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Newsletter August 2020 Issue 43

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Silverstone Finals – Sunday 18th October 2020

A bumper grid at the Silverstone Finals continued the theme of large entries throughout 2020, with 31 entries. Our average entry this year was 29.5 cars, up from last year which was 23.1, so a massive thanks to all of the drivers for supporting such a fantastic Championship.

The racing this year has been super close, and the finals weekend went down to the wire; we had 8 people who in theory could have won the Championship going into the final round, just like F1!!

Our Champion, Antony Ross, kept his cool to take his Alfa Romeo 1750 Spider to the Historic Road Sports Championship, 27 years after he won the HSCC Improved Road Sports crown in the same car.


Cadwell – Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September 2020

I think that F1 could take some lessons from the HRS Championship, they have had four races this year and had four different outright winners, these are not my words, but something that I overheard whilst queuing for coffee in the club house.
It makes you think, doesn’t it? We had a fabulous and varied grid for the Wolds Trophy weekend at Cadwell with the largest field for many years with 28 cars in all, almost twice that of our grid last year, so a huge thank you to everyone who supported the HRS.

The KeKi Cobra took pole position with the Morgan of Will Plant and the elan of Paul Tooms all qualifying in a faster time than last year’s lap record, Paul a mere 0.027 behind the Morgan. P4 & P5 taken by Jonathan Rose and Jonathan Stringer, very close behind and Mark Godfrey’s Ginetta just 0.151 behind the Lotus 7. Class D pole was secured by Anthony Ross in the beautiful boat tail Alfa followed by Brian Arculus taking class E pole.

Jonathan Rushton continued his dominance of class B , qualifying in P12 overall, just ahead of fellow class B Triumph TR4 of Colin Sharp, less than half a second off the pace of the Morgan Plus4.

Richard Owen gained class F pole in the TR2 in P16 overall. Click to read more.

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Oulton Park – Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th August 2020

What a turn out!!

Our second race weekend of the COVID season at the wonderful Oulton Park Gold Cup meeting and a grid of 30 cars, of which eleven were Morgan’s. A big thankyou to Richard Plant for all his efforts encouraging such a grid.
With some testing early on Saturday morning, John Davison was setting the early pace and qualifying in the afternoon went the same way with the Elan on pole with a lead of just under a second (0.958). Class B pole was secured by Jonathan Ruston in his Morgan Plus 4, just behind the Cobra of Nigel Griffiths; it was Nigel’s first ever race and he pipped Jonathan by 0.029 of a second, they were to have a fabulous race swapping places throughout with Nigel managing to hold on by a couple of seconds.

A warm welcome to Nigel in his first race with HRS, great to see.
Other first timers with HRS were David Shackleton in his beautifully prepared baby blue Elan, he ran a time of 2:05 in the race which was mightily impressive for a first ever race…

Watch out JD … you have some future competition here!!



Brands – Sunday 12th July

I cannot believe that this is the 40th newsletter that I have written!
So, we finally got to race in 2020 under new conditions, with social distancing and remote sign on procedures; added to that, great weather and dry conditions all day for the 31 starters. A fantastic varied grid of superstar 50’s & 60’s GT racers.
John Davison returned in his elan and took up his customary position of pole in qualifying, heading the Cobra by 0.2 seconds. Mark Godfrey took P3 in his Ginetta G4 0.3 ahead of Jonathan Stringer in his Lotus Seven S2, with Paul Tooms hot on his heels in the Turner MK3. Heading class D in 9th overall was Anthony Ross in his Alfa Romeo 1750 Spider, a fantastically impressive performance. First of our invitation cars was David Alexander in his pretty Lotus Elite, followed closely by Adrian Gilbert in the elan and then another Elite, this time Brian Arculus who was doing his best to emanate James Bond as he was 0.007 behind Adrian. Jonathan Rushton followed in P14 overall to head class B. For those of you with Facebook, please do take a look at Jonathan’s in car footage of the race he had with Brian where he finished 0.028 behind the elan at the end of the twenty minutes. Richard Owen took class F honours in his Triumph TR2. Continue reading.

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Hope you are keeping safe and well.

Here's our first newsletter, kicking off the new season of racing next month.

I am delighted to say, in these uncertain times, that we will finally be getting our first race of 2020 at Brands Hatch on Sunday 12th July (see timetable below). Currently we have a fantastic entry grid of 26 cars, but there are still a few places left on the grid, so please do get your entries in ASAP.

This year’s Championship will be made up of four weekends and five races in all:

Brands Hatch Legends of Brands Super Prix :
11 July - 12 July
Oulton Park Gold Cup :
29 August - 31 August
Cadwell Park Wolds Trophy :
19 September - 20 September
Silverstone Finals Meeting :
17 October - 18 October

The HRS Championship will mirror the same format as the 70’s Road Sports, in that all the remaining races will now count towards your annual tally of Championship points.

As the HSCC move into this new world, the strategy is to remove paper-based systems and to have more reliance on email, online entries, ticketing and membership. So please do register yourself with the online systems, especially in this time of lockdown whereby we do not have access to the paper-based systems from main club HQ.

Hopefully, you will have all received your HSCC magazine and read the article from Dick Coffey about his entry into the HSCC and his experiences over the years.


