Race Retro’s makeover is a hit

Re­vamp by new or­gan­is­ers draws in 21,000 vis­i­tors

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - THIS WEEK - www.rac­eretro.com

Race Retro, the his­toric mo­tor sport show, cel­e­brated its 15th an­niver­sary with a bumper turnout of 21,000 vis­i­tors for the re­vi­talised three-day event.

The show, held at Stoneleigh Park, War­wick­shire, 24-26 Fe­bru­ary, was the first un­der the aus­pices of Lon­don-based Clarion Events, and in­tro­duced a brand new for­mat, with more car dis­plays and mo­tor sport celebri­ties tak­ing part (see

CCW’s event re­port, 1 March is­sue).

One of the new fea­tures was a Pride of the Pad­dock com­pe­ti­tion for pri­vate owner race and rally cars for which vis­i­tors could vote for their favourite. The win­ner of the in­au­gu­ral com­pe­ti­tion was Ian Thomp­son with his Peu­geot 205 T16 which he has fin­ished as a replica of the rally car driven by Ari Vata­nen in pe­riod, so it was apt that Vata­nen him­self pre­sented the award. Run­ner-up was Mar­cus Ri­d­ley’s 1966 Ford Mus­tang.

‘We’ve had in­cred­i­ble feed­back from vis­i­tors, with a tremen­dous re­sponse to our new el­e­ments, es­pe­cially the stun­ning dis­play in the Mo­tor Sport Hall of Fame Live,’ says act­ing show di­rec­tor Lee Mas­ters. ’Ex­hibitors also re­ported strong trad­ing at the event with 60% re­book­ing for 2018 al­ready.’

Next year’s Race Retro will be held at Stoneleigh Park on 23-25 Fe­bru­ary.

Ian Thomp­son won the Pride of the Pad­dock com­pe­ti­tion with his Peu­geot 205 T16.

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