Silverstone 4 April 2020 – race report

An extraordinary assortment of fabulous race cars turned up for the first race of the 2020 season at Silverstone on Saturday, the 4th of April 2020 despite the manifold dangers and deterrents of the Corona Virus lockdown. The racing was run under the MUK “2 metre distance” rule announced on April 1st, so we were to expect a smaller number of prangs on track and less jollity (arm wrestling, kissing, applying the strength of two people to one breaker bar, dancing of Scottish reels, jostling round the tea urn and giggling at each other’s trophies etc.) in the paddock.

There were half a dozen cars new to the grid. Alistair Baptie with his MGBV8, Benito Chiarelli from Nottingham with this extraordinary AMC Rambler Hot Shot Pimped Special, David Hughes with his newly built Cobra, Hugh Pelling with a newly built Cobra,  Jon Mann in his red and blue # 43 NASCAR turning up with Kevin Borland and in his red #8 Budweiser NASCAR. Lee Maddox brought his Pontiac Ascar out as did Recky Reck with his Ascar. The pride of the new cars was probably the 1957 Chevy Corvette of Thomas Feraud.

The E-Racing simulation of the quallies and racing were so skilfully done that nobody noticed that the entire event was virtual – both in the sense of being electronically generated and in the sense of being a creation of this writer’s vivid imagination. The official results came out with the nota bene “Race results by Excel RAND function, by order of the Virtual Clerk of the Course whose decisions are final” but this did nothing to dampened the joy of participation of the 34 drivers. Of course another novel feature was seeing each driver getting the car off the trailer and prepped without any help, social gatherings being prohibited.

Read more, including full results for every car, in the pdf version at