TRACK & ROAD GAZETTE E7 2017
E7 2017 DONINGTON HISTORIC FESTIVAL CSCC SEASON OPENER HSCC SEASON OPENER BRSCC/HRDC SEASON OPENER VSCC FORMULA VINTAGE THE LONDON MOTOR SHOW MINI JCW CHALLENGE
MINI FESTIVAL SNETTERTON HSCC INTERNATIONAL MASTERS HISTORIC FESTIVAL AMERICAN SPEEDFEST V OPEN TOP MOTORING BROOKLANDS 110TH ANNIVERSARY
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Welcome to the E7 2017 edition of Track and Road Gazette. In this edition you’ll find a selection of reports and images from recent classic and historic events as well as a report on the Mini John Cooper Works Challenge. In fact there’s a bit of a Mini theme to this edition. In addition to the JCW Works Challenge there’s also ‘Mini Re-creation’ from David Brown as seen at the London Motor Show and an article from the Mini festival held at Snetterton in May. Given the Brits love of open top motoring there are short reviews of the BMW M4 Coupe and the Audi R8 V10. 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 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 in PDF format from online publisher Issu at; issuu.com/trackandroadgazette. Who now are also able to offer the publication for IoS and Android phones. Editor; Chris McEvoy. Email; email@example.com
DONINGTON HISTORIC FESTIVAL Late April and Donington Park, celebrating 40 years of action in 2017, held the first major Historic extravaganza of the season. With qualifying sessions held on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday had a programme of nineteen races. Demonstration runs by the British Historic Kart Club and Group B Rally cars on the tarmac lake, interspersed with antics from the Paul Swift stunt driving team, provided additional entertainment. With Sporting Bears Dream Rides offering exotic a rides for a small donation.
Julian Thomas/Callum Lockie, Jaguar E-Type.
DONINGTON HISTORIC FESTIVAL Following continued work over the winter the park circuit looked much improved, something the many car clubs made advantage of in displaying their fine vehicles around the infield.
The father/son paring of Mike and Andrew Jordan in an Austin A40 romped home to victory in the HRDC ‘Touring Greats’ despite a safety car period which temporarily closed the field up.
The racing started on a overcast but bright Saturday morning with a grid of 19 pre-61 Front engined Formula Juniors and finished with a grid of 30 combined front and rear engined Formula Juniors, a nice top and tail to the event. In between the races had a mixture of full grids of 40 to those disappointingly in the low teens.
Although low in numbers the protagonists in the ‘1000Km’ for Prototype/Touring/GT cars they made up for it with power and sound. Lola T70‘s being chased by GT40‘s and a BMW CSL. With cars thundering down the Wheatcroft straight, spitting flame on the entrance to Redgate is a beautiful sight.
The Mad Jack race for Pre-War Sports cars featured a marvellous array of diverse machinery. Iconic Bentley’s, the lengthy Hotchkiss AM80 and a rare Squire Skimpy Short. Although sounding more like an Australian fashion item, it is in fact one of only ten built by Adrian Squire’s company and dates from1935. The race being won by the Wakeman/Balcony-Edwards paring in a Frazer Nash.
Fastest racers over the weekend were the Historic Formula 2‘s. The top three all posting average lap speeds of over 100mph. Frazer Gibny, March 782, taking the top podium slot in this 50th year of F2. Overall the 20,000 plus fans who visited over the May Bank Holiday event went home happy and looking forward to a full season of interesting racing.
Jason Minshaw/Graeme Dodd, Austin Healey 100 LM
Keith Butcher, Audi A4.
Oliver/Tim Llewellyn, Bentley 4Â½
Edward/Richard Bradley, Aston Martin Ulster
Dr Thomas Clynes, SAAB 96
Andrew Sharp, Paul Auston, Standard Vanguard
Plants in tyres
Lukas/Martin Halusa, Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint
Hats and goggles
Peter/Daniel Mursall, BMW 3 litre CSL
Tim Norwood, Motus Mk7, Bultaco
Alain Lagache, March 712M
Graeme Dodd, Honda Accord
Paul Swift, Ford Focus
Geoff Page, Zip, Yamaha 250cc.
David Cornwallis, BMW 1600 Ti
CSCC SEASON OPENER The Classic Sports Car Club, CSCC, started its 2017 season under sunny Norfolk skies on the weekend of 1st/2nd April, there were no fools here. A great line up of cars featured in fourteen races. A great opportunity to blast away the cobwebs and check out the work completed over winter.Included amongst the CSCC regulars were two races under the AR Motorsport Morgan Challenge banner, with stalwart Keith Ahlers clocking up his 90th racing career victory.
Sharlie Goddard, Morgan Plus 8
CSCC SEASON OPENER Mod Sports and Special Saloons were absent from the usual CSCC line up, regardless this proved to be a great start to their season. With just closed wheel vehicles ranging from Aircraft carrier sized Ford Falcons to nimble speedboat Mini’s, there was variety aplenty. Saturday’s racing started with the Mintex Classic K’s (pre-66 GT & Touring cars), a 60 minute event with a mandatory pit stop. At the flag it was Lotus Elans in the top three slots with Mark & Tim Cousins on the top step of the podium after epic battles with second placed David Holroyd and third placed Mark Halstead/Stuart McPherson. A safety car deployment early in the pit window meant a few drivers were were ‘trapped’ until the circuit green flags came out and the pit exit light also went green. Once released there was catching up to be done on those that had chosen to pit early and gained an advantage. As with other races over the weekend several contestants in the Swinging Sixties Group 1 event found themselves admonished for ‘exceeding track limits’. From the start it was a duel at the front between Ian Everett (BMW 2000) and Tim Cairns (Austin Healey Frogeye Sprite), with the lead changing several times during the
race. At the flag it was Everett first with Cairns less than a second behind after 40 minutes of racing. There were even closer finishes in the Jaguar Saloon and GT championship, where less than 0.4s separated first and second on both Saturday and Sunday’s races. James Ramm (Jaguar XJS) led from the start with Colin Philpott (Jaguar XJS) close on his tail throughout the 20 minute encounter. Although getting within millimetres of his boot-lid Philpott couldn’t pass and settled for a very worthy second. Rodney Frost (Jaguar XJS) took third on Saturday and Patrick Doyle (Jaguar XJS) on Sunday. The CSCC chose to use this event to for the first use in club sport of the ‘Code 60’ (drivers to proceed at 60KPH, no overtaking). This acts as a ‘virtual’ safety car but is designed to maintain gaps between cars rather than bunching them up as with a real safety car. Thereby allowing drivers to maintain any lead over the following car. It also allows drivers to enter and leave the pits during its use. Deployed twice over the weekend it seemed to be effective, and I’m sure other clubs will be looking at its use with interest. 11
Nick Atkins, Ross Curnow, Lotus Elan 26R
Roger Bowman, Jaguar Mk1 Saloon Keith Butcher, Audi A4.
Mark Thomas, Ford Anglia 105E
Sam Polley, Mini Cooper S
Gary Bate, Caterham CSR
Geoff Beale, Talbot Sunbeam Lotus
Dave/Martin Thomas, Ford Capri Mk1
Jonathan Wagstaff, Alfa Romeo GTV
HSCC SEASON OPENER, DONINGTON PARK When the sun had burnt off the early fog the day turned bright sunny and warm, and it was still only early April. Morning qualifying sessions passed with out significant delay and so the afternoons excitement started on time. After the winter lay-off it was the start of a new term and a wholes seasons racing to look forward to. And what a cracking start it was.
Mark Leverett, Lotus Elan, Howard Payne, Lotus Europa
HSCC SEASON OPENER The Historic Sports Car Club (HSCC) started it’s 11 race meeting calendar of 2017 at Donington Park. The days racing featured eight categories, due to a record entry the Historic Formula Ford 1600’s were split into two, making nine races in total. Although not the loudest or the most powerful, the Historic Formula Fords provided some of the best racing of the meeting. A great way to start their 50th anniversary. In the qualifying sessions gave a hint of the races to follow, with just one second covering the top eight. Thirty two cars lined up for the fastest qualifiers race. From the off it was a fraught battle for the lead and further down the order groups of four or five cars nipped at each others gear boxes around the undulating circuit. On the final lap it was Micheal O’Brien (Merlyn Mk20) just ahead of Callum Grant (Merlyn Mk20A), on exiting the Roberts Chicane it was a side by side drag race to the finishing line. At the flag grant had just edged ahead of O’Brien, the gap 0.057 seconds. Richard Tarling (Jamun T2) held third.
In the Classic F3/Derek Bell Trophy. In race 1 David Shaw’s unique ‘Eifelland’ March 721 took the top spot with Paul Campfield (Chevron B24) second and Martin Bullock (Chevron B17C) third. Jamie Brashaw (March 73A) made up for a DNF in race one with a first in race two, with Shaw in second (by 0.747 seconds) and Richard Evans (March 742) taking third - compensation for a DNF for race 1. Tin-Top/Sports car action was provided by Historic Touring Cars, where the Ford Falcon of Jack Drury headed off three Lotus Cortina’s. 70’s Road Sports - victor Charles Barter (Datsun 240Z), and the Guards Trophy, where Charles Allison took the top podium step in his Chevron B8. In the Classic Clubmans, Mark Charteris continued his previous domination of the championship by taking the first 2017 win. A great start to the HSCC’s 51st season of racing in 2017. 15
Charles Barter, Datsun 240Z
Richard Belcher, Ford Lotus Cortina
John Williams, Porsche 911SC
David Shaw, March 721
Jack Drury, Ford Falcon
Greg Robertson, Reynard SF79
Paul Campfield,Chevron B24
Colin Flynn, Morris Mini Cooper
Chris Holland, Lotus Seven S4
Marshals at work
Tim Brise, Merlyn Mk20
Greg Robertson, Reynard SF79
Robyn Slater, Ford Anglia 105E
Barry Ashdown, Lotus Elan
Michael O'Brien, Merlyn Mk 20, Callum Grant, Merlyn Mk 20A
Michael Birch, Elva GT 160
John Cleland, Austin A30
BRSCC/HRDC SEASON OPENER Under an azure sky that wouldn’t have been out of place in Monaco the BRSCC/HRDC first event of 2017 started at Brands Hatch on Saturday 8th and were joined by HRDC racers on Sunday 9th April. An intriguing mix of modern classics - Mazda MX-5/Golf GiT’s and classic classics such as the seemingly the ubiquitous Austin A30/35’s and Jaguar Mk1’s.
