Monday, 28 October 2019

VETERANS TURN BACK THE CLOCK AS THEY SET OFF FROM LONDON TO BRIGHTON



VETERANS TURN BACK THE CLOCK AS THEY SET OFF FROM LONDON TO BRIGHTON

The world’s longest-running motoring event delivers a slice of living history as pioneering automobiles tackle their annual outing
The clocks went back by one hour last Sunday… but this coming weekend they will be going back more than 125 years as hundreds of veteran cars set off from London on their annual pilgrimage to Brighton on Sunday 3rd November.
An extraordinary entry of more than 400 pre-1905 cars will leave Hyde Park as dawn breaks, ready to tackle the epic 60-mile drive from the capital to coast as the world’s longest-running motoring event gets underway.
The Veteran Car Run - dating back to 1927 - was founded to commemorate the Emancipation Run of 1896 which celebrated the new-found freedom of motorists granted by the ‘repeal of the Red Flag Act’. The Act raised the speed limit to 14mph and abolished the need for a man carrying a red flag to walk ahead of the cars whenever they were being driven.
In the early morning darkness, Hyde Park will be full of the sights, sounds and smells of the past. From 6am a wonderful gathering of veteran cars, their drivers and their passengers - many dressed in period costume - will be preparing for their annual trip down memory lane.
Some of the makes represented ­­– such as Fiat, Renault, Peugeot, Daimler, Vauxhall, Mercedes and Benz – will be familiar to today’s motorists. But there are plenty of long-forgotten marques there, too: Daley, Napoleon, Yale, Durkopp, Maxim, Star, Lambert and Gladiator to name but a few.
As ever, the historic event’s unique charisma has attracted a number of star cars and well-known personalities and among this year’s notable machines is Britain’s oldest Fiat, a splendid four-seater vis-à-vis bodied model which will be helping the illustrious Italian company to celebrate its 120th anniversary.
Meanwhile, TV personality and classic car enthusiast Alan Titchmarsh will be fulfilling a lifetime ambition when driving a 1902 Mors to the Sussex seaside resort, while fellow TV presenter and motoring guru, Fuzz Townshend, will be behind the wheel of the National Motor Museum’s meticulously prepared 1904 De Dion Bouton.
After the traditional pre-dawn tearing up of the red flag, they will be among the hordes of remarkable cars and well wrapped-up crews being flagged away from Hyde Park as the sun rises at 6.56am.
Three- and four-wheelers - mostly petrol-driven but with eight powered by steam plus a quartet of pioneering electric vehicles including a 1901 Waverley owned by Harrods – will depart for the coast at first light to the delight of the hundreds of thousands of spectators lining the route to cheer on the hardy participants.
After leaving Hyde Park, the veterans will drive through Admiralty Arch, down Constitution Hill, past Buckingham Palace and onto the Mall, before heading down Whitehall to Parliament Square. Then, as a result of roadworks at Bridge Street (the link between Parliament Square and Westminster Bridge), a small but necessary amendment has been made to the route out of London with all the cars now set to travel over Lambeth Bridge.
Once south of the river, and as successfully introduced last year to alleviate traffic issues in south London, the route will split into two with half of the field following the A23 through Kennington, Brixton and Streatham while the other half will take the A3, A24, A217 and A236 over Clapham Common and then through Tooting and Mitcham.
The two routes will then merge once again on the A236 north of Croydon with all cars reunited as they head to the spectator-friendly halfway point at Crawley.
Crawley High Street marks an important stage on the Run as it’s not only where members of the public can enjoy great spectator views and the chance to pose for a photo in a stunning veteran car thanks to our relationship with Run partner, Gatwick Airport, but it also marks the start of the A. Lange & Söhne Regularity Time Trial; the only competitive element of the event. Finishing 13 miles away in Burgess Hill, the Time Trial requires drivers to get as close to a chosen average speed as possible.
After Burgess Hill, the Run tackles the scenic but demanding roads through the villages of the Sussex South Downs, passing through Hassocks and Clayton where the route joins the A23 for the final run into Brighton and the welcome finish on Madeira Drive.
Aside from the start, timings are approximate with the first cars expected at Crawley from 8.20am with the last leaving by 2.00pm. The first car is due at the Madeira Drive finish shortly after 10am while to be sure of a finishers’ medal to celebrate a punctual arrival at Brighton, participants need to make it to the finish before the 4.30pm curfew.
Aside from Hyde Park, Crawley and Madeira Drive, the organisers have suggested the following locations as popular viewing points:
6.56 am - 8.15 am: Constitution Hill, London
6.56 am - 8.15 am: The Mall, London
6.56 am - 8.15 am: Whitehall, London
7.10 am - 9.15 am: Clapham Common, London
7.05 am - 9.15 am: Streatham Common
7.35 am - 11.00 am: Croydon – A236, A235 and A23
7.50 am - 11.30 am: Redhill – A23
8.00 am - 12.15 pm: Gatwick – A23
8.20 am - 2.00 pm: Crawley High Street
8.30 am - 2.15 pm: Hammer Hill B2114
8.45 am - 2.30 pm: Cuckfield High Street, B2114
8:55 am - 3.00 pm: Burgess Hill – B2036
9:00 am - 3.30 pm: Clayton Hill – A273
9.56 am - 4.30 pm: Brighton – Madeira Drive
“Seeing all these lovingly maintained cars is more than a spectacle. It’s a piece of living history, a reminder of the fearless motoring pioneers who, literally, paved the way for all of us,” said Miles Wade, Club Secretary of the Royal Automobile Club.
The Bonhams Veteran Car Run is a Royal Automobile Club event and is the final act in the Club’s annual London Motor Week – seven days filled with a whole range of functions and events to suit all motoring tastes culminating with the free-to-view Illinois Route 66 Regent Street Motor Show on Saturday 2nd November and the world-famous Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run on Sunday 3rd November. Some events are open to the public while others are invitation only.
For more information on London Motor Week visit www.londonmotorweek.co.uk. Full details of the 2019 Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run are available on the event website at www.veterancarrun.com.

