Sunday, 28 August 2016


The ever-popular Autumn Classic event at the famous Prescott Speed Hill Climb will once again be all-American Stars and Stripes weekend celebrating the biggest, brightest, and brashest cars this side of the pond. Saturday and Sunday 1 and 2 October 2016 will see special displays by American car clubs alongside USA-themed entertainment while competitors in a range of national championships tackle the 1127-yard course set deep in the glorious Gloucestershire countryside. 

Special displays include American car clubs and motorcycles from Pontiacs, Hudsons, Plymouths, Mustangs, Cadillac’s, and Chevys to Flatheads, Hotrods, Cobra, Ford Model T, Indians, Harleys and Custom Choppers, plus a dedicated ‘show n’ shine’ display area. 

Aside from the motor racing, there’s also a whole raft of entertainment too keep the whole family entertained including the Demon Drome Wall of Death, comedy stilt walkers, aerobatic display, dance demonstrations and live music from Vincent Flats Final Drive, The Ding Dong Daddios and Johnny Zephyr Duo which will have the whole place rockin’. For more information, please visit: Tickets cost £15 in advance or £20 on the gate.

Source: Rebbeca Leppard

Friday, 26 August 2016


  • The official Concours of Elegance 2016 poster has been revealed, featuring three of the incredible cars due to star at Windsor Castle in September 
  • Pictured on Windsor Castle’s beautiful Long Walk is an Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Zagato, leading the unique Hispano Suiza Dubonnet Xenia and a Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione
  • Sixty of the world’s rarest cars will be parked in Windsor Castle’s glorious Quadrangle from 2-4 September, as more than 1000 other exotic cars feature in the largest Concours of Elegance yet

The Concours of Elegance – one of the world’s finest classic car events – has revealed its unique Charles Avalon-designed artwork, ahead of this year’s event at Windsor Castle from 2-4 September. Avalon, the house artist of Pullman Editions, has designed four of the five Concours of Elegance posters since the event began in 2012.
Capturing both the unique location and world-famous calibre of the cars, the art deco poster depicts an Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Zagato Spyder leading a one-off Hispano Suiza Dubonnet Xenia and a Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione on Windsor Castle’s Long Walk.
These three models are just a small selection of the sixty incredible cars that will line-up inside Windsor Castle’s glorious Quadrangle from Friday 2nd September to Sunday 4th September. Other highlights include the only factory-built Ferrari Testarossa Spider in existence and 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Corsica Cabriolet.
In addition to those sixty cars, Concours of Elegance will welcome more than 1000 rare and exotic cars to Windsor Castle, as the nation’s best car clubs including those of Ferrari, Aston Martin, Rolls-Royce, Jaguar and Bentley, line-up on the Long Walk. The event will also be celebrating Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday with a selection of the original cars from Britain’s first Grand Prix, held 90 years ago this year. A further feature will celebrate British motoring icons from each decade of Her Majesty’s life.
Available in strictly limited editions of 280, Pullman Editions’ posters are printed using traditional techniques on the finest quality 100% cotton fine art paper. The posters measure 97 x 65 cms (38 x 26 inches), are each priced at £395 each and available from
Concours of Elegance takes place between 2-4 September and has partnered with a series of exclusive brands for the event, including AIG, Autoglym, Bentley, Ferrari, Jaguar Land Rover, Octane, RM Sotheby’s and the Royal Automobile Club. Tickets are available now from, with an adult ticket costing £40, and discounts for children. A variety of hospitality packages are also available.
One of the primary aims of Concours of Elegance is to raise money for charity, and this year’s event will be generating funds for The Queen’s Choral Foundation, The Household Cavalry Foundation and Springfield Youth Club Hackney. So far, Concours of Elegance has raised more than £800,000 for its charities



  • Concours of Elegance 2016 tickets are now on sale, as the first star cars are announced, including a 1900 Daimler 6hp first bought by King Edward VII
  • From 1962, Concours of Elegance will be displaying a Ferrari 250 GTO raced by legendary British driver Graham Hill
  • The stunning one-of-seven 2016 Touring Superleggera Disco Volante Spyder will also be on display – a UK debut
  • More than 1000 cars will be on display at Windsor Castle as part of the biggest Concours of Elegance yet, from 2-4 September 2016

