Thursday, 30 May 2019



Mustang BULLITT at Beaulieu

A pair of prestigious BULLITT Mustangs will be under the glare of the cameras for Beaulieu’s Car Photography Workshop with award-winning photographer James Mann on Tuesday, June 4th in the grounds of the National Motor Museum.
The rare classic Ford Mustang GT 390 that mirrors the star car from the 1968 film Bullitt and the latest BULLITT Mustang special edition, both in matching Highland Green, will be seen through the lens by masterclass students. The new version of the world’s favourite muscle car was built to celebrate half a century of the classic film and, fitted with a 5-litre V8 engine, is a modern incarnation of one of the most famous cars on the silver screen.
Both cars have been loaned by Ford for the workshop, which is returning after its successful launch year. During the packed day, the leading car photographer will share his 30 years’ experience in a course covering all aspects of professional automotive photography.
A Fellow of The Royal Photographic Society with an impressive portfolio, James is also the author of the best-selling book How to Photograph Cars. A lifelong car and motorcycle enthusiast, he trained in editorial and advertising photography before embarking on a career that has seen him travel across the world photographing people, cars, landscapes and events.
Under James’ expert guidance, all aspects of car photography will be covered – from choosing and setting up a camera to taking the best static and moving shots in Beaulieu’s picturesque grounds. Top tips will be given on managing lighting, reflections and location – and access will be given to Beaulieu’s world-famous collection of vehicles, which tell the story of motoring in the National Motor Museum.
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Visitors to Beaulieu will also be able to enjoy the Mustang spectacle. A ticket to Beaulieu includes admission to the National Motor Museum, World of Top GearOn Screen Cars, Palace House, Beaulieu Abbey and the grounds and gardens. Tickets can be bought in advance online. For tickets and details see or call 01590 612345.
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A fascinating and diverse collection of several hundred Land Rovers amassed at Bicester Heritage last weekend (May 25/26), making the immaculately-preserved former WW2 bomber station the place to be for fans of this iconic marque. Land Rover Legends was a Land Rover event like no other, showcasing the very best examples, from original vehicles to renovated and restored cars, including prototype and pre-production vehicles, production models, rare conversions, military derivatives, bespoke conversions and much more, from the 1948 Series 1 to the very latest models.
The event broke several records, including that for the largest-ever gathering of the SAS ‘Pink Panthers’ (Land Rovers converted to SAS desert duty specification for MOD special ops missions) and the largest-ever gathering of the ultra-rare 100-inch wheelbase Land Rovers. It also showcased the enormous affection in which the marque is held by people of all ages, with thousands of visitors young and old and from around the globe travelling to Bicester Heritage to immerse themselves in all-things Land Rover. Many arrived in their own Land Rovers, and became part of the show by parking in special dedicated display areas, while many opted to camp on site, with the camping ground forming an impromptu display of the suitability of the marque for al fresco sleeping, with everything from Land Rovers converted into motorhomes to some splendid roof tents perched atop Land Rovers of all ages.
The world’s leading Land Rover collection, the Dunsfold Collection, brought a range of very special vehicles for display and, in addition to the main exhibits and demonstration vehicles, 20 major Land Rover Clubs booked space for the event.
With special anniversary and club displays, daily parades celebrating four key Land Rover anniversaries and even period dancing displays to music provided by - what else? - a Land Rover-based DJ, it really was a festival to remember. This was also the first year in which dogs were allowed to attend the event and, judging by the number of wagging tails, Land Rover ownership and dog ownership often seem to go hand in paw!
National Land Rover Awards
During Land Rover Legends a panel of experts were inspecting the finalists in the National Land Rover Awards, and the results were announced at the show on Sunday afternoon.
Martin Port’s 1959 Series II took the award for Most Original Vehicle. The vehicle has a fascinating history; from 1959-63 it was driven from Cape Town to London and was sign-written along the way, detailing the route taken. Much of the sign-writing survives. Charles Whitaker’s 1989 Discovery Prototype - the only surviving Discovery prototype in private hands - was Highly Commended.
Rupert Baron’s immaculate 1958 Series II won the award for Best Restored Vehicle. Rupert only acquired the vehicle late last year in a farm clearance sale; it had spent its entire 60-year life on the farm and was almost completely original, a quality Rupert has striven to maintain in a careful restoration. James Clough’s 1987 Land Rover 90 V8 - which he has owned from new- was Highly Commended.
The award for Best Bespoke Vehicle went to the glamorous 1981 Range Rover Classic Convertible. Now owned by David Barker it was commissioned by Roger Taylor of Queen at a cost of more than double the list price of the standard model. Adrian Thompson’s splendid 1963 88" Forward Control Fire Appliance, which has served with Peterborough Volunteer Fire Brigade, was Highly Commended.
The show award for Best Club Display (sponsored by Land Rover Monthly magazine) went to the SAS Pink Panther Register, with the Land Rover Series 2 Club Highly Commended. Dedicated Land Rover enthusiast and collector Barry Pocock won the Brian Bashall Memorial Award, in memory of the founder of the Dunsfold Collection, and Sebastien Conté, Pink Panther enthusiast and owner, received the Spirit of the Festival Award. While bringing several Pink Panthers across from France for the event he was first faced with having his trailer impounded by the authorities and then suffered punctures on his car transporter. However, in true Land Rover (and SAS!) spirit he didn’t give up, and he - and the Pink Panthers - made it to the event.
Land Rover Legends also brought the people behind the vehicles to Bicester Heritage, with on-stage discussions led by TV presenter, self-confessed petrol head and serious Land Rover enthusiast Mark Evans in the magnificent main exhibition hangar at Bicester Heritage. Each discussion focussed on one of four star cars, each representing a very special milestone in the history of Land Rover.
To discuss the 50th anniversary of the entry into service with the SAS of the Series IIa ‘Pink Panther’, Roger Jones MBE, who spent much of his Army career with the vehicles and is now Curator (Vehicles) at the REME Corps Museum, and Alan Bucknell (Land Rover researcher and enthusiast) were brought to the stage. George Thomson, David Evans and Michael Jones (all ex-Land Rover Design Studio, and involved with the creation of the P38A Range Rover and the first Discovery), Bob Allsopp (retired engineer who worked on the P38A) and Discovery and P38A enthusiast and preservationist Julian Lamb came on stage for discussions centred around the 25th anniversary of the P38A and the 30th anniversary of the Discovery. And Arnold Biber, who was involved in the evaluation trials of the 100-inch Land Rover by the Swiss military in the 1970s came from Switzerland to attend the show, and appeared on stage to discuss the 40thanniversary of the 100-inch prototypes with Paul Butterworth (recently retired from Land Rover) and Emrys Kirby (writer and journalist, dedicated Land Rover fan, and expert on the history of the 100-inch).
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 The Concours of Elegance will welcome perhaps the most significant Ferrari in the world to its 2019 event as part of a special 70th-anniversary celebration of the 166MM Barchetta’s race victories at Le Mans, Spa and the Mille Miglia.
Four of the most historically significant 166MM chassis will gather in Hampton Court Palace’s beautiful Fountain Gardens from 6th-8th September, spearheaded by the ex-works #0008M – which is widely regarded as the most significant Ferrari in the world. It was uniquely piloted to a debut victory at both the Mille Miglia and the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1949, making it the only car of any marque to ever have achieved that feat. It also secured the first of the marque’s nine victories at the legendary endurance race, after which it went on to be displayed at the Paris Auto Salon that year.
The 1949 24 Hours of Spa was then won that same year by the second works-entry 166MM, #0010M, which is also set to feature in the Hampton Court Palace display. It has resided in the US for the last half-a-century and will be making the trip across the Atlantic especially for the Concours of Elegance, represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for UK car enthusiasts.

