Historic Sports Car Club (HSCC)
The Historic Sports Car Club (HSCC) was created in 1966 by a small group of enthusiasts, notably Betty Haig and Guy Griffiths, who were frustrated by the lack of races for older sports cars. They wanted to stop them from being inappropriately modified, far beyond their original specification or exported to the USA. Members from the sixties say that HSCC was formed to help competitors enjoy themselves racing ‘nice and proper cars’ on interesting circuits.
Their first race was organised at Castle Combe and was won by Neil Corner’s Jaguar D-Type. Today the Historic Sports Car Club has just short of one thousand, mainly racing, members. They have grown from a club running races at other people’s meetings to become the premier organiser of historic motor racing in the UK.
The Brands Hatch ‘Historic Superprix’ and the Oulton Park ‘Gold Cup’ being the two top meetings on the historic calendar. Their ‘Autosport Thee Hour’ is the UK’s longest race for historic sports cars. In more recent year’s HSCC has been asked to organise the ‘Silverstone Classic’ and historic races supporting the British Grand Prix.
As each new generation of enthusiast turns to historic racing their choice of car usually reflects the racing they watched in their youth. In the sixties, the Historic Sports Car Club therefore ran grids of Healey Silverstone, Frazer Nash cars and D-Type Jaguars. At today’s HSCC meetings you will continue to see fifties sports cars but they have been joined by thriving new championships. Today 50% of the races are for single seaters and 50% of the cars were built after 1966.
Griffiths and Haig were part of a very small group who thought historic cars should be preserved. Today, the Historic Sports Car Club (HSCC) is proud to have played a role in making historic motor racing the fastest growing part of the UK motor racing scene.
Note: Continental racers who would be potentially interested to race in England, should be aware that events are most often restricted to one day events and circuit time to 30 min’s per event.> Historic Sports Car Club (HSCC) (official website) > Historic Sports Car Club (HSCC) (video) > Historic Sports Car Club (HSCC) (photo gallery)