1000 MIGLIA WARM-UP USA CROSSES THE FINISH LINE



1000 MIGLIA WARM-UP USA CROSSES THE FINISH LINE

The winner of the inaugural 1000 Miglia Warm Up USA is the Veteran crew composed of John and Julie Herlihy driving a 1953 Jaguar XK120 OTS Roadster.
The winning team was presented with the First Coppa USA (USA Cup).
Completing the winner’s podium of the 2019 edition of the 1000 Miglia Warm Up USA are the Novice crews composed of Eric Oberlander and Scott Laroque driving a 1956 Ferrari GT Coupé Boano in 2nd place and, in 3rd place, Josh and David Simpson driving a red 1956 Jaguar XK 120.
Randy Simon and Sharon Swart, in a 1963 Lancia Flaminia Touring Spider, are the winners of the Post 1000 Miglia Era class followed by Phelim Kavanagh and Victor Cappelletti driving a 2016 BMW M4 GTS and Jude Alexander with Charles Cloutier in a 1992 Ferrari 512 TR.
The event, which took place in and around Middleburg and Washington D.C. from October 23 through October 26, 2019, featured a day of regularity rally training followed by a three-day race of over 500 miles. The competitive race was staged in full 1000 Miglia style, finishing on Italian soil at Villa Firenze, the Italian Ambassador’s residence in Washington D.C.
The 2019 1000 Miglia Warm Up USA featured competitive teams, beautiful roads and enthusiastic fans, just like the race in Italy,” said Alberto Piantoni, CEO of 1000 Miglia. ”Introducing the 1000 Miglia to a U.S. audience is an important step towards our goal of broadening awareness outside of Italy.”
The event featured 22 cars in two classes: the 1000 Miglia Era Class which was represented by 1000 Miglia eligible cars, built between 1927 and 1957 and the Post-1000 Era Class represented by sports cars, grand touring and supercars built from 1958 to present.
Thanks to 1000 Miglia, to the passion for, and dedication to historical cars, to the love for Italy and Italian traditions, we have brought a quintessential Italian experience to the US,” said the Italian Ambassador in the US, Armando Varricchio. “Together we have embarked in a new adventure that is now becoming a wonderful tradition.
The American public had an opportunity to admire amazing cars for the last three days not only in some magnificent places with great historic traditions in Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland but also here in the US capital, close to Capitol Hill and to the Washington Monument.
Beauty, speed, competition, teamwork, long-standing traditions and vision for the future are an integral part of this race.
The Coppa USA winner and 5 other crews were also awarded a guaranteed entry to the 1000 Miglia race in Italy from May 13-16, 2020.
The Partners of this edition included Chopard, Alfa Romeo, Alitalia, Town of Middleburg, Fairmont Georgetown, Creighton Farms, Summit Point Raceway, Competizione & Sports Cars and the Embassy of Italy in Washington.
For more details about 1000 Miglia Warm Up USA, please visit: www.1000miglia.it/warmupusa

CELEBRATING 30 YEARS SINCE THE FIRST CLASSIC EVENT AT SILVERSTONE


CELEBRATING 30 YEARS SINCE THE FIRST CLASSIC EVENT AT SILVERSTONE


Super Early Bird tickets for next summer’s sparkling 30th anniversary Silverstone Classic have gone on sale today (Friday 25 October) with significant savings and special prize draws for speedy bookers. 
What’s more, a one-off special 30th-anniversary celebration package is announced today for all those lucky enough to own a classic car that dates back to the days before Silverstone hosted its very first historic festival in 1990. That was the original game-changing event which has subsequently spawned numerous retro-racing gatherings all over the globe as well as a massive historic motorsport preparation sector mainly based in the UK. 
The three-day weekend package is open to all pre-1990 classic cars that have passed their 30th-anniversary milestone. It includes two adult weekend tickets, a vehicle display pass enabling owners to park their car infield in a dedicated anniversary display area, plus they’ll be able to take to the track on Friday for a special anniversary track parade. Not only that, but there’s also a saving of £30 on the price of two adult weekend tickets in any given pricing period. 
The current cost-effective Super Early Bird offer is open to all those purchasing before the end of the year making these the perfect Christmas present. As a further incentive, all those booking 2020 tickets before midnight tonight (Friday 25 October) will be entered into a prize draw and in with the chance of winning a range of “Golden Ticket” prizes including a hot lap around the full Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit on the Classic’s Preview Day, or a ride in a course car during the event, or even a upgrade to enjoy hospitality in Parc Fermé courtesy of Adrian Flux. There’s also the chance to win a Black Ticket courtesy of the event’s tyre partner, Yokohama HPT, with the winner receiving a full set of tyres*. 
All tickets must be purchased in advance and a wide range of Super Early Bird tickets – priced at exactly the same level as last year’s Super Early Bird tickets – are available, representing savings of up to 25 per cent on the price of Standard tickets. Super Early Bird adult admission starts from just £35 for the fifth year, while the price of the three-day weekend ticket is once again frozen at £99 for the sixth consecutive year. 
Car Club Display packages are also on sale offering both further savings and infield display parking. Last year many of these sold-out well in advance of the festival and so it is no surprise that an unprecedented number of more than 50 clubs have already registered for the 30th anniversary Silverstone Classic in 2020, the provisional dates for which are 31 July to 2 August. 
Full details of the on- and off-track family entertainment will be announced in the coming months but, as usual, the flat-out family fun at the Classic will include an unrivalled line-up of retro races, record-breaking car club anniversary celebrations and a fantastic live music line-up on both Friday and Saturday evenings. 
In the meantime, all those attending next weekend’s free-to-view Illinois Route 66 Regent Street Motor Show on Saturday 2 November in central London will be treated to a sneak preview of next summer’s landmark festival. 
“We have already announced some of the great track action that will be wowing visitors to the 30th anniversary Silverstone Classic and now, with the introduction of this very special 30th Anniversary Celebration Package, even more, people will be able to join what’s going to be a very exciting three-day festival, even by our sky-high standards,” enthused Nick Wigley, Event CEO. 
In 2019, the Classic attracted an all-time high attendance of 109,000 visitors – a record that, with so much to celebrate, could now be topped in 2020. 
*Terms and Conditions apply 


VAUXHALL VETERAN TAKES ON LONDON TO BRIGHTON RUN FOR 64TH TIME



VAUXHALL VETERAN TAKES ON LONDON TO BRIGHTON RUN FOR 64TH TIME

Vauxhall's 1903 5HP and 1904 6HP

Vauxhall Motors is fielding two pre-1905 cars from its Heritage Collection in this year’s Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, one of which has entered the famous event at least 64 times since 1927.
Both cars were built in the first two years of Vauxhall’s existence when its manufacturing base was in the eponymous South London suburb, and it was becoming established as one of the most prestigious car brands in the early twentieth century.
The younger of the two cars, a 6HP Light Car, registered JNM 400, has entered the Run at least 64 times, according to Vauxhall’s records, making it one of only two cars in the history of the event that has left the starting line on more than 60 occasions. But that near unrivalled record has almost been matched by its finishing medals, which total 60 to date – no mean feat, given the age, size and simplicity of the car.
JNM 400 first entered the Run in 1927, driven by Vauxhall’s then retired Managing Director, Percy Kidner. It then spent some time in Australia, before Vauxhall bought it for its Heritage Collection in 1946, and started sending it to Brighton again from 1950 onwards.
Powered by a single-cylinder, 1029cc petrol engine, delivering drive to the rear axle via a two-speed epicyclic gearbox and chain, this 6HP was one of the last to be built with tiller steering. But in other respects, it was quite advanced, with coil-spring suspension and a very early form of unitary construction.
Vauxhall’s 1903 5HP Light Car, registered BS 8213, is the world’s oldest surviving four-seat Vauxhall, and the 45th car built by the company. Originally delivered to a Dumbarton shipbuilder at a cost of £154 3s 3d, the 5HP was purchased for the Collection in 1995 and has been a regular entrant in the London to Brighton Run since then. 
In their day, these diminutive cars helped forge an enviable reputation for Vauxhall – now Britain’s oldest surviving car brand – as an innovative, pioneering manufacturer, whose products were at the forefront of engineering and design excellence. They were frequently entered in durability trials when new with much success, so it’s no surprise that they’ve had such a good record in the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run over the last 90-plus years.
This year, 5HP will be driven by Vauxhall’s Managing Director, Stephen Norman, and Communications Director, Jeremy Townsend, in his first London to Brighton Run. At the tiller of 6HP will be Vauxhall’s Head of PR, Simon Hucknall, and journalist Glen Waddington from Octane magazine, another London to Brighton novice.
Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, which celebrates the abolishment of the 1896 Act of Parliament requiring cars to be preceded by someone on foot waving a red flag, and the raising of the speed limit from 4mph to 14mph, starts at Hyde Park this year on Sunday, November 3. A total of 418 vehicles have entered this year’s Run.
More information about Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run can be found here:

ALAN TITCHMARSH RETURNS TO PRESENT PRIZES ON REGENT STREET

ALAN TITCHMARSH RETURNS TO PRESENT PRIZES ON REGENT STREET

Alan Titchmarsh MBE – the much-loved gardener, novelist and television broadcaster – will return to next month’s sparkling Illinois Route 66 Regent Street Motor Show (Saturday 2 November) to present the coveted prizes for this year’s eminent International Concours d’Elegance.
It is a central role Titchmarsh is reprising for his second year, following the successful introduction of the special Winners’ Enclosure in 2018.
Best-known for presenting hugely popular TV programmes such as Gardeners’ WorldGround Force and Love Your Garden, Titchmarsh is also a renowned classic car enthusiast. His first such acquisition was a 1928 Morris Cowley and today he owns a 1929 Bentley Le Mans 4.5-litre and a fully restored 1963 Jaguar E-type.
Fuelling his love of old cars, the 70-year-old Yorkshireman will this year be presenting the seven Concours d’Elegance category winners – and overall winner – with their esteemed trophies. As last year, the presentation stage will be located adjacent to the New Burlington Street junction with Regent Street and Titchmarsh will be handing out the awards between 14:45 and 15:15 on Saturday afternoon.
“It’s a truly magical occasion,” enthused Titchmarsh. “Having so much individual history, all these extraordinary cars have amazing life stories to tell and sharing these with enthusiastic and knowledgeable owners is always a fascinating experience. Selecting just a handful for the final awards is by no means a simple task, even for a judging panel which includes a number of leading authorities on all things veteran car-related. It will again be an honour for me to present the awards to all those selected by the judges – even more so this year as I will be living the dream when, for the very first time, I’ll be driving one of these remarkable machines from London to Brighton on the following day.” 
More than 100 extraordinary pre-1905 veteran cars will be taking centre stage on Regent Street for this year’s International Concours d’Elegance as a key part of the Illinois Route 66 Regent Street Motor Show which will act as a curtain-raiser to Sunday’s staging of the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, taking place the following day.
Adding to the spectacle on the Street, the pioneering machines are driven to and from the dedicated Bonhams Veteran Car Zone at the start and finish of the Show, with many of the owners wearing period Victorian and Edwardian dress. All the vehicles will be judged by a panel of experts with prizes awarded for a number of categories including Best Period Motoring Attire, the Best Original/Unrestored Veteran Car, the Judges’ Overseas Award and the prestigious International Concours d’Elegance Overall Winner. There’s also the opportunity for visitors to vote for the Spectators’ Choice Award via www.regentstreetmotorshow.com/vote.
The stunning display of veteran cars taking part in the International Concours d’Elegance is just one of the many highlights at Britain’s most popular motor show – an event which regularly attracts over half a million visitors. The Motor Show showcases the future of motoring as well as celebrating the past. Taking place on Regent Street –  London’s premier shopping destination – the street will be closed to through-traffic for the day between Piccadilly and Oxford Circus.
Once again visitors will be treated to cars from all eras. Stand-out attractions already confirmed are gatherings of iconic classics from invited motor clubs (all celebrating special anniversaries), a Motorsport Zone, interactive displays plus live music ensuring there is something for all ages and interests between the opening hours of 10:30 to 16:00.  
The Illinois Route 66 Regent Street Motor Show and the Bonhams Veteran Car Run are major events in the week-long annual London Motor Week held by the Royal Automobile Club.
For more information on the Illinois Route 66 Regent Street Motor Show, visit the event’s official website: www.regentstreetmotorshow.com
2019 International Concours d’Elegance Awards
Concours d’Equipe
Sponsored by the Royal Automobile Club       
For the vehicle, drivers & passengers who will be wearing appropriate period dress that, in the view of the judges, symbolises the Veteran era.

