Monday, 18 February 2019



The largest single-entry team to compete in this year’s Rallye Monte-Carlo Classique has returned home after a 1,300-mile endurance road rallye battling alpine passes and sub-zero conditions.
Led by three-time Rallye Monte-Carlo Classique finishers, Blue Diamond Riley Services, all cars finished the winter rallye. With five pre-war Rileys competing, alongside one post-war MG, it made the total to six cars within the team, four of which were prepared by the specialist experts.
Starting their journey from Clydebank, Scotland on 30 January and finishing in Monaco 3 February, each car and driver overcame sleep deprivation, extreme weather and working with their Thirties and Forties car’s technology.
Being the only team to tackle the grueling 1,300-mile journey in pre-war sports cars on this year’s rallye wasn’t a small undertaking. With some cars only having a thin cotton roof and dim lights for the night passages, it was true testament to the drivers’ skills, co-drivers’ navigating, as well as the mechanical team’s support.
One stand-out pairing of the whole team was that of ex-car designers Adam Gompertz and Craig Callum. Driving the 1949 MG TC, the duo entered the rallye to raise awareness and much-needed funds for mental health charity OCD Action. With the pair battling high-altitude passes and varying conditions of between -10 degrees and a balmy 15 degrees, it was also a test of patience, endurance and teamwork.
“What a journey! It’s finally hit home what we’ve all been through as friends, teammates and drivers. Not to mention how incredible the cars have been,” said Blue Diamond Riley Services’ Managing Director John Lomas. “We’re retracing history but with modern know-how and much-needed wet weather kit. Would I do it all again? Absolutely! 2020 here we come.”
Lomas drove his 1936 Riley Sprite 2,800 miles from the company’s Bicester Heritage workshop to the official start line in Scotland. With his co-driver, Martin Greaves, the pair then undertook the official rallye journey and drove back to Bicester Heritage from the finishing point in Monaco.
“The Sprite was faultless. For it to do 2,800 miles in eight days is incredible. My co-driver Martin, the rest of my team, and the other drivers have been an immense support. Now it’s time to wash the road grime off it and press it back into action for the daily commute and school run.”
Riley, a name synonymous with pre-war endurance road and track racing, is being revived by established specialists, Blue Diamond Riley Services. The company has participated in a range of well-known endurance rallyes, including The Flying Scotsman, 1,000 Mile Trial, VSCC events and recently the Rallye Monte-Carlo Classique. Understanding the importance in well-prepared cars as well as teamwork, Blue Diamond Riley Services sponsored the official stop of the Rallye Monte-Carlo Classique in Banbury, Oxfordshire, which was open for free maintenance and mechanical support for competitors that also started from Clydebank, Scotland.
The Blue Diamond Riley Services team is already preparing cars for the 2020 season, with plans of having an even larger team for next year’s Rallye Monte-Carlo Classique. To discuss what Blue Diamond Riley Services can offer in terms of preparation or guidance about endurance events, please contact the company’s Managing Director, John Lomas.
A full list of entrants of this year’s Blue Diamond Riley Services Rallye Monte-Carlo Classique team:
1931 Riley 9 WD Tourer
1933 Riley 9 Monaco
1933 Riley 12/4 Kestrel
1935 Riley Sprite
1936 Riley Sprite
1949 MG TC

Wednesday, 13 February 2019



The Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard is evolving into even more of a motoring mecca in 2019. Changes to the physical layout, with the relocation of the road car paddocks, will make way for an all-new live action arena guaranteed to thrill spectators. The four-day Festival, this year taking place on 4-7 July, is always looking to the future in making sure the newest and most exciting cars, bikes and technologies are very much part of the mix.
The first change for 2019 will be the relocation of the Michelin Supercar Paddock. In previous years, it has been located in the Cathedral Paddock. This year it will relocate to the space adjacent to the start line of the Hill, that used to be home to the Moving Motor Show. A firm favourite with our younger audiences, visitors will be able to get up close and personal with the most exciting and inspiring road cars in the world, all pushing the boundaries of technology.
With a large space now free in the Cathedral Paddock, an all-new attraction ‘The Arena’, will be introduced here. It will be the first time Goodwood has created an amphitheatre of action this extreme. Throughout Friday, Saturday and Sunday visitors will be in awe, witnessing drift cars shredding tyres, stunt drivers doing the daring, insane and unimaginable with car and motorcycle displays. The Arena will showcase some of the biggest stars and daredevils and allow fans to interact with their heroes.
Another paddock set to relocate is the First Glance Paddock. It will find a new home next to FoS Future Lab, nestled right amongst all the manufacturer stands. The First Glance Paddock, combined with FoS Future Lab, will be the hub of pioneering engineering achievement, with the latest cars and technology alongside each other. FoS Future Lab, now in its third year, is an immersive technology experience, where visitors take a look into the future and experience the technology of tomorrow first hand. Last year, favourites included Roborace and JetPack Aviation’s incredible ‘jet pack man’.
The Goodwood Action Sports zone, affectionately known as GAS, will also get an injection of new content, the much-loved shows featuring the incredible talent of BMX, mountain bikers, trials riders and freestyle motocross will remain, but be joined by new features such as an e-gaming area.
Finally, Sunday is getting supercharged! After three days of practice runs the fastest cars of the weekend will enter the Sunday Shootout and attempt to beat the 41.6-second record time that has stood for 20 years. Supercars, touring cars, electric cars and specially-built Hillclimb monsters will battle to be crowned the fastest car of the event. The three fastest cars will be displayed outside Goodwood House after the Shootout for fans to get close to.
The Duke of Richmond, founder of the Festival of Speed said, “While celebrating the Silver Jubilee of the Festival of Speed last year we enjoyed record attendance. We’ve seen an incredible 4 million visitors through the event gates over the last quarter of a century. We’re always very conscious of looking to the future as much as we are celebrating the past. We hope with Future Lab, and the relocation of the paddocks to make way for the new live-action arena, there really is something to represent every area of motorsport and technology. There is something to appeal to all, from the youngest in the family to the most hardcore motorsport fan.”
Tickets for the Festival of Speed are available from and from Goodwood Customer Sales on 01243 755 055.



A 112-year-old Mototri Contal three-wheeler is set to take on the 2019 Peking to Paris, aiming to finish a 13,840 km journey it started in 1907.
The first Peking to Paris (P2P) ran in 1907, five competitors accepting a seemingly impossible challenge. Amongst them was a French three-wheeled Mototri Contal piloted by an ambitious duo, Frenchman Auguste Pons and Oscar Foucauld. A story of struggles and triumphs eventually saw them, and their three-wheeler, stranded in the Gobi Desert. The story ended with the crew attempting to walk back to Peking, almost losing their lives in the process.
But now Anton Gonnissen (58) a successful architect from Sint-Martens-Latem near Ghent in Belgium will attempt to rewrite history by starting the 2019 Peking Paris Rally in a rebuilt second Mototri Contal and bring her back to Paris, a feat the brave Pons failed to do in 1907. Inspired by the story that almost cost Pons and his co-driver Foucauld their lives, Anton Gonnissen set about acquiring an original Mototri Contal. He reached out to many for support and all, including the Rally Director of the Endurance Rally Association, who asked: “Are you mad Anton?”
On the contrary, Anton Gonnissen is an accomplished modern-day adventurer who has finished three Dakars, four Rallies of Egypt, and one UAE desert rally variously in a car, truck and on a quad bike. He is taking this bold venture very seriously and intends to make the impossible journey possible, using all his experience from his previous adventures.
Gonnissen eventually found one of the very few Mototri Contal’s left in the world together with its original manual and went about making the necessary study of the antique machine following a structural test by Ghent University. Some improvements have been made to the chassis, wheels and engine, although, as with the original Mototri Contal, there is no rear suspension together with the 1906 crude springing still on the front. The navigator will sit over the front axle perched out front in what has long been christened the ‘suicide seat’, or as the French said: ‘le tue belle-mère’.
Brave navigator, Belgian Herman Gelan, an interior architect from Ghent, will be in that seat perched out front as Foucauld was all those years ago. Herman is an accomplished triathlon and marathon runner, a passion he shares with Anton. However, he is being thrown in at the deep end as this will be his first motor sport event, he is a total novice. 
Anton Gonnissen will be behind him steering the trike from over the rear wheel for 36 days, 13,840 km (8,600 miles) aiming to finish in Paris six weeks later. The only concession to comfort for the endurance rally specialist from Belgium is a Harley Davidson saddle in place of the original bottom crusher.
Anton Gonnissen: “The story for Auguste Pons was a short one. Stranded without petrol early in the race they couldn’t be rescued by the other competitors as they were ahead of them. They ended up drinking the water out of the radiator and then started their perilously long walk back to Peking in the heat. They nearly died and the Contal is still out there covered by sand somewhere.
“Auguste Pons and navigator Oscar Foucauld were the only men not to eventually make it back to Paris so we intend to lay that ghost to rest and exercise their long lost spirits. Pons was certainly the bravest of the five competitors in the race, as he attempted the absolute impossible race. He lost everything in the Gobi Desert, even his 1906 driving licence was left in the trike when the Contal was abandoned. However, we did find his 1908 replacement document.
“As it is one of the few original Mototri Contal, we have tried to keep as many original parts as possible which is why some components of the original trike will be in place. In some cases, we have simply had to beef up the chassis with the endurance rally and the finish in mind.
 “We are nearly ready to start testing the Mototri Contal which has to be ready to be shipped to China in early March. We want to be prepared but I am not underestimating the formidable challenge ahead. We know this will be a life-changing event, but it could turn us, ordinary men, into heroes if we can get the Mototri Contal all the way to Paris and finish the job for Auguste Pons 112 years on.”
*Testing of the Contal Mototri will begin in February. A further release with VT/ photos from the tests will be distributed in early March. Please kindly indicate if you would like to receive the material and follow the story as it unfolds.
*Please also follow Anton Gonnissen’s blog here.



