The HRDC in 2012: 'Old School Club Racing at its best'

You have to doff your hat to Julius Thurgood, the brains behind the Historic Racing Drivers Club. Building on a successful inaugural season of races in 2011, the HRDC will put on eight events this year.

At an overcast Silverstone last weekend, the be-trilby’d guv’nor of the HRDC presented its 2012 programme. As ever, all HRDC-organised series are first and foremost fun. However seriously competitors might take this ‘amateur’ sport (and I have been there… and done it…) the ethos behind HRDC racing is good-value entertainment for spectators and competitors alike.

There are five different series on offer to HRDC racers in 2012: ‘Touring Greats’ for pre-60 cars running to HRDC/Goodwood regulations (Auntie Mabel meets Brown Owl at 100mph); ‘Grand Touring Greats’, which are pre-66, under-1500cc GTs (the cheapest way to race an attractive ‘Tourist Trophy style’ car); ‘TC63’, which is for pre-64 Touring Cars complying with Appendix J Gp. 2 (Alfas, Cortinas, BMWs and some early Americana such as this Studebaker Lark Daytona 500); ‘MGB50’, which is all-MGB racing to celebrate 50 years of the model this year; and finally, ‘GTS65’, the only way you could possible spend a bit more money at HRDC events, investing in an AC Cobra or the fabulous Porsche 904 seen here.

 

The HRDC in 2012: 'Old School Club Racing at its best'
The HRDC in 2012: 'Old School Club Racing at its best'

Most race meetings will see all five categories at play, although the MGBs have their individual round at Mallory Park on 4 June for a televised race.

 

From 15 – 17 June, all but ‘GTS65’ competitors will head to the Continent for a race at the magnificent Spa-Francorchamps circuit.

At the press day, held at the superb Porsche Experience Centre, Silverstone, a variety of cars was demonstrated, ranging from a roly-poly Ford Zephyr to Richard Frankel’s ex-Filipinetti Porsche 904. Series stalwart Rae Davis was there, but left one of his famous A35s at home, bringing along instead a 1960 Speedwell GT Sprite.

 

The HRDC in 2012: 'Old School Club Racing at its best'
The HRDC in 2012: 'Old School Club Racing at its best'The HRDC in 2012: 'Old School Club Racing at its best'

One of the stars of the morning, though, truly summing up the HRDC ethos, was the two-tone Rover P4, surely one of the unlikeliest cars ever to hit the track and seemingly driven straight off the set of ‘Miss Marple’.

 

 

The HRDC in 2012: 'Old School Club Racing at its best'

The 2012 HRDC Calendar

9 April, Castle Combe: TG/GTG/TC63/MGB50
5 - 6 May, Snetterton: TG/GTG/TC63/GTS65/MGB50
4 June, Mallory Park: MGB50 TV race
15 - 17 June, Spa-Francorchamps: TG/GTG/TC63/MGB50
28 July, Donington Park: TG/GTG/TC63/GTS65/MGB50
18 August, Lydden Hill: TG/GTG/TC63/MGB50
7 October, Mallory Park: TG/GTG/TC63/GTS65/MGB50
 


Photos: Classic Driver

As always, dates are subject to change, so do check before setting off. See www.hrdc.eu.