Historic Motorsport Round-up: Formula Junior diamond jubilee
A world tour for celebrations of 60 years of Formula Junior, FIA Historic Formula 1 news, Miki Biasion to guest at Race Retro and more – in this week's round-up
Formula Junior hits 60
Former drivers and significant cars from the history of Formula Junior opened the category’s 60th anniversary season in a feature display at Autosport International.
Last weekend and against a backdrop of landmark cars including a Lotus 18, a Brabham BT6, an early Stanguellini and a Lola Mk2, famous names from six decades ago came together at the NEC to celebrate Formula Junior. Several period drivers are still competing today, including Jeremy Bouckley and Caravelle creator Roger Utley.
The 2018 season will be the third and final season of an unparalleled Diamond Jubilee World Tour, which has already taken in Formula Junior races in South Africa, North America, Australia and New Zealand. This year will major on a unique Baltic Tour in June, spanning races in Lithuania, Latvia and Sweden over three consecutive weekends.
'The response to the Baltic Tour has been amazing,' said category promoter Duncan Rabagliati. 'We’ve already got 40 cars going.'
Confirmed entries include John Delane from the USA and Marty Bullock from Australia as well as a strong British contingent. The races will be at the Nemunas Ring in Lithuania, Bikernieki in Latvia and Karlskoga in Sweden.
The three Baltic tracks will allow Formula Junior stalwart Bob Birrell to move closer to his ambition of racing at 100 tracks. 'I only added one new track last year, which was Sandown in Australia, but these three will take me to 97 this year,' said the Lotus 22 racer.
The Formula Junior 60th anniversary celebrations will finally conclude at the Silverstone Classic in July.
Constable gets a Tyrrell
Jamie Constable plans to race three different Formula 1 cars this season, with his main focus being a newly acquired ex-Alboreto Tyrrell 011.
Constable has taken over the Tyrrell, most recently raced by Andy Wolfe, for the Masters FIA Historic Formula 1 season. However, he has also entered two cars for the Monaco Historic GP in May: his 1974 Hill GH1 and the sole remaining Brabham BT37.
He raced the Embassy-liveried Hill in America last year but it is now in the UK with Scuderia Classiche in Brackley.
'You pinch yourself every time you get in one of these cars,' said Constable who was a young spectator when the cars raced in period.
2019 Roger Albert Clark Rally announced
The organisers of the Roger Albert Clark Rally have revealed outline details of the 12th edition of the rally to run in November 2019.
After the runaway success of the 2017 edition, rally manager Colin Heppenstall has confirmed that the 2019 rally will follow a broadly similar format. The provisional date is 21-25 November.
Heppenstall’s initial plan is for between 250 and 300 stage miles across four full days in Wales, Kielder and Scotland. Brightwells in Leominster will again be the start venue and there will be a new finish venue on Monday close to Kielder Forest.
'We were overwhelmed with the positive feedback from the 2017 event,' said Heppenstall. 'So we are not going to re-invent the wheel. However there will be lots of detail changes and we plan to introduce some new stages to ensure the rally remains fresh.'
Lancia Delta Integrale Evo 2 1994
1994 Lancia Delta Integrale Evo2 One of the 2481 units ever produced 55600Kms 2 Senior Owners from New (Friends) Last Owner since 1999. Service History / Road Inspections to proof the Kms Accident Free Majority of the car in Factory Paint All the assembly marks and factory wax Top colour combination – This Lord blue its simply stunning. 96500€ Detailed Photos: http://wFor Sale | 05 Jun 2018 | Portugal€ 96,500
Lancia Beta Coupe 2000 pre face lift 1977
The Lancia Beta Coupe was designed by much the same team that designed the Fulvia coupe some 10 years previously, headed by Aldo Castagno with Pietro Castagnero but it was dynamically better in every way. Like the Fulvia it was based on a shortend saloon chassis, 190mm wheelbase and 295mm overall reduction gave it short over hangs. Weight was reduced by over 100kg together with more powerful versFor Sale | 31 May 2018 | Hampshire, UK£ 10,500
1977 LANCIA MONTECARLO SPIDER
Red with beige / black interior, very solid little car becoming quite rare, is an original car that has been subject to an older restoration. It benefits from an upgraded cam shaft, large Dellorto twin carbs, rear brake conversion to discs and Original Bow Tie Alloys shod with new tyres. An invoice for £5,358 is included in the file which includes recent a recommissioning and refurbished interiorFor Sale | 28 Apr 2018 | Alan Carrington Classic Cars Ltd Big Allington Farm, Pilgrims Way, Hollingbourne Kent, ME17 1RD, United Kingdom£ 17,500
Lancia Flavia Sport Zagato 1.8 1963
Since I was a young classic car enthusiast, all Zagato designs have fascinated me. Although I have to admit that for many years 1 particular Zagato design disturbed me a bit. Indeed, the Flavia Zagato. Zagato`s stylist Ercole Spada was well aware of the fact that he produced a polarising design: Apart from those who adore it, there are only people who hate it! Shame on me that it took me so long bFor Sale | 18 Apr 2018 | Victor Bocquéstraat 15, 9300 Aalst, Belgium€ 86,000
Lancia Appia Berlina 3rd series LHD 1962
Let`s jump back in time, to the fifties and sixties: many Italian families can finally fulfill their dream of owning a car. While the Fiat 1100 successfully covers the basic needs, and the Alfa Romeo Giulietta appeals to those with a sporting heart, the Lancia Appia is without a doubt the thinking man`s choice. Launched in 1953, the Lancia Appia combines the advanced technology that Lancia has accFor Sale | 18 Apr 2018 | Victor Bocquéstraat 15, 9300 Aalst, Belgium€ 18,750
Lancia Appia PF Coupé (3rd series) LHD 1961
Lancia Appia Pininfarina Coupé (3rd series) 1961 LHD Chassis N°: 812 01 – 4734 Possessing a car was in the early sixties for many a dream finaly coming true. The popular Fiat 1100 fulfilled with brio the needs of many. For those with a more refined taste and for who could afford it, Lancia offered the Appia. But some were more exigent... Lancia approached a few coachbuilders asking them to creFor Sale | 18 Apr 2018 | Victor Bocquéstraat 15, 9300 Aalst, Belgium€ 55,000
Lancia Aprilia Francis Lombardi Woody 1948
Lancia Aprilia Francis Lombardi Woody 1948 RHD How not to be astonished and charmed by this very stylish Lancia Woody estate? This one-off Lancia Aprilia was built by aëronautic constructor & carrozzeria Francis Lombardi in 1948 for an aristaucratic vineyard owner near Sienna. Choosing the Lancia Aprilia, Vincenzo Lancia`s last masterpiece car design, as a mechanical basis and aircraft manuFor Sale | 18 Apr 2018 | Victor Bocquéstraat 15, 9300 Aalst, Belgium€ 95,000
Lancia-Fulvia Rallye 1.3S ''68
Zeer mooie, originele en perfect rijdende Lancia Fulvia Rallye 1.3S uit 1968. Eerste serie Fulvia. De auto heeft Nederlandse papieren. Grootste keus in ECHTE klassiekers met meer dan 450 stuks in "de Stolze Collectie " ! "van project tot perfect.! "For Sale | 12 Jan 2018€ POA
Lancia-Fulvia 1.3 Rally S
Heel mooi gerestaureerde,originele Lancia Fulvia 1.3 Rally S met VEEL rekeningen.! Rijdt en loopt perfect. Klaar om van te genieten. Met Nederlandse registratie. Grootste keus in ECHTE klassiekers met meer dan 450 stuks in "de Stolze Collectie " ! "van project tot perfect.! "For Sale | 12 Jan 2018€ POA
Tip Top Sunday for Silverstone Classic
The Silverstone Classic will honour 60 years of the British Touring Car Championship with a dedicated ‘Tin Top Sunday’ on July 22 when around 200 racing tin tops will race on the Grand Prix circuit.
Sunday’s programme will feature races for the pre ’66 U2TC, the Trans-Atlantic Touring Car Trophy for pre ’66 V8s, the Historic Touring Car Challenge for cars of the 1970s and 1980s and the Super Touring Car Trophy for the BTCC cars of the 1990s.
Past and present touring car aces like Matt Neal, Gordon Shedden, John Cleland, Tim Harvey, Colin Turkington, Jeff Allam, Gianfranco Brancatelli, Rob Huff, Mike Jordan and Steve Soper are all likely to be racing.
