Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Incredible supercars set for ‘Harry’s Garage’ at Concours of Elegance

Incredible Supercars Set For ‘Harry’s Garage’ 

At Concours of Elegance

Incredible supercars set for ‘Harry’s Garage’ at Concours of Elegance
This year’s Concours of Elegance, kicking off at Hampton Court Palace in a week’s time, will be showcasing some of the most amazing supercars of recent memory as part of the ‘Harry’s Garage’ feature. Curated by the founder of YouTube channel of the same name and Evo magazine, Harry Metcalfe, ‘Harry’s Garage’ will bring together models from Pagani, Koenigsegg, Lamborghini and more.
Among the line-up is the totally unique Koenigsegg Agera RS ‘Naraya’ With a body made of blue-tinted carbon fibre and highlighted by genuine 18ct gold leaf, both inside and out. With Koenigsegg’s 1160hp twin-turbo V8 underneath the bonnet, the ‘Naraya’ is one of the most powerful cars on the road.
Two special Paganis will be appearing in ‘Harry’s Garage’, including the Huarya. Powered by an AMG-sourced twin-turbo 6.0-litre V12 with over 700hp, the Huarya is capable of more than 230mph. It also features a number of aerodynamic flaps that raise or lower to help improve braking, cornering or grip, depending on the circumstances.
Alongside the Huarya will be the Pagani Zonda F (for Fangio), of which only 25 were made. A predecessor to the Huarya, the Zonda F was a 600hp mid-engined supercar that can trace its origins back to a close relationship and shared idea between Horacio Pagani and Formula One legend Fangio.
The Jaguar C-X75 was made famous in the latest James Bond film, Spectre, but visitors to Concours of Elegance will have a chance to get up close to this stunning Jaguar in ‘Harry’s Garage’.
A regular on the Harry’s Garage YouTube channel, Concours of Elegance will be hosting a Lamborghini Countach.5000 QV. Complete with a signature from Lamborghini legend Valentino Balboni, the Countach boasts a 5.2-litre V12 engine with four valves in each, giving it the QV or Quattrovalvole name.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

The Great Dorset Steam Fair Starts Today - Here's What's Happening

The Great Dorset Steam Fair 

Starts Today - Here's What's Happening

Original Article used by kind permission of -Katie Clark Content and Audience Manager
Bournemouth Daily Echo

THE Great Dorset Steam Fair starts today, with a jam-packed schedule of attractions for visitors.
The popular event, held in Tarrant Hinton, near Blandford Forum, will celebrate it's 49th event.
Attracting collectors, steam fanatics, heavy horse fans, campers, music fans and more, the show is expected to attract around 200,000 visitors.
With six different music stages showcasing a range of folk, country and western and rock bands, there is something to suit everyone's musical tastes.
An old steam funfair, heavy haulage, steam tractors and lorries, ploughing engines, wood sawing and mini engines will also be on display.
And until 2018, the event is commemorating the centenary anniversary of the First World War with a popular WW1 tribute display.
The display features an authentic replica Western Front trench system supported by original steam and historic vehicles from the 1914-1918 conflict.
This year it is also hoped that a static display of Royal Flying Corps WW1 aircraft will be featured along with historic cars.

There will also be craft marquees selling traditional country crafts as well rope making, wood carving, fencing, hurdle making and cider producers.
And to keep the hunger at bay, wholesome country tucker including fresh cooked bread, cakes and pastries, homemade sausages and pies and cheese and pickles will be on offer.
Managing Director Martin Oliver, son of event founder Michael Oliver, said: “We are all looking forward to another brilliant show.
"I am always surprised when I hear local people say they have never visited this world-class breathtaking event that’s right on their doorstep, especially when it plays such a huge part in the Dorset economy and in celebrating our history and heritage.
"There is no other event like this anywhere in the world and you won’t regret it."

