In excess of 650 classic racers converged upon Spa-Francorchamps from 18-20 September to contest 14 hard-fought classes at this year’s Spa Six Hours, including the Masters Historics Gentleman Drivers Pre-’66 grid and Woodcote Trophy & Stirling Moss Trophy.
A highlight for many was the sight of 11 thunderous Ford GT40s tearing off the line in unison, though by the end of the race the majority of the pack had fallen more than a lap behind frontrunners Roger Wills and James Littlejohn, who took victory ahead of Graft von Oeynhausen and Michael Funke by just over 30 seconds. Third place was secured by the Shelby Cobra of Hart/Pastorell/van der Lof.
In single seaters, Belgian driver Loic Deman won races one and two at the wheel of his 1980 Tyrrell 010, run close by the 1982 Arrows A4 of Steve Hartley, who finished in second and third position behind Deman. Saturday’s races were marred by sudden showers, which sent teams charging for the pits to fit wet weather tyres.
The Pre-’66 Historic Grand Prix grid also offered plenty of excitement: the rear-engined Lotus 18/21 and Brabham BT4 of Peter Horsman and Miles Griffiths tied up the top spots across the weekend, while Spaniard Guillermo Fierro put in a committed performance to finish sixth in his Maserati 250F – best of the front-engined cars.
Fierro’s drive was matched the following day by Steve Hart, who also took the wheel of a 250F.
London specialist Gregor Fisken built on a series of strong drives in the championship, steering his ex-Bardinon Ferrari 246S to second place in qualifying.