Motor Sport News - - Top 50: Defining Moments -

This was a year of cel­e­bra­tion for the Historic Sports Car Club as it marked its 50th an­niver­sary, and the Castle Combe week­end in April was the key point of the sea­son.

Top­ping the event was a re­cre­ation of the grid for the race that started it all: the first Grif­fiths For­mula race at the Wilt­shire track back in May 1966. The orig­i­nal grid was re­formed us­ing the same cars wher­ever pos­si­ble and cars of the same make and model when the 1966 cars could not be lo­cated.

Re­mark­ably, Bernard Worth (Fer­rari 166 Mille Miglia) and Ian Dussek (HRG 1500) still own the same cars half a cen­tury later while fel­low 1966 rac­ers Fred Damodaran, Stephen Cur­tis, Robert Bar­rie, Mike Ward, Chris Drewett and Ivan Shar­rock all re­turned to Castle Combe to join the cel­e­bra­tions. The pa­rade lap was flagged away by Penny Wood­ley, who did the same job back in 1966. PL

Ja­son Pritchard and Phil Clarke set out to re­tain the Min­tex MSA Bri­tish Hil­lclimb Cham­pi­onship in 2016 and by the end of July it seemed that their cam­paign was in tat­ters. Three non­scores in a row – two offs and an en­gine fail­ure – put them com­pletely on the back foot and only max­i­mum points on the Isle of Man double-header could res­cue their sea­son.

On a spec­tac­u­larly chal­leng­ing event it was a tall or­der and a late gear­box drama threat­ened to kill their hopes com­pletely, but Pritchard kept his head un­der in­tense pres­sure.

Clarke was typ­i­cally as­sured on the notes and they pulled off the es­cape of the sea­son. Be­tween the be­gin­ning of April and the start of Au­gust they scored noth­ing, but on the daunt­ing is­land roads they put it all back to­gether when it counted most.

Two Manx max­i­mums left them only need­ing a mod­est score on the Track­rod and they duly did just that to re­tain the ti­tle against the odds. PL

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