Former Fiat and Ferrari owner, Gianni Agnelli’s personally commissioned 166 Barchetta #0064M is also set to appear as part of the Concours line-up. The two-tone blue and green masterpiece won both class and outright victories at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in-period and has since been awarded the ‘Coppa d’Oro’ at the Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza. It will feature alongside the third Ferrari Barchetta ever made another Villa D’Este winner from some 66 years prior – chassis #0006M, a Barchetta that competed in the 1949 Mille Miglia, finishing 6th in class. Exactly 70 years after its first victory at Concorso d’Eleganza, #0006M was once again crowned a winner at the event during its 2019 run.

Two fine examples of the 166’s replacement, the Ferrari 212 Export will also join the display. A 212 Export Barchetta #0078E, winner of the 1951 Tour de France and driven by Phil Hill to victory at Torrey Pines in 1952, will be in attendance alongside 212 Export Berlinetta #0108E; an entrant into the 1952 Mille Miglia.
Regarded as the UK’s finest concours d’elegance, the Hampton Court Palace Concours of Elegance will, for its 8th event, return to the finely manicured gardens of the former home of Henry VIII. From 6-8 September, this once-in-a-lifetime gathering of spectacular vehicles will not only include the 166 celebrations, and a world-first display of Aston Martin Zagato models but a number of other as-yet-unannounced features.
Of course, the Concours of Elegance’s central display of more than 60 of the rarest vehicles ever built will be the focal point, telling the story of the motor car from the pioneers of the 1890s right through to the latest bespoke hypercars. Picking out icons and rarities from the world’s most famous car brands, including Lamborghini, Ferrari, Bugatti and Rolls-Royce, the Concours of Elegance is a celebration of craftsmanship, luxury and innovation.
Andrew Evans, Concours of Elegance Director, said: “It is with great pleasure and excitement that we announce the latest feature at this year’s Concours of Elegance. Gathering this astonishing collection of heritage-laden 166MM racers – including the most significant vehicle in Ferrari’s incredible history, no less – is truly a once-in-a-lifetime event.
Having already revealed the world-first Aston Martin Zagato feature, which will display one of every model produced by one of motoring’s most legendary partnership, we’ve got the content of a world-class show already. Of course, that’s without mentioning what has always sat at the heart of our event – over 60 of the rarest cars ever built – and the near-1,000 rare and exotic cars that will make up our other features and car club displays.”
Adult tickets for this year’s Concours of Elegance start from £40, with children under five and carers entering free of charge. Visitors are also able to purchase bespoke hospitality packages, including VIP parking, three-course lunch, drinks reception and cream tea. To buy tickets head to



  • Italian sports and luxury car creator Automobili Pininfarina to support British Library’s landmark ‘Leonardo da Vinci: A Mind in Motion’ exhibition from 7thJune – 8th September
  • A unique version of innovative pure-electric Battista hypercar to be presented in grounds of British Library from 7th – 9th June
  • Paolo Pininfarina presents the spirit of innovation that made Battista ‘Pinin’ Farina one of the most celebrated automotive designers in history:
  • Battista images available here
(London, 29th May 2019): Marking the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, the British Library’s ‘A Mind in Motion’ exhibition brings together highlights from three of his remarkable Codex notebooks for the first time ever in the UK. The exhibition celebrates and reveals the inner workings of Leonardo’s complex mind and his fascination with motion – which he considered to be “the cause of all life”.
As the presenting partner for this incredible celebration of engineering and design innovation, Automobili Pininfarina is to exhibit the 1,900 hp, zero-emissions Battista hypercar, on general public display in the UK for the first time. The beautiful Battista in a unique exterior finish will feature in a bespoke enclosure in the British Library’s main courtyard from 7th – 9th June. Limited spaces are still available at the media preview at The British Library between 09:00 and 12:00 on Thursday 6th June. Please contact if you would like to attend.
The Italian-designed hypercar is set to redefine automotive motion, becoming the most powerful car ever produced in Italy, at the home of Pininfarina in Cambiano, near Turin. From late 2020 the famous Italian Carrozzeria will hand-build no more than 150 editions of the Battista that has been designed by Automobili Pininfarina’s Luca Borgogno.
The inspiration that connects 500 years of Italian design mastery
Leonardo’s Codex reveals the concepts and innovations in design that formed the inspiration behind his ideas and the engineering solutions to much of his design work. Core to his inventions were the seamless integration of form and function, and the blurring of lines between art, design and engineering: principles for which Pininfarina S.p.A. has become renowned in its almost 90-year history.

