Thursday, 17 January 2019

RECORD GRID OF BENTLEY RACERS TO CELEBRATE CENTENARY

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RECORD GRID OF BENTLEY RACERS TO CELEBRATE CENTENARY
Bentley Centenary Trophy for Pre-War Sports Cars at the Silverstone Classic
This summer’s Silverstone Classic will celebrate Bentley’s 100th birthday with a very special anniversary race dedicated to honouring the illustrious British marque’s most significant historical milestone.
To be staged on Saturday evening at the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival, the Bentley Centenary Trophy for Pre-War Sports Cars comes almost exactly 100 years after the legendary W.O. Bentley founded the company that carries his name on 10 July, 1919.
To mark the momentous occasion, it is hoped that a record turn-out of more than 30 iconic racing Bentleys will line up, as in period, in a hugely evocative field also packed with pre-war Alfa Romeos, Aston Martins, Bugattis, Fraser Nashes, Lagondas and MGs all dating back to the 1920s and 1930s.
It was in competition that the hallowed brand first earned its reputation, winning the coveted Le Mans 24 Hours no fewer than five times in seven years between 1924 and 1930, topped by an all-conquering 1-2-3 podium clean sweep precisely 90 years ago in 1929.
Furthering the appeal, the notoriously rugged cars – then hailing from Cricklewood in north London and once described by competitive rival Ettore Bugatti as ‘the fastest lorries in the world’ – were raced by an alluring group of wealthy British drivers nicknamed the ‘Bentley Boys’.
Illustrious examples of the 3-litre, 4.5-litre Blower and Speed Six models, helmed with such success in France, will be among the record numbers lining up at the Classic.
“Those glorious tales of the big green Bentleys thundering through the French night are part of motor sport legend passed down through the generations,” lauded Nick Wigley, Silverstone Classic CEO. “Now we will be recreating some of that magic at sunset on Saturday at the Classic to celebrate what is a very special moment in Bentley’s remarkable lifetime.”
The Bentley Centenary Trophy for Pre-War Sports Cars is being organised by Motor Racing Legends, whose Chairman, Duncan Wiltshire, anticipates a record-breaking grid.
“This is such a significant anniversary – a once-in-a-lifetime celebration which is certain to appeal to all those with eligible Bentleys.
“As a result, we are expecting an enormous turn-out and, by all probability, the biggest grid of racing Bentleys ever seen anywhere in the world,” predicted Wiltshire, whose Motor Racing Legends team will also be fielding the well-established Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy and Stirling Moss Trophy sportscar racing grids at the Classic, featuring cars largely from the 1950s era, including Jaguar D-types, Lister Knobblies and Cooper Monacos.   
Adding to the unmissable Bentley centenary celebrations, a special track parade for car clubs representing the distinguished luxury brand is also scheduled for Saturday at the Classic. Once again, huge numbers are expected to join the historic 100th birthday party.
Visitors keen to experience the festivities must buy their tickets in advance and can take advantage of an Early Bird offer when purchasing before the end of March.
All tickets grant access to trackside grandstands, live music concerts on Friday and Saturday evenings, both racing paddocks plus the vast majority of the fun-fuelled family entertainment on offer at the ‘rocking and racing’ Classic.
Full details on general admission tickets, car club display packages, hospitality experiences and camping options – as well as all the latest Classic news – can be found at silverstoneclassic.com.
Source:Silverstone Classic


Tuesday, 15 January 2019

CARS, STARS AND LIVE ACTION ENTERTAINMENT ROUNDS OFF SUCCESSFUL FINAL DAY AT AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL



CARS, STARS AND LIVE ACTION ENTERTAINMENT ROUNDS OFF SUCCESSFUL FINAL DAY AT AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL

 It’s been an action-packed final day at Autosport International with visitors treated to stars, cars and thrilling stunts within the Live Action Arena performances.
Ex-F1 driver Johnny Herbert opened the show with Karun Chandhok and Billy Monger and took to the Autosport stage to discuss his British Grand Prix victory in 1995, driving after his F3000 accident and the different mindset towards understanding and appreciating risks in modern day F1, he commented:
“I know Lewis, Fernando and Jenson have said it before and Max is very much that way as well - they all, in some ways, wish they could go back to the 80s and 90s. It’s the challenge. For me Lewis on track is amongst the very very best at not using the extra run off with four wheels off, it’s very rare he does that. Others do it to gain an advantage if they possibly can.
“Lewis and Fernando would want to conquer the track by driving between the white lines. That’s what I think it was always about when we used to go to Monaco. There’s the white line and then there’s the barrier...that’s the challenge, that’s the thrill that I think we all want to have.
"That (using the run off areas) is not the skill, the skill is to keep within the track. That’s what the Ayrtons of the world, the Michaels of the world, the greats, do."
Touring car legend Andy Rouse was presented with a trophy on the main stage after being voted Motorsport News’ and Autosport’s greatest-ever British Touring Car Championship driver. The four-time champion and winner of 60 races within the category was voted the greatest by a panel of experts and drivers in celebration of the the championship’s 60 years.
Billy Monger was on hand to entertain the Live Action Arena crowds in his F3 car. The show saw a mixture of high-speed demonstrations and breathtaking stunt driving from Billy, Terry Grant and a host of competition drivers. Powerful racing and performance cars offered fans an unrivalled variety of racing action, all hosted by Sky F1 Lead Commentator David Croft alongside popular social media vloggers Shmee150 and Miss Emma Walsh.
Round 4 of the Le Mans Esports Series took place at the show. The two-hour endurance event comprised of both racers qualifying from online and the fastest times created across the four days at the show. Shaun Arnold triumphed and scooped the biggest share of the $10,000 prize pot, with a storming drive from pole position. The Super Final boasts a chance for the winner to take their place on the real-life Le Mans 24 Hours podium and win a share of the $160,000 prize fund. Tobin Leigh finished second and booked his place at the Super Final.
Leigh battled through from 11th place on the grid, having only booked his place in the final the day before, when he was one of two drivers to qualify on the Saturday of the show.
They joined 10 pre-qualified drivers led by Arnold.
"It's a crazy feeling. Coming here yesterday on the Saturday and qualifying was pretty insane. I just came to have fun, I didn't expect to qualify, but I did and it felt great to beat some established racing drivers such as Aston Martin factory driver, Ross Gunn.
"I started the main race from the back row of the grid, again didn't have any expectations, but I found myself climbing all the way to second and securing a spot at Le Mans."
Over in the Performance and Tuning Car Show, social media and TV star Yiannimize met expectant fans on his Urban Automotive stand. The show, which housed a feast of some of the most prestigious names and car clubs, was packed with car fans of all ages looking for road cars that are tuned to be perfect performance machines. The all-new Motorious.com brand, an automotive hub for car collectors, was launched at the show with a feature comprising of a McLaren P1 hypercar. 
Autosport International 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.

2019 WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP LAUNCH KICKS OFF AN ACTION-PACKED ‘SUPER SATURDAY’ AT AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL
McLaren F1 drivers Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris opened the first public day of Autosport International in what has been a spectacular day of star-studded interviews, including the global launch of the 2019 World Rally Championship (WRC) season.
The public were treated to the unveils of all four new 2019 season World Rally Cars: the M-Sport Ford, Toyota Gazoo Racing, Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT, Citroën Total WRT. Immediately after unveiling their cars, each driver at the show revealed their chosen race numbers for the upcoming year. All of the 2019 WRC cars will remain at the show on Sunday before heading of to Monte-Carlo for the first rally in two weeks time.  
Away from the rally fanfare, McLaren’s 2019 F1 drivers Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz were on hand to entertain the crowds on the main Autosport stage. Lando Norris talked about getting ahead of his new teammate, the technical changes for 2019 and adjusting mentally to the challenge of his debut season in the top tier of motorsport. He said:
“Last year I didn’t win the championship so it was a good enough year for me to learn that I can’t always win. Every year something changes and you can’t always be where you want to and I think that’s something I’ve got to learn and something I’ve already started to learn last year in how you have to develop , how you have to progress and you have to become better as a team.
“In F1 everything is different, so there’s a lot of things that you have to put together to become better overall...but over time I’ll become a better driver in terms of helping myself help the team and therefore one day hopefully be able to win the world championship!”
Teammate Carlos Sainz discussed taking back control of his career after leaving the Red Bull family, the plan to go back to the top with McLaren and the changes in progress to improve overtaking in F1. On the upcoming change in regulations for 2019, he said:
“Hopefully yes it will make a difference, but until I test it (the car) on track it’s going to be impossible to tell, but I welcome the change. If it’s trying to make racing better and it’s been well planned by Liberty and the FIA and has proved in simulations to be better, then I think as a Formula 1 fan and a Formula 1 driver, I welcome that.
“Fuel saving is something that I hate and hopefully it is out of Formula 1 next year with this extra 5kgs which is a good move.”
Norris later went to be reunited with the very Ginetta G40 used for his first racing season in the Ginetta Junior Championship in 2014 and the United Autosports Ligier JSP217 raced at the Daytona 24 Hours in 2018.
The main Autosport stage was abuzz with a raft of motorsport names present at the show. Former F1 driver Karun Chandhok, WEC racer Darren Turner, Billy Monger and a plethora of British Touring Car Championship drivers.
Tributes to the late Henry Hope-Frost were also paid on on the Autosport Stage. Crowds gathered to watch as drivers and close friends regaled stories of one of motorsports most loved presenters. A montage of Henry’s notable moments was played before the introduction of an all-new ‘#Fever Award’ was announced. An award which offers the winner a one year paid internship at Motorsport Network to cover a racing series for one season. The inaugural recipient was Lucy Morson. 
A number of high profile cars went under the hammer from Silverstone Auctions. A 1966 ex-works Lotus Cortina, one of three built and raced by Jim Clark, Graham Hill and Jacky Ickx sold for £150,000. A 1985 MG Metro 6R4, which was on display at Williams F1 factory for more than 20 years, came with only 175 miles on the clock and sold for the same amount. A 1935 Mercedes Benz Type 290 Cabriolet ‘B’ sold for well above the asking price at £108,000, thanks to a bidding war between phone buyer and the eventual winner in the room.
The Live Action Arena is open to those of all ages willing to see a range of loud, powerful machines driven by some of the world’s most skilled drivers putting together a spectacular show of drifting, precision car control and nail-biting stunts.
Those arriving early to Autosport International for the final day on Sunday will see F1 legend Johnny Herbert, Billy Monger and Karun Chandhok open the show and talk on the main Autosport stage throughout the day.
Autosport International 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.

CLASSIC OPPORTUNITY FOR CHARITY PARTNER



CLASSIC OPPORTUNITY FOR CHARITY PARTNER
The Silverstone Classic is offering an exciting opportunity for an official charity alignment with the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival. 
For the past three years, the event’s partnership with leading men’s health charity Prostate Cancer UK has raised almost £60,000 and helped to generate significant awareness of a disease that kills over 11,500 men in the UK every year. 
Money raised at the Classic will help fund vital research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer, as well as fund health information to help raise awareness of the disease - which affects 1 in 8 men in the UK. 
Prostate Cancer UK’s Director of Fundraising, James Beeby said: “We feel incredibly fortunate to have been able to partner with the Silverstone Classic for the last three years. Not only has this enabled us to fund further research into the disease, but it has also acted as the perfect platform to drive home an important health message to thousands of men and their families. We thank all those involved in the Silverstone Classic who have supported this partnership and helped stopped prostate cancer being a killer.” 
With the initial three-year charity partnership with Prostate Cancer UK now having concluded, the Classic is now offering a similar three-year opportunity for a charity to partner with the massive three-day summer festival staged at the UK’s top motor sports venue. 
“The Silverstone Classic presents a fantastic platform for a charity looking to work with a world-class event at the home of British motorsport,” confirmed Nick Wigley, Silverstone Classic CEO. “Our partnership with Prostate Cancer UK provided us with a great chance to give something back by supporting a really worthy cause close to our hearts. We look forward to continuing to do this over the next three years via a charity alignment.”
This year’s summer festival takes place over the weekend of 26-28 July and applications are invited from charitable organisations – notably those with relevance to the spirit of the car-themed nostalgic event – that wish to be considered as the Silverstone Classic’s official event charity. 
Interested parties should email marketing@silverstoneclassic.com for further information and application details. The deadline for completed proposals is 5pm on Thursday 31 January. 


Friday, 11 January 2019

FORD CAPRI’s 50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATED WITH ICONIC MODELS AT THE LONDON CLASSIC CAR SHOW




FORD CAPRI’s 50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATED WITH ICONIC MODELS AT THE
LONDON CLASSIC CAR SHOW
Fans of the iconic Ford Capri and Ford Escort will be treated to special displays by the Capri Mk1 and Ford AVO owners’ clubs at the London Classic Car Show on 14-17 February 2019. Taking place at ExCeL, London, the London Classic Car Show has become a firm fixture on the UK event calendar with 37,000 classic car owners, collectors, experts and enthusiasts enjoying the classic car extravaganza each year.
The Ford Capri launched on 5 February 1969, advertised as “The Car You Always Promised Yourself”. A huge gamble for the Ford Motor Company, the Capri was an affordable sporty coupe that could carry the whole family, targeting the newly-married couple in their twenties. With vast options to choose from, every owner could select the specification that was perfect for them. Its combination of sporty styling and practicality proved hugely popular, with almost a quarter of a million Capris sold in 1970 and nearly 1.9 million sold worldwide during its production.
The Capri Mk1 Owners’ Club will celebrate the iconic model’s 50th anniversary with three examples at the London Classic Car Show. Firstly, a pristine example of the smallest engine Capri, the 1300L in Silver Fox that rolled off the Halewood production line just a couple of months after launch. Showcased alongside will be a three-litre, top-spec Sapphire Blue 3000GXL from the tail end of Mk1 production.
However, the highlight will be a much sought-after RS3100. Only 250 of these were made for homologation purposes in November 1973, with Ford struggling to sell them at the time. A rare survivor, this superb example is finished in the garish archetypal 70’s shade, Daytona Yellow.
Meanwhile, the Ford AVO Owners’ Club will pay tribute to the Escort after it celebrated its own half-centennial in 2018. Confirmed to attend the London Classic Car Show is an Mk1 Escort Twin Cam.  The 110bhp Lotus-powered Escort Twin Cam was conceived and developed by Ford’s Boreham-based competitions department during 1967 and unleashed onto an unsuspecting public during January 1968. It immediately set the world of competition alight and went on to achieve many international race and rally victories during its short production life. Approximately 883 cars were built in total and as all subsequent performance RS Escorts used the Twin Cam model as a basis, this car is seen to be the birth of the RS marque.
Also heading to ExCeL London is an Mk1 Escort Mexico. The Ford Escort Mexico was introduced in November 1970 and was so named because of Ford’s victory in the 1970 World Cup Rally, which finished in Mexico after 16,000 miles. Production of the Mexico lasted until the closure of the AVO factory in January 1975.
Rounding out the club’s display is a Modena Green Mk1 Escort RS2000. The RS2000 was the last car to be introduced to the AVO production range, launched in June 1973. The original name for the car was to be the
‘Puma’, but it was decided to keep with the RS tradition and so it was re-named the RS2000. The RS2000 that will be on show has been used extensively on tours in the UK and Europe, having benefited from period modifications such as twin carburettors and a five-speed gearbox. Owners of an RS2000 include legendary car designer Ian Callum, who will be appearing at this year’s London Classic Car Show.
Source: London Classic Car Show

RECORD ATTENDANCE AT THE FIRST BICESTER HERITAGE SUNDAY SCRAMBLE OF THE 2019 SEASON


RECORD ATTENDANCE AT THE FIRST BICESTER HERITAGE SUNDAY SCRAMBLE OF THE 2019 SEASON
January Sunday Scramble, credit Amy Shore Photography

 Bringing in the New Year in fine style, the first Bicester Heritage Sunday Scramble open day of 2019 welcomed over 7,000 visitors among an incredible mix of machinery.
As the gates opened at 9am, the crisp and tranquil setting of former RAF Bicester was soon filled with the rumble of engines and excited conversation as the cars and crowds assembled. In typical Sunday Scramble style, the selection of cars in the same site was varied and inclusive, with the latest supercars rubbing shoulders with vintage rarities and everything in between.
Stand out cars from the day included the incredible ex-Gilles Villeneuve FW19 F1 car proudly displayed at Sports Purpose, a thoroughly well-used and battle-scarred Jaguar C-type, 199mph Porsche 964-based RUF RCT EVO, stunning Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing which sat outside the Heritage Skills Academy and the instantly recognisable ‘Hairy Canary’ AC Cobra in the ‘Blast House’ showroom of Pendine Historics.
As always a selection of car clubs put on a tremendous number of displays, with the car park itself proving a treasure trove where the likes of a Ferrari F40 were simply parked up amongst the vast selection of vehicles brought by passionate visitors keen to attend the show.
British watchmaker and event partner, Bremont, manned their Nissen Hut-style bunkers on the Main Drive, showcasing their latest beautifully made timepieces whilst Bicester Heritage’s insurance partner Hagerty Insurance UK managed a fully booked Valuation Arena, assisting classic vehicle owners with face-to-face up-to-date values for insurance purposes.
Whether enjoying the buzzing overhead from the Finest Hour Experiences Tiger Moth, a pint of on-site brewery Wriggly Monkey’s latest creation or simply the juxtaposition of patinated Land Rovers and immaculate Italian classics, the intrepid ‘season opener’ had plenty on offer for the 7,000-plus visitors.
The next Sunday Scramble will take place on the 28th of April, with a new ‘Super Scramble’ recently announced for the 23rd June 2019. Save the dates!
Commenting on the event, Dan Geoghegan, Managing Director of Bicester Heritage, said:
“The January Scramble is always a highlight of the year for us, not just to see who is out in their classics but also to get the first New Year Sunday off to the best possible start.  We were taken aback by the attendance and support, not least to see so many families and fabulous motorcars: the classic car world is clearly in excellent health.”  
"It offers a superb opportunity to get behind the scenes at Bicester Heritage, not to mention visit Britain’s best preserved pre-war bomber station come to life in such a dynamic way.  We are avidly planning for the Drive-it-Day Scramble on Sunday 28th April."
Source: Bicester Heritage


