The myth that historic motor sport is all about grey hair and expanding waistlines was once again debunked in 2016, and three drivers really stood out at the forefront of going fast in cars that pre-date them by decades.
When the season started, Benn Tilley and Ed Thurston were only 16 and James Clarke was still waiting for his 16th birthday. By the end of the season, all three had made their mark with the HSCC; Tilley and Thurston in Historic Formula Ford and Clarke in Historic Touring Cars.
Tilley was the revelation of Historic FF1600 despite a couple of accidents that interrupted his season and depleted his meagre funds. His father Stuart is a proper racer and did much of the work on a Merlyn loaned by Simon Hadfield, who knows a bright young talent when he sees one.
Thurston switched from karting to run an Elden in Fford and showed excellent form, while Clarke, once he turned 16 in April, made a fine impression in a Lotus Cortina drive arranged by his mentor Dave Beecroft. Clarke split his season with a Clubmans campaign and gave a very good account of himself in both.