TRACK& ROAD GAZETTE E5 2017
E5 2017 BTCC SILVERSTONE CLASSIC & SPORTS CAR SHOW BRITCAR - INTO THE NIGHT BTCC FINALE FORD MUSTANG HSCC FINALS LONDON TO BRIGHTON CLASSIC MOTORSHOW WALTER HAYES TROPHY VSCC WINTER DRIVING TESTS
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Welcome to the E5 2017 edition of Track and Road Gazette. In this edition you’ll find a selection of reports and images from motorsport events from the tail end of 2016. From racing we have the thrilling final rounds of the BTCC through to the Walter Hayes Trophy. More sedate but very much an iconic event we have the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. We’ve also had a chance to drive the new Ford Mustang, now available in right-hand drive for the UK market, but is it any good? Read on…. Our intention is to bring you the highlights and ambience of these events rather than a full blow by blow description of the action. Many thanks to all those that provided feedback and comments on our first editions. We’ve taken note of these and will strive to make improvements in the coming editions. Track and Road Gazette is published through iBooks and can be read on relevant Apple devices, iPhones, iPads, etc. It is also available online publisher Issuu at; issuu.com/trackandroadgazette. Back issues are available from the same sources or the website at; www.trackandroad.co.uk Editor; Chris McEvoy. Email; firstname.lastname@example.org iii
Ashley Sutton, MG6 GT, Rob Austin, Toyota Avensis
BTCC SILVERSTONE. The penultimate rounds of the 2016 BTCC Championship were held at Silverstone and a large crowd packed the stands around the National circuit to cheer their favorite. As ever there were dramas’ and disappointments (both MG6GT’s being disqualified for technical infringements after a win) and celebrations - Gordon Shedden winning round 27 to stay in contention of retaining the title, if successful it will be the first back to back retention since Fabrizio Giovanardi in ‘07/08.
BTCC SILVERSTONE Although the main event was the three BTCC rounds, there were other races during the weekend. The Renault Clio Cup, F4 British Championship, Porsche Carrera Cup and Ginetta’s GT4 Super Cup along with its Junior Championship. To compliment the track action there were sideshows and displays all around the circuit to keep the crowd entertained. BTCC Round 25. Drama throughout and after the race. From Pole Ashley Sutton (MG6 GT) lost out early to Tom Ingram (Toyota Avensis) whilst behind them Josh Cook (MG6 GT) and Andrew Jordan (Ford Focus) swapped paintwork. By lap 8 Sutton was back in the lead and team mate Cook got passed Jordan and then Ingram to take second. And that’s how it was at the flag. But. Both were subsequently excluded as the car rear wings were found to be too wide. Handing Ingram 1st, Jordan 2nd and Rob Austin (Toyota Avensis) 3rd. BTCC Round 26. with over half the drivers now on the soft tyre choice and the weather staying dry, battle recommenced. Jordan
opened with storming laps remaining on the tail of Ingram and keeping Adam Morgan (M-B A Class) at bay after Austin faded. Jordan took the lead around third distance and stayed there to the flag, thereby boosted his championship chances. Morgan was next just 0.8 of a second adrift and Ingram 3rd. BTCC Round 27. Rob Collard ((BMW 125i) roared past Gordon Sheden (Honda Civic Type R) in pole getting into Copse first. Shedden took his revenge shortly after on the run through Maggotts into Becketts and stayed there to the flag. Matt Jackson (Ford Focus) sensing potential also got past Ingram early on and maintained position to the end. It was Jackson 2nd, Ingram 3rd. The top four finishers being covered by 2 seconds. With just three rounds to go at Brands Hatch, there are 11 drivers with a mathematical chance of taking the 2016 drivers trophy. As the sunset at Silverstone it was Sam Torfdoff leading with the current champion Gordon Shedden and team mate Matt Neal close behind. As in 2015 it may go to the last laps of the last race. Exciting stuff. 5
