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The 2023 Autumn Classic historic race meeting – set to be held at Wiltshire’s Castle Combe Circuit on Saturday, 23 September – is shaping up to be a fantastic event for any self-respecting classic car enthusiast.

Expect non-stop racing action on the track and fascinating static displays in the paddock areas. This year, the event celebrates the 75th anniversary of Lotus Cars with some exceptional vehicles on show (please click here for more info about what you can expect on the day).

Organisers have now also announced the famous drivers who will be making guest appearances at the show. Appropriately, at least two have raced Lotus cars throughout their colourful careers.

You’ll be able to read more about the drivers below. Be sure to grab your programme at the event to read even more about their fascinating histories.

Nick Adams

– Raced in Clubmans Sports Cars in the ‘70s (including Class B Formula Fords and Class A Clubmans)

– BRSCC and BRDC Championship winner, as well as 1976 Groveward Award winner

– Sports 2000 in Lola T492 (1978-79)

– Formula Atlantic Championship in March 80A (1980-81)

– World Championship Sports Car (1984-66)

– Spice Hart C2 driver for Chamberlain Engineering, Inc. Le Mans (1987-88)

– Various Le Mans/European Interseries Sports Prototype Championship races in the late ‘80s-early ’90s

– British GT Championship – Paul Ricard International Historic Race winner ’94 in AC Cobra

– More Le Mans/British GT Championship racing in ’95 in Porsche 911 GT2, and in ’96 in a Jaguar XJ220

– Returned to British GT in 2003-05 in Ferrari 360, including a round at Castle Combe

– Now competes for passion in events such as Goodwood Revival

David Brodie 

– First race win: Silverstone, 1968 in Austin A35

– Competed in over 700 races in various cars since then, including a Titan F3 single-seater, sports cars, and saloons

– Credited with being the seventh most successful driver ever at Brands Hatch

– Has held lap records at many primary UK circuits

– Qualified as fastest team driver in Le Mans 1994

– Became a founder and director of Williams Grand Prix Engineering

– Various races at Castle Combe, including leading the Race V Rally celebrity race in June 1973

David da Costa

– Career began in 1967 with Mini Cooper in Autocross, Hillclimb and sprint events

– Ford Escort Mexico Championship 1973-78 – various podiums and wins

– Mini 1275 GT Series 1980 – two wins

– British Saloon Car Championship in Escort Sport, Fiesta, Vauxhall Astra, and Ford Escort RS Turbo

– European Touring Car Championship in Group 2 Escort Mkll RS 1800 with Pete King and David McPherson – scoring class wins and podium places

– Senior Instructor with Castle Combe Racing Club for over ten years

Ian Flux

– Formula Vee 1975

– Entered into F1 with Token Team before joining Embassy Hill

– TVR Challenge – 1996 champion, including battles at Castle Combe

– Competed in over 750 races, including Jaguar Intercontinental Challenge in XJR-15

– Successful racing, testing, and coaching career, including F3, Sports 2000, Prototypes, GTs, BTCC and Historic cars

– Life story has been consolidated into his tell-all autobiography, For Flux Sake – Ian will be signing copies of his book outside the Strawford Centre at the event


David Franklin

– One of the most respected international historical drivers

– Began in 1965 in 875cc Hillman Imp

– F3 Ensign LNF 373 in 1975

– 1978 RAC British Hill Climb Championship and RAC British Sprint Championship wins in March 772 BMW Formula Two car

– RAC British Sprint champion again in 1979

– 1981 MGCC BCV8 champion in 1981, including Castle Combe rounds

– HSCC Historic GT champion in 1985 with 5-litre McLaren M6B Can-Am car

– Steigenberger European SuperSports Championship victory in 1986

Roger Orgee

– First race at Castle Combe in 1970 in Alexis FF

– 1974 Castle Combe FF1600 champion

– Raced Formula Ford 2000s between 1975-78

– Formula Atlantic 1979-80

– Won the Castle Combe leg of the 1979 County Challenge in Nigel Mansell’s BMW 323i

– Raced in Thundersports in 1986 with Lola racer

– BRSCC Libre Championship in F2 Lyncar BDX 1985-86

– BRSCC Libre Championship victory in 1987 with ex-Christian Danner March F3000

– 1987-97 – Formed and operated the Omegaland International F3000 race team and won the 1992 UK F3000 Championship with Yvan Muller

– Roger Orgee Junior is a double Castle Combe FF1600 champion


– Advanced admission tickets for the Autumn Classic are priced at £15 per adult or £10 per concession (over 65s) and include a FREE programme. Those aged 16 and under go FREE. 

– The cut-off for these advanced tickets is on Monday, 18 September. After this time, they will be available at the gate, priced at £5 more respectively. Please click here to book your advanced tickets. 


Castle Combe Circuit Chippenham, Wiltshire SN14 7EY
+ (44) 01249 479438

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