This month, visitors to Snetterton Circuit will be able to watch strange-looking French relics take to the track in a unique 24 hour race.
The 2CV 24 Hour Race is one of only two such motor races in the UK, and is by far the longest running.
For a car designed by Andre Citroën more than 60 years ago, the ‘tin snails’ as they are sometimes called, are great fun to drive and they put on a great show.
Each car has three or four drivers, who change when the cars come in to refuel (around every two hours). All the teams have mechanics who ‘fettle’ the cars, and some are said to be able to change an engine in just seven minutes. Teams set up camp behind their garages to cater for the drivers and the pit crew.
This year, the cars will do their qualifying runs from 10am on the Saturday, before the daytime races take place. There will be races including the BARC Classic VW, the Hyundai Coupe Cup and BARC Saloons.
The races will finish just before 4pm, ready for the main event to begin. The 24 hour race itself starts at 5pm, when its flat-out, twice around the clock, through the darkness, until the finish at 5pm on Sunday.
There’s always a special atmosphere at this unique 24 hour race. It’s all very friendly, and spectators are invited to walk into the back of the pit garages and watch the crews at work. If you are lucky, you might just see a speedy engine change.
Visitors can enter into the full spirit of the event and stay the night. There is plenty of space to pitch a tent, caravan or motorhome, with all the expected facilities on site.
When: 16th – 18th August 2019, gates open at 7.30am
Where: Snetterton Circuit, Norwich, Norfolk NR16 2JU
£: A day ticket costs £12 and a weekend ticket costs £20
More info: www.2cvracing.org.uk