TRACK & ROAD GAZETTE E3 2016
HSCC 50TH CASTLE COMBE VSCC SPRING START DONINGTON HISTORIC FESTIVAL THE LONDON MOTOR SHOW CSCC BRANDS HATCH HSCC SILVERSTONE INTERNATIONAL MASTERS HISTORIC FESTIVAL HSCC AUTOSPORT, SNETTERTON AMERICAN SPEEDFEST IV HSCC WOLDS TROPHY LISTER STIRLING MOSS GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED MOTORSPORT AT THE PALACE HSCC SUPER PRIX LE MANS CLASSIC VSCC CADWELL PARK
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Welcome to the E3 2016 edition of Track and Road Gazette. Our intention is to bring you the highlights and ambience of these events rather than a full blow by blow description of the action. In fact there isn’t enough room to bring even a resume of each race from each event. Each championship usually has it’s own web page and more details can be found on these. Each edition features highlights from race events covering Vintage to Modern across the UK and Europe along with reviews of performance cars. Many thanks to all those that provided feedback and comments on our previous editions. We’ve taken note of these and will strive to make improvements in the coming editions. In this edition you’ll find a selection of reports and images from classic/historic events as well as a report on the limited edition Lister Stirling Moss. Track and Road Gazette is published through iBooks and can be read on relevant Apple devices, iPhones, iPads, etc. It is also available in PDF format from online publisher Issu at; issuu.com/trackandroadgazette. Editor; Chris McEvoy. Email; email@example.com
HSCC 50TH ANNIVERSARY, CASTLE COMBE. The Historic Sports Car Club, HSCC, celebrated 50th years of race organization by returning to Castle Combe in Wiltshire, the venue that hosted it’s first event, the Griffiths trophy. A meeting that brought back cars and drivers from half a century ago.
Chris Vinall, Seat Leon Supercopa LR 2000
HSCC 50TH ANNIVERSARY, CASTLE COMBE Nestling on the southern most edge of the Cotswolds lies the picturesque village of Castle Combe. Although the castle is long gone the village retains its quaint charm and describes itself as ‘The Prettiest Village in England’. It’s therefore an unlikely venue for a motor racing circuit and not surprisingly one that is often out of favour with the locals regarding noise. To celebrate 50 years since it’s inauguration the Historic Sports Car Club (HSCC) held a special event at the original venue, Castle Combe. In addition to a full weekend of racing they also recreated the grid from that first event the Griffiths Formula race. This included a selection of cars complete with drivers, two of whom are still active racers, from the original grid, a magnificent sight. Over the Saturday and Sunday it was a packed programme with 17 races and grids of twenty plus cars for most.
A chill wind brought alternately, rain, sleet and sunshine, but this failed to reduce the large crowds appreciation. Wet conditions during Saturday morning caught out a few drivers, the barriers at Quarry being a popular spot to end up when enthusiasm to exceed adhesion. Dryer conditions later in the day produced close racing particularly in the Historic Touring cars and closing with a couple of corkers from Historic Formula Ford’s. In the Historic Touring Cars race Warren Briggs (Ford Mustang) took the flag in typical style and his efforts to ‘flame dry’ the track didn’t go unappreciated. Sunday mornings early frost gave way to a great a mixture of tin tops and open wheeler racing. A highlight being the Guards Trophy. With Chevron B6’s dicing with TVR’s and Lotus Elans nipping at their heels. A very promising start to the 2016 season. 5
Dick Dixon, Lotus 61
Tiff Needell, Lotus 69
Brian Morris, Lola T202, Mark Shaw, Merlyn Mk20
Roy Siergiejew, Macon Mk8, Stuart Dix, Cooper Chinook
Brollies up, Formula Junior
Graham Barron, Gemini Mk II, Mike Walker, Bond FJ
Ray Mallock, U2 Mk2
Tony Pearson, Bandini
Jim Chapman, Chevrolet Corvair
Alan Hersey, Reliant Scimitar GTE
Warren Briggs, Ford Mustang
Will Leverett, Porsche 911 SC
Mike Bradley, Frazer Nash, Bernard Worth, Ferrari 166 Mille Miglia
John Muirhead, Mallock Mk18, Philip Hart, Mallock Mk 16
Roy Drudge, Healey Silverstone
VSCC SPRING START GP ITALIA TROPHY Silverstone early April. The sweet aroma of alcohol based fuels, mingles with Castrol R and finely ground Arabica beans. Across the paddock is the sound of engines warming, tappets and push rods rhythmically clattering, along with the rasp of exhausts. Its the start of the VSCCâ€™s 2016 race calendar, although a chill wind with scalpel blade edges is trying to take the gloss away.
Stuart Evans, MG J Midget Sports
David Saxl, Riley 9 12-4 Special, Peter Bradfield, Invicta S Type, John Polson, Talbot 90
VSCC SPRING START, GP ITALIA TROPHY MEETING, SILVERSTONE. As I entered the paddock a couple asked where the Ford Fiesta’s were. They seemed somewhat nonplussed at the ancient machinery in the National paddock, I trust they found their way to the Wing building where the BRSCC was holding its modern meeting. Although I did wonder how many were in that paddock area wondering where all the Bentley blowers, Frazer Nash and Bugatti’s where. I don’t think it helped that all the signage related to ‘Japfest’ that was being held on the Sunday. No doubt several VSCC members thought it would be a big turn out for the fabled V-twin cylinder engine manufacturer of the 30’s. Any sounds were probably that of John Alfred Prestwich (JAP) rotating in his grave. During the practice session a 328 BWM Frazer Nash demonstrated a potential downside of knock on wheels, by loosing a wheel. It did the same thing during the race although to be fair it wasn’t the same wheel. One of the delights of VSCC meetings is that you’re never quite sure what will be there, either in the pits or car park. In this case significant
interest was shown in Steven Smith’s Hotchkiss AM80. Despite an English or possibly American sounding name they actually came from France having turned to motor vehicle production from a base in arms manufacture. In later years they had input form English engineers, hence the crossed canons on the cars emblem and both UK and French flags. Others of interest were a ‘Bluebird’ and Olaf Henriksen’s Ford Model A. Races during the afternoon featured a welcome return for the Historic Grand Prix Cars Association (HGPCA) with pre-1966 vehicles. The Stanley Mann Cup in honor of the Bentley connoisseur who’d recently passed away. An impressive line up of 1920‘s Bentley’s strutting their stuff. The Tom Cole trophy for Fifties Sports Cars (FISCAR). And the previously mentioned Frazer Nash race with a grid of 32 cars from the marque. Other races featured the ubiquitous Austin 7 in many guises, MG’s, Riley’s. A promising start to the VSCC race season. 11
Julian Majzub, Bugatti T35B
Steven Smith Hotchkiss AM80
Alex Quattlebaum, Leco Sports
VSCC Autosolo event
Mike Painter, MG Kayne
Duncan Ricketts, Alta 2 Litre
Alan Harpley, Avon Alvis Special
John Polson, Talbot 90
Terry Crabb, ERA R12C
John Seber, Wolseley Hornet Special
Olaf Henriksen, Ford Model A
DONINGTON HISTORIC FESTIVAL 2016. The 2016 DHF covered nearly eight decades of motorsport, ‘Mad Jack’ for pre-war sports cars of the early 1920’s to Super Tourers of the late 1990’s. Although it was early May the weather gods didn’t play nicely. Frequent cold winds, hail, rain, sleet, etc., did its best to reduce the spirit of the enthusiastic spectators. It also made wide changes between qualifying and racing conditions adding a certain frisson to the event.
Steve Ward, Josh Ward, Jaguar XK120 Ecurie
DONINGTON HISTORIC FESTIVAL. As in previous years there was additional action outside of the track. The ‘Tarmac Lake’ (the area behind Redgate) was pressed into service, here the British Historic Kart Club (BHKC) demonstrated the speed and agility of their machinery and a selection of Rally cars strutted their stuff. Although forbidden to show the typical tyre burning off the line antics they laid on a good show for the spectators. Some race circuits were built on old airfields, Donington is based on the roads around the Castle Donington estate. Not to be out done though the track is built right under the flight path of East Midlands airport and if standing at Coppice it’s possible to wave to the pilots as they venture to far off destinations. Great to see that circuit improvements have continued apace. The ugly ‘block of flats’ has gone and the great majority of the infield is now rolling grassland. With better access to the infield the number of vantage points for viewing of the circuit are reached.
Seventeen races overthe weekend; featuring ERA’s vs Bugatti’s, Chevron’s vs Lola’s, Capri’s vs Camaro’s, Lotus Cortina’s vs Mini’s, a whole race with 99%E-Types, and a host of single seaters. As well as star cars, star drivers joined the regular historics line up. Chris Rea in his ‘Police’ Morris Minor, Andrew Jordan joining his father Mike to pilot their Austin A40 (cheekily rebadged as an Austin GT40) as well as Jackie Oliver, John Cleland, Tim Harvey, Steve Soper, Matt Neal and Colin Tarkington. Adding to the racing there were demonstrations of Historic F1 and in the air a lone Hurricane from the Battle of Britain Memorial flight. With many of the wide ranging car clubs taking to the track for parade laps. Despite the weather it proved to be a thoroughly enjoyable event and one that fans will return for in 2017.
John/Gary Pearson Jaguar D-Type
Henry Mann Ford Escort
Colin Noble Vauxhall Vectra
Tom Pochciol Ford Capri
Robert Newall, Maserati 8CM
Nick/Dem Sleep, Shelby Mustang GT350
Callum Lockie, Maserati 6CM
Derek Wilkins, Nick Wilkins, Cox GTM
Ian/Bruce Montgomery, Morgan Plus 4
THE LONDON MOTOR SHOW Itâ€™s back, a Motor Show in London. It may not have been as grandiose as those at Earls Court, there were no gratuitous displays of female flesh on the TVR stand for instance. But Battersea Park hosted a wide selection of new cars and some oddities to please an intrigued public.
THE LONDON MOTOR SHOW This was an opportunity for the public to see and get close to some new cars. Principally; Land Rover Evoke convertible, Jaguar F Pace. The all electric 3 wheeler Morgan yes it does just have one headlight, possibly on the understanding that if you don’t miss a wheel then a missing headlight won’t matter either. A new TVR was kept under wraps, but we know it’s been designed by Gordon Murray and so ought to look fabulous. Bentley showed off their new Bentayga, their first foray into the upmarket 4x4 sector. And very pleasing it looked in a light gold colour. As to be expected there was an emphasis on green and clean technology, with many of the larger manufacturers showing fully electric or hybrid vehicles. But there was also space for emerging technology from smaller organizations, the Rasa for example from Riversimple based in Wales. This is a compact two door vehicle featuring a Hydrogen fuel cell installed within a carbon fibre monocoque.
There was also a good assortment of super car exotica. McLaren had various examples including the new 675LT. A very British Speedback GT from David Brown Automotive, a coachbuilt grand tourer reminiscent of the DB’s of old. Or the retro classic styled ‘Vengeance’ from A Khan, a 6 liter V12 powered headturner. For those looking for something a bit different there were imports of the Mitsuoka Viewt hat looks almost like a Jag MKII. There’s one on the front cover. Mindful of safety visitors were offered the opportunity to try a vehicle with Automatic Autonomous Braking (AEB). An amazing technology that prevents low speed collisions, by applying the brakes at times when the driver is too slow to react. An interesting show, that could see the return of the event to London. 23
HSCC SILVERSTONE INTERNATIONAL TROPHY Around the 13th century under the rule of Henry III the village of Silverstone was tasked with supplying fish from its ponds to the nobles of the area. A tradition that could have been repeated over the May 21/22 weekend of the HSCCâ€™s International Trophy. The Saturday morning leaden skies turned to heavy rain, the puddles created could well have been used to keep the aforementioned fish quite healthily.
Frank Lyons Gurney Eagle FA74
Paul Castaldini, Grahame Bull, Harvey Stanley/Timothy Mahapatra, E-Types.
HSCC SILVERSTONE INTERNATIONAL TROPHY. The opportunity to race on the full Grand Prix layout brought out a high number of racers, 400+, a mixture of open wheelers from Formula Juniors to thundering Formula 5000’s, along with Historic Sports, Touring and Endurance cars. As the first qualifying sessions started it became clear that a smooth driving style was the way forward and a heavy right foot meant sideways. With such a full programme and many excellent races it’s difficult in the space available to single out those for particular mention. Derek Bell Trophy/Classic Formula 3. With 31 entries it was interesting to note that 3 slots were taken by the Lyons family. Fittingly the race was won by Michael Lyons in the same McLaren M26 that James Hunt drove to victory in the 1977 Silverstone British Grand Prix. Andrew Smith (March 79B) took second ahead of ace pedaler Greg Thornton (Surtees TS11).
Historic Formula Ford. The rain continued as 40 cars took the start of the race. Given the conditions spins and off-circuit excursions were inevitable, it was therefore remarkable that 36 made it to the flag. Through out the race places changed with regularity as close dicing took place. Rob Wainwright (Elden Mk8) seized on an opportunity as Benn Simms (Jomo JMR7) slid wide at Luffield on the last lap to regain first place and take the flag. A great race in trying conditions. In the Jaguar Classic Challenge Julian Thomas and Callum Lockie (E-type) took the victory with, as ever, a hard charging Martin Stretton (E-Type) close on their tail in second. They were unfortunate in the GT and Sports car race, as having passed the Cobra of Voyazides/Wolfe they seemed to be on target for victory. But the race was red-flagged and under the ‘count back’ rule had to be content with second. Despite the dismal weather the crowd were entertained to some epic racing and for many it was a pre-view of what the larger Silverstone Classic event held in store. 27
Grahame/Oliver Bryant AC Cobra 289
Jason Yates, Joe Twyman, Lotus 11, Custard Climax
Ian Jacobs FIAT 124 Spider
Colin Sharp Triumph TR5
Nicholas Sleep, Bill Wykeham, Lola T70 MK3
Andy Wolfe/Leo Voyazides, Lola T200
Robert Gate, Dave Coyne, Jaguar E-Type
Marcus Graf von Oeynhausen, Jaguar E-Type
Mark Shaw, Merlyn Mk 20
Rob Wainwright, Elden Mk8, Benn Simms, Jomo JMR 7
Steve Seaman, Ralt RT1
Greg Thornton, Surtees TS11
Michael Lyons, McLaren M26
Colin McKay, Jaguar E-Type
MASTERS HISTORIC FESTIVAL,BRANDS HATCH. The Masters Historic Festival was held at Brands Hatch over the Bank Holiday. The meeting started under leaden skies, but the rain held off until just before lunch, just after the Historic F1 qualifying session. Although the Masters Pre-66, were shod with â€˜road tyresâ€™ in the deteriorating conditions a few found it trickier than expected.
Alex Korle, Lotus Elan
Wills/Littlejohn, Wood/Stretton, Wright/Wolfe, GT40’s
MASTERS HISTORIC FESTIVAL James Hunt celebration of his world championship in 1976, the Hesketh 308 that set his early reputation. Plus the McLaren M23 in which he won the championship and the M26 that he drove to three victories the following year, plus one of his racing Mini’s. For many the headline races for the weekend were the two bouts for the Masters Historic Formula 1 championship. The sight and sound of sonorous V8’s around the full GP circuit was a delightful rarity. In both races Nick Padmore (Williams FW07C) took the victory, a remarkable achievement as it was his first time in the car. Michael Lyons (in Frank’s ex Hunt Hesketh 308E as his ex-Hunt McLaren M26 was poorly) took second and Mike Wrigley (Williams FW07D) third. For race two it looked to be a repeat run, but Lyons Hesketh retired on the opening lap, and Loic Deman (Tyrrell 010) took over, with Steve Hartley (Arrows A4) just behind. Despite the best efforts of those lower down, especially a sterling effort by Greg Thornton (Lotus 91/5) it was Padmore, Deman, Hartley at the flag. As well as reminiscing over F1 at Brands the Master 3 Hours race harked back to the BOAC 1000Km races. A trio of GT40’s were favorites to take the top positions, but the finishing order was open to debate. The pole GT40 of Wills/Littlejohn was running third by lap 3 with the GT40 of Wolfe/Wright in the lead and the third GT40 of Stret-
ton/ Wood in second. Scrolling forward by just over 2 hours and with the finish in sight (the race was shortened due to earlier delays) it was Wills/Littlejohn back in the lead with StrettonWood trying to catch up and setting the fastest lap. At the flag the gap between the winners Wills/Littlejohn and second placed Stretton/Wood was just over 12 seconds after 2.5 hours of racing, with Wolfe/Wright in third. The final race was the Masters 70s Celebration/All-comers a 40 minute two driver event. This was an eclectic mixture; Ferrari 308, Sunbeam Tiger, three Capri’s, a pair of Lotus Cortina’s, 911 RSR, BMW CSL, DATSUN 240Z and a Mustang GT350 were just some of the constituents of the grid. The 240Z of Watts/Giordanelli was on pole but were soon outpaced by the BMW CSL of Wilds/Gugliemi. This lead only lasted a few laps as they retired, allowing the Ferrari of Coyne/Compton-Goddard into the lead. At mid-distance Steve Dance (Capri RS2600) was second with the Sunbeam Tiger of Finnimore/Beighton third. But the Ferrari faltered after its pitstop and fell down the order. Although leading for several laps the Sunbeam Tiger also faltered. At the flag it was Capri RS2600, Datsun 240Z, Sunbeam Tiger. Magnificent races throughout the weekend, with further 7 races on the Indy circuit on the Monday. 33
Harmen van Putten, Shelby Mustang
Andy Newall, McLaren M8F
Mark Bates, Sean McInerney, Porsche 911
Jonathan Lewis, Austin Mini Cooper S
Philip Hall, Theodore TR1
Mike Whitaker, Nigel Rueben, TVR Griffith
Greg Thornton, Lotus 91-5
Robert Hamilton, Marcos 1800 GT
Mike Donovan, Lola T70 Mk3B
Michael Lyons Hesketh 308E
Tommy Dreelan, Williams FW08
Bob/Sam Binfield, Gilbert 1800GT
Roderick Smith, McLaren M1B
Niamh Wood, Cooper Bristol MkI
Steve Hart, Maserati 250F
HSCC AUTOSPORT, SNETTERTON Renamed from the Autosport 3 hours event to the Autosport Historic Race meeting, it lost none of its pizazz. It’s run on the Snetterton circuit way out in open blue skies and the flat lands of Norfolk. Run by the Historic Sports car Club (HSCC) it’s mixture of open wheelers and tin tops. And this years running saw some of the closest racing to date.
