Tuesday, 22 October 2019

THE ROYAL AUTOMOBILE CLUB HISTORIC AWARDS’ FINALISTS ARE REVEALED


THE ROYAL AUTOMOBILE CLUB HISTORIC AWARDS’ FINALISTS ARE REVEALED
Following two weeks of the judges deliberating on the nominations and a final jury panel session at the Royal Automobile Club where the judges presented their findings, the finalists for the inaugural Historic Awards have now been selected.
There were strong nominations across all categories, so finding the top three was a tough task for the judges.
The finalists should be very proud to have achieved a place in a final list which is a strong reflection of the health of the British historic motoring scene.
The finalists are:
Collection (supported by Total)
  • British Commercial Vehicle Museum
  • Jim Clark Motorsport Museum
  • The Bugatti Trust
Competitive Event (supported by Brewin Dolphin)
  • Castle Combe Autumn Classic
  • Chateau Impney Hill Climb
  • Le Mans Start Silverstone (VSCC Formula Vintage Festival)
Motoring Spectacle (supported by Footman James)
  • Bentley Drivers Club 1001 Bentleys at Blenheim Palace
  • Bicester Heritage Super Scramble
  • Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace
Personality (supported by HERO)
  • Ian Ferguson, VSCC
  • Julius Thurgood, HRDC
  • Paul and Andrew Wood, P & A Wood
Outstanding Journalism - written or broadcast
  • Mark Evans - Inside Jaguar: A Supercar is Reborn, broadcast documentary, Channel 4
  • Doug Nye - Enzo, The Man, Magneto magazine
  • Nick Trott - Porsche 917, The Road Rat magazine
Race Series (supported by A. Lange & Söhne)
  • Classic Racing Motorcycle Club 
  • Equipe GTS & Classic Relay
  • HSCC Historic Formula 2
Restoration (supported by Bicester Heritage)
  • 1939 Corniche - Bentley Motors
  • 1948 Amsterdam Motor Show Launch Land Rover - Land Rover Classic
  • 1967 Jim Clark Lotus type 38 Indy car - Nick Fennell & Classic Team Lotus 
Now the panels - each led by an expert in that particular category - have the tricky task of choosing a winner from the finalists... A full list of judges appears on the Awards’ website.
The Club will also present the Royal Automobile Club Lifetime Achievement Award, to recognise an individual who has, in the opinion of the Club, made an outstanding contribution to British motoring history and heritage, or to the British historic motoring and/or motor racing movement, across many years.
The winners will be announced at a gala evening to be held in the Club’s Pall Mall clubhouse on Thursday 21 November 2019, hosted by TV Formula 1 and sports presenter Lee McKenzie. Tickets for what promises to be a magnificent evening are now available from the Awards’ website www.royalautomobileclubhistoricawards.co.uk.
CATEGORIES IN DETAIL
Collection (Supported by Total) This award will be presented to a British-based collection or museum which has made a significant contribution to the historic motoring movement in the UK or internationally.
Competitive Event (Supported by Brewin Dolphin) For any UK-based competitive classic motorsport event, from motor racing meetings and hillclimbs to navigation and stage rallies, regularity trials, and hot rod and drag races.
Motoring Spectacle (Supported by Footman James) Eligible events include concours d’elegance, tours, classic vehicle shows and club gatherings. Judges will be looking for British events – big or small – that have displayed a true sense of spectacle.
Outstanding Journalism This award will be presented to the author of what the judges deem to be the best written or broadcast historic motoring-related feature that has appeared in a British publication, TV/radio/film/broadcast media or digital platform the twelve-month judging period.
Personality (Supported by HERO) Open to individuals from any part of the British historic motoring world, for example (but not limited to) private enthusiast, club organiser or specialist.  They must have made a truly outstanding contribution to heritage, historic motoring or historic motorsport during the judging period.
Race Series (Supported by A. Lange & Söhne) This can be organised by one of the big international organisers or by one of the many UK-based historic racing clubs, but must have a predominantly UK-based calendar.
Restoration (Supported by Bicester Heritage) The winner in this category will be a restoration that results from not only impressive technical expertise but also a significant amount of research and sensitivity to the vehicle and its history. The restoration must have been done in the UK. It can have been started at any point but must have been completed during the year ending 30th September 2019.

Monday, 21 October 2019

JAGUAR CELEBRATES 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF LEGENDARY MK 2 SPORTS SALOON WITH UNIQUE RANKIN PHOTOGRAPH


JAGUAR CELEBRATES 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF LEGENDARY MK 2 SPORTS SALOON WITH UNIQUE RANKIN PHOTOGRAPH
Jaguar celebrates 60th Anniversary of legendary Mk2 sports saloon with unique Rankin photograph
Jaguar marks the 60th anniversary of the inimitable Mk 2 with a very special set of photographs that pay homage to the style, creativity and individuality of one of the world’s best-loved saloon cars.
‘Rooms by Rankin’ is a unique partnership between Jaguar and internationally renowned fashion and style photographer Rankin, designed to celebrate the character of three key models – XF, XE and Mk 2.
For the third and final instalment, Rankin created ‘Period Drama’ for the Mk 2 – a bespoke, white-out room complete with a mesmerising pattern of black polka dots.
Rankin said: “The Jaguar Mk 2 is a very special car – undeniably beautiful and well-proportioned. I wanted to create something that celebrated the Mk 2’s form and its heritage, but also had a thoroughly modern edge to it. That’s why I chose to use polka dots.”
Jaguar Design Director, Julian Thomson, added: “Polka dots are perfect for the Mk 2. They can be wistfully nostalgic and they also have a modern currency that makes them a timeless classic. Rankin has managed to produce a truly stand-out creation. It’s elegant and has a captivating charm that we all appreciate at Jaguar.”
The Mk 2 featured in the 'Rooms by Rankin' partnership is a Dark Blue 3.8-litre manual from the Jaguar Classic Collection. In addition to the active vehicle collection housed at its Classic Works facility in Coventry, Jaguar Classic offers sales, servicing, restoration expertise and parts to keep these treasured classics on the road for future generations to appreciate. 
Launched in 1959 at the Earls Court Motor Show, London, the Jaguar Mk 2 became an overnight sensation with its daring design, graceful curves and powerful XK-derived six-cylinder engines, including the top-of-the-range 3.8-litre that delivered 220bhp and a top speed of 125mph.
In addition to its supreme road-going performance, the Jaguar Mk 2 was extremely competitive on the race track, scoring countless saloon car victories in the hands of greats such as Roy Salvadori and Graham Hill.
Configure your Jaguar at www.jaguar.com


RARE AND HISTORIC ASTON MARTIN KNOWN AS ‘CLOVERLEAF’ RUNS UP ASTON HILL TO CELEBRATE THE SPORTS CAR’S 95TH ANNIVERSARY


RARE AND HISTORIC ASTON MARTIN KNOWN AS ‘CLOVERLEAF’ RUNS UP ASTON HILL TO CELEBRATE THE SPORTS CAR’S 95TH ANNIVERSARY

Aston Martin Cloverleaf XR 1981 ┬® Photo Max Earey

It was 95 years ago that the car which came to be known as ‘Cloverleaf’, XR 1981, lined up at the bottom of Aston Hill. One of just eight customer cars built in late 1923, this very early Aston Martin was competing against two Bugattis and two other Aston Martins – one of which had been entered by the company’s founder, Lionel Martin, who won the trophy on the day.
This four-cylinder 1,486 cc side-valve engined 1923 long-chassis ‘Cloverleaf’-bodied tourer came second at the event, and remains one of only two Bamford and Martin-built Aston Martins from that meeting in 1924 still in existence today.
To mark the anniversary of its first competitive outing ‘Cloverleaf’ has returned to Aston Hill to be driven by Aston Martin Racing ace and three-time Le Mans class winner Darren Turner, followed closely by a Bugatti, to recreate as accurately as possible the events of almost a century ago. The car was painstakingly prepared for its Hillclimb return by renowned specialists Ecurie Bertelli, the Midlands-based firm which currently manages the vehicle on behalf of its owner.
Aston Hill is, of course, an evocative place for every Aston Martin enthusiast since it is nothing less than the inspiration behind the name of the company – Aston Martin – which combines the name of this famous Hillclimb with the surname of one of the business’s founders. Far more than just a namesake, though, Aston Hill was the venue for many defining moments in the early years of the brand with Lionel Martin driving his home-tuned Singer specials and later cars of his own design up the hill, cementing a lasting ethos of sporting performance for the great British brand.
Built-in late 1923, chassis 1926 is one of the oldest road-going Aston Martins still in existence and had an open body design known as a Cloverleaf because the two front seats and one rear seat behind created the shape of a three-leaf clover.
Built at Aston Martin’s second home, 53 Abingdon Road, Kensington, this car, now known affectionately simply as ‘Cloverleaf’, is a stunning example of the very earliest Aston Martins and continued in active competition until the late 1960s. Featuring front-wheel brakes, a rare feature in the 1920s, and a top speed guaranteed to be in excess of 72 mph Cloverleaf’s 38 bhp power peak is channelled to the driven wheels via a four-speed gearbox.
Paul Spires, President of Aston Martin Works, said of the anniversary run: “There are not many brands that are fortunate enough to have as many iconic milestones as Aston Martin. Cloverleaf is a perfect example of how, even from the brand’s inauguration, we were racing and competing at the highest level in terms of design and innovation.”
Cloverleaf ran up Aston Hill and came second in the Herts Automobile and Aero Club Hillclimb in 1924. The model was one of a team of three Aston Martins competing on the day.  

THORNLEY KELHAM BIZZARRINI 5300 GT WINS RESTORATION OF THE YEAR


THORNLEY KELHAM BIZZARRINI 5300 GT WINS RESTORATION OF THE YEAR

The painstaking nut-and-bolt restoration of a rare BIzzarrini 5300 GT Strada by Thornley Kelham has been named ‘Restoration of the Year’ at the Historic Motoring Awards, presented by Octane and Evo.
The team at Thornley Kelham had a very good starting point; this particular Bizzarrini one of just over 100 examples built) was a largely complete and unmolested car, but any restoration of a car this rare will be a challenge.  Further pressure came from the fact that there are a significant number of accurate replicas circulating, and fastidious owner Guy Berryman of the band Coldplay was adamant that originality was therefore paramount.
With so few cars to cross-reference, research was the name of the game. Details on this car were compared with a number of specialist Bizzarrini books already sourced by Thornley Kelham to ensure the interior, body and mechanicals were as they should be. They also consulted regularly with Jack Koobs de Hartog, universally recognized as the expert on these cars.
The restoration, therefore, left no stone unturned, starting with the complete disassembly of the car in the workshop. Cars of this type of construction - alloy skins over a steel frame - take around 4000 to 4500 hours to restore, spread over a period of between 18 and 24 months.
The process starts with a professional ‘before’ photoshoot, followed by disassembly and cataloguing of parts and then assigning and managing any subcontractors. Once this is complete, the restoration and rebuild phases begin. In this case, the metalwork, usually done in-house, was taken care of by Gary Pitney at GP Panelcraft.
The fastidious approach to every part of the restoration is perhaps best exemplified by the paint respray. The bare metal job here took up to 800 hours, and Thornley Kelham's reputation for paintwork is among the best in the world. This impeccable attention to detail is applied to every other part of the restoration.
The brakes proved tricky to get ‘just right’, and in the end, pragmatism won the day -  based on the fact that Guy will use the car regularly. Dunlop-style brakes were, therefore, a rare specification change – everything else was exactly as the car would have left the factory, crucially maintaining originality in such a rare car.
This relentless pursuit of originality even extended to leaving original work as-is, such as the welding. Despite the fact some of the original welding was terrible, it was important to maintain the aesthetic so it was left as it was, despite the areas being strengthened for future-proofing and performance. The Bizzarrini 5300 GT Strada was completed for its owner and then competed in the 2018 Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace. Perhaps the ultimate endorsement came from Jack Koobs de Hartog himself, who came to the UK specifically to see the car at the show and gave the car an emphatic vote of confidence.
With in-house bodywork, paint, engine and machine shops, Thornley Kelham is widely regarded for the quality of its restorations of historically significant, often unique vehicles across a variety of marques.
Simon Thornley, a co-founder of Thornley Kelham, said“This restoration was the result of a huge outpouring of research, skill, dedication and passion by the whole Thornley Kelham team, and we’e delighted to see it receiving such acclaim. This prestigious award follows much praise not only from this car’s fastidious owner but also from the world’s pre-eminent Bizzarrini expert, Jack Koobs de Hartogs. We’re delighted to have been given the opportunity to maintain such an important piece of automotive history.”
For more information see the website: www.thornleykelham.com

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL RACE IN THE WORLD COMES TO THE U.S.



THE MOST BEAUTIFUL RACE IN THE WORLD COMES TO THE U.S.
1000 Miglia Launches the first regularity race that takes place outside of Italy
Brescia, Italy (October 21, 2019) – For the first time, 1000 Miglia S.r.l. is organizing a car rally abroad. Patterned after the world-renowned open-road, motorsport endurance race established in 1927, the 1000 Miglia Warm Up 2019 will take place in and around Washington D.C. from October 23 through October 26, 2019.


The event will feature one day of regularity rally training followed by a three-day race of over 500 miles. The competitive race will be staged in full 1000 Miglia style, finishing on Italian soil at Villa Firenze, the Italian Ambassador’s residence in Washington D.C.



The event features 22 cars in two classes: the 1000 Miglia Era Class and the Post-1000 Miglia Era Class. The first will be represented by 1000 Miglia eligible cars, built between 1927 and 1957, as well as significant sports and grand touring cars built during the same time period; the second will be open to sports, grand touring and supercars built from 1958 to present.



The winner of the 1000 Miglia Era Class will be awarded the inaugural Coppa USA (USA Cup) “1000 Miglia S.r.l. is making important and strategic organizational changes that are intended to broaden our brand awareness and excite a new generation of enthusiasts. The logical next step towards reaching this goal is 1000 Miglia Warm USA,” said Alberto Piantoni, CEO of 1000 Miglia S.r.l. “The U.S. has the largest number of classic car and supercar owners in the world so we’re here to introduce them to The Most Beautiful Race in
the World.”



Crews will be divided into two classes: veteran and novice. Veteran competitors are the crews with at least one driver with experience in two or more 1000 Miglia between 2013 and 2019. Novice competitors are those with less or no experience in the 1000 Miglia. In addition, crews will compete for eight guaranteed entries to the thirty-eighth edition of the 1000 Miglia race in Italy from May 13-16, 2020.



For more details about 1000 Miglia Warm Up USA, please visit: www.1000miglia.it/warmupusa

Saturday, 19 October 2019

FIRST TEN CLASSICS REVEALED IN THE LANCASTER INSURANCE PRIDE OF OWNERSHIP AUTUMN FINAL




FIRST TEN CLASSICS REVEALED IN THE LANCASTER INSURANCE PRIDE OF OWNERSHIP AUTUMN FINAL

The first ten classics to secure a place in the autumn final of the Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership will showcase the widely varied tastes of motoring. Always such a diverse display at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, the autumn final is no exception and includes the first-ever Ferrari in the line-up.  

Mark Vincent’s stunning red 1977 Ferrari 308 GT4 has just undergone a bare metal restoration and the NEC will be the car’s first outing. Mark purchased the car in 2012 with a huge history folder that revealed the car had only been driven 500 miles over a 20-year period. 

He managed to track down the previous owner who revealed that the Ferrari had been his dream car. But not long after buying it following his retirement, ill health meant he couldn’t get insured to drive it. Not wanting to part with his beloved Ferrari, the owner maintained and improved the car, passing all its MoTs despite only going from garage to garage. 

At the other end of the scale is Brian and Trevor Ford’s 1982 Morris Ital 1.3HL in beautiful beige. The car was owned by their late parents and was restored in their memory around ten years ago. The Ital was the last car to ever have the Morris name and is now extremely rare with only 30 examples believed to still be driving on UK roads. In addition, this particular vehicle was the last Morris car produced at the Cowley works making it even more special. 

Sticking with the 80s, Jonathan Smith had a poster of the AC 3000ME on his bedroom wall as a teenager so when one finally came up at auction many years later, he knew he had to buy it. With only 104 made, this 1986 example was the third from last built and has just 4,700miles on the clock. 

Moving into 1990, David Doolan’s Ginetta G32 Coupe in canary yellow will certainly add some colour to the display. The car is mostly original except for the suspension being lowered and a fresh coat of paint. David’s owned this car twice. First time from 2004 through to 2012, but then he sold it on the proviso he’d get first refusal if the new owner ever decided to sell – and earlier this year, he bought the car back into the fold. 

Also representing this era is Dale Coan’s 1997 Daihatsu Hijet called Skylark. This diddy camper was full restored by Dale and his wife Anne and has since journeyed all over the UK. Dale is the first to admit that Skylark isn’t the biggest or the fastest, but it is all theirs and is as much a part of the family as their beloved pet dog. 

A million miles from the Ginetta is Steven Murray’s 1953 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith with its Hooper 7-seater limousine body that was built for the Geneva Motor Show. The car ended up in the West Midlands used by a local industrialist before travelling to Ghana. To this day, ‘Lily Beaumont’ as the car is known, continues to travel, most recently to concours and marque meets in the USA.  

The 60s are represented by a trio of British cars – John Simpson’s 1966 Sunbeam Alpine, Keith Hudson’s 1969 Jensen FF, and Mark Misiura’s 1964 MGB Roadster. They are joined by some American muscle in the form of Mart Dawson’s 1966 Ford Mustang Coupe. 

Andrew Evanson, Senior Operations Manager at Lancaster Insurance, said: “The feature is renowned for showcasing a fantastic array of classics from over the decades and the first ten to be announced have not disappointed. It’s a real emotive and inspiring experience speaking to the owners and I can’t wait to hear the stories behind all the cars at the show.”  

The winner of the Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership will be decided by the show visitors who will be invited to vote for their favourite. The winner will be announced by Mike Brewer on Sunday 10 November at 2pm. 

Tickets are now on sale for this year’s Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery. For more information including ticket options, booking details and all there is to see and do, visit www.necclassicmotorshow.com.


MOTORSPORT ZONE FUELS EXCITEMENT ON REGENT STREET



MOTORSPORT ZONE FUELS EXCITEMENT ON REGENT STREET   


BTCC title-winning BMW tops dramatic display of track stars in central London  
• Silverstone Classic celebrates its forthcoming 30th-anniversary milestone   
• Powerful GT and WRX rallycross stunners join the high octane showcase

British motorsport will be in pole position in central London next month at the Illinois Route 66 Regent Street Motor Show on Saturday 2 November.
 
This year, those visiting can look forward to the Motorsport Zone that will feature an incredible grid. Lining-up to wow the thousands of visitors to the UK’s biggest free-to-view car-themed event, it will include a number of stand-out racers from both past and present generations.
 
First and foremost, Colin Turkington’s stunning BMW 330i M Sport is sure to attract attention. Introduced at the start of this season, the fleet-footed BMW has been the car to beat in this year’s Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship, taking the Ulsterman to a hard-fought fourth title in the UK’s premier race series. Adding to the ever-popular BTCC’s presence in the capital, Turkington’s pacesetter will be joined by one of Team HARD’s race-winning Volkswagen CCs.
 
The British GT Championship will also boast BMW representation on Regent Street. The Show’s dedicated Motorsport Zone will be hosting Ben Green Racing’s spectacular 585bhp V8-propelled M6 GT3.
 
Another exciting addition will be Xite Energy’s brazen Mini Cooper SX1 as raced by Oliver Bennett in the 2019 FIA World Rallycross Championship. Its presence will add to the Mini’s 60th birthday celebrations, set to be honoured in the Classic Motoring Zone. Xite Energy will also be offering visitors the opportunity to set the fastest lap of the day on its simulator: a complimentary high-octane experience and sure to be a big hit with younger show-goers.
 
Meanwhile, for those with a passion for motorsport from bygone eras, the evocative Silverstone Classic display is certain to be popular. With the Motor Show also known as the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival, the annual event will feature a full spectrum of retro racing highlights. 

Regent Street will be putting the spotlight on some of those glittering grids with iconic cars, alongside a big screen broadcasting highlights of last summer’s record-breaking extravaganza. With next year marking the 30th anniversary of the first Classic event at Silverstone, an even bigger festival is promised for 2020.
 
“Whether it’s modern motorsport icons or pioneering veteran cars, the Illinois Route 66 Regent Street Motor Show really does have something for everyone - from hardcore petrol heads to passing shoppers,” said Ben Cussons, Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club. “As a regular competitor at the Classic, it’s great to see the event represented as part of the Show. To have the BTCC title-winning BMW which Colin Turkington drove to victory last weekend also on display in central London is yet another unmissable coup.”
 
For more information on the Illinois Route 66 Regent Street Motor Show, visit the event’s official website: www.regentstreetmotorshow.com