Formula 5000 Featured at Autosport International Show

The Historic Sports Car Club (HSCC) is planning a spectacular display of historic Formula 5000 cars to celebrate its growing UK-based historic race series for cars from the early 1970s. The category’s heyday is represented by at least seven exciting chassis from McLaren, Lola, Surtees, Chevron, Leda and Trojan that trace the progress of the popular series, as well as celebrating the leading period drivers.

The display at Autosport International, which is held 14-17 January 2010, at the NEC in Birmingham, is sure to grab fans of Formula 5000. These iconic cars have been lovingly restored to compete again 40 years after the category’s introduction.

The oldest car on the display will be the McLaren M10 which is the most successful chassis from the early years of F5000, winning the 1969 and 1970 UK championships in the hands of Peter Gethin. Another interesting car is the Surtees TS8 which was the successor to the Surtees TS5 and provided the former Motorcycle and Formula One World Champion, John Surtees, with his first race victory as a constructor.

“This is a great opportunity to showcase these iconic cars which are coming back to racing in increasing numbers” said HSCC’s Graham White.

“Formula 5000 is a category that many of today’s motorsport fans grew up watching,” said Autosport International Show Director Ian France. “The level and quality of the restoration of these cars that will be at the show is remarkable.”

For more information, visit www.autosport-international.com or call 0844 579 3188.

[Source: Autosport; photo credit: Simon Wright]

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