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Race Retro: Enthusiasts celebrate classic Formula Three

Published 21 February 2014

The Historic Sports Car Club (HSCC) and the Classic F3 Association hosted a superb Formula Three celebration at Race Retro, with three famous examples on display.

The collection included Derek Walker’s 1960 Terrier MK4 series 1 Formula Junior (left) and Roger Bevan’s 1971 Lotus 69 (right); however, Damien ‘Mad Dog’ Magee’s Brabham BT41 (centre) took the plaudits due to its relatively recent restoration. The Brabham Formula Three was the 1973 works car and scored a podium place in Monaco in the same year.

After more than 20 years in a garage, the car was rediscovered by Andrew Peach who employed Jade Motorsport Engineering to restore the car to its former glory. The car is back in its original condition, although HSCC members claim it's now faster than ever.

The car was campaigned in the 2012/2013 HSCC Classic Formula 3 Championship with Tony Sinclair behind the wheel, taking the Tony Brise Trophy in the 1600cc cars in the process. The car is powered by a Lotus twin cam, mated to a Hewland five-speed manual ‘box.

The HSCC used this year’s Race retro as an opportunity to launch its 2014 Classic Formula Three Championship, which has two series: 1974-1980 2.0-litre Toyota engined cars and 1600cc Formula Three racers from 1971-1973.  The season will kick off at Thruxton in April and compete in eight meetings over the summer.

2014 Race Schedule

19-20 April                   Thruxton

9–11 May                  Monaco Historic

7-8 June                     Snetterton

21-22 June                 Cadwell Park

12-13 July                  Brands Hatch

25-27 July                  Silverstone Classic

27-28 September        Brands Hatch

18-October                 Silverstone 

Race Retro


RVB    on 24 February 2014

There was in fact only one 'Classic Formula 3' car on the HSCC stand. Indeed that was the Brabham BT41. The Terrier was shown by the FJHRC in association with the HSCC and the Lotus 69 is a 1971 Formula 2 car representing the HSCC International Historic Formula 2 Championship.

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