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Race Retro Show ... now with title sponsor Reis Motorsport Insurance


 

Stoneleigh Park, Warwicks, 21-23 February, 2020

The 18th edition of the Race Retro show, now with the support of title sponsor Reis Motorsport Insurance, was held at its regular venue, Stoneleigh Park, the 1000 acre estate, formerly the National Agricultural Centre, which is still home to many agricultural associations, over the weekend of 21–23 February. It is billed as Europe’s premier historic motorsport show, and covers virtually every facet of this important element in showcasing and preserving the motor sport history.

One of the great attractions of the show is probably one of the largest gathering of historic rally cars at any one time, to participate in runs on the two special stages laid out close to the main exhibition halls. This year there was s tiff chill breeze with some squally rain showers, but that didn’t stop large crowds from lining the barriers to enjoy the action. The cars taking part covered virtually everything from grass roots club rallying, like the Nissan Micra, to Audi Quattros and WRC exponents from Citroen, Ford, Peugeot, Skoda and Volkswagen. The star attraction was the appearance of the legendary French rally driver Didier Auriol, in a replica of the Sierra Cosworth that he drove to successes many moons ago. There was even something for Ferrari fans, with a pair of yellow 308 GTBs in rally trim, one being the venerable original fibreglass bodied example of Tony Worswick, chassis # 19619, which he rallied in its prime, and continues to run in historic gatherings like this many years later.

There was further Ferrari interest in the main exhibition as the Ferrari Owners’ Club had a stand to promote their various competition series, which featured the pristine 328 GTB of Jim Cartwright, chassis # 76009, which has been a regular competitor in the Pirelli Formula Classic series for a number of years. Club Secretary, Gary Dearn, and Director, Gary Culver, were amongst those manning the stand over the course of the weekend. The Silverstone Auction, sited in a separate hall between the main show halls and the rally stages, also featured five Ferraris within the lots on offer, including a pair as diverse as a 1965 vintage 330 GT 2+2 and a 488 Challenge car from 2018.

The show’s main feature displays are always gathered around the main interview stage in Hall, and this year there was a quartet of diverse offerings. The Reis Pride of Paddock display featured cars from a variety of motor sport disciplines, that had either “competed in a motorsport event since their manufacture and be made or emulate a vehicle dated, pre-2000”. This provided a wide range of different offerings on display, ranging from a 1937 Hillegrass Sprint Car, through sixties saloons like a Ford Anglia, Hillman Super Imp and Alfa Romeo Giulia, to GT cars like a Jaguar E-Type, Lotus Elan and a rare Sunbeam Harrington Le Mans Coupé. As a celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Formula One World Championship there was a “Greatest Grid” display, with a selection of F1 cars that have taken part in the championship over the years, including a Lotus 24, a BRM P48, a Shdow DN1, a Williams FW07, a Jordan 194, a BAR 006 and a Ferrari F310, albeit the latter only being a static show car. Nearby there was a “Motoring Milestones” display, which featured an Audi Quattro rally car as part of its 40th anniversary celebration, Colin McRae’s World Rally Championship winning Subaru WRX and a Mini Cooper built as tribute to the late Barrie Williams, whose exuberant driving style thrilled crowds at racing meetings over many years.

On the subject of tributes, there were a further two tributes to recently departed motoring figures. The first of these was to the legendary Jaguar test driver, the late Norman Dewis OBE, with a trio of Jaguars that he was involved with on display, namely a C-Type, an E-Type and the gloriously curvaceous XJ13. There was also a tribute to the late Russell Brookes, with a fine array of the rally cars that he drove during his illustrious career.

Apart from the main feature displays there were plenty of interesting offerings on the trade and dealer stands, together with historic kart demonstration runs, preceding the rally stage action, on both the Saturday and the Sunday. There were also all the peripheral stands offering all sorts of memorabilia, from scale models, books, brochures and almost anything one could care to think of that was automotive related, together with a large autojumble area in an adjacent hall.

Ferraris in the Silverstone Auction

Model

Colour

Chassis #

Result

330 GT 2+2

Silver

6875

NS

308 GTB Vetroresina

Red

19933

NS

348 GT Competizione

Red

97513

£130,000

FF

Black Met’

184313

£79,875

488 Challenge

Red

236437

£143,333

 

Keith Bluemel         
03/2020