGES, IRELAND
Smith tops ALMC Stages  Report form Paul Lawrence  Rob Smith and Alun Cook took top honours in round five of the 2017 Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship, the Trim-based ALMC Stages in Ireland on Sunday 2 July.   The Championship’s first visit to the Republic of Ireland for at least 15 years marked the start of a run of four asphalt rallies as the schedule heads ...
GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED 2017
Another fanciful Festival, 29 June-2 July 2017  Report from Retro-Gnome. Images by Peter Baker.The dust has once again settled on the Goodwood Festival of Speed, an extraordinary motor sporting event where, over four days, the country’s landed gentry, who presumably don't pay, blot out the invading proletariat by wearing dark glasses and quaffing huge amounts of champagne. Not unlike th...
PARIS-PRAGUE RALLY 2017
Triumph and Frazer Nash-BMW take honours Click to view Gallery. Rally Round’s 2017 Paris-Prague Rally, from 11-17 June, covered around 2,000km, passing through France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic. Inspired by the city-to-city races of the early 20th century the Paris-Prague attracted crews from 10 nations in a remarkable variety of machinery, ranging from a 19...
LAKE DISTRICT CLASSIC & TARGA RALLIES 2017
Wigton MC’s 29th Lake District Classic The 29th running of the Lake District Classic on Sunday 25 June proved to be a great success for the organisers, Wigton Motor Club, who were rewarded with a full entry plus reserves, reports Graeme Forrester. With entries from all over Cumbria, northern England, Scotland and even a crew from New Zealand, the event around Penrith took place in perfec...
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...