Leg­endary sin­gle-seater mon­sters head forth enec in jan­uary

Motor Sport News - - Historics - By Paul Lawrence

The 50th an­niver­sary of For­mula 5000 will be cel­e­brated in a fea­ture dis­play at Au­tosport In­ter­na­tional at the NEC Birm­ing­ham on Jan­uary 10-13.

The His­toric Sports Car Club will hon­our the spec­tac­u­lar sin­gle-seater cat­e­gory with a six-car dis­play of the mighty five-litre mon­sters, which ar­rived in the UK for the 1969 sea­son. Cars from Lola, Mclaren, Sur­tees, Gur­ney and Mcrae will be on show from the club’s Derek Bell Tro­phy race se­ries and for­mer F5000 driv­ers will be in­vited to at­tend on the Fri­day of the show.

Based on the US For­mula A class, For­mula 5000 was in­tro­duced to the UK by John Webb from Brands Hatch and the in­au­gu­ral race at Oul­ton Park over the Easter week­end in 1969 was won by Peter Gethin in a Mclaren M10.

At its peak in the early 1970s, For­mula 5000 was ac­tive in Amer­ica, Canada, New Zealand, Aus­tralia and Europe.

The HSCC dis­play will in­clude an ex-mike Hail­wood 1971 Sur­tees TS8 and the 1970 Mclaren M10B raced by Gethin for Sid Tay­lor’s team. The 1969 ex-horst Kroll Lola T142 will rep­re­sent the early cars, while the 1975 Lola T400, now raced suc­cess­fully by Michael Lyons in the Derek Bell Tro­phy, is one of the ul­ti­mate F5000 de­signs.

Gra­hame White, boss of the HSCC, said: “For­mula 5000 played host to so many iconic names that we recog­nise to this day. It was a cat­e­gory which came to the UK in 1969 and thrilled fans with some ex­tra­or­di­nary works of en­gi­neer­ing and raw power.”

Pho­tos: Ben and Paul Lawrence

The ex-horst Kroll Lola will be on show

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