Monday, 28 September 2015

PRESCOTT SPEED HILL CLIMB - American Autumn Classic 3 & 4 Oct

American Autumn Classic

3 & 4 Oct
Tewkesbury Porsche Centre presents a rip roaring, wheel smokin', rock n rollin'Autumn Classic

Gates open 8 am cars on the hill from 8.30am

Advance Tickets: Day pass £15 / Weekend pass £25.
Under 14s go free at all our events.  
Gate prices: £20 / £35
Camping in the Orchard: £5 pp/ per night (Fri & Sat nights only)
(Sorry, but no dogs are permitted at Prescott for safety reasons)

The Clubhouse will be serving finger lickin', rib stickin', carb bustin' American style food. Come along won't be leaving that way.

This 1958 Dodge Coronet will be joining us on Saturday and competing on Sunday. Huge car, bench seat, tight bends. We say no more. WATCH
What's on offer at the Autumn Classic

The Demon Drome - the oldest surviving wall of death!
Body artist & face painting
The Vintage Hotrod Association  details
Stanley Steam Cars  details
Muscle Mustangs and Vipers
Indian motorcycles
Model T Fords
Rockabilly band the Bravo Boys with 50s classics
American car clubs on displa

Friday, 25 September 2015



Europe’s premier rally show more than lived up to its well-deserved reputation, when Rallyday celebrated its 15th anniversary event at Castle Combe racing circuit on Saturday 19th September. More than 10,000 spectators flocked through the gates to see the cars and stars from the sport of rallying, making this year’s event one of the most successful ever.

This year’s Rallyday featured more cars and stars from the world of rallying than ever before and included a series of innovative additions, such as an exclusive pre-event dinner on the eve of the show and a grid walk for fans amongst the sport’s most iconic cars to draw the event to a spectacular conclusion.
Ari Vatanen, Rallyday 2015
LAR 801P Rallyday 2015
Expectations for this year’s Rallyday were rightfully high, with this much-loved annual event enjoying increased popularity over recent years. With perfect weather, an exceptionally high caliber of cars on display and a line-up of star drivers from past and present signing autographs and answering questions, all the ingredients were there for a fitting celebration for the last decade and-a-half of Rallyday.

Special guest for this year’s show was rally legend Ari Vatanen. The 1981 World Rally Champion was a huge hit and consequently, was seldom seen without a long queue of fans patiently awaiting their chance for an autograph. As well as making his presence felt in the paddock, he also wooed spectators on the track driving the same Ford Escort he used to win the 1976 British Rally Championship.
Celebrations kicked off on Friday evening, with the REIS Motorsport Insurance Services sponsored pre-event dinner. Held in Bath, the occasion hosted a special gathering of Rallyday supporters, sponsors and guests, who were treated to an interview with Ari Vatanen, accompanied by M-Sport WRC driver Elfyn Evans, together with former co-drivers – and personalities from the sport - Tony Mason and Howard Davies. Vatanen’s wit and ability to tell stories from days gone by was in evidence from the start and everyone left feeling they had been part of a very special evening.

