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Cadwell Park steps back in time for vintage weekend

Classic saloons and sportscars can also be found on the Wolds Trophy bill.

Classic saloons and sportscars can also be found on the Wolds Trophy bill.

CADWELL Park near Louth will host the second running of the Historic Sports Car Club’s Wolds Trophy this weekend, April 21 and 22, after the overwhelming success of the event in 2011.

Adding to the popular circuit’s reputation for nostalgic gatherings, the event will join classic and vintage cars with over 250 entries from drivers across the globe.

The centrepiece of the Wolds Trophy event is a celebration of Formula 3, the training ground that launched such careers as current stars Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton, as well as legends from the past like Senna, Moss and Stewart.

Cars from the many eras of the Formula, themselves Formula 1 machines in miniature, will take part in several races, including the 500cc machines of the 1950s that ushered in four-wheeled competition to Cadwell Park.

There will also be representation from the 1960s, 70s and early 80s, when the British championship raced at Cadwell Park. Formula Junior, which briefly replaced F3 in the early 1960s and brought Jim Clark to the sport’s attention, is also featured on the timetable.

Motor racing’s many other junior formulae will also be showcased over the weekend, with two packed grids of Formula Ford cars. The HSCC’s Classic Racing Cars Championship features an assortment of cars that would have raced at circuits across Europe during the 1950s and 60s. Kept in their original liveries, many will still have a familiar name on the side of the cockpit, from when they were raced in period. Several of the F3 cars will also feature in the forthcoming Ron Howard film Rush, which features the rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda.

There’s even a club single seater presence with the Clubman class, featuring many home-built specials that allowed enthusiastic amateurs to indulge in their passion. The influence this has on the sport is proven by the presence of champion Touring Car builder Ray Mallock, himself a graduate of F3, competing in his father’s eponymous chassis. He will also race the U2 that Mallock Sr raced in Formula Junior.

In addition to single seaters, ever-popular saloon and GT cars also feature heavily over the weekend. Sportscars from the 1950s and 60s from MG, Triumph, Austin Healey and Lotus amongst many others are complemented by a race for their 70s successors, with a heavy presence from TVR. Their more humble saloon cousins provide great racing in the spirit of touring cars, with races for the Minis, Hillman Imps and A40s, plus the bigger Mustangs, Cortinas and Alfa Romeos.

“To have this many entries just proves how popular historic racing is at present and how much the drivers enjoy the Cadwell Park circuit,” said Grahame White, Executive Director of the HSCC.

“We are all looking forward to a very exciting weekend’s racing.”

Tickets for the HSCC Wolds Trophy at Cadwell Park are available from £10, with free admission for children aged 12 and under. For more information, call 0843 453 9000 or visit www.cadwellpark.co.uk.

 

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