‘Specials’ to be included in Spa Six Hours pre-war sportscar race

A magnificent grid of pre-1941 sportscars will form part of the Belgian event next month, including an invitational class for Specials

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A pre-war sportscar race is to take place on the Friday of 2018’s Spa Six Hours historic event, with modified ‘Specials’ allowed as part of an invitational class.

The Spa Six Hours organiser Roadbook has been given special dispensation by the RAC de Belge to run a 40-minute pitstop race for pre-war sportscars – the event’s first outing for these machines in nearly a decade. The race is to take place on Friday September 14, with qualifying that morning.

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An invitational class has also been created, to allow modified racing Specials to participate in the race. Race specialist Motor Racing Legends runs a series of events for pre-war sportscars throughout the season, and Specials are not usually eligible to enter. But as an exception for Spa, the invitational class will allow these cars to take part stripped of wings and lights and with other modifications.

Otherwise, the usual eligibility for pre-war sportscars applies; the race is open to all models built before 1941. Cars must be must be close to the original production specification – that is, in ‘road-going’ trim with wings and lights fitted and using an ordinary pump fuel.

Specials already signed up for the race include the enormous 3/8 Bentley of Tim Llewellyn and the 6.2-litre Gypsy Moth aero engine-powered Parker GN of Justin Maeers – both of which starred in Goodwood’s Bolster Cup race at the 76th Members’ Meeting earlier this year.

In the main pre-war grid of competitors you can expect a dozen or so Bentleys ranging from 1923 to 1929, such as the 3/4½ of seasoned racer Clive Morley. Other marques include the 1935 Aston Martin Ulster piloted by LMP driver Richard Bradley. Chris Lunn has entered his 3-litre ex-works Talbot 105 Team Car and Martin Halusa brings his magnificent Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Zagato.

‘We have long been campaigning for the pre-war cars to return to this amazing circuit,’ said Motor Racing Legends chairman Duncan Wiltshire. ‘It has been nine years since we last ran these cars here, and I am very much looking forward to being part of the race.

‘This exceptional timing should allow anyone running in the other support races or the main Spa Six Hours to be able to concentrate on their races throughout the weekend, and of course it means anyone wishing to come over just for the pre-war race can do so without the need for staying on for the whole weekend unless they want to.’

Competitors who have a pre-war racing Special and who are interested in receiving an invitation to race at Spa should contact the organiser at Lindsey@motorracinglegends.com.

For more details about Motor Racing Legends pre-war sportscars, please visit its website.

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