Royal Automotive Club Woodcote Trophy

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The Cunningham C-4R of Ruhan/Shuckburgh at Redgate in the RAC Woodcote Trophy

The Cunningham C-4R of Ruhan/Shuckburgh at Redgate in the RAC Woodcote Trophy

This highly prestigious series for genuine sports-racers of the post-war era allows the owners of pre-1956 race cars to enjoy the full on thrills of proper racing at the wheel of their pride and joy, while cultivating an atmosphere that respects the huge value of these historically important cars. Thanks to this competitive but gentlemanly approach, the Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy - organised by Motor Racing Legends - has seen a real resurgance in interest for 2013, with an ever-increasing number of entrants vying for a place on the grid. At Donington this weekend you can expect to see Jaguar D-Types and C-Types, drive by top-class pilots such as Gary Pearson and Carlos Monteverde (not to mention the sport's 'Racing Reverend', the Reverend Simon Butler, in the drum-braked Special Blue 1952 C-Type), plus a drum-braked but still very competitive Jaguar XK140. The big cats from Coventry will face severe competition from the likes of JD Classics' Derek Hood, driving his Cooper Jaguar T33, while the dark blue Cooper T38 of Fred Wakeman and Patrick Blakeney-Edwards is sure to give the D-Types a run for their money, as they fight it out for the top step of the podium. The heady mix of marques in the smaller-engined classes include Maseratis (300S and A6 GCS); Aston Martins DB2, DB3 and DB3S; plus plenty of Frazer Nashes and a truely spectacular turn-out of Austin-Healeys - six of them to be exact, running against each other in the same class and likely to provide one of the best wheel-to-wheel battles of the whole weekend. Spectators who appreciate the finest, true-to-period 1950s sports-racers have a real treat in store, as the cars of the Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy take to the track on Friday (qualifying) and Saturday (an hour-long race from 16:00).Tags: