Snetterton preview: Bigger and better for Vintage Sports Car Club meeting

A large and enthusiastic crowd greeted the inaugural Vintage Sports Car Club meeting at Snetterton last year who return on Sunday with a bigger and better programme.

The main highlight last season was David Morris in ERA R11B, affectionately known as Humphrey, the winner of the first ever event held at Snetterton taking home the Historic Seaman Trophy for the eighth time, a feat he hopes to repeat. However, Mac Hulbert, the rapid Duncan Ricketts, Nicholas Topliss and Charles McCabe have brought along their ERAs to give Morris a much harder time in retaining his trophy.

In the simultaneously-contested Flockhart Trophy, Philip Walker aims to retain his crown, chased by the hairy Kurtis Indy-Roadster, who Frederick Harper man-handles around the curves, and the Connaughts of Simon Diffey and John Harper.

Joining the ERAs in the Pre-War Racing car event are no less than six Bugattis with a quintet of Maseratis for company making for possible the most unique grid to ever grace the Snetterton circuit.

Simon Hamm will race his Lister Jaguar in the 1950s Sports Cars evoking memories of Archie Scott-Brown, the first Snetterton hero, while North Walsham's James Paterson, will give chase in his Lotus X1.

Downham Market's Jim Russell ruled Snetterton in the heyday of the F3 500s with a grid full of modern racers trying to emulate the former British champion.

On Saturday the Aston Martin Owners Club organise a six-race programme with a 100-minute event for their GT4 Challenge series in which Stratton Motor Company have a number of runners.

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Last time out at Brands Hatch Olivier Bouche/Pierre Mantello were victors while in the HRDC Touring Great, renowned engine builder Neil Brown triumphed in his Lotus Cortina.

The first of Sunday's 12 races gets under way from 1pm after qualifying from 9am with Saturday's action starting from 12.05pm.