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MAGAZINE  >  RALLY NEWS  > Mecsek Rallye Hungary

2019 FIA Historic Rally Championship Ultimate Round

Lucky and Pons top FIA standings as 2019 Champions are Decided

Paul Lawrence Reports

Italian veteran ‘Lucky’ and his hugely experienced co-driver Fabrizia Pons were top scorers on the 53rd Mecsek Rallye in Hungary to finish the season as Category 4 champions in the FIA European Historic Sporting Rally Championship.

In a dramatic final round for the pan-European FIA-sanctioned special stage rally championship, their Lancia Delta Integrale moved back to the head of Category 4 (pre ’92) as former leaders Will Graham and Michael Johnston retired their BMW M3 mid-rally with alternator problems. ‘Lucky’ emerged as the only category champion not using a Porsche 911.

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Monza Historic

MAGAZINE  >  FEATURES & REPORTS  > Monza Historic

Act Six

Monza Historic, sixth and penultimate act of the 2019 Peter Auto opera, performed on some of the most famous European stages, brought many expectations for the weekend of 20-22 September.  The Autodromo Nazionale di Monza is one of the stages on which every motorsport actor likes to shine, either because, after the mutilation of so many European circuits it still lives up to its sobriquet of “the temple of speed” on which many epic pages of motorsport history have been written, or because it is one of those where the difference, as Jarno Trulli recalled in an interview a few years ago, is in the “guts” and not just the technicalities, which is why many actors look more favourably at Imola or Mugello.  In short, it is a stage as famous as it is unforgiving.  To make everything more complicated, capricious weather, characterised by two days of summer sun, and typically autumnal rain on the final day added to the challenge

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MAGAZINE  >  FEATURES & REPORTS  > Circuit des Remparts

The Circuit des Remparts Angoulême celebrated its 80th anniversary on 13-15 September, attracting nearly 1000 classic and historic cars into the city.  The only street circuit in France to have remained unchanged for eighty years, the anniversary celebrations included a series of exhibitions, a special grid showing the cars of the first race in 1939 and, as always, the Concours d’Élégance, as well as Sunday’s races and demonstrations on the famous circuit. Former racing stars were amongst the invited guests, including Jean-Pierre Jarier, Anne Baverey and Jean-Claude Andruet. Hundreds of cars took part in the tourist rally, while 80 Bugattis were present amongst the 400 racing vehicles and there were some 12,000 spectators around the circuit.

Local man Damien Kohler won the Plateau Henri Greder in his Lotus Elan.  Photos Agence Austral

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HSCC Brands Hatch

MAGAZINE  >  FEATURES & REPORTS  > HSCC Brands Hatch

Jackson and Langridge Clinch Championship Titles

“I’ve never started last and won before. It was an amazing race,” said Will Leverett after his
famous victory in 70s Road Sports with his father’s Lotus Elan.  Photo Eric Sawyer

Cameron Jackson and Adrian Langridge were crowned champions at Brands Hatch on 21 September, as the Historic Sports Car Club’s one-day race meeting on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit delivered some first class racing in warm sunshine.

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MAGAZINE  >  FEATURES & REPORTS  >  Castle Combe Autumn Classic

Abecassis and Blakeney-Edwards

top Autumn Classic winners

Marcus Pye Reports

Victories for Jonathan Abecassis (Austin-Healey 100/4) and Patrick Blakeney-Edwards (Frazer Nash Super Sports) evoked memories of the past at Castle Combe’s seventh stand-alone Autumn Classic event on Saturday, October 5, by common consent one of the best (maybe the best) CCAC yet.

Photos Eric Sawyer

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MAGAZINE  >  FEATURES & REPORTS  > Historic Tour Charade

The French Historic Tour resumed in the Auvergne at the undulating circuit of Charade on 20-22 September after a long summer break with 300 entries competing in 20 races.  Clement weather on Saturday gave way to rain on Sunday afternoon, as the pilots wrangled for the two French Championship titles.

Formula Ford Historic

With Formula Ford forming the biggest grid of the meeting, 37 starters were headed by reigning F Ford Champion François Belle in his Lola T540E, ahead of Alain Girardet.  These two distanced the rest of the pack, led by Alexandre Fournier and guest driver, Frédéric Rouvier, getting into his stride and moving firmly into third place. Half way down the pack, Brit Alan Crocker took Class A. The second race was a re-run of the first,  Belle, taking it by 7/10ths of a second.  Crocker took his second Class A win, ahead of Lombardi and Didier Mantz.

