Matthews Masters Donington

Morgan Sports Car Club Meeting , 22nd May

Nick Matthews leads Neil Harvey in their early race dice for the lead.

After Mike Freeman failed to start the race and poleman, Jonathan Abecassis, visited the gravel at Redgate from which he was unable to extract himself, the lead battle boiled down to the Austin Healeys of Nick Matthews and Neil Hardy. Hardy grabbed an early lead but was overtaken by Matthews during the first lap. They then circulated rapidly together until the compulsory pit stop created a gap from which Hardy was never quite able to recover. Jim Campbell had a lonely race to 3rd, also Austin Healey mounted, whilst excellent drives from Brian Arculus and Mark Hoble, in Alfa Romeo Giulietta SVZ and Triumph TR2 netted them 4th and 5th. The Healey Hounds won the team challenge from the Lotus Legends and Brian Arculus won the individual Handicap award. Sadly, after the trials and tribulations of the previous week, Keith Hampson failed to start the race following head gasket failure after qualifying well in the Sunbeam Alpine Le Mans (see below). 

Full race report and photos to follow in due course.

Great News!

Car recovered by Police and should soon be returned to Keith, hopefully in time for our race at Donington with the Morgan Sports Car Club on 22nd May.

Stolen

Keith Hampson's Sunbeam Alpine Le Mans

Stolen from a secure barn overnight. Reg no 3001 RW. If you have any information leading to its recovery, please contact us via this website

 

 

TOM COLE SPECTACULAR

VSCC Spring Start - 23rd April, 2016

The Cars are the Stars as Lagonda V12 Wins

 

Darren McWhirter leads Steve Boultbee-Brooks. The Aston Martin team also won the Inter-Marque challenge so a very successful outing for the products of Feltham                        Photo - John Turner

By any standards, The Tom Cole Trophy race provided a superb and interesting grid of fabulous 1950s sports and sports racing cars on a day in which the VSCC delivered spectacle in bucket loads. Darren McWhirter hit the front on lap 2 with the big Lagonda V12 and then controlled the gap to Steve Boultbee-Brooks who once again entertained us hugely in the lovely Aston Martin DB3S to finish 2nd ahead of Chris Keen who had worked through the field from a pitlane start in the Kurtis 500S. Andy Sharp, snatched the lead at the start with his DB2, couldn't contain the sports racers but was again impressive to finish a clear 4th ahead of much close dicing down the field. Star car, in a race full of them, was the Nash Healey Le Mans owned by José M. Fernandez in its first race in the UK for 65 years. The car had finished 3rd at Le Mans in 1952 and Sam Stretton showing due deference to this wonderful piece of history gently stroked it home towards the back of the field, but it had real presence and we can only hope that we get the chance to see it out again.    

Sam Stretton in the Nash Healey Le Mans                                 Photo JohnTurner

Full race report and results to follow in due course

Fiscar announce new Competitions Secretary

FISCAR are pleased to announce that Richard Culverhouse is joining them for 2016 as Competitions Secretary. He will head up all the race day coordination and racing matters for the members and the race day organisers. He replaces Gillian Carr who has moved on in 2015 to BRDC.

Richard comes with a wealth of Motorsport experience and will be very well known to Historic racers worldwide having worked with AMOC, CSCC and many others both sides of the pond.

Richard will be at Race Retro26th, 27th and 28th February 2016Hall 2 no E82. He is able to offer discounted tickets to paid up club members if you ask him"ukmotorsport@aol.com".

 

             FISCAR'S 2016 Season starts here                 

THE TOM COLE FISCAR TROPHY RACE

VSCC SPRING START - Silverstone, April 23rd

This Year, in place of The George Abecassis Trophy race, we are remembering Tom Cole,  the 1950’s  Allard and Ferrari driver, who had a fatal accident at Le Mans in 1953 in his Ferrari 340 MM Spyder. There are some changes of format from GAT.  The race is for 30 minutes with only 15 minutes qualifying, so there will be no compulsory pit stop. It will be for Sports Racing cars, and Production Sports and GT cars introduced between 1946 – 1959

 

Boultbee Brooks Double Diamond!

Castle Combe Autumn Classic - 3rd October

Steve Boultbee Brooks took a terrific double when he won both the FISCAR Historic Inter-Marque race and later the Jon Gross Memorial Trophy Race in his Aston Martin DB3S

Photo - John Turner

The Mort Goodall Cup was won by Mark Gillies in Richard Shipworth's Aston Martin Monoposto Speed Model                Photo - John Turner

Full Race reports to follow.

 

FREEMAN TAKES 'BLASTER BATES' TROPHY

In a hard fought race with Jonathan Abecassis Austin Healey 100/4, Mike Freeman took victory in the first running of the Blaster Bates Trophy at the Oulton Park Gold Cup meeting, in his Lotus Elite                                                                         Photo - Mick Walker

Full race report with photos to follow in due course


FISCAR HISTORIC INTER-MARQUE

Bentley Drivers Club, Silverstone - 1st August,  2015

At the front of a fine grid of cars, Martyn Corfield (Austin Healey 100/4) and Robin Ellis (Lotus Elite) battled it out for the lead which changed hands a couple of times before the pit stops. Robin, by his own admission, did not have the best of stops and this allowed Martyn to edge away to victory in the second half of the race.. Ted Shepherd took 3rd in the AC Ace Bristol     - Photo: JohnTurner  


The Big Healey Trophy Race, incorporating 

The AC V Austin Healey 100 Team Challenge

Earlier in the day, Martyn Corfield had also had one hand on the Bic Healey Trophy, but a puncture induced pit stop deprived him and it was Richard Woolmer, pressing on with great verve in the pretty yellow Sebring to keep Martyn in sight who took advantage and swept to a well deserved victory. The ACs won the Team challenge, a result that was reversed in our later race (above) so honours even! 


FISCAR HISTORIC INTER-MARQUE

HSCC Superprix, Brands Hatch 12th July, 2015

Neil Hardy (Austin Healey 100M) was the first FISCAR home when race results were declared after completion of just 2 laps following two red flag stoppages, the second of which led to abandonment of the race through lost time. A necessarily brief report now resides in 2015 Race reports menu.              Photo - John  Turner 


The Archie Scott brown race
for historic Sports Racing cars

HSCC Snetterton, 14 June, 2015

In variable conditions on a greasy track, Julian Majzub somehow tamed his Sadler Mk3 to overhaul early leader, Roberto Giordanelli (Lister Chevrolet) to win the inaugural running of the Scott Brown race for historic sports racing cars. Fastest man on the track at the end however, was Mark Lewis in his Lister Chevrolet, recovering from an early spin , and so nearly pipping Roberto for 2nd.   Photo - John  Turner  


FiSCAR Historic Inter-marque

HSCC, Snetterton, 14 June 2015

Steve Boultbee Brooks had the Inter-Marque race under control in his Aston Martin DB3s, over the chasing Stephen Bond in the Lister Bristol until the Aston slowed dramatically on the last lap and died completely in sight of the chequered flag as Bond swept by to win. However, in an action recalling an earlier heroic age of motor racing, Steve then pushed the Aston  up the Senna Straight to finish 3rd, an action that earned for him the Motorsport News Spirit of the Day award.  As a result of the Aston's last minute drama, Stephen Bond and Adam Singer (Kurtis 500s) won the team award as the 'Newcomers' team from 'The Italian Job'  team of Chis Mann (Alfa Romeo Disco Volante) and Grahame Oakins (Alfa Guilia Sprint and 'The Lightweights' team comprising Jonathan Smare (Lotus Elite) and Mandie Hadfield (Elva Courier)       photo - John Turner   


fiscar historic inter-marque

HSCC Silverstone - 17th May, 2015


Classic 1950s Marques battle  it out on the Silverstone GP Circuit. Marc Gordon (XK150), Nigel Grice (Austin Healey 100) and Tim Stamper (Aston Martin DB2/4)   Photo - Mick Wa;lker

Our cars joined the HSCC HRS grid to make a splendid field at the recent HSCC meeting at Silverstone on 16th May. In a very close 4 team battle where just 2 points separated 1st from last , the Healey Hounds, aided by David Cottingham's lovely AC Ace just edged out the Feltham Flyers team of Aston Martins, with the Jaguars of the Jagged Edge Team, augmented by the very smart MGA Sebring of Glenn & Rory Tollet, sharing 3rd place with the Lotus Legends. Andy Sharp in his Aston Martin DB2 was the leading FISCAR entry home finishing in an excellent 9th overall amongst the later HRS cars but he was chased closely by the Lotus Elites of Mike Freeman and Robin Ellis, both of whom had led the Aston during the course of the race and finished 10th and 11th.  

Full race report to follow 


The George Abecassis Trophy Race

VSCC Spring Start - 18th April 2015

Late Entrant, Matt Grist, starting From the back of the Grid Stormed his way through the Pack to Victory in the  George Abecassis Trophy in the HWM Jaguar owned by his Father, Paul. George as a Founding Co director of HWM would surely have been pleased. Full report in due course    Photo - Jeff Bloxham


The 2015 Season

On this day of wintery gloom, a shaft of sunlight has burst through in the form of our 2015 Race Season Calendar – promising six excellent races – one per month at our most favoured circuits, courtesy of invitations from HSCC, Bentley Drivers Club and Castle Combe Racing Club . Here are the dates and venues:

April18th........VSCC - George Abecassis Trophy( see below)    May 16th..................HSCC Silverstone INTERNATIONAL(GP)
June 13/14th.................HSCC Snetterton - Inter-marque race  

July 11/12th..................HSCC Brands Hatch (GP) - Superprix
August 1st.................. Bentley Drivers Club - Silverstone
August 29/30th......Oulton Park Gold Cup
- Inter-marque race
October 3rd...............CCRC Castle Combe Autumn Classic

* drivers withHistoric cars from the early /mid 50's may apply to enter the VSCC Spring Start meeting in the George Abecassis Trophy Raceemail John Turner at johnturn@btinternet.com  to confirm if your car is eligible, but please note that it is a race by invitation only, based on an eligibility criteria intended to create a balanced grid with a particular emphasis on cars of a type driven by George Abecassis in period.


NEWS

In addition to our Inter-Marque race at HSCC Snetterton on June 13/14th listed above, we are to run an Invitation  race for sports racing cars  in memory of  the legendary Archie Scott Brown. The race will also commemorate all the special Builders from the 1950s with a particular emphasis on Brian Lister who sadly died recently.

The chairman has also arranged a short season of races for the FLIERS, listed below:-

  • 29th March – Mallory Park - MGCC Iconic 50s race
  • 31st May – Donington – MGCC Iconic 50s race
  • 20/21st June – Silverstone GP – MGCC (MG Live)  Iconic 50s race
  • 29/31 August – Oulton Park Gold Cup – HSCC - FISCAR INTER-MARQUE   

IMPORTANT NOTE - Please note the last race on that list where the FLIERS are to be part of the FISCAR INTER-MARQUE race at HSCC OULTON PARK GOLD CUP meeting, thus making it our first FISCAR ALL COMERS RACE .