Historic Cars, Classic Circuit

Last weekend one of my favourite events of the year took place – the HSCC Wolds Trophy. There’s nothing quite like arriving at the Wolds based circuit to be greeted by a wide array of beautiful historic machinery. From Cortina’s to old Formula 3 cars, this event had everything a classic motorsport enthusiast could want (with the possible exception of Group C – but understandably so…).

The event took place over two days and featured a plethora of races including action from the Historic Touring Cars, Classic Formula 3 (featuring one of Martin Brundle’s old Ralt’s) and some impressively close Historic Formula Ford racing.

Highlight of the entire weekend was provided by the Historic Touring cars, after some frills and spills in an earlier race things had become slightly pushed for time. The organisers way of resolving this was to combine the two separate touring car races to become one. This meant that Mini’s, Hillman Imps, Singer Chamois, Guila Sprints, BMWs and more of the smaller engined cars were up against the big guns. Ford Lotus Cortina’s, Ford Mustangs, Falcons – all upwards of 1301cc. This created a cracking line-up for a race around the twisty circuit.

I’ve photographed grids of 60 cars before, but I’ve never been so petrified as when the full field of touring cars travelled past me at race pace. This was probably to do with the way the cars were uniquely taking the Hall Bends section of the track. Each car had it’s own characteristics for the section, it was an interesting watch. The Mini’s, like a small dog, powered through the corner lifting their rear left wheel but looking mightily quick. Meanwhile the Hillman Imps were going at full opposite locking putting drifters to shame.

Below is a selection of my favourite images from the Wolds Trophy. My next is at Rockingham for the second round of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship. With yet another massive grid it’s set to be a superb race on the Monday.

Don’t forget that I frequently update my Facebook Page with images throughout a race weekend – some of which you won’t see here!

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