The sun shone on Sunday as over sixty competitors lined up for the inaugural three-hour Historic Tourist Trophy race on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit.
Motor Racing Legends were determined not to allow the grey skies of 2020 to further darken the Historic Racing season; and so the concept for the Royal Automobile Club Historic Tourist Trophy meeting was born from the demise of the Autumn programme of events. Silverstone Circuit came to the fore making the Grand Prix circuit available and, in collaboration with The Royal Automobile Club and event sponsors DK Engineering, a pioneering concept for a three-hour race for Pre-’66 GT and Touring Cars, also open to Pre-’63 GT and Pre-’61 Sports Cars gathered momentum.
In only six weeks, the Royal Automobile Club Historic Tourist Trophy meeting was born – scheduled to start at 2pm and run into dusk the programme also allowed for two one-hour support races from within the Motor Racing Legends ranks to be held in the morning. A combined Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy and Stirling Moss Trophy race for Pre ’61 Sport and Sports racing cars and a Historic Touring Car Challenge and Tony Dron Trophy with U2TC and Sixties Touring Car Challenge Touring Car race were both well supported.
Event sponsors, DK Engineering had a sumptuous display of vehicles from their showroom racing from modern supercars, to historic racing cars and the iconic Mercedes CLK GTR currently in their portfolio. Competitors were presented with goodie bags from DK Engineering and the Royal Automobile Club provided refreshments for the entire paddock.
All eyes were on the prize of the illustrious Historic Tourist Trophy – to be presented by the Royal Automobile Club. Teams comprised of one car from each class in the race, with Team ‘Ecurie Triple C’ taking the final honours; comprising of the Roger Wills and David Clark’s 1958 Lotus 15 (that finished an impressive seventh overall and won Class 1), Karsten Le Blanc and Chris Milner’s Austin Healey 3000 and the Ford Mustang of Georg Kjallgren and Jeremy Cooke. Having only been able to participate in a handful of races all season, and first time out for Kjallgren, Ecurie Triple C were over the moon to get their hands on the impressive silver wear. Class 4 victors, Julian Thomas and Calum Lockie in Thomas’s 1965 Shelby Daytona Cobra won the three-hour endure on scratch, the first of forty cars to take the final flag.
The weather was kind throughout the day and two short smatterings of rain only added to the excitement of the Three-Hour enduro. It was clear that all of the drivers and preparers were thrilled to have in some way redeemed this difficult season with a satisfying finale ahead of the winter break. Motor Racing Legends would like to extend their thanks to everyone who supported the meeting by way of competitors, preparers, sponsors and of course the dedicated team of Silverstone marshals. The Motor Racing Legends 2021 calendar will be announced in the coming weeks with plans to run the Three-Hour race format again during the year. A detailed race report will be published imminently, event results and gallery of images are now live on this website under EVENTS AND RESULTS and GALLERY.