Period Motoring Attire
Sponsored by the State of Illinois                    
For the person who is wearing appropriate dress that in the view of the judges symbolises the motoring attire worn in the Veteran era.

Historic Veteran Car
Sponsored by the Royal Automobile Club       
For the car with the most impressive provenance in either continuous ownership, historical connections, or an unrestored vehicle.

Original and/or Unrestored Veteran Car
Sponsored by Bonhams                                 
The vehicle which most accurately represents the specification of the vehicle when new, in every detail, this may be an unrestored vehicle.

The Judges’ Overseas Award
Sponsored by Goose Live Events                   
An award with no specific or technical criteria, given to an overseas participant selected as the judge’s favourite of the day for whatever reason – as they see fit.

Concours d`Elegance Light Vehicle Award
Sponsored by Goose Live Events                   
For the small vehicle which embodies the spirit of the Veteran era, in composition of the coachwork, paintwork, upholstery. This may be an unrestored vehicle.

The Spectators Choice Award
Sponsored by Bonhams                                 
As voted by the public for their favourite Veteran of the day.

Concours d`Elegance Overall Winner
Sponsored by the New West End Company   
The overall winner as nominated by the Judges.



BENTLEY TRAINEES RESTORE HISTORIC ENGINE FROM THE 1920S



BENTLEY TRAINEES RESTORE HISTORIC ENGINE FROM THE 1920S


Apprentices at Bentley Motors in Crewe, England, have lovingly restored a historic engine as part of the company’s centenary year celebrations. Engine No. 212 was built by Bentley in 1923 – just four years after founder W.O. Bentley created the most sought-after luxury car brand in the world.
The trainee men and woman at Bentley spent 700 long hours preparing the 3.0-litre, four-cylinder engine, which was completely stripped down to single components as part of the project. Once reassembled, the engine was presented on a purpose-built base for a centenary exhibition at Bentley’s Crewe headquarters.
Amy Denton, an advanced paint apprentice at Bentley Motors, said: “Everybody involved in the restoration felt privileged to be presented with an opportunity to work with such an important piece of history. It allowed us to develop new skills and techniques which will help in our future careers.”
Bentley offers a range of apprenticeship programmes in disciplines ranging from Engineering and Sales & Marketing to HR and Purchasing & Finance. The latest apprenticeship intake, 46 new recruits, recently started with the business, bringing the total number of Bentley apprentices to over 130.
The three -or four-year programmes allow trainees to develop a balance of skills while working towards recognised automotive apprenticeship qualifications.
Engine No. 212 – Piecing The Story Together
Little is known about the early history of the 3.0-litre, four-cylinder engine No. 212. It was originally paired to chassis 209 and then passed on to an unknown coachbuilder who applied the bodywork. The car would have been driven during the late 1920s, when Bentley was enjoying huge racing success at Le Mans.

Eventually, the engine passed on to the Royal Artillery Corps School in Bovington, Dorset, where it was used from 1935 onwards as a training aid to teach students on the workings of the internal combustion engine. Historians at Bentley believe this suggests the owner of chassis 209 might have been a member of the armed forces.
The engine remained in the possession of the Corps until 2011, when it was offered back to Bentley. The unit then sat in safe storage until last year when it was decided that No. 212 should enjoy a new lease of life, undergoing restoration for Bentley’s 2019 centenary celebrations.
Apprentices at Bentley Motors in Crewe managed the entire project themselves, including planning, budgeting and risk assessment. Additional support came from both internal and external stakeholders.
The engine was stripped down to single components, which were individually photographed, bagged and then logged on a computer for easier reassembly. After the parts were washed and cleaned, blasting equipment was used to remove old paint. The engine was then restored to the colours used by the Royal Artillery Corps School in recognition of that part of the engine’s history.
At the same time, the apprentices designed and built a special plinth which would display the engine at its best. The apprentices obtained chassis diagrams from the original car to create a set of supporting legs that will carry engine No. 212 for years to come. The finishing touch was an information plaque explaining the history of the engine.
Denton added: “We completed the assembly on time and transported it to the centenary event in Crewe where it was displayed next to a current W12 engine, clearly showing how far Bentley’s superlative engines have advanced over the last 100 years.”

