Thursday, September 20 2012
Norfolk's transformed Snetterton circuit continues to attract major new race events and championships with this month's Vintage Festival (30 September) the latest addition to the calendar. The Vintage Sports Car Club will be holding its prestigious Seaman Memorial Trophies Race Meeting for Pre-war and Historic cars at the track for the first time, bringing the best of its varied historic Racing programme to the Norfolk venue.
This year the Austin 7's 90th anniversary is celebrated, as well as the 50th running of the club's Spero and Voiturette Trophy Race for small capacity cars. The entry is split into two classes: the Spero for racing or sports cars up to 1100cc or 750cc supercharged and the Voiturette un-supercharged cars up to 750cc. It has produced memorable racing over the last 50 years and this weekend's running is expected to be no exception.
Pre 1931 racers will contest the illustrious Vintage Seaman Trophy and Chris Williams will return to the Vintage grid with his monumental 24 litre Napier Bentley, which will be pursuing the nimble Morgan three wheelers in an epic 'David and Goliath' scenario over 10 laps.
Locally-based vintage aircraft restorer Tony Ditheridge has the Flockhart Trophy firmly in his sights from the cockpit of his 1959 BRM racer. This trophy will be up for grabs in a 12-lap race which also features the Historic Seaman Trophy and has already started to attract many superb vehicles. These include a rare circuit racing appearance from James Baxter in his impeccably turned out Frazer Nash, whilst Paul Jaye's evocative 1938 Alta will generate memories of a by-gone age.
1950s Sports Racing Cars make a welcome return to the VSCC programme, with a 10-lap race that is sure to bring back many cars of the type that would have competed in the legendary Autosport 3 Hour Race for sports cars at Snetterton back in the late 1950s. Another spectacle will be the 500cc Formula 3 racers from the 1950s, which were once raced by Sir Stirling Moss and Bernie Ecclestone.
Vintage racing is renowned for featuring a wide variety of machinery and other cars to look out for amongst the 11-race programme include Spero Trophy favourite Will Mahany in his 1938 HRG Le Mans Model, Matt Grist's beautiful Alfa Romeo, Jo Blakeney-Edwards's Frazer Nash Shelsley, and the lightning quick Riley of Dr David Pryke.
Tickets for the Vintage Festival at Snetterton on 30 September are available on the gate for £16, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.