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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...
MONTE-CARLO OR BUST
Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique 2021  Words image by Peter Barker  .Long time RMCH competitor Peter Barker explains why the 2021 edition of this famous event was just a step too far under coronavirus restrictions. Back in July 2020 with lockdowns lifting all over Europe and people emerging from isolation to count the cost of the first wave of Covid-19 infection, the Automobile Club de Mo...
WASHINGTON GRANT JAMES OBITUARY
Washington Grant James 1933-2020  Appreciation by Ken Davies. Images courtesy Washington James archive Welsh World Cup Rally hero, celebrated tenor and businessman Washington James, the last surviving member of a tenacious 1970s Welsh rally team, died peacefully on New Year's Eve in Newcastle Emlyn, aged 87.  Washington – known affectionately as 'Washy' – from Cenarth in C...
VALERIE DOMLEO-MORLEY OBITUARY
Valerie Domleo-Morley 1932-2020  Appreciation by Ken Davies. Images courtesy Valerie Domleo-Morley archive. During the Christmas break, sad news broke that Valerie ‘Val’ Morley had died peacefully at home on 24 December. Born on 11 April 1932 in Hendon Middlesex, Val discovered rallying by navigating for a boyfriend, before coming to the notice of BMC and being selected to navig...
NKHTGT SERIES COUNTERACTS CO2 EMISSIONS
Let’s plant trees  NKHTGT was established in 1996 as the Dutch Championship for Historic Touring Cars and GTs, reports Jan-Bart Broertjes. Nowadays it has evolved into an international series, catering for touring cars and GTs built between 1947 and 1965. This means that the series has attracted racing cars that are now 55-plus years of age, for 25 years. In the meantime, the world aro...