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Historic motorsport

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.


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 eventsEdit

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 Faelledparken   Denmark 2001–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 seriesEdit

Notable organizationsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "VARAC Vintage Grand Prix".

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