Following our drivers/members meeting at BDC Silverstone and subsequent discussions, Gillian Carr has stepped down as Chairman since she felt unable to contribute as much time and energy as she would have liked due to other necessary commitments. She remains deeply enthusiastic about FISCAR and we thank her for efforts whilst in the Chair. In her place, John Turner returns to his former role, as Chairman, and Richard Culverhouse has been made Chief Executive Officer.
Abecassis makes victorious return
The Historic 1950s Inter-Marque Race
Castle Combe Autumn Classic, 5th October 2019
Jonathan Abecassis returned to FISCAR after a 2 year absence to record a splendid victory from the second row of the grid. In doing so, he had to endure a very strong challenge from poleman Robin Pearce in the AC Ace Bristol in the first half and pressure from Brian Arculus after the pit stops. Just 3 seconds covered the three of them at the flag at the end of a race shortened slightly by earlier race stoppages.
A full race report with results and the usual photos will appear as soon as possible, but I also record here that Alex Quattlebaum not only won his class but was overall winner of the annual Whitehead Cup, a well earned reward for his regular support and consistent performance throughout the year, in the little LECo2 XPAG. He won by just one point from the much improved Barry Dye in the Lotus Elite, and Brian Arculus, also in a Lotus Elite.
Congratulations are also due to the AC team of Aces who, whilst beaten on the day by the Lotus team, managed to retain their hold on the Annual Team Cup. - JT
The Former FISCAR Flyer who really Flies
Some of you may be aware of a current news item featuring the departure today (5th August 2019) of a polished aluminium Spitfire, known as the Silver Spitfire, on a flight intended to circumnavigate the World. This very special 76 year old aircraft is to be flown by none other than arch car and historic racing enthusiast Steve Boultbee-Brooks who many of you will recall supported our FISCAR Inter-Marque races for a number of years up to the end of 2017, in his beautiful Aston Martin DB3S. I’m sure we all wish Steve and his fellow aviator, Matt Jones, every success in this huge endeavour which will cover 27,000 miles over the next 4 months. - JT
Tyzack’s Power Tells
Bentley Drivers Club, Silverstone, 3rd August 2019
A fine grid of mainly FISCAR cars graced the FISCAR & CMMC Pre 64 Challenge at what many regard as the best club meeting of the year, the Bentley Drivers Club at Silverstone. In a race which featured some stunning laps by Richard Woolmer in the Elva Courier, until he retired, and some truly excellent close racing all the way down the field, the final few laps featured a classic David & Goliath battle. In a race to the line Richard Tyzack used all the power of the V8 engine in his Kellison J4R to hold off the beautifully driven Lotus Elite of Brian Arculus. It was clear that both drivers had enjoyed this great dice which was just one of many that made this race one of our best in recent times.
Full race report is now ready, complete with a large number of photos - see ‘Race Reports ‘19 in the menu above - JT
The Legends of Brands Hatch Superprix Race for HSCC HRS & FISCAR cars
HSCC, Brands Hatch GP, 30 June 2019
The Brands Elite!
A combined grid of HRS & FISCAR cars heralded the close of a beautifully warm and sunny day at the HSCC Superprix meeting on the Brands Hatch GP circuit. It was an Elite clean sweep in the FISCAR class as Brian Arculus won our class, Barry Dye took best Index of Performance honours and their combined efforts produced the team marque victory for Lotus. Our only complete 3 car team was again the Morgan team but unfortunately, a loss of power in Alan House’s Plus 4 led to a ‘be safer than sorry’ retirement. Our thanks again to the HSCC & Kevin Kivlochan of HRS for allowing us to share their grid on this iconic circuit.
Race Report for the race below is now complete - see under ‘Race Report ‘19’ in menu above
The Peter Shaw Memorial Trophy for HSCC HRS cars
HSCC, Silverstone GP, 19 May 2019
Corfield collects more Silverware!
This race, supported by Witchampton Garage, was held in memory of Peter Shaw, a former HRS Champion, who sadly died recently. Following the cancellation of the MGCC MG Live weekend in June, Kevin Kivlochan stepped in and kindly invited us to join the race. Six members took up this opportunity to race for 40 minutes on the GP circuit and the HSCC put up a separate FISCAR class award. Martyn Corfield, sharing his Frazer Nash Le Mans Replica with Mike Grant-Peterkin took the honours here despite receiving a 30 second penalty for taking the compulsory stop a few seconds before the pit window opened. As leading FISCAR car, they also won our own award. Alex Quattlebaum won our Index of Performance award in the little LECo 2.
