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Historic Vintage Races & Events 2012


Historic and Vintage Car Racing around the world. Photos and Stories.

YEAR 2012

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The Vintage Sports-Car Club
Autumn Sprint Goodwood

Goodwood Circuit, Chichester, West Sussex, UK
October 27, 2012
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If you had turned up a the Goodwood Circuit, in West Sussex UK, on the 27th of October, you might of thought that is was a museum car race outing on the classic old circuit. But this is the annual visit to Goodwood for the VSCC for the Autumn Sprint.

Six Hours SPA 2012

Six Hours SPA 2012
SPA, Belgium
September 2012
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The Spa Six Hours 20th anniversary this year and is one of the Highlights in classic and historic Motorsport in Europe.

Spa Summer Classics 2012

Spa Summer Classics 2012
SPA, Belgium
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AllCarCentral's great friend and contributor, Patrick Wheeler, shares his photos and story of his journey to and around the Spa Circuit during the classic car race back in 2012. This is a must read, as Patrick's style gets to the point of all that he confronts. Brilliant!

Goodwood  Revival 2012

Goodwood Revival 2012
Goodwood Estate
Chichester, West Sussex, UK
September 14-16, 2012
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The Silver Arrows at Goodwood
The 2012 Goodwood Revival recreates 1937 in the spirit of that momentous day of the Silver Arrows, with a race-speed demonstration bringing out as many as ten of these monstrous machines, including examples of the Mercedes-Benz W25, W125, W154 and W165, and Auto Union Type C and Type D.

Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee, will be represented at the Cartier 'Style et Luxe' concours d'elegance at the 2012 Festival of speed as it will be devoted exclusively to vehicles used personally by The Queen, including formal State limousines and personal cars, there will also be a Royal Train carriage.

9.03.12 Goodwood, UK :
News From The Goodwood Revival
Going up against Martin Brundle, Jean Alesi, Jochen Mass, Richard Attwood, Derek Bell, Nicholas Minassian, Romain Dumas, and many many more in the RAC TT Celebration race, Matt Neal will take to the track in the ex-Le Mans Sunbeam Lister Tiger. To add to the excitement, Jean Alesi will join them in Nick Mason's Ferrari 250GTO.

This year will see the inaugural Shelby Cup for AC Cobras. Tom Coronel has signed up to join fellow countryman David Hart, in this new event.

The 1999 Indianapolis 500 winner Kenny Brack, will co-drive the rapid Austin A95 Westminster in this year's St Mary's Trophy race with the A95's owner Nick Naismith. They will be running against other hot-shoes, Martin Brundle, Matt Neal, Gordon Shedden, Derek Bell, Tiff Needell, Arturo Merzario, Tim Harvey, Rob Huff, and Anthony Reid.

In keeping with the 'Old Timey' layout of the Revival, 'Camping-Out' will be available for those who want to ruff -it-up in style. The three tiers of accommodation will be available to provide elegance at the highest level while sleeping in a tent next to the track. For further information contact the Goodwood Revival's website.

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Monterey, California
August 17, 18, 19, 2012
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Record Number Of Original Shelby Cobra Competition Cars Accepted At Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, celebrates the life of Carroll Shelby and the 50th anniversary of the Shelby Cobra on August 17-19 , 2012, at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, California.

Carroll Shelby,1923-2012, along with chief engineer Phil Remington, built 998 Shelby Cobras between 1962 and 1967. It is estimated that only 120 of these Shelby Cobras were competition cars, but they forever changed sports car racing.

New to the Motorsports Reunion is this years lineup of 27 historic 1974-1990 American stock cars driven by famous American superstar drivers, like Rusty Wallace, Dale Earnhardt, Darrell Waltrip, Ricky Rudd and Richard Petty.

The lineup includes, Bobby Allison's1988 Daytona 500 winning Buick Regal; Richard Petty's 1979 season-winning Chevrolet Monte Carlo; and Rusty Wallace's 1989 Winston Cup Championship winning Pontiac Grand Prix road car.

8.14.12 Monterey, California :
This August 16-19 in Monterey, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Shelby Cobra, Carroll Shelby, who passed away earlier this year, developed the Cobra to beat Ferrari and he did.

The Shelby Cobra exudes raw horsepower and a racing heritage that is unparalleled. On Saturday, August 18, a grid with entries from the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Canada and across the U.S. takes to the challenging 2.238-mile road course with a ground-shaking performance that has never before been witnessed. There will be 45 authentic series CSX 2000 and 3000 Shelby Cobras. Edsel Ford II, great-grandson of Henry Ford, will wave the green flag for the race start.

The four-day 'Reunion' is not only a cornerstone of the Classic Car Week, which draws hundreds of exquisite cars and car lovers every year to the Monterey Peninsula, but also allows car enthusiasts to see their vintage favorites racing wheel-to-wheel in 17 period-appropriate classes, starting with pre-1940 Sports and Racing Cars and representing nearly every era of motorsports history right through 1990 Stock Cars.

