Race Retro

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Race Retro will offer a wonderful opportunity to meet the different car clubs, here showing a most beautifully restored Austin Healey 3000 Mk I.

The 8th Race Retro, Europe’s premier show focusing on Historic Racing, Rallying and Bike racing will open its doors 25-27 February 2011.

Race Retro will see incredibly rare racing cars and will introduce you to the drivers who took them to victory. Or have a chat with the Motorcycle riders as they are glad to share their experiences.

Also the Jaguar E-Type will celebrate its 50th anniversary at the show grounds. It was at Oulton Park in May 1961, where Grand Prix drivers Graham Hill and Roy Salvadori gave the sensational new Jaguar E-Type it’s racing debut. Despite an international field of top sports and GT cars from the world’s leading manufacturers, amongst which the finest from Maranello and Newport Pagnell, Hill and Salvadori dominated the race in their Jaguars. Hill took victory in Tommy Sopwith’s ‘Equipe Endeavour’ car ECD400.

A legend was born and moreover the Jaguar E-Type,  a 150 mph sports car, was available for half the price of the competition. Race Retro 2011 celebrates the 50th anniversary of the birth of the Jaguar E-Type legend with a superb display of many of the best know racing E-Types supported by a host of racing Jaguars from Jaguar XK120 through Jaguar C-Type and D-Type, Jaguar 3.8 Mk2 Saloons, Jaguar XJ12C, Silk Cut Jaguar and even their Jaguar F1 car.

Lancia will celebrate decades of Lancia participation in rallying and will bring the Lancia Stratos, an icon in rallying history. Recently blown new life into, the Stratos was already a very successful rally car during the 1970s and early 1980s. It started a new era in rallying as it was the first car designed from scratch for this kind of competition. At Race Retro 2011 the Italian manufacturer’s rich and successful rallying history will be celebrated with a comprehensive display of ex works rally cars including Lancia Fulvia HF, Stratos, Lancia 037, Lancia S4, and the WRC dominating Lancia Delta Integrale.

The Race Retro bike section will show a tribute display of Italian race bikes, you’ll be dazzled by the Gilera, the MV Agusta ‘Fire Engines’, the Benelli’s, the Moto Guzzi’s and the Desmosedici Ducati’s from lightweight singles through booming V twins to the Desmosedici Moto GP challenger.

Once again there will be four exhibition halls accomodating at least 400 Exhibitors. Each hall has a main theme.

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