Spa Six Hours

The HSCC closed wheel race forms part of the wonderful Spa Six Hour weekend. An all comer style event with 61 cars starting, unfortunately HRS were to field only 7 of those, 3 from class A, three from class C and an invitation car. As usual with Spa the weather can be highly unpredictable with a microclimate all of its own. Qualifying was to take place on a damp but drying track, with Richard Plant taking a comfortable pole position in P17 overall, the Cobra of Kevin Kivlochan in P21 and Roddie Feilden’s mighty GT350 Mustang in P31. Jonathan Rose Elan headed class C in P 36, Barry Ashdown in P41, Steve Monk 911 in P42 and Teifion Salisbury Lotus 7 in P57.
Our first thirty-minute race was on Saturday and a dry track. The KeKi cobra climbed 10 places to take the overall HRS win, with Richard Plant’s Plus 8 in P2 (P15 overall) and Roddie’s GT350 in P23 overall , having started from the back of the grid as the marshals seemingly gave up hope of an accurate grid as the mid field lined up!!! The Lotus elan of Barry Ashdown piped Jonathan Rose to an impressive win in class C in P28 overall and Jonathan in P29, with the little Lotus 7 of Teifion in P39 overall. Steve Monk 911 finishing in P55.

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Silverstone Finals

fantastic turnout for the last race of the season with a total of twenty-nine cars on the starting grid, with one of the wettest Octobers on record we were lucky to have a dry-ish qualifying and dry race.
Most of the Championship positions had been decided, although there were a few hanging in the balance, still to be contested.
Overall our Champion was KeKi in his Cobra with a solid performance through the year, Jonathan Rose was uncatchable in P2 overall and had secured class C. However, the third slot for the year was still in the balance with Roger Lee on 58 points and Tony Davis with 55 points. So there was all to be played for to secure the last podium slot of the annual results, although Tony had already secured class E. Class B was safe in the hands of Johan Denekamp in the TVR and Class D was safe in the hands of John Shaw (who also won the HSCC/HRS Porsche Challenge Trophy too). Richard Plant needed to win class A at Silverstone to take the year’s class award, as he was 7 points behind the Neil merry Sunbeam Tiger as he went into the race.

Bob Rowe qualified in P5…mighty

Harry Brown in the MGB GT leads the Ginettas

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Oulton Park Gold Cup

The Oulton Park circuit opened in 1953 and the first Gold Cup meeting was held the following year. As a sign of things to come Stirling Moss won both the first and second events; he would go on to win the Gold Cup a further three times before an accident prematurely ended his career. Perhaps appropriately it was Moss that was at the wheel when the Ferguson P99 took the first ever victory by a four-wheel drive F1 car and the last victory for a front-engined F1 car, in the 1961 Gold Cup race. Other famous winners include Jack Brabham and Denny Hulme.
A hot sunny Bank Holiday with record temperatures was the backdrop of qualifying for the HRS race. Pole was going to form with the Cobra ahead of hot shoe GT racer Will Plant in his fathers Plus 8 Morgan, but only by a fraction of 0.1 seconds. Half-way through quali the session was red flagged due to Ian Burford’s Ginetta being beached in the gravel at Lodge Corner, following a brake failure. The restart was to be six minutes, so two flying laps. On the last lap Will knocked KeKi off the top spot by 0.087 seconds.....

KeKi maintains his unbeaten run (just!!) with Will Plant taking P2 in his fathers Plus 8 Morgan
and Roger Lee another podium for the season (photo credit: Alan Cox)


Croft Nostalgia Weekend

During the late 1940s and into the 1950s, Darlington & District Motor Club held Motor Race Meetings on various layouts of the ex RAF airbase, utilising the runways and perimeter roads and then in 1962 Bruce Ropner and fellow enthusiasts bought half the venue at public auction, completing a track on the site in July 1964. The first meeting in August 1964, attracted a crowd of between 30,000 and 50,000 people. Highlight of that first ever meeting was Gentleman Jack Sears, who was due to race the red & white Willment Cobra. However, the Cobra broke a rocker prior to practice effectively putting the Cobra out of the event.

The owner of the track at that time, Bruce Ropner offered to lend his Cobra to Jack Sears to qualify in whilst the Red Wilment Cobra was being repaired by team mechanic, Mike Brown, following a spectator offering his own Cobra engine to be cannibalised and to be used by the John Willment team for use in the red and white cobra.
Well, as many of our readers know, we at HRS do not like to be outdone, so we had our own version of this unusual event. The Austin Healey Sprite of Peter Chappell broke a rocker in qualifying and a kind spectator offered Peter the use of his spare from his car. Tony Davis, our very own “Mike Brown”, duly fitted the new item to allow Peter to race his car in race two on Sunday, just to keep to complete authenticity.

