Popular Historic area set to be bigger and better for 201810 Aug 2017
Historic Motorsport has always proved popular at Autosport International, with highlights this year including the 50th anniversary celebratory feature of the legendary Lotus 49 Formula 1 car, the Historic Sports Car Club marking 50 years of Formula Ford and the Coys Auction.
In January this year, all seven surviving examples of the Lotus 49 were reunited at the show to mark the design’s anniversary.
Classic Team Lotus assembled the seven remaining chassis from owners around the world, as raced by Clark, Hill, Jo Siffert, Jackie Oliver, Mario Andretti, Rindt, Richard Attwood, John Miles and Emerson Fittipaldi.
They included the chassis Clark used for the 49's debut victory at Zandvoort, the car in which both Andretti and Fittipaldi made their first F1 starts, the chassis in which Hill secured the 1968 championship, the car with which Siffert claimed the last GP win for a customer team with Rob Walker in the '68 British GP and a chassis owned and restored by Red Bull F1 designer Adrian Newey.
The Historic Motorsport area is also home to the Historic Sports Car Club , the premier organiser of historic motor racing in the UK, who have showcased a display of cars at the show over the last decade and also a gathering of members and special guests. At this year’s show, Derek Warwick, Johnny Herbert, Jonathan Palmer, Nick Tandy and Geoff Lees were in attendance to support the HSCC’s celebration of 50 years of Formula Ford.
To mark 50 years of the of the hugely popular single-seater category, the HSCC display included eight cars spanning the Formula Ford story, including cars raced by World Champions Michael Schumacher, Emerson Fittipaldi and Jody Scheckter.
“We’ve had tremendous support from drivers coming to help start our year of Formula Ford 50th anniversary celebrations,” said Grahame White of the HSCC. “I’m sure there will be lots of memories shared of Formula Ford racing and I’m delighted that the drivers made time in their busy schedules to join us.”
World-famous auction house Coys return to host their annual auction of iconic and historic road and race cars. Taking place on the Saturday of the show, the auction draws huge crowds who come to see millions of pounds worth of classics go under the hammer.
Details of the cars that sold this year can be found here. There will be an update on next year’s lots later on in the year.
VIP ticket holders to the show automatically gain access to the Coys auction. Please note, a catalogue will need to be purchased from Coys if you want to access the auction or purchase one of the lots.
The Historic Motorsport area is located in Hall 6 at Autosport International 2018.