Historic motorsport

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A Saab 96 (left) and a Volvo Amazon (right) line up to race.

Historic motorsport is motorsport with vehicles limited to a particular era. Only safety precautions are modernized in these hobbyist races. A historical event can be of various types of motorsport disciplines, from road racing to rallying.

Notably some of the most famous events of them all are the Goodwood Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival in Britain and Monterey Historic in the United States. Championships range from "grass root" Austin Seven racing to the FIA Thoroughbred Grand Prix Championship for classic Formula One chassis.

While there are several professional teams and drivers in historical racing, this branch of motorsport tends to be contested by wealthy car owners and is thus more amateur and laid back in its approach. One advantage of historical motorsport is that once a series for a particular category is introduced, it helps to increase the value of its competing cars, sometimes approaching the million dollar mark, therefore as a result, many of these are carefully driven by its owners and are occasionally used to bring in spectators.

Notable historic motorsport events[edit]

The list are for events that has run at least three years and are internationally recognised events.

Event Current/Last Venue/Circuit Country Year
Brian Redman International Challenge Road America United States 2001-date
Cholmondeley Pageant of Power Cholmondeley Castle, Cholmondeley, Cheshire United Kingdom 2008-date
Circuit des Remparts Angoulême France 1979-date
Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix Faelledparken, Copenhagen Denmark 2001-date
Coronado Festival of Speed Coronado Air Force Base United States 1997-date
Coys Historic Festival Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone
Rockingham Motor Speedway
United Kingdom 1990s-2001, continued as Silverstone Classic
Eifelrennen um den "Jan Wellem Pokal" Nürburgring Germany 2011-date
Goodwood Festival of Speed Goodwood House, Chichester United Kingdom 1993-date
Goodwood Revival Goodwood Circuit, Chichester United Kingdom 1998-date
Grand Prix de l'âge d'or Dijon-Prenois, Dijon France 1964-date
Historic Pau Grand Prix Pau France
Grand Prix Historique of Tunis Avenue Habib Bourguiba Tunisia 2000-date
Hamburger Stadtpark Revival Hamburger Stadtpark Germany 1999-date
Historic Grand Prix of Porto Circuito da Boavista, Porto Portugal 2005-date
La Carrera Panamericana From Oaxaca to Nuevo Laredo, México Mexico 1988-date
Le Mans Classic Fra: Circuit de la Sarthe
Jpn: Fuji Speedway
France
Japan
Fra: 2002–date
Jpn: 2005–2007
Lime Rock Vintage Festival Lime Rock Park United States 1983-date
Masters Festival Brands Hatch
Donington Park
United Kingdom –date
Mille Miglia Storica Brescia to Rome and Brescia Italy 1977–date
Historic Grand Prix of Monaco Circuit de Monaco, Monaco Monaco 1997–date
Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca United States 1974-date
Muscle Car Masters Sydney Motorsport Park Australia 2005-date
Nismo Festival Fuji Speedway Japan 1997-date
Oldtimer Festival um den "Jan-Wellem-Pokal" Nürburgring Germany 1983–2010, continued as Eifelrennen
Oldtimer Grand Prix Nürburgring Germany 1974-date
Oldtimer Grand Prix Salzburgring Austria 1974-date
Oulton Park Gold Cup Oulton Park United Kingdom 2002-date
Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Schenley Park United States 1982-date
Porsche Rennsport Reunion Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca United States 2001-date
Silverstone Classic Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone United Kingdom 2001, 2005-date
Spa Six Hours Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Spa Belgium
Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival Sonoma Raceway United States 1995-date
Southern Festival of Speed Dunedin Street Circuit, Dunedin; Levels Raceway, Timaru; Ruapuna, Christchurch; Teretonga Circuit, Invercargill New Zealand -2008
Tour de France Automobile Paris - Evian France 1992-date
Toyota Motorsports Festival Fuji Speedway Japan -date
VHRR Historic Sandown Sandown Raceway Australia 1992-date

Notable series[edit]

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