Race Retro, 24-26 February
The date clash with the far better financed and competing London show didn't bode well for Race Retro under its new organisers with Motor Sport magazine support. However, based on a Saturday visit it was well attended by real competiitors and knowledgable spectators rather than F1 couch potatoes. The friendly atmosphere was there, people had time to talk and it had a buzz. It also had an outdoor rally stage which stand duties meant we didn't visit. Our new spot (same hall) seemed to work well. The only downside I heard was that public car parking/entry was heavily criticised. Exhibitor parking also lacked practicality. But with those minor glitches capable of being sorted the new show looks successful and to be in good hands. I would like to see Crossthwaite and Gardiner back though.
As always there were some fascinating old cars (and some new ones). A highlight had to be the ex-Clark Lotus 33, though a 49 is always good to look at. The 6-wheel Tyrell shows why modern F1 isn't that interesting. Celebrity interviews and QA sessions on the MotorSport stage provided entertainment throughout the day, Tom Kristensen being a major interest. The club's stand was well attended by members old and current, and hopefully prospective. As always, there was genuine surprise from a lot of people who do not realise how accessible and reasonably priced our sort of racing - in the demilitarised zone between historic and current -can be.
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