Thursday, 28 May 2015


Vintage motorcycle enthusiast Paul Old contacted the Rally Round office for advice on route planning and distances for his endeavour to follow the original Paris-Madrid Rally route as closely as possible on his wonderful 1906 Lurquin et Coudert classic motorcycle.

Paul is hoping to complete the route in 14 days, taking many photos of the spectacular sights along the way including in the world-famous Jardin des Tuileries and many more. The whole team at Rally Round wishes Paul good luck and safe travels!

Thunder Dragon Rally 2016 - FINAL CALL
With five months to go, there are now only 2 spaces remaining on the Thunder Dragon Rally 2015, which will explore the mystical lands of Bhutan and India in November this year.

With the following group of confirmed entrants, this event promises to be a great and unforgettable Driving Adventure. If you are interested in adding your name to the list, do not delay and contact the office asap.

Thunder Dragon Rally 2015 Entry List
1  Mark Robinson / Yvonne Fuller               1915 Sunbeam 20 hp 
2  Max Stephenson / Julie Stephenson     1923 Vauxhall 23 60 
3  Chris Evans / Sophie Evans                 1928 Ford Model A
4  Christopher Lunn / Nicola Lunn             1929 Bentley 4 1/2 Le Mans
5  Gerry Acher / Joyce Acher                      1931 Ford Model A Tourer 
6  Mark Winkelman / Dorinda Winkelman  1932 Plymouth PB3
7  Richard Cunningham / Paddy Walker   1937 Buick Coupe 40
8  Xavier del Marmol / Ines Bodmer           1937 Chevrolet Master 
9  Frank Bird / Ross Oakman                       1939 Willys Sedan
10  Jorge Ruiz / Agustin Panes                     1955 Rolls Royce Silver Dawn
11  Jose Romao de Sousa / Maria Romao de Sousa  1956/65 MG Magnette
12  Adrian Shooter / George Harding          1958 Morris Oxford 
13  Dougie Lawson / Kate Lawson                1959 Jaguar XK 150 DHC 
14  Roland van Pelt / TBC                              1960 Volvo PV544 
15  Peter McLaughlin / Jane Kitchel             1964 Pontiac GTO
16  Jan van Gemert / Marion Hujbregts      1965 Ford Mustang
17  Alastair Caldwell / TBC                            1968 Mercedes 280SL Coupe
18  Dean Golding / Kendal Golding              1969 Rolls Royce Corniche
19  Roger Allen / Maggie Gray                       1971 BMW 2800 CS 
20  Gerd Buehler / Birgit Deymann-Buehler   1972 Porsche 911, 2.4 l 
21  Mark Seymour / Louise Seymour            TBC
22  Bill Bolsover / Biddy Bolsover 

If you would like any further information on the Thunder Dragon Rally 2015 such as recce notes, road condition reports or daily schedules etc. or wish to discuss any aspect of this rally before making your decision, please contact Liz on +44 (0)1252 794 100 or email

Paris-Vienna Rally 2016
The Paris-Vienna Rally 2016 is already shaping up to be a great rally, with entries already received from six nations and a wonderful selection of cars. Rally Round events are designed to appeal to novice crews as well as experts, so we are delighted to welcome James and Katja Fenner on their first ever rally, driving a Porsche 356. More experienced newcomers to the Rally Round paddock include Petr Kedjus from the Czech Republic driving a Jaguar Mk2, and Ken and Jane Fraser, who are looking forward to the event that they have set aside their 1924 Bentley two-seater for a 1929 'Blower' that allows more space for period dress!
We are also pleased to welcome Lord and Lady Laidlaw in their BMW 319 (pictured above), Richard Lemon, former Peking-Paris competitor Harry Jurgens from the Netherlands and Trans-America participant Michael Eatough, co-driven by Peter Godwin. Other familiar names included James Mitchell and Anya Jackel, who we last saw driving their MG TA on the 2014 Paris-Madrid; James has since been busy launching a new historic car sales business at Bicester Heritage ( Also returning are Michael O'Shea and Clive Venning in their 1938 Jaguar MkIV, as are Chris Evans and Mark Seymour, this time in two different cars, partnered by Chris Seaton and Nick Evans respectively. Among veterans of the first Paris-Madrid in 2013 are Jeff and Glenda Robinson, who are bringing their Dodge Brothers Tourer all the way from Australia, and Steven Collins, who is swapping his 1936 Bentley for a 1928 model
We are very much hoping that Alastair Caldwell, Paris-Madrid winner in 2013 and 2014, will be making time in his busy schedule to defend his title and lift the Charles Jarrott Trophy for a third time. Several other crews have confirmed and we are awaiting their entry forms, so we expect to have more news shortly. Watch this space and do not hesitate to contact the Rally Round office for a full and updated entry list in future.

