Well April showers didn’t come resulting in apparently one of the driest on record, the early May bank holiday fell slap bang on the 1st of May signalling the arrival of the UK summer – which can only mean one thing; rain forecast all day!
By the time the 8am curfew expired and the paddock started to ring with the race engine symphony, it appeared the forecasters might just have underestimated Castle Combe Circuit’s famous micro climate once again. The dark clouds were being forcibly ushered away and replaced with fluffy white ones on a bright blue background pleasing all but the select group of drivers that excel in wet conditions.
Joining the regulars for this meeting was the MG Owners Club Championship; a long running and well supported series in which ‘anything goes’ as long as it wears the famous octagonal badge. This sees the modern ZR hatchbacks and MGFs mixing it with the classic MGBs and Midgets displaying great class battles throughout the field. Keeping on the classic theme, the Historic Sports Car Club brought their Historic F3 Championship from their huge stable of retro racing series. With cars that ran from 1964 to 1970, the grid sports a display of machines from possibly the prettiest era of single seater racing. The minimalist yet elegant cars, similar in appearance to the glory days of GP racing, (think Lotus-esque Jim Clark/Jackie Stewart). The HSCC also brought their Classic Clubmans Championship. This series is eligible to ‘non-standard racing cars manufactured and raced before 1980 – which must be open two-seater, front engined sports racing cars with ‘cycle type’ front mudguards’! These cars hail from an experimental period in racing history where attempts to find the best way to channel the air to add grip resulted in some weird and wonderful body designs indeed!
Once again the Castle Combe Racing Club serving up a delicious set menu of racing action for the faithful onlookers.
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