Nick Riley, Mazda MX-5
BRSCC/HRDC SEASON OPENER Saturday was dominated Mazda MX-5’s, with circa 90 of the popular sports cars split across 6 races (followed by three more on Sunday) for the ‘Championship’ and ‘Super Cup’ categories. At the final tally Will Blackwell-Chambers took home a hat-trick of wins, in the championship, with other winners; Jeremy Crook, Colin Bysouth, Rob Boston, Ben Short and Jack Harding. Closely matched machinery, big grids and the first outing of the season brought close competition and the occasional error. The Paddock Hill bend gravel trap being a popular destination for the unlucky, race rusty or over exuberant.
Father and son combo Mike and Andrew Jordan in their Austin A40 romped away at the start and dominated the whole race, lapping everyone in the 45 minute race. Further down the field there were epic battles as Jaguars pulled away on the straights only to be caught by more nimble Alfa’s and A35’s round the tight turns of the Indy circuit. Second placing went to Rob Myers/Michael Caine (Austin A40) and third slot was taken by Glenn Pearson/Peter Dorlin (Jaguar Mk1). The rare Isuzu Bellett of Mark Bevington/Simon Hampton was placed 15th.
Almost as numerous were the Ford Fiesta’s, 15 in the junior category and 34 in the Championship. In the first championship race on Sunday a start-line incident sidelined several cars, with Simon Horrobin eventually taking the flag closely followed 2 seconds later by Sam Watkins and Lewis Kent. Saturday’s race winners having been Danny Harrison and Lewis Kent. For the Juniors it was James Hillery and Jack Davidson that took the top podium spots.
The HRDC Academy/A series Challenge was a closer race. From the front of the grid it was Thomas Grindall (MG W&P GT) in the lead being chased by the Mini Cooper S’s of Steve Jones and Richard Dorlin. After an incident half way through Dorlin had taken the lead, but became a DNF a few laps later. Grindall went on to win with Jones second and James Wood (MG Midget) third.
Sunday featured HRDC races under the Academy/A Series Challenge and Touring Greats/TC63 banners.
The fastest racers were the Formula Jedi’s, with winner Kristin Prosser taking the victory at an average speed of 90.94 mph.
Mark Bevington, Simon Hampton, Izusu Bellett
Julian Grindall, Darryl Davis, Triumph Herald Coupe
John Bateman, Ford Fiesta Si
Robert Sayell, Jedi Mk6
BMMC, Marshall Bear, Wilson
Alistair Dyson, Ford Zephyr Mk2
Gus Burton, Ford Fiesta ST, Lochlan Bearman, Ford Fiesta ST
Tom Harris, Jaguar Mk7
Ben Colburn, Austin A35 Academy, Nick Powell, Austin A35 Academy
Thomas Grindall, MG W&P GT, Richard Dorlin, Morris Mini Cooper S
Neil McLennan, Ray GR14, Luke Williams, Firman RFR16
Ian McDonald, Mazda MX-5
Xavier Kingsland, Staride Mk 3
VSCC FORMULA VINTAGE ROUND 1 The first VSCC meeting under its new Formula Vintage Racing banner (nee Spring Start) ran at Silverstone covering Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd April. Not just track action but also featuring an AutoSolo and off-track attractions. Notably a fairground, memorabilia stalls, auto-jumble, music and assorted vintage themed stalls. Amongst the items for sale a marvellous 4ft wingspan model of a flying boat made from meccano.
Graham Adelman, Maserati 250F
VSCC FORMULA VINTAGE; ROUND 1. Large numbers of VSCC members turned out and filled the paddock and car park with finely honed and classic vehicles, worthy of a show alone. All willing to talk about the history and lineage of their treasured steed’s some of which have been in the same family for several generations. An added attraction being that each one was entered into a gratis Concours competition, the prize being a bottle of champagne and a brace of tickets to Augusts Prescott Hill Climb. Augmenting the VSCC races with vehicles dating from 1925 were invitation events for more contemporary vehicles; HGPCA - pre-66 Grand Prix cars, Fifties Sports Cars (FISCAR), 500cc F3 Racing cars, HRDC’s Coombs Challenge for Jaguar’s, and the AR Motorsport Morgan Challenge. Twenty pre-war cars took part in Saturday’s AutoSolo, a veritable ‘Game of Cones’ was won by Angus Frost in an Austin 7. On Saturday afternoon great interest was shown in the GP Italia and Lanchester Trophies race featuring pre-31 racers. Stalwart Julian
©CJM-PHOTOGRAPHY Majzub (Bugatti T35B) being first to the flag ahead of the Frazer Nash Super Sports’s of Patrick Blakeney-Edwards and Charles Gillett. Ewen Getley (Bentley 3/4½ Litre) was the first across the line in the Stanley Mann Cup category. Despite a small grid the Formula 3 500cc race provided the closest finish of the weekend. Darrell Woods (Cooper Mk12) started from pole but soon suffered issues allowing Xavier Kingsland (Staride Mk3) to take the lead. By lap 3 Richard de Roche (Cooper Mk5) was in front with Kingsland and Gordon Russell (Mackson F3) chasing hard. With three laps to go Kingsland once again took the lead with Russell second and de la Roche third, and that’s how it stayed until exiting Woodcote for the final time. Russell got the better line on to the finishing straight and pipped Kingsland at the flag by 0.22 seconds. A great start to the new ‘Formula’ and one that will provide entertainment throughout the rest of the season. 26
Leonard Lord, Riley Falcon
Ruediger Friedrichs, Alvis Firefly
Nicholas Topliss, ERA R4A
Dougal Cawley, GN Ford Piglet
Frederic Harper, Kurtis Indy Roadster
Tim Wadsworth, Lagonda 2 Litre LC Tourer
Jeffrey Edwards, Alvis Sports Special
Paul Ziller, Triumph TR2
Sir Stirling Moss, Maserati 250F
Justin Maeers, GN Parker
Chris Hudson, Bugatti T35B
Brian Arculus, Alfa Romeo Giulietta SVZ
Old head lamp
Tony Ditheridge, Cooper T45
Michael Birch, Elva GT 160
Graham Paddick, McDowell Ford Track Racer
Brian Shaw, Cherie Shaw, Perfect Vintage
THE LONDON MOTOR SHOW Returning to leafy Battersea Park on the southern side of the Thames, for the second year this years show featured more cars, newly introduced cars and some UK firsts. A highly exclusive ‘Remastered Mini’ perhaps, yours from £75,000, an Alpine A110, a Lamborghini Aventador S may be, or the more practical new Nissan Micra.