The display of Cobras will include two of only six Cobra Daytona Coupes ever built by Shelby American in the early 1960s. One will be racing on Saturday and another will be included in the Shelby Cobra Heritage Display.

In 1963, Carroll Shelby along with Shelby American's designer Peter Brock created the Cobra Daytona Coupe. And in the hands of Dan Gurney and Bob Bondurant won the 1964 Les 24 Heures du Mans in convincing fashion, way in front of the Ferraris.

"We went to Daytona in 1964 and just smoked the Ferraris," said Brock.

Peter Brock and Bob Bondurant, will share stories of the early years of the Shelby Cobra at a 30-minute "picnic", August 18, starting at 12:15 p.m. in the Ford Motor Company display, in the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca's Yamaha Marketplace.

The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

BMW 3.0 CSL 1975
Photo Courtesy of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

7.11.12 Monterey, California, USA:
BMW will be celebrating 40 years of M Power at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion MONTEREY, Calif.

Head of BMW North America, Ludwig Willisch will pilot a 1975 BMW 3.0 CSL 430-hosepower team car campaigned by BMW North America in 1975 and 1976 at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion August 17-19 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

Shelby Cobra 1964

Shelby Cobra 1964

5.14.12 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, California:
Record Number Of Original Shelby Cobra Competition Cars Accepted At Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion 2012

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion Review 2012

The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion once again took place at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on August 16-19. This reunion of historic race cars has a long history. It has taken place since 1974. This year the Shelby Cobra was the automotive marque given special recognition. Cobras rallied from far and wide.

A field of 550 historic race cars divided into 17 groups took to the race track Laguna Seca in spirited competition. Saturday's feature race listed 45 Cobras as entries. Competitors hailed from 10 nations with US entrants numbering 547. The US entries came from 28 states with the largest contingent of 348 from California.
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AvD-Oldtimer-Grand-Prix 2012

AvD-Oldtimer-Grand-Prix 2012
Nürburgring, 2012
10 - 12 August 2012
Nürburg Germany
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If one likes any of the following: Racing, Beautiful Cars, Racing History, Excitement, then The AvD-Oldtimer-Grand-Prix at the Nürburgring during 10 - 12 August 2012 is the place to be.

This is the 40th anniversary of this world class event. An audience of more than 60,000 is expected and with its starting field of outstanding cars you have one of the largest and most popular vintage car racing events in the world.
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Le Mans Classic 2012

Le Mans Classic 2012
Le Mans, France
July 6-8, 2012
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The best way to experience the Le Mans Classic is to get there early on Friday. And buy your tickets ahead for paddock access. Before the craziness of the weekend fully descends you can stroll the tracks and the stands without control once you pass the entry points.

As the american muscle is the theme this year, the cobra's are out in force, and a force to be reckoned with, they pass with more of a seat pounding thunder than anything else, a great big noise and nothing gets between them and straight down the track, too bad about there being corners though.

In 1983 F1 regulations banned six-wheeled cars, and four-wheel-drive, ending the development of six-wheeled experiments such as the Williams and March.

If you visit the paddocks as the drivers return, you may be surprised to see legends in the flesh ... Derek Bell, a factory Porsche driver, along with Belgian's favorite Jacky Ickx ...

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2012

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2012
Goodwood Estate
Chichester, West Sussex, UK
28 June - 1 July 2012
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Guest Drivers for this years Goodwood include Moss and Surtees, Button and Hamilton, Stewart and Andretti, Solberg and Fogarty and will be available to meet the fans.

For the first time ever, anywhere in the world, three infamous six-wheeled cars will be together. The Tyrrel P34 1976, March 2-4-0 and Williams FW08B were built to explore designs to reduced drag, increased grip and improved ground effects.

In 1983 F1 regulations banned six-wheeled cars, and four-wheel-drive, ending the development of six-wheeled experiments such as the Williams and March.

TAG Heuer is staging a unique and remarkable photographic exhibition dedicated to the legendary French racing driver, Alain Prost, at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Prost became closely associated with TAG Heuer early in his F1 days while driving for the TAG-sponsored McLaren team and received three of his four World Championship victories.

Alain Prost's outstanding career in Formula 1 resulted in 51 victories, 33 pole positions and 106 podium finishes between 1980 and 1993. Prost joined TAG Heuer in 2011 as ambassadors and one of his first, major roles has been to assist The Earl of March in curating this inaugural Festival of Speed photographic exhibition.

More than 100 images, many of them never before been seen in public, will be on display. Full Press Rrlease Available Here - pdf

Jesse G. James, descendant of notorious mid 1800's US Wild-West Bank Robber, Jesse James again appeared at Goodwood's Festival of Speed with his Baja-style Trophy Truck and wowed the crowds with his antics.


Vodafone McLaren Mercedes MP4-26

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes MP4-26
Image Credit: Goodwood, Motor Sport Press; Jo#235EFC

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes scheduled Jenson Button And Lewis Hamilton for The 2012 Goodwood Festival Of Speed
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, and two British Formula One World Champions, Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton, are confirmed to be driving at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed on 29 June to 1 July, 2012.

