Monday, 30 September 2019


China’s first – and only – private historic vehicle museum has just joined FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens or international federation of historic vehicles). The Sanhe Classic Car Museum (SCCM), in Chengdu, boasts a collection of some 230 historic cars, with more than 30 marques dating from the early 1900s to the 1990s.
“It’s hard to overstate the importance of welcoming a Chinese museum to the international community of classic vehicle enthusiasts,” says Dr Mario Theissen, Senior Vice President of FIVA. “A passion for historic vehicles, and for the culture that lies behind automotive history, is a relatively new phenomenon in China. This makes it a particular pleasure to share our mutual interests with the Chinese, and we look forward to exchanging valuable ideas.”
Comments FIVA president Patrick Rollet, “While we already have Chinese members of FIVA, such as the Classic Vehicle Union of China (CVUC), the addition of SCCM is a huge step forward. Given the country’s size, population and enormous global influence, establishing a closer relationship with China is likely to be very good news for the future of historic vehicle preservation. This is right at the heart of why FIVA exists.”
So far, there are just three museums in China that address the country’s growing interest in classic vehicles – two state-owned museums, in Beijing and Shanghai, and the privately owned SCCM in Chengdu, the latter of which has just joined FIVA. In doing so, it becomes the 40th ‘Professional Member’ of FIVA, while most of the remaining members – representing nearly two million enthusiasts – are historic vehicle clubs from around the world.
Chengdu, with more than 8m inhabitants (and another 22m in the wider Chengdu area), is a city of considerable historical significance, able to trace its roots back to 300 BC. The SCCM covers some 20,000 square metres, is lavishly constructed and beautifully illuminated, and features a ‘retro street’, children’s entertainment area, art gallery, theatre, library, plus a coffee shop and souvenir centre.
Owned and curated by Huang ZongMin (or Jason Huang, as he prefers to be known), the SCCM’s exhibits include a Benz Patent Motorwagen replica, 1906 Cadillac M, 1910 Napier 15HP, Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, Auburn 851, Packard Super 8, Maserati 3500 GT and Aston Martin DB4. Even more interestingly, however, the museum houses a good collection of Chinese-built Hongqis, the car used by senior members of the Communist Party and government officials. In 2008, SCCM exchanged a 1965 Hongqi CA770 with Blackhawk Museum’s Benz Patent Motorwagen. In 2015, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and France, Chinese carmaker FAW, which owns the Hongqi brand today, and SCCM donated a CA770 to Cité de l’Automobile – Collection Schlumpf, at Mulhouse, France.
As well as owning SCCM, Jason Huang, China’s leading classic car collector, is chairman of Sanhe Group, retailing Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin, Lamborghini, Lotus, Morgan, Audi, Volvo, Infiniti, Toyota and Honda cars.
In 2016, Huang became the first Chinese collector to participate in the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance with his 1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, winning the runners-up award in the Silver Ghost class. Two years later, in 2018, Huang’s Hongqi CA72 was awarded the Chairman’s Trophy at Pebble Beach.
On 6 September 2019, SCCM obtained permission to put historic vehicles on the roads of Chengdu, organising a drive of 22 beautiful historic vehicles to the start of the Chengdu Motor Show. Five cars remained at the exhibition grounds, giving short rides to visitors – the majority of whom had never experienced a historic vehicle before.



Bespoke Rallies unveiled its biggest ever calendar of classic and 4x4 rallies at the recent Goodwood Revival – the comprehensive schedule comprises no less than 24 global adventures between November this year and October 2023.
Dakar Enduro
Topping the list of newcomers is the 21-day Dakar Enduro that’s scheduled for February/March 2021, of which Bespoke Rallies Director John Brigden remarked: “It will evoke the glory days of the immortal Paris Dakar by employing some of that event’s finest roads while avoiding the worst, thereby making it suitable for a range of vehicles from classics to two-wheel drive hatchbacks; not to mention motorcycles, as per the original rally. Kicking off at Brooklands, it will wend its way through France and Spain before heading via Tangier, Marrakesh and Dahkla to Dakar.”