Racing and Rally legends will once again gather at Race Retro, powered by Motor Sport, as racing drivers John Watson and John Fitzpatrick make their show debut alongside returning rally legend Rauno Aaltonen.

Held at Stoneleigh Park from 22-24 February, Race Retro welcomes Formula One driver turned pundit John Watson, who won five Grands Prix and was third in the 1982 championship.

Born in Belfast, John’s F1 career started in 1972 at Goldie Hexagon Racing but his first World Champion event wasn’t until the following year when he drove a Brabham-Ford BT37. Moving on to the BT42, John scored his first championship point in the 1974 Monaco Grand Prix. Drives with Team Surtees, Lotus and Penske followed.

John’s first World Championship podium came in 1976 coming third in the French Grand Prix with a victory to follow in the Austrian Grand Prix driving the Penske.

In 1979, Watson moved to McLaren where he gave them their first victory in over three years by winning the 1981 British Grand Prix and also securing the first victory for a carbon fibre composite monocoque F1 car, the McLaren MP4/1.

His most successful year was 1982, when he finished third in the Drivers' Championship, winning two Grands Prix before he retired from F1 at the end of the 1983 season, turning to sports car racing. John partnered Stefan Bellof to victory in the Fuji 1000km and drove a Jaguar XJR-5 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. He competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans seven times over the course of his career between 1973 and 1990 and came second in the World Sports Car Championship in 1987.

John Fitzpatrick raced professionally for over 20 years in Touring Cars, Sports Cars and GTs and was considered one of the best Porsche drivers of his era. He began his career driving Touring cars in the BSCC and ETCC, winning the British Saloon Car Championship in 1966. First it was Minis, then Ford Anglias and Escorts; BMW CSs and then Porsche 911s. He then became renowned for his expertise at driving the German machines.
John was crowned European GT Champion in 1972, and then again in 1974. He moved to the United States in 1980, driving for Dick Barbour Racing, capturing the IMSA Camel GT Championship in the process. He won the prestigious Porsche Cup in 1972, 1974 and 1980. His most prestigious wins were the Daytona 24-hours, Sebring 12-hours and the Bathurst 1000kms in Australia.

In 1981, he moved from driver to team owner-driver, with some success and spent eight years as Secretary of the British Racing Drivers Club and Director of Silverstone Circuit.

Joining these legendary racers is Finnish rally legend Rauno Aaltonen. Known as one of the Flying Finns of rallying, Rauno started his career on speed boats and later moved on to motorcycles competing in road racing, speedway and motocross. He was the first Finn to win a Grand Prix motorcycle racing competition.

Before the World Rally Championship was established, Rauno competed in the European Rally Championship, winning in 1965 with co-driver Tony Ambrose. He also won the Finnish Rally Championship in 1961 and 1965.

In 1966, he partnered Bob Holden in Australia to win the premier touring car race, the Gallaher 500, in a Mini Cooper S at Mount Panorama in New South Wales.