Biasion to be star guest at Race Retro
Two-time World Rally champion Miki Biasion will celebrate the 30th anniversary of his first title by being a star guest at Race Retro next month.
The Italian ace, who was 60 last week, will return to Race Retro (February 23-25) to drive on the live rally stage. As he did on his last appearance at the show in 2011, he is expected to thrill the fans with spectacular handling of the type of cars he drove in period, including a Lancia Delta Integrale.
Biasion was world champion with factory-entered Lancia Deltas in both 1988 and ’89 during a 14-year career at the top.
BHRC focus for champion Stokes
On the back of winning both the Welsh and Stage Masters historic rally titles in 2017, Andrew Stokes is planning to focus all-out on the FUCHS MSA British Historic Rally Championship this season. The Gloucestershire driver will start his BHRC campaign on Rally North Wales in the familiar Ford Escort Mk1 previously rallied by his late brother David.
Smith rebuilding F2 March winner
Historic Formula 2 racer Darwin Smith is currently rebuilding his race-winning March 722 ahead of a fresh campaign this season. The former Formula Ford ace is now having to fit his own racing in around a programme of junior karting for his seven-year-old son Ben, who is racing at home in Northern Ireland.
New co-driver for Bean
Veteran rally driver Bob Bean will have a new co-driver for his 2018 campaign. Malcolm Smithson hung up his helmet after contesting the Roger Albert Clark Rally in November and so fellow Yorkshireman Miles Cartwright will partner Bean in his Lotus Cortina. They plan to contest the British and Northern Historic Championships.
Swift gearing-up for Goodwood
Mini racing guru Nick Swift is currently working on the build of a fresh pre-’63 Mini Cooper for the Jack Sears Trophy race at the Goodwood Members’ Meeting in March. Swift will also field a pair of newer Mini 1275 GTs in the Gerry Marshall Trophy race, sharing one of them with Andrew Jordan once again.
Forest Rally Challenge
A five-round Forest Rally Challenge will run within the 2018 MSA British Historic Rally Championship. The Challenge will be for those who concentrate on gravel rallies, and will allow them to compete for points and end of season awards. The Challenge will comprise two events in Wales, two in Kielder and one in the Yorkshire forests.
Graham wins 'spirit of rallying' award
Ali Graham, the service park co-ordinator for Rally Isle of Man, has been awarded the 2017 ‘spirit of rallying’ award presented in the memory of David Stokes. The annual trophy aims to recognise the un-sung heroes of the sport and Graham follows 2016 winner Heather Grisedale who held a similar role for the Pirelli Rally.
Barney's busy season
Callum Barney is planning a mammoth season of 30 sprints and hillclimbs this year in both his own Ford Cortina Mk1 GT and an MG Midget on loan from Philip Stader. The Warwickshire driver will chase up to four championships and will start his year with a double-header weekend at Castle Combe and Rockingham on March 24-25.
10 rally year for white
Chris White is planning one of his busiest seasons of historic rallying by contesting both the BHRC and the Historic Asphalt Championships in his BDG-powered Ford Escort Mk2. The Leicester driver has not done many events over the last two seasons but will do up to 10 rallies this year, although business commitments will force him to miss Rally Isle of Man.
Images courtesy of Paul Lawrence and LAT
Classic Cars for Sale
1994 Lancia Delta Integrale Evo2 One of the 2481 units ever produced 55600Kms 2 Senior Owners from New (Friends) Last Owner since 1999. Service History / Road Inspections to proof the Kms Accident Free Majority of the car in Factory Paint All the assembly marks and factory wax Top colour combination – This Lord blue its simply stunning. 96500€ Detailed Photos: http://w
The Lancia Beta Coupe was designed by much the same team that designed the Fulvia coupe some 10 years previously, headed by Aldo Castagno with Pietro Castagnero but it was dynamically better in every way. Like the Fulvia it was based on a shortend saloon chassis, 190mm wheelbase and 295mm overall reduction gave it short over hangs. Weight was reduced by over 100kg together with more powerful vers
Red with beige / black interior, very solid little car becoming quite rare, is an original car that has been subject to an older restoration. It benefits from an upgraded cam shaft, large Dellorto twin carbs, rear brake conversion to discs and Original Bow Tie Alloys shod with new tyres. An invoice for £5,358 is included in the file which includes recent a recommissioning and refurbished interior