Wednesday, 6 November 2019



  • Jochen Mass’ 1987 Rothmans Porsche 962C amongst the stars of new ‘Car Stories’ feature
  • Tickets on sale 08:00 GMT 30 October at
  • Early bird ticket prices available 30 October – 15 November 2019
     Image credit: Roger Swan
The 1987 Richard-Lloyd-Racing Rothmans Porsche 962C that won the Kyalami 500 and Norisring 'Money Race' will be amongst the cars taking centre stage at the London Classic Car Show when it heads to Olympia London on 20-23 February 2020. Tickets are on sale from 08:00 GMT on 30 October for the show, which will honour exquisite machines and showcase some of the world’s finest classic cars and vintage models currently for sale.
The Rothmans Porsche 962C (chassis number 106/B) is the first car to be confirmed for ‘Car Stories’, a brand-new attraction that will debut at the 2020 London Classic Car Show. As the event moves to its new Kensington home, Car Stories replaces the Grand Avenue and will celebrate six of the world’s most iconic and interesting cars, all with an incredible story to tell. Presented by personalities from the industry, including designers, racing drivers and owners, Car Stories provides a platform to delve into the rich history of these special vehicles with the help of those who know them best.
“We’re incredibly excited to start announcing some of the special celebrations that will take place at our 2020 event. Car Stories gives us the opportunity to discuss some of the world’s most iconic and fascinating classic cars with people that have shared incredible moments in history with them,” says Bas Bungish, London Classic Car Show Event Director. “We’re honoured to welcome the Porsche 962C and will be announcing five more superstar cars with fascinating stories to tell in the run-up to the show.”
Racing drivers Jonathan Palmer and Mauri Baldi guided the Liqui Moly-liveried Porsche to victory on the Norisring street circuit in the 1987 World Sportscar Championship. Featuring an ultra-aerodynamic body and vast wing developed by British privateer Richard Lloyd, the car was the first privately owned Group C car to win a race that season. Following victory in Germany, Palmer put the car on pole at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium and in the process set a new lap record for a sportscar and became the first sportscar driver to break the 200kph barrier.
For the final race that year, Richard Lloyd entered it to compete at the Kyalami 500 in South Africa, which was the last major event to be held on the original and much-loved circuit layout. On 28 November 1987, works Le Mans-winning driver Jochen Mass piloted the Rothmans-sponsored car with a factory-spec engine to victory in front of a 46,000-strong crowd.
Visitors to the London Classic Car Show will be able to see the car restored and race-ready to the exact specification and livery as raced by Mass.
Tickets for the 2020 London Classic Car Show go on sale from 08:00 GMT on 30 October 2019. The event will present the opportunity to see and purchase some of the most exquisite and sought-after classic and vintage cars currently for sale.
‘Early Bird’ tickets are available at £20 per adult from Wednesday 30 October until midnight on Friday 15 November 2019. Following this, advance tickets for the London Classic Car Show starts from £25 per adult, £20 per child (6-16) and £75 per family (two adults, two children). Entry for children under the age of six years is free.
Tickets for Thursday’s Preview Evening, where an industry personality will be honoured with the show’s coveted Icon Award, start at £75. Premium tickets are available for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, starting at £60 per adult, which include fast track entry, hospitality and show guide, as well as the chance to meet and participate in a private Q&A with Car Legends in the VIP area.
For more information and to book tickets visit 


  • 1962 Ferrari 196 SP first car publicly confirmed to make UK debut at inaugural Auto Royale at Althorp
  • Paul Mathers, formerly Event Director at Motorclassica in Australia for 10 years, announced as Event Director & Concours Chairman of Auto Royale
  • British International Concours d'Elegance aims to set a new standard and join the list of quintessential English summer events
  • Debut on 17 - 19 July 2020 at the ancestral home of the Spencer family in Northamptonshire
  • For more information, visit

