A race series for 1950s Production Sports Cars and Sports Racing Cars from this evocative and exciting era.

Equipe 50s combines Production Sports Cars and Sports Racing Cars with classes split pre post 1956 (any sports racing cars of the period)

Races will be 20 minute qualifying and a 40 minute pit stop race (for one or two drivers) or two 30 minutes races.

Equipe 50s cars will also be eligible for the Equipe 3 Hour Relay as well as Equipe Libre

Equipe 50s will run on Dunlop historic CR65 L section Tyres and to FiA appendix K specification: FiA papers are welcome but not mandatory. Equipe 50s is a series, not a championship so is open to individual entry of any event.

By carefully selecting eligible cars, the original Equipe GTS series has delivered close and exciting racing with an emphasis on competitive yet high driving standards and a high level of car preparation. Equipe 50s will follow the same ethos and also have the club and social feeling of the original brand.

The 1950s had a wide and iconic range of racing cars with production cars from Jaguar XKs, MGAs, T Types and Lotus Elites competing with small volume Sports racers from Lotus, Cooper, Lola and Elva. Equipe 50s will have separate classes for engine size and Sports Racing classes split pre and post 1956 to account for performance and braking differentials.

Period E GT and GTS production Drum brake and disc brake Sports cars. Any Sports Racing Cars of the period. Running to FiA appendix K regulations on Dunlop historic CR65 L section Tyres. FiA papers welcome but not mandatory. From 2022 we will be running separate classes for drum brake cars .

Any eligible cars from Equipe 50s can also enter our Equipe Libre races.

To discuss your car please call Rob on 07825 345999

Equipe 50s Race Series Regulations Index:

  1. Series Regulations
  2. Sporting Regulations / Judicial
  3. Sporting regulations / Race procedure (includes pitstop regulations)
  4. Race Penalties
  5. Technical Regulations
  6. Contacts
  1. Series Regulations

1.1 Title and Administration

EQUIPE 50s is an invitation series of races organised and administered by Equipe Classic Racing Ltd. This series will not be run as a championship, but prizes will be awarded for individual class and race winners at each event.

It is the intention of the organisers to create a friendly, gentlemanly series of good value longer distance events for eligible cars with competent drivers. A high standard of both car presentation and driver behaviour will therefore be expected.

1.2 Series Organisers

John Pearson
Rob Cull

1.3 Series Cordinator

Graeme Williams

1.4 Eligibility Cordinator

Rob Cull

1.5 Competitor Eligibility

All drivers must hold a minimum of a current Motorsport UK Race Club licence for UK events or European equivalent with FIA endorsed logo. For International events you must have a minimum of a current Motorsport UK Race National licence or European equivalent with FIA endorsed logo.

All drivers must be a member of Equipe Classic Racing and be registered for the series.

1.6 Registration

All drivers must be approved by and registered with Equipe Classic Racing

All drivers will be notified of acceptance before any race entry will be considered.

2nd drivers, Non owners or those renting / borrowing a car must be a fully paid up Member and registered driver and will have to supply a covering letter of race experience prior to any race entry being accepted.

Equipe Classic Racing reserves the right to not accept or cancel the registration or entry of any driver at any time.

1.7 Race Entries / Cancellation

Close of entries will be 2 weeks prior to the event. Should you need to cancel your entry please inform us as soon as possible. A full refund less £75.00 admin fee will be given up to 2 weeks prior to the event. From 2 weeks to 48 hours prior to the event then a 50% refund will be given. 48 hours or less No Refund will be given.

1.8 Privacy policy

Equipe Classic Racing Ltd. does not disclose buyers’ information to any third party except when order and address details are needed as part of the order fulfilment. In this case, the third party will not disclose any of the details to any other third party.

  1. Sporting Regulations / Judicial

These will be in accordance with the national regulations in the country of the event.

  1. Sporting regulations / Race procedure / Pit Stop

These will be in accordance with the national regulations in the country of the event.

For the 2024 season, all Equipe 50s races will be from a rolling start. Exact start procedure will be communicated to the drivers at the mandatory Driver Briefing at each meeting.

At a 40 minute pit stop race the grid positions will be set from the fastest qualification time, if there are 2 drivers both drivers must set a qualifying time with a minimum of 3 laps each and the driver that has set the fastest time will start the race from the position that has been set in qualifying.

