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Ladies and Gentlemen ‘Start Your Engines’

The lockdown is finally easing and it looks as if we may be through the worst of the Coronavirus Pandemic.  (Fingers crossed)  Last week we saw the opening of circuits for testing and track days, a welcome restart for the motorsport industry with safety measures put in place to protect participants and staff. The motorsport industry is preparing to come back to full racing speed, we look at what is planned to go ahead and how it is going to work…

Classic Circuit Racing for Summer 2020. (Updated 19 Jun) 

The MG Car Club has the go ahead to run their two day event on 11th and 12th July at Donington. This will include races for Mini, Metro, Morgan, BCV8 and Equipe GTS are hosting their 3-hour relay on the Saturday and a 40 minute sprint on the Sunday.  For more information: Click here  

The Equipe office, have also confirmed their events at Snetterton 5/6th September for 2 x 30 minute races and at Silverstone on the 3rd October for a 40 minute sprint race should all still be going ahead as planned.

The same weekend 11th and 12th July – the HSCC will be running their Legends of Brands Hatch Super Prix meeting on the full Brands GP circuit. The race line-up takes in many of the HSCC’s championships and series, covering Historic Formula 2, Thundersports, Aurora Trophy, Guards Trophy, Historic Touring Cars, Classic Formula Ford, Historic Formula Ford, Historic Formula Ford 2000, Classic Formula 3/Classic Formula Ford 2000, 70s Road Sports, Historic Road Sports, Historic Formula Junior and Historic Formula 3.  Click here for more  Entries are open for the event via the on-line system on the HSCC website. No monies will be taken until the closing date for entries and if the event is cancelled for any reason or competitors need to later withdraw their entries, the HSCC confirm full refunds will be given.

Bentley Drivers Club meeting is now Saturday 22 August – The traditional early August Bentley Drivers meeting held at Silverstone is to go ahead, but with a revised later date of 22 August.  This popular event hosts a packed schedule of pre-War races, the usual Bentley scratch and handicap events and the BDC Classic Sports Car Challenge as well as grids for Fiscar,  Morgans and Aston Martins.  Sadly neither Spectators or BDC members are allowed to come and watch.  To find out more visit: www.bdcl.org

Motor Racing Legends are working hard to secure a date to reschedule their Thruxton Historic Festival meeting, which could happen in early August. The Donington Historic Festival is now postponed to 2021.

Masters Historic Racing had been quick to cancel their Historic Formula One weekend scheduled for 27/27 June at Donington Park and whilst their events in the USA return to action with a weekend at Watkins Glen on July 10-12, there so far no scheduled events for the UK except testing at Brands on June 16.

Thruxton will be hosting the Classic and Sports Car Club meeting on Saturday and Sunday 25th 26th July, featuring a packed weekend of their own grids to include Swinging 60s, Tin Tops, Future Classics, Special Saloons, Open Series, Magnificent Sevens, Modern Classics and more.  Click here for more info.  


HSCC is still running the Oulton Park Gold Cup (29-31 August) which will include all the usual great classic grids as well as a race for  Pre ’66 Jaguars – this race has traditionally been run at Donington Historic Festival, but obviously not this year! The race will be a special one-hour race with mandatory pit stops and the option of two drivers. Along with a 30-minute qualifying session, and testing available on Saturday morning.

The race is open to all types of Jaguars, with classes and awards for E-types in both standard and race modified specification, Mk1 and Mk2 saloons and the XK range. An invitation class will be open to suitable cars that do not fully meet pre ’66 specification. On-line entries for the annual Oulton Park Gold Cup can be made via the HSCC website at: hscc.org.uk

Other meetings the Goodwood Revival 11-13th September, has now been cancelled but a letter from the Duke of Richmond suggests there may be a closed public event due to happen in mid October.  Other events still scheduled with no changes include:  Spa Six Hour 24 – 27 September, Algarve Classic Festival – 23-25 October

Castle Combe Circuit return to racing (without Spectators) on July 4th, and their annual Autumn Classic Festival is all set to go ahead on Saturday 3rd October a chance to race F3 500, Mini Miglia & Sevens, HSCC F3 1000, Pre 63 Jaguars, HRDC races, Fiscar and the GT Sports Car Cup.  Click here for more

Whilst we will be delighted to see these events go ahead, they are going to be very different events with no spectators and a ban on all non-essential personnel. There is likely to be no hospitality, only online registration, video briefings, self declarations for scrutineering and only take-away options for food and drink. Despite all of this, we will be there.  Do these measures put you off going racing?  Let us know what you think.

Email me with your views:  sarah@autoaddicts.co.uk

A full list of 2020 Calendar dates / event can be found here

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