Sunday, 25 May 2014


A multi-day, multi venue, multi discipline exhilarating motor sport competitive event

Tour Britannia is a multi-day, multi venue, multi discipline competitive event, combining the thrill of the racetrack with the skill of the special rally stage, and discipline of a regularity event.

Since its inception in 2005, Tour Britannia has established itself as the UK’s only Race Tour and is reminiscent of racing and rallying of the Fifties and Sixties era placing importance on the social side of the sport.  Competitors can relax after an exhilarating day’s motoring and enjoy the special camaraderie as they swap stories, over a drink at the bar or dinner at one of our carefully chosen venues.

Tour Britannia will be held during 6-8 August 2014. In order to promote ‘Tour Spirit’, our events are, where possible, staged from award winning hotels central to the event, which this year will be near the historic city of Chester; offering accommodation, food and wine to compliment the convivial atmosphere. All other meals will also be catered for, with each crew member being looked after as we pass through our 3 days of stages and tests.

In order to recognise the high standards the event wishes to maintain for its competitors, the entry numbers are limited to just 41.

Tour Britannia is an event for competitors run by competitors, with not a ‘jobsworth’ in sight.
If you are looking to try a new kind of event, please have a browse through our website! 

Monday, 19 May 2014


It was with great sadness and regret that Goodwood learned of the passing of three-time Formula 1 World Champion Sir Jack Brabham on Monday.
Brabham, whose 1966 world title made him the only driver to be crowned champion in a car bearing his own name, was a great friend to Goodwood, having first forged links with the Motor Circuit following his decision to move from Australia to England to further his racing career.
His first event at Goodwood Motor Circuit was in 1955 and he continued to race single-seater and sportscar machinery right up to the point at which competition ceased in 1966, finishing third – behind Jim Clark and Graham Hill – in the last Formula 1 race held there in ’65.
Goodwood was central to Sir Jack’s return to racing in 1998. He attended the Revival six times and raced several times during the early years, his highlight being fifth place – and second among the rear-engined F1 cars – in the Richmond and Gordon Trophy race of 1999 in a Cooper T53-Climax, at the age of 73.
In 2004 he was the subject of the Revival’s driver tribute while four years later he made his final appearance at the event as part of a ‘Goodwood Greats’ parade. He also drove at eight Festivals of Speed, entertaining huge crowds with display runs in everything from a Brabham BT12 Indy car to an AC Cobra Le Mans Coupe.
Goodwood extend its deepest sympathies to Sir Jack’s wife Margaret and the family.
Lord March said: “Sir Jack Brabham was one of the world’s greats and I remember very well him racing at Goodwood in the 1960s. He played a very important part in Goodwood’s history. More recently, he and Margaret regularly supported the Festival of Speed and Revival – it was wonderful to see him behind the wheel again driving many of the cars which he made so famous. We all at Goodwood extend our sympathy to Margaret and the family at this very sad time.”

Source: Goodwood Motorsports 2014

Thursday, 15 May 2014


Now celebrating its 14th year, the COYS Legende et Passion auction at Monaco is the most established historic motor car auction held in the principality.

The 2014 edition, as is now expected of Coys Legende et Passion, posted superb results for buyers, with a catalogue of deep quality and variation, along with some record results for sellers, the highlights of which are listed below, and we are delighted that our relationship with the Espace Fontvieille is now confirmed to continue well into the next decade.

Please see for full results.
1972 Ferrari Dino 246GT – Purchased new by Keith Richards
SOLD: €294,200 
 1934 Bugatti Type 57 Series I Ventoux 
SOLD: €406,200 
 1970 Fiat 500 L with Graziella 300 Roulotte Caravan
SOLD: €25,960 
 Copyright © 2014 Coys, All rights reserved.


Sauber Formula 1 Team test driver Giedo van der Garde will make his Goodwood Revival debut this year.
The 29-year-old Dutchman, who has been in testing action with the Sauber F1 Team at Barcelona this week, will share an AC Cobra with regular Revival front-runner David Hart in the RAC Tourist Trophy Celebration Race for closed-cockpit cars of 1960-64 vintage.
Van der Garde was a race-winner in Formula 3 and GP2 and clinched the Formula Renault 3.5 title in 2008. Following a number of days of testing with Caterham in 2011, he secured a Formula 1 race seat with the team last year and for 2014 has moved into a test and reserve role with Sauber.
While this year will mark van der Garde’s first time racing at the Revival, he is no stranger to Goodwood and drove Caterham F1 machinery at the Festival of Speed in both 2012 and 2013.
Hart, who owns the Cobra, returns to Goodwood looking to take care of unfinished business on two fronts. In the Tourist Trophy, one of a number of contests at the Revival in which driver changes are made mid-race, he is looking to improve on his fourth-placed finish of 2013, when he was co-driven by World Touring Car race-winner Tom Coronel.
Meanwhile in the Whitsun Trophy for sports racing prototypes of 1961-66, the experienced historic racer will pilot a Lola T70 Spyder as he seeks to improve on the sixth spot he and Hans Hugenholtz achieved in last year’s race, held exclusively for Ford GT40s.
Gideo van der Garde, Sauber F1 test driver, said: “I’ve heard so much about the Goodwood Revival from friends and fellow racing drivers, but never been able to make it myself. So to have the opportunity not only to come to such a world-renowned event, but also to race an iconic sportscar – the AC Cobra – with a good friend of mine, was too good an opportunity to miss. You can’t slide a modern Formula 1 car and still be fast, but the Cobra was made to go sideways, so I’m really looking forward to it.”


  Legendary Pre-War Fiat S76 
to Break 100-Year Lay-Off 
at Goodwood Festival of Speed
 Displaying Fiat S76 1.jpg

The Fiat S76, unofficially the fastest car in the world in 1911, will turn a wheel for the first
time in over 100 years when it tackles the Goodwood Hillclimb at the Festival of Speed on
June 26-29.
Just two S76s were produced by the Italian manufacturer, with the aim of snatching the
records for the flying kilometre and flying mile from the ‘Blitzen’ Benzes. The S76 achieved
the mile record with Pietro Bordino at the wheel at Saltburn Sands in 1911 and was officially
recorded at over 135mph on a kilometre attempt at Ostenede in Belguim, only to be denied
the record as it was unable to complete a return run within the specified one hour.
While one car was dismantled by Fiat after the First World War to prevent rival
manufacturers obtaining their technical secrets, the other was purchased by Russian
aristocrat Boris Soukhanov and eventually made its way to Australia after WW1, where it
was modernised and campaigned it as a ‘Fiat Racing Special’.
Bristol-based enthusiast Duncan Pittaway, who will drive the S76 at Goodwood, brought the
chassis back to the UK in 2003 and reunited it with the original 28.5-litre, four-cylinder
engine from the dismantled car. The machine has spent the past 10 years being restored to
original specification with Roach Manufacturing of Southampton helping with the bodywork.
Duncan Pittaway, owner/driver, said: “After restoring a Bugatti T35, I was looking for a
new challenge and the S76, which is one of the more maligned cars of its generation, fitted
the bill nicely. All of the original S76 components that have survived have been restored,
from the chassis and engine down to the suspension, axles, pedals, steering box, etc, with
the gearbox, radiator and bodywork being created using the original Fiat drawings. As the
last and largest of the huge-engined Edwardian monsters, it should be sensational to see.”

Source: Goodwood Motor Sports

Sunday, 11 May 2014


JOIN  JOHN SURTEES @ Edenbridge Fun Day
 Motor sport legend, John Surtees OBE, the only person to have won world championships on both two and four wheels, will be supporting the Edenbridge Fun Day on Monday 26th May 2014. Edenbridge has been Surtees' business base for the past 56 years, and the fun day will celebrate his remarkable achievements on two and four wheels as well as that of Team Surtees which gained worldwide success winning American and British championships with its Formula 5000 cars and the European Formula 2 Championship in 1972 (runner-up in 1973). 

The special event will feature a parade of John’s rarely seen F1 race cars and bikes run twice through Edenbridge High Street before returning to the site that was the Surtees team factory base.  This will be followed by a large procession of veteran and classic vehicles all drawn to Edenbridge by the festivities.

Peter Kingham, Head of Edenbridge Chamber of Commerce said “2014 marks not only John’s 50th anniversary of winning the Formula 1 World Championship, but also his 80th birthday. We are very much looking forward to celebrating those two anniversaries with him at the fun day, as well as raising funds for our chosen charities”.
The Edenbridge Fun Day will raise awareness and funds for local charities including the Kent Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance and Henry Surtees Foundation, established by John Surtees following the tragic death of his son Henry while competing in Formula 2 race in 2009 aged just 18.

The Team Surtees and John Surtees related vehicles taking part in the Edenbridge Fun Day and parade include:
·       Ferrari 158 - This is the  actual car that John Surtees won his 1964 Formula One Driver's World Championship racing title in
·       The first Formula 1 car built by Team Surtees at its Edenbridge base.  The TS7 Formula 1 car had its first race  in the British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch in 1970.  In that year  It won the Gold Cup competing against a World Championship grid and finished 5th in the Canadian Grand Prix.
·       The TS14 Formula 1 car - The first car to be introduced to the new safety regulations in 1972 and was driven by Mike Hailwood and Carlos Pace setting lap records in the German and Austrian Grand Prix.  Mike Hailwood took 2nd place at the Italian Grand Prix. The team finished 5th in the World Championship (one place behind Ferrari).
·       The TS15 2-litre Formula 2 car built in 1973 which finished 2nd in that Championship, this car is the prototype that won the prestigious Interlagos race in Brazil driven by Carlos Pace
·       A 1960 MV Agusta four-cylinder GP motorcycle – John Surtees won seven World motorcycle championships riding for MV Augusta and 6 Isle of Man TT’s
·       A 1954 BMW Rennsport twin-cylinder motorcycle – John Surtees raced for the factory team at the Nurburgring in 1955.
·       Mercedes-Benz 300SL this is one of the limited production cars made by Mercedes-Benz following the success on their return to racing of the 300SL prototype in Carrera Panamerica
·       500cc 1949 Vincent Grey Flash motorcycle built by John in 1979 using a large number of parts from the original machine that he built in 1950 whilst working as an apprentice at the Vincent Company.  John won his first ever race on a Grey Flash at Aberdare Park in Wales, that he had built whilst working as an apprentice at the Vincent company.  It was the first of many wins before he transferred to a Norton to compete in International events. 
·       350cc Works Norton this is one of the last works machines built by the original Norton company in the early Sixties and featured an ultra-short-stroke engine of 86mm x 60mm and outside flywheel     



We are delighted to announce that the fastest car in the world (unofficially) back in 1911 will make its first run in 100 years up the Hillclimb at the Festival of Speed.
Owner Duncan Pittaway has spent a decade having his amazing Fiat S76, of which only two were produced, rebuilt.

Duncan, who will drive the S76 at Goodwood, brought the rolling chassis remains back to the UK in 2003 and reunited it with the original 28.5-litre, four-cylinder engine from the dismantled other car. The machine has spent the past decade being restored to original specification with Roach Manufacturing of Southampton helping with the bodywork.

Read the full story on our brand new Goodwood Road & Racing website and see below for all the latest exciting news, updates and competitions from this year's Festival of Speed.

The Festival of Speed is a sell-out event. To secure your tickets today, call the Ticket Office on 01243 755055 or book online by following the link below.

Friday, 9 May 2014


Next Sale: Wednesday 14th May 2014
Venue: Easters Court, Leominster, HR6 0DE
Time: 12 Noon
Viewing: Tuesday 13th May 9:00am 7:00pm

As we move through the year the auctions come thick & fast and next up on the block is Brightwells
Spring sale. With over 140 automobile lots there is plenty to choose from, added to that there are 10+ Scooters & Motorbike lots to complete this latest offering.
For the restorer amongst you there are a few interesting lots, starting with a 1974 Triumph Toledo with a believed genuine mileage of just 35,000miles at a guide price of £300 -500 it looks a good punt. Offered as a straightforward resto is a 1952 Triumph Mayflower guided at £1000-1500 and is described by the current owner as being"very solid and original" ticking with restorations our attention is drawn to a1949 Land Rover Series 1 80" said to be remarkably sound & original and at a estimate of £4000-6000 a worthwhile investment a over the pat few years prices have increased with top examples selling for £30,000+.
When previewing sales you can sometimes something unexpected & Brightwells serve up a bit of a curve ball with a 1951 Morris Oxford Stretch Limousine, restored & strtched by renoened Sidney Jackson & Sons of Macclesfield at a cost of £20,000 in 2004 , the car wa built for the movie "The Borrowers" and iss powered by a Ford Pinto 2 litre lump. The only problem I can see is finding space in the garage, estimated at £5,000-6.000 not much money for a film star.
More details of this and other lots can be found at: Brightwells Auctionners

Morris Oxford Stretch Limo
Image rights owned by: Brightwells

Thursday, 8 May 2014


Shelsley Walsh 

Classic Nostalgia Preview 19th-20th July

'Classic Nostalgia produces some wonderful sights, sounds and magnificent machines from over the years, in a pretty setting amongst the wonderful Worcestershire hills.' Sir Stirling Moss

A weekend of 1950's and 1960's Classic Nostalgia awaits you at the Midland Automobile Club's Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb supported by Classic and Sports Car and Peter James and Stewart Miller Insurance on the 19th and 20th July. The annual event attracts a very wide range of competing cars from the 1950s and 60s, and spectacular vehicle displays in both the paddock and orchard.

