Motor Racing Legends extend enormous thanks all those who joined us at Spa Francorchamps last weekend. Both grids provided an impressive line-up and delivered some fantastic racing congratulations to all.
In the Pre-War Sports Cars, Rudi Friedrichs emerged victorious, but the German had to drive his well-developed Alvis Firefly 4.3 like the wind on Friday evening to trade places with, and eventually conquer, compatriot Dr Robin Tuluie’s mighty Menasco aero-engined Special before its gearbox failed. Following the Bentley and Ducati engineering guru’s retirement, Austria’s Niklas Halusa’s Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Zagato came through to second place ahead of beaming Briton Ewen Getley in his long-serving and wonderfully versatile Bentley 3/4½.
Full report, results and photo gallery are now up on the MRL website.
Chris Ward enjoyed a straightforward Lister-Jaguar victory in the Stirling Moss Trophy after the fleetest Lotus 15s retired. In the 60th anniversary of Eric Broadley’s Lola Cars’ foundation, was a brilliant second place overall for the game little Mk1 Prototype in the skilled hands of preparer James ‘Billy’ Bellinger and Keith Ahlers. Third, after another stirring performance, were Cooper T49 Monaco duo Justin Maeers/Charlie Martin after Martin Stretton/Stefan Ziegler (Lister-Jaguar), just ahead on the road at the chequered flag, received a five second penalty for exceeding track limits.
Blakeney Motorsport bagged a one-two in the concurrent Woodcote Trophy contest, Californian Fred Wakeman and British team boss Patrick Blakeney-Edwards guiding their Cooper-Jaguar T38 home ahead of Martin Hunt/Andrew Hall’s HWM-Jaguar with Rick Bourne/Malcolm Paul a solid third in their two-litre Lotus-Bristol 10.