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Autumn Classics

By the time you read this, the early October Dijon Motors Cup (as previewed in our August issue) will be days away, but as the number of events increases, so do the number of months in which racing takes place. After Dijon, there are still three major international events on the historic calendar.

Espíritu Del Jarama – 14-16 October

Screen Shot 2016 10 26 at 13.19.34The historic content for this end of season meeting comes from the Masters, who will run their concluding rounds of Historic Formula 1 and Sports cars, as well as a shared grid for their Gentleman Drivers and touring cars. Along with these historic grids will be a programme of modern national races including the Spanish Endurance Championship and Spanish F4.

Each year Peter Auto likes to make an outing to Italy, where in between races, drivers can enjoy a taste of Italian food, wine and style. This year they have chosen Imola to end their season and all the Peter Auto grids, from the two CER grids, for sports and GT cars up to 1971 and 1981 respectively, to the exclusive Trofeo Nastro Rosso for pre-’66 Italian and special-bodied or unique cars of the period, will be present, and full. The Heritage Touring Cup, for cars up to 1984, goes from strength to strength and will have two 40-minute races, and the two-hour Saturday evening race for Pre-’66 cars known as Sixties Endurance, is perhaps the best of its type for attracting cars from all the classes, from the smallest and earliest to the latest Cobras and Bizzarinis.

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Guest grid at this event will be U2TC, for pre-’66 under two litre touring cars, with two 40-minute races.

Algarve Classic Festival
28-30 October

Taking place in a region with one of the most even climates in Europe, the Algarve Classic Festival is a great event for the families of all the participants. It is also the biggest and most important historic race event of the Iberian Peninsula, gathering over 300 cars and 500 Drivers from 23 countries in its last edition.

Backed from the first edition by Motor Racing Legends, who each year stage a two-hour enduro into the sunset for the 50s Sports Cars of the Woodcote and Stirling Moss Trophy cars, this year Legends also has two 40-minute races for the combined HTCC and Tony Dron Trophy cars, with cars that used to race in the Portuguese national championships in the same period invited to join in.

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As has become tradition, the Algarve Festival also features a two-hour GT & Sports Car Cup race for pre-’66 cars. After two years in which the CER series attended the meeting, a joint effort between GT&SCC organiser, Automobiles Historiques, and Diogo Ferrao, who runs the Iberian Endurance series, the “Algarve 200KM Sports Cars Pre-1979.” race is designed to cater for the CER-type cars. Focusing on early 1970’s Sport Cars, the race will accept some later cars and GT cars, such as Porsche 911 RSR, in the normal mix that could be found in the 1970’s World Sport car races.

This year the Festival will see some new grids added to the mix, amongst which are the 90s Endurance Legends. This was originally called 90s GT Legends and was founded by Jarrah Venables to celebrate racing GT cars of a type that raced during the 1990s.  Having run at the Silverstone Classic for two years the group expanded its eligibility criteria for 2016 to include GT cars of a type that raced up to 2005 and also sports prototypes from the same period (excluding Group C). The group will run demonstration sessions on each of the three days. Another Algarve debut will be for the HVM F3 Classic series and, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Lotus Seven design, the Algarve Classic Festival will organise an international race for Lotus Seven and Caterham.

Local races will consist of the Iberian Historic Endurance for touring and GT cars from pre-’66 to 1976, the Portuguese National Single Seater series for FF, FJ, etc. and the Classics and Legends Championship, for cars up to 1999.