THE LONDON MOTOR SHOW Inside the modernistic Battersea Evolution exhibition space motor dealer groups along with specialist manufacturers vied for the visitors attention. At the high end luxury dealers such as HR Owen had a stand that was as equally glamorous as its vehicles, the new Bentley and Maserati SUV’s and a Rolls Royce taking prominence. Specialist importers T W White had some interesting classic look-a-likes one being similar to a Morgan. For those requiring that extra something to enhance a standard vehicle, bespeaking organisation such as; Liberty Walk, Khan, Alpina, and Vengeance were onhand. it wasn’t all aspirational motors though, there were plenty of affordable vehicles on show with SsangYong, MG, Volkswagen, Hyundai, Toyota, Mazda, Skoda, Nissan and Vauxhall. Perhaps the most iconic of all vehicles on show was the London Black cab, famous the world over and a design that say’s London, England to everyone. But it’s reign is short lived, it’s due to be replaced at the end of 2017, by an all new extended range electric version. It’s worth noting that in 1897 25 all electric Hackney carriages were introduced, strange how some things come round
again. Show visitors were invited to tell their taxi stories in tribute to the iconic workhorse that’s transported people around the capital without fear or favour from riffraff to Royalty. Outside of the main building there were diversions and entertainments with a motoring theme. Most impressive was the active demonstration from Thatcham’s ‘Stop the Crash’ initiative. Visitors were invited to drive at a fixed object and let the cars Automated Emergency Braking (AEB) stop without driver intervention or hitting the object. A feature currently fitted to some cars as standard and has been reckoned to have saved lives and inumeral dings and dents from those common incidents were the first line of the insurance claim rads “I thought the car in front was going to.., but didn’t”. From experience I know it works in the real world. To provide insights into other aspects there were interviews with leading automotive figures; Tiff Needell, Jodie Kidd, Ben Collins and Sir Richard Noble. Although not on such a grand scale as the shows held at Earls Court the London Motorshow does offer the opportunity to see discuss and actually order your next car.
London Black Cab
David Brown, Mini ReMastered
BRP, Can-Am, Maverick X3
Mini JCW Works Challenge
MINI JCW CHALLENGE I have to admit to having a soft spot for mini's I learnt to drive in one, and the twists and turns around Granchester taught me a lot. It even had a remote start button, albeit a simple button mounted next to the handbrake. In those days a simple 848cc standard mini could be driven with alacrity and verve often out cornering more sporting cars. Painting the roof of a standard Mini white to make it look like a Copper added a few more mph. Therefore the opportunity to try a new Mini JCW Works Challenge, with 2000cc and 230Bhp was to strong to resist.
MINI JCW CHALLENGE And wow, what a machine, and with the exhaust opened via Bluetooth (Track mode rather than Sport) giving pops crackles and noise its magnificent. Just to be clear it's proper exhaust noise not a simulated sound track. As the note on the bluetooth dongle says, the track mode is only to be used on closed roads or tracks. So you wouldn’t use it on public roads just to find out what it does would you. Thought not. A shame there aren't any tunnels in this part of the country to run it through though. On the down side the ride is very firm, your kidneys will attest to this and the torque steer is there despite the best efforts of the limited slip differential and other electronic/mechanical refinery. Compared to the regular JCW version (with a mere 210bhp) this one stripped out inside but does have a radio and air con.
But is the John Cooper S Works (JCW) 210 version, plenty. The short answer is yes. It drives pretty much the same as the £10k more expensive Challenge and with a more compliant suspension it's easier to use as an everyday car. Used in 'green' mode it wouldn't frighten your granny and has the necessary credibility at the school gates. Put into sport mode you can drive with your trousers on fire, spits, pops from the exhaust and kart like handling for those B road jaunts will always raise a smile. Considering its size it can hold four adults in comfort and visibility is good via the rear view mirror, better in-fact than some large cars. Is it perfect, no. Things I didn’t like so much were the; infotainment/sat nav - this takes a bit of getting used and the mode control knob by the hand brake lever isn't the easiest to access.
So at £32k is it value for money. In truth this is largely immaterial. Of the 50 being built, but with the possibility of just a total run of 100, only a few remain unsold. If you want the ultimate road/track Mini then you’ll have to pay for it.
So if you want the ultimate track day Mini and also use it on the road the Challenge, if you can get one, is for you. Otherwise the 210 version is probably the better option. I’d be happy with either.
