Thruxton over the Easter weekend was the place to get a ‘fix’ was the place to be for a fix of ground-shaking, visceral V8s on full song. This was racing turned way past ‘11’. The unmistakable roar of Formula 5000s resonated around the circuit as Lolas, Chevrons and a Frank Lyons Gurney Eagle, battled for victory. Intermixed with pre-’72 Formula 2s, and pre-’78 Atlantics it was to be a contest of raw power versus nimbleness and chassis development.
In the end it was Neil Fowler in the 2000cc March 782 (F2) who took the top prize, with Neil Glover in the 5-litre Lola T330/332 some 26sec behind. But with the ever-persistent Mark Charteris in the 1700cc Mallock Mk20/21 Classic Clubmans snapping at his tail all the way to the chequered flag, it was action from start to finish. Further down the field several were forced into early retirements. Particularly disappointed was current historic F1 champion Greg Thornton in his ex-Peter Gethin Chevron B34.