Ex-F3 race Jac Nelleman debuted his Lotus 17 in the BRDC Historic Sports Car race at Silverstone in May. The Dane ended a 17-year lay-off last season to share the similar car of Jom Qviste at the Nurburgring. Nelleman was a leading F3 contender in the early 1970s and attempted unsuccessfully to qualify for the 1976 Swedish Grand Prix with a RAM Racing Brabham BT44B. "We wanted to run a two-car team this year," said Nelleman, who has acquired chassis number 656 to run alongside Qviste's car, which is believed to be the prototype Lotus 17.
BRDC Historics: Kirkistown Nick Linney scored a double as the BRDC Historic Sports Cars made their debut at the Kirkistown track in Ireland as part of the circuit's 50th anniversary celebrations. Linney's Lister 'Knobbly' coped well with increasingly wet conditions, while Jac Nelleman extended his championship lead with a brace of class victories in his Lotus 17. Despite a tangle with the Lotus 11 of Neil Davies in the opening race, Alan Minshaw bounced back to battle hard with Linney in the second race aboard his Maserati Birdcage.
August 26-28 With the car's designer Len Terry looking on proudly, Peter Horsman and Jac Nelleman took their Lotus Climax 17 to a fine Gentleman Drivers victory during the annual Oulton Park Gold Cup meeting. Nelleman reckons Horsman's car is working better than when he owned it, and their combined skills kept the car ahead in slippery track conditions. Bill Wykeham and John Bendall gave their all to keep the twitchy Iso Bizzarrini in the hunt once Jim Minshaw had dinged his E-type.
AROUND the TRACKS PAU GRAND PRIX HISTORIC FESTIVAL DAYTON STREETS AHEAD IN THE PYRENEES AMERICAN DUNCAN DAYTON SCORED two wins in Brabhams at a rain-soaked two-day meeting on the famous French street circuit: his BT4 prevailed in the HGPCA Pre-66 encounter, his BT33 in the Classic GP race. Other winners included: Flavien Marcais (Cooper-Bristol), Denis Welch (Merlyn), Rio Fukuda (Lotus Elan), and ex-1970s Formula Three star Jac Nelleman (Lotus 17).
Brands Hatch, March 18th. The opening round of the European Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch on March 19th proved one thing at least. Even though the series had diminished in stature since the demise of the works Jaguars, a Group a race could still produce a very exciting finish, even when it was in effect only a two-car race.