News in brief, June 2001

John Quenby, currently retiring as MSA Chief Executive, raced Duncan Rabagliati’s Alexis HF1 Formula Junior at Mallory Park recently. He has a similar car of his own currently being prepared for racing. The HSCC event represented his first race at the Leicestershire circuit since Boxing Day 1963.

Veteran racer Frank Tiedeman celebrated 50 years of racing at the VSCC meeting at Silverstone in April. A founder of the Monoposto Racing Club, he raced the same 1930 Austin Seven Ulster Sports that he first raced at Silverstone in 1951. He has competed with the car in every one of those 50 years.

Austin Healy champion Bruce Montgomery made his single-seater debut at Donington Park with the HSCC recently. His Lotus 20/22 was the car that was given a fresh identity as a Jordan-BRM when used in the film Grand Prix.

Remarkably, this country’s most famous racing driver has never competed in its most charismatic sportscar. Until now. Sir Stirling Moss and the E-type will eventually be paired off this June at the Jaguar celebration meeting at Donington Park over the weekend of June 9-10. He will share a ‘Lightweight’ replica OWC4 with owner Peter Ratcliffe in the 40-minute, two-driver race. The winner of 16 GPs had his first taste of the model at Brands Hatch on May 4.

RJB Thundersports Champion Vic Nutter has acquired an Osella PA7 for the season. The car was originally raced in Italy and Spain before going to Sweden to be raced by Bjorn Knutson, a former speedway world champion.