White Nights
Another totally unique event is White Nights (aka the rally of the midnight sun). Slated for August 2021, it is a two-week rally to the Arctic Circle and beyond that will treat crews to the very best of Scandinavia by including unforgettable areas of Denmark, Sweden, Finland and the Norwegian fjords.

The Grand Prix of South America
Last year, Bespoke Rallies broke the mould of modern classic car adventures by restaging The Grand Prix of South America that had only ever been run once before, and that was in 1948 when the incomparable Juan Manuel Fangio was a front runner in his famous Chevrolet Master. The 70th-anniversary re-run proved so popular that John Brigden and the team plan to repeat the exercise every five years, so the next one will occur in 2023 (ie on the 75th anniversary of the first). Once again it will comprise 11,000 kilometres and five countries in 30 days; an unforgettable experience for even the most ardent automotive adventurers.

The full list of provisional dates for Bespoke Rallies events between now and October 2023 is as follows:
Royal Rajasthan – November

Sri Lanka – January/February

Pyrenees 1000 – May
Imperial – June
Highland 1000 – September
Tiger Tasmania – November
Cuba Classic – January

Dakar Enduro – March
Pyrenees 1000 – May
White Nights – August
Highland 1000 – August
Amazon Adventure – October
Sources of the Nile – January

Pyrenees 1000 – May
Magical Madagascar – June
Austrian Adventure – July
Highland 1000 – August
Panam Classic – Late September
Sri Lanka – January

Maya Classic – March
Pyrenees 1000 – May
Imperial – June
Highland 1000 – September
Grand Prix of South America – October
Further details of all Bespoke Rallies’ innovative automotive events can be found at



Maserati Tipo V4 and Mario Umberto “Baconìn” Borzacchini’s Cremona Record

Modena, 30  September 2019 – On 28 September 1929, Mario Umberto “Baconìn” Borzacchini, at the wheel of a Maserati Tipo V4, set the world land speed record for the flying 10 kilometres. The car had made its race debut on 15 September, driven by Alfieri Maserati in the Monza Grand Prix, finishing the race in sixth place. Two weeks later, before the race at the Circuito di Cremona, the “Giornata dei record”, a time trial on the flying 10 kilometres, was organised. The race was held on the old state (now provincial) highway no. 10-Padania Inferiore, which runs in a straight line East-North-East out of the city of Cremona for approximately 17 km. The 10 km course started from the town hall at Gadesco Pieve Delmona and finished at Sant’Antonio d’Anniata, a village near Pessina Cremonese, with a 3 km margin for the flying start and for stopping.

The international rules required the course to be completed twice, once in each direction. The average of the times logged was approved for the purposes of the record. Borzacchini covered the uphill leg in 2’25”20/100, with an average speed of 247.933 km/h. On the downhill leg he took two more seconds, logging 2’27”40/100, giving an average of 244.233 km/h. His overall average time was 2’26”30/100, equivalent to a speed of 246.069 km/h: world record for class C (from 3,000 to 5,000 cc). This was an extraordinary achievement by Mario “Baconìn” Borzacchini, breaking the previous recorded, set by Ernest Eldridge at Montlhéry in 1927 with 225.776 km/h and a time of 2’39”45/100. 

The record was an outstanding achievement, celebrated in Bologna with a dinner hosted by the Automobile Club attended by the city's top officials, the drivers and Enzo Ferrari, who took advantage of this opportunity to persuade the two wealthy Emilia-region businessmen Alfredo Caniato and Mario Tadini to establish the racing team which was to bear his name.

The Maserati Tipo V4 marked a major milestone for Maserati in terms of innovation. The aim was to produce a mighty powerplant by combining two identical straight eight engines. This complex design comprised two Tipo 26B engines mounted side by side, connected by a single crankcase containing two crankshafts.

The name Maserati Tipo V4 referred to the V layout of the rows of cylinders, placed at a 25° angle, and the displacement of 4 litres. Each of the two sets of cylinders had its own magneto ignition, its own carburettor with supercharger and its own crankshaft, giving a power output of over 280 HP.

The chassis was specially reinforced to cope with the massive power of the engine. It consisted of the usual C-section pressed steel section rails; the car had a 4-speed gearbox with a single propeller shaft ending at the rigid rear axle with semi-elliptical spring suspension. It proved impossible to eliminate the rapid tyre wear and the inadequacy of the braking system, problems generated by the car's immense power and considerable weight.

