Club news, April 1988

A test-day at Silverstone on April 13 heralds the start of the eleven-round Gordon Russell Inter-Marque Championship (for which Aston Martins, Ferraris, Jaguars, ACs and Porsches are eligible) at Oulton Park on April 23. Regulations and registration forms can be obtained from Jim Whyman of the Aston Martin Owners Club as 1A High Street, Sutton, Ely, Cambridgeshire CB6 2RB.

Made up of a combination of hill-climb, sprint and circuit events, the new 500 Owners Association Challenge kicks off with the BARC Harewood Hill-climb on April 2-3. Kart-type vehicles are excluded. The championship co-ordinator is Geoff Wallis, 13 Whisundale Close, Finedon, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire NN9 4NH.

Saab Owners Club of Great Britain will be celebrating its Silver Jubilee at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu on the weekend of July 23-24. Admission costs £12 to members and £20 to non-members; for fuller information contact Stuart Francis at 52 Glassonby Walk, Camberley, Surrey GU1S 1SQ.

Centrepiece of the Lancia Motor Club’s Fulvia 25th Anniversary celebrations will be an open day at Goodwood circuit on September 17. Contact Brian Long on 0425-73531 for details.

Following the late switch of the Racing Car Show to Olympia, the first car exhibition to use the refurbished Alexandra Palace will now be the London Classic Car Show on April 9-10.

Dowderham Castle near Exeter will be descended upon by the Crash Box Club of Devon on July 10 for its fourteenth annual Historic Vehicle Gathering. Entry forms for pre-war or classic cars are available from Michael Lavers, 1 Coombe Hayes, Sidmouth, Devon EX10 9XX.

“For those who prefer to get their sporting machinery stuck in the mud in Devon and Cornwall rather than in the Easter traffic on the M5”, the MCC Land’s End Trial starts from Newbury, Lowdown, Bristol and London on Friday April 1, and finishes in Newquay the following evening. A full entry of 150 motorcycles and 200 cars will tackle 400 miles including fourteen observed sections.

Following the sudden rise to fame of Britain’s Olympic ski-jumper, BMW Drivers Club has introduced a new award for competitors in this year’s BMW Challenge race series. The best performance by an unsponsored car built before 1986 will win its team the Eddie Edwards Trophy and a cheque for £100!