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Old 22 Feb 2011, 23:24 (Ref:2835397)   #1
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2011 Scottish Classic Sports & Saloon Championship

The 2011 Championship is based on similar regulations to those which operated during the successful 2010 season.
Cars must have been produced between 1949 and 1979 and have a current M.O.T. certificate. Four classes, split by capacity at 1500 / 2000 / 3600 / over 3600cc.

Sixteen championship races are planned, fourteen at Knockhill between April and October, and two at Cadwell Park in June.

New for 2011 :
  • Invitation Class for entrants not registered for the championship.
  • One hour, non-championship, two-driver race on July 31st (to be confirmed).
  • Two non-championship races at the Knockhill British Touring Car Championship weekend, September 3rd & 4th.
For further information please visit : http://www.smrcuk.com/championships/classics/index.html
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Old 13 Apr 2011, 22:42 (Ref:2863059)   #2
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The first two rounds of the 2011 Championship took place on 10th April –
on what may well have been the warmest April race day in the 35+ year history of Knockhill Circuit.
Twenty-six competitors, several in new cars, provided great entertainment for a large crowd.

Last season’s leading drivers continued their dominance of the top places,
Andrew Smith (Morgan +8) winning both races, from John Marshall (Escort RS1600) and Stan Bernard (Porsche 911). Marshall briefly led race one but was beaten by 0.2 seconds at the finish.

Of particular note were the performances of Barry Riddell (Triumph TR8), fifth in race one, having started from the rear of the grid, and a similar effort by Matthew Gordon (TVR 3000) in race two. Fierce competition was evident throughout the entire field and promises to intensify as additional drivers join later in the season.

The next two rounds are on 30th April / 1st May.

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David Gray TVR Tuscan V8
Robert Marshall Ford Escort RS1800
Barry Riddell Triumph TR8
John Marshall Ford Escort RS1600 Andrew Smith Morgan +8
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1st May

Two action-packed races continued the fine start to the 2011 Scottish Classic Sports and Saloon Championship. Bright dry conditions were ideal for competitive lap times,
with several competitors close to or below their personal best at the Knockhill Circuit.

Reigning Champion, John Marshall, Brayon Classic Engineering Escort RS1600,
won both races, each with a margin of around five seconds from Stan Bernard,
Porsche 911. Coming ever closer to the front was Raymond Boyd, Porsche 911,
third on both occasions.

Jimmy Crow, Escort RS2000, and Matthew Gordon, TVR 3000, again impressed
amongst the top six finishers.

Further back, intense battles provided a great spectacle for the crowd.
Notably, competition between the Ford Escorts of Ian Longford and Kieron Bailey,
and perhaps best of all, three Alfauds, at times a few inches apart – driven by Colin Beveridge, Ian Daltrey and Roger Motherwell.

The next two rounds are at Cadwell Park on 4th & 5th June.

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Race 2 – first lap
Ian Longford leads Kieron Baillie and Harry Simpson (Davrian)
Raymond Boyd
Alfasuds
Mario Ferrari (Ferrari 308GTB)
Peter Holdsworth (Austin Healey Sprite) ahead of Liz Swan (Renault 8)
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Old 4 Aug 2011, 22:15 (Ref:2935963)   #4
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4th & 5th June

Twenty-one drivers attended the annual ‘away rounds’ of the Championship,
again held at Cadwell Park.

Andrew Smith (Morgan +8) continued his seemingly unbeatable form, securing the
best practice time, almost one second ahead of John Marshall (Ford Escort).
Smith progressed to relatively easy victories in both races, followed each time by Marshall
and Stan Bernard (Porsche 911).

New class records were set by Smith, Marshall and Nic Boyes (Mini Cooper).

Roy Smith (Capri Perana) made his first appearance of the season, finishing fifth and fourth
in races one and two respectively. Some competitors were less successful, particularly in race two,
which had only fourteen finishers.
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2nd & 3rd July

Stan Bernard (Porsche 911) led practice on 2nd July, followed closely by Willie Robertson (Datsun 240Z).
A further twenty-two drivers enjoyed dry, sunny conditions, which have been a feature of Knockhill
events this year.

