Full details of the exhilarating racing set to be held at Castle Combe Circuit’s Autumn Classic event on 5 October have now been revealed in full, which will introduce no less than three brand-new fixtures to the day’s busy schedule.
Competitive action is at the very core of the Wiltshire venue’s annual historic race meeting, which is now in its eighth successful year and once again promises to boast top-quality grids covering the likes of sports cars, single-seaters and touring cars.
With the theme of 2019’s instalment revolving around ‘Heroes of the 1960s’, the introduction of a Formula Ford race to celebrate 50 years of this iconic championship, as well as an all-Alfa Romeo grid and a race dedicated to the Frazer Nash marque will all make their debutant appearances.
First run in 2012, the Autumn Classic is now firmly established as a must-do date on the classic racing calendar and consistently delivers glorious automotive action from grids full of cars from the ‘golden era’ of motorsport. Off-track attractions are just as popular, with displays of feature cars and dozens of car clubs on-hand.
Three races come from the hugely-successful Historic Racing Drivers’ Club, including the exotic new Classic Alfa Challenge. Many of the cars here will be from the 1960s, including GTAs and Giulias, though the post-historic class allows cars from up to the 1980s to join the grid.
The HRDC will bring two more grids to the table – full to capacity with sports, GT and touring cars of the 1950s and 1960s. The Coys Trophy race will be a glorious evocation of the early years of the British Saloon Car Championship – later to develop into the BTCC – and is for cars from 1958 to 1966. From Austin A40s and Mini Coopers to Lotus Cortinas and Ford Mustangs, this promises to be a firm crowd-pleaser.
The HRDC Allstars race will deliver an over-flowing grid of sports, GT and touring cars from the late 1950s and early 1960s with the probability of TVR Griffiths, Jaguar XKs and Lotus Elans adding to the mix.
Back by popular demand will be the Pre ’66 Jaguar race for both sports and saloon cars; named to honour legendary Jaguar racer and tester, Norman Dewis. More period sports cars will line up for the ever-popular FISCAR race for production-based cars of the 1950s, while new to the event is a race dedicated to the British Frazer Nash sports cars of the 1920s and 1930s.
Archie Frazer-Nash built his first cars in 1922 and control of AFN Ltd later passed to Harold John Aldington. In 1963, through a friendship between Aldington and land owner Kitty Maurice, AFN took a lease on Castle Combe, which ran for nearly a decade until Howard Strawford took over. As such, Castle Combe seems to be the most apt place to celebrate the sporting heritage of these superb British sports cars which, due to chain drive and a narrow rear track, just love to be driven in big slides.
Two top-quality period single-seater categories conclude the programme, capped by a return visit from the Silverline UK Historic Formula Junior Championship for the front- and rear-engined mini Grand Prix cars built and raced from 1958 to 1963.
Finally – and very fittingly as the circuit celebrates 50 years of the Castle Combe Formula Ford Championship – will be a race for Historic Formula Fords. This is one of the most successful historic racing categories of recent seasons as the cars from up to 1971 consistently deliver thrilling racing from strong grids. Now, the cars will race at Castle Combe to finish the circuit’s 50th anniversary Formula Ford celebrations in fine style.
Explore the Autumn Classic website to find out more about the event, or click here to buy tickets! All tickets purchased in advance of the event receive a complimentry programme voucher.