Wednesday, 12 December 2018

77th MEMBERS’ MEETING RACES AND HIGH-SPEED DEMONSTRATIONS CONFIRMED




77th MEMBERS’ MEETING RACES AND HIGH-SPEED DEMONSTRATIONS CONFIRMED
With all the new races and high-speed demonstrations confirmed for the 77thMembers’ Meeting taking place 6-7 April 2019, Goodwood are pleased to now be able to announce the full race and high-speed demonstration list.
As previously announced there will be three high-speed demonstrations which will take place on both days of the event, these will feature the BMW M1 Procars, Le Mans Prototypes and NASCAR.
There will be three new races, the Betty Richmond Trophy, John Duff Trophy and the Sheene Trophy, with previous fan-favourite, the S.F. Edge Trophy, making a return for 2019.
Vehicle entry lists and driver lists, along with event timings will be revealed closer to the event.
The full race list can be seen below:
Parnell Cup (20 mins)
For Grand Prix and Voiturette cars, of a type that raced between 1935 and 1953

Gerry Marshall Trophy (45 mins – two drivers)
For Group 1 saloon cars of a type that raced between 1970 and 1982

Tony Gaze Trophy (20 mins)
For road-going sports and GT cars of a type that raced between 1954 and 1959

Derek Bell Cup (20 mins)
For 1-litre Formula 3 cars of a type that raced between 1964 and 1970

Sheene Trophy (20 mins)
For Formula 750 motorcycles of a type that raced in F750 and open 750cc races worldwide up to 1972

John Duff Trophy (20 mins)
For Vintage sports racing cars of a type that raced prior to 1930 

Graham Hill Trophy (45 mins – two drivers)
For closed-cockpit GT cars and prototypes in the spirit of the RAC TT races, 1960-1964

S.F. Edge Trophy (15 mins)
For Edwardian Specials of a type that raced up to 1923 

Gerry Marshall Sprint (15 mins)
For Group 1 saloon cars of a type that raced between 1970 and 1982

Gurney Cup (20 mins)
For sports prototypes of a type that raced between 1960 and 1966

Betty Richmond Trophy (20 mins)
For Mini saloons and variants, of up to 1300cc

Peter Collins Trophy (20 mins)
For sports racing cars of a type that raced between 1948 and 1955 

Full details on each of the new races and high-speed demonstrations can be found at https://www.goodwood.com/media-centre/ 
Tickets to the 77th Members’ Meeting are available now to Goodwood Road Racing Club and Fellowship Members. For information on how to join the Fellowship click here.

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG AT BEAULIEU’S HANDS-ON HALF-TERM - FEBRUARY 16th – 24th



CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG AT BEAULIEU’S HANDS-ON HALF-TERM - FEBRUARY 16th – 24th
Become an inventor for a Hands-on half-term at Beaulieu, get inspired by the wonderful machines from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and take part in activities to make your own creations from February 16th-24th.
In the National Motor Museum follow in the footsteps of Chitty’s on-screen creator Caractacus Potts and build your own balloon car. Colour in and customise your car before racing – how fast can yours go?
Discover the film’s amazingly inventive machines of Rowland Emett as they whir into life in the recreated Coggins’ Garage – including the Humbug Major Sweet MachineClockwork LullabyeLittle Dragon Carpet Sweeper and Hot Air Rocking Chair.
Don’t miss the rest of the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 50 Years exhibition with the fantasmagorical original screen Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the Humber 8hp driven by Truly Scrumptious and the original Child Catcher carriage. Dress up for a selfie in the replica Grandpa Potts’ hut, see Sally Anne Howes’ life-size music box doll dress and the actual Spy Phone prop used in the film.
Outside in the grounds, see a stunning Chitty Chitty Bang Bang reconstruction being driven around the attraction.*
For half-term, all visitors will also be given a free DVD or CD of the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang stage show when they spend £5 or more in the Beaulieu gift shops.*
Fill in our new travel log to create memories from your visit to Beaulieu and complete the fun activities, fascinating questions and drawings, then collect stamps as you visit each part of the attraction.
At Palace House discover curious gadgets from the 19th century and put your deductive skills to the test to work out what they were used for. Take a peek below stairs and see Lord Montagu’s cook at work in the Victorian Kitchen, then talk to the costumed guides to find out what life was really like in a Victorian country house. Meet the costumed monk in 13th century Beaulieu Abbey and have a go at creating a medieval arch, before trying on a monk’s habit.
Make sure to take a pit stop break at the Brabazon Restaurant, where younger visitors can put pen to paper to design a wacky invention before enjoying a Toot Sweet treat!
All of the February half-term activities are included in a general admission ticket to Beaulieu, which includes entry to the National Motor Museum with its collection of more than 250 vehicles from throughout motoring history, World of Top Gear, On Screen Cars, Palace House, Beaulieu Abbey and the grounds and gardens. For tickets or more information see www.beaulieu.co.uk or call 01590 612345.
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* Chitty driving outdoors will be weather dependent. One DVD or CD is offered per transaction, subject to availability.


