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NIGEL RAEBURN
Nigel Raeburn   Sadly, we have to report the death of our friend Nigel Raeburn, on Thursday 12 October 2017, someone I have known seemingly forever, writes Peter Baker. Possibly, many of you already know Nigel was not only one of the most successful rally navigators the UK has ever produced, but also at the same held down a senior position with IBM for over thirty years. Shortly before he d...
HSCC HISTORIC F2 AT DIJON
Forward March at Historic Formula 2 Dijon final  Dean Forward was the big winner in the final two races of the Historic Sports Car Club’s 2017 Historic Formula 2 FIA-sanctioned International Series at Dijon in France on 7/8 October, reports Paul Lawrence.   Forward’s March 782 swept to a commanding double win and that result earned him victory in the class championship, the...
NK HTGT - DIJON 2017
Mark Dols is the 2017 Dutch pre-'66 HTGT Champion Report from Jan-Bart Broertjes. Images by Senten Images. The NK HTGT powered by Gamma set up shop in the French Burgundy region for the deciding races of the Dutch pre-'66 championship. With two rounds to go there were three major candidates left: Mark Dols in the Marcos 1800 on 55,6 points, the experienced pairing of Jaap van der Ende and Martin ...
VSCC AT CASTLE COMBE 2017
VSCC Formula Vintage at Castle Combe A superb grid of 27 Vintage Sports Car Club members took up the invitation from Castle Combe for their Autumn Classic on Saturday 7 October, writes Alexandra Elliot. Despite the teeming rain, the practice session saw all entrants complete at least three laps, apart from Mark Reece, whose MG J4 was to give him ‘issues’ throughout the meeting. Pole...
CLASSIC CARS CHALLENGE CHINA 2017
Classic Cars Challenge China, 9-21 October  Words and images by Peter Baker After the first two days of Classic Cars Challenge China (4C) we have reached the city of Qingzhou in 13th position. The 1961 Alfa Romeo of my driver Leslie Yuen still going perfectly, with just one blown hose blotting its copybook performance. Saturday 14 October is a free day for exploring and car maintenance be...
2017 MINTEX MSA BHRC - TRACKROD HISTORIC CUP
Pritchard and Clarke clinch BHRC hat-trick Report  from Paul Lawrence  Jason Pritchard and Phil Clarke have won the Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship for the third time in a row after a nail-biting climax on the final round, the Trackrod Historic Cup on 29/30 September.   It was a winner-takes-all showdown in the Yorkshire forests between Pritchard/Clarke and Nick Ell...
BLUE TRAIN CHALLENGE 2017 RESULTS
1938 Riley wins inaugural Blue Train Challenge Blue Train Challenge, 16-22 September 2017 The Endurance Rally Association’s inaugural Blue Train Challenge reached a dramatic conclusion in Cannes, writes Andrea Seed. The Cadillac that had been leading right from the start of the five-day rally ‘fried a wheel bearing’ and had to retire on the final regularity. This gave the win...
NK HTGT 2017 UPDATE
NK HTGT prepares for a gripping finale at Dijon-Prenois  Report from Jan-Bart Broertjes. Images by Senten Images. The NK HTGT powered by Gamma series held two races at Holland's most prestigious classic event, the 2017 Historic Grand Prix Zandvoort held on 1-3 September. The race format was a bit unusual, as the big field was divided into two as the races were combined with those of the Mast...
HSCC SNETTERTON 2017
Historic Formula Ford thrillers at HSCC Snetterton  Report by Paul Lawrence Two incredible Historic Formula Ford 1600 races capped an excellent day’s racing during the Historic Sports Car Club’s race meeting at Snetterton on Saturday 23 September.   As the HSCC Historic Formula Ford Championship moves towards a dramatic season finale at Silverstone in October, the three le...
R.A.C. HISTORIC ASPHALT RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP 2017
Smith on top of Fuchs R.A.C. contenders  Report from Paul Lawrence  Rob Smith and Alun Cook were the top scorers during rounds five and six of the Fuchs Lubricants R.A.C. Historic Asphalt Championship on Rally Isle of Man on 14-16 September.   Rounds five and six of the asphalt championship ran to a double-header format over the famous closed roads of the Isle of Man as the event ...
