November - Thank You to our Volunteers
On behalf of the CSCC we would like to thank all our volunteers who have supported the Club throughout the 2016 season and helped to make it a success. Our volunteers make up a huge part of the Club and without you, our meetings would not be possible.
We hope you have enjoyed volunteering with us this season and look forward to welcoming you at our meetings in 2017.
November - 2016 Dinner Dance
The CSCC's annual Dinner Dance took place on the evening of 26th November at the Oxford Belfry Hotel. Our Social Secretary worked hard to organise a splendid evening for everyone, including guest speaker, David Brabham. It was the perfect evening to catch up with everyone and celebrate the success of our drivers during the 2016 season.
November - 2017 Calender Announced
2017 will see some old favourites, along with the return of Castle Combe after a 3 year break and some new circuits in the form of Silverstone International and Croft. The season will come to an end at Brands Hatch in November with night races to round off the season.
November - Historic Motoring Awards Finalist
The International Historic Motoring Awards was launched in 2011 to recognise and celebrate the skills and achievements of the worldwide historic motoring industry. The event comprises 14 award categories including Race Series of the Year.
The CSCC were nominated in the Race Series of the Year category with the Adams & Page Swinging Sixties series. The winners were announced at the awards dinner held at the Guildhall in London on 17th November. We narrowly missed out on being crowned 'Race Series of the Year' but were delighted to have been nominated.
September - Cadwell Park Round Up
Thank you to all Competitors/Officials/Marshals who attended our 'Continental Classic' at Cadwell Park. Despite the very wet weather on Saturday and an early lunch break to repair some barrier damage, we were able to fit in all races thanks to the efficiency of the Marshals/Officials and Circuit Staff.
First wins of the season went to Tom Witcomb and Nicholas Grindrod in the Gold Arts Magnificent Seven's Groups 1 and 2 respectively, with Will Sharpe pedalling his Mini to victory in the New Millennium race and Father and Son duo Alan and James Broad taking the honours for Modern Classics. The Open series was won by Ashley and Steven Boyles in their Caterham R300 with Lucky Khera taking the win for the Sports and Saloons of Group 1.
The weather was a complete turnaround for day 2 with a sunny Sunday. Tony and Aston Blake won the Advantage Motorsport Future Classics 70's race while Steve Scott-Dunwoodie, although finishing second on the road, won the overall 80's battle. The Adams & Page Swingng Sixties series had split grids for Groups 1 and 2 with Tim Cairns taking his first win of the season for Group 1 and the Lotus Seven of Keiron Baillie winning the Group 2 contest. Tom Mensley fought hard to win Tin Tops after starting down in eighth position and a 15 minute sprint race for the Open series saw Lawrence Bradley's XJS cross the line 0.4 seconds ahead of Tony Blake.
Among our own series racing we welcomed the Triumph Competition who had made the trip from across the continent, racing as the 'Cadwell Historic Cup'. They enjoyed racing around the 'Mini Nurburgring' with all 3 races eventually being won by Brits!
The JEC had their usual 2 races over the weekend, this being the final rounds of the Championship for 2016. James Ramm won both races but it was Tom Butterfield who secured the Championship.
The Nextec Dunlop Puma Cup had a successful first ever stand alone race. 10 Puma's lined up for the start and all 10 crossed the finish line with Luke Johnson being the first. Following a race long battle, Luke just managed to edge ahead of Ben Eacock who finished less than half a second behind, with Brother Alex in third.
The Hogroast on Saturday evening put on by the Club for Competitors and Officials/Marshals was well attended and was enjoyed by all.
September - Thruxton On TV
Our Thruxton TV Thriller race meeting took place on 13/14 August 2016 and for the first time it was filmed for Television. The racing has been shown on Motors TV and will soon be available to view on a web streaming service (motorsportwebtv.co.uk).
If you did or didn't see our Thruxton race meeting highlights on Motors TV and would like to then you can purchase a DVD or three! If you would like to purchase a DVD, please contact the office.
July - Motorsport for MS Charity Laps
Motorsport for MS was set up in January 2016 by Noel Wilson. Noel had been a motorsport instructor for 20 years and has now been diagnosed with MS. The idea of the charity is to set official lap times on an 8mph Mobility Scooter at as many motorsport venues as possible in the UK. The scooter has been vinyl wrapped to look like the 2015 Le Mans winning LMP2 Oreca of KCMG. A Sparco race seat and six point harness has been fitted for safety!
