The HSCC was created in 1966 by a small group of enthusiasts, notably Guy Griffiths and Betty Haig. They were frustrated by a lack of races for older sports cars and wanted to stop them being modified, inappropriately, beyond their original specification or exported to the USA. Members from the sixties, and we have quite a few, say that the Club was formed to help competitors enjoy themselves racing ‘nice proper cars’ on interesting circuits.
Griffiths and Haig were part of a very small group who thought historic cars should be preserved. Today, the Club is proud to have played a role in making historic racing the fastest growing part of the UK racing scene.
The HSCC’s first race, at Castle Combe in May 1966, was organised by Guy Griffiths, started by daughter Penny and won by Neil Corner’s Jaguar D-Type. Today we have around one thousand, mainly racing, members. We have grown from a Club running races at other people’s meetings to become the premier organiser of historic racing in the UK.
Our Brands Hatch Legends of Brands Superprix and Oulton Park Gold Cup are two of the top meetings on the historic calendar. The Club runs around 10 race meetings each year, covering all the major UK tracks.
In recent years we have been asked to organise the racing side of the Silverstone Classic and also historic races supporting the British Grand Prix.
Today, the HSCC is a thriving, innovative and experienced organiser of historic racing and historic championships and series. The Club is home to cars from the late 1950s right through to the early years of the 2000s.
The Club’s growing portfolio of championships include the FIA-sanctioned Historic Formula 2 Series, one of the leading historic single-seater categories in Europe. The Club is also a perfect place to start historic racing, with categories like Road Sports, Historic Touring Cars and Historic Formula Ford all being ideal for novice racer starting out with limited budgets.
The HSCC welcomes anyone with an interest in cars spanning half a century of motor sport to get involved and elsewhere on this site you will find details of the Club’s race categories.
The 10 core values of the HSCC are:
- Genuine historic racing
- A friendly Club of like-minded enthusiasts
- Races on the best UK and European tracks
- Value for money motor sport
- Sporting competition
- First class atmosphere: on and off-track
- Focus on good driving standards
- Diligent safety and eligibility scrutineering
- A progressive Club, professionally run for the members
- A range of cost-saving members’ benefits
The HSCC is a Club run for its members, with a prime aim of delivering racing for its members. It is not profit driven but must, of course, endeavour to provide a modest return on investment.