The first of Auto Royale’s illustrious car line up was revealed today when an exquisite 1962 Ferrari 196 SP was delivered to Althorp.
The “shark-nose” 196 SP is a rare and beautiful example of Ferrari’s first mid-engine sports prototype and the last of five surviving Scuderia Ferrari Sports Prototypes constructed for the 1961–62 seasons.
The low-slung Fantuzzi bodywork with a ducktail at the back sits three inches lower than a Ford GT40 and twin air inlets give it its characteristic shark nose - referencing the 1961 Ferrari 156 F1 in which Phil Hill won the 1961 Formula One championship.
Recently quoted between USD 8 – 10 million at the 2019 RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction, the car raced at the 1962 12 Hours of Sebring, Nürburgring 1000 KM, Elkhart Lake, and 1963 Nassau Speed Week. Despite this varied international racing history, the car has never been seen before in the United Kingdom and will make its exclusive British debut at the inaugural Auto Royale in July 2020.
The rare and stunning car was unveiled at the Althorp Estate by Paul Mathers. Mathers was announced this week as Director of Marque II Media, who founded Auto Royale.
Mathers has created Marque II Media after 25 years in the events and exhibitions industry in Australia, the USA and South-East Asia. As the founder of Motorclassica and the show’s Event Director for all of its 10 years, Paul will bring his award-winning experience to the UK and with it some very special car collections to showcase.
Paul Mathers, Director of Marque II International Media & Events said: “It’s such a pleasure to finally give car enthusiasts a vision of what will be an incredible line up at our first Auto Royale at Althorp. This stunning Ferrari truly captures the spirit of Auto Royale and our mission to bring rare and spectacular machines to be enjoyed in the surrounds of this wonderful family estate at Althorp.”
“I am excited to bring all I have learnt overseas to the World’s biggest classic and historic car market and create something very special for car enthusiasts around the country. As a passionate collector and an enthusiast of British motoring, I am genuinely privileged to have the opportunity to establish a new but traditional concours d’elegance that will bring people together, ignite their passions and get them talking.”
Lord Spencer said: "Many acknowledge Althorp as one of Britain’s greatest country houses. A splendid example of understated English architecture, it’s set amongst 550 acres of lush, classical parkland. More importantly, though, Althorp was built by my family as the Spencer family’s headquarters. It is therefore with great pleasure that I open the gates of this special, historic place to you for an event I believe is set to take its place among the great international concours d’elegance."
"While Althorp’s witnessed some stunning events over the years, its front lawns will have never seen such a fine and impressive collection of automobiles as will be assembled here next July – and I invite you to join me on this special occasion, whether it be as an event partner, an exhibitor or a valued visitor. Come and write a page of your own history, and mix with thousands of your automotive peers in the glorious spirit of hospitality that Althorp has offered revellers for centuries."
Further announcements on ticket sales, car debuts and information for entrants will be revealed in the coming weeks
For more information, visit



• Rally the Globe sets new standards in the delivery of epic driving adventures 
• Aston Martin DB5 and rare Kurtis Comet make history by winning new venture’s debut event   
• Superlative ten-day competitive journey draws huge praise from sell-out entry  
• Plaudits agree: ‘The Rally the Globe team is the best in the business’

Rally the Globe’s debut event – last week’s Carrera Iberia – has been hailed as a massive, game-changing success by all those involved.

Established as a not-for-profit club by many of the sport’s top organisers and participants, the ambitious new group could not have hoped for a more positive introduction, nor for a more perfect launchpad for its forthcoming programme of peerless global competitive driving adventures.

Carrera Iberia attracted a sell-out entry of both vintage and classic cars with entrants unanimously agreeing that Rally the Globe has already set new standards, setting the bar by which future events will now be judged.

“I’ve done three rallies in six weeks all run by different companies and, without a shadow of doubt, this is head and shoulders above everything else,” enthused Stephen Hardwick who finished seventh overall in the Classic Category in his 1965 Ford Falcon.

“We’ve done lots of these events and this is as good as it gets,” concurred Jim Gately, the American claiming victory in the Vintage & Vintageant Category in his distinctive 1947 Kurtis Comet. “This really has been a fabulous rally: the route was the best we’ve ever done; the traffic free roads were a dream for classic cars and the hospitality throughout was second to none. It was just great to be part of it and we are definitely coming back for some more.”

Sharing similar thoughts, Ian Milne co-driver in an iconic 1974 Datsun 240Z added: “No other rally organisation will be able to hold a candle to Rally the Globe now. It is self-evident that the Rally the Globe team is the best in the business.”

“It’s hard to believe this was Rally the Globe’s inaugural event,” echoed Bentley pilot Clint Smith.

Indeed, Rally Director Fred Gallagher confirms the rally has received widespread acclaim; an incredible achievement for a new team – albeit of proven experts – which has conceived and delivered a totally new event all within 16 months. “We could not have had a better start,” admitted a delighted Gallagher. “Putting together this rally in such a short space of time was very demanding, but the end result has been well worth it. Now we are looking forward to the future.”

