Wolds Trophy set to recall racing’s halcyon days

Cadwell Park’s 80th anniversary season delivers a further treat with a chance to look back into motorsport’s rich heritage courtesy of the Historic Sports Car Club’s Wolds Trophy. The annual event, held on 21st and 22nd June, features contests for retro single-seaters, sports cars, GTs and touring cars.

The Wolds Trophy has established itself in recent seasons as a celebration of Formula Three competition, recalling an era in which the world’s finest young prospects frequently raced in the category at the Lincolnshire circuit. Two classes for this form of racing will appear on the bill, with the Historic F3 races featuring machines from the period between 1964 and 1970, in which Sir Jackie Stewart and Emerson Fittipaldi competed on their way to F1 stardom. Contemporary F3 cars last competed at Cadwell Park in 1983, amidst a tumultuous title scrap between Ayrton Senna and Martin Brundle, and machines from this generation will also race, in the HSCC Classic Formula 3 Championship.

Further single-seater entertainment will be provided by Historic Formula Junior, which dates back to 1958, when it was conceived as a popular first step in the world of single-seater racing. During the following half-decade Formula Junior boasted a number of high profile graduates, including Jim Clark. In recent seasons the category has enjoyed a historic revival, with grids often having to be split into two for front and rear-engine models, as will be the case this weekend.

Open-wheel entertainment will extend beyond the F3 contests, however, with races for Historic Formula Ford as well as its slicks-and-wings cousin, Formula Ford 2000. The single-seater line-up will be completed by the HSCC’s Classic Racing Cars, which is open to a myriad of different machines from the sixties.

One of the mostly hotly anticipated battles of the weekend will be that for the Mini Coopers, Lotus Cortinas and Hillman Imps in the Historic Touring Cars – machines that typically tackle corners sideways or with a wheel or two off the ground.

The racing line-up will be completed by sports and GT action from the Historic Road Sports, 70s Road Sports and Classic Clubmans. Road Sports contests are only open to road-legal production sports and GT cars, with extra points awarded for driving the car to and from the circuit. Clubmans, on the other hand, are front-engined sports-prototypes, many of which are completely unique following years of tinkering and modification by their owners.

An open paddock format at this event enables spectators to get a close look at the beautiful machines in race preparation, before heading to one of the many vantage points at the country’s most picturesque sporting venue.

Tickets for the HSCC Wolds Trophy at Cadwell Park on 21st and 22nd June are available online at www.cadwellpark.co.uk.