PRODUCT LAUNCHES AND CAR DEBUTS LEAD ACTION-PACKED FIRST DAY AT AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL



PRODUCT LAUNCHES AND CAR DEBUTS LEAD ACTION-PACKED FIRST DAY AT AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL

BTCC Launch
Autosport International has opened its doors for 2019 – and it’s been a spectacular day of unveils already, including the European debut of Porsche’s stunning 935 ‘Moby Dick’ and a number of British Touring Car Championship cars and driver line-ups. 
Appearing on the Porsche stand throughout the four-day event, this very special track-only car is inspired by the famous 1970s racer. Revealed a few months ago at the ‘Rennsport Reunion’ event in California, only 77 will ever be built, each packing the same 690bhp, 3.8-litre twin-turbo flat-six and chassis underpinnings of the latest 911 GT2 RS.
BAC announced Pirelli as its official tyre partner, which means its Mono single-seater sports car will run on the P Zero Trofeo R tyre. The British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) announcements ramped up for the new season with Cataclean Racing unveiling its race car, a Mercedes-Benz A-Class run by Ciceley Motorsport and driven by Renault Clio UK Cup graduate, Dan Rowbottom, who will make his BTCC debut this season.
AmD Tuning revealed its new livery for the team’s Honda Civics, which will be raced by Sam Tordoff and Rory Butcher in the 2019 British Touring Car Championship season, while Motorbase Performance revealed Ollie Jackson and Tom Chilton as their drivers for the upcoming season.
The wraps also came off the Series Elite 2019 Jaguar XE SV Project 8 race car. This tantalising championship is a brand-new, one-make race series for over-50s, with each driver grappling with the 600hp, 200mph machine.
F1 fans were in for a treat too, with the presentation of McLaren’s 2018 MCL33 F1 Car on the F1 Racing stand, alongside a full grid of cars from the summit of motorsport.
Ferrari confirmed two new race car activities for 2019 at Autosport International, with the Ferrari Challenge UK series confirmed with four races for this year and the announcement of new Club Competizioni GT track events for owners of Competizioni GT cars from 1989-2018.
It was back-to-back star names over at the Autosport Stage, with appearances from a host of famous faces, including ex-F1 drivers Martin Brundle, Derek Warwick and David Brabham, W Series drivers Jessica Hawkins and Esmee Hawkey and a special appearance from five-time Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series winner, Mark Skaife.
Over in Autosport Engineering, which takes place until Friday 11th January and hosts the world’s leading component suppliers and innovation experts, there were Product Showcase awards recognising the best in the engineering business.
The winner for Innovation was Bcomp (for its Power Ribs), while the Cross Industry Application went to Aero Tec (for its FIA FT5 Safety) and the Vehicle Performance Tuningaward was picked up by HP Tuners (for its MPV12). The Safety category was won by Bosch (for its ABS M5 Kit), Lightweighting went to Evo Corse (for the Evo Jack), while Data & Measurement was picked up by Texense (for the Texense IRN8-WS4).
Finally, Manufacturing & Fabrication went to Motordrive Seats (for its MD20 FIA8862 seat), Electronics was collected by Cartek (for its Speed Marshall) and the Energy Efficiency award went to Bosch Motorsport (for its Electric Coolant).
And that’s just the start of the four-day event. Over the course of this weekend, visitors to Autosport International will be able to see and hear from Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz, who will be opening the show on Super Saturday (12th January). Johnny Herbert will be joined by Karun Chandhok on the Autosport Stage on Sunday 13th January. 
Saturday also marks the official launch of the WRC and all of the drivers, co-drivers and team principals from the teams competing in 2019 will be at the show. In addition, Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team, Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team and M-Sport World Rally Team will all reveal their new cars and liveries to the crowds.
An all-new dedicated and expert global ticketing & travel operation, Motorsport Live, was launched at the show with a feature stand aimed at providing visitors and sports fans with a full racing experience. Motorious.com, the all-new international car collector digital platform, was launched with a host of supercars on display in the Performance and Tuning Car Show.
Autosport International 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 available at www.autosportinternational.com.
Source: Autosport International 2019

MG & Triumph Spares Day Dedicated parking returns!



MG & Triumph dedicated parking returns!
 

The MG & Triumph Spares Day in association Cherished Vehicle Insurance Services returns to Stoneleigh Park on 10th February 2019.

