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VSCC Race Season Finale at Mallory Park
The Vintage Sports-Car Club returns to the ever-popular Mallory Park later this month for its 2016 Race Season finale on Saturday 24 September.
The Leicestershire venue is a firm favourite amongst the Club’s Competitors and Spectators, down to its grassroots feeling and superb track that always encourages top quality racing, with the celebrated annual Handicap Race for Pre-1918 Edwardian Cars sure to be the highlight of the day, if not the year.
The unique event – the only one of its kind in the world – regularly attracts a capacity grid of international Pre-1918 machinery, with almost all taking part over 100 years old. In addition to the action on track, Club Principal Associates, Bonhams, will again be supporting the day with an impressive period display in the Paddock, with all the competing cars on show alongside other fine examples from this pioneering era of motor racing and more Vintage entertainment besides.
The race will be part of an exciting 11-Race programme, headlined by Trophy races for Vintage, Post-Vintage and Historic Racing and Sports-Cars.
The day’s title feature will honour local British Racing hero, Bob Gerard who, having competed so successfully at another well-known Midlands circuit for many years, was invited to open the newly constructed Mallory Park Race Circuit in 1956, with one of the most challenging and famous corners in the country still bearing his name today.
Accommodating the most prestigious Racing Cars of the immediate Pre- and Post-war era, we look forward to welcoming representatives of ERA, Riley and Cooper Bristol – manufacturers with which Bob was so closely associated – alongside other examples of the era such as Bugatti, Alta, Connaught, Lotus and more to honour him in style.
Elsewhere, the race for Vintage Racing Cars of the 1920s is sure to prove another thrilling spectacle with some of the UK’s best Historic racers on board, whilst the very finest Sports-Cars of the Pre-war era will also be in action, complemented by welcome Invited grids for Formula Junior – the popular series celebrating its 60th Anniversary – and the AR Motorsport Morgan Challenge.
With its amphitheatre setting, Mallory Park offers some of the best Spectator viewing in the UK, with many elevated areas from which you can enjoy the action outdoors or from the comfort of your own vehicle. Once again, those arriving in Pre-war cars are encouraged to gather in the dedicated parking area above the Devil’s Elbow parallel to the Start/Finish straight whilst you can also follow the access roads around the edge of the circuit and park up all the way down to the famous Gerard’s Bend.
As at all VSCC events, there will be free entry to the Competitor Paddock, accessed via the footbridge over the Start/Finish straight; here you will be able to get up close to the competing machinery, speak to the drivers, and explore the day’s Trade Stands and Autojumble.
Practice will get underway at 9.30am with racing to begin at 1.00pm following the Lunch Break (all timings subject to change).
Advance Tickets are on sale now (VSCC Members: £8.00, www.vscc.co.uk; Non-Members: £10.00,www.malloryparkcircuit.com) or will be available on the gate (All: £12.00). Children Under 16 go free.
Don’t miss our annual Edwardian Handicap Race at Mallory Park – the only race of its kind in the world.
Photo: Mark Ballard