Tuesday, 16 October 2018

WHO WILL WIN THE 2018 MEGUIAR’S CLUB SHOWCASE? THE 16 FINALISTS REVEALED!





WHO WILL WIN THE 2018 MEGUIAR’S CLUB SHOWCASE?
THE 16 FINALISTS REVEALED!

Once again, this year’s Meguiar’s Club Showcase has attracted a fantastic array of classics as the 16 finalists are revealed ahead of the Grand Final at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, at Birmingham’s NEC from the 9-11 November.

The Porsche contingent is represented by Paul Howman’s 911 ‘993’ and the 356 of Ian Ellis, a deserved Super Class Winner at the Stanford Hall VW Show.

Amongst the finalists when it comes to German marques is Keith Bates’ BMW M3 E30, and the desirable Mercedes-Benz 250SL ‘Pagoda’ of Brian Ellis. Lyndon Creamer’s Volks World Best of Show winning Type 1 Beetle is yet another treat for show visitors.

A mouth-watering selection of British classics are guaranteed with five different marques represented. The Austin Mini of Ian Whitticase and David Fisher’s E-Type Jaguar will certainly draw a crowd, as will Nigel Scutt’s MG-F.

More tempting finalists include two Capris. The 2.8i Special of Gideon Mayers was a worthy recipient of the Capri Owners Club’s 1980’s Saloons award, while Barry Priestman’s Crayford Capri is a rare classic that will fascinate Ford enthusiasts.

Rounding off the British contingent is Tom Morley’s amazingly original Austin Allegro, the charmingly compact Austin A35 of Heather Walsh, and a fine example of the ever-popular Triumph TR5 owned by Simon Eaton.

No group of finalists would be complete without the world’s best-selling sports car which this year comes courtesy of Stephen Small’s Mazda MX-5. And we haven’t forgotten the USA. Barry Craven’s 1958 Chevrolet Impala is an attention-grabbing slice of classic Americana, and it will be joined by Phil Perry’s show-winning 1934 Ford Pick Up.

“With such an exceptional line-up, this year’s competition is going to be one of the toughest yet,” said Show Director Lee Masters. “The Meguiar’s Club Showcase always draws a hugely enthusiastic crowd and we can guarantee they are in for a real treat, thanks to the passion and commitment of the owners.”

The cars will be examined by an expert panel of judges over the course of the show with the winner announced on Sunday afternoon by Wheeler Dealers’ Mike Brewer. 

The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, returns to Birmingham’s NEC from Friday 9 to Sunday 11 November. For more information as well as all the ticket prices and booking details, visit www.necclassicmotorshow.com



Previous Meguiar’s Club Showcase Winners
2017: 1953 Morris Mini – Ian Matthews
2016: 1966 Mini Traveller - Andy Nash
2015: 1939 MG TB - Alexander Louden
2014: 1969 Ford Cortina – Adrian Evans
2013: 1960 Jaguar XK150 S Roadster - William Baldwin
2012: 1962 Volkswagen Beetle 1200 Deluxe - Wayne McCarthy
2011: 1966 Austin Healey 333 Mk3 – Bill Donaldson
2010: 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta – David Moores
2009: 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 – David Moores
2008: 1999 Rover Mini 40 LE - Mark Wynn-Smith
2007: 1960 Jaguar XK150 – John Brewster
2006: 1995 Jaguar XJ12 X300 Series - Anthony Winchester

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NEW HALL TO WELCOME ‘SPECIAL DISPLAYS’ AT LANCASTER INSURANCE CLASSIC MOTOR SHOW, WITH DISCOVERY