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It is certainly a long way for most of our competitors, but any concerns about the location soon disappeared as we enjoyed one of the best weekends of racing for many years.
The welcome that we all received at the circuit from the man on the gate, to the cafe and all supporting staff, made it was clear that we were all in for a great weekend. A big thankyou to all at the main HSCC office for helping and making the weekend that bit more special. The extra effort made to conduct a podium for all to celebrate did not go un-noticed as was gratefully received by all drivers.
According to the locals, it never rains on Anglesey ... Hmmmm, not sure I am fully convinced, however for our race weekend that was certainly true, indeed Saturday evening with free beers at the circuit cafe , courtesy of the HSCC and wonderful sunshine, made for a chilled and friendly atmosphere; with a distant sea view, you could have been fooled to believe we were enjoying a Mediterranean evening.
Qualifying was all a bit new as for most, if not all our drivers, this was the first ever race at the circuit, so 15 minutes to learn and quali was a new challenge. The KeKi Cobra was on pole, with Roger Lee in his Lotus 7 in P2, by less than half a second to the ever-improving Sunbeam Tiger of Neil Merry and the mightier Archway Motors Shelby GT350 of Larry Tucker. A welcome return for John Shaw in class D in his beautifully prepared 911. With 21 cars on the starting grid, HRS was one of the best supported Championships of the weekend, so much thanks to all the drivers.
Unfortunately, Roger Lee was to suffer terminal clutch failure on his 7, just as he finished qualifying, so an amended started grid promoted Neil Merry to P2 for a lock out front row of Ford V8 power. read more..


Cadwell Race Report

With the weather unable to make its mind up, we were all glued to the weather apps on our phones, wets or dry?
The decision for qualifying was eventually clear…dry tyres and the weather held out until half an hour after we finished quali, when the heavens opened.

Pole was secured by KeKi in the Blue Demo Cobra, ahead of the Mark Godfrey Ginetta G4 by 1.327 seconds, who in turn had a gap of 0.717 to P3, Roger Lee in his 64 Lotus Seven, just half a second ahead of Jonathan Stringer in a similar car.

Chris Burbury was the solo entry in class B and no entries in class D

Class E had three entries and pole was secured by Dick Coffey.

Our first race drew us all back to the weather app…dry, wet? The consensus decision was dry tyres, which was probably the “correct” choice despite a race that was classified as “Drizzle/damp”. The KeKi Cobra lead the charge with a tight battle for P2 between Mark Godfrey in the Ginetta, Jonathan Rose in the Elan and Jonathan Stringer and Roger Lee, both in Lotus 7’s.

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Newsletter June 2019 Issue 33

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Combined Silverstone and Snetterton newsletter.

Silverstone International Trophy Meeting for the Peter Shaw Cup
In memory of the late Peter Shaw, a prolific HSCC racer of many years who sadly passed way recently.

Thirty cars lined up for qualifying for the new Peter Shaw Memorial Trophy which took place on the Silverstone F1 GP circuit with many of the normal HRS regular, with a noticeable absentee!!
The grid was made up of cars from various other championships, from Historic Touring cars, Guards and Fiscars 50’s sports racing cars.
Qualifying was on a dry circuit for a 30-minute session. William Plant set the fastest time on lap 3 in the family Morgan of 2:31.110 with Tim Pearce and Peter Garland both in Morgan’s filling the top three places. All cars were called for weighing in the scrutineering bay where the Plant’s Morgan was found to be 3Kgs under-weight as it was a non-championship round, they elected to move to the invitation class and not to be eligible for any of the silverware.

The race got off to a good start with William Plant taking the lead from the outset with a good array of cars all fighting for position all through the field. William built up a 21 second lead just as the safety car was diploid, this caught out a number of cars where positions changed accordingly. After the safety car was called in Robyn Pearce took over from Tim Pearce where the new battle began for the lead with Richard Plant. Positions changed on numerous occasions with Robyn finally taking a very well-deserved win by just 0.210 of second to win the Peter Shaw trophy with Philip St Clair-Tisdall and Simon King in 3rd place in yet another Morgan!!

Words: Richard Plant

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Donington – The Season’s Opener

We had the largest grid entry in HRS for over six years, so a huge thankyou to everyone who entered. Morgan took the front row with KeKi and Tim Pearce, but hot on their tails was the 3-litre SC Porsche of John Williams, who was joining us as a guest from 70’s Road Sports and the ever-improving Jonathan Rose in the green and yellow Elan. Class B pole was taken by Colin Sharp in his beautifully prepared TR4; with no entries in class D, it was left for Class E pole to be taken by Ian Ross in the Ginetta G15.

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Silverstone 21 Oct 2018 Race Report

So, we return to Silverstone for the last race of the season, John Davison has already secured the Championship and a very deserving winner he is too. With Class A, B and E all wrapped up, we had potential for a battle for class D between Harry Brown in the MGB GT and Adam Ross in the Alfa, however Harry did not enter the finals, so all Adam needed to do was score some points to win. But a DNF by Adam

would put class D down to the “count back”, which was awarded to Adam in the Alfa. Harry Brown however was not to leave the year empty handed and has won the Gerry Marshall award for novice driver.
Jonathan Rose secured P2 in class C in his maiden season with us, very impressive indeed, hopefully he will be hot on John’s heels next year.

Barry Davison nips past Nick Savage



Mallory - 10 June 2018 Race Report

A welcome return to the Leicestershire circuit, one that HRS has not raced at for many years; a double header race and qualifying all on the same day.
Whilst we had a smaller grid than usual, only 17 cars, it still made for close racing on the relatively short 1.35-mile circuit.
Qualifying went to form with John Davison taking pole, a convincing 1.144 ahead of the Morgan of Kevin Kivlochan and Tim Pearce taking the P3 quali slot. Jim Grant travelled all the way from Scotland with his white S3 Elan and qualified 0.007 ahead of the Dick Coffey Turner who was in turn 0.05 ahead of Mike Leese in the Lotus 7. The ever-improving Johan Denekamp took class B pole. A new entrant for Andrew Lovett in his Sunbeam Rapier, who wished to try out some races with HRS before committing to a 2019 season with us. Judging by the smiles on his face through the day, I think he is hooked! more...

