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« Respuesta #990 en: 09 Octubre 2017, 08:40:05 »
RACE RETRO 2018 CELEBRATES THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF FORMULA 1’S GROUND-EFFECTS ERA

Race Retro, the international historic motor sport show, will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Formula 1’s ground-effects era in the Motor Sport Hall of Fame Live at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, from February 23-25 2018.

Although the use of aerodynamic influence can be traced back more than a century in motor racing – Gustave Eiffel of Parisian tower fame had a wind tunnel that Peugeot used to help shape its Grand Prix cars in the 1910s – it was Colin Chapman of Team Lotus who first capitalised fully on the notion of the racing car as an inverted wing, pressed to the track by the air that passed over its bodywork’s contours.

Chapman’s landmark design was the Lotus 79, introduced early during the 1978 season. Mario Andretti gave the car a winning debut in the Belgian Grand Prix and scored four further victories on his way to winning that season’s world title.

Building on Chapman’s initiative, Williams took the concept a stage further with the Patrick Head-inspired FW07, which gave the team its maiden F1 success in the 1979 British Grand Prix and carried Australian Alan Jones to the world championship in 1980. The organisers of Race Retro’s Motor Sport Hall of Fame Live will have an FW07 on display, from the Williams Heritage collection, and it is hoped that a 79 will also be present.

Event Director Lee Masters said: “The ground-effect philosophy filtered down from the top of the sport and the 2018 Hall of Fame Live display will showcase a stunning range of cars that symbolises one of the most innovative periods in racing history.”

The Motor Sport Hall of Fame Live will also include other racing and rally cars, with a number of key milestones celebrated and tributes paid to attendant special guests, many of whom will be interviewed on the Motor Sport Live stage. Introduced to Race Retro last year, this was the biggest talking point of a show that is now owned by Clarion Events.

Race Retro will also welcome motor sport industry race series, rally organisers, and traders, with more than 85 specialists already committed. These include Classic and Sports Car Club, Equipe Classic Racing, MG Car Club, HERO Events, Classic World Racing, Historic Sports Car Club, Millers Oils, and the Vintage Sports-Car Club.

Tickets are now on sale for Race Retro, held from February 23-25 2018 at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, with free parking for all visitors. For the latest updates and ticket information, visit www.raceretro.com

 

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« Respuesta #991 en: 09 Octubre 2017, 08:40:30 »
VANDEN PLAS PROTOTYPE GETS FIRST OUTING AT THE NEC

The name of Vanden Plas is one of the oldest in motoring history and the Owners’ Club is delighted to be showcasing five of its key models at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery - including one of British Leyland’s rarest prototypes.

The undoubted main attraction of the VPOC stand in Hall 4 will be the famous one-off ‘Landcrab’ prototype. In 1971 a Wolseley 18/85 was transformed into an elegant four-window saloon but the project was sadly cancelled by the management of British Leyland. Fortunately, it escaped being scrapped, the fate of so many project cars, and it went on to serve as a factory runabout before living in semi-retirement for many years. The Vanden Plas 1800 now resides in Scotland and will be starring at Birmingham’s NEC from 10-12 November.

The club’s oldest car on show is a Richmond Red Austin A105, one of just 500 Westminster saloons that in 1958 and 1959 were sent to the Kingsbury Works to receive a decadently luxurious new interior. The result was a car to compete with Rover and Jaguar and the club is very proud to be displaying one of only three known surviving models.

By 1960 Vanden Plas was a BMC marque in its own right and the handsome Pininfarina-styled 3 Litre Princess Mk. It would have been the perfect car for a businessman to power steer himself along the M1.

For enthusiasts of 1970s classics, there will be a 1978 1500 saloon that has been in the same family since it was nearly new - a fascinating and still-controversial blend of a traditional walnut and leather-trimmed cabin and very distinctive radiator grille with the Austin Allegro’s body.

The youngest vehicle is a wonderful legacy of the junior-yuppie era in the form of a 1989 Rover 216 that has less than 10,000 miles on the clock.

No aficionado of British classics should miss the opportunity to appreciate such an exclusive collection of fine cars – including one that so nearly ‘might have been.’

The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, returns to Birmingham’s NEC from Friday 10 to Sunday 12 November. For more information as well as all the ticket prices and booking details, visit www.necclassicmotorshow.com.

 

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« Respuesta #992 en: 10 Octubre 2017, 14:22:11 »
SUPER EARLY BIRD TICKETS ON SALE FOR THE 2018 SILVERSTONE CLASSIC

Forget the imminent arrival of blustery autumn and chilly winter, tickets for next summer’s sizzling Silverstone Classic are going on sale from Monday 16 October. What’s more, prices have been frozen at 2017 levels for those booking the newly-introduced Super Early Bird tickets before the end of the year.

Now entering its 28th season, the trail-blazing Silverstone Classic is firmly established as the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival featuring unparalleled grids of historic competition machinery, record-breaking anniversary parades plus epic in-field displays putting the spotlight on more than 10,000 classic cars. Live music from popular bands and a dazzling array of family entertainment all add to the annual high-octane extravaganza, which now regularly attracts more than 100,000 visitors.

Staged at the country’s premier motor racing circuit, the 2018 Silverstone Classic will be held between 20-22 July, two weeks after the British Grand Prix. The date remains provisional, though, until the Formula One World Championship calendar is rubber-stamped by the FIA in December.

The introduction of Super Early Bird tickets is a new innovation and offers festival-goers the opportunity to purchase their 2018 tickets at 2017 prices, providing up to a 20 per cent discount on Standard tickets. What’s more, all tickets for the 2018 event will be issued as etickets giving buyers instant gratification from their purchase.

The Super Early Bird offer is open until the end of the year – a boon for those seeking a special Christmas present. Thereafter, as in previous years, a range of Early Bird tickets will be available for those purchasing between 1 January and 31 March. From 1 April admission will be available in advance via Standard tickets.

Once again all advance tickets will give access to both Silverstone racing paddocks, all open trackside grandstands, the live music concerts, air shows, fun fair rides and the vast majority of the family entertainment on offer.

By popular demand, the 2018 on-track programme will embrace all of Europe’s leading historic categories, including an incredible array of iconic Formula 1 cars marking 70 years since Silverstone’s first British Grand Prix held in 1948.

Next year’s event will also put a special spotlight on more than 60 years of epic Le Mans history with three spectacular showdowns run back-to-back.

The showcase will blast off with the prestigious International Trophy for pre-66GT cars, followed by a similar showdown for the thunderous FIA Masters Historic Sports Cars for Le Mans-style sports cars up to 1974. Next summer, these regular crowd-pleasers will be joined by the welcome addition of the exciting new Masters Endurance Legends series, thus introducing endurance prototype and GT racers from 1995-2011 to the passionate Silverstone Classic crowds.

Echoing this year’s prices, the new Super Early Bird adult tickets start from £35 and the cost of the three-day weekend ticket remains at £99 for those purchasing before the end of the year. Full details of all 2018 ticket prices – Super Early Bird, Early Bird and Advance – are available on the silverstoneclassic.com website.

Moreover, all those booking on Monday 16 October will be entered into a special draw giving a chance to win a ‘Golden Ticket’ with benefits ranging from a hot lap around the full Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit on the Classic’s Preview Day, to a ride in a course car during the event or even an upgrade to VIP hospitality.

Further details of the 2018 Silverstone Classic – including more exciting new races, special car club celebrations and live music performers – will be announced in the coming weeks and months. All the latest news will be available on the silverstoneclassic.com website and via the event’s popular social media platforms.

 

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« Respuesta #993 en: 11 Octubre 2017, 15:07:35 »
BEAULIEU ANNOUNCED AS FINALIST IN BEAUTIFUL SOUTH AWARDS

Beaulieu’s biggest event has been chosen as a finalist in Tourism South East’s Beautiful South Tourism Awards which celebrate excellence in tourism.

International Autojumble, which is Beaulieu’s oldest and most prestigious event, marked its half century last year and has been selected for the Tourism Event/ Festival of the Year category.

The final gold, silver and bronze winners will be announced by radio presenter Toby Anstis at the Beautiful South Tourism Awards ceremony at The Grand in Brighton on November 29th.

Beaulieu Events Manager Judith Maddox said: “We are thrilled that this very special year for our longest running and best-loved event has been chosen for this prestigious award. The 50th International Autojumble was an opportunity for exhibitors and visitors to share their wonderful memories with us and we were overwhelmed by the affection it inspired in visitors from all over the world.”

Beaulieu Commercial Director Stephen Munn said: “This nomination makes us very proud, as it not only recognises the boost that the International Autojumble gives to the New Forest economy but also the loyalty of exhibitors and visitors who come back every year. It is a must on the motoring calendar and many of our overseas visitors plan their annual holidays around it.”

The International Autojumble, which is held in the grounds of the National Motor Museum, is the largest autojumble this side of the Atlantic and attracts visitors from across Europe and beyond. More than 36,000 visitors turned out for last year’s landmark event to scour the 2,378 stands which are crammed with motoring treasures and elusive spare parts for restoration projects and to keep classic cars on the road. The event created a local economic benefit of £3m to the New Forest and surrounding area.

The 2016 anniversary event invited exhibitors to join in with a special gold theme and a trophy was awarded to the best gold stand, which was topped with a ‘birthday cake’ which could be seen across the Beaulieu events fields. A special display of vehicles showed what can be achieved with parts bought at the autojumble and loyal exhibitors and visitors recorded five decades of memories in a commemorative booklet.

The Beautiful South Awards are the most coveted accolades for the tourism industry in the region. The awards celebrate the very best for all types of tourism businesses including B&Bs, hotels, holiday parks and visitor attractions, as well as recognising businesses that have gone the extra mile with regards to accessibility, sustainability and great customer service. The award judges have taken many factors into account, including visitor feedback, reviews, online coverage and value for money.

Nell Barrington, of the Beautiful South Awards, said: “The Beautiful South Awards, sponsored by The Grand Brighton, attracted 146 entries so the judges have had a very tough task in identifying the region’s best. Judges were, as always, looking for evidence of excellence. So to be a finalist is a significant achievement.”

Nigel Smith, Chief Executive of Tourism South East, said: “The Beautiful South Awards are the highlight of the year for the South East’s visitor economy. They are a reminder of the amazing wealth of fantastic tourism businesses and experiences South East of England has to offer. This year the overall standard of entries was higher than ever, making it extremely tough for the judges. Some very fine businesses narrowly missed the cut so the finalists truly are the best of the best.”

Beaulieu’s 2018 International Autojumble will be held on September 1st and 2nd *. For the latest information and full Beaulieu events calendar, see www.beaulieu.co.uk/events/.

Find us on Twitter @Beaulieu_Hants, on Facebook at /nationalmotormuseum or on Instagram @national_motor_museum and join the conversation with #autojumble and #beautifulsouthawards.

* Events dates are subject to change until the announcement of the F1 calendar. Please check the website www.beaulieu.co.uk/events/ for the latest information.

 

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« Respuesta #994 en: 13 Octubre 2017, 08:29:56 »
PORSCHE WORTHY OF A SULTAN COULD FETCH £700,000 AT COYS’ LONDON AUCTION
A special 1995 Porsche 993 Turbo Cabriolet once owned by the Sultan of Brunei will be put under the hammer by international auctioneers Coys along with more than 80 classic and sports cars at their ‘Spirit of Motoring’ auction in London’s Royal Horticultural Halls on October 17th.

The car is one of only 14 of the 993 Turbo Cabriolets produced by Porsche and is the only right hand drive example in existence. It is estimated at £500,000 to £700,000.

Porsche’s 993 Turbo model had garnered praise from the media and owners alike, but the marque had not produced a cabriolet version. Herr Fritz Haberl, owner of the significant MAHHAG southern German chain of dealerships based in Munich, was convinced there was a market for a 993 Turbo Cabriolet, and approached Porsche with the idea.

Things went rather quiet after the meeting and just when Haberl thought he had reached a dead end, Porsche came back with a response: if Haberl could find 12 buyers up front, Porsche would build the cars.

Chris Routledge, CEO of Coys, said: “These were set to be one of the most exclusive models Porsche had ever built, and hid much of their performance potential under a subtle and stylish cabriolet exterior. Porsche eventually built just 14 of these cars with the chassis number sequence 8501-8514, the car on offer being chassis number 8513.”

Haberl reportedly sold six cars to Germany and the rest went to clients throughout the world. Chassis #8513 found its way to none other than the Sultan of Brunei, where it was registered to his collection in May 1995.

Routledge added: “The retail price at the time was U$D176,000. These exclusive cars were fitted with unique features, including 17 inch cup alloy wheels, electrically operated Komfort seats, rear spoiler, air conditioning and a special four-brand exhaust system, amongst others. The Porsche certificate of Authenticity for #8513 extends to two pages in order to cover the many options fitted!”

This unique 993 Turbo Cabriolet, which has been part of a significant European collection since 2009 and shows just over 9,000 kilometres on the clock, offers collectors a rare chance to join a tremendously exclusive club.

The auction also features a selection of investment quality classics, including a 1971 Ferrari Dino 246 GT (estimated £200,000 - £250,000), a 1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 rebuilt to semi-lightweight roadster specification (£180,000 - £210,000), a 1938 Bentley 4 1/4 Sportsman’s Coupe by De Villars displayed at the 1938 Paris Motor Show (£120,000 - £140,000), a 1955 Austin Healey 100 M specification from the Sorn Castle Collection (£48,000- £60,000) and a 2004 Mclaren Mercedes Benz SLR with just 1,945 km from new (£200,000 - £250,000).

