Touring Car Icons Hit The Track
One of Motor Racing Legends’ coolest grids, with its iconic car designs and dramatic liveries – the combined Historic Touring Car Challenge and Tony Dron Trophy race evokes nostalgia with the young and not so young alike. From the early ‘70s, Mk1 Ford Escorts and Capris tussle with BMW CSL ‘Batmobiles’; the early ‘80s sees the Group A Rover SD1s and MG Metro Turbos nipping at the heels of the Alfa Romeo GTVs and TWR XJSs; and the late-‘80s come alive with the slicks and wings Sierra RS500 Cosworths spitting flames as they jostle with the BMW E30 M3s and Nissan Skylines.
Equally hard-fought, the Tony Dron Trophy sees the Ford Capris and Mk 2 Escorts do battle with the Triumph Dolomite Sprints, Chevvy Camaros, Alfa Romeos and Golf GTIs for Group 1 and Group 1½ honours.
We are really please to confirm that both Silverstone Auctions and Ric Wood Motorsport have agreed to continue their valued support of the series; and both Nick Whale and Ric Wood will be joining us on track again this year.
With all rounds featuring longer distance races with a two-driver option and pit stops, the HTCC and Tony Dron Trophy will be a focal point at four of our high-profile historic race meetings this season. First off at the Donington Historic Festival on 1-2 May – a circuit where Touring Cars truly come alive through the undulating Craner Curves. Entries are already flooding in for this race and so if you’re intending to join us, we’d recommend that you enter soon to avoid disappointment.
There is already a strong representation of Ford Capri including Richard Kent’s fabulous Broadspeed car, and John Spiers’ Group 1 Capri. Fred Wakeman’s BMW CSL in Jagermeister colours makes a welcome return to the grid in new ownership as too does Nick Sleep’s Marlborough liveried Rover SD1.
In June the series visits another epic Touring Car circuit, Thruxton in Hampshire, for the Thruxton Historic meeting over the weekend of 12-13 June for a double header of two, forty-minute races.
Our Touring cars will again be one of the main highlights of The Classic at Silverstone from 30th July to 1st August where the race will be given top-billing on the programme.
And the Touring Car season comes to a close at the Motor Racing Legends end of season finale, at Silverstone Grand Prix circuit at the end of October – a fantastic opportunity for one last blast before the winter.
The 2021 schedule is:
01 – 02 May Donington Historic Festival 60 min race
12 – 13 June Thruxton Historic 2 x 40 min race
30 July – 01 August The Classic, Silverstone 45 min race
30 – 31 October Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit 60 min race
We have been hoping to include the Spa Six Hour meeting in the schedule, but right now that sadly looks unlikely to happen. However, we remain in discussion with Roadbook on this point.
The grid is divided into classes depending on capacity and on the category of car. There are three principle categories: Group 2; Group A pre-’85 and Group A pre-’90. Group 5 cars from the late ‘60s are also eligible. Turbo-charged cars have a relevant co-efficient applied to their capacity, effectively moving them up a class; and all cars must run on Dunlop or Goodyear tyres. HP Tyres will continue to provide their dedicated tyre service for this series and an order form is attached to the entry form.
At each meeting this year, the Historic Touring Car Challenge and Tony Dron trophy will share the track with cars from Sixties Touring Car Trophy with U2TC – three decades of Touring Cars represented in one exhilarating grid!
To enter the full season or just one event, please use our straightforward online system or simply download a paper form. Both are available on our website.
For further technical details please refer to the 2021 series regulations.