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FIA EHRC 2021 - 29TH HISTORIC VLTAVA RALLYE
Zippo’ wins after titanic battle with Karl Wagner  Report by Jeff Carter At the end of day one (7 May) of the 29th Historic Vltava Rallye, it was reigning Category 3 champions Karl Wagner and Gerda Zauner in the lead by 17 seconds in the no3 Porsche 911 SC. The Austrians posted the fastest time on the first three stages of the day, while the 4th and 5th went to the no1 Audi quattro of...
DONINGTON HISTORIC FESTIVAL 2021
Festival fans feted with live streaming  Words and images by Peter Baker. Click to view Gallery.  Opened way back in 1931, the rolling expanse of Donington Park is as close as it gets to having Spa-Francorchamps right here in our own back yard. And make no mistake, the National Circuit at 1.979 miles may be shorter, but it’s just as fast, and with one after the other gradient and...
12TH GRAND PRIX DE MONACO HISTORIQUE
Was this the greatest Formula 1 event of 2021?  Text and images by Roman Klemm Being forced to cancel its biennial event last year, the Automobile Club de Monaco pushed for a new date for the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique in 2021. And it went well. It is simply a fact that nowhere else can you see the history of our sport in such a broad presentation and especially in such an authentic pl...
HSCC SNETTERTON 300 CIRCUIT
Jackson five at Snetterton Report by Paul Lawrence Cam Jackson was the star of the weekend as the Historic Sports Car Club held its first full programme of the season at the Snetterton 300 circuit on 17-18 April. Jackson won five races in Formula Ford and Formula Junior as a glorious spring weekend and a wonderful paddock atmosphere added together to make a fine start to the Club’s 56th ...
FIA EHRC 2021 - 36TH SANREMO RALLY STORICO
Da Zanche and De Luis victorious in Italy  Report by Jeff Carter Lucio da Zanche and Daniele de Luis (no2 Porsche 911SC) finished the second day of the 36th Sanremo Rally Storico where they started in the morning, holding a commanding lead over their nearest rivals to secure victory in Round 1 of the FIA European Historic Rally Championship. Their task was made slightly easier when the no1...
MASTERS HISTORIC RACE WEEKEND DONINGTON PARK
Season starts for Masters at Donington  Masters Historic Racing’s 2021 season started at Donington Park during the Easter weekend, 2-3 April, with seven races. In Masters Historic Formula One, Steve Hartley took two pole positions in his McLaren MP4/1, but Mike Cantillon and his Williams FW07C had the upper hand in both races. On Saturday, Hartley and Cantillon kept each other on thei...
HSCC 2021 SEASON STARTS
Historic F2 stars at Donington Park  Report from Paul Lawrence. Click to view Gallery. The Historic Sports Car Club’s 2021 Historic Formula 2 Series and Classic Formula 3/Classic Formula Ford 2000 Championship both opened at Donington Park on Good Friday and Easter Saturday during the Masters Historic Festival. After two wonderful races F2 victories went to Callum Grant and Andrew Smi...
HSCC THUNDERSPORTS 2021
Thrundersports Series receives strong response  Competitor response to the 2021 Carless Racing Fuels HSCC Thundersports Series is booming with two months still to go to the opening races of the season, reports Paul Lawrence. Carless Racing Fuels, the UK-based fuels brand of Haltermann Carless, was recently announced as the title sponsor of the series. The huge 50-car grid for the two half-ho...
JOHNNY DUMFRIES OBITUARY
Johnny Dumfries 1958-2021  A personal appreciation and images by Roman Klemm Go, go Johnny be good…. The name of Johnny Dumfries came across to us, attentive European fans, in 1984 when we were receiving regular reports of how this Scot beat the competition of the British Formula 3 Championship. Ayrton Senna and Martin Brundle had just joined Formula 1 from this national champi...
MURRAY WALKER APPRECIATION
Murray Walker 1923-2021 Retro-Speed contributor and Chairman of Castle Combe Racing Club, Ken Davies, has sent us the following link of Castle Combe commentator Chris Dawes’ recording of a great audio appreciation to his hero Murray. Ken says: “It's far better than any written version?” And we tend to agree, so click to view at https://fb.watch/4guqhyfHFy/....
