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Silverstone 'Spring Start' Race Meeting

12 Apr 2014 - 13 Apr 2014

Silverstone Circuit, Northants, NN12 8TN

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Following the success of last year’s inaugural two-day format, Spring Start will again herald the opening of the historic motor racing season on 12/13 April. With races catering for all types of Pre- and Post-war Racing and Sports-Cars, there is sure to be machinery on display to satisfy all interests, whilst our competing members will have a wide choice of races to exercise their various cars over the weekend, with opportunities for everyone on both days of the meeting.

As is tradition, Saturday’s focus will fall on the VSCC’s own GP Itala Trophies with a number of the Club’s most prominent silverware for the taking throughout the day’s programme, including the collection’s namesake GP Itala Trophy for Vintage Racing Cars; the Amschel Rothschild and Patrick Lindsay Memorial Trophies Race will bring together the very best Grand Prix Cars of the immediate Pre- and Post-war eras and, with representatives from exalted names as ERA, Bugatti, Lotus, Connaught, Maserati, Cooper Bristol and Ferrari and many more expected, this is one of the most elite grids you are likely to see anywhere. Our Fox & Nicholl Trophy Race is sure to be a highlight with guaranteed full grid of genuine Pre-war Sports-Cars whilst we also host the Club’s traditional Regularity Trial, the ideal introductory event for those new to circuit racing. The day will be complemented by Invited grids from the ever-revered Pre-1966 Grand Prix Cars of the HGPCA, the first of their two races over the weekend and FISCAR, whose Post-war Sports Cars from manufacturers such as HWM, Jaguar and Aston Martin return to celebrate the wonderful career of George Abecassis following last year’s successful Centenary event.

Celebrating its own 80th Anniversary in 2014, the ERA marque takes centre stage on Sunday, with its own exclusive Race – it has been 10 years since the VSCC last held such as race at Donington Park so this will be one race you will not want to miss. The celebrated Voiturettes will have a further chance to shine as they join a grid of original Pre-1941 Grand Prix Cars from the likes of Alta, Bugatti and Maserati. The series enjoyed two fantastic outings last season, here at Silverstone and at Snetterton in September and we expect even more support for this edition. Pre-war fans will also enjoy a full grid of Sports-Cars competing in the ever-popular Short Handicap format, joined by their Racing brethren for an All-Comers Pre-war Scratch Race; furthermore, we will again host races for Pre-1960 Aston Martins and 1950s Sports Racing Cars, the latter including a repeat of last year’s entertaining 2-driver option. As well as the HGPCA’s second Pre-‘1966 Race, we are joined by our friends at the FJHRA, who will run a round of their Front Engined Formula Junior Championship, and the 500 Owners Association, whose grid of F3 (500) Racing Cars are ever the crowd-pleaser.

Full Race Programme below (not race order):

Saturday 12 April

GP Itala & Lanchester Trophies VSCC Set 1 – Vintage Racing Cars 12 minutes £215
Rothschild & Patrick Lindsay Trophies VSCC Set 2 – Pre-1961 Racing Cars 15 minutes £249
Fox and Nichol Trophy VSCC Set 3 – Standard & Modified Pre-war Sports-Cars 10 minutes £184
Silverstone Trophy VSCC Set 4 – Special Pre-war Sports-Cars 10 minutes £184
Allcomers Pre-war Scratch Race (2 races) VSCC Set 5 8 minutes £135
Allcomers Pre-war Short Handicap Race VSCC Set 6 5 Laps £135
Regularity Trial Pre-war Sports-Cars 30 minutes £160
George Abecassis Trophy Race FISCAR 30 minutes £400
Pre-1966 Grand Prix Cars HGPCA 12 Laps Enter with series organiser
Sunday 13 April 2014

Bruce Spollon, Ten-Tenths & Pre-war Continental Trophies Standard & Modified Pre-1941 Racing Cars 10 minutes £184
Pre-1961 Racing Cars Incorporating The Halford Trophy 15 minutes £249
Handicap Race Pre-war Sports-Cars 5 Laps £135
Short Scratch Race for Pre-war Cars 10 minutes £184
ERA 80th Annivsersary Race ERA’s & derivatives 10 minutes £184
Historic Front-Engined Formula Junior Race Cars FJHRA 20 minutes Enter with series organiser
F3 (500cc) Racing Cars F3 500 Owners Association 20 minutes £275
1950s Sports Racing Cars Optional 2 drivers 30 minutes £450
Pre-1966 Grand Prix Cars HGPCA 12 Laps Enter with series organiser
Aston Martin Race For Pre-1960 Cars 10 minutes £184
Aside from the action on track, ‘Spring Start’ will again offer the Spectator all that is great about attending a VSCC Race Meeting, with free access to the paddock, where you can get up-close to the cars and drivers, static displays, onsite catering facilities and a busy Trade Village – whether looking for that vital car-part for your own restoration or finding a gift for a Motorsport enthusiast, you are sure to be able to find something. Look out for more details and ticket information very soon.

HGPCA Test Day – Friday 11 April

The HGPCA are again organising their traditional Test Day on the Silverstone National Circuit on Friday 11 April, the day before the VSCC Spring Start weekend race meeting.

The Test Day is open to single-seat, GT and saloon cars manufactured before 1966 and will be organised in sessions such that only cars of similar performance will be on the track together.

Prices are now confirmed as follows:
HGPCA Member: £300
Non-HGPCA Member: £400
Additional Driver
HGPCA Member: £150
Non-HGPCA Member: £200

Click here to download the 'HGPCA Test Day' booking form.

Are you planning to attach a camera to your car on the test day?
Please click here to download the car camera risk assesment form.

For more details, please contact or or telephone 0207 785 7204.