Castle Combe Autumn Classic

Maserati 250F owned by Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason with Mark Hales in the cockpit

Getting ready to leave the paddock and enter the circuit

Glorious sight of racing Jaguars

Beautiful baby blue Austin Healey Sprite

 

The first weekend of October saw the Autumn Classic meeting at Castle Combe in Wiltshire. When we arrived we found the car parks crammed with all kinds of exotica and many car clubs had stands exhibiting their members cars.

 

Castle Combe is a wonderful racing circuit which has not been spoiled by the commercialism so many other venues suffer. Spectators can see almost every part of the track from the raised banking surrounding the circuit and anyone can enter the paddock to get a closer look at the cars.

 

It’s how motor racing circuits used to be, once you have paid to get in that's it, access all area's at no extra cost.

 

There’s no mention of Jagger here because I want to share as many of the great cars in attendance today.

Very rare Lancia Aurelia convertible

1958 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider Veloce, once owned by Jim Clark's mechanic

Aston Martin DB6 Mk2

Le Mans winner Andy Wallace alongside his drive for the day, the Mike Hawthorn 1955 Le Mans winning D-Type

Mark 1 Jaguar, owned and driven by gentleman racer Nigel Webb

Immaculate Mark 2 Jaguar

They don't come any nicer than this 1964 3.8 Series 1 E-Type

Final preparations in the paddock before the start of the Norman Dewis Trophy race

The well known ex John Coombes of Guildford supplied Mk1 Jaguar, nowadays driven by Welshman Grant Williams who could never be accused of ignoring the sticker on the back bumper.

 

Below is a shot of this hooligan lighting up the tyres as he hurtles around Camp corner. What a entertainer, keep making me smile Grant :-)