International Historic Motorsport Show 2007

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  1. #1 ajzahn, Feb 28, 2007
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    Varied Attractions at Race Retro

    This is the fourth year of the International Historic Motorsport Show at Stoneleigh Park, which looks set to attract more visitors than ever in 2007. Certainly the 400-plus exhibitors and four live events are a big draw to competitors and organisers, restorers, dealers and engineering companies – anyone, in fact, involved in historic motorsport.

    Now called Race Retro, the Show runs from 23-25 March 2007 and new attractions are being announced on a regular basis. Most recently, we’ve heard that an all-new London to Sydney Marathon, which in 2008 celebrates the 40th anniversary of the original event, is to be launched at the Show. A faithful replica of Andrew Cowan's winning Hillman Hunter complete with kangaroo-bar, spare wheels and toolbox, will be the central feature of the stand. As route consultant John Sprinzel says, “This could be the most authentic historic rally so far: original route, original cars to the correct specifications, and roads that haven’t changed much in 40 years.” The rally will feature a full crossing of Iran and Pakistan to India.

    An outstanding feature of the Show is that all motorsport disciplines are covered, on both two wheels and four – track racing, speed events, rallies, hillclimbs, trials and autograss – and so the attractions are highly varied. “It’s the only show we consider it essential to exhibit at – we’re here every year, without fail,” says Duncan Wiltshire, Chairman of historic race organisers Motor Racing Legends, who will be exhibiting on ‘Speed Street’ in 2007.

    “It’s the combination of a vast audience and the breadth of exhibitors from all branches of historic motorsport which make Race Retro such an unmissable event.” Judging by the exhibitor list, plenty of other race organisers agree that Race Retro is the place to be this March – The Masters Racing Series and U2TC are among the many which have booked stands.

    Whichever branch of the sport you favour, there is plenty of opportunity to meet the stars. Motorcycle heroes Jim Redman, Phil Read and Frank Perris, who were in fierce competition in the 250cc World Championship throughout the 1960s, will open the Show on Friday – and on Saturday, it will be the turn of Michele Mouton, one of the best female rally drivers of all time. Mouton will then take the wheel of her 1985 Pikes Peak-winning 500bhp Audi S1, for a demonstration on the Race Retro live rally stage. On Sunday, the Show will be opened by racing legends Richard Attwood, Derek Bell and Vic Elford.

    Meanwhile many motoring clubs use the Show to promote their own activities – such as the Classic Sports Car Club’s ‘trip of a lifetime’ to race at Daytona, as guests of the Historic Sportscar Racing Club of America. Says Club Chairman Sarah Hutchison, “We’ll be letting people know about our prize draw for all the marshals who sign on with us in 2007 – for a pair of tickets to fly with us to Daytona in November.”

    A star-studded Charity Awards Dinner on the Saturday evening of the Show will see the winners of the 2006 Historic Motorsports Awards announced. Tickets for the black-tie Dinner, held at the Chesford Grange Hotel near Stoneleigh, are available for £75 and will raise funds both for the Motorsport Foundation and the Joey Dunlop Foundation, which benefits people with a disability (see

    Race Retro 2007 runs from 23-25 March at Stoneleigh Park, near Coventry. Advance one-day tickets cost £18.00 (and two-day tickets £32.00). See
  2. Hopefully Ilya will see this, looks to a be a top flight affair! Thanks for posting.
  3. Hmm, I think this is local, I'd love to go. I'll see about the dates. Main problem is affording travel and accomodation, because since yesterday I'm left with close to nothing till the end of the month. The 17-40mm should arrive next week though <A BORDER="0" HREF=""><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/grin.gif"></A>
  4. #4 ajzahn, Mar 29, 2007
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    Race Retro, the Historic Motorsport Show
    Bigger and Better Than Ever

    Race Retro, the fourth International Historic Motorsport Show, proved a resounding success for the 440 exhibitors, as well as the near-25,000 visitors who came to Stoneleigh Park between the 23rd and 25th March. That’s a 20% increase in attendance on last year. “The show gets bigger and better every year,” said Matt Beverley, Chairman of Proteus Cars, which makes all-aluminium re-creations of the Jaguar C-type. Proteus sold four cars from its stand, while Chevron sold the first two of its first-ever run of production road cars, the Chevron B1 Mk2.

    The race organisers were there in force – The Masters Racing Series, Motor Racing Legends, the HGPCA, HSCC, U2TC and many more, displaying some rare and valuable machinery on their stands. Exhibits included the 1955 Ferrari 500 Mondial on the Motor Racing Legends stand, loaned for the occasion by Gregor Fisken, and on the Masters Series stand, a fabulous pair of Ferraris: a 1970 Formula 1 Ferrari 312B and a 1972 World Sportscar Ferrari 312PB, both with 3-litre, 12-cylinder engines – and both ex-Jacky Ickx.

    For rallying enthusiasts, the highlights included the 1953 and 1954 Alpine Rally cars displayed by the Sunbeam Talbot Alpine Register – with Stirling Moss’s MKV 21 in pride of place. On the British Rallycross Drivers Association stand was the Porsche 911 in which Vic Elford won the very first 1967 Rallycross, 40 years ago, while Vic Elford himself was sitting just round the corner, signing copies of his new book. On the outdoor arena, legends of the sport including Michèle Mouton, Stig Blomqvist, Bjorn Waldegard, Russell Brookes and Pentti Airikkala thrilled the crowds with dramatic driving displays of Group B rally cars on the tarmac stage.

    One lucky winner of a competition run by the Daily Telegraph Motoring section took a passenger ride with Mouton in the 1985 Pikes Peak Hillclimb-winning 500bhp Audi S1 Sport quattro. The winner, David Wray, said afterwards: “The car waits on the startline, and as the flag comes down it violently explodes into a battlefield of noise, vibration and truly awesome acceleration. Michèle brakes impossibly late and rounds the corners in perfectly controlled, aggressive powerslides, inspiring absolute admiration for the way beauty has mastered this beast. Pure automotive viagra. I'm one lucky man.”

    For those who admire two-wheeled machinery, the display of motorcycles on the TT Centenary stand proved a real treat, with a superb number of ex-works bikes often accompanied by the heroes who rode them (such as Jim Redman and the Honda RC164-103 four-cylinder 250 on which he won the 1964 Lightweight TT). There was also a reunion of British team riders with the original works bikes which represented Great Britain in the ISDT – the ‘Olympics’ of motorcycling.

    All in all, Race Retro was the ideal way to shake off the winter blues and look forward to the start of the 2007 historic motorsport season. All we need now is some sunshine.

    Bonhams Auction: On Saturday 24 March. ‘DJB 93B’, the ex-works 1964 Mini Cooper 1,275S Rally Saloon, winner of the 1965 RAC Rally (the only Mini ever to do so) and the 1966 Scottish Rally, sold for £100,500 at the Bonhams auction. It is believed to be a world record price for a Mini.

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