2017 MINTEX MSA BHRC - RALLY ISLE OF MAN
Pritchard takes BHRC double on Isle of Man  Report form Paul Lawrence  Jason Pritchard and Phil Clarke were the stars of the historic section of Rally Isle of Man during rounds 7 and 8 of the 2017 Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship on 14-16 September 14-16.   Pritchard and Clarke were faultless as they dominated the historics and took a maximum score to set up a winne...
SPA SIX HOURS 2017
A Spectacular Spa Six Hours  Report and images by Peter Baker. Click to view Gallery. One word to sum up Spa Six Hours 2017? Mega. Three days of unadulterated ‘let’s get on with it’ historic motor sport, superbly organised by Alain Defalle and Vincent Collard, where a full house of teams take on Spa-Francorchamps, the most demanding circuit in Europe. The three days inclu...
GOODWOOD REVIVAL 2017
Revelling at the Revival  Words and images by Peter Baker. Click to view Gallery.2017 Goodwood Revival 8-10 SeptemberOver the past fifty years I have travelled the globe, witnessing motorsport of all types and at all levels, from drag racing in Malta to regularity rallying in China, from racing in Macau and Le Mans to club-level Irish auto-testing in the company of Paddy Hopkirk. Bu...
TARGA FLORIO CONQUERS AUSTRALIA
Targa Florio Australian Tribute 2017 For the first time in its history, the long established history of Targa Florio will be celebrated outside of Italy, writes Pierfranco Garcea. Starting from Melbourne, over 150 racing classic cars will compete in the 2017 Targa Florio Australian Tribute from 29 November to 3 December across the beautiful landscapes of Victoria State. Targa Florio boasts ove...
DENIS WELCH MOTORSPORT AT ZANDVOORT
Silverware for DWM at Zandvoort Zandvoort Historic Grand Prix, 1-3 September Rain dominated early qualifying sessions but on a drying track for Masters Pre-66 Touring Cars, Julian Thomas in his Ford Falcon qualified 6th overall and 1st in class with a time of 2:10.705, which was set on his last lap. A huge grid of 48 cars assembled for the race which included cars competing for the Dutch Histor...
FERRARI CELEBRATIONS AT MONZA
Ferrari celebrates its 70th  Words and images by Roman Klemm Ferrari celebrations at the 2017 Italian Grand Prix on at Monza. Well, ‘celebrated’ is maybe exaggerated. The well-advertised event that should have recalled the great history of the world’s most famous car maker was rather a disappointment. It looked like a random rendezvous of wealthy owners of some Ferrari ge...
MASTERS HISTORIC RACING AT 2017 ZANDVOORT HISTORIC GP
Voyazides/Hadfield, Stretton and Soper reign in the dunes At the 2017 Zandvoort Historic Grand Prix on 1-3 September, Leo Voyazides and Simon Hadfield won both the FIA Masters Historic Sports Car and Stena Line Masters Gentlemen Drivers races. Martin Stretton converted one of his two poles into a win in FIA Masters Historic Formula One, while the Masters Pre-66 Touring Cars race saw Steve Soper...
OULTON PARK GOLD CUP 2017
HSCC Gold Cup shines at Oulton Park  Report by Paul Lawrence  Big grids, close racing, fine weather and a top quality programme made the Historic Sports Car Club’s Oulton Park Gold Cup meeting on 26-28 August one of the best yet. Capping the race action was a mighty Historic Formula 2 double victory for Northern Irishman Darwin Smith.   With 21 races across Sunday afternoon ...
CUMBRIA CLASSIC WEEKEND 2017
Wigton MC’s Cumbria Classic The 2017 Wigton Motor Club’s Cumbria Classic Weekend on 19/20 August proved to be one of the most successful yet, reports Graeme Forrester. Around 80 cars took part in the Rose & Thistle Challenge Run on the Saturday, from Carlisle to Duns to visit the Jim Clark Rooms which is being refurbished, and a donation of £1,000 is being made to the Jim ...
COTSWOLD ECONOMY DRIVE 2017
2017 Cotswold Economy Drive  Words and images by Peter Baker The 19th Cotswold Economy Drive, sponsored by Retro-Speed magazine and supported by the International Rally Drivers Club, attracted an entry of some 50 cars that ranged from a 1988 Bentley through the regular collection of Austin Healeys and Mercede-Benz Coupes, to such rarities as a SAAB Sonnet and Daimler convertible. As alway...