Tom Cole Trophy Race report including results and many photos is complete - See under Special Races in above Menu. - JT
Please Note - Calendar Change
Due to the BRDC deciding to resurface and/or carry out maintenance work to the Silverstone track, the MG Live weekend event has, very unfortunately, been cancelled. However, Kevin Kivlochan has kindly stepped into the breach and offered to share their Historic Road Sports grid at the HSCC Silverstone meeting on the 19th May, again on the GP circuit. An amendment to our 2019 calendar has been made below.
Hunt Bags Tom Cole Trophy Again!
VSCC, Silverstone, 14th April, 2019
In a close fought battle involving two former Tom Cole Trophy winners, Martin Hunt in the HWM emerged victorious after Chris Keen in the Kurtis 500S handicapped himself with a jumped start and a slow pit stop. This grid was one we shared with the VSCC 50s sports car race for the Hawthorn International Trophy, won comfortably by Philip Walker’s Lotus 15 after Andrew Smith retired his Cooper Monaco. The grid, however, was predominantly that of FISCAR compliant cars with the usual small number of invitation cars that we always bring to this race and our numbers were gratifyingly up on last year’s grid. Despite some concerns the mix of grids worked out pretty well given the performance variation between the quickest VSCC cars and the slowest FISCAR cars, with a high standard of considerate driving throughout which included some excellent dicing down the field.
Message Received from the VSCC:-
‘We would like to invite your members to take part in The Pomeroy Trophy, taking place on Saturday 16th February 2019 on the Grand Prix Circuit at Silverstone. 2019 will see the 64th running of this historic event, which is totally unique. The format of the event is driving tests on the circuit in the morning, followed by 40 minute track sessions in the afternoon in which we ask competitors to achieve a target number of laps.
The entry fee is only £175 for 40 minutes of track time on the Grand Prix Circuit, which is exceptional value for money. All cars must be road legal and road registered, with competitors requiring a 2019 race license.’
Our 2019 Season
A belated Happy New Year to all our members. You should all have been notified of our race dates for this year but they are outlined below, as a reminder, and also for new and/or potential new members. I do urge all of you to enter as many races as possible, in order to ensure that we continue to be invited to the best possible events and circuits in the future. As you will all know, a lot of grids in Historic Racing have suffered over the last couple of seasons, and inevitably, some grids have to be shared, but a big turnout of our lovely FISCAR cars could buck the trend for future seasons. This year we have 5 meetings including a return to our old friends, the MGCC, at their terrific MG Live meeting in June on the Silverstone GP circuit. In fact, June is a particularly exciting month as just two weeks after the MG meeting we are joining the HSCC for the first time for some years, as the opportunity to compete on the Brands Hatch GP circuit could not be turned down. Apart from this opportunity to race on both UKs GP circuits in the space of two weeks, we have our usual triumvirate of favourite meetings at VSCC Spring Start, BDC Silverstone and Castle Combe Autumn Classic. Details below:-
April 14 - VSCC, Spring Start, Silverstone
This year our grid will be joining the VSCC’s own 1950 Sports Car race. However, our cars, which will be the usual mix of FISCAR compliant and Invitation cars, will again be racing for the Tom Cole Trophy, whilst those VSCC cars which do not fit into our regs will be competing for the VSCC’s Hawthorn Memorial Trophy. This should be an exciting grid. Entry for this is already open.
19 May - HSCC, Silverstone International Trophy Meeting on the GP circuit
We will be sharing the grid with the Historic Road Sports cars and as it is on the GP circuit there is plenty of room and an opportunity to really stretch the legs of your car. Please note that the entry fee reflects the fact that this is a 40 minute race (with pit stop) with 30 minutes of qualifying, so plenty of track time..
15/16 June - MGCC Live, Silverstone GP circuit - MEETING NOW CANCELLED
30 June - HSCC - Legends of Brands Hatch Superprix - Brands Hatch GP circuit
We join the slower cars within HSCC’s Historic RoadSports classes on the fabulous and popular Brands GP circuit.
