Historic motorsport

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Historic cars racing during the 2017 Goodwood Revival.

Historic motorsport or vintage 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.


Some of the most famous events 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. In Canada, the Vintage Automobile Racing Association of Canada annually hosts the VARAC Vintage Grand Prix[1] at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (formerly known as Mosport.)

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 Country Year
Brian Redman International Challenge Road America  United States 2001–date
Cholmondeley Pageant of Power Cholmondeley Castle  United Kingdom 2008–date
Circuit des Remparts Angoulême  France 1979–date
Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix Bellahøj Park  Denmark 1996–date
Coronado Festival of Speed Naval Air Station North Island  United States 1997–2016
Coys Historic Festival Silverstone Circuit
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  United Kingdom 1993–date
Goodwood Revival Goodwood Circuit  United Kingdom 1998–date
Grand Prix de l'âge d'or Dijon-Prenois  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  Portugal 2005–date
Indy Legends Charity Pro–Am race Indianapolis Motor Speedway  United States 2014–date
La Carrera Panamericana From Oaxaca to Nuevo Laredo  Mexico 1988–date
Le Mans Classic Fra: Circuit de la Sarthe
Jpn: Fuji Speedway
Fra: 2002–date
Jpn: 2005–2007
Lime Rock Vintage Festival Lime Rock Park  United States 1983–date
Masters Historic Festival Brands Hatch  United Kingdom –date
Donington Historic Festival Donington Park  United Kingdom 2001–date
Mille Miglia Storica Brescia to Rome and Brescia  Italy 1977–date
Historic Grand Prix of Monaco Circuit de Monaco  Monaco 1997–date
Race Retro Stoneleigh Park, Coventry  United Kingdom 2002–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  United Kingdom 2001, 2005–date
Spa Six Hours Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps  Belgium
Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival Sonoma Raceway  United States 1995–date
Southern Festival of Speed Dunedin Street Circuit
Timaru International Motor Raceway
Ruapuna Park
Teretonga Park
 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
Rajd Rembertowski Rembertów Warsaw  Poland 2016-date

Notable series[edit]

Notable organizations[edit]

 United Kingdom
 United States

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "VARAC Vintage Grand Prix".

External links[edit]