Here's the latest news from the HSCC.
Olympia Historic Autojumble Fair and Auction 17th - 19th February, Kensington, London. Important correction.
Grahame White HSCC CEO will be attending a Q & A session in the Experts Theatre on Friday 17th at 17.00 Hours to introduce prospective competitors to Historic Motorsport. Contrary to information previously supplied the HSCC as a club will not be at this show. The HSCC does have a stand at both of the Exhibitions listed below where representatives from the office and race championships series will be happy to talk to members old and new.
Race Retro International Historic Motor Sport Show. Stoneleigh Park Coventry CV8 2LZ 24th - 26th February
We continue our long running association with Race Retro an event always popular with club members. We have a stunning display of 9 cars for you to enjoy ranging from single seaters to tin tops. Sharing the stand with the HSCC will be the Historic Formula Junior Association and Dean Link from Jaguar Land Rover will be present for all three days to answer all your Jaguar Classic Challenge questions. Come and see us - we'll be in Hall 2 - Stand 1-230.
Historic Motorsport International at the London Classic Car Show Excel London E16 1FR 23rd - 26th Feb
A new show, unfortunately clashing with Race Retro - but by splitting our resources we have managed to attend this must do event. We will have 6 cars on display including representation from our Derek Bell Trophy Series, Guards Trophy Championship, and our Historic Formula 2 FIA International Series. We will also be celebrating the 50th Anniversaries of the DFV engine and Formula Ford. Our Jaguar Classic Challenge series, will be supported by Tony O'Keefe from Jaguar Land Rover and Tony will be present for all four days. On Thursday we are pleased to confirm that we will be joined by our Club Patron Derek Bell, who will be joining us for an hour from 3.00 p.m. Also present on the Thursday will be Club CEO Grahame White who aside from acting as host whilst Derek is on the stand, will also be taking part in the Historic Motorsport Conference session at 4.30 pm in the Supaguard Theatre. We hope to see many of you there, so come and visit us on Stand HM240. A discount is available so you can buy two tickets for £35 - see the details in your December edition of the HSCC magazine.
Donington Park Season Opener 8th April - printing error
Competitors who have received a pre-printed entry form for this event will see there was a printing error for the cost of the Formula Ford race - this should be £285 not £395.
Silverstone Classic 28th - 30th July Formula Ford Race
Entry forms for this Historic Formula Ford race emailed on 9th February and available to download from the website - we anticipate receiving a large number of entries so we advise everyone to send their entry forms to the HSCC office as soon as possible.
Do you use the A1 road and want to be on TV?
Truth North Productions, an independent TV company based in Leeds, is currently filming a major new documentary for BBC One which focusses on life on and around Britain's longest road - the A1. The series will feature the men and women who keep traffic on the road moving and some of the stories of the motorists who use the road for a variety of reasons. In particular the production company is seeking to feature a story revolving around historic cars (whether through an exhibition, race or sales event) and intend to film at either Race Retro or the London Classic Car Show at Excel, both of which are being held on the last weekend of February. They would like to follow the story of someone who intends to visit either of these exhibitions with their classic / historic car and will be travelling via the A1.
HSCC on the Television
One for your diaries- the programmes will go out on the Sports Tonight TV Channel, which is on the Vision TV platform on Freeview Channel 244, every THURSDAY evening at 8pm for the next FOUR Weeks. They will also stream, at the same date and time, on the www.sportstonightlive.com web site.
2nd Feb - 8pm - Programme 1 - Castle Combe
9th Feb - 8pm - Programme 2 - Brands Hatch GP
16th Feb - 8pm - Programme 3 - Croft
23rd Feb - 8pm - Programme 4 - Oulton Park
Classic Media Preview Test Day and Classic Test Day Entries Now Open
Entry forms are now available for these two test days. We’re looking forward to seeing you for testing at the Silverstone Classic Media Preview Day on Thursday 23rd March. As highlighted on the test entry form, between the morning and afternoon testing sessions we run a passenger ride session for our media guests between 11.30 and 13.00 to give them a flavour of the Classic and the circuit. This obviously adds to the enjoyment of the day for the media, and hopefully means we get a positive response by way of press coverage. In turn this should lead to increased awareness of the event and ultimately increased revenues for the main event which helps enable us to provide testing for you free of charge at our Media Preview Day.
We understand that some of you don’t have a spare seat and seatbelt in the car, but if you do and would be happy to take a member of the media out on track to experience the Silverstone Circuit first hand, we’d very much appreciate it. Either way, see you for a great day of testing on the 23rd!
The entry form is available to download from our Entries and Event information page.
Entries for the Test Day just prior to the Silverstone Classic meeting are also open and this will be held on Thursday 27th July; the entry form is available to download from the same page.
A substantial new book has been launched to celebrate 50 years of the Historic Sports Car Club. '50 Years of the Historic Sports Car Club' was unveiled at the Club's annual awards dinner on Saturday (November 19) when all the award winners were presented with a copy.
The hard-back book has been written by motor sport journalist Paul Lawrence and tells the complete story of the HSCC form the inaugural Griffiths Formula race at Castle Combe in 1966 through to the end of the Club's 2016 championship season.
The book comprises 256 pages and has 580 photographs, many never before published. The foreword is from Sir Stirling Moss OBE, the Club's patron-in-chief.
The Club's story charts the highs and lows of what is now Britain's leading club for historic racing. The story moves from the HSCC's modest early days to becoming a race organising club in the early 1980s and the influence of the late John Foulston. After difficult financial times in the 1990s, the Club has prospered over the last two decades and now has a prominent and respected position in historic racing.
The book also tells the story of the competitors who have raced with the HSCC over 50 years and includes records of all the Club's championships and annual award winners.
The book is priced at £30 plus £6 postage and packing, HSCC members and marshals can order copies at the discounted price of £20 plus £6 postage and packing. The book can be ordered from the HSCC office on 01327 858400 or by completing this order form and returning it to the office.
The MSA Introduce New Competitor Licence Qualification for 2017
The Motor Sports Association are adding an additional licence qualificaton for the 2017 season based on the power to weight ration of your competition car. To download full details of the new regulations and which of our championships and series it will afffect please click here.
We are delighted to announce that you may now enter and pay for entries online for our race meetings. Register and use the online facility at https://online.hscc.org.uk/signup A Quick Start Guide can be downloaded from the registration page on the website. We hope that you find the online facility useful and easy to use. Please note you can only enter cars that are on the database - if you are have acquired a new car simply contact the office and we will add the details for you.
We are delighted to announce we have a new nominated manufacturer for HSCC Race Suits - please see Race Suits section for full details - or download the order form here.
We have had a number of enquiries regarding the mandatory requirement for use of HANS devices. These rules also apply to testing at MSV circuits - they enforce the MSA yearbook see below for details- therefore there will be a lot of exemptions and drivers can be reassured that there will be consistency between racing and testing.
Q10.1 (e) An FIA approved FHR device, fitted in accordance with K.10.4, is Mandatory for drivers in Circuit Racing. With the exception of Period Defined Vehicles for which it is recommended.
There is a definition for Period Defined vehicles in Section B of the Yearbook.
Period Defined Vehicles (Non-Rally)
A – (Veteran) Cars built before 1 Jan 1905.
B – (Edwardian) Cars built between 1 Jan 1905 and 31 Dec 1918.
C –(Vintage) Cars built between 1 Jan 1919 and 31 Dec 1930.
D –(Post Vintage Thoroughbred) Cars built between 1 Jan 1931 and 31 Dec 1946.
E – Cars built between 1 Jan 1947 and 31 Dec 1961 (up to 31 Dec 1960 for single seater and two seater racing cars).
F –Cars built between 1 Jan 1962 and 31 Dec 1965 (from 1 Jan 1961 for single seater and two seater racing cars and up to 31 Dec 1966 for Formula 2).
G – Cars built between 1 Jan 1966 (1 Jan 1964 for Formula 3) and 31 Dec 1971 that are no longer eligible for current Competition.
H – Cars built between 1 Jan 1972 and 31 Dec 1976 that are no longer eligible for current Competition.
Want to be a Race Marshal?
Ever wanted to be that little bit closer to the racing, be part of a friendly enthusiastic team? Perhaps you should consider being a race marshal? The British Motor Racing Marshals Club has regions across the country and there is likely to be one based at your favourite circuit. The Club offers friendly support and excellent quality training to enable you to enjoy motorsport safely wherever you choose to marshal whether it's on the bank, in the pits, paddock, assembly area or specialising in flag or fire marshalling etc.
If you want to join in the fun on the track, you will need to be over 16 years of age, and hold a full driving licence. If under 17 you will need to contact the MSA for details of their academy scheme. You will also need to take an ARDS Test (Association of Racing Drivers Schools) to obtain a National B Race licence. For the full details of how to start racing go to the website of the UK Motorsport Governing Body, (the MSA) https://www.msauk.org/Get-Started/Licence-Starter-Packs where you will find details of their Go Racing Pack. If you want to experience driving a race car on track before deciding, go to www.ards.co.ukfor the full list of Racing Schools Nationwide. There you will find a full range of choices from experience days to Full Race Courses to qualify for your National B Licence.