Historic Formula Fords lining up for the start
HSCC AUTOSPORT HISTORIC RACE MEETING, SNETTERTON Historic Formula Fords had three races over the weekend, a lot was expected and a lot was delivered. Race one on Saturday was a lights to flag win by Callum Grant (Merlyn Mk20A), but it was by no means a runaway victory. Robert Wainwright-Elden Mk8 (2nd), Sam Mitchell- Merlyn Mk20 (3rd), taking the other podium places closely followed by Benn Tilley (Merlyn Mk20), Ben Tusting (Merlyn Mk20) and Simon Toyne (Lola T200). All having diced for position throughout. How close, well the top six places were covered by less than three seconds at the flag. On Sunday close racing continued, Callum Grant having suffered mechanical failure in race two had to start from the back for race three. However with a determined drive he managed 2nd behind Sam Mitchell (Merlyn Mk20). Classic Formula 3/Formula Ford 2000. Simon Jackson (Chevron B43) took top honours in both days races, with Ian Pearson (Van Diemen RF83) and Paul Dibden (Argo JM6) second and third on both occasions. A DNF for Hugh Price (Chevron B38) on Saturday put paid to dicing with Chris Lord (Van Diemen RF82) for fourth place. Further down the pack there was a repeat of the tussle between Leif Bosson
©CJM-PHOTOGRAPHY (Ralt RT1) and Jennifer Ridgeway (Reynard SF78). On the penultimate lap Ridgeway, having had to retire in the previous days race, managed to squeeze past Bosson at Murray’s but failed to consolidate it and ended up on the grass. A quick recovery meant the loss of one place, but I suspect battle will resume next time out. The Archie Scott Brown Memorial Trophy race was held for the second time during the meeting. Although born with right arm and both leg impairments he became a renown 1950’s competitor, particularly in Lister-Jaguars. He lost his life in a race at Spa in 1958 aged 31. From the off Mark Lewis (Lister Knobby) kept lead position just ahead of Roberto Giordanelli (Lister Chevrolet) and Steve BoultbeeBrooks (Lister Jaguar). And that’s how it stayed until just past half distance, when a spin put Lewis onto the grass and Girdanelli romped past. Lewis recovered and put in a charge started to reel in Gianordanelli, who was now suffering powerloss. Lewis retook the lead on the penultimate lap and crossed the line a mere 0.3 seconds ahead of Gianordanelli and Boultbee-Brooks third. A cracking race and a fitting tribute to Scott-Browns memory at what was his home track. 39
Roberto Giordanelli, Lister Chevrolet
Chris Keen, Kurtis 500S
Harvey Stanley/Timothy Mahapatra, Jaguar E-Type
Patrick Ward Booth, Ian McDonald, Ginetta G16
Christopher Mann, Alfa Romeo Disco Volante
Richard Last, Lister Jaguar Knobbly
Alex Morton, Lightning Envoyette
Roger Skipp, Emeryson FJ
Charlie Colman, MG B, James Wilmoth, Austin Healey 3000
Leif Bosson, Ralt RT1
Patrick Ward Booth, Lotus Elan, John Davison, Ford Lotus Cortina, Mark Jordan Ginetta G4
Albert Clements, Lotus 69
Robert Manson, Baldwin Mercury Special
Mark Goldsmith, Elfin 622
Andrew Wenman, Jaguar XK 120
James Paterson, Lotus Eleven
CSCC BRANDS HATCH BONANZA With the British weather still not realizing itâ€™s summer, the early June morning for the start of the meeting was overcast and chilly. As a result the track although looking dry proved to have variable friction depending on location. Something the first drivers readily discovered. In addition to the Classic Sports Car Clubâ€™s (CSCC) usual broad line up, the Jaguar Saloon and GT Championship also featured with two races.
Nick Swift/Richard Wager, Mini Cooper S
Jon Ellison, Triumph TR4, Donald Naismith, Ford Lotus Cortina, Ian Staines, MG Midget
CSCC BRANDS HATCH BONANZA The racing started with a wondrous mixture of 34 saloons on the grid under the ‘Future Classics’ series banner. A 40 minute race with an optional second driver, but a mandatory 30 second pit-stop and subdivided into various classes. Hence the wide variation of cars from a 6600c Pontiac Trans Am to an 1147 Davrian Mk 8 and almost every fast 80’s car in-between. In the final classification it was Matthew Lewis (Marcos Mantula) first, Thomas Holbrook/David Ball (BMW M3) second and Alec Lively (Jensen Healey) third. As with many other races during the weekend several drivers were admonished for exceeding track limits meaning that the first to the flag wasn’t always the declared winner. Further complicated by the fact that the winner of the previous race carries a 30 second penalty into the next.
As the name suggests the ‘Swinging Sixties’ race had all of the iconic cars from that era. Mini’s, MG B’s, Lotus Cortina’s, Lotus Elans and BMW 1600ti’s et al. Such was the popularity of racing at Brands the category was split into two groups and it’s a keenly fought contest. In the Group 2 race an early lead by the Wolfe/Thompson TVR Tuscan was neutralized by a safety car intervention. On resumption of racing the Lotus Elan of Wheeler/Mensley began to move up the order, as was Raymond Barrow in a Chevrolet Camaro. At around two thirds distance the Wheeler/Mensley persistence paid off as they took the lead. At the flag it was Elan, TVR Tuscan and the Chevrolet Camaro a whisker behind by 0.09 seconds in third. A real crowd pleaser that one.
Racing on the Saturday was delayed as several cars became incontinent and deposited fluids onto the track. Subsequent races had to be shortened to meet noise curfew restrictions.
Racing on Sunday included the “Special Saloons and Modsports”, were things aren’t always what they seem. e.g. a V8 Morris Minor and others that produce the fastest lap times of the meeting. 45
Mark Dunn, Austin Healey 3000 MkII
A rubber tree maybe?
David Cornwallis, BMW 1600 ti
Glenn Canning, NSU TT
Tony Warnes, Wolseley Saloon
Howard Kirkham, Jaguar XJ40
Waiting for the change over
Steve Chapman, Triumph TR4 SLR
Stuart Jefcoate, Porsche 911 Carrera
Simon/Chris James, Ford Escort RS2000
Gregor Marshall, Jon Ellison, Triumph TR4
Peter Aylett, Delta GSM Coupe
AMERICAN SPEEDFEST IV A good sized crowd came along to enjoy the showmanship and ra-ra as much as the racing car roar roar. And they werenâ€™t disappointed. With action both on and off the track, characters ranging from Laurel & Hardy, Jurassic Park monsters and Star Wars Storm Troopers, along with musical entertainment, there was something for everyone to enjoy. The Monster Truck rides and film cars proving particularly popular. Even a few bouts of rain didnâ€™t dampen the enthusiasm.
Ricardo Geltrude, Ford Mustang
The Vintage Hot Rod Association parade
AMERICAN SPEEDFEST IV Pride of place over the weekend were the NASCAR Euro Series races, Elite 1 and Elite 2, the first 2016 UK run. Sharing the same cars Elite 1 drivers are established professionals, those in Elite 2 being ‘gentlemen’ drivers or up-and-coming rookies. The sons of famous F1 drivers are part of the series; Freddie Hunt making his debut in Elite 2 and Mathias Lauda in Elite 1 they share car 66. The machinery used in the European NASCAR series closely resembles that of it’s USA Sprint Cup forebears. The engine (a V8 of course), chassis, suspension and running gear are the same for everyone. But there is a choice of three body styles; Chevrolet SS, Ford Mustang or Toyota Camry. Starting with that famous phrase “gentlemen start your engines” there were four exciting and close races. In the Elite 1 races current leader Anthony Kumpen (BEL) took victory on Saturday with contenders Frederic Gabillon (FRA) a close second and Alon Day third (ISR). Sundays race in the rain saw Alon Day take the flag with Frederic Gabillon a mere 0.13 seconds behind and Marc Gossens (BEL) third. For Elite 2 on Saturday on a drying track it was leader Steins Longin (BEL) that took the victory with second and third going to Thomas Ferrando (FRA) and Salvador Tineo Arroyo (ESP). Under slightly
dryer conditions Sundays race shuffled these three. Tineo Arroyo taking first, Longin a close second and Ferrando third. NASCAR weren’t the only V8‘s though, as a range of AngloAmerican Formula 5000‘s that raced from 62 to 82 and the BernieV8‘s series (that’s Bernie Cloddish not the infamous Mr E) both had races. Packed grids for BernieVs8’s and as the first two (of 3) races were held in the wet a delicate right foot was called for on the twisty Indy circuit. Steve Wood (Ford Mustang) took all three victories with William Smallridge (Sunbeam Tiger), Simon Cripps (MGB GT V8), Dean Cook (TVR Sagaris), and Tim Davis (TVR Tuscan) sharing the other podium positions. Anglo American 5000s saw Greg Thornton (Surtees TS11) and Tony Trimmer (McRae GM1) take a victory each under variable conditions. Steve Farthing’s Lola T332 took a second place in its first outing since did well following an extensive restoration. A very entertaining weekends event and a great one for the whole family. And I did hear someone shout “Ye haa” at the end of one race. 50
Didier Bec, Ulysse Delsaux, Ford Mustang
Steines Longin, Bert Longin, Chevrolet SS
Jack Tetley, Opel Manta V8
Marcus Bicknell, Streets Manning Special
Steve Everson, Ford Mustang Mach 1
Duncan Bell, Ford Model 40 Tudor Picture Post
Greg Thornton, Surtees TS11
Time for a break
One good shove should do it
Freddie Hunt, William Ayer, Chevrolet SS
HSCC WOLDS TROPHY There are those that say Lincolnshire is a bit on the flat dull and boring side. But with such highlights as a village called New York, the country’s only Bubble car museum and, a real highlight this “ Brassica Innovation Day” they are probably very wrong. They’re also wrong about it’s lack of exciting topographic features, the mountain section of the Cadwell Park circuit certainly isn’t flat. And judging by the expressions on the drivers faces as they first crest it’s summit, often with only two wheels in contact with terra-firma, they don’t see it a dull either.
Tim Bishop, DKW 3
Callum Grant, Merlyn Mk 20A
HSCC WOLDS TROPHY The HSCC continued it’s 50th anniversary celebrations at Caldwell Park over the June 18th/19th weekend. Two of the original racers from at that inaugural HSCC Castle Combe Griffiths Formula race; Ivan Sharrock and Chris Drewett were on hand to present some of the trophies. With 24 races over the two days it was again a packed programme and with up to 26 cars on the grid some close racing ensued. In open wheelers the Historic Formula Ford’s had to be split into two groups due to the number of entries. Callum Grant (Merlyn Mk20) took both victories, first beating Benn Simms (Jomo JMR7) and then Rob Wainwright (Elden Mk8). But neither was easy as timing gaps at the line of 1.66 and 0.33 atest. Mark Shaw (Merlyn Mk20) and Benn Tilley (Merlyn Mk 20) completed the podium places. A special note that in the second of the group 2 races was Dick Dixon (Lotus 61) having demonstrated a very quick off the line strategy, passing
much younger drivers he took a third place, well deserved and his highest in many years of racing. In the 70’s Road Sports it was a tussle at the front between father and son, Charles (Datsun 240Z) and Julian Barter (Lotus Elan). In the finish it was one win and a second place for each, with Will Leverett (Porsche 911SC) third on both occasions. The Historic Touring Car races saw the Lotus Cortina of John Avill take both firsts, Graham Pattle (Lotus Cortina) kept him honest in the first race only being less than half a second behind in race 1 and Simon Benoy in the tripoding Hillman Imp third. Race 2 looked to be a repeat until Pattle suffered issues climbing the mountain just before half distance. This allowed Benoy to take second and Bob Bullen (Ford Anglia) third. Add in the other races and it was a very good event and one that drivers and spectators enjoy. 55
Simon Haughton, Lotus 7
Brian Hunter, Mallock Mk 16
Keith Roach, Condor
Peter Chappell, Austin Healey Sprite Mk1
Alan Cook, Mallock Mk 20
Nigel Lackford, Austin Healey Sprite Mk 1
Stephen Glasswell, Reynard SF79
Oliver Smith, Macon MR7B
Richard Cross, Triumph 2000 Mk 1
Simon Benoy, Hillman Imp
LISTER GOES MG Now at this point it has to be said that in this case it’s Mg, the shortened name for Magnesium and not a product of Morris Garages. It’s proper name is “The Lister Jaguar Stirling Moss Limited edition”, and only 10 will be made, using many of the same hand crafted techniques, tools and workforce that made the originals back in the 1950s.