Celebrating Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday, Concours of Elegance 2016 is set to be the biggest yet, and will feature a range of cars linked to the Royal Family, including a 1900 Daimler 6hp first bought by King Edward VII. As the very first Royal to ride in an automobile, and with this Daimler as the very first Royal motorcar, it has an unrivalled history.
As ever, the Concours of Elegance will tell the story of the motorcar from its very beginnings through to the modern day, taking in incredible icons along the way, including a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO. An extremely special model in its own right, this particular GTO has the additional heritage of having been raced by Graham Hill at the Goodwood Tourist Trophy of 1962.
From the modern day, the Concours of Elegance will be hosting the UK debut of a one-of-seven Touring Superleggera Disco Volante Spyder. Using an Alfa Romeo 8C as its base, this handcrafted model is finished with a dramatic and retro-inspired body.
These are just three of the sixty world-class cars that will be on show in the Quadrangle at Windsor Castle, an area that has only ever once before been used for an event such as this – the 2012 Concours of Elegance. Elsewhere in the Castle grounds, more than 1000 cars will be on display from 2-4 September as part of the biggest Concours of Elegance event yet.
A spectacular array of Ferraris, Aston Martins, Bentleys, Jaguars and other luxury cars will be parked up along the incredible four-mile Long Walk that leads up to the Castle. Special features, including a display of innovative cars from each decade of Her Majesty’s reign and a selection of the world’s most exclusive supercars, will also be on show.
Adult tickets for this year’s Concours of Elegance start from just £25, with concessions from £17.50. Children under five and carers can enter free of charge.
For the first time, Concours of Elegance is offering members of the public the opportunity to attend on Friday 2nd September, a day normally reserved for the Owners of the sixty main Concours cars. This special ‘Members’ ticket includes VIP parking, a souvenir catalogue, champagne, refreshments and access to the Members’ Marquee.
Tickets for the Concours of Elegance 2016 are available now from

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Rain cannot dampen ‘Vintage’ spirit at VSCC Pembrey Weekend


Rain cannot dampen ‘Vintage’ spirit at VSCC Pembrey Weekend

Despite the best efforts of the ‘weather gods’ it was another triumphant weekend of Vintage motorsport at Pembrey this weekend for the Vintage Sports-Car Club’s Welsh Speed Weekend over the 20/21 August.

Widely-forecast rain and high winds scheduled to batter the coasts of the British Isles over the weekend could not deter the Club’s intrepid Competitors (and Marshals!) who participated across an array of motoring competitions at the South Wales circuit.

The action began with Saturday’s Sprint contest, as Competitors tackled three-quarters of the fast and challenging track, kept honest during the morning’s Practice Runs by the wet and windy conditions. By the time of Timed Runs after lunch, circumstances had improved, paving the way for a number of close battles throughout the day’s Classes.

Following double-victory at Prescott earlier in the month, it was ‘Fastest Time of Day’ success once more for Nick Topliss in ERA R4D with a time of 57.37 seconds, holding almost a second and half advantage over second place, Julian Grimwade in the Frazer Nash Norris Special. Tony Lees continued his successful campaign to claim Vintage honours and third overall in the famed AC/GN ‘Cognac’ Special, whilst perennial frontrunner, David Pryke cemented his place atop the Sports-Cars standings in his imperious Morgan/Riley.

Further demonstrating his prowess in the road-going Special, Pryke returned to top score in Sunday’s AutoSolo contest, which also featured awards for a number of other Sprint participants from the preceding day, including Club Director, David Furnell, sharing the Austin 7 ‘Toy’ with son-in-law John Williams, and Frazer Nash Club Captain, Annabel Jones in her Frazer Nash Boulogne.

The weekend’s Race programme commenced on Saturday afternoon with the Team Relay Race for Pre-war Sports-Cars – this year re-named in honour of former VSCC Club Secretary, Mike Stripe, who passed away in May. The 90-minutes endurance event is an annual social and track highlight for the Club, which this year featured eleven teams of three, friendly intermarque rivalry being the order of the day, with Frazer Nash/GN, Riley, Morgan, Austin and MG all well-represented.