Aaltonen finished second on six occasions in the Safari Rally, which is considered one of the most difficult courses in rallying earning him the nickname of ‘The Rally Professor’.

This amazing trio will all be interviewed on the Motor Sport Live Stage on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 February as well as taking part in Q&A sessions and autograph signings.

Tickets are now on sale for Race Retro, powered by Motor Sport, held from February 22-24, 2019 at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, with free parking for all visitors. For the latest updates and ticket information, visit

Tuesday, 12 February 2019


The first of this year’s three FIVA World Rallies take place in Austria, from 22 to 26 May 2019, and is open to any vehicle built up to 1980 with a valid FIVA ID Card – not just to members of FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens or international federation of historic vehicles).
“The Austria Classic is intended as a ‘regularity event and/or touristic discovery trip’ to enjoy not only driving your own historic vehicle, but also the architectural, geographical and cultural diversity of Austria,” explains Robert Krickl, president of OMVV (Austrian Motor-Veteran-Federation) and OMVC (Austrian Motor-Veteran-Club), the FIVA clubs organising the Austria Classic.
Starting and finishing at the Radisson Blu Park Royal Palace Hotel in Vienna, the event is a 650km run round Vienna, Wachau, Burgenland and the Semmering region, with a choice of two classes to enter: one for Regularity (Classic) competitors and one for Touring (Trophy) participants.
Wachau, which will be explored on the first full day of the rally, is a part of Austria renowned for its picturesque landscapes: rolling hills that stretch along the Danube river. Other reasons for its popularity with visitors include the region’s high-quality wines.
On the second day, participants will head for Burgenland, the easternmost province of Austria. Once part of the Kingdom of Hungary, Burgenland is characterised by Neusiedler Lake in the north and the foothills of the Alps in the hilly south.
Day three, and the tour will visit the Semmering region, since the 19th Century a popular holiday destination for Viennese ‘high society’. Not only did the nobility gather in the fashionable villas (Emperor Karl I often spent holidays here), but also artists. Today, the Semmering is an extremely popular venue for classic car rallies and historic motorsport events, helped by its history: in 1899, for example, the first Semmering mountain race was held, a 10km race for automobiles and motorcycles. It ran almost every year until 1933, with winners including such famous names as Rudolf Caracciola and Hans Stuck.
“We look forward to welcoming historic vehicle owners from many different countries to join our exploration of Austria, in company with other enthusiasts who are keen to meet new people, while enjoying their cars and the spectacular Austrian scenery and culture,” concludes Robert Krickl.
To register for the Austria Classic, please visit The entry fee is €1,300 per person, plus hotel accommodation @ circa €125 per night, and registrations are open until 30 March 2019.



Evolution E-Types is all set to steal the show at this week’s London Classic Car Show, with the unveiling of a brand new all aluminium bodied E-Type Roadster. The new Roadster is the first of its kind to come out of the Evolution workshop and is due to be unveiled by its creator, engineer and E-Type guru Uryk Dmyterko and the Evolution team at the London Classic Car Show when it opens to the public this Thursday 14-17 February at London’s Excel.
Evolution are not just another Jaguar E-Type restorer, E-Type Fabs is already recognised as the World’s leading supplier of E-Type parts with their; High Strength Chassis Frames; Solid Billet Machined Aluminium Cam Covers; and the most recent development their Aluminium 5 Speed Gearbox, to name just a few. Now the world’s leading parts supplier has taken a major step forward to create a brand new range of Jaguar E-type models with modern day comforts, handling and engineering developments, offering customers all the sixties style, look and feel of an iconic classic, but with twenty-first-century handling, reliability and comfort.
Evolution Creator Uryk Dmyterko explains “This is a Jaguar E-Type like no other, we don’t cut corners on our builds, we don’t count the hours, if something isn’t absolutely perfect, we reject it and start again. I personally check everything and we take enormous pride in manufacturing as much as possible on site here at our workshops in Darlington.”
“Our aim is to create a car, which doesn’t just look great, it is engineered to be fun to drive offering excitement and speed but also to be reliable and comfortable enough to be your everyday drive.”
Evolution’s on-site manufacturing facility in Darlington builds just three Evolution E-Types a year and with a full order book for 2019, Evolution will be offering visitors to the London Classic Car show the opportunity to book build slots for 2020. Customers can choose from the Jaguar E-Spec Fixed Head Coupe (also on show in London) or opt for a Roadster or a Low Drag Coupe. All Evolution cars come with the option of a steel or aluminium body and a range of engine sizes, as well as a paint colour of your choice, prices start from £350,000.00.
If you are visiting the London Classic Car Show 14-17 February at London’s Excel. Make sure you swing by the Evolution E-Type stand and see their stunning Roadster. Jaguar will be very much in the spotlight at the show, where Jaguar’s Director of Design Ian Callum opens his exhibit and receives the Icon Award for his career-defining design work at Jaguar and Aston Martin.
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Friday, 8 February 2019