Other important lots on offer range from a 2004 Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale (£130,000 - £160,000) to a 2016 Evanta DB4 GT Zagato (£130,000 - £160,000), a 1934 Bentley 3.5 litre Drophead Coupe by James Young (Refer Department), a 1967 Porsche 911 Short Wheel Base (£100,000 - £125,000), a 2001 Honda NSX Targa (£75,000 - £95,000), a 2004 Ferrari 360 Spider (£75,000 - £95,000) and a 1962 Porsche 356B 1600S Cabriolet (£110,000 - £130,000).

Catalogue: www.coys.co.uk/the-spirit-of-motoring

 

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« Respuesta #995 en: 13 Octubre 2017, 08:30:26 »
PORSCHE GB CELEBRATES 40 YEARS OF THE 928 WITH RACING LEGEND RICHARD ATTWOOD

Porsche GB will celebrate 40 years of the 928 at this year’s Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, held 10-12 November at Birmingham’s NEC. To mark the anniversary, four UK Porsche Classic Partner Centres have entered a 1978 928 in the 2017 season of the HSCC 70s Road Sport Championship, with racing legend Richard Attwood at the wheel.

In 1977, Porsche launched an all new front-engined sports car. Originally designed as a replacement for the 911, the 928 was a luxurious grand tourer powered by a Porsche designed 4.5l V8 engine producing 240hp. A focus on lightweight construction saw the extensive use of aluminium for the body panels rather than traditional sheet steel.

The 928 never did replace the 911 yet still secured its place in Porsche history as an outstanding luxury GT car and the last of the traditional 2-door, transaxle models.

And there may be even more to celebrate in the coming weeks as Richard Attwood is currently leading his class in the HSCC competition with just two more meetings until the end of the season.

British racing driver Richard Attwood raced for the BRM, Lotus and the Cooper Formula One teams, competing in 17 World Championship Grand Prix, achieving one podium and scoring a total of 11 championship points. He was also a successful sports car racing driver and won the 1970 24 Hours of Le Mans race, driving a Porsche 917.

As part of Porsche GB’s support of its heritage, it now has four dedicated Porsche Classic Partners in Glasgow, Hatfield, Leeds and Swindon, which are centres that have exceptional classic experience to provide support and parts for its historical models as well as offering classic Porsche vehicles for sale.

James Toye, Business Development Manager for Porsche GB, said: “For us, tradition and innovation are bound closely together. More than 70 percent of all Porsche vehicles ever built are still on the road and therefore play a defining role in shaping the fascination of the brand.

“Porsche Classic is highly committed to prolonging the service life of every classic Porsche, offering experts who combine service and advice with the relevant expertise and enthusiasm. Each Classic Partner showroom has a Classic Corner, featuring vehicles and parts displays that tell you at first glance that you and your classic car are at the right address.”

Tickets to the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, are now on sale. For more information as well as all the ticket prices and booking details, visit www.necclassicmotorshow.com.

 

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« Respuesta #996 en: 13 Octubre 2017, 14:41:28 »
ENTRIES SOAR FOR 2017 VETERAN CAR RUN AS FRENCH MARQUES DOMINATE

With a bumper entry of more than 450 pioneers from the era of the horseless carriage, this year’s running of the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run supported by Hiscox is set to be the biggest for five years.

While the bulk of the entries come from the UK, Europe and the Channel Islands, many of the cars have come from much further afield. Some will make their way to London from Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Norway, South Africa and the Unites States.

In all, 23 countries are represented in an entry list, which includes 34 new participants on the Run, while a further 18 have returned after missing the 2016 event.

Scores of different makes are represented from the familiar – such as Ford, Renault and Vauxhall – to the forgotten, such as Brush, Gladiator, Achilles and Bolide.

Variety is the key. While the majority are petrol powered, the starters will include three electric vehicles and a smattering of steam-powered machines. There will be three- and four-wheeled cars, some with tillers and some with steering wheels...

All will leave Hyde Park as dawn breaks on Sunday 5th November and hope to make it to Brighton’s Madeira Drive before 4.30pm to gain a finisher’s medal. Not all will make it, though, with mechanical breakdowns being part and parcel of the epic trip.

Although every car entered on the historic Run – the World’s longest running motoring event – comes with a fascinating history, some are more special than others. Among those are the oldest vehicle on this year’s Run, an 1893 Peugeot which was built a mere seven years after the world’s first car, the Benz Patent Motorwagen, stuttered into life.

This particular Type 3, which will be the first car to leave Hyde Park, is not the most historically significant Peugeot. Another dates back to 1897 and is believed to be the only surviving Type 14 of the 18 originally built still in running condition. The Type 14 was the very first model to use a Peugeot designed horizontal twