Exciting FISCAR 2017 Season Ahead

FISCAR has organised an exciting 7 race series for the coming season, including a trip to Zandvoort. We have a race for each month from April to October. 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, but we should and need to do much better this time. 

July 8/9    - Zandvoort   -  CPZ       British Historic Race Festival

More details to follow.

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 -  Motors TV -  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.


2016

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.   

David Cottingham holds the Whitehead Cup, just presented to him by Miles Toulson-Clarke, owner of Spencer Lane-Jones Ltd, who sponsored our Castle Combe race for the second year running. They stand in front of the Woolmer Classic Engineering unit which has again provided our members with splendid hospitality all season.                                               Photo - Pat Arculus, Tripos Media

Jonathan Abecassis, as a member of the Healey Hounds team, holds the Inter-Marque Trophy with fellow team members , Jason Harris (left) and Nick Matthews (right).                                                 Photo - Pat Arculus, Tripos Media

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 B-Brooks in his winning Aston Martin DB 3S                                                      Photo - Pat Arculus, Tripos Media

Steve B-Brooks in his winning Aston Martin DB 3S                                                      Photo - Pat Arculus, Tripos Media

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.

Nick Ruddell leads Mark Gillies in pretty atrocious conditions                                  Photo - Jeff Bloxham

 

Ellis Excels in Elite

Bentley Drivers Club, Silverstone, 6th August

Robin Ellis was pressed hard by Jonathan Abecassis until the pit stops.                                                  Photo - Mick Walker

Robin Ellis was pressed hard by Jonathan Abecassis until the pit stops.                                                  Photo - Mick Walker

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

After a poor start, from pole, Mike Freeman took a few laps to get to the front                                           Photo - John Turner   

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

Nick Matthews leads Neil Harvey in their early race dice for the lead.                               Photo - Pat Arculus, Tripos Media

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.

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 .