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

THE ROYAL AUTOMOBILE CLUB HISTORIC AWARDS’ FINALISTS ARE REVEALED


THE ROYAL AUTOMOBILE CLUB HISTORIC AWARDS’ FINALISTS ARE REVEALED
Following two weeks of the judges deliberating on the nominations and a final jury panel session at the Royal Automobile Club where the judges presented their findings, the finalists for the inaugural Historic Awards have now been selected.
There were strong nominations across all categories, so finding the top three was a tough task for the judges.
The finalists should be very proud to have achieved a place in a final list which is a strong reflection of the health of the British historic motoring scene.
The finalists are:
Collection (supported by Total)
  • British Commercial Vehicle Museum
  • Jim Clark Motorsport Museum
  • The Bugatti Trust
Competitive Event (supported by Brewin Dolphin)
  • Castle Combe Autumn Classic
  • Chateau Impney Hill Climb
  • Le Mans Start Silverstone (VSCC Formula Vintage Festival)
Motoring Spectacle (supported by Footman James)
  • Bentley Drivers Club 1001 Bentleys at Blenheim Palace
  • Bicester Heritage Super Scramble
  • Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace
Personality (supported by HERO)
  • Ian Ferguson, VSCC
  • Julius Thurgood, HRDC
  • Paul and Andrew Wood, P & A Wood
Outstanding Journalism - written or broadcast
  • Mark Evans - Inside Jaguar: A Supercar is Reborn, broadcast documentary, Channel 4
  • Doug Nye - Enzo, The Man, Magneto magazine
  • Nick Trott - Porsche 917, The Road Rat magazine
Race Series (supported by A. Lange & Söhne)
  • Classic Racing Motorcycle Club 
  • Equipe GTS & Classic Relay
  • HSCC Historic Formula 2
Restoration (supported by Bicester Heritage)
  • 1939 Corniche - Bentley Motors
  • 1948 Amsterdam Motor Show Launch Land Rover - Land Rover Classic
  • 1967 Jim Clark Lotus type 38 Indy car - Nick Fennell & Classic Team Lotus 
Now the panels - each led by an expert in that particular category - have the tricky task of choosing a winner from the finalists... A full list of judges appears on the Awards’ website.
The Club will also present the Royal Automobile Club Lifetime Achievement Award, to recognise an individual who has, in the opinion of the Club, made an outstanding contribution to British motoring history and heritage, or to the British historic motoring and/or motor racing movement, across many years.
The winners will be announced at a gala evening to be held in the Club’s Pall Mall clubhouse on Thursday 21 November 2019, hosted by TV Formula 1 and sports presenter Lee McKenzie. Tickets for what promises to be a magnificent evening are now available from the Awards’ website www.royalautomobileclubhistoricawards.co.uk.
CATEGORIES IN DETAIL
Collection (Supported by Total) This award will be presented to a British-based collection or museum which has made a significant contribution to the historic motoring movement in the UK or internationally.
Competitive Event (Supported by Brewin Dolphin) For any UK-based competitive classic motorsport event, from motor racing meetings and hillclimbs to navigation and stage rallies, regularity trials, and hot rod and drag races.
Motoring Spectacle (Supported by Footman James) Eligible events include concours d’elegance, tours, classic vehicle shows and club gatherings. Judges will be looking for British events – big or small – that have displayed a true sense of spectacle.
Outstanding Journalism This award will be presented to the author of what the judges deem to be the best written or broadcast historic motoring-related feature that has appeared in a British publication, TV/radio/film/broadcast media or digital platform the twelve-month judging period.
Personality (Supported by HERO) Open to individuals from any part of the British historic motoring world, for example (but not limited to) private enthusiast, club organiser or specialist.  They must have made a truly outstanding contribution to heritage, historic motoring or historic motorsport during the judging period.
Race Series (Supported by A. Lange & Söhne) This can be organised by one of the big international organisers or by one of the many UK-based historic racing clubs, but must have a predominantly UK-based calendar.
Restoration (Supported by Bicester Heritage) The winner in this category will be a restoration that results from not only impressive technical expertise but also a significant amount of research and sensitivity to the vehicle and its history. The restoration must have been done in the UK. It can have been started at any point but must have been completed during the year ending 30th September 2019.

