European Desk

European Desk 102

Tuesday, 15 July 2008 23:24

Spa-Francorchamps Summer Classic, June 12-14 2008

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 Just like the very exciting Six Hours meeting held at the end of September, the Summer Classic is organised by the Roadbook Organisation. This meeting was the Summer Classics premiere.Various categories of historic and classic cars took part. Grand Prix cars of the 50's and 60's, historic Formula 2 and Formula Junior, Sport Racing cars, Touring Cars  and GTs, the Masters Top Hat All Series and the R&M Spirit of 9 Hours.
Wednesday, 23 January 2008 13:32

1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 SS Supercharged Spyder - the story

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It could so easily have turned out to be a fleeting infatuation but as it happened my initial instincts on first acquaintance with a 1929 Alfa Romeo 1750 SS turned into an enduring love affair.   Having admired from a far, with the assistance of my older brother and my husband of those days, we located a car that had been standing for some considerable time lying neglected in the open. The ownership was a complex matter and after much negotiation the car was acquired and joyfully taken home. This was in 1964                                                                                   
Friday, 07 December 2007 14:10

1923 Austin Seven "Boulogne" Racers

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There were three of these fabric bodied 2 seat racing cars built by the Austin works in 1923.  The first was registered OK 7095 and was driven by Captain Arthur Waite to the Brooklands Easter Small Car Handicap where he did a flying lap at over 62 mph and achieved a race average of 59.03 mph.  He then drove the car back to his home in Bromsgrove.  The next race he entered was the 250 Km Italian Grand Prix des Cyclecars at Monza on the 4th May which he won at an average speed of 57 mph and set the fastest lap at 64 mph.
Sunday, 04 November 2007 08:37

Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps 5-7 October 2007 

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A few days before Autumn one of the best historic race events in the world takes place in Belgium at the Francorchamps circuit near Spa. This year 15th edition was one of the best ever, the weather was outstanding and the race classes were better then ever especially for the touring car enthusiasts.Some 600 cars took part in 11 different races over the weekend, with over 1000 drivers. For the Formula One 2007 Grand Prix the track layout of Spa-Francorchamps was  changed. The renovation started in November 2006 and finished in May 2007, costing around 8,85 million Euros.  The Bus Stop chicane was re-designed again and it has been returned into a right hander and left hander including the pit lane entrance. The new entrance has drawn criticism for being too tight for the entry speed drivers will likely approach it at.The La Source hairpin is much wider now, allowing more space for the new pit/paddock complex and the new layout gives the bonus of higher cornering speed. To many of the drivers the new circuit layout feld marginally slower than before but the track still demonstrates the importance of driving skills more than any other in the world.