Starting from pole, Dougal Cawley’s all-action GN/Ford ‘Piglet’ stormed ahead for ‘Chain Gang’ favourites, ‘The Shiny Helmets’ before pulling off-track at the first corner with mechanical woes, freeing Club President, Tim Kneller to build an early lead for Riley rivals, ‘The Pistol Knights’.

As his teammates David Wylie and Brian White took up the chase, Cawley carried out repairs before successfully returning to the action to help propel his charges to the overall scratch victory by a single lap from their adversaries, with the team ‘Tenwheel’ trio of Mike Preston (Bugatti), Sue Darbyshire and Simon Edwards (both Morgan Super Aeros) in third.

Perhaps even more compelling were the Handicap stakes as the ‘Team Tortoise’ combination of Riley pilots, Colin Wolstenholme and Marcus Frieder, and Mark Brett’s Ballamy-Ford took victory, less than a lap ahead of similarly shell-themed MG team ‘The Flying Tortoises’, with ‘Tenwheel’ confirmed as the consistent performers of the race with another third place finish.        

The event proved the ideal warm-up for Sunday’s Seaman Memorial Trophies Race Meeting line-up, which started in gloriously sunny conditions for the morning Qualifying Practice sessions. It was not to last, however, as the rain returned over the lunch break and settled in for the duration of the afternoon’s racing action.

In the face of challenging track conditions, it was an exemplary display of racing skill throughout the programme with countless impressive performances across the wide variety of Pre-war, Historic and more modern machinery on display and only a handful of minor incidents to report.

President Kneller followed his impressive Saturday displays in both Sprint and Team Race to claim the opening Standard & Modified Sports-Cars salvo in his Riley TT Sprite, ahead of Preston’s season-leading Bugatti T35B, whilst Frazer Nash comrades, Simon Blakeney-Edwards and Mark Groves provided highlight-reel action as they traded fourth and fifth places throughout the 9-laps, the former eventually prevailing by less than half a second in the Emeryson TT Replica.

The day’s title feature saw a combined grid of leading Vintage and Pre-1961 Racing Cars put on a thrilling spectacle for the Club’s prestigious Seaman Trophies silverware. Under pressure throughout, it was an eventual expected race victory and Flockhart Trophy success for Geraint Owen’s historic Monzanapolis Kurtis Indy racer, ahead of the battling ERA pairing of Nick Topliss (R4D) and Duncan Ricketts in Dick Skipworth’s R3A; after mechanical issues halted Ricketts’s challenge shortly before the race was red flagged for Tim Greenhill’s stricken Wolseley Hornet Special (seized brakes), Topliss took runner-up position and a third consecutive Historic Seaman Trophy.

A grateful Julian Grimwade inherited third place at the death in the Frazer Nash Norris Special, having bravely kept the hard-charging Tony Lees behind, who in turn claimed a well-deserved Vintage Seaman Trophy crown as the top Pre-1931 finisher. The pair would revisit their rivalry later in the day, as Grimwade came out on top once more to take an All-Comers Pre-war Scratch Race victory in heavy rain, the returning Greenhill making up for his earlier disappointment with third place.

Continuing the weekend’s Frazer Nash success, the ‘Chain Gang’ dominated the Special Sports-Cars Race as Cawley led the way again in the Ford-engined ‘Piglet’ to make it three wins from four ‘Set 4’ races this season, with Frazer Nash/GN machinery making up the first five places. The Longstone Tyres chief followed this with yet another victory in the day’s All-Comers Pre-war Handicap Race later in the afternoon.

Not to be outshone, fellow VSCC marque favourite Riley also enjoyed their annual Handicap feature, in honour of young Club Member Garry Whyte who passed away following an incident at Silverstone in 2014. A dozen representatives of the ‘Blue Diamond’ brigade took part, with Marcus Frieder claiming the honours in his 12/4 Special before an emotional Post-Race presentation in the Paddock.