Lister © Michael Bailie
LISTER JAGUAR STIRLING MOSS LIMITED EDITION Back in the 1950’s Lister engineering produced these cars for their own team and for others to race. And all were the same. Well nearly the same. Whilst the customer cars and those piloted by Stirling Moss looked the same there were some fundamental differences, all to do with weight saving. Thinner tubes making up the chassis as well as the magnesium alloy (some 30% lighter than Aluminium) used to form the body shell, clutch housing, differential housing and sump. The effect being that the works cars were lighter and therefore faster. Although at the time this was a factory ‘secret’ and only revealed a few years ago. All of the original works cars were crushed thereby leaving no trace of having been different. Although several customer cars are still racing today.
This new series will provide ten lucky owners with a unique experience. The engines and gear boxes are a straight six 3.8 (337bhp @ 6,750rpm delivering 295ft lbs of torque @4,250 rpm) and an original specification four speeder. Performance is reckoned to be around four seconds for 0-60 with 100mph coming up a little under 6 seconds later, romping onto a maximum of circa 188mph. Interior finishes won’t be skimped, but in keeping with the originals will maintain that race feel, even if the street specification is ordered. Seats are trimmed in sumptuous black leather and the dash will have a solid silver plaque denoting the number of the car and feature Sir Stirling’s signature. He’ll also personally hand over each car. With deposits already having been placed this stunning vehicle is a fitting tribute to Brian Lister who passed away in December 2014. 60
Lister © Michael Bailie
Lister © Michael Bailie
Lister © Michael 61 Bailie
GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED Four days of performance motoring extravaganza, in a unique location, executed with style and panache. The theme for 2016 being â€˜Full Throttle - The Endless Pursuit of Powerâ€™. BMW celebrating its centenary took the dramatic central feature sculpture. Cars from a 1903 60hp Mercedes-Benz to the latest Bugatti 1500hp Chiron. No wonder it attracts petrol heads from across the globe.
BMW Central feature
Patrick Friesacher, Toyota Camry, NASCAR
GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED A moist start the previous evening had seen heavy rain, thunder and lightningt. As a result he Goodwood mud was doing a good job of sticking to everything and trying to pull wellies off. It would be impossible to do justice to the Festival of Speed in just a short article, but perhaps its essence can be covered by considering three aspects; Supercars, Forest Rally Stage and the Hillclimb. As they say, ‘you really need to be there’. Supercars; In addition to the already mentioned Bugatti Chiron several other manufacturers chose the FoS to show their cars for the first time; Tesla with it’s Falcon winged Model X SUV, FIAT 124 Spider, Maserati Levante, Lotus 3-11 and Aston Martin DB11 just to mention a few. Forest Rally Stage; Dust, mud, slippery surfaces, unforgiving dirt walls and a jump. All these were in evidence for the rally stage being tackled with gusto in vehicles ranging from a VW Beetle to the latest WRC exotica and everything in-between. All gave it their best efforts to entertain the crowds lurking in the trees dodging the occasional stone. In between times the opportunity to walk around the paddock and talk to the drivers, joined by a common bond.
Hill climb. The essence of the event and even those drivers ‘just running a demo’ had a steely look in their eye and drove with determination. From the tyre squeal of the start-line, through the avenue of trees, into the double right-hander, down the almost straight past the house, the blind off-camber left-hander at Molecomb, jink right at the scarily close flint wall, out into the open before the slight right back into the dark under the treesslight left and full throttle to the finish line. A distance of 1.16 miles (1.86Km), with the record time of 41.6 seconds still standing since 1999. This years top hot shoe, Olly Clark (Subaru Impreza Gobstopper II) recorded 46.29, not bad considering the record was set in a McLaren MP4/13 F1 car. Only a very few this year succumbed to the sirens call of the straw bales at Molecomb, well done. For motoring elegance the Cartier Style et Lux was the place to be and be seen. Fittingly the winner was a Lamborghini Miura SV a model celebrating its fiftieth birthday in 2016. The FoS continues to provide new experiences every year, if you’ve never been and you have a trace of petrol in your veins put it on your bucket list now. 63
Has it stopped yet?
Luis Penedo, Reanault Type AK
Judy Lyons, McLaren Cosworth M26
Marino Franchitti, Ford GT LM GTE
Giniel De-Villiers, Toyota HiLux
Mark Courtney, Toyota Celica GT-Four ST205
Formula 1, Turbo era, Renault RS01
Nico Rosberg, Mercedes Benz F1, W05 Hybrid
Ben Collins, Ford F-150 Raptor, Americana.
Quirina Louwman, Ferrari 375, Grant Piston Ring Special
Justin Law, Jaguar XJR12D
Michael Neeves, wheelie
Alan Cathcart, Norton Lowboy
MOTORSPORT AT THE PALACE Crystal Palace is a motorsport venue that has over a century of history. Names such as; Prince Bira, Carroll Shelby, Graham Hill, John Surtees and James Hunt are just a few of the notables that have piloted a course around the parkland setting. Its name derives from Joseph Paxton’s great greenhouse which moved to the site from Hyde Park in 1854 and burnt down in 1936.
A stone ‘stig’ watches over Italian Job Minis
Colin Robbins, Vauxhall Viva GT
MOTORSPORT AT THE PALACE In September 1972 the race track closed, Gerry Marshall in a ListerJaguar having taken the last chequered flag. Over the following decades various attempts were made to restart racing and in 2010 a layout was established that allowed for sprint racing. Since that time the Sevenoaks & District Motor Club have run ‘Motorsport at the Palace’ a two day feast of sprinting with adjoining entertainment and trade stands making it a family day out. With demonstration runs by a red white and blue trio of Italian Jobs Minis (part of the 1966 film was shot on location here) and motorcycles some with sidecars from the Classic Motorcycle Club. Entrants for the 2016 event were varied. With modern technology represented by a BMW i8 and old school racing by a 1925 AC/GN Cognac. In-between were roads cars, dedicated open wheel sprinters. All congregating in a make shift paddock on the grass under the trees providing visitors with the chance to talk to the drivers and
reminisce about the one they had that was exactly the same. Usually along the lines of “I had one of these, but it was a different colour, had a smaller engine, and was the style from a year older”. In the final reckoning it was the cars that were small and nimble that had the advantage. A Lotus 7 had the luxury of choosing its line, but a Ford Galaxy needed to avoid ‘pin-balling’ along the armco. In between runs there were usual sounds of impromptu modifications and the curses due to scraped knuckles. The results were categorised by class but overall winner was Gary Thomas in a Force PT at 31.59 seconds. Top saloon was Stephen Moore in a Mitsubishi Evo 6. By contrast the 2016 BMW i8 of gave 44.81 and Tony Lees’s 1925 AC/GN Cognac 39.85. Overall a very pleasant days motorsport at an iconic London venue. 69
Tony Lees, AC GN Cognac
Nicholas Wade, Austin Mini Cooper S
Jono Eales, Mini Sprint
Geoffrey Twigg, Alpine Renault A110 1600S
Bill Hodgkins, 750 Norton Commando Sidecar
Jason Barron, Alfa Romeo GTA Junior
Clive Letherby, Triumph TR6
Duncan Richardson, Alfa Romeo Guilia Sprint GT
HSCC SUPER PRIX Midway through the 50th Anniversary season HSCC’s congregation arrived at Brands Hatch for one of its biggest meetings. Such was the level of entries Friday was given over to qualifying to allow 24 races over the Saturday and Sunday, the added pleasure of using the full Grand Prix layout seemingly making it very popular. With representations from nearly all of it’s series’s the paddock and pit areas were full to bursting and required a cunning plan to ensure that Saturdays racers could vacate in time for the large contingent arriving for Sundays full programme.
Tom Olsen, Martini MK39, Davide Leon, Ralt RT3
Michael Lyons, Volvo S40 leads the pack
HSCC SUPER PRIX, BRANDS HATCH On Saturday it looked like the entire circuit had been taken over by Formula Juniors, building up to their diamond jubilee year, with over 100 in attendance.
field (Lola T282) took the chequered flag followed by Richard Piper and Greg Caton (March 75S) with Doug Hart (March 75S) in third, just over 3 seconds separated all three after 50 minutes of racing.
Possibly the most successful driver of the event was Michael Lyons, he took four victories from four races. Two in the ‘family’ Formula 1 Surtees TS9 from both rounds of the Derek Bell Trophy and two from both rounds of the HSCC/TCRE Super Touring Cars. The later in a Volvo V40 that he’d not previous raced.
In the closing race on Saturday fellow Historic Formula Ford racers Max Bartell and Callum Grant joined forces in an Elva Mk 7s for the Guards Trophy, making a respectable 5th place on the grid. From the off the Schryver/Mitchell Chevron B6 took the lead with Bartell/Grant doggedly chasing and the Voyazides/Hadfield Shelby Cobra thundering close on their tail. All looked set until with four laps to go an incident at Stirlings put Bartell/Grant in the lead and they hung on to the flag, with Voyazides/Hadfield 0.4 seconds behind in second.
Not to be outdone stalwart Andrew Hibberd left with three prizes; having romped home in both Historic F3 races in his Brabham BT18A and the third in one of the Historic Formula Junior events in a Lotus 22. This latter race having been keenly contested throughout, with the top seven places separated by just over five seconds. Jon Fairley (Brabham BT11/19) and Peter Horsman (Lotus 18/21) had a lights to flag contest in both rounds of the HGPCA Pre-66 GP cars races. Fairley took both victories although by just over a second in each case. Disappointment for ace peddler Nick Fennell (Lotus 25) as he failed to finish in either bout. The Pre-80’s Endurance cars were able to give full rein on the longer full GP circuit. At the finish the duo of Leo Voyazides and Simon Had-
In Sundays closing race Max Bartell and Callum Grant returned to their regular Merlyn Mk20A historic formula fords. Although Rob Wainwright took pole he was relegated to the back of the grid for a techical infringement. Grant stormed off from the front with Bartell chasing hard. And for the 12 laps it was an epic tussle between the two. With Benn Tilley and Mark Shaw (Merlyn Mk20’s) dicing for third and forth with Wainwright slicing through the pack to catch them. At the flag it was Grant in the lead, Bartell adrift by 0.3 seconds and Tilley third. The top four covered by 5 seconds. A great close to a whole weekend of epic and very close racing. 73
Mark Goldsmith, Elfin 622
Patrick Watts, Peugeot 406
Georg Nolte, Bizzarini 5300
Peter Hallford, Chevrolet Corvette
Ross Hyett, Ford Mustang
Mike Gosbell, NOTA FJ
Adam Simmons, Lola T142
Neil Smith, Alfa Romeo 156
Michael Lyons, Volvo S40
Rob Wainwright, Elden Mk8
Andy Langridge, Lotus 61
Historic Formula Ford
LE MANS CLASSIC 120,000 avid enthusiasts from across the globe descended on Le Mans and its environs for the 3 day 2016 classic event in early July. A significant number choosing one of the many campsites in and around the circuit. Ad-hoc groups formed in the warmth of the evenings, sharing food and drink, well into the early hours. Strangers became friends the sounds of racing engines a distant concerto. A camaraderie of petrol heads regardless of of other factors.
