With the Championship title already secured by Jez Clark the Silverstone race was very much an opportunity for 70s to end the year on a hi-note and a terrific grid of 32 cars gathered in the Assembly Area for early morning qualifying, the track was tricky and damp whilst the grassy edges were a muddy quagmire in places but the weather forecast suggested the mood would be bright and sunny by race time.
The final race of the 70s Road Sport season with a representative 30 car grid. Great to see Matt Nichols back in his TVR 3000M and Julian Barter hoping to finally get a race. Class D should be the one to watch with the Alfa 2000GTV of Class leader Jon Wagstaff pitched against equally quick Alfa of Mike Neumann and Porche 924 of Brian Jarvis. Whilst the stunning metallic blue 4.7ltr Shelby Mustang of Larry Tucker should really be an awesome sight. It may only be the middle of October but we are expecting a race full of fireworks and thunder.
Some great racing in warm sunshine, both races featured a four way battle for the lead and some close hard racing with a win for Charles Barter in race one, and Will Leverett in race two starting from twelfth on the grid.
Good performances from John Williams in his Porsche 911 and the TVR 3000M of Dave Karaskas and close competition from Class D (up to 2000cc metal bodied cars) which made up almost half the grid.
Although a number of competitors have chosen this event as their two drop score rounds, and others have decided to compete in the non-championship race at the Spa 6 Hour event later this month, what is lacking in quantity is certainly being made up for in quality.
The two Championship contenders Jez Clark and Adam Bagnall are now in an epic title contest, like two punch drunk boxers determined to slog it out to the end. Will and Mark Leverett are planning to share Mark’s Elan which could provide an interesting challenge for Jez having to go head to head with Will in a similar Lotus Elan.
There may only be three entries in Class B but all of them are contenders, the Datsun 240Z of Charles Barter will be under pressure from the Porsche 911 of John Williams and TVR 3000M of Dave Karaskas who was on top form at Brands Hatch during 70s previous event in June.
If this race follows the form of previous events we can also expect a number of late entries before the weekend.
If it’s the August Bank Holiday then it’s the fabulous Oulton Park Gold Cup, this year featuring truly wonderful weather and watched by an enthusiastic crowd who lined the circuit with an eclectic mix of classic cars and picnic baskets brimming with tasty treats.
Usually the highlight of our Classic 70s Summer of events, a 30 minute race around the wonderful Oulton Park circuit which follows the natural contours of the Cheshire countryside.
The two main contenders in the title race Adam Bagnall with his Jaguar E-Type and the Lotus Elan of current champion Jez Clark both have class rivals who will be pushing to take championship points away from them at every opportunity. Kevin Kivlochan and Mark Bennett have both beaten Adam in recent races whilst Will Leverett is currently providing Jez with some serious opposition.
With qualifying on Saturday with racing Sunday the circuit will also be hosting Classic Car Displays and an Artisan Market, celebrating 60 years of the Mini and if you like you action to travel sideways Heritage Stock Cars and Rally Car demonstrations are always spectacular.
Will Leverett made a break whilst Keki Kivlochan and Jez Clark kept each other occupied. Great battle between Mark Leverett who came through from the back, Howard Payne and John Williams. The mid field from 12th – 16th were separated by less than a second after 12 hectic laps.
One of the standout events of our Classic 70s Summer, the annual visit to the Croft Retro and Classic Weekend. Now into its ninth year, and established as a major highlight on the North-East region’s social calendar.
The evocative 70’s Road Sports category features a mouth-watering array of iconic cars, including a number of British favourites, such as the Jaguar E-Type, Morgan Plus 8 and a wide range of classic Lotus’s including Elan, Europa, Seven and Eclat. Fans will also have their heartstrings tugged by a cavalcade of Italian Alfa Romeo’s including an Alfa Sud Sprint and three Bertone bodied GTV 2000 plus a trio of Porsches will add German engineering excellence to an exciting line up.
Things are hotting up in the battle for the Championship with just five points separating the E-Type of Adam Bagnall from the Lotus Elan of 2018 Champion Jez Clark at the halfway point of the season. John Wagstaff will be looking to consolidate his lead in Class D, but will need to work hard to keep his Alfa Romeo ahead of the potentially quicker Lotus Eclat of Neil Brown.
The two-day event will showcase the very best in historic racing featuring saloons, sports cars and single seaters providing fun for all the family, with retro trade stalls, auto jumbles and a variety of vehicle displays all forming part of this years Croft Retro and Classic extravaganza – a weekend not to be missed!