Complementing the day’s VSCC line-up, there was a double-victory for Xavier Kingsland’s Staride Mk 3 in the two features for F3 (500) Racing Cars, having topped the Invited Post-war Class in Saturday’s Sprint, whilst the racers of the local Welsh Sports and Saloon Car Championship provided welcome eclectic entertainment with two rounds of their series, both won by the Ford Sierra Cosworth of current 2016 leader, Jason Davies. 

The Club offers its thanks to our Pembrey hosts, and all Competitors, Spectators and, in particular the impressive turnout of both Club and local Marshals, Officials and other volunteers who endured the unwelcome conditions to ensure another safe and enjoyable day of Historic motorsport.

Results for all three events, including SprintAutoSolo and full Race results are now available to download from the Pembrey event pages of the Club’s website via the relevant links above.    

Duncan Ricketts tests the limits in ERA R3A as he attempts a late braking manoeuvre
down the inside of Geraint Owen’s Kurtis 500C at Hatchets Hairpin.

Photo: Mark Ballard

Friday, 19 August 2016

Looking to display your American Classic Car at the Prescott Autumn Classic?

Looking to display your American Classic Car at the Prescott Autumn Classic? 

Our paddock is now full, but we are running a special offer for all American Car Owners for the Orchard. Register your car for a "Buy one ticket & Get one Free" with complimentary forward parking display pass for £20 for two people (one day) or £35 for two people for the entire weekend. 

"Show n Shine" is open to the first 150 entries through the gate before 12 noon and judged by Classic American magazine. Themagazine will also be running the last of their 'American Car of the Year' heats on site. 

To obtain the dedicated American Classic Car special offer reference code, please email the event co-ordinator Rebecca Leppard on detailing your name, address and car make, model & year. You will receive a dedicated reference code and web link to enable you to purchase your tickets online and obtain your special display pass.

Friday, 12 August 2016

Pembrey awaits the VSCC for an epic weekend of Vintage motorsport

Pembrey awaits the VSCC for an epic weekend of Vintage motorsport 

After a year absent in 2015, the Vintage Sports-Car Club return to Pembrey for its Welsh Speed Weekend on 20/21 August, incorporating Sprint, Team Relay Race and Seaman Memorial Trophies Race Meeting, as well as the first Pembrey AutoSolo – a new addition to this year’s weekend of Vintage motoring action.

The South Wales venue has proved a favourite amongst Club Members, where a friendly welcome is assured from the enthusiastic local Marshals and Spectators, who relish the visit of our Pre-war and Historic machinery and what is sure to prove a truly ‘Club’ event, as much about the relaxed and cheerful atmosphere of the Paddock as the exciting action on track.

Our celebrated Welsh Speed Weekend boasts two full days of motorsport action, with Sunday’s headline Seaman Memorial Trophies Meeting incorporating some of the Club’s most prestigious trophies, all on the technical and flowing 1.46 mile circuit.

The popular Sprint contest will again open proceedings on Saturday, forming a further round of the Club's 2016 Speed Championship, supported by M&P Insurance – with 'Double Points' on offer towards the annual standings.

The event will see almost 100 Pre-war & Historic Racing and Sports-Cars take part, as Competitors start their runs from the exit of Pit-Lane, taking in Hatchets Hairpin, Spitfires, Esses and Brooklands Hairpin to finish on the Speedway Straight, each receiving two morning Practice Runs, followed by two Timed Runs in the afternoon.

A highlight of the weekend will undoubtedly be the Club’s ever-popular Pre-war Sports-Car Team Relay Race, which will bring Saturday’s track action to a thrilling conclusion and this year renamed in honour of former Club Secretary, Mike Stripe, who sadly passed away in May.

The race will last 90 minutes with three car/driver combinations per team, whilst Team Managers will play a significant role as pit stop tactics, start car selection and stint length strategy are the important decisions that need to be made. Ten teams take to the grid this year, with friendly intermarque rivalries sure to come to the fore once more.

The Seaman Memorial Trophies collection will headline Sunday’s racing programme with a number of the Club’s oldest and most prestigious racing trophies to be contested across events for Vintage and Historic machinery.

In addition to the regular line-up, we are also honoured to hold the second Garry Whyte Trophy Handicap Race, bringing together Pre-war Rileys of both Racing and Sports-Car guises, in memory of the popular young Club Member, who passed away in 2014.

