Features and Reports

There’s No Business Like Snow Business

 Marcus Pye reports

Racing in snow was an unwelcome novelty to most competitors, marshals, officials and spectators, faced with that scenario at Goodwood’s 76th Members’ Meeting – the fifth of the 21st century and 50th of the Duke of Richmond and Gordon’s modern era – on March 17-18.  Then again, Britain’s weather is notoriously fickle.  Beautiful sunshine and 13C on Friday raised hopes that the vernal equinox had come a few days early and that forecasters were wrong, but a wind change saw temperatures plunge to minus figures overnight and the sky remain a sullen grey.

Guido Belgiorno-Nefis took five victories from five races in his Ferrari 156/85 Photos Neil Hammond

Australia’s leading historic race meeting, the Phillip Island Classic Festival of Motorsport featured a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Formula 5000 over the March 9-11 weekend.  Excited spectators and pit crews watched 24 of the V8 cars generate some 12,000 plus horsepower in breathtaking rolling starts with the blue seas of the Bass Strait as a backdrop.  The weather was the envy of Europe as sunshine bathed paddock and undulating circuit.  Phillip Island is notorious for its changeable weather, but the rain held off for the whole weekend, with perfect blue skies, fast track conditions and an electric atmosphere.

From Lincolnshire cottage industry to world leader

 

Alan Cox went to see the multi-faceted firm

 

2018 marks the 41st year of Hall & Hall’s operation in the Lincolnshire market town of Bourne, a location probably best remembered as being the home of ERA and BRM.  While Hall & Hall have outlived BRM’s period of operation, much of their success has been founded on the BRM legacy.  As you approach their headquarters along Raymond Mays Way, there is evidence of great expansion of the town in recent years, with extensive residential developments and business parks, while Hall & Hall’s base is equally impressive, housed in the premises originally built for Mike Pilbeam’s Pilbeam Racing Designs and located, appropriately enough, on the corner of Graham Hill Way, in honour of BRM’s only World Champion.

To celebrate the 21st birthday of the ever-popular Rallye Monte Carlo Historique, the Automobile Club of Monaco altered the itinerary of the event quite considerably for the first time for many years.  Gone was the requirement to arrive in Monaco, and then leave again to Valence, only to return for the final night.  This time the Monaco start point was revived and all routes led to a ‘Zone de Montage’ not far from Lyon St Exupéry at Bourgoin Jallieu.

Regularity Category winners, Philip Vlieghe and Filpp Deplancke tackle the ‘Mallorcan Pike’s Peak’

The 14th edition of the Mallorcan Classic rally was held on its usual mid-March date with the support of Puerto Portals, the most prestigious marina on the Island, which again hosted the rally service park on its quays, lined as ever with some of the most luxurious yachts in the Mediterranean, while long time event supporter and keen competitor Michael Stoschek continued his involvement through his Brose Motorsports concern. Stoschek, a former German National rally champion, has driven his remanufactured all carbon Lancia Stratos as a zero car for the past couple of years, but this year the lure of the chase proved too much for him and he returned to the competition section in a 1965 Porsche 911.

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