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VSCC FORMULA VINTAGE MALLORY PARK : Editorial Ramblings : Peter Baker
Formula 3 (500s) joins VSCC at Mallory Park  Words and images by Peter Baker After weeks, make that months, of almost unbroken sunshine, last weekend (11-12 August) the weather changed as the Vintage-Sports-Car Club held its 2018 Mallory Park meeting. But, although the sky threatened, in the end the rain only arrived thirty minutes after the last Formula Vintage race. Once again, we pressed...
 
BENTLEY DRIVERS CLUB AT SILVERSTONE 2018 : Stuart Newman
More than just a race meeting  Words by Stuart Newman. Images by Oliver Flower, Phil Kroll, Peter de Rousset-Hall The Bentley Drivers Club’s popular annual race meeting once again saw another day of fantastic club racing at its very best at Silverstone on Saturday 4 August. Regarded by the Club as ‘more than just a race meeting’, it was the good old days revisited as membe...
 
VSCC VINTAGE PRESCOTT - EDITORIAL RAMBLINGS : Peter Baker
A very vintage Prescott with the VSCC  Words and images by Peter Baker. Click to view Gallery. The UK heat-wave continues with holiday makers who travelled to Spain and Portugal now wishing they had stayed home in the UK. Mind you, with the number of spectators at last weekend’s Prescott Speed Hill Climb (4/5 August) at a record level, not many of the absconding tourists were members o...
 
PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE - HARRY FLATTERS STAGES 2018 : Phil Harris
Class win on our return to the BHRC  Words by Phil Harris  A very wet day on Sunday 29 July saw the Harris & Co-backed Mini Cooper make its debut on the 2018 FUCHS Lubricants MSA British Historic Rally Championship as we contested the Harry Flatters Stages rally. The pace on the event, which takes places over the Epynt military ranges in the Brecon Beacons, is always high over the ...
 
COPPA D'ORO DELLE DOLOMITI 2018 : Pierfranco Garcea
Second consecutive win for Belometti and Vavassori  Words and images from Pierfranco Garea The 2018 Coppa d’Oro delle Dolomiti has come to an end, with Andrea Belometti and Doriano Vavassori winning for the second year running, stealing the show this year in their 1929 Lancia Lambda Casaro and taking home the Ubi Trophy. Second place, after a good comeback, went to father-and-son Fra...
 
GEORGIA'S FIRST CLASSIC CAR RALLY : Peter Baker
Georgia on my mind  Words and images by Peter Baker Two hours into the five-hour flight heading east to Tbilisi and I’m thinking: What have I let myself in for? Georgia, after all, not only borders Russia, Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan, but also enjoys a bit of a reputation in itself. Would I, for example, as with the Liege-Istanbul-Liege rally back in 1997, be driving through a coun...
 
ENNSTAL-CLASSIC 2018 : Roman Klemm
A trip to a glorious past with Merzario, Stuck, Audetto, Bell and Brabham  words and images by Roman Klemm 26th Ennstal Classic, 19-21 July 2018 The 26th Ennstal Classic, a three-day regularity rally for cars of all ages was once again an event full of superlatives. Almost 250 ‘diamonds’ of automotive history thundered through the picturesque Ennstal valley and the surrounding T...
 
EDITORIAL RAMBLINGS - SILVERSTONE TO CADWELL PARK : Peter Baker
Rambling on from Silverstone Classic to VSCC Formula Vintage  Words and images by Peter Baker Optimistic purchase of a convertible at the beginning of the year may be partially responsible for this on-going, now rather boring heat-wave. Funny, but at the time, knowing my luck, I thought we may get the wettest summer on record. In the meantime, top-down motoring remains the order of the day. ...
 
EDITORIAL RAMBLINGS - GOODWOOD FOS 2018 : Peter Baker
Rambling down to the Goodwood festivities  Words and images by Peter Baker. Click to view Gallery.  No doubt about it, Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018, celebrating its Silver Jubilee this year, was the best yet, helped no end by the extravagant Porsche 70th birthday party that pulled together a world beating collection of famous cars and drivers This ultra-professional turnout took plac...
 
DRM LEGENDS AT RED BULL RING : Roman Klemm
Even Bernie came to see Mateschitz´ show  Words and images by Roman Klemm ‘Mr. Red Bull’ Dietrich Mateschitz had greater ideas for ‘his’ 2018 Austrian Grand Prix than other promoters, offering the paying public much more than the well-known monotony consisting of F1, F2 and GP3. He again called on the greats of motor sport history to demonstrate some classic ...
 
