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VW brings back new and historic cars for Austrian ice racing revival


The revival of the ice races at Zell am See, Austria, got another boost with Volkswagen announcing it is sending several vehicles, including its electric-powered ID. R Pikes Peak prototype. Audi recently announced its participation as well in the event being promoted by Porsche scion Ferdinand Porsche and his Greger Porsche Classic Cars business partner Vinzenz Greger.

Two-engine VW Golf raced up Pikes Peak in 1987 | VW photo

VW said it will also send its 1986 Group A world championship-winning Golf 2 GTI, its 1987 twin-engine, 600+ horsepower Golf 2 Pikes Peak racer and its newest rally car, a Polo GTI RS to the January 19-20, 2019, winter event. 

In addition, Skoda will enter a Fabia R5 to be driven by upcoming rally racer Julian Wagner of Austria.

For more information, visit the GP Ice Race 2019 website.

Goodwood sets lineup for 77th Members’ Meeting

Vintage Minis will race for the Betty Richmond Trophy at Goodwood’s Members’ Meeting in 2019 | Goodwood photo by Nick Dungan

In addition to all of the various vintage racing classes, Goodwood has announced that high-speed demonstration runs will be done by the BMW M1 Procars, by Le Mans prototypes and by NASCAR vehicles during the 77th Members’ Meeting scheduled for April 6-7, 2019.

The race weekend schedule will also feature three new events — the Betty Richmond Trophy for Minis up to 1300cc, the John Duff Trophy for pre-1930 sports cars, and the Sheene Trophy for pre-197s Formula 750 motorcycles.

For more information, visit the Members’ Meeting website.

Castle Combe to feature ’60s heroes

Stars of the 1960s will be featured at Castle Combe vintage races next fall | Castle Combe photo

Promoters of the eighth Castle Combe Autumn Classic, scheduled for October 5, 2019, have announced the event will feature “Heroes of the 1960s.”  Plans call for a celebration of 50 years of Formula Ford, 60 years of Marcos, and an all-Alfa Romeo race at the Wiltshire, UK, track.

“The 2019 edition will celebrate a golden decade of motor racing, both nationally and internationally,” organizers said. “As well as being the decade of flower power, Carnaby Street and the 1966 World Cup, the 1960s was a memorable time for British motor racing. Graham Hill, Jim Clark, John Surtees and Jackie Stewart were all World Champions as Lotus and BRM took on Ferrari.

“Closer to home, the 1960s was the decade of Special Saloons, Modified Sports, Clubmans and Formula Ford and in 1969 the Castle Combe Formula Ford Championship was created as the first circuit-based championship in British motor racing. The inaugural champion was Bryan Sharp (Merlyn Mk11) and 50 years of the circuit’s Formula Ford Championship will be celebrated next October.”

For more information, visit the Castle Combe event website.

Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


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