TVR, one of the best-loved of all British sports car manufacturers, will be celebrated in style at Castle Combe on Monday 6 May with three races dedicated to the marque, including one for the sensational Tuscans.
The event will honour the 30th anniversary of the TVR Tuscan Challenge, surely the most competitive and action-packed one-make race championship in UK history. Drivers like Ian Flux, Mike Jordan, Steve Guglielmi, Ian McKellar, Bobby Verdon-Roe and Gerry Marshall produced incredible racing from the powerful Tuscans and the race championship is still revered by those who witnessed the action. The mighty Tuscans raced at Castle Combe every year from 1989 to 2004 and delivered some of the most exciting racing ever seen at the Wiltshire race track.
This May Day Bank Holiday Monday, a grid of 10-15 Tuscans will re-create the 15-year story of the Tuscan Challenge as one of three TVR races on the programme. Meanwhile, a TVR Classic Race will feature the early models right through to the M-series cars of the late 1970s. Classic models like the Vixen, Griffith and Grantura are very popular in historic racing and it is hoped to draw a strong grid of cars from the early years of TVR.
Examples of the Blackpool-based marque have been racing at Castle Combe since June 1962 when several Granturas raced at the circuit re-opening meeting. Forty-one years later, in June 2003, two factory entered TVR T400Rs finished first and second in a round of the British GT Championship when the cars raced at Castle Combe just a week after competing in the Le Mans 24-Hours.
The final race dedicated to TVRs will be a round of the Dunlop TVR Challenge, which is home to a wide range of more recent race-prepared TVRs. The race day programme will be packed out by circuit favourites including Formula Ford, GTs, Saloon Cars and Hot Hatches as well as BMWs and Mazda MX5s.
Monday’s TVR races will cap a special weekend for the marque as Sunday (5 May) is given over to a gathering of TVRs at the circuit, with as many as 200 expected to attend the TVR Car Club event. There will be a drive-out for around an hour on Sunday afternoon and various trade stands and exhibits will have a strong TVR flavour. It is hoped to recreate a classic photograph taken when the TVR Sagaris was first launched. Spectator admission is by advance car park ticket only, and these car be ordered via the TVR Car Club website at www.tvr-car-club.co.uk
Graham Walden of the TVR Car Club said: “It’s going to be a great event for fans of TVRs and British sports cars in general. Sunday is a traditional TVR Car Club event, while Monday’s race action will be very special as we remember the Tuscan Challenge.”
For more details about Monday’s race day, please visit www.castlecombecircuit.co.uk