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An action-packed day at Silverstone for the HSCC Finals, featuring nine eventful races, for the club's final race at the circuit this year.
This HSCC race meeting ensures a full day’s entertainment and fun for competitors and spectators alike, with signing on and scrutineering commencing from 07.30, practice sessions starting at 09.00am with the first race being at 13.15 and the last at 17.15. The day saw nine races altogether, each lasting just 15 minutes with a wide range of cars entered from Formula Junior, Classic Formula 3, Classic Racing Cars, Road Sports, right up to the most powerful Formula 5000, F2 and Formula Atlantic Grand Prix cars.
Tony Bianchi had entered his 1968 Chevron B8 for the Guards Trophy Race. In period it was the Lord Clydesdale car that was run by Falcon Racing and saw action in plenty of World’s Sports Car Championship races that included the Monza 1000km, Spa 1000km and Targa Florio to name but a few. The car was campaigned into the 1969-1970 season, then competed at club level, after which it disappeared from the scene, and much later surfaced again in Germany. Tony purchased the car from Chris Phillips around 10 years ago.
Father and son ‘Team Dwyer’ Mark and Lee were competing in their Lola T400 and March 742 respectively. The March chassis N0 30 was the last to be built and was driven in period by David Purley and Bernard de Driver, with Bernard’s father connected with the Bang & Olufsen group, hence the car’s current livery. It was purchased by the Dwyer’s from Ian Jacobson who raced it in the F5000 & Formula 2 Championship several years ago and indeed won the series. The car has recently been rebuilt and fitted with a 2.0 litre Cosworth BDG engine and prior to the race at Silverstone, competed at Spa and Dijon where it finished 2nd and 3rd in Euro F2. The variety of cars racing for the Derek Bell Trophy which ranged from the very nimble and slick 2.0 litre cars right up to the huge power and grunt of the 5.0 litre cars made for fascinating spectating, not mention the mellifluous roar of engine and exhaust notes!
One of the most unusual cars competing in the Historic Road Sports Championship Race was Mike Eagles’ 1964 JWF Milano GT MK1. Built in Australia and powered by a Holden 3.0 litre six-cylinder engine, the car features a rather short and narrow wheelbase, which Mike says makes the overall handling rather tricky and interesting! Another driver getting used to the handling of his ‘new mount’ was Louis Bracey with his 1964 ½ 4.7 litre Ford Mustang that’s recently emerged from a two year build, and only Louis’ second time out. 'I previously raced a Cortina which is much lighter and the braking was more efficient,' he explained. 'The Mustang is a far heavier and more powerful car to stop, you have to stand on the brakes, not simply just touch the pedal!'