This year’s Race Retro, the international historic
motorsport show, will celebrate 100 years of iconic
racing cars, with exciting and interesting vehicles
spanning the years from 1908 to present day.
Held at Stoneleigh Park from 14th to 16th March,
racing cars on show range from a 100-year-old
Panhard Levassor Grand Prix car on the Vintage
Sports Car Club stand, to a 2007 Aston Martin V8
Vantage N24, courtesy of the Aston Martin Owners
Club, which has been purpose-built to compete in
events in 2008.
Iconic cars include a 1960 Ferrari 246 Dino, shown
by the Historic Grand Prix Car Association; a 1965
Lotus 26R on the Grand Prix de L’Age d’Or stand;
and a 1991 Reynard 913 from the Monoposto
Racing Club. Dawn Treader Performance Ltd will
display a newly-restored 1986 Lotus 98T Formula
1 car, while Ecurie Bertelli will showcase a 1938
ex-works Brooklands speed model Aston Martin.
Club Alpine Renault will bring the Vialle Autogas
Alpine 110, winner of the Dutch Rallycross
Championship in 1978, and a regular winner of
the FIA European Rallycross Championship.
Other features include a collection of Ford works
rally cars, from the Ford Zephyr to the current
Focus World Rally Car, displayed as part of the
show’s tribute to Ford’s motorsport successes.
Exhibitors Historic Motorsport and David Sutton
Cars will have the World Championship winning
Rothmans Escort Mk2 on their stand, as well as
hosting a visit from Bjorn Waldegard, the 1997
World Rally Champion and winner of the 2007
East African Safari, who will also appear on the
Live Rally Stage.
The British and World Sidecar Champions and their
racing vehicles will make their Race Retro debut,
to celebrate the evolution of sidecar racing. The
motorcycle area will feature the famous Yamaha
Classic Racing Team, as well as a replica Ace Cafe
and the inaugural Cafe Racer Concours, featuring
iconic cafe racers from the 1950s and 1960s.
Race Retro will pay tribute to rally hero Markku
Alen in the Rally Hall, with a Lancia 037 driven by
Markku in the FIA World Rally Championship during
the early 1980s and a Delta Integrale, hosted by
Lancia Sport, which was his ride during the late 80s.
Markku will join a line-up of star drivers on the Live
Rally Stage, also including Pentti Airikkala and
Other famous drivers and co-drivers – such as
Nicky Grist, Paddy Hopkirk, Tony Mason, Rosemary
Smith and Stuart Turner – will be at the show to
sign autographs. Malcolm Wilson, the former WRC
driver and British Rally Champion, will open the
show on Friday morning. Malcolm is the principal
of M-Sport, who build and prepare the current
Ford WRC cars, as well as running the works Ford
Rally Team. He will be joined by Mark Deans,
newly-appointed Director of Ford TeamRS, Ford’s
motorsport division in Europe.
The Bio-Fuels feature in Hall 2 – dedicated to
investigating how historic motorsport can become
“greener” – will display the Honda Hybrid Rally
Car and an E85 Fiesta from M-Sport, together
with classic cars converted to use bio-fuel. Power
Torque Racing will launch a bio-fuel engine, while
Greenergy will be promoting their 99 Octane race
fuel and Anglo-American Oil will promote their E85
If all this inspires you to invest in a competition
car of your own, there is the Bonhams Classic &
Historic Motorsport Auction, as well as the
opportunity to conduct private car sales and test
Tickets are available for one or two days, with
savings when booking in advance. Children under
16 years are given free entry to Race Retro. The
show is open from 09.30 each day and closes at
17.30 on Friday and Saturday, 16.30 on Sunday.
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