"This has to be the best grid of cars ever..." (Motorsport Magazine, 2017)
Bernie’s Sports Racing & V8s is for enthusiasts who want value-for-money old-school racing. The series is open to original, reproduction and replica two-seater sports cars, GT, saloon and ‘muscle’ cars spanning the golden era of motorsport from the 1950s through to the early 1990s, the original model of which was built before 1st January 1994.
The series comprises cars which ran in the past with Bernie’s V8s or SR> whose co-operation has provided these simplified regs for 2019. They will be joined by cars like the Crosslés, MGB BCV8s, TVRs, Jaguars and from other invited clubs, all of whom must conform to the regulations of their club.
All cars except historic cars with FIA papers (Class H for pre-1979 Historics) compete in the power-to-weight ratio classes:
Class A 386 to 665bhp per tonne
Class B 311 to 385bhp per tonne
Class C Up to 310bhp per tonne
Engines must be naturally aspirated, no sequential gearboxes, no traction control, no ABS or carbon brakes. Just big old school muscle race cars, and no Seven-type, or sports-racing cars. For advice on the eligibility of your car please get in touch, and see the draft 2019 regulations here.
The original silhouette is to be preserved, however bonnet scoops/vents, wider arches, deeper front air dams and fixed spoilers to period specification may be fitted, although rear wings are not permitted. All cars must display the correct club stickers as supplied by the club upon registration.
Transmissions and differentials are free, sequential gearboxes are not permitted in any class.
Treaded/grooved tyres must be used, tyres must have at least four circumferential grooves. Slick tyres are not permitted in any class. Wet weather tyres are free.
All drivers must have valid 750 Motor Club membership
(£25 for 12 months) and registered with the series Bernie's Sports Racing & V8s (£50 per season).
Drivers that are registered with an Invited Club must register, but need not pay the £50 fee. The registration fee is waived for a ‘Trial’ round (excluding the American Speedfest event at Brands Hatch).
Awards are given at each round: - Overall Winner, 1st in Class, 2nd in Class with four starters and 3rd in Class with six starters. Cars in the invitation class are not eligible for winner's laurels or any Class trophies. Being a non-championship series of races, no points are awarded.
Silverstone National - 4th May (1 x 40 min)
American Speedfest, Brands Hatch - 1st-2nd June (3 x 15 mins)
Spa Francorchamps Summer Classic – 27th-30th June
Snetterton 300 - 6th July (2 x 20 mins)
Brands Hatch GP – Date TBC in August (40 mins)