Vintage Sports Car Club Formula Vintage – Round 3

Cadwell Park – 23rd July

The superb Lincolnshire circuit once again played host to the Vintage Sport Car Club’s celebrated Shuttleworth and Nuffield Trophies Race Meeting, boasting the full eclectic mix of Pre-war and Post-war racing machinery. Three Morgan Three Wheelers were out doing battle against stiff opposition.

The Words

Three club members were out on track racing Morgan Three Wheelers. Don Stringer was on hand to capture the action as well as some of the paddock activity.

Sue Darbyshire has provided these words. Don Stringer’s photos are all in the gallery. Here’s what Sue had to say:

“Unfortunately the blue racer is still out of action, awaiting some magic from Ewan and George, so we used the black car for Cadwell and ran in the set 3 sports car class along with Simon Edwards in his 1100cc Super Aero. Angus Frost was also entered the vintage race in Justin Maeers Super Aero.

The day started dry and warm but there was an assortment of rain during the afternoon, some of it light and summery and some of it very heavy and wintery but unfortunately none of it when we needed it for our race which was dry!

Following my usual high bottom gear slow getaway at the start of the race I cleared a couple of cars but then got mired behind a MG K3 which was rocket ship quick down the straights and annoying slow on the corners. It took me three laps to get past and make it stick, and by then the three cars in front had disappeared over the horizon, but never say never and one of the Frazer Nashes in the race dropped a load of oil around half of the track before pulling off and the leaders sensibly slowed. I pushed harder than was wise in view of the oil although it was clearly visible and using some slightly strange lines you could cross it and largely stay off it, and by two laps from the end I had caught the 2nd and 3rd place men. I managed to pass one of them and took 3rd place on the podium after one of the best races of the season. Simon was in the same race and after a good start got held up by the very same K3 for the whole of the second half of the race and finished a frustrated 10th place.”

Angus Frost drove Justin Maeers’ Super Aero in the John Holland Trophy Race for Vintage Racing Cars while Justin himself was in the Parker GN. Justin won the race, just 1 second ahead of Dougal Cawley while Angus struggled against some very stiff opposition.

The Circuit

The Photos

Many thanks to Don Stringer for these photos. Don spent most of his time trackside but took time out to get some “Paddock Preparation” photos too. He was particularly impressed by Angus Frost’s sign-writing skills. Don was himself a professional signwriter some years ago.

The Results

For the full results from the event – click here.

In The Geoghegan Trophy Race for Standard and Modified Pre-War Cars, Edward Williams took a win with a lead of 36 seconds over Andrew Mitchell who in turn was less than a second ahead of Sue Darbyshire who finished 3rd of 21 finishers. Simon Edwards finished a creditable 10th having got stuck behind an MG K3.

 

In the John Holland Trophy Race for Vintage Racing Cars, Angus Frost was less fortunate, finishing last of the 8 finishers, albeit against much more powerful cars.