Tuesday, 11 December 2018

THE PERFORMANCE & TUNING CAR SHOW IS 2019 ‘HOME OF THE CAR CLUB’


THE PERFORMANCE & TUNING CAR SHOW IS 2019 ‘HOME OF THE CAR CLUB’

The world’s most renowned car manufacturers will all be on display in a dedicated car club area of the 2019 Performance and Tuning Car Show.
Petrol-heads will have the chance to see a selection of some of the most prestigious and highly regarded supercar, road and race cars at the show at Birmingham’s NEC from 10-13 January 2019.
An iconic Lamborghini Diablo SV, Lamborghini Huracan and Lamborghini Aventador S, are set to turn fans heads on the Lamborghini Club UK stand. Recognised as the sole marque club in the UK by Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A, Lamborghini Club UK are already bringing some Italian elegance to the show next month.
Always a firm favourite at the show, Porsche Club GB will be back to exhibit some historically significant race cars including the 917/30 Sunoco Porsche Club Championship Winning 996 and the 1974 RSR National Hillclimb Winning Car. As the largest officially recognised Porsche Clubs in Europe it promises to bring some truly sumptuous and iconic cars from the Stuttgart-based marque.
The BMW Car Club GB will also be on hand to bring some true performance and power from Germany. Gracing its stand will be Rick Kerry’s V8 1 Series, as used in the British Touring Car Championship, alongside a wide selection of E36’s and E46’s. BMW Car Club GB is the largest single BMW car club in Europe and will bring plenty of other metal to the show.
This year’s car club line-up will get some Va Va Voom injected into it, courtesy of Renault Sports Club. Its display will be led by a legendary 302bhp Renault Clio V6 Phase 1 which has competed in the 2018 MSA Protyre Asphalt Championship. There will be plenty of power on offer from Renault Sports Club, including the brand-new Renault Megane 280, presented In Volcanic Orange, it really will be hard to miss Renault Sport’s latest hot hatch.
Power is in the offing from the Custom Fords Club, who will have an incredible array of some of the most unique Fords in the UK in Hall 3A across the show weekend. A monumental Ford Focus RS boasting 1010bhp will take pride of place on the club stand. The car is devoid of all restrictions and is arguably the most powerful Focus in the world, with a host of performance and aesthetic upgrades the car will be joined by a selection of epic machinery from the Ford marque. An Escort mk4 painted in Nardo grey, an Escort Cosworth in Metallic Purple and the first Mk7 Fiesta ST wide-arch in the UK being built especially for the show make the Custom Fords Club a feature you will not want to miss!
In addition to the wide range of car clubs exhibiting at the Performance and Tuning Car Show, the wider show within the NEC will feature an established array of stunning and exotic performance cars and displays from top manufacturers.
Just when you thought that was enough, entrance to the Performance and Tuning Car Show also includes a seat at the Live Action Arena and entry to Europe’s largest motorsport show, Autosport International.
Events Director, Kate Woodley, said: “Having these esteemed car clubs exhibit helps bring a different element to the Performance and Tuning Car Show. By locating them close to each other, visitors will be able to go from one club to the next with ease. We can’t wait to welcome some truly magnificent clubs to the NEC and see the amazing performance cars they are displaying.”
The Performance and Tuning Car Show which is part of Autosport International and Motorsport Network’s flagship title, Autosport – one of the world’s leading print and online motorsport publishers. Motorsport Network is the world’s largest independent automotive and motorsport-related digital platform, connecting millions of people who love motorsport and cars. The network also creates key industry events including the annual Autosport Awards and the Motorsport Business Leaders’ Forum.
Tickets are on sale now for the established motorsport season starter, which will pack in more exhibitors, stars and cars than ever before. Make sure you get yours today, head over to https://www.autosportinternational.com/performance--tuning-car-show

SIXTIES HEROES THEME FOR 2019 CASTLE COMBE AUTUMN CLASSIC THEME FOR 2019 CASTLE COMBE AUTUMN CLASSIC



SIXTIES HEROE
 SIXTIES HEROES THEME FOR 2019 CASTLE COMBE AUTUMN CLASSIC THEME FOR 2019 CASTLE COMBE AUTUMN CLASSIC

Sixties heroes theme for 2019 Castle Combe Autumn Classic
Heroes of the 1960s will take centre stage at the eighth Castle Combe Autumn Classic, which is confirmed for Saturday 5 October.
The early details of the 2019 event include a celebration of 50 years of Formula Ford at the Wiltshire track, an all-Alfa Romeo race and displays to mark 60 years of Marcos.
First run in 2012, the Autumn Classic is now firmly established as a must-do date on the classic racing calendar and consistently delivers glorious racing from grids full of cars of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.
The 2019 edition will celebrate a golden decade of motor racing, both nationally and internationally. As well as being the decade of flower power, Carnaby Street and the 1966 World Cup, the 1960s was a memorable time for British motor racing. Graham Hill, Jim Clark, John Surtees and Jackie Stewart were all World Champions as Lotus and BRM took on Ferrari.
Closer to home, the 1960s was the decade of Special Saloons, Modified Sports, Clubmans and Formula Ford and in 1969 the Castle Combe Formula Ford Championship was created as the first circuit-based championship in British motor racing. The inaugural champion was Bryan Sharp (Merlyn Mk11) and 50 years of the circuit’s Formula Ford Championship will be celebrated next October.
Already confirmed for the event are three races from the Historic Racing Drivers’ Club, including the exciting new Classic Alfa Challenge. Many of the cars are from the 1960s, though the post-historic class allows cars from up to the 1980s to join the grid. The HRDC will bring two more grids, full to capacity with sports, GT and touring cars of the 1950s and 1960s.
The circuit’s heroes of the 1960s will be remembered, including saloon car racers like Vince Woodman, Brian Cutting, Geoff Mabbs and Richard Longman. Meanwhile, the 1968 season was notable as it heralded the arrival of Howard and Pat Strawford as officials for the South-Western Centre of the British Racing and Sports Car Club. By the mid-1970s, the Strawfords were running the circuit and fighting to keep it open.
It was in 1959 that the late Jem Marsh built the first Marcos sports car and the Autumn Classic will honour the 60th anniversary of one of Britain’s most successful and best-loved specialist car manufacturers. The company was based in Bradford-on-Avon and then Westbury and delivered race-winning cars and striking road cars for nearly half a century. With the support of the Marsh family, a huge gathering of Marcos cars will be a prime feature of the event.
For more details about the Castle Combe Autumn Classic please visit www.autumnclassic.co.uk 


BICESTER HERITAGE HOSTS WINTER’S WOMEN IN MOTORING INITIATIVE



BICESTER HERITAGE HOSTS WINTER’S WOMEN IN MOTORING INITIATIVE

Closing the events season in fine fashion, Bicester Heritage hosted its final Women in Motoring initiative of 2018, this time in conjunction with the Vintage Sports Car Club, in which a number of female enthusiasts were given the chance to truly experience the joys of vintage motoring. The event capped off a great year of Women in Motoring initiatives aiming to increase female engagement within historic motoring.
Bicester Heritage continues to support and encourage more women into our sport – be it participating in rallies, driving tests, trials, attending shows or just getting under the bonnet of vehicles, and has taken great pleasure in hosting a number of ‘Women in Motoring’ events throughout 2018. As the year draws to a close, the Vintage Sports Car Club Winter Driving Tests provided the perfect opportunity for such an event. 
Ten women participated in an afternoon of vintage motoring, familiarising themselves with a selection of different vehicles, having the opportunity to drive and to navigate and finishing with timed tests. The participants had a range of experience behind the wheel but none had competed in driving tests in a vintage car prior to the event. Owners kindly loaned 5 vehicles ranging from a 1910 Overland to 1937 Riley 12/4 allowing participants to experience a range of vehicles and the idiosyncrasies of each one.
Offering an exceptional opportunity to learn, experience and enjoy such fine machines ensured a truly memorable day, with many new converts to the world of vintage motoring.
Georgia Peck, Director of Events, Vantage Media, said “The VSCC Winter Driving Tests – Women in Motoring event was by far one of the most enjoyable days of my year. I was warmly welcomed, as always, by the Bicester Heritage staff and made to feel completely at home from start to finish. The array of pre-war cars available to drive were equally as fantastic as their owners who had kindly let us use them for the day - it was an utter delight to be in their company and hear stories of the cars’ motoring history, dating back over 100 years in some cases! Thank you again to the Bicester Heritage team and VSCC car owners!”
Bicester Heritage wishes to thank the Vintage Sports Car Club and its members Mark Elder, Harry Fraser, Gilly Howard-Orchard, Guy Lachlan and Emily Fraser who kindly loaned cars and gave their full support to the event – bravely stepping into the back-seat of their own vehicles to help the drivers. Gilly Howard-Orchard, proud owner of the 1928 Austin Chummy used in the event, was full of praise for the initiative, saying “It was a huge pleasure to be part of the day and to see everyone being so hugely enthusiastic and loving being at the wheel of a vintage car for the first time. All grasped the idiosyncrasies of vintage driving in no time”.
Tiggy Atkinson, Bespoke Events Manager at Bicester Heritage, commented “It was a great pleasure to see our guests having so much fun and equally the owners enjoying sharing their passion with new recruits. The supportive yet competitive atmosphere was all that I had hoped it would be, with the women relishing the challenge. We are looking forward to having more fun in 2019.”
Bicester Heritage is already planning similar events to start in the Spring of 2019.


BTCC COMMENTATOR, ALAN HYDE, TO HOST AUTOSPORT STAGE


BTCC COMMENTATOR, ALAN HYDE, TO HOST AUTOSPORT STAGE

Broadcaster and presenter, Alan Hyde, will take to the Autosport Stage in January to host a plethora of motorsport stars and personalities.
Perhaps most known for his work with BTCC, spanning more than two decades, Alan is part of the team behind Radio Silverstone and also hosts the self-produced BTCC-themed radio show, ‘Tin Top Tuesday’. In addition, he produces and presents radio, television, podcasts and regularly contributes motorsport content to national radio stations.
His vast experience is sure to bring the stage to life, encouraging drivers, engineers and team principals alike to share their anecdotes, experiences and views of the motorsport industry.
The stage will also see the return of the glass-fronted ‘live newsroom’, where visitors to the show can gain insight into how the busy Autosport Magazine’s editorial teams work to pull their stories and content together, in a rare glimpse into this intrinsic part of the motorsport world.
Autosport International Events Director, Kate Woodley, said: “The Autosport Stage is always a focal point of the show, offering fans a first-hand take on the action on- and off-track. Alan’s experience and expertise, combined with the stars of the sport due to be announced over the coming weeks, are sure to result in a thoroughly entertaining programme.”
Alan, said: “What a gig to be offered! One of those offers that doesn’t come along too often in a career. I know the calibre of guests Autosport International attracts from around the world, so I know I’m in for an entertaining and star-studded ride. I also know I have big boots to fill - boots that belonged to a very good friend of mine - so I know the bar has already been set incredibly high, and it’s my job to maintain that standard. What a privilege!”
Autosport International, which is part of Motorsport Network’s flagship title, Autosport– one of the world’s leading print and online motorsport publishers. Motorsport Network is the world’s largest independent automotive and motorsport-related digital platform, connecting millions of people who love motorsport and cars. The network also creates key industry events including the annual Autosport Awards and the Motorsport Business Leaders’ Forum.
Tickets are on sale now for the established motorsport season starter, which will pack in more exhibitors, stars and cars than ever before. Make sure you get yours today, head over to www.autosportinternational.com.


THE RACE IS ON...EARLYBIRD TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE FOR 2019 DONINGTON HISTORIC FESTIVAL



THE RACE IS ON...EARLYBIRD TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE FOR 2019 DONINGTON HISTORIC FESTIVAL

Earlybird tickets are now on sale for the 2019 Donington Historic Festival, offering extra savings over the already discounted advance ticket prices. Classic motorsport fans have until January 31 2019 to take advantage of the additional savings and secure their place at the world-class historic racing event taking place at Donington Park on May 3, 4 and 5 next year.
The Earlybird offer also comes in plenty of time for Christmas - neatly solving the annual problem of what to pop under the tree for a historic motorsport enthusiast!
Donington Historic Festival brings together a fabulous array of classic racing cars spanning nine decades in a three-day spectacle at a race circuit that’s superb for spectators and competitors alike. The action on the track is complemented by displays from dozens of classic car clubs plus parades and demonstrations and an all-access open paddock, in a family-friendly event that’s a ‘must-do’ part of the historic motorsport calendar.
Advance tickets offer significant discounts over buying on the gate, and Earlybird tickets bring the cost down even further, with an Earlybird three-day weekend ticket costing just £35 (£40 from Feb 1), while Earlybird raceday (Saturday or Sunday) tickets cost £21 (£25 from Feb 1).  Can’t make the whole weekend? You can still enjoy fantastic track action on the Friday qualifying day (May 3), with an advance ticket costing just £10.  Children aged under 13 are admitted for free and there are discounted tickets for teenagers aged 13-15.
Visit www.doningtonhistoric.com to secure your Earlybird tickets or to bag that festive bargain for a classic motorsport buff now.