Dusk race planned in homage to the Willhire 24 Hour

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A grid containing everything from MGBs to BMW M3s could be lining up later this year for a 6 Hour reunion race at Snetterton honouring the Willhire 24 Hour.

Confirmed drivers for the event – devised as a one-day meeting on the circuits pre-2011 ‘200’ layout – include Willhire veteran James Tucker and company founder Roger Williams.

More than 10 cars have already been entered for the race, which was announced only yesterday, with the owner of two Sierra Cosworths even offering to have his cars re-livered in period decals.

Organiser Julius Thurgood said: “If we can get this initial race off the ground, who knows where it may take us?

“Certainly, if we can evoke the unique camaraderie and carnival atmosphere that was the hallmark of the Willhire, we will be onto a winner for both competitors and spectators."

The Willhire 24 Hour ran at the Norfolk circuit from 1980-’94, and was originally for production sports and saloon cars.

Latterly, competitors running in the FIA Group N National Saloon Car Cup also contested it.

A date is yet to be set, but anyone interested in competing in the reunion should contact Thurgood by emailing direct@juliusthurgood.co.uk or calling 07850 361159.

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