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Race Reports From
Donington Race Report
Snetterton Race Report
Cadwell Race Report

The Nick Savage Camero closley pursued by Charles Clegg's Marcos.


Well it is nearly that time of year for our season’s opener.
Below is the entry list so far, so if you haven’t entered there is still time.
We have a great program for 2018 and I look forward to seeing you all at the tracks soon!

Barry Davison’s Elan is back after a winter rebuild following the season finals at Silverstone.
Looking sweet Barry!

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Our Champions for 2017

Wow, Wow, Wow… What a final!
Before I go into the fantastic finals weekend, can I take this opportunity to thank our wonderful sponsors, who help us with the support of this newsletter, our web site, drinks and nibbles at the Gold Cup, our winners jackets and awards; many thanks indeed for your assistance.

Many congratulations to our Joint Champions and class winners:



SPA Six Hours
The closest Championship for years!!
The 2017 Championship has proved to be a real classic with three separate drivers across three separate classes contending the Championship at the last race, the Silverstone Finals in late October.
Heading the pack is Peter Shaw in his beautifully prepared elan with 63 points. Hot on his heals are Will Plant in the Morgan Plus 8 and Dick Coffey, last year’s Champion in his Turner, both with 60 points. So, with a class win at Silverstone, Peter will be home and dry, however consider this as a possible scenario. If Peter were to get second in class and both Will and Dick were to get a class win, then all three would be on 69 points at year end.

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Oulton Park Gold Cup
The Oulton Park brought wonderful weather to HRS.
John Davison continued his dominance of HRS this year with an impressive pole position and subsequent victory to take the top step once more. Will Plant gave chase in his Morgan Plus 8, finishing 1.426 seconds behind John who controlled the race beautifully.


John Davison scored a very impressive double header win, neither HRS or 70’s could catch him!
Here he leads Will Plant in the Morgan and Peter Shaw in the Elan.

Oulton Park Gold Cup HRS drinks
All racers and crew are welcome to join the HRS at Kevin Kivlochan’s Camper, situated in the HRS paddock on Saturday afternoon from 1pm following the qualifying, for drinks and some nibbles! See you there!

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Legends of Brands Hatch Superprix – 1/2 July

Wow, wow, wow! Hot, hot, hot! The British Summer continues and for the second time this season the Historic Road Sports race was the most exciting race of the weekend with a 29-car grid.
There were not one, not two, but three amazing battles through the field. The most outstanding of these was the battle for P13 down to P20; no less than 8 cars battled for these places with all eight being separated by only 10.078 seconds!! An amazingly close finish between Marc Gordon in his Lotus Elite and Richard Owen in his Triumph TR2, who were separated by only 0.043 seconds both fighting for P19 would normally be the closest finish of the whole HSCC weekend. However, the HRS team put on an even closer finish between Nik Spencer, MGB and Simon Bowrey in is gorgeous 1965 SWB Porsche 911. They were fighting for P17 and Simon pipped Nik by 0.025 seconds. The train of these cars was an amazing sight and the gossip of the paddock, well done team HRS.

For those who want to see what 0.025 seconds looks like…

Well, Cadwell certainly lived up to its reputation this weekend. The weather was outstanding, the circuit is outstanding and the whole environment so good that it makes it a great place to spend a weekend.
Somewhat disappointing therefore that we only had 19 cars line up for Qualifying, of which 4 were ‘Invitation Class’.

However, it was great to welcome back Jonathan Stringer in his Lotus 7 following a major re-build, and our very own sponsor, Larry Kennedy, in his new Lotus Elan S1 (shared with Paul Tooms) after 3 years out of racing due to ankle injury. Andy Shepherd also came out to play in his Lotus 7 and James Owen came out in his TR5 for the first time this year. Ian Ross was also a welcome sight back on the grid following his unfortunate engine failure at Silverstone.

Another welcome face was Jim Grant in his lovely white Elan, and the Sunbeams of Mike Foley and Stephen Chapman who join us as invitees for a couple of the ‘northern meetings’.
Qualifying on Saturday saw 6 out of the first seven grid positions taken by Lotus cars, 4 Elan’s and 2 ‘sevens’. Peter Shaw was outstanding in his Elan S1 being 2.7 seconds faster than Andy Shepherd in the Seven to take pole, with the Elans of Larry Kennedy, Barry Ashdown and Robert Rowe in hot pursuit, closely challenged by Jonathan Stringer in his Seven.
Johan Denekamp took Class B honours in the TVR Tuscan, Christopher Reece took class D and Dick Coffey (just behind the Lotus’s) took Class E. (No class A this weekend, where were all you Morgans??)