The newly launched MG & Triumph dedicated parking provides owners with potentially their first chance to bring their pride and joys out of winter hibernation and on the road.  We believe this new area will become and real highlight of the event and provide owners and visitors alike with a superb opportunity to admire the vehicles on display. The MG & Triumph parking will be located adjacent to the exhibition halls providing ease of access to the event for their owners.

What’s more drivers can enter the show for just £5 as a gesture of goodwill from the organisers (tickets only available on the day – on a first come first served basis). Remember, all those who park up are automatically entered to win a variety of awards and prizes judged by MG Enthusiast and Triumph World editor Simon Goldsworthy including Editors Choice and Best Club stand.

Thursday, 10 January 2019

MORE CLUBS THAN EVER ON SHOW AS NEC RESTORATION SHOW CONTINUES TO EXPAND



MORE CLUBS THAN EVER ON SHOW AS NEC RESTORATION SHOW CONTINUES TO EXPAND

Next year’s Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show, with Discovery, is set to be a record breaker as it will be the biggest yet! Another hall is being added, increasing the show by 20 per cent, to provide more space for new classic car clubs and those clubs who want to do more live working at the show.

Some 175 clubs will attend the three-day event held at Birmingham’s NEC from 22-24 March 2019. Of those confirmed, 13 clubs appearing are making their spring debut at the show.

Acting Show Director Lee Masters said: “This is the fastest growing motor show in the UK which proves just how much interest there is, not only in the classic car market but in owners wanting to look after their own cars. As well as advice and expertise on restoration, we aim to also provide valuable knowledge on how to maintain and service your own vehicles which can save owners time and money in the future.”

Ford fans will be well catered for with the Ford AVO Owners Club continuing the 50th-anniversary celebrations of the Escort Mexico by displaying an ex-press car that is undergoing restoration. The Mk1-5 Cortina Owners Club celebrates its 30th year with a stand featuring a fully restored Mk 4 Cortina 2.3S believed to be the only one on UK roads.

The Tickford Owners Club celebrates 50 years of the Ford Capri with a superb mix of project and restored cars. The RS500 Owners community pay tribute to the brilliant driver, Rudi Eggenberger, who sadly passed away this year. His exploits in the Cosworth RS500 touring car were legendary and the stand features one of his racers.

For something a little more unusual, the Retro Caravan Club stand is a must-visit.  Displaying caravans at different stages of restoration, including a barn-find example, visitors can watch repairs being made to one during the show.


Staying with the unusual theme, the Buckler Register enthusiastically promotes these fascinating British sports cars, and show-goers can watch members build an example from a bare chassis to a running car and admire a Buckler 90 that has never been on the road. And remember the tiny Peel P50 hailing from the Isle of Man? The Peel Owners Club will attempt to build one during the show.

British cars are also well represented amongst the debutantes, including the MG Car Club’s Young Members Group. Highlights of the Group’s stand include an MGB GT in daily use, a barn finds MGA Coupe and an MG ZT-T in concours condition. And be sure to visit the 1100 Club which will be showcasing maintenance and restoration work alongside fascinating technical displays.

For more Britishness, the Rover Coupe Owners Club is marking 20 years since the end of Coupe production and 30 years since the launch of the R8 platform that underpinned the stylish sports car. A very early, pre-release press car is a highlight of the stand and restoration work will begin at the show. With numerous Vauxhall anniversaries to be celebrated - including 30 years of the Calibra coupe - visitors should head to the Vauxhall Bedford Opel Association stand.

German marques are well represented, too, with the Quattro Owners Club displaying the first ever UK model that requires restoration. Visitors to the Scirocco Register stand can enjoy the 45th anniversary of the Mk 1 model and admire one of the earliest cars in existence, a 1974 Scirocco TS.

With such a great selection of clubs making their debut, the 2019 show promises to be better than ever. For more information as well as all the ticket prices and booking details, visit www.necrestorationshow.com

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL TO WELCOME INCREDIBLE LINE-UP OF VEHICLES AT THE BIRMINGHAM NEC



AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL TO WELCOME INCREDIBLE LINE-UP OF VEHICLES AT THE BIRMINGHAM NEC

This week’s Autosport International Show will play host to a wonderful array of hyper, super and racing cars. From the 10-13th January, a selection of incredible vehicles, some of which have never been seen in public before, will descend upon the halls of Birmingham’s NEC.
2019 Porsche 935 ‘Moby Dick’
On Porsche’s stand, this year will be one very special track-only car, a vehicle which has never been seen in Europe before and was only revealed at the exclusive ‘Rennsport Reunion’ event in California a few months ago. The 2019 Porsche 935 ‘Moby Dick’, reminiscent of the incredibly successful 1970s racecar and of which only 77 will ever be built, will be presented in Europe for the first time at the show. Sporting the same 690bhp, 3.8-litre twin-turbo flat-six and chassis underpinnings of the latest 911 GT2 RS, the European debut of this limited production track-only supercar is not to be missed.

McLaren 2018 MCL33 F1 Car
McLaren will be presenting the 2018 MCL33 F1 car on the F1 Racing stand at the show, alongside 2019 drivers Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz Jr. This year the keys will be handed over to the two new team drivers, who will be at the show on Saturday to talk about the upcoming season.

2019 Urban Automotive G-Wagon
North London-based SUV customers, Urban Automotive, will be bringing their latest tuning project to the Performance & Tuning Car Show at the Birmingham NEC. The highly-modified 2019 Urban Automotive G-Wagon will make its first official public appearance at the show, so come along and see it for the first time in the flesh.

1973 Porsche 917/30 Sunoco 996
Produced specifically for the open-top CanAm championship, only 6 examples of this iconic Porsche racecar were ever built. The championship had almost no engine restrictions, so the 5.4-litre motor in this 1973 917/30 produced a gargantuan 1,100bhp. Unsurprisingly, it dominated the series and took home the top four places. This historic racing Porsche is certainly not worth missing when it takes its place in the Performance & Tuning Car Show.

1970 March 701 Jackie Stewart
In the words of Sir Jackie Stewart, the March 701 was “the most difficult F1 car [he] drove”. The 701 was March's first Formula One design – following its one-off March 693P Formula Three prototype of 1969 – and was designed and built in just three months. The March 701 made its race debut at the 1970 South African Grand Prix, a month after its public unveiling. In total, only eleven 701s were constructed, with March supplying privateer entrants (including Tyrrell Racing) as well as its own works team. See this historic racecar on the Motorsport Images feature at the show.

2018 McLaren Senna (Shmee150)
Something of a motoring internet icon, Shmee150 has attended the Autosport International for a number of years, bringing along some of his prized collection of automobiles. This year his MSO Cerulean Blue McLaren Senna will take centre stage in the Live Action Arena, where he will be presenting alongside David Croft and Emma Walsh. Producing 789bhp from its 4.0L twin-turbo V8, the Senna is the latest supercar to come out of the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, Surrey and it will be great to see being driven live at the show.

2019 Jaguar Project 8 Racecar (Series Elite)
The unveiling of a brand-new one-make race series is set to take place at Autosport International. Series Elite is an exclusive championship for over-50s and will be running with 600hp, 200mph Jaguar XE SV Project 8s as its racecar of choice. The Nürburgring Saloon car record holder will be brought along to the show as one of the competing cars for the all-new series.

2018 Nero Design Aventador S and Urus (Yiannimize)
Much-loved by the internet, supercar wrapper supreme – Yiannimize, will be bringing along his matching Nero Design Lamborghini Aventador S and Urus SUV. Each vehicle will be sporting brand-new, aftermarket body-kits from Nero Design and an outlandish chrome turquoise wrap applied by Yianny’s team. The cars are a must-see for fans of his YouTube series, and anyone who loves a lairy custom Italian sports car.

2018 Liberty Walk BMW i8
World-renowned Japanese-based supercar tuners Liberty Walk will be bringing along its latest custom widebody supercar to the show. The 2018 LB Works BMW i8 will take pride-of-place on the Liberty Walk stand (4510) in the Performance & Tuning Car Show.

Santa Pod ‘Fireforce 3’ Jet Funny Car
With 10,000bhp, the ‘Fireforce 3’ Jet Funny Car from Santa Pod Raceway is without a doubt the most powerful single vehicle to attend this year’s show. After setting the world record quarter-mile top-speed in 2005, clocking in at 336mph and blitzing the drag strip in a mere 5.793 seconds, this rocket-on-wheels is a must-see at the show this year. Find it on the Santa Pod stand (2680) within the NEC.

Autosport International Events Director, Kate Woodley, said: “Autosport International has always been a fantastic show for the public and industry professionals to see some of the greatest cars in the world. This year we are excited to have a wonderful selection of vehicles from global manufacturers, Formula One teams, tuners & customers and private collectors – all of whom enjoy showcasing their newest projects and cars at the Birmingham NEC. Make sure you see them all in the flesh.”
Autosport International 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

