NEW EPSOM CLASSIC CAR RALLY SET FOR EPSOM’S INVESTEC DERBY DAY
VETERAN, vintage and classic vehicle enthusiasts will be given a unique chance to enjoy the thrills of Britain’s richest horse race as part of a brand-new event at Epsom’s Investec Derby Day fixture.
The Jockey Club has teamed up with exhibition organiser Mortons Media Group to launch the Epsom Classic Car Rally, to be held at the iconic venue on the same day as the prestigious Investec Derby encounter – Saturday, June 3.
Taking place on the infield at the famous Tattenham Corner, the rally will allow classic car owners and their passengers to park up and enjoy the day’s racing while exploring a host of stunning vehicles on display, along with a select group of specialist exhibitors and clubs.
Entry to the rally must be booked in advance and costs just £29 per car. Those taking part must arrive between 7.30am and 9.30am.
Attendees will have access to the middle of the course which is the setting for The Hill – a famous area of Epsom that includes music, market stalls and a funfair that all run throughout race day.
Those interested in registering their classic car for the event can do so by calling Mortons’ customer services team on 01507 529529.
For Mortons, the rally expands on the trio of Footman James Bristol Classic Car Shows the company currently organises at Somerset’s Royal Bath & West – those events running alongside a host of motorcycle and other hobbyist exhibitions on the company’s calendar.
The classic rally will be the first of its kind to take place at Epsom on Investec Derby Day in the history of the event, the first running of the premier Group One flat race having occurred more than 200 years ago in 1780.
Issued by Jack Harrison
Mortons Media Group
PR and communications executive
EPSOM CLASSIC CAR RALLY SADDLES UP WITH FOOTMAN JAMES AND H&H CLASSICS FOR ITS DERBY DAY DEBUT
LEADING classic vehicle insurance broker Footman James and specialist auction house H&H Classics are to sponsor the first-ever Epsom Classic Car Rally, held in conjunction with The Jockey Club on Investec Derby Day at Epsom Downs Racecourse.
The event, on Saturday, June 3, will take place at the famous Tattenham Corner, giving drivers and passengers the opportunity to watch the day’s racing while showcasing this fantastic collection of desirable vehicles.
David Bond, Footman James, Director commented;
“The Footman James Epsom Classic Car Rally concept provides classic car owners a whole new experience and unique environment in the event calendar. We can’t wait to see the showcase of four wheels as well witnessing the thoroughbreds competing in the World’s most famous flat race. We look forward to seeing many enthusiasts on the day!”
Dominic Lyncker, CEO of H&H Classics said:
“H&H Classics is delighted to be part of this year’s Investec Epsom Derby, one of the greatest showcases in the world for thoroughbred racing. As a company that prides itself in dealing in classic horsepower we feel that an association with Epsom would make for an exciting and rewarding partnership.”
The event is expected to host hundreds of privately-owned classic cars of all marques and eras, providing a unique gathering in an exclusive setting. The organisers are welcoming owners’ clubs to book in and display together and add an event like no other into their summer calendar.
Event director Nigel Hole said:
“Collaborating with such significant names in the industry gives this fantastic new event some great support. Our aim is to provide enthusiasts with a completely unique event in the calendar, and we are delighted to be working with the likes of Footman James and H&H Classics in order to help us achieve success.“
Classic cars must be 25 years or older, and must be booked in advance to take part in the rally, with tickets priced at just £29. Drivers can enjoy all the benefits of betting facilities, catering, live music, funfair rides and much more within ‘The Hill’ – an area inside the racecourse that attracts tens of thousands of visitors. Those interested in registering their vehicle into the rally can do so by visiting www.epsomclassicrally.co.uk or calling Mortons’ customer services team on 01507 529529.
VOTING HAS NOW CLOSED FOR THE 2017 MOTOR SPORT HALL OF FAME AWARDS
Voting has now closed for the 2017 Motor Sport Hall of Fame awards, with the shortlists for each category announced in the June issue of the magazine. Now in its sixth year, the ceremony returns to the Royal Automobile Club’s Woodcote Park on June 7, when the winners will be announced for Formula 1, sports cars, motorcycling and US racing. Those already inducted include the Jim Clark, Mario Andretti, Alain Prost, Sir Stirling Moss, Derek Bell and Colin Chapman.
Two further awards have been announced for this year, and recipients have been chosen by Motor Sport’s editorial team. The Inspiration Award celebrates great names that evoke such emotion within enthusiasts that they can’t be overlooked, and the Industry Champion does likewise for the thousands of people who work tirelessly behind the scenes. Motor sport stalwart Subaru, meanwhile, has joined the Hall of Fame ceremony as sponsor of the sports car category.
A number of stars from the world of racing and rallying have already been confirmed for the event, along with static displays of famous machinery and live action on the prestigious venue’s Captain’s Drive. Guests will include commentary legend Murray Walker, Brian Redman, Freddie Spencer, Jackie Oliver and Ari Vatanen – plus the Finnish great’s former co-driver, and chairman of Prodrive, David Richards. They will be joined by 2007 World Superbike Champion James Toseland, as well as baker-turned-racer Paul Hollywood.
The Henry Surtees Foundation is the awards’ official charity partner, and is set to display the MV Agusta on which the late, great John Surtees dominated the 500cc World Championship in 1960 – the final year in which he raced motorcycles full-time before making his hugely successful switch to four wheels. Also on show will be a Formula 2 Surtees TS10 in which John won the 1972 Japanese Grand Prix, and one of Henry’s early karts.
An ex-Piers Courage McLaren M4A is set to take part in the demonstration runs up the Captain’s Drive. The British brewery heir campaigned chassis M4A/2 for John Coombs in the 1967 Formula 2 championship then, after buying it off Coombs for £4300, the following year’s Tasman series. Against opposition including Chris Amon, Jim Clark and Graham Hill, Courage won the final round in soaking conditions at the daunting Longford circuit.
H&H Classics will host the first Hall of Fame auction on June 6, with a catalogue of selected sports and GT cars set to go under the hammer. Tickets for the preview evening on June 5 cost £17 and include access to the following day’s sale.
And a limited run of 150 tickets for the Motor Sport Hall of Fame Awards is available to members of the public, enabling enthusiasts to rub shoulders with stars from the worlds of Formula 1, sports cars and motorcycling over dinner before enjoying the ceremony itself. Tickets start at £360; for further details, auction preview drinks tickets and news of more guests as they’re confirmed, go to www.motorsportmagazine.com/hofpreview
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