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Silverstone International meeting

A strong and healthy grid of 29 cars took part in this great event. With qualifying and race on the same day and a mixed weather forecast, tyre strategy could be a key choice. Qualifying went to form with John Davison taking pole over Will Plant in his Morgan and the third slot going to Peter Shaw in his Elan. Class poles were taken by Costas Michael, MGB for class D, Dick Coffey took class E in the Turner, Johan Denekamp class B honours in his TVR and class F went to Richard Owen in his Triumph TR2. The weather was kind to us with a mainly dry race, barring the last few laps, where the drizzle started to change the track conditions towards the end. Thankfully the heavy rain abated and the race was kept fairly dry. The heaven’s opening up whilst we were in Parc Ferme; apologies to those who got wet waiting for the weigh bridge. The lead class positions finished as per qualifying apart from Paul Brown in his MGB who jumped ahead of the Alpine of Costas Michael.


Welcome to the New Season of the HRS News!

Welcome to the new season HRS newsletter. Donington was the first HRS race that I have missed for 4 years! An 80th birthday party for my Mother-in-law in Ireland being the perfect excuse, plus the lure of real Guinness!! So I owe a great gratitude to the 2016 HRS Champion, Dick Coffey for standing in and compiling this newsletter.

I am delighted to welcome a group of novices in to the HRS championship; Kieron Bailie and Teifion Salisbury have acquired Simon Haughton’s Lotus 7 to share for the season and Mike Leese is another novice with a Lotus 7; Ian Ross has acquired Peter Bornhauser’s Ginetta G15 and Jamie Mason is the final novice in this batch racing a Turner Mk2. Patrick Ward-Booth has found a Ginetta G4 in America which he hopes to have running in time for the first round whilst his Lotus Elan is currently up for sale. So we have a real contest on in 2017 for the Gerry Marshall Novice Trophy.

First race of the year was the Historic Road Sports Championship round and young Will Plant took over his father Richard’s Morgan Plus 8 to score the first win of the HSCC season. However, he had to contend with a major early challenge from the Lotus Elans of John Davison and Peter Shaw. In fact, it was his own moment at the chicane that allowed Plant to escape as the sight of the Morgan sideways across the track prompted Davison to spin. Shaw moved into second and held off the recovering Davison to the flag.

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Sponsorship News for 2017

I am delighted to confirm the continued support for 2017 from Demon Tweeks, RACE Ltd, Riley Creative, Thatcham Research and Witchampton Garage.

*** Happy New Year! ***


Huge congratulations to Dick Coffey on winning the HRS Championship this year with 8 class wins out of nine races. Naturally I have to ask Dick, “what on earth went wrong at Silverstone?” Brilliant performance and well done!
Editor’s Note: Actually, Dick won Class E at Silverstone too, he was the only Class E entry!

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Many congratulations to Dick Coffey who has had a solid season and domination - a well-deserved Champion for 2016.


Keki leads the pack on his way to a double race win
Race Write Up
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The annual Croft Nostalgia weekend is a real favourite of mine, there is a special atmosphere to the place. I think it is partly due to the amazing efforts that are put together by so many people; the military vehicles, the air displays, the evening entertainment with live music and the classic car clubs all add to the event. This year we had a combined grid with the 70's RoadSports Championship to create a huge 36 car grid to guarantee close racing for all.
Qualifying saw HRS take overall honours with John Davison taking pole position over James Dean in his Lotus Europa and Peter Shaw taking P3. The race start however was rather different as John Davison had broken his gearbox in his élan, which put him out for the weekend. Peter Shaw had a broken clutch fork, which Ian Daniels managed to repair for the second race, but there simply was not time to get the car ready for race one. So the inherited HRS qualifying became Kevin "Keki" Kivlochan on pole with David Bowland in his G4 in P2 and Simon Haughton in third place. David Bowland made a superb start to take P3 overall, leaping ahead of the Morgan, he kept Keki at bay for a few laps, but once passed the Morgan of Kivlochan was secure in his first of two HRS wins of the weekend, with Jim Grant taking P3 in his Élan. Class E honours went to Dick Coffey in his Turner maintaining his dominance over the class and Championship this year.

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Brands Hatch

A super 26 car grid at the legends of Brands Hatch weekend, showed off the HRS in a great light.
John Davison took pole in his Elan S3 ahead of an impressive run by Ian Burford in his Ginetta G4, closely followed by Frazer Gibney only 0.168 behind in his Elan. So Lotus and Ginetta occupied the top 5 slots with Richard Plant taking 6th in qualifying in his Morgan. Ahead in class E was Shaun Haddrell in his Turner MK1 and class B “pole” was James Owen in his TR5.
Peter Shaw who qualified in P4 improved his Elan into a final position of P2, some ten seconds behind our winner, John Davison, with Ian Burford taking the last podium slot.
Our top five places were all held by class C cars with P6 going to Kevin Kivlochan in his Morgan.
Dick Coffey triumphed in class E in P8 overall, some four seconds ahead of Shaun in a similar car.
Class B was won by James Owen and Class D was won by Nik Spencer in his MGB.


A damp and cold first qualifying made for some hairy moments through Hall Bends and the Hairpin with Barn in particular proving very twitchy leading onto the start/finish straight.
Peter Shaw continued his domination of 2016 with a convincing pole position, some 2.7 seconds ahead of P2, Kevin Kivlochan in his Morgan, Bob Rowe a close third. Dick Coffey qualified an impressive 5th just behind Jonathan Stringer in his Lotus Seven.

