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Classic Clubmans
 
Classic Clubmans
Clubmans Racing, organised by the Clubmans Register, began in the early 1960s with Lotus 7-type cars. By the mid 1970s the cars had incorporated "slicks 'n' wings" technology to evolve into fast, affordable and simple to maintain racing cars that were eminently suitable for the amateur competitor. They provided close and fast racing, and above all a unique clubman's spirit of friendliness and fun, both on the track and in the paddock.
The aim of Classic Clubmans is to reproduce that time in the 1970s when fast, inexpensive and competitive cars raced at F3 speeds, were one of the most popular of the national racing categories, and received frequent and comprehensive coverage in the Motoring Press. As many of the cars that were racing then are still in existence, the opportunity arose to recreate that "Golden Period", and Classic Clubmans was launched in 1997. It was enthusiastically received by the competitors, and the BARC have subsequently included a championship series in their highly successful 'Classic Package'. The HSCC also accept Classic Clubmans cars in the Derek Bell Challenge.

Mallock was the largest producer of clubmans cars, supplying the majority of the grids in the late 1970s. Smaller scale production came from Gryphon, Phantom and Haggispeed. There were also a significant number of "one-offs", such as Roughcutter, Beagle and Harrison, which showed a high degree of race-engineering sophistication. As a result of the popularity of clubmans racing in the 70s, many cars are still around, ranging from carefully rebuilt original examples to basket cases that need a complete "nut 'n' bolt" rebuild. Vehicle preparation in Classic Clubmans is of an extremely high standard, reflecting the effort taken by the owners in the appearance and engineering of their racecars


Classic Clubmans is a race championship for front-engined sports racing cars. Clubmans Cars compete in three classes, depending on age, engine size and state of tune.

Cars that were built before December 31st 1980
1700cc Ford X-Flow full race engines with approx. 170 -180 bhp.
1600cc X-Flow Formula Ford engines with approx. 110 bhp.
Cars that were built before December 31st 1970
1600cc Ford pre X-Flow race engines with approx. 145 bhp.
There is a fourth class for Formula 1300 cars
1300cc Ford X-Flow full race engines with approx. 120 -130bhp
F1300 had a close affinity to clubman racing, Primarily a "constructor/driver formula” under the auspices of the 750 Motor Club. 3-year-old “production” cars were allowed to compete, primarily Mallock’s. During the latter part of the Seventies mid-engined cars with VW/Hewland transaxles began to make an appearance in F1300