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2013: A golden year for a golden era

Monday, December 02 2013

The historic racing scene once again provided many memorable moments with evocative sights and smells combined with great on track racing. We were fortunate enough to be bathed in glorious sunshine for most of our major historic events too! Spectators at all of our circuits were able to sample these delights with the Historic Sports Car Club and Masters organisations, in particular, putting on great events.

The HSCC's long-running Superprix at Brands Hatch proved to be a scorcher with
massive grids making the most of the Grand Prix circuit in its full summer splendour. Much of the spotlight was focused on the Super Touring Trophy featuring machinery raced in the British Touring Car Championship's 90s
heyday. As an extra treat Patrick Watts and John Cleland lined up on the grid, in a Peugeot 406 and Vauxhall Cavalier respectively. Both men suffered technical gremlins in the first of the weekend's encounters before recovering to first and third in the second race, Watts claiming his first ever Super Touring victory on British soil!

The Super Tourers also travelled to Oulton Park for the Gold Cup, contesting thatBIFF meeting for the first time since Jo Winklehock's victory in 1994. The first of two races produced some of the most dramatic moments of the season most notably between Watts and Paul Smith's Ford Sierra RS500. Smith's quick getaway allowed him to lead from a chain of potentially faster cars, this advantage was all to brief however when Watts collided with the leader on the third lap! James Dodd claimed both wins in his family run Honda Accord.

These races were accompanied at both events by a number of other contests for saloons, sportscars and single seaters from the sport's rich post-war history, with many hailing from the 1960s and 70s during motor racing's golden era.  This extended to off track entertainment too with car club displays and themed sideshows ensuring that the Gold Cup remains a staple of the North West's social calendar.

Another star of the Gold Cup was Michael Lyons who dominated both races in theMasters _Brands _Hatch _260513_by _Az _Edwards _131 Derek Bell Trophy for high powered F5000 single seaters, he was denied a double victory by mechanical issues. He capably reinforced his status as one of the most relentlessly fast drivers in historic racing with a pair of crushing wins in the Historic Formula One races during May's Masters Festival at Brands Hatch.

The Masters event at Brands also welcomed the FIA Masters Historic Sports Cars, an event in which the Leo Voyazides and Simon Hadfield guided their Lola T70 to one of the most comfortable victories this year at an MSV circuit. The pair drove flawlessly to clinch victory by well over a minute. Brian Johnson from AC/DC also appeared in the race, along with touring car aces Mike Jordan and Anthony Reid. Rob Huff, 2012 World Touring Car Champion, contested a Mini in the touring car races against the multitasking Johnson in a similar machine!

As with the HSCC events the Masters featured a relentless schedule with assorted Grand Prix cars, single seaters, sportscars and saloons all starring.

The HSCC also held Autosport 3 hour meeting at Snetterton and the Formula 3-celebrating Wolds Trophy at Cadwell Park. Two-wheel nostalgia fans also got to enjoy the halcyon days at the Lincolnshire circuit when the Vintage Motor Cycle Club visited too!

Many of these events ar scheduled for a return in 2014. Keep your eyes on the relevant web pages over the coming weeks for ticket announcment.