Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Casrle Combe What's On - October 2014

Displaying Single Seater Driving Experiences Racing School Driving Experiences
Friday 3rd October

White Knuckle Rides start from just £40, Courses from £110
**A few Ferrari White Knuckle Rides remaining ** Book now for an experience not to be missed!
See the 
Driving Experiences webpage for more information on all the drives & courses available.
Don't forget that you can also buy gift vouchers for all our experiences which are valid for 12 months from date of purchase.
Grand Finals Race Day
Saturday 4th October
Who will be Champions?

As the 2014 racing season draws to a close, come and celebrate the last meeting of the year for the Castle Combe Championships. Although some titles have already been claimed don't think for a second that the day's races will be any less fast and furious than usual! 
Formula Fords Grand Finals
David Rose Grand Finals
With the Formula Ford 1600 Championship still to be decided it's bound to be another nail biting contest as 3 local drivers do battle for the number 1 spot. Click here for more details.
Autumn Classic

Autumn Classic

Step back in time at Castle Combe Circuit's best ever Classic Meeting
What could be the best meeting in its 64 year history will be a day to delight, when the Castle Combe circuit hosts its 3
rd ‘Bristol Forklifts and Heritage Insurance Autumn Classic’ on Sunday October 5th.

You can look forward to 8 very special races, a plethora of rare & interesting historic display cars, celebrity guests & drivers, owner’s clubs and a period atmosphere! Amongst those due to attend is Corsham resident and Pink Floyd drummer, Nick Mason, who is showing off a number of cars from his amazing collection including his legendary Maserati 250F, once voted the “greatest racing car ever” by readers of Octane magazine. 
Autumn Classic
Autumn Classic
Making a long awaited return to Castle Combe after a 59 year absence are the 500cc Formula 3 cars, taking part in the Bristol Aeroplane Company Motor Sports Club Challenge Trophy race.
 There will be some superb demonstrations throughout the day including Julian Bronson’s very rare front engined Scarab Grand Prix car, a 1905 ‘World Land Speed record’ Fiat (complete with 16.5 litre engine!) and the largest collection of Bristol cars ever gathered together! 

A number of local companies are supporting the event, including ‘Cotswold Classic Car Restoration’ from Cirencester, which not only sponsors the Aston Martin race but is transforming some of the buildings at the circuit into a period village petrol station, complete with pumps!

Qualifying from 08.30, Parades from 12.noon and Racing from 12.45
One of the great joys of the day is being able to wander around the paddock and unlike many other events, there is no extra charge for doing so. Admission prices are £15 for Adults and £10.00 for those over 65, with accompanied children under 17 admitted free.
For latest news look at the dedicated website
Bike Track Day

Motorcycle Track Day

Wednesday 8th October
Last Bike Track Day of 2014 - Don't Miss Out!

Ride your bike as the designer intended with no speed cameras or cars pulling out,
just 1.85 miles of tarmac to enjoy!

New to Track sessions and instruction available.
See the bike track day webpage

Strict noise restrictions and regulations apply

Audi Driver International Track Day Saturday 11th October
Now in its 12th year, Audi Driver International provides a great day out for all Audi owners and enthusiasts. Look forward to fast-lapping sessions on the circuit, demo drives and parade laps. In the paddock find trade stands and exhibits, a Show ’n’ Shine and Concours, club line-ups, displays, a technical forum (Q&A session), car sales and autojumble area.
Audi UK will also be in attendance with a major display of the latest models, as well as examples from its historic collection, and there will be a prize draw to win passenger rides around the circuit in an R8, RS 6 and a TT RS, with an expert driver at the wheel. 
As well as the opportunity for enthusiasts to drive their road cars on the track, many of the specialist tuning companies will offer fast-lap passenger rides in their demo cars. 
The gates are open to the public from 8.30 am to 5 pm and admission costs just £10 per adult (children free of charge). See the webpage for more details. 
Audi Track Day 

Car Track Day

Car Track Days

Friday 17th October
(+£25 for each additional driver)
**Last Car Track Day of 2014!**
Experience the thrill of driving around a race track in your own performance vehicle!
Free expert tuition from our ARDS
See the car track day webpage

Strict noise restrictions and regulations apply
Saturday 18th October
This super event is aimed at club competitors and attracts many popular one make championships including Minis, TVRs, MGs and Triumphs. There will also be classes for competitions cars of all makes as well as road cars (as in the ones parked next to you in the supermarket!)
General admission and paddock entrance are free so feel free to wonder among the cars and competitors and find out what sprinting is all about! If you're keen to take more of an active part in the day you can also marshall at the event - no experience necessary: you'll get a full briefing on the day and be paired up with those more experienced.

Car Boot Sale

Sunday 19th October
This time in aid of Yatton Keynell Recreation Association
Admission: Buyers - 50p donation to the Rec Assoc. Sellers - pitches available from just £8
Further Details available on the Car Boot Sale webpage or telephone 01249 782417!
Stroke Association Super Car Saturday, Saturday 25th October
An adrenaline-fuelled day where motorsport fans are at the centre of the action with passenger rides on the circuit, driving tests in the paddock and a display of interesting vehicles!
Experience the thrill of being driven around the circuit by top celebrity drivers in a range of exceptional cars. From Minis to Supercars, Racing to Rally there's something for all enthusiasts! Drivers include Anthony Reid, Barrie (Whizzo) Williams, Mark Stacey & Simon Tilling.

  Programme of Events:
9am Gates Open
9.30am Passenger Rides Start
Demonstrations by FMC Motorsports "Drift Cars" throughout the day

Passenger Rides from £20
Autosolo - take the slalom leaderboard challenge hosted by the Bristol Motor Club
Registration for rides takes place on the day. Please contact the team if you have any questions:
Email: southwestfundraising@stroke.org.uk, Tel: 01179 111493
Displaying Startline Young Driver Experiences (12-16 yr olds) 
Tuesday 28th October
The 'first drive' experience for 12-16 year olds! Experience a step-by-step approach to basic driving techniques, car maintenance and road safety within a closed paddock environment. Plus students also get to drive on the Circuit!

Starter Drive: £55
Advanced Drive: £95
Advanced PLUS: £115*

*must have already completed the Startline Advanced Drive to take part.
See the Startline webpage for more details & availability
 Castle Combe Circuit Racing School

Dates for your Diary
24th October
25th October - Rally School only
8th November - including Rally School
22nd November
27th December

Don't forget....
You can also buy Racing School gift vouchers which are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase. These make perfect presents (and it's not too early to start thinking about Christmas!)
See the Driving Experiences webpage for more details

Saturday, 27 September 2014


Goodwood Breakfast Club
Breakfast Club - Hot Hatch Sunday
We love 'firsts' at Goodwood Motor Circuit, which is why the first-ever Hot Hatch Sunday is generating so much excitement.
It promises to be a very special experience for guests and exhibitors, with hundreds of hot hatches lined up along the circuit and in the paddocks. If you own one of these pocket rockets, then make sure you pre-register - we're certain to have an impressive and varied line-up there on the day.

You don't have to have a hatchback to come to the event - thousands come just to enjoy the spectacle  but you do if you want to be a part of the display! 
Limited space is available, so pre-register here and wait for your confirmation email. If accepted, please arrive at the Motor Circuit early on Sunday; gates open at 07:00, with vehicles for display on the grid encouraged to be in place by 08:00.

If you are coming as a guest rather than putting your car on display, then you do not need to pre-register.

Friday, 26 September 2014


Regent Street Motor Show

Free-to-view motor show ready to take over London’s
premier shopping street once again

London’s Regent Street will be packed with cars and motorbikes on Saturday 1 November… but, for once however, they will all be on public display rather than bumper-to-bumper en route to their next destination.

From Piccadilly Circus to Oxford Circus, the capital’s world-famous shopping street will be closed to through traffic so it can, once again, host the annual Regent Street Motor Show, the UK’s largest free-to-view motoring extravaganza.

Last year, a record 400,000 visitors were able to pore over a huge variety of mouth-watering machinery embracing everything from motoring’s pioneers to the latest supercars.

This year, there will be hundreds of cars on display in the middle of the temporarily traffic free street including performance cars, family cars, eco cars and racing cars.

There will also be 100 veteran cars on display, all ready for the annual Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, which starts from nearby Hyde Park the next day.

The veterans, all built before 1905, will be taking part in the prestigious EFG International Concours d’Elegance and hoping to take overall honours ahead of the 60-mile trial to the coast.

First held in 2005, the Regent Street Motor Show attracts a large number of manufacturers keen to display their newest products to an audience made up of enthusiasts and non-enthusiasts alike.

“The Regent Street Motor Show is now recognised as a great day out for the family, whether they are car enthusiasts or just shoppers” said Annie Walker, Director of the Regent Street Association.

“The huge variety of exhibits perfectly complements Regent Street, with an array of vehicles ranging from the horseless carriages to the cars of today all set in one of the world’s most prominent shopping streets. It adds a completely new dimension to a visit to the best shopping street in the West End. And best of all, it’s free!”

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Wednesday, 24 September 2014


Press Release For Immediate Distribution:  24/09/14 



Plans to put the UK capital at the centre of the global classic car map gather momentum as leading dealers sign up for the event of 2015

Top heritage specialists have pledged support for the London Classic Car Show, the new and contemporary event that’s ready to kick start 2015 into life.

Welcoming the first classic car show in the capital for years, leading restoration companies, dealers, motor sport specialists, classic tour operators and finance houses will all be at the ExCeL exhibition centre in Docklands from 8-11 January.

“We are delighted with the response we have had from the classic car industry,” said Event Director Bas Bungish. “Like us, the classic car market is looking forward to a definitive show in London that showcases the nation’s love and passion for classic cars.

“Leading names such as Duncan Hamilton, Don Law Racing, Hall and Hall, JD Classics, Jim Stokes, Nicholas Mee, J.M.E Healeys, Eagle E-types and Hexagon Classics have all backed our vision by signing up to the show to present and sell their collections of notable cars. A number of major manufacturers with a rich heritage, such as Maserati, Citroen and Aston Martin are also on board to help deliver this spectacular showcase.”

Created by Brand Events, the company behind Top Gear Live and CarFest, the London Classic Car Show promises to be a classic car show with a difference.

Among its innovative features is the Grand Avenue, an indoor runway along which some of the world’s rarest and most desirable cars will be driven in front of visitors.

Another innovative feature is the appointment of show curators
 classic car enthusiasts with a passion for cars – who will create unique exhibits and themed collections with a personal resonance.

One curator is chef and classic car enthusiast James Martin, who is setting up the James Martin CafĂ©, providing visitors with delicious food plus a curated exhibit of themed cars.

Another is Top Gear’s James May, who will be tirelessly looking back through history to discover ‘Cars That Changed the World’.

It is this unique combination of the Grand Avenue and these carefully selected show curators that will ensure the eagerly anticipated London Classic Car Show boasts iconic, desirable and valuable collections of exceptional machinery. A number of significant exhibits and exhibitors will be added to this already amazing line-up over the coming weeks.

Tickets will be on sale from early October, but enthusiasts can register their interest at www.thelondonclassiccarshow.co.uk for the latest show updates and ticket information.

Photo captions: TV chef and London Classic Car Show curator James Martin will be bringing his passion for food and great cars to the London Classic Car Show (above).

Source: Copyright © 2014 MPA Creative, All rights reserved.
The latest news from the London Classic Car Show

Tuesday, 23 September 2014




Motoring pioneers to use The Mall on 2014 London to Brighton journey


For only the second time in more than half a century, hundreds of veteran cars will start this year’s annual 60-mile adventure from London to Brighton by driving down The Mall, London’s ‘Red Carpet Drive.’

Although a regular part of the route in earlier years, The Mall has only been used once since 1962 – that was in 1996 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the original Emancipation Run.

This year the pioneering horseless carriages, all built before 1905, will leave Hyde Park as normal before passing under Wellington Arch and heading down Constitution Hill towards Buckingham Palace.

After rounding the Victoria Memorial in front of the Palace, the cars will drive along The Mall’s red asphalt before turning right into Horse Guards Road and then left towards Parliament Square, Big Ben and Westminster Bridge.

A total of 433 entries – up from 389 in 2013 – have been received by the Royal Automobile Club for the 2014 Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. As tradition dictates it takes place, come rain or shine, on the first Sunday of November (2 November), with the first cars leaving at sunrise, this year 06:56.

The oldest car on the event is a c.1888 Truchutet, a 4hp open tonneau. The entry list includes some of pioneering motoring most famous names, such as Benz, Daimler, Vauxhall, Peugeot and Renault, while the entries includes steam-powered cars, electric cars, three-wheelers as well as petrol-powered four-wheelers.

Regarded as the world’s longest running motoring event, the Run celebrates the original ‘capital-to-coast’ Emancipation Run. This was held on 14 November 1896, and marked the Locomotives on the Highway Act, which raised the speed limit for ‘light locomotives’ from 4 to 14mph and abolished the need for these vehicles to be preceded by a man on foot waving a red flag.

The first re-enactment of the Emancipation Run took place in 1927 and it has been held every year since, barring the war years and 1947 when petrol was rationed.

Although famously not a race, there is a competitive element to this year’s Run with a Regularity Time Trial during the event. Participants will try to match their nominated ‘bogey’ time set for a 13-mile section between Crawley and Burgess Hill. The entire event is free to view for spectators, who line the whole length of the route to cheer on the hardy ‘automobilists’.

The Run is the highlight of a long weekend of motoring nostalgia in the capital, much of it free to view. Other events include the popular free Regent Street Motor Show (Saturday, 1 November) and the annual Bonhams Veteran Car auction (Friday 31 October).

For more details of the Bonhams Veteran Car Run, the entries and the route visit www.veterancarrun.com.

Photo caption: As in 1961 (above) the 2014 Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run will leave Hyde Park and travel down Constitution Hill before crossing Westminster Bridge (below).


All Wheel Drive Club
It may be the Bonhams Veteran Car Run’s 118th anniversary this year, but another Club within the MSA family has had quite an involvement with the safe and effective operation of the event for the last 24 years. With the provision of hill rescue, traffic control and monitoring, the All Wheel Drive Club (AWDC) has helped ensure the successful passage of veteran cars in quite a seamless manner.

Back in 1968, the AWDC was formed in a field at Dunsfold, just south of Guildford. The aim was to provide the opportunity for owners of 4x4s and military vehicles to experience off road driving and competition without an affiliation to a particular manufacturer’s marque. The Club is now under the Presidency of one of the original founders, Richard Beddall.

Richard has taken part in the Run, passing the best part of 100 of the Club’s marshals en route. The AWDC’s input has grown in leaps and bounds over the years and they all hope that you have as much of an enjoyable day as they expect to do so.
This year is proving to be an attractive year for celebrity involvement in the Run. From motorsport to Olympic legends we have a few select celebrities that are delighted to be taking part in the journey to Brighton.

Well-known in the Formula One world, Ross Brawn OBE is currently preparing his 1904 Wilson Pilcher ready to participate, in what can only be described by the discerning veteran car owner, as one of the toughest, but most worthwhile motoring adventures he is likely to face.

Olympic rowing legend Sir Steve Redgrave is always ready for the next challenge and the Bonhams Veteran Car Run is no exception. With the help of the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust, Sir Steve and his family will be driving to Brighton in the Trust’s 1904 Thornycroft. Sir Steve is famous for winning five gold medals at five consecutive Olympics - something that has led him to be hailed as one of Britain’s greatest-ever Olympians.

We are very excited that the Run, in its 118th anniversary, still draws the interest of well-known figures that help to promote this great motoring tradition. Long may it continue! 
Wheeler Dealer does VCR
Mike Brewer and Edd China celebrated a special milestone – their 100th car – in suitable style, by restoring a veteran Darracq. The classic veteran car provides them with the ultimate goal of driving in the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.

Mike and Edd took part in the 2013 Run and the programme will be aired this year on Monday 6 October at 9.00pm on the Discovery Channel. Tune in to see their restoration project and how far their hard work got them along the 60-mile route.

We would like to remind all those that have not yet entered the Run that the deadline for final entries is Friday 26 September. Participant packs will be posted out during the first week of October.

We are delighted to report that the entry numbers are on the rise with 434 currently entered into the Run.
The start numbers have been issued and can be viewed on the VCR website  
 Willing and Abels
The Abels team are a familiar presence at the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, attending regularly in recent years. Their distinctive blue pantechnicon will once again be entrusted with the personal belongings of participants and their families, as Abels proudly continues its role as an official supplier for this great event.

UK Services Director John Watson and International General Manager Neil Pertoldi will both be on hand throughout the four days, and Abels will be exhibiting their own historic vehicle, a beautiful horse-drawn truck employed in the early days for removals.

Abels provides a bespoke vehicle concierge service and has relocated and moved thousands of clients within the UK and around the world. They are proud of their reputation for excellence, employing highly trained personnel who will take meticulous care of every aspect of your move. You're always in safe hands with Abels. 
Motoring Forum
The 2014 Motoring Forum once again features in the Royal Automobile Club’s Motoring Week, leading up to the weekend of the Regent Street Motor Show and the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.

Now in its third year, the Motoring Forum has an extended schedule featuring two lectures, a light-hearted quiz and a special guest in the form of Ross Brawn - best known as one of the great technical geniuses of Formula 1 over the last generation but also an enthusiastic veteran car owner who has entered the 2014 Run.

Tickets cost £15.00 and places are limited and are on a first issued basis. Price includes refreshments on arrival and a buffet lunch. To book your place: http://www.veterancarrun.com/shop

Online Shop
The 2014 VCR merchandise is available to purchase online. New to this year we have traditional style post cards featuring scenes from Westminster Bridge, London and Madeira Drive, Brighton. The customary pin badges and baseball caps will be available at a later date. Please keep checking the website.