Thousands of enthusiasts flock to Spa Francorchamps

| 28 May 2013

More than 280 classic racers competed at the third Spa-Classic in Belgium from 24-26 May.

The event boasted seven different categories from Sixties Endurance machines to Group C prototypes, Formula 2, the Spa-Classic Jubilee for Porsche’s 911 and the exclusive Nastro Rosso Trofeo, for pre-’66 Italian Sports and GT cars.

A wander down the paddock revealed rolling exotica such as a delightful ’62 Cisitalia Abarth (above), a yellow ’56 Ferrari 250GT Boano (above the Cisitalia), seven Ferrari 275GTBs – including a ’66 GTB/4 – and two 1960 Porsche 356 Abarth Carreras.

Raul Silva's 1965 Roadster prototype (see C&SC, July ’08) stole the show among several Ford GT40s.

The classic shopping village at the heart of the old paddock was, as ever, packed with people, while the legendary cartoonist and motoring artist Denis Sire was on hand to introduce his latest artwork.

Sire, a skilled draughtsman, researches the history of his subjects, before drawing the car’s minor details and finishing the work in rich watercolours and acrylics (see Motoring art, January ’07).

British fans were out in force, bringing with them classics including various TVRs, Jaguar E-types and a pristine selection of Jensen Interceptors.

Bonhams’ €3.4million inaugural sale was topped by a 1965 Ferrari 275GTB that sold for €902,750.