F3 Classic – Formula Renault

This time it was the turn of Alain Girardet to try a new formula, the Swiss taking a Ralt RT3 to third place in qualifying behind regulars Rouvier and Davide Leone in his March 783.  A long safety car period two laps in, after Gianluigi Candiani went off, saw the trio circulating in that order, with only three laps left to run once the safety car retired.  The sprint to the chequer saw Rouvier finish by a 7/10ths margin to Leone and Girardet, with Eric Martin (Martini MK39) and Ian Jacobs (Ralt RT3) completing the top five. 

In the F Renault division, Tony Boudreault was the winner when Fabrice Porte, who had started from the back of the grid after his engine blew in qualifying, flew to the front in the few available laps, only to break again within sight of the flag.

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Dijon Motors Cup

MAGAZINE  >  FEATURES & REPORTS  >  Dijon Motors Cup

The Dutch NKHTGT, the British Classic Sports Car Club, The Triumph Competition and British HTGT series, the Colmore Youngtimers and the new Maxx Formula grids brought an international cast to Dijon Prenois to do battle in some tough weather conditions on the weekend of 5-7 October at the traditional Dijon Motors Cup meeting. 

Playing a starring role, the Formula 2 International series also had its final two rounds at the former French GP circuit. The category has gone through somewhat of a resurgence this year, with grids increasing in size at each meeting bringing new entries in throughout the season. This left those who began at the beginning with hopes for the championship title.

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Spa Six Hours

MAGAZINE  >  FEATURES & REPORTS  > Spa Six Hours

Shedden’s silver bullet hits the target

Marcus Pye Reports

Sixty years after Belgian hero Jacky Ickx scored the last Le Mans 24 Hours victory for Ford’s GT40, with Jackie Oliver, 14 late-built versions of the icon started odds-on favourites to win the 27th Spa Six Hours, highlight of the Historic racing season, on September 28.  The following day 70 plus GT40 evocations lined-up in echelon along the Formula 1 pit wall and were flagged away by Jackie Ickx for a two-lap celebratory cavalcade.

The FIA Appendix K-spec GT40s filled the top 10 places in qualifying. Another Belgian ace and former F1 driver, Eric van der Poele, secured pole, from which Ford Motor Company’s President, New Business and Technology, Jim Farley had the honour of starting at 15:55 on the Saturday, in the damp with 98 cars behind him, from the period downhill grid preceding the daunting Eau Rouge left-right and the ascent to Raidillon. No pressure then!

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MAGAZINE  >  FEATURES & REPORTS  >  Goodwood Revival 2019

Wilson scoops Lotterer Jackpot at Glorious Goodwood!

Marcus Pye Reports

It’s subjective of course, but, if speaking to a cross-section of competitors is any guide, the 22nd Goodwood Revival Meeting, bathed throughout in glorious Indian Summer conditions on 13-15 September, was right up there among the best from their side of the fence.  Celebrations of the 60th anniversaries of Cooper’s first Formula 1 championship titles with Jack Brabham and Aston Martin snatching the world sportscar crown from under the noses of Ferrari and Porsche in the dramatic Royal Automobile Club Tourist Trophy here and Sir Stirling Moss’ imminent 90th birthday added to the occasion.

Friday’s Kinrara Trophy race for Pre-‘63 GTs was a beautifully evocative snapshot of a stunning era set against the backdrop of a perfect sunset.  Photos Eric Sawyer

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MAGAZINE  >  FEATURES & REPORTS  >  Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix 2019

The annual Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix was organised on its traditional first weekend of August date by CEO Jens Peter Lange and his team with the sporting side of things run under the Automobil Sports Klubben Hedeland for the 19th time.  Once run in the Tivoli Gardens in Denmark’s capital, this was the seventh event on the Bellahöj Park Circuit, which in a huge undertaking has to be built up over two days before the race and dismantled afterwards, requiring over 4000 concrete blocks, and the construction of several bridges.  There was fine weather over the weekend and over 44,000 spectators turned up to the enjoy the event.

Jac Nelleman drove his Volpini in the  first Formula Junior race and switched to his Alfa Dana in the second.  Photos Daniel Slater

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MAGAZINE  >  FEATURES & REPORTS  >  ZANDVOORT HISTORIC GRAND PRIX

Middlehurst and Bradshaw mirror history with victories in the dunes

Zndvoort’s eighth Historic Grand Prix event, held on September 6-8, rolled the years back beautifully to what are now considered to be golden eras of motor racing.  Hazardous years in which heroic drivers in charismatic and distinctive cars, mainly unencumbered by wings, hurtled through the dunes of the seaside town, entertaining legions of appreciative fans. 

There was symmetry in the results too.  Andy Middlehurst’s hard-won HGPCA double in a Coventry-Climax V8-engined Lotus 25 evoked memories of his idol Jim Clark’s Dutch GP wins in 1963 and ‘64, albeit outrunning Will Nuthall in a 2.5-litre Cooper T53 of the type in which Jack Brabham had won the 1960 World Championship round.

Lancastrian Tom Bradshaw’s dominant maiden FIA Masters Sportscar triumph in a Chevron-FVC B19, meanwhile, took seasoned onlookers back to September ‘71 when Red Rose Racing’s John Hine, local ace Ed Swart and his Canon Cameras team-mate John Burton drove Derek Bennett’s slippery Bolton-built creations to a resounding Trophy of the Dunes 1-2-3.  

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MAGAZINE  >  FEATURES & REPORTS  >  VSCC 85th Anniversary

Brands Hatch

The venerable Vintage Sports-Car Club’s first ever race meeting at Brands Hatch was to form the centrepiece of its 85th anniversary celebrations but thanks partly to the proximity of the M25, which was supposed to make travel so much easier in the south-east of England but is fast becoming a tourniquet round London, and an unfortunate Bank Holiday timing on 24 August, the celebrations were largely cancelled.  Several events did take place in the area organised by local members and happily what was left, a sprint and race meeting over the Brands Hatch Indy circuit was blessed with glorious hot weather, a large crowd and a good entry.

Tony Lees’ AC/GN Cognac was fastest in the sprint Photos Eric Sawyer

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MAGAZINE  >  FEATURES & REPORTS  >  Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion 2019

The 2019 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Laguna Seca, the scenic circuit that winds around a mountain top in the highlands just east of Monterey in California, was both a continuation of a great tradition and also a new beginning for the event.  Organisers, SCRAMP were under the direction of new CEO Tim McGrane and, while he certainly qualifies as an experienced hand, it was nevertheless the first time out of the gate for him and many new team members.  The general consensus in the paddock was that the event is in safe hands.  None of this was hurt by the fact that the Rolex feature races were favoured with great weather, sunny but cool, and that the paddock was packed with wonderful, historic cars, with some 550 racers driving cars from 1910 to 2014.

Group 2A for 1955 - 1961 Sports racers produced a great dice between the Sadler Mk IV of Greg Meyer and Fantasy Junc on’s Spencer Trenery in a Cooper Monaco. A short pace car interrup on did nothing to cool the pair’s ardour, un l Trenery’s Cooper began to fade from the lead and  nally pull o , promo ng Al Aciero (Lister Knobbly) and Rob Walton (Birdcage Masera ), who’d been having their own entertaining dice, to second and third respec vely.  Photos Eric Sawyer

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MAGAZINE  >  FEATURES & REPORTS  > Monterey Car Week

“Our visiting friends from Europe exclaimed, “We have nothing like it!”  Two racing weekends, four major concours and a dozen others, six auctions, several rallies, dozens of private parties and all set in one of the most spectacular seaside resorts in the world.  It attracts over 250,000 visitors and nearly 10,000 participants.”

Dan Davis of Victory Lane Magazine gives us a rundown of an intense week of activities centred on burning oil, gas and rubber...

Photo Rolex/Tom O’Neal

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MAGAZINE  >  FEATURES & REPORTS  > Mantorp Park Celebrating 50 years

Bengt-Åce Gustavsson Reports

The Mantorp Park racetrack in Sweden celebrated its 50th anniversary on 24-26 August together with the Racerhistoriska Klubben.  Event promoter MK Scandia managed to invite over 600 exhibition cars, and there was plenty to see throughout the weekend.  In addition to many fine display cars there were also some familiar faces, including ex-Formula 1 driver Reine Wisell who gladly shared his stories about what it was like in the good old days.

Hans Hillebrink in his Lotus 20 was one of very few Formula Junior drivers  Photos Bengt-Åce Gustavsson - www.racefoto.se

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MAGAZINE  >  FEATURES & REPORTS  > HSCC Oulton Park Gold Cup

Alan Cox Reports

The 18th running of the HSCC Oulton Park Gold Cup took place at the Cheshire circuit with 21 races spread over the sweltering Bank Holiday weekend of 24-26 August.  Since a Historic Gold Cup was introduced in 2016, it has been awarded to the winner of the headline single-seater race, which this year was the two-part XL Aurora series and it was fitting to see a couple of 3-litre F1 cars in the entry, along with representation from F5000 (in the 50th anniversary year of the formula’s debut race at Oulton), Formula 2 and Formula Atlantic.   

Marty Bullock’s was a popular win, the Australian taking a pukka F1 car to its rightful place on top of the Gold Cup podium.  Photos Charlie Wooding

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MAGAZINE  >  FEATURES & REPORTS  > Rallye Weiz Historic 2019

FIA Historic Rally Championship

‘Lucky’ and Fabrizia Pons have continued their winning streak in the European Historic Rally Championship in their Lancia Delta Integrale 16V with a storming drive on the Rally Weiz Historic, winning all but two of the 14 special stages in the Austrian round of the Championship on the weekend of 18-20 July.  