Carrera Iberia was a magical ten-day journey taking participants on an exhilarating voyage from the historical port of Santander in northern Spain to Vilamoura on the southern coast of Portugal – an epic 3,470kms route, packed with outstanding attractions as well as nine tests and 19 regularity sections. 

The carefully planned route featured nine days of memorable driving on deserted asphalt roads far away from the beaten track.  Crews drove through wine regions, rolling hills, dramatic canyons, twisting hillclimbs and atmospheric medieval citadels, while enjoying overnight stops at Paradors, Pousadas and five-star hotels.

In the Vintage & Vintageant section long distance rally winners Graham and Marina Goodwin jointly topped the early leaderboard with Gately and his navigator Tony Brooks after the opening day’s section between Santander and Rioja. It was a short-lived joint lead, though, for the Bentley pairing and the Goodwins eventually would have to be satisfied with third place in their Category. 

From Day 2 onwards Gately’s distinctive Kurtis Comet was never headed although the Belgian duo Anton Gonnissen and Inge Willemen, in another of the Bentleys, kept the pressure on right to the end in the Category for earlier cars.

Meanwhile, the glorious Aston Martin DB5 of Alan and Tina Beardshaw never lost the lead in the Classics Category despite being under pressure for the entire rally from the Triumphs of Mike and Lorna Harrison in a TR3A and David and Jo Roberts in a TR4. David and Susan Danglard’s tremendous pace on the final day’s test saw the Americans grab a last gasp podium place in their blue Porsche 911.

At the finish Alan Beardshaw was ecstatic. “Having never won anything other than Tina’s hand in marriage, today is a very special day for me, we’re absolutely thrilled,” grinned the victorious Beardshaw. “I’m not sure it gets much better than this.”

As well as crowning the winners and welcoming all the finishers, Gallagher was quick to praise those who have played key roles in the creation of the already peerless Rally the Globe club.

“I must thank all those who have had faith in us: the founding members who shared our vision; the competitors who believed we would deliver a new level of driving and lifestyle experiences and our great team who nailed their colours to our mast and combined to produce such an utterly tremendous first event.”

Gallagher attributes much of the success to Rally the Globe’s unrivalled insight into what participants covet from such driving adventures, as well as meticulous attention to detail. “Whether it was the magical pre-start reception in Santander’s grand old Hotel Real, the Estoril Grand Prix track, the exclusive parking in Trujillo’s historic Plaza Mayor, the private ferry to the deserted Troia Peninsula,  or even the event-themed and monogrammed M&Ms given out at the start, it all added up to a very, very special dawn for Rally the Globe,” verified Gallagher. “Now we have raised the bar and established new standards, the challenge is to keep on delivering such sublime motoring experiences.”

As Chairman and one of the founding members, Graham Goodwin has been highly involved in the setting up of Rally the Globe. He summed up Carrera Iberia by saying: “The team we have put together is fantastic and what they’ve delivered has been remarkable. We’re really looking forward to the future and it just goes to show that with the right planning, the right people and the proper team, you can achieve anything. I’m absolutely delighted and looking forward to many more such events.”

To that end, Rally the Globe has already announced a full-programme of both endurance and adventure style rallies filling the next four years – many of these are already in advanced stages of preparation.

Next up is the East African-based ‘Southern Cross Safari’ in February 2020, followed quickly by the Celtic Challenge in the British Isles next April and then the seminal ‘Round the World’ split into three individual sections between May 2020 and June 2021. A few remaining places on those events are still available for those to take advantage of Rally the Globe’s now proven inspiration, vision and expertise.


Vintage & Vintageant Category

1. Jim Gately (USA)/Tony Brooks (GBR) 1947 Kurtis Comet 0:02:13
2. Anton Gonnissen (BEL)/Inge Willemen (BEL) 1948 Bentley Speed 8 0:02:59
3. Graham Goodwin (GBR)/Marina Goodwin (GBR) 1927 Bentley Speed 0:03:41
4. Keith Ashworth (GBR)/Norah Ashworth (GBR) 1927 Bentley 4 1⁄2 Le Mans 0:03:55*
5. Bertie Van Houtte (FRA)/Charlotte Van Houtte (GBR) 1925 Bentley 3-4 1⁄2 0:05:45
6. Andrew Long (GBR)/Gina Long (GBR) 1937 Bentley Derby VDP 0:06:59*
7. Anthony Strelzow (CAN)/Lee-Ann Strelzow (CAN) 1936 Bentley Derby Coupe 0:15:38
8. Clint Smith (GBR)/Dawn Smith (GBR) 1929 Bentley Speed Six 4:35:18
9. Gavin Henderson (GBR)/Diana Henderson (GBR) 1922 Bentley 3-4 1⁄2 5:27:51

