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Monday, 24 February 2020
NATIONAL AUSTIN 7 RALLY TO WELCOME INTREPID ADVENTURER
The 58th National Austin 7 Rally will be held on Sunday 5th July at Beaulieu in Hampshire.
For those who own these iconic little cars; those who would like to own one; and those who just love looking at them, the national rally is the most anticipated annual event on the calendar. Hundreds of cars will take part and there will be much to see and do over the weekend – all of it centred around the diminutive ‘Motor for the Millions’ created by Sir Herbert Austin in 1922 and produced up until the outbreak of the war in 1939.
This year’s special theme is ‘Coachbuilt and Fabric-bodied Austin Sevens’ and many fascinating examples will be on display around the arena, in the grounds of the National Motor Museum.
In 2019, the rally gave an enthusiastic ‘Bon Voyage’ to intrepid adventurer Chris Blakey as he set off in his Austin 7 on an 8,000-mile drive across Russia to reach Tokyo in time for the Rugby World Cup. He made it there in one piece and in recognition of his amazing achievement, Chris will be the Guest of Honour presenting the prizes to the class winners on Sunday.
The National Rally is organised by the 750 Motor Club and the event is open to all Austin 7 owners regardless of whether or not they are 750 Club members. Pre-1980 vehicles of all other makes are welcome to attend and will have a designated parking area on the rally field.
The National Austin 7 Rally is an ideal day out for enthusiasts and for families as the rally entry ticket also gives access to the whole of the Beaulieu attraction, including the National Motor Museum, World of Top Gear, On Screen Cars, the ancestral Montagu home of Palace House, Secret Army exhibition, Beaulieu Abbey and its grounds and gardens. Also, open from March 15th is the adventurous new play area, Little Beaulieu, for family fun all together.
For entrants wishing to make a weekend of it, camping facilities are available and on Saturday there is an organized run through the picturesque New Forest followed by the ever-popular evening social gathering.
The event is sponsored by Motoreasy and RH Specialist Insurance. Full details and participant entry forms will be available on the 750 Motor Club website towards the end of March. All other Beaulieu visitors are welcome to see the Austin 7 display as part of their general admission ticket – for tickets and details see www.beaulieu.co.uk.
Source: 750 Motor Club
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Wednesday, 6 November 2019
RARE WINNING ROTHMANS PORSCHE 962C STORY TO BE TOLD AT THE LONDON CLASSIC CAR SHOW
- Jochen Mass’ 1987 Rothmans Porsche 962C amongst the stars of new ‘Car Stories’ feature
- Tickets on sale 08:00 GMT 30 October at www.thelondonclassiccarshow.co.uk
- Early bird ticket prices available 30 October – 15 November 2019Image 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 www.thelondonclassiccarshow.co.uk.