Monday, 28 July 2014


Coys are pleased to announce that our second multi-million pound international offering in less than a month is now available online at
The Nurburgring promises to be a spectacular sale, featuring our specialist Porsche section, The Excellence of Porsche, where we are boasting some of the finest Porsches available on the market anywhere in the world today, including an ultra-rare and original 911S/T, formerly the property of Walter Rohrl, and a highly genuine Porsche 934, a triple Le Mans entrant in 76, 77 and 78. 

In addition, we are offering one of the first original Veritas RSs for public sale for a significant period of time, and the very exciting ex-works BMW 2002 competition car, originally fitted with a Grand Prix engine by the factory and originally raced by none other than Jean Todt, and on the more contemporary end of the spectrum, we are delighted to have been chosen to sell the now world famous Works--built Ferrari Tipo 458 Italia - The Niki Lauda Car.


Sunday, 27 July 2014




  • Mercedes C11 wins Group C spectacular under Silverstone sunset
  • Brabham F1 cars claim a one-two finish in Jack Brabham Memorial race
  • Le Mans winning Porsche stars in high-speed 90s GT Legends demonstration
  • 12 races headline action-packed schedule on the Grand Prix circuit 

The 2014 Silverstone Classic is in full swing after an action-packed 'Super Saturday' kept the huge numbers of spectators entertained from early morning until long after dark.

Celebratory parades, a high-speed demonstration by 90s GT Legends, a rock concert and a whole host of further family entertainment all played their part in a quite sensational day of activities, which was headlined by a full schedule of 12 races.

The slipstreaming Formula Junior’s commenced the on-track contests, which ran through to the Group C spectacular as the sun set over the legendary Grand Prix circuit…

Peter Arundell Trophy for Historic Formula Junior

The racing action for the 2014 Silverstone Classic kicked off with a packed 52-car grid of Historic Formula Juniors. The pre-1964 feeder formula never fails to provide cracking racing, and the first contest of this record-breaking year delivered some incredible wheel-to-wheel action. From a standing start it was pole-sitter David Methley that led the way – his Brabham BT6 clearly strong in a straight line but a handful around Silverstone’s historic curves. He was soon being challenged for the lead by Sam Wilson, whose Lotus 22/20 went side-by-side with the Brabham for lap after scintillating lap, but a mistake while passing back markers spun Methley out of contention. Wilson then cruised to victory by 19 seconds ahead of Jonathan Milicevic and Michael Hibberd.

1)        Sam Wilson (Lotus 22/20): 9 Laps
2)        Jonathan Melicevic (Cooper T59): +19.311
3)        Michael Hibberd (Lotus 27): +19.753

Brian Henton Trophy for Classic Formula 3

The first ever running of Classic Formula 3 cars at the Silverstone Classic took place today, and the incredible cars from an era that spawned the careers of drivers like Ayrton Senna and Nigel Mansell were a welcome addition to the already incredible racing bill. At the head of the pack Nick Padmore edged away in his March 783, pulling out a few tenths every lap to secure a comfortable victory ahead of Martin Stretton’s Martini MK39 and David Shaw’s March 803B. The battle of the race was, however between Simon Jackson and Jamie Brashaw. The two were locked in combat in their respective Chevron B43 and March 793 machines, eventually crossing the line separated by just 0.3s in fourth and fifth place.

1)        Nick Padmore (March 783): 10 Laps
2)        Martin Stretton (Martini MK39): +5.138
3)        David Shaw (March 803B): +12.161

Sir John Whitmore Trophy for Under 2 Litre Touring Cars

It was a quite incredible 50 minutes in the Under 2 Litre Touring Car contest, with a fitting win for the Ford Lotus Cortina 50 years after Jim Clark won the British Saloon Car Championship in the same model. It was current BTCC star Gordon Shedden that stole the headlines in qualifying to claim pole, but on the rolling start it was second placed driver Richard Meaden that took the initiative and led into turn one. A genuinely enthralling race unfolded in front of the huge Classic crowds, with the two Cortinas trading places countless times as the identical looking machines were locked in combat for well over half an hour of racing. As the pit stop phase began, however, the battle for the win was cut short as the #152 Cortina of Shedden suffered a radiator issue that prevented his BTCC team-mate Matt Neal from going out for the second stint. With a big gap, Meaden was able to pit and second driver Grant Tromans cruised to a comfortable win ahead of the Neil Brown/Richard Dutton pairing in their Cortina.

1)        Richard Meaden/Grant Tromans (Ford Lotus Cortina): 20 Laps
2)        Neil Brown/Richard Dutton (Ford Lotus Cortina): +22.653
3)        Andrew Banks/Max Banks (Alfa Romeo Giuglia Sprint GTA): +26.151

Sir Stirling Moss Trophy For Pre ’61 Sports Cars

Jon Minshaw and Philip Keen were made to work hard for their victory in the Sir Stirling Moss Trophy For Pre ’61 Sports Cars by the Lister Jaguar Costin of Chris Ward. Minshaw made a decent getaway from pole position but lost the lead before the end of the first tour after running wide in the glorious racing green and yellow Lister Jaguar Knobbly. He fought his way back to the front by mid-distance but Ward kept him honest and even had time to nip back by his rival before the compulsory pit stops. After the dust settled it was Keen who emerged from the pit lane more than four seconds clear and he gradually pulled away until the finish. Bobby Verdon-Roe had to haul the gorgeous Ferrari 246S up to third after taking over from team-mate Nick Leventis.

1)        Jon Minshaw/Phil Keen (Lister Jaguar Knobbly): 21 Laps
2)        Chris Ward (Lister Jaguar Costin): +13.529
3)        Nick Leventis/Bobby Verdon-Roe (Ferrari 246S): +49.714

FIA Masters Historic Formula One

Ollie Hancock stormed to victory from seventh on the grid in an interrupted FIA Masters Historic Formula One race. An early spin for Andrew Haddon’s Williams was quickly followed by a huge accident for the Ensign N173 of Sidney Hoole, which brought out the red flags. The driver was taken to hospital with a leg injury although his condition wasn't thought to be serious. Pole-sitter Michael Lyons streaked away at the restart and seemed certain for victory until his Hesketh endured last lap mechanical heartache. Hancock’s yellow Fittipaldi F5A inherited the victory but the young Englishman deserved his fortune after a stellar performance. His eye-catching charge through the order included passes on Martin Stretton’s Tyrell and Christophe D’Ansembourg’s Williams, both of which completed the podium positions.

1)        Ollie Hancock (Fittipaldi F5A): 7 Laps
2)        Martin Stretton (Tyrell 012): +4.264
3)        Christophe D’Ansembourg (Williams FW07/C): +4.792

Jet Super Touring Car Trophy

Honda Accord driver James Dodd hung on to claim a dramatic victory after fending off a race long attack from Stewart Whyte in a similar machine. Dodd got the jump on Whyte on the opening lap with the Peugeot 406 of Patrick Watts tucking itself behind the lead duo. The two Hondas quickly pulled clear and in true BTCC-style swapped placed several times whilst an even fiercer four-car battle ensued for third place. Watts was joined by the Alfa Romeo of Neil Smith, John Cleland’s Vauxhall Vectra and the Renault Laguna of Simon Garrad. Like the leaders ahead of them places were exchanged regularly throughout the contest, and though Watts retired late on with a mechanical problem, it was former BTCC champion Cleland who eventually came out on top to score a hugely popular podium. Other BTCC legends also contested the race, with Steve Soper scoring a top ten in the Ford Capri whilst 2009 champion Colin Turkington fought his way up the order in the BMW ‘Batmobile’.

1)        James Dodd (Honda Accord): 9 Laps
2)        Stewart Whyte (Honda Accord): +3.075
3)        John Cleland (Vauxhall Vectra): +25.946

Chopard International Trophy for Pre ’66 GT Cars

It was a fantastic solo drive from Sean McInerney to take victory in his TVR Griffith after an hour of blistering racing. With an incredibly varied grid of immaculate GT cars including Jaguars, Lotuses, Aston Martins, AC Cobras and many more, it was a test of both speed and endurance as cars and drivers battled on-track for position and tactically to time their pit-stops to perfection. The pairing of Nathan and Laurence Kinch took second, though they were forced to up their pace in the last few laps as Matt Nicoll-Jones was clawing back time at an impressive rate in his E-type Jaguar. He didn’t quite have enough time to mount a charge, but comfortably secured third place.

1)         Sean McInerney (TVR Griffith): 24 Laps
2)         Nathan Kinch/Laurence Kinch (Jaguar E-type): +19.819
3)         Chris Scragg/Matt Nicoll-Jones (Jaguar E-type): +26.661

Jack Brabham Memorial Trophy Race for HGPCA Pre ’66 Grand Prix Cars

In a fitting tribute to racing legend Sir Jack Brabham, the first of the two memorial races dedicated to his memory over the weekend saw the top two finishers in Brabham cars, and the trophy ceremony was emotionally presented by Jack’s son David. It was a win for Jason Minshaw from pole position in the Brabham BT4, which was pressured all the way by Jon Fairley in another Brabham – the BT11. Fairley came through from fourth on the grid, with a strong mid-race surge that saw him set several consecutive fastest laps. Minshaw responded in the final few laps to maintain the gap and cross the line in top spot. Speaking after the race, David Brabham said: “It’s brilliant to be here at Silverstone where my dad drove and won so often – and we got a one-two which makes it even better! Congratulations to all the drivers and thanks to everyone for their kind words today.”

