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BRM F1 recreation project takes step forward as original engine runs

The bold plan to build three examples of the V16-engined BRM P15 grand prix car has taken a step forward, after an original engine has successfully run on a dyno.

Ex-Warwick F2 Toleman set for racing return

The Toleman TG280 raced by Derek Warwick in the 1980 European Formula 2 Championship will return to racing at Silverstone in May, 39 years after its last known race.

Toughest ever Roger Albert Clark Rally planned for 2021

The 2021 Roger Albert Clark Rally will be the longest and toughest special stage rally on the UK calendar, covering a massive 350 competitive miles on forest special stages.

15 high-profile grids set for Silverstone Classic

Fifteen high-profile grids from across historic racing will form the race line-up as the Silverstone Classic returns this summer.

Lyons set to race three different F1 cars at 2021 Monaco GP Historique

Michael Lyons, one of the UK's leading historic single-seater drivers, will contest three races in the Monaco Grand Prix Historique, seeking to add to his three previous event wins

Chris Craft obituary: One-time F1 starter and sportscar ace dies

One-time Formula 1 starter Chris Craft, one of Britain's leading racers of the 1970s, has died aged 81 after a long illness

1980s series offers "perfect entry-level" route to historic racing

Multiple historic racing champion Kevin Kivlochan says a new series for production cars of the 1980s will offer a more affordable way into historics for a new generation of racers

60th anniversary of Mini Cooper to be marked at Silverstone Classic

The 60th anniversary of the Cooper version of the Mini will be marked by two Mini-only races at the Silverstone Classic on 30 July - 1 August

Rallye Monte Carlo Historique cancelled due to COVID-19

The worsening COVID-19 situation in France has forced the cancellation of the 24th Rallye Monte Carlo Historique, due to run from 30 January to 3 February

Rally Revival postponed until October due to UK lockdown

The second Rally Revival event has been postponed until October following the announcement of the latest COVID-19 lockdown in the UK

The greatest club racing characters Plus

The greatest club racing characters

From legendary drinking habits to dramatic driving styles, there has been no shortage of cult-hero figures over the past 70 years in national motorsport. Here's an extended version of the original list that appeared in Autosport's 70th anniversary bookazine

BTCC 1989 Kaliber Racing RS500s set for on-track reunion

The two Kaliber Racing Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworths from the 1989 British Touring Car Championship could be on track together next season

Report reveals economic benefit of UK historic motorsport

A report commissioned by the Historic Endurance Rally Organisation has revealed the true scale of the UK's heritage motor industry, with historic motorsport generating over £600 million a year

Motor Racing Legends continues expansion plans for 2021

Motor Racing Legends has further extended its 2021 plans by adding a second pre '66 Three-Hour race to its most ambitious UK race schedule to date

Silverstone Classic to host Jaguar E-type 60th anniversary race

The 60th anniversary year of the Jaguar E-type will be marked by a special E-type only race at next summer's Silverstone Classic on 30 July - 1 August

Goodwood confirms 2021 plans for major meetings

The dates for the three major events at Goodwood in 2021 have been confirmed alongside a commitment to allow spectators to enjoy the spectacle within COVID-19 guidelines

Historic motorsport show Race Retro postponed due to COVID-19

The organisers of Race Retro, the annual historic motorsport show, have confirmed that the 2021 event will not take place on its scheduled February date due to COVID-19

Masters Historic Racing reveals 2021 calendar

Masters Historic Racing has unveiled a nine-event European calendar for 2021, with a schedule designed to be as free from potential COVID disruption as possible

2021 Roger Albert Clark Rally plans announced

The beleaguered British forest rallying scene has been given a major boost by the announcement of outline plans for the 2021 Roger Albert Clark Rally

Two one-make Ford GT40 races to be staged in 2021

Two one-make Ford GT40 races will be staged the UK next year as part of a new series named in honour of 1966 Le Mans 24 Hours winner Chris Amon

Motor Racing Legends to run UK-focused calendar in 2021

Leading historic race promoter Motor Racing Legends has unveiled a 2021 calendar with a larger UK-base than usual, including a new two-day end-of-season event on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit

HSCC plans full calendar for its 2021 season

The Historic Sports Car Club is planning for a full season of racing in 2021 having lost the first half of its 2020 season to the COVID-19 pandemic

Three BRM V16 F1 car continuations to be built

Three examples of the famous BRM V16 Grand Prix car of the early 1950s will be built to celebrate the marque's 70th anniversary of its Formula 1 debut

Photographer Amy Shore makes race debut in Jaguar XJS at Silverstone

Automotive photographer Amy Shore made her race debut at Silverstone on Saturday via a new initiative designed by historic racing champion Cam Jackson

Teams hail Historic TT meeting at Silverstone a success

Teams from historic racing have hailed Sunday's Historic TT meeting at Silverstone a success after Julian Thomas and Calum Lockie won the headline three-hour race in their Daytona Cobra Coupe

Donington Historic Festival ready for 2021 return

The organisers of the Donington Historic Festival have pledged to bounce back with the 2021 edition after losing this year's event to the COVID-19 pandemic

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

New one-day historic race meeting confirmed at Silverstone GP circuit

A new one-day historic race meeting at Silverstone on 25 October has been added to Motor Racing Legends 2020 schedule

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.

New Historic Rally Festival to welcome UK motorsport fans

UK rally fans will get a rare 2020 chance to see rally cars in action in late October during the first Historic Rally Festival

Classic rallying restarts in UK with HERO event

Classic rallying in the UK restarted over the weekend when the Historic Endurance Rally Organisation ran the first major event since lockdown began in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic

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

New Bicester event to honour McRae, 25 years after his WRC title win

A new classic event based at the Bicester Heritage site will honour the memory of Colin McRae, 25 years after he clinched the World Rally Championship title

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

Lyons denied as Cantillon roars to double Historic F1 win

During another weekend of national racing, Michael Lyons made the opening Historic Formula 1 races of the season thoroughly entertaining but ultimately twice finished third as Mike Cantillon did the double

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

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

British Historic Rally Championship cancelled

In another blow for British rallying, this year's Motorsport UK British Historic Rally Championship has been 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

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

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

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

Rally organiser confirms plans for post-pandemic events

Classic rally organiser Rally the Globe has announced two new events due to run in post-lockdown Britain, including a week-long event to be held in Scotland in early October