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Undoubtedly the major attractions at the Grand Prix Historique du Pas De Calais on 6-7 July were the two rounds of the 500 Owners Association Circuit Championship. Many of the 500 racers are also Formula Junior drivers, and they were well represented at Croix, led by likely winner Mike Fowler (Cooper Mk 5). Martin Sheppard (Effyh “Brynfan Tydfyn“), Xavier Kingsland (Staride Mk3), Duncan Rabagliati (Comet Mk1) and Andy Rayner (Cooper) were also amongst the tourists from the other side of the Manche, while Elva 200 Lurani racer Gilbert Lenoir brought along three of his cars to race, the French built Terigi for Simon Frost, and two invitation cars, the front-engined, Monopole FJ for Jean-Luc Renard and the ex-Harry Schell 1950 Monaco F1 GP Cooper-JAP v-twin for journalist Dominique Pascal, while Goodwood French commentator, Olivier Barjon was also there in his near barn find Cooper Mk II, although not yet ready to race.
Prescott is the great early August annual social occasion for VSCC members with the Orchard car park as full of desirable motor cars as is the competitors’ paddock. Rileys are always well represented and with the grandson of founder William, and son of Victor Riley, Victor Jnr in attendance, this year even more so. The hill also finds favour with Lady drivers, often sharing with their ‘other half’ which, of course, is more difficult to do when circuit racing, and there were many among the large entry.
Lyn St James crashed James Heck’s Corvette out of a star-studded Charity Pro-Am race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the weekend of 3-4 August. The seven-time Indy 500 starter and prominent sports car racer sustained minor injuries during the crash and was kept overnight in hospital as a precaution. “St. James said. “I’m really thankful that all of the safety equipment that I wore and what was on the car functioned as it was designed to. I am walking away from a pretty big hit.”
Willy T. finally won the Pro-Am race at Indianapolis Photo Courtesy SVRA
The race was won by Willy T. Ribbs and Edward Savadjian in a Duntov-prepared 1969 Corvette A Production racer, Ribbs’ first Sportscar Vintage Racing Association pro-am win after seven tries. After a close battle Geoff Brabham had taken the lead of the 50-minute race until a belt broke in his similar Corvette, shutting off his power steering and rendering the car undrivable.
“We were having a great duel with Geoff, and I honestly feel for him,” Ribbs said from the podium. “We had the deal here all but closed the last two years and then something always happened. There’s no place like the Speedway. Anytime you win here, it’s a terrific day.”
Nearly 400 four cars of every size, shape, and era lined up on the rolling fairways of the Amelia Island Golf Club for the 24th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance on the weekend of 10-12 March. A rare 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Autobahn-Kurier won Best in Show in the Concours d’Elegance category and a 1957 Ferrari 335 S, driven in period by amongst others, Mike Hawthorn, Peter Collins and Stirling Moss captured Best in Show honours in the Concours de Sport category. Themes this year included a tribute to Jacky Ickx, that saw many of the F1 and Le Mans driver’s past chariots gathered on the picturesque lawns, including a replica of the Mercedes 280 GE Gelandewagen with which he won the Dakar in 1983, and Cars of the Rock Stars with Janis Joplin’s psychedelically painted Porsche 356, a Corvette driven by Elvis Presley, Ricky Nelson’s Cadillac Eldorado owned by Bill Warner and AC/DC’s Brian Johnson’s 1928 Bentley.
'Edition 0’ of The International Concours of Elegance (The I.C.E.) organised by Lisippa SAGL headed by Marco Makaus in partnership with the municipality of St. Moritz and Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, and sponsored by Pirelli, took place on March 3 on the glitzy ski resort’s frozen lake, usually known for its White Turf horseracing and polo matches. Set to become a regular addition to the St Moritz winter programme, this year saw the trial run in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and organisers are determined to keep an element of real fun in the event in contrast to many more serious concours. Part of the fun is that the cars get to run on the lake and many were equipped with studded tyres for the purpose. This first pilot version saw two prizes awarded, one by popular vote of the public and the other was the vote of a “Social Media Jury” in which many experts and influencers were able to express their preference. The “Spirit of St. Moritz” prize went to the 1929 Bentley 4.5 Litre of Alex Boller, while the “InstaLake” prize went to …… and Lamborghini Countach 25°.