Motorsports and History go hand in hand, and luckily this means that the majority of cars raced in the past are still able to blow the cobwebs out and blast around a track at near enough full pelt in competition conditions and believe me some of the drivers have some seriously huge kahunas. I have been lucky enough to attend the Masters Historic weekend at the world-famous Kent circuit Brandshatch and have seen with my own eyes and ears the lengths the drivers will go whilst competing in the historic racing event. seeing the 1980s F1 cars racing wheel to wheel around druids and graham hill bend three abreast at times!!, I heard the crowd gasp and run to the other side of druids looking down to Graham Hill bend whilst the F1 cars battled wheel to wheel, for e brief moment I felt like I was back in the 80s watching the ground effect era turbo charged beasts.
(The FIA Masters Historic Weekend has many other championships taking place over the weekend which i will cover in the next article)
The weekend wouldn’t happen if it wasn’t for the Masters Historic Championship that is run by the FIA and who organise this event as well as events around the world, The Historic F1 championship is highly contested with very strict regulations, one of which is the limit of the ground effects the teams are allowed to use etc. this keeps the racing close and exciting, the series allows 3-litre engined Formula One cars from 1966 up to 1985 to compete, although all DFV powered cars are limited to 10.000RPM (no that it’s a problem, they still go like stink and sound lush), the grid is split into different classes which are as follows:
|Jackie Stewart class||Pre 1972||Before December 1972|
|Emerson Fittipaldi class||Post–1972||Non-ground effect Formula One cars|
|Patrick Head class||Post–1972||Ground effect Formula One cars|
|Niki Lauda class||Post–1972||Flat bottomed Formula One cars|
This years Calendar:
|Apr 8 - 9 :||Espiritu de Montjuic||Barcelona, Spain|
|May 27 - 28||Masters Historic Festival||Brands Hatch GP|
|Jun 30 - 2 :||Grand Prix de France Historique||Magny Cours|
|Jul 28 - 30 :||Silverstone Classic||Silverstone GP|
|Aug 11 - 13||Oldtimer Grand Prix||Nurburgring GP|
|Sep 1 - 3 :||Historic Grand Prix||Zandvoort|
|Sep 15 - 17||Spa Six Hour||Spa Francochamps|
|Oct 21 - 22||Estoril Classic Festival||Estoril GP|
This year’s championship was highly contested, with Max Smith-Hilliard winning the pre 1978 championship by 9 points above Nick Padmore, this year’s title holder for the post 1978 championship is Michael Lyons followed by Loic Deman.
If you want to know more you can visit the official Master's Historic Website here.
Our next Historic feature will cover all the Historic racing championships held by the FIA Masters Historic during the past year which may hopefully sway you to visit such an event.