750MC Celebrates at Silverstone

The 750 Motor Club marked its 75th anniversary this weekend at Silverstone with two days of racing and a BBQ with live music on the Saturday evening. Large crowds were blessed with dry and intermittently sunny weather and wide variety of racing from the intriguing and historic Spire Sportscars Bike-Sports Championship to their 45-minute endurance Cartek Roadsports Series.

Formed in the spring of 1939, the 750 Motor Club was started to promote the use of the Austin Seven in road and trials events; the diminutive  and low-cost car became the backbone of the club as it provided the basis of the first club formula – the 750 Formula – which still runs to this day. Growing under the leadership of chairman Holly Birkett, after whom the legendary Birkett 6-hour relay race is named, the club boasts a steadily growing membership and is proud of its policy of evolutionary change. It is now a national organisation with 24 semi-autonomous self-managing centres around the country, plus representatives as far away as Australia and Malaya.

Running on the Silverstone International (southern) circuit, this weekends racing saw two of its series finalised with strong finishes from Stuart Voyce in the BMW Compact Cup and Matt Palmer in the Millers Oils Toyota MR2 Championship.

In the Roadsports, Alec Livesey took a comfortable win in his silver Jensen Healey but Steve Brown, another graduate from the BRSCC Porsche Championship along with Rebecca Jackson, took an overall third and first in class in his first ever endurance race – and has vowed to return to the club’s next event at Donington on 4/5th October. The Club hold an event before then, at Cadwell Park on 13/14th September – see their website for details.

Words and photos: Chris Valentine.


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