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For some years now, a gap has been developing in single-seater
and historic sports-racer competition.
Although certain clearly-established categories of historic racers
have emerged from within the Historic grouping, pioneered by Formula
5000 and followed with Historic FF and FJ, there has been no natural
category for cars fitting between FF and F5000.
The situation was further complicated when very early-70s 1600cc
F3 /FB cars were removed from Group D and dumped with F5000 into
the catch-all Group E (Formula Libre).
Similarly, as other formulae became obsolete or not catered for,
they also end up in the odds-and sods Group E bin.
We therefore find 1600 F3, 1600 FB, 1600 F2, 2000 F2, Formula
Pacific/Atlantic, FF2000, Super V, Formula Holden etc. all classified
along with F5000. SCANZ and 2000Supersports are also out on a
limb. Effectively everything from 1970 onwards is Group E.
Now that the F5000 owners have expanded to a level that they
can form full grids, the more crowded tracks mean that speed and
experience differentials are becoming apparent when F3, F2, FB,
FP etc. cars are mixed in with F5000. This is undesirable and
It is also a consideration that a large speed differential in
any group eventually leads to non-appearance of the slower cars
and for this reason the faster post 1970 cars other than historic
FF are unable to run with the pre 1970 Historics.
There has been quite a bit of discussion within the Historic
Racing and Sports Car Club as to how to encourage owners of Group
E and other "orphans" to get them onto the tracks again.
The Historic Section of the Motorsport Manual "...encourages
the formation, under the umbrella of a member club, of special
interest competitor registers to assist event organisers with
promoting a range of races..."
It also regards it as "inappropriate" to have large
speed differentials, on safety grounds, with which we completely
As a result of these discussions, the undersigned were invited
by HRSCC to see what interest existed in forming a register, based
around single seaters faster than Historic FF, but not in F5000
territory, particularly as regards weight.
(1) As a basis for discussion, we envisage a register (provisionally
called Superhistorics, unless somebody comes up with a better
name) using speed-group classifications to minimise differentials.
(2) We propose that the register is as inclusive as possible.
Fast sports racers, being of similar height, weight, and visibility,
could also be included.
(3) The speed-group class(es) would be initially derived on the
basis of agreed maximum and minimum times for various circuits
to avoid lapping in, say, 6-lap races, and subject to review.
(4) Our initial suggestion is that the slow boundary for the speed-group
is that of the fastest FFs on that circuit. This would be about
65secs. For Pukekohe. The fast boundary then becomes about 55
secs. We seek reaction on speed-group boundaries.(Following the
HRC Meeting at Pukekohe of 26/27 Jan., several suggestions made
to extend slow boundary to nearer 67 secs.)
(5) This grouping should satisfy the faster Formula Pacifics,
etc. without unduly penalising the slower cars by lapping. The
fast cars can then get on with racing without traffic problems.
(6) Being listed in the Superhistoric register is a purely voluntary
action on your part, depending only on the car/driver combination,
acceptance of the speed-group principle, and a wish to get out
and race suitable cars.
(7) Provided there is enough interest in a Superhistoric register
we would supply race-organisers with the register, and invite
them to run Superhistoric grids.Grant Martin or Ray Wilkinson
would do an email ring around to get a grid together. The rest
would depend on you.
(8) If enough cars are listed, it is feasible that several speed-groups
could be formed.
Grant Martin: firstname.lastname@example.org
David Heron: email@example.com