DAILY CAVALCADE AND BONNETS GALORE FOR EASTER AT BEAULIEU
Friday, 29 March 2019
Wednesday, 27 March 2019
ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS AT LAND ROVER LEGENDS
50 years of the Pink Panther
The 50th anniversary of the entry into service of the Series IIa SAS Pink Panther will be commemorated with what is expected to be the largest-ever gathering of these fascinating vehicles, supported by two surviving examples of the Series One and some of the few surviving later 110 SAS vehicles.
40th anniversary of ‘the best Land Rover that Land Rover never produced’
In the late-1970s, Land Rover built around 36 100-inch wheelbase prototypes for evaluation by the French, and later the Swiss, military. Based on various axles adapted for coil springs, petrol 4-cylinder and V8 engine options, with manual and automatic gearbox options and a one-off chassis, and a 24V electrical system, they were produced in a range of configurations, most with twin fuel tanks. Although these vehicles never went into production, the 100-inch wheelbase was felt by many to be the perfect dimension for a Land Rover, and enthusiasts went on to create their own ‘hybrids’ based on modified Range Rover chassis and Land Rover panels.
The 30 anniversary of ‘the vehicle that saved Land Rover’
In the mid-1980s sales of Land Rover’s utility vehicles were in decline, and the company was also facing challenges from new 4x4 vehicles such as the Isuzu Trooper and Mitsubishi Shogun. The company’s response was to develop a new vehicle that would sit between the 90 and 110, and the Range Rover. In 1989 Land Rover unveiled its new Discovery at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The 3-door vehicle, deliberately described this way as part of the programme to differentiate it from the 2-door Range Rover, although both had two doors and a tailgate, actually shared the Range Rover’s chassis and drive train, body frame, and many other components, all of which were clad in a brand-new, trend-setting design that ensured the new vehicle would appeal to a new, younger and ‘lifestyle-oriented’ market. The Discovery was an instant sales success and was quickly followed by the 5-door version that further cemented its appeal as a family vehicle. Land Rover had a winner on its hands and had launched it with perfect timing to ride the wave of the soaring popularity of recreational and lifestyle off-roaders that followed in the early 1990s. Land Rover Legends will celebrate the 30 anniversary of this hugely successful vehicle.
The 25th birthday of the launch of the P38a
In September 1994 Land Rover launched the second-generation Range Rover - 24 years after the original was introduced. The new car was developed in building P38a of the Solihull factory, and so became known as the P38a. This was undeniably a luxury vehicle with leather upholstery, premium trim and burr walnut rivalling the interiors of upmarket saloon cars, putting the four-wheel drive in front of a new audience. It was a step forward from the first-generation Range Rover not just in terms of luxury, equipment and updated engine but also in its off-road versatility and abilities, with height-adjustable air suspension now standard. Exterior design changes were relatively subtle however, in order not to alienate loyal Range Rover customers, but the new vehicle was well-received by both the press and the buying public. Subsequently, the vehicle developed a reputation for poor reliability, primarily to do with its electrical systems, but over recent years enthusiasts have come to appreciate the design and the impressive capability of the P38a. And most of its electrical gremlins have by now been tamed!
National Land Rover Awards
The ultimate show for Land Rover connoisseurs, preservationists, restorers and enthusiasts will also see the announcement of the results of the National Land Rover Awards 2019, the winners of which will be chosen at Land Rover Legends. Nominations for the awards are open at www.landroverlegends.com. Shortlisted vehicles will be invited to be displayed as part of a dedicated indoor exhibition at the Bicester Heritage event where, on Sunday May 26 , a panel of expert judges will select the Winner and Highly Commended entry in each category.
All Land Rovers welcome
Land Rover Legends is an event for all Land Rovers. In addition to the main exhibits and demonstration vehicles, over a dozen major Land Rover Clubs have booked display space for the event and every Land Rover attending - whether with a club or not - will become a part of the show by being displayed in the dedicated forward-parking area that will be set aside to showcase representatives of the marque.
Tuesday, 26 March 2019
Monday, 25 March 2019
Sunday, 24 March 2019
THE AGE OF ENDEAVOUR
BONHAMS CELEBRATES THE CENTENARY OF BENTLEY WITH LANDMARK EXHIBITION
On Friday 12 April, Bonhams New Bond Street saleroom will be dedicated to Bentley, when it hosts the Age of Endeavour exhibition in celebration of the legendary marque’s centenary.
