HSCC launch Thruxton revival

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The Silverstone-based Historic Sports Car Club (HSCC) joined officials from the Thruxton Circuit, and racer turned television presenter, Tiff Needell, on Tuesday to officially launch the Thruxton Revival race meeting that will take place at Easter, writes James Beckett.

The new historic race meeting will feature two days of action from HSCC organised race series – headlined by a race for Historic Formula 2 cars.

It is hoped that the meeting will become a regular fixture on British race schedules, with Thruxton using the event as the springboard to their season of events.

Tiff Needell, star of Channel 5 motoring programme Fifth Gear, was on hand to launch the event, in which he will race his own Historic Formula Ford 1600.

Needell won a Lotus 69 in a competition back in the early 1970s which started his racing career, and recently he has reacquired the machine and had it restored to its former colours.

Needell said: “I want to race the car in a number of events and I shall make my return to Formula Ford at Thruxton with the HSCC at the Thruxton Revival.

“After that I would like to have a run out on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit in the Champion of Brands before doing the Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone later in the year.”

Alan Jones of the HSCC added: “Entries are beginning to arrive at our office for the Thruxton meeting and early indications are that we should have a great event.

“We start our season at Donington Park next month and entries are also very good for that meeting. 2013 looks like being another strong season for the Historic Sports Car Club.”