James Cole, Subaru Levorg GT
Stewart Lines, Ford Focus
Ashley Sutton, MG6 GT, Josh Cook, MG6 GT
Jake Hill, Toyota Avensis, Alex Martin, Ford Focus
Jason Plato, Subaru Levorg GT
Ollie Jackson, Audi S3
Daniel Welch, Proton Persona
Tom Wrigley, Callum Pointon, Ginetta G55
Jack Mitchell, Ben Green, Ginetta G55
Ollie Chadwick, Rob Gaffney, Ginetta G55
Chris Smiley, Renaultsport 220 Trophy
Charles Ladell, Renaultsport 220 Trophy
Ant Whorton-Eales, Renaultsport 220 Trophy
Shayne Deegan, Renaultsport 220 Trophy
Jonas Gelzinis, Dan McKay, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
Dan Cammish, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
Daniel Lloyd, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
Dino Zamparelli, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
Ayrton Simmons, Arden, Max Fewtrell, Carlin
Patrik Mattiesen, JTR, Jack Martin, Arden
Jamie Caroline, Fortec
Fiat 501 Corsa Biposto
CLASSIC AND SPORTS CAR SHOW Hosted for its second year at North Londonâ€™s Alexander Palace, The Classic and Sports Car Show was a resounding success. Featuring a magnificent array of Classic cars on the inside and parades on the outside. Its not everyday you see a six-wheeled F1 car negotiating a pedestrian crossing, but then Ally Pally and its surrounding 196 acres of parkland can be an unusual place. It even offers free parking and thatâ€™s not something you get in London very often, or at all.
CLASSIC AND SPORTS CAR SHOW The show was opened by the spritely nonagenarian Norman Dewis (now just three years short of a century) who also regaled the visitors on the live stage with tales from his many years as a Jaguar test driver. John Surtees CBE was present to unveil the winner in the supercar of the century voted for by members of the public through the organisers website. With Gordon Murray’s McLaren F1 taking the prize. Facing as it does into the city of London it was perhaps inevitable that the show would focus on the higher end of the classic market. The Coys auction provided an interesting variety. From a bargain basement 1973 Wolseley 6 going for less than £4,000 to an ex Sir Rod Stewart 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 that sailed away for £909,00. Somebody obviously thought it was more than ‘sexy’. The palaces Palm Court foyer featured a beautiful Jaguar XJ13. This model has a mixed history. The original was crashed by Mr Dewis in 1971 and written off. Subsequently restored it usually resides in a museum, it’s estimated worth circa £8M. A one-off replica approved by Jaguar has also been built.
The 1977 Tyrrell P34 F1 six-heeler car from the mid-late 70‘s was a sensation when launched. Its detractors having to take it seriously when it won the Swedish GP with Jody Scheckter at the wheel. It remains the only six-wheeler ever to take part in a Grand Prix. The sight and sound of a Cosworth DFV running on the public road was different enough but being a six-wheeler as well made the experience unique. Accompanied by BMW’s on Friday, Jensens (celebrating their 50th anniversary) on Saturday and supercars from Essex on Sunday. Current and past racers attended and related tales of derring do and stories from their past on the live stage much to the delight of the audience. Inside the show guests were treated to a wonderful selection of classics from renowned dealers and I’m sure a few left with a lighter bank balance and a smile about the pleasures to come. For the rest of us, maybe next year….
The Polka Dots
Chevrolet Corvette C1
Margaret Allan, Bentley
Ferrari F40, Lamborghini Coutach
Rob Hall, Tyrrell P34, Formula 1
BRITCAR INTO THE NIGHT. This was the final race meeting of the MSVR season and brought to a close its 10th year. The main event being bouts of ‘BritCar into the Night’ races one for the 3 hour duration Dunlop Endurance Championship and two of 50 minutes for the Dunlop Production Championship. Completing the weekend were events for; Ginetta Junior Winter Series, Champion of Brands, MSVR AllComers, MSVT Trackday Championship and the MSVRT Trackday Trophy.
Light trails in the rain at Clearways
BRITCAR INTO THE NIGHT. In Keats’s poem autumn, he wrote that ‘this is the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’ following later with, ’While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day’. He wasn’t thinking of Brands Hatch on a cold and wet November Saturday qualifying. It was mostly rainy and drizzly under a single shade of dull grey sky. Thus conditions on track varied from wet to slippery/greasy. A cautious right foot and smooth steering input were the requirements for successful practice/ qualifying if the sirens call of the gravel trap were to be avoided. Not everyone was successful in this and it was one of those events where the pace/safety car driver did more laps than some of the racers. Although in the case of the Ginetta Juniors youthful exuberance possibly played its part. GT & Production. Taking part in his last professional race Johnny Mowlem partnered by Bonamy Grimes took the top podium step aboard a Ferrari 458 Challenge. Using the interesting conditions as a fore runner to Sunday’s 3 hour Endurance event that would also finish in darkness. A strategy other teams deployed to advantage. Dan Stringfellow (BMW M3 E92 V8) took the Production class victory and a fine 3rd overall just over a second behind the second placed Mosler MT900 of Manual Cintrano/ Javier Morcillo. The second race was started simultaneously with the Endurance event but flagged after
50 minutes. On a now dry track the front production runners were ©CJM-PHOTOGRAPHY mixing it with the endurance tailenders. As they passed the ‘Last Lap‘ board Peter Rowbottom (Ferrari 458 Challenge) was leading with Ed Moore (Ginetta G50) and Dan Stringfellow dicing for 2nd/ 3rd. Into the mix came Endurance racer Calum Lockie’s Ferrari 458 GT3, it didn’t go well. As the debris settled Lockie carried on damaged but driveable, but Moore and Stringfellow stranded at Paddock Hill bend. The Production race finished under yellows with Rowbottom 1st, RobYoung/Neil Garnham (Ferrari 360 Challenge) 2nd, Oliver Withington (Seat Supercopa) 3rd. Endurance Championship. Once the safety car had returned to the pits following the Lockie incident, racing resumed with just the endurance protagonists. On completion of 100 laps the Audi R8 of Phil hanson/Nigel Moore was in the lead, having started from the rear of the grid, a consequence of having slid into the gravel on the pace lap. A second safety car period ensured after Davy Birrell spun into the gravel at Paddock Hill bend. With a dozen laps to go the Audi R8 of Moore constantly harried Morcillo’s Mosler, getting alongside on occasion but never enough to pass. At the flag after 3 hours of racing Morcillo took first, Moore just over half a second behind, Ian Lawson/Kevin Clarke’s BMW Z4 GT in third. Truly epic stuff. 17
Dave Wooder, Ginetta G40
Sebastian Priaulx, Ginetta G40
Daniel Harper, Ginetta G40
Charlie Fagg, Ginetta G40
Rod Birley, Ford Escort WRC
Johnny Guindi, Nissan GT
Andy Thompson, SEAT Toledo
Jonathan Upchurch, MG B
Simon Clark, Porsche Boxster S
Darren Goes, Seat Cup, Kester Cook, Ford Fiesta
Perry Tubb, Richard Wain, Proton Satria GTi
Callum McDougall, Jim McDougall, Toyota MR2
Rob Young, Neil Garnham, Ferrari 360 Challenge
Ollie Witherington, Martin Parsons, Seat Supercopa Mk2
Peter Rowbottom, Ferrari 458 Challenge
Rob Baker, Rob Hedley, Smart
Phil Hanson, Nigel Moore, Audi R8
Tom Knight, Dan Kirby, Ginetta G55 GT4
Manuel Cintrano, Javier Morcillo, Mosler MT900
Light trails from the top of Race Control
Gordon Shedden, Honda Civic Type R
BTCC FINALE The oft quoted expression ‘May you live in interesting times’ could well have been written for the 2016 BTCC finale. Going into the last three races there were 8 potential champions. But who would emerge victorious? Would it require a team co-ordination, or not? Would the actions of others determine the outcome? Officially described as ‘changeable’ conditions for qualifying on Saturday but predicted sunshine for Sunday added another factor into the mix. Can Gordon Shedden make it two in a row?
