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HSCC FINALS SILVERSTONE 2020
Roaring success for HSCC Finals  Report by Paul Lawrence The racing was excellent, the grids were large and even the weather was kind as the Historic Sports Car Club concluded its 2020 championship schedule at its Finals Meeting on the Silverstone National Circuit over the weekend 17-18 October. Nearly 270 entries, including a spectacular headlining Historic Formula 2 grid, delivered some ...
CASTLE COMBE AUTUMN CLASSIC 2020
Rain stops 70th birthday celebrations after first day  Click to view Gallery. After being one of the first of the UK’s 17 motor racing circuits to restart events following the enforced COVID-19 lockdown, Castle Combe Racing Club successfully organised five meetings once restrictions ended on 30 June, in what has been a weird and truncated 2020 season, reports Ken Davies. The Club&rsqu...
NK HTGT ASSEN 2020
Gamma Racing Day at the TT Circuit Assen  Report from Jan-Bart Broetjes. Pictures by Senten Images The second meeting for the Dutch NKHTGT series for pre-66 cars, on 25-27 September, began with a chaotic start to the first race, which led to a red flag situation. It was slightly less chaotic on the second attempt, only Martin Bijleveld and Egbert Kolvoort incurring a penalty for jumping the...
SALON PRIVE 2020
A gold-plated hit Report and images by Peter Baker. Click to view our Gallery. Salon Prive presented by AXA, 23-26 September 2020 No doubt about it, even encompassing current COVID-19 restrictions, the four-day Saloon Prive 2020, held within the magnificent grounds of Blenheim Palace, was a superbly organised event that proved a gold-plated hit with its sell-out crowd. Astonishing in every...
WOLDS TROPHY CADWELL PARK 2020
Great racing at HSCC Wolds Trophy meeting  Report from Paul Lawrence. The Historic Sports Car Club headed to Cadwell Park over the weekend 19-20 September for its annual Wolds Trophy meeting. With a busy 20-race programme, it was a tremendous weekend with some great single-seater racing and the twin Road Sports categories produced excellent racing from big and varied grids. There was a stro...
MASTERS AT ZANDVOORT HISTORIC GRAND PRIX 2020
Big prizes for Hart and Cantillon at Zandvoort  Report from Masters Historic Racing David Hart and Mike Cantillon cornered most of the Masters silverware handed out during the 2020 Historic Grand Prix event at Zandvoort on 4-6 September. Taking place on its original date and with limited spectators allowed into the paddock, the Dutch event made a refreshing change on a historic calendar hit...
OULTON PARK GOLD CUP 2020
Young guns star at HSCC Gold Cup meeting   Report and images by Paul Lawrence. Click to view Gallery. Fine racing, an enthusiastic crowd, good weather and some outstanding performances made the Historic Sports Car Club’s Oulton Park Gold Cup, on 29-31 August, a great success. One of the most prominent historic racing festivals of the season ran successfully within the current COV...
BENTLEY DRIVERS CLUB AT SILVERSTONE 2020
Racing behind closed doors a ‘big success’  Report from Stuart Newman. Images by Peter de Rousset-Hall. The Bentley Drivers Club’s 72nd annual race meeting at Silverstone saw another day of fantastic racing at its very best, albeit behind closed doors, on Saturday 22 August.Bentleys of all ages shared the 10-race entry list with Morgans, TVRs, MGs, Jaguars, Allards, Alfa-Ro...
MASTERS HISTORIC FESTIVAL 2020
Masters at Brands Hatch  Report from Masters Historic Racing. Images by Stuart Adams, click to view Gallery. The 2020 Masters Historic Festival provided a packed programme at the Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit over the weekend 22-23 August. Headlining the two-day event were the cars and stars of Masters Historic Formula One, with two fantastic F1 races delivering a pair of thoroughly deser...
OULTON PARK GOLD CUP 2020
HSCC to celebrate Formula Junior at Gold Cup Oulton Park The Historic Sports Car Club will celebrate the Formula Junior category during the 2020 Oulton Park Gold Cup meeting on 29-31 August by presenting the famous Gold Cup trophy to the aggregate winner of the Formula Junior races, writes Paul Lawrence. The event will mark the 60th anniversary of the two major Formula Junior races held at Oult...