Rallyday itself has always provided a unique opportunity for fans to get up close and personal with the stars of the sport - and this year was no exception. Together with those who had appeared on Friday evening, they were joined during the day by former British Rally Champions Russell Brooks and David Higgins, plus glamorous Ukrainian rally driver Inessa Tushkanova.
Inessa Tushkanova, Rallyday 2015
The array of star drivers then took to the track for the Castrol Edge Feature Stage, some in the same cars they had used in their heyday. This highlight of the day’s action hosted some of the most iconic rally machinery of all time, the sight of a stunning array of Group B machines powering round the Castle Combe track reminding everyone just why the mid-‘80s was such a high point for world rallying.
During the afternoon, David Higgins got behind the wheel of Colin McRae’s 1997 Subaru Impreza WRC to entertain the massed crowds of spectators. The space in the co driver’s seat for this run was auctioned off on Saturday morning, with the lucky winner experiencing a decidedly sideways lap of Castle Combe circuit. All proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Richard Burns Foundation charity.  
The SuperPro-sponsored Clubmans’ Stage was bigger than ever before. Taking place on some of the venue’s challenging perimeter roads that had been converted to an authentic special stage for the day. It gave rally teams from all over the UK the chance to do what they do best and, at the same time, entertain their sponsors - all in front of the gaze of eager spectators.
Add to all this the Cooper Tires 4x4 Rally Raid zone that provided an ideal accompaniment to the rallying action, the REIS Motorsport Insurance Services Feature Car display that offered fans the chance to see rally machinery spanning over 50-years in the sport, plus a huge trade area and 100s of car clubs - there had never been so much to keep the 1000s of fans entertained during the day.
But the organisers were not finished yet and, later in the afternoon, many of the rally cars on display made their way to the track and lined-up for the grand finale: the Feature Car Grid Walk. The gates to the circuit were opened and the crowd responded by pouring onto the grid to inspect the massed ranks of the sport’s iconic hardware. Once the fans had returned to the paddock, all of the assembled cars took off for a lap of Castle Combe circuit as one. It was a truly spectacular sight and a perfect way to celebrate Rallyday’s 15th anniversary.

Following the show, event manager Tom Davis said: “It was the first Rallyday to be run by a brand new organising team at Castle Combe and we are delighted with the outcome; the quality of the cars and exhibits, the profile of the stars that attended and the number of people who visited the show. We have already received some great feedback and look forward to planning next year’s show!”

Rallyday 2015 was sponsored by: Castrol Edge, Cooper TiresREIS Motorsport Insurance ServicesSuperProsuspension parts and Ssangyong.

Full gallery coming soon on


Bristol Classic Car Shows

This November 7-8, we’re giving classic car owners the chance to shine in the Royal Bath &

 West’s classic car park at the Footman James 15th Classic Vehicle Restoration Show, with 

an exclusive 50% off entry fees!

The Classic Car Park

After listening to our visitors’ feedback during our first year as new show

owners, we understand just how important our visitors are, and that the classic

car park is deemed the highlighted feature by many. So, we’ve decided that if

you want to turn up to display your pride and joy, you can come in for just a

But don’t worry if you’re not lucky enough to own a classic car, there’s still a

 great offer on entry fees. If you buy your tickets in advance, you save £2 on

 the gate price. 
You can order your tickets online for just £8 each (under

 16s go free). 
We’ll send you an e-ticket, which you’ll need to print off and

bring with you to the gate.
Or call: 01507 529529 and quote CVRS2
*Please note: your ticket to the Footman James 15th Classic Vehicle Restoration Show will be sent via email after your order confirmation. Please remember to bring this with you to allow admission. 


VCR 2015


Subtle route revisions will make it even easier for spectators to enjoy the splendour of the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

As many as half a million spectators will line the route of the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run this November, when the longest running motoring event in the world sets off on its annual adventure from London to Brighton (Sunday 1 November). 