Colin Turkington, Subaru Levorg GT
BTCC FINALE And so the last three rounds of the 2016 BTCC Championship began with 8 drivers in contention for the title. Tordoff is ahead by 11 points, but there are 67 up for grabs so it really is down to the last three races. A huge crowd had arrived early, South Bank was nearly full by 8:30 on the Sunday, such is the enthusiasm for this series and its accompanying races. Round 28. From pole Colin Turkington (Subaru Levorg) led all the way to the flag, although Rob Austin (Toyota Avensis) looked for a way past, none was found, and he finished second. Jason Plato looked certain for third having held position throughout the race, however Josh Cook (MG6 GT) snuck past coming out of the last corner on the last lap to take third. Early in the race an incident at Druids took out Andrew Jordan and Hunter Abbott and left Matt Neal to limp home 7th. Round 29. Once again it was Colin Turkington that had the lights to flag win, thereby further boosting his chances of the title. Behind him Jason Plato from fourth got past Cook to take third and then at half distance took Austin to gain second. Drama further down the order
saw Matt Neal impact the tyre barrier having collided with Ashley Sutton en-route to Graham Hill bend, has hopes of a fourth title effectively over. After the safety car session Rob Austin began to fade and Gordon Shedden put on a charge and caught up with the leading Subaru’s but had to settle for third. Round 30. The reverse grid race mixing things up and with only two points now between Tordoff, Shedden and the title. From pole it was Matt Jackson, Aiden Moffatt and Sam Tordoff 1-2-3. And despite a safety car on laps 4 and 5 that’s how it stayed. For one more lap. From fourth Shedden made his move, passing Tordoff coming out of Clark and proceeded to chase down Moffatt. With third and Tordoff fourth Shedden would take the title on ‘countback’. But this is BTCC and nothing is certain. With 5 laps to go Adam Morgan passed Tordoff and then a safety car session bunched everyone up. In the sprint to the finish all held position, Jackson 1st, Moffatt 2nd and Shedden 3rd. The title was his. The crowd caught their collective breath and raised a cheer from the grandstands to the depths of Dingle Dell. The first back to back retention since Fabrizio Giovanardi in ‘07/08. A great achievement, here’s to an equally enthralling 2017. 24
Gordon Shedden, Honda Civic Type R
Rob Collard, BMW 125i M Sport
Matt Jackson, Ford Focus.
Sam Tordoff, BMW 125i M Sport
Matt Neal, Honda Civic Type R
Andrew Jordan, Ford Focus
Jason Plato, Subaru Levorg GT
Ashley Sutton, MG6 GT
Ollie Jackson, Audi S3
Alex Martin, Ford Focus
Adam Morgan, Mercedes-Benz A-Class
Kelvin Fletcher, Chevrolet Cruze
Mike the Mechanic
Stuart Middleton, Ginetta G40
F4 British Championship
FORD MUSTANG At last. The Ford Mustang is now available in right hand drive configuration and from your local friendly Ford dealer. As either a fastback or convertible, powered by either a 5 litre V8 or a four-pot EcoBoost 2.3. Your heart will say V8 but your wallet will say EcoBoost as it’s some £4k cheaper. But what’s the real difference. Let’s shift into Frank Bullitt mode, slip on the shades….
FORD MUSTANG. My previous encounter with the Ford Mustang was during a visit to the USA several years back. Out on the West Coast the Mustang fitted in perfectly, and being a soft top there was one drive that had to be made in it. South on Route 1. The blue of the rolling Pacific ocean at my side, the Beach Boys playing on the radio accompanied by the V8 bass underscore, and a warm sun beaming overhead. It all seemed just right. Back then the Mustang was only available in right hand drive and had to be specially imported. But now a right-hand drive version is available from your local Ford dealer. And so it came to pass that I had the opportunity to take one for a spin. Albeit in the slightly less glamorous setting of Northamptonshire, but at least the sun shone. Ford claim that this is a 2+2 and this is technically true. I did manage to squeeze my over 6ft non-slender frame into the back seat for a very short time, and with some effort managed to get out again. With the driver and or passenger seat fully back the rear leg room would also be cramped for small children. But this is essentially a drivers car so lets ignore that minor quibble and move on.