Paris-Vienna Rally 2016 Entry List
1Mark Seymour / Chris Seaton1925 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
2Jeff Robinson / Glenda Robinson1926 Dodge Brothers Tourer 
3Steven Collins / TBC1928 Bentley 4.5-litre
4Ken Fraser / Jane Fraser1929 Bentley 4.5-litre 
5Harry Jurgens / TBC   1930 Packard 740
6Chris Evans / Nick Evans1934 Lagonda M45
7Lord Laidlaw / TBC1935 BMW 319
8Michael O'Shea / Bruce Venning1938 Jaguar MkIV 
9James Mitchell / Anya Jackel1959 Triumph TR3A
10James Fenner / Katja Fenner 1960 Porsche 356S
11Michael Eatough / Peter Godwin1966 Mercedes-Benz 230S Fintail 
12Petr Kejdus / Petr Uhlir 1967 Jaguar Mk2 3.8 Rally

Haka Classic Rally 2016
"The challenge of combining the exciting competition, comfortable hotels, diverse terrain, stunning landscapes and friendly travelling companions is one I am well used to, and I relish the opportunity to do it all again at the Haka Classic Rally 2016 in New Zealand.

With entries already received from as far afield as Australia, Canada, Czech Republic and Switzerland already coming in, it is going to be superb event and I can't wait to drop the flag."

(Heidi Winterbourne, Rally Round)

If you would like to find out more about our New Zealand Driving Adventure, click on the Haka Classic Rally brochure picture to download the brochure or drop us a line with your full postal address for your compli

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Over 600 Classic Cars at The South-West's largest festival of transport The 41st Annual Gloucestershire Vintage & Country Extravaganza

