Boultbee-Brooks Triple Double
7th October, 2017
Steve Boultbee-Brooks once again triumphed in both FISCAR races at Castle Combe. He loves the circuit and both his Aston Martin DB3S and his driving style seem to suit the circuit perfectly, as he is yet to be toppled from top spot in our 6 races run there in the last 3 years
Photo – Jeff Bloxham
Steve Boultbee-Brooks and his Aston Martin DB3S proved once again to be invincible in our two races at Castle Combe retaining the Jon Gross Memorial Trophy chased gamely home by Martyn Corfield in his invitation Frazer Nash Le Mans Replica and then taking victory in the FISCAR Inter-Marque race for the third time in succession. In the latter he was subjected to some interesting tactical racing by a pair of the Lotus Elites, and Robin Ellis in Tony Mantle’s example finished second just over 3 seconds behind after 30 minutes of racing.
In the Jon Gross Memorial Trophy, the GT class winner was, very appropriately, Chris Woodgate, driving Jon’s Ex Sebring Aston Martin DB MkIII which is still retained by the Gross family. Here Chris is seen ahead of the Aston Martin Brooklands driven by Mark Gillies who again won the Mort Goodall Cup for prewar Astons.
Photo – Jeff Bloxham
Arculus Leads Select Band
BARC, Donington, 2nd September, 2017
Brian Arculus rounds the Old Hairpin on his way to a comfortable victory in his Lotus Elite Photo – John Turner
In a small grid further depleted by retirements, Brian Arculus, after a very brief early challenge from Nigel Winchester’s special bodied AC Ace, cruised his Lotus Elite to victory ahead of Kevin Kivlochan’s AC Ace Bristol and Jim Campbell’s Austin Healey 100/4.
Full report to follow in due course – JT
Abecassis Does the Double
BDC, Silverstone, 5th August, 2017
Jonathan Abecassis, sharing his car with Richard Woolmer, won the FISCARInter-Marque race. Photo – Mick Walker
After a poor start from pole, Jonathan Abecassis in his familiar Austin Healey 100/4, later handing over to Richard Woolmer, took victory in our Inter-Marque round last Saturday. They were chased home by long time leader, Stephen Bond, in the splendid Lister ‘Flatiron’ Bristol, with Robin Ellis, last year’s winner, taking 3rd place in Tony Mantle’s Lotus Elite after a terrific recovery drive from 16th at the end of lap 2. The race was also marked by a dramatic accident in Luffield when a set of wheel studs on Paul Ziller’s Triumph TR2 snapped and launched the car into a roll, finishing on its roof in the gravel. Fortunately, Paul emerged under his own steam from the car and after a check up at the medical centre was given a clean bill of health which was decidedly more than could be said of the TR. Remarkably, however Paul has entered the car for our Donington race on 2nd September!
Later in the day Jonathan completed the double by comfortably winning the Chairman’s Bic Healey Trophy race.
Full race reports will follow in due course. ——-JT
Keen Kurtis takes Tom Cole Trophy .
Ferrari/Maserati battle features
Chris Keen took his mighty Kurtis 500S to victory, but he did not have it all his own way. Photo – John Turner
Once again a superb grid of FISCAR cars lined up at VSCCs Spring Start meeting, our first race of the 2017 season, and once again the cars starred. The race was very eventful and we had at least three different leaders and there was much dicing through the field. The best of these was that of erstwhile race leader, James Cottingham recovering from a spin in the Ferrari 500TRC, and poleman, Guillermo Fierro Eleta, first time out in his gorgeous Maserati 300S who made a poor start and got swamped. The battle which at the time was for 2nd, was only broken up by the compulsory pitstop, taken by James but missed out altogether by Guillermo with inevitable consequences! Whilst all this was going on, Chris Keen was maintaining a few seconds lead in the Kurtis and eventually ran out the winner but only after Cottingham who had emerged ahead of him in the pitstops, retired the Ferrari 5 laps from the end with overheating. Steve Boultbee-Brooks took the fantastic sounding Aston Martin DB3S to a fine second and Jonathan Abecassis emerged from an epic 3 way Austin Healey battle to take 3rd overall. Mark Hoble, resting his TR2, took the Index of Performance win in his Turner Mk1. The Lotus Elite Team (Lotus Legends) won the team award, and were chased home by the two Austin Healey teams, The Healey Hares and The Healey Hounds.
Full report now ready – See ‘Special Races’ in the menu.
Meanwhile a couple more images below:
Recalling halcyon days! The Ferrari gets up the inside of the Maserati at Woodcote but giving away a litre was usually behind at the end of the straights. Note the fuel filler flap which had popped up when James spun the Ferrari into Brooklands whilst in the lead. Photo John Turner
In a race of attrition, Mark Hoble rose to 9th place overall in his Turner, capturing victory in the Index of Performance category.
Photo – John Turner
Exciting FISCAR 2017 Season Ahead
FISCAR has organised an exciting 6 race series for the coming season. All races will be run over 30 minutes and include a compulsory pit stop, in order to allow a second driver to participate. There are no shared grids.
We are also adding a pre 52 sports car race to the Bentley Drivers Club meeting on 5th August. More details below:-
FISCAR Inter-Marque Dates for 2017
April 22nd – Silverstone Club – VSCC Spring Start
“The Tom Cole Trophy Race”
Our annual season starter at VSCC’s popular Spring Start meeting. This race pits our usual Inter-Marque cars against a few Chairmen’s Invitation cars. It was over subscribed last year
May 29th – Brands Indy – MSCC FISCAR Inter-Marque
We again join the Morgan Sports Car Club, this time, on a rare visit for us, to the Brands Indy Circuit. Let’s break the mould for both MSCC and the Brands circuit by providing them with a top class grid.
June 10th – Oulton Park – VSCC “The Blaster Bates Trophy”
After an absence of a year, we return to this lovely circuit, to run the Blaster Bates Trophy for only the second time. The current holder of the Trophy, Mike Freeman, in his Lotus Elite, had a superb dice with Jonathan Abecassis in his Austin Healey 100/4 in 2015, but the grid was numerically low, so we need to do much better this time.
August 5th – Silverstone Club – BDC – FISCAR Inter-Marque
The Bentley Drivers Club has revamped this meeting to reinforce the wonderful old club style feel that has always existed at this event, and FISCAR has increased it’s commitment and input. As well as our usual Inter-Marque race, we are running the King George VI Cup for invited pre 52 sports cars – *See separate box below for more details*.
In addition to the above, your Chairman is again running, on his own account, the Bic Healey Trophy which includes the AC v Austin Healey team challenge. All FISCAR compliant Austin Healeys and ACs are eligible and they will be joined by Special bodied Sprites and appropriate Invitation cars.
September 2/3rd – Donington Park – BARC – FISCAR Inter-Marque
More details to follow.
October 7th – Castle Combe Autumn Classic – FISCAR Inter-Marque
Once again our season finale where we have consistently provided our best grid of the season. We will again also be running the Jon Gross Memorial Trophy, primarily for Pre 1960 Feltham Aston Martins and the Mort Goodall Cup for prewar Aston Martins.
*The King George VI Cup*
FISCAR, in conjunction with the Bentley Drivers Club, are adding a new format race for 2017. The event will be for Sports and GT cars produced in the 1938 – 1951 era, but will include certain models that were introduced before that date if production continued into that period, such as Aston Martin 15/98 and BMW 328. The race will be titled the “George VI Cup”.
The 20 minute race will be run on the Silverstone National circuit on August 5th 2017. It will be open, by invitation only, to models with competition provenance that were built in the era. Cars must run to the specifications that they ran and looked as they did in period. As a guide, cars that ran at Le Mans in the 1938 – 1951 period and in the early postwar Spa 24 hour races are particularly the models that are most eligible.
Typical eligible cars will include original specification Jaguar XK 120, V12 Lagonda, Fraser Nash LMR, Healey Silverstone, Connaught L2, Jowett Jupiter, HRG 1500, Talbot T26, Aston Martin Speed Model and DB2, Riley Sprite and many more.