Friday, 26 June 2015

6th round 'BMTR Tyres' Midland Hill Climb Championship this weekend!


It's a battle for points

This weekend we have the 6th round of the BMTR Tyres Midland Hill Climb Championship!  Plus Midland championship the SBD - HSA and the Service Hydraulics Speed Championships are back at Prescott.
Saturday 27th June is practice day, racing Sunday 28th.
Gates open: 8am with first cars on the hill at 9am
Entry on the gate: Saturday £12, Sunday £15 (under 14s go free)
Really sorry but no dogs are allowed on site.
The Clubhouse is open for breakfast and throughout the day.
Weather: looking good for Saturday, chance of rain on Sunday (but only a shower or two).

The Midland championship makes its second visit with a great cross-section of Hill Climb cars, from road-going Clios and Porsches to single seater racing cars with up to 4 litre capacity. The initial classes (A1 through to C3) are saloons and sports cars in different states of tune and in these classes this year runs Roger Moran (the 1997 hill climb champion and regular top ten finisher every year since).  Roger is running in Class B in a motorcycle-engined Caterham and doing very well too!
The BOC Cheltenham Porsche Specialists 'B' license class, aimed at drivers starting out in the sport, the cars are road legal and mostly driven to the event. This championship is hotly contested on a handicap basis and currently led by John Stevens in his Clio Sport closely followed by the two Austin 'A' Series powered Mini and Metro machines of Simon Cox and Ryan Earner respectively
In between these classes and the racing car classes is the DEWS championship, a series based around BMC 'A' series powered Minis but now seeing a broader field of cars including the quick Vauxhall Corsa of Steve Harris.

In the 'Big Car' class, we see former Hill Climb champion Trevor Willis at #2 and Will Hall #3 battling it out. Alex Summers #5 (current leader of the British championship) is driving the family DJ in class I. In class 0, Rodney Eyles makes his Prescott debut in the Pilbeam MP58 with 3500cc Cosworth power.

All these Midland championship drivers aim to win their class and ultimately get a bonus point by breaking an existing class record, which counts toward the championship scoring. Leading the Midland championship are, Chris Aspinall in the Empire Wraith and Mike Turpin in the yellow Vauxhall VX.220, these guys will be desperate to maintain their class-leading performances.

Closer to home the BOC hosts the second round of the Prescott Gold Cup. Currently led by Alex Summers, in an excellent time set at the April meeting in the big Gould GR61X. This weekend Alex can still score and will be looking to improve his position but in a different class. The Gold Cup is for members of the Bugatti Owners' Club driving to improve on target times for their class, set in advance for the whole season and run over the three National Prescott events, with prestigious awards for the top three at the end of the season.

Finally the Aldon Automotive Classic championship has a large field of over thirty cars spread out over the three classic classes M2, P1 and P2. This is run on handicap and their respective handicaps are printed in the programme (plenty on sale around the estate), the driver closest to or furthest under time gets the spoils and the championship.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

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, wewelcome 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 restored1929 Cadillac considered to be one of the best American classics in the UK, plus a rare 1959 Galaxie Skylinerwith 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 fromTetbury 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.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015



·         Concours of Elegance reveals car highlights for 2015 event, ranging from a 1905 Star racer, to a 2015 Touring Superleggera Berlinetta Lusso

·         Sixty of the world’s finest cars are on show in the main Concours, many of which haven’t been seen in the UK for decades

·         There will be a host of Scottish-themed features including a collection of Sir Jackie Stewart’s world championship-winning Formula One cars

·         A full list of cars starring in the main Concours at this year’s event is here:

The Concours of Elegance began in 2012, showcasing the world’s finest cars at Windsor Castle to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Since then it has moved to St James’s Palace and Hampton Court Palace, before this year heading to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.

And the calibre of cars is as impressive as ever for the Concours of Elegance 2015. The 1905 Star represents one of the earliest models on display, and was originally designed to represent Britain at the Gordon Bennett Cup – a race contested by nations at the beginning of the 20th Century. With its 10-litre engine and a top speed of more than 100mph, it’s an impressive feat of engineering.

Set to be one of the most eye-catching cars on display is the 1939 Delahaye Type 165 Figoni et Falaschi, which was first displayed at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York. Only six of these 12-cylinder Type 165 models were built and this particular example, with its Figoni et Falaschi bodywork is arguably the most eye-catching.  Its streamlined curves and elegant detailing ensure it looks modern, despite 76 years passing since it was first designed.

From 1967 is the Ferrari 275 GTB/4 NART Spider – one of only ten produced. Short for North American Racing Team, the NART was designed to kickstart 275 GTB/4 sales in America and has now become one of the most sought-after Ferraris of its era.

The Concours then runs through rarities such as a 1979 BMW M1 and a 1995 Ferrari F40 LM before arriving at the newest car of the Concours, the Touring Superleggera Berlinetta Lusso. Based on a Ferrari F12, this hand-built coupé will be produced in a limited production run of just five units.

And the main Concours event is just one part of the Concours of Elegance 2015, which will be complemented by special Scottish-themed features, including a tribute to Sir Jackie Stewart. Sir Jackie will be showcasing his three world championship-winning Formula One cars for the first time. There will also be the world’s largest ever collection of Ecurie Ecosse racing cars.

Returning this year will also be the Club Trophy, celebrating the car clubs of the leading car manufacturers. Each club can submit their own Concours-winning car, which will then be judged by a panel of independent experts. The winning car will be in the main Concours for the 2016 event, just as last year’s winner – a Ferrari 275 GTB/4 – features in this year’s Concours.

To see the full list of cars starring in the main Concours event at Concours of Elegance 2015, simply head to:


Silverstone Classic
Media release for immediate distribution: 24/06/15



• Fuel brand to sponsor Battle of Britain races
• Meet and greets with JET ambassador, Nicolas Hamilton
• Chance to enter ‘Money Can’t Buy Prize’ competition
Fuel brand JET, which has a network of over 350 independent forecourts throughout the UK, will once again take on the role of Official Fuel Partner at this year’s Silverstone Classic event, 24 – 26 July 2015.

In the run up to the World’s Biggest Classic Motor Racing Festival, JET will once again be giving away an incredible Silverstone Classic ‘Money Can’t Buy Prize’. The unique prize for two lucky individuals includes a driving experience in a Caterham Car, a ride in the pace car, a passenger ‘hot seat’ in the Silver Sunday Parade, a guided tour of Race Control, VIP concert stage bar passes, tickets to attend the Drivers’ Reception, Parc Ferme hospitality packages in the 'Silverstone Wing', on site bed & breakfast Snoozebox accommodation and £500 spending money. Entry closes on 18th July and full details of how to enter and Ts & Cs can be found

As part of its 2015 sponsorship package, JET will also be sponsoring two ‘Battle of Britain’ races for 1950s and 60s British GT and saloons cars. Accompanied by alluring aerial displays by Spitfires and other Second World War aircraft, these two 20 minute races will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the 1940 air battle.

The JET Village Green and Fun Fair is set to attract high numbers of visitors. With funfair rides and children’s activities, chill out zones, a vast array of food and drink options, a six-track Scalextric challenge, a Formula One simulator and a vintage Mustang as a ‘selfie’ backdrop, there’s something for everyone in this JET-sponsored area.

Racing enthusiasts may also be lucky enough to meet JET’s ambassador for 2015, racing driver Nicolas Hamilton, brother of Lewis Hamilton. Nicolas, who lives with the neurological condition Cerebral Palsy, is the first disabled competitor to participate in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC). He will enter five weekends of the BTCC season in an Audi S3 NGTC with AmD Tuning. Nicolas will be visiting the JET Hub at various points over the weekend and will be happy to chat to visitors about his first BTCC season.

Pete George, Managing Director of Phillips 66 UK & Ireland Marketing, comments: “Silverstone Classic 2014 was a truly incredible event and we were so proud to have been involved with it, particularly as it was JET’s 60th anniversary. We – and many of our customers – consider JET as a ‘classic British brand’, so being the Official Fuel Partner of Silverstone Classic is very much in line with our brand. This year – the second of our three year sponsorship deal – we’re back, but bigger and better than before! We can’t wait to get out there and meet as many sports and motoring enthusiasts as we can over the three days at the iconic Silverstone Circuit.”

Follow JET on Facebook (JourneyWithJet), on Twitter (@JETPetrol) to find out about our latest Silverstone news and competitions. Join the conversation using #ClassicJET for all the latest event photos and action.

Tickets for the 25th anniversary Silverstone Classic must be purchased in advance. Adult admission starts from £40 and, as well as pits access, ticket prices include booking fees, parking, infield, grandstands, live music – this year topped by rock legends Status Quo – and the vast majority of the numerous attractions. Full details – together with hospitality packages and weekend festival camping – can be found on the official website:

Media Contact: 

Jonathan Gill at the Silverstone Classic Media Office
Tel: 01372 414120 or 07860 563000

For JET: Catherine Scotcher at SH Communications
Tel:  + 44 (0)1451 844 443/+ 44 7443 451925

For more information: Visit the official event website
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Editor’s notes:
The Silverstone Classic – celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2015 – is firmly established as the World’s Biggest Classic Motor Racing Festival with a record 1125 race entries in 2014 watched by a record crowd of 94,000. The spectacular event – winner of the prestigious ‘Motorsport Event of the Year Award’ as judged by the International Historic Motoring Awards in 2013 – is staged at the famous Silverstone circuit in Northamptonshire, birthplace of the FIA Formula One World Championship and home of the Formula 1 British Grand Prix. The three-day festival features the very best of historic racing covering more than eight decades of motor sport as well as live music from classic rock bands (topped by Status Quo in 2015) and a wealth of family entertainment. This includes free fun fair, retail outlets, a host of interactive activities, a two-day classic car auction and air displays, plus huge showcases of classic cars often celebrating important milestones in automotive history. In 2014 a record parade of 84 Grand Prix cars celebrated Silverstone’s 50th Grand Prix as well as special cavalcades to mark Maserati’s centenary and 50 years of the Ford Mustang. The Silverstone Classic is promoted and organised by Goose Communications. Goose manages worldwide events for companies such as AstraZeneca, Bacardi, Bentley, Lamborghini and Unilever.

About JET: JET is a leading fuel brand marketed by Phillips 66 Company in the UK and other EU countries, with a well-established network of more than 350 independently operated service stations throughout the UK. Established in 1954, JET is proud of its heritage and its reputation for providing competitively priced fuel, excellent customer service, and a wide range of value-added forecourt services. For more information on JET, please

Media wishing to attend the 2015 Silverstone Classic should email requests to Ben Buesnel at Coverage from previous Classics and/or commissioning letters will assist the accreditation process.

Copyright free photography: For a wide selection of hi-res copyright-free photography covering all aspects of recent Silverstone Classic events please visit

For more information: Visit the official event website
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