Wednesday, 12 December 2018

77th MEMBERS’ MEETING RACES AND HIGH-SPEED DEMONSTRATIONS CONFIRMED




77th MEMBERS’ MEETING RACES AND HIGH-SPEED DEMONSTRATIONS CONFIRMED
With all the new races and high-speed demonstrations confirmed for the 77thMembers’ Meeting taking place 6-7 April 2019, Goodwood are pleased to now be able to announce the full race and high-speed demonstration list.
As previously announced there will be three high-speed demonstrations which will take place on both days of the event, these will feature the BMW M1 Procars, Le Mans Prototypes and NASCAR.
There will be three new races, the Betty Richmond Trophy, John Duff Trophy and the Sheene Trophy, with previous fan-favourite, the S.F. Edge Trophy, making a return for 2019.
Vehicle entry lists and driver lists, along with event timings will be revealed closer to the event.
The full race list can be seen below:
Parnell Cup (20 mins)
For Grand Prix and Voiturette cars, of a type that raced between 1935 and 1953

Gerry Marshall Trophy (45 mins – two drivers)
For Group 1 saloon cars of a type that raced between 1970 and 1982

Tony Gaze Trophy (20 mins)
For road-going sports and GT cars of a type that raced between 1954 and 1959

Derek Bell Cup (20 mins)
For 1-litre Formula 3 cars of a type that raced between 1964 and 1970

Sheene Trophy (20 mins)
For Formula 750 motorcycles of a type that raced in F750 and open 750cc races worldwide up to 1972

John Duff Trophy (20 mins)
For Vintage sports racing cars of a type that raced prior to 1930 

Graham Hill Trophy (45 mins – two drivers)
For closed-cockpit GT cars and prototypes in the spirit of the RAC TT races, 1960-1964

S.F. Edge Trophy (15 mins)
For Edwardian Specials of a type that raced up to 1923 

Gerry Marshall Sprint (15 mins)
For Group 1 saloon cars of a type that raced between 1970 and 1982

Gurney Cup (20 mins)
For sports prototypes of a type that raced between 1960 and 1966

Betty Richmond Trophy (20 mins)
For Mini saloons and variants, of up to 1300cc

Peter Collins Trophy (20 mins)
For sports racing cars of a type that raced between 1948 and 1955 

Full details on each of the new races and high-speed demonstrations can be found at https://www.goodwood.com/media-centre/ 
Tickets to the 77th Members’ Meeting are available now to Goodwood Road Racing Club and Fellowship Members. For information on how to join the Fellowship click here.

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG AT BEAULIEU’S HANDS-ON HALF-TERM - FEBRUARY 16th – 24th



CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG AT BEAULIEU’S HANDS-ON HALF-TERM - FEBRUARY 16th – 24th
Become an inventor for a Hands-on half-term at Beaulieu, get inspired by the wonderful machines from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and take part in activities to make your own creations from February 16th-24th.
In the National Motor Museum follow in the footsteps of Chitty’s on-screen creator Caractacus Potts and build your own balloon car. Colour in and customise your car before racing – how fast can yours go?
Discover the film’s amazingly inventive machines of Rowland Emett as they whir into life in the recreated Coggins’ Garage – including the Humbug Major Sweet MachineClockwork LullabyeLittle Dragon Carpet Sweeper and Hot Air Rocking Chair.
Don’t miss the rest of the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 50 Years exhibition with the fantasmagorical original screen Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the Humber 8hp driven by Truly Scrumptious and the original Child Catcher carriage. Dress up for a selfie in the replica Grandpa Potts’ hut, see Sally Anne Howes’ life-size music box doll dress and the actual Spy Phone prop used in the film.
Outside in the grounds, see a stunning Chitty Chitty Bang Bang reconstruction being driven around the attraction.*
For half-term, all visitors will also be given a free DVD or CD of the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang stage show when they spend £5 or more in the Beaulieu gift shops.*
Fill in our new travel log to create memories from your visit to Beaulieu and complete the fun activities, fascinating questions and drawings, then collect stamps as you visit each part of the attraction.
At Palace House discover curious gadgets from the 19th century and put your deductive skills to the test to work out what they were used for. Take a peek below stairs and see Lord Montagu’s cook at work in the Victorian Kitchen, then talk to the costumed guides to find out what life was really like in a Victorian country house. Meet the costumed monk in 13th century Beaulieu Abbey and have a go at creating a medieval arch, before trying on a monk’s habit.
Make sure to take a pit stop break at the Brabazon Restaurant, where younger visitors can put pen to paper to design a wacky invention before enjoying a Toot Sweet treat!
All of the February half-term activities are included in a general admission ticket to Beaulieu, which includes entry to the National Motor Museum with its collection of more than 250 vehicles from throughout motoring history, World of Top Gear, On Screen Cars, Palace House, Beaulieu Abbey and the grounds and gardens. For tickets or more information see www.beaulieu.co.uk or call 01590 612345.
Find us on Twitter @Beaulieu_Hants, on Facebook at /nationalmotormuseum or on Instagram @national_motor_museum and join the conversation.
* Chitty driving outdoors will be weather dependent. One DVD or CD is offered per transaction, subject to availability.


Tuesday, 11 December 2018

THE PERFORMANCE & TUNING CAR SHOW IS 2019 ‘HOME OF THE CAR CLUB’


THE PERFORMANCE & TUNING CAR SHOW IS 2019 ‘HOME OF THE CAR CLUB’

The world’s most renowned car manufacturers will all be on display in a dedicated car club area of the 2019 Performance and Tuning Car Show.
Petrol-heads will have the chance to see a selection of some of the most prestigious and highly regarded supercar, road and race cars at the show at Birmingham’s NEC from 10-13 January 2019.
An iconic Lamborghini Diablo SV, Lamborghini Huracan and Lamborghini Aventador S, are set to turn fans heads on the Lamborghini Club UK stand. Recognised as the sole marque club in the UK by Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A, Lamborghini Club UK are already bringing some Italian elegance to the show next month.
Always a firm favourite at the show, Porsche Club GB will be back to exhibit some historically significant race cars including the 917/30 Sunoco Porsche Club Championship Winning 996 and the 1974 RSR National Hillclimb Winning Car. As the largest officially recognised Porsche Clubs in Europe it promises to bring some truly sumptuous and iconic cars from the Stuttgart-based marque.
The BMW Car Club GB will also be on hand to bring some true performance and power from Germany. Gracing its stand will be Rick Kerry’s V8 1 Series, as used in the British Touring Car Championship, alongside a wide selection of E36’s and E46’s. BMW Car Club GB is the largest single BMW car club in Europe and will bring plenty of other metal to the show.
This year’s car club line-up will get some Va Va Voom injected into it, courtesy of Renault Sports Club. Its display will be led by a legendary 302bhp Renault Clio V6 Phase 1 which has competed in the 2018 MSA Protyre Asphalt Championship. There will be plenty of power on offer from Renault Sports Club, including the brand-new Renault Megane 280, presented In Volcanic Orange, it really will be hard to miss Renault Sport’s latest hot hatch.
Power is in the offing from the Custom Fords Club, who will have an incredible array of some of the most unique Fords in the UK in Hall 3A across the show weekend. A monumental Ford Focus RS boasting 1010bhp will take pride of place on the club stand. The car is devoid of all restrictions and is arguably the most powerful Focus in the world, with a host of performance and aesthetic upgrades the car will be joined by a selection of epic machinery from the Ford marque. An Escort mk4 painted in Nardo grey, an Escort Cosworth in Metallic Purple and the first Mk7 Fiesta ST wide-arch in the UK being built especially for the show make the Custom Fords Club a feature you will not want to miss!
In addition to the wide range of car clubs exhibiting at the Performance and Tuning Car Show, the wider show within the NEC will feature an established array of stunning and exotic performance cars and displays from top manufacturers.
Just when you thought that was enough, entrance to the Performance and Tuning Car Show also includes a seat at the Live Action Arena and entry to Europe’s largest motorsport show, Autosport International.
Events Director, Kate Woodley, said: “Having these esteemed car clubs exhibit helps bring a different element to the Performance and Tuning Car Show. By locating them close to each other, visitors will be able to go from one club to the next with ease. We can’t wait to welcome some truly magnificent clubs to the NEC and see the amazing performance cars they are displaying.”
The Performance and Tuning Car Show which is part of Autosport International and Motorsport Network’s flagship title, Autosport – one of the world’s leading print and online motorsport publishers. Motorsport Network is the world’s largest independent automotive and motorsport-related digital platform, connecting millions of people who love motorsport and cars. The network also creates key industry events including the annual Autosport Awards and the Motorsport Business Leaders’ Forum.
Tickets are on sale now for the established motorsport season starter, which will pack in more exhibitors, stars and cars than ever before. Make sure you get yours today, head over to https://www.autosportinternational.com/performance--tuning-car-show

SIXTIES HEROES THEME FOR 2019 CASTLE COMBE AUTUMN CLASSIC THEME FOR 2019 CASTLE COMBE AUTUMN CLASSIC



SIXTIES HEROE
 SIXTIES HEROES THEME FOR 2019 CASTLE COMBE AUTUMN CLASSIC THEME FOR 2019 CASTLE COMBE AUTUMN CLASSIC

Sixties heroes theme for 2019 Castle Combe Autumn Classic
Heroes of the 1960s will take centre stage at the eighth Castle Combe Autumn Classic, which is confirmed for Saturday 5 October.
The early details of the 2019 event include a celebration of 50 years of Formula Ford at the Wiltshire track, an all-Alfa Romeo race and displays to mark 60 years of Marcos.
First run in 2012, the Autumn Classic is now firmly established as a must-do date on the classic racing calendar and consistently delivers glorious racing from grids full of cars of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.
The 2019 edition will celebrate a golden decade of motor racing, both nationally and internationally. As well as being the decade of flower power, Carnaby Street and the 1966 World Cup, the 1960s was a memorable time for British motor racing. Graham Hill, Jim Clark, John Surtees and Jackie Stewart were all World Champions as Lotus and BRM took on Ferrari.
Closer to home, the 1960s was the decade of Special Saloons, Modified Sports, Clubmans and Formula Ford and in 1969 the Castle Combe Formula Ford Championship was created as the first circuit-based championship in British motor racing. The inaugural champion was Bryan Sharp (Merlyn Mk11) and 50 years of the circuit’s Formula Ford Championship will be celebrated next October.
Already confirmed for the event are three races from the Historic Racing Drivers’ Club, including the exciting new Classic Alfa Challenge. Many of the cars are from the 1960s, though the post-historic class allows cars from up to the 1980s to join the grid. The HRDC will bring two more grids, full to capacity with sports, GT and touring cars of the 1950s and 1960s.
The circuit’s heroes of the 1960s will be remembered, including saloon car racers like Vince Woodman, Brian Cutting, Geoff Mabbs and Richard Longman. Meanwhile, the 1968 season was notable as it heralded the arrival of Howard and Pat Strawford as officials for the South-Western Centre of the British Racing and Sports Car Club. By the mid-1970s, the Strawfords were running the circuit and fighting to keep it open.
It was in 1959 that the late Jem Marsh built the first Marcos sports car and the Autumn Classic will honour the 60th anniversary of one of Britain’s most successful and best-loved specialist car manufacturers. The company was based in Bradford-on-Avon and then Westbury and delivered race-winning cars and striking road cars for nearly half a century. With the support of the Marsh family, a huge gathering of Marcos cars will be a prime feature of the event.
For more details about the Castle Combe Autumn Classic please visit www.autumnclassic.co.uk 


BICESTER HERITAGE HOSTS WINTER’S WOMEN IN MOTORING INITIATIVE



BICESTER HERITAGE HOSTS WINTER’S WOMEN IN MOTORING INITIATIVE

Closing the events season in fine fashion, Bicester Heritage hosted its final Women in Motoring initiative of 2018, this time in conjunction with the Vintage Sports Car Club, in which a number of female enthusiasts were given the chance to truly experience the joys of vintage motoring. The event capped off a great year of Women in Motoring initiatives aiming to increase female engagement within historic motoring.
Bicester Heritage continues to support and encourage more women into our sport – be it participating in rallies, driving tests, trials, attending shows or just getting under the bonnet of vehicles, and has taken great pleasure in hosting a number of ‘Women in Motoring’ events throughout 2018. As the year draws to a close, the Vintage Sports Car Club Winter Driving Tests provided the perfect opportunity for such an event. 
Ten women participated in an afternoon of vintage motoring, familiarising themselves with a selection of different vehicles, having the opportunity to drive and to navigate and finishing with timed tests. The participants had a range of experience behind the wheel but none had competed in driving tests in a vintage car prior to the event. Owners kindly loaned 5 vehicles ranging from a 1910 Overland to 1937 Riley 12/4 allowing participants to experience a range of vehicles and the idiosyncrasies of each one.
Offering an exceptional opportunity to learn, experience and enjoy such fine machines ensured a truly memorable day, with many new converts to the world of vintage motoring.
Georgia Peck, Director of Events, Vantage Media, said “The VSCC Winter Driving Tests – Women in Motoring event was by far one of the most enjoyable days of my year. I was warmly welcomed, as always, by the Bicester Heritage staff and made to feel completely at home from start to finish. The array of pre-war cars available to drive were equally as fantastic as their owners who had kindly let us use them for the day - it was an utter delight to be in their company and hear stories of the cars’ motoring history, dating back over 100 years in some cases! Thank you again to the Bicester Heritage team and VSCC car owners!”
Bicester Heritage wishes to thank the Vintage Sports Car Club and its members Mark Elder, Harry Fraser, Gilly Howard-Orchard, Guy Lachlan and Emily Fraser who kindly loaned cars and gave their full support to the event – bravely stepping into the back-seat of their own vehicles to help the drivers. Gilly Howard-Orchard, proud owner of the 1928 Austin Chummy used in the event, was full of praise for the initiative, saying “It was a huge pleasure to be part of the day and to see everyone being so hugely enthusiastic and loving being at the wheel of a vintage car for the first time. All grasped the idiosyncrasies of vintage driving in no time”.
Tiggy Atkinson, Bespoke Events Manager at Bicester Heritage, commented “It was a great pleasure to see our guests having so much fun and equally the owners enjoying sharing their passion with new recruits. The supportive yet competitive atmosphere was all that I had hoped it would be, with the women relishing the challenge. We are looking forward to having more fun in 2019.”
Bicester Heritage is already planning similar events to start in the Spring of 2019.


BTCC COMMENTATOR, ALAN HYDE, TO HOST AUTOSPORT STAGE


BTCC COMMENTATOR, ALAN HYDE, TO HOST AUTOSPORT STAGE

Broadcaster and presenter, Alan Hyde, will take to the Autosport Stage in January to host a plethora of motorsport stars and personalities.
Perhaps most known for his work with BTCC, spanning more than two decades, Alan is part of the team behind Radio Silverstone and also hosts the self-produced BTCC-themed radio show, ‘Tin Top Tuesday’. In addition, he produces and presents radio, television, podcasts and regularly contributes motorsport content to national radio stations.
His vast experience is sure to bring the stage to life, encouraging drivers, engineers and team principals alike to share their anecdotes, experiences and views of the motorsport industry.
The stage will also see the return of the glass-fronted ‘live newsroom’, where visitors to the show can gain insight into how the busy Autosport Magazine’s editorial teams work to pull their stories and content together, in a rare glimpse into this intrinsic part of the motorsport world.
Autosport International Events Director, Kate Woodley, said: “The Autosport Stage is always a focal point of the show, offering fans a first-hand take on the action on- and off-track. Alan’s experience and expertise, combined with the stars of the sport due to be announced over the coming weeks, are sure to result in a thoroughly entertaining programme.”
Alan, said: “What a gig to be offered! One of those offers that doesn’t come along too often in a career. I know the calibre of guests Autosport International attracts from around the world, so I know I’m in for an entertaining and star-studded ride. I also know I have big boots to fill - boots that belonged to a very good friend of mine - so I know the bar has already been set incredibly high, and it’s my job to maintain that standard. What a privilege!”
Autosport International, which is part of Motorsport Network’s flagship title, Autosport– one of the world’s leading print and online motorsport publishers. Motorsport Network is the world’s largest independent automotive and motorsport-related digital platform, connecting millions of people who love motorsport and cars. The network also creates key industry events including the annual Autosport Awards and the Motorsport Business Leaders’ Forum.
Tickets are on sale now for the established motorsport season starter, which will pack in more exhibitors, stars and cars than ever before. Make sure you get yours today, head over to www.autosportinternational.com.


THE RACE IS ON...EARLYBIRD TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE FOR 2019 DONINGTON HISTORIC FESTIVAL



THE RACE IS ON...EARLYBIRD TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE FOR 2019 DONINGTON HISTORIC FESTIVAL

Earlybird tickets are now on sale for the 2019 Donington Historic Festival, offering extra savings over the already discounted advance ticket prices. Classic motorsport fans have until January 31 2019 to take advantage of the additional savings and secure their place at the world-class historic racing event taking place at Donington Park on May 3, 4 and 5 next year.
The Earlybird offer also comes in plenty of time for Christmas - neatly solving the annual problem of what to pop under the tree for a historic motorsport enthusiast!
Donington Historic Festival brings together a fabulous array of classic racing cars spanning nine decades in a three-day spectacle at a race circuit that’s superb for spectators and competitors alike. The action on the track is complemented by displays from dozens of classic car clubs plus parades and demonstrations and an all-access open paddock, in a family-friendly event that’s a ‘must-do’ part of the historic motorsport calendar.
Advance tickets offer significant discounts over buying on the gate, and Earlybird tickets bring the cost down even further, with an Earlybird three-day weekend ticket costing just £35 (£40 from Feb 1), while Earlybird raceday (Saturday or Sunday) tickets cost £21 (£25 from Feb 1).  Can’t make the whole weekend? You can still enjoy fantastic track action on the Friday qualifying day (May 3), with an advance ticket costing just £10.  Children aged under 13 are admitted for free and there are discounted tickets for teenagers aged 13-15.
Visit www.doningtonhistoric.com to secure your Earlybird tickets or to bag that festive bargain for a classic motorsport buff now.

Monday, 10 December 2018

RACE RETRO, POWERED BY MOTOR SPORT, CELEBRATES THE TURBOCHARGED ERA AND ITS FIRST VICTOR



RACE RETRO, POWERED BY MOTOR SPORT, CELEBRATES THE TURBOCHARGED ERA AND ITS FIRST VICTORY

Race Retro, powered by Motor Sport, will pay tribute to the Turbocharged era of Formula 1 in the Motor Sports Hall of Fame Live at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, from February 22-24, 2019.
Marking the 40th anniversary of the first victory by a turbocharged car, the 2019 display celebrates this thrilling era with an exciting display of racing machinery which includes the Williams FW11 actually driven by to championship victory by Nelson Piquet. Powered by a 1.5-litre turbocharged V6 engine made by Honda, Nelson would score wins in the car’s debut season of 1986 and Williams would go on to clinch that season’s constructor’s title.
The first turbocharged car to enter Formula 1 was the Renault RS01 which made its debut at the 1977 British Grand Prix. Two years later its successor, the RS10, made it a first win for the turbo era when Jean-Pierre Jabouille took the chequered flag at the 1979 French Grand Prix. His teammate, Rene Arnoux, finished third.
Producing around 1400bhp in qualifying trim the RS10 was powered by a twin-turbocharged V6 engine and featured a 6-speed manual gearbox and ground effect chassis. So successful was that car, it would claim pole position five times from nine races during that 1979 season.
Following Renault’s lead, Ferrari was the second team to enter a turbocharged car and was soon joined by all of the major teams including Brabham, Lotus, Honda, and BMW. The last Formula 1 world title for a turbocharged car was claimed by Ayrton Senna at the wheel of the McLaren MP4 before the technology was outlawed the following year. Turbocharging didn’t return to Formula 1 until 2014.
It wasn’t just in Formula 1 where turbocharged racers were proving to be at the cutting edge of motorsport. In the 1973 American Can-Am Championship South African driver and later Formula 1 World Champion, Jody Scheckter, raced the fearsome Vasek Polak Porsche 917/10 powered by a 5.0-litre flat-12 engine.
Visitors to Race Retro will have the opportunity to admire this fascinating slice of Porsche’s motorsport history as it is displayed within the Motor Sports Hall of Fame Live.
“The turbo era was an amazing time for race fans,” says Acting Show Director, Lee Masters. “We are thrilled to be able to celebrate it at this year’s Race Retro 40 years on from that first win in Formula 1. We can promise visitors a very special display in celebration.” 
The Motor Sports Hall of FameLive will also include other racing and rally cars, with a number of key milestones celebrated and tributes paid to attendant special guests, many of whom will be interviewed on the Motor Sports LiveStage.
Race Retro will also welcome the motor sports industry race series, rally organisers, and specialist traders, along with living rally action over the weekend from Rallying with Group B.
Tickets are now on sale for Race Retro, held from February 22-24 2019 at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, with free parking for all visitors. For the latest updates and ticket information, visit www.raceretro.com




Thursday, 6 December 2018

FOOTMAN JAMES ANNOUNCES NEW CLASSIC VEHICLE MEET FOR 2019: COFFEE & CHROME

FOOTMAN JAMES ANNOUNCES NEW CLASSIC VEHICLE MEET FOR 2019: COFFEE & CHROME

Footman James’s Coffee & Chrome meets aim to bring together enthusiasts and their classic cars and bikes from all makes, marques and eras over a hot drink and a free bacon butty. There will also be a number of specialist classic traders in attendance for visitors to browse, when they can tear themselves away from admiring the classics on display!
Coffee & Chrome will be taking place throughout 2019 on selected Sunday mornings, with the first taking place at Chateau Impney in Droitwich – the home of Chateau Impney Hill Climb. Chateau Impney is steeped in motoring heritage with the first hill climb taking place over 50 years ago, making this the perfect backdrop for the meet.
This event builds upon the success of Footman James’s sold out Drive-It Day in April, hosted at the Chateau, which saw over 30 classic vehicles travel in convoy through the beautiful Cotswold countryside. Participants came with their Jaguar E-types, Porsche Boxsters, Triumph Spitfires, MGAs, Cobras, Nortons and Harley Davidsons – so expect to see a similarly eclectic mix of vehicles at Coffee & Chrome!
The first Coffee & Chrome meet is taking place on Sunday 6th January 2019 between 10am and 1pm. The meet is free to attend; however, space is limited to 200 vehicles, so participants are asked to register online on the Footman James website (footmanjames.co.uk/classichub) to confirm their place.
Further dates for Coffee & Chrome will be announced in the new year. Follow Footman James on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or subscribe to their newsletter to stay updated.
For further information about Footman James please contact 0333 207 6000 or visit www.footmanjames.co.uk.



EQUIPE PRE ‘63 CLASSIC RACE SERIES SET FOR BUMPER 2019


EQUIPE PRE ‘63 CLASSIC RACE SERIES SET FOR BUMPER 2019

With eight meetings comprising a mix of sprint and pit stop races – two on grand prix circuits – the Equipe Pre ‘63 series for Appendix K FIA sports cars is all set for a thrilling 2019 season.
Formulated to recreate the spirit of 1950s clubman motorsport, Equipe Pre ‘63 certainly captured the imagination of drivers and spectators alike this year – its inaugural season. It features a wide spread of marques including Aston Martin, Austin-Healey, Jaguar, Lotus, MG and Morgan, and among the many immaculately-prepared cars already to contest a series are a number of genuine ex-works examples. In addition to the Silverstone and Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuits, 2019 competitors will do battle at the perennially popular UK club venues of Donington, Oulton Park and Snetterton.
Said John Pearson, partner of Equipe Classic Racing, organisers of Equipe Pre ‘63: “Its first season surpassed all our expectations, achieving an average of 27 cars per race – a fantastic result when you consider just how many options there are for these cars. Early indications point to bumper grids and closer-than-ever racing in 2019.”
The Pre ‘63 calendar for 2019 is as follows:
March 1
April 6
April 27/28
May 18
June 15/16
July 20/21
August 3/4
September 7
October 5 
Brands Hatch
Silverstone (Nat)
Brands Hatch (Indy)
Oulton Park (Nat)
Silverstone (GP)
Donington
Brands Hatch (GP) 
Snetterton (300)
Silverstone (Nat)
Exclusive pre-season test day
1 x 40 min race
2 x 30 min races
1 x 40 min race
2 x 30 min races
3 Hour Relay + sprint race 
2 x 30 min races
1 x 40 min race
1 x 40 min race
   
Equipe Classic Racing’s other offerings also shining brightly
  1. Equipe GTS – capacity grids
The Equipe team’s long-established series for the smaller-engined classic sports cars running to FIA period E and F GT and GTS Appendix K regulations continues to go from strength to strength. The vast majority of 2018 races were over-subscribed, prompting extra grids to be created wherever possible. All of which augurs very well for the 2019 season
  1. Equipe 3 Hour Classic Relay – a major change for 2019
Back by popular demand - the third running of this fun-packed event will take place at Donington on the weekend of July 20/21 and promises to be bigger again than the hugely enjoyable 100 car/150 driver one successfully held this year. The basic handicap format will be unchanged, but new for 2019 is the removal of the limit that excluded cars with engines over 3-litres in capacity, thereby opening up the grid to Cobras, E-Types, TVR Griffiths etc and encouraging even more exciting racing than seen so far
For further details on all Equipe Classic Racing activities see www.equipeclassicracing.com.

MG CAR CLUB ANNOUNCES MOTORSPORT CALENDAR FOR 2019 SEASON



MG CAR CLUB ANNOUNCES MOTORSPORT CALENDAR FOR 2019 SEASON
The MG Car Club’s Motorsport activities for the 2019 season have been confirmed with a six-race calendar for the Club’s six Championships.
Alongside the Club’s non-motorsport activities, the Club is the largest single marque club organising and managing all of the race meetings and championships.  Motorsport is synonymous with the MG brand, with numerous race and rally appearances and also land speed records littered throughout history.
Kicking off at the end of March; the calendar runs through to October;
Saturday 30th MarchSilverstone National
Saturday 27th- Sunday 28th AprilBrands Hatch Indy
Saturday 15th – Sunday 16th June MGLive! Silverstone Grand Prix
Saturday 20th – Sunday 21st JulyDonington Park
Saturday 31st August Oulton Park
Saturday 5th OctoberSnetterton 300
  
To encourage participation from young competitors, the MG Car Club will continue to offer half-price entries to any competitor 25 and under for the 2019 season, meaning entry fees for a weekend could be as little as £300. 
The six championships and two series ran by the Club cover every era of MG from the first up to the later models.
BCV8 Championship
BCV8 Championship is the premier series for MGB and MGC racing, offering classes for the fully modified V8s to a road going cars.

The BCV8 Championship has been one of the most successful Club based motor racing series and continues to thrive by providing close racing at a relatively low cost.
Cockshoot Cup
Cockshoot Cup Championship is a racing championship run by the North West Centre of the MG Car Club. It provides an opportunity for owners of MG sports and saloon cars to race their cars within easy travelling distance of the North West of England.

The Cockshoot Cup is a solid silver trophy donated to the MGCC in the nineteen thirties by the then MG Dealers in Manchester. Since 1984 the Trophy has been awarded to the winner of the race series run by the MG Car Club North West Centre Ltd.
MG Metro Cup
The Drayton Manor Park MG Metro Cup is the racing formula for all types of MG Metro and Rover 100 Metro. For 2019, the MG Metro Championship will allow five-door Metro variants to enter the championship.

Started in 1992, the Championship has been successful in maintaining its objective of providing an easy way into motor racing for drivers with a limited budget.
Midget & Sprite Challenge
The Lackford Engineering Midget & Sprite Challenge is the only exclusively “Spridget” race series in the UK. The class structure reflects the different specifications that Spridgets have raced over the years, with all historic body styles catered for.

MG Trophy
MG Trophy caters for the front wheel drive MG ZR in 3 classes.

In recent years the MG Trophy has produced a number of drivers who have gone on to higher levels of motorsport with ex Trophy driver Jack Goff now competing in the BTCC having won the Clio Cup in 2012. 
MG Cup
For 2019, cars from the Austin Rover stable will be welcomed to the grid, with Rover Tomcat Turbos and Rover Metro GTis lining up against the usual array of MG machinery. 

The MG Cup has been running for over 30 years, with a simple structure and regulations designed to keep costs to a minimum and provide a challenge for new and experienced drivers alike.
Series & Guest Championships
The Iconic 50s series for 50s MG Sports cars and MG XPAG specials against other Marques including Austin Healey and Alfa Romeo and the Triple M Challenge for MG Midget, Magna, Magnette cars will also be back at selected events.

In addition to the six MG Car Club Championships, guest championships from Equipe GTS, Morgan Sports Car Club and Porsche Club GB will be welcomed back to ensure each meeting provides an excellent spread of racing for spectators.

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

TICKETS ON SALE FOR THE UK’S FINEST CONCOURS EVENT


TICKETS ON SALE FOR THE UK’S FINEST CONCOURS EVENT
Tickets are now on sale for the Concours of Elegance 2019 at Hampton Court Palace, winner of ‘Best Concours’ at the Historic Motoring Awards and ‘Best Consumer Show’ at the EN Indy Awards. A special ‘Earlybird’ ticket offer is available from now until the end of January, granting a full day weekend adult admission ticket for £25. Simply head to www.concoursofelegance.co.uk/tickets and enter ‘EARLYBIRDVIP’ at checkout.
The UK’s finest concours d’elegance event will return to the exquisite surroundings of Henry VIII’s former home from 6-8 September, bringing with it a once-in-a-lifetime gathering of spectacular vehicles.
The Concours of Elegance’s main display of around 60 vehicles will be the focal point of the event, telling the story of the motor car from the 1890s right through to the modern day. 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.
Alongside the main display will be a number of carefully curated features, celebrating some of the finest marques and coachbuilders in the world. A number of 2018’s features will also be returning, including the Royal Automobile Club Trophy – contested by winners of the nation’s best car clubs – and the Future Classics class. Last year’s Future Classics included the unique Rolls-Royce Sweptail, the one-of-seven Aston Martin Vantage V600 and the McLaren Senna chassis #001.
The 2019 event will cement Concours of Elegance’s global reputation for gathering the finest cars in the world in one of the UK’s most stunning settings; the Fountain Gardens of Hampton Court Palace. With the gracious support of Concours of Elegance patron, His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent, no other UK motoring event offers the same prestige or world-class quality of vehicles. Less than a third of the cars on display in the Main Concours will be based in the UK, offering visitors a rare chance to see vehicles traditionally housed in the States or throughout Europe.
Andrew Evans, Concours of Elegance Director, said: “Plans are already well underway to create a Concours of Elegance to surpass all our previous events. Our Steering Committee of motoring experts has identified the cars worthy enough of a hallowed place within the Fountain Gardens, and we’re gearing up for a number of world-firsts in our special features. Add in a host of luxury partners, including our Presenting Partner, A. Lange & Sรถhne, and I’m certain that we’ve created an event that lives up to the incredibly high standards people expect from one of the world’s leading concours d’elegance events.”
Adult tickets for this year’s Concours of Elegance start from £40, with the Earlybird ticket offer from £25 (simply enter EARLYBIRDVIP at checkout). Children under five and carers can enter 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 http://www.concoursofelegance.co.uk/tickets





Monday, 3 December 2018

HAGERTY ANNOUNCES A SPECTACULAR NEW VENUE FOR THE 2019 FESTIVAL OF THE UNEXCEPTIONAL, TO BE HELD ON SATURDAY 20 JULY



HAGERTY ANNOUNCES A SPECTACULAR NEW VENUE FOR THE 2019 FESTIVAL OF THE UNEXCEPTIONAL, TO BE HELD ON SATURDAY 20 JULY

As a date for your 2019 diary, next year’s Festival of the Unexceptional Concours de l’Ordinaire - being staged by leading classic vehicle insurance specialists, Hagerty – will be held for the sixth year in succession on Saturday 20 July 2019.
Originally staged by Hagerty in 2014 as the first event of its kind in Europe – to celebrate the ordinary, everyday cars that we all grew up with, but have now all but disappeared – the light-hearted Festival of the Unexceptional (FOTU) has already become a must-attend event for the admirers of the mundane motor cars of our past; the Marinas, Metros, Chevettes, Corollas, Avengers, Allegros, Sunbeams, Sunnys and so on, with the event achieving cult status in just a few years.
For 2019, the location for this unique and fun Hagerty event will change to the delightful surroundings of the Claydon Estate, centrally located near Buckingham. The Claydon Estate has been chosen in marked contrast to the vehicles that will be participating in next year’s Festival, within the splendour of Claydon House as an enviable background to the day's celebrations. These spectacular surroundings will perfectly set off the 2019 Hagerty concours, which celebrates the much maligned and long forgotten ‘ordinary’ classic cars and commercial vehicles of the late 1960s, 70s, 80s, and now the early 1990s too.
Once again, Hagerty’s annual Concours de l’Ordinaire will be free to attend and open to classic cars and light commercial vehicles from across the globe that were built between 1966 and 1996, as optimised by the 1977 Chrysler Alpine that was voted ‘Best of Show’ by a distinguished panel of motoring experts at the 2018 FOTU, and illustrated for the event’s 2019 poster image.
Any owner of a suitably mundane but interesting ‘unexceptional’ 1966-1996 vehicle will shortly be able to register it for consideration and potential participation between 1 January and 31 May 2019 at the latest, using the following link; that will go live in the New Year http://www.unexceptionalcars.co.uk. Vehicle manufacturers with a collection of suitable classic cars to represent their marque’s history are also free to enter for FOTU’s special ‘Invitation Class.’ Free public admission tickets are limited to 600, strictly on a first-come, first served basis. When allocated, an additional 400 tickets can be purchased for £5.00 each. 2019 FOTU tickets can be applied for at the same web address.
On 20 July the 2019 FOTU will also see the return of Hagerty’s Feast of the Unexceptional, the period picnic equivalent of the banal automotive display. All participants are encouraged to bring out the Battenberg cake, Curly Wurly bars, cheese and pineapple on sticks and, of course, the obligatory bottle of Babychamp! Participants will also be encouraged to dress in period fashions such as flared plaid trousers and skirts, bell bottoms and so on, to reflect the era of their vehicle should they wish, with the potential to win the Hagerty ‘Best Dressed’ award on the day.
Angus Forsyth, Hagerty’s Managing Director said: “We are delighted to be hosting the Festival of the Unexceptional at the fabulous new venue of the Claydon Estate. The grounds are spectacular and the imposing Claydon House will add to the majesty of the event and enhance everyone’s enjoyment of this terrific and unique motoring event. In the past years, we have met the most marvellous people with the most exceptional ‘unexceptional’ vehicles, bettered only by the stories that lie in the background of the history of the cars. The Festival is a great opportunity to celebrate these unusual classics and to recognise their lasting impact.”

LORD MONTAGU WAVES OFF BIGGEST VW SANTA RUN YET


LORD MONTAGU WAVES OFF BIGGEST VW SANTA RUN YET
Lord Montagu awarding the Best Dressed Families
Lord Montagu waved the chequered starting flag for the biggest ever VW Santa Run, as a record 152 VWs set off in convoy from Beaulieu to deliver Christmas presents to youngsters at the Piam Brown unit at Southampton General Hospital.
As many as 385 participants entered into the Christmas spirit for the annual charity run across the New Forest on Sunday 2nd December, by dressing up in festive costumes and covering their VWs with wacky seasonal decorations. Classic split-screen and bay-window VW T2 campers were joined by their modern T3, T4, T5 and T6 van and motorhome counterparts to fill the Beaulieu Events Arena, along with Beetles and even trikes with VW-engines.
Accompanied on their journey by a team of motorcycle out-riders for their sixth annual convoy, the colourful VWs delivered hundreds of donated gifts to the unit for children and teenagers with cancer and haematological disorders, with enough presents for hospital doctors and nurses too. An extra 36 VWs to last year took part in the event.
At the start-line in the grounds of the National Motor Museum, Lord Montagu gave prizes for the best dressed van and family. The coveted Best Dressed Family prize was won by a collaboration of two families. Austen, Nicky, Aoife, Fintan and Orlagh of the Hornsby family from Yateley near Farnborough, joined forces with David, Christy, Lucy and Ollie of the Court family from Farnborough, to create a team of eight Santas and one Rudolf!
The Best Dressed Van award went to Steve Wright and his family, who had set off from Bristol early that morning in their 2003 VW T4 van decorated with thousands of fairy lights. Appropriately, Lord Montagu presented both sets of winners with their prizes of Beaulieu biscuits and fudge, plus a VW plaque, in front of the Christmas at BeaulieuCathedral of light tunnel on the illuminated festive trail.
The Best Dressed Dog award was presented to three-year-old Cockapoo Max, who was dressed in a cosy Christmas jumper by his owners, the Ford family from Camberley. Lord Montagu gave Max a cuddly dog toy as his prize.
Beaulieu continues its festive celebration with the first Christmas at Beaulieu light trail in the grounds of the attraction until December 24th. Explore the Fire Garden Cloister, then walk through a Tunnel of Light festooned by a canopy of over 100,000 twinkling pea-lights on the one-mile trail. See the dancing lights on the walls of Palace House, follow a path of giant icicle shards, enter the Meadow of Light with thousands of fibre optics and listen to the ‘singing’ tree finale. Catch a glimpse of Father Christmas and his elves on the veteran bus and enjoy traditional fairground rides, with marshmallows roasted on a fire pit. For tickets and details see www.beaulieu.co.uk/Christmas.
From December 22nd to January 6th Beaulieu’s daytime visitors can enjoy a traditional Victorian Christmas in Palace House, joining the Montagu family, played by costumed actors, as they rehearse the pantomime Aladdin and prepare for Christmas and New Year festivities in 1889. Feel the warm glow of carols and punch by a roaring log fire, see traditional decorations and towering Christmas trees in every room, then talk to Lord Montagu’s cook and her kitchen maid as they prepare for Christmas Day lunch. For more information see www.beaulieu.co.uk or call 01590 612345.