The International Association For Owners And Drivers Of Historic Grand Prix Cars

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Remember the heady days when national pride and colours defined the appearance of racing cars, not sponsorship deals worth tens of millions of pounds?  The Historic Grand Prix Cars Association does.  Indeed, since 1979 its members have striven passionately to preserve the heritage of the titanic machines (and their courageous drivers) which made motor racing history at the highest level when it was a sport, not a commercial circus.

Our story revisits the great rivalries of five decades, spanning artisan-crafted two-seater Bugattis of the 1920s to the exquisite 1.5-litre ‘cigar tubes’ of 1961-’65. It also replays the inter-marque battles between cars with supercharged and naturally-aspirated engines at the birth of the Formula One World Championship in 1950, and its subsequent 2.5-litre era which saw the naissance of new-fangled chassis with engines behind their drivers - an advance pioneered by Auto Union pre-war.

In celebrating history and technical innovation, and educating new generations of motor racing fans about the past, we also focus on the heroic driving of William Grover Williams, Tazio Nuvolari, Giuseppe Farina, Alberto Ascari, Juan Manuel Fangio, Stirling Moss, Mike Hawthorn, Jack Brabham, the Hills (Phil and Graham), Jim Clark and John Surtees in Grands Prix often fought out over three hours.

Each golden era’s glories are celebrated on spectacular Pre-1961 and Pre-1966 grids at dedicated historic race meetings. Join us at Great Britain and Europe’s most famous Grand Prix circuits to be magically transported back in time in an evocative blur of Italian scarlet, British Racing Green and French blue.

Welcome to the HGPCA’s fast-moving history book. 

2018 Calendar




Friday 20th April, 2018

HGPCA Test Day




21st/22nd April, 2018

VSCC Formula Vintage

Silverstone National Circuit, UK



25th-27th May, 2018

Historic Tour Charade

Clermont Ferrand, France



29th June-1st July, 2018

Brands Hatch Superprix

Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit, UK



20th-22nd July, 2018

Silverstone Classic

Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit, UK



3rd-5th August, 2018

Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix




10th-12th August, 2018

46.AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix

Nurburgring, Germany



14th-16th September, 2018

25th Spa Six Hours

Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium



12th-14th October, 2018

Espiritu del Jarama

Near Madrid, Spain

Portugal flag


19th - 21st October, 2018

Algarve Classic Festival

Portimao, Portugal




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