Classic & Sports Car has joined forces with the Historic Sports Car Club to introduce a raft of incentives to encourage novices to get involved with historic racing.
The magazine and the HSCC aim to prove that you don't have to be a millionaire to have a go – in fact, you could be on track for as little as a couple of thousand pounds.
The initiative will officially be launched at the Footman James Classic Motor Show at the NEC from 16-18 November and offers all first-timers a £200 voucher that can be redeemed against their first HSCC race entry.
The novices will have their progress monitored in their first season and the best performer will receive a special trophy.
The reason C&SC has teamed up with the HSCC is that, although the scheme will apply to all 10 of the club's championships, it runs two of the most affordable for would-be aces to get involved with.
Both the Historic Roadsports Championship for close-to-road-going '60s cars and the '70s Roadsports series cover a wide range of marques and models that are not pricey to buy or prep. There is a full list of eligible marques at the end of this story, but they include Alfa Romeo, Marcos, MG and Triumph.
If you get involved in either championship you will experience all of the UK's premier circuits including Silverstone, Brands Hatch, Thruxton, Oulton Park and Donington.
C&SC Editor in Chief Mick Walsh said: "With the recent boom in top-end historic motor sport, there is a growing perception that grassroots enthusiasts simply can’t afford to get out there and have fun… but they can.
"Thanks to the cars that are accepted in these series – and the useful £200 towards your first race entry – the HSCC is doing everything possible to explode that myth.
"It was through a novices’ series that I first got involved with historic motor sport, which is why I am so pleased that C&SC is supporting this scheme to encourage the next generation."
If you are interested in the scheme, want to know if your car is eligible or just want to know more about starting racing, give the HSCC a call on 01327 858400, browse its website or stroll over to stand C45 in Hall 10 at the Classic Motor Show.
If you have a 1960s or ’70s car from one of the following marques, you could already be half way to taking part:
Abarth AC Alfa Romeo Allard Alpine-Renault AMC ASA Aston Martin Austin-Healey Berkeley Bolwell BMW Bristol Chevrolet Clan Cox Datsun Daimler De Tomaso Dodge Elva Fairthorpe Ferrari Fiat Ford (US) Frazer Nash Gilbern Glas HRG Iso Isuzu Jaguar Jensen Jensen Healey Lamborghini Lancia Ligier Lotus Marcos Matra MG Milano Mini Jem Morgan Nash Healey Opel Panther Pontiac Peerless Pegaso Reliant Saab Sunbeam Swallow Talbot Trident Triumph Turner TVR Unipower Volkswagen Volvo Warwick