LANCASTER INSURANCE CLASSIC MOTOR SHOW, WITH DISCOVERY, 
BIRMINGHAM NEC FROM 9-11 NOVEMBER.2018

NEW HALL TO WELCOME ‘SPECIAL DISPLAYS’ AT LANCASTER INSURANCE CLASSIC MOTOR SHOW, WITH DISCOVERY

THE NEW HALL 8 ADDED TO THE LANCASTER INSURANCE CLASSIC MOTOR SHOW, WITH DISCOVERY, WILL FEATURE A NUMBER OF ‘SPECIAL DISPLAYS’ BRINGING TOGETHER A RICH SELECTION OF AMAZING CLASSICS.
Held at Birmingham’s NEC from Friday 9 to Sunday 11 November 2018, Hall 8 will see around 40 clubs in total, including 15 making their show debut.
Fans of classic motorsport will certainly want to head over to the Historic Marathon Rally Group stand. Celebrating the cars and crews that took part in the 1968 London to Sydney Rally, the club promises a mouth-watering selection of rally cars including a Ford Cortina GT, MGB, and a number of BMC 1800s including a former BMC Team East African Safari ‘recce’ car that finished the Marathon in 36th place.
The display will be surrounded by a mix of seven racing and rallying clubs including the British Women Racing Drivers ClubRallying HistoryRacing-Puma.co.uk, and Owen Motoring Club to create a fantastic tribute to historic motorsport.
There are numerous local car clubs that are also well-represented including the West Berkshire Classic Vehicle Club, and the  West Midlands Classic Car Club bringing along a fine Triumph Stag that was built in the last week of production, making it one of the very last examples.
The Enthusiasts of British Motor Vehicles for great cars built before 1985 is promising an eclectic mix of cars from a 1926 Morris Bullnose Pick-up to a 1964 Crayford convertible Mini.
There will be even more British classics on offer, and show-goers won’t want to miss the stand of the MGF Register. They will be bringing along a range of examples from a very early production model that has recently undergone a full restoration, to a limited-edition MG TF sporting an eye-catching ‘Chromactive Typhoon’ paint job.
More British-ness can also be found on the stand of the Midlands Austin Seven Club who will be showing four lovely models, including 1927 Chummy and a 1938 Ruby. And the twelve cars being displayed by The Standard Triumph Forum will range from pre-WW1 models right through to 1980s cars, all supported by fascinating displays on the history of the marque. 
For fans of the fast Ford, a 1994 Escort Cosworth rally car will be a highlight of the Bexhill 100 Motoring Club stand, while the Boston Classic Car Club hope to feature a rare Montego Vanden Plas alongside a Wolseley 15/50, a model celebrating its 60th anniversary. And talking of anniversaries, the Gay Classic Car Group is celebrating its 30th birthday and they are promising some special surprises.
There are more Fords to enjoy too, in the form of the two Capris and the Escort Cosworth that feature on the stand of the Ford Enthusiasts Club. Debutant FordSport is bringing one of the oldest Escorts still on the road along with a Mk1 Escort Mexico and an Escort Cosworth. And a very special custom Ford Transit awaits courtesy of the National Street Van Association.
Tickets are now on sale for the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, at Birmingham’s NEC from Friday 9 to Sunday 11 November. For more information, ticket prices and booking details, visit www.necclassicmotorshow.com.


FBHVC BRINGS BIGGEST EVER DISPLAY TO THE LANCASTER INSURANCE CLASSIC MOTOR SHOW, WITH DISCOVER


FBHVC BRINGS BIGGEST EVER DISPLAY TO THE LANCASTER INSURANCE CLASSIC MOTOR SHOW, WITH DISCOVER

LANCASTER INSURANCE CLASSIC MOTOR SHOW, WITH DISCOVERY, WILL BE HELD AT BIRMINGHAM’S NEC FROM 9-11 NOVEMBER.


The FBHVC has released a taster of what visitors to their stand can expect, with something for everyone, from commercials to sports cars.
For fans of military vehicles, the Scout Carrier Mk 1L with its four guns is guaranteed to attract plenty of attention. Carrying the military identification number T5329, it was completed on 17 July 1939 and of the 963 Scout Carriers made this one is the only known survivor.  Sent to North Africa for use by the British Army - it still sports a bullet hole sustained during enemy action - it then found its way to Australia in March 1943.
Sold to a farmer who wanted the V8 engine, the Scout was discovered by a military vehicle collector in 2006. Later sold to its present owner who undertook a detailed restoration, it was found to be remarkably well preserved and retains plenty of original features including the original civilian registration number of RMY 683.
It won’t be the only big vehicle on the FBHVC stand as there will also be a 1931 AEC Regent double decker bus. First delivered to the City of Birmingham Corporation and registered OV 4486, it now belongs to the Transport Museum, Wythall and is nearing the end of a lengthy restoration.
When it comes to working vehicles, traction engines always draw a crowd, only this one is a little different. Made entirely from LEGO, it is the work of John Cramp who named his creation ‘The Old Workhorse’. Part of the LEGO Ideas initiative that encourages enthusiasts to submit designs, a model receiving 10,000 votes will be considered for production.
Admirers of commercial vehicles will also be delighted by the appearance of a 1968 Bedford CA van belonging to the Vauxhall Heritage Collection. Launched in 1952 and with more than 250,000 produced, the CA was hugely popular with delivery drivers and tradespeople. The one-piece windscreen and larger radiator grille identify this example as one built towards the end of production, and it is painted in the same livery as vans used at the Vauxhall plant during the early 1960s.
Of course, classic cars haven’t been forgotten and the BMW Z1 is sure to prove popular. The model was launched in 1988 - the same year that the FBHVC was formed – and the example on display belongs to proud owner, Jeff Hewison, who purchased the car in July 2006: “It was stunning and definitely love at first sight. After buying it from a BMW dealer I only expected to own it for ten years but realised I couldn’t bring myself to let her go. It’s the most pleasant and rewarding car I have ever driven, and a masterpiece of German engineering.”
Visit the FBHVC stand in Hall 5 next to the Discovery Live Stage.