Second overall and  rst in Category 3 ‘Zippo’ and Denis Piceno took maximum championship points

The first day already saw the Italian pair with a lead of 1m25.2s ahead of their nearest rivals and well ahead of the second placed Category 4 competitor after the Porsche 911 SC of championship leaders Mats Mysell and Esko Juntilla suffered a technical problem on the fourth stage of the day.

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MAGAZINE  >  FEATURES & REPORTS  > HSCC Croft - Retro and Classic Weekend 2019

HSCC Club racers in action at Croft

The Historic Sports Car Club’s season continued at the Croft circuit in North Yorkshire over the weekend of 3-4 August as nine of the Club’s categories provided some entertaining racing during the annual Retro and Classic Weekend.

2019 champion Andrew Park (Reynard SF81) won the first Formula Ford 2000 race from a bumper grid, though the race was shortened due to a red flag when Graham Ridgway’s Reynard tangled with Andrew Smith’s Royale.  Benn Simms snatched the lead on the restart in his Reynard SF77 but was quickly reeled in by Park and second-placed Ian Pearson in his Royale RP30.

‘70s Roadsports Photos Charlie Wooding

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MAGAZINE  >  FEATURES & REPORTS  > AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix - 2019

Size doesn’t matter

In our report from last year’s Oldtimer Grand Prix we touched on the fact that the event – downsized from its huge Marathon days – seems blossoming despite the fact that it attracts fewer cars every year.  The trend continued in 2019 on the weekend of 9-11 August, with entry numbers slightly down from the previous year, while spectator attendance was markedly on the up yet again.  Especially on Saturday and Sunday when the Nürburgring paddock was swarming with fans from all over Europe very much enjoying their day out.  So, the smaller the Oldtimer GP gets, the more people it attracts!  It’s the amazing shrinking event…

 The first Deutsche Rennsport-Meisterschaft race was won by Felix Haas’ Lola T294 and the second by Marco Werner in a McLaren M88  Photos Eric Sawyer

 

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MAGAZINE  >  FEATURES & REPORTS  > Youngtimer Festival Spa 2019

Ardennes Invasion

Germans have a passion for touring cars and, with the help of its automotive industry, have been dominating in them for decades.  No wonder, therefore, that the German-based Youngtimer Trophy has become so popular in the last 20 years and can boast bumper grids that run into three digits.  But the Youngtimer Festival at Spa-Francorchamps was about so much more than that.  Some 450 different cars passed under starter’s orders during the weekend of August 3-4.  The lure of Spa brought in quite a number of French, Belgian, Swiss and Dutch drivers as well.  The Festival wasn’t strictly a historic meeting either.  The ‘Cup und Tourenwagen Trophy’, which is run by the Youngtimer Trophy organisation, and the ‘Rundstrecken Challenge Nürburgring’ were mainly made up of recent one-make Cup Clios, Cupras, Minis and VLN cars.  More than just a historic race meeting, the weekend was a celebration of continental club racing. 

The 100-car Youngtimer  eld was split into two grids covering more than two dozen different classes.  Photos Gina-Maria/Stefan Eckhardt

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MAGAZINE  >  FEATURES & REPORTS  > VSCC Formula Vintage - Cadwell Park 2019

In spite of an unfortunate clash with the massive Silverstone Classic meeting on the weekend of July 27, entries for the VSCC’s annual foray into the Lincolnshire Wolds did not seem to suffer unduly, and most of the regular protagonists were present to relish the challenges of the Cadwell Park circuit, which is always a favourite with drivers of pre-war cars.

Richard de la Roche (Cooper MkV) and Mike Fowler (Cooper MkIV) battle in F3 500s  Photos Alan Cox

The perverse English summer continued to challenge the forecasters and the day began with a torrential downpour, but happily eased off as the morning progressed.  However intermittent showers continued with no sign of sunshine to allow the track to dry out. 

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MAGAZINE  >  FEATURES & REPORTS  > Hungaroring Classic 2019

Jon Bunston Reports from the fourth round of the 2019 Peter Auto Championships

Photos John Bunston

Just 20km from Budapest and in the sleepy countryside around Mogyoród, lies the 70,000 capacity Hungaroring, home to the first Formula One Grand Prix to take place behind the Iron Curtain.  Construction work on the circuit started on 1 October 1985 and was completed for the first race held on 24 March 1986, less time than any other Formula One track. 

Fast forward 33 years and the biennial Hungaroring Classic event was the precursor for the Hungarian F1 GP, as the Budapest circuit pulsated to the rhythm of historic cars on the weekend of 12-14 July when the Peter Auto Series arrived in town. 

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