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Race Retro 2018 – Lotus 79 leads ground-effect F1 celebration

Race Retro 2018 – Lotus 79 leads ground-effect F1 celebration Classic and Performance Car

For 2018, Race Retro will celebrate the 40th anniversary of ground-effect aerodynamics in F1.


Mario Andretti’s 1978 Championship-winning Lotus 79 will be the star attraction at this year’s  Race Retro, which runs from 22-25 February 2018. Honoring the 40th anniversary of ground-effect F1 cars, the show will feature a selection of icons from this era in the Motor Sport Hall of Fame Live. 

It was one of the most technically intriguing periods for the sport, and the Lotus 79 is arguably the most important examples of the breed. This JPS-liveried example, which is powered by a Cosworth DFV engine, will be on loan from the Richard Mille Collection for the show.

A year later in 1979, the Patrick Head-designed Williams FW07 moved the game on yet again, giving Alan Jones a car good enough to take Lotus’s crown. This car will also be on display. 

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Other cars featured in the Hall of Fame also followed this aerodynamic evolution. The Ralt RT3 that Martin Brundle raced against Ayrton Senna in British F3, the ex-Siegfried Stohr Chevron B48 F2 car and a Le Mans-challenging Porsche 956.

Another big part of the show will be the celebration of David Richards, founder of Prodrive. From his days as a co-driver to the likes of Tony Pond and Ari Vatanen to founding the hugely successful motorsport and technology company that is Prodrive.  

Four cars will be on show from Prodrive: a 1984 Porsche 911 SC RS – the company’s first rally car – a Subaru Impreza Group A, 2004 BAR 060 and the 2016 Aston Martin Vantage GTE.

The show runs from February 23-25 2018 at Stoneleigh Park in Warwichshire, and features a live action rally stage, lots of trade stands as well as hosting a successful Silverstone Auctions competition and road car sale. 
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