The CSCC Special Saloons
+ Modsports series
3 of the 4 static display cars : Jon Mann brought the wonderful Vauxhall Calibra Thundersaloon ( 43 ) ,the 1st of the 2 built by Uniclip for 1993 ( Ric Wood has chassis no.2 ) . Now in STP livery Mann hopes to compete again with the car later in the season. Gary and son Leigh Marsh brought a brace of interesting Escorts too . The 'Purple Pig' wide-arched mark 1 ( 24 ) with Rover V8 ,effectively a barn find that was saved and raced in period by Geoff Lynn ,Martin Sledmore and Steve Astell. In contrast the spotless RS silhouette has been restored ( less engine ) and was once the fastest saloon to lap Brands when Matthew Mortlock took it over from Robin Hooker late 1991.
Show stoppers : Leading the cars present though was very much the brace of ex-Gerry Marshall-driven Marsh Plant Aston Martin V8s ,brought over from Ireland by owner David Beatty. Seeing one is a treat but both together was an opportunity not to be missed as they rumbled steadily round ,rather majestically and were the events highlight i reckon. The 2 almost look identical but the Evo car ( the reworked 'Silver Dream Racer' ) raced by Marshall 1989-91 and lastly in 1999 has the high rear wing. The 'RO2' car raced by Marshall 1992-98 has a lower boot spoiler/wing. These 2 accounting for 26 wins for the legendary racer and are a credit to their new owner.
Through the chicane go Ian Stapleton ( Alfa GTV ) closely followed by Daniel Minton ( Ford Escort ) .
Through the chicane goes Steven Moss in the 'Green E ' Ford Anglia