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© Mini UK
Dave Drew, Mini Miglia, Kane Astin, Mini Miglia
MINI FESTIVAL, SNETTERTON Although ostensibly a Mini racing weekend and a celebration of all things “Mini’ the first Mini Festival at Snetterton also encompassed the first rounds of the SsangYong Racing Challenge for Musso Pick-ups, MSVT/R Trackday Trophy - a wide variety of cars but did include Mini’s and an F3 Cup Championship round. Off track there was a ‘Show and Shine’ competition and on Saturday evening a special showing of, you’ve guessed it, ‘The Italian Job’, the proper 1969 version.
Michael O'Brien, Lewis Grant, SsangYong Musso
MINI FESTIVAL, SNETTERTON Mini racing has a long and enviable history, with success on the track and in events such as the Monte Carlo Rally. Against physically larger and more powerful machinery nimbleness gives them a significant advantage. In single make competition close racing is guaranteed and driver ability is a strong determining factor in victory. All reasons for the enduring popularity of its races. Mini Se7en Championship. For over half a century Mini Se7ens have been entertaining crowds and providing drivers with affordable steeds. In race 1 Andrew Deviny took the flag with Lewis Selby second just 0.161 seconds adrift having led briefly after a safety car session. Race 2 was another close battle with the lead changing during the race. Ashley Davies won with Charlie Budd second, Mini Miglia Championship. Younger and more powerful than the Se7ens. From 7th and 9th on the grid Rupert Deeth and Aaron Smith wrangled for the lead with Deeth taking the flag a mere 0.258 ahead of Smith. Race 2 was a similar duel with the same outcome. Mini maestro Peter Baldwin was third in second race. Mini Challenge - Pro/Am. Using the now familiar ‘new Mini’ and featuring classes for pro’s and amateurs it offers close racing on a
modest budget. Jessica Hawkins took two victories and Matt Hammond the other - making up for a DNF in the first race. It was close racing in all three with the top five finishers covered by less than 10 seconds. Mini Challenge - Open. Started last year this offers drivers of a variety of Mini specifications the opportunity to race on the wider Mini events programme. In race 1 Ben Dimmack got ahead of pole sitter Scot Adam who had Jono Davis snapping a this boot lid for the rest of the race. And that’s how it was at the flag. However Dimmack was penalised 5 seconds for exceeding track limits and so was demoted to third. In race 2 Adam won keeping well ahead of Dimmack and Davis who were 0.026 seconds apart at the flag. Race 3, had a reverse grid start meaning the previous front runners had to work there way through the field with determination but not take chances. At the flag it was Davis in first place followed by Adam and Dimmack. The support races added some variety to the racing; the F3 Cup providing the fastest the MSVR/T the greatest diversity and the SsangYongs something interesting and new. 39
Tane Astin, Mini Miglia
Chris Smith, Toby Hotson, Mini John Cooper Works
Peter Venn, Dallara F308
James Gunn-Carter, David Mennie, BMW Compact
Shane Kelly, Dallara F30
Freddie Lynch, William Lynch, Ford Fiesta
Glenn Broster, SsangYong Musso
Gavin Pell, SsangYong Musso
Luke Warr, SsangYong Musso
Glenn Broster, SsangYong Musso
Andrew Deviny, Mini 7
Colin Tester, Toyota MR2
Chloe Hewitt, Mini
Simon Clark, Stewart Donovan, Mini Cooper S
Richard Attwood, Porsche 928
SILVERSTONE HISTORIC MEETING Renamed from its title ‘HSCC International Trophy Meeting’ the event ran over the weekend of 20th/21st May 2017 on the full Grand Prix circuit. With 15 races and over 400 cars, open wheelers from Formula Juniors to Formula 5000’s and a similar range in the sports and saloon categories. All it needed was good weather and it would have been perfect.
Historic Formula Ford, Wet start
SILVERSTONE HISTORIC FESTIVAL On Saturday morning the weather was in deed clement, allowing the qualifying sessions and the early races to run as scheduled. Mid afternoon as 50+ Historic Formula Fords were on their green flag lap the ominous clouds unleashed their moisture delivering horizontal rain with a bit of hail thrown in for effect. The visibility dropped to near zero and the circuit turned into a river. 30 minutes later it was deemed safe to resume and some soggy HFF racers returned. It was worth the wait. Callum Grant (Merlyn Mk20A) was on pole with Michael O’Brien (Merlyn Mk20) alongside, with Sam Mitchell (Merlyn Mk20) and Benn Simms (Jomo JMR Mk7) on row 2. As the cars crossed the line at the end of lap one it was O’Brien in the lead with Richard Tarling (Jamun T2) close on his gearbox having started from 7th. For the next four laps O’Brien kept Tarling at bay with Simms in third ready to take advantage of any errors from either driver. And that’s how it stayed until the final corner. Tarling made a move on the exit of Luffield and the two drag raced through Woodcote to the chequered flag, with Tarling just nosing ahead to take first place. A great finish to a great race and one thankfully free of incidents despite the tricky conditions. A credit to all involved. Further rain meant the Derek Bell Trophy race only ran for 4 laps with Richard Evans (March 742) declared the winner. A feat he repeated in the dry on Sunday.
