There couldn’t be a better meeting than the famous Easter Monday season opener to dedicate to the late, great Howard Strawford. There is an air great anticipation in the paddock emanating from the drivers whether Combe veterans or new drivers about to take their first competitive step onto the legendary 1.85 mile circuit. Many new cars and new liveries are unveiled as they roll out of race trucks and off trailers and it is the only time in the season the playing field is completely level.
Recent Howard’s Day meetings have been played out under all manner of weather extremes, from bitter cold to skin burning sunshine and everything in between.
A dry day broke over the green circuit with daubs of fine blue sky engaging in combat with some heavy cloud, with no clear favourite of which might prevail. The Combe faithful early arrivals scaled the spectator banks loaded up with kit for all weathers, unsure as to whether their umbrellas might be employed to give them a dry or shaded vantage point from which to enjoy the day’s action.
Competitions director Steve Weston had lined up an action packed 12 race programme to start the season in style. The regular races were joined by an eclectic mix of visitors; Classic Ferraris, Mini Se7ens & Miglias and the Track Attack Spring Cup. Howard’s Day 2017 would also see the inaugural running of a brand new series in the form of the CCRC Hot Hatch Challenge. The birth of a new series in current times is always a risk, however it seems the well-informed members of the CCRC board may just have struck gold. An entry showing a grid of 26 cars is mightily impressive, especially when you consider that many arrived specifically for the new series, with only a smattering of entries whom were also competing in other races on the day.
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