First impressions are that it looks right. Its modern but it also obviously a Mustang. Inside the trim isn’t up to the levels of top European marques but then neither is the price. Most of the dials and switches are easy and convenient with a retro nod. The infotainment system is from the Mondeo so that’s OK. Settle into the leather drivers seat, press the start button and we’re off. Visibility over the long bonnet is OK but rearward is restricted. Once moving all is well and the indicated ‘Ground Speed’ is easily kept within the posted limits. Pressing on it handles well and due to independent rear suspension coupled with a limited slip differential it corners without drama, the brakes being progressive and re-assuring. A significant step forward from our automotive cousins across the pond. But which engine do you choose? A sonorous V8 with power aplenty (limited to a top speed of 155 mph) and the bragging rights that go with it. But a terrific thirst. Or the 2.3 that’s nearly as fast, just as practical (in relative terms) and will go further on each tankful and is circa £4k lower in price. Convertible or Fastback? The sun on your face and the wind in your hair vs the security of a roof? Which ever you choose it will be enjoyable and put a smile on your face. 30
Daniel Welch, Proton Persona
HSCC FINALS. The HSCCâ€™s 50th year came to a close at Silverstone in October. Although some championships had already been decided there was still plenty to go for at the Finals meeting. If not for prizes then certainly for pride. Heavy rain early on Sunday delayed proceedings until after the church break. Somebody must asked for the right thing, because afterwards the sun came out for the rest off the day and a thrilling days racing ensued.
Chris Sharples, Palliser WDF1 leads a string of Historic Formula Fords
HSCC FINALS. 70â€™s Road Sports. Julian Barter (Lotus Elan S4, Lotus Europa in other races) took the top podium step and the championship having had a great tussle with Richard Plant (Morgan Plus 8) throughout the race. Guards Trophy. John Davidson (Lotus Elan) only needed a finish to take the Trophy, but had to retire after quarter distance. Earlier smoking electricals having taken their toll. Mike Gardiner/Dan Cox (TVR Griffith) then looked champions, but reduced points due to a lack of class entrants had them thwarted. Martin Richardson (MGB) took the class B win and gained enough points to equal Davidson on points and the two tied for the title. Derek Bell Trophy. With two races under different conditions. Mark Dwyer (March 742) won the first race and Jamie Bradshaw (March 73A) the second, recompense for a DNF in race 1. Martyn Donn (Lola T760) was declared overall trophy winner. Historic Formula Ford. A fifty car entry meant the races were divided into two grids. Callum Grant (Merlyn Mk20A) took victory in race one and with it the championship. In race two, after tight but re-
spectful driving it was Sam Mitchell (Merlyn Mk20) who took the flag with Grant 0.25 seconds behind. A fitting end to a great season for HFF. Historic Touring Cars. Mark Jones (Lotus Cortina) and Mike Gardiner (Ford Falcon) took individual race victories. It was Simon Benoy in the re-built Hillman Imp that took the championship title with two finishes to make up for Oulton Park events woes. Historic Road Sports. The final race of the finals weekend it was Kevin Kivlochan (Morgan Plus 8) that took race victory with Richard Plant in another Plus 8 in second. However with eight class wins from nine races Dick Coffey (Turner Mk1) took the overall championship. At the end of racing gatherings were held in the pit and paddock as various champions were anointed and trophies awarded. Along with recognition for the supporters (wives, girl friends,) etc., that had provided teas, coffee, soup during the year to sustain the drivers. A grateful thanks to those that make the racing possible and enjoyable. 33
Cameron Jackson, March 813
Red steering wheel, Lee Penson, Lotus 51
Rain stops play
Adrian Hall, Trojan T101
Ross Hyett, Ford Mustang
James Damon Clarke, Ford Lotus Cortina
Nik Spencer, MG B
Nick Savage, Chevrolet Camaro, Adam Simmonds, Ford Mustang
Andrew Mansell, Merlyn Mk11A
Callum Grant, Merlyn Mk 20A
Benn Tilley, Merlyn Mk20
Richard Trott, Chevron B43
David Walton, Royale RP27
Barry Sime, Morris Mini Cooper S
Mike Gardiner, Ford Falcon
Nick Paddy, Morris Cooper S
1902 Delahaye Constitution Hill
LONDON TO BRIGHTON VETERAN CAR RUN The London to Brighton Veteran Car run celebrated its 120th Anniversary with the 2016 running of this annual event. It commemorates the abolition of the 1896 Locomotives on Highways Act thereby allowing cars to legally exceed 4mph (in the country) and 2mph (in town) and removed the need for an escort to walk 20 yards in front carrying a red flag. A new heady limit of 14mph.
