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24th-26th February 2012 - Race Retro 2012

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If it’s February it must be Race Retro; for the fifth year the Association took a stand at historic racing’s traditional season opener. This year we joined forces with our colleagues Historic F3 1000cc European Trophy who were represented by Leif Bosson, Christoph Widmer, and Francois Derossi. The Association were represented by Steve Wilkinson, Mike Hedger, myself and Bev Bond (membership Secretary) who also had a new range Association Polo shirts and was very busy recruiting new members

Our master plan to have a display of three Loti failed when Jim Chapman was let down on the final parts for the repair of his Lotus 59. However Andrew Thorpe and Gareth Williams did us proud. Andrew’s newly restored Lotus 31 looked gorgeous in it’s Jim Russell Racing school colours, so good in fact that someone asked if we had a leaflet with prices, it was several puzzled seconds later that we realised he want the school price to drive the Lotus.

Lotuses in Green with the Yellow stripe always grab people’s attention and Gareth’s beautiful Lotus 41 was no exception. John Counsell kindly stepped in with his March 703 the car now resplendent in its original Petonyer Racing colours (almost the same colours as the Lotus 59). The three cars drew good crowds over the weekend and many complements. It also brought Andy Marriot on to the stand. Andy was team manager for Peytoner (this was not some obscure continental company but a combination of the two principal’s names Peter and Tony). Andy spent some time talking about the team and enthused over the driving of Colin Vandervell when he joined the team apparently on the pace within very few laps. Watch this space as we are hoping Andy will let us have some more of his memoirs to go on the website.

Of course a large number of old friends and members from the UK and Europe dropped in to say hello including Mike Walker, Warwick Banks, Dick Van Amsterdam and many of our Swedish friend. We also acted as a ‘left luggage’ for a range of components for collection ranging from clutch plates to Lotus wheels. Also with a Stand in Hall 2 was new member Dean Forward where he was showcasing examples of their work with his Brabham and a TVR.

On the Saturday evening we all moved on the Holiday Inn at Stratford upon Avon for the 5th Annual Association Dinner. This year it too was also combined with the Award presentation of trophies for the European Championship as well as the Association’s annual Peter Hanson awards. With 40 people from all over Europe and the UK attending the dinner produced a very good ambience to celebrate Roland Fischer European Trophy, and Nigel Bancroft’s Peter Hanson success.

Stev Wilkinson talking Lotus 41 Note posters round the stand.