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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

 

2017 Brands Hatch Masters Festival report
Brands Heat

Martin Stretton, Tyrrell 012, 2017 Brands Hatch Masters Festival

Three fine days and a thunderstorm or two. That’s how one of the locals described English spring weather to me. And that’s precisely what happened during the recent Brands Hatch Masters Festival, where Masters Historic Racing and Motor Racing Legends combined to create a wonderful two-day programme, preceded by an open test day on the Friday. We went there all three days.

 

2016 Espíritu del Jarama and 2017 Espíritu de Montjuďc report
The Spanish spirit of racing

The Espíritu race meetings hosted by Jesús Pozo’s Targa Iberia organisation always shine because of their family atmosphere and off-track entertainment. That’s why it’s a shame that last October’s Espíritu del Jarama was a disappointment on track, with an exceptionally poor turn-out in Masters entries. The recent Espíritu de Montjuďc at Barcelona, however, back after a year’s absence, more than made up for it: entry fields of plenty, often with great racing. We look at both Spanish events.

Olivier Hart, Ford Mustang, 2017 Espíritu de Montjuďc

 

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