OCT 28th 2015

Video: Now THIS is touring car racing

It seems like an age ago now that GRR went over to cover the Spa Classic. As historic race meetings go it’s quite a young event, but the spectacle of a full programme of various historic grids pounding the legendary circuit is one we’d highly recommend. 

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In fact, based upon the footage we’ve seen so far from the Peter Auto circus we’d go so far as to say that it’s essential viewing. Don’t believe us? Take a few minutes to absorb the action in this clip from July’s Monza round of the Heritage Touring Cup for touring cars from 1966 – 1984. 

In it we ride on-board with the very same 1967 Chevrolet Camaro we saw flexing its muscles at Spa. Behind are the screaming BDA-engined Group 2 Ford Escort Mk1 of Christophe Van Riet/Raphael De Borman and Richard Postin’s Marlboro-liveried Group A Rover SD1. Early on, Ivor Dunbar’s Capri RS2600 makes its presence felt, but takes itself out of the running in dramatic fashion at Variante Rettifilo.

Monza Historic Chevrolet Camaro Ford Escort

Despite being the oldest car in the race and having to run on treaded tyres, Monza’s high speed nature means that the Camaro (driven by Benjamin De Fortis at the beginning of the clip, with Eric Broutin taking the wheel later on) can keep itself well ahead of the chasing pair along the straights, pulling out an easy ten lengths on a car that exited the previous corner right behind it. However, the Escort and Rover are still seriously quick and have little problem reeling-in the heavy Chevy under braking. And as for the sight of the Escort slithering around as it hustles the Camaro through Variante Ascari …  

We could go on about how cool this clip is, but that would just take up time that could be spent watching it. So without further ado, click on the play button. We guarantee that you’ll find out how loud your speakers can go. 

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