Over 600 Classic Cars at The South-West's largest festival of transport
The 41st Annual Gloucestershire Vintage & Country Extravaganza
July 31st, 1st & 2nd August 2015
South Cerney Airfield, Cirencester
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July 31st, August 1st & 2nd 2015 will see the Stroud Vintage Transport & Engine Club (SVTEC) stage their 41st Annual Show at South Cerney Airfield in Cirencester, Gloucestershire. The show is widely regarded as one of the biggest and best Steam, Vintage and Countryside events in the UK and attracts thousands of exhibitors and visitors from across the county and actively raises money for both national and regional charities.
This year the Gloucestershire Vintage and Country Extravaganza will include the popular Steam Arena, with non-stop steam demonstrations, and the opportunity to drive a steam engine and see the spectacular Showman’s Engines. The Main Arena which features parades and commentary of all the vintage vehicles on site from classic cars, tractors, commercial vehicles, vintage bus and coaches, motorcycles, scooters, traction engines, miniature steam, industrial trucks, military vehicles, caravans to emergency vehicles. Plus the Countryside Arena featuring dog agility, ferret racing, rare breeds, animal conservation, alpaca’s, shire horses, horse logging, falconry displays and children’s pony rides.
The classic car section alone has over 600 vehicles represented, from the dawn of the motoring era, to pre-war, post-war, Pre 72 American to modern classics. The oldest vehicles entered are 1904 CGV Talbot (only 50 were ever built, with only 2 left in existence) and a 1904 Talbot that has been lovingly restored by a family in Cheltenham, and often competes in the world famous London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. To the opposite end of the spectrum, there are supercars such as Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Bugatti to mass produced run-abouts such as Morris, Austin, and Ford marques – we often hear people saying ‘my Dad had one of those’. This year the show will play host to the largest amount of visiting car clubs in its event history, we welcome the return of the likes of Atwell Wilson Motor Museum, Gentry Register, Mini Rebels and Fairford Classic Car Club and all our regular clubs and are delighted to welcome the Bond Bug Register, Classic Ford and Citroën Traction Avant Club as show newbies. On Sunday 2 August the Citroën Traction Avant Club will hold a Concourse, featuring 40 their best vehicles from around the world.
The American section alone has 46 Pre-72 American cars booked in already including a completely restored 1929 Cadillac considered to be one of the best American classics in the UK, plus a rare 1959 Galaxie Skyliner with retractable hardtop and a 1970 Chevrolet Camaro. This Camero is a beast with a 455 ci big block engine fitted with a supercharger, twin 750cmf carburettors and nitrous oxide and 1100 BHP.
Alongside regular exhibits are remarkable stories of barn finds, restoration projects and histories to be told, such as the gentleman in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, who had a great deal back in the 1960s when he swapped his camera for a 1935 Austin 10. He has since purchased a similar camera back in a charity shop for £2! The Austin 10 came complete with original letters from its previous owner, along with its history. The vehicle was borrowed in the Second World War as a private defence vehicle for the army and at the time had its headlights covered so it could not be seen by enemy aircraft.
Other vehicles include: 
·       A 1933 Stanford 9 which has remained in the same family from  Swindon since new
·       A 1980 very rare factory built Panther Lima and 1960 Jensen 541R (Owner from Yate)
·       A record-breaking Jensen 541 Prototype, chassis number 1 - holder of the London to Paris record, entered by owner Malcolm Bristow from Tetbury who has a vast collection of Jensen’s
Aside from all the vehicles, there are literally thousands of exhibits, curiosity stalls, trade stands, models tents, craft marques to keep the whole family entertained. Children always love the vintage fairground with the popular Fairground Organs, 'electric yachts', waltzers, big wheel, steam-driven 'gallopers' and traditional penny arcade games, and this year they can even have a ride on a model stream train.
The showground site is sprawling, with plenty of food and drink ‘pit stops’, a firm favourite is the vintage tea room with regular music and entertainment from  1940s inspired Lindy Hopper dancers, this year you can even get your hair done at the vintage hair salon!
Taking to the skies above, will be a thrilling aerobatic display by local Oaksey pilot, Lauren Richardson (Sat) and the return of Richard Goodwin (Sun) with the Muscle Biplane Air Display, both will puts their Pits Special biplanes through its paces in an aerobatic display (weather permitting).Plus Jump4Heroes - The Royal British Legion Extreme Human Flight Team, will skydive into the arena to see us.
Chairman of the Stroud Vintage Transport and Engine Club (S.V.T.E.C) Martyn Slater, said: “Our goal has always been to give the best value for money family day out in Gloucestershire, with something for all of the family to enjoy, whilst providing a safe environment for people to celebrate our unique transport history and the preservation of historical vehicles. We actively encourage interaction between exhibitors and visitors, and have recently instated a nifty on-site Wi-Fi which enables visitors to find out more history and information about specific vehicles displayed. The dedicated Wi-Fi code can be obtained from the show program and available for use on phones, tablets and laptops”.
The Extravaganza is organised by the Stroud Vintage Transport and Engine Club. This non-profit making organisation raises money for national and local charities and up to 30 will be represented on site raising money and awareness of their respective causes. The rally is one of the largest events of its kind run entirely by volunteers. All section leaders strive to bring something different to this year’s event.
All the owners are knowledgeable and proud to show off their splendid vehicles. With so much to see and do, one day just isn’t long enough.

For further information or to purchase advance tickets please visit:

CASTLE COMBE - A month to go until the Classic, Kit and Retro!

Less than a month to go!

Join us on Saturday 20th June for a splendid day celebrating the many joys of motoring!
The paddocks will be filled with delightful club displays & trade stalls whilst the track comes alive with demos, parades and public sessions.
Also attending this year is a lovely selection of vintage buses offering free rides around the surrounding villages and on the track itself.
We also look forward to welcoming back Elite Air Ballooning Team who will be providing tethered displays and rides. Contact them for details of rides & their very special Action Day prices!

Is your club booked in? 
Club applications are starting to build up and passes will soon be sent out. Spaces are filling fast so book your club stand as soon as you can if you haven’t already!
If you are booked in, don’t forget there’s a great selection of track sessions available to buy at a special club price until 12th June. Book club discounted track sessions and display car passenger admission tickets
Cherished Parking
Packages available to purchase online both with and without parade laps included

Trade Stands
A variety of trade & autojumble stands are still available as well as advertising space in the show guide. Book a trade stand/advert

Coming early?
Don’t forget the Circuit’s aptly named Camp Corner will be open to campers on the Friday night (19th June) with pitches costing just £8. Book online

Discounted Track Time & Admission Tickets
Purchase track & admission passes online at the reduced advance rates until Friday 12th June. Full timetable of available sessions is available on the website.

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We're very excited to welcome Complete Kit Car Magazine and Kit Car Clubs to the event this year with some special displays already planned.

One such display will be coming from the Bristol Kit Car Club as they launch their very exciting new charity venture! The club will be bringing their Haynes Race chassis to the event along with the young man who inspired them. Ben Conolly, 19, a leukaemia sufferer undergoing treatment who was left paralysed from the chest down after a tumour was removed from his back. Despite all this, Ben has still managed to drift race in the USA! 
We’d love to know what you’re bringing! 
Email us any special images/details or share them on the  Classic, Kit & Retro Action Day Facebook page


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• Honda NSX turns 25 with massive Silverstone parade 
• The mid-engined two-seater that redefined the supercar
• Record number of NSXs to mark quarter century 
• Japanese cavalcade also marks key Mazda, Nissan and Toyota milestones

It’s not just the Silverstone Classic that will be celebrating its Silver Jubilee at this summer’s special staging of the World’s Biggest Classic Motor Racing Festival (24-26 July) – it is also 25 years since Honda launched its game-changing NSX.

Back in 1990, two-seater mid-engined sports cars typically were Italian, highly-tuned and temperamental. The NSX, though, refined what a supercar could be – it was user-friendly, ultra-reliable and didn’t cost a small fortune to service.

Taking its name from the words New, Sportscar and eXperimental, the revolutionary NSX was technically advanced, too. It was the first production car to feature a weight-saving all-aluminium monocoque body and was propelled by a high-revving VTEC V6 all-aluminium engine mounted amidships and powering the rear wheels as the genre demanded.

While the Honda badge may not quite have had the same lustre as those of Ferrari and Lamborghini, the Japanese company was running rings around both of its Italian rivals in F1 at that time.

Turn the clocks back 25 years and Ayrton Senna was en route to the second of his three World Championship titles – all secured with McLaren-Honda. Indeed, the legendary Brazilian was also involved in the initial testing of the NSX at the Suzuka GP circuit in Japan and later in working with the company’s engineers on the finalisation of the suspension and handling set-up.

The late triple champion’s nephew, Bruno Senna (below top left), has strong memories of his uncle’s involvement in the project. Speaking after reacquainting himself with an NSX at last year’s CarFest, he enthused: “It is special for many reasons. It’s the car that Ayrton helped Honda to develop, so it’s always a real pleasure to drive something that he played such a major role in.