Race 1
Whilst cold and cloudy, it remained dry for our race. All got away cleanly but sadly it was red flagged when Jonathan Stringer spun his Lotus Seven at the Gooseneck and despite his best efforts, Patrick in the ex-Roger Waite élan had nowhere to go.

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Silverstone – the home of British motor sport and of course the current home of the British GP. The best prepared track in the UK with the safest run off. A track length of 3.6miles. Another exposed former airfield which on a cool day is bitter cold. On a wet day it is very hard going. But this is mid-May and the start of the British summer – we have much to look forward to!

What an amazing grid and thanks to all for your continued support. Peter Shaw won an exciting and narrow victory by 0.263 of a second, giving him his second win of the season. Robin Pearce once again took the third podium slot in his Morgan winning class A. Nik Spencer took class D honours in his MGB, a mere 3.006 seconds ahead of our 2014 Champion, John Shaw in his 911. Class B saw a convincing win from James Owen in his TR5. Dick Coffey was the only class E runner…c’mon class E, we need your support!!

At the time of writing, the grids for Cadwell are disappointingly low; I would urge anyone who is contemplating Cadwell to put in a last minute entry, as it is a wonderful circuit and a great weekend.

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Welcome to the New Season of the HRS News!

It was great to see everyone again after the winter break and super to see some new faces too.

Race Write Up – Castle Combe

Our first successful race at Castle Combe. We were exceptionally lucky with the weather and had a wonderful day out. Unfortunately, 70s Roadsports had to cope with snow the day before…..Shame !!!!!!!
Our grid had a total of 27 cars. It was a clean race. Peter Shaw had a dominating and convincing victory in his mighty white Elan, while the Morgans’ of Pearce and Plant had a good tussle on the last lap, with Pearce holding Plant off for a Class victory.
Patrick Ward-Booth made a debut in his Lotus Elan that he recently acquired from Roger Waite and came a respectable 6th, while Ian Burford was out in the ex-Justin Murphy Ginetta.
Roger Lee raced his pastel blue Ginetta for the first time out.

Winner of Class A – Tim Pearce, Morgan Plus 8
Winner Class B – James Owen, Triumph TR5
Winner Class C – Peter Shaw, Lotus Elan
Winner Class D – John Shaw, Porsche 911
Winner Class E – Dick Coffey, Turner MK1

The next outing is at Silverstone on 21st May; look forward to seeing everyone there.

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Wishing you and your families a very Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for 2016.

Silverstone Finals

It is with some sadness that I write the last race report of 2015, partly as it is now over six months until the next race and also partly due to the sad loss of Terry. Unfortunately Terry, who has served Silverstone Circuit well for many years passed away on the last lap of the last race of the year, how very sad. Terry had worked hard to help all drivers to stay focused and keep on track, to help us all enjoy our racing and for that we are eternally thankful. But sadly there is an end for us all and Terry sadly passed away quietly after being thoroughly annihilated by a Morgan on the last lap of the year …. shame. We shall all miss Terry….Terry the Traffic cone!

But seriously; it has been a fantastic year, with hard fought races all through the grids and fair honest and clean racing all round. Class E went to the wire with Dick Coffey securing the Class.
Our grid was dominated at the front by Morgan’s and Elans taking the top six places, with Peter Shaw’s Elan showing dominance after a hard fought battle with Kevin Kivlochan in his Morgan Plus 8, the lead swapping many times during the twenty minute race.

It was wonderful to see our largest grid of US muscle this year with three mustangs and a Camaro, with Martin Edridge leading this pack and an impressive 7th overall.

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Brands Hatch

Brands Hatch saw a late flurry of entries to bring the grid up to 15 starters.

As we are now in the twilight of the season, we saw a number of classes wrapped up with one round remaining. Colin Sharp has won class B and Roger Waite has secured class C, with Richard Owen winning class F. An interesting situation in class D whereby John Shaw, last year’s Champion has held onto class D if he competes at Silverstone, as John will need to do a minimum of four rounds (HRS regs 1.7.3).

Class E however still hangs in the balance between Dick Coffey in his Turner 57 points and Larry Tucker in his MG Midget 52 points. Roger Waite made a commanding start to this year’s Championship; however a troubled weekend at Croft turned the balance in favour of Kevin Kivlochan in his Morgan, who has now secured the overall Championship this year.

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Oulton Park Gold Cup

An impressive 24 car grid at The Gold Cup. Roger Waite ranked up another win in his élan, although Patrick Ward Booth made him work hard with a gap of less than three seconds at the end of a dry twenty minutes; David Bowland took fastest lap of the race with a 2:02.495.
Larry Tucker took Class E, ahead of Dick Coffey by a mere 0.375 of a second.
Colin Sharp took Class B honours in his TR5.
Closest dice of the day went to Nick Savage in his Chevy Camaro and John Shaw in his 911, with a gap of 0.021.
After the race there was a stewards enquiry as it was rumoured that Nick Savage won by attaching his transponder to a selfie stick!!

