Sears to be guest of honour at Snetterton 3-Hour race
Former Autosport three-hour race winner Jack Sears will be the guest of honour for the 2008 running of the famous race at Snetterton over the weekend of 31 May/1 June.
Sears, who won the race in 1964 in an AC Cobra, will present the awards and the Historic Sports Car Club has attracted a 40-car field for the race, including entries from Holland and France.
The Autosport 3-Hours is the longest race of its type in Britain in 2008 and will be contested by GT and sports-racing cars built before 1966, along with cars in an invitation class for pre '69 sports-racing, GT and sports-prototypes.
Leading the field will be 2007 race winners Michael Schryver and Simon Hadfield in the Chevron B6 that Schryver has owned since 1984, one of a dozen such cars in the field. Other strong pairings include recent Guards Trophy winners James and Jeremy Cottingham, Luke Stevens/Hugh Colman and Craig Jones/Jerry Hooper. Three father and son teams will also race Chevrons; Joe and Piers Ward, Andrew and James Schryver and Steve and Will Hodges.
European entries include the AC Cobra of Dutch crew Armand Adriaans/John Hendriks and the Lotus 23B of Gerard Delprat/Fabrice Bernard. Potential rivals to the Chevron pack for overall success include the Crossle 9S of Jon Shipman/Mark Hales and the Elva Mk7S of Roger Wills/Joe Twyman.
The three-hour race is the headline event of a two-day race meeting organised by the Historic Sports Car Club and will start at 3.10pm on Saturday. Through the rest of the weekend will be a further 14 races for sports, saloons and single-seater racing cars from the 1950s through to the 1980s.
The race meeting will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of Cambridge-based Lister, the company that enjoyed international sports car racing success in the late 1950s and 1960s. Several Lister sports-racing cars will be demonstrated and former Lister employees will join Brian Lister at the track on Saturday to celebrate the anniversary.
Qualifying is from 9am on Saturday, with the first of five races at 11.40am and the Autosport three-hour race at 3.10pm. On Sunday, qualifying is from 9am, with the first of 10 races at 11.20am. Adult admission is just £12 per day.