Low entry for opening round of Retro series
The opening round of the Retro
Rallycross Championship saw just 10 cars arrive at the Croft circuit last Sunday, as this worthy competition is still finding it difficult to attract a sizeable entry level.
There must be a considerable number of vehicles sitting around the country that would be eligible for this, the only contest of its kind in British motorsport, and it is time they reappeared.
There should have been 11 drivers at Croft, the one missing was our local representative, James Harrold.
The VW Beetle was ready to go, but unfortunately, Harrold had gone down with a virus and was advised to pull out.
All being well, the car will have its first outing of the season at Lydden Hill, on Easter Monday.
The winner at Croft was the current holder of the John Button Memorial Trophy, Ray Morgan, driving a MKII Ford Escort BDA.
A pair of Triumph TR8s, driven by father and son, Terry and Neil Maynard, took second and third place respectively.
When we see the interest from historic car owners in race and rally events, it makes the lack of interest in rallycross all the more difficult to understand.
This weekend, the BTRDA Clubmans Rallycross Championship gets underway at Blyton.
This also has an Historic category for pre-1995 cars in three classes: Pre-95 shell with modern running gear; Pre-95 with period running gear, and Classic Minis.
I am assured by the Retro organisers, that their cars - when eligible - can run in both championships.
This would then provide competitors with a good programme throughout the year.
If it is events for older cars, whether road-going or competition versions you want, then May is looking good for you.
On May 8, West Suffolk Motor Club and Eastern Counties MC will once again be joining forces to promote the South Suffolk Classic Run, which will reach its conclusion at the South Suffolk Show, to be held at Ampton.
This year’s event begins in Sudbury, and will include visits to two places of interest on the route.
As usual, a charity will benefit from funds raised, and this year it will be the East Anglian Air Ambulance.
More details are available from Keith Pettitt, on 01284 850575.
Just one week later, on May 15, the Iceni MG Owners Club will promote their Boadicea run, this one using Rougham Tower Museum as their starting point.
It is open to all makes of car, with a route of around 80 miles.
The entry fee is £22, and Tony Davis is a local contact. He will be happy to tell you more. Call him on 01284 761997.
Finally, we come to the Whitsun Fayre, right here in Bury St Edmunds.
Held over the Bank Holiday weekend of May 29-30, it will include a display of mainly competition cars, many of them with an interesting history.
In a way, it is very similar to the previous Motorsport Show and, like that event, the cars will be on show for two days on the Angel Hill.
The Fayre is being organised by BIDforBury, who have contacted me for assistance in finding suitable vehicles, and I am pleased to say the response has been encouraging.
There will be security in place, together with safe storage of any trailers or transporters.
It is also intended to provide details of cars on display, plus a public address system.
The organisers have promised £500 to a charity of my choice, and I have chosen the East Anglian Air Ambulance.
Suffolk Motorsport, organisers of the previous motorsport shows, will add a further £100.
For further information, telephone me on 01284 766508.
Rallycross. Blyton, Gainsborough, Sunday.
Round one of the BTRDA Clubmans Championship.
Short Circuit. Wimbledon, Sunday, 5.30pm.
Superstox; Rookie Rods; Junior Micra Stock Cars; Bangers.
Short Circuit. Foxhall, March 19; Mildenhall, March 19.
Car Trial. Lamarsh, March 20.
Motor Racing. Snetterton, March 19.