Classics Category

1. Alan Beardshaw (GBR)/Tina Beardshaw (GBR) 1965 Aston Martin DB5 0:01:07
2. Mike Harrison (GBR)/Lorna Harrison (GBR) 1959 Triumph TR3A 0:02:10
3. David Danglard (USA)/Susan Danglard (USA) 1973 Porsche 911 0:02:33
4. David Roberts (GBR)/Jo Roberts (GBR) 1963 Triumph TR4 0:02:54*
5. Mick de Haas (NLD)/Grace de Haas (NLD) 1966 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 0:03:20
6. Manuel Dubs (SWI)/Irene Dubs (SWI) 1965 Ford Mustang V8 Convertible 0:03:31
7. Stephen Hardwick (GBR)/Samantha Hardwick (GBR) 1965 Ford Falcon 0:03:39*
8. Andrew Laing (GBR)/Ian Milne (GBR) 1974 Datsun 240Z 0:06:33*
9. Clemens Lansing (GER)/Emilia Lansing (GER) 1971 Porsche 911 Targa 0:06:43
10. Christof Ley (GER)/ Len Treeter (CAN) 1958 Mercedes-Benz Ponton 220S 0:07:16
11. Sholto Gilbertson (GBR)/Casper Killick (GBR) 1964 Jaguar E-Type 0:07:21
12. Neil Oatley (GBR)/Peta Oatley (GBR) 1967 Lancia Fulvia 1.3S Rallye 0:09:29
13. Rogier Quekel (NLD)/Marjan te Velde (NLD) 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 0:09:32
14. Jeremy Clayton (GBR)/Jenny Clayton (GBR) 1966 Ford Mustang 0:10:10
15. Anthony Verloop (NLD)/Sonja Verloop (NLD) 1973 MGB GT V8 0:10:11
16. Charles Stuart-Menteth (GBR)/Nicola Stuart-Menteth (GBR) 1962 MGA MK2 0:10:36
17. Otakar Chládek (CZE)/Jindřiška Žemličková (CZE) 1971 Mercedes-Benz 350SL 0:15:49
18. Roland Singer (AUT)/Bernhard Ziegler (AUT) 1966 Saab 96 V4 2:02:39

*Class winners (note top three overall ineligible for awards)


15 February to 5 March 2020             Southern Cross Safari
21 to 26 April 2020                           Celtic Challenge 2020
23 May to 9 June 2020                       Round the World Part 1 (London to Casablanca)
19 September to 10 October 2020     Round the World Part 2 (Boston to Vancouver)
February/March 2021                        Carrera Atlantica
April 2021                                         Celtic Challenge
8 May to 19 June 2021                       Round the World Part 3 (Vladivostok to London)
October 2021                                     Carrera Italia
February 2022                                    Road to Hanoi
May 2022                                           Carrera Scandinavia
September 2022                                 Pan-American 1 (Anchorage to Cabo)
February 2023                                    Pan-American 2 (Mexico to Panama)
May/June 2023                                   Seoul to Sapporo
October 2023                                     Pan-American 3 (Cartagena to Cape Horn)



