Articles tagged Paul Lawrence

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Historic racing news

Combe Classic is big hit Next year’s event already at the planning stage | by Paul Lawrence The Castle Combe Autumn Classic has been hailed as one of the best events at the Wiltshire track for many years, after the annual festival came of age in 2014. “I think that’s the best event we’ve run for a very long time,” said circuit marketing boss Rodney Gooch, for whom the October event was a pre-...

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F3 back at Goodwood 1-litre screamers to return in 2015 | by Paul Lawrence For the first time since it originally closed in 1966, Goodwood is to host a race for 1-litre Formula 3 ‘screamers’. The event will be a feature of the 73rd Members’ Meeting, to be held at the track on March 21/22 next year. Dedicated races for pre-66 Porsche 911s and 1-litre F3 cars will be included in the programme for...

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Silverstone Classic

Huge grids, fantastic racing, big crowds and superb weather all pointed to the best edition of the Silverstone Classic so far. Tragically, an awful shadow was cast when Denis Welch lost his life after his Lotus 18 overturned in the HGPCA Pre-61 race on Sunday. Welch’s death was a stark reminder of the inherent risk in racing cars that are 50 years old – or more. Only the previous day Sid Hoole,...

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Welch tragedy mars Classic Accident claims well-known historic racer | By Paul Lawrence A tragic accident took the life of Denis Welch at the Silverstone Classic – the first fatality in the annual event’s 24-year history. Welch was racing the ex-Syd van der Vyver Lotus 18, a former South African F1 title winner now owned by Malcolm Ricketts, in the second of the weekend’s Historic Grand Prix Car...

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VSCC Spring Start, Silverstone

The spectacle of 10 ERAs celebrating 80 years of the revered marque was a highlight of the annual VSCC Spring Start race meeting at Silverstone. Mark Gillies, working as hard as ever at the wheel of R3A, claimed a prestigious victory as new owner Dick Skipworth marked the return of the car he owned a decade ago. Building on the success of last year’s extended event, the Spring Start was a two-day...

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VSCC celebrates in style New events mark club’s 80th anniversary | By Paul Lawrence The Vintage Sports-Car Club will celebrate its 80th anniversary season with a week-long programme of events in early August, starting at Prescott and then moving to the East of England Showground at Peterborough. The annual VSCC hillclimb at Prescott has been extended to three days this year and on Friday August...

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Masters Historic Festival, Brands Hatch

Excellent grids, fine racing and a fitting tribute to Sir Jack Brabham made a winning combination for the annual Masters Historic Festival on the awesome Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit. As the event marked the 50th anniversary of the Kent venue’s first British Grand Prix, two Historic Grand Prix Car Association races had added prominence. To cap the Brabham celebration, John Fairley took his...

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Saloon aces on parade Touring car champions to star at historic events | By Paul Lawrence The boom in popularity of the current British Touring Car Championship – and the buzz around the cars that raced in the Super Touring era – shows no sign of abating as BTCC drivers take leading roles at the biggest classic festivals of the summer. Double BTCC champion Jason Plato is one of the first stars...

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Donington Historic Festival

The fourth Donington Historic Festival featured a weekend of stand-out races, topped by Simon Hadfield’s Gentleman Drivers’ victory over Olly Bryant in a mesmerising AC Cobra shoot-out. Feature races included the Motor Sport 90th Anniversary Trophy for pre-war sports cars running over a brace of half-hour races. After some spirited battling, Frazer Nash saw off Bentley in convincing style. In...

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Record Fiat back on trackRare old-timer to tackle Goodwood hill this summer | by Paul Lawrence More than a century after it last ran in anger, a rare Fiat S76 will be one of the stars of the Goodwood Festival of Speed (June 26-29). Unofficially the fastest car in the world in 1911, the 28.5-litre Fiat has been restored over the past decade by Duncan Pittaway. Only two S76s were built. One set a...

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