Motor Sport News - - Historics - By Paul Lawrence Pho­tos: Paul Lawrence, LAT and Kevin Money

A recre­ation of a 1966 grid will be a key fea­ture of the His­toric Sports Car Club’s open­ing meet­ing of the sea­son at Cas­tle Combe (April 16/17).

To mark the club’s Golden An­niver­sary year, the grid for the in­au­gu­ral Grif­fiths For­mula race for sports cars from 1945 to 1955, held on May 14, 1966, will be re­formed. Wher­ever pos­si­ble, the orig­i­nal cars are be­ing tracked down and for those that are not avail­able a car of the same make and model will fea­ture.

Once the grid has been formed at lunchtime on both Satur­day and Sun­day, spectators will be in­vited to take part in a grid walk. Later, the cars will com­plete a pa­rade lap and will also be on dis­play in the pad­dock. Sev­eral driv­ers from the 1966 race are ex­pected to at­tend.

His­toric rac­ing ace Neil Cor­ner (Jaguar D-type) won the 1966 en­counter from Chris War­wick-drake (Lotus Mk10) and John Le Sage (As­ton Martin DB3S).

The week­end will fea­ture a full pro­gramme of HSCC rac­ing as 10 of the club’s cham­pi­onships get un­der way, some of them with dou­ble­header races. A 40-minute, pit­stop race for the Guards Tro­phy will be the long­est.

“The re­sponse to recre­at­ing the first grid has been very en­cour­ag­ing and it is won­der­ful to dis­cover that some of the cars are still in the same own­er­ship,” said the HSCC’S Gra­hame White.

The HSCC is also look­ing for driv­ers, fam­ily mem­bers and me­chan­ics in­volved in the in­au­gu­ral Grif­fiths For­mula race to come and join in the cel­e­bra­tions. For more de­tails, please con­tact the club of­fice on 01327 858400.

Other key events in the 50th an­niver­sary sea­son will be an ex­tended three-day event on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix cir­cuit (July 1-3) and the Oul­ton Park Gold Cup (Au­gust 27-29).

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