Noel set a lap time during the lunchbreak of Saturday's meeting at Silverstone, Brands Hatch and Anglesey. The aim is to try and raise £20,000 whilst Noel still can. You can donate by finding Noel and his team in the paddock at Anglesey, by texting your donation via Just Giving 70070 and using code NWMS52 or visiting www.motorsportforms.co.uk
Running under the MS Society's registered charity number: 1139257
June - Spa Summer Classic 2016
The CSCC took over 150 competitors to the Spa Summer Classic to race on the famous Spa Francorchamps circuit, many for the first time. The weather was mixed but the grids were full, providing us with some close and exciting racing. Race reports will follow in the next couple of race programmes for Anglesey and Thruxton (See 'Media' page for back copies of the programmes). For timing and results from the Spa Summer Classic, please click here http://www.ris-timing.be/v2/spa-summer-classic-24-25-26-juin-2016/.
The CSCC would like to thank all competitors, family and friends who helped make the event a success.
April - Snetterton Success
Once again the CSCC has begun the season with a record grid for the club at Snetterton on the 9th and 10th of April 2016, with 334 entries and a total of 443 drivers! Conditions couldn't have been more different across the weekend, with heavy rain on Saturday and sunshine on Sunday. Given the awful conditions, large grids and drivers reawakening after the winter off season it was exceptional that we are unaware of any car to car contact and no driving standard complaints or judicials. Well done CSCC drivers!
February - Race Retro Success
The CSCC enjoyed three successful days at the Historic Motorsport Show 'Race Retro' at the end of February with all three cars on display receiving positive attention. With a large stand on 'Speed Street' in our regular location we had our Classic K series represented by Peter Chambers immaculately prepared Lotus Cortina, built and raced so successfully by our President Mike Jordan and son Andrew at last years Goodwood Revival. Richard Carter's Morgan +8 helped promote the new 1970s classes in the Advantage Motorsport Future Classics series, prepared beautifully by Williams Automobiles. Lastly, perhaps the star of the show and one of the most photographed cars was the wild looking Cathedral Garage Ford Anglia. This lime green monster saw victory in the hands of Steven Moss in the final round of the Special Saloons and Modsports season at Donington. Great to see so many of you there, both new and existing members.
January - New Sponsor, Meteor Suspension Open Series
The CSCC welcomes Meteor Suspension as title sponsor for the Open Series in 2016, with the series now renamed the 'CSCC Meteor Suspension Open Series'. Originally known for their suspension tuning and sales for the Caterham and Seven market, Meteor Motorsport have greatly expanded their product range and focus so as to offer suspension for almost all makes and models, with Ohlins, Nitron, Penske, AST, Quantum, AVO and Moton all matched, tuned and serviced to suit. The CSCC Open Series is an ideal partner for Meteor due to the large variety of cars and suspension systems the series and the club as a whole attracts. In addition Meteor sell Race Keeper camera systems, ECU, paddle and flatshift systems, a range of Caterham accesories and more. At every UK race our commentator will choose their 'driver of the day' from cars displaying the sponsors sticker and reward their driving skills with a £50 Meteor Suspension voucher. Owner Simon Rogers offers a personal touch, prefering to talk to customers by phone or in person, more information and contact details can be found here: https://www.meteormotorsport.com/
January - CSCC Award Winners 2015 Season
We are very proud to announce that the CSCC have been recognised in the Motorsport Days Annual Awards. 6500 subscribers were invited to vote in various categories, with the CSCC winning the UK Clubman Championship Of The Year highlighting the large grids and "competitive, fair and affordable racing". In addition CSCC Modern Classics and New Millennium racer Andy Napier was awarded UK Clubman Of The Year after his commitment and impressive, consistent racing ability. Boss Racing received Team Of The Year with voters mentioning their "Well organised, friendly, high quality work". In addition to supporting their paying clients in the CSCC Gold Arts Magnificent Sevens and New Millennium series they have often helped other competitors in need within the paddock. Lastly, CSCC Administrator and Secretary Of The Meeting Ros Gunning has rightly been recognised as the Motorsport Days Unsung Hero Of The Year. "Polite, friendly and efficient and doesn't seek the limelight" said one voter, we completely agree, well done Ros.
Thank you to everyone who voted for us in each of these categories. Read more here: http://www.motorsportdays.com/msd-awards/
January - CSCC at Autosport International
Hundreds of you came to talk to us at the show, with many new members joining for the 2016 season. There was lots of interest shown in all nine of our series, particularly in the new for 2016 CSCC Open Series. We look forward to seeing many more of you at the Race Retro show at Stoneleigh Park from the 26th to 28th of February where we will have a large stand with some very special cars on display.
December - Brands Hatch GP Date
Advantage Motorsport Future Classics will be racing on the Brands Hatch GP circuit on Saturday 23rd July. This is the frst time the series has raced on the full GP circuit, we are positive this will result in a full grid of 44, 1970's and 1980's cars! Sadly, due to a date clash this means that the Advantage Motorsport Future Classics will miss out racing at Anglesey, although the Open series race will take place for those drivers who love the pretty Welsh circuit and would prefer to race here instead of Brands. More details to follow nearer the event.
December - CSCC on TV!
The CSCC will be taking all nine of their race series to Thruxton in August 2016, the very first time that the club as a whole has been here. We are very pleased to announce that this 2 day meeting will also be televised, a first for the club. It will be televised on Motors TV and on the web with EVERY race series featured during three planned one hour recorded shows. With financial from long term CSCC friends and tyre suppliers, Adams & Page, this will not cost members any addition to their race entry fee!
December - Gold Arts Magnificent Sevens New Classes
Gold Arts Magnificent Sevens will have the addition of 3 new classes for 2016.
With Duratec R300 Caterham's increasing in popularity and number, they will have their own dedicated class next season. Class R (running in group 2) will be dedicated to R300 Duratec engined cars running to factory power outputs.
Groups 1 and 2 will also each have a new class for Motorbike engined cars. This will allow these low torque, low weight and high power cars to fight it out among themselves.
Group 1 will gain Class J, allowing naturally aspirated bike-engined cars up to 1299cc or 185bhp and Group 2 will see the addition of Class K for naturally aspirated bike-engined cars above 1300cc or 185bhp.
December - 2016 New Series Sponsor
2016 will see a new sponsor for the Swinging 60's series. Adams & Page are a family tyre company that have supported the CSCC from its very first days. Swinging 60's will now be known as the 'Adams & Page Swinging 60's' series. A £50 tyre voucher will be donated at every race meeting, to be awarded to the series driver of the day, as chosen by the race commentator.
We are also pleased to confirm that Advantage Motorsport and Gold Arts will continue their series sponsorship into next year, benefiting the club as a whole and individuals in their respective series. Eight separate Future Classics racers have each received Advantage Motorsport £50 vouchers through the season, whilst Gold Arts have kindly awarded two superb end of year 'Watch Arts' timepieces to Magnificent Sevens racers
December - New Classes for Future Classics
2016 will see the introduction of separate 70's and 80's groups to Advantage Motorsport Future Classics, with overall race winners for each decade. This will work in the same way as groups 1 and 2 in Swinging 60's and Gold Arts Magnificent Sevens, with two races taking place within one grid. Should space and numbers allow, we will then have the option to split the grids and have separate races for groups 1 and 2.
Advantage Motorsport Future Classics is one of a few CSCC series to cater for cars accross two decades, with technology changing dramatically during the 1970's and 1980's. Splitting the series into two groups allows each decade to race for overall honours.
Models produced across the two decades have the choice of which group they race in and Swinging 60's racers with a car produced through into the 1970's are very welcome to race in this new group too.
December - CSCC Open Series New for 2016
2016 will see a ninth CSCC series, the 'Open Series'. Essentially this turns our Sports Vs Saloons races into a series. It is designed for all production Saloon, Hatchback, Sevens, Sports, GT and Kit car marques of any age (excluding sports racers), running on treaded MSA list 1A/1B/1C or Historic tyres.
These races will take place at almost all 2016 meetings (8 rounds), will be 30 or 40 minutes in length depending on the venue, with a pit stop, for one or two drivers. At Cadwell Park the Open race will be a single driver, 15 minute sprint race due to time constraints.
With the same classes and the same rules as our previously run Sports Vs Saloon races: no slicks, no sports racers and the same separate classes for Sevens and Saloons. Please see 'Our Series' page for more details.
November - Thruxton in 2016
For the first time in the clubs history the CSCC is taking every one of its series to race at Thruxton. Known as the UK's fastest circuit, Thruxton presents a unique challenge for both cars and drivers. Continued improvements to the circuits infrastructure sees circuit run off, buildings, pit lane and paddock improvements since the CSCC Tin Tops raced here in 2013 and the Gold Arts Magnificent Sevens in 2012. We have two further exciting announcements to make about this meeting shortly.
November - Dinner Dance Photos
This year's annual end of season Dinner Dance took place on Saturday 28th November at the Oxford Belfry Spa Hotel in Thame, near Oxford.
The Dinner Dance was to celebrate the end of the 2015 season and was the perfect opportunity to eat, drink and laugh with fellow racing drivers and partners! More than 180 competitors and family members attended the evening.
