50s Sports Car grids all set for Stunning Season Opener

1st May 2018

AMOC stalwarts David and Anne Reed have invited Peter to share their family 1952 Aston Martin DB2 in this years Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy Series.

The Motor Racing Legends series is all set for a stunning season opener at Donington Historic Festival this coming weekend 4th – 6th May.

The Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy, supported by EFG Private Bank, has a strong grid headed up by four Jaguar D-Types and three C-Types. This exceptional Jaguar line-up includes regular podium visitors Gary and John Pearson, Ben Eastick driving with Karl Jones, Rod Barrett and Jay Shepherd co-drive in Robert Lewis D-Type and we are delighted to reveal Steve Brooks is due to bring out chassis XKD558, a short-nose D-Type, for its debut outing after a lengthy restoration in his own garage.

We’re delighted to see the return of Chris Jolly along with David Reed co-driving with Peter Snowdon and Chris Drake all in Aston Martin DB2’s with Marc Mezey flying in from Hong Kong to race his Austin-Healey 100M. Also, look out for the Jowett Jupiter based on a 1951 Le Mans class winner, piloted by Richard Gane and Kevin Zwolinski.

This year, new regulations allow Cooper Bobtails to join this grid, and these lightweight rear-engined machines will be mixing it with the more powerful front-engined sports cars. The Cooper T39 of Robi Bernberg & Paul Ugo have been the first to take advantage of this new rule.

Amongst the sports car battles going on right the way through the grid, it is great to see both some old friends returning as well as some new faces joining us.

The Woodcote Trophy race is a one-hour race scheduled for 15.10pm on Saturday 5 May.

The Donington Historic Festival is shaping up to be a very busy weekend with some fabulous racing and socialising. We look forward to seeing you there.

Words: Mike Chatsworth & courtesy of Motor Racing Legends.

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