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

1929 Mercedes-Benz S Barker Tourer Named Best of Show at 67th Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

1929 Mercedes-Benz S Barker Tourer Named Best of Show at 67th Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
2017 Charitable Donations Top $1.6 Million

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (August 20, 2017) — Just a week ago, Bruce R. McCaw’s 1929 Mercedes-Benz S Barker Tourer emerged from the restoration shop of Steve Babinsky in Lebanon, New Jersey. Today, having crossed the country, the boat-tailed beauty captured the top prize at the prestigious 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
“This Mercedes-Benz S Barker Tourer is a combination of speed, style, and power,” said Concours Chairman Sandra Button. “Somehow these three elements—along with those fantastic torpedo running boards—become the very definition of elegance.”
The car, a sporting tourer, was first delivered to Captain Miller on behalf of Earl Howe, who founded the British Racing Drivers’ Club.
“We’ve had the car for several years,” said McCaw, of Bellevue, Washington. “The question was whether or not to restore it. I always hate to restore something that doesn’t need it. But we finally found enough pictures that we knew the car needed to be restored.”
The car retains its original Marchal lighting equipment and chrome-plated wheels; these are complemented by low-cut doors and unusual torpedo-style running boards containing tools and other ancillary equipment. The rich blue color was a dress inspired by a dress made of peacock feathers in the 1850s.
In the final circle, Bruce was up against his brother John McCaw who, with wife Gwen McCaw, competed for Best of Show with their 1957 Ferrari 315 S Scaglietti Spyder. Also in the Winner's Circle was a 1932 Packard 906 Twin Six Dietrich Convertible Victoria owned by William E. (Chip) Connor of Reno, Nevada.
The 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, held on the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links, drew 204 cars from 15 countries and 31 states—and the total included 54 first-time entrants.
This Pebble Beach Concours also raised more than $1.6 million to help people in need. Through the Pebble Beach Company Foundation, the primary charitable partner of the Concours, these charitable funds will benefit over 80 local charities.
Celebrity guests who were in attendance included comedian Jay Leno, former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, media personality and former defensive end for the New York Giants Michael Strahan, actor Jerry Seinfeld, and Chief Creative Officer of Pixar John Lasseter.

The 68th Pebble Beach Concours will be held on Sunday, August 26 (the fourth rather than the third Sunday in contrast to the norm).
For more information on the Pebble Beach Concours, please visit www.pebblebeachconcours.net.

Complete List of 2017 Winners

Best of Show
1929 Mercedes-Benz S Barker Tourer
Bruce R. McCaw, Bellevue, Washington
Best of Show Nominees
1932 Packard 906 Twin Six Dietrich Convertible Victoria
William E. (Chip) Connor, Reno, Nevada
1957 Ferrari 315 S Scaglietti Spyder
John & Gwen McCaw
Elegance Awards
Gwenn Graham Most Elegant Convertible
1932 Packard 906 Twin Six Dietrich Convertible Victoria
William E. (Chip) Connor, Reno, Nevada
J.B. & Dorothy Nethercutt Most Elegant Closed Car
1937 Bugatti Type 57S Gangloff Coupé
The Hon. Sir Michael Kadoorie, Hong Kong
Jules Heumann Most Elegant Open Car
1929 Mercedes-Benz S Barker Tourer
Bruce R. McCaw, Bellevue, Washington
Strother MacMinn Most Elegant Sports Car
1955 Ferrari 375 Plus Pinin Farina Cabriolet Speciale
The Golomb Family Trust
Special Awards

Alec Ulmann Trophy
1931 Hispano-Suiza J12 Saoutchik Transformable Grande Luxe
Mark & Sonia Richter, Wanaka, New Zealand

Ansel Adams Award
1906 Pope-Toledo Type XII Touring
The Nethercutt Collection – Helen & Jack Nethercutt, Sylmar, California

ArtCenter College of Design Award
1933 Auburn 12-165 Speedster
Lou & Kathy Ficco, Wheat Ridge, Colorado

Briggs Cunningham Trophy
1931 Bentley 8 Litre Vanden Plas Tourer
Axel Schuette Fine Cars GmbH & Co. KG, Oerlinghausen, Germany

Chairman’s Trophy
1904 Holsman Model 3 Runabout
Marta Holsman and Henrietta Holsman, Carpinteria, California

Charles A. Chayne Trophy
1909 De Dion-Bouton BV Type de Course
John S. Adamick, Westlake Village, California

Classic Car Club of America Trophy
1940 Packard 1807 Custom Super Eight Rollson Sport Sedan
Michelle & Martin Cousineau, Beverly Hills, California

Dean Batchelor Trophy
1967 Gyro-X Alex Tremulis Prototype
Lane Motor Museum, Nashville, Tennessee

Elegance in Motion Trophy
1932 Packard 906 Twin Six Dietrich Convertible Victoria
William E. (Chip) Connor, Reno, Nevada

Enzo Ferrari Trophy
1949 Ferrari 166 MM Touring Barchetta
Anne Brockinton Lee / Robert M. Lee Automobile Collection, Reno, Nevada

FIVA Postwar Trophy
1953 Bentley R-Type Continental H.J. Mulliner Sports Saloon
Derek Hood, Maldon, England

FIVA Prewar Trophy
1916 Locomobile Model 38 Collapsible Cabriolet
Mike Guffey, Hartford City, Indiana

The French Cup
1947 Delahaye 135 MS Figoni & Falaschi Cabriolet
Wayne Grafton, Richmond, British Columbia, Canada

Gran Turismo Trophy
1929 Mercedes-Benz S Barker Tourer
Bruce R. McCaw, Bellevue, Washington

Lincoln Trophy
1933 Lincoln KB-260 Brunn Convertible Victoria
Bill & Barbara Parfet, Hickory Corners, Michigan

Lorin Tryon Trophy
Robert T. Devlin

Lucius Beebe Trophy
1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Brewster Ascot Tourer
Jay & Christina Moore, Lahaina, Hawaii

Mercedes-Benz Star of Excellence Award
1929 Mercedes-Benz SS Castagna Cabriolet
The Keller Collection at The Pyramids, Petaluma, California

Montagu of Beaulieu Trophy
1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III H.J. Mulliner Sports Limousine
Mr. & Mrs. Henry Robet, France

The Phil Hill Cup
1907 Renault AI 35/45 HP Vanderbilt Racer
Robert Kauffman, Charlotte, North Carolina

The Revs Program at Stanford Award
1907 Renault AI 35/45 HP Vanderbilt Racer
Robert Kauffman, Charlotte, North Carolina

Tony Hulman Trophy
1915 Packard 2-38 Six Runabout
Allen Strong, Urbana, Illinois

The Vitesse ~ Elegance Trophy
1956 Maserati 300S Fantuzzi Race Car
Henri Chambon, Vence, France


Class A: Antique
1st: 1913 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Barker Torpedo, Charles E. Nearburg, Dallas, Texas
2nd: 1906 Pope-Toledo Type XII Touring, The Nethercutt Collection – Helen & Jack Nethercutt, Sylmar, California
3rd: 1910 Thomas Flyer Model K 6-70 Flyabout, Jim Grundy, Solebury, Pennsylvania

Class C-1: American Classic Open
1st: 1932 Studebaker President Series 91 Convertible Sedan, George & Valerie Vassos, Westfield, Massachusetts
2nd: 1933 Lincoln KB-260 Brunn Convertible Victoria, Bill & Barbara Parfet, Hickory Corners, Michigan
3rd: 1928 Stearns-Knight H 8-90 Phillips Cabriolet, Brent Merrill, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Class C-2: American Classic Closed
1st: 1940 Packard 1807 Custom Super Eight Rollson Sport Sedan, Michelle & Martin Cousineau, Beverly Hills, California
2nd: 1933 Chrysler CL Imperial Custom LeBaron Sedan, Larry & Susan Nannini, Daly City, California
3rd: 1930 Cord L-29 Brougham, Shawn Coady, Loda, Illinois

Class D: Packard
1st: 1932 Packard 906 Twin Six Dietrich Convertible Victoria, William E. (Chip) Connor, Reno, Nevada
2nd: 1932 Packard 904 Deluxe Eight Dietrich Sport Phaeton, Samuel Lehrman, Palm Beach, Florida
3rd: 1939 Packard 1703 Super-8 Darrin Convertible Victoria, Leon Flagg and Curtis Lamon, Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin

Class G: Duesenberg
1st: 1935 Duesenberg SJ Bohman & Schwartz Town Car, Lee & Penny Anderson, Naples, Florida
2nd: 1935 Duesenberg JN Rollston Berline, Rob & Jeannie Hilarides, Visalia, California
3rd: 1931 Duesenberg J Murphy Convertible Coupe, Linda & Paul Gould, Pawling, New York

Class H: Rolls-Royce Prewar
1st: 1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III H.J. Mulliner Sports Limousine, Mr. & Mrs. Henry Robet, France
2nd: 1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Brewster Ascot Tourer, Jay & Christina Moore, Lahaina, Hawaii
3rd: 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Inskip Convertible Roadster, Stephen Brauer, St. Louis, Missouri

Class I: Mercedes-Benz Prewar
1st: 1929 Mercedes-Benz S Barker Tourer, Bruce R. McCaw, Bellevue, Washington
2nd: 1929 Mercedes-Benz SS Castagna Cabriolet, The Keller Collection at The Pyramids, Petaluma, California
3rd: 1934 Mercedes-Benz 380K Cabriolet A, Yi Hong Chen, Beijing, China

Class J-1: European Classic Early
1st: 1931 Hispano-Suiza J12 Saoutchik Transformable Grande Luxe, Mark & Sonia Richter, Wanaka, New Zealand
2nd: 1931 Bentley Speed Six Vanden Plas Open Four Seater Sports, Ivor Dunbar, London, England
3rd: 1930 Delage D8C Chapron Cabriolet, Ray & Bonnie Kinney, Dallas, Texas

Class J-2: European Classic Mid
1st: 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Gangloff Coupé, The Hon. Sir Michael Kadoorie, Hong Kong
2nd: 1934 Delage D8 S Fernandez et Darrin Cabriolet, John Rich Jr., Frackville, Pennsylvania
3rd: 1934 SS Cars SS1 Fixed Head Coupé, Carl & Marcia Baxter, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania

Class J-3: European Classic Late
1st: 1939 Bugatti Type 57C Voll & Ruhrbeck Cabriolet, Jim Patterson / The Patterson Collection, Louisville, Kentucky
2nd: 1938 Lagonda V12 Rapide Drophead Coupé, Ron Rezek, Ashland, Oregon
3rd: 1938 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300B Graber Mille Miglia Cabriolet, Dr. Matthias Metz, Rosengarten, Germany

Class J-4: European Classic Sport
1st: 1930 Bentley 4½ Litre SC Vanden Plas Le Mans Sports, Private Collection
2nd: 1935 Lagonda M45 Rapide Tourer, Richard D. Lisman, Southampton, New York
3rd: 1930 OM Tipo 665 SS MM Works Race Car, Michael Haentjes, Hamburg, Germany

Class K-1: Isotta Fraschini
1st: 1927 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A Fleetwood Roadster, Joseph & Margie Cassini III, West Orange, New Jersey
2nd: 1928 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A SS LeBaron Cabriolet, Peter T. Boyle, Covington, Ohio
3rd: 1931 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8B Viggo Jensen Cabriolet, The Keller Collection at The Pyramids, Petaluma, California

Class K-2: Isotta Fraschini Castagna Coachwork Open
1st: 1930 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A SS Castagna Cabriolet, Karol Pavlu, Bratislava, Slovakia
2nd: 1932 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A SS Castagna Commodore, Blake & Lauren Atwell, Buda, Texas
3rd: 1928 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A Castagna Commodore, The Stephens Family, San Francisco, California

Class K-3: Isotta Fraschini Castagna Coachwork Closed
1st: 1929 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A Castagna Limousine, Morton Bullock, Ruxton, Maryland
2nd: 1929 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A Castagna Imperial Cabriolet, Paul & Joyce Toberty, Newport Coast, California
3rd: 1928 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A Castagna Imperial Landaulet, The Nethercutt Collection – Helen & Jack Nethercutt, Sylmar, California

Class L-1: Prewar Preservation
1st: 1931 Bentley 8 Litre Vanden Plas Tourer, Axel Schuette Fine Cars GmbH & Co. KG, Oerlinghausen, Germany
2nd: 1916 Locomobile Model 38 Collapsible Cabriolet, Mike Guffey, Hartford City, Indiana
3rd: 1930 Bentley Speed Six Gurney Nutting Sports Saloon, Gregor Fisken, London, England

Class L-2: Postwar Preservation
1st: 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster, Lukas Hüni, Zurich, Switzerland
2nd: 1954 Jaguar XK120 Open Two Seater, Kim McCullough, Pompton Plains, New Jersey
3rd: 1960 Abarth 1000 Record Pininfarina Prototype, Simone Bertolero, Moncalieri, Italy

Class M-1: Ferrari Grand Touring
1st: 1951 Ferrari 212 Export Vignale Cabriolet, Peter S. Kalikow, New York
2nd: 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Scaglietti Berlinetta, Bob Cohen, Beverly Hills, California
3rd: 1968 Ferrari 275 GTS/4 Scaglietti NART Spyder, Chris & Ann Cox, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Class M-2: Ferrari Competition
1st: 1958 Ferrari 335 Sports Scaglietti Spyder, Andreas Mohringer, Salzburg, Austria
2nd: 1951 Ferrari 212 Export Touring Barchetta, Thomas Peck, Irvine, California
3rd: 1967 Ferrari 412 P Competizione, Harry Yeaggy, Cincinnati, Ohio

Class M-3: Ferrari Major Race Winners
1st: 1957 Ferrari 315 S Scaglietti Spyder, John & Gwen McCaw
2nd: 1950 Ferrari 166 MM Touring Berlinetta, Jack & Kingsley Croul, Corona del Mar, California
3rd: 1975 Ferrari 312 T F1 Race Car, Richard Griot, Tacoma, Washington

Class M-4: Ferrari One-off Speciales
1st: 1957 Ferrari 410 Superamerica Pinin Farina Coupe, Lee & Joan Herrington (for the Herrington Corp. Collection), Bow, New Hampshire
2nd: 1955 Ferrari 375 Plus Pinin Farina Cabriolet Speciale, The Golomb Family Trust
3rd: 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Boano Cabriolet, Anne Brockinton Lee / Robert M. Lee Automobile Collection, Reno, Nevada

Class O-1: Postwar Open
1st: 1952 Porsche 356 Reutter Cabriolet, Robert Ingram / The Ingram Collection, Durham, North Carolina
2nd: 1965 AC Cobra 427 Roadster, Mr. and Mrs. William H. Swanson, Boston, Massachusetts
3rd: 1951 Cisitalia 202 SC Vignale Cabriolet, Leo & Lisa Schigiel, Miami Beach, Florida

Class O-2: Postwar Closed
1st: 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS Boano Coupé Speciale, Tony Shooshani, Long Beach, California
2nd: 1954 Jaguar XK120 SE Pinin Farina Coupé, Classic Motor Cars Ltd., Bridgnorth, England
3rd: 1953 Siata 208CS Coupé, Tim & Janet Walker

Class O-3: Postwar Racing
1st: 1952 Siata 208CS Corsa Bertone Spider, Raffi Najjarian, Brisbane, California
2nd: 1954 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS Zagato Coupé, Jack & Kingsley Croul, Corona del Mar, California
3rd: 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS Zagato Coupé, David & Jody Smith, Medina, Washington

Class O-4: Postwar Grand Touring
1st: 1947 Delahaye 135 MS Figoni & Falaschi Cabriolet, Wayne Grafton, Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
2nd: 1948 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8C Monterosa Boneschi Cabriolet, Collezione Lopresto, Milan, Italy
3rd: 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC Coupe, Vin & Erica Di Bona, Los Angeles, California

Class R: American Dream Cars of the 1960s
1st: 1965 Pontiac Vivant Herb Adams Roadster, Mark & Newie Brinker, Houston, Texas
2nd: 1966 Bosley Mark II Interstate Coupe, Stephen & Kim Bruno, Boca Raton, Florida
3rd: 1969 Farago CF 428 Carrozzeria Coggiola Coupe, Frank Campanale, Orchard Lake, Michigan

Class V: Open Wheel Race Cars
1st: 1907 Renault AI 35/45 HP Vanderbilt Racer, Robert Kauffman, Charlotte, North Carolina
2nd: 1908 Mors Grand Prix Race Car, Collier Collection at The Revs Institute, Naples, Florida
3rd: 1909 Isotta Fraschini FENC Tipo A Factory Touring, Harold Peters and Juanita Doerksen

Original Source: Pebble Beach Company

Prescott Autumn Classic Saturday 30 September - Sunday 1 October 2017

Prescott Autumn Classic 
Saturday 30 September - Sunday 1 October 2017
It’s a great day out for the family y’all!

The popular American themed Autumn Classic returns to Prescott Speed Hill Climb on Saturday 30 - Sunday 1 October 2017. The all-American Stars and Stripes weekend celebrates the biggest and brashest cars this side of the pond.

The action-packed weekend always attracts a wide variety of competition cars competing on the historic hill climb course with special classes for American cars and hot rods. Off track will be a spectacular display of American vehicles and USA-themed entertainment from the Demon Drome Wall of Death to live bands. This includes the Vegas Showgirls performing to ZZ Top, beginners dance lesson as well as the popular Stars n’ stripes comedy stilt walkers.

The paddock will be packed with a spectacular display of American muscle and classic cars from Mustangs, Camaros, Corvettes, Chevys and Hot Rods to Indians motorcycles and Custom Choppers. The Orchard features a dedicated ‘show n’ shine’ display area which is open to all American vehicle owners.

