Sandown: Retro Style
VHRR Historic Sandown, traditionally held in November, is one of the not to be missed events on the motorsport calendar. This year it was called “Big Bad Sandown.” Hopefully some of this post will show you how big.
This is about the fifth year in a row that I have been to this event. Its no doubt a motorsport fesitval, with so many cars to look at on the track and on display trackside.
Just like our previous post, it was Porsche central at Sandown. You would look anywhere and see a Porsche. Look out for some Porsche’s scattered throughout this post.
Great to see a Sierra out on the track…where they belong.
The Renault Club put on a great display of vehicles.
An awesome surname to have if you are a racing car driver.
Did I mention there were quite a few Porches?
This is the 1985 Group A Mustang GT, original raced by Bruce and Wayne Anderson.
This is the Johnson/Perkins 1985 ATCC Mustang. It was Dick’s mount for the 85 ATCC and Bathurst with Perkins that year. It was effectively a repainted Zakspeed Mustang II and put up a pretty reasonable showing against the Jaguars, the Volvo, the BMWs and of course Brock’s Commodore.
Little Mini’s drew big crowds.
There is something so exciting about seeing real racecars waiting in the dummy grid. Their authentic liveries shinning in the sun. Drivers and pit crew doing last minute checks.
But nothing beats seeing them battling it out on the track.
Mike Roddy’s XJS Jaguar always sounds angry but looks beautiful. Built by TWR over the winter of 1983/4, this is one of the four genuine ‘lightweight’ chassis constructed by TWR to win the 1984 European Touring Car Championship.
From the best of Britain to Japan. This classic Isuzu was hiding in the pit area. Wonder if we will see it at Classic Japan in two weeks?
The Formula 5000 cars are always a great sight at Sandown. The attention to detail and performance of these cars is staggering considering they are over 40 years old.
One car that definately catches the eye is the Group C Nissan Exa originally driven by Glen Seton and Christine Gibson during the ’84-1985. Its a runty looking thing, equiped with 330 horsepower (246kw) boosted 1.5 ltre with front wheel drive. Weight= 750 kg. This little Exa would be great fun on the track.
Completing in 5 Bathurst 1000′s, this VR Commodore finshed a second with Steven and Jim Richards behind the wheel in 1997.
You name a car…it was there at Sandown.
This 1983 Chevron B16 was raced extensively throughout the UK, Europe, USA and South Africa.
The Rotaries were in full voice.
One of the highlights for me was seeing and getting close to the 1987 Group A Schnitzer BMW E30 M3. This is no replica here, this is is the car that won the 1987 World Touring Car Championship. It was parked with a suitable stablemate in the pits.
The attention to detail on this E30 is stunning.
Out on the track, it sounded and looked utterly glorius.
As did this little gem.
We hope you have enjoyed our coverage of Big Bad Historic Sandown. We would also like to thank those that introduced themselves and supported us at our first stall. We can’t wait to bring you coverage from Historic Sandown next year.
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