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2018 Silverstone Classic report
Sticking with tradition

Andrew Haddon, Hesketh 308, 2018 Silverstone Classic

When an event is well into its third decade of existence there’s not much that will still surprise its long-time visitors – and in fact, with the Silverstone Classic, it’s traditions rather than the element of surprise that gives people the reassurance to return each year. One is that at least one evening gets rained off by a sudden thunderstorm, another is that grids will be plentiful and opposition is at its toughest. The same was true for the 2018 edition. Even in the driest and hottest summer ever the track was hit by a deluge, and over at the National Paddock it was easy to lose count of the Juniors that filled one garage after another. As usual, the Classic won by sheer numbers.


2018 Most Historic Grand Prix report
Czech please!

The number of English puns with the word Czech have no doubt reached millions by now, but if you go to the circuit of Most in the Czech Republic you’ll be in for even more. ‘The Most Fun Arena’ it says on the billboard at the entrance to the track – and the most fun is definitely what the drivers enjoyed who had come to Most for its Historic Grand Prix event. It’s a shame not more of them decided on travelling to Masters Historic Racing’s first outing to a former Eastern Bloc country, as Most is a wonderful track set in glorious landscape. And they too would have relished in the presence of some amazing machines from that era behind the Iron Curtain sharing the bill with the F1 cars, sportscars and touring cars from the West.

Chris Clarkson/David Smithies, Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupé, 2018 Most Historic Grand Prix


2018 Brands Hatch Masters Festival report
Spring surprise

Nick Padmore, Williams FW07C, 2018 Brands Hatch Masters Festival

This year’s Masters Historic Festival emulated the previous edition by somehow missing out on the traditional spring thunderstorm while treating the visitors to two days of perfect weather for motorsport and picknicks. The action was great too, with some tense racing going on in the various Masters grids in the programme, while the guests featuring on the Masters bill proved to be a fortunate pick – the fans loved the F2s and stayed until the chequered was dropped for the final car across the line in the Youngtimer Touring Car Challenge.


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