TWO MEETINGS FOR SHELSLEY WALSH
The 2020 Vintage and Reg Phillips Trophy meetings  Click to view our Gallery. Two annual meetings were held at Shelsley Walsh over the weekend 8-9 August, with the VSCC Vintage Meeting on the Saturday and the Reg Phillips Trophy Meeting the following day. Unfortunately, with restrictions still in place, both meetings were held without spectators. On Saturday, the ever-quick James Baxter won ...
MASTERS HISTORIC RACE WEEKEND DONINGTON 2020
Donington marks start of Masters 2020 season  Report from Masters Historic Racing. Click to view Retro-Speed's Gallery. The Masters 2020 schedule finally got underway with its two-day meeting at Donington Park on 18-19 July, with all six of the Masters European series taking part. In Race 1 for FIA Masters Historic Formula One, Mike Cantillon’s Williams FW07C started from pole position...
SERIOUS ACCIDENT AT THE SALZBURGRING
The doctor ́s re-birth and Porsche's flight to heaven  Reports and images by Roman Klemm Motrosportfestival, Salzburgring, 10-12 July 2020 Dr. Achim Zumtobel is a great collector and driver of historic racing vehicles. One of his gems is – or should I say, was – a white Porsche Carrera 6 (Type 906). In 1966, the Zuffenhausen factory built only 50 of these light and fast pr...
HSCC LEGENDS OF BRANDS SUPER PRIX 2020
HSCC season starts at Brands Hatch The Historic Sports Car Club’s 2020 season got underway with big grids and fine racing on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit during the Legends of Brands Super Prix meeting on 11-12 July, reports Paul Lawrence. Three months later than planned due to COVID-19, the HSCC racing started on one of Europe’s finest race tracks with a full weekend of rac...
TIMOTHY DAVID ROOTES OBITUARY
Timothy David Rootes 1925-2020   It is with great sadness that we announce the death of one of our Patrons, Timothy Rootes, writes Andy Bye, Trustee of Rootes Archive Centre Trust. Tim was the son of Reginald Rootes and thus the last generation of the Rootes family, who dedicated their life to the family automotive business, so it really is the end of an era. The official obituary from the ...
MOTORING RETURNS TO PRESCOTT
Prescott’s first 2020 Drive Thru Day Click to view our Gallery. Yesterday, Saturday 4 July, for the first time since lockdown, the Bugatti Trust opened Prescott Hill Climb, allowing its members the opportunity to drive the Hill and enjoy a picnic amid its glorious surroundings, writes Peter Baker. Having dusted off my camera equipment, I admit approaching the meeting ground with a ce...
PHILIP MANN OBITUARY
Philip Mann Appreciation from FIVA President Tiddo Bresters It is with considerable regret that we convey to you the news of the sad demise of another former FIVA President, Philip Mann, who died in Switzerland aged over 100 years old. Not only was he the president of the Vintage & Sports Car Club of the UK, from 1969 to 1971, he was one of FIVA’s pioneers, already a member the FI...
CASTLE COMBE TO CELEBRATE 70TH ANNIVERSARY
Seventy years of Castle Combe Circuit On Saturday 4 July 2020, Castle Combe Racing Club will hold one of the UK’s first race meetings since the COVID-19 lockdown was enforced in mid-March. With support from its members, the Club has organised an eight-event card of double-headers for Formula Fords, Hot Hatches, Saloon Cars and GTs, competing in its in-house championships. The Club had be...
MIKE BELL OBITUARY
Mike Bell 1949-2020  Appreciation and images from Bob Bull A life well spentWell know preparer and driver of historic cars, Mike Bell, passed away on 27 May suffering from cancer of the liver, that was sadly diagnosed at an advanced stage. Mike ran his preparation business from workshops in Attleborough, five miles from Snetterton, and gained a reputation as one of the best preparers of his...
RETRO-MOTORSPORT REPORT - MONACO GRAND PRIX 1950
Prix de Monte-Carlo et XIe Grand Prix Automobile  By Peter Baker As part of the 1950 World Championship of Drivers the 100-lap Monaco Grand Prix (formally known as Prix de Monte-Carlo et XIe Grand Prix Automobile), held on 21 May 1950, attracted a full field of 26 cars, with Juan Fangio driving for Alfa Romeo starting as favourite. In fact, eight Italian cars, driven by other stars such as...