News in brief, March 2005

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Archie Frazer-Nash will be remembered by a new classic race meeting at the Anglesey circuit over the weekend of September 24-25. The Frazer Nash section of the VSCC and Chester Motor Club are organising a weekend of racing on two, three and four wheels, with a dedicated ‘Nash race as its centrepiece.

After a seven-year break from the sport, Peter Slights is returning to rallying with a Group 4 Ford Escort Mk2 in the HRCR Classic Challenge. Slights, a former national champion, will debut the BDG-powered car on the Robin Hood Stages in March.

The 25th anniversary of the Audi Quattro will be marked during the annual Rallycar Day at Castle Combe on August 13. A number of Quattros and notable drivers from the car’s history are expected to attend.

The HRCR has unveiled its Classic Trophy for 2005. The historic regularity event will start in the medieval town of Angers on June 5 and finish at Pau four days later after tackling challenging roads in the Dordogne, Cahors and Garonne regions before heading into the Pyrenees for the final section.

An ex-Alan Jones Williams FW07 ran for the first time in more than 20 years recently when Simon Hadfield shook it down at Mallory and Donington. It was in the Williams museum before being sold to US racer Hamish Somerville.

Tom Wheatcroft recently received an Honorary Degree from the University of Derby. He was recognised for his work in motorsport and with the NSPCC.

Entries are still available for La Carrera Mediterrana from April 10-30. This 7000-kilometre, three-week event for pre-1971 cars will start on the Boulevard des Anglais in Nice and travel across northern Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Greece, southern Italy, Sicily and Tunisia.

The 2005 Copenhagen Historic GP will take place over the weekend of July 30-31. The street circuit in the centre of the capital will be used for the sixth time for a programme of historic races.

Entries are building for the Dundrod Tourist Trophy Historic Motorsport Festival on June 18. Among those planning to contest the sprint on the 7-mile course is 1955 competitor Ernest McMillen OBE, who will use the same Healey he drove 50 years ago.

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