Donington is regarded as a drivers favourite. Sadly this does not seem to be reflected amongst enough of our members, just 11 entered for this race, although the positive spin is that it was a couple more than last year! However, among them was Tim Stamper in Richard Bell’s lovely Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk1. This was a particularly valiant effort by Tim and his family who have been through a very tough time recently. It was also good to see John Tewson, following up on his appearance at Castle Combe, out in his 998cc Frogeye.
The low entry numbers were emulated by the VSCC’s own 1950s sports car race entries and so it was entirely natural that the two grids would be merged. It was further augmented by a number of cars from Richard Culverhouse’s nascent CMMC, although I don’t think I’m being too controversial to say that Richard Parson’s Mini Cooper S, fine car and well driven that it was, really fitted comfortably in a grid of 1950/60s sports cars. Sadly, two entries, those of Stuart Dean in his MG DJS and Alex Quattlebaum’s LECo sports failed to appear but we ultimately had an agreeably acceptable grid of 23 cars.
Qualifying was inevitably dominated by the two litre Coventry Climax engined sports racers of Justin Maeers (Cooper Monaco) and Charlie Martin (Lotus 15) with the latter being out ahead, on his own by 2 seconds. Third was the TR6 of Rob Cowing ahead of Peter Haynes 1500cc FWB Lotus 11 but Brian Arculus, the first of our FISCAR runners was only half a second down, qualifying an excellent 5th just ahead of Dave Beresford’s MGB. The Cooper S was next up with John Andon’s TR4 8th, Martin Whitlock’s MGB 9th and the next of our entries, Graham & Alistair Love’s Jaguar XK150 completing the top 10. Unsurprisingly, most of our members were in the bottom half of the grid with the Flat rad Morgan Plus 4, quite understandably, being the oldest sports car in the field, being the last of the 23 car grid.