Historic Grand Prix: Zandvoort, Holland. 16-18 June.

A Brave New World and Sunshine All The Way

The 4.25 km Grand Prix circuit at Zandvoort, recognised by one and all as the most complex and difficult track in Europe last weekend played host to the sell-out Historic Grand Prix, three days of top ranking classic motorsport. Barton Racing arrived on the preceding Thursday, ready to contest three races with two cars. The familiar 1965 TVR Griffith, entered in the Masters 90 minute semi-endurance Gent Drivers race, and, making its debut, our fresh build 1969 BMW 2002 Ti, listed to do a pair of fast and furious 25 minute sprints. However, inevitable last minute delays meant this stunning car appeared at Zandvoort ‘out of the box’, and with no previous testing.

The TVR, prepared by Nigel Reuben Racing and again shared by Harry Barton/Ollie Reuben, seemed to enjoy the hot weather, and on-shore breeze, going like the wind. And in spite of two extended safety car interventions the bob-tailed racer still romped home in a very satisfactory 4th place overall, against some very stiff opposition.

Biggest surprise of the weekend however was provided by the 2002 Ti. It performed almost without fault, thanks to the efforts of Retro Engineering. On Saturday, against a grid of some fifty cars, Harry crossed the line 23rd overall and fourth in class, not bad. But in Sunday’s race, and after a few minor adjustments, things got even better. Harry took on the opposition with gusto, the little BMW making up places hand over fist, finishing 13th overall, and bringing home a class win!

Next on the agenda comes Spa Summer Classic 6-9 July, highlight being the three hour race that runs into dusk. Again Harry and Ollie will share the driving. Also, the plucky 2002 has been entered for two more races. It’s a busy season here at Barton Racing.