|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
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.