The International Association For Owners And Drivers Of Historic Grand Prix Cars

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Remember the heady days when national pride and colours defined the appearance of racing cars, not sponsorship deals worth tens of millions of pounds?  The Historic Grand Prix Cars Association does.  Indeed, since 1979 its members have striven passionately to preserve the heritage of the titanic machines (and their courageous drivers) which made motor racing history at the highest level when it was a sport, not a commercial circus.

Our story revisits the great rivalries of five decades, spanning artisan-crafted two-seater Bugattis of the 1920s to the exquisite 1.5-litre ‘cigar tubes’ of 1961-’65. It also replays the inter-marque battles between cars with supercharged and naturally-aspirated engines at the birth of the Formula One World Championship in 1950, and its subsequent 2.5-litre era which saw the naissance of new-fangled chassis with engines behind their drivers - an advance pioneered by Auto Union pre-war.

In celebrating history and technical innovation, and educating new generations of motor racing fans about the past, we also focus on the heroic driving of William Grover Williams, Tazio Nuvolari, Giuseppe Farina, Alberto Ascari, Juan Manuel Fangio, Stirling Moss, Mike Hawthorn, Jack Brabham, the Hills (Phil and Graham), Jim Clark and John Surtees in Grands Prix often fought out over three hours.

Each golden era’s glories are celebrated on spectacular Pre-1961 and Pre-1966 grids at dedicated historic race meetings. Join us at Great Britain and Europe’s most famous Grand Prix circuits to be magically transported back in time in an evocative blur of Italian scarlet, British Racing Green and French blue.

Welcome to the HGPCA’s fast-moving history book. 

2016 Calendar




Friday 22nd April, 2016

HGPCA Test Day




Saturday 23rd April, 2016

VSCC Spring Start

Silverstone National Circuit, UK



30th April - 1st May, 2016

Donington Historic Festival

Donington Park, UK



28th - 29th May, 2016

Masters Brands Hatch

Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit, UK



17th - 19th June, 2016

Coppa Intrereuropa Monza

Monza, Italy



1st - 3rd July, 2016

Brands Hatch Superprix

Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit, UK



29th - 31st July, 2016

Silverstone Classic

Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit, UK



12th - 14th August, 2016

44.AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix

Nurburgring, Germany



27th - 29th August, 2016

Oulton Park Gold Cup

Oulton Park, UK



16th - 18th September, 2016

23rd Spa Six Hours

Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium



7th - 9th October, 2016

Dijon Motors Cup

Dijon-Prenois, France




Photographs courtesy of Jim Houlgrave, Kitty Chisolm and Simone Kalk ©2014 Historic Grand Prix Cars Association. All Rights Reserved. E&OE