With his­toric racing on the track and a fine se­lec­tion of pre-war cars on dis­play, Sil­ver­stone was the place to be

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Driving -

For­merly known as the Spring Start meet­ing, the Vin­tage Sports-Car Club ( VSCC) has changed the name of its April week­end event at Sil­ver­stone to re­flect its newly in­tro­duced race sea­son.

The VSCC is also keen to bring its line-up of pre-war and his­toric racing to a wider au­di­ence of mo­tor­sport en­thu­si­asts, while em­pha­sis­ing the broader ap­peal of the fam­ily-friendly fea­tures away from the track it­self.

‘To some peo­ple the ini­tials VSCC stand for Very Se­cret Car Club,’ says VSCC pres­i­dent Geoff Smith. ‘ We need to make sure that that is no longer the case.’

The 18-race pro­gramme at Sil­ver­stone fea­tured more than 300 vin­tage, his­toric racing and sports cars as the open­ing round of five to be held at UK race cir­cuits this year: Oul­ton Park (10 June); Cad­well Park, (23 July); Mal­lory Park (12 Au­gust); and Snet­ter­ton 200 Cir­cuit (17 Septem­ber).

Open spec­ta­tor ac­cess to the pad­dock and pits al­lowed vis­i­tors to get up close to the drivers, crews and their his­toric ma­chines, while other fea­tures in­cluded automobilia and trade stands, Satur­day’s Au­tosolo driv­ing tests, a daily con­cours com­pe­ti­tion, mil­i­tary ve­hi­cle dis­play, plus a retro fair­ground.

The re­served park­ing ar­eas for VSCC mem­bers’ pre-war cars pro­vides a show within the event fea­tur­ing an amaz­ing va­ri­ety of vin­tage ve­hi­cles, while a walk around the pub­lic car parks also re­vealed clas­sics rang­ing from three-wheeler Morgans to a De To­maso Pan­tera.

Chris Keevill is the proud owner of the old­est sur­viv­ing 1925 MG Su­per Sports – which he re­stored from a hay-mower! The ded­i­cated park­ing ar­eas for VSCC mem­bers’ pre-war cars is a big at­trac­tion in it­self, as wit­nessed by this group with the Race Con­trol build­ings as a back­drop and a 1930 Lagonda in the fore­ground. An Amer­i­can grass track racer in the shape of Doug Martin’s 1937 Hil­le­gass Sprint Car was among those tak­ing part in Sun­day’s round of the All-Com­ers Short Hand­i­cap Race for pre-war cars. One of the fine his­toric cars in the pre-war car park was Keith Herkes’ 1930 18/80 MG Six Saloon MkII. There was plenty of ac­tiv­ity with cars be­ing pre­pared for racing, as seen here with Ja­son Har­ris’ 1955 Austin-Healey 100 and Paul Mor­timer’s 1955 A-H 100M (fore­ground). A suit­able guard dog mas­cot for a vin­tage Bent­ley in the mem­bers’ pre-war car park.

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