Among the myriad of UK events that cover both motorsport and motoring heritage, Race Retro can rightfully claim to be a leader, with a diverse collection of historic vehicles from all branches of motorsport, an array of sporting celebrities and some demo laps of a specially created rally “special stage” among the attractions. Sadly, the 2010 event clashed not just with the opening Formula 1 race of the season, but also Mothers’ Day, and everyone was commenting on how uncrowded the event was. Whilst that was Good News for the visitors, it will doubtless have challenged the Bean Counters, and as we all know, they are the important ones when it comes to scheduling and running future events.
Here is a summary of what was there for those who decided to spend at day at Stoneleigh.
In case anyone is any doubt, this is the Centenary year of Alfa-Romeo, and this event is one of several where the Alfa Owners Club have official participation. As well as several fabulous display cars in fenced off display areas in the foyer and Hall 2, the majority of Hall 4 was given over to the marque. In addition, there were Alfas on many of the other stands.
In the foyer were these two splendid racers. Both are 8 cylinder cars. The darker red car is a P3 from the early 1930s and the lighter red is an 8C 2900 from 1938.
1925 RL/SS1932 8C 23001929 6C1750. In need of restoration, even in this condition, a car like this would still sell for a very sizeable sum of money indeed…….. hundreds of thousands of whatever currency you care to use.1933 8C 2300 Short Chassis Corsa Spyder1934 8C2300 Monza1960 Lotus 18. What, you might ask has this got to do with Alfa? Well, although it was built by Team Lotus at the end of 1960, it was then sent to South Africa for Syd van der Vyver to fit the car with an Alfa 1750 series 1300 engine. The car became famous for winning numerous trophies as well as the South African National Championship in 1961.1969 Alfa T33/31925 RLSS – this car has been in the same Oxford based family since the 1970s……. lucky them. What a splendid sports tourer.1953 6C3000 Disco Volante. This car was recently recreated from a supply of parts that turned out to comprise more or less a complete car, though it did need to have a body recreated from scratch. Just lovely.Transporting your Alfa – by Alfa. Splendid. Have I used that word a lot already in this report? 1964 Giulia 1600 Spider1968 T33 This 1929 6C1750 was on the Classic Car Weekly stand. Splendid!Among the cars on individual stands were these: The Alfa Romeo Owners Club had assembled a wide variety of road cars from the 1950s to the present day.Highlight for me was this Alfasud Ti……. when did you last see one, let alone one this good?Duetto/Spider 75332000 BerlinaGiulia BerlinaGiuliettaGTVAlfetta GTV 1950s GiuliettaMontreal155146166Plenty of 156 GTAsSpiderBrera159 – looked great on 19’sMiTo1970s RALLY CARS
A stand with some of the well known rally cars from the late 1960s. early 1970s, many of which competed in the famous London-Sydney Marathons that took place around this time
1980s RALLY CARS
Rather crammed in to too small a display space were these well known icons of the rallying world in the early 1980s.
An Ace from 1957
A Cobra from the mid 1960s ALLARD
A splendid display of four different Allard sports cars. These rather wild sports cars were made in the 1950s, and were a sort of precursor to the AC Cobra.
1952 JX1953 JRThis 1957 GT was the personal car of Sydney Allard, and has recently been restored to its current condition.AUSTIN-HEALEY
There were plenty of Big Healeys dotted around the display stands.BMW
One of the original “Batmobiles”, based on the 3.0 CSL. Nick Wale will sell you this if you have another notes to hand.. (clue, a shoe box full will not suffice! try £95,000!!)
Highlight for me was this stunning RS200. We spent some time talking to the owner who was very proud of this completely original car. Are there are any other RS200s like this still left?
The owner said that this car had been put together by Tickford and was keen to show us the badge on the back. He said that the sister car to this one is owned by Mick Jagger!
This Focus RS was on a stand offering an inflatable car cover. Not sure my neighbours would welcome me installing such a feature on the front drive, but they might object less to the car!Rear wheel drive Escorts remain at the core of entry level motorsport and many such cars were on showThe earlier Anglias are also popular as competition cars.This Lotus Cortina had two years of competitive track action before being taken back in house where it was used as a development mule for a putative automatic variant that never made the market. Nick Whale was offering it for sale at £50,000. Bargain?FRAZER-NASHJAGUAR (and SUFFOLK)This very lovely “C” Type is actually a Suffolk replica. Just gorgeous.In case one was not enough, there was second one, also for saleE Type Series 3 XK120XJ-C racerLAGONDALANCIA
The Fulvia Coupe was a surprisingly effective rally car as well as being a elegant road coupe.
This car was on the Coventry Motor Museum’s stand, as a representative of one of the many long forgotten Britsh sporting marques.
A number of Listers from the 1950s featured on this stand.
A small number of these monster GTs were made in 1991. Very rare to see one.LOTUSReplica of a Lotus Eleven.It was owned by Adrian Reynard and used as his fun car out in Spain.A very original early Seven, dating from 1960.Elans were much in evidence.MASERATI
Star of the Octane stand was this 1950s AG6S coupe. Glorious!
250SThis one was also at the Algarve Historic Festival and Historic Silverstone last year PEERLESS
A number of 356s – both original and replica were on show.
This 1960 Carrera GT was for sale at a not inconsiderable £275,000.In contrast, this 356 1600s was quite modestly reasonably priced at just £79,000.This one is a replica. Beautifully presented, though.RILEY
A rather lovely RMF Drophead Riley from the early 1950s.
This is the very first Tiger, first produced in 1964. It has recently been refurbished and restored and was making its first appearance since this.
There were a few classic Triumphs at the show. No sign of the TR Register, so I assume Dave Gibson was off -duty, but we did spot these.
THE STEAM CAR
World record holder!
OTHER DISPLAY CARS And the Napier-Railton from the Brooklands MuseumEmbassy Formula One car from 1975.There were a lot of model cars either for sale or on display. A large number were beautifully presented in display cases like these.THE SPECIAL STAGE
A different location on the campus this year, gave a wider range of former rally stars to show their paces. Some of the drivers were more gung-ho than others. The Chevette collected a straw bale on one of its laps, and the Integrale driver had more than a couple of occasions where he all but lost it.
BIKESAlong with Alfa Romeo and Audi Quattro, Norton were the featured marque at the show and had this ex-Trevor Nation bike on show VyrusLooking extremely complicated, the hub-centre steered bike will be raced in 2010 in a variety of top-line championships BimotaBenelliAnd lots more race bikesTHE CAR PARK
There were plenty of interesting cars in the parking area reserved for Classics…. though quite how a new Fiesta Van and a Mitsubishi Carisma qualified, I am not quite sure.
Porsche 924Porsche 911 and Opel MantaMark 1 Ford Escorts Sierra CosworthEscort Cosworth Cosworths with a Bentley 4.5 litreFerraris This might look like an Avenger Estate, but underneath lurks a Talbot Sunbeam Lotus. This is one of 2 such cars that was built as a rally support car.Lotus Carlton Classic Ford F100 Pick up Classic 911 and MG TCMG TC and CSeries 1 Land RoverPorsche 928 and Jaguar Mark 2 Plymouth Roadrunner BMW 320 convertibleJenson-Healey. At one point it was joined by the very rare hardtop GT version, but it left before the camera could be pointed in its directionA big HealeyJaguar E-type
Saab 93 rally carBristol 412Ford AngliaAston MartinVanquishRapideAustin AmbassadorFord Racing PumaHillman HuskyFor me, the show was well worth more than its entry price just to see the priceless collection of historic Alfas. But there was so much more than that to see. A splendid day out, further improved by the pleasure of the company of three other enthusiastic forummers.