Entry level racing series brings the pick of the 1980s to the grid

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From AC 3000ME to Volvo 480ES, the list of models eligible to race in the Historic Sports Car Club’s new 1980s Production Car Challenge is as long as Bez’s guestlist at the Haçienda nightclub.

The new series will complement HSCC’s existing Historic and ’70s Road Sport Championships and is aimed at bringing younger drivers into the racing fold or those wanting to start with more modest budgets. It is open to cars with standard bodyshells and only minor modifications to engines and suspension. Think Ford Fiesta XR2, Toyota MR2 and Audi Quattro; Caterhams and homologation specials are not included.

“This gives drivers a chance to be on the grid in a car that could easily cost less than £10,000,” said HSCC motor racing regular Kevin Kivlochan. “It will appeal to drivers in their thirties and forties who can race the cars they grew up wanting to have.”

Competitors will be split into classes based on engine size. Confirmed dates are Snetterton 300 (April 17-18); Silverstone GP (May 22-23); Cadwell Park ( June 5-6) and Mallory Park (September 18-19).

For the full list of permitted cars readers should visit hscc.org.uk.