Motorsport readers may have read Doug Nye's article this month about the plans by Jason Wright to field historic F1 cars from 1961-5 in a demonstration run without all the modern safety features such as roll-over bars, full-face helmets, HTPs and all the other anachronistic appurtenances. DCN has nailed his colours to the mast (hurrah) to welcome this initiative which will be tried out as a 'demonstrative run' at the Red Bull Ring shortly.
How do others feel about this? It would present a spectacle far closer to that of the period, but it is definitively not racing.
I am conflicted about this. Whilst I understand the sentiments that have inspired this idea, I am also of the opinion that racing cars should be raced. EIther keep them in a museum, or let them do what they were made to do. There is a case for saying, where a car is unique and special - like 722, the Moss/Jenks Mille Miglia 300SLR, it should be treated as such and not raced. But where there are multiple examples of a model, this might not be such a compelling argument. And if you are going to race older cars, it is difficult to justify turning the safety clock backwards.
We have often seen demonstration runs at Goodwood and elsewhere - most notably the Porsche 956/965 cavalcade at the recent Goodwood MM. But these always seem a rather sad spectacle to me, like thoroughbred horses or greyhounds being held back & forced to walk rather than run as they should. So on balance, were I to be going to the Ring, I do not think I would be over-impressed by this 'demonstrative run'. And will the drivers be very keen to be hobbled in this way?