For the second time in as many months, I found myself at Brands Hatch in the midst of a high profile historic race meeting. This wasn’t a petrol-fume induced flashback to the Masters Historic Festival though - it was ‘the other’ classic festival on the calendar of the English circuit, the HSCC Superprix.
There was an impressive entry list, but what set it apart from other classic events I’ve been to this year were the touring cars (from the 90’s BTCC series - more coming later) and a 36 strong field of F5000, Formula 2 and Formula Atlantic cars. The noise that the 5-litre F5000 V8′s make is quite a change from the wailing banshee of highly tuned top-formula engines, but no less ear-splitting. And the colour schemes were are just as loud, my personal favourite being the Chevron B28 of Simon Taylor in a very 70’s turquoise and yellow ‘Thursdays’ livery.
The ‘Martini Trophy’ for 2-litre sports prototypes and the ’70s Road Sports Championship’ carried on with the 70’s theme, with a couple of standout cars that I’ll do a little ‘Auto Focus’ on in due course. Plus there were all the usual suspects of historic racing to enjoy - E-Types, Cortinas, Elans and Mustangs - completing the range of machinery on track.