Pininfarina S.p.A. has been commissioned by the world’s newest luxury car brand, Automobili Pininfarina, to design and hand-build the Battista to a challenging design brief from Design Director Luca Borgogno. His challenge is for the Battista to be aesthetically beautiful, unprecedented in its performance and pure in its output, with classic supercar proportions, acceleration faster than a Formula 1 car, and a 300-mile electric range on a single charge.
Luca Borgogno said: “We are proud to be a part of the ‘A Mind in Motion’ exhibition because we are proud of what Italian design has brought to the world. Leonardo was a true Italian genius, the first person to combine the disciplines of art, design and engineering – and from Leonardo in the 16th Century to Pininfarina in 2019, these principles remain strong.
“Italy is defined by design classics, whether that is Leonardo’s work, Palladio’s Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, Pininfarina’s Cisitalia 202 or Mattè-Trucco’s car factory in Lingotto. The common theme between them is that they presented modern, elegant, innovative functions and design in perfect harmony for the first time. The Battista design brief is a breath-taking expression of this tradition.”
It is anticipated that only 50 of the 150 Battistas will be available for the European market and this extraordinary electric luxury hypercar is now available to order from H.R. Owen and Rybrook, two of the UK’s leading luxury car retailers. Potential customers are invited to apply to own a Battista now using an online service within the company’s website: Apply Now.

Wednesday, 29 May 2019



Fifty years ago in July 1969, the legendary Jackie Stewart celebrated his maiden British Grand Prix win at superfast Silverstone. Roared home by his home fans, the victory was not only a career milestone but one which powered the Flying Scot on towards the first of his three world championship titles.
This summer, Stewart will be back at the Silverstone Classic (26-28 July) to mark the golden anniversary of that very special win. He will also be raising awareness and funds for dementia research, a charity cause that is very close to his own heart.
Almost exactly 50 years on from that first British Grand Prix triumph, Stewart returns behind the wheel of his victorious Matra-Ford to mark the occasion with some high-speed demonstration laps on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons at the 2019 Classic.
“I am looking forward very much to getting back to Silverstone in the Matra, even if not at quite the same speeds as 50 years ago!” enthused the triple champion.
Emphasising the tartan helmeted hero’s dominance at the time, the Silverstone success was his fifth in six races but, although he had lapped the entire field by the finish, this victory was memorably hard-earned.
All those lucky enough to have witnessed the 1969 British Grand Prix will recall the incredible duel between Stewart and the hard-charging Jochen Rindt. The Austrian had qualified his Lotus 49 on pole position and was embroiled in a thrilling dice. The lead changed many times until, on one such occasion, Stewart spotted that a part of the Lotus’ rear wing was coming loose and, dangerously, starting to rub against a rear tyre.
Renowned as a campaigner for safety, Stewart warned his rival and Rindt was forced to pit for swift repairs, returning to the track to finish in a thoroughly undeserved fourth position.
“The 1969 British Grand Prix was one of the most exciting and enjoyable Formula One races that I ever had,” recalled Stewart. “Jochen was one of my best friends. The cooperation we had in not trying to block each other allowed us to definitively run away from the rest of the field. We knew, because in those days there was no aerodynamic sophistication, that we could draft each other and pass if we were not blocked. Almost every lap, we exchanged the lead on the Hanger Straight and going into the 155mph Woodcote corner, which in those days had no chicane. We pointed to each other which side to be passed on, to avoid reducing our lead from the rest of the pack. We exchanged the lead more than 30 times and it was a fantastic race for both of us. 
“The Matra MS80 was a wonderful car to drive and the Lotus 49 was also exceptional, in addition to which we were such good friends that there were no nasty circumstances during the entire race, until the unfortunate point at which Jochen’s rear wing came loose. My father and my brother were there to see me win. It was a big day in my life as we had lapped the entire field.”
Today the tireless Stewart is crusading for a different cause. After his wife, Lady Helen Stewart, was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia, he founded Race Against Dementia believing the application of Formula 1 technology and philosophies could produce earlier solutions to the condition. Almost one million people in the UK alone are living with dementia.
“I am extremely grateful to the organisers for supporting Race Against Dementia,” said Stewart. “Helen will be truly proud of what we’re doing to challenge her illness and the challenge dementia poses to us all.”
At this summer’s Silverstone Classic all funds raised by the festival’s Official Charity Partner, Alzheimer’s Research UK, will go directly to Race Against Dementia Fellowships. The Fellowships, which are administered by Alzheimer’s Research UK, will support early career scientists in their pursuit of innovative solutions to the big questions in dementia research.
“We are proud to be supporting such a worthwhile cause at the Classic this year and are very honoured to be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Sir Jackie’s landmark 1969 season in the best possible manner,” said Nick Wigley, Silverstone Classic CEO. “It will be very special to see Sir Jackie back behind the wheel of the iconic light-blue Matra and together once again roaring around Silverstone. It’s going to be a fantastically evocative sight, and one which we hope will provide some impetus to further fuel awareness of, and fundraising for, the pioneering Race Against Dementia Fellowships.” 
Ian Wilson, Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “We’re so excited that Sir Jackie Stewart will be returning to Silverstone this year to honour this iconic anniversary, while also raising much-needed funding and awareness for dementia research. Like so many people today, Sir Jackie knows only too well the heartbreak dementia causes and the desperate need there is to find a cure. Thanks to the incredible support of the Silverstone Classic, we will be able to fund research that will make breakthroughs possible.”
Adding to the Classic’s golden anniversary celebrations, the event’s pair of blue-riband retro races featuring glorious DFV-powered F1 cars dating back to the sport’s golden age between 1966 and 1985 are being renamed in the Scot’s honour as the Sir Jackie Stewart Trophy for FIA Masters Historic Formula One. The Scot will be back on the Silverstone podium, too, this time presenting the trophies.
Visitors wishing to witness Stewart’s evocative return to the scene of so many of his major successes and, indeed, to experience all the amazing attractions on offer at the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival have until midnight on Thursday 25 July to buy their tickets.
Adult general admission starts at £45 and all tickets will provide access to both Silverstone racing paddocks, all open trackside grandstands, live music concerts which this summer mark the 50th anniversary of Woodstock on both Friday and Saturday evenings, Drive Live test drives, funfair rides and the vast majority of the family entertainment on offer.
A wide range of child, young adult and family tickets are also available, along with camping and hospitality options. Full details of all 2019 ticket prices are detailed on the website. 



  • Hagerty, the leading classic car insurance experts, launches an exclusive new film, depicting The Italian Job, to celebrate the film’s 50th anniversary, and 60 years of the Mini
  • The film and the association with Stowe School and its students underpins Hagerty’s mission to ‘Never Stop Driving’ and reinforces their passion to reach future generations of classic car enthusiasts
  • The film concept was created to highlight a classic Mini, sourced by Hagerty, which students at the school have rebuilt to a superbly high standard and is now finished in the colours of Stowe School
  • Hagerty’s Italian Job will be premiered at the Stowe School Speech Day taking place on Saturday 25th May, where Michael Deeley, producer of The Italian Job and an ex-Stowe student himself (Old Stoic), will be presenting a speech on his life achievements
  • As well as the film premiere students, parents and staff will be able to enjoy a static display of 100 classic cars as part of The OS Classic Car Display, including cars from Italian Job film and 50 iconic Minis, curated and sourced by Hagerty
  • Filming of the Hagerty Italian Job took place over a school holiday, in complete secrecy, and the finished film has not been seen by anyone at the school, nor has it been seen by Deeley
Northamptonshire: 25/05/2019: EMBARGOED TO 13.00
Leading classic car insurers and valuation specialists Hagerty has created a very special film to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Italian Job movie and 60 years of the Mini. The centrepiece of the film, however, is a Mini that was sourced by Hagerty for the science department at Stowe School which has since been completely rebuilt by Stowe students.
The young engineering team at Stowe School contacted Hagerty in 2018 asking for advice about rebuilding a classic car. After discussion, this quickly escalated into a desire for a major restoration project and, subsequently, Hagerty located a suitable Mini and arranged for the school to acquire the car for students to work upon.
The film, starring the Stowe Mini, is also a homage to Michael Deeley, producer of Blade RunnerThe Deer Hunter and The Italian Job, himself an ex-Stowe School student. Michael will be a guest speaker at the Stowe School Speech Day & The OS Classic Car Show, taking place on Saturday 25th May.
The film, capturing the escape of students who break into the school to steal exam papers, was shot entirely on the Stowe School grounds during a school holiday and will be premiered at the school’s Speech Day. Michael himself has no idea a film has been created and will watch it for the first time on Speech Day along with students, staff and parents, none of whom expect a film to be shown.
A testament to the Stowe attitude of fun over formality at Speech Day, the Stowe School management team granted permission to film, with an almost free rein, on the entire estate, and the result will certainly be a surprise to students when they witness a number of cars at full-chat around the school grounds.
In addition to the film, Hagerty sourced and curated an incredible selection of 100 classic cars, which will be displayed on the Stowe lawns during the event. The line-up includes stars of the film, faithful recreations, 50 iconic and classic Minis as well as a host of classic cars driven to the event by parents and former students.
Each year, Hagerty presents the Steady Barker Trophy to the car and driver with the most interesting story displayed at Speech Day & The OS Classic Car Display. The inaugural winner of the trophy in 2018 went to King George’s prized Daimler. A car that has now been invited to the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, showing the standard of exceptional vehicles this event attracts.
Stowe has long been associated with classic cars. Ten years ago, the Head of the School encouraged families who owned a classic car to bring it to Speech Day, an event to celebrate the end of the academic year. 35 cars arrived, and classic cars have since become a staple part of Speech Day & The OS Classic Car Display. Today, more than 100 cars are displayed. The beautiful grounds have also been the home for the famous Hagerty Festival of the Unexceptional event for the last two years.
Marcus Atkinson, Hagerty Marketing Director, said “Stowe School likes to do things differently and what better way to celebrate the hard work the students have put into their Mini than to highlight their car on Speech Day in the most dramatic of fashions. Having Michael Deeley in attendance is really the icing on the cake given the Mini anniversary and the fact that Michael’s much-loved film hits 50 years old in a few weeks’ time. The effort in concepting, planning and filming this film in secret has been a huge challenge, but when we watched a trio of Minis in cahoots with the students and their Mini, it was well worth it.
“We would like to thank the team at Stowe for their permission to do this, to Michael Deeley for creating the wonderful original film that inspired us and to all the owners and enthusiasts who have allowed their classic cars to be displayed as an additional spectacle on the day. More importantly, our thanks to the science department at Stowe whose desire to encourage young drivers to enjoy classics is matched only by our own.
“Hagerty is committed to promoting classic cars and the lifestyle to children and young people of all ages, this being just the latest in a long line of activities designed to appeal to young drivers and classic car owners of the future. Today we are at Stowe, next time we will be hosting an openly available driving day for young drivers at Gaydon. It’s the younger generation who will protect our passion for classic cars for generations to come and their involvement and immersion into the sector is vitally important to us.”
We hope you enjoy the film which can be viewed here:
Film Credit: Petroleum
Photo Credit: Amy Shore

Thursday, 23 May 2019



A new record number of hugely passionate car clubs have registered to join the massive crowd-pleasing showcase of timeless makes and models at this summer’s Silverstone Classic (26-28 July).

Last year’s unprecedented turn-out of 128 clubs has already been blitzed with, to date, 136 clubs registered to display at the event, enabling members to take advantage of the special packages on offer and forming an integral part of the world’s biggest retro-racing festival.

