The Historic Sports Car Club has launched a new scheme to encourage novice competitors to join three of its most accessible race championships: Historic Formula Ford, Historic Road Sports and 70s Road Sports. Launched yesterday (Friday 14 November) from the HSCC stand at the Classic Motor Show at the NEC, the scheme will reward the best novice in each of the three championships with a prestigious end-of-season trophy as well as an entry fee voucher for the 2016 season.
Alongside the end-of-season awards, drivers starting racing with the HSCC will receive a warm welcome from like-minded enthusiasts, practical support, guidance and encouragement at race weekends and free access to a fund of expertise. The three awards will be named in honour of drivers famed for competing in cars of the type now used in the three championships. The Historic Road Sports novices will compete for the Gerry Marshall Trophy and the new entrants in the 70s Road Sports will contest the Win Percy Trophy. The Formula Ford newcomers will compete for a soon-to-be-announced trophy.
“We have always been a club that offers newcomers a perfect place to start racing,” said HSCC CEO Grahame White. “We recognise that making a start in racing can be daunting, but we hope that this initiative will encourage newcomers to join us. They will be warmly welcomed and will receive all the support and advice they need.”
The HSCC calendar is one of the best available in the UK, with a schedule of high-profile historic race meetings that includes the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit, the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit, the Oulton Park International circuit and Donington Park. Despite the quality of events and circuits, HSCC entry fees remain amongst the most competitive in the UK.
Meanwhile, some detail changes in the technical regulations for the 70s Road Sports Championship will bring weight limits for cars like MGBs and MG Midgets more in line with those specified in various MG race categories.