Kevin Wilkins in a Chevron B19 taking part in The Martini Trophy for 2 litre open cockpit sports racing cars, HSCC International Trophy race Meeting,Silverstone, 15th May 2011.
Nikon D7000, Sigma 175-500 zoom at 400mm, shutter priority, 1/160 sec, f/13, ISO800.
Featured 18th June 2011
The Martini Trophy Series, relives the FIA European Sports Car Championship Races of the 1970s.
The European Sportscar Championship was a name used by several sports car racing championships based in Europe. Initially created in 1970 by the Fédération Internationale du Sport Automobile (FISA) as the European 2-Litre Sports Car Championship for Makes, the series increased in popularity and eventually became part of the World Sports Car Championship in 1976 even after a troubled 1975 season. Only two years later, as interest in sports-prototypes faded, the championship was downgraded from World Championship status and a European championship returned once more, only to be cancelled after its sole 1978 season.
Substantial start money enabled jewellers, motor traders and insurance underwriters to take part in international motorsport that they otherwise might not have been able to afford. Even the less well heeled could hitch their car on a trailer behind a Transit Van and do a summer tour of Europe on a shoestring as long as the racing did not cause any significant damage to the car.