2023 End of Year Round Up

6th – 9th July 2023 – Spa Summer Classic

We set off to Spa with just the 2002 after its debut in Zandvoort.  Spa being Spa had a variety of weather, we’d just finished setting up and then the heavens opened and as well as rain it started hailing too.  Well it was the summer classic!  However the next day the weather changed to hot and it continued for the duration of the event with track temperatures being some 40 degrees plus.

The 2002 qualified well beating the other BMW’s but sadly did not finish the race due to a head gasket issue caused by the extreme heat, however the car being very much at the start of its journey and with further development to come it was still a good trip with lots of information gained and tweeks to work on back at the workshop.

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                                               Harry Barton – Quali Spa Summer Classic                                                            Photo – Peter Baker

28th – 30th July Oulton Park Cup

Oulton Park Gold Cup weekend – Great Result for the Tisa with a top spot on the podium.

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Start of the Whitmore Trophy                                                                                                                                        Photo – Peter Baker


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                         BMW 1800 Tisa – 2 races, 2 first places


August Silverstone Festival

Silverstone Festival saw the first outing of our race trailer.

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            Tisa Pit Stop, Bob Woods, Nigel and Tom Bridger, working hard

2nd – 3rd September 2023 – Croft Nostalgia Weekend

After preparing and running customer cars for many years, our own Tom Bridger following in family footsteps had his first circuit racing experience and gained a couple of signatures on his Race Licence.  Simon Blanckley gave his lovely A40 an outing and many thanks to Simon for giving advice and showing Tom the ropes during the weekend.

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       Simon Blanckley in his A40 showing Tom Bridger the way


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Tom Bridger – Driving our BMW 1800                                    Photos – Peter Baker

October 2023                                                                                                      

October proved to be a busy month for racing, starting with Spa 6 hour, Silverstone National Finals, Silverstone GP Finals and then the cars were loaded straight onto the artic trailer from Silverstone and Mike Sellar drove them down to Portimao for the Algarve Classic Festival.                                                    

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Harry Barton- driving his BMW 2002 in extreme conditions Spa 6 Hour meeting                                                               Photo – Peter Baker

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Team lunch – Spa 6 Hour , L front – Finley Clark, L back – Neil Lampard, R back Peter Baker (Photographer), R middle Mike Sellar (our Truck Driver), R front Nigel Bridger

                             Tom Bridger and Neil Lampard – Paddock Portimao
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Testing in the wet – Portimao                            Photo- Peter Baker
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Harry Barton with his haul of trophies after winning all 3 of his races over the weekend with the BMW 2002 and BMW 1800 Tisa, a fantastic end to the season – Portimao        


November 2023

After supporting our customers all season, Retro took a bit of down time and had a track day at Oulton Park organised by the BMW Car Club.  John Powell our machinist and fabricator who produces some excellent components, brought along his own Opel Manta and Neil Lampard, Nigel and Tom Bridger took turns in our own BMW 1800.  Everyone had a good day and thank you to the BMW car club for hosting the event.

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Oulton Park Track day, L-R John Powell, Neil Lampard, Nigel Bridger and Tom Bridger

December 2023

All cars are back at the workshop now and preparations are underway for next season, so it just remains to say a few thank you’s.  To all our staff for working so hard over the year.  Finley Clark left us in October to pursue other avenues and we wish him all the best in his future endeavours.  Bob Woods for coming to events and working with us over the year.  Mike Sellar for towing our trailer to the European events, we shall be doing a lot more of that in 2024, Peter Baker for his excellent photographs, Barton Racing with their passion for competing  and all our clients for their custom and support throughout the year.

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and all the best for a successful 2024.