We were pleased to welcome our guest speaker for 2015, BTCC driver and presenter Paul O'Neill. Photos from the evening, kindly taken by photographer Jeff Bloxham, are now available to view on our Photobucket page http://s1268.photobucket.com/user/ClassicSportsCarClub/library/?sort=2&p...
November - Thank You to our Volunteers
On behalf of the CSCC Office and Competitors we would like to say 'Thank You' to all our volunteers for helping to make this season a success.
We hope you have enjoyed the large grids and variety of cars that have raced with us and look forward to welcoming you next season.
November - Record Breaking 2015 Season
The CSCC has enjoyed a successful 2015 season with many records for race entries being broken.
At the beginning of the season, Snetterton, Silverstone and Brands Hatch all exceeded their past record for number of race entries. Donington Park added to this and also set another record for the club with a capacity grid for an Open race (Sports Vs Saloons).
CSCC took Modern Classics and New Millennium along with Dunlop Puma Cup to race on the Silverstone GP circuit in September which saw a grid of 57 cars line up for the race! Just one short of a full grid.
This season has seen some packed grids and we hope to break these records again in 2016.
November - Superb Saturday Night Race at Brands Hatch
The final race meeting of the 2015 season took place at Brands Hatch last weekend with Saturdays racing finishing with a superb race in darkness. A grid of 32 cars took the start which added to the spectacular atmosphere and with the lead battle changing places several times it made for a fantastic race. It was Rob Singleton who eventually pulled away to take the win in his caterham.
Unfortunatlely heavy fog ended play early on Sunday resulting in 3 races having to be abandoned. It was an unfortunate end to what has been a record breaking season.
Photos from the weekends racing can be viewed and purchased online from CSCC's Official Photographer, David Stallard. http://www.davidstallardphotography.com/ClassicSportsCarClubCSCC/CSCC-2015
September - Success at Silverstone GP
The CSCC took 59 cars to Silverstone on 12th September to arce on the prestigious 3.66 mile Grand Prix circuit. A combined grid of Modern Classics, New Millennium and Dunlop Puma Cup cars took to the track in qualifying with an impressive 57 cars lining up to take the start of the race. Whilst the series were racing on a combined grid they were racing for their individual overall and class awards. After 40 minutes of racing it was the BMW of David Marcussen who crossed the finish line first to take the honours for Modern Classics. Second place went to the duo of Barry O'Neill/Andy Szymanski and taking third on the podium was Darren Fielding, all at the wheel of BMW M3 E36's. Tim Davis took the chequered flag to win New Millennium in his TVR Tuscan, followed home by father and son, Kevin Bird and Charles Hyde-Andrews-Bird, sharing their BMW M3. The Ginetta G40 driven by John Saunders and Matt Spark came home third. The Dunlop Puma Cup was won by James Clare with Ross Morris/Alex Eacock following in second and Tom Murphy/Simon Phillips taking third place.
It was a superb effort from all CSCC competitors to enable us to take a full grid of cars along and a fantastic sight to see so many cars racing together. David Stallard was there to capture the day's racing. Photos can be viewed and purchases on his website http://www.davidstallardphotography.com/ClassicSportsCarClubCSCC/CSCC-2015/CSCC-Silverstone-MC-12-Sept-15/
July - Open Races in 2015
We have four Open races (Sports vs Saloon) remaining in 2015, these are pit stop races for one or two drivers and are open to members of the CSCC and invited clubs (most UK racing clubs). Mallory Park on the 1st of August will feature a 20 minute qualifying session and a 30 minute race, priced at just £245 (or £175 if already entered in the meeting). Donington Park on 6th September will feature a 30 minute qualifying sessions and a 40 minute race. This is priced at £385 (or £265 if entered into the meeting already). Brands Hatch at the end of the season will have 2 x 30 minute qualifying sessions and 2 x 40 minute races, price tbc. Almost anything goes, with 10 classes, 5 for Seven type cars and 5 classes for saloon, hatchback and sports cars and we don't charge extra for a second driver. Tyres must be moulded, treaded, e-marked and on the MSA list 1A/1B. No sports racers, sorry!
June - Dinner Dance 2015 with Paul O'Neill
This years annual end of season Dinner Dance will be on Saturday 28th November at the Oxford Belfry Spa in Thame, near Oxford.
We are pleased to announce that this years guest speaker will be BTCC driver and presenter Paul O'Neill.
Paul found his passion for cars at a young age enthralled by the racing career of his idol, Nigel Mansell and fuelled by an encouraging and supportive family. Paul attended the prestigious Jim Russell Racing School and took part in his first race in 2001 in the production class of the British Touring Car Championship, taking three class podiums and two class poles. With alomost 100 top ten finishes over many seasons of BTCC, Paul is certain to have great stories to tell.
