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Nostalgic thrills as Vintage Sports Cars return to Snetterton

Friday, August 30 2013

The evocative sights and sounds of a bygone era return to Norfolk this September (Sunday 29), as the Vintage Sports Car Club takes to the Snetterton circuit for its second Vintage Sports Car Festival following a successful event last year.

Formed nearly 80 years ago, the VSCC has preserved the spirit of motoring's pioneering age and spectators will be treated to the sight of antique machinery driven competitively once more. The event will take part on the 200 circuit and its combination of long straights and sweeping bends brought out the best in these cars last year, and a huge entry of 180 cars participated.

Snetterton will be holding the club's season finale and their prestigious Richard Seaman Memorial Trophies Meeting, named after Britain's pre-war Grand Prix hero. The Vintage Seaman Trophy race will be held for pre-1931 vintage racing cars, an era which first inspired the man of whom the race is named after. There will also be a Historic Seaman Trophy race for pre-1941 racing cars, which will join a grid of pre-1961 racers.

The pre-war era is also covered by the Donington Mug and Redgate Mug races for standard, modified and special sportscars. The club's long-running Spero and Voiturette Trophies for smaller cars from that era, up to 1100cc and 750cc capacities respectively, are joined by scratch and handicap races on the 12-race programme.

In addition the immediate post-war era is included too. As well as a race for 1950s sports racing cars, there is a 500cc F3 race, a category that nurtured many of Britain's brightest hopes, from drivers including Sir Stirling Moss, to the revolutionary Cooper constructor and the nation's dominance on the motor racing scene.

VSCC events are about much more than just racing, with a social atmosphere that includes many fans driving to the venue in their own vintage cars, and Snetterton's open paddock policy provides a perfect opportunity to see these fascinating machines at close quarters. In addition, a display of special cars has been planned, along with several attractions to give the event a period feel, including commemorating Snetterton's wartime role, and details of these will be confirmed over the coming weeks.

Tickets for the Vintage Sports Car Festival at Snetterton on 29 September are available from £14 with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.