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Celebrating 65 years of the British Touring Car Championship

One of the themes celebrated at this year’s Classic Nostalgia will be the 65th anniversary of the British Touring Car Championship. Established in 1958 as the British Saloon Car Championship, it is one of the most popular racing series in the world and has featured countless great names who have had international success.

If you own a genuine ex-BSCC/BTCC car and would like to take part at Shelsley Walsh, please contact with full details.

BTCC entries already confirmed include the 1978 Beaconsfield Toyota Celica, which will be reunited with Mike Wilds. The Celica raced for three years in the BSCC in the hands of Wilds (1978), Alec Poole (1979) and future Formula 1 star and Le Mans winner Martin Brundle (1980). It remains in highly original condition, even down to the hand-painted HOB livery.

It will be joined by the recently restored Escort RS1600 that was formerly owned by Ford but built and run by Broadspeed in 1971 for John Fitzpatrick. ‘Fitz’ had a very successful season with the car and took several outright wins, but ended up crashing it in spectacular style during a dice for the lead with Frank Gardner at the season-closer in October 1971 at Brands Hatch.

Classic Nostalgia will also welcome a Group A Ford Escort Mk3 RS1600i that was driven by Barry Lee in the 1984 and 1985 British Saloon Car Championship. The Escort has been restored with great care to its original condition and features full Total Oils livery – as raced in a support event for the 1984 British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch.


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