70’s Road Sports ended Saturday’s racing in moist conditions, Richard Attwood, ex F1 and Le Mans 24Hours winner, took the wheel of a Porsche 928 in the event, finishing third behind the father (Charles) son (Julian) Barter duo in a Datsun 240Z and Lotus ElanS4. The delay moved the ClassicF3/FF2000 races to Sunday, with Richard Trott (Chevron B43) taking the win. Sunday was dry and there were some epic races. Guards Trophy after 40 minutes of racing the gap between 1st Kiirkaldy-Watson) and 2nd (Brooks-Beebbe) was under 10 seconds, both in Chevron B8’s. GT & Sports Car Cup - a 90 minute affair which saw the Cobra of Voyazides/Hadfield finish first, but were penalised by 90 seconds for a pitstop infringement which gave the win to the Cobra of Bremner/Bremner/Reid. Phil Keen (Jaguar E-Type) was robbed of a podium slot when the throttle cable snapped on the last lap. A good crowd enjoyed the weekends racing, despite, or perhaps because of, the variability of the UK weather and the vicissitudes of dame fortune. 45
Tony Davis, Austin Healey Sprite
William Plant, Morgan Plus 8
Nicholas Daunt, Taraschi FJ
Sam Wilson, Lotus 20-22
Matthew Sturmer, Macon MR8
Richard Tarling, Jamun T2-2
Roland Svensson, Merlyn Mk1
Roland Svensson, Merlyn Mk17
Peter Shaw, Lotus Elan S1
Teifion Salisbury, Lotus Seven S2
Richard Grube, Porsche 914-65
Julian Barter, Lotus Elan S4
Max Hilliard-Smith, Fittipaldi F5A
David Axisa, Tiga SC79
Drips on the traffic light
Frank Lyons, Gurney Eagle FA74,
MG Metro Turbo
MASTERS HISTORIC FESTIVAL Held over the UKâ€™s late May Bank Holiday weekend I was greeted on arrival in the Brands Hatch car park by the traditional weather for such an occasion. Rain, thunder, lightning. Which capriciously turned by the following bright sunshine to tropical humidity levels. However as the skies cleared a lone Spitfire circled in the blue skies above Brands Hatch and the spirits lifted significantly.
Greg Thornton, Lotus 77
MASTERS HISTORIC FESTIVAL FIA Masters Historic Formula One races. The sight and sound of Cosworth DFVâ€™s rending the air as they swept around the full Grand Prix circuit was an evocation of races held here in the past. Pole sitter Michael Lyons (Williams FW07B) maintained the lead over Andy Wolfe (Tyrrell 011) and Steve Hartley (Arrows A4) who squabbled for 2nd and 3rd until they both landed up in the Paddock Hill gravel. The safety car bunched the field but at the green flag Lyons sprinted to the flag with Nick Padmore (Shadow EN5) second and Simon Fish (Ensign N180) third. Race 2. Michael Lyons snapped a half shaft just after the start. Martin Stretton (Tyrrell 012) keen to recover from a DNF in race 1 took the lead. Kept honest by the persistent charge from Hartley and Padmore. Three laps to go Mark Hazell (Williams FW07B) tried an ambitious move on Max Smith-Hilliard (Fittipaldi F5A) that resulted in a safety car deployment until the end of the race. Stretton 1st, Hartley 2nd, and Padmore 3rd. Stena Line Gentlemen Drivers. Michael Gans took the victory in a solo drive as his co-driver Andy Wolfe had an injured thumb from the F1 race incident earlier. The Jaguar E-Type of Julian Thomas/Callum
Lockie ran a close second initially with Mike Whitaker in his steadfast TVR Griffith was closing on the leader after the pit stop. His efforts were nullified by the safety car deployment on lap 42. A red flag after the safety car session ended the race after 80 minutes. Whitaker 2nd and Thomas/Lockie 3rd. Masters Pre-66 Touring Cars. From the front of grid HenryMann/Steve Soper (Ford Mustang) took first place in a race that saw a third of the grid fail to make the full hours race. Craig Davis (Ford Mustang) was first to challenge the leaders, but after losing third gear had to retire. Roger Wills (Mercury Comet Cylone) held second place until forced to pit with an alternator issue. After the second safety car it was the Lotus Cortinaâ€™s of Mark Sumpter and Geoffrey Letts chasing the Mann/Soper Mustang. At the flag it was Sumpter 2nd, Letts 3rd the gap less than 10 seconds after 60 minutes of racing. A superb weekend of fabulous racing, enjoyed by an appreciative crowd. 51
Michael Lyons, Williams FW07B
Jason Wright, Shadow DN8
Martin Stretton, Tyrrell 012
Paul Grant, De Tomaso 505
Nigel Batchelor, Cooper T21
Nick Ruddell, Aston Martin DB2-4
Mark Bates, James Bates, Porsche 911
Keith Ahlers, James Billy Bellinger, Morgan Plus 4 SLR
Chris Ward, Lister Costin
Keith Ahlers, James Billy Bellinger, Lola Mk1 prototype
Jason Yates, Ben Mitchell, Lotus XI, Custard Climax
Marc Gordon, Jaguar XK150
Malcolm Harrison, Steve Soper, MG Metro Turbo
VW Micro bus
Warren Briggs, Ford Mustang
Ron Maydon, Austin Mini Cooper S
Paul Gibson, Lola T70 MK3B
James Hanson, Paul Pochciol, De Tomaso Pantera
Robert Oldershaw, Lola T212
Martin O'Connell, Chevron B19
Alon Day, Arianna Casoli, Chevrolet SS
AMERICAN SPEEDFEST V, BRANDS HATCH Over the weekend of 10th/11th June 2017 the fifth American SpeedFest rode into town. Bringing with it the only official European NASCAR racing and a host of assorted Detroit iron. Plus all the razzamatazz, side shows, music, film cars (past and present) you associate with our automotive cousins from across the pond. For J Palmer read P T Barnum for this event.
