The opening round of the 2018 Vintage Sports Car Club Formula Vintage series took place at Silverstone last weekend. Drawing a large crowd of spectators, with action on and off track and unparalleled pit access, the VSCC events popularity is well deserved.
Dating back to 1949, the spring opener is a showcase for the best in historic racing, Formula Vintage was re-launched last year having previously been VSCC Racing.
On track action included the AR Motorsport Morgan Challenge, the series runs 9 classes and is open to all 4 wheeled, road going Morgans. Other races included the Freddie Giles Memorial Race for Frazer Nashes, the GP Itala and Lanchester Trophies race for Vintage Racing Cars and the Fox & Nicholl Trophy for pre-war sports cars.
In addition here were guest competitors from the Historic Grand Prix Cars Association, Morgan Aero Challenge and FISCAR(Fifties Sports Cars).
There was also a lunchtime Pre-War track parade accompanying the eighteen races across the weekend.
Off track there was the MSA British Autotest Championship, a low speed course run for five classes of cars from saloons to sports cars. While on the Sunday the VSCC’s Autotest took place, a series of all forward driving tests. For the family there was also a funfair, vintage entertainment as well as trade stands.
Some of the cars on display around the paddock as well as on track included a stunning Lorraine Dietrich 16.5. Originally built in 1909 the Edwardian marque was restored over ten years by Richard Scaldwell, who has competed in the Chateau Impney Hill Climb in it.
Another car attracting some attention was the beautiful 1959 Lotus 15 owned by Rod Spollon. In its the day the marque was driven by the likes of Graham Hill, Innes Ireland and Roy Salvadori.
Formula Vintage continues at Oulton Park on May 19th.
VSCC Formula Vintage Gallery all images ©Andy Fitzpatrick & Allison Remzi