EDITORIAL RAMBLINGS - LE MANS CLASSIC : Peter Baker
Rambling through France via Le Mans Classic  Words and images by Peter Baker. Click to view Gallery. One hundred and thirty-five thousand people attended Le Mans Classic 2018 and presumably, despite the non-stop heat, arrived back home satisfied that they had witnessed the best of today's historic motor sport. So well done Peter Auto on another great organisational job. Apart from one or two...
 
PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE - NOSTALGIA AT NORISRING : Roman Klemm
Nostalgia at Norisring  Words and images by Roman Klemm Well, this year’s DTM/F3 event at Norising in Germany, on 23-24 June 2018, was not one of the most glorious. The whole weekend was overshadowed by politics and the pending future of DTM, but it was solved by Saturday, as Gerhard Berger announced the beginning of DTM‘s cooperation with Japanese Super-GT championship. The nu...
 
BAKER STREET : Peter Baker
SAABS on the streets of Sweden again  Words by Peter Baker  Over the years many motor manufacturers have had a crack at making aeroplanes. Ford and the magnificent Tri-Motor of 1925 immediately springs to mind, as does the series of jets produced by F.I.A.T, most famous being the potent sixties G 91 fighter. Even Ettore Bugatti before WW2 attempted to build a futuristic military aircraft...
 
EDITORIAL RAMBLINGS - SILVERSTONE TO BROOKLANDS : Peter Baker
Rambling from Silverstone to Brooklands  Words and images by Peter Baker I suppose at some point in this unusually warm summer we must expect a little rain to fall. And it did, at Silverstone’s International Trophy meeting on Saturday (16 June) just in time to throw the 60-minute Jaguar Classic Challenge race into complete disarray. Luckily, with the Grand Prix circuit being so long, ...
 
GRAHAME WHITE TO STEP DOWN AS HSCC CHIEF : Ken Davies
Ken Davies interviews Grahame White Images by Ken Davies On 13 June 2018, the Historic Sports Car Club announced that Grahame White would be standing down as its chief Executive Officer at the end of the year following 20 successful years in this role, switching to a new position as consultant to the Club. Retro-Speed felt it appropriate to mark this event with an appreciation of his achieve...
 
CASTLE COMBE'S 2018 CHARITY EVENTS : Dorothy
Castle Combe Circuit supports local charities  Dorothy endorses charity events Wiltshire charities have benefitted from Castle Combe Circuit following more key events held at the race track. Whether it’s the collections found at race meetings, or the 50p donation made by each attendee to the ever-popular car boot sales, each event sees the organisers select a local charity to support....
 
A BRITISH AFFAIR AT MONACO : Roman Klemm
Lotus, Williams and McLaren celebrate three decades of F1  Words and images by Roman Klemm. Click to view Gallery. It is interesting that this year’s Monaco Grand Prix Historique was a rather British affair. About half of the drivers were English, not to mention the awesome number of British machinery on the track. Even the main sponsors and participants of this richly-supported progra...
 
PORSCHES TAKES OVER LLANDUDNO : Ken Davies
Porsches overun the Llandudno promenade  Words and images by Ken Davies Llandudno reverberated to the sound of Porsche engines when members of the Porsche Club GB descended on the seaside town for the 2018 edition of Porsches on the Promenade on Sunday 10 May. The expensive traffic jam of Porsches stretched back through the town as drivers filled parking places on the expansive promenade....
 
TALKING TO MONACO'S DISTINGUISHED ELDERS : Roman Klemm
Patrick Tambay, Jacky Ickx, Riccardo Patrese, Iddie Irvine and Bob Dance talk to Roman Klemm  Words and images by Roman Klemm. Click to view Gallery. In the paddock of the 2018 Monaco Grand Prix Historique one can bump into more than a few motor sport greats. And, as in the past, it provided a unique opportunity for Roman, to ask several distinguished elders about their best and worst exper...
 
EDITORIAL RAMBLINGS - DONINGTON, SHELSLEY AND CURBOROUGH : Peter Baker
Rambling from Donington to Shelsley Walsh via Curborough  Words and images by Peter Baker The 2018 early May Bank Holiday provided three days of blue skies and unbroken sunshine, perfect conditions in fact to enjoy open-air motoring around a beautiful British countryside at its best. During the long weekend I visited, and hugely enjoyed, three separate ‘classic’ motor sport event...