SPECIAL RACES TO MARK MAGICAL MINI MILESTONE



SPECIAL RACES TO MARK MAGICAL MINI MILESTONE


The 60th anniversary of the extraordinary Mini Minor will be celebrated with two record-breaking races at this summer’s Silverstone Classic (26-28 July).
To mark this magical milestone in true Classic style, the packed on-track programme will – for the first time ever – feature a pair of very special showdowns dedicated entirely to huge numbers of much-loved Mini racers competing for The Mini Celebration Trophy presented by Adrian Flux.
The automotive icon’s enduring popularity with historic motor sport competitors is certain to create the world’s biggest-ever grid of racing Minis and, fittingly, another major crowd-pleasing highlight at this year’s running of the biggest retro-racing festival on the planet.
Ensuring everyone shares in the celebrations, the unmissable Mini double-header action will star on all three days at the Classic with qualifying on Friday and spectacular 20-minute showdowns on both Saturday and Sunday.
First launched in 1959, the ground-breaking Mini not only revolutionised small car design forever but also became a classless British style icon in the Swinging Sixties – an image that is still fostered today by BMW’s on-going homages to the innovative original which was designed for the British Motor Corporation (BMC) by the ingenious Sir Alec Issigonis.
As well as becoming one of the most influential cars in automotive history, the trail-blazer also earned its spurs in competition. Maximising its nimble front-wheel-drive layout, higher performance versions quickly added to the Mini’s spiralling kudos.
Three famous Monte Carlo Rally wins plus numerous giant-killing successes on the race track – many at Silverstone – boosted the little car’s incredible credentials and further fuelled the perennial favourite’s legendary status.
“Absolutely everybody who loves cars loves the Mini, so we are really thrilled to be celebrating this major milestone in its illustrious history with two fabulous races at the Classic, where the stars are always the cars!” enthused Nick Wigley, Silverstone Classic CEO – a long-term fan of the charismatic BMC baby having learnt to drive and passed his driving test in a little red Mini.  
“With so many evocative examples in existence, we are expecting to create what will be the world’s biggest-ever field of racing Minis… and, in doing so, make yet more history for both the magical Mini and the Classic.”
This summer’s duo of Diamond Jubilee duels are being organised by Masters Historic Racing and will feature competition cars dating back to the pioneering Mini’s original pre-1966 era.
“We are delighted that Masters has been asked to organise these Mini-only celebration races at the Silverstone Classic in July,” said Ron Maydon, Founder and President of Masters Historic Racing. “Minis are very close to my own heart and, in their 60th anniversary year, it only seems right that we should be showcasing a spectacular grid of infamous FIA-spec pre-66 Minis at such a great British historic racing festival.”
Furthering the festivities at the annual Classic, a raft of evergreen Minis will also feature in special track parades and in dedicated in-field displays organised by members of prominent motor clubs representing all generations of the revered marque through the ages.
Visitors keen to join in the festivities at the festival must buy their tickets in advance and can take advantage of the Early Bird offer on tickets when purchasing before the end of March.
As in previous years, all tickets grant access to trackside grandstands, live music concerts on Friday and Saturday evenings, both racing paddocks, plus the vast majority of the fun-fuelled family entertainment on offer at the ‘rocking and racing’ Classic.
Full details on general admission tickets, car club display packages, hospitality experiences and camping options – as well as all the latest Classic news – can be found on the silverstoneclassic.com website.


MEET THE STARS OF WRC AT AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL



MEET THE STARS OF WRC AT AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL
WRC LAUNCH At ASI
Sebastien Ogier has told World Rally Championship (WRC) fans he’s looking forward to seeing them at the series launch at Autosport International on Saturday 12th January.
Kicking off the proceedings at 9:30am, the six-time WRC champion will be joined by his co-driver Julien Ingrassia and their fellow competitors for a celebratory parade through the halls from the Autosport Stage to the WRC feature.
Following their arrival on the stand, the teams will officially launch the 2019 season at 10:15 am, unveiling the latest challengers, new liveries and car numbers for the season ahead, except for Ogier, who will retain the number ‘1’ his cars have worn since 2014.
After the launch, the drivers, co-drivers and team principals will be taking to the Autosport Stage throughout the morning to talk about the 2018 championship and share their thoughts on the season to come, ahead of the first round in Monte Carlo.
Fans will also have further opportunity to meet the stars of the series, with autograph sessions taking place at intervals for the rest of the day over on the WRC feature.
Ogier was pivotal in the decision to move the launch from Thursday’s opening day of Autosport International to a weekend when more spectators could get into Birmingham’s NEC to greet their heroes.
Ogier said: “This is good news, great news. Last year it was a good event to launch the season, to have everybody together. And if there’s going to be even more fans there this year then it’s going to be even better.
“Without fans, our sport would not exist. We need them and the launch is always an exciting time when you come to discover the new liveries. It’s going to be great to see lots of fans joining us – see you soon guys!”
Autosport International 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.