Motor sport

Baccalaureate in historic races from Cadwell to Montlhéry

One of the things about motor racing seasons is that they tend to go from not much to all at once as soon as all the big events start, and we’re definitely at that time of year where there are almost too many events to cram.

Let’s start with this slightly delayed catch-up of the VSCC meeting at Cadwell Park over Easter. What a tremendous event it was, no doubt highlighted by the Frazer-Nash race. Unlike Goodwood this was for standard FN and GN cars only so we didn’t have all the super fast modified stages and the result was racing at a slower pace so racing was much tighter all over the gate because no one was running away. with that. Of course, it also marked the debut of my wife Debra, who made us all proud by getting into the mix, making great passes and keeping it clean to reach the finish, which is the perfect way for anyone to begin his racing career. . I have no doubt that it will be released soon.

“I took two of my pre-1966 Grand Prix cars – the Cooper Type 51 and 53”

As for me, I took two of my pre-1966 Grand Prix cars – the Cooper Type 51 and 53 – and recruited my former RIP Special driver Charlie Martin to race the 53, while I took care of of the 51st. I may have overqualified him, but he just got the better of me in a tight race where we finished 1-2.

Cadwell done, the next stop was the VSCC Curborough Sprint, a fantastic little venue suitable for friendly club rivalry, then off to northern France for the Vintage Montlhéry Revival. It’s a fantastic event with so much to see and do, as well as loads of automotive curiosities on display. Our son Ben drove the Parker GN the whole way there and back while Debs and I drove her FN which she had raced at Cadwell and both cars did the full way and finished the whole track time without missing a beat! Unfortunately, this is not always the case, as one of our convoys was forced to stop with a broken clutch. Happy with the challenge of helping a friend, six of us also jumped in, took the clutch apart and fixed it on the side of the road. The car made the rest of the trip without problems. It is this kind of shared adventure that makes events like Montlhéry special. Plus, it’s wonderful to be able to drive the historic, incline circuit with a passenger.

VSCC has moved to the old Montlhéry circuit,

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Then it’s the climb at Harewood and another race meeting at Donington Park – plus a second trip to France, this time to the Val de Vienne with the historic GP cars, which should be pretty special.

Like I said, so many events, so little time…

Next month: Harewood, Donington and Val de Vienne back to back

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