3 August - BDC, Silverstone
The wonderful old style club atmosphere still prevails at this lovely meeting. Our full support should continue to help the Bentley Drivers Club maintain this feel
5 October - Castle Combe Autumn Classic
Our annual pilgrimage to the West Country to savour the Castle Combe circuit at this increasingly popular event in front of thousands of spectators.
JT - January, 2019
Our thanks again to Woolmer Classic Engineering Ltd. for providing us with Race Day support and hospitality throughout 2018. www.woolmerclassic.co.uk
NOTE To Members
I apologise for the missing or incomplete race reports over the last 12 - 18 months due almost entirely to the need to divert my energy and time into selling my property in Lincolnshire and moving over to Shropshire. I’m pleased to say that task is now completed and that I am once again able to spend time updating the reports. However, I crave your patience as this will have to be done gradually. -JT
Corfield Cracks Combe!
Castle Combe AutumN Classic, 6th October
Martyn Corfield drove superbly well to take our Inter-Marque race on Sunday. A brilliant start from the 3rd row of the grid set up the victory although he was caught and passed by an absolutely on form Robin Ellis in his Lotus Elite. The Elite looked on course for victory when Richard Fores took over the car only to have to retire it. Martyn had to keep the pace up though, as excellent drives from Stephen Bond (Lister Bristol) and Marc Gordon (Jaguar XK150), saw them both well clear of the pack and finish within 7.2 seconds of the Frazer Nash after 30 minutes of racing in very tricky conditions. There was great racing all the way down the field, on a day in which FISCAR excelled itself in giving the wet and cold spectators, both quality and quantity. A full report will follow.
It should also be recorded that The AC Ace team, which has returned in numbers this year won the Annual Inter-Marque team Trophy, and I was particularly delighted to see Justin Becket win the Whitehead Cup. Justin described this as beginners luck but you don’t win this unless you turn up and be competitive on a regular basis and Justin did both, so very well earned.
ARCUCLASS OF the FIELD
CMMC, Snetterton, 22nd September
Despite the addition of a few post 1960 sports cars, Brian Arculus dominated the Inter-Marque race at Snetterton last Saturday, winning at a canter. Splendid drives by Paul Griffin in the Connaught ALSR and Jim Campbell in his Austin Healey 100/4 netted them 2nd & 3rd overall. We were also delighted to welcome 3 newcomers to FISCARs ranks - Philip Elder in his MGA, Ewen Sergison in Paul Lovett’s Connaught L2 & Harry Naerger in his Jowett Jupiter - and we hope to see them all again. It was a rare sight to see (repeated later in the Archie Scott Brown race) 2 sports racing Connaughts on the same grid, and particularly appropriate this year on the 70th anniversary of the first Connaught to be produced.
Cool & Consistent Campbell Conquers Competitors
Bentley Drivers Club, Silverstone, 4th August, 2018
Jim Campbell took his beautifully prepared Austin Healey 100/4 to victory at Silverstone. Initially giving best to veteran racer, John Harper, in David Brazell's Jaguar C type, Jim maintained a consistency of pace which saw him shake off the challenge of the Kellison J4R and assumed the lead once the C type had pitted for its driver change. John had displayed all the skills that made him a highly successful historic racer more years ago than I care to say, but it was unreasonable to expect David to quite match his pace after the changeover but he still brought the C type home in a fine 2nd place with the Kellison of Tyzack/Hiscocks, 3rd. Paul Griffin who also took the class 4 win, was an excellent 4th overall in his Connaught ALSR, and followed home by Class 3 winner Alan House in his Morgan Plus 4 whilst 6th overall was taken by Justin Beckett in his AC Ace Bristol, thus making it 6 different marques in the top 6 places.
Full report in due course - JT
Woodgate wins for Jon
Jon Gross Memorial Trophy
In a small but very classy field of Feltham Aston Martins, Chris Woodgate won the Jon Gross Memorial Trophy in Jon's 1958 ex Sebring DB MkIII, in front of the Gross family who still own this fabulous car. It was an entirely appropriate and emotional outcome in memory of Jon who had campaigned this car so enthusiastically for so many years up until the day before he died. Chris, was followed home by Tony Green in the famous ex works DB 2, VMF 65 and Peter Dubsky was 3rd overall in his 15/98 and was therefore also winner of the Mort Goodall Cup for prewar Astons. Edward Bradley won the 1500cc class in his splendid Ulster.
