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HSCC displays 2-litre sports-racing cars at the NEC
Old 13 Dec 2010 15:30
Category: Historic Racing
Seven 2-litre sports prototypes from the early 1970s will form a key display at Autosport International (13-16 January 2011) as the Historic Sports Car Club heads towards the re-birth of the category with a programme of races next season.

The golden era of 2-litre sports-racing cars will be brought back to life next season in a new series of races run by the HSCC. In 2011 the new series will take in four or five events in the UK and Europe, and will be for Group 6, open-cockpit, 2-litre sports-racing cars produced prior to the end of 1978. The first races for the new series will be at the Silverstone International Trophy (14/15 May).

On show at Autosport International will be seven cars from six different manufacturers, and the club is aiming to attract some former racers from the European 2-litre Sports Car Championship to the NEC during Friday 14 January. Visitors to the NEC across the show will have the chance to take a close look at these stunningly beautiful sports-racing cars.

The cars on display in Hall 6, stand number 6700, will be:

Lola T210 (1970) courtesy of Chris Fox. The Lola T210 won the first European title in 1970 with Jo Bonnier at the wheel.

Daren MkIII (1971) courtesy of Philip Froude. Martin Raymond enjoyed considerable success with the Daren MK11 and won the 1971 Motoring News GT Championship in the UK. For 1972 he bought the Mk111 and raced it internationally. This car comes to the NEC fresh from restoration.

Chevron B21/23 (1972)
courtesy of Andrew Schryver. Chevron was one of the most prolific manufacturers of 2-litre sports cars and the B21 was the development of the classic B19.

Osella Abarth (1973) courtesy of Grant Tromans. In 1972 the Osella Abarth in the hands of Arturo Merzario dominated the 2-Litre Sports Car Championship. In 1973 the development car proved to be quick and this is one of the cars painstakingly rebuilt for Grant Tromans.

Chevron B26 (1974) courtesy of John Ruston. This car is one the most famous Chevrons, known as 'chocolate drop' due to its colours. In period it was raced for the works by Peter Gethin and Brian Redman, as well as John Watson, Ian Scheckter, John Lepp and Iain McLaren. It was restored in 2004.

TOJ SS02 (1974) courtesy of Frank Lyons and John Monson. This is the first of the Toj chassis, based around a Modus single-seater. In 1974 two of the chassis enjoyed some success, in the hands of Jorg Obermoser and Lotus Formula One driver Dave Walker.

March 75S (1975) courtesy of Doug Hart. The ex-Chris Skeaping car was taken to race wins by Hart during the historic racing 2010 season.

For more details about the HSCC, please visit www.hscc.org.uk
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