Vintage Sports-Car Club - Spring Start
Silverstone, 24 Avril 2010
The Vintage Sports Car club started another year of
public events with their always popular Spring Start meeting, held
on the national circuit layout of Silverstone. A bright day and
large grids bought out a good crowd to enjoy the action. A packed
11 race programme ensured there was variety as well as
The main race of the meeting was the GP Itala and Lanchester
Trophies race for pre-1930 racing cars. With seven Bugattis entered
to take on the might of the early British Bentleys and Morgans, you
might have missed another French car entered. Star car of the event
for many fans was the one hundred and five year old Derracq.
Originally built in 1905, the special was fitted with a 25 litre
engine and was the Land Speed World recorder holder in 1906.
Recently restored by Mark Walker, he showed no respect for the age
of his vehicle as he threw it around Silverstone in an effort to
extract every last bit of performance from the car. Unfortunately
it lacked the speed of its younger rivals and it finished two laps
down on the winner. Last years winner Geraint Owen won the race
again this year, driving a 1930 Bugatti T35B.
The Historic Grand Prix Cars Association held a race for
pre-1966 Grand Prix cars. Enrico Spaggiari scored a great
victory in his 1960 Cooper T53, but one of the most eye catching
cars was the yellow 1961 Shark nose Ferrari 156 of Jan Biekens.
The sports cars are always a crowd pleaser and a large grid saw
plenty of racing through the field. Julian Majzub was the class of
the field, leading from start to finish in his Canadian built 5.4
litre Sadler MkIII. Crispin Harris finished second driving a Lister
A great start to what promises to be a most interesting
© Source et photos : Simon
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