The second International Historic Motorsport Show will take place at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry, over the weekend of 25-26-27 February 2005.

Next year's Show will be even bigger and better than the first. There will be a total of 20,000 square metres of exhibition space in five halls. The existing Historic Racing Car hall and Rally Car hall (Halls 2 and 1) will be enhanced with an International Hall, including American and French pavilions. The memorabilia, art, books and models hall (Hall 3) is being completely refurbished by the organisers and, last but not least, a significant motorsport autojumble is planned for Hall 4.

The 2004 event achieved all its aims, bringing together the event organisers, car preparers and supporting engineering companies, historic competitors, enthusiasts and newcomers under one roof, to do business with each other in an informal atmosphere prior to the start of the season.

Historic motorsport continues to grow and the Show has undoubtedly raised the profile of the industry. Internationally, historic cars provided significant supporting events for the Macau Grand Prix in China, the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix and the Monaco F1 Grand Prix over the last few months and (at a different level) owners of vintage and classic cars can enter new international race series organised by Motor Racing Legends and others, allowing them to compete on famous circuits like Assen (Netherlands), Dijon (France), Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) and the Nurburgring (Germany) in affordable vehicles.

Requests for stand space at the 2005 International Historic Motorsport Show already exceed 200 companies and it is expected that about 500 exhibitors will take part. It will be possible for the smallest company to find a place and a price to exhibit in 2005. There are over 4,000 companies operating in this business in the UK alone.

H&H Classic Auctions will again be running their major Competition Vehicle Auction at Stoneleigh. Sales this year exceeded 1.1 million - 70% of the vehicles on offer. Preview will be on the Friday, with the auction of cars and memorabilia on the Saturday.

The Historic Motorsport Awards - initiated in 2004 - will be presented at a special charity event on Saturday evening at the Show. The Classic Rally Association will be starting their Winter Challenge Rally to Monte Carlo from Stoneleigh on the Sunday afternoon. The Live Rally Stage (organised by the Historic Rally Car Register in 2004) is again under discussion for 2005, as is a Special Test for the Winter Challenge cars.

For further information, please contact:

Heritage Motorsport Services Limited
Simmonds, Downington
Gloucestershire GL7 3DL
Tel: 01367 250001
Fax: 01367 250008

Historic Motorsport

Stoneleigh Park
20th, 21st and 22nd February 2004

From this .... to this.

I last visited Stoneleigh Park a few years back whilst attending The Stoneleigh Kit Car Show. In those day I drove a Cobra 427 Replica which I had built from a kit.

I had never been mechanically minded but had always wanted to be. I thought that building a kit car was going to be like assembling something in a Meccano set. I had always been good with my hands and had even managed to assemble an item of furniture from Ikea, so compared to that, a kit car would be 'a piece of cake', or so I thought.

Having struggled for about a year, I did finally complete the car. You can see the result by clicking on the photo!

Being a fine day, I decided it was time for the Ghibli to have another winter outing. I set off up the Fosse Way from Cirencester, a great road with many long straight stretches. Expecting to put my foot down, you can imagine my surprise and disappointment when I found that the road was now littered with speed cameras. Wanting to hang on to my license, I duly kept to the speed limits and although it took a little longer, I eventually arrived at my destination.

On this occasion, I wasn't at Stoneleigh for kit cars but for the inaugural International Historic Motorsport Show. As you might have guessed, I was here in search of Maseratis, so you can imagine my delight when the first car I saw on entering the main hall was a beautiful Tipo 8CM from the Donington Collection. I wasted no time and took my photographs before the crowds built up. As I moved around the many stands, I came across Andy from Autodromo Ltd., makers of fine racing car models. We discussed the progress of his latest project, the legendary Tipo 61 'Birdcage'. An update will appear on these pages soon!

It was then that over the public address system came an announcement that Dott. Alfieri Maserati was the guest of honour at the combined Historic Grand Prix Cars Association and Donington Collection on Stand 180, and would be making a presentation of 'The Maserati Targa'. Needless to say, I was off!

Dott Alfieri Maserati is the son of Ernesto Maserati and nephew of his famous brothers who built the legendary Maserati and OSCA racing cars from the 1920s onwards. Julian Sutton introduced the presentation group which included Dott Maserati, Tom Wheatcroft and Dean Butler and announced that Dott Maserati would be signing copies of his new limited issue book 'Breve Storia Fotografica dell'Opera dei Fratelli Maserati'. He then handed the microphone over to Dott Alfieri who gave a short talk about his father, uncles and the book. He then went on to explain the background behind The Maserati Targa. Having announced the winner, he then presented the 'Targa' to Mr Dean Butler, owner of Tipo 8CTF #3030.

Following the presentation, I waited my turn, introduced myself to Dott Maserati and we had a wee chat about Maseratis after which I purchased a copy of his new book which he kindly signed 'To Enrico, Afieri Maserati'.

I then wandered around checking out the stands of the various clubs (which featured some rare historic race cars), race and rally event organisers, competitors, car preparers, race engine engineers, restoration specialists, race car replica constructors, competition parts and race equipment suppliers, book stalls and automobilia (see the next page).

The inaugural International Historic Motorsport Show had been a great success with a total attendance figure of 16,247 over the three days, good enough figures for organisers, Heritage Motorsport Services Ltd, to announce that the event is to be repeated in 2005. So pencil the 25th, 26th and 27th February 2005 in your diaries and don't miss the next show, you won't be disappointed!!


Tom Wheatcroft (centre) declares the show open.


Julian Sutton introduces Dott Alfieri Maserati.

Alfieri Maserati (right) is joined by Tom Wheatcroft.

Alfieri Maserati giving a short speech about Maseratis.

Alfieri Maserati describes the 'Maserati Targa'.

Alfieri Maserati presents the 'Maserati Targa' to Dean Butler

Tom Wheatcroft congratulates a happy Dean Butler (right).

The presentation group pose for the media.

Dott Alfieri Maserai, the son of Ernesto Maserati (left).

The solid silver Maserati Targa depicting the five Maserati Brother, Alfieri, Ernesto, Carlo, Ettore and Bindo.

The Dean Butler Maserati Tipo 8CTF for which he received the Maserati Targa.

The organisers of the first-ever International Historic Motorsport Show, held at Stoneleigh Park on 20-22 February, have declared the event "a resounding success".

The event achieved exactly what was intended: to bring together under one roof all the major players in the business. Historic and classic event organisers, competition motor clubs, car preparation companies, and historic motorsport engineering and technical equipment suppliers were, for the first time ever, able to meet and do business with each other and with historic motorsport competitors, fans and media.

Space in the three main halls at Stoneleigh was completely sold out, with over 400 exhibitors, while 16,247 people attended the three days.

The Show was also successful on a business-to-business level. Traders reported significant new contacts, both from within the trade and from among visiting enthusiasts. Several well-known engineering companies reported they exceeeded their expectations by close of business on the first day!

Within four days of the 2004 Show, over 70 exhibitors had already booked space for next February's 2005 International Historic Motorsport Show.

The nearby Live Rally Stage also proved popular, as 2,500 spectators watched 48 drivers showing their skills over a specially-created one-kilometre route. Stars of yesteryear included Pentti Airikkala, Russell Brookes, Tony Fall, Robin Eyre-Maunsell (who shared his car with MSA Chairman John Grant), Bill Gwynne and David Stokes, while reigning FIA Group N Champion Martin Rowe also took part.

Almost 300 people attended the Historic Motorsport Awards Charity Dinner, held in the presence of HRH Prince Michael Of Kent at the Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth, where 12 individuals and organisations were honoured for their achievements (the complete list of nominations and award winners can be found at

Other aspects of the Show included the H&H Classic Auctions (where cars, motorcycles and memorabilia worth over 1 million were sold), and a successful series of seminars and business briefings on various aspects of historic motorsport and its industry.

Private car sales, ranging from a Lotus 23B sports racer to a Mk1 Ford Escort rally car, totalled almost half a million pounds.


1934 Maserati Tipo 8CM

Chassis No. 3018

Built for Tazio Nuvolari, Mantova, Italia

Owned by Collection founder and Donington Park owner Tom Wheatcroft for over thirty years, this magnificent and original machine has a 2.9 litre supercharged engine and Wilson pre-selector gearbox.

In its original form, the cars had a slim chassis and body. This car features the wider chassis which brought with it improved handling.


In 1934, cars of this type were driven by Giuseppe Campari and Tazio Nuvolari, who won in Belgium, Montenero and Nice, and finished second in the Italian Grand Prix. Nuvolari achieved victory in the 1938 Donington Grand Prix driving an Auto-Union.


A Maserati 450S replica

Prepared by

Terry Hoyle Racing Engineers




1959/60 Ferrari 246 F1 Dino

"The last and fastest front engined Grand Epreuve winner"
As driven by Cliff Allison, Jean Behra, Tony Brooks, Peter Collins, Olivier Gendebien, Ritchie Ginther, Jose-Froilan Gonzalez, Dan Gurney, Mike Hawthorn (World Champion), Phil Hill, Willy Mairesse, Luigi Musso and Wolfgang Von Tripps.


1960 Ferrari Le Mans Car

Short Wheelbase


1966 Ferrari P3

Ferrari V-12

1966 Spa 1000 km - 1st

1966 Monza 1000 km - 1st

1967 - Daytona 24 hr - 3rd


2000 Ferrari F1-2000

In 2000, and after 21 long years, Ferrari ruled the world once again with Michael Schumacher crowned World Champion. Schumacher scored nine wins and drove this Ferrari F1-2000 (Chassis no 198) to several significant victories including victory in the Brazilian Grand Prix and pole position in the Monaco Grand Prix.
The F1-2000 car was very different from its predecessor with a higher nose cone dipping steeply to support the low front wing.



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