Like the hardy teams piloting their amazing horseless carriages from the capital to the coast, the spectators brave whatever the weather conjures up to salute motoring’s pioneers: every car taking part was built before 1905.
Best of all, every vantage point along the 60-mile route offers completely free viewing allowing everyone to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of more than 400 veterans as they ‘put-put’ their way to Brighton.
Although the Run follows more or less the same route as last year, there have been a few changes to make it even better for participants and spectators alike. The first cars will start at Hyde Park Corner at first light (6.54am) where the route takes them through Wellington Arch and down Constitution Hill to pass Buckingham Palace before they head down The Mall. 
From The Mall, the cars will turn right onto Horse Guards Road before turning left onto Birdcage Walk, heading towards the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Bridge. Once south of the river, the cars will turn right onto Lambeth Palace Road before turning left by the Palace towards the Imperial War Museum where they join the A23 to head south towards Croydon, Purley, Redhill, Crawley and on to Brighton.
One popular viewing point just south of Redhill is at the A23 Brighton Road crossroads with Hooley Lane. This is a long incline that really tests the cars’ stamina: the first cars are expected here from 7.50am until around 11.30am.
Like last year, the participants will benefit from a pit stop in Crawley, courtesy of Harrods and Gatwick Honda. The dealer will clear its forecourt and service bays of modern cars to allow drivers and mechanics to fettle their steeds while passengers enjoy a warming drink. Due to lack of spectator viewing points, the time control checkpoint has been reintroduced into nearby Crawley High Street to allow fans to get up close to the cars. This will be the vantage point for spectators. 
A knowledgeable commentary team will be on-hand in the High Street to give spectators some background on each car as it passes through. The first cars are expected to head off from 8.15am with the last leaving at about 1.45pm.
As the journey continues, the next popular vantage point is the village of Cuckfield where the pubs open early – for teas, coffees and soft drinks. Cars will be passing through here between 8.45am and 2.30pm before heading through Burgess Hill  between 8.55am and 3pm and reaching their destination at Brighton.
Another change this year sees the official finish moving to Madeira Drive, the site of the traditional ceremonial finish. The first cars are expected from 9.54am and all will be able to use bus lanes on Brighton’s Grand Parade to ease their passage to the sea front.
The event also attracts owners of classic cars who head out in support of the Run. MGs, Morgans, Rolls-Royces and Bentleys gather outside The Jolly Tanners and The Victory Inn by the village green in Staplefield as their owners cheer the veterans through. Members of the Panhard Club GB and Lotus 7 Club do the same at Handcross, just south of Crawley.
“Interest in the Veteran Car Run is higher than ever and the minor changes we have made to the route are designed not just to make life easier for the participants – you’ve got to remember these cars are all over 110 years old – but also to make it even more inviting to spectators,” said Clerk of the Course, Neil Carr-Jones.
“For anyone interested in the history of motoring and how the invention of the horseless carriage has shaped our lives, this is the greatest show on earth.”
There will be even greater spectator involvement on the Run this year. A social media campaign on the day will encourage spectators to vote for the crew dressed in the best period costume. The crew with the most nominations will win the Best Period Dress award! 
For anyone that owns an eligible veteran car and is thinking about taking part this year, entries will be open until midnight on Friday 25 September, with registrations possible via the event website at:
More information on the Run can be found at
The Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is the pinnacle event in a week of motoring in the capital during ‘London Motor Week’ – a series of events hosted by the world famous Royal Automobile Club which also includes a Literary Festival, Motoring Forum and the Regent Street Motor Show.

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Wednesday, 23 September 2015

VSCC Update - Loton Park Hill Climb - Final Results


The Club’s final Race Meeting of the season approaches with our Seaman Memorial Trophies at Snetterton this Sunday 27 September where we look forward to hosting another exciting 10-Race Programme of Pre-war and Historic Racing (CLICK HERE for more information).

The VSCC has enjoyed a busy few weeks since our last Race Meeting at Mallory Park, including a record capacity entry for our Hill Climb Season finale at Loton Park on 12/13 September, for which you will find Final Results attached.

A frequent winner in the hands of previous owner James Baxter, the Frazer Nash Norris Special was on top once more in the hands of Julian Grimwade, winner of the TT Humber Trophy, whilst Phoebe Rolt set the overall Fastest Time of the Day, competing in her Elva Formula Junior in the Invited Post-war Classes. Elsewhere, it was another Fastest Vintage accolade this season for Tony Lees in the AC/GN ‘Cognac’ whilst Raymond Knight was recipient of the unique Tidd & Ingham Trophy in Sarah Foster’s Riley 9 Special – awarded to the 10th Slowest of the Fastest Times overall.

