The Aston Martin Owners Club, which takes pride in delivering a highly varied racing calendar, has announced its plans for 2009. The ever-popular Intermarque Championship (for Ferrari, Jaguar, Sunbeam, Porsche, Austin-Healey, American V8s and, of course, Aston Martins) will be running at all six of the Club’s own race meetings in 2009, alongside the Club Championship – which is split into two separate races, for pre- and post-1960 Astons.
Meanwhile, 1950s sportscar competitors can enjoy a series of team races embracing invited marques from Alfa Romeo, Austin-Healey, AC, Jaguar and Sunbeam Alpine. This year will see a similar series for older, 'V and V' sportscars, which is receiving enthusiastic support from owners of pre-War Bentleys, Lagondas, Alvises, Rileys and the like. Also in the calendar is the Super GT Series, launched in 2007, for heavily modified silhouette GT cars – always guaranteed to enthral spectators with ground-shaking action. Race schedules will also include invited rounds from such popular series as Ferrari Classic, Formula Junior and Thoroughbred GTs.
Says AMOC Comps Chairman, Mark Campbell, “We have a good mix of circuit and speed events, for old and new cars alike. As we’re a ‘not-for-profit’ organisation, our entry fees represent real value for money and maximum track time.”
The St John Horsfall Meeting has always been a highlight of the AMOC season. This year is the 50th anniversary of Aston Martin’s historic win at Le Mans and the Horsfall at Silverstone will be paying tribute with a gathering of around 70 ex-Le Mans Astons – cars that actually competed in the 24 Hours between 1931 and 2008. Also at this meeting will be a special race for FIA-spec pre-1960 front-engined sportscars.
In addition to circuit race meetings, the Club also organises a very competitive Speed Series calling at major venues throughout the UK.
For further details see www.amoc.org or call 01865 400400.
AMOC Competition Diary 2009
21 March - Instruction Day Curborough
17 April - Track Day Mallory Park
19 April - Race Meeting Mallory Park
4 May - Race Meeting Donington Park
9 May - Sprint (BDC) MIRA
24 May - Sprint Curborough
29 May - Driver’s Day Silverstone
30 May - Race Meeting (St John Horsfall) Silverstone
7 June - Hillclimb (BARC) Harewood
28 June - Hillclimb (MSCC) Forrestburn
4 July - Hillclimb (MAC) Shelsley Walsh
10 July - Goodwood Track Day
11 July - Sprint Goodwood
18/19 July - Race Meeting Snetterton
8/9 August - Race Meeting (BDC) Silverstone
31 August Race Meeting - (CCRC) Castle Coombe
12 September Race Meeting - Thruxton
13 September Hillclimb - (HDLCC) Loton Park
27 September Sprint - Curborough
3 October Race Meeting - Oulton Park
Text: Classic Driver
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