1)         Jason Minshaw (Brabham BT4): 9 Laps
2)         Jon Fairley (Brabham BT11): +3.425
3)         Peter Horsman (Lotus 18/21 P1): +14.290

Mustang Celebration Trophy Proudly Presented By Pure Michigan

The amazing 50th anniversary celebrations for the iconic Ford Mustang continued with the first of two Celebration Trophy races. Following the biggest parade of the ‘Pony Car’ in Europe, there were more than 30 of the American muscle icons on the grid. It was, however, a brace of lighter Ford Falcons that took top honours in first and second place. After a frantic first lap that saw the spectacular #6 Mustang of Henry Mann narrowly avoid disaster, the Falcons of Leo Voyazides and Mike Gardiner sped to the front chased by the eager Ford Lotus Cortina of BTCC star Gordon Shedden. The battle for the lead was sensational, with the huge, thundering machines trading places at every opportunity. Voyazides eventually made it across the finish line just under one second ahead of Gardiner, but it was to be a heart-breaking final lap for Shedden, whose car ground to a halt from a podium-scoring position. This elevated Tom Roche to third spot, giving the Mustang a fitting flourish in its namesake race.

1)        Leo Voyazides (Ford Falcon): 8 Laps
2)        Mike Gardiner (Ford Falcon): +0.799
3)        Tom Roche (Ford Mustang): +13.825

Maserati Centenary Trophy for HGPCA Pre ‘61 Grand Prix Cars

By Silverstone Classic standards, Philip Walker claimed a fairly routine race win in the race for Pre ’61 Grand Prix Cars, leading from start-to-finish in his Lotus 16. Walker was kept honest by the Scarab Offenhauser of Julian Bronson in the early stages, but his challenge gradually faded and he had to settle for a lonely second place finish. Second row starter Tony Wood also maintained his position throughout the contest, completing the podium in the TecMec Maserati F415 ensuring the Italian marque was represented in the first of the event's pair of Maserati Centenary Trophy races.

1)         Philip Walker (Lotus 16): 9 Laps
2)         Julian Bronson (Scarab Offenhauser): +9.267s
3)         Tony Wood (TecMec Maserati F415): +18.880s

FIA Masters Historic Sports Cars

Leo Voyazides and his team-mate Simon Hadfield claimed victory in an exciting FIA Masters Historic Sports Car race that ended with Lola T70s filling the top four positions. It hadn't looked likely early on, however, when front row starter Martin O'Connell's Chevron B19 streaked away with the lead. An unseen altercation with another car unfortunately put the pace-setter out of the race shortly before mid-distance, however, and once Hadfield got behind the wheel of the #1 T70 there was no looking back. There was drama aplenty in the challenge for the other two podium positions as Andy Wolfe hauled his machine back up the order and into second. The journalist pairing of Chris Harris and Richard Meaden claimed the last place on the rostrum after a late pass by the similar machine of Steve Tandy. Former FIA GT Champion Jamie Campbell-Walter produced the comeback drive of the race in the quite fabulous Ferrari 512, eventually taking eighth after an early spin for his team-mate left the car way down the order. Another interesting addition to the driver line-up was famous singer Chris Rea who piloted an Elva BMW.

1)        Leo Voyazides/Simon Hadfield (Lola T70 MK3B): 23 Laps
2)        Jason Wright/Andy Wolfe (Lola T70 MK3B): +54.320
3)        Chris Harris/Richard Meaden (Lola T70 MK3B): +1:03.168

Group C Endurance

Arguably the highlight of the Saturday schedule is seeing the evocative Group C cars from the hugely popular eighties and early nineties Le Mans era. The impressive line-up didn't disappoint as the field blasted into the evening sunset at Silverstone, with the Mercedes C11 of Bob Berridge taking the win after coming out on top of an early battle with the Nissan of Katsu Kubota. The Japanese driver actually took the lead in the first few laps, making an impressive manoeuvre by Berridge at The Loop. But when the Nissan ran wide at the same corner a few tours later the Mercedes stormed through and immediately pulled away. The fight for third looked to have ended abruptly end when the Nissan R90 of Steve Tandy spun luridly across the track while closing down the Gebhardt C91 of Michael Lyons ahead of him. Lyons later retired with a mechanical problem, however, and Tandy eventually recovered from seventh to finish fourth – losing out on the final podium place to Mike Donovan's Spice SE88 by just 0.180s.

1)        Bob Berridge (Mercedes C11): 16 Laps
2)        Katsu Kubota (Nissan R90CK): +25.066
3)        Mike Donovan (Spice SE88): +1:20.933

So it was Bob Berridge that crossed the line as the final ray of sunlight shone over Silverstone, bringing an end to a spectacular day of racing. It's not the end of the evening or indeed the weekend, however, as Bonnie Tyler is playing for the crowds at tonight's concert before we come back tomorrow for another full day of action, including ten races, a Maserati centenary parade and a record cavalcade of Grand Prix cars led by Sir Stirling Moss and David Brabham.     
Photo captions:
Main Above: Lola T70s took the top four spots in a spectacular Masters Historic Sports Car race
Below Top Left: The Ford Lotus Cortinas of BTCC star Gordon Shedden and Richard Meaden go wheel-to-wheel
Below Top Right: Formula Juniors kicked off the day's racing in thrilling style
Below Upper Middle Left: David Brabham presents the prizes for the Jack Brabham Memorial Trophy Race
Below Upper Middle Right: The incredible Mercedes C11 spits flame on its way to Group C Endurance victory
Below Lower Middle Left: Porsche Factory driver Brendan Hartley pilots an amazing Le Mans winner in the 90s GT Legends high-speed demonstration
Below Lower Middle Right: The Jet Super Touring Car Trophy was one of the day's most thrilling encounters
Below Bottom Left: The Lister Jaguar Knobbly leads the way in the Sir Stirling Moss Trophy For Pre ’61 Sports Cars
Below Bottom Right: Ollie Hancock drives his Fittipaldi F5A to a sensational Masters Historic F1 win
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Saturday, 26 July 2014


Kevin Schwantz to race works ‘Featherbed’ Norton – a bike unseen for 64 years

Grand Prix motorcycle racing legend Kevin Schwantz will make his Goodwood Revival debut on an iconic Manx Norton ‘Featherbed’.
The 1993 500cc World Champion last raced on UK soil during the 1994 British 500cc Grand Prix at Donington Park, but will tackle the daunting Goodwood Motor Circuit this year in the Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy, which will be run for bikes of 1951-54 period (pic below).
Kevin was elevated to grand prix racing in late 1986 and spent eight full years at the highest level. During a 103-race career he won 25 grands prix, finished on the podium 51 times, started from pole position on 29 occasions and set 26 fastest laps. He will race the only remaining example of the 1950 Norton Works 500 ‘Featherbed’, a bike on which Geoff Duke dominated the Isle of Man TT during that season, and which has not been seen in public for 64 years. The ‘Featherbed’ is owned by Peter Bloore and is being prepared by Ken McIntosh.
“I’m excited to be taking part in the Goodwood Revival and riding not only one of the most famous racing motorcycles ever made, but also a machine whose design changed motorcycle racing forever,” says Kevin.
“I’ve never raced at the Revival, but have been to the Festival of Speed and was blown away by what an incredible event it is. The machines, not to mention the legends of motorsports in attendance, and the sheer number of spectators was just amazing. The Goodwood Motor Circuit looks really quick and I am looking forward to racing the Norton 500 “Featherbed” out on the track.”



60 years of the Jaguar D-Type celebrated

Jaguar D-Types from all around the world have been invited to take part in the Lavant Cup at this year’s Revival meeting; a race exclusively for the legendary racer.
The famous three-time Le Mans winning machine has always had a strong presence at the September meeting, having won the Sussex Trophy in 2006 and 2013, but this year’s event will see as many as 30 examples take part as Goodwood celebrates the car’s 60th anniversary; a record gathering of D-Types on a racing grid.
1954 saw the debut of the sleek high-speed sports racing car which won Le Mans in 1955, ’56, and ’57 and cemented its place in racing folklore, although the race will feature not only the ‘long’ and ‘short’ nosed versions, but also some examples of the XK-SS (the road going version) and even the E2A prototype which was a link between the D-Type and the E-Type and spent much of its life in the States.
This year’s Revival will run from the 12th to the 14th September, with the Lavant Cup taking place on Saturday 12th. For ticket details click HERE.


Monday, 21 July 2014


1000 Miles High! New event receives great acclaim. The Royal Automobile Club in association with the Historic Endurance Rallying Organisation have received high praise for the first running of the historic 1000 Mile Trial in modern times.
This landmark event saw an entry of the highest quality, some of the vehicles being truly unique with provenance that is second to none. Starting from the sublime surroundings of Woodcote Park, Epsom, the country club house of The Royal Automobile Club, the cars were displayed on the cedar lawn for the first test of the event, the Concours d‟Equipement where a judging panel included the Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club, Tom Purves, Octane international Editor Robert Coucher and Co-Managing Director of HERO Tomas de Vargas Machuca. 
The prize went to Alan and Tina Beardshaw‟s 1934 MG K3.
The following day, it was Mr Tom Purves who flagged the cars off using the very same flagthatwas used to set off the cars in the original run in the year 1900.Once on their way, the crews visited many of the UK‟s finest stately homes and hotels along its seven day route. The publicresponse was overwhelming, with many villages turning out in period costume and fancy dressto welcome the competitors, some villages even holding street parties to honour the event.Amongst the social highlights was a formal dinner held on board the Royal Yacht Britannia – An event partner, where competitors were greeted by the traditional sound of bag pipes uponarrival and treated to a private tour of the world famous royal vessel, before sumptuous champagne cocktails and a formal dinner in the Royal Yacht‟s State Dining Room.

The 2014 1000 Mile Trial was won by John Abel & Martyn Taylor in a 1937 Lagonda LG 45, with their dominance apparent from day one. Charles Graves & Ron Palmer took second overall in a 1937 Bentley Derby Special, narrowly holding off the much fancied Alastair Caldwell & Catriona Rings in their beautiful Alfa Romeo 6C Superleggera, who in turn narrowly piped Sue Shoosmith/Trina Harley to fourth in their 1928 Bentley 3 ¼. Rounding up the top five were Tomas de Vargas Machuca partnered by Ryan Pickering in a 1937 AC March 16/80 Special. This year‟s 1000 Mile Trial was the fourth round of The HERO Cup for drivers in association with EFG International Bank and also the fourth round of The Golden Roamer Trophy for navigators in association with The Basic Roamer Company.

The seven day adventure started from Woodcote Park and wound its way clockwise around the UK with overnight halts at Tewkesbury, Preston, Edinburgh, Slaley, Leeds and Silverstone. Along the route visits were made to The Vineyard-Stockcross, Rowton Castle, Shropshire, Arley Hall, Bowhill House, Alnwick Castle, The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle and Belvoir Castle before returning to a sumptuous prize-giving ceremony and gala dinner at Woodcote Park
Amongst the almost fifty classic vehicles taking part were a Triumph Dolomite 8C from 1934, built and competed by Donald Healey, Malcolm Campbell‟s Aston Martin Le Mans, the very first Alfa Romeo 6C Superleggera and the first ever „works‟ Bentley to be ever entered in the Le Mans 24 Hour race.
Tom Purves, Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club said: „The Royal Automobile Club is proud to have revived the 1000 Mile Trial event which, in 1900, demonstrated the importance of the automobile to future generations by visiting some of the major cities in the United Kingdom along its route. The 2014 event allowed today‟s generation the opportunity to look back and enjoy the cars from our past as they made their way up to Edinburgh and back to Woodcote Park. We are indebted to the participants, marshals, officials and our partner HERO Events, who contributed to making this a successful event.‟
 Patrick Burke, Co-Managing Director of HERO, said: We could not be happier with the way the event has been received and we are immensely grateful to all of our event partners (The Royal Automobile Club in particular, but also Hagerty, Octane, The Royal Yacht Britannia and EFG International Bank) for their support and for making this event as historic as the original 1000 Mile Trial. The general public has also been incredibly supportive and I had the honour of meeting the descendents of one of the motoring pioneers who took part in the original 1900 event at Alnwick Castle. This display of support and solidarity along with the camaraderie that was apparent amongst the crews made the event very special indeed.
Tomas de Vargas Machuca, Co-Managing Director of HERO said: “It was great to see such a diversity of cars and crews coming from all over the globe from Portugal to Australia to take part on this event. We tried to take crews to as many of the original venues and roads used in 1900 but also other great locations. We encountered virtually no traffic throughout the week and visited superb locations. The event offered a balance between the need for competitive sections and great venues and hospitality. The weather did the rest, I am confident the 1000 2015 edition will be another great event.”
 Event Director; Jeremy Dickson added. “There is always something special about the first time an event is run and having been fortunate to be involved in the first running of the Classic Marathon, Winter Challenge and Rally of the Tests I would say that the re-running of the 1000 Mile Trial after a lengthy break was equally as special, there was an instant camaraderie from the moment we all met at Woodcote Park and that developed throughout the week. We received tremendous support from the Royal Automobile Club and the facilities at Woodcote Park were amongst the best we have had for any event. The 1000 Mile Trial should have as strong a future as the events I cut my teeth on which are still going strong after many years!”
 About H.E.R.O
The Historic Endurance Rallying Organisation (H.E.R.O.) is a classic car club recognised by the Royal Automobile Club Motor Sports Association (the MSA - the official governing body for motor sport in the UK, affiliated to the FIA) and, through its membership of the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs, is affiliated to FIVA - the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens. A classic car endurance rallying club that dates over eighteen years, HERO has organized more than 130 events (trials and tours) especially for classic cars. HERO also offers a wide range of services such as the Arrive & Drive classic/rally car hire program, corporate and bespoke event planning and organisation, storage and transport logistic, a Premier Membership that offers discounts throughout its network of Partners; making it a truly integrated one stop shop platform. For more information please visit: or

Friday, 18 July 2014


The sun shines, and world records tumble at the Coys Blenheim Palace weekend

The Coys Blenheim Palace Weekend, now over two days, saw fantastic sales results, including three new world records in our motorcycle auction on the Friday, and superb multi-million pound results in the motor car sale on Saturday.

The associated Concours d'Elegance was oversubscribed and sold out, in addition to the 57 motor cars on display with a value in excess of £100 million, there was also the superb military vehicle display, honouring 350 years of the Royal Marines and the 70th anniversary of D-Day, and raising much needed funds through the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.

1970 Ferrari 365 GT/4 Daytona Spider
SOLD: £568,000


With just eight weeks to go until the Goodwood Revival, the excitement is really starting to ramp up - especially since we can start to share all the exciting features of this year's event with you.

We have some incredible announcements in this very newsletter, but there are many more to come as we get closer to 12 September. We can promise you that the events and drivers booked in will make this a very special year - and we have some fantastic competitions, so watch this space.

As always, tickets are selling rapidly and Saturday is already sold out, but that is all the more reason to act quickly to pick up tickets or grandstand packages for one of the other days. 

For the all the latest news on this sell-out event, please read below. You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for regular updates, news and competitions.

Up to eight British Touring car champs line-up for Goodwood Revival

The St Mary’s Trophy race is always one of the highlights of the Goodwood Revival meeting, and this year’s is set to be an epic battle. We’re used to seeing a number of top drivers hurling (and we really do mean hurling! Check out this video of the 2012 race) saloon cars around the Goodwood circuit as a sell-out crowd looks on, but this year we have an unprecedented line up of British Touring Car Championship drivers past-and-present.
Fabrizio Giovanardi, Matt Neal, Gordon Shedden, Andrew Jordan, Jason Plato, and Robb Gravett have all been champions, and will be fighting for top spot in a range of Alfa Romeos, Austins, Fords, Vauxhalls, BMWs, and a number of other Fifties saloons. As we go to press it’s likely that both John Cleland and Colin Turkington will be added to the list of former champions, although there will be even more ex-BTCC talent on display in the form of Steve Soper, and Methuen House Captain Anthony Reid, both of whom came within an ace of winning their own titles. That would make a total of 10 BTCC aces …
The event has also thrown together some interesting partnerships. 2013 champion Andrew Jordan will be sharing a 1958 Austin A40 with his father Mike, who was no stranger to the top of the podium throughout his racing career, whilst Jason Plato will share a 1959 Ford Prefect 107E with TV chef and celebrated petrolhead James Martin.
Speaking of Jason Plato, keen BTCC fans will have noticed that he’ll be on track with Matt Neal; a certain recipe for entertainment given the many, shall we say… ‘exuberant’ battles between the two over the years!
The race itself is a two-parter, with the pro drivers taking the first and gentleman drivers in the second. The overall winners will be calculated as an aggregate of the two races.
To secure your ticket go to You don’t want to miss this one!
So, who’s your money on?


Tuesday, 15 July 2014


We’ve brought together one of our finest ever catalogues, offering some incredibly exciting and unique classic cars. You can view the full lot list here.
 It’s not just cars that will be going under the hammer. A collection of historic motorcycles, as well as two amazing fighter planes, could also be yours on July 26th and 27th.

 Viewing of the lots will be available on Friday 25th July and on the morning of Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th July. On both days the sales begin at 11.30am with automobilia and lifestyle items, followed by motor vehicles at 2.30pm. Lots 101 to 364 will be offered on Saturday with lots 401 to 621 offered on Sunday.
Viewing: 25th July 2014 All Day
26th July 2014 Morning Only
Auction: 26th July 2014 11:30 onwards
Auction (day 2): 27th July 2014 11:30 onwards
Sale type: Classic Cars / Modern Sports Cars / Motorcycles / Automobilia / Lifestyle
All images & Logos copyright of Silverstone Auction Limied 2014


Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles

Wednesday 16th July at noon

Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0DE


Our Choice: 