There were plenty of familiar faces amongst the weekend’s Class Winners too, including Jo Blakeney-Edwards (Frazer Nash), John Guyatt (Talbot-Lago), David Pryke (Morgan/Riley) and Dougal Cawley (GN/Ford) in the Sports-Cars Classes, and Winston Teague (GN Wasp) and Pete Candy (Riley) in the Racing Cars, whilst Mark Walker topped the Edwardian standings once again in the mighty Darracq 200HP.

Away from the track, the Air Cadets of 2364 Squadron (Welshpool) provided welcome assistance to our hard-working local team, assisting with Car Parking and Programme selling duties on Sunday, whilst Saturday evening’s annual Hog Roast for Competitors/Marshals proved another great social addition to the event.

Meanwhile, September also saw the Club attend the Bonhams Sales at both Beaulieu and the Goodwood Revival with another great number of Club Members heavily involved in both events, the former with their Autojumble, the latter seeing many taking to the track, particularly in the Pre-war Goodwood and Brooklands Trophy Races.

Following Snetterton this coming weekend, our next and final public event of the year will be our ever-popular Autumn Sprint at Goodwood on Saturday 24 October..

Results to folow

Source:  VSCC

Saturday, 19 September 2015


Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum

Ride Shotgun in a Shelby: Enter to win a ride in our Shelby Daytona Coupe. Contest ends 9/22!

Win a 15-minute, once-in-a-lifetime ride in the famous Daytona Coupe!

Ride Shotgun in a Shelby
Win a chance to “Ride Shotgun in a Shelby” and support the fundraising efforts of the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum! Our 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe #CSX2287, 1 of only 6 built, is one of the most famous cars in motorsports history, with racing history on tracks all over the world. Each ticket is $20, and you can purchase as many tickets as you like.
You’ll have a personal experience with this car that people only dream about. Our three acre back lot will be the setting for the 15 minute ride of your life. This is your opportunity to not only help the Museum, but if you are the lucky winner, you’ll ride in the passenger seat of one of the greatest cars ever developed and have your photo taken with it.
Each ticket purchased will go directly towards our Demo Day improvement fund, helping us raise money to install bleachers and safety barriers on our back lot. Please show your support and order your ticket today! Ticket sales close on Tuesday, September 22nd at 6:00 pm Eastern time.
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Wednesday 9/23: "Roadsters and Racers" Qualifying Day

See 4 cars get ready for Demo Day, open hoods in Brooklands exhibit

Roadsters and Racers
Join us at 11:00 on 9/23 for Qualifying Day. You'll see preparations for our Packard Gentleman’s Roadster, Hudson Mile-a-Minute, 1929 DuPont Model G, and 1929 DuPont Le Mans. Plus we'll have Open Hoods at Brooklands/Hillclimb exhibit
Watch as Kevin Kelly and Museum staff members as they test and tune the cars in preparation for Saturday’s Demo Day. Watch as each car is prepped with fuel, tires, battery as well as any routine maintenance. At approximately 11:00, we will begin an outdoor demonstration run to help tune the cars, weather permitting.
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Thursday 9/24: "Roadsters and Racers" Demo Day

NOTE: Special date and time due to Papal visit to Philadelphia

Corvette Racing
Due to the Papal visit, we have changed our September Demo Day to the 24th at 12:00 noon. Please be sure to adjust your calendars. We will announce any further changes if they are necessary.
What is the difference between a sports car which was made to look beautiful and one which was made to perform? These distinctions are less blurred nowadays because race cars are so different, but what were the differences in the early days when racing a sports car was a luxury.
Packard Gentleman's Roadster
Hudson Mile-a-Minute Roadster
1929 DuPont Model G Speedster
1929 DuPont Le Mans Speedster
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Join us Oct. 21st for 90 Years of Italian Design Excellence

Free event with over 20 Italian Cars on display, part of Ciao Philadelphia

On Wednesday October 21st 2015, The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum is presenting “90 Years of Italian Design Excellence”. This unique, live demonstration will feature approximately 20 of the very best of Italy’s sports car production from 1925 to 2015. Each car represents a landmark design that will demonstrate firsthand the evolution of Italian designers. This event is part of Ciao Philadelphia 2015, a month long celebration of Italian culture, from October 1-31 2015.

