Sunday, 28 May 2017
Oulton Park to host Round 2 of VSCC Formula Vintage Season
Following a triumphant opening event at Silverstone last month, we now look forward to Round 2 of ourFormula Vintage Race Season at the fantastic Oulton Park on Saturday 10 June.
The VSCC has enjoyed a long and celebrated history at the venue, dating back to the acclaimed events of the 1950s and 60s, and the Club are once again delighted to bring their unique brand of racing to the full ‘International’ configuration of the premier Cheshire circuit.
The day will see the Club’s historic Hawthorn Memorial Trophies featured, with the usual prestigious Trophy Races in honour of one of the great British Racing drivers.
An undoubted highlight at Oulton Park through the years, our Boulogne Trophy Race for Pre-1931 Vintage Racing Cars will surely be a headline act again with thrilling wheel-to-wheel action assured. Can anyone challenge the leading pair over the past couple seasons, in Tom Walker’s Hispano-Amilcar or Tony Lees, winner last year in the AC/GN ‘Cognac’?
The day’s title feature is named in honour of Mike Hawthorn, Britain’s first F1 World Champion in 1958 for Ferrari, the golden era represented by our Pre-1961 Racing Cars. As ever the Pre-war challenge will be led by three ERAs, including Nicholas Topliss in R4A, one of several previous winners of the Club’s illustrious Motor Sport Brooklands Memorial Trophy on the grid, the very same silverware won by Mike Hawthorn in 1951.
Look to the Club’s celebrated Standard and Modified Pre-war Sports-Cars to set the standard once more with another capacity grid of original road-going machinery taking part. Having won last time out at Silverstone, Andrew Mitchell heads the entry in his HRG, alongside perennial podium challengers in Mark Brett’s Ballamy-Ford, the battling Frazer Nashes of husband/wife duo Simon and Jo Blakeney-Edwards and ‘ODM’ ambassador, John Guyatt in his Talbot-Lago.
Scheduled to open the afternoon’s racing programme, the Oulton Park Trophy pits the fastest of the Club’s Pre-war Sports-Cars head-to-head. Having lost out at Silverstone, Dougal Cawley is sure to have the bit between his teeth to return to the top of the Special Pre-war Sports-Cars standings in the all-action GN/Ford ‘Piglet’ but will face a stern test from the traditionally strong Riley entry.
Ever-popular All-Comers Scratch and Handicap formats will complete the exciting Pre-war programme whilst, to complement the day’s VSCC content, we also look forward to hosting special Invited grids for Classic Ferrari, the Fifties Sports Cars (FISCAR) Blaster Bates Trophy Race, F3 (500)s and another round of the AR Motorsport Morgan Challenge Series.
Aside from the exciting action on track, Formula Vintage will again offer the Spectator all that is great about attending a VSCC Race Meeting, with open access to the Paddock, where you can get up-close to the cars and drivers, onsite catering facilities – including a traditional Afternoon Tea style menu, Trade Stands, Classic and Vintage Car displays and much more ‘Vintage’ entertainment for the whole family.
The Club hosts another AutoSolo in the Paddock, the simple ‘Driving Tests’ competition for Pre-war cars sure to provide plenty of entertainment during the morning, finishing ahead of the afternoon’s Racing action, whilst the day also features the prestigious Cheshire Life Concours.
A stunning Spitfire replica will be at the heart of a military display, with the opportunity to sit inside the aircraft for a small charitable donation, and a fantastic assortment of period live music at the bandstand throughout the day, led by 8-piece band Max Debon & the Debonaires and the Backstep Boogie Club.
Our younger visitors will also enjoy Oulton Park’s motorsport-themed Adventure Playground with equipment for children of all ages from toddler to 14.
The VSCC also welcomes Tom Hardman Limited and Louis Latour Wine Agencies, who will be supporting our Live Timing Services/Drivers’ Club and podium presentations respectively throughout the 2017 Formula Vintage Race Season.
Advance Spectator tickets are available now with discounts available for Club Members (Children under 13 go free). Practice gets underway at 8.30am and racing commences after the Lunch Break at 12.45pm.
Having been campaigned at VSCC Meetings at Oulton Park for decades, the famous AC/GN ‘Cognac’
will return once more next month in the hands of current custodian, Tony Lees.
Photo: Mark Ballard
Thursday 31st August – Saturday 2nd September | Blenheim Palace, Woodstock
A world first as Salon Privé gets set to host two spectacular Concours within one event
- Salon Privé is the UK’s longest-standing, professionally-judged Concours event; now in its 12th year, organisers have added a second stand-alone Concours spectacular at Blenheim Palace
- Chubb Insurance-sponsored Concours d’Elégance returns and includes a rare and stunning Horch 853A Special Roadster and a historic race-winning 1965 427 Cobra
- Boodles Ladies’ Day returns as the most glamorous of days at Salon Privé, welcoming outfits and hats of all colours and styles
- The all-new Concours Masters will follow the Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance and provide an incredible ‘Tribute to 70 Years of Ferrari’. Early entries include the oldest-surviving UK-based Ferrari
In a world first, the organisers of the prestigious UK-based motoring event, Salon Privé, are delighted to announce the addition of an all-new day of Concours celebrations to sit alongside the long-running and much-celebrated Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance. In so doing, Salon Privé is set to become the first of its kind to run two completely separate Concours celebrations within the same event.
Held in the stunning grounds of Blenheim Palace, one of the world’s finest UNESCO World Heritage sites, Salon Privé is set against an opulent and unrivalled backdrop. The renowned Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance is returning for 2017 on Thursday 31st August, bringing together the finest collections of rare cars and motorcycles to the lawns of the palace. The first of the two Concours celebrations, visitors will be drawn by early entries, which include an elegant and rare 1939 Horch 853A Special Roadster, entered fresh from a four-year restoration, as well as a competition-focused, race-winning 1965 AC 427 Cobra.
Boodles Ladies’ Day returns on Friday 1st September, a glamour-filled day of fine-dining, luxury brands, afternoon tea and champagne, making it one of the most extravagant days held at Blenheim Palace during the summer.
The Concours Masters, which will take place on Saturday 2nd September, is a brand new take on the traditional Concours. A new fixture for 2017, and designed to add an exciting dimension to the Salon Privé celebrations, each year will focus on the anniversary of an historic automotive marque or a particular coachbuilder. This year, Concours Masters will play homage to Ferrari with a ‘Tribute to 70 Years of Ferrari’, featuring a timeline of 70 of the most iconic Ferraris ever produced, resulting in one of the finest displays of the Maranello marque ever brought together in the UK.
“It feels like yesterday that we were putting the finishing touches on the first Salon Privé Concours some 12 years ago. Whilst constantly innovating each year, we’ve also stayed true to the core ethos of Salon Privé – to celebrate the world’s best cars, collectors and manufacturers in a quintessentially British, garden party setting,” said Salon Privé Managing Director & Concours Chairman, Andrew Bagley.
“Salon Privé is forever evolving and being at Blenheim Palace has enabled us to introduce innovative ideas and concepts geared towards further enhancing the experience of Concours’ entrants and guests. Both the Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance and Concours Masters ‘Tribute to 70 Years of Ferrari’ are sure to attract significant international entries, ensuring visitors see some very rare models. We are choosing to push the boundaries of what can be delivered to our guests over three days, and we believe that Salon Privé now offers an unrivalled celebration of automotive culture, cementing its place at the forefront of the British motoring calendar.”
Further information on the Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance and Concours Masters, as well as a full list of classes, which can be found here.
Tickets for Salon Privé 2017 are on sale now
Monday, 22 May 2017
Friday, 19 May 2017
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