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The resurrection of a famous Le Mans shape Plus

The resurrection of a famous Le Mans shape

Seemingly lost forever, the Bristol 450 coupe design is racing again thanks to one of historic racing's feel-good projects

Former Williams F1 team manager takes historic racing role at United Autosports

Dickie Stanford, team manager for the Williams Formula 1 team in the 1990s, has joined the United Autosports team as its new historic motorsport project manager

Castle Combe Autumn Classic washed out

The second day of racing at this weekend's Castle Combe Autumn Classic was abandoned due to heavy rain which left the Wiltshire circuit waterlogged

Kristensen and Pirro to go head-to-head in Le Mans-winning cars at Goodwood SpeedWeek

Sportscar aces Tom Kristensen and Emanuele Pirro will go head-to-head in Le Mans-winning cars during the Goodwood SpeedWeek

Stirling Moss to be remembered at Goodwood SpeedWeek by renaming Kinrara Trophy

Sir Stirling Moss, and his close links with the Goodwood circuit, will be remembered during the Goodwood SpeedWeek by renaming the Kinrara Trophy as the Stirling Moss Revival Trophy

Shelsley Walsh hill climb record under attack by Gould

The outright hill record at Shelsley Walsh came under serious attack over the weekend as Sean Gould posted the second-best time in the 115-year history of the Worcestershire hill climb.

Spa Classic Six Hours cancelled in wake of COVID-19 pandemic

Historic racing has been dealt another blow with the news that the Spa Classic Six Hours race weekend has been cancelled due to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic

Swedish F1 hero Peterson's March F2 car set for Gold Cup return

The Formula 2 March 722 that Swedish Formula 1 hero Ronnie Peterson raced in 1972 is set for a racing comeback at this weekend's Oulton Park Gold Cup

FIA cancels remaining 2020 historic championships due to COVID-19

The FIA has decided to cancel all its remaining historic motor sport championships for 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic continues across European countries

Steve Soper unscathed after Brands Hatch Historic Masters shunt

Tin-top legend Steve Soper emerged unscathed after a frightening accident at the Brands Hatch Historic Masters meeting last weekend, when his Ford Mustang vaulted the barriers at Stirlings

UK racing series choose to miss Zandvoort Historic GP over quarantine restrictions

UK-based race categories are quickly abandoning plans to be at the Zandvoort Historic Grand Prix following the latest UK government rulings on foreign travel

Vintage Sports Car Club finally starts 2020 speed season

Four months later than originally planned, the Vintage Sports Car Club finally started its 86th season of speed competition at the Shelsley Walsh hill climb on Saturday

Herbert to race 1981 Ensign in Masters Historic F1 at Brands Hatch

Three-time Grand Prix winner Johnny Herbert will return to Formula 1 later this month to race a 40-year-old Ensign N180B in the Masters Historic F1 series at Brands Hatch

Historic Rally Festival gets greenlight for postponed October date

The Historic Rally Festival has been given a greenlight after confirmation from Motorsport UK on rallying resuming, with the event taking place in Telford on 24-25 October

Aintree celebrates legacy of Sir Stirling Moss

The first Grand Prix win for the late Sir Stirling Moss was remembered at Aintree today, exactly 65 years on from his famous victory in the 1955 British GP

BTCC team boss to sample historic racing this season

AmD Tuning British Touring Car Championship boss Shaun Hollamby will try his hand at historic racing this summer on the few free weekends allowed by the revised BTCC calendar

Support grows ahead of UK historic racing comeback

Historic racing in the UK will restart over the next two weekends and there are signs of encouraging competitor support despite the 2020 season starting three months late

Crowdfunding campaign launched for Silverstone Classic

A crowdfunding campaign targeting £50,000 has been launched to support the promoters of the Silverstone Classic after its event was cancelled

Thruxton Historic event gets new August date

The newly-titled Thruxton Historic, postponed from early June, has a new mid-August date for a weekend of historic racing at the high-speed Hampshire track

Obituary: Sportscar racer and senior scrutineer Mike Garton - 1936-2020

BRDC member Mike Garton, a successful racer who moved into a senior scrutineering role in the sport, has died at the age of 84 after a short battle with cancer