Monday, 21 October 2019

JAGUAR CELEBRATES 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF LEGENDARY MK 2 SPORTS SALOON WITH UNIQUE RANKIN PHOTOGRAPH


JAGUAR CELEBRATES 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF LEGENDARY MK 2 SPORTS SALOON WITH UNIQUE RANKIN PHOTOGRAPH
Jaguar celebrates 60th Anniversary of legendary Mk2 sports saloon with unique Rankin photograph
Jaguar marks the 60th anniversary of the inimitable Mk 2 with a very special set of photographs that pay homage to the style, creativity and individuality of one of the world’s best-loved saloon cars.
‘Rooms by Rankin’ is a unique partnership between Jaguar and internationally renowned fashion and style photographer Rankin, designed to celebrate the character of three key models – XF, XE and Mk 2.
For the third and final instalment, Rankin created ‘Period Drama’ for the Mk 2 – a bespoke, white-out room complete with a mesmerising pattern of black polka dots.
Rankin said: “The Jaguar Mk 2 is a very special car – undeniably beautiful and well-proportioned. I wanted to create something that celebrated the Mk 2’s form and its heritage, but also had a thoroughly modern edge to it. That’s why I chose to use polka dots.”
Jaguar Design Director, Julian Thomson, added: “Polka dots are perfect for the Mk 2. They can be wistfully nostalgic and they also have a modern currency that makes them a timeless classic. Rankin has managed to produce a truly stand-out creation. It’s elegant and has a captivating charm that we all appreciate at Jaguar.”
The Mk 2 featured in the 'Rooms by Rankin' partnership is a Dark Blue 3.8-litre manual from the Jaguar Classic Collection. In addition to the active vehicle collection housed at its Classic Works facility in Coventry, Jaguar Classic offers sales, servicing, restoration expertise and parts to keep these treasured classics on the road for future generations to appreciate. 
Launched in 1959 at the Earls Court Motor Show, London, the Jaguar Mk 2 became an overnight sensation with its daring design, graceful curves and powerful XK-derived six-cylinder engines, including the top-of-the-range 3.8-litre that delivered 220bhp and a top speed of 125mph.
In addition to its supreme road-going performance, the Jaguar Mk 2 was extremely competitive on the race track, scoring countless saloon car victories in the hands of greats such as Roy Salvadori and Graham Hill.
Configure your Jaguar at www.jaguar.com


RARE AND HISTORIC ASTON MARTIN KNOWN AS ‘CLOVERLEAF’ RUNS UP ASTON HILL TO CELEBRATE THE SPORTS CAR’S 95TH ANNIVERSARY


RARE AND HISTORIC ASTON MARTIN KNOWN AS ‘CLOVERLEAF’ RUNS UP ASTON HILL TO CELEBRATE THE SPORTS CAR’S 95TH ANNIVERSARY

Aston Martin Cloverleaf XR 1981 ┬® Photo Max Earey

It was 95 years ago that the car which came to be known as ‘Cloverleaf’, XR 1981, lined up at the bottom of Aston Hill. One of just eight customer cars built in late 1923, this very early Aston Martin was competing against two Bugattis and two other Aston Martins – one of which had been entered by the company’s founder, Lionel Martin, who won the trophy on the day.
This four-cylinder 1,486 cc side-valve engined 1923 long-chassis ‘Cloverleaf’-bodied tourer came second at the event, and remains one of only two Bamford and Martin-built Aston Martins from that meeting in 1924 still in existence today.
To mark the anniversary of its first competitive outing ‘Cloverleaf’ has returned to Aston Hill to be driven by Aston Martin Racing ace and three-time Le Mans class winner Darren Turner, followed closely by a Bugatti, to recreate as accurately as possible the events of almost a century ago. The car was painstakingly prepared for its Hillclimb return by renowned specialists Ecurie Bertelli, the Midlands-based firm which currently manages the vehicle on behalf of its owner.
Aston Hill is, of course, an evocative place for every Aston Martin enthusiast since it is nothing less than the inspiration behind the name of the company – Aston Martin – which combines the name of this famous Hillclimb with the surname of one of the business’s founders. Far more than just a namesake, though, Aston Hill was the venue for many defining moments in the early years of the brand with Lionel Martin driving his home-tuned Singer specials and later cars of his own design up the hill, cementing a lasting ethos of sporting performance for the great British brand.
Built-in late 1923, chassis 1926 is one of the oldest road-going Aston Martins still in existence and had an open body design known as a Cloverleaf because the two front seats and one rear seat behind created the shape of a three-leaf clover.
Built at Aston Martin’s second home, 53 Abingdon Road, Kensington, this car, now known affectionately simply as ‘Cloverleaf’, is a stunning example of the very earliest Aston Martins and continued in active competition until the late 1960s. Featuring front-wheel brakes, a rare feature in the 1920s, and a top speed guaranteed to be in excess of 72 mph Cloverleaf’s 38 bhp power peak is channelled to the driven wheels via a four-speed gearbox.
Paul Spires, President of Aston Martin Works, said of the anniversary run: “There are not many brands that are fortunate enough to have as many iconic milestones as Aston Martin. Cloverleaf is a perfect example of how, even from the brand’s inauguration, we were racing and competing at the highest level in terms of design and innovation.”
Cloverleaf ran up Aston Hill and came second in the Herts Automobile and Aero Club Hillclimb in 1924. The model was one of a team of three Aston Martins competing on the day.  