Simon Taylor’s John, George and the HWMs, published by Evro Publishing, has won the Royal Automobile Club’s Specialist Motoring Book of the Year award for 2019.
This magnificent book, presented in two volumes within a slipcase, uncovers the history of the ambitious little HWM racing team. One of the judges, Mick Walsh of Classic & Sports Car, gave this verdict: “A definitive history that is both hugely enjoyable to read and superbly presented, Simon Taylor’s book is a terrific tribute to the HWM team.” Another judge, Gordon Cruickshank of Motor Sport, commented: “Enjoyable and of course well-written. Overdue in subject, excellent presentation, some great tales.”
Founded by John Heath and George Abecassis, the HWM racing team set out in 1950, the year of the Formula 1 World Championship’s inauguration, to race its Formula 2 cars all over Europe in a unique British endeavour. Always run on a shoestring, HWM’s single-seaters achieved great results in flying the flag with mainly British drivers, most notably young Stirling Moss. In 1954 the team turned to sports cars, sometimes beating its Jaguar and Aston Martin works competitors, but Heath’s death in the 1956 Mille Miglia was a tragic setback and the following year the team was wound up. Through the focus of HWM, Simon Taylor’s book paints an evocative picture of a period of motor racing that marked the beginnings of Britain’s prowess in the sport.
Simon Taylor said: “I have long felt that, as Britain began its long climb to the top of the international motor-racing tree, too few people knew about the vital role played by this forgotten marque. The more I researched the subject the more intriguing it became, as I sought to put HWM into the context of the fascinating era of early post-war racing during which these cars were active.
“Finding forgotten facts and unrevealed anecdotes, discovering long-lost photographs, examining each of the 17 surviving cars and meeting their owners — it was all a labour of love that absorbed me for many years. It is hugely satisfying that the finished result has received the seal of approval represented by this award.”
This is the fourth time an Evro book has won a Royal Automobile Club Motoring Book of the Year award. In the inaugural year of these awards, 2014, the honour went to Evro’s very first book, John Surtees: My Incredible Life on Two and Four Wheels. The 2016 winner was Brian Redman’s memoir Daring Drivers, Deadly Tracks. In 2018 Karl Ludvigsen’s Reid Railton: Man of Speed won the Specialist award.
Eric Verdon-Roe, Chairman of Evro Publishing, said: “It is a fine accolade for our company, founded only six years ago, to have won our fourth RAC Motoring Book of the Year award. These awards are particularly prestigious because they are bestowed by the Royal Automobile Club and the six judges — all highly respected reviewers and booksellers — really know their motoring books.”
John, George and the HWMs
  • Foreword by Sir Stirling Moss
  • Two large-format hardback volumes, of 320 and 208 pages, within a slipcase
  • 150,000 words
  • 500 photographs
  • Price £130
  • ISBN 978-1-910505-32-8
  • Available from Chaters or Hortons, or direct from the publisher at



This year’s Round Britain Coastal Drive has successfully achieved its aim of increasing the amount raised by the event for Prostate Cancer UK to more than £250,000. This year’s Drive concluded on 3 October at Lyndhurst in the New Forest National Park, 18 days after starting at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu.
Funds raised this year came from people sponsoring the crews of the 50 cars which participated in all or part of the 3,400-mile drive around the circumference of the British mainland. Participants also raised money by carrying collection tins and actively requesting donations at venues en route, from photoshoots in Portmeirion, traffic jams caused by passing film crews in Scotland, to the various sunny seafront locations.
Runners in this year’s Round Britain Coastal Drive were flagged-away from the National Motor Museum by automotive book publisher and author Philip Porter, who also co-founded the International Jaguar XK Club, and who was inspired to create this event four years ago after receiving successful treatment for prostate cancer. 18 days later, runners were flagged across the finish-line by World and UK land speed record holder Don Wales, who has also been successfully treated for prostate cancer. Don – grandson of Sir Malcolm Campbell MBE and nephew of Donald Campbell CBE – raised additional funds for Prostate Cancer UK at the Drive’s post-event dinner by auctioning a plaque containing a piece of the record-breaking boat Bluebird in which Donald Campbell lost his life on Coniston Water in 1967.
Philip Porter said, “For an event that was created as a one-off, it’s wonderful that the Round Britain Coastal Drive has continued to raise significant sums for charity four years later. The fact that this event brings together classic Jaguar owners for a scenic and sociable drive, which they can choose to join for anything from one day to 18 days, is a lovely bonus.”
Highlights of the Drive included a visit to Ben Nevis Distillery, where lunch was hosted by Jimmy Stewart of Fort William-based Classicfabs; lunch and a workshop tour of Turner Classics in Ramsgate, Kent; and a workshop tour of CKL Developments near Hastings in Sussex. Technical support throughout the event was kindly provided by renowned Jaguar parts specialists SNG Barratt Group, CBR Classic Restorations and Twyford Moors.
Gabriella Bailey, Senior Head of Fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK, commented, “We are so incredibly grateful to Philip Porter and everyone involved in this year’s Round Britain Coastal Drive for Prostate Cancer UK. These events are fantastic and have raised over £250,000 for the charity, a tremendous amount that will help save men’s lives.
“Any funds raised through our partnership with the Jaguar XK Club this year will be match-funded, pound for pound, by an anonymous partner. This generous offer will go towards supporting our Specialist Nurse services, the UK’s only telephone, email and Live Chat support specific to prostate cancer, at Prostate Cancer UK. For this, we are extremely grateful.”