You will enjoy the very best in exciting, inspiring art crafted in aluminum, steel, wood and leather. Docents will present car-side analysis of each car emphasizing the specific features which were created in Italian workshops to make the vehicles not only powerful, but also beautiful. Makes such as Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Ferrari, and Fiat are represented. All of the early cars have a unique history and is will be presented because the story adds so much to the fascination of the vehicle.

Join us October 23-24 for a celebration of Corvette Racing

With special guests Program Manager Doug Fehan & Driver Tommy Milner

Corvette Racing
The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum is proud to welcome Corvette Racing Program Manager Doug Fehan, and 2-time Le Mans winning driver Tommy Milner for a 2-day celebration dedicated to Corvette Racing on October 23-24. Under Doug’s leadership, Corvette Racing has earned nearly 100 race victories, 10 team championships, 9 driver championships and 8 victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans since 1999.
The weekend’s events will kick-off on Friday evening at 6:30 PM with a Corvette Racing Party with Doug and Tommy. The duo will recap the 2015 Corvette Racing season and the huge win at this year’s Le Mans during a buffet dinner which will start at 7:00pm. The evening will close with an autograph session. Tickets are $45 for Friday.
On Saturday, the Simeone Museum’s 1963 Corvette Grand Sport #GS002 will roar to life at 12:00 noon for a driving demonstration during the Museum’s famous “Demo Day” program. Doug and Tommy will return to to host an auction of Corvette Racing memorabilia to benefit the Simeone Foundation and to share stories about the history of Corvette Racing and their own racing careers. Michelin & Mobil 1 will each have Corvette Racing themed presentations of their products. General Admission tickets are $12 for Saturday.
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This year the show celebrates its fifteenth anniversary and we've pulled out all the stops to make it the best yet, with an impressive line-up of rally cars, drivers, displays, trade stands and attractions. 

The star attraction will, without doubt, be the appearance of 1981 World Rally Champion Ari Vatanen. He'll be joined by a host of other rally stars from past and present, including Elfyn Evans and the M-Sport WRC team, former BRC Champions Russell Brookes and David Higgins, Ukrainian rally ace Inessa Tushkanova and former co-driver turned presenter, Tony Mason

All stars will be involved in meet & greet autograph sessions as well as interviews with our commentary team including both Howard Davies and Tony Mason
Ari Vatanen, Rallyday 2015
LAR 801P Rallyday 2015
Central to Rallyday is the Castle Combe Circuit itself that, on the day, will be transformed into a fast, challenging tarmac course: the Castrol Edge Feature Stage. Showcasing over 60 superb rally cars, the stage will see drivers tackle the start-finish straight and a number of technical turns in front of thousands of spectators. Plus don't forget to visit them all during the day in the REIS Motorsport Feature Car Display Area

Once complete, spectators are invited to wander amongst the features out on the 
start line during the celebratory Public Feature Car Grid Walk due to start at 3.30pm
M-Sport & Elfyn Evans, Rallyday 2015
Inessa Tushkanova
The day will also feature the Superpro Clubmans’ Stage: a mixed surface course that is likely to see cars at sideways angles at every opportunity. 

The Cooper Tires 4x4 Zone will play host to off-road machines of a different nature; primarily British Cross-Country specials. Throughout the day, these amazing machines will be tackling a variety of off-road obstacles located within the Castle Combe circuit infield.

Passenger rides will be available on the main circuit and at the 4x4 Zone Rally Field. 

A fantastic trade village has long been one of the principle attractions of Rallyday with over 50 stands exhibiting this year including Goodridge, Ravenol, Rally Design, MSport, Rally Retail and Kick Motorsport.
Gates open from 8.30am with track action commencing at 9am

Tickets can be purchased on the day:
Adults £20, Seniors £15, under 16s FREE