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Almost There… Race Retro 2012

Simon Charlesworth January 4, 2012 No Comments on Almost There… Race Retro 2012

We always get a bit excited when Race Retro looms – it’s not just because of the prospect of seeing great old motorsport machinery, old faces and old legends – but it signals the beginning of the old car show season. Huzzah!

Yes, no more opting to vegetate in front of the TV because it’s less painful than having a Whitworth spanner freeze itself to your hand. Yep, with the shed at bearable temperatures again, it’s back to the land of old car fettling and no more having to endure Downton bloody Abbey because it’s supposedly ‘brilliant’.

So what can you look forward to at Stoneleigh Park from the 24th to the 26th February? Lots, is the lazy answer, but that won’t do – so what specifically can you look forward to at Europe’s premier historic racing show…?

Starting with the headlining feature marques: there’s the 30th anniversary of the phenomenally successful GpC racer, the Porsche 956/962; and Honda Racing Corporation will be marking its 30th year of motorcycle competition activities.

Silverstone Auctions will be selling off assorted competition machinery – like a FIA Lotus Cortina racer (est £70-80,000) – and a giant shed-ful of memorabilia. More details can be found here:

There are four halls chocker-block with iconic motorsport greats – be they on two legs, two wheels or four wheels. There’s a sizeable autojumble, club and specialist stands and of course, Race Retro’s defining live action rally stage where you can see, hear and smell the sideways action on Saturday and Sunday.

And yes, there’s still more. The Fire-up Paddock will give plenty of opportunities for motorcycle enthusiasts to see old bikes fire up and burn rubber.

Meanwhile HERO, the Historic Endurance Rally Organisation, will give visitors the chance to arrive and drive on of their endurance rally cars on a purpose built rally stage – for just 20 quid. Advance HERO bookings can be made via email at:

So remember to bring your serious driving shoes!

More information and the latest Race Retro updates are available at: 

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