This year’s Fordwater Trophy (Race No3 on Saturday September 12) is a must-see for lovers of postwar cars that were as popular in competition as they were sexy on the road.
Cars like the Jaguar XK120, Frazer Nash High Speed, Healey Silverstone, Porsche 356, Ferrari 212 and Lancia Aurelia B20 GT. A feast, in other words, of production sports and GT cars of a type that raced between 1948 and 1954.
Other big names taking part, and certainly boosting the variety of the 28-car field, include the Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS Zagato, AC Buckland, MG TC and a Connaught L2. A Fiat 8V will be up against a Ferrari 225 Export Coupe and a Lotus Mk6 against a Morgan 4/4 Le Mans! The Fordwater Trophy is known for its diverse entries and this year’s race certainly doesn’t disappoint.
While they will make a beautiful period sight – elegant sports cars and GTs in the perfect period setting – the battle for track position promises to be hard fought, with some notable owners and drivers out to show what their cars are capable of. Picking a winner won’t be easy.
Just as it wasn’t easy in the equally diverse field that competed in the Fordwater Trophy last year. The 2014 event focused on production sports and GT cars of the early 1960s and pitted some giants – Alfa, Ferrari, Lotus – against minnows such as TVR, Ginetta and Rochdale.
And who came out on top? Allan Ross-Jones in his Triumph TR4 won a close-fought race, from Lee Mumford in his Ginetta G4 just two seconds behind, followed by an equally close Andrew Smith in the Porsche 901.