Jenson and Lewis as Festival of Speed regulars, know well the demanding 1.16-mile Goodwood hillclimb, so all viewers can expect the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes MP4-26, F1 and the McLaren MP4-12C supercar to driven to full and memorable effect.

The Vodafone McLaren Mercedes F1 team is just one of seven current Grand Prix teams expected to attend the Festival this summer. The teams will also include the Red Bull Racing team, with their reigning F1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel and team mate Mark Webber.

Jenson will be at Goodwood on Saturday 30 June, with Lewis running the Hill on Sunday 1 July

6.19.12 Goodwood, UK:

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is the very best place to find the latest and fastest supercars from around the world.

Michelin a sponsor of the Supercar Run provides a dynamic environment to see and hear the very latest new models in action while as they make their UK debuts. With cars like the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Vitesse, Infiniti EMERG-e, Bentley Continental GT V8, Maserati GranTurismo Sport, and many others, this is guaranteed to be a must-see-event.

Lotus will be focus of the central feature at the 2012 event

Lotus-Lamborghini 102 1990 F1

Image Credit: Tim Surman Photography 2012

5.11.12 Goodwood UK:
The 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed will have Martin Donnelly, the 1990-season driver of the only V12-powered Lotus 102 Formula 1 car, race, at speed, up the challenging Goodwood hillclimb for the pleasure of the spectators. Full Story Here

5.22.12 Goodwood UK:
Festival of Speed to attract majority of the current season's Formula 1 teams and drivers, with at least seven of the 2012 F1 teams now confirmed.

Adrian Newey, the Formula One technical guru, will be the star attraction at his home track of Silverstone for this race.

Exspected this year are Vettel, Button, Hamilton and Webber, and Past Grand Prix masters Alain Prost, Sir Stirling Moss, Sir Jackie Stewart and John Surtees.

The world of rallying brings drivers such as Juho Hanninen, Thierry Neuville, Jan Kopecky and Skoda UK Motorsport's 2011 IRC Champion, Andreas Mikkelsen to perform on the Forest Rally Stage.

Historica Racing Festival, Castle Combe Circuit 2012

Historica Racing Festival
Castle Combe Circuit
Castle Combe, Chippenham, Wiltshire, England
April 9, 2012
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The Historica Racing Festival is a one day event that provides five races featuring cars and drivers from the Historic Racing Drivers Club.

The grids will have 1960's cars with Touring Cars, Historic GTs and sports cars. Included in the day are opening rounds for Saloon, FF1600 and Sports and GT championships.

Masters Serries Goodwood 2012

Masters Serries Goodwood 2012
Goodwood Estate
Chichester, West Sussex, UK
April 10-11, 2012
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Masters Historic Festival Brands Hatch 2012

Masters Historic Festival Brands Hatch 2012
Brands Hatch Circuit, Fawkham Longfield Kent DA3 8NG
May 26-27, 2012
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Formula One and CanAm machines
Although the focus this year may of been from F1's history, with a special F1 demonstration on the Sunday, this was far from the only racing. Sports cars from the '50s, '70s touring cars and endurance Prototypes thundered around the Kent countryside for this trip back in time.

The weekend pits the CanAm cars against early GT cars like the GT40. But its the thundering Cooper Monaco with its 5300cc engine with Chris Jolly at the wheel that will be out in the lead battle, followed by the McLaren M1B's.

The full Brands Hatch GP circuit was used for the weekend,

Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival 2012

Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival
Infineon Raceway
Sonoma, California
June 2-3 2012
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The 2012 Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival is billed as "Moments in Time A Celebration of the History of Motorsports".

The theme is around the 1950s-1980s era when auto racing began to be established as an international world-class spectator sport.

The Grand Marshal is an 87-year-old US based racer, out of Southern California, named Bill Pollack, who raced an Allard J2 to first place at the first Golden Gate Park Road Races in San Francisco in 1952.

Silverstone Classic Silverstone Circuit 2012

Silverstone Classic
Silverstone Circuit
Towcester, Northamptonshire, UK
July 20-21, 2012

This year was the return of the super fast Group C endurance racing cars with two feature races will set the tone. Three Formula 1 and Grand Prix grids with over 100 GP cars spanning the fifties to the eighties are just part of the grid. Over 100 GP cars spanning the fifties to the eighties, Formula Junior, and 50's sports cars were also be on the track.

California Mille 2012

California Mille 2012
1000 miles throughout Northern California over 4 days
May 2012
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The run leaves the Fairmont Hotel and travels across the Golden Gate Bridge and through the California Gold Country Hills to Incline Village just over into Nevada at the north end of Lake Tahoe. The route then goes around the Lake Tahoe area and dives back into Nevada stopping at the Reno's National Automotive Museum.

Back in California, heading for the coast, the tour drives through the Northern Central Valley and into the world famous Napa Valley Wine Country. The route moves into the costal hills and ends back at the top of the wine region at Calistoga, for the end of the 4th day. Old Cars. Back roads. Sunshine. California!

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