Have car manufacturers run out of good ideas? Jaguar, Aston Martin, Lister and Caterham have all recently produced ‘continuation models’ of some their most iconic 50’s and 60’s cars. Jaguar’s lightweight E Type, Aston Martin’s DB4 GT, Lister’s Lister (Knobbly) Jaguar and Caterham a new Super Sprint version of the early Lotus 7. All of these cars have sold out quickly to enthusiasts. Maybe the problem is that new supercars and even basic SUV’s are so competent and fast, to use just a small percentage of their performance will see you lose your licence quicker than saying 0-60.
Is Historic racing also beginning to take over from contemporary racing? Many British Touring Car Teams and drivers are now running cars at Classic Goodwood, Silverstone, Spa, Monaco and Le Mans. These prestigious events have a certain glamour, attracting large crowds and often prime time TV coverage. Formula 1 seems to lack excitement, modern Le Mans has seen both AUDI and Porsche LPM1 factory teams withdraw their entries and unless you have access to some obscure internet TV channel you’ll find it hard to watch the Monte Carlo Rally.
Are we witnessing a ‘sea change’ or maybe the dawn of a new more exciting era. Hopefully it’s a new dawn. Fernando Alonso is having his own ‘one man campaign’ by entering the 2017 Indianapolis 500 and this weekend’s Rolex 24 At Daytona. The GTE Pro class at Le Mans 2018 is also ‘hotting-up’ by attracting factory backed teams from Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin, BMW and Corvette.
I’m optimistic, but do you think we will be looking back at 2018 with a feeling of nostalgia?