Race one winner was John Marshall (Ford Escort), heading Bernard by four seconds, with Robertson
less than a second further behind.
Marshall and Bernard repeated their positions in race two, followed by Shonny Paterson (Triumph TR8)
closing rapidly in third place.

Highly competitive driving was evident throughout both races – several cars were less than a second
apart at the finish.

Eight rounds into this year’s Championship, a total of thirty-seven drivers have competed,
emphasising the strength of support which has developed in recent years.

The next event is at Knockhill on 31st July, which has the added attraction of a thirty lap
non-championship race.

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Matthew Gordon – TVR3000M
David Scott - Porsche 924
Tim Reid – Marcos GT , Grant Allan – Porsche 911
Shonny Paterson – Triumph TR8
Wille Robertson – Datsun 240Z
George Leitch – Mini Ogle
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Old 4 Aug 2011, 22:53 (Ref:2935974)   #6
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31st July

The largest entry of 2011 – thirty-eight cars, gathered at Knockhill for rounds nine and ten.
Competitors were split into two groups : classes A&B and classes C&D.

John Marshall (Ford Escort) maintained his 100% run of Class B wins, coming first in both Class A&B
races. His brother, Robert, came second on both occasions, heading Derek Hastings (Caterham 7)
in race one and Jimmy Crow (Ford Escort) in race two.
Nic Boyes (Mini Cooper) was leading Class A driver on both occasions.

Harry Simpson (Davrian) had been the leading Class A driver in practice, but suffered engine failure
during race one. His exit resulted in an oil spillage which caused difficulty for many , particularly
Jim Grant (Lotus Elan) , who narrowly avoided damage when he slewed off the track.

The races for Classes C&D resulted in the expected victories for Andrew Smith (Morgan + 8).
Stan Bernard (Porsche 911) came second each time, with Raymond Boyd (Porsche 911) third in race one
and Shonny Paterson (Triumph TR8) third in the second race.
Paterson had a spin in race one and was struck by Matthew Gordon (TVR3000M).

Further down the field, close battles prevailed, particularly between Mike Connon (Lotus Sunbeam)
David Gray (TVR Tuscan) and Steven Cumming (Porsche 911).

A thirty lap non-championship race at the end of the day attracted fifteen entrants.
Sadly, only seven cars finished, headed by John and Robert Marshall. Second place went to Jimmy Crow and Tom Wilson, with Grant Allan driving solo to third position.

The action continues at Knockhill on 14th August.

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Warren Dunbar – Jaguar XJS pursues Willy Toye – Triumph TR8
Nic Boyes – Mini Cooper
Roy Smith – Capri Perana
Mike Connon – Lotus Sunbeam
Kenny Allen – Lotus Elan
Olly Ross – Lotus Europa
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Have I somehow missed this before? Anyway, thanks for the posts, Malcolm and for the updates. Some very nice cars in the series by the look of it, and I look forward to more reports. Perhaps you could persuade some of the drivers to sign up here and contribute; they'd be very welcome.
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The problem with the Scottish Classics is that they allow just about anything and any mod so they don't comply with other series regs. There is a BDG engined Mk1 Escort that reputedly cost well over £100K, Harry Simpson's Davrian and others. While it does get some good support, people with genuine historics have to head south to race.
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Have I somehow missed this before? Anyway, thanks for the posts, Malcolm and for the updates. Some very nice cars in the series by the look of it, and I look forward to more reports. Perhaps you could persuade some of the drivers to sign up here and contribute; they'd be very welcome.

John, I hadn't managed to post updates for a couple of months, hopefully they will be more frequent in future.
I'll mention to some of the drivers that their contributions would be appreciated.
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The problem with the Scottish Classics is that they allow just about anything and any mod so they don't comply with other series regs. There is a BDG engined Mk1 Escort that reputedly cost well over £100K, Harry Simpson's Davrian and others. While it does get some good support, people with genuine historics have to head south to race.
There may be a degree of flexibility within the Scottish Classics (SC) regulations, however I don’t think that they should be regarded as a free-for-all which accepts non-compliance.
Whist I am not a competitor, or an official, I have heard of instances where changes have been enforced; spoiler removal, fuel injection replaced by carburettors, and over-width wheel rims replaced by a narrower version. Also, all cars must have a current MOT certificate.

