AWARDS and CLASS STRUCTURES

The whole ethos of the Historic Inter-Marque is to try and develop the Team principle - Mark Campbell.

Right from the start of FISCAR, back in 2011, the culture was to develop a team spirit and camaraderie by putting the cars into marque teams; hence Historic Inter-Marque. Whilst we have to recognise the competitive spirit of those who go motor racing even in cars over 50 years old, the intention is always to create and maintain an old style friendly club atmosphere. That remains central to FISCAR's philosophy and purpose for running our races. It makes us identifiably different to other clubs as well as providing a home for racing sports and GT cars from the 1950s which have not been too dramatically altered from the way they came off the production lines. 

Marque Teams Awards

Initially, only cars from the same marque could form a team, but recently this was diluted to allow singleton entries of cars to be brought together to form a mixed team. However, on reflection, it was decided this was counter to the Inter-Marque approach, and thus, this year (2016), we have reverted to the original concept. Only cars from the same marque can form a team, and up to 5 cars in any one team. If 6 or more cars from the same marque are entered in the same race, two teams will be formed. Team positions are arrived at by an individual handicapping system based on past results calculated by Mark Campbell. Thus a team with the first 3 cars home may not necessarily win the team award.  The team that achieves the best results over a season is awarded the Inter-Marque Trophy

Awards - Up to 3 full teams entered - Winning team only

                 4 -5 full teams entered - 1st & 2nd

                 6 or over full teams entered - 1st, 2nd, 3rd  

Index of Performance Awards leading to the Annually Awarded

Whitehead Cup

An innovation this year (2016), is the introduction of an individual handicap system based on an indices of performance from previous races, calculated by Mark Campbell,  thereby ensuring that members have the opportunity of winning their own awards as well as giving those who cannot win their class (see below) something to aim at as well. The handicapping of the individuals is that which is applied to the combined team results.

Awards - 1st, 2nd, 3rd

The individual scoring the best total overall during the course of the year is awarded the annual Whitehead Cup, so named after the Whitehead Brothers (actually half Brothers) who regularly campaigned as privateers in the 1950s very often in Aston Martins

Class Structure

During the course of the last couple of seasons there has been some discussion over the introduction of classes, but in addition to, not instead of, Team awards. Last year we therefore introduced classes for the first time based not so much on cubic capacity but more on the performance of the quickest car/driver combinations from each marque. The Lotus Elite, Colin Chapman's late 1950s masterpiece, has been the most consistent winner of our races, its ascendancy only occasionally challenged by one or two of the quicker Austin Healeys, or Andy Sharp's Aston Martin DB2. The Elite is thus the benchmark car and forms Class 1 on its own unless an Allard J2 or one of the quicker sports racers joins the grid.*

* Note that since the above was written,  the quicker Austin Healeys have tended to be the frontrunners of our Inter-Marque cars, so I'm promoting them to Class 1, along with Steve Boultbee-Brooks Aston Martin DB3S. Of course, the track can be an influencing factor here but over the season it balances out.  It will also give other cars remaining in Class 2, a better opportunity of winning awards (JT -  May 2017)   

Awards

Up to 4 cars in class - Winner only

5 - 6 cars in class - 1st & 2nd

7 or more in class - 1st, 2nd, 3rd

Below is the class structure as it currently stands. It is not cast in stone and it will be reviewed at the end of the year. Note that this is NOT the class structure which applies to the Tom Cole Trophy race, which carries a more conventional structure based on engine size and drum or disc brakes: -

FISCAR CLASS STRUCTURE

Class 1 (Amended)

Allard J2 (all versions)

AH 100/4/100M/100S

Lotus Elite

Aston Martin DB3S (Steve Boultbee-Brooks)

All Chairmans Sports Racing Cars & Specials (except where listed individually below)


Class 2 (Amended)

AC Ace/Aceca

Allard K3 (Mark Butterworth)

Aston Martin DB3

Aston Martin DB2 & 2/4 with discs and/or Webers

Ferrari 500TRC (David Cottingham)

Frazer Nash (all postwar models) 

Jaguar XK 150

Jaguar XK120/140 with discs and/or Webers

Porsche 356/Speedster

Elva Courier

Fairthorpe Electron (Climax)

Turner Climax

Gomm Jaguar (Charles Fripp)

Alfa Romeo Disco Volante (Chris Mann)

LECo 2 (Alex Quattlebaum)

Daimler SP 250 Special (Sean Mooney)

 

Class 3 -

All Alfa Romeos (apart from DV above)

Aston Martin DB2 & 2/4 fitted with drums and/or SUs

Jaguar XK 120/140 fitted with drums and/or SUs

TR2/3/3A

Lancia Aurelia

Morgan Plus 4

Healey Silverstone

All Class 2 FISCAR FLIERS

 

Class 4

AH Frogeye Sprite

Jowett Jupiter

Sunbeam Alpine

MGA and MGA Twin cam

All Class 1 FISCAR  FLIERS  except LECo 2 (see Class 2)