Woodcote Trophy Heads for Monza
Motor Racing Legends had plenty to celebrate at its end-of-season Awards Dinner this week, held at the Royal Automobile Club’s Woodcote Park in Epsom. The historic race organiser has just been invited by the Coppa Intereuropa, the highly prestigious historic race meeting at Monza, to run one of the feature races at next year’s event (6-8 June 2008). The invitation follows the success of the Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy for pre-1956 sportscars, launched in 2006.
The Monza round of the Woodcote Trophy will be called the Coppa Supercortemaggiore, in recognition of the races of that name held at Monza in 1954, 1955 and 1956. Pictured above is the start of the 1956 event, with the Da Silva / Manzon Gordini T15 neck and neck with the von Trips / Schell Ferrari 500 Mondial – and the Woodcote Trophy race at Monza will include a full ‘Supercortemaggiore’ class for sports-racers built during 1956 to pay homage to this slice of history.
Speaking to the 120 dinner guests at Woodcote Park, including Sir Stirling and Lady Moss, Motor Racing Legends Chairman Duncan Wiltshire expressed what an honour it was to be asked to participate in Italy’s greatest historic race meeting. “Our existing Woodcote Trophy competitors are sure to be thrilled at the thought of racing on the fabulous circuit at Monza,” he said. “We also hope that many Italian racers who own genuine fifties sportscars running to the correct period specification will join us for what promises to be a highlight of 2008.”
On the subject of correct specification, much more was said. “We will be taking an FIA scrutineer to every round of the Woodcote Trophy in 2008, and checks will be made on such aspects as engine capacity, braking systems and weight,” pledged Wiltshire. “We’re not aiming to have a witch-hunt, but we do want to make sure that competitors stick to the rules.” These sentiments were very warmly received by the Woodcote Trophy competitors, as well as those from the Motor Racing Legends Pre-War Sports Car Series.
Meanwhile, the evening saw sponsor Gregor Fisken present the 2007 Pre-War Sports Car trophy to Philip Champion and Steve Stanton, drivers of a Frazer Nash Super Sports; while Tim Keown, Vice-President of the Royal Automobile Club, presented the prestigious Woodcote Trophy to Eddie McGuire, Nick Wigley and Mark Hales for their performance in the ex-Fangio Le Mans Gordini T23S.
Text - Charis Whitcombe
Photos - Libreria del Autodromo / Motor Racing Legends
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