Spa Six Hours

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The 18th edition of the Spa Six Hours saw victory go to Jaguar, but closely followed by two Ford GT40’s.

The Spa Six Hours of Spa Francorchamps was ‘the’ event on the historic motor racing calendar this weekend. The 18th edition of the Spa Six Hours took the Ardennes forest, in its autumnal colours, in a firm grip.

Despite the dreadful Ardennes autumn weather, well over one hundred teams were once again brave enough to take their historic cars to the Spa Francorchamps battle ground.

The endurance race was organized on the Saturday from 16:00hrs to 22:00hrs and 108 sets of headlights pierced into the Ardennes darkness, which gave the event a surreal effect.

To race at Spa Francorchamps is pretty spectacular, but to do so at the wheel of such prestigious and mythical machinery as the Ford GT40 – five of them were out there this year -, Jaguar E Type, AC Cobra, Aston Martin, Ford Shelby Mustang, Austin Healey 3000, Elva GT, Triumph and the many MG B roadsters is a myth come true.

Thousands of spectators were plunged back into the ambiance of the post-war motor racing years. This year’s edition saw an increased number of touring cars such as Mini Cooper, Alfa Romeo and BMW in all versions, which were now rubbing shoulders with the traditional Grand Touring references in this race.

After 98 laps it was team Minshaw -Stretton – Minshaw who took overall victory in their Jaguar E Type, closely followed by Voyazides – Hadfield on Ford GT40 and one lap down Meins – Lillingstone Price also on Ford GT40.

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