Beaulieu’s Simply Ford will return on Sunday, May 5th for a huge celebration of all things Ford, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Ford Anglia 105E and 50th anniversary of the popular Capri.
Anglia and Capri owners are invited to park their classics in special areas set aside at the heart of the show, as part of the diverse display of hundreds of Fords in the grounds of the National Motor Museum.
Simply Ford is the biggest in Beaulieu’s range of 10 Simply rallies and promises to be as unmissable as last year’s event, which attracted 3,000 enthusiasts and nearly 1,800 Fords.
The Ford Anglia stands out in the memory of many family motorists, as well as being a firm favourite with racing drivers and customisers over six decades. Event-goers will also be able to see the Anglias on show at Beaulieu, with the 1966 Anglia Super 1200 in the National Motor Museum and the famous ‘flying’ Anglia from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in On Screen Cars. For more details see the Ford page on the Beaulieu website at
In the double celebration display, Surrey Capri Club will show a collection of its members’ cars to mark the anniversary of the Capri – which enjoyed a production run spanning 18 years with its fastback shape and also graced the race tracks of Europe.
Simply Ford is always buzzing with amazing cars on packed club stands and 27 owners’ groups and clubs have already booked to take part this year. Flying the flag for the Mondeo will be the ST220 Enthusiasts, Midlands Mondeo Enthusiasts and Ford Mondeo Mk2 Owners Club, as well as displays by Focus Enthusiasts, Hampshire and Berkshire RS Owners Club, Ford All-Stars and Oval Outkasts.
A highlight of the day will be the People’s Choice Awards, as visitors and event-goers vote for their favourite Ford of the show, with the winner receiving a Beaulieu trophy.
Event tickets include entry to all of the Beaulieu attraction, including the museum with its Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 50 years exhibition, World of Top GearOn Screen Cars, 13thcentury Beaulieu Abbey, the Montagu ancestral home of Palace House and its grounds and gardens.
For those driving Fords 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 May 2nd, or £12 an adult and £6 a child on the day. All other visitors can buy a general admission ticket to Beaulieu at the standard attraction price. For tickets and information see
Entry is from 9am - 3pm for rally participants. The Brabazon Restaurant will serve hot drinks and breakfast snacks from 9am. All other visitors should enter Beaulieu though the Visitor Reception building with a standard attraction admission ticket, from 10am.
Simply Ford is Beaulieu’s third Simply rally this year. Simply Porsche returns on June 2ndSimply VW on June 15thSimply Land Rover & Rummage on June 23rdSimply Jaguar on July 14thSimply Japanese on July 28th, the first Simply Mercedes on August 18th and Simply Smart on November 10th. For tickets and details see
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Aston Martin to partner Silverstone Classic
The 2019 Silverstone Classic is delighted to announce a far-reaching three-year official partnership with Aston Martin – a collaboration with the world famous luxury automotive group which embraces both on- and off-track activities at the world’s biggest historic motor racing festival.
Completing a record-breaking feast of retro racing, this summer’s Classic (26-28 July) has the honour of hosting the very first round of Aston Martin’s newly announced Aston Martin Heritage Racing Festival Series.
Aston Martin recently opened a new state-of-the-art, high-performance test and development base at Silverstone and its presence at the Classic will be furthered by the supply of the official Safety and Course Cars for each grid. Like last year, these will help to ensure the smooth running of the non-stop nostalgic track action throughout the packed weekend.
There will also be the opportunity for festival-goers to test drive the latest Aston Martin models in Drive Live. Successfully launched last summer, Drive Live enables visitors to the Classic to experience a selection of models from participating manufacturers on the local roads.
Confirmation of the new Aston Martin Heritage Racing Festival Series is the final addition to a record-breaking 21-race programme covering a full ten decades of glorious motorsport history ranging from the iconic green Bentleys of the 1920s right up to these timeless Aston Martins that were competing at Le Mans and the Nürburgring as recently as last year.
Open to all non-current Aston Martin GT class race cars – notably stunning DBR9s and Vantage GT2/GT3/GT4/N24/GTE models, as well as some even more exotic specials such as the mighty Aston Martin Vulcan – the eagerly anticipated Aston Martin Heritage Racing Festival Series further, broadens the Classic’s unrivalled race-card.
This year, for the very first time, the unparalleled on-track line-up stars spectacular showdowns for historic Formula 1, Formula 2 and Formula 3 single-seaters plus a pair of special Mini races to mark the little legend’s 60th birthday. Bentley’s centenary and the 50th anniversary of the Ford Capri are also being honoured in terrific sporting style on track.
“Nowhere else on Earth will you see such a wide array of wonderful motorsport history still racing flat out today,” enthused Nick Wigley, Silverstone Classic CEO. “We are immensely proud that Aston Martin not only has chosen to become a major event partner but also to launch its amazing new Aston Martin Heritage Racing Festival Series at the Classic. Everyone loves Aston Martin and, with its wide-ranging presence throughout the event, this year’s festival will be all the more special for all-comers.”
Visitors not wanting to miss this unprecedented line-up of blockbuster grids from yesteryear can take advantage of an Early Bird initiative which offers significant savings for those buying now. Adult tickets start at just £37 and adhere to the Classic’s widely-praised ‘access all areas’ policy.
Admission includes access to both race paddocks, the majority of the funfair rides and family fun activities, dynamic demonstrations, car clinics, trackside grandstands as well as both evenings of live music concerts.
Full details of all tickets (which must be purchased in advance) – as well as hospitality packages and weekend festival camping – can be found on the official website. 
Friday, 26 July
Qualifying for all grids

