Historic Motorsport Round-up: Pre-2006 touring cars could be next historic

Super2000 WTCC and BTCC challengers could be the next crop to join the historic racing fraternity, joining their Super Touring predecessors

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Super Touring expands into the new millennium

David Jarman, one of the founders of the Super Touring movement, believes that the next group of cars to come under the historic umbrella will be pre-2006 touring cars.

Super 2000 cars from the World Touring Car Championship and BTC-specification British Touring Car Championship cars from up to 2005 are being encouraged back into racing in the Super Touring Car Challenge and Jarman says the cars are a good package.

'We feel this is the right way to keep grid numbers strong and ensure an on-going spectacle,” said Jarman. 'There are so many great cars out there from that period and there are cars available at very reasonable prices.'

To date the Challenge has focussed on Super Touring cars from up to the year 2000, as well as earlier Group 2 and Group A cars, but the cut-off date has been extended to take in the next generation of touring cars.

Period tin-tops for the Castle Combe Classic

The life of Terry Sanger will be celebrated by a race for pre ‘66 Touring Cars at the Castle Combe Autumn Classic on Saturday October 6.

The Appendix K race will be held in memory of Sanger, a local hero through the 1960s as he raced outrageous saloon and touring cars. He died in 2013 aged 79.

Sanger contested the Targa Florio in a factory Ford GT40 in 1969 and was famous for racing an early special saloon, a Ford Cortina Mk1 with a Ford V8 engine. Later, having retired from racing, he regularly drove the fast intervention medical car at the circuit.

Impney Entries

Over 200 invited pre-1967 cars will take part in the fourth edition of the Chateau Impney Hill Climb over the weekend of July 7/8. The competition will centre on the 885-metre course at the Droitwich hotel, which drew 18,000 visitors last summer. Star attractions will include demonstration runs by the 1950 V16 BRM from the National Motor Museum.

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HSCC stand at Race Retro

The Historic Sports Car Club will have an eight-car display at Race Retro this weekend, ranging from the front-engined, front-wheel drive Bond Formula Junior to the 2017 title-winning Classic Formula 3 Ralt RT3 of Gaius Ghinn. A Mallock Mk21 represents Classic Clubmans, while the Road Sports classes are illustrated by another 2017 title winner, the Morgan Plus 8 raced by Will Plant.

Unique Royale for sale

The sole Royale RP40 GTP car from 1986 is being offered for sale as a complete project, including a second un-raced chassis and a raft of spares as well as jigs and body moulds. The car, raced solely in the US in period, has raced in historic series in America in recent times but is now for sale via Alan Cornock at Fulmar Competition Services.

Free Silverstone Classic Testing

Competitors entering the Silverstone Classic (July 20-22) will get the chance to test for free on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit on Wednesday May 2. With the biggest event of its type aiming at 1000 entries, space on the test day will be limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Forms are on the event website at silverstoneclassic.com

GTSCC Calendar

The 2018 schedule for the GT and Sports Car Cup will take in three UK races before a season finale at the Algarve Classic Festival in October. The pre ’66 GT and pre ’63 sports-racing cars will have an extended two-hour race at the Donington Historic Festival and a race at the Silverstone International Trophy meeting in June as well as a return to the Castle Combe Classic in early October.

Stars of Race Retro

Renowned Formula 1 designers John Barnard and Frank Dernie will appear on the Live Stage at Race Retro on Saturday. They will talk about their careers, the cars they influenced and how their designs are still used in modern motorsport. Barnard notably worked for McLaren and Ferrari while Dernie worked with Hesketh, Lotus, Williams and Benetton.

Thruxton anniversary

Historic Formula Fords, Historic Formula 2 and Super Touring Cars will all be part of the 50th Anniversary Meeting at Thruxton (June 2/3). Meanwhile, a non-championship period Formula Libre double-header will be for up to 2-litre single seaters from Historic F2, Historic F3 and Historic FF2000. To honour Thruxton’s F2 heritage, the BARC will present its Jochen Rindt Trophy to the leading F2 racer.

Images courtesy of Paul Lawrence

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