At events with two 30 minute races, each race will have its own stand-alone qualifying session to form the grid for that race.

3.1 Pit Stop regulations

Pit Stop regulations.

(1)          Pit Stop for one or two drivers.

  1. a) During a 40 minute race the pit lane will be open for the compulsory pit stop between 15 minutes and 30 minutes from the start of the race. A “pit lane open” board will be shown for 2 laps after the pit is opened and a “pit lane closed” board for 2 laps after the end of the “Pit Window”.
  2. Competitors entering the Pit Lane for the Pit Stop must have seatbelts fully secured until the car has come to a complete halt in the Pit lane.
  3. c) Engines do not have to be switched off.
  4. The car but must remain stationary for 45 seconds. This applies to single drivers and drivers sharing a car with a second driver. A single driver does not need to get out of the car
  5. Failure to comply with the Pit Stop Regulations will result in three Lap penalty applied at the end of the race.
  6. f) Judges of fact will be appointed to ensure compliance.

(2)          Any car not completing the compulsory pit stop during the Pit Stop window period as indicated in item (2a) above will result in a three lap penalty applied at the end of the race.

(3)          No refuelling is allowed.

(4)          WARNING:  The pit lane speed limit is 60 kph and will be enforced by the use of either a speed gun or a timed pit entry and exit time.  Note: please ensure your pit lane speed is not too slow as it will hold up more competitive cars.

(5)          In the event of a safety car being employed in accordance with MUK Regulations the pit lane exit will be closed until the train behind the safety car has passed.

  1. Race Penalties

These will be in accordance with the national regulations in the country of the event.

However, entrants should be aware that Equipe Classic Racing will monitor and discipline any poor, overly aggressive or dangerous driving and any driver or car failing to meet the standard approved by Equipe Classic Racing will receive a formal warning.

Any further infringements within a one-year period may result in exclusion from the series. The driver of any car damaged or causing damage during an Equipe Classic Racing event will also have to seek approval before they may continue to compete in future Equipe Classic Racing races.

During a pitstop race there will be a 3 Lap penalty for any single driver that does not stay stationary for the mandatory 45 second stop, that misses the pit window or does not stop at all. Speeding in the pit lane will also attract the same penalty.

  1. Technical Regulations

5.1 EQUIPE Classic Racing General Principles

This Series is primarily intended for period E GT and GTS cars and Pre 1960 Sports Racing Cars as raced in period, running to period FiA homologated specification as per FIA appendix K regulations.

FiA identity papers are preferred but will not be required for any Equipe Classic Racing events.

A completed car specification declaration form will need to be signed by the driver and submitted before any entry will be accepted.

Additional period modifications may be accepted providing any such modifications are declared to and are agreed by Equipe Classic Racing

All cars will be accepted or refused by Equipe Classic Racing on their individual merit.

Sports racing cars over 2,000cc are currently not permitted in Equipe Libre.

Sports Racing Cars over 2,000cc will be permitted to enter the following Equipe races in 2023 ..

Silverstone GP – Equipe Super Libre – Sunday 11th June

Zandvoort – Equipe Super Libre – 14th & 15th July

Silverstone National – Equipe Super Sprint – October 7th.

It is expected that all cars comply with FiA appendix K vehicle regulations, or will run to a period specification as listed on your driver’s declaration/registration form to be approved by Equipe Classic Racing.

For 2023 the engine size shall be limited in accordance with FiA Appendix K requirements i.e. a maximum overbore of 1.2mm over the original production engine size and standard stroke. Engine capacity, bore and stroke will be checked periodically so we suggest that you may want to have your engine checked and sealed by an MSA scruitineer. This is mandatory from 2022.

If you are unsure please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Equipe Classic Racing reserves the right to re-classify any car into a more appropriate class if in their opinion it is considered to be in keeping with the potential performance of the car.

5.2 Safety Requirements

In accordance with the MSA or the national regulations in country of event.

