Vintage racing: Museums sending cars to Goodwood festival

PT2_7279-X3The Goodwood Festival of Speed will feature “Perks of Performance – Motorsports game-changers” from June 29 through July 2 and among the cars to be featured is a 1950 BRM V16 Type 15 from the National Motor Museum of Britain. The landmark historic British racing car is going to the festival as part of a fund-raising effort so its supercharged engine can be rebuilt..

Also, Mercedes-Benz Classic plans a strong presence, showing the brand’s racing milestones with reigning F1 champion Nico Roseberg, taking the 2014 Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport W05 Hybrid up Goodwood’s demanding 1.16-mile hill climb circuit. Also challenging the hill will be tge Red Pig, a replica of the 300 SEL 6.8 that AMG raced in the 1971 24-hours at Spa. Also present will be  Mercedes’  E63 S, GT C Roadster, GT R and the SLS AMG Black Series

Roseberg and the Mercedes will be joined by more than 60 Formula 1 cars spanning seven decades, including over 20 Ferrari single-seaters in celebration of the Scuderia’s 70th anniversary. Modern F1 cars from McLaren, Renault and Williams also will be on hand.


Alfa Romeo plans to show a group of cars including a 1970 1750 GT Am, 33 3-litre Le Mans car also from 1970, a 155 V6 Ti DTM and Brabham BT45-Alfa Romeo from the Alfa Romeo Historic Museum in Arese. The classic cars will be joined  by the brand’s latest portfolio of cars including   the new Stelvio SUV that will be challenging the Hillclimb.

The Festival of Speed will also mark the debut for Alpine’s production-ready mid-engined A110 two-seater.

Other modern race cars to be featured include the GTE Pro Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE raced by Jonny Adam, Darren Turner and Daniel Serra, whom earned a recent class victory in the recent Le Mans 24 Hours; as well as Can-Am racers, European racers from the 1930s and Group B rally cars.

All Festival of Speed action can be seen on the Facebook page via a live broadcast.

Other upcoming  events

Set for July 28-30, the Silverstone Classic will feature the AMG-Mercedes 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II, the car that dominated the 1992 season of the German Touring Car Championship. The historic Mercedes will be joined by “Black Beauty” a 1983 BMW 635 CSi that will be driven by its original driver, Jim Richards. The car competed in Australia when it had its own Group C touring car regulations permitting more freedom than the more widely adopted Group A rulebook.

The Silverstone Classic will also pay special tribute to racing legend Bruce McLaren.

Spectators watch cars in specialty classes
Spectators watch cars in specialty classes

The Portland Vintage Racing Festival,  sanctioned by the SVRA, is set for July 27-30 at Portland International Raceway in Oregon. The  program will feature the return of Trans-Am cars.

Set for August 17-20, the Rolex Motorsports Reunion at Laguna Seca will feature 550 cars based on authenticity, race provenance and period correctness. The event honors the 60th anniversary of Formula Junior, 60th anniversary of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, and 70th anniversary of Ferrari. Included in the celebration will be the 1956 Ferrari 500 Testa Rossa that Pete Lovely drove in November 1957 at the brand new race track in Monterey.

July 7-8 are the dates for the Vintage Sports Car Club of America’s biennial Wilbraham Hill Climb in Massachusetts.

The HSR & HMSA host Le Sommet Des Legendes at the Circuit Mont-Tremblant on July 6-9.

Recent Races

Vaughn Gittin Jr. started the year participating in the King of the Hammers behind the wheel of “Brocky,” his specially modified 1966 Ford Bronco built exclusively for Ultra4 racing and recently competed in the Dirt Riot in Arizona, where he placed 1st in the 4500 class and 3rd in the 4400 class.

Recently, the HSR held the VIR Historic Races at Virginia International Raceway (see gallery below).The weekend included practice sessions, qualifying runs, and racing from Friday to Sunday, June 2-4. Special classes included Classic RS Cup and Global GT Series Races.

HSR Photos

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