 Ford Model 62 V8 Woody Estate

 Ford Model 62 V8 Woody Estate

Lot number 122
Estimate £25,000 - £30,000
Description Ford Model 62 V8 Woody Estate
Registration GML 549
Year 1937
Colour Black
Engine size 2,227 cc
Chassis No. 52174352
Engine No. R183935
Despite Ford’s dominance across the globe, the UK market was not truly cracked until 1932 when they launched the small Model Y, a car designed specifically for the British market.
The problem was the UK’s car taxation policy which was based on cylinder diameter (the RAC horse-power formula), making the cheap Model T as expensive to tax each year as a Rolls-Royce. In 1935, Ford launched an entirely British-made V8 called the Model 62. The new, small capacity V8 engine had a conveniently narrow 66mm bore and was fitted in a Dagenham-built compact saloon. It used a chassis and suspension similar to the US models, its 2,227cc V8 developing 63bhp at 4,300rpm. The Model 62 was replaced by the Model 68 a few years later with a full-size V8 from America, this car eventually morphing into the post-war Pilot.
A very limited number of Model 62s escaped Dagenham with practical Woody coachwork. Popular with large estates for shooting parties and collecting visiting weekenders from the local station, they mirrored the American trend for all-wooden bodies with three rows of seats and a fold-down tailgate.
This fascinating example is well known in Ford circles having been on display between 1981 and 2000 at the Ford Heritage Centre in Dagenham. It was used in Ford’s 75th Anniversary film ‘A Special Relationship’ directed by Julian Pettifor which focussed on Ford’s history in the UK.
In 1984 and 1985 it was invited by the Queen Mother to visit Sandringham, a specially built Ford Pilot Woody having been a firm favourite of King George VI after the war and used on the estate. The Queen Mother wished to reacquaint herself with a similar car, a photograph of her alongside this Woody somewhat bizarrely being featured on a postage stamp used on the island of St Helena!
Surfacing in East London during the 1970s in basically sound condition, GML 549 was given a spruce up which sufficed until it joined the museum in 1981. At this point the sound woodwork was sanded and revarnished, the car having been carefully maintained ever since.
One of only two such models thought to survive, this lovely Woody has plenty of go from its rumbling V8, as we found out during a short test drive on the occasion of our visit, and would make ideal transport to the Goodwood Revival, champagne picnic and six mates in the back. Who knows, you might even get a phone call from the Palace…
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Source: Brightwells Auctioners 2014

Saturday, 12 July 2014


TV chef James Martin will be brining his passion for food and great cars to the London Classic Car Show 
As fanfares go it was a little different… but the potent roar of a V12 Ferrari engine provided the perfect backing track to the launch of the new London Classic Car Show.  For the show, to be held at London’s ExCeL centre from 8-11 January, 2015, promises to be an event rather than just an exhibition.  As well as gazing at some of the most desirable and valuable cars ever made, visitors will not only be able to hear them as they are fired up but also to watch them in action – the centrepiece of the show is The Grand Avenue, a motoring runway along which the cars will be driven.  The London Classic Car Show is organised by Brand Events, the company behind the hugely successful Top Gear Live and CarFest events.  At a special launch in a West London’s Adam & Eve Mews on Thursday (10 July), Chris Hughes, Chief Executive, pointed to the Testa Rossa, an Aston Martin DB6 once owned by Paul McCartney and other classics on display and said: “Classic cars look great in London, don’t they? They reflect the style and culture of a cool capital. Yet London has no classic car show.  ‘We aim to change that with a show that’s innovative and full of passion.”  The Grand Avenue is just one of the original ideas promised at the London Classic Car Show. The James Martin Classic Café, run by the top TV chef, will serve quality food to visitors while James, a passionate classic car fan himself, has also been appointed as a show patron, charged with mounting a display of cars that mean the most to him.  As a result he will be showing ­– and driving – some the cars from his own private collection and those of friends. Among those promised are a rare Ferrari 288 GTO and a glorious 250 GTO as well as a number of important Mini-Coopers.  He said: “A show that combines my two passions, food and cars… I’ll be in heaven.”  Another famous name with a key role is BBC Top Gear’s James May, who will be curating a display of the ‘Cars That Changed The World’. Expect a few surprises… it won't be all Model Ts and VW Beetles.  There will also be motor sports displays, a homage to the Citroen DS, 60 years old in 2015, and an investors’ forum where experts will advise on how and what classic to buy as an investment that will provide much more fun than stocks and shares.  Event Director Bas Bungish said: “Although we have only just announced the show, we have already been promised huge support from a number of key players in the automotive and classic car worlds. 
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Thursday, 10 July 2014



  • Chris Evans inspired fund-raisers for BBC Children in Need
• Ferraris, Maseratis and Mustangs top the on-track bill  
• Two more fun-filled festivals packed with family entertainment
As the sun sets on Goodwood Festival of Speed, British Grand Prix and Glastonbury 2014, the spotlight switches to August’s two award-winning CarFest extravaganzas.

Just over three years ago BBC Radio 2 broadcaster Chris Evans had a dream. It was to create a fundraising event that celebrated his passion for fast cars, rocking music artists and a love of good cake.  Now in its third year CarFest 2014 is back with plenty of good honest fun and all in aid of BBC Children in Need.

To date the four hugely successful, sell-out CarFests have wowed more than 200,000 visitors and the intoxicating mix of fast cars, live music and great festival food have raised over £2m for BBC Children in Need.

This summer’s CarFest North takes place at Oulton Park in Cheshire from 1-3 August. Three weeks later CarFest South returns to Laverstoke Park Farm near Basingstoke in Hampshire over the 22-24 August Bank Holiday weekend.

“The wonderful world of CarFest is back,” exclaimed an expectant Evans. “Prepare yourselves for a feast of fabulous festival food, marvellous fast cars and live shows from the kind of bands we all love. It’s going to be utterly, scrumptiously fantastic!”

Topped by Evans’ own ‘Magnificent 7’ collection of amazing Ferraris, the Track Sprint line-up of dazzling cars sticks with the Sevens theme with lots of new and exciting categories being fuelled for 2014. There’s a Rock Star Seven, Hod Rod Seven, Movie Car Seven as well as more familiar F1 and Rally Sevens. The special Anniversary Seven will include Nick Mason’s stunning Maserati 250F to celebrate the Italian company’s centenary, while the Muscle Car Seven will feature Ford’s newly revealed 2015 Mustang to mark 50 years of the American classic.

Laverstoke Park Farm, home to CarFest South, is the renowned organic/biodynamic farm owned by former Formula One World Champion Jody Scheckter. Last year Scheckter performed some dramatic demo runs in his title winning Ferrari and unique Grand Prix winning six-wheeled Tyrrell F1 cars – he will be back in action come August.

Away from the Track Sprint, the popular Showground will once again be packed with massive stunts and huge displays while the Outdoor Play Area will be filled with the very best children’s entertainers and performers. Britain’s Best Pavilion is another much loved CarFest attraction – it showcases food and drink created by small producers from throughout the UK. The equally popular Cakes v Pies competition returns, too, with judges again including TV personalities Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.

Air displays are also a huge attraction with the RAF Red Arrows and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight among the flying favourites.

As if the magical sounds of Merlin and Ferrari V12 engines aren’t enough aural excitement for one weekend, a host of famous bands will also be strutting their stuff on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings on stages compered by the inimitable Evans. This year’s bill toppers include Erasure, Eliza Doolittle, Simple Minds, Seasick Steve, Scouting for Girls, Jools Holland, The Feeling, 10cc, Chas & Dave, Jamie Cullum and Texas.

While CarFest South again is a complete sell-out and all weekend tickets for CarFest North have also been snapped up, there are a few remaining Friday and Sunday tickets available for Oulton Park.

For more information on how to procure the few remaining tickets and all the latest news, visit the official CarFest website at
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Wednesday, 9 July 2014


Saturday 12 July
at 14.30
Mercedes-Benz Museum
Stuttgart, Germany


The UK’s most exclusive automotive Garden Party, Salon Privé returns to Syon Park from the 3rd to 5th September. With UK & global automotive debuts alongside the expanded EFG Art & Luxury Fair, there’s something for everyone at this year’s event.
The internationally-renowned Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance can justifiably lay claim to the title of UK’s most exclusive Classic Car competition with several of the rarest and most valuable cars in existence making their first appearances on UK soil.
Complimenting the Concours is our inaugural Salon Privé Sale, an auction of premium modern & classic cars taking place within the grounds of Syon on Thursday 4th September – full hospitality tickets now include access to the Sale as well as to the rest of the event.
Friday sees the return of the British Supercar Show, the only motor show in the UK to focus purely on Supercars, Hypercars, Megacars and Concept cars. It is a professional, manufacturer-supported event where carefully selected marques from around the world meet to display their very latest models openly on the Syon House lawns.

Silverstone Classic Sale26th & 27th July 2014
The Wing
Silverstone Circuit
The Salon Privé Sale
4th September 2014
Syon House
NEC Classic Motor Show Sale
15th November 2014

Sunday, 6 July 2014


Now well established as a significant highlight of the British summer auction season, Coys at Blenheim Palace is now a destination event for historic car collectors and enthusiasts worldwide. This multi-million pound catalogue of international quality is now available. Contact to place your order, or view online at Watch the auction live on on Saturday 12th July.