Arculus Repeats Donington Win
VSCC, Donington, 24th June, 2018
In a grid augmented, through necessity, by VSCC's own 1950s Sports cars group and some additional members of Richard Culverhouse's new club, the CMMC, Brian Arculus drove well to finish top of the FISCAR class. It was, though, yet another day that we have to rue a shortage of numbers. This was compounded by the non appearance of two of our entries, although it was noted that at least two of those cars entered under the VSCC banner were also FISCAR compliant. I thank those members who came out to play on this historic, interesting and challenging circuit.
Full report to follow in due course.
Hunt HWM Takes Tom Cole Trophy in Thrilling Season Starter
VSCC, Spring Start, 22nd April, 2018
An unusually small grid for the Tom Cole Trophy nevertheless was of high quality and featured a superbly close fought race between the Martin Hunt/Patrick Blakeney- Edwards in Martin's HWM Jaguar and Richard Wilson in his beautiful Maserati 250S. Martin made a superb start and defended skilfully for several laps before finally giving best to the slightly quicker pole sitting Maserati. However, he kept close to the Italian car so that when he pitted to hand over to Patrick Blakeney-Edwards the slightly slower stop by the Maserati was telling, and Patrick emerged in the lead which he just held to the end despite the engine running rough in the latter stages. Less than 3 tenths separated them at the flag with Richard taking fastest race lap.
There were some great dices further back, not least between Richard Woolmer in Matthew Collings HWM Cadillac, Stephen Bond in his Lister Bristol Flatiron and Martyn Corfield in his Frazer Nash Le Mans Replica. The always spectacular Woolmer prevailed in the HWM to take 3rd but was just 2 seconds ahead of the Lister after 30 minutes of racing. Another close encounter was that of the well driven AC Ace Bristol of Tim Pearce and Lotus Elite of Brian Arculus, with Brian pipping Tim by less than half a second. They finished 6th and 7th respectively. The team of 3 splendid AC Aces, driven by Tim, David Cottingham/Adrian King, and Justin Beckett won the team award.
Full race report, results and photos have been started under 'Special Races' in the header menu - JT (also see photo below).
2018 Season Dates
2018 includes our 3 main meetings plus the addition of two new events. I would ask members to support these events as much as they are able to, since these races are organised for you, our membership, and if you wish to see the club survive, better still, flourish, then we need to provide the clubs who invite us to their events with good sized, cost effective grids. We look forward to seeing you out enjoying racing with FISCAR
April 22nd - VSCC Spring Start at Silverstone National circuit
The Tom Cole Trophy Race
Our annual successful season opener where we continue to run a special race in memory of Tom Cole. The format is the usual 30 minute race with compulsory 45 second pit stop to enable those who wish to avail themselves of the two driver option. Eligible cars are all FISCAR compliant with traditionally a few additional invited sports racing cars to spice it up.
Please note that the VSCC will also be running their 1950s sports car race on the same day so FISCAR members have the opportunity of a second race if they wish.
June 24th - VSCC, Donington
FISCAR Inter-Marque race
A new event for us. We have, for some reason, not provided good grids at this famous circuit so let's support the VSCC who have kindly invited us to join them. The VSCC paddock and ambience may better suit our members. The format is the usual 30 minute race with compulsory 45 second pit stop to enable those who wish avail themselves of the two driver option. Eligible cars - restricted to our usual FISCAR compliant cars.
August 4th - BDC, Silverstone National Circuit
FISCAR Inter-Marque race
This very popular meeting with The Bentley Drivers Club has a lovely old fashioned club feel to it which suits FISCAR perfectly but whilst our grids have been just about adequate over the last couple of years, they could have been so much better. We should be able to muster well over 30 cars for this lovely meeting, so let's show BDC how much we appreciate their invitation and continued faith in our ability to provide an interesting and high quality field. The format is the usual 30 minute race with compulsory 45 second pit stop to enable those who wish to avail themselves of the two driver option. Eligible cars - restricted to our usual FISCAR compliant cars.
The Jon Gross Memorial Trophy
This lovely race for all pre 1960 Aston Martins has been moved to the BDC meeting from Castle Combe. There are classes for the sports racers (DB3/3S), GT cars (DB2, DB2/4 & DB MkIII), prewar 2 litres (15/98 etc) and 1500cc (Ulster etc).
It is not yet clear whether your Chairman will also be able to run the Bic Healey Cup. Details will be posted here when known.
September 22nd - Classic Race Day, Snetterton 200
FISCAR Inter-Marque race
A new event organised by our very own Richard Culverhouse and to be run on the 200 circuit which as you will know has a layout close to that of the old pre revised Snetterton circuit and thus excludes the new infield section. The format is the usual 30 minute race with compulsory 45 second pit stop to enable those who wish to avail themselves of the two driver option. Eligible cars - restricted to our usual FISCAR compliant cars. However, you will all have the opportunity of a second race, as your Chairman is again running the following race:-
The Archie Scott Brown Trophy Race
This is the 4th running of this race but is particularly poignant and significant this year as it will be the 60th anniversary of the tragic death of this legendary driver at Spa in 1958, so I'm really hoping that this year we can present a grid that does justice to Archie. The race is a 30 minute non stop race for all pre 1960 sports racing cars running on Dunlop L section tyres or the Blockley equivalent AND ALL FISCAR compliant cars. There will be plenty of classes and flexible depending on the entries received.
October 6th - Castle Combe Autumn Classic
FISCAR Inter-Marque race
Our consistently successful season finale. The format is the usual 30 minute race with compulsory 45 second pit stop to enable those who wish to avail themselves of the two driver option. Eligible cars - restricted to our usual FISCAR compliant cars.
BOultbee-Brooks Triple Double
Castle Combe Autumn Classic
7th October, 2017
Steve Boultbee-Brooks and his Aston Martin DB3S proved once again to be invincible in our two races at Castle Combe retaining the Jon Gross Memorial Trophy chased gamely home by Martyn Corfield in his invitation Frazer Nash Le Mans Replica and then taking victory in the FISCAR Inter-Marque race for the third time in succession. In the latter he was subjected to some interesting tactical racing by a pair of the Lotus Elites, and Robin Ellis in Tony Mantle's example finished second just over 3 seconds behind after 30 minutes of racing.
Arculus Leads Select Band
BARC, Donington, 2nd September, 2017
In a small grid further depleted by retirements, Brian Arculus, after a very brief early challenge from Nigel Winchester's special bodied AC Ace, cruised his Lotus Elite to victory ahead of Kevin Kivlochan's AC Ace Bristol and Jim Campbell's Austin Healey 100/4.
Abecassis Does the Double
BDC, Silverstone, 5th August, 2017
After a poor start from pole, Jonathan Abecassis in his familiar Austin Healey 100/4, later handing over to Richard Woolmer, took victory in our Inter-Marque round last Saturday. They were chased home by long time leader, Stephen Bond, in the splendid Lister 'Flatiron' Bristol, with Robin Ellis, last year's winner, taking 3rd place in Tony Mantle's Lotus Elite after a terrific recovery drive from 16th at the end of lap 2. The race was also marked by a dramatic accident in Luffield when a set of wheel studs on Paul Ziller's Triumph TR2 snapped and launched the car into a roll, finishing on its roof in the gravel. Fortunately, Paul emerged under his own steam from the car and after a check up at the medical centre was given a clean bill of health which was decidedly more than could be said of the TR. Remarkably, however Paul has entered the car for our Donington race on 2nd September!
Later in the day Jonathan completed the double by comfortably winning the Chairman's Bic Healey Trophy race.
Keen Kurtis takes Tom Cole Trophy ......
Ferrari/Maserati battle features
Once again a superb grid of FISCAR cars lined up at VSCCs Spring Start meeting, our first race of the 2017 season, and once again the cars starred. The race was very eventful and we had at least three different leaders and there was much dicing through the field. The best of these was that of erstwhile race leader, James Cottingham recovering from a spin in the Ferrari 500TRC, and poleman, Guillermo Fierro Eleta, first time out in his gorgeous Maserati 300S who made a poor start and got swamped. The battle which at the time was for 2nd, was only broken up by the compulsory pitstop, taken by James but missed out altogether by Guillermo with inevitable consequences! Whilst all this was going on, Chris Keen was maintaining a few seconds lead in the Kurtis and eventually ran out the winner but only after Cottingham who had emerged ahead of him in the pitstops, retired the Ferrari 5 laps from the end with overheating. Steve Boultbee-Brooks took the fantastic sounding Aston Martin DB3S to a fine second and Jonathan Abecassis emerged from an epic 3 way Austin Healey battle to take 3rd overall. Mark Hoble, resting his TR2, took the Index of Performance win in his Turner Mk1. The Lotus Elite Team (Lotus Legends) won the team award, and were chased home by the two Austin Healey teams, The Healey Hares and The Healey Hounds.
Full report now ready - See 'Special Races' in the menu.
Meanwhile a couple more images below:
Exciting FISCAR 2017 Season Ahead
FISCAR has organised an exciting 6 race series for the coming season. All races will be run over 30 minutes and include a compulsory pit stop, in order to allow a second driver to participate. There are no shared grids.
We are also adding a pre 52 sports car race to the Bentley Drivers Club meeting on 5th August. More details below:-
FISCAR Inter-Marque Dates for 2017
April 22nd – Silverstone Club – VSCC Spring Start
“The Tom Cole Trophy Race”
Our annual season starter at VSCC's popular Spring Start meeting. This race pits our usual Inter-Marque cars against a few Chairmen's Invitation cars. It was over subscribed last year
May 29th – Brands Indy - MSCC FISCAR Inter-Marque
We again join the Morgan Sports Car Club, this time, on a rare visit for us, to the Brands Indy Circuit. Let's break the mould for both MSCC and the Brands circuit by providing them with a top class grid.
June 10th - Oulton Park – VSCC “The Blaster Bates Trophy”
After an absence of a year, we return to this lovely circuit, to run the Blaster Bates Trophy for only the second time. The current holder of the Trophy, Mike Freeman, in his Lotus Elite, had a superb dice with Jonathan Abecassis in his Austin Healey 100/4 in 2015, but the grid was numerically low, so we need to do much better this time.
August 5th - Silverstone Club - BDC - FISCAR Inter-Marque
The Bentley Drivers Club has revamped this meeting to reinforce the wonderful old club style feel that has always existed at this event, and FISCAR has increased it's commitment and input. As well as our usual Inter-Marque race, we are running the King George VI Cup for invited pre 52 sports cars - *See separate box below for more details*.
In addition to the above, your Chairman is again running, on his own account, the Bic Healey Trophy which includes the AC v Austin Healey team challenge. All FISCAR compliant Austin Healeys and ACs are eligible and they will be joined by Special bodied Sprites and appropriate Invitation cars.
September 2/3rd - Donington Park - BARC - FISCAR Inter-Marque
More details to follow.
October 7th - Castle Combe Autumn Classic - FISCAR Inter-Marque
Once again our season finale where we have consistently provided our best grid of the season. We will again also be running the Jon Gross Memorial Trophy, primarily for Pre 1960 Feltham Aston Martins and the Mort Goodall Cup for prewar Aston Martins.
*The King George VI Cup*
FISCAR, in conjunction with the Bentley Drivers Club, are adding a new format race for 2017. The event will be for Sports and GT cars produced in the 1938 – 1951 era, but will include certain models that were introduced before that date if production continued into that period, such as Aston Martin 15/98 and BMW 328. The race will be titled the “George VI Cup”.
The 20 minute race will be run on the Silverstone National circuit on August 5th 2017. It will be open, by invitation only, to models with competition provenance that were built in the era. Cars must run to the specifications that they ran and looked as they did in period. As a guide, cars that ran at Le Mans in the 1938 – 1951 period and in the early postwar Spa 24 hour races are particularly the models that are most eligible.
Typical eligible cars will include original specification Jaguar XK 120, V12 Lagonda, Fraser Nash LMR, Healey Silverstone, Connaught L2, Jowett Jupiter, HRG 1500, Talbot T26, Aston Martin Speed Model and DB2, Riley Sprite and many more.
Whitehead Cup shared!
David Cottingham and Jim Campbell shared the Whitehead Cup, in this, the first year it has been awarded. This was a closely fought contest and you needed to have scored well in at least 4 of the 5 qualifying events. Ultimately, Jim, who gave Castle Combe a miss, was caught on the line by David who attended the final meeting. They both finished with 33 points. Hard on their tails were the pair of Triumph TR2s of Mark Hoble and Paul Ziller, on 32 & 31 points respectively, both having competed at all 5 events. 5th was Nick Matthews in his Austin Healey 100/4 with 29 points.
The Inter-Marque Trophy was won by the Healey Hound team and by a clear margin. However, 2nd place was shared by the Lotus Legends and AC Aces. It is true to say that these 3 marques have formed the backbone of our grids over recent seasons, although if the above mentioned Mark and Paul could persuade another TR out and the MG boys could regularly field a 3 car team, they would both be in with a good shout at the trophy.
BoultbeE-Brooks Splashes to another Double
Autumn Classic at Castle combe, 1st October
Steve Boultbee-Brooks drove a blinder in the rain on Saturday to hold off a determined group of Jags and Healeys in the highlight race of the day. A full grid of Inter-Marque cars streamed around in the rain and most managed to stay on the track despite the very slippery conditions. The Healeys however, drove well enough to secure the overall Team of the year award and receive the Silver trophy for the year. David Cottingham drove another good solid race in his AC Ace and became joint FISCAR "Driver of the year" ( shared with Jim Campbell) receiving the "Whitehead Cup" as a reward for a seasons committed effort.
Steve continued his winning ways, later in the day, and again in wet conditions by heading the Jon Gross Memorial Trophy race from start to finish, chased home very gamely by Nick Ruddell who won the GT class, in his Aston Martin DB2/4. Third overall and winner of the Mort Goodall Cup was Mark Gillies, in the Aston Monoposto, repeating his victory from last year.
Ellis Excels in Elite
Bentley Drivers Club, Silverstone, 6th August
A really fine grid of FISCAR Inter-Marque cars, sprinkled lightly with a few Chairmans sports racers entertained us at BDC's splendid meeting at Silverstone last Saturday. Proving once again that the Elite is FISCAR's benchmark car, Robin Ellis took the honours. Driving Tony Mantle's Lotus Elite, rather than his own, Robin took the lead from the off, but was pressed hard by the Austin Healey 100/4 of Jonathan Abecassis in the first half of the race. Jonathan's pit stop, however, was a little slower than that of the Elite which left Robin to bring the car home to the flag unchallenged in the second half.
In the team battle, the MGA team took a fine victory, and our Index of Performance winners were Glenn and Rory Tollett in their MGA.
FREEMAN FIRST TO FLAG
MG Live, Silverstone GP, 4th June
Mike Freeman took his Lotus Elite to outright victory in this big field which combined our Inter-Marque cars and MGCC Iconic 50s cars on the Silverstone GP circuit. He was chased home all the way by the MGAs of Mark Ellis and Neil Cawthorne, from the Iconics series, with Robin Ellis in his Lotus Elite 4th, so nearly caught by a hard charging Brian Arculus, who started from the pitlane, also in his Elite.
Full race report and photos now appear under the Race Reports '16 of our menu, above.
Matthews Masters Donington
Morgan Sports Car Club Meeting , 22nd May
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 now appear under the Race Reports '16 of our menu, above.
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.
Keith Hampson's Sunbeam Alpine Le Mans
TOM COLE SPECTACULAR
VSCC Spring Start - 23rd April, 2016
The Cars are the Stars as Lagonda V12 Wins
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.
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"firstname.lastname@example.org".
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
Full Race reports to follow.
FREEMAN TAKES 'BLASTER BATES' TROPHY
Full race report with photos to follow in due course
FISCAR HISTORIC INTER-MARQUE
Bentley Drivers Club, Silverstone - 1st August, 2015
The BiC Healey Trophy Race
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
The Archie Scott brown race
for historic Sports Racing cars
HSCC Snetterton, 14 June, 2015
FiSCAR Historic Inter-marque
HSCC, Snetterton, 14 June 2015
fiscar historic inter-marque
HSCC Silverstone - 17th May, 2015
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
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 email@example.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.
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 .