The 500 Owners’ Association bring their F3 (500) Racing Cars, always a popular addition to the Paddock, whilst the Welsh Sports and Saloon Cars will again provide an eclectic complement to the day’s proceedings, after providing such top entertainment on previous VSCC visits to Pembrey.

Following the success of our AutoSolo events at Silverstone and Oulton Park earlier in the season, the inaugural Pembrey edition will again form a support event to Sunday’s racing activity as both another attraction to entertain Spectators and a fantastic opportunity for our non-Racing Club Members to be part of a VSCC Race Meeting.

The ‘Driving Tests’ style event for road-going Pre-war cars will take place during the morning in Paddock 2, finishing in time for the Lunch Break, allowing participants a free afternoon to watch the race action on the circuit.

As at all VSCC Race Meetings, Spectators will be able to enjoy free access to the Competitor Paddock, where they can get up-close to the cars and drivers, whilst Pembrey offers superb viewing from the banking around the outside of the circuit.
Spectators arriving in a Pre-war or Classic car will be welcome to park in the designated Car Park, which is sure to attract a wonderful array of machinery, boosted this year by local Car Clubs and Vintage tractors. There will also be a number of Trade Stands located in the Paddock, and the venue’s Formula One Restaurant and Bar will be providing hot/cold food and drink all weekend.

Advance tickets are still available: VSCC Members - £10 each day or £18 weekend (book through VSCC ticket line 01608 644999 or online; Non-Members - £12 each day or £20 weekend (book through Pembrey at Tickets will also be available on the day at £15 each day for all. Children under 16 go free. Free Camping is available on site for ticket holders all weekend.

Practice will get underway at 9.00am each day, with competition commencing after the Lunch Break at approximately 12.30pm.


The VSCC Welsh Speed Weekend will boast an eclectic line-up of racing machinery spanning almost 100 years.

Photo: Mark Ballard

Thursday, 11 August 2016

VSCC Prescott – the pinnacle of the Vintage motorsport year again



  • IGNITION Festival of Motoring hailed as major Scottish success
  • More than 25,000 motoring enthusiasts attend three-day event
  • David Coulthard, The Red Bull Racing Formula One team, Mark Webber, Shane Lynch, Gordon Shedden and The Stig thrill crowds
Scotland’s first ever IGNITION Festival of Motoring has been hailed as a major success with over 25,000 motoring enthusiasts descending on Glasgow’s SECC over the weekend.

