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2015 Spa Six Hours report
An old-fashioned one

The 2015 edition of the Spa Six Hours turned out to be an old-fashioned one. It had rain but not too much (unlike last year), adding the challenge of fickle Ardennes weather in the mix, and it had top cars running into trouble, giving the slower but more reliable cars a crack at a podium in this most enduring of historic races on the calendar. In the end, Roger Wills and James Littlejohn secured a popular win in their GT40, after their umpteenth time of trying. Meanwhile, some of the support races that supply the headlines at other large historic events proved to be both epic and confusing at the same time…

Michael Funke/Markus von Oeynhausen, Ford GT40, 2015 Spa Six Hours


2015 Goodwood Revival report
The cars are the stars, with stars in the cars

David Brabham, Tom Kristensen, Gordon Shedden, Frank Stippler, Andrew Jordan, Isuzu Bellett, Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt, Lotus Cortina, Alfa Romeo 1600 GTA, Lotus Cortina, 2015 Goodwood Revival

So did the Goodwood Road Racing Club manage to get hold of a copy of the contract that the Zandvoort Historic GP organisers signed with the weather gods? Whatever the legal and meteorological shenanigans may have been, the 2015 Goodwood Revival was treated to three days of fair weather, with the outburst of rain that was forecast for Sunday only following on the Monday after. Meanwhile, Tom Kristensen and Chris Ward were the stars of the show, the Dane racing from last to first in the St. Mary’s Trophy, while Ward took two wins and nearly snatched a third.


2015 Zandvoort Historic GP report
Lucky stars

After three sundrenched editions the odds were getting thinner and thinner. Could the newly revived Historic GP at Zandvoort – now with Masters Historic Racing providing the main entertainment – experience another full three days in sweltering late-August heat? Or would this wettest of summers strike again? In the end, it held off for exactly those three days, treating us to a rain-free bonanza of formula cars, sportscars and touring cars from the forties to the eighties.

Michael Lyons leading the field at the 2015 Zandvoort Historic GP


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