Paul continues to work within the motorsports industry and among other projects works as a commentator and TV presenter for ITV4, where he provides punditry for all BTCC races.
May - Record CSCC Entries
At the time of writing, the CSCC has again exceeded its past record for race entries at the Brands Hatch Indy circuit (every CSCC meeting this year has broken its previous records). With over 300 entries and 350+ drivers the Brands Hatch meeting should be a classic for drivers, marshals and spectators. The meeting takes place on the 30th and 31st of May, the CSCC hope to see you there.
May - Record Entries for Silverstone
At the time of writing with a week to go before the late spring race meeting takes place, the CSCC has again exceeded its past record for race entries at the iconic Northamptonshire National circuit. With over 330 entries and 400 drivers the meeting should be a classic for drivers, marshals and spectators. There is still time to add yet more entries to the list with latecomers accepted until Wednesday 6th of May. The meeting takes place on the 9th and 10th of May, the CSCC hope to see you there.
April - New President, Mike Jordan
Mike Jordan has accepted an invitation to become President of the Classic Sports Car Club. Mike has raced regularly with the club since calling time on his BTCC career in 2009. The former GT racer, team owner and BTCC winner was invitied to take on the role following the sad passing of former Club President, Jem Marsh. Nowadays, Mike concentrates on building and preparing historic race cars as well as supporting the racing career of his son Andrew, the 2013 BTCC Champion. "I'm really excited at the prospect of being able to put something back into the sport," said Mike, who has now held a competition licence for 36 years. "The club has been a massive success and I really enjoy racing at CSCC events. It is some of the most friendly and accessible motor racing and there is a place for everyone, regardless of their experience and resources."
The appointment of Mike as the new Club President was readily endorsed by Lyn Marsh, widow of Jem.
Hugo Holder, CSCC Competitions Director says "We are delighted that Mike Jordan has agreed to be our President. Mike is highly respected in the Motorsport world for his driving talent, team management and continued contribution to the sport. Mike's role as figurehead of the Club continues the support we received from the late Jem Marsh"
March - Night Races to end 2015
We are excited to announce racing into the darkness at Brands Hatch on October 31st and 1st of November 2015. The last time the CSCC held night races was at Donington 2010 with great success. More details will be announced as the season progresses.
March - Jem Marsh, Rest In Peace
It is with great sadness we must inform you that our Club President Jem Marsh passed away peacefully on Monday 2nd of March, with his family at his bedside.
We have been honoured to have Jem as President of the CSCC for the past 5 years.
The founder and proprietor of Marcos cars, who was 84, lived in Clevedon with his wife Lyn and closely followed the success of the Club over that time.
We send our best wishes to Lyn and his family.
March - CSCC at Race Retro
Race Retro saw many new and existing members visiting the CSCC stand. Over the 3 days we took plenty of enquiries resulting in both new memberships and renewals.
We were fortunate to have three beautiful cars on display, attracting a great deal of interest. The Special Saloons and Modsports Series were represented by the Porsche 935 K3 of David Dennett, the BMW E30 M3 driven by Tom Houlbrook represented our Advantage Motorsport Future Classics series and Ian Bankhurst's ex Gerry Marshall Lotus Elan 26R was on display, showcasing our Swinging Sixties and Classic K series.
November - Thank You Richard Wos
The CSCC would like to pass on sincere thanks for the 12 years of work that our outgoing Director and Treasurer Richard Wos has put into the creation and growth of the Classic Sports Car Club. Most members have never been aware of Richard and his pivotal role in the club, as he has always chosen to keep a low profile in the public eye. Richard was one of the founding members of the club and has from that day on committed himself tirelessly to promoting and growing the CSCC. He had experienced first hand the way clubs of the time treated their members and passionately wanted to create a club that looks after and respects their members. He was responsible for us reducing our reliance on third parties to fill our race meetings and enabling us to build up our superb portfolio of successful series that we have today.
Richard is supposed to be retired but has the stresses of running his tyre business and helping out on a daily basis with his sons alternator and starter business to contend with. He has also been personally running the tyre support for BRDC F4 and has spent more time than he would care to remember in the paddocks that we visit for only two days a year. We wish Richard a less hectic retirement and that he is able to spend more time with his wife Auriel and that he can now enjoy fully his racing. A huge Thank You from all of us to Richard, who we regard as the ultimate motorsport enthusiast.
November - End of Season Dinner Dance
Our annual end of season celebration took place on Saturday the 8th of November at the Oxford Belfry Spa Hotel. Our guest speaker for 2014 was well known racing driver personality Barry 'Whizzo' Williams. Great company, drink and dining were all part of this special evening.