The most exciting, ambitious and complex motoring event ever to be staged in Glasgow attracted passionate visitors to each day of the festival, which featured the Red Bull Racing RB7 Formula One car, leading motoring personalities including David Coulthard, Mark Webber and Jimmy McRae and tame racing driver: The Stig.
IGNITION Event Director, Jeremy Vaughan, said the combination of motor sport heroes, stunning cars in action, coupled with a vibrant motor show had been a huge hit with Scotland’s passionate motoring crowds.
“Scotland’s rich heritage in motoring and passion for motor sport helped make the 2016 IGNITION event a major success for all involved,” he added.
“David Coulthard and Jimmy McRae are legends in Scotland and the fact they and Mark Webber mingled with the crowds made the event very special indeed.
“We were so encouraged by the attendance, the personalities and the support we received from Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, Event Scotland, the SECC and the media.
“The feedback from all the exhibitors and sponsors has been overwhelming, which has already shown in their commitment to next year’s event. Visitors flocked into the halls to see over 20 marquees represented by dealers and manufacturers, plus a wide variety of products, services and luxury goods all creating an annual destination as the leading motor show in Scotland.”
Over the three days, Mark Webber, the 2015 World Endurance Champion and winner of nine Formula One Grands Prix, took to the street circuit on Friday and was guest of honour at the show’s opening evening where he told tales of his Formula One experience and participated in a lively Q&A session with the audience.
David Coulthard was man of the hour across Saturday and Sunday, bringing a Red Bull Racing motoring experience to his native fans at IGNITION in the iconic RB7 on roads snaking between the SECC and the nearby SSE Hydro Arena.
One of the major names in Scottish motor sport – five times British Rally champion Jimmy McRae –inaugurated the IGNITION Street Circuit, driving Colin McRae’s famous Subaru Impreza world championship winning rally car, which was on display throughout the festival. Thrills were also injected across the weekend from Boyzone member Shane Lynch with Team Japspeed, Gordon ‘Flash’ Shedden, the double and reigning BTCC Champion and Welsh rally legend David Llewellin in the rapide Audi Quattro S1.
Further highlights included power laps by tame racing driver The Stig, dazzling displays of classic cars, motorcycles and memorabilia, plus homages paid to some of the world’s finest motor sporting heroes. The Top Gear Stunt Team, led by Paul Swift, performed in front of packed out audiences.
Joe Aitken, Head of Major Events at Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: “IGNITION was the most exciting, ambitious and complex motor show ever to be staged in Scotland and it was the sheer scale of this high-octane festival which proved so appealing.
“From the creation of Scotland’s first-ever Formula One street circuit and a stellar line up of some of the biggest names in world motorsport to a truly remarkable collection of supercars and bikes, classic cars and the Top Gear stunt team, IGNITION took over every part of our state-of-the-art SECC complex; demonstrating the unrivalled capacity and flexibility that this now world-class event campus can offer.
“Glasgow’s global profile as a diverse, vibrant and world-class major events city has never been greater. Today, we’re recognised by organisers of some of the world’s biggest events – and widely respected by the events industry at large – as a city with the expertise, excellence and innovation to deliver show-stopping events that pack a real punch for audiences.”
Stuart Turner, Head of EventScotland, said:  We are delighted to have supported the IGNITION Festival of Motoring in its inaugural year. The festival has been a great success, providing a fantastic weekend of high-speed action and excitement for spectators. IGNITION brings great benefits to Glasgow, and indeed Scotland, generating economic impact and positioning the country as the perfect stage for motorsport events.”
IGNITION Festival of Motoring is set to return to Scotland in August 2017. For more information on the event, including how to sign up to the newsletter, please visit

Monday, 8 August 2016

Coming up at Castle Combe

29 AUG 
Make the most of the last summer bank holiday! On track entertainment comes in the form of our club championships & sports series, Ferrari Classics & Super Karts. Tickets & Timetable
Spaces available - 26th August
Start your bank holiday weekend with a £170 track day.
Want more track action?! There's the AUTOMETRIX VW Track Daythis Saturday then next week its' Bristol Pegasus
Spaces available - 31st August
Hurry! All our 2016 Track Days have sold out well in advance so book early! We are strict on noise limits so if you're concerned feel free to give us a call and arrange a test before the day
27 August - NOW £160
Drive the track set up as it would be on race days with instruction laps before you're let out the pits on your own in a Formula Ford race car! BOOK
27 August - NOW £150
This 3.5 hour experience uses our loose surface stage & includes a full briefing, 10 driving laps followed by a thrilling passenger ride with a pro! BOOK
Forge Action Day 10 Sep
Club booking deadline - Friday 12th July
Car passes £15 each that includes entry for the car, driver & up to 3 passengers. BOOK CLUB STAND
Still time to enter the Show & Shine  here
Club booking deadline - Friday 19th July
10 FREE car/driver passes per club with extra cars & passengers just £12 each in advance BOOK CLUB STAND
Join our Modern Mini Anniversary display! See details here
24th September
Confirmed: Juha Kankkunen, Nicky Grist, Harri Toivonen, Jimmy McRae, Louise Aitken-Walker, Phil Collins, Terry Kaby... And this list continues to grow! As does our incredible feature car line up which for the first time includes the impressive Lancia Delta S4! BOOK TICKETS & CLUB PASSES
23rd September
Start your Rallyday weekend early with a BBQ at the Circuit the night before the show celebrating the Bath Lombard RAC Rallies of 1976 and 1986. BOOK BBQ & CAMPING
28 AUG 
Has this weekend's Olympic Road Racing excitement inspired you?! If so then peddle on over to the circuit for our fun filled family cycling day. Alongside the Severn Bridge Sportive, the track's open for cyclists of all ages to use. Find out more
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