Five golden decades of motorsport will be recalled at Cadwell Park this weekend (June 27/28), with more than 200 classic cars entered for the annual Wolds Trophy fixture, which features 23 nostalgic races from historic single-seaters, sports cars, GTs and saloons at one of the country’s most picturesque venues.
Now in its fifth year, the Wolds Trophy was conceived as a celebration of Formula Three racing, a category that has launched the careers of countless motor racing champions, from Sir Jackie Stewart to Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button.
Three eras of the junior single-seaters will star on the bill, starting a grid of 15 of the early 500cc cars that launched the careers of Sir Stirling Moss and Cooper cars. The Historic F3 class covers the 1964 to 1970 1-litre ‘screamers’, when eventual Formula 1 rivals Stewart and Emerson Fittipaldi competed.
The Classic F3 races will feature 18 cars from 1971-1984, a period which saw Nelson Piquet, Ayrton Senna and Cadwell Park owner Jonathan Palmer crowned as British champions. Many of the cars competing will still bear the names of their original drivers as they tackle the Lincolnshire venue, last used by the British championship in 1983.
Many more junior single-seater categories will appear at the Wolds Trophy, including Formula Ford, which was the first step on the racing ladder for many future F1 stars from the late 1960s to the early 21st Century. Historic Formula Ford covers the championship’s early years and with no aerodynamic aids, the cars were renowned for close competition, which should be guaranteed from an oversubscribed grid.
Also competing will be 20 cars from the Historic Formula Ford 2000 class, originally conceived as a stepping stone from Formula Ford to F3 in the 1970s. Historic Formula Junior celebrates the category that propelled Jim Clark into F1, and will feature two grids, one for no fewer than 22 older front-engined cars and the other for the later rear-engined variants, whilst Classic Racing Cars covers a wide variety of classes, and features iconic 60s names including Lotus and Brabham.
There will also be several races for cars that were once a familiar sight on the UK’s roads, including the Historic and 70s Road Sports series. The Historic class covers the late 1940s to the end of the 1960s, and competitors are encouraged to drive these cars to each round. The field includes classic sports GTs, including the Jaguar E-Type, Lotus Elan, MGB, Nissan 240Z, Porsche 911 and TVR Griffith.
The more humble saloons of the 50s and 60s era will also be on track in the Historic Touring Cars races, featuring American Mustangs, Falcons and Camaros as well as Ford Anglias, Lotus Cortinas, Minis and Hillman Imps.
The event also includes racing from the Classic Clubmans series, which celebrates the low-cost front-engined sportscar category for weekend racers. The championship covers the pre-1981 era, and should be one of the most competitive races on the Wolds Trophy schedule.
Tickets for the HSCC Wolds Trophy at Cadwell Park are available online from £10 with free entry for under-13s. For more information please call 0843 453 9000 or visit www.cadwellpark.co.uk