Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps ; 18-20 May 2018
Spa-Classic, created in 2011, has gone from strength to strength and today it is among the major European events for historic cars. In 2017, the 7th Spa-Classic fulfilled all its promises setting new records for spectators, more than 20 000.
The renowned Spa-Francorchamps circuit follows the up-and-down contours of the Ardennes foothills, and is considered by the drivers as one of the most beautiful in the world. The names of its corners go hand in hand with so many famous no-holds-barred battles and their history calls to mind a saga of glory and victories. The legendary unpredictable weather is part of a decor and an ambience unlike any other for an exceptional event that has made an impact on the international scene, gained experience and has now come of age. The sound of the cars as they plunge down into Eau Rouge and then roar up the Raidillon revives memories of heroes and machines of a bygone age.
To pay homage to this temple of endurance, which hosts the famous Spa-Francorchamps 24 Hours for Touring Cars, Peter Auto created the Heritage Touring Cup for the 2013 event. Since then it has attracted more and more entrants that showcase the history of this branch of motor sport. In 2018, the Heritage Touring Cup will again be one of the star grids at Spa-Classic. It will be joined by seven other Peter Auto grids including the latest addition, 2.0L Cup, plus a guest grid, Global Endurance Legends (demonstration).
The ultimate accolade is conferred on the event by the reunion of the historic clubs for makes whose numbers increase every year and the different forms of entertainment and activities.
Touring car racing in its cradle
The Heritage Touring Cup tops the bill for the fifth year running and will provide one of the weekend’s highlights. In the same way that Le Mans is the temple of endurance racing for prototypes and grand touring cars, Spa-Francorchamps has been the centre of touring car racing since its early day with the pinnacle being its famous 24-Hour event, the favourite playing field of the majority of manufacturers and some of the best-known drivers in the world.
During this long period of touring car racing a number of manufacturers won with their flagship makes. BMW was one of the most faithful entrants: over three decades the Bavarian manufacturer raced a whole string of models ranging from the T1 800 Ti in the 60s to the famous M3 in the 90s. The Munich make holds the record for the number of victories (21) in the Spa-Francorchamps 24 Hours. It had several rivals over its reign and was beaten by the Alfa Romeo GTAs and GTVs, Mercedes-Benz 300 SEs, Ford Mustangs and the Capri RSs, Porsche 911s, Mazda RX-7s and Jaguar XJSs.
Grids by Peter Auto
• NEW 2.0L Cup – Porsche 911 2-litre short chassis with FIA pre-66 regulations.
• Classic Endurance Racing 1 – GT 1966-1974 & Protos 1966-1971
• Classic Endurance Racing 2 – GT 1975-1981 & Protos 1972-1981
• Euro F2 Classic – Formula 2, Formula B and Formula Atlantic 1967-1978
• Group C Racing – Protos 1982- 1993
• Heritage Touring Cup – Touring Cars 1966-1984
• Sixties’ Endurance – Sports Cars pre-63 & GTs pre-66
• The Greatest’s Trophy – Pre-1966 exceptional models
• Modern Manufacturer Series – GT & Protos from the 1990s to the 2000s