Members of these registered clubs – a simple online process open until the end of this month (May) – are offered a fantastic advance ticket package which not only includes two adult general admission event tickets but also an infield vehicle display pass which allows those arriving in classic cars to park on their club’s allocated stand and feature in the spectacular infield show.

In recent summers, more than 10,000 privately-owned classics have been exhibited right at the heart of the three-day extravaganza, providing 100,000 visitors with an incredible showcase of much-loved motoring history… a number that is now likely to be topped in July.

Car club display packages for Saturday-only have already completely sold-out well in advance of the 31 May deadline – a limit on each ticket-type is required due to the complex logistics involved in accommodating so many car clubs in the available space over the full festival weekend – but a restricted number of Friday, Sunday and weekend (both two- and three-day) packages remain on sale, subject to availability, up until the 31 May deadline.

With such a huge turn-out, it is no surprise that the record total of registered clubs ensures all the hallowed marques are again well represented. Aston Martin, BMW, Ferrari, Jaguar, Lamborghini, Lotus, Morgan, Porsche and Triumph are all well represented and this year they are joined by a number of new recruits. One of these significant newcomers is Vintage Racing Ouest Motorsport – its members are bringing a collection of around 20 eye-catching automobiles from France.

Capri and Mini clubs are also notable additions as they mark their respective model’s 50th and 60th anniversaries in impressive style at the Classic with special celebration packages also available only until the end of the month. Further underlining the festival’s international appeal, one Capri is being driven all the way from Warsaw.

As well as celebrating major Capri and Mini milestones, this year’s Classic will also celebrate the centenary of Bentley. Abarth, too, has big plans to honour its 70th in July.

Many of those clubs attending not only take advantage of the special display packages on offer but also may be invited to pay doting homage to key marque and model milestones with dedicated anniversary track parades. In recent years, over the weekend of the Classic, the famous Silverstone Grand Prix circuit has staged record processions featuring evocative E-type Jaguars, fabulous Ferrari F40s, pacey Porsche 911s, jaw-dropping Jaguar XJ220s, and magnificent McLaren supercars.

In total, more than 40 special track parades have been squeezed into breaks between the packed programme of retro races. The remarkable roster includes such stand-outs as the Austin Healey 3000, BMW Z1, De Tomaso, Fiat Coupe, Honda S2000, Mazda MX-5, Middlebridge Scimitar and Triumph TR6. The full list of this year’s anniversary track parades can be found on the website.

While car club packages are only available until the end of May, visitors wishing to experience all the amazing attractions on offer at the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival have until midnight on Thursday 25 July to buy their tickets.

Adult general admission starts at £45 and all tickets will provide access to both Silverstone racing paddocks, all open trackside grandstands, live music concerts which this summer mark the 50th anniversary of Woodstock on both Friday and Saturday evenings, air shows, Drive Live test drives, funfair rides and the vast majority of the family entertainment on offer.

A wide range of child, young adult and family tickets are also available, along with camping and hospitality options. Full details of all 2019 ticket prices are detailed on the website