5.3 Race Classes

For GT and GTS Cars and Sports Racing Cars

Class 1 – Cars up to 1300cc

Class 2 – Cars from 1301cc to 1675cc

Class 3 – Cars from 1676cc to 1860cc

Class 4 – Cars from 1861cc to 2200cc

Class 5 – Cars from 2201cc to 2750cc

Class 6 – Cars from 2751cc to 3600cc

Class 7 – Cars from 3601cc and above

Class 8 – Invitation

5.4 Bodywork

Bodywork must remain as per period FIA Appendix K regulations or Equipe Classic Racing must approve any other modifications. Flared wheel arches are prohibited.

Local drilling or the cutting of holes in the front apron is allowed only to allow increased airflow to an engine oil cooler as in period.

Any additional non Appendix K regulation holes in the bodywork are forbidden along with any other form of modification to aid brake cooling.

5.5 Windscreens

All cars manufactured after 1st January 1955 must run with full width windscreens as per FiA appendix K.

Aero screen are prohibited on cars after 1st January 1955

5.6 Hardtops

All cars fitted with full front and rear roll-cages must be fitted with a factory style hardtop or an aftermarket hardtop of a period appearance or must compete with the original style soft-top erected.

5.7 Wheels

All cars may use either wire spoke or pressed steel wheels. Alternatively period Alloy wheels.

All cars must use wheel rim diameter in compliance with the period homologation of the car.

All cars must use wheel rim width in compliance with the period homologation of the car

All cars must run to the Homologated track.

5.8 Tyres

All cars running during qualifying and races must use Dunlop historic CR65 L section or Dunlop Vintage racing tyres. This is across all classes and regardless of weight

5.9 Advertising

Equipe Classic Racing Advertising on cars, As a Historic series we expect advertising on the cars to be kept to an absolute minimum and in all cases must be of period appearance. Personal Advertising will be allowed on the front windscreen as a sunstrip to a maximum of 200mm. Equipe Classic Racing reserves the right to ask for decals and stickers to be removed should it be deemed necessary.

Space must be made available on all cars for event sponsor’s decals, and Equipe Classic Racing reserves the right to insist upon any competitor removing or covering any other sponsor’s decals if requested to do so.

5.10 Race Fuel

All vehicles May use Pump Fuel or Vp Racing Fuel to a maximum RON of 102.00; A full definition of pump fuel is given on page 60 of the current MUK Blue Book, but the key numbers are max RON of 100.0 and maximum lead content of 0.005 g/l.

 5.11 Permitted and prohibited modifications

Any manually operated 4 speed gearbox will be permitted as long as it’s the original gearbox and casing for the car as per homologation.  Internals are free. MGA 3 synchro gearboxes can be replaced with the later 4 synchro gearbox (as long as the car was originally homologated with a 3 synchro gearbox).  5 Speed gearboxes are only allowed if it can be proved (with supporting documentation) that It ran internationally in period. Sequential gearboxes are prohibited.

Panhard rods, rear anti roll bars, watts linkages or any type of additional suspension modifications are prohibited unless stated on the FIA specification papers for that vehicle. (adjustable anti roll bars are prohibited unless stated on the FIA specification papers for that vehicle.) Axle casing modification to help with suspension geometry are prohibited. Alloy hubs unless stated on the FIA specification papers are prohibited. Suspension pick up points must be in their original position and not modified. Rose Jointed suspension is prohibited unless stated on the FIA specification papers. MGA front Adjustable lever arm shock absorbers will be legal for 2021 with a mandatory spec for 2022.

An Electronic triggering device type of ignition will be permitted as long as it is NOT mapable and is fully contained inside the distributor. (i.e Aldon Ignitor) A 123 distributor will not be permitted nor will luminition ignition. MSD 6A and 6AL will be allowed as long as its non programmable.

Alloy Radiators will be permitted as long as they are the same size and position as the original item and must be painted or powder coated black.

MGA’s will be allowed to use a later 1800cc MGB engine and will as such be in the relevant class. MGA’s can also use an MGB front upright as a matter of safety. A side draft weber carburettor will also be permitted.

Roller Cam followers are prohibited unless specifically stated on the cars cars FiA papers.

Limited Slip differentials are prohibited unless clearly stated on the car homologation papers.

All cars must run to their homologated weight.


Please contact info@equipeclassicracing.com with any questions

Revision 1d. 23/01/2024

Race Entry and Registration