Wednesday, 10 October 2018

RECORD ATTENDANCE EVENT CLOSES A FANTASTIC YEAR OF SUNDAY SCRAMBLES AT BICESTER HERITAGE

RECORD ATTENDANCE EVENT CLOSES A FANTASTIC YEAR OF SUNDAY SCRAMBLES AT BICESTER HERITAGE
October Sunday Scramble, credit Amy Shore Photography

 Bicester Heritage welcomed over 5,500 guests for its last Sunday Scramble of 2018 this weekend, with a spectacular selection of vintage, classic, modern and racing cars attending the event and bringing a vast crowd of automotive enthusiasts to former RAF Bicester.
An incredible array of cars was in attendance, making it the largest October event yet. A heady mix of automotive excellence from the likes of the latest Porsche 911 GT2 RS, a stunning original pre-war Rolls-Royce Phantom I and everything in between was on display for visitors to admire. An instant fan favourite from the event came in the form of the Dick Lovett Cylinder Club, which took over Hangar 113 with more than 100 supercars and modern classics.
The specialists of Bicester Heritage also put on a fantastic show, presenting a range of vehicles from their stunning collections and some of their latest workmanship. Robert Glover Ltd and Kingsbury Racing displayed a breath-taking line-up of some of their favourite Vauxhalls, Talbots and Bentleys outside their showrooms, while Pendine Historics showcased a sublime Sebring-winning Group C Nissan NPT-90 within its patinated ‘Blast House’ showroom.
There weren’t just cars at the event, however. A vast display of classic bicycles surrounded the Golden Age Cycles store, whilst Finest Hour Experiences and the Bicester Gliding Centre made certain that the skies above the final ‘Scramble’ of 2018 were filled with plenty of aviation action. Visitors were also greeted by displays from Aston Martin Works and a selection of new tenants who recently opened their doors at Bicester Heritage: NewsPress Creative, Vintage Tyres and Howson Media. 
The Mercedes AMG F1 team attracted as large-a-crowd as ever, showing off Lewis Hamilton’s 2015 Austin Spec F1 car and wowing onlookers with start-ups and revs from the racecar, which holds 7 wins, 6 poles and 11 podiums. Wriggly Monkey Brewery also showcased its latest beer, aptly named ‘Super Sports’, which proved an instant hit and a perfect accompaniment to the dynamic event and historic scenery.
October Sunday Scramble, credit Amy Shore Photography
Heritage Skills Academy, the home of historic vehicle apprenticeships, captivated its workshop audience with English Wheel demonstrations, whilst KW Special Projects were scanning historic vehicles to engineer into 3D virtual drawings live on-screen.
Hagerty Insurance UK, whose Valuation Arena has proven to be especially popular at the Sunday Scramble, will be donating the £270 raised at the event to the British Motorsport Marshals Club in memory of their late President Barrie ‘Whizzo’ Williams.
The Sunday Scramble has become a must-see event, giving enthusiasts a chance to come together and share their passion. With over 40 specialists on site, across a plethora of workshops, showrooms and buildings, it was no wonder that enthusiasts and visitors were charmed throughout the entirety of Sunday’s show.
The next ‘Scramble’ will be the intrepid ‘season opener’ at the start of 2019, which challenges all avid enthusiasts to kick the year off in style with a jaunt to Bicester Heritage in the depths of winter on the 6th January 2019. 
October Sunday Scramble, credit Amy Shore Photography
Dan Geoghegan, Managing Director of Bicester Heritage, commented “It was the perfect family Scramble that exemplifies the broad church that Bicester Heritage has become. The range of motorcars was staggering, from the Phantom I chassis driven here to a Citroen BX GTi, all amidst the perfect backdrop and blue skies, providing an ambient hubbub for enthusiasts and neighbours alike. What a day!”
“We particularly enjoyed introducing new specialists Vintage Tyres and Howson Media to thousands of enthusiasts, and also welcoming The Cylinder Club who completely filled the hangar where part of Darkest Hour was filmed."
Photo credit: Amy Shore Photography


