A race dedicated to Austin Healeys will be a popular feature of the seventh Castle Combe Autumn Classic on Saturday 6 October.
The race, named in the memory of popular photographer and journalist Phil Broster, will be open to Austin Healey Sprites, 100s and 3000s and will run for 25 minutes and a strong grid is expected. The sight of a Healey 3000 on opposite lock remains one of the best spectacles in UK historic racing and the Bristol area is famed for being the home of many leading Healey 3000 racers.
The Phil Broster Memorial Race for Healeys will be run by Healeysport, the competition arm of the Austin Healey Club UK. It will be contested by all Sprites, 100s and 3000s cars that competed in the AHC Championship races until 2011 plus all Sprites currently competing in the Midget and Sprite Challenge.
Phil 'Scoop' Broster was the voice of the AHC Championship for over twenty years through his very particular race reports for both the Club magazine ‘Rev Counter’ and the national motor racing press. Phil, who was also a talented guitarist, fought a brave battle against illness but died in 2017 yet maintained his fine sense of humour to the end.
He is still sadly missed but very much remembered for his acerbic reporting and quirky photography and this race will give all the drivers a chance to pay their respects. It is hoped that his family will be present on the day for what is sure to be a fitting tribute.
Class awards will be presented but there will be no overall trophy for the race winner. The spirit of the race is in the participation and it is to be regarded as a reunion and recapture of the great days of the championship when Healeys of all types and all levels of performance raced together.
Castle Combe’s Autumn Classic is the circuit’s annual historic race meeting event, where several prestigious races come together to form an unforgettable day for any classic car fan. Advanced tickets include free paddock entry (Adults/Seniors: £20/£15) and under 17s are admitted free of charge. Click here to buy tickets.