Round 6 of the Fassi Classic Championship took place at Midland Automobile Clubs flagship Classic Nostalgia event. This highlighted very clearly how to run a major event with enormous numbers of competitors, spectators & show / demonstration vehicles in attendance. The Fassi series formed part of the entry on the Saturday and really did provide a good showing with the usual great mix of beautiful cars all being driven in a spirited fashion. Having attended both days , I would definitely say that the Saturdays entry was better with us in great form.
Racing Cars & Sports Racing
This class had the least runners with only three cars competing. The pace was set by Martin Jones in the lovely Elva Mk7 sports racer. Martin was fastest on scratch and (just) the quickest overall in the Fassi championship entries. Second quickest was Christopher Wigdor in his Ukranian Appeal liveried Mallock twincam from Carole Nichols in her familiar Nike FF1600. Carole was the winner on handicap just beating her previous Fassi class best time.
Eight drivers started the event in this class. Fastest right from the off was Matt Clarke in the ultra rapid early Mini. Never headed on scratch times Matt eventually finished with a PB time but this didn't lead to many championship points with others further under their handicaps. Handicap winner was Mark Hobbs in his Mk2 Escort with a time some 1.5 seconds better than his previous best. Second was Martin Saunders in the Mk1 Escort RS2000, third was John Louch getting to grips with the Austin A40 in his first season with the new car. Dave Parr survived a detached throttle linkage on the startline and was able to take a slightly delayed run to come home a very close fourth on handicap.
A strong nine car field in this class once again provided some close action. Handicap victory went to the MGB V8 of Charles Boulton continuing his impressive winning stretch - could this be the season for an overall championship victory?! Steven Akers in his Lotus Elan was again the closest handicap challenger with a strong second place. Third went to Mike Hawley in his Healey Silverstone making a rare appearance in the Fassi class. A lovely new car was also on display - the Corvette of Tim Brook. Recently completed after a 2 year build it really is a beauty and will surely be a great addition to the class in the future. A few teething troubles with gearshifting slowed Tim down on the day. Fastest time in the class went to Steven in the Elan.