Monday, 8 October 2018

LANCASTER INSURANCE PRIDE OF OWNERSHIP – NEXT TEN AUTUMN FINALISTS REVEALED


LANCASTER INSURANCE PRIDE OF OWNERSHIP –
NEXT TEN AUTUMN FINALISTS REVEALED


Another ten finalists have been revealed for the Autumn Final of the Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership with cars coming from across the UK and even France. 

Held at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, 20 cars in total out of the 100 entered will be invited to Birmingham’s NEC from Friday 9 to Sunday 11 November for the Grand Final. 

Andrew Evanson, Senior Operations Manager of Lancaster Insurance, sponsors of the Pride of Ownership, said: “At the show, there is always a real buzz surrounding the Pride of Ownership as it showcases incredible cars with some fantastic stories behind them. It’s always exciting to hear about who will be displayed and these ten cars will be a fantastic addition!”

The oldest car in the Final is Gillian Caldicott’s 1922 Calthorpe All Weather Tourer affectionately known as Connie. Believed to be one of only nine examples left, Connie was built in Birmingham and was originally owned until 1928. After then, she was lost until she was discovered partly dismantled in a semi-derelict building. Lovingly restored, the Calthorpe is around 85 per cent original but was sold to Gillian as it wasn’t being used as it should. 

One of the youngest cars and the youngest finalist is 20-year-old Tahmid Haque and his 1989 BMW E24 M635csi, believed to be the last M635csi finished in Diamond Schwartz Metallic, and car number 508 of 524 produced. 

Tahmid said: “I am very fortunate in only being 20 years old and having the opportunity to own and drive such rare cars. But the real happiness comes from being able to share these cars with other enthusiasts that appreciate them and I look for every opportunity to do so.”

Kevin Peck will have quite the journey to the show, given that he resides in France, but it will be worth it to see the Bugatti Type 35 Replica he purchased for just £1,000. Visiting a friend in hospital, Kevin met the then owner in the next bed who had bought the car, crashed it after eight miles on its first trip out, and not taken it out the garage since. He offered to sell it to Kevin for £1,000 complete with dent. Kevin accepted and restored the car back to its best.

Also travelling across the water is David Selfridge from County Antrim, Northern Ireland, and his 1938 Citroen Traction Avant Light 12. Having been parked in the garage for ten years by the previous owner, David has restored the vehicle over the past three years and will be driving it to the show. 

Representing the 1950s, Christopher Joyce’s ’56 Daimler New Drophead Coupe and Nick Pollitt’s ’55 Triumph TR3 will add some sports car style to the proceedings. Chris’ Daimler is one of 56 built with very few in the UK, while Nick’s TR3 was retained by Standard Triumph as the press and publicity car. 

Lucas Reynold’s 1982 Lotus Turbo Esprit was built by Lotus for the 1982 British Motor Show at the NEC so it is great to see it return some 34 years later. To make it stand out from other manufacturers, a new metallic paint colour named Iced Blue was used on all cars on the Lotus stand to catch the eye – and it certainly does that!

Talking of eye catching, Josh Lydiard’s 1972 Volkswagen Trekker is not something you see every day. “It’s an odd vehicle when original but mine has a unique patina with tasteful modifications and a slightly rat rod look,” explains Josh. “The car was originally used by the Luftwaffe in the 70s and still sports its original military markings which lead me to finding out it was a radar and artillery car at an airport in Germany near Munich. The car was very unique from the factory, but this example is one of a kind.”


A pair of Fords will also compete in the final – but they couldn’t be more different. Rob Sargent’s 1969 Ford Savage Mk2 V6 and Mark McClelland’s 1994 Ford Escort RS Cosworth Lux. 



These ten cars and owners join Richard Pinkett and his 1939 MG TB, Michael Jones’ 1960 Jaguar MkII, Andy Nash’s 1966 Morris Mini Traveller, and Mandeep Sandhar and his 2000 Nissan Skyline. Sadly, Mark Stewart’s Ford Escort XR3i has been withdrawn and a new finalist chosen in its place.

Visitors will be asked to vote for their favourite car and story, with the winner announced on Sunday 11th November by Wheeler Dealers’ Ant Anstead. For more information, visit www.necclassicmotorshow.com


Tuesday, 2 October 2018

SALON PRIVÉ BECOMES PARTNER CONCOURS WITH ELITE ‘THE PENINSULA CLASSICS BEST OF THE BEST AWARD’


SALON PRIVÉ BECOMES PARTNER CONCOURS WITH ELITE ‘THE PENINSULA CLASSICS BEST OF THE BEST AWARD’

2018 Salon Privé - Bugatti Type 55 Best of Show Winner

Long considered as one of the world’s most coveted concourses event, Salon Privé has finally attained the ultimate recognition for its continued pursuit of excellence with-the announcement that the event has been invited to join ‘The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award’ as one of its partner concours.
The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award is among the top automotive awards in the world. In its milestone development of the international motoring world's top accolade for most exceptional classic car, The Hon. Sir Michael Kadoorie, Chairman of The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited, launched the award in 2015 with Co-founders William E. Connor, Bruce Meyer and Christian Philipp set, to celebrate the best of what defines the automotive world. Each founder shares a common passion and appreciation of fine motor cars, the preservation of their heritage and immaculate restoration projects. The award, sponsored by The Peninsula Hotels, Brings together the concours circuits' elite best of show winners from around the globe.
The car selected is a 1933 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster, awarded ‘Best of Show’ at this year’s Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance at Salon Privé.
The Bugatti Type 55 Roadster, introduced in 1932 as a replacement for the Type 43, was the Molsheim factory’s response to a few wealthy amateurs’ requests for a ‘competition’ model with elegant coachwork for road use. Exquisitely styled by Ettore Bugatti’s eldest son, Jean, around 16 examples of the Type 55 Roadster were made, with just five cars still retaining their original coachwork and mechanicals, the latter derived from the Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix 2.3-litre eight-cylinder engine, detuned to 135 bhp for road use. This particular Type 55 Jean Bugatti Roadster (chassis no. 55234) is widely considered to be the most original specimen as it is the only unrestored example, with a genuine sub-50,000 mileage.
Managing Director & Concours Chairman, Andrew Bagley commented “It is an honour for us to be invited to join The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best which celebrates the best cars from the best events in the world. Over the years, we have built up a fantastic following of Owners and enthusiasts from around the world who’ve become great friends of the event and this is as much recognition of their support as it is honouring the event itself. Salon Privé grows in international stature every year with 17 of the 55 cars entered from abroad this year and in fact, it was an American, Bob Bishop, who won this year’s Best of Show with his beautiful 1933 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster. Together with Bob and his Bugatti, we greatly look forward to attending The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Awards Dinner in Paris next February.
Owner Bob Bishop and The 12th Duke of Marlborough


PORSCHE 917K RACE CAR ROYALTY HEADS TO 2018’s AUTUMN CLASSIC

PORSCHE 917K RACE CAR ROYALTY HEADS TO 2018’s AUTUMN CLASSIC

Porsche 917K

Castle Combe Circuit is extremely pleased to confirm the attendance of a Porsche 917 at its 2018 instalment of the Autumn Classic race meeting, set to be held on Saturday, 6 October.
Undoubtedly an incredibly special guest for any event, the Gulf-liveried ’69 917K (chassis #013/034) owned by Mark Finburgh represents a very rare competition model that’s usually right up at the top of the list when it comes to many petrolheads’ dream car garages.
The announcement falls in line with the race meeting’s theme of celebrating Le Mans icons this year, with an array of Ford GT40s also attending to commemorate the car’s infamous 1968 outright win at the French endurance race.
Only around 59 to 65 917s were ever thought to have been produced, and of them, there were plenty of major variations to match different race series which the cars seemed to continually dominate in.
Finburgh’s flat-12, Gulf-liveried beauty carries the ‘917K’ moniker (meaning ‘kurzheck’, or ‘short-tail’) – an adaptation carried out by John Wyer Engineering just one year after the car was conceived in an attempt to quash the image of infamously unstable handling they developed for themselves early on.
It’s fair to say this particular 917’s life was colourful and varied from the very start, with a fourth-place finish at Sebring and a Le Mans campaign all under its belt before 1970 was out. In fact, it was also the very machine to star in Steve McQueen’s Le Mans film that same year, too.
Sustaining damage caused by an accident during the recording of its aforementioned Hollywood debut, #013 was then sent back to Porsche for a comprehensive overhaul, where its chassis number was changed to #034 – the car being referred to as ‘#013/034’ ever since.
1971 became arguably the most successful year for the car as it took home gold at the Daytona 24 Hours and Monza 1000km races under the control of Pedro Rodriguez and Jackie Oliver. Oliver next teamed up with Richard Attwood to take two other victories that year, before a certain Mr Derek Bell and Gijs van Lennep won the Paris 1000km and finished second in Barcelona.
It was in ’73 when current owner Mark Finburgh headed to Stuttgart to purchase a used 917, returning to Britain in this very car. Keeping the 12-Cylinder beauty in pristine condition since Autumn Classic event organisers are delighted to have secured the car for the day.
“We’re enormously thrilled to have Mr Finburgh’s very special car along for-the Autumn Classic this year,” Tom Davis, Castle Combe Circuit’s Head of Marketing says. “Although it will only be present in a static manner, it still promises to make many car enthusiasts’ days as they finally get to meet one of their heroes in the flesh.”
Castle Combe Circuit’s Autumn Classic Brings together legs of seven acclaimed historic race series to offer up non-stop competitive action at the Wiltshire venue. There will also be an array of static displays and club stands that sure to delight any classic car enthusiast.
Tickets are priced at £25 for adults and £20 for seniors (under 17s go free of charge), and are available on the gate. For more information, head to www.autumnclassic.co.uk




