The organisation will be provisionally run from the Masters existing UK office, with a satellite office in the USA, organising the events under the Masters Historic Racing umbrella. Going forward the American series will be called Masters HGP.
After its own successful series of races, run over many seasons, Masters Historic Racing was appointed to run the FIA Historic Formula One Championship in 2013. The acquisition of HGP operations allows Masters to run events in America as standalone races or as rounds of the FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship in future seasons.
Ron Maydon of Masters said, “I am delighted to be able to announce this news which underlines Masters’ commitment to historic Formula One racing around the World. Historic Grand Prix Inc is the only series concentrating on historic F1 in America, and we want to build on that hard work and enhance the image of historic F1 further. With one set of regulations in operation across both continents, we are hoping that it will promote more European drivers to race in America and vice versa. I’d like to pay tribute to James King, Phil Reilly and Rebecca Evans for all their hard work in the past and their confidence in Masters to allow us to take HGP forward into the future and look forward to personally meeting the drivers and car owners at future events.”
HGP Director, James King, commented, “Having shared values and standards with Masters for many years, Rebecca, Phil and I are very pleased to pass the torch to Ron and his proven, enthusiastic Masters Team. The HGP car owners, drivers and teams, as well as Formula One fans and the entire historic motor sport community, will benefit from this exciting development.”
For additional information, visit themastersseries.com.
[Source: Masters Historic Racing; photo: Dennis Gray]