Many of the SC cars are eligible for, and do attend races run by other series.
This year, and in the past, SC competitors have entered CSCC, HSCC
and Masters events.

The reputed >£100K cost of a Ford Escort is surely a matter for that car’s owner.
Other drivers compete in cars which may have a tenth of that value, or less, but they enjoy themselves and don’t see the expenditure of others as a barrier to their own participation. I’m sure that people with ‘genuine historics’ are welcome
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Nice report and pics Malcolm! The little Sunbeam Lotus looks paricularly neat and unadorned. I am presuming the Capri is 'Perana spec' rather than an original SA car? Hats off to Roy Smith for racing it if it is an original, and apologies if I have insulted his car!

I went back to last year's thread to look through the cars racing in 2010, and came across this comment in one post, 29th July of that year-

"Quite a few "dodgy" cars though. A "modern" Morgan V8 and a Mk1 Escort with a BDG engine, that reputedly cost over £100k to build being the worst example. Sadly the lack of keeping to the technical regs is driving folk with genuine historic cars away."

Out of curiosity, has there been any shift in type & number of cars being raced, Malcolm, or is mix the same?
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Nice report and pics Malcolm! The little Sunbeam Lotus looks paricularly neat and unadorned. I am presuming the Capri is 'Perana spec' rather than an original SA car? Hats off to Roy Smith for racing it if it is an original, and apologies if I have insulted his car!

I went back to last year's thread to look through the cars racing in 2010, and came across this comment in one post, 29th July of that year-

"Quite a few "dodgy" cars though. A "modern" Morgan V8 and a Mk1 Escort with a BDG engine, that reputedly cost over £100k to build being the worst example. Sadly the lack of keeping to the technical regs is driving folk with genuine historic cars away."

Out of curiosity, has there been any shift in type & number of cars being raced, Malcolm, or is mix the same?
Mike, the Capri is 'Perana spec' , built last year, to a very high standard.

This year's cars are very similar to those which competed last year.
There are three newcomers in Mini, Porsche 911 and MGB respectively.
The most popular cars are : Ford Escort (5), MG Midget/Austin Healey Sprite (4), Porsche 911 (4) , Alfasud (3), Triumph TR8 (3).

With regard to the reputed > £100K Escort, I've attached a few photos
(the engine photo is from last year - I think it now has fuel injection) . Looks a nice car to me.
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Mike, the Capri is 'Perana spec' , built last year, to a very high standard.

This year's cars are very similar to those which competed last year.
There are three newcomers in Mini, Porsche 911 and MGB respectively.
The most popular cars are : Ford Escort (5), MG Midget/Austin Healey Sprite (4), Porsche 911 (4) , Alfasud (3), Triumph TR8 (3).
Thanks Malcolm. All the cars in your pics look very well turned out. John M was talking of applying for HTP papers for his RS1600 but unsure if he has done. Guess the HTP pics would need a bit of 'photoshop' work to remove the sponsorship! Rumour has it that another racer from north of the border is going the RS1600 route as well....?
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Is the David Scott 924 a 924 Turbo? I know that he used to have a N/A version. As for the relative costs of the cars, just from looking at the photos & from chatting to a few owners last year at the British GT meeting, the Mini, the 924 & the Alfas certainly are not £100K cars - they are very much nicely prepared but typical club racers cars without anything too exotic going on.
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Thanks Malcolm. All the cars in your pics look very well turned out. John M was talking of applying for HTP papers for his RS1600 but unsure if he has done. Guess the HTP pics would need a bit of 'photoshop' work to remove the sponsorship! Rumour has it that another racer from north of the border is going the RS1600 route as well....?
I remember seeing a new entrant, with Escort 1600, on the list of competitors at the start of the season, but the list has now gone from the SMRC website.
Hopefully it will be racing soon !
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