New Historic Festival For Brands Hatch – May 27-28 2007
MotorSport Vision, together with leading European Historic series promoters, The Masters Racing Series Limited, announced today that they will be joining forces to run a new historic motor sport festival on the superb Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit, on the second May Bank Holiday weekend next year.

The 2007 event will be the first in a planned series of MSV/Masters race meetings on the GP circuit. Featured events will include races on both the Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday for 1970s Grand Prix cars, evoking great memories of the British Grand Prix and Race of the Champions of that era.

“This event is yet another innovative race meeting that will improve the diversity of spectator events and will undoubtedly provide some enthralling on circuit action,” comments Jonathan Palmer, MotorSport Vision Chief Executive. “We're keen to establish a strong historic festival as a permanent fixture in the Brands Hatch calendar, and I'm sure the Masters Racing Series Team will do a great job in organising this special event."

Besides some classic F1 cars, another star turn will be the Le Mans-style World Sportscar Masters race, which will see the early 70s machines from Porsche, Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and Lola return to the scene of the famous BOAC endurance races of the period. dsc’s Editor is already preparing to zoom back in time to his childhood era of fantastic motor cars racing on a fantastic (and largely unchanged) track.

There will be much more of course: GT cars from the Gentleman Drivers series, plus the early 1960s Sports Racing Masters in which GT40s and Lola T70s Spiders battle with nimble Lotus 23s and Elvas, plus at least two races for pre-66 saloons.

The Masters Series ‘own brand’ races will be joined on the programme by selected invited grids. Topping that part of the bill is expected to be the 1980s and ‘90s Group C/GTP cars, with Jaguars, Porsche 956/962s, Marches, Spices and many more.

Also taking up a guest role will be the Swiss-based Under 2 litre Touring Cars series, known as U2TC.

With classic car club displays, family entertainment and the entire range of facilities at Brands hatch available to spectators, the May Historic Festival should be in strong demand, and tickets will go on sale early in the New Year.

Further announcements about the entire event are to be made at the Autosport Show.

“Brands Hatch came out very close to the top of our members and drivers’ responses in our 2006 Season Market Research Survey as their favourite circuit – and it’s certainly one of mine,” sums up Ron Maydon, Founder and Chairman of The Masters Racing Series Limited. “The history, the great GPs and big sportscar races here in the 1960s and 1970s, and the new all-modern facilities, means that Brands is an ideal location.”

Ron Maydon races the unique Amon F101 Formula 1 car, dating from 1974, and Chris Amon’s final attempt at F1 glory.

This link will give you more than a flavour of what the 1971 BOAC 1000 Km was all about - and Henri Pescarolo (below) was one of the winning drivers. The full index of Gerald Swan's photographs from that era is here FABULOUS! Three classic F1 images from Brands Hatch are beneath the Pescarolo / Alfa Romeo photograph. Now if we could just get James Weaver into Howden Ganley's BRM P153....

With thanks to Gerald Swan for making these images available.

MOTOR SPORT magazine will be helping to promote the event next May.


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