Kingsley Cars Headquarters

Leading Range Rover engineering and restoration specialist Kingsley Cars is exhibiting at the Land Rover Legends Festival with four special examples that beautifully illustrate its restoration capabilities.
The four classic Range Rovers on display have been carefully chosen to reflect all aspects of Kingsley Cars’ expertise, which extends from concours restorations and bespoke restoration modifications through to the engineering of performance parts and upgrades.
Two examples, however, are set to draw crowds for the event held on the May weekend (25th and 26th) at the Bicester Heritage automotive hub in Oxfordshire. The 1977 Suffix D two-door example in Bahama Gold is a total restoration to factory specification, featuring a correct Palomino PVC interior and has graced the lawns of the UK’s most exclusive concours events.
In contrast to the 70s two-door, the other main draw will be the 1994 Overfinch 630R that was subject to extensive restoration and development work by Kingsley Cars and is now a showcase of its performance engineering capabilities. This rare car was one of 12 when new, but it is now truly a unique example that produces a certified 425bhp and enjoys the ultimate ride and handling thanks to the Kingsley Cars Fast Road Suspension upgrades.
Performance upgrade kits developed by Kingsley Cars for classic Range Rovers will also form part of the display. The Fast Road Suspension Kit and Performance Brake Kit (which can also be fitted to Defenders) are designed to transform the handling and braking of Range Rovers without changing the outward appearance of the vehicle, both kits can be purchased online and are simple direct fitment parts in place of OEM components.
A further great example of Kingsley Cars restorations, a 1994 ‘soft dash’ four door SE will be displayed, featuring a hand trimmed interior. A fully stripped and repaired bodyshell in its bare metal state will also be on display.
The Kingsley Cars team will be on site throughout the event to showcase the vehicles on display and to discuss the company’s capabilities with all Range Rover models.
Owner and chairman of Kingsley Cars, Damon Oorloff, said: “Kingsley Cars have been specialists in Range Rovers for more than 25 years, and we are proud to offer a complete service for all Range Rover owners. We offer everything from concours restorations, through to specialist parts and upgrades. We work hard to remain the one-stop shop for all owners of Range Rover vehicles.”
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September 7th & 8th

International Autojumble on September 7th and 8th will become the start line for The100 Miles of Beaulieu exciting new rally, as intrepid vintage car enthusiasts set off on a challenging night-time adventure on the open roads.

After a day of scouring International Autojumble’s 2,000-plus stands for bargains and rare parts, rally participants will drive their pre-1945 cars out of the event when darkness falls and tackle the 100-mile journey. With challenges at special checkpoints, the new experience will celebrate the camaraderie that brings vintage car enthusiasts together.

Organised by the online magazine and marketplace, the demanding rally will be a test of driver skill and car reliability. Following in the tyre tracks of The 100 Miles night events held in the Netherlands, it is the first of these challenging events to take place in the UK.

Throughout Saturday 7th, the participants’ magnificent machines will be on display for all to admire. Then after completing the course, owners will return to Beaulieu on Sunday 8th to chill out and enjoy the second day of International Autojumble. To register for the rally or for more details see

For more than 50 years, International Autojumble has been an unmissable date on the classic car calendar for enthusiasts to track down elusive spare parts to keep their cars on the road. Fittingly, the show will be the place for a final look at Bluebell – the 1959 Standard Ten that is an automotive ambassador for the preservation of classics – before she leaves Beaulieu. Saved by event media sponsor Practical Classics, the family saloon captured the hearts of thousands who joined a campaign to save her from scrappage scheme destruction. Head to the Practical Classics stand to meet the team and chat about restoration skills and their latest vehicle projects.

Other show features include Automart, where you might find your dream motor for sale in an impressive selection of up to 200 classic cars for sale on Beaulieu’s arena. From restoration projects to immaculate examples, there will be an opportunity to take a closer look and strike a deal. Dealermart also features a selection of top condition classics offered by traders.

The Bonhams sale of collectors’ cars, motorcycles and automobilia will return on Saturday September 7th, as desirable and rare historic machines go under the hammer. Admission to the sale room is by pre-booked catalogue only. To register in advance see

A Sunday highlight is Trunk Traders, as amateur sellers offer assorted motoring jumble from their garages, sheds and lofts, providing a great opportunity to find bargains.

One-day and two-dayvisitor tickets are available, with a limited number of premium tickets giving early entry to the showground an hour before the event opens to the public, plus priority parking. Tickets are available in advance online, with discounts for those bought by 5pm on August 29th. For tickets and details see or call 01590 612888.

Event tickets include entry to the whole of the Beaulieu attraction, including the National Motor Museum with its new Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 50 Years display, World of Top Gear, On Screen Cars, the ancestral Montagu family home of Palace House, 13th century Beaulieu Abbey and the grounds and gardens.

Exhibitors and Trunk Traders can book their stand online at or contact the Events team at or 01590 614614.