Saturday 27 July
HSCC Classic Formula 3
Stirling Moss Trophy For Pre '61 Sports Cars
Royal Automobile Club Tourist Trophy for Historic Cars (Pre '63 GT)
HSCC Historic Formula 2
FIA Masters Historic Formula One
Mini Celebration Trophy Presented By Adrian Flux
Gallet Trophy for Pre '66 Grand Prix Cars (HGPCA)
Transatlantic Trophy For Pre '66 Touring Cars
Bentley Centenary Trophy For Pre-War Sports Cars
Yokohama Trophy For FIA Masters Historic Sports Cars
Masters Endurance Legends

Sunday 28 July
HSCC Classic Formula 3
Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy For Pre '56 Sports Cars
HSCC Historic Formula 2
Historic Touring Car Challenge
FIA Masters Historic Formula One
Aston Martin Heritage Racing Festival Series
International Trophy For Classic GT Cars (Pre '66)
Gallet Trophy For Pre '66 Grand Prix Cars (HGPCA)
Masters Endurance Legends
Mini Celebration Trophy Presented By Adrian Flux


Following a fantastic inaugural event, Footman James’ Coffee & Chrome meeting will return to Chateau Impney in Droitwich on Father’s Day, Sunday 16 June, with an earlier start time and increased capacity.
The first Coffee & Chrome saw 200 cars and bikes line up outside the prestigious grounds of Chateau Impney earlier this year and, due to popular demand, Footman James has announced it has increased capacity to 500 vehicles and will kick off at an earlier time of 09:00 until 12:00.
Unlike many events of its type, the Footman James team welcomes all marques and models to Coffee & Chrome. The organisers have one car park and don’t segment classics and supercars or bikes and cars. All guests will enjoy a complimentary bacon sandwich (two per vehicle) on arrival as well as free parking.
Coffee & Chrome is a celebration of all things with engines. Our very first event had everything from ex-military vehicles to Harley-Davidsons, pre-war Bugattis and ERAs to the very latest McLarens” said David Bond, Managing Director at Footman James.
Footman James recommends that interested attendees secure their place in advance via its website. Places are secured on a first-come, first-served basis.
For further information about Footman James please contact 0333 207 6255 or visit



1961 Flat Floor Jaguar E-Type 3.8 FHC
Two of a kind at the London Classic Car Show
One of the UK’s leading classic vehicle insurance specialists, Footman James, are bringing two examples of Jaguars to the London Classic Car Show, courtesy of Classic Motor Cars (CMC), including the first black Jaguar E-Type off the production line.
On February 14 – 17, 2019, the must-attend event of the year for any classic car owner and enthusiast is back. The London Classic Car Show, located at London’s Excel arena, has been regarded as one of the UK’s leading classic car events in the motoring calendar.
Specialist vehicle insurance broker, Footman James, will be attending the show with two very special examples of arguably one of the most iconic classic marques of all time, the Jaguar E-Type.
The first is a black 1961 Flat Floor Jaguar E-Type 3.8 FHC, which was the first black E-Type from the factory to be delivered; otherwise known as chassis 84. A full nut and bolt restoration was completed by CMC in 2011 and the car has remained in excellent condition ever since.
On the other end of the spectrum is a wonderful 1964 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 litre barn find. The story of how the car ended up in this condition goes all the way back to 1970, when a young family purchased the vehicle. By 1975, the Jaguar E-Type had been laid up as the family found it too impractical with two young children, but as the husband couldn’t bear to part with the E-type; they therefore kept it in the garage until 2016. The barn find was then purchased in 2017 and is now making an appearance on the Footman James stand at the prestigious London Classic Car Show.
Nigel Woodward, managing director at Classic Motor Cars commented, ‘Classic Motor Cars has found two amazing cars for this year’s Footman James stand at the London Classic Car Show. We always try and find something interesting to bring to these events and this year we decided on before-and-after as the theme. We think these two cars both tell a wonderful story and demonstrate the tremendous skills and talents of our team here.’
David Bond, director at Footman James added, ‘it is always great to see how classics that have once been forgotten can still get the recognition that they deserve. It is with great pleasure that CMC have been able to supply us with two models that represent such an iconic marque. It is wonderful to know that there are experts out there that can restore classics to tip-top condition, keeping our classic industry alive.’
You can visit both cars on the Footman James stand at the show (Stand E130). As well as admiring the cars, you can also quiz the FJ team on any insurance related questions you may have.
For further information about Footman James please contact 0333 207 6000 or visit
1964 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 litr

Wednesday, 6 February 2019



This year’s Race Retro, powered by Motor Sport, has received a record number of entries for the Live Rally Stage, organised by Rallying with Group B (RWGB), with some amazing ex-works cars and motorsport legends celebrated.

Held from 22-24 February, Race Retro will transform the grounds of Stoneleigh Park on Saturday and Sunday to create some high-octane live action with over 250 entries considered for the final list of ‘runners and riders.’

Those who did make it into the Parc Ferme include Chris Robson’s 1982 Citroen Visa UK ex-works rally car, the first purpose-built rally car to be homologated into Group B. The winner of the Up to 1300cc Class of the Pace/Autosport National Rally Championship and was runner-up in the Group B category of the Rothmans Open Rally Championship with John Weatherley at the wheel.

EGN 78X was part of a two-car assault by Citroen UK on the Rothmans Manx International in 1983, driven by Konrad Bartelski, Britain’s most successful world cup downhill skier, with co-driver Neil Wilson, and sponsored by Penthouse Magazine. This car was runner up in the championship with a class win behind John Weatherley and Ronan Morgan in the later works Citroen Visa Chrono Evolution.

Warren Philliskirk’s crowd-thrilling Renault 6R4 was built by John Price and won many tarmac rallies and championships in John’s very capable hands. Warren purchased the car in 1995 and has campaigned 62 rallies including the Icelandic Rally, winning five national rallies and the BTRDA championship in 1997. 

Ex-World Champion Juha Kankkunen’s 1999 World Rally Championship (WRC) winning Subaru will be in action. Now owned by Will Nicholls, it also won Rally Finland in 1999. Dave Kenwood’s ex-factory Opel Calibra 4x4 will also be on the start line. It was driven by ex-World Champion Stig Blomqvist on the 1993 round of the WRC.

Other Championship cars include David Wright’s Ford Focus which was campaigned by Carlos Sainz and Petter Solberg during the 2000 WRC and secured its best WRC result on the Rallye Automobile de Monte-Carlo 2000 driven by Carlos to second overall. The Pilot Ford Cosworth, driven to victory by M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson in the 1994 British Championship and now owned by George Gauld will also be in action.

Other Fords include Clayton Parmenter’s factory M-Sport built development super Puma 1600, previously driven by ex-British champion Dai Llewellyn and current WRC works driver Kris Meeke; Michael Anderson’s Cosworth Ford Cosworth, an original Ford Motorsport France factory car was first used by Frederik Balaresque in the French Rally Championship before being reregistered as Spanish in the early 90s and campaigned by the late Juan Luis Sarasola.

