Classic Grand Touring, one of the UK’s most experienced and long-standing tour operators, has announced details of the first two days of their Motorsport UK-permitted race tour, the GT Classic.
Brooklands will be the host venue and welcome all the cars and crews as they arrive on the 2nd of October for scrutineering and signing on. The historic buildings will be used by the officials to get the event underway as well as access to the museum for all those taking part.
A welcome dinner that evening will give ample opportunity for all competitors to meet up with friends, old and new and exchange tactics for the week ahead.
Brookland’s next-door neighbour, Mercedes-Benz World, will host the first test on the morning of the 3rd of October with all cars taking part in a timed sprint on the challenging test track. This will be followed by a second test in the form of an Auto-Solo at a surprise location in the afternoon. From there they will head west to Oakley Hall Hotel near Thruxton Circuit, where the next day’s competition will take place.
Taking place from the 2nd to the 9th of October, GT Classic offers a truly exciting experience for those who love touring and competing, taking in some of the UK’s best driving roads, whilst taking part in a variety of competition disciplines at six different motorsport venues.
Classic Grand Touring’s, Mark Woolley commented: “We are delighted to finally announce a few more details about the start of the GT Classic.”
“We have a fabulous six days of touring planned, with visits to some of the UK’s best and most historic motorsport venues and taking in some glorious scenery and driving roads in between.”
“To start from Brooklands and Mercedes -Benz World is wonderful and many have probably taken part in an event here with their car, for some it may be the first time. We will have a Sprint on the MSUK licensed track and have a chance to visit the Brookland’s museum and see the wonderful treasures they look after.”
“So far we have had a lovely selection of cars entered, from Porsches to Jaguar E-types, to a Lotus Elan and a Doretti. Interestingly, we are also getting a lot of interest from participants based in Europe. This stunning 1963 Alfa Romeo Giulia Tubolare Zagato, of which around only 100 were ever made has just been entered.”
Following the Sprint at Thruxton, the tour will then head to Mallory Park then North to Harewood Hillclimb and on to the Jim Clark Museum before stopping at Ingliston and finally Knockhill. The whole event will round off with an awards dinner at the Gleneagles Hotel.
Each venue will have a competitive element to it and all the times will be compiled to provide overall standings for the whole event. The competitive elements of the event will comprise a variety of sprints, hill climbs and autosolos providing a lot of fun but also a serious competitive element. There will be a Touring section for those entrants who want to take part in the event, and the speed tests, but not compete against the clock for overall honours.
The event has been carefully balanced to ensure a good mix of road driving including some stunning UK roads, track events and time in between to relax and socialise.
The entry fee includes all accommodation, meals, entry to the venues and all speed tests, roadbook, timing, marshals and medical support.
Entrants will be required to hold a Motorsport UK RS Interclub Licence as a minimum requirement. There is no fee for this or the need for a medical.
Cars will be divided into age and performance classes nearer to the event. Entries will be limited to 35 cars.
How to enter, and more information can be found here