RACERS GATHER FOR HSCC CELEBRATION
Strong response for club anniversary gathering at Castle Combe
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.