Mel Collins, David O'Regan, Lea Wood
AMERICAN SPEEDFEST V The racing highlights of the weekend were the four NASCAR races, these were supported by Formula Fords, Bernie’s V8’s (not Mr E), Pickup trucks, and Silhouettes. Along with demonstrations from 1000bhp trucks, BRiSCA Heritage Stock cars, Street Dragsters, Indy 500 cars, MASCAR (2/3 scale NASCAR). Stunt shows from Terry Grant and Zarene Dallas entertained the crowds as did a recreation of the chase scene from ‘The Blues Brothers’. Interspersed were Cheerleaders, Star Wars characters and a rampaging T-Rex. The cars used in the European NASCAR races have essentially the same underpinnings but covered by three body styles; Chevrolet SS, Ford Mustang or Toyota Camry. The two groups, Elite 1professional drivers and Elite 2 - gentlemen drivers, share the same car. NASCAR Elite 1. Saturday’s race was cleanly won by Anthony Kumpen with Borja Garcia following in his wheel tracks throughout and only 0.328 seconds adrift. Third place looked secure for Frederic Gabillon but he faltered under the safety car and it was Alon Day that finished third. In race 2 on Sunday Kumpen led for the first few laps but then dropped back allowing Day to take the lead
with Gabillon chasing in second and Marc Gossens third. Despite two safety car sessions that has the race ended. Bobby Labonte (2000 NASCAR Champion) had a storming race, from 22nd on the grid he skilfully carved his way through the field to finish 10th. NASCAR Elite 2. Thomas Ferrando scored wins in both races, in race he got past Guillaume Dumarey early on and kept the lead, Maciej Dreszer held third place all the way. Dumarey from third at the start overtook Ulysse Delsaux to take second. Just after half distance Dumarey took the position back and held it to the flag. In the other races Scott Bourne took victory in both Pickup events, Keith Wood (Swift SC93) the Champion of Brands title, Malcolm Blackman (Vauxhall Tigra) both wins in the SpeedFest Silhouettes races, Tim Davis (TVR Tuscan) took the top podium step in two of the three Bernies’s V8 events - William Smallridge (Sunbeam Tiger) taking the other win. It was a weekend of total Americana automotive frenzy with the off track entertainment matching and complementing that on-track .No wonder so many in the American Car Club parade that closed the event had such wide smiles. And the general visitors probably had a big ‘Yee haa’ as they left. 58
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Ulysse Delsaux, Toyota Camry
Thomas Ferrando, Ford Mustang
Dario Caso, Ford Mustang
Alon Day, Arianna Casoli, Chevrolet SS
Alex Kapadia, Mirco Schultis, Chevrolet SS
Marc Goossens, Ford Mustang
Mike Thurley, Vauxhall Tigra
Steve McQueen, Frank Bullitt
Lewis Smith, Mercedes SLK
Blues Brothers tribute
Ryan Allgood, MASCAR
Blood Sweat and Gears
Scott Bourne, Pickup Truck
Mel Collins, David O'Regan, Lea Wood, Pickup Trucks
Ray Harris, Pickup Truck
BriSCA, Heritage Stock Cars
, BriSCA, Heritage Stock Cars
Tim Davis, TVR Tuscan
Robert Frost, Dax Tojiero
Audi R8 V10 Spyder
OPEN TOP MOTORING Despite often inclement summer weather the UK has always had a love of open top motoring. Today the choice of vehicles for al fresco jaunts is as wide and diverse as ever. From small compacts through to the Range Rover Evoke and Rolls Royce variants and not forgetting the Morgan three wheeler. I recently had the chance to test the Audi R8 V10 Coupe and the BMW M4 Convertible under blues skies, which would you prefer?
BMW M4 Convertible
OPEN TOP MOTORING BMW M4 OK these two differ in significant ways. The BMW M4 is a four seater with a clever metal folding roof and the Audi R8 V10 Spyder is derivative of the coupe and is a two seater. However both offer more space than some other open top coupes. In my case being over 6ft tall I’m usually looking over the windscreen rather than through it. Not in either of these. The M4 convertible resplendent in blue metallic looked the part, the white all leather interior is perhaps not being to all tastes. Out on the road the straight six aided by a twin scroll turbo provided all the acceleration you’d need on a public road. The switchable driving modes offered varied from comfort to sport+. Thus enabling carefree urban cruising to a quick blast along favoured twisty A and B roads. BMW’s tradition of a near 50:50 weight distribution and rear wheel drive coming to the fore here. The seats have multiple adjustments and used in conjunction with those of steering wheel everyone can get the right driving position. Out on the road there are
no dramas and the ride compliant even with big wheels and very skinny tyres. The controls follow the usual BMW logical layout, the head-up display was particularly effective as it presents information in the drivers eye-line without being distracting. The steel roof folds majestically into the into the boot at the touch of a button, although on the move this can only be done at relatively slow speeds. With the top down and the wind deflector up, those in the front are OK but I suspect there might be ‘feedback’ regarding wind buffeting from those in the rear when pressing-on. With 93 million miles of head room, surefooted rapid transportation for four the M4 convertible is a stylish competent vehicle. With the competition pack added the starting price is around £60K. A competitive price when competitive price when compared to other teutonic offerings and considerably less than some. It could be just what you’re looking for. 66
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OPEN TOP MOTORING AUDI R8 V10 SPYDER If an Audi TT is a bit low rent and a Bugatti Chiron is a bit OTT how about an Audi R8 V10 Spyder. It’s from the same stable as the Lamborghini Huracan, and has the same V10 engine and near enough the same performance figures and looks stunning. The Audi is cheaper than the raging bull’s offerings, OK it still costs over £140K if you add some decent toys, but is it any good? As far as looks are concerned it has presence, add in the V10’s sonorous melody and it hints of power without being threatening. And so it is to drive, remarkably so in fact. The available power doesn’t intimidate or threaten to send you into the shrubbery if you’re not paying attention. The cabin cossets, the digital dash display is easy to read, controls are easily to hand and there’s two cup holders for your ‘flat whites’. All the ride settings provide a comfortable journey even over rough stretches, I didn’t notice any issues by having the roof removed in the way of chassis stiffness. Over the alpine section of Millbrook it swooped and swerved with alacrity.
