Tuesday, 25 June 2019

HEVENINGHAM CONCOURS: THE 2019 WINNERS


HEVENINGHAM CONCOURS: THE 2019 WINNERS

1934 Alfa Romeo Tipo B Monoposto (Credit: Tim Scott)

Heveningham Concours has announced the winners in the motorsport and aviation concours at this year’s event which took place on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd June at the 5,000-acre Georgian estate in the heart of the glorious Suffolk countryside.
Chairman of the motorsport judging panel Max Hunt and fellow judges Lord Montagu, Romulus Rost Marino Franchitti and James Elliott awarded the bronze Lawrence Edwards trophies to the following cars:
  • 1934 Alfa Romeo Tipo B Monoposto (owned by Jennie Taylor and the late Hugh Taylor) - winner, pre-war class (special mention for the 1929 Bugatti Type 35B Grand Prix)
  • 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 (owned by a Private Collection) - winner, post-war class (special mention for the 1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS)
  • 1993 Jaguar XJ220S (owned by a Private Collection) - winner, supercar class (special mention for the 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa by Scaglietti)
  • 1931 Bentley 8 Litre Roadster by Corsica (owned by the Corner family) – winner, Bentley Trophy
Horsepower Hill was won by a Ferrari 488 Pista which made the sprint up the main drive in 10.54 seconds.
In the aviation concours, the judges (Chair of judging panel Vic Norman, John Romain and Paul Bonhomme) awarded the Hanna Aviation Trophy to the 1939 Westland Lysander TT MKIII owned by the Aircraft Restoration Company with special mention going to the 1941 Curtiss P40-C Warhawk.
Ahead of the concours, The Heveningham Tour saw around 50 cars drive through the scenic lanes of Suffolk and taking in, amongst others, Westleton, Dunwich and Thorpeness, before arriving at the former RAF/USAF Bentwaters air base, which was a strategic nuclear-armed base for the Americans during the Cold War. Cars toured the former nuclear bomb stores under ‘armed’ guard and enjoyed a ‘Putin’s Picnic’ adjacent to the Star Wars building at Bentwaters before taking to the main runway with some of the super and hypercars enjoying donuts at the end. A black-tie dinner for owners was held at Heveningham Hall on Friday night followed by a Summer party with live music and entertainment on Saturday evening.
A total of 60 stunning cars were exhibited over the two days on the Kim Wilkie-designed grass terraces to the rear of the Grade I listed Palladian mansion, including cars from the very dawn of motoring, such as an 1898 Panhard et Lavassor M2F, up to the modern day with cars such as a 2019 Ferrari Monza SP1 and a 2019 Bugatti Chiron Sport. Williams F1 Heritage also sent four Formula One cars, including a Williams-Mercedes FW41 car driven in the 2018 season by Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin, and was immediately identifiable on the track thanks to its distinctive Martini livery.
Commenting on this year’s concours, Max Hunt, chairman of the judging panel, said: “With summer finally arriving just in time, this year’s event has been our most successful to date. A huge thank you to all our owners and, of course, visitors who help to raise lots of money for local charities and provide a full scholarship for a student to undertake the post-graduate MA Intelligent Mobility at the Royal College of Art.”
Heveningham Concours takes place at the same time as the long-standing Country Fair which itself attracts around 20,000 people to the estate each year.
For more information about the concours, visit: www.heveninghamconcours.com For further information about the country fair which takes place at the same time as the concours, including ticketing, visit: www.countryfair.co.uk


WORLD CLASS CARS DRAW CROWDS AT BICESTER HERITAGE SUPER SCRAMBLE


WORLD CLASS CARS DRAW CROWDS AT BICESTER HERITAGE SUPER SCRAMBLE


Over 6000 avid car enthusiasts attended the inaugural Super Scramble at Bicester Heritage proving that the sell-out event was a firm favourite of the UK’s 2019 motoring calendar. With the usual welcoming and relaxed atmosphere of the UK’s Centre of Excellence for Historic Motoring, the beautiful location opened its doors to the public for its standout event of the year.
More than 100 carefully selected vehicles were invited from around the world to take part and crowds were treated to display laps from more than 80 of these as well as to the noise and drama of several other exceptional cars being started and run-up throughout the day.
Daniel Geoghegan, Managing Director of Bicester Heritage commented ’The combination of some of the world's most important motor-cars being displayed and demonstrated against the cinematic backdrop of Bicester Heritage proved irresistible. The atmosphere was welcoming and relaxed, we have been inundated with positive comments in producing an event which was inclusive yet of the highest quality.'
The unique 1939 Delage D8-120 of Peter and Merle Mullin took centre stage on the Main Drive. An imposing and graceful machine, this Chapron-bodied roadster appeared in the 1951 Hollywood blockbuster An American in Paris starring Gene Kelly and it was surrounded by admirers throughout the day.
Nearby, Ten Tenths Racing’s 1953 Carerra Panamericana Ferrari 250 MM, its red and white livery emblazoned with its racing number of 1.2.3, drew equal crowds. Campaigned in period by Mexican racer Efrain Ruiz Echeverria, this one of a kind Ferrari 250 MM proved a bold and popular edition to the line up.
Tiggy Atkinson, Bespoke Events Manager of Bicester Heritage, said:
‘The Super Scramble was a highlight in the Bicester Heritage events diary offering a great day out for motoring enthusiasts and their families. We were delighted that owners of such prestigious, exciting vehicles were keen to display their cars on the Technical Site and more than half of them to run on the Demo Course. It is always such a delight to see and hear these vehicles in motion. We hope that regular ‘Scramblers’ and new followers alike enjoyed the day.’

On the demonstration track at Bicester Heritage, the famous 1933 Barnato-Hassan Brooklands racer was expertly driven by owner, David Ayre.
The MK2 Escort of Rob Smith of the Vintage Radiator Company was expertly piloted around the corners with just three wheels touching the tarmac for most of its lap.
Also enjoying several parade laps was the 1953 Le Mans Rover-BRM. With a noise unlike any other car on the track, this gas turbine-powered racer was demonstrated by the British Motor Museum and was just as jaw-dropping for spectators in 2019 as it must have been in 1953.
A tribute to the late legend Norman Dewis was represented by a wonderful display of historic Jaguars including an XKSS from Jaguar’s own collections and Richard Frankel’s Jaguar C Type, driven in period by Sir Stirling Moss.
Mercedes-AMG F1 drew huge crowds as they repeatedly fired up the 2013 Lewis Hamilton F1 car - its screaming engine proving a rallying cry for the many that flocked to it throughout the event.
On the Main Drive of the site, the Bicester Heritage based apprenticeship scheme, Heritage Skills Academy, teamed up with the Association of Heritage Engineers and Brooklands Museum to fire up the cast 24-litre Napier-Railton for runs up and down the central avenue.
Daniel Geoghegan concluded. ’The Super Scramble! exceeded our expectations and will be remembered for sharing the fun and passion of our automotive culture with enthusiasts and their families. We were delighted to have the support of our 40 specialist companies and their customers, not to mention Brooklands Museum and The British Motor Museum, each of whom demonstrated motoring rarities rarely seen in action by the public’.

THREE SENSATIONAL WOOLF BARNATO CARS TO STAR IN SALON PRIVÉ BENTLEY MASTERS



THREE SENSATIONAL WOOLF BARNATO CARS TO STAR IN SALON PRIVÉ BENTLEY MASTERS

1930 Bentley 4.5-litre Supercharged by Gurney Nutting


 Born in 1895, Joel Woolf Barnato was a British financier and racing driver and one of the famous ‘Bentley Boys’ who all favoured the cars of W.O. Bentley. Barnato acquired his first Bentley (a 3-litre) in 1925 and won numerous Brooklands races in the car and then, having been inspired by the 1924 Le Mans win of John Duff and Frank Clement, he went on, 12 months later, to acquire the business itself.
Sadly, with the arrival of the Great Depression in 1931, Bentley Motors Limited went into receivership only to be purchased the same year by Rolls-Royce. Having previously purchased a share in Rolls-Royce, Barnato was able to return to the Board of Bentley in 1934. 
Passion and position enabled Barnato to pursue his love of the Bentley brand and he owned a number of very special examples over the years. Three such models will feature in this year’s Salon Privé Bentley Masters at Blenheim Palace on Saturday 7th September. With more than 50 of the greatest Bentleys ever built displayed on Blenheim’s lawns, it will be a unique, one-off spectacular showcase, with Barnato’s cars sure to shine.
1930 Bentley 4 ½-litre; one of the legendary ‘Blower’ Bentleys. Now part of a private American collection, the ‘Blower’ came about following the urging of fellow ‘Bentley Boy’ Sir Henry "Tim" Birkin. Captain Woolf Barnato, then Chairman of Bentley Motors Limited, enlisted the support of noted engineer Amherst Villiers to design a supercharger for the 4 ½-litre 4-cylinder, 16 valve, overhead camshaft, Bentley engine. The Villiers Roots-Type Supercharger created approximately l0lbs of boost at 4000rpm, resulting in a top speed in excess of 105mph. In all, approximately 55 ‘Blowers’ were produced for the purpose of homologation with perhaps only 40 examples still in existence today. This beautiful one-of-a-kind race car, fitted with its elegant Gurney Nutting coachwork, was delivered to Captain Woolf Barnato in July 1930.
1934 Bentley Barnato Hassan
The 1934 Barnato Hassan Special. This sensational single seater was commissioned by Captain Woolf Barnato a special project for one purpose only – racing. Powered initially by a 6 ½-litre Bentley engine with two S.U. carburettors, on a short (11 foot) chassis, the car was long, narrow and very fast. In 1935, the car was fitted with a newly designed body and a new 6 cylinder 8-litre Bentley engine with 3 S.U. carburettors, the combination of which enabled driver, Oliver Bertram, to break the Brooklands lap speed record with an average speed of 142.60 mph. Incredibly, this was achieved with an automotive engine under the bonnet – it took an aero-engined car, the Napier Railton, to beat it.
The 1936 4 ¼-litre drophead coupe. This model, with coachwork by H. J. Mulliner, was delivered to Barnato’s Mayfair home on 6th July 1936. The unique streamlined body with concealed hood, the body no. 4226 was transferred from B2DG, a 3 ½-litre car, which was registered to Mrs Woolf Barnato on March 15th 1935. Prior to this transaction, the body was repainted in silver blue and the interior retrimmed in dark blue leather. A chromed dashboard with white-faced dials was also fitted. It is an all matching numbers car that whilst having been restored, has remained as original as possible.
Salon Privé Bentley Masters forms part of a weekend-long celebration which also includes the Bentley Drivers Club Annual Concours and attempts at the world’s largest gathering of Bentleys. Set to be the largest Centenary celebration in the UK this year, it is a ‘must’ for all Bentley enthusiasts.
David Bagley, Salon Privé Co-Founder & Sales Director commented: “What better way to celebrate the Centenary of one of the greatest-ever British automotive marques than at Britain’s Greatest Palace, Blenheim Palace. With such global admiration for the marque, we’ve received entry forms from around the world but as is customary with Salon Privé, we always go for the very best and most influential models. Other than W.O. Bentley himself, no other person was more influential in Bentley’s history than Captain Woolf Barnato and so we are thrilled to have these 3 wonderfully unique examples of his participating in the event.”

1936 Bentley 4.25-litre Streamline DHC



A CENTENARY CELEBRATION FOR BENTLEY AT GOODWOOD



A CENTENARY CELEBRATION FOR BENTLEY AT GOODWOOD

Bentley Motors will continue the year-long celebrations of its centenary at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, through a programme of displays and dynamic cars that will bring 100 years of extraordinary history to life.
The centrepiece of Bentley’s presence will be the Centenary Concours, a 30-strong display of the most iconic models from the marque’s past and present which include one of the rarest and most valuable Bentleys in the world - the 4¼-litre 'Embiricos' Special – alongside Bentley’s recently unveiled an all-new Flying Spur. Other rare highlights include a Gurney Nutting Speed Six, a 1948 Pininfarina Mark VI, a Continental GT Zagato and W.O. Bentley’s own 8-Litre from 1930.
Meanwhile, the Cartier Style et Luxe Lawn will feature at least six R-Type Continentals as the centrepiece of this year’s Concours d'Elegance. Only 208 R-Type Continentals were built, and they now exist as one of the most desirable models from Bentley’s past. The three lines that define the R-Type Continental – the power line, rear haunch and sloping fastback roof – remain the inspiration behind the styling of today’s Continental GT.
The Goodwood Hillclimb will feature more Bentleys than ever before. Four cars that define the chapters of Bentley’s motorsport history will underpin the Bentley Racing Class – a selection of cars curated by Goodwood to tell the history of the marque in a dynamic way. Travelling from Crewe will be:
  • EXP2 – the second experimental prototype built by W.O. Bentley and the oldest surviving Bentley in the world. EXP2 was the first Bentley to go racing, throughout 1921 and 1922 and will make its Goodwood dynamic debut this year.
  • The 1929 Birkin Blower, one of four Team race cars built for Tim Birkin’s racing career and raced at Le Mans in 1930. “No.2” is one of the most campaigned and valuable Bentleys in the world, now insured for £25m. It will be driven up the Hillclimb by Katarina Kyvalova, the founder of the Bentley Belles – a group of talented female drivers that race historic Bentleys around the world.
  • 2003 Speed 8 #7 – the very car that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2003. The culmination of a three-year campaign, the Speed 8 scored a historic 1-2 finish to claim Bentley’s sixth Le Mans title and it’s first since 1930. Returning for driving duty will be Bentley Boy Guy Smith, who took the chequered flag.
  • The 2018 Continental GT3 – the second generation of GT3 racer, now built from the current Continental GT road car. Racing around the world, the Continental GT3 visits the Festival fresh from winning the 1000km Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup Race at Paul Ricard in the hands of Steven Kane, who will also take the wheel at Goodwood.
The racing Bentleys will be joined on the Hillclimb by four powerful Grand Tourers from the current model range. The Continental GT and new Continental GT Convertible will appear in the Supercar class, with the latter being piloted by rising British female racing driver Abbie Eaton. The very latest additions to Bentley’s range – the Bentayga Speed and all-new Flying Spur – will make their UK dynamic debuts as part of the First Glance class.
Ahead of this year’s Festival, and to highlight Bentley’s long-standing partnership with the event, Goodwood and Bentley have produced a joint film featuring some of Bentley’s most important cars from the last century being used across the Goodwood Estate. With a cameo from His Grace The Duke of Richmond and starring his personal butler, Monty, the film is a celebration of the first 100 extraordinary years of Bentley. The film can be viewed online at https://youtu.be/H5ocacOc41g.

Thursday, 20 June 2019

BMH GRANTED TITLE SPONSORSHIP OF THE MGCC DONINGTON RACE MEETING AND ITS EQUIPE 3 HOUR RELAY - JULY 20/21



BMH GRANTED TITLE SPONSORSHIP OF THE MGCC DONINGTON RACE MEETING AND ITS EQUIPE 3 HOUR RELAY - JULY 20/21
British Motor Heritage (BMH) will be playing a multi-faceted role in the MG Car Club’s major summer race meeting at Donington Park on the weekend of July 20/21. Not only will the company be the title sponsor of the whole event, but also that of the popular Equipe 3 Hour Classic Relay race that takes place on Saturday. Last but not least, it plans to run its own trio of race cars (an MGB, Austin A40 and Mini Cooper S) in the relay, and have a display of its wares in the paddock.
Said BMH’s Managing Director John Yea: “We are delighted to provide such backing to the MG Car Club (MGCC), which continues to organise excellent race meetings for exactly the type and period of cars we help keep in existence by our supply of original-quality replacement panels and bodyshells.
“Supporting the third running of the Equipe 3 Hour Relay is also something of a no-brainer, as we applaud the way Equipe Classic Racing has created a ‘trophy’ event in the style of the Spa 6 Hours and Birkett Relay Race, but one that’s more affordable and kinder to the type of smaller-engined cars that dominate British classic racing. Besides, we love competing in it!”
Said MGCC organiser Andy Green: “This is an exciting first for the MGCC, as we have never before sold the title of one our events, and are delighted to have made such an arrangement with BMH, as it’s the perfect fit for both parties. We look forward to what promises to be a great weekend of classic motorsport.”
For further information on British Motor Heritage and its products for the classic car, sector see www.bmh-ltd.com.

MAGNIFICENT MOTORS FOR BEAULIEU’S SIMPLY MERCEDES DEBUT



MAGNIFICENT MOTORS FOR BEAULIEU’S SIMPLY MERCEDES DEBUT

The stylish luxury cars of Mercedes-Benz will be the stars of Beaulieu's brand new Simply Mercedes on Sunday, August 18th when they meet for the brand new event in the grounds of the National Motor Museum.
Eagerly anticipated by German car fans, Simply Mercedes is open to all ages and models from the marque’s distinguished history. From sporty roadsters and luxury saloons to rugged off-roaders and hard-working commercial vehicles, all are invited to park up in the rally which will honour one of the world’s most respected car makers.
Expect to see a selection from landmark post-war models such as the stylish fintail and ‘Ponton’ saloons, through the iconic 300SL ‘Gullwing’, classic ‘Pagoda’ sports car and popular W123 saloons, to the modern-day A-Class, S-Class, G-Class and X-Class, as well as class-leading Sprinter van and the all-terrain G-Wagen and Unimog. All Mercedes are welcome to join the show.
The Mercedes-Benz Club will be out in force, bringing a selection of its members’ prestigious cars.
Visitors and event-goers will be able to vote for their favourite Mercedes of the show in the People’s Choice Award, with the winner receiving a Beaulieu trophy.
Make sure to explore the National Motor Museum, included in the event ticket, where show-goers can see a remarkable selection of historic Mercedes. The 1903 Mercedes 60hp, one of only five still in existence, is joined by the 1928 Mercedes-Benz 36/220 Model S once owned by actor Sir Peter Ustinov and the 2010 McLaren Mercedes MP4/21 replica of Jenson Button’s F1 racer.
Event tickets include entry to all of the Beaulieu attraction, including the National Motor Museum with its Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 50 years exhibition, World of Top GearOn Screen Cars, 13th century Beaulieu Abbey, the Montagu ancestral home of Palace House and its grounds and gardens.
For those driving a Mercedes and taking part in the show, participant tickets are £10 an adult, £5 a child (aged 5-16) if bought in advance online before 5pm on August 15th, or £12 an adult and £6 a child on the day. All other visitors can buy general admission tickets to Beaulieu at the standard attraction price. For tickets and information see www.beaulieu.co.uk/events/simply-mercedes.
Entry is from 9am - 3pm for rally participants. The Brabazon Restaurant will serve hot drinks and breakfast snacks from 9-11am. All other visitors should enter Beaulieu though the Visitor Reception building with a standard attraction admission ticket, from 10am.
The first Simply Mercedes will be Beaulieu’s ninth Simply rally this year, followed by Simply Smart on November 10th. For tickets and details see www.beaulieu.co.uk/events.
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BICESTER HERITAGE SUPER SCRAMBLE CARS INCLUDE 2013 LEWIS HAMILTON’S MERCEDES F1 CAR AND ENDURANCE RECORD NAPIER RAILTON



BICESTER HERITAGE SUPER SCRAMBLE CARS INCLUDE 2013 LEWIS HAMILTON’S MERCEDES F1 CAR AND ENDURANCE RECORD NAPIER RAILTON


Sunday 23rd June: Lewis Hamilton’s 2013 F1 car and the endurance record 1933, 24 litre Napier Railton are set to be stars of the show at the inaugural Bicester Heritage Super Scramble on Sunday 23rd June.
The event, which will be held at the Oxfordshire-based automotive hub, is expected to attract around 6,000 visitors, with the first run of tickets already sold out.
It promises to be a must-attend for enthusiasts with more than 80 truly special motor cars making demonstration runs on the Bicester Heritage Test Track throughout the day. A further selection of around 40 historic cars will be on display including Hamilton’s 2013 Mercedes-AMG F1 V8 from the Mercedes-AMG F1 Collection and the Brooklands Napier Railton. An eclectic mix of rare cars from private collections will be shown, from famous hill-climb and rally cars to hot-rod sand racers, European coach-built classics and manufacturer prototypes. Visitors can also expect to see and hear some dramatic fire-ups throughout the event.
The entire Technical Site will form the paddock area for the demonstration track and guests can wander freely through the display vehicles to get a close-up experience of the preparation and warm-up of vehicles before they take to the circuit.
Set within the grounds of the UK’s best-preserved WW2 bomber station and attached to an active airfield, the Super Scramble will combine live action displays of historic machinery with the relaxed, access-all-areas ethos of the campus.
The first Bicester Autojumble will be held inside the Exhibition Hangar 113, alongside the inaugural Art of Transport exhibition. This live and interactive installation of automotive artists’ studios inside the hangar will allow attendees to explore the rich and varied artistic endeavours that surround transport in the UK, with workshops and seminars taking place throughout the day.
Daniel Geoghegan, Managing Director of Bicester Heritage, commented: “The Super Scramble will celebrate the heritage of our rich automotive culture, offering sights and sounds to enthusiasts young and old. Bicester Heritage’s philosophy of inclusivity and family appeal has shaped this Super Scramble and we look forward to what promises to be a memorable feast for the eyes and ears alike.”
To buy tickets online, follow this link HERE
Tickets are available to purchase in advance only and will not be available on the gates on the day. They are strictly limited to 6,000 and expected to sell out before the event.
 Photo credit: Tom Horna - AutoHouse London

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

FIRST ANDY SAUNDERS’ AWARD AT BEAULIEU’S FATHER’S DAY HOT ROD & CUSTOM DRIVE-IN DAY



FIRST ANDY SAUNDERS’ AWARD AT BEAULIEU’S FATHER’S DAY HOT ROD & CUSTOM DRIVE-IN DAY

New show ambassador Andy Saunders presented his first award at Beaulieu’s popular Hot Rod & Custom Drive-In Day Father’s Day event, as 5,484 event-goers and 380 hot rods and customised vehicles gathered in the grounds of the National Motor Museum.
Getting the retro weekend off to a great start was Simply VW on Saturday, June 15th, with 528 Volkswagens and 1,280 show-goers joining the chilled-out show, as part of a retro motoring weekend with Vintage Village fashions, live music and dancing.
Renowned car customizer Andy Saunders picked Michael Castle’s Pro Street 1980 Ford Cortina as his car of the show at Hot Rod & Custom Drive-In Day, which is held in association with Solent Renegades club. Delighting show-goers with the roar of its brutal 8.2-litre V8 engine, Michael had driven this drag racing star down to the show from Middlesbrough.
Presenting a custom-made trophy and Autoglym valeting pack to Michael, Andy said: “It was tricky narrowing it down from my 32 favourites but this Cortina is fabulous and epitomises what we were doing on the custom scene in the late 1980s and early 1990s. It was built 30 years ago but has only recently resurfaced and the work that has gone into building the car is absolutely incredible... and road-legal. It doesn’t get any better than this!”
The award for Best Custom went to Chris Clemens, from Winchester, for his 1960 Morris Minor 1000. Andy, who presented trophies and Autoglym packs to all of the winners, said: “This car is so pretty with its cherry red paint. It is beautiful to see a custom car of this age where everything is correct, from the slot mag wheels to the twin-cam engine.”
The Best Hot Rod award went to Dave and Carole Sharp, who had driven from Kent in their stunning 1928 Ford Model A. Best Bike was awarded to Chris Head and Dave Hiles, from West Moors in Dorset, for their monster-engine trike, while the coveted Best in Show award was presented to Dave and Angie Owen, from Bournemouth, for their bright orange V8-powered 1955 Ford Anglia. Andy was joined to present the Best American award by Solent Renegades’ Dan Potter, who had chosen the 1951 Pontiac Chieftain owned by Barry Dunwoodie, from Ringwood.
For the first time in 2019, Classic American magazine held the regional heats of its Car of the Year award at the show, inviting the best unmodified American cars to compete. Earning a place in the competition final at the NEC’s Classic Motor Show in November was Brian Forsdike, from the Isle of Wight, for his 1957 Ford Thunderbird.
Andy, who arrived at the show in his 1937 Cord Westchester Tetanus, spent the day talking to fans and revealed his new project, a Riley RM. He said: “At International Autojumble last September, I bought a pair of wings for a pre-war Delahaye 135M, which have a wonderful shape to them but I needed to find a car to fit them to. I eventually found this Riley RM, which will be ideal for my next car build. I’ll restore the original chassis and keep the stock Riley running gear but I can make a whole new body for it, which will be lower and sleeker. I don’t know how long it will take . . . but I hope it doesn’t take 14 years like Tetanus did!”
Also wowing show-goers was the famous hot rod Coffee Grinder, one of the first American hot rods to be imported to England in the 1960s. It was brought over by celebrated pop-artist Gerald Laing and has recently been bought back by his sons. The impressive selection of cars on show included smooth low-riders, powerful pick-up trucks and stock American classics dating as far back as the 1920s. The event also included a special show of bikes, from retro scooters to choppers and monster-engine trikes.
At the Breeze Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles-sponsored Simply VW event on Saturday, the People’s Choice Award was presented to Russell Payton, from Newbury, with his restored 1964 Karmann Ghia. Runners-up were Sarah Walkey, from Portsmouth, with her pink wrapped 2013 Beetle and Brandon Hayes, from Wimborne, with his custom-style 2000 Beetle. They were both presented with Autoglym prizes by Stuart Hack, the sponsor’s Head of Business.
Across the weekend, Bows & Braces ran a colourful Vintage Village packed with nostalgic collectables, records, jewellery, luggage, kitchenware and retro clothing. There was a bigger than ever Vintage Tea Tent, while Bournemouth Lindy Hop Club gave dance demonstrations with Jitterbug Jive and there was live music on the arena stage.
On Saturday, Bows & Braces presented the Best Dressed Vehicle award to Sharon Drewell, from the Isle of Wight, who brought the impressive combination of her 1968 VW Beetle towing her 1963 Eriba Puck caravan. On Sunday, the Best Dressed Individual awards went to six-year-old Aylar Pashapour, from the New Forest, while the Best Dressed Group was Frank and Pam Annable, from Bournemouth, and Best Dressed Vehicle was the Mad Max-style 1993 Lexus of Rogan McGilp, from Hereford.
Coming next on Beaulieu’s events calendar is Simply Land Rover on June 23rdSimply Jaguar on July 14thSimply Japanese on July 28th and Beaulieu Supercar Weekend on August 3rd-4th. For tickets and details see www.beaulieu.co.uk/events.

Thursday, 13 June 2019

MX-5 AND GT-R BIRTHDAYS MARKED AT BEAULIEU’S SIMPLY JAPANESE



MX-5 AND GT-R BIRTHDAYS MARKED AT BEAULIEU’S SIMPLY JAPANESE

Two of Japan’s best-loved performance cars will be honoured as part of Beaulieu’ssuper-size Simply Japanese on Sunday, July 28th, as 30 years of the Mazda MX-5 and 50 years of the Nissan GT-R are marked with special display areas in the vibrant show.
Owners of these iconic motors are invited to park in the grounds of the National Motor Museum as highlights of the show, which is anticipated to attract as many as 900 Japanese cars of every age and variety.
The globally successful Mazda MX-5 has become the roadster of choice for millions since its 1989 launch. The iconic Nissan GT-R traces its history back even further to 1969 when it was unveiled as the ultimate performance version of the six-cylinder Nissan Skyline. Owners of both of these legendary models, from the earliest examples right up to the latest showroom versions, will be taking their places in the busy showground.
Club stands are always at the heart of the show, with 450 cars across 29 club stand already booked to attend the eighth Simply Japanese. Mighty 5s will be bringing along a selection of Mazda MX-5s, Del Sol UK will be showcasing the targa-top Honda CRX and Celica-Club will celebrate the many incarnations of Toyota’s sporty Celica, while Hampshire Honda Crew, the Toyota GT86, Subaru BRZ Drivers Club plus the SouthCoastJap and Nihon Kuruma Alliance enthusiasts’ groups will be out in force, as members each park their pride and joy on the club stand.
Throughout the day, visitors and event-goers will be able to vote for their favourite Japanese car of the show in the People’s Choice Award, with the winner receiving a Beaulieu trophy.
Event tickets include entry to all of the Beaulieu attraction, including the National Motor Museum with its Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 50 years exhibition, World of Top GearOn Screen Cars, 13th century Beaulieu Abbey, the Montagu ancestral home of Palace House and its grounds and gardens.
For those driving Japanese cars and taking part in the show, participant tickets are £10 an adult, £5 a child (aged 5-16) if bought in advance online before 5pm on July 25th, or £12 an adult and £6 a child on the day. All other visitors can buy general admission tickets to Beaulieu at the standard attraction price. For tickets and information see www.beaulieu.co.uk/events/simply-japanese.
Entry is from 8.30am - 3pm for rally participants. The Brabazon Restaurant will serve hot drinks and breakfast snacks from 9-11am. All other visitors should enter Beaulieu though the Visitor Reception building with a standard attraction admission ticket, from 10am.
Simply Japanese will be Beaulieu’s eighth Simply rally this year, followed by the first Simply Mercedes on August 18th and Simply Smart on November 10th. For tickets and details see www.beaulieu.co.uk/events.
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SALON PRIVÉ TO SHOWCASE SIGNIFICANT COMPETITION CARS



SALON PRIVÉ TO SHOWCASE SIGNIFICANT COMPETITION CARS

 1957 Ferrari 500 TRC

. Among the 50 exceptional and rare motor cars, battling for the prestigious ‘Best of Show’ prize at the annual Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance by Chubb Insurance will be a pair of significant competition cars; a celebrated 1937 Delahaye 145, plus a 1957 Ferrari 500 TRC.
The Delahaye to feature at Salon Privé is the remarkable ‘Million-Franc’ 145, the first of four 4.5-litre V12 race cars built for the Écurie Bleue Racing Team owned by Americans, Laury and Lucy Schell. After months of tuning, one of the Schell Delahaye Type 145’s competed in the French government’s automotive engineering challenge; the Million Franc Prize. On August 27th 1937, legendary driver René Dreyfus drove one of Schell’s Type 145 for 200 kilometres in a record one hour, twenty-one minutes, 49 1/2 seconds, travelling at an average speed of 91.3 miles per hour (146.7 km/h) on the banked Montlhery motor circuit, south of Paris. The Prix du Million had been won, this being a one million franc prize offered in 1937 by the French Government to encourage French motor car manufacturers to beat the Germans, which were then dominating motor racing.
The Delahaye then competed in the Grand Prix de Pau in 1938 with a first-place finish, beating the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows. This victory was repeated at the Grand Prix de Cork, followed by the Mille Miglia with a fourth-place finish. World War II then engulfed Europe and racing stopped. Post-war, this significant Delahaye traded hands, lost part of its original body and its identity was for a time difficult to establish, but careful research revealed its true history as the ex-Rene Dreyfus Montlhery record-breaker.
Another important competition racer at Salon Privé 2019 is the stunning Ferrari 500 TRC, acknowledged as one of the most beautiful racing cars ever built by Ferrari and successor to the two-litre racing 500 TR of 1956, in its turn successor to the Mondial. Only 19 Lampredi-engined 500 TRC models were built, all
for privateers, and the car presented at Salon Privé is the very last one. Chassis 0708MDTR was originally finished in red from the factory and sent to John Von Neumann in September 1957. Von Neumann was the first Ferrari dealer in California, who painted all his cars silver (Argento with a red stripe), the racing colour of Germany, with the red stripe being a homage to Ferrari. 0708MTDR did not actually find its first owner until August 1958, when it was sold for $11,232 plus tax to Jack Nethercutt of Sylmar, California.

While it missed most of the 1958 season, Nethercult made up for lost time by running 0708MDTR up and down the West Coast in at least thirteen races in 1959, with success. This Ferrari racer is today, without question, one of the best 500 TRCs in the world.
Commenting on this pair of outstanding competition cars, Salon Privé’s Concours Chairman, Andrew Bagley said: “We are delighted and very excited to include these notable competition cars of their day, and the inclusion of these important Delahaye and Ferrari models highlight the global reputation and status of our spectacular and exclusive Salon Privé Concours celebrations at Blenheim Palace.”
1937 Delahaye 145

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

GROUP B LEGENDS FINALLY ARRIVE AT SILVERSTONE



GROUP B LEGENDS FINALLY ARRIVE AT SILVERSTONE
Streetcar Shootout is in its tenth year at the Classic

Having been given the honour of hosting the very first official World Championship Formula One race in 1950, Silverstone is rightly revered around the globe as the home of Grand Prix racing in the UK.

The hallowed Northamptonshire venue, though, has also staged World Rally Championship action in its illustrious past a chapter in the circuit’s history that ended exactly 20 years ago in 1999 and which will be retold at this summer’s Silverstone Classic (26-28 July).

A special rallying showcase organised by Slowly Sideways UK will not only feature legendary beasts from the audacious Group B era but also Colin McRae’s iconic blue Subaru Impreza – the very car in which the swashbuckling Scot competed at Silverstone in 1997 en route to winning his third and final Network Q RAC Rally.

Back in the days of crowd-pleasing Sunday Spectator Stages set at stately homes and race tracks, the World Rally Championship roared into Silverstone on five occasions – the first visit came in 1980 then again in 1989, 1997, 1998 and finally in 1999.

Those years straddle the legendary Group B era which came between 1983 and 1986 – an omission that will be plugged at the Classic as the Slowly Sideways showcase will include a number of these fearsome Group B monsters including Ford RS200, Nissan 240RS and Peugeot 205 T16 icons. 

Often termed ‘Formula 1 in the forests’, Group B regulations were introduced for the 1982 season with only a few restrictions and allowing almost unlimited power. Cars could be mid-engined two-seaters and manufacturers only had to produce 200 examples that bore no more than a passing resemblance to showroom models to meet minimal homologation requirements.

As a result, in the four years between 1983 and 1986, rallying developed further and faster than it had done in the previous four decades. Group B took the sport to the absolute edge of performance but put it beyond common sense and reasonable safety levels. When FISA, the then world governing body, called the category following a series of terrifying accidents, Group B was immortalised.

The presence of these daring Group B vestiges at the Classic will add yet another attraction to what’s already the biggest retro-racing festival on Earth. Even more so, as the beasts won’t just be caged in a showcase – they will be released for dramatic demonstration runs in the event’s popular live demos area (located on a stretch of ex-track between former Abbey and Bridge Corners) and now crowned the Shift & Drift Zone, where they will share the spotlight with stunt driving supremo Terry Grant and the ever-spectacular Streetcar Shootout.

The rubber-burning Streetcar Shootout is celebrating its tenth year at the Classic, giving visitors a glimpse of British streetcar drag racing at its very best with more than 70 of the UK's ‘baddest’ street cars battling it out to take the much-coveted crown.

Last year saw the biggest and best display to date with newcomer Danny Wilson taking top honours in his Outlaw Anglia running a 412 cubic inch small block Chevy engine with an incredible best ¼ mile time of 8.85 seconds crossing the line at an astounding 153 mph! 

What’s more, each show will be topped and tailed by three mind-blowing dragsters. Sam Freeman will open up with his immaculately turned out, supercharged Keith Black powered Dragster producing an ear-shattering 2,000hp. Closing each show will be Thing 8 supercharged outlaw – the star of last year's Classic – plus Lee Galimore’s Red Mist Altered dragster. The dynamic duo bringing the curtain down with an awesome display totalling close to 4,000hp!

Legendary stuntman Grant, a multiple world record holder, made his Silverstone Classic debut in 2018 and wasted no time wowing crowds with an incredible exhibition of jaw-dropping stunts. He left his stunned audience crying out for more… and that’s just what they are going to get in July.

“It’s great to be adding the aura of Group B to the power-packed Shift & Drift Zone show,” said Nick Wigley, CEO of the Silverstone Classic. “Those monsters really caught the public’s imagination back in the eighties and it’s no surprise that they continue to do so today. The heroics of Colin McRae were similarly exciting, so the presence of his RAC Rally winning Subaru is sure to be yet another must-see magnet for all Classic visitors.”

Entry to the Shift & Drift Zone is included in the ticket price. Adult general admission starts at £45 and all tickets also provide access to both Silverstone racing paddocks, all open trackside grandstands, live music concerts, Drive Live test drives, funfair rides and the vast majority of the great family entertainment on offer.

A wide range of child, young adult and family tickets are also available along with camping and hospitality options. Full details of all 2019 ticket prices are detailed on the silverstoneclassic.com website.