One hundred years of the racing Bentley is illustrated by 100 pieces of memorabilia, including artefacts that once belonged to W.O. Bentley, F.T. Burgess, and J.D. Benjafield, as well as items that epitomise the legendary race meetings at both Brooklands and Le Mans. Also included are period photographs, posters and trophies that define an age - The Age of Endeavour.
In addition to the memorabilia, four iconic Bentley team cars will be on display in the main saleroom.
Sholto Gilbertson, Motoring Department Director, commented: “This is an absolutely unmissable event for fans of British motoring. Bentley is one of the finest British creations, and it is a privilege to be hosting this landmark exhibition at Bonhams. This collection of memorabilia and motor cars is unique in its breadth, and truly showcases the astonishing achievements of one of the world’s best-loved and most successful marques.”
The exhibition is open on one day only, Friday 12 April, and is free to attend – no tickets or registration are required.
LONDON CONCOURS LAUNCHES LUXURIOUS NEW HOSPITALITY WITH HIX AND VEUVE CLICQUOT
The London Concours has officially revealed its luxurious new hospitality offering
MASSIVE OFF-TRACK ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE CONFIRMED FOR 2019 DONINGTON HISTORIC FESTIVAL
Formula One cars confirmed for display
A number of F1 cars will be on display during the event, with some taking to the track for demonstrations too.
Historic karts to give some buzz
Historic karting has been a major part of the Donington Historic Festival for many years, and this year is no different, with the British Historic Kart Club set to have a big display at the Launch Pad area near Redgate corner. A wide range of historic karts and related memorabilia will be on static display in the Launch Pad, while outside a series of demonstrations will be taking place. Some of the karts on display will have a significant Donington heritage, having taken part in karting Grands Prix at the circuit in the 1980s, while drivers who competed at the events are expected to attend as well as other star guests, set to be confirmed soon.
Take a Sporting Bears classic and supercar Dream Ride
The Sporting Bears have been a prominent attraction of the last two Historic Festivals, and visitors to the event will again be able to have a passenger ride in a variety of classic and modern sports and saloon cars around the local area. Some 25 cars are scheduled to be offering Dream Rides, ranging from a classic Fiat 500 to an SS100 Jaguar, an Aston Martin Vantage, a Maserati GranCabrio Sport and a Ferrari 360 Spider!
Car clubs set to put hundreds of vehicles on display
Donington Park’s Infield and Grand Prix Loop will play host to hundreds of cars from almost 60 clubs. Clubs scheduled to attend range from the Abarth Owners Club to the Z Club of Great Britain, so there will literally be an A-Z of motoring on show! In addition, there’s a special pre-1990s parking area for non-club members who book to bring their classic, and dozens of the pre-1990s and the club display vehicles will be seen out on track in the lunchtime parades.
New Donington entrance and event layout to make event even more accessible
The range of improvements to Donington Park over the winter months will make access to the Donington Historic Festival even easier this year. The redeveloped main entrance will provide easy access to the re-jigged race paddocks, as well as to the Melbourne Loop, which this year will be the host for several major display areas. Donington has also received several other upgrades over the winter include an improved entrance at the Fogarty Esses, and detail improvements in spectator areas.
Shopping at the Festival
With a trade village packed with stands selling everything from motoring and motorsport books, photographs, artwork and other memorabilia to clothing and accessories, Donington Historic Festival is a great place to shop!
Advance discounted tickets
Advance tickets offer significant discounts over buying on the gate, starting at just £10 for the Friday qualifying day (May 3). Children aged under 13 are admitted free of charge and there are discounted tickets for teenagers aged 13-15.
Wednesday, 20 March 2019
FIRST EVER PETROLICIOUS DRIVERS’ MEETING TO TAKE PLACE AT BICESTER HERITAGE
LINE-UP OF ASTONISHING FERRARIS SET FOR LONDON CONCOURS
Ferrari 288 GTO
Ferrari 166 Inter
Ferrari 275 GTB
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 ‘Daytona’
Ferrari 365 GTC
Ferrari 512 BB
Ferrari 599 GTO
MEET THE CAR YEARS' PRESENTERS ON FOOTMAN JAMES' PRACTICAL CLASSICS CLASSIC CAR & RESTORATION SHOW STAND
MEET THE CAR YEARS' PRESENTERS
ON FOOTMAN JAMES' PRACTICAL CLASSICS CLASSIC CAR & RESTORATION SHOW STAND