The start at Hyde Park
LONDON TO BRIGHTON VETERAN CAR RUN. Back in the motoring days of the late 1890’s there were several necessities for any journey. Primary among these was to ensure that one’s man servant had packed sufficient comestibles for it’s duration. A stout wicker hamper containing; quails eggs, champagne, caviar, blini’s, cold meats etc., being the bare essentials. Even in the summer months, with no roof, often no doors, no heater the driver and passengers were advised to dress to according to the vagaries of the weather and the effects of hurtling along at speeds of 20mph. At this time travel by aeroplane was a distinctly luxurious affair. Attractive stewardesses being on hand to provide those wealthy enough to take to the air a first class service. In the 21st century we have of course advanced significantly. Modern motor vehicles are delightful climate controlled boxes on wheels complete with entertainment systems to keep the traveller and passengers amused. Motorway services dispense with the need for the picnic basket with their enticing array of fast food outlets. Air travel has been democratised. Anyone can fly almost anywhere on a budget carrier. Albeit with little onboard service and the overall process about as glamorous as boarding a bus. How times have changed.
The run takes place on the first Sunday in November with the first car being flagged away at sunrise. The 60 mile route from Hyde Park ©CJM-PHOTOGRAPHY passes under the Wellington Arch, down Constitution Hill passing along side Buckingham Palace down The Mall passing over the Thames on Westminster Bridge and thence onto the A23. A road it follows to Brighton, albeit with a break in Crawley High Street. At 07:04 on Sunday 6th November 2016 a good sized crowd wrapped against the frosty morning saw Eddie Jordan wave away the first of the 436 entries. It is testament to the owners preparatory work combined with the stamina of drivers and passengers that 337 of these crossed the finish line on Madera Drive in Brighton several hours later. In addition to the achievement of getting to the sea front finish, the 13 mile section from Crawley High Street to Burgess Hill offered a ‘regularity time trial’. A magnificent Swiss made table clock awarded to the team getting closest to their pre-Run nominated average speed. The winner being Mr Wolfgang Presinger in a 1904 6.5hp single cylinder Covert. A great sight to see so many veteran cars on one occasion. 39
!899 Panhard Levassor
1902 Panhard Levassor
1904 Stanley Steam Car
1904, Cadillac Tonneau
Pierce Arrow, OLD Friends Antique Rapid Transit'.
1904 Phoenix with stowaway
1904 Phoenix 4Â½HP Tricar
AC Shelby Cobra
CLASSIC MOTOR SHOW The motoring publics interest in cars and bikes from the past continues unabated. As evidenced by the record number of just over 70,000, who visited the Classic Motor Show at the NEC last November. With some 2,500 vehicles, 273 clubs (252 cars and 21 bikes) and 650 exhibitors across 1,000,000 sq ft of floorspace there was certainly something for everyone.