One of the UK’s most passionate and best-loved car enthusiasts, Mike Brewer, is launching his new Ultimate Guide to Classic Cars ahead of the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show at the NEC.
The high quality 116-page glossy bookazine is jam-packed with features full of advice, nostalgia and top-tips, including Mike’s favourite cars of all-time, his top tips for future classics, anecdotes, trivia and road tests of some true icons.
In addition, Mike takes a look behind the closed doors of manufacturers’ classic car collections and dispenses practical advice on how to buy, sell and own a classic car, be it a Morris Marina or a thoroughbred Ferrari.
“I’ve loved cars all my life, especially cherished classics,” said Mike, who has a Mini Cooper and a Citroen SM among his own collection. “As a result, putting my Ultimate Guide to Classic Cars together has been a labour of love. Classic cars are something I’m so passionate about that the guide practically wrote itself. I hope my enthusiasm for the subject shines from its pages.”
Mike Brewer’s Ultimate Guide to Classic Cars is a truly engaging, great value publication – indeed, it’s a bit of a bargain at £6.99, but then Mike wouldn’t let it be anything else but a good deal. Indeed, if you want to be one of the first to get hold of it, then Mike is offering a £2 discount off the cover price via his own website at
Mike Brewer’s Ultimate Guide to Classic Cars is the third in a series - his Ultimate Guide to Used Cars and Ultimate Guide to Supercars are also available via the site.
The bookazine will also be for sale at the show, with a chance to meet Mike himself and maybe even get your copy signed, so don’t miss out. The show is open from November 8-10 at the NEC, Birmingham.



Rolls-Royce Ghost Black Badge will be the star attraction at the 2019 NEC Classic Motor Show. This highly Bespoke motor car will be on display on the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club (RREC) stand at the event – the biggest of its kind in the world – which brings together owners, collectors, enthusiasts and car club members to share their passion for classic cars.
Ghost has been selected because 2019 marks the end of the model family’s remarkable ten-year tenure in which it has secured uninterrupted commercial and critical success. Since its launch at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2009, Ghost has established itself as a modern classic: the most popular Rolls-Royce model of the Goodwood era to date, it introduced the Rolls-Royce brand to a new audience of younger, often self‑made customers. A long-wheelbase version was introduced in 2011 and an updated Ghost Series II was unveiled in Geneva in 2014.
Black Badge offers a darker, edgier expression of the Rolls‑Royce family to a new generation of customers. Young, driven and assertive, these bold, confident men and women demand the highest levels of power, performance and presence, as well as unparalleled luxury. Black Badge has transformed perceptions of the Rolls-Royce brand and created a uniquely powerful and distinctive presence within the super-luxury sector.
The exterior of the Ghost on display at the NEC is finished in Dark Emerald and Black Diamond, with a Seashell and Black interior and Technical Fibre veneer. The iconic Spirit of Ecstasy mascot is rendered in Dark Chrome. Like all members of the Black Badge family, Ghost Black Badge delivers more power and torque than the standard model, with a drivetrain and chassis specially tuned for even more responsive handling and an immersive, exhilarating driving experience. The car will be hosted by experts from the Home of Rolls‑Royce in Goodwood, West Sussex.
Ghost Black Badge will be one of more than 3,000 iconic classic and vintage cars and motorbikes on display across seven halls at Birmingham’s NEC. The RREC is among more than 300 car and motorcycle clubs attending the event from around the world.
Alongside Ghost Black Badge, the RREC stand will feature other magnificent examples from the marque’s more distant past, including a Rolls‑Royce 20hp, a 1919 Rolls‑Royce Silver Ghost and a Rolls‑Royce Silver Spirit II.
The Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club caters for anyone with an interest in the motor car products of Rolls‑Royce. From just 11 people at the inaugural meeting in 1957, membership now stands at around 10,000. Membership is open to owners and non-owners alike and members are drawn from all walks of life and from countries across the world. For more details visit:



