July is a big month, with several events and TV shows that I’m working on, including Formula Student at Silverstone. It’s quite fitting then, that the first show of the month should be a big one.
The Historic Sports Car Club (HSCC) celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2016, and I’m presenting a series of TV programmes with SSTV to mark this big year in the world of historic motorsport. You’ll find content from the first even at Castle Combe, here.
The latest show took me to Brands Hatch for the ‘Super Prix’, a track I’ve only ever visited on a Playstation before (!), and wow did it deliver. Fantastic racing action and a chance to get a feel for the track with a sighting lap before the action got underway.
Among the highlights of the weekend were the Super Touring Cars (it wasn’t just me who grew up wanting to drive a Vauxhall Cavalier on two wheels, was it?), and the Derek Bell Trophy for ex Formula One and F5000 cars. I also got to interview on TV former BRM and Williams F1 driver, Howden Ganley.
But the overriding highlight of the day had to be a demonstration run (and subsequent competitive outing) for the 1977 MP26 McLaren which James Hunt drove in Marlboro / Texaco livery as he attempted to defend his, now infamous 1976 championship winning year.
If you haven’t been to a race track for years, or indeed if you’ve never been before, the HSCC provides a supreme mix of heritage and wheel-to-wheel action that will leave the whole family breathless at times. You can find more details about the club’s race calendar, here.
The full show comes out on TV and online on 6th August, so look out on Twitter for full details of where you can catch the action, and for teasers. For now, I’ll leave you with some live content, and photos from behind-the-scenes.