Ford Escort RS Cosworth
CLASSIC MOTOR SHOW For me one of the great things about Motor Shows, apart from the fact that they’re held indoors and therefore warm and dry, is that there’s always something that’s unexpected. Yes there’s usually exotica aplenty often with a great provenance and great prices. But often there’s something that is extra special, a quirkiness or just plain ‘well I never knew that’. And at this show there were two. One of a family wholesomeness and the other a touch more louche. Given that the shows theme was ‘Heroes and Heroines’ perhaps this wasn’t too surprising. Neatly falling into the ‘heroes’ category were the tributes to Aryton Senna. In particular his JPS liveried Lotus 98T Renault turbo powered F1 car from the mid-80’s. Lesser known but those who’d persevered in the face of adversity were Hok Kiang Sia and Eric Kuan Rong Sia. Taking part in the 2016 Peking to Paris Rally their 1933 Rolls Royce caught fire on the first day when in the Gobi desert. Undaunted they headed for Ulaanbaatar, spent five days effecting repairs, then two weeks to catch up with the rally again, and completed the event, a total distance of some 9,000 miles. Keeping to the rally theme the Sunbeam Talbot Alpine Register had a pair of Sunbeam Talbot 90 Mk II’s Monte Carlo rally winners from the
mid fifties. One of the team drivers being a certain Mr Stirling Moss, who easily fits into the heroes category. And one of the others being Sheila Van Damm. At the time Van Damm owned the Windmill Theatre in London, famous for its variety acts but mostly for its nude tableaux vivants. It ran the slogan "We Never Closed” throughout WW2 and thus provided entertainment in a time of strife. It was also frequently changed to "We Never Clothed”. Elsewhere there were classic vehicles of all shapes and sizes, with the opportunity to purchase a project or restored car, for sporting purposes, pleasurable street use or plain nostalgic reasons. There was also the chance to get first hand insight into how to ‘do it your self’ from simple tasks through to a full on bare chassis job. Tucked away in a discrete corner there was a collection of Wolseley Hornet Mini convertibles that had been offered as competition prizes by Heinz soup in 1966. Of the 57 bespoke cars produced by Crayford around half are still in a road worthy condition and one of the lucky winners, Mrs Gaskill was proudly showing hers at the show. As I said interesting places for people and classic car shows, I wonder what the 2017 event will reveal? 44
1966 Heinz 57 Wolseley Hornet Convertable
Maserati Tipo 151/3
Ford Cortina Savage
Fafnir Hall-Scott Special
Shelia van Damm, Rootes Singer Rally Team
Mark Wright, Ford Sierra RS500
WALTER HAYES TROPHY. You could be forgiven for thinking that the Walter Hayes Trophy event was solely for open wheelers and Formula Fords in particular. With over 120 Formula Fords participating it’s the largest gathering of its type in the world. But it also features a couple of races for the closed wheel fraternity. And under the ‘Allcomers’ banner it attracts a wide range of cars. Some uncommon racers e.g. a Ford Consul Classic were present at the 2016 event.
Patrick Pasma, Mygale SJ08, Matt Hamilton, Van Diemen RF00, Rob Barrabe, Van Diemen RF02
WALTER HAYES TROPHY. The Walter Hayes Trophy (WHT) is an annual event instigated in 2001 for Formula Ford's and attracts over 100 drivers. Not just from the UK but also from North America, Scandinavia and Europe. Its popularity a fitting tribute to the man responsible for many developments in motor racing. The qualifying process reads like a University Challenge question on advanced logistics. The first nine cars from Saturdays heats get an automatic place in the semi finals. Those 10th to 14th from each heat are on the grid for the Last Chance race. The rest being in the Progression race. The top six from this race are then entered on the last three rows of the Last Chance Race. Still with it? Then the first 18 of the Last Chance Race form the rear of the grid in the semi-finals. After a bit more logic like this the fastest finisher of the semi-finals takes pole for the Grand Final, alongside them in the second grid slot is the winner of the slower semi-final. Fortunately the winner of the final is awarded the coveted Walter Hayes Trophy. Oh and there are other races for; The Extra Go Trophy for Non-Historic Formula Ford Consolation race and a Historic Formula Ford Consolation
Race. Added to the event were Allcomers races for open (Van Diemen RF84 to Arrows A4) and closed wheelers (Radicals to a VW Beetle), these qualify and race as per usual. However it’s the action on the track that really counts, and this is why it’s spectacular. With cars with very similar specifications close racing is assured. Under the closed wheel banner, George Daws (Merlyn Mk6A) won the Allcomers Pre’70 event, Andrew Striver (Chevron B26) the Post ’69 race and Jon-Paul Ivey (Radical PR6) the Scratch race. Jamie Brashaw (March 73A) the Allcomers Open Wheel. The stage was then set for the WHT Grand Final. It was at this point the drizzle turned to a downpour and the final got underway. When the flag fell it was Niall Murray (Van Diemen RF99) that took the trophy from pole with Oliver Askew (Ray GR) who’d chased throughout in second and Josh Fisher (Van Diemen RF99) third. A great finish to the weekend and a great finish to the UK 2016 season. 48
Richard Higgins, Van Diemen JL12, Jonathan Miles, Van Diemen RF89
Patrick Pasma, Mygale SJ08, Matt Hamilton, Van Diemen RF00, Rob Barrabe, Van Diemen RF02
Geoff Richardson, Van Diemen RF03
Niall Murray, Van Diemen RF99
Nic Strong Ford Classic
Oliver Askew, Ray GR
Brian Palmer, Lotus Eleven GT
Gary Fletcher, Vauxhall Firenza Droopsnoot
John Truslove, Chevrolet Camaro
William Jenkins, BMW 3-0 CSL
Sunset over the grandstand
Tony Lees, Simon Blakeney-Edwards, Vauxhall Viper Special
VSCC WINTER DRIVING TESTS In early December the VSCCâ€™s final driving test of the year was held at Bicester Heritage in Oxfordshire. A total of ten tests most in and around the buildings but a few on the far side of the airfield, very nearly in the next county. As ever a fabulous array of vehicles from the ubiquitous Austin 7 to a rare and rather unusual 1928 La Fitte Type D.