Our friends at the Demon Drome return once again to bring you vintage thrills and spills on an original 1920's motordrome. Get lost in the nostalgia and allow your senses to indulge in the roar and smell of 1920's Indian motorcycles as the dare devil riders cheat gravity, performing amazing feats of virtuosity within mere feet of the audience on the oldest surviving Wall of Death. ‘Dynomyte Dave’ Seymour said “We want to keep the Demon Drome true to its roots but keep innovating and putting on the best shows we can”. Each year they wow the crowds and this year will be no exception. The roar of the bikes thundering up the wooden walls is loud, adrenalin is high, the acrobatics are thrilling and the incense of exhaust fumes rising up from the middle just adds to the assault on your senses. The Demon Drome will be performing four times a day and is included in the event ticket price.


After the noise of the Demon Drome take a look around the paddock at the special vehicle display, all of which will take to the hill for demos. We have an awesome collection of famous Camaros making their event debut including one of the most famous Camaros ever made - the Roger Penske 1969 Camaro Z28 Penske Sunoco. In addition we have the iconic 1977 Chevrolet Camaro black 7 International Race of Champions car raced by Unser and Fittipaldi dubbed 'lucky number seven' due to its very prestigious accomplishments on the racing circuit along with the 1975 Faberge Brut Chevrolet Camaro ZS8. The latter Camaro races extensively at Goodwood and is considered by many as the ultimate Group 1 saloon. Historic British Saloon Car Racing driver Stuart Graham will head to Prescott with its owner Nigel Garrett to demonstrate the V8 5.6 litre small block 450bhp Brut 33 Faberge-liveried beast. Throughout the ‘70s, Stuart Graham’s big V8 Chevrolet Camaro was the car to beat in the British Championships. He won touring car races, titles and awards in the UK, Europe and overseas racing Camaros and was the first person since Freddie Dixon pre-war, to win both bike and car TTs.

Another unusual car taking to the hill is a 1939 Chevy Coupe, designed and road raced in Argentina by Juan Manuel Fangio before he became a Formula 1 driver. Its current owner uses it to compete in rally endurance events from the Sahara Challenge to the Peking to Paris, a 35 day hard core rally from the Great Wall of China to central Paris via Mongolia and the Gobi desert, Russia and Europe.

Following the cinema success of the cult 1970s film "Easy Rider", custom bike design and engineering in the UK became a popular hobby. The Chopper Club of Great Britain will be showcasing some of their members marvellous custom engineered machinery.

It’s not all about cars either - Prescott’s ‘Hot Rockin’ main stage will play host to non-stop live music bands throughout the weekend (worth the ticket price alone!) and feature the talented Ding Dong Daddios, the resident band of choice for Goodwood Revival, and here at Prescott we love them too. The 5 sharply dressed nimble guys are simply the ‘kings of swing!’ performing an infectious blend of Jump Jive and Swing with a hint of early rock and roll.  Jon Clare and The Fabulous Doughboys make their Prescott debut, the bands dynamic piano, bass and drums line-up really packs a punch. They draw on classic songs from the 1950s and give them the powerhouse piano treatment – just think Jerry Lee Lewis, but we will give the Balls of Fire a miss being a motor sport venue! Plus we have the marvellous songstress Betsy Harmony and the return of the popular Lady & The Sax – their stage presence provides a hugely entertaining high octane show.

We are also delighted to announce that Prescott will play host to the last ‘heat’ of the prestigious Classic American ‘Car of the Year’ competition. Aficionado Ben Klemenzson will be looking for cars either original or restored and ‘stock’, without aftermarket wheels or such like. The Prescott heat winner will be guaranteed a place on the Classic American stand at the Classic Motor Show, held at Birmingham’s NEC in November. He or she will also win a bespoke hand-cast brass trophy, a cheque for £100 and a large feature in Classic American magazine. All American vehicles on site will be part of the judging process. The winner will be announced on Sunday at 3.00pm, with a presentation taking place at 3.30pm near the start line gantry. The winner must be able to attend the NEC Classic Motor Show in November.

