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Following the runaway success of its entry-level, one-make ‘Academy’ Series for Austin A30/35 cars, the HRDC will follow up this innovative concept in 2017, with a ‘Senior’ Series for historic Jaguar Touring Cars, embracing all saloon models of the type which were raced in period from 1950 to 1966.

Julius Thurgood, Race Director and founder of the Historic Racing Drivers Club, is upbeat about the new concept: “From the very beginning of my plans to create an entry-level series into historic racing, I knew that there had to be a logical path to follow on from the HRDC ‘Academy’ that would be aspirational to both those drivers who were graduating through this grass-roots series and to those already experienced competitors who were seeking to race in a high-end but fair-play ‘Senior Series’. Read More »

Adding yet another innovation to its repertoire, the Historic Racing Drivers Club will hold the first-ever race for pre-’66 BMC ‘A-Series’ powered Sports, GT & Touring Cars at Donington on 7 November.

After the success of fielding a grid of all-A30/35 cars at Mallory Park on 26 September, HRDC Race Director, Julius Thurgood has brought forward his plan to launch a series expressly for BMC A-Series powered cars. “I have been working on this for some time now. The ubiquitous BMC ‘A-Series’ powerplant has been with us in motorsport for decades and has spawned so many interesting variants. Read More »

The HRDC’s ‘History of the BTCC 1958-1966′ race on Silverstone’s GP Circuit is capturing the imagination of many top-flight historic racers. Supporting the BritCar 24 Hours event on 25 April, this innovative series – successfully launched at the Donington Historic Festival in 2014 – features the marques and models of touring cars which hallmarked the formative years of what would evolve as the BTCC.

Emulating their heroes, the HRDC’s entry list of seasoned historic racers reads like a period race programme: Bill Shepherd will no doubt be aiming to match Jack Sears’ winning ways in his mighty Ford Galaxie 500, but will have to fight hard for victory against the formidable opposition of the ‘Jim Clark/John Whitmore’ Lotus Cortinas of Sean and Michael McInerney, resplendent in their period Team Lotus and Alan Mann Racing liveries. Read More »

Two historic races to celebrate Britain’s premier Touring Car Championship 1958-1966

In homage to the formative years of the BTCC, the HRDC will present two feature races which illustrate the varied makes and models which were instrumental in pioneering Britain’s premier Touring Car championship.

The races are titled as ‘The History of the BTCC 1958 – 1966’ and will take place on Silverstone’s Grand Prix circuit (supporting the Brticar24 event on 25 April) and at the Donington Historic Festival (3 May). These two races follow the successful running of this innovative historic race format at last year’s Donington Historic Festival, where the 36-car grid was over-subscribed, despite only being announced at very short notice. Read More »

The Historic Racing Drivers Club launches an innovative concept in single-make racing, by announcing an all-Austin A30/35 race at Mallory Park on Saturday 26 September.

The grid will consist of two distinct classes: The ‘Gentlemen’ for the recently-launched HRDC ‘Academy’ class cars and the ‘Players’ for the more modified ‘Speedwell’ class cars. All cars will run on Dunlop historic CR65 race tyres, a contributory factor in keeping a level playing field among the competition running in these two distinct classes.

This one-off race will take place at Mallory Park on 26 September at the HRDC/BRSCC ‘RETRORACEFEST’ meeting. Read More »

The HRDC feature race for historic touring cars has attracted an over-subscribed entry for the Donington Historic Festival on Saturday 3 May 2014.

Celebrating the early years of the British Touring Car Championship (formally known as the British Saloon Car Championship) from 1958 to 1966, the HRDC has assembled a fascinating array of historic touring cars to run in a 45-minute race, with compulsory pit-stop.

Early-period cars range from the rarities of David Wylie’s Armstrong Siddeley Sapphire and Malcom Verey’s Jensen 541R (as raced as a saloon by John Webb in period), to the more familiar Jack Sears-type Austin A95 Westminster of Nick Naismith and the Jeff Uren-style Ford Zephyr Mk2 of Alistair Dyson. Read More »

The Historic Racing Drivers Club has been commissioned to stage a unique 45-minute, pit-stop, feature race at the Donington Historic Festival on Saturday 3 May.

The grid will be made up of specifically-selected historic touring cars which illustrate the formative years of the BTCC (formerly known as the British Saloon Car Championship): from the titanic duels between Jack Sears’ Austin Westminster and the svelte Jaguar Mk1 of Tommy Sopwith, the arrival of the ‘fast Fords’ in the form of Jeff Uren and his Ford Zephyr, the upset of the giant-killing Austin A40 of Doc Shepherd, through to the emergence of the mould-breaking Mini; the glory days of the Jaguar Mk2 – before the steamrolling arrival of the thunderous 7-litre Ford Galaxie, followed by the Lotus Ford Cortina’s utter domination, finally giving way to the might of the Ford Mustang and the class-winning capability of the nimble Ford Anglia. Read More »

The Historic Drivers Racing Club is set for a bumper Season in 2014. Already in receipt of a record number of driver applications, the entry lists for the HRDC’s first event at Silverstone on 5 April are already filling fast.

Julius Thurgood, Founder and Race Director of the HRDC, comments: “The HRDC enjoyed a fully-subscribed race season in 2013 and it looks as though our ethos of returning to ‘Old School Racing’ is rapidly winning favour with many competitors in the historic racing arena.

“Our policy is to keep costs down in terms of entry fees, but to give our competitors maximum value for money on raceday. We pride ourselves on looking after the small details, that all add up to make a great difference in the enjoyment of a race event. Read More »

Due to an unforeseen programme wrangle, the HRDC has accepted a last-minute invitation to field an ‘Allstars’ race at the AMOC Oulton Park event on 11 May.

“When I got the call to ask if the HRDC could rally a late call for an ‘Allstars’ race, I naturally felt that we should do all we could to accommodate the AMOC’s request”.

HRDC’s race director, Julius Thurgood, went on to comment: “We are already supporting the AMOC with our ‘Touring Greats’ pre-1960 historic touring cars at Oulton Park and had a fantastic day with them at Silverstone earlier this month – so it seemed only fair that we should take up the challenge of fielding a grid to help plug the gap in the programme, even though the call was very late in the day.” Read More »