Barry Creaser, MG PA Midget
VSCC WINTER DRIVING TESTS. A chilly and intermittently bright December day saw a venerable collection of drivers and vehicles assemble for the Vintage Sports Car Club’s Winter Driving tests. Varying from negotiating cones and parking in ‘garages’, slalom around cones and stopping on designated lines, some forwards some in reverse. All against the stopwatch with penalties for hitting cones, exceeding track limits and or just plain going wrong. All seemingly simple when looking at the course layout diagram and seeing it for real, then things sometimes went awry. Although Alvis is a name that often features in VSCC events there was one version at the site that wasn’t allowed. An Alvis Stalwart affectionately known as a Stolly. These were in use by the British Army from the 60’s to 80’s and as well as being too modern, at 9 tonnes this 6x6 All-Terrain, Amphibious Load Carrier with a 6.5l Rolls Royce powerplant was deemed as unsuitable. I suspect several cones would
have been injured had it tried a test and the marshals may have given themselves a wide safety zone. Despite a few interesting moments with an Austin 7 on two wheels, several recalcitrant gear boxes and assorted mechanical maladies, all went well In the final reckoning the Class 1 winner (Edwardian and Veteran) was Tony Lees in a Vauxhall Viper Special, Class 2 (Touring Cars) Michael Brown - Riley 9 Tourer, Class 3 (Standard Sports-Cars) Edmund Burgess - Bugatti T13 Bresica, Class 4 (Modified Sports-Cars) Charlie Martin - Riley Special, and Class 5 (Cyclecars, Oddities and LCES) Clive Hamilton-Gould - Citroen A Tourer. All in all it was a pleasant days motorsport, with camaraderie amongst the contestants, but also a competitive edge. A fitting end to the 2016 season. 53
Edmund Burgess, Bugatti T13 Bresica
Charlie Martin, Riley Special
A bunch of Austin 7â€™s
Michael Brown, Riley 9 Tourer
William Leith, Austin 7 Chummy
Riley Special on-off switch
Hugh McGarel-Groves, Ford Model A,
George Stanton, La Fitte Type D
Jack Williamson, Austin Seven Ulster
EPILOQUE The 2017 season has a packed calendar. The Historic/Classic events have become more numerous and the breadth and depth of contemporary and modern racing is also expanding. I’m looking forward to another great year of motorsport. Editor.
Scheduled for the next edition, Autosport International MGJ Rally Stages VSCC New Years Driving Tests Pomeroy Trophy The London Classic Car Show Race Retro Goodwood 75th Members Meeting Plus …….. Parting thought; “Some humans would do anything to see if it was possible to do it. If you put a large switch in some cave somewhere, with a sign on it saying 'End-of-the-World Switch. PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH', the paint wouldn't even have time to dry.” Terry Pratchett OBE 1948-2015
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Track and Road Gazette is a regular publication featuring UK and European motorsports events. It covers activities for all ages of vehicles...
Published on Feb 17, 2017
Track and Road Gazette is a regular publication featuring UK and European motorsports events. It covers activities for all ages of vehicles...