The 2017 edition of Spa Classic organised by Peter Auto took place from May 19 – May 21 this year on one of the most exciting racing circuits, the 20-turn, 4.35 mile (7km) Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. 2017 marked the seventh running of the event, which witnessed exceptional classic sports cars and sports prototypes that created an electric atmosphere despite the initial rainy and overcast conditions. New to 2017 was the addition of the Euro F2 class which included single-seater racing cars from the European Championship between 1967 and 1978.
Like every other racing weekend Spa Classic 2017 started off with practice and qualifying sessions on Friday and Saturday. The racing action proceeded, starting with the Trofeo Nastro Rosso, a category that includes pre-1966 Sports and GT racing cars of Italian makes. This included cars like the category-winning Ferrari 275 GTB/C, Bizzarrini 5300 GT, and the Maserati Tipo 61 “Birdcage”
The highlight of Spa Classic 2017 though, is Group C racing which brings out the glorious sports prototypes from the golden era of racing. Legendary cars like the Sauber-Mercedes C11, Spice SE90 and the Jaguar XJR12 thundered down Eau Rouge recreating the historic racing scene of yesteryears. This is followed by sixties endurance racing cars, pre-1963 sports cars and pre-1963 GT cars, a class that was filled with some of the most revered names of their era that included cars such as the jaguar E-Types, Porsche 911s, Shelby Cobras, just to name a few.
Spa Classic is one of those Peter Auto events that perfectly combines of old-school endurance racing with one of the most iconic tracks in motorsport history and culture. You can see the action captured beautifully by our friend Antoine Dellenbach in the photos below. Also, be sure to keep a lookout for upcoming Peter Auto classic car events across European racing circuits, off which next month’s highlight will be the historic racing at Italy’s Monza Circuit.