THORNLEY KELHAM BIZZARRINI 5300 GT WINS RESTORATION OF THE YEAR


THORNLEY KELHAM BIZZARRINI 5300 GT WINS RESTORATION OF THE YEAR

The painstaking nut-and-bolt restoration of a rare BIzzarrini 5300 GT Strada by Thornley Kelham has been named ‘Restoration of the Year’ at the Historic Motoring Awards, presented by Octane and Evo.
The team at Thornley Kelham had a very good starting point; this particular Bizzarrini one of just over 100 examples built) was a largely complete and unmolested car, but any restoration of a car this rare will be a challenge.  Further pressure came from the fact that there are a significant number of accurate replicas circulating, and fastidious owner Guy Berryman of the band Coldplay was adamant that originality was therefore paramount.
With so few cars to cross-reference, research was the name of the game. Details on this car were compared with a number of specialist Bizzarrini books already sourced by Thornley Kelham to ensure the interior, body and mechanicals were as they should be. They also consulted regularly with Jack Koobs de Hartog, universally recognized as the expert on these cars.
The restoration, therefore, left no stone unturned, starting with the complete disassembly of the car in the workshop. Cars of this type of construction - alloy skins over a steel frame - take around 4000 to 4500 hours to restore, spread over a period of between 18 and 24 months.
The process starts with a professional ‘before’ photoshoot, followed by disassembly and cataloguing of parts and then assigning and managing any subcontractors. Once this is complete, the restoration and rebuild phases begin. In this case, the metalwork, usually done in-house, was taken care of by Gary Pitney at GP Panelcraft.
The fastidious approach to every part of the restoration is perhaps best exemplified by the paint respray. The bare metal job here took up to 800 hours, and Thornley Kelham's reputation for paintwork is among the best in the world. This impeccable attention to detail is applied to every other part of the restoration.
The brakes proved tricky to get ‘just right’, and in the end, pragmatism won the day -  based on the fact that Guy will use the car regularly. Dunlop-style brakes were, therefore, a rare specification change – everything else was exactly as the car would have left the factory, crucially maintaining originality in such a rare car.
This relentless pursuit of originality even extended to leaving original work as-is, such as the welding. Despite the fact some of the original welding was terrible, it was important to maintain the aesthetic so it was left as it was, despite the areas being strengthened for future-proofing and performance. The Bizzarrini 5300 GT Strada was completed for its owner and then competed in the 2018 Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace. Perhaps the ultimate endorsement came from Jack Koobs de Hartog himself, who came to the UK specifically to see the car at the show and gave the car an emphatic vote of confidence.
With in-house bodywork, paint, engine and machine shops, Thornley Kelham is widely regarded for the quality of its restorations of historically significant, often unique vehicles across a variety of marques.
Simon Thornley, a co-founder of Thornley Kelham, said“This restoration was the result of a huge outpouring of research, skill, dedication and passion by the whole Thornley Kelham team, and we’e delighted to see it receiving such acclaim. This prestigious award follows much praise not only from this car’s fastidious owner but also from the world’s pre-eminent Bizzarrini expert, Jack Koobs de Hartogs. We’re delighted to have been given the opportunity to maintain such an important piece of automotive history.”
For more information see the website: www.thornleykelham.com