This time, it's here! For the 30th time in its history, the Spa Six Hours (27/09 - 01/10) is set to delight and enthral lovers of vintage cars at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. From Wednesday's Open Practices to Sunday's family-friendly Classics & Friends, Roadbook Events will be inviting the public to take part in an incredible time machine...
It's not every day you turn 30... Indeed, how many meetings can boast of having reached the prime of life on the international historic racing scene? “Here we are at the 30th edition of the Spa Six Hours, comments Vincent Collard on behalf of Roadbook Events. It's a prestigious anniversary that we owe first and foremost to the people involved in the races that have been organised, all of them taming legendary historic cars. But we also owe a debt of gratitude to all the master mechanics of yesteryear, who have helped to generate joy, stress, victories, defeats, self-transcendence and resilience - in short, an exciting show to enjoy with family and friends. These three decades have been marked by close collaboration and total trust with all the operational teams who work on the Circuit, often behind the scenes, to make this meeting a not-to-be-missed event. This 30th edition is therefore like a reward, a culmination... and the promise of a brighter tomorrow!”
Once again, the Spa Six Hours programme is sumptuous. With no fewer than 14 races spread over Friday and Saturday, fans will have the chance to see the history of motorsport in action. From the Pre-War Sports Cars with their Bentleys, Bugattis and Alfa Romeos of the '20s and '30s, to the Masters GT Trophy making the transition to contemporary motorsport, there's something for everyone.
The Historic Grand Prix Cars Association will be opening the history book of pre-1966 F1, with its share of Coopers, Maseratis, Lotuses, Scarabs, BRMs and others, whose engines, initially positioned at the front, gradually moved to the rear.
The Masters Racing Legends - F1 Cars will feature Grand Prix single-seaters from 1966 to 1985, with Lotus, Williams, Arrows, Tyrrell, McLaren, Brabham, Surtees and even Penske going head-to-head, while the Masters Sports Car Legends will showcase Lola T70s, McLaren M1Bs and Chevrons of all types.
The Masters Gentlemen Drivers & Masters Pre-66 Touring Cars line-up will be sumptuous, with Jaguar C Type and E Type, Shelby Cobra Daytona, Porsche 904 GTS, Ford Cortina Lotus, Mustang and Falcon, etc.
In this highly international context, the Belcar Historic Cup is sure to surprise with an impressive cocktail (over 50 cars!) ranging from the Lotus Elan to the BMW E36 STW!
Another bridge between past and present, the Masters Endurance Legends will delight the younger generations, who will revel in the presence on track of countless protos (Zytek, Peugeot, Oreca, Dome, Dallara, Pescarolo, HPD, Ligier, Lola and Norma) and GTs (Audi, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Chrysler) from the 2000s.
And then there's THE race par excellence, which gives the event its name. For its thirtieth edition, the Spa Six Hours Endurance promises to be more explosive than ever, with more than 100 cars on the track, including 20 legendary Ford GT40s, which will once again be among the favourites. But watch out for the Jaguar E-Type, Shelby Cobra and other Lotus Elan 26Rs, which can always surprise, depending on the conditions.
With the new format of the Spa Six Hours, the eponymous event, scheduled for Saturday between 3.50pm and 9.50pm, will act as the final firework display of the competition section, before a Sunday that will be more convivial than ever, organised in close collaboration with the BEHVA, and which will see the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps taken by storm by numerous pre-war cars, without the slightest notion of racing, but with a passion as great as that!
Access to the Circuit will be absolutely free on Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 September. For the rest, go to www.spasixhours.com, under the 'Ticketing' tab, to obtain your precious pass so that you don't miss out on the 30th anniversary of Spa Six Hours.
See you in Spa!
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