A preview to the 11th edition of the Spa Classic that promises to be a blast.

Spa Classic 2018

Last year, Peter Auto celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Spa Classic. The event turned out to be a fantastic event and it truly paid hommage to the heydays of sports car racing at Spa-Francorchamps.  That naturally creates expectations for the next edition which takes place from May 12 – 14.  We are convinced that nobody will be disappointed afterwards. No less than 9 fantastic grids , with over 400 cars entered will make sure the 11th edition of Spa Classic will be a blast again.

The 9 grids at Spa Classic

Spa Classic 2016

The Formula 1 fans will be able to relive the days of Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost and Michael Schumacher during the 4 20 minute demonstration runs of the Formula 1 3.5L grid. The golden age of Formula 1, and the sounds that purists still regret today will be your part. Make sure to bring your earplugs !!

The Heritage Touring Cup (HTC) consisting ofmore than 45 touring cars will put on a show worthy of the great days of the European Touring Car Championship (ETCC) between 1966 and 1984.You’ll see cars like Ford Escorts, Capris,BMW 3.0 CSLs and 635 CSis and Alfa Romeo GTV6s  that looked so similar tot hose seen in the streets back in the days.

Peter Vögele - Porsche 718 RS60 - Spa Classic
Peter Vögele – Porsche 718 RS60 – Spa Classic

The Sixties’ Endurance has the largest field, with about 90 cars filling the track. The series is open to  pre-63S ports Cars and pre-66 GTs that will battle for victory in a 2 hour endurance race. Action and spectacle is guaranteed. The Greatest’s Trophy (previously the Trofeo Nastro Rosso)  is open to all the wonderful cars that marked the major endurance eventsof the 1950s and 1960s. These cars include Maserati 300S, Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta, Alfa Romeo TZ, Aston Martin DB4 GT, Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, Porsche 550. All cars that you mainly see in a Museum, so you better grab the opportunity to see them on track.

A series that many of us really look forward to, is the Group C. A field of just over 30 cars will come on the track, and bring us back to the are of the early 1980s to early 1990s when the Group C category battled for the checkered flag. You’ll witness cars like the Porsche 956, Porsche 962 and Jaguar XJR-9. 

Spa Classic 2019

The Classic Endurance Racing is divided in 2 grids in Peter Auto Events . The Classic Endurance Racing fields echo one of the most mythical periods in the history of the World Endurance Championship and have cars in it from 1966 t0 1981.  In previous years you could see legends like the Ferrari 512 and the Porsche 917 on the track.

2.0L Cup - 1965 Porsche 911 - Jose Ruben Zanchetta/James Turner
2.0L Cup – 1965 Porsche 911 – Jose Ruben Zanchetta/James Turner

The 2.0L Cup  is the most hotly-contested one on the Spa Classic program as all the cars are identical short wheel base Porsche 911s that comply with the pre-66 FIA regulations. This one model series is always spectacular to see. It really comes down to the skills and guts of the driver, and that generally brings quite some action.

The Fifties Legend’s Grid is aimed at cars from the 1950s and the early days of the 60s. It’s in this series that we find the oldest cars in thePeter Auto circuits’e vents. The grid pays homage to the World Championship for Makes that saw the light of day in 1953 to pit sports cars against each other

Endurance Racing Legends - 1999 Porsche 993 GT2 Evo - Remi Terrail / Jürg Aeberhard
Endurance Racing Legends – 1999 Porsche 993 GT2 Evo – Remi Terrail / Jürg Aeberhard

The last series on the list is the Endurance Racing Legends. The most modern cars competing in a Peter Auto track events will start in this series. It brings together cars that young spectators go wild about GTs and prototypes from the 1990s and 2000s. And I’m pretty sure Porsche fans will go nuts for this series.

Next to the action on the track, visitors can take a look at the wonderful world of racing in the paddocks that are free accessible. In contradiction to modern races, you’ll be able to see the mechanics do their job during pitstops and so. More entertainment is guaranteed in the village with some shops and numerous activities.  The complete program of the Spa Classic 2023 can be found at : https://www.peterauto.fr/en/events/spa-classic/

No reason to doubt, just be there. 

Pictures courtesy Tim Havermans

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