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Croft Nostalgia Weekend

The great thing with Historic Racing is the variety and competition; with six weekends now completed and five different race winners, the Historic Road Sports Championship certainly leads the way.
The weather was kind to us all weekend. Saturday morning saw an early start and a combined qualifying session with the 70's, so a busy track for all. Peter Shaw put his Élan on pole, closely followed by John Davison also in an Élan. Peter ran a beautifully controlled race from start to finish to win by 6.351 seconds to John Davison and Kevin Kivlochan taking the last podium spot. Dick Coffey winning class E in his Turner.

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Brands Hatch HSCC Super Prix

It is with mixed emotions that I write the summary of our Brands Super Prix meeting.
Firstly I would like to thank all who entered to provide what was surely the best, most varied and popular grid of the day, from a Porsche 911 to a Lotus Elite, all makes, styles and sizes were covered. We had our first entries in the Gerry Marshall Trophy and a warm welcome to Morgan and Roger Sparrow in their wonderfully prepared cars; an MG Midget and a beautiful Marine blue 911.
The race itself was not our finest hour with two red flag incidents; we were held on the grid far too long for the re-start and I have received many comments from drivers about this. I have discussed this with the main HSCC club and you will see below a response from Grahame White on this topic.

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Cadwell Park (Wolds Trophy)

Roger Waite put his stamp on the Championship with an impressive double win and taking a commanding lead it the points table. Although Larry Tucker, with 33 points in class E, is still in the mix and chipping away at Roger’s heels.
We had a wonderful two days where we were blessed by good weather and a great track. I would like to urge everyone to make the effort to attend next year; Cadwell is a wonderful track, demanding yet rewarding and I think it fair to say that everyone had a great time.

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Snetterton 13th & 14th June (Autosport Three Hours)

A very wet weekend's racing was enjoyed by all. The Historic Road Sports and the 70's Road Sports grids being amalgamated. Morgan's dominated the weekend with a 1, 2, 3 in both races. The first race being won by Richard Plant, with second place going to Philip Goddard and Kevin Kivlochan in third. Race two saw Goddard take the spoils with Plant in second.

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Wow Wow Wow, what a race we had at Donington and what a great turn out (26 car grid) and a great day for new faces.
Dave Boland turned out in his immaculate G4 and managed a very respectable 7th place.
Hugh Powell had a great first outing in Uncle Andy Shepherd's 7. He maintains it's a one-off but the grin on his face when he came off the circuit suggests otherwise!
Jason Tarr has joined us for the first time in what may be the most original TVR Griffith in historic racing today.
We also saw the welcome return of Jim Grant in his Elan and Class D was bolstered with entries from Stephen Winter and Simon Bowrey, both in 911's.
Jeremy Mortimer has rejoined after a long absence and enjoyed his second outing this season in his very nice MGB.

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Well we finally got a race in 2015 and what a race that was. We were joined by FISCAR with some beautiful 50’s sports cars to make up a grid of 39 cars.
Peter Shaw qualified his Elan on pole again, after also getting pole at Thruxton.
Sadly for Peter engine problems early in the race saw the contents of his sump dumped on the Hanger straight, offering the lead to Richard Plant in his Morgan.

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After a thoroughly damp race in 2014, it looked like we were to get a dry race this year.
Qualifying went well and without a hitch.

However our race was not to be, due to a rather nasty accident in the race before we ran out of track hours and the race was cancelled.
Hopefully all drivers who took part will know by now that that you will be receiving a refund/free next race. (Please make sure that you claim/request this at your next race entry).

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Welcome to the latest edition of Historic Road Sports News

I hope you like the format of the new Historic Road Sports News.

Since the Silverstone finals I have been busy working with Mike Eagles, Dave Randall and the HSCC office, coming up to speed with my new role. Last year we had some great races and wonderful grids, although we did suffer at a few circuits with low entries. My aim is to try and encourage friendly and safe racing for all with a good camaraderie in the paddock as I believe that over time this will help to swell our grids and provide us all with some close racing and enjoyable weekends.

The provisional calendar is shown within this news letter, however we are still not aware of the details of each weekend's schedules, when these are available I will circulate to all (although I have attached an initial provisional schedule for our first race at Thruxton). In the meantime, I have managed to “repossess” the paddock flag and as such I will aim to place this in the correct area within the paddock to encourage us to all park in the same location, so please do look out for that.

I am still trying to find and encourage some sponsorship for our series that I can use to provide hospitality for drivers and friends at the races (particularly the two day weekends), so if you know of anyone who may be willing to help in any way, please do pass them my details.

Our first race this year will be at Thruxton., There is a Premier Inn in Andover, 4 miles from the circuit and that weekend they have a saver rate of £39 for 4th (Sat) and £35 for 5th (Sun) which is Easter weekend – so you might just need to book early! (I have checked and they don’t offer discounts as they feel their room rates are competitive and they offer the best deals already).

I have been in communication with a number of potential new drivers to our series and some pervious competitors who are considering returning to race with us. If you see these people at the tracks, please do make them feel welcome.

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New HRS Chairman Kevin Kivlochan

At the recent end of term drivers' meeting, outgoing Chairman Mike Eagles remarked that the Championship was privileged to have two excellent and well supported candidates for the HRS Chair. The final vote was for Morgan racer Kevin Kivlochan. After a period spent racing elsewhere, the former champion had returned to HRS and his racing roots, where he said he felt most at home. Paul Tooms agreed to continue in his role as class C rep and was looking forward to campaigning his Turner in 2015.