Special merchandise produced for the forthcoming Prescott Autumn Classic, Mugs: £7, Retro Messenger Bag £19.95. Check them out here. You can pre-order by contactingaline@bugatti.co.uk  

Pic credits: Thank you to Allan Rhodes and Dennis Wood

Ferrari Fever As Salon Privé Unveils Full Concours Masters Line-up

Thursday 31st August - Saturday 2nd September | Blenheim Palace, Woodstock
Ferrari Fever As Salon Privé Unveils Full Concours Masters Line-up

  • Concours Masters to showcase key models of Ferrari’s 70-year history
  • From the oldest-surviving UK-delivered Ferrari to latest LaFerrari Aperta
  • Highlights include the third-ever 250 GT LWB California Spider, a one-of-16 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Competizione and a prototype F40
  • Headline sponsors Chubb Insurance to support both Salon Privé Concours events
  • Derek Bell hosts ‘my time with Enzo’ at Dick Lovett/Ferrari Financial Services-sponsored Gala Dinner
  • Head Judge Derek Bell MBE joined by Coldplay’s Guy Berryman - an avid Ferrari fan
The first UK event to host two consecutive Concours competitions, Salon Privé is delighted to announce the full line-up for its Concours Masters ‘Tribute to 70 Years of Ferrari’ celebration.
Paying homage to arguably the world’s finest automotive manufacturer, Ferrari, on its 70th anniversary year, Salon Privé has attracted some of the most significant and rarest models from Maranello to the lawns of Blenheim Palace, all of which will be on display throughout Saturday 2nd September.

1987 Ferrari F40 Prototype 5

Highlights for the inaugural Concours Masters ‘Tribute to 70 Years of Ferrari’ include eight special 250 variants – the company’s most successful early model line – as well as rarely-seen prototypes, ex-Formula One racers and some of the most iconic modern ‘pin-up’ Ferrari supercars. With over 50 Ferraris confirmed for next month’s event, competition will be fierce as owners vie to take home the prized awards, including People’s Choice, Owners’ Choice, and Ladies’ Choice.
Next week’s inaugural Concours Masters will showcase a timeline of Ferrari’s illustrious history, from the previously announced 1949 Ferrari 166 Inter Coupe – the oldest-surviving UK-based Ferrari – to the latest Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta, which was built to celebrate the marque’s 70th anniversary.
On display is one of the 209 examples of the 2016 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta, a car so exclusive that lucky owners had to be invited by Ferrari to purchase. An even more exclusive version of the LaFerrari hypercar, the Aperta has a removable carbon fibre roof with a soft-top. Although at a glance the two models may look very similar, a myriad of design differences were necessary to make the open-top version as efficient as the coupé, including re-profiling the front wings to accommodate a revised door opening angle. The example at Salon Privé was the first one officially imported into the UK.

1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso

With no less than eight 250s confirmed, including the striking 250 Lusso once owned by Steve McQueen and a California Spider, the upcoming Ferrari event is set to be a showstopper. Lusso, meaning Italian for luxury; this 1963 Maronne Brown Ferrari 250 Lusso certainly lives up to its luxury-themed name. Once owned by one of the most important Sixties actors and automotive legends, Steve McQueen, it will travel to join the celebration and take part in the Concours  Masters centerpiece.

1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider

Other 250-themed highlights include a 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider by Scaglietti. Often referred to as the ‘holy grail’, and one of the most beautiful cars to come out of Maranello, the California Spider had the performance to back-up its road presence. With style icons and celebrities such as Brigitte Bardot, James Coburn and Alain Delon all previous owners, it continues to turn heads after almost 60 years. This car is the third-ever chassis of 50 ‘LWB’ models built, and rarer still is one of 14 LWB California Spiders built during 1958.

Ferrari 250 GT SWB

Shown for the first time at any event in over 40 years, Concours Masters will host a special 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta. Sold new in Switzerland in 1962, the original owner specified it with features that are unique to this car, including a full-width front bumper, two-tone paint finish and narrower wheels and tyres. After years of obscurity, when it had lost many of the special details, it was found and purchased by its current owner in 2013, who then entrusted it to DK Engineering to carry out a full ground-up restoration to original, period-perfect condition.

4 (Daytona) Competizione

Two Competizione, race-prepared, and homologated Ferraris are also confirmed to attend, including a 1972Ferrari 365 GTB/4 (Daytona) Competizione. This example, a second series variant, retains the aluminum bonnet, boot lid and doors of earlier cars but features a stronger steel body. Hugely successful in the period, Daytona Competiziones filled the top five positions in their class for the Le Mans 24 Hour Race in 1972, and repeated class wins there in 1973 and 1974. One of just 16 officially-sanctioned examples made from the factory, the Daytona Competizione is even rarer than the legendary 250 GTO.
Joining it is one of 50 1995 Ferrari 348 GT Competizione models made. Built to meet homologation regulations, the GT Competizione has a more powerful engine and tuned exhaust system and is 120 kg lighter than the standard 348 thanks to Kevlar doors, sills, and bumpers. It also features F40-style bucket seats, modified brakes, suspension and subframe as well as lightweight Speedline wheels. On display will be car number 41 of 50, one of just eight right-hand-drive examples built – making it one of the rarest 348 Ferraris ever made.