Key technical features of the Tipo V4:

Engine: sixteen cylinders, in two rows of eight in 25° V arrangement
Displacement: 3,961 cc
Power: from 280 hp to 305 hp
Transmission: mechanical four speeds + reverse
Chassis: riveted C-section pressed steel section rails and cross-members
Dry weight: 1,050 kg
Top speed: 260 km/h

Tuesday, 24 September 2019



 E-Type UK and DM Historics this weekend, hosted another glorious Coffee, Cakes & Classic Cars meet at their workshops in Hadlow, Kent. Over 350 proud owners and enthusiasts gathered at the North Frith Farm facility to celebrate a coming together of remarkable classic and modern automobiles. The likes of a one-of-131 Aston Martin V8 X-Pack and 1966 Corvette Stingray joined proceedings, sat alongside a beautiful Ferrari 365BB and AC Cobra.
The bustle of visitors gathered in likeminded admiration of the vehicles on display, including one of E-Type UK's latest arrivals - a 1965 Series 1 E-type Lightweight Recreation, which could be found in the recently opened showroom. The businesses also showcased a stunning selection of stock currently available for purchase. A perfectly original ex-Ecurie Ecosse 1953 Jaguar XK120, sat proudly alongside a 1962 Jaguar E-type Series 1 3.8, greeting guests as they arrived at the workshops. Out front, a wonderful array of E-types and other classics were on display, later joined by a plethora of visiting motorcars, from VW Beetles, classic Land Rovers, Aston Martins, Mustangs and many more.
Specialising in the restoration, upgrading and maintaining of the legendary Jaguar E-type, E-Type UK was proud to present a number of its latest projects, as well as showing guests the workmanship that goes into each series of the iconic sports car through 'How To' workshop demos.
While offering an ideal setting for likeminded motorheads to meet, the September meeting of Coffee, Cakes & Classic Cars was also raising money for the MS Society. Across the course of the morning over £200 was raised and donated to the Kent branch of the MS Society charity. Showing their support, E-Type UK and DM Historics proudly matched the total raised, bringing the final donation total to over £400.
Founder Marcus Holland commented: “It was an honour to once again welcome hundreds of automotive enthusiasts to our state-of-the-art workshops at North Frith Farm, Kent. Rounding off a wonderful summer by showcasing the latest projects and stock from both businesses, surrounded by likeminded petrolheads and raising money for a local charity, was a privilege. Join us in 2020 for another round of automotive nirvana in the Kent countryside, with dates to be announced soon.”
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Stunning cars meet stunning scenery as an event first held in 1978 to celebrate the Maserati marque reaches its fifth decade
Modena, 23rd September 2019 – Maserati enthusiasts from across the globe descended on the Scottish Highlands this weekend for the landmark 40th edition of the marque’s annual International Rally.
Held between Friday 20th and Monday 23rd September, the Maserati International Rally (MIR) is hosted in a different country each year and is an exclusive opportunity for fans and collectors of the House of Trident to meet, compete and showcase their special Maserati cars.
After being held in Germany last year, the Maserati Club UK – the oldest Maserati club founded in 1972 – organised this year’s event, based at the iconic Gleneagles Hotel in Auchterarder which features world-famous golf courses, a luxury spa and Scotland’s only two-Michelin star restaurant.
A total of 120 stunning Maserati models took part, from 14 different countries, including 55 cars from the UK and five from as far away as Australia.
The driving element of the rally kicked off on Saturday and took in a hill climb course up the famous Rest and be Thankful road which divides Glen Kinglas from Glen Croe and, at its highest point of 245m above sea level, offers views of some of the most beautiful scenery in Scotland.
The hill climb, organised in conjunction with the Caledonian Motor Club, was over a road built by General Wade in the 1750s to allow the English easier access to some of the wilder parts of the Scottish Highlands.
Among the cars taking part in this year’s MIR were a host of classics including the oldest vehicle taking part, a 1957 Maserati 3500GT, a Vignale Spider as well as a stunning Sebring. Alongside these beautiful classics were more recent vehicles, including several Maserati GranTurismo and the latest Levante SUV. Overall, the collection of participating vehicles illustrated the strength of Maserati’s DNA, which could be seen clearly in modern-day cars as well as the classics.
The coveted Peter Martin Trophy, awarded to the winner of the rally at the prize giving that closed out the event, was won by Armin and Beatriz Streuli and their Maserati Coupé while the winner of the Concours d’Elegance was named as Onno Hesselink’s Mistral Coupé.
Whilst the cars were the main focus of the Rally, there was ample time for participants to take in some of the cultural and scenic highlights of the unique territory with visits to Inveraray, Blair and Stirling Castles, a malt whisky distillery and even an opportunity to take part in a Scottish Cèilidh where the dress code was decidedly tartan.
Next year’s MIR will be hosted by the Maserati Club in Sweden.

Friday, 20 September 2019



The classic Mini-Cooper S is the all-time favourite car of Britain’s treasured Wheeler Dealer, Mike Brewer. Having let one slip through his fingers many years ago, he now has another, but it’s in urgent need of restoration, which is where British Motor Heritage (BMH) comes in.
As the owners of the original BMC tooling, BMH is uniquely placed to supply the original specification replacement bodyshells and panels that have already helped save thousands of classic Minis from that automotive scrapyard in the sky. Mike’s Cooper S is a 1964 example (just like the man himself) that he acquired by chance at auction, and is in need of a completely new shell to make it pristine once more. To kick the project off, both the mighty Mini and its replacement body will be presented live on the stage of The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show (November 8-10, 2019). The restoration will then take place over the ensuing 12 months and in time for the finished article to be revealed at 2020 show, following which ‘300 NOH’ will become the star of Mr Brewer’s eclectic car collection.
The car’s resurrection will be supported by Andy Harrison of Acespeed, the West Yorkshire-based restorer renowned for the quality of his classic car rebuilds. The full story of Frankie’s rebirth is being chronicled in Mini Magazine and both car and owner star on the front cover of the latest issue. Fans will also be able to monitor the Mini’s progress via the social media channels of all the participants.
Why Frankie? Explained Mike Brewer: “Frank was the name of the lovely man that initially recommissioned ‘300 NOH’ for me, yet refused any payment, saying ‘the smile on my face was reward enough’, so I named the car after him. In my experience, genuine car people are all nice guys, as British Motor Heritage have further confirmed by generously contributing a new shell to the cause and helping me to achieve my dream machine, for which I’m more than grateful.”
Added BMH’s Managing Director John Yea: “Mike’s enthusiasm for Project Frankie is truly infectious, and we are delighted to be playing a key part in the rebuild and saviour of another Mini for posterity that, courtesy of Mike’s fame, will doubtless bring much pleasure to a great number of people.”
Further information on British Motor Heritage and its products can be found at

Wednesday, 18 September 2019



 For the celebration of the 110th anniversary of Bugatti, a very special surprise was prepared for the enthusiasts of La Marque: the unveiling of the first Bugatti Baby II prototype. Earlier this year, at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, Bugatti had revealed the reimagining of the iconic Bugatti Baby as a 3D printed model. It captured the imagination of automotive enthusiasts around the world, and the limited edition run of 500 cars sold out completely within three weeks.
“When a company with such a colourful and proud history as Bugatti turns 110, you can allow yourself to look into the rearview mirror a little bit more than you usually would. Thus, it is only fitting for our anniversary year to revive the Bugatti Baby”, explained Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti. “The Bugatti Baby II has grown up to be more of a teenager now, and I must say I’m very excited to see it drive around on the Bugatti premises in Molsheim.”
A 110th birthday present to ourselves
To design the Baby II, Bugatti has partnered with The Little Car Company to produce the greatest junior car ever created. After months of development, the Bugatti Baby II has now reached the point where the first prototype, named XP1 was ready for test drives by VIPs at La Grande Fête in Molsheim.
Based on the iconic Bugatti Type 35, the Baby II combines the playfulness of the original Baby, reimagined with 21st-century technology. To allow the Baby II to be driven by both adults and children, it has grown from the 50% scale of the original to a 75% scale replica of the Type 35 and includes a sliding pedal box for drivers young and old. So, while the original 500 Babys could be a tight squeeze for even the smallest children, the Baby II allows parents and grandparents to share the love of driving with their children and grandchildren.
Ben Hedley, CEO of the Little Car Company said: “It’s been a huge honour to be involved in this project with Bugatti. The Baby is a key part of Bugatti’s heritage, and we wanted to create something which is deserving of the name. We set out to design something which was respectful of the original but also great fun to drive, and the early feedback from customers tells us we’ve achieved that.”
Engineering a masterpiece
The first stage for the Baby II engineering team was to digitally scan every single component of a 1924 Type 35 Lyon Grand Prix car. From there the designers adapted Ettore Bugatti’s masterpiece, introducing a modern electric powertrain with lithium-ion batteries and regenerative braking.
Other elements were gently redesigned for the modern age. The ground-breaking eight-spoke alloy wheels were replicated, but are now wearing modern Michelin tyres. The innovative lightweight hollow front axle has been reproduced, as has the elegant suspension and signature steering mechanism from the original.
In the cockpit, the classic four-spoke steering wheel sits in front of a turned aluminium dash with custom Bugatti instruments. While the original cars had a tachometer with oil and fuel pressure gauges, these have been replaced with a speedometer, battery level indicator and power gauge (first seen on the Veyron). The clock used for measuring race performance in the Type 35 remains.
The fuel pressure pump from the Type 35 has been digitally replicated and repurposed as a forward/reverse control, and all cars will come with a horn, rearview mirror, handbrake, headlights and a remote control to disable the car from up to 50 meters should an inexperienced driver get carried away. Sat proudly in the centre of the dashboard is a plaque giving the unique chassis number of the Baby II, and displayed on the nose of every car will be Bugatti’s famous ‘Macaron’ badge, made of 50g of solid silver, just like the Chiron.
Designed for fun
The Baby II has been designed to be fun to drive from the start. The rear-wheel-drive powertrain comes with two selectable power modes for drivers of different experience: a 1kW ‘child mode’ with the top speed limited to 20 km/h, and a 4kW ‘adult mode’ with the top speed limited to 45 km/h. In addition, for those enthusiasts who crave even more pace, some versions come with a ‘Speed Key’ just like its big brother, the Chiron, which allows power of up to 10kW and disengages the speed limiter. Fortunately, there is a Limited Slip Differential to help drivers make the most of the torque available at the rear wheels.
As standard, the car will be painted in French Racing Blue with a black leather interior, but other colour options will be available for both the exterior and interior. These include the opportunity to have your Baby II painted in the same solid contemporary colours as the Chiron, or alternatively there is a selection of vintage colours, each dedicated to a famous driver or event from the history of Bugatti.
The car will come with two sizes of a removable battery, a standard 1.4 kWh pack and a long-range 2.8 kWh version. While the exact range will depend on driving style, the larger pack is expected to give a range of more than 30km.
In addition, all owners of Baby IIs will receive membership of The Little Car Club, and be able to attend events where they, their children and their grandchildren can drive their cars at famous motor racing circuits.
Dimensions & Range
The Baby II will come in three specifications;
  • Baby II with a composite body
  • Baby II Vitesse with a carbon fibre body and ‘Speed Key’
  • Baby II Pur Sang with a handcrafted aluminium body and ‘Speed Key’
Each Baby II is 2.8m long and 1.0m wide. The exact weight of the car will depend on the version but starts at around 230kg without the driver.
Reserve list
Whilst all 500 Bugatti Baby IIs sold out within three weeks of the Geneva Motor Show announcement, it is still possible for customers to join the reserve list should a prospective buyer pull out, or to get the first notification of any future models. For more details, please visit
Prices start at 30,000 euros (plus taxes and delivery) and production starts at the beginning of 2020. The car will be manufactured by the Little Car Company in the UK, and all 500 cars will be produced over the course of 2020 and 2021.
Further videos have been filmed to tell the story of the development of the Bugatti Baby in more detail and are listed below:
Chapter One – The BUGATTI Baby story:

Chapter Two – A history of the BUGATTI Baby
Chapter Three – Sharing the joy of driving
Chapter Four – Life at Molsheim
Chapter Five – Signature features of the Type 35



The inaugural Lockton Club Trophy at Salon Privé Classic & Supercar on Sunday 8th September was a spectacular success with in excess of 500 cars attending from some of the top clubs in the UK including Aston Martin Owners' Club, Ferrari Club of Great Britain, Lamborghini Club UK, McLaren Owners' Club UK and Porsche Club of Great Britain. Alongside them, although not part of the competition this year, were Bentley Drivers Club and Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts Club.
The Lockton Club Trophy at Salon Privé Classic & Supercar attracted a stunning collection of cars with a mixture of modern and classic examples from the premium Clubs for the Club Secretaries and Manufacturers to choose from. Such was the relaxed nature of the event that the only criteria were for them to select their ‘favourite cars on the day’. For Aston Martin, this meant a stunning DB6 Volante and Vanquish S; for Ferrari, a gorgeous Dino 246 GT and 488 GTB; for Lamborghini, a beautiful manual Murcielago along with a rare and immaculate Silhouette; for McLaren, a 675 LT and Senna and finally from Porsche, a classic 911 2.4S and 911 Carrera. Once selected, each car was then invited into Salon Privé on the South Lawn where they formed a display either side of the Judge’s Marquee, beneath the Palace walls. Finally, after much deliberation from the Lockton Performance judging trio of David Hamer, Simon Ambler and Charles Hamilton-Stubber, the Lockton Club Trophy was presented to a stunning McLaren Senna.
Lockton Partner and Head of Private Clients, Rachel Gilliam commented“We were delighted to be part of this great day celebrating so many of our Car Club partners and sharing the day with them. It was spectacular to see so many beautiful and special classic and supercars attending and to see so many clients supporting. Out of the 10 finalists, the judges all shortlisted the same 3 cars, with the ultimate decision coming down to what they'd most enjoy driving home that evening - the McLaren Senna.”    
With the event set to expand as more Clubs join next year, the Lockton Club Trophy will relocate to the stunning North lawns of Blenheim Palace in order to accommodate the 1,000 plus cars anticipated to attend for the perfect end-of-Summer Club Picnic.
Salon Privé Sales Director & Co-Founder, David Bagley commented“We rounded off the summer in true style with this year’s inaugural Lockton Club Trophy as more than 500 spectacular classic and supercars converged on Blenheim Palace to create a fabulous display. Judging was fun and subjective resulting in the selection of 10 cars that went forward for the Lockton Club Trophy. Moving forward, we plan to develop the event in partnership with Lockton Performance and establish it as the premier ‘End of Season’ event for a select group of premium UK-based Car Clubs.   

Sunday, 15 September 2019



The iconic, annual Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is delighted to announce a significant new partnership with CARS (Classic Automotive Relocation Services).
The renowned vehicle transportation specialist has become ‘Official Transportation Supplier’ to the world’s longest-running motoring event which, in keeping with tradition, takes place on the first Sunday in November, which this year falls on the 3rd November.
Founded in 1989, CARS has established itself as one of the most respected and trusted transporters of historic, rare and prestigious motor cars in the world over the past three decades; a fitting partner to the world’s longest-running motoring event. With participants bringing their often unique pioneering pre-1905 veteran horseless carriages from across the world to take part in the celebrated pilgrimage from Hyde Park in London to Madeira Drive on the Brighton seafront, the proven expertise and experience offered by CARS is a welcome addition to the Run.
“CARS has looked after some of the most valuable and irreplaceable motor cars in the world and prides itself in ensuring they arrive in perfect condition, on time and with no unexpected costs,” said James Walker, Director. “On our 30th anniversary we are delighted to have been endorsed as the ‘Official Transportation Supplier’ to the famous London to Brighton Run and we are looking forward to helping veteran car owners to bring their vehicles to London and to get them safely home again afterwards, stress-free.”
“We are delighted to welcome CARS to our family of highly valued official partners for the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run,” said Miles Wade, Club Secretary of the Royal Automobile Club. “Dating back to the dawn of motoring, all these extraordinary vehicles which set out on a chilly Sunday morning towards Brighton are now well over 110 years old and need careful handling. The wide range of services offered by CARS will undoubtedly prove invaluable to many of those participating, whether they are bringing their wonderful vehicles from Newcastle or New York.”     
In addition to becoming the Official Transportation Supplier to the Run, CARS will also provide support at the half-way stop at Honda Crawley where Run participants will be able to warm-up with a hot drink and refreshments, providing a welcome break en route from London to Brighton.
Full details of the 2019 Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run can be found on the event website at

About the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run
With its unique atmosphere and camaraderie, the Bonhams Veteran Car Run travelling from London to Brighton (staged specifically as a non-profit making veneration) commemorates the Emancipation Run of 14th November 1896, which celebrated the Locomotives on the Highway Act. The Act raised the speed limit for ‘light locomotives’ from 4 to 14 mph and abolished the need for these vehicles to be preceded by a man on foot waving a red flag.

The Emancipation Run was first commemorated in 1897 with a re-enactment following the same route in 1927 and has taken place every November since, apart from the war years and 1947 when petrol was rationed. The Royal Automobile Club has managed the Run with the support of the Veteran Car Club of Great Britain since 1930.
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Leading specialist car insurer and valuation specialists Hagerty UK announces a partnership with Bonhams, the international auction house, to provide valuation and insurance services.

Hagerty, well known for their market reports, data and live events such as the Festival Of The Unexceptional, will provide Bonhams with a range of services including free valuations, drive-away insurance and support at Bonhams UK-based sales and Bonhams MPH events taking place at Bicester Heritage.

The launch of Hagerty’s ‘Drive Away Insurance’ is an example of the forward-thinking often demonstrated by the brand. Buyers who successfully bid on a car at any Bonhams MPH auction will be able to drive away, fully covered, once they have purchased. This eliminates the need to arrange transport and enables car owners to fuel their passion for a new car immediately after the sale has ended.

To facilitate this, the Hagerty team will be at every Bonhams MPH sale, adjacent to the main stage, to gather details of any buyers who wish to take advantage of the offer. The first 5-days of insurance will be free of charge, with the buyer having the option (but no obligation) to move into a full Hagerty policy after this period. Note that cars will need to be fully road legal, with current MOT (if applicable), to benefit from this service.

The highly regarded Hagerty Valuation service will also be offered at all UK-based Bonhams Sales including those staged at Goodwood and Beaulieu and at Bicester Heritage, when Bonhams MPH auctions are taking place inside the huge Hangar 113 event space, and also at Bicester’s ever-popular ‘Scramble’ events.

The Hagerty team will appraise and photograph cars in preparation for valuation at Hagerty HQ. Once valued each owner will receive a full report, along with photographs, providing an accurate valuation of their vehicle in the current market. This report can be used when selling, for insurance valuations or simply as a welcome addition to a car’s history file.

Marcus Atkinson, Hagerty Managing Director, said “Partnering with Bonhams is something we are immensely proud of. Both brands are well-known by enthusiasts and both keep the finest cars in the world on the road. To enable excited new buyers the opportunity to drive home in their newly purchased classic, or to understand the true market value of a classic they already own, provides an invaluable service to the car community across all spectrums and we look forward to starting our collaboration at the Goodwood Revival.”

Tim Schofield, Head of Bonhams UK Collectors’ Motor Cars, said “We are delighted to partner with Hagerty to provide our clients with this bespoke service. Having their representatives at our sales will facilitate setting up new policies for buyers, enhancing the process of buying a motor car from a Bonhams sale and we look forward to working together on further initiatives to benefit our clients.”

Hagerty International is regarded as one of the world leaders in classic car market analysis and the valuation of classic cars. Regular market reports are published by Hagerty taking data from owners, collectors, car sales and auctions from around the world to give an accurate overview of the classic car market, its stability and value.

For more information on Hagerty, valuations visit



What started off as a ‘one-off’ charity event in 2016 to raise funds for the charity Prostate Cancer UK, is now in its fourth year and has so far raised over £200,000. This year’s fundraising goal is £45,000 – to highlight the staggering statistic that one man dies every 45 minutes as a result of prostate cancer.
Philip Porter, author, publisher and co-founder of the International Jaguar XK Club devised the Round Britain Coastal Drive shortly after recovering from prostate cancer, and the event has become an excellent way to raise awareness of the disease, and funds for Prostate Cancer UK.
To mark the beginning of this year’s 3,400-mile drive around the circumference of the British mainland, Porter will be flagging away participants from the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu on Monday 16 September. 
18 days later long-time Prostate Cancer UK supporter Don Wales will be dropping the flag on the final stage of the Round Britain Coastal Drive. Grandson of Sir Malcolm Campbell MBE, and nephew of Donald Campbell CBE, both Land and Water Speed record holders, Don himself holds World and UK Land Speed records. Don will join participants, organisers and Prostate Cancer UK representatives at a celebratory closing dinner.
Highlights of the Round Britain Coastal Drive in previous years have been special visits arranged by some stalwart supporters of the cause, and this year is no exception.
Stage 9 participants will enjoy a lunch at the Ben Nevis Distillery, kindly arranged and hosted by Jimmy Stewart of Classicfabs, Fort William.
Dunbeath Castle and Gardens in Caithness, Scotland are kindly opening their doors to drivers on Stage 11.
Down on the south coast, Club member Ian Turner is providing lunch and opening the doors to his workshop at Turner Classics in Ramsgate during Stage 17. Ian has the distinction of being the Drive’s only double all-rounder, having completed all 18 stages last year in his E-type, and doing the same again this year with his XK.
The end of Stage 17 offers the option to visit CKL Developments, near Hastings, who have kindly invited participants to browse their workshop and partake of a reviving afternoon tea or coffee.
Technical support on the Round Britain Coastal Drive is second to none. Renowned Jaguar parts specialists, SNG Barratt Group, will be supporting the event once again, with a vehicle full of spare parts. Technicians will provide assistance on all 18 stages, including CBR Classic Restorations of Walsall, respected specialists in classic restoration, body work and repairs and acknowledged Jaguar XK experts, Twyford Moors of Clanfield, Hampshire.
Participants will also be assisted throughout by event hosts from the XK Club and ambassadors from Prostate Cancer UK.
Appealing to all owners of XK-badged Jaguars, in the UK and further afield, to join some or all of the Round Britain Coastal Drive, Philip Porter said, “This is an enormously enjoyable way of driving your classic car, seeing fantastic scenery, socialising with like-minded enthusiasts, and raising money for a great cause.”
Gabriella Bailey, Head of Community Fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK, said: “The Round Britain Coastal Drive events are fantastic and have so far raised over £200,000 for Prostate Cancer UK, which is a tremendous amount. We are thrilled that Philip and his wife Julie have organised this event for the fourth year in a row, this time with XK-engined Jaguars.
“We are also so grateful that 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. Our Specialist Nurses are here for anyone living with or concerned about prostate cancer or prostate problems.
 “There are over 400,000 men living with the disease in the UK, which means this service will continue to act as a lifeline for so many. By doubling the value, we are doubling the difference to the lives of men and their loved ones.”
Anyone interested in taking part can find more information on the event website,, or by phoning the International Jaguar XK Club on +44 (0) 1584 781588.
Round Britain Coastal Drive 2019 - Stage start and finish locations
September / October
Monday 16th
National Motor Museum,
Dunchideock, Exeter, Devon
Tuesday 17th
St. Ives, Cornwall
Wednesday 18th
St. Ives
Bridgwater, Somerset
Thursday 19th
Tenby, Pembrokeshire
Friday 20th
Maentwrog, Gwynedd
Saturday 21st
Lytham St Annes, Lancashire
Sunday 22nd
Lytham St Annes
Workington, Cumbria
Monday 23rd
Ayr, Ayrshire
Tuesday 24th
Plockton, Ross and Cromarty
Wednesday 25th
Kinlochbervie, Sutherland
Thursday 26th
Inverness, Inverness-shire
Friday 27th
Montrose, Angus
Saturday 28th
Berwick-upon-Tweed, N’brland
Sunday 29th
Tickton, East Riding of Yorkshire
Monday 30th
Cromer, Norfolk
Tuesday 1st
Orsett, Essex
Wednesday 2nd
Hastings, East Sussex
Thursday 3rd
Forest Lodge Hotel,
Lyndhurst, Hampshire