Dick Coffey thanked Mike for his many years of stalwart service to HRS and led a hearty round of applause for the retiring Chairman.

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After 6 years service to HRS, Mike Eagles is stepping down as Chairman, and Paul Tooms (pictured) has offered to take on the job. An announcement will be made after the drivers' meeting at Silverstone.

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To all HRS Competitors

Preparing for the finals meeting at Silverstone
As usual, there will be a drivers meeting at the Silverstone finals meeting where the committee is
chosen (elected or re-elected, potential rule changes are discussed, the shape of the championship
rounds in 2015 is shared (as much as it can be) and I will give you feedback on what the future
might look like.

For the elected positions, I intend to step down as Chairman of Historic Roadsports. I’ve done it for
six years and it is time to hand the reins to someone else who will devote the time and effort to
ensure that our series continues to prosper. Paul Tooms has kindly offered to stand for the position
of chairman - if there is anyone who wants to put themselves as an alternative, then please let me
know as soon as possible.
I have spoken to the class representatives and they are all prepared to stand for another year. If Paul
is elected Chairman then we will need a new representative for Class C. I am aware that Peter Shaw
has offered to stand, but again if there is any one who wants to put themselves forward then you
need to let me know.
I am also prepared to stand as Class A representative if no one else wants to put them self forward.

Potential Rule Changes
We have a set of rules that seems to be providing close racing and so far as I am aware most people
are happy with. Feedback has been that stability in this area is important to people. There have
been rumblings about allowing straight cut gearboxes particularly as the Ford 2000E parts are
getting less easy to find. However, there is no firm proposal to allow this change - if there are those
that feel passionate about it then we need a proposal to consider. Beyond that our intention is to
keep the rules we have, making changes to the wording for the sake of clarity.
Again, if you want any rule changes for 2015 to be considered, then please let me know well in
advance of the Silverstone meeting.

2015 Calendar
I have not seen a proposed calendar for next year yet, but I do know there are some issues partly as a
result of the Moto GP moving to Donington which causes a cascade effect across the motorsport
planning. What I would like to hear from you at the meeting (and before if possible) are general
preferences for type of meetings (one day vs weekend, single headers vs double headers, 30 minute
vs 20 minute races, favourite circuits and ones to avoid). This will help me to give feedback to
Grahame White as the calendar takes shape. We will of course share what we know at the drivers’

The Future of HRS
HRS remains strong but we do need to ensure that we keep grid numbers up in order to keep costs
down (the same is true for the other championships). For some meetings this may mean that we will
join with other series such as 70’s Roadsports (or Fiscar) as we have in the past, but both Charles
and I are committed to keeping the two championships running in their own rights. We will need to
have invited competitors from time to time but we intend to make sure that they are appropriate.
But the best way of keeping good grid numbers is to continually attract new members. We plan to
do some more in the way of promotion in the future. As a start, we now have a website for HRS
thanks to the tireless efforts of Dave Randall pushing it along.
It will appear as a button on the HSCC website but for now please find the link attached
here. http://www.historicroadsports.com/index.html
We welcome any comments you have about it both positive and suggestions for improvements. It is
one thing to build a website, but they do need maintaining so we will need to create a proper
structure to do that.

I look forward to seeing many of you at Silverstone.

Kind regards
Mike Eagles
Paul Tooms
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Championship Chairman Mike Eagles pictured above in the white head wear.
  Welcome Competitors to HRS

The new season is upon us and hopefully we will have a good season of racing at some great circuits.

Hopefully your cars are prepared for Donington and you are raring to go.

There are few points that I need to mention which is relevant to HRS. We have a new MSA Chief Scrutineer who will be taking some of the pressure off Dallas who has given many years of service. Nigel Edwards will take over that role at some meetings. Nigel is an ex HRS competitor previously campaigning a very quick Elan for a number of years.

Dave Randall and Nigel have had a meeting to discuss the checks etc for the coming season. Both Nigel and Dave are very keen on preserving the Spirit of HRS, but at the same time insuring we do comply with the MSA Championship regs.

Nigel's tips for a trouble free season are as follows;

" Make sure you have your VIF and MOT certificates available at the Scrutineering Bay
" Make sure appropriate holes are drilled in bolts and /or studs for engine sealing.
" Make sure you read the championship regs, your car complies and that weights and ride heights are correct.
" Check all safety equipment, extinguisher dates, belts, clothing, roll cage etc.

Try to assist Nigel and Dave checking eligibility as everyone wants close racing and a level playing field.

Just also quick reminder we have a few double headers this year, plus a longer race, so try to support these meetings, particularly Croft, Caldwell Park, and Snetterton. We also have an invite to the Spa 6 Hour Weekend in mid Sept, so put that in your diary as it would be good to have a strong HRS representation.

Other news is that we are building a dedicated Website for HRS which will be linked to the HSCC website. The objective is to provide more HRS coverage and highlight things like social events and BBQ's at meetings, link with other Car Clubs, promote sponsors (Big thanks to Larry again this year) plus try to promote HRS more and improve our grids. We will be looking for contributions in forms of content and articles so please support this initiative.

Finally enjoy the season, look forward to seeing you at Donington and our race at Thruxton.

Kind regards

Mike Eagles

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