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