Friday, 28 September 2018

GET YOUR KICKS ON ROUTE 66… VIA REGENT STREET!


GET YOUR KICKS ON ROUTE 66… VIA REGENT STREET!

Illinois Route 66 Regent Street Motor Show
Two of the world’s most famous thoroughfares will be reunited in central London come the first Saturday in November when the Illinois Office of Tourism returns as title partner to this year’s Regent Street Motor Show, now retitled as the Illinois Route 66 Regent Street Motor Show.
While Regent Street is renowned as the capital’s premier shopping destination, Illinois is the start of America’s iconic Route 66. Immortalised in both rock and roll history and global car culture, America’s epic ‘Mother Road’ in its original form stretched for almost 2,500 miles from Chicago to Santa Monica in California.
In comparison, Regent Street’s length of less than a mile may seem somewhat insignificant but with its curving John Nash design, it boasts incredible history and royal patronage being named after George, the Prince Regent, later King George IV. It was completed in 1825 almost exactly 100 years before Route 66 was established in 1926.
Over time, both highways have witnessed incredible changes in motoring history, so it is fitting that the two, once again, will be wedded together on Saturday, 3rd November when Regent Street is closed to through traffic and the road is filled with hundreds of cars of all ages for the free-to-view Illinois Route 66 Regent Street Motor Show, a Royal Automobile Club event.
Cory Jobe, Director of the Illinois Office of Tourism, said: “We are really excited to bring Illinois and Route 66 back to the Regent Street Motor Show in 2018, as title sponsor. Our partnership with this premier motoring event is a fantastic opportunity for our team to showcase both historic and new attractions along the Illinois section of Route 66 – a top destination for international visitors. From the iconic Route 66 ‘Begin’ sign in Chicago to the Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum in Pontiac and the Original Historic Brick Road in Springfield through to The Mill on 66, a cherished restaurant which has recently reopened in Lincoln after more than a decade of renovation – Route 66 provides a chance to travel back in time.”
Illinois will be on Regent Street as the title partner, promoting holidays to the State and raising the profile of Route 66 by showcasing iconic and recently added attractions of the Route and giving away maps and destination guides. Visitors exploring the famous road in autumn 2018 will be able to discover the Old Joliet Prison in Joliet. Dating back to 1858, the former prison, featured in movies including The Blues Brothers, has recently reopened as a museum and now offers history tours.
And one lucky visitor will be able to go one better and really get their kicks on Route 66 as Illinois will be holding an on-stand competition to win a holiday to the state, including return flights for two with Norwegian.
Much of the Illinois leg of the Mother Road is frozen in time, a 300-mile neon-lit drive through a past filled with motor inns, quirky restaurants and diners such as the new Motorheads restaurant and museum complex which features incredible Route 66 memorabilia. For starters, check out the 30-foot tall smiling spaceman called the Gemini Giant next to the newly renovated and soon to re-open iconic Launching Pad diner in Wilmington, the large Route 66 Shield Mural on the back wall of the Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum in Pontiac, and the curious attraction of Henry’s Rabbit Ranch for equal parts entertainment, visitor centre and rabbit ranch.
Nick Wigley, CEO of organisers, Goose Live Events, said: “We are delighted to welcome Illinois back to Regent Street. Route 66 is mythical among all those with even the slightest interest in motoring, but few know that the legend is not only still alive but offers visitors a must-see historical road trip. That’s a great message we’ll be promoting to all those lucky enough to be on Regent Street on 3 November.”
More than half a million spectators enjoyed the spectacle in 2017 and among this year’s displays will be more than 100 horseless carriages from the turn of the 20th century taking part in the annual Veteran Car Concours, the day before they set off on their annual trip from London to Brighton. Adding to the pageant, many of the drivers and passengers appear in period dress
Adding further to the attractions, displays of vintage, classic, racing and even futuristic cars as well as live street entertainment will ensure there is much to savour for all ages and interests.
The Illinois Route 66 Regent Street Motor Show is a key event in the week-long London Motor Week run by the Royal Automobile Club.

