For INRacing mid May brought with it the splendour of the street circuit of Pau for the Grand Prix de Pau Historique 2013. The Lotus 18 of Stephen Bond returned to a street circuit for the second time since its historic win at the hands of Sir Stirling Moss in 1961. Stephen was even reunited with an original Motorsport magazine that featured the ’61 Monaco race report.
The Lotus 18 finished 3rd in Class in both the Saturday and Sunday races for HGPCA Pre 66 Grand Prix cars. The weekend was rather more eventful for William Nuthall in Giorgio Marchi’s Cooper T53, who missed a large section of the free practice due to being burnt while sitting in fuel from a loose union. He managed to put in a stunning last minute qualifying lap to line up on the front row of the grid. After leading the first few laps and touch of wheels dropped the T53 down to 4th where it finished. The second race saw William patiently wait for his opportunities to move up into 2nd before a broken exhaust caused his retirement.
A couple of unfortunate incidents in the Pre 61 HGPCA race saw INRacing bringing home a Maserati 250F and Gordini which we hope to have back on track in time for Dijon and Brands Hatch respectively.
Stephen Bond competed in both the Motor Racing Legends run Woodcote Trophy and Sir Stirling Moss Trophy races at the Donington Historic Festival 2013. During the Woodcote Trophy race for Pre 56 cars, Stephen moved up from 12 on the grid to finish 7th and a great second in class in the INRacing powered Lister Bristol.
Sunday was the turn of the Sir Stirling Moss Trophy for Pre 61 cars therefore the Lister Bristol was likely to be further down the field. However he stormed through the field to a fantastic 8th place after finishing 19th in a damp qualifying session.
Long established as the Historic Grand Prix Car Associations season opener, the VSCC Spring Start at Silverstone was in 2013 extended over 2 days for the first time. Following on from the HGPCA test day on the proceeding Friday it was a busy weekend for INRacing, with a number of freshly rebuilt cars being driven for the first time.
In the HGPCA race for pre-1966 Grand Prix cars, William Nuthall secured a pair of 3rd places in Giorgio Marchi’s Cooper T53. Paul Griffin was out for the first time in his Cooper T51 and finished a fantastic 3rd in Class, whilst adding a couple of signatures to his licence. The ex-Moss Lotus 18, driven by Stephen Bond was again out to the delight of the crowd.
The pre-1961 front engined Grand Prix cars were out in the VSCC Amschel Rothschild Race. Tony Wood fought hard in the Tec Mec, racing ever closer to the Scarab of Julian Bronson, however despite securing the fastest lap had to settle for third place in both the Saturday and Sunday races. INRacing did not have quite a full complement of four Cooper Bristol’s in the race as the unfortunate Nick / Rosie Eden car ended up back at the workshop. This left a great race between the three remaining cars of Paul Grant, Barry Wood and Steve Russell.
The Lister Jaguar of Barry and Tony Wood was running as high as 2nd in the two driver 1950’s Sports Car race, eventually finishing a close 4th. The race also included a great performance from Stephen Bond and Keith Fell in the beautiful looking and sounding Lister Bristol.
Sundays races were shown Worldwide on Motors TV with some great footage of both Tony Wood and William Nuthall.
Team Saunders and Hart tackle the TAC Rally, Belgium in the 6R4. 3 groups of 4 stages (approx 130km in total) all on classic Belgian roads in the Flanders region.
Organised by the ‘Slowly Sideways’ Team Belgium, approximately 25 cars (Groups A & B) tackled the rally stages ahead of the ‘field’ which was led by Freddie Loix and eventually won by him in his Ford Focus WRC. Luckily there was no rain, but really cold conditions, so it was difficult to get the engine temperature right until the end of the day when the ambient temperature had warmed up.
A great event and a must for any ‘Slowly Sideways’ competitor. Great stages, great hospitality and a trouble free run in the Unipart MG Metro 6R4 C96 KOG.
INRACING will be exhibiting at Stoneleigh Park RACE RETRO 2013 on stand B16, Hall 2.
We’d love to see you so feel free to pop down for a coffee. Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th Feb.
INRacing Stand at Race Retro 2013 with Stirling Moss’ Lotus 18 and Connaught, plus Frazer Nash Le-Mans Rep and Metro 6R4 Group B rallycar.