Yet before all the modern machine guns fired their ammo on Saturday and Sunday, fans were treated to a huge assortment of older weaponry, with classic cars headlining Friday’s proceedings.
This was the fifth running of Classic Car Friday with the biggest turnout of the exciting and Collectible Vehicles. There were 32 marques of motoring history present representing half a century of motorsport magic.
Fastest man on the day was Franco Scribante in a 1970 Chevron B19, who managed 42.491s in the class finals (albeit slightly slower than his practice time of 41.615s), but still a fair margin over second-placed Ian Schofield, who posted a time of 45.433s in his 1977 March 77B.Third Place went to Peter Jenkins in his Chevron.
Classic Car Friday was also very much about admiring beauty, with onlookers getting to view many classic road cars in action, among them Peter Kaye-Eddie’s 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL, Peter Lindenberg’s 1965 Shelby Mustang GT350 and a pair of gorgeous Jaguar E-Types in the form of Ron Hollis’ 1966 4.2 - which won class H2 - and a 1972 Series 3 V12 (above), driven to second in Class H3 by Patrick Gearing.
This said the Friday was definitely a highlight for us at Collectible Wheels with the preparations and pit crews taking the racing just as series as the spectacular show the next day. A number of the Classic Cars would have made the finals the following days as well with the times achieved.
Avid car collector Brian Bruce received Friday’s Spirit of Dave Charlton award after competing for the fifth time in his 1965 Ford GT40, while Willie Hepburn bagged the equivalent King of the Hill trophy on Sunday.