Eddy Benezet, Porsche 911
LE MANS CLASSIC 2016 At 13.6 Km long with 38 corners the Le Mans track with its mixture of circuit and closed public roads harks back to an earlier era of motor racing that is unique today. Used only for the annual Le Mans 24 Hours and the biennial Le Mans Classic it offers a brief glimpse into what is was like to race in those times. Aspects such as the Mulsanne straight, are rightfully part of racing folklore. With circa 550 drivers, including 10 former winners of the 24 Hours, the six Le Mans grids divided as; 1923-39, 1949-56, 1957-61, 196265, 1966-71 and 1972-81, plus additions to incorporate Group C cars and the Jaguar Classic Challenge this was 3 days and two nights of incomparable racing. Lola’s Vs Porsche, GT40’s vs Ferrari. Within the circuit there were displays from every car club you could think of, some grandiose and well known others proudly displaying the survivors of good engineering but consigned to history for other reasons. With qualifying sessions completed for each group it was time to go racing, three races per group with day and night sessions. Some
Henrikprocedure. Lindberg, Porsche from a rolling start others the traditional Le Mans A sprint 962 across the track, jump into the car, get it started and race away in a plume of tyre smoke and adrenalin. On a circuit that’s challenging during the day in a modern racer, the thought of racing in total darkness (only parts of the track are lit at night) in an early car with headlights akin to glow worms in jam-jars at speeds approaching 100mph requires a special talent. It’s those night races that give the event its c(h)arisma, spectating at the Porsche curves, hearing them approach, brakes glowing as they pass through and then the growl disappearing with the red tail lights. Magic. Aggregated over three races the winners (using the scratch criteria -fastest car and longest distance) were; 1923/39 C Traber/S Trenary (Talbot Lago), 1949/56 A Wallace (Jaguar D-Type), 1957/61 C Ward (Lister Costin), 1962/65 S Lynn (Ford GT40), 1966/71 B hTuner (Lola T70 MKIII) and 1972/81, U Schumacher/W Werner ( Porsche 936), Group C - J Piguet (Spice SE89C), Jaguar Challenge J Thomas (Jaguar E-Type). 78
Nigel Wills, John Polson, Talbot 90
Eric De Doncker, Antonio Carrisi, Jean Luc Papaux, Lola T70 Mk III B
Uwe Biegner, Diana Biegner, Porsche 356 A
Alexander Rittweger, Bernd Georgi, Sam Hancock, Ferrari 365 GTB-
Nicolas D'Ieteren, Porsche 935 K3
Traditional Le Mans start
Julien Bussolini, Jean Marc Bussolini, Christophe Barthe, Porsche 914-6 GT
Katarina Kyvalova, Bentley 4Â˝ L Tourer
Anthony Schrauwen, Mauro Poponcini, Lola T212 FVC
Jan Glijzen, Anthony Schrauwen, Lister Jaguar Knobbly
Christian Chambord, Jean-Pierre PrĂŠvost, Alpine A 100
Andrew Smith, James Cottingham, Ford GT40
Shaun Lynn, Mercedes C11
Stuart Hall, Roald Goethe, Lola T70 Mk III B
Charles Rupp, Philippe Pager, Porsche 911
VSCC CADWELL PARK You donâ€™t generally think of Lincolnshire as being the home of a major scientific discovery particularly one that changed our fundamental understanding of the universe. Nor do you expect it to be from someone working from home. Well local man Issac Newton in around 1665-6, did. Avoiding Cambridge University to stay at home, due to the plague rather than Cambridgeâ€™s awkward park and ride scheme for horse and carts. He sat under a tree and discovered gravity and the nature of light.
Eddie Gibbs, Frazer Nash Single Seater
VSCC CADWELL PARK, SHUTTLEWORTH & NUFFIELD TROPHIES Newtons work on gravity explains why we don’t fly off the earth. It’s also what makes going uphill use energy, something the weekend’s Cadwell competitors found as they tackled ‘The Mountain’. It also ensured that they only achieve partial lift off when cresting the summit and return to terra firma, albeit with a bit of a bump. The 2016 VSCC meeting at Cadwell Park, The Shuttleworth & Nuffield trophies, celebrated 40 years of their racing at this venue. On the day a 12 race card covering vehicles from the mid twenties with varying degrees of engineering sophistication. Those with; chain drive, rear wheel only brakes, engines varying from forty 500cc motorcycle derivatives to over 11 litre aero engined thumpers. Such is the popularity of the event, there were spectors all around the circuit, from the open sections from Gooseneck round to Charlies the banked areas near Coppice and in amongst the trees at Hall Bends. There were plenty of interest shown in the cars around the open paddock as well. With owners/drivers willing to talk about the delights and vagaries of their steeds.
Complementing the VSCC line up was a race under the Classic Formula Ford banner, their first outing at the track. Championship leader Adriano Medicos (Van Diemen RF80) taking the inaugural victory. Closest race of the day was the F3, 500cc, race with Mike Fowler (Cooper Mk V) finishing ahead of of Xavier Kingsland (Staride Mk 3) by a mere 0.06 seconds and third placed Brian Jolene (Cooper JAP) in third. Exciting stuff from these diminutive machines. At the other end of the scale Tom Walker took his 11,760cc AmilcarHispano Special to win the John Holland Trophy, it’s first outing in Tom’s hands. Justin Maers (GN Parker) was harrying throughout but couldn’t get past. Tony Lees (AC/GN Cognac completed the top three. The VSCC is a broad church and welcomes diversity in it’s events. This is probably why the winner of the Triple M Register vs Austin 7 Challenge race was won by David Seber in a Wolseley Hornet Special. 85
Dougal Cawley, GN Ford Piglet
J B Jones, JLR F3
Tom Waterfield, GN Special.
Richard Bishop Miller, Revis 500
John Village, Crossle 25F
Jeremy Brewster, Frazer Nash Geoghegan Special, Andrew Mitchell HRG 1Â½
Ng Yushan, Frazer Nash Super Sports
Simon Blakeney-Edwards, Austin 7 Special
EPILOQUE They say you should be careful of what you wish for, well I think I should have been much more careful. For the first part of 2016 nearly every motorsport event I’ve covered has had rain. And in several cases, lots and lots of it. Just ask those at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Maybe next year they’ll feature American Swamp buggies. Having experienced this I just wanted to go to one meeting that was warm and rain free, please. Well the Le Mans Classic certainly lived up to no rain and the warm bit. A bit too much in fact on Saturday night at 8 pm it started to drop below 30C (that’s over 84 in old money). Ah well. Scheduled for the next edition, E4; Silverstone Classic Goodwood Revival Bentley Drivers Club Race Meeting Reims-Gueux Pits and Grandstands Festival Italia BMW i8 BTCC Rockingham Plus …….. Parting thought; May you have warm words on a cool evening, a full moon on a dark night, and a smooth road all the way to your door. Irish Toast 88
The latest edition of Track and Road Gazette has motorsport articles, vintage to contemporary, from across the UK plus the fabled Le Mans...
Published on Oct 8, 2016
The latest edition of Track and Road Gazette has motorsport articles, vintage to contemporary, from across the UK plus the fabled Le Mans...