Motor Sport News - - Race Retro Preview -

The live ac­tion on the demo rally stage in the grounds of Stoneleigh Park is al­ways a ma­jor draw and this year prom­ises to be the big­gest and best yet. There is plenty of good spec­ta­tor view­ing as a raft of cars from ral­ly­ing his­tory do their stuff on both Satur­day and Sun­day.

Race Retro of­fers a chance to meet some stars in a re­laxed en­vi­ron­ment. To mark the 15th edi­tion of the show, the or­gan­is­ers have re­ally pushed the boat out to bring in some stars and they don’t come much big­ger or more pop­u­lar than Tom Kris­tensen, Ari Vata­nen and Markku Alen.

Don’t just stand and look, give clas­sic ral­ly­ing a try. That’s the mes­sage from the His­toric En­durance Rally Or­gan­i­sa­tion, which has a hire fleet of 10 cars. Show vis­i­tors can book one, for ei­ther £35 or £50, for a 10-minute drive on the roads of the park and sur­round­ing pub­lic roads. Cars avail­able in­clude a Porsche 911, Jaguar E-type and Tri­umph TR4.

The Lo­tus 33 that Jim Clark used in the 1965 season to win four grands prix and his sec­ond world ti­tle is an in­cred­i­ble mo­tor rac­ing time warp and vis­i­tors to Race Retro will be the first to see it for nearly four decades. Chas­sis R11 was last raced in Seat­tle in 1969 and is now ready for a sym­pa­thetic restora­tion by Clas­sic Team Lo­tus.

The show has a lot to of­fer for those with an in­ter­est in mo­tor sport art and clas­sic au­to­jum­ble. Take a walk to the other halls to find just about any­thing you could need for a cher­ished clas­sic or some new art for the walls.

If you fancy bid­ding for a race-pre­pared MGB with a tar­get price of around £9000, then the Sil­ver­stone Auc­tions sale on Fri­day af­ter­noon is worth a visit. A Ford Cortina GT clas­sic rally car is up for the same sort of money, while there’s a full race Rover SD1 at a guide price of £25,000 to £30,000.

The live ac­tion ele­ment of the show is not just about rally cars and the his­toric kart­ing demos are worth a watch. They run on a shorter loop within the rally stage in 15 minute ses­sions from 1015-1400hrs on both days.

Over on the live rally stage, one of the stars will be the mighty Chevro­let Firenza Can-am ( left) some­times driven by Jimmy Mcrae. This week­end Jimmy is away, but the car’s owner Mick Straf­ford is more than ca­pa­ble of hon­ing it around in fine style. The sound of the Chevvy V8 makes it a glo­ri­ous package.

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