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Old 16 Jan 2012, 15:38 (Ref:3012360)   #1
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The “Return to Power” for 1966 – 1971 3 litre F1 cars is go!

January 16th, 2012

The “Return to Power” for 1966 – 1971 3 litre F1 cars

The “Return to Power” is a new series for 3 litre Formula 1 cars from 1966 to 1971 and is set to kick off by taking centre stage at Brands Hatch on May 26/27 with the “Historic Race of Champions”.

The race is being promoted by historic racers Andrew Smith, Joe Twyman and Roger Wills together with Masters Historic Racing. It will provide an opportunity for owners of earlier F1 cars from this highly evocative era to race competitively, away from the later winged and ground-effect cars. The Historic Race of Champions will be run at the Masters Historic Festival at Brands Hatch, just two weeks after the Monaco Historic Grand Prix. Ace preparation company Hall & Hall is sponsoring the race and will add further weight since it has several customers with eligible cars.

Two races will be run for the cars over the weekend and Joe Twyman is confident of a healthy entry. “We are aiming for 20 cars, maybe more. The event will be two weeks after Monaco meaning that many cars will be race-ready and in Europe already and we want to gauge the competitor response before looking at more races.”

Andrew Smith and Roger Wills are both set to race their March 701s, Smith’s car being the ex-Jackie Stewart Tyrrell March that won the Daily Mail Race of Champions in 1970, and Wills’ being the ex-Chris Amon works car that won the Daily Express International Trophy in the same year.

“We want to provide a platform for these cars to race competitively on their own,” stresses Twyman. “Apart from Monaco every two years, there is no other race for this era of car and we want to change that.”

The race will run under Masters regulations with DFV-engined cars restricted to 10,000 rpm and tyres will be cut slicks. Due to the sponsorship provided by Hall & Hall the entry fees will be very competitive.

Plans are also underway to recreate the traditional award for pole position: 100 bottles of champagne to the driver who sets the fastest lap time in qualifying.

“We really want this to be a success,” says Masters Series boss Ron Maydon. “We are working hard to encourage owners of these cars to take to the track and we want this to be the start of something big.”

For more information on the Hall & Hall Historic Race of Champions, interested drivers and teams should contact:

The Masters Series office - +44 (0)1908 587 545 or team@themastersseries.com<mailto:tea...tersseries.com>

Joe Twyman - +44 (0)7827 926 894 or joe@twyman.co<mailto:joe@twyman.co>
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Old 16 Jan 2012, 18:18 (Ref:3012465)   #2
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Good news, Roger. Hope it's a successful project!
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Old 17 Jan 2012, 07:35 (Ref:3012693)   #3
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Looking forward to it....Well done Roger et all

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Old 17 Jan 2012, 08:13 (Ref:3012712)   #4
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Yep sounds great,but!!!!!!.Have you not thought about letting in F2 cars and F5000. I believe they ran in Race of Champions in the day. "not sure about F2". Then two weeks after Monaco seems a bit close to me,do you not think you might loose a couple of cars there.
Looks like I will be at the Brands meeting so it will be great to turn the clock back, as I went to spectate at many Race of Champion's meetings when I was a lad.
If you are short of a driver and need someone with Historic F1 experience even Ferrari F1 experience then PM me Rog.
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Old 17 Jan 2012, 08:57 (Ref:3012721)   #5
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Great move, Roger. We never see enough of the early 3-litre cars out and when we do, they are normally at the back playing second fiddle to the later cars.
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.... If you are short of a driver and need someone with Historic F1 experience even Ferrari F1 experience then PM me Rog.
Why?...do you know someone?????
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Old 17 Jan 2012, 16:48 (Ref:3012920)   #7
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We are sending out invites to anyone with an eligible car and we can then see how the grid will look before opening it up. The discussions so far have been to allow F2 cars as that is what happened in period. Will keep you informed.

Of course anyone with an eligible car and who is interested, please contact Joe on the email or phone provided.
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Old 17 Jan 2012, 19:42 (Ref:3012996)   #8
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Would You take me with the March 721 if I ran it in 711 aero configuration i.e. the tea tray nose ?
Chassis is the same as March 711

certainly a boon for the earlier cars, they needed a break

buuuuuut: why a cut off date different to Monco new regs ?

and yes 72 cars have wings but the act more a airbrakes


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Old 20 Jan 2012, 20:07 (Ref:3014694)   #9
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I had a chat with Masters today.

they told that the cut off date has been moved to 1972.

We did not discuss the reason, but my guess is to bring it in line with Monaco.

I think this series is very good idea. Didnt feel right get blown into the weeds by the later ground effect cars.

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This is a great idea, I will definatley be there for it.

It's so good to get to see the cars age limitations stopped me seeing (by about 30 years). I really appreciate historic racing as I believe that the 60's - 70's was the golden era of F1, Sportscars, Touring Cars, etc.

Back when the drivers HAD to be properly brave.

Great idea Roger and co.
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I had a chat with Masters today.

they told that the cut off date has been moved to 1972.

We did not discuss the reason, but my guess is to bring it in line with Monaco.

I think this series is very good idea. Didnt feel right get blown into the weeds by the later ground effect cars.

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Rudolf,

I believe the cut-off has not been changed and remains at 1971. However, entries from 1972 cars running to 1971 spec will be considered on their merit on a case by case basis.

I believe they are happy for you to run the 721 in 711 spec.

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I believe the cut-off has not been changed and remains at 1971. However, entries from 1972 cars running to 1971 spec will be considered on their merit on a case by case basis.

I believe they are happy for you to run the 721 in 711 spec.

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Yes, there has been a misunderstanding.

The cut off situation is precisely as Roger describes it.

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Hmmm, very suitable:-

http://www.vprace.com/carsales/brabh...rabhambt33.htm

or a 'screamer' assuming it has reverted to 1970/71 spec!:-

http://www.artandrevs.com/matra-f1-m...v12/en/pr-13-1
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Love the Brabham- very pretty and look at those rear tyres...

When's the next lottery draw?
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I'm first in line for that lottery win. The Matra V12 sound is stunning but for looks, I agree, that Brabham is truly superb.
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