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Features and Reports September 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. 

Rally News

With 850kms of which over 300 are special stages, the Tour de Corse Historique very much follows in the tyre tracks of the original Tour de Corse of which it is a revival and a celebration. Each year in October over 200 historic car drivers line up for a five-day tour of the magical, mountainous island at the time of year when the weather is almost always crystal clear and still warm and mild. Open tocompetition cars up to 1990, there is a race class and a regularity category, and the in both is fierce with many ex-rally champions and regularity specialists taking part. Fighting for a win in one of the many classes, from period E (1947 to 1961), all the way up to the J2 cars of the ‘80s and early ‘90s, the competitors all have one thing in common:

1955 was the year in which Jean Rédélé conceived the Alpine, a sports car with agile handling and good performance on tight and twisty roads, enabling the little Berlinette to win many events, including the Tour de Corse on four occasions. The new A110 that Rallystory principle and ex-rally driver Hervé Charbonneaux tested on these same roads lives up to its heritage. With half a century’s experience of organising rallies in Corsica, Rallystory invites all owners of Alpines - from 1955 to 2019 - to a special event, run on a friendly and non-competitive basis, with no special preparation required: the Alpine Rally. The programme includes three full days’ driving on the most beautiful roads of Corsica, from the Cap Corse, the Agriates desert, la Balagne, the Gulf of Girolata, the Calanques of Piana, the Mother-of-Pearl coast (following in the tracks of the World Rally Championship), to the jagged needles of the col de Bavella (3996ft) and Alta Rocca with the lion of Roccapina.

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