Pioneering vehicles make their annual pilgrimage from the capital to coast on the world’s longest-running motoring event
As an unseasonably mild London was still shrouded by darkness, nearly 400 pioneering veteran cars, their drivers and passengers gathered in Hyde Park this morning (Sunday 3rd November) waiting for daybreak to signal the start of the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.
It’s now more than 120 years since the original Emancipation Run, which was held in 1896 to celebrate the recently passed Locomotives on Highways Act. This raised the speed limit for ‘light locomotives’ from 4 to 14 mph and abolished the need for a man to walk ahead waving a red flag.
Expressing that newfound freedom, the annual Run always commences with the symbolic tearing of the red flag – a pre-dawn ritual this year performed by well-known TV personality and classic car enthusiast Alan Titchmarsh together with Ben Cussons, Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club, custodians of the world’s longest-running motoring event.
As daylight arrived – and as a curtain-raiser – seven pre-1905 motorcycles and seven pre-1905 cycles left the start line also headed for Brighton, the pair of penny-farthing pedlars attracted notable admiration as they embarked on their journey to Madeira Drive.
Then, at precisely 06:56am sunrise, the first of the pre-1905 horseless carriages were flagged away with the earliest of the Victorian vehicles leading the way as they phutted and hissed their way through Wellington Arch, down Constitution Hill, past Buckingham Palace, Whitehall and Parliament Square and then over Lambeth Bridge blessed with hazy early morning sunshine. Here the 60-mile route split into two, thus alleviating traffic congestion in South London.
Half of the participants followed the traditional A23 route via Kennington, Brixton and Streatham Common; the other half journeyed via Vauxhall, Clapham Common and Tooting. The two routes then merged on the A236 just north of Croydon with the entire cavalcade reunited as it headed to the spectator-friendly halfway point in Crawley High Street, the South Downs and eventually the Madeira Drive seafront in Brighton.
First away from Hyde Park was a single-cylinder, 1.5bhp Velo bodied Benz dating back to the dawn of motoring in 1894. Other early starters included the crowd-pleasing 1896 Salvesen Steam Cart – basically, a steam locomotive running on the road complete with stoker shovelling coal into the boiler’s fiery furnace plus an evocative choo choo steam whistle – and several primitive motorised tricycles complete with riders and passengers regaled in period costumes.
Thereafter followed a staggering variety of antique machinery dating back to the era of innovative and experimental vehicles – some petrol-powered, others propelled by steam and electricity such as the 1901 Pope Waverley owned by world-famous Knightsbridge store Harrods; some fitted with steering-wheels, others with naval inspired tillers and helms.
In total, 120 different marques ranging from Adler (built-in Frankfurt, Germany) to Yale (from Toledo in Ohio, US) were represented on this year’s Run – some, like Cadillac, Renault, Vauxhall and Mercedes, still well-known today, but the vast majority long since forgot. Many cars and crews sported moustaches in support of Movember, the event’s official Charity Partner.
Among this year’s notable machines was Britain’s oldest Fiat, a splendid four-seater vis-à-vis bodied model which was celebrating the illustrious Italian company’s 120th anniversary.
Having ably assisted with the tearing of the red flag, Titchmarsh fulfilled a lifetime ambition when sharing the helm of a 1902 Mors to the Sussex seaside resort. The fellow TV presenter and motoring guru, Fuzz Townshend, was behind the wheel of the National Motor Museum’s meticulously prepared 1904 De Dion Bouton.
In total, nearly ninety per cent of the starters made it to Brighton before the 4.30pm deadline to claim a coveted finishers’ medal.
While the Run is famously not a race, the popular A. Lange & Söhne Regularity Time Trial provided a competitive element. More than 230 entrants selected to take part in the Trial by attempting to keep to a strict average speed for the stretch between Crawley and Burgess Hill. The winner was Paul Emile Bessade a 1904 Darracq who covered the 13 miles at an average speed of 10.1mph compared to his 10mph target.
As in recent years, the Bonhams Veteran Car Run provided a fitting finale to the Royal Automobile Club’s busy London Motor Week – during which the Club presented an array of functions and events.
The penultimate event in the week was the free-to-view Illinois Route 66 Regent Street Motor Show, on Saturday 2 November, which turned London’s flagship shopping street into a motoring showcase that put the spotlight on veterans and moderns alike and attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors.
Full details of the 2019 Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run are available on the event website at
  • The organisers can confirm that a car involved in a tragic incident on Sunday morning had been entered in the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. The car had left the route, which does not include the M23 where the collision took place. The organisers are doing all they can to support the family concerned and are working with the police, but cannot comment any further on the incident at this stage.