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Vintage racing thrills come to Cadwell Park next weekend

Friday, July 15 2016

Motor racing's glorious past will be celebrated at next weekend's (Sunday 24 July) Vintage Sports Car Festival at Cadwell Park. The summer event will bring the past back to life with the sights and sounds from motoring's pioneering age on and off the track.

The event features a packed timetable with races for cars covering several decades from the early part of the last century. Many of the entries will have competed at the classic events in period, including Brooklands, Le Mans and the Mille Miglia, where they were raced for the honour and glory of a gladiatorial sport. Unlike modern cars these machines were not designed with safety in mind and there are no seat belts or rollover bars.

Track action is headlined by the annual Shuttleworth, Nuffield and Len Thompson Memorial Trophies race for pre-1961 front-engined racing cars. This class has traditionally featured a mix of pre-war cars from marques such as Riley and Bourne-based ERA, and post-war racers which has even included American Indianapolis 500 machinery.

The pre-war cars are expected to gather the biggest interest, however, as these machines are often confined to static display in museums. Categories include the Geoghegan Trophy Race for pre-war sports-cars, the type that would have raced in early Le Mans events, and the Melville Trophy Race for special pre-war sports-cars.

The Spero and Voiturette Trophy Race will include many examples of small capacity pre-war race cars, many of which would have competed at Brooklands, whilst there are all-comers races for a wide mix of pre-war machinery. There are also special races for Frazer Nash and GN cycle cars, Austins and MGs, plus the rear-mounted motorcycle-engined 500cc F3 cars that powered Britain's swift ascent to motorsport domination in the 1950s, and took part in Cadwell Park's debut car racing event.

VSCC meetings are about more than just racing, and the car park will be a museum in itself, with many examples of pre-war vehicles on display. Enthusiasts can also indulge their passion with an autojumble as well as the opportunity to rub shoulders with fellow fans. However once the racing starts, there are fewer spectacles in motorsport greater than vintage racing at Cadwell Park.

Tickets for the Vintage Sports Car Festival at Cadwell Park are available from £15, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information spectators should call 0843 453 9000 or click here.