Classic action at Race Retro
Live Rally stage headlines a huge range of events and displays at Britain’s biggest historic motor sport show
Race Retro promises to bring together the very best in historic motor sport on two or four wheels when it returns to Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, at the earlier date of Friday to Sunday, February 25-27.
Motor sport enthusiasts will be able to see startling displays of rare and legendary cars and bikes, meet drivers and riders, and pick up that elusive part or piece of automobilia from one of the many traders at the show, which for 2011 has Peter James Insurance as its associate sponsor.
2011’s featured rally marque is Lancia, whose history in motor sports toughest discipline with its Stratos and Integrale models lives on today in classic rallying. Whether you’re into ’60s Fulvias, the ’70s Stratos or ’80s Integrales or 037s, they’re all here.
There will be a fantastic static display in the Rally Hall but it’s on the Live Rally Stage, sponsored by HERO, that the marquee will truly come to life. Joined by a host of Group B rally cars, the Lancias will tackle the twists and turns of the Live Rally Stage which was re-designed last year to be even more challenging, and will once again be wringing the very best out of both car and driver.
There’s also a very special 50th anniversary tribute to the Jaguar E-type, which combined power and elegance with a price far lower than its more exotic rivals. With many successes across the globe throughout its life, the E-type Jaguar is still a highly competitive car in circuit racing and long-distance rallying.
Race Retro also has a celebration of Italian motorcycles, which for years have been the bikes to beat, whether in road races or on the track. A strong racing pedigree that began in the 1930s and continues today means a display combining the a power and passion of these machines. The highlight of the celebrations will be an appearance by motorcycle legend Giacomo Agostini.
And there will be the usual selection of competition cars and clubs the backbone of the sport making Race Retro the place to be for anything to do with classic motor sport.
If all this inspires you to invest in a competition car or motorcycle of your own then visit the H&H Classic and Historic Motorsport Auction, which will have an amazing range of rare and desirable cars, bikes and memorabilia on offer. H&H has already had a number of significant motor cars entered for Race Retro including a 1959 Austin Healey 3000 Denis Welch’s famous ‘Bulldog’, a 1951 Allard J2X the first of its kind built and raced in period, and a 1962 AC Ace 2.6 with matching chassis and engine numbers.
As well as an array or cars and motorcycles, there will be race series organisers, manufacturers and motor sport suppliers offering everything you need for the coming season, as well as the popular autojumble for that elusive part or spare. Or if your interest is as a collector, visit the hundreds of traders offering stunning artwork, models, rare books and signed motor sport memorabilia.