Race Information

Autumn Classic Historic Racing Festival

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 racing from grids full of cars of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.

With plenty of Classic Themed Races across the day and various guest series, all with overflowing grids!

2021 Race Content:
F3 500's
VSCC
Frazer Nash
Fiscar
Jaguars including E Type
GT & Sports Car Cup

 

500cc Formula Three’s run by The 500 Owners Association

After thrilling duels the leaders have been separated by less than a second in races reminiscent of the early 1950s, when the diminutive 500s often provided the most exciting races of the day. Most of the up and coming British stars of the time, such as Sir Stirling Moss, Les Leston, Don Parker, Ivor Bueb and Jim Russell, then regularly raced such cars at Castle Combe.

 

VSCC: Pre-War Sports-Cars

The Vintage Sports-Car Club (VSCC) will again have a strong presence at the Autumn Classic.

The majority of the VSCC Pre-War Sports car field will be made up of original machines from the 1920s and 1930s with most little changed from how they left the factories before going off to contest races at Brooklands and Montlhery in France.

The drivers enjoy a fantastic camaraderie and share an enthusiasm for this era of car that cannot be rivalled.

This grid is one of the Club's best supported and reliably brings a large selection of quality cars to every race meeting, representing many delightful marques such as Alfa Romeo, Talbot, Frazer Nash, Alvis, Delage, Delahaye, Fiat, Riley, Austin, Bentley, Aston Martin, HRG, MG and Alta. This year's race should again see much spirited dicing, and maybe a breathtaking David versus Goliath battle for outright victory.

 

Frazer Nash

The Frazer Nash Car Club, approaching its centenary in 1922, is a vibrant, competitive and extremely lively crowd of over 500 members. At the heart of the club are the pre-war chain drive cars, Frazer Nashes and GNs built between the early 1920s and late 1930s, and it is these cars that will be racing at Castle Combe. Light and nimble, with a four-speed chain driven back axle and no differential, Frazer Nashes were the car to beat in period, and still hold their own against mightier engined cars on the track. The FNCC is both social and competitive, with many members racing regularly with the VSCC, Motor Racing Legends and other historic car series.

 

Fiscar: Fifties Sports Car Racing Club

Huge grids, pit stops and a massive range of cars, the FiSCaR "50s Inter-marque" two-driver pit-stop race offers it all.

"Keeping the spirit of 50s sports car racing alive" the Fifties Sports Car Racing Club series is for GT and production cars that raced in period.

They are prepared to the same specifications,on period rubber, and close to the way they were in their day. In addition to famous marques such as Aston Martin, Jaguar and Lotus there are also many from yesteryear, such as Jowett, Frazer Nash, Bristol and Triumph.

 

Pre '66 Jaguars

The fastest cars from this period are undoubtedly the Jaguar D-Types, whilst the biggest class in terms of entries is likely to be the Jaguar XKs (1948-1961) from the JEC's very own successful race series. Also included will be saloons, featuring Jaguar Mk I, II and S Types, and of course the iconic Jaguar E-Types, winners in previous years in the hands of Martin Hunt, Anthony Reid and Grahame Bull.

 

GT & Sports Car Cup

The GT & Sports Car Cup promises pure tyre-squealing nostalgia as Europe’s most exclusive series for Pre-1966 Grand Touring and Pre-’63 sports racers returns to Castle Combe’s Autumn Classic.