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Race RetroRace Retro, the show that celebrates everything to do with historic motor sport, is under starters orders and is getting ready to roar into Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, from 25-27 February. Bringing together competition cars and motorcycles plus drivers and riders, there’s something for all enthusiasts, whether they like 1920s sports cars or 1960s and ‘70s racing motorcycles. Famous names from motor sport visiting Race Retro include riders Phil Read MBE and Giacomo Agostini as well as rally drivers Jimmy McRae and Miki Biasion, plus F1 ace Johnny Herbert, Jack Sears and Richard Attwood. Special displays celebrate Italian car maker Lancia’s rallying success while Italian racing motorcycles have their own special display. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the Jaguar E-Type’s launch. The sleek Coventry-built sports car paved the way for later Jaguar sports cars, its looks defying its relatively low price, while its powerful engine gave it the speed to match its appearance. Today the E-Type enjoys a following as strong as when it was unleashed on an unsuspecting public. With the Ace Café-sponsored Fire-Up paddock, bike enthusiasts can get up close and enjoy the sight, sounds and smells of racing machinery. Meanwhile the Live Rally Stage is back to popular acclaim on the Saturday and Sunday, giving visitors the chance to see historic rally cars in all their mud-flinging, flame-spitting fury. There’s further action from the karting demos. Small in size, these pint-sized racing machines offer low-cost motor sport fun and are often the first step for those wanting a successful motor sport career. A special display looks back to the Birmingham Superprix, an event where motor racing took to the city’s streets. Three cars that took part in the Superprix help retell this exciting chapter in UK motor sport history. And there are plenty of specialists selling parts for competition cars and motorcycles, whether it’s crash helmets, lightweight wheels or engine parts, and for automobilia lovers specialists will be selling books, art works and model cars. There’s also the H&H classic car and bike auction, giving anyone bitten by the historic motor sport bug the chance to buy a fresh set of wheels.Tags: