Tuesday, 22 October 2019


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.
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 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



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.  



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


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



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.



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



• Regent Street to celebrate 200th anniversary with a look into motoring in the future
• Go Ultra Low to provide expert insight into the latest generation of plug-in electric vehicles

• Visitors to be offered the chance of test drives in cutting-edge electric cars

On Saturday 2 November 2019, Regent Street will be pedestrianised to celebrate the Illinois Route 66 Regent Street Motor Show: the country’s biggest free-to-view car-themed spectacle. With 2019 marking Regent Street’s 200th anniversary this year is set impress the 500,000 visitors who attend the show each year. 
The annual Motor Show on Regent Street will feature the full spectrum of remarkable automotive history alongside an array of activities for all ages to enjoy. This year, visitors will also be able to explore the topical modern generation of low emission vehicles as well as viewing cars from throughout the last 120 years, too.
With eyes on both the present and future, Go Ultra Low will provide visitors with an insight into the benefits of electric vehicles that are cheaper to run, cleaner, quieter and lots of fun to drive. The joint campaign from the Government and car industry will be providing the facts and answers to help those considering a switch to electric to make an informed decision. Given the extensive history of petrol and diesel vehicles, Go Ultra Low appreciates that many motorists have serious questions about the switch to electric. On the day of the Show its experts will be on Regent Street offering advice on electric vehicles whilst several of its manufacturer members will be offering test drives in their latest state-of-the-art plug-in models.
Poppy Welch, Head of Go Ultra Low, said: “We’re delighted to be back at the Regent Street Motor Show for 2019. The event is a fantastic opportunity for us to engage directly with consumers addressing their concerns and answering questions they might have about making the switch to electric cars. 

"The market for electric vehicles is showing no signs of slowing down with registrations up 122 per cent this year, compared to the same period in 2018. So, it’s great for us to get the chance to showcase the benefits of these fantastic cars. For visitors attending the Show they’ll get the chance to get up close and personal with some or the latest models on the market and even get to test drive some.”
More details on the comprehensive line-up of cars taking part in the Show with Go Ultra Low on Saturday 2 November will be confirmed in the coming weeks.
Early Victorian and Edwardian days will also be wonderfully represented at the Motor Show. Over one hundred extraordinary pre-1905 pioneers will be present with the vehicles taking part in the annual Veteran Car Concours d’Elegance on Regent Street, ahead of the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run which takes place the following morning. 
These veteran motors will be joined by collections of evocative classic and desirable contemporary cars bridging time within automotive history as the Show celebrates the past and showcases the future. 
Ben Cussons, Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club, said: ‘The Regent Street Motor Show is all about telling the story of the automobile through the ages. Electric vehicles are now a big part of the current story, so it’s fitting that we are now welcoming Go Ultra Low onboard as the latest partner of the Show. Drivers considering a switch from combustion engines to electric ones need to be informed about the facts and should be taking the time to experience what an electric vehicle is like to drive. With Go Ultra Low offering both their expertise and short test drives of electric vehicles on the day of the Show, it’s a great opportunity for members of the public to become better informed about going electric.’
With Regent Street honouring its 200 year history both as an internationally renowned shopping destination, these celebrations will take on even more significance this November. 
For more information on the Illinois Route 66 Regent Street Motor Show, visit the event’s official website: www.regentstreetmotorshow.com



•   2020 London Classic Car Show to be held at Olympia London, Kensington
•   Save the date: 20‐23 February 2020
•   An exquisite collection of classic road and race cars for sale
•   Tickets go on sale from 30 October at www.thelondonclassiccarshow.co.uk 

London’s premier classic car event will return on 20‐23 February 2020, at its new home of Olympia London in Kensington, marking the next chapter in the history of the London Classic Car Show. Now in its sixth year, the show is firmly established as the must‐attend event for discerning classic car owners, collectors, experts and enthusiasts.
Not only will visiting classic car collectors and connoisseurs have the opportunity to view and purchase these desirable cars, they will also be treated to a brand‐new selection of carefully curated features and celebrations of some of the most exotic and exquisite marques from throughout the decades. Complementing the vast range of cars will be a host of premium service providers and associated products, offering visitors a one‐stop solution for all their classic car needs.
Bas Bungish, London Classic Car Show Event Director, said: “Olympia London will play the perfect host for next year’s London Classic Car Show, as we hand‐pick the very best classic cars available for purchase in the UK and overseas as well as celebrate some of the most iconic cars and marques to have ever been built. The new central location, in the heart of one of London’s most exclusive neighbourhoods, is the fitting place to appreciate and honour these fantastic machines. Our move to Olympia London allows us to offer an improved and accessible premium platform for our valued exhibitors, and an even better experience for those travelling from across the UK, Europe and around the globe to view and purchase these incredible cars.”
The London Classic Car Show promises to be a classic car buyer’s paradise, featuring some of the world’s finest classic cars and vintage models for sale.
Tickets go on sale from 30 October – sign up to the show’s newsletter at www.thelondonclassiccarshow.co.uk to receive ticket and show updates.
For more information visit www.thelondonclassiccarshow.co.uk.


  • Woodham Mortimer will run a team of cars in the fabulous Coppa Delle Alpi event (4 to 7 December 2019)
  • The company is proud to be the Global Restoration Partner to this prestigious new event
  • The 2019 Coppa Delle Alpi by 1000 Miglia is the first winter regularity race for vintage cars organised by 1000 Miglia S.r.l.
  • Consisting of four legs through some of the most evocative mountain locations in Italy, Austria, Germany and Switzerland
  • Opportunity to participate in the event at the highest possible level with Woodham Mortimer
Woodham Mortimer - Coppa Delle Alpi

Maldon, Essex – 15th October 2019 – Woodham Mortimer is delighted to announce that it will enter a number of cars in the first running of the prestigious Coppa Delle Alpi by 1000 Miglia.

Woodham Mortimer is proud to be the global restoration partner of both the 1000 Miglia and the Coppa Delle Alpi, which are organised by 1000 Miglia S.r.l. – the company that has run the legendary 1000 Miglia since 2013. The Coppa delle Alpi will bring competitors the same incredible experience but in a stunning winter setting, with breath-taking Alpine views and all the wonder of the pre-Christmas atmosphere that will charm competitors in all the towns and villages on the stunning route.
The competition is officially included in the Italian Great Events Championship and will consist of four legs that begin on 4 December in Brescia. The route takes competitors via Bressanone in Italy, onto Seefeld in the Tirol, through St. Moritz in Switzerland, concluding back in Italy at Ponte di Legno.
Woodham Mortimer’s race team has enjoyed incredible success in endurance rally events, with a 100% finishing record in the gruelling Mille Miglia. The company will bring that same expertise and attention to detail to the team of cars it will run in the Coppa delle Alpi this year. Woodham Mortimer team competitors will enjoy a five-star concierge service throughout the event and benefit from the best possible levels of detailed pre-event preparation and entry management, on-event support and the highest level of tailored, personal attention to detail, for all its team entrants. The competitors' package also includes a navigational training day, an Italian ACI Sporting Licence, entertainment at each stop, and team photography and videography.
Jean-Marc Gales, CEO and Chairman of Woodham Mortimer, says: “The service Woodham Mortimer will provide for Coppa Delle Alpi entrants will be the best in the world. It will not be possible to experience this exciting new event with a higher level of preparation and service than we will provide to those who choose to participate as part of our team. All of our Mille Miglia expertise will be brought to make this event an incredible experience for our customers.”
To compete in the Coppa delle Alpi with Woodham Mortimer or receive full details of its support and service package, interested parties should contact the Woodham Mortimer events team.  
Woodham Mortimer is a full-service restoration, race preparation and sales business, based in extensive facilities in Maldon, Essex. With over 40 skilled craftsmen working in-house, the company delivers some of the highest quality restoration work seen anywhere in the world, with dedicated workshops for bodywork, paintwork, trimming, machining, engine building, final assembly and race preparation. Cars restored by Woodham Mortimer’s workforce have won honours at many of the world’s most prestigious concours events, while the race team has prepared and run some of the most successful historic racing cars to compete for international events of every type. 
For further information, please visit www.woodham-mortimer.com.




• ‘Le Papillon Blue’ comes under the Bonhams hammer
• One of the original participants from the 1927 Run
• Freshly serviced and ready to tackle the capital to coast celebration
• Media accreditation available on request
Each and every one of the 400+ remarkable vehicles that enter the annual Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run has its own extraordinary tale to tell. 
Some of these venerable machines dating back to the dawn of motoring have been passed down through generations, continuing long-running family traditions; others have been rescued from automotive graveyards all around the globe and restored especially to follow the iconic trail from central London to the Sussex coast.
A further stepping stone into the world’s longest running motoring event is provided by the now traditional Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Sale. Hosted in the renowned auctioneer’s New Bond Street Salerooms on Friday evening before the Run, it is not uncommon for successful bidders to join those on the hallowed pilgrimage to Brighton less than 36 hours later.
One of the pioneering cars coming under the hammer this year with a guaranteed entry into the Run (3 November) has a very special place in the illustrious event’s history. 
Known as ‘Le Papillon Blue’, this 1901 Panhard et Levassor was among the first plucky participants partaking in the inaugural revival  which took place back in 1927. 

It was then that 37 vehicles set off on the now revered route from London to Brighton to commemorate the very first Emancipation Run that had famously taken place on a wet Saturday on the 14 November in 1896. That original journey – still followed to this very day – had been in celebration of the passing of new laws raising the speed limit to 14mph and removing the need for an escort carrying a red flag to walk 60 yards in front of any powered locomotive. 
Unsurprisingly, having been one the 37 trail-blazers, the well-engineered Panhard has quite a history to tell. It had originally been built specifically for Chevalier Rene de Knyff – he was a renowned racing driver of the age, as well as a director of the Panhard Company. 
The light blue 7hp tonneau-bodied French creation was subsequently named ‘Le Papillon Bleu’ – or ‘The Blue Butterfly’ in English – by the daughter of its second owner, Leslie Bucknall. 
The Panhard et Levassor has successfully completed more than 60 trips in November from Hyde Park to Madeira Drive. Further underlining the significance of its heritage, ‘Le Papillon Bleu’ also won the coveted Concours d’Elegance award as ‘the car which most embodies the spirit of the veteran era’ when displayed in the 2016 Regent Street Motor Show.
Boasting such a stand-out story, ‘Le Papillon Bleu’ is expected to generate huge interest and comes with an estimate price of between £200,000 and £250,000. It will be one of the first lots to go under the hammer when the Bonhams London to Brighton auction starts at 6pm on Friday 1 November. Freshly serviced by specialist NP Veteran Engineering, it is ready to tackle this year’s Run with its new owner.
Along with all other lots ­– including an auction of related automobilia – the Panhard will be available to view from lunchtime on Thursday 31 October and all day on Friday in the New Bond Street sales room. The online catalogue for both sales can be viewed at: https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/25446/ while full details of the 2019 Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run are available on the event website at www.veterancarrun.com