Zandvoort, Holland’s largest playground for boys and girls and their motorised go carts, is this weekend the venue for the Zandvoort Historic Trophy.
The weather is gloomy and the track wet in places, but that is no excuse for a weekend of great fun. Again this combined weekend of open track and competition organised by the HARC and 402 brings joy to the young and old. The owners of classics and young timers are pleased to be able to park their vehicles on the inside of the track, where all classic vehicles are gathered. It means the first conversations on classic motoring commence as soon as you leave your precious vehicle. The white Fiat X1/9 next to me happens to be one of the CineCars Diva’s, immediately next to it is a couple with a Lancia Aurelia, who have figured on the CineCars website with no less than two of their cars. This Aurelia has been theirs for the past 45 years and was once bought from students who ran it down completely. Further on another Diva, the orange VW Passat owned by Nico Hobma. You could say CineCars is at home here on Zandvoort.
We stumble upon a DKW 1000 in four door spec, a version I haven’t seen before. Most of these cars only have the two doors. This specific example is an original Dutch first registration car, that has been owned by the current proprietor for quite some years now. I notice how the two strokes’ ignition is marked with colour names, a modification by the current owner, done after struggling to put it all back together for over three hours. The DKW is a car that brings instant happiness, it goes without any problems, the only point of concern is driving downhill in the mountains. Since the engine lubrication is part of the fuel in these kind of cars, engine braking, where there is no fuel admitted, means no lubrication. To prevent overheating and seizing, there is no engine braking, but, to the contrary, the throttle is used to give the engine its necessary lube.
Morgan Nederland takes the opportunity to say goodbye to the Plus 8 after 50 years. The Morgan Club is here with several examples for visitors to gaze on, while club members enjoy themselves on the track. Morgan importer Louwman Exclusive especially brought production number 2 from England. The British car manufacturer states that this is the definitive end for the Plus 8. The fifty final production cars will all get a special livery, which Morgan calls the 50th Anniversary Edition, since the production end coincides with the fiftieth birthday of the Plus 8. However, the Plus 8 has not been produced for fifty years in a row, the English earlier ended fabrication in 2004, when the renowned and reliable Rover V8 went out of production. In 2012 the model returned to the Morgan range, now fitted with a BMW V8.
And yes of course, there are races to be competed on the track, like the State of Art Dutch GT and Touring Cars Championship. Here beefy Americans, Ford Cortina’s, Lotuses, Mini’s, Porsches and Jaguars race for the prizes. I’m watching the races with my youngest son, who doesn’t like the fact of American muscle overtaking the Jaguars at all. This is not how it is supposed to be! He’s right of course, it does feel like Trumpian rudeness towards the Royal British Jaguars. What it does is deliver on spectacle and that’s exactly what the crowd here in Zandvoort came for.