1987 Ferrari F40 Prototype 2

No Ferrari event is complete without a Ferrari F40 – often regarded as the very epitome of a supercar – and Salon Privé has managed to lure a factory prototype out of hiding. This 1987 Ferrari F40 Prototype includes features that eager Ferrari connoisseurs would spot, including different wing mirrors, five vents instead of four, different Kevlar used for the tub and luxury quilted headlining.
Once its test work was completed, this car was gifted to the then Motorsport Director of Ferrari and the F1 Team Manager, Marco Piccinini by Enzo Ferrari himself. Remaining with Piccinini until 2016, when it was purchased by its current owner, this example benefits from being Ferrari Classiche certified and is in original, unmolested condition.
The first event of its kind, the Salon Privé Concours Masters is designed to employ a more relaxed and subjective approach to judging compared to the traditional scrutiny of most Concours events. The key judging team, comprising of avid Ferrari fans and owners, historians and ex-racers, including Head Judge Derek Bell MBE, alongside Coldplay band member Guy Berryman, supermodel Yasmin Le Bon and Ferrari historians Keith Bluemel, Tony Willis and Marcel Massini. The team of 11 judges will have 25 awards to present on Saturday 2nd September, including the highly-coveted People’s Choice, Owners’ Choice, and Ladies’ Choice.
“It’s taken over 12 years to nurture relationships with the world’s top Ferrari collector to get to this point; a dedicated Ferrari Concours attracting a global audience, not to mention the first-ever Concours Masters,” said Andrew Bagley Salon Privé Managing Director & Concours Chairman. “2017 is set to be a landmark year for Salon Privé, not only with the introduction of Concours Masters – allowing us to be the UK’s first event to hold two consecutive Concours competitions – but also to celebrate one of the most special sports car manufacturers, Ferrari, on what will be its 70th anniversary.”

A full list of entries is as follows:

1949 Ferrari 166 Inter
1952 Ferrari 342 America
1953 Ferrari 166 MM PF Berlinetta
1953 Ferrari 250MM
1953 Ferrari 250 Inter-Europa Vignale Coupe
1956 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta TdF
1956 Ferrari 500 Testarossa
1957 Ferrari 500 Testarossa Competition TRC
1958 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta TdF
1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider
1961 Ferrari 250 GTE Series 1
1961 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Coupe Aerodinamico
1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB
1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso
1964 Ferrari 500 Superfast
1965 Ferrari 330 GT Series 1
1965 Ferrari 275 GTS
1966 Ferrari 330 GTC
1966 Ferrari 365 California Spider
1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4
1969 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2
1971 Ferrari 246 GT Dino
1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4C Daytona
1974 Ferrari 246 GTS
1974 Ferrari 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer
1977 Ferrari 308 GTB
1985 Ferrari 288 GTO
1987 Ferrari F40 Prototype
1990 Ferrari F40 Michelotto
1990 Ferrari F40 GT
1991 Ferrari 642 F1
1994 Ferrari 348 Challenge
1995 Ferrari 348 GT Competizione
1996 Ferrari F50
1996 Ferrari F355 Challenge
1997 Ferrari F355 Berlinetta
1997 Ferrari 355 Spider
2002 Ferrari 360 Spider
2002 Ferrari 550 Maranello
2002 Ferrari 360 Challenge
2004 Ferrari 575 GTC
2004 Ferrari Enzo
2005 Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale
2007 Ferrari 612 Sessanta
2008 Ferrari 430 Scuderia
2008 Ferrari F430 Challenge
2011 Ferrari 458 Challenge
2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale 'Tailor Made'
2015 Ferrari LaFerrari
2016 Ferrari FF
2016 Ferrari F12 TDF
2016 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta
2017 Ferrari F12 70th Edition

Further information on the upcoming Concours Masters and Chubb Insurance Concours  d’Elégance events can be found here.
Tickets for Salon Privé 2017 are on sale now