Cars with a history of racing at Castle Combe are being sought to play a part in the 2020 Castle Combe Autumn Classic, which will mark the 70th anniversary year of the circuit over the weekend of 3-4 October.
To celebrate this landmark year in the remarkable history of the Wiltshire track, the ninth edition of the Autumn Classic will feature a specially extended racing programme with a full day of qualifying and racing on each day. The Autumn Classic will be the culmination of a year of celebrations to mark 70 years of racing at Castle Combe.
The event promoters are keen to involve as many cars from that 70-year story as possible in this very special event and have issued an invitation to anyone who has a car with a Castle Combe history to come forward.
Tom Davis from Castle Combe said: “Over 70 years, thousands of cars have raced here at Castle Combe and we are hoping to get some of them back for the Autumn Classic. Obviously, the race programme will accommodate some cars, but we’re also looking for cars to go on static display or take part in parades and demonstration runs.”
There is a particular push being made to locate cars that raced at the Wiltshire track in its early years in the 1950s and 1960s as well as any well-known local race cars that entertained the fans in the 1970s and 1980s.
“It would be fantastic to have a line-up of cars form the Castle Combe story, including cars raced by some of the local stars who provided such great entertainment over the decades,” added Davis. Anyone with a car that may be suitable is asked to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Back in 1940, part of the Castle Combe Estate was requisitioned for the construction of RAF Castle Combe. After the War, the potential for creating a race track from the perimeter road was clear and the circuit’s first race meeting was held on 8 July 1950.
- For more details about the Castle Combe Autumn Classic, please head over to www.autumnclassic.co.uk