Goodwood Festival of Speed and Revival cancelled for 2020 due to coronavirus pandemic

Goodwood has announced that both its Festival of Speed and Revival race meeting have been cancelled for 2020, but it may hold an event behind closed doors later this year

Oldtimer GP at Nurburgring hopeful of early August date for 2020 event

The organisers of the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix at the Nurburgring are optimistic that Europe's oldest historic racing festival will be able to go ahead as planned in early August

New dates for Masters Historic Racing's UK events after COVID-19 postponements

Masters Historic Racing has announced two new UK dates for race meetings at Donington Park in July and Brands Hatch in August

F1-delayed Bentley Silverstone race meeting gets new date

One of the longest running race meetings at Silverstone gets a revised August date after losing its original slot to the second Formula 1 race at the track

Top historic racer sets up initiative to attract new drivers

Double Historic Formula Ford 1600 champion Cameron Jackson has set up a new initiative aimed at encouraging more young people into historic motorsport

Obituary: Popular historic racer Mike Bell - 1949-2020

Mike Bell has died following a short battle with cancer aged 70

Historic F2 added to HSCC opening meeting at Brands Hatch

Two races for Historic Formula 2 cars have been added to the opening Historic Sports Car Club meeting of the revised season at Brands Hatch on 11/12 July

Historics News: Shelsley Walsh events to return without fans in July

Motorsport will return to the Shelsley Walsh hillclimb course in late July but, for the first time in the venue's 115-year history, it will run without spectators

Historics News: VSCC cuts back 2020 event programme amid COVID-19 guidelines

The Vintage Sports-Car Club has trimmed its 2020 event calendar in the wake of Motorsport UK requirements in response to the COVID-19 crisis

Silverstone Classic event cancelled for 2020, frees up date for potential British GP

The promoters of the Silverstone Classic have cancelled the 2020 event, which was due to run on 31st July-2nd August, freeing up the date for a potential Formula 1 British Grand Prix

HSCC preparing to hold first 2020 UK historics event at Brands Hatch Super Prix

The Historic Sports Car Club is preparing to resume race events following the coronavirus pandemic delay with the Legends of Brands Hatch Super Prix meeting on 11-12 July

Historics News: FIA evaluating whether to run its historic championships in 2020

The FIA is considering whether to run its historic championships in 2020 due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic

Goodwood Members' Meeting postponed to 2021 due to coronavirus

The Goodwood Members' Meeting has been postponed until April 2021 in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic

Historics News: Rallying ace Toivonen's career to be marked on Lombard Rally Bath

The life and career of rally driver Henri Toivonen will be honoured during the Lombard Rally Bath retro event in October

Campaign to support historics apprentices hit by pandemic launched

A new campaign has been created to offer support to apprentices involved in historic motor racing who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic

Historics News: Silverstone Classic aiming to keep August date

The organisers of the Silverstone Classic are pushing ahead with plans to stage the event in August despite a backdrop of uncertainly over Formula 1 races at Silverstone

Pau Grand Prix Historique becomes latest coronavirus casualty

The Pau Grand Prix Historique, one of the most revered historic street race meetings of the season, is the latest casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic

The indie rocker's renaissance in historic touring cars Plus

The indie rocker's renaissance in historic touring cars

Camaros, Capris and Rover SD1s have hogged the stage as Group 1 touring cars returned to popularity. But there are alternative ways to race, and some eclectic machinery can be found if you look closely

Why pro success in historics shouldn't be taken for granted Plus

Why pro success in historics shouldn't be taken for granted

High-profile cameos at top historic events are increasingly common. ELMS champion and historic ace Sam Hancock explains why they can't be expected to jump straight in at the sharp end

Historic Rally Festival gets new October date after postponement

Britain's new celebration of rallying history, the Historic Rally Festival, has a revised date in October after being postponed from June due to the COVID-19 pandemic

The historic racing ace keeping classic Jaguars winning Plus

The historic racing ace keeping classic Jaguars winning

An ace preparer of historic Jaguars, Gary Pearson is also one of the world's leading drivers of some of the greatest sports-racers, and has built an enviable record of success in the major Goodwood meetings. Now 60, he's showing no signs of slowing down

COVID-19 spread halts Goodwood Members' Meeting and Masters Historics

The Goodwood Members' Meeting and the opening round of the Masters Historic Racing calendar in Portugal have become the latest historic events to be postponed amid the growing coronavirus pandemic

Historic racing promoter Peter Auto delays events amid coronavirus

Peter Auto has become the first major European promoter of historic racing to announce calendar changes due to the spread of coronavirus

Petter Solberg will drive an ex-Richard Burns Subaru at Goodwood

Norwegian rally ace Petter Solberg will top the field for the Rally Sprint running at this year's Goodwood Members' Meeting at the wheel of Richard Burns' 2000 Rally GB-winning Subaru Impreza

Rally stars gather to celebrate late Colin McRae

Rally stars gathered in Chester over the weekend to honour the memory of Colin McRae 25 years after he won the Network Q RAC Rally to clinch the WRC title

The unintended consequences of banning pros from historics Plus

The unintended consequences of banning pros from historics

OPINION: Clubs and organisers understandably need to control driving standards in their events, but Masters Historic Racing's recent crackdown on its 'pro' racers could be counterproductive

Masters Historics Racing ready to ban pro drivers

Masters Historic Racing is prepared to ban pro drivers from its grids in 2020 if their driving and attitude is deemed incompatible with historic racing

Williams and Ferrari Formula 1 cars on display at Race Retro

Seven grand prix cars including the 1980 world championship-winning Williams FW07B will be displayed at Race Retro as part of the historic motorsport show's 70 years of Formula 1 celebration

1994 WRC champion Didier Auriol heads rally line up at Race Retro

Didier Auriol, the 1994 World Rally Champion, will headline the Race Retro historic motorsport show as a record field of 145 period rally cars take to the live action stage

Motorsport's great all-round drivers central theme of '20 Goodwood FoS

The great all-round drivers from across the history of the sport will be the central theme for this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed

First Sauber C9 Group C car built to race after 30 year absence

The first Sauber C9 Group C sportscar built returned to the track for the first time in 30 years last week at Donington Park, and will race again this year

Breen, Meeke join WRC rally winner Hirvonen in Belgian historic rally

World Rally Championship outcasts Craig Breen and Kris Meeke will contest one of rallying's biggest historic events, the Legend Boucles Bastogne, alongside reigning winner Mikko Hirvonen

Ex-works Lotus 22 set for Goodwood return at Members' Meeting

An ex-works Lotus 22 Formula Junior will race for the first time in more than half a century at the Goodwood Members' Meeting on March 28/29

Popular Chateau Impney Hillclimb suddenly axed ahead of 2020 event

The promoters of the Chateau Impney Hillclimb have axed the 2020 event and left its longer-term future unclear

Racing school founder Jim Russell celebrated with historic race meeting

Racing school founder and treble British Formula 3 champion Jim Russell will be celebrated in a new two-day historic race meeting at Snetterton next spring

Le Mans Triumph sells for record price at auction

An ex-works Triumph TR2 from the 1955 Le Mans 24-Hour race sold for more than a quarter of a million pounds at the Classic Motor Show

Rally of the Tests holds stage inside NEC at Classic Motor Show

Visitors to the NEC Classic Motor Show on Saturday will have the chance to watch live competitive motorsport when cars in the annual Rally of the Tests contest an indoor stage

Henri Toivonen's 1985 RAC Rally-winning Lancia Delta S4 to be sold

The Group B Lancia Delta S4 that Henri Toivonen drove to a World Rally Championship victory on the 1985 RAC Rally is set to be auctioned

Ferrer wins Formula 1 title in ex-Laffite Ligier, champions crowned

Ex-Formula Renault driver Matteo Ferrer has wrapped up the Masters Historic Formula One championship for post-78 cars in an ex-Jacques Laffite Ligier, while other Masters champions have also been confirmed

Peter Auto reveals 2020 historics calendar, Le Mans Classic date

Historic competition promoter Peter Auto has unveiled its 2020 calendar, which is headlined by the biennial Le Mans Classic over the weekend of July 4-5