Thursday, 27 September 2018

CONCOURS OF ELEGANCE, THE UK’S LEADING CONCOURS EVENT, ANNOUNCES DATES FOR 2019


CONCOURS OF ELEGANCE, THE UK’S LEADING CONCOURS EVENT, ANNOUNCES DATES FOR 2019 

  • Concours of Elegance 2019 will take place at Hampton Court Palace from Friday 6th September to Sunday 8th September, the weekend prior to Goodwood Revival
  • Attracting the world’s greatest car collectors, and displaying the finest cars ever built, the Concours of Elegance is widely regarded as the UK’s top concours event
  • Presented by A. Lange & Söhne, fine German watchmakers, the Concours of Elegance 2019 will build on this year’s truly international success with even more partners and features
  • The Concours of Elegance 2018 was supported by a number of major manufacturers, including Aston Martin, Ferrari, McLaren and Geely

Thursday, 27 September: The Concours of Elegance 2019 will take place at Hampton Court Palace from Friday 6th September to Sunday 8th September. Running the weekend prior to the Goodwood Revival, the Concours of Elegance will build on the truly international success of its most recent running in early September.

Nominated for the seventh consecutive year for ‘Motoring Event of the Year’ at the Historic Motoring Awards, this year’s Concours of Elegance was the largest and most incredible yet. Supported by presenting partner A. Lange & Söhne and a number of major car manufacturers, including Ferrari, McLaren, Aston Martin and Geely, the Concours of Elegance attracted more guests, more exhibitors and more astonishing cars than ever before.

The 2019 event will cement Concours of Elegance’s global reputation for gathering the finest cars in the world in one of the UK’s most stunning settings; the Fountain Gardens of Hampton Court Palace. With the gracious support of Concours of Elegance patron, His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent, no other UK motoring event offers the same prestige.

Once again, 60 of the finest cars ever built will be the event’s focal point, with 2018’s Royal Automobile Club Trophy winner, the Alvis Speed 25 SC Drophead Coupe by Charlesworth forming part of the line-up. A number of features will be returning for 2019, including the ‘Future Classics’ class, which was won this year by the Rolls-Royce Sweptail.

Andrew Evans, Concours of Elegance Director, said:“In just seven short years, the Concours of Elegance has grown into a truly global event that the UK can be proud of, spoken about in the same breath as the likes of Pebble Beach and Villa d’Este. When you consider those events have been running for nearly seventy years and ninety years, respectively, you can see what a success story our event is. But with the support of our partners, and the owners of the cars that choose to display at Concours of Elegance,we willcontinue to grow and improve, to ensure we’re always the UK’s number one concours d’elegance.”

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

ALL-NEW LONDON SUPERCAR SHOW ‘LIVE’ TO LAUNCH IN MAY 2019!


ALL-NEW LONDON SUPERCAR SHOW ‘LIVE’ TO LAUNCH IN MAY 2019!

