As the Formula 1 seasons looms we’re already bored of talk of KERS, tyre management, ‘forsuretheteamdidgood’ (one word) and anodyne racing cars. Luckily classic and vintage sportscar racing is more popular than ever across Europe, great characters racing fantastic retro machines, often on public roads. These pictures are courtesy of regular reader Simon who convinced his newlywed* to add two days more days to their honeymoon in Malta to get these great pictures of the Valletta ‘Mdina’ Grand Prix last year.

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The event is a relaxed affair combining a hill climb and a circuit race on public roads. Competitors ranged from the chap calling himself ‘Biggles’ who came last in a vintage Citroen, to Brits in Cafe Roadster-style machinery, to the lunatic Italian in the red pre-war FIAT racer. So much sideways!

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Cars are predominately pre ’76 and there’s nothing here we wouldn’t want to watch all day. Our favourites include the yellow Elan, those awesome Alfas, and the winning car, the (road legal?) red Chevron pictured later outside a Café.

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This is definitely our kind of event and I’m sure we need not apologise for the huge amount of photographs. If you have a qualifying car you can enter 2015’s event and race yourself.  The entry fee is c.€500, about the same price as a ticket to look at the back of a fat Belgian’s baseball-capped head for 3 days in the rain at Spa when the F1 season starts. We’d rather be in the sunshine with these beautiful classics, wouldn’t you?

Info on 2015’s event is online here.


*She’s a keeper

About The Author

Rich Duisberg

Rich's drivel regularly appears in Practical Performance Car and GT Porsche magazines. He has also written for Classic & Sportscar, MogMag, Classic Performance and Retro, Banzai, Evo, and Modern Mini. He also did a book no-one bought. His hungover fizzog also often appears on CBS’s Carfection channel enthusing about historic motoring. Le Mans winner Derek Bell once refused to get in Rich's Morgan Three Wheeler with him at the wheel. Currently amongst the detritus in his garage is a 1972 Fiat 500 Abarth, a fat BMW and a Lotus Elise. Previous machinery includes a Porsche 968, an Alfa GTV V6 and a dreadful Sinclair C5. He also owns a vintage Royal Enfield pushbike.

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