“It’s also the first fast road car I ever drove, in Portugal sitting on Ayrton’s lap when I was just a kid; he was controlling the pedals and gears while I was steering! It was just great fun and the first time I’d ever had a thrill like that, so the NSX always brings back some fantastic memories.”

Boasting such an incredible pedigree – and with Honda poised to launch an all-new NSX – the original has become a bona-fide classic, so it’s no surprise that the NSX Club Britain is expecting a record turn-out of more than 60 models for its special Silver Jubilee track parade at the Silverstone Classic.

Indeed, the Saturday lunchtime cavalcades will be given over to Japanese sports cars. As well as the notable NSX celebrations, there will be 300 MX-5s celebrating the 25th anniversary of the UK launch of the iconic Mazda two-seater plus parades marking important milestones for the Toyota MR2 Mk 1 (30 years), Nissan Skyline GTR and Nissan Sunny/Pulsar GTI-R (both 25 years).

These anniversaries are just three of more than 30 that will be honoured at this year’s Silverstone Classic. A record number of 120 clubs have already registered for dedicated in-field displays, suggesting last year’s record of 9000 privately-owned classics on show will be surpassed in July.

Additional clubs – representing both classic cars and bikes – have until 31 May to be part of this massive festival. Registration is via an official form that can be found at: Members of registered clubs can then use a dedicated booking code when buying tickets.  

General admission tickets give access to all pits, paddock and infield displays as well as trackside grandstands and the majority of the family entertainment including funfair rides and the live music concerts. Full ticket details (which must be purchased in advance) – together with hospitality packages and weekend festival camping – can be found on the official website.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015


Silverstone Classic
Media release for immediate distribution: 19/05/15


• Amazing array of cars for special 25th anniversary parade
• Nine decades of motoring history take to the track
• ‘Silver Sunday’ marks Classic’s quarter century in glittering style

Whether it’s rocking to Status Quo or revelling in the widest ever spectrum of motor sport history, this summer’s Silverstone Classic (24-26 July) will mark its 25th anniversary in glittering style.

The biggest celebration, though, will be the special Silver Jubilee parade – one of the many highlights on ‘Super Sunday’, which will see hundreds of silver cars taking to the famous Silverstone Grand Prix track.

The spectacular parade is open to everyone with a silver car – old or new – and has already attracted an amazing array ranging from a 1934 Austin Seven Special to the latest creations from legendary marques such as Land Rover and Aston Martin.

In-between, the silvery cavalcade will feature a magical mix putting the spotlight on at least nine decades of automotive history. As you’d expect at an event that showcases close to 10,000 privately-owned classic cars, the parade includes numerous iconic models from esteemed brands such as Alfa Romeo, BMW, Caterham, Ginetta, Jaguar, Lotus, Marcos, Mercedes, MG, Porsche and TVR.

However, the huge gathering also comprises a sizeable number of today’s mainstream models like Ford Fiestas, Honda Accords and Vauxhall Astras – all united by their sparkling silver bodywork and by owners not only keen to join the celebrations but also to take full advantage of this rare opportunity to savour a memorable lap on Silverstone’s hallowed asphalt.

“Right from the very first event in 1990, the Classic has always set out to commemorate important motoring anniversaries with track parades but this is something a little bit different,” explained event director Nick Wigley. “For once it’s not limited to those lucky enough to own an E-type, 911 or F40 – it’s open to all those millions of motorists who simply have a silver car. We want as many people as possible to participate in our 25-year celebrations and this is the perfect way to allow lots more to join the party.”   

Perhaps the anniversary parade’s popularity is of no surprise: the Classic is expecting its first 100,000 attendance in July and almost 25 per cent of all licensed cars in the UK are silver-coloured. The DVLA’s latest vehicle statistics reveal that there are 7,250,300 silver cars on our roads – more than 440,000 of those alone being Mercedes models.

While the organisers are thrilled both by the huge numbers and by the notable variety of the striking silver machines already entered into the Silver Jubilee parade, it’s not too late for others to grasp the opportunity. It costs owners of silver cars just £25 – appropriately – on top of general admission tickets to be part of this milestone occasion. Moreover, they also benefit from parking in a special infield ‘Silver Zone’ and receive a special 25th anniversary car sticker.

While the track pageant will be a major attraction, it’s only one of the many mouth-watering ingredients that contribute to Silver Sunday at the Silverstone Classic. Other highlights include the popular RetroRun parade plus two of the festival’s most prestigious races: the Royal Automobile Club Tourist Trophy for Historic Cars for Pre ’63 GTs and the Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy for Pre ’56 Sports Cars. The former features a wonderful grid of priceless E-type Jaguars and Ferraris; the latter is packed with Le Mans winning D-type Jaguars and Aston Martins.

As ever at the Classic, Sunday’s non-stop entertainment  continues all over the massive venue – and, indeed, above it! TV personality Mike Brewer will host his car clinics live from the main stage, Caterham’s dramatic Drift Experience will spin its tyre-smoking wheels, the 40m giant wheel will offer panoramic views, the new Adrenaline Zone will wow the more adventurous, the Off-Road Zone will be in full swing and the purr of magical Merlin engines will resonate from a Spitfire and Hurricane air display.

Adult admission tickets for Sunday are priced at £52 (or £77 for the Silver Sunday ticket) and include booking fees, access to paddocks, grandstands and the vast majority of the numerous attractions. All tickets – including those for the Silver Sunday parade – must be purchased in advance. Full details – together with hospitality packages and weekend festival camping – can be found on the official website:

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Ken Block adds more star power to FOS

Festival of Speed 2014

Ken Block at FoS
That's right, Ken Block has confirmed that he will appear at the Festival of Speed in June with the all-new Ford Focus RS and the sensational Mustang Hoonicorn. With Saturday tickets already exhausted, Block's appearance over all three days will no doubt hasten sales of Saturday Packages and Hospitality, and general admission for Friday and Sunday.

Another American sure to get the pulses racing is Robby Gordon, who will be bringing his Stadium SuperTrucks to Goodwood for the first time for what promises to be a breathtaking show. There's lots more great news so scroll down and catch up with all the latest.

Don't forget that we are going to be running our FOS Live Social Stream again in June, with all the best social content in one place for you. It will also feature a live video feed of all the action, so if you cannot make it, you can still be involved.
One of the world’s most spectacular drivers, Ken Block, will give the all-new Ford Focus RS – and the awesome Mustang Hoonicorn – their UK debuts at the Festival of Speed.
NASCAR star Robby Gordon and his jaw-dropping Stadium SuperTrucks will wow the crowds at the Festival of Speed with stunning displays on (off, and above) the Hillclimb.
Watch the video above to find out about the 'Flat-out and Fearless' racing moment – and driver – that most inspired Damon Hill, the 1996 Formula 1 World Champion.
For the 10th running of the Forest Rally Stage, the line-up of machines set to do battle on the course represents a mind-scrambling feast of nostalgia for rally fans.
Two Isle of Man TT record breakers and Ayrton Senna’s World Championship winning McLaren-Honda MP4/4 will wow the crowds at this year’s Festival of Speed.
 There are still a limited number of camping pitches available. You'll be camped right next to the event site so you can roll out of bed into the world's largest motoring garden party!
The GP Club hospitality area will host Q&As with Sir Stirling Moss, John Surtees and Bobby Labonte among others. Tables still available on Friday and Saturday.
Mazda will celebrate its motor sport heritage as Central Feature Marque at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. Click below to read about the cars appearing on the Hillclimb.
When it comes to tin-top racing, Australia's V8 Supercars take some beating. This brilliant qualifying lap from the 2003 Bathurst 1000 captures the essence of flat-out racing....