Wall to wall sunshine and head-to-head racing is on the cards for this weekend’s Thruxton Historic meeting – Motor Racing Legends heads to Hampshire with six superb races on the programme that also features the Jochen Rindt Trophy and the HRDC.
We are in for a real treat for the opening race on Saturday 12th June, 1950s Sports Cars get proceedings underway: in the Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy we’re going to see two glorious HWM Jaguars battling each other for the first time in a long time. Martin Hunt’s ex-Kangaroo Stable 1954 car will be up against Gregor Fisken’s ex-Mille Miglia car from 1955. And James Cottingham will be vying to add another Stirling Moss Trophy victory to his Tojero’s CV but will face strong challenges from Mark Coles Lotus X1 and a strong pack of Lister Knobbly’s. One’s thing for sure, don’t miss this opening race – it will set the tone for a great weekend’s racing.
Possibly Motor Racing Legends most exclusive grid, Pre ’63 GT, has its first race of the season at Thruxton. The Jaguar E-types of father and son, Jon and Jack Minshaw will be leading the charge with the James Cottingham and Harvey Stanley, rare ‘Huffaker’ car snapping at their heels. Aston Martins, Austin-Healeys, Morgans, and Lotus complete this glorious grid.
Motor Racing Legends Historic Touring Car Challenge enjoy two shorter sprint, style races over both days of the weekend, with a huge period of Touring Car history represented on the grid. Thruxton expert, Tiff Needell always puts in a strong performance in the John Spiers Ford Capri but the Jonathan Bailey Nissan Skyline will be hard to touch for overall honours with the 1990 British Saloon Champion, Andy Middlehurst co-driving. And the roar of Fred Wakeman’s stunning Jagermeister liveried BMW CSL, will be a moment not to miss!
Sunday 13th June dawns with Motor Racing Legends Pre-War Sports Cars. All of the key racing marques of the period are represented; Bentley, Aston Martin, Morgan, Talbot, Riley and Frazer Nash. Some of the closest racing of the event will be on display in their 45 minute dice. Up front a Talbot lock-out from Michael Birch and Gareth Burnett will be hard to penetrate – will the nimble Morgan Super Aero of Ewan Cameron and Sue Darbyshire become the kings and queen of Thruxton?
Motor Racing Legends Jaguar Classic Challenge grid is packed with big cats from the most celebrated era of motorsport. Mark Donnor and Andrew Smith will be on the pace fighting the ever-quick no. 52 car of Rhea Sautter and Andy Newall – not forgetting the Saloons and XKs that will be making up the grid.
As well as two solid days of racing action, Thruxton circuit also plays host to the Land Rover Legends show this weekend. The ultimate show for Land Rover enthusiasts, the very best examples of the marque from Series 1 to modern Defender will be on display. Entry to the two events is included with an entrance ticket. Additional tickets can be purchased online at www.thruxtonracing.co.uk and collected on arrival at the venue.
Entry lists are now live to view here