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2017 Oldtimer Grand Prix report
Rain masters at the ‘Ring

fter two rain-soaked events at Magny-Cours and Silverstone, many of the competitors going to the Oldtimer Grand Prix at the Nürburgring were hoping for a change in weather. They were only given a slight reprieve on Sunday when the word ‘sun’ could be uttered without it being wishful thinking, but in the three preceding days conditions were worse than awful, fully living up to the Green Hell’s well-earned reputation. So how did the competitors weather the storm?

Ronny Scheer, BMW M1 Procar, 2017 Oldtimer Grand Prix


2017 Silverstone Classic report
The many and the famous

Nick Padmore, Williams FW07C, 2017 Silverstone Classic

Let’s be brutally honest for a moment. Silverstone is not a circuit that is naturally oozing with atmosphere. Never has been, never will. It’s huge, flat and featureless, and it’s easy to feel tiny when standing at the foot of the new Wing complex, or in its infields stretching away for miles. So what do you do when you still want to host a historic motor racing of some repute? You bring in people. Lots of them. And their cars. Lots of them, as people and their love of cars will create their own atmosphere. We went to see if the formula still works.


2017 Grand Prix de France Historique report
Braving the conditions

They had everything planned. The new Grand Prix de France Historique would be the big French historic attraction in the seasons when there is no Monaco or Le Mans. The bill looked splendid, with F1 cars from 1947 to 1985 getting into action on the Magny-Cours circuit, and numerous later machinery either demo’ing or on static display. The support programme of F2, F3 and Formula Ford looked healthy too, and Masters Historic Racing would also bring their sportscars and GTs. And then it rained…

Michael Lyons, Williams FW07B, 2017 Grand Prix de France Historique


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