  • Fantastic new supercar event to launch on 11 & 12 May 2019
  • A two-day celebration of supercar culture
  • Featuring The Strip - the classic standing ¼-mile challenge for supercar owners and dealer demonstrations
  • A unique combination of live action, high-quality exhibitors, displays from world-renowned marques and presentations from industry specialists
25 September 2018: We are proud to announce the launch of The London Supercar Show ‘Live', an all-new event scheduled for Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 May 2019 at the historic Blackbushe aerodrome.
With a dealer exhibition, test drive opportunities, car displays, Best in Show competition and live-action on The Strip, this new event aims to bring a unique, high-octane dynamic to the traditional supercar show format.
Due to attract an outstanding portfolio of exhibitors, the event features the ‘Supercar Showroom’ – a space for dealers, distributors and the aftermarket industry to display their cars, engage with new customers and entertain existing clients in a relaxed yet exciting environment.
Uniquely, supercar owners will be given the opportunity to enter their cars for demonstration runs on The Strip over the weekend, displaying to fellow enthusiasts what the world’s most powerful modern supercars are capable of when they blast up the classic quarter-mile strip from a standing start.
Exceptional supercar displays are also planned, with owners invited to enter their cars into the Best in Show event. This is not a Concours, more a celebration of the supercar culture, with emphasis on styling, colour scheme, detail, specification and drama – the hallmarks of great supercars.
“The concept for The London Supercar Show ‘Live’ is to provide the perfect platform for supercar owners, dealers, the aftermarket industry and enthusiasts to share their passion and combine the excitement of live, high-performance demonstrations together with a business environment where people can seek out their next upgrade, accessory or car purchase”, says Tony Robinson, the show’s founder. “This will be the dream destination for the trade, owners, enthusiasts and spectators alike.”
Blackbushe has a rich history of hosting automotive events and, being only a few minutes from the M25, is easily accessible to anyone living in the south of England. The runway is exceptionally wide at 45 metres and particularly smooth, making it the perfect venue for The Strip element of the event.
“It is important to note that this is not a competitive motorsport event. Rather, it is intended to be an entertaining activity where drivers can indulge in the supercar experience in complete safety”, says Ian Berry, the event director. “Unlike a track day, running on The Strip will not be hard on the cars, but will allow supercar owners and dealers to experience and demonstrate the pure unbridled performance of their cars in a safe environment.”

BIG SMALL CAR GATHERING FOR BEAULIEU’S SIMPLY SMART - NOVEMBER 11TH



BIG SMALL CAR GATHERING FOR BEAULIEU’S SIMPLY SMART - NOVEMBER 11TH


Tiny, cheeky and colourful, the much-loved Smart car will be the star of Beaulieu’s eighth Simply Smart on Remembrance Sunday, November 11th, with a cheerful line-up that will delight every fan of these cult modern classics.
Owners will be making the smart choice and driving across the New Forest for an enjoyable day out, which will see every variety of Smart park up in the grounds of the National Motor Museum.
Beaulieu Events co-ordinator Dan Vaughan said: “Simply Smart is always a great social occasion, giving owners and enthusiasts the chance to catch up and talk about all things Smart. With so many custom paint finishes and eye-catching graphics to admire, the rally is an ideal opportunity for them to compare each others’ cars.”
Look out for the iconic Smart ForTwo, which is sure to be well represented, while likely to be just as popular with fans are the sporty Smart Roadster and the roomy ForFour. From factory-fresh examples to personalised versions, the varied display is sure to raise plenty of smiles.

Simply Smart is traditionally held on Remembrance Sunday, which this year marks the Armistice Centenary. A two-minute silence will be held during the event at 11am, which visitors are invited to take part in.
Throughout the day, visitors and rally participants will be voting for their favourite Smart of the show in the People’s Choice Awards. The owner of the Smart with the greatest number of votes will be presented with a commemorative Beaulieu trophy and special Autoglym prize, before leading a cavalcade of the most popular cars throughout the attraction.
For those driving Smart cars into Beaulieu to take part in the show, participant tickets are £10 an adult, £5 a child (aged 5-16) if bought in advance online, or £12 an adult and £6 a child if bought on arrival. All other visitors can buy a general admission ticket to Beaulieu at the standard attraction admission. For advance tickets or more information see www.beaulieu.co.uk/events/simply-smart.
Rally participants can also explore all of the features of the Beaulieu attraction, including the National Motor Museum and its collection of more than 250 vehicles, World of Top GearOn Screen Cars, 13th century Beaulieu Abbey, the Montagu ancestral home of Palace House and its stunning grounds and gardens.

Entry is from 9am for rally participants, when the Brabazon Restaurant will be serving hot drinks and breakfast snacks. All other visitors should enter Beaulieu though the Visitor Reception building with a standard attraction admission ticket from 10am.
If you are taking part in the show and want to park up with your friends, please ensure that you all arrive together. Club stands are also available up to a fortnight before the event. To book or for more information contact the Events team on 01590 614614 or at events@beaulieu.co.uk.
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Source: Buelieu