Power when needed and a gearbox that took care of the rises and falls without hunting at low speeds. The warm sun shone and the faint strains of Matt Munro’s honeyed voice singing ‘On days like these’ from the opening sequence of the Italian Job came into my head. Around the high speed bowl there was a bit of air blowing back into the cabin, but this was probably my fault as I’d forgotten to fit the screen between the seat head rests. Criticisms, yes. Storage space is best described as adequate and as a tall driver I could either have the seat back the right distance or have a decent recline, there isn’t room for both. In summary agreat car for a jaunt into Europe enjoying the pleasures of the open air, and in wintery the quattro drive system will get you where most other supercars won’t. So if you’re in the market for a two seater sensible supercar then this could be the one for you.
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© AUDI UK
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Allan Winn, Lord March, Sir Gerald Acher,
BROOKLANDS DOUBLE TWELVE The 2017 Brooklands Double Twelve had a special relevance in 2017. It celebrated both the 110th anniversary of the circuit and the official re-opening of the original finishing straight. A feat made possible by dismantling the Bellman Hanger, a temporary structure erected during WW2 and relocating it some 100 metres away. The ceremonial ribbon being cut by Lord March assisted by Allan Winn and Sir Gerald Archer. This initiated the start of the parade of; cars, motorcycles and a racing bicycle all of which had a link back to events of Brooklands illustrious sporting past.
Jerry Larke, Morgan 3 Wheeler
BROOKLANDS DOUBLE TWELVE David Ayre’s 40HP Italia fittingly led the parade as it’s the same type as driven by Dame Ethel Locke King in the opening parade 110 years ago to the day.
and Concours. I’m pleased to say that this later category allowed for patina and originality rather than how clean the inside of the tyre dust caps are.
The re-opening marked the culmination of the first part of an ambitious programme to provide additional scope to the whole Brooklands site and enhance the visitor experience and to foster a deeper understanding of the unique history of this site.
By four o’clock on Sunday the smoke from tortured tyres and clutches drifted from the test hill, and the markers from the various ‘game of cones’ sections put away it was time for the final reckoning. In the winners enclosure were victors from each of the respective classes, an impressive array of racing and sporting motors from the past 110 years. Robin Gale, 1934 Riley, was crowned the 2017 champion, with Marc Hanson, 1952 MG YB, runner up as the younger car and Amelia Wooding, MG Midget Roadster, Top Lady Competitor.
The Double Twelve event, so called because running a single 24 hour isn’t possible, is a joint Brooklands and VSCC competition. It covers the high speed track of the adjacent Mercedes-Benz World, the imposing banked track and the formidable Test Hill. Over the weekend it produced keen competition between the 100+ participants covering the three aspects of; Driving tests, Speed trials
An epic weekend and one that will ensure the site is able to retain its heritage as it moves forwards. 71
Kate Baldock, Leon Bollee
Ian Patton, Amilcar CGSs
Ben Fidler, ERA R4D
John Clark, MG L2 Magna
Richard Nash, Lorraine Dietrich Vieux Charles III
Sammy Miller, AJS, V4, 499cc
Deckert 8hp Two-Seater Body
Maurice Gleeson, Napier Type 75
Lorne Jacobs, Napier, Bluebird, recreation
Dr Ian Andrews, Bentley 4 Â˝ litre, Le Mans
Bentley, Pacey Hassan Special
Colin Shaw, Aston Martin, Razor Blade
Bob Drewitt, Swift Anzani Special
EPILOQUE At last some warm temperate weather has descended although the sudden cloud burst at the HSCC International Meeting reminded everyone how capricious an English summer can be. The classic/historic racing has been great so far this season, lots of close but friendly competition. Although I have to say I’m a little disappointed at some of the antics in some of the more modern events. Scheduled for the next edition; Goodwood Festival of Speed Lotus 7 Celebration VSCC Formula Vintage Cadwell Park Silverstone Classic Porsche 911 GTS-4 or Aston Martin Vanguish S? Festival Italia, Brands Hatch British GT Plus …….. Parting thought; The mediator between the head and the hands must be the heart. From Fritz Lang’s 1927 film ‘Metropolis’
Published on Sep 7, 2017
Published on Sep 7, 2017
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