RWGB organiser Tim Foster said: “The quantity of entries for Race Retro this year has been amazing but the quality of the vehicles that enthusiasts will be able to see up close and in action is off the charts!”

Tickets are now on sale for Race Retro, powered by Motor Sport, held from February 22-24 2019 at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, with free parking for all visitors. For the latest updates and ticket information, visit



• Capacity entry for Rally the Globe’s first driving adventure
• A mouthwatering cocktail of deserted country roads, race circuits and historic hotels 
• Evocative field ranges from vintage Bentleys to classic Porsches and Mustangs 
• A full calendar of worldwide events now announced for 2019 to 2023 

Rally the Globe is delighted to report that its eagerly anticipated inaugural event is already fully subscribed just a few weeks after being announced.

Carrera Iberia –a magical 10-day journey through the lures of Spain and Portugalin early October – is the first of many epic events being organised by Rally the Globe, an ambitious and exciting new club launched just before Christmas to provide the growing number of likeminded and enthusiastic vintage and classic car owners with memorable motoring adventures right around the world.

Those fortunate to have secured a starting place on the milestone Carrera Iberia will be treated to an unforgettable 1850-mile (3000km) voyage packed with outstanding attractions and competitive sections. The carefully planned route features deserted asphalt roads far away from the beaten track taking participants through vineyards such as Rioja and the Douro Valley, quaint towns, rolling hills, dramatic canyons, twisting hillclimbs and atmospheric medieval citadels interspersed with overnight stops at historic hotels and paraders.

Adding to the experience, the daily itinerary always includes two competitive elements and, for those with a lust for speed, there are visits to a number of the region’s top race circuits: Navarra, Braga and Estoril as well as some of the area’s top speed venues.

The full capacity entry reflects the event’s wide appeal with cars ranging from early vintage Bentleys dating back to the 1920s right up to more modern classics such as Ford Mustangs and Porsche 911s from the 1960s and 1970s.

“It’s wonderful that so many really experienced historic rally competitors have shown their faith in our new Rally the Globe organisation,” admitted Fred Gallagher, Carrera Iberia Rally Director. “That said, I know they will all relish the rally adventure on which they are embarking. The deserted roads chosen are just perfect for classic cars and, while the more competitive crews will have plenty of opportunities to test their skills, there will be ample time to savor the spectacular and ever-changing scenery as well as to enjoy tasty tapas and to sample the region’s excellent wines and best port.”      

Founded by Gallagher with substantial backing from a number of influential endurance rally aficionados, Rally the Globe was established to deliver unrivalled levels of professionalism, experience, vision and voyage.

Detailed planning for three initial events was announced when Rally the Globe was launched last November: the evocatively named ‘Carrera Iberia’ followed by the East African-based ‘Southern Cross Safari’ in February 2020 and then the ultimate ‘Round theWorld’ split into three individual sections between May 2020 and June 2021.

The hugely positive response to these – exemplified by the sell-out Carrera Iberia – has encouraged Rally the Globe to reveal a full list of planned endurance and adventure style rallies for the next four years. These include equally appealing events in the Americas, Japan, Vietnam, Italy, Scandinavia and the Scottish Highlands. More details of these will be confirmed in the coming weeks and months.

7 to 17 October 2019                          Carrera Iberia
15 February to 5 March 2020             Southern Cross Safari
16 May to 2 June 2020                       Round the World Part 1 (London to Casablanca)
1 to 6 September 2020*                     Celtic Challenge
19 September to 11 October 2020     Round the World Part 2 (Boston to Vancouver)
February 2021                                    Road to Hanoi
May 2021                                           Rally the World Part 3 (Vladivostok to London)
September 2021                                Celtic Challenge
October 2021                                     Carrera Italia
February 2022                                   Carrera Atlantica
May 2022                                           Nordic Rally
September 2022                                Pan-American 1 (Anchorage to Cabo)
TBA 2022                                           Celtic Challenge
February 2023                                   Pan-American 2 (Mexico City to Panama)
May 2023                                          Seoul to Sapporo
September 2023                               Celtic Challenge
October 2023                                    Pan-American 3 (Cartagena to Cape Horn)

*subject to change
For information on the Rally the Globe team and the events already planned, visit: