Strong re­sponse for club an­niver­sary gath­er­ing at Cas­tle Combe

Motor Sport News - - Historics - By Paul Lawrence

A grid of 1950s sportscars will be recre­ated at Cas­tle Combe this week­end to mark the 50th an­niver­sary of the His­toric Sports Car Club.

The grid from the first Grif­fiths For­mula race for 1945 to 1955 sportscars will be re­formed us­ing as many orig­i­nal cars as pos­si­ble. Six­teen cars are due and 12 of them are the orig­i­nals from 50 years ago. For those that are not avail­able, a car of the same make and model will fea­ture.

At Cas­tle Combe on May 14, 1966 Neil Cor­ner won the in­au­gu­ral Grif­fiths For­mula race in his Jaguar D-type, from the Lo­tus Mk10 of Chris War­wick-drake, and the As­ton Martin DB3S of John Le Sage fin­ished third. In to­tal 25 cars en­tered the race but there were some non-starters and 14 cars fin­ished.

Once the 50th an­niver­sary grid has been formed at lunchtime on both Satur­day and Sun­day the pub­lic will be in­vited to take part in a grid walk. Later, the cars will com­plete a pa­rade lap.

The HSCC’S Gra­hame White said: “The re­sponse to recre­at­ing the grid has been tremen­dous and it was great to dis­cover that three of the cars are still in the same own­er­ship. They should all be with us at Cas­tle Combe. This will be the per­fect way to start our 50th an­niver­sary rac­ing sea­son.”

Bernard Worth (Fer­rari 166 Mille Miglia) and HRG rac­ers Ivan Shar­rock and Ian Dussek will be present with the cars they still own 50 years af­ter rac­ing them in May 1966.

Orig­i­nal 1966 grid will be recre­ated

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