Visitors are encouraged to wear period dress, with prizes awarded on the Sunday for the best vintage outfits.

The courtyard stage will host entertainment throughout the weekend, including vintage-inspired musicians, and a ukulele band. Other entertainment includes Dance at 8, Lindy Hoppers and the Blitz Buddies dancers.

The paddock and orchard will be packed with competition cars, trade stands, military vehicles, car clubs, and even a classic car trial. Thrilling the crowds this year, will be an aerobatic display (weather permitting – Sunday only).

Highlights for Saturday include the return of The George Huxley Hot Five Jazz band who are renaming themselves 'The Shelsley Stompers'. Also performing is the elegant vocalist Simon Partridge, who has previously performed at The Ritz and Harry's Bar. Simon's repertoire covers memorable hits from the 20s, 30s and 1940s including Blue Moon, The Very Thought of You, As Time Goes By and All of Me.

Sunday showcases the talents of many great entertainers including 'Vintage Rose' with classic songs from the 1920s, 30s, 40s and 1950s bringing swing, jazz and romance to the stage whilst performing hits inspired by Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Billie Holiday and Doris Day.

If you love swing music - you have a treat in store as 'Rat Pack' singer Roman Marek – purveyor of 'cool swing' will be performing some of the greatest songs from his extensive 'Frank Sinatra' songbook including such hits as Come Fly With Me, That's Amore, Under My Skin and Mack The Knife. Roman has performed at many major UK theatres, indoor and outdoor venues and stadiums worldwide as lead of 'The Rat Pack' Show. Gracing the stage with Roman with be the fabulous Vegas Show Girls.

Glitz, glamour and entertainment – that's how many have described the Vegas Showgirls. These fantastic dancers have performed at the F1 Gulf Air Grand Prix in Bahrain, ITV's Dancing on Ice, Big Brother, Holyoaks and The Rob Brydon Show. They have worked alongside such big stars as Sir Bruce Forsyth, Bette Midler and Torvil and Dean. Curently they are touring with Roman Marek and the 'Rat Pack Show'.

Do you know what a Double hammer head (or Pin wheel), Tower of power, (Torque roll and backwards flight) or a High Alpha Knife edge Flight is? Well, hang around on Sunday and look to the skies around 1.30pm and you may see some of these manoeuvres! The iconic Muscle Biplane Air Display will thrill and impress you as pilot and owner Richard Goodwin puts the 1960s Pitts S2S G-EWIZ biplane through its paces in an aerobatic display.

Sunday will feature the annual Street Concours for cars built before 1982, the Concours is once again kindly sponsored by Classic & Sports Car magazine and is open to the first 100 entries through the gate before 12 noon. It will be judged by motoring journalist and regular Shelsley Walsh competitor, Simon Taylor. There is no charge to enter the Concours but cars must be driven through the entry gate, no trailers please!

Simon Taylor said "We have been running the Concours competition for many years and it has become an integral part of the Classic Nostalgia event. 15 of the Concours cars that we judge and select will have the rare opportunity to take part in a cavalcade up the famous Hill Climb course'.

The overall winner of the Concours will receive a silver salver and be invited to display the vehicle on the Club's stand at the NEC Classic Car Show in November. Other prizes include a 12 month subscriptions to "Classic & Sports Car" magazine.

Classic Nostalgia also welcomes the return of Peter James and Stewart Miller Insurance and their guest of honour Sir Stirling Moss OBE on the Sunday. Aside from regular autograph sessions, Sir Stirling will take part in a question and answer session in the courtyard, provide opinions, recollections and humorous anecdotes about his illustrious career in motor racing.

Classic Nostalgia is a great day out for all the family - what's more children under 16 are free!
This meeting includes
  • Alfa Romeo Owners Club
  • Allard Owners Club
  • Aston Martin Owners Club
  • Austin Healey Owners Club
  • Bentley Drivers Club
  • Bugatti Owners' Club
  • Chester Motor Club
  • Frazer Nash Car Club
  • GT40 Enthusiasts Club
  • Ginetta Owners Club
  • Giulietta Register
  • Hagley and Light District Car Club
  • Historic Formula Junior Association
  • Jaguar Enthusiasts Club
  • MG Car Club
  • TR Register
  • Volvo Owners Club
  • Vintage Sports Car Club
  • Woolbridge Motor Club
  • Luffield Cars MGCC Speed Championship,
  • Paul Matty Sports Cars Classic Championship,
  • The Bert Hadley Memorial Championship.
  • Also open to competitors from the invited clubs with pre-1980 cars.