FIA EUROPEAN HISTORIC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP 2021
The very best historic rallying  The FIA European Historic Rally Championship (EHRC) returns in 2021 and is a chance to see some of the most evocative rally machinery from a bygone era in all their glory, writes Jeff Carter. From the Touring Cars and GTs of the 1950s and ‘60s to Groups 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the ‘70s and finally the unmistakable Groups A, B and N of the ‘80s, th...
CASTLE COMBE EASTER MONDAY 2021
Howards’s Day Easter meeting 2021  Following confirmation from Motorsport UK that event permits will be issued from the end of March, Castle Combe Racing Club will be one of the first to hold a meeting in the new 2021 season, with its Howard’s Day racing programme scheduled for Easter Monday, 5 April. After consultation with the HRDC, which was due to provide three races at the ...
WENDY MARKEY-AMEY OBITUARY
Wendy Markey-Amey  Appreciation by Ken Davies Prolific female saloon car driver of the 1970s Wendy Markey-Amey, who died on 1 March 2021, became a familiar face on the national saloon car racing scene during the 1970s, but also took part in international touring car races driving for Mazda and Lada works teams. A trained dancer, she could also sing, and successfully appeared in pantomimes...
HANNU MIKKOLA OBITUARY
Hannu Mikkola 1942-2021  Appreciation by Ken Davies Finnish rallying legend Hannu Mikkola, who died on Friday 26 February aged 78, was one of the most successful and versatile international rally drivers during a 31-year career that saw him compete in a variety of motor genre, from Volvo PV 544 to state-of-the-art Group B Audi S1, and a few others in between. Born 24 May 1942 at Joensuu, ...
CHRIS CRAFT OBITUARY
Chris Craft 1939-2021  Appreciation by Ken Davies. Images courtesy of Chris Craft archive. To racing enthusiasts of the 1960s and 70s, Chris Craft, who died on 20 February, represented the quintessential racing driver image, with long hair, good looks and athletic physique. Born in Porthleven, Cornwall on 17 November 1939, Chris grew up in Essex, where his father was a bank manager, later b...
CASTLE COMBE READY FOR 2021
Eight race meetings planned for Castle Combe  Castle Combe Circuit was one of the first in the UK to kick-start racing after the first COVID-19 lockdown, though its planned 70th birthday celebrations had to be put on hold. Now anticipating the return to some normality, a full card of races has been organised for 2021, starting on Easter Monday. Eight meetings are planned and seven will carry...
HSCC'S 1980S PRODUCTION CAR CHALLENGE
New for 2021 HSCC’s 1980s Production Car Challenge  The Historic Sports Car Club has confirmed a four-race schedule for its new 1980s Production Car Challenge, a perfect entry-level race series for production touring, sports and GT cars from the 1980s, reports Paul Lawrence. Open to cars with standard bodyshells and only minor modifications to engines and suspension, the series is wil...
ROYAL AUTOMOBILE CLUB HISTORIC AWARDS 2020
The 2020 winners….  The 2020 Royal Automobile Club Historic Awards evening took place, virtually, on Thursday 28 January 2021. Hosted by Ben Cussons, Chairman of the Club, and Lee McKenzie, the Club’s Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Peter and Betty-Ann Banham. Peter and Betty have, for more than three decades, been tirelessly present in carrying out their role as on...
ADRIAN CAMPOS OBITUARY
Adrian Campos 1960-2021  A personal appreciation and images by Roman Klemm. “My greatest success is being a happy man“ Although Adrian Campos participated in only 21 Formula 1 Grands Prix (making the cut in 17 of them), his later work had and still has a significant impact on the world of motorsport. The junior teams under his leadership won all the championships they ever parti...
JOHN ALEY OBITUARY
John Aley 1930-2021  Appreciation by Ken Davies. Images courtesy of John Aley archive Entrant, entrepreneur, engineer and safety pioneerBorn 23rd January 1930, John Aley started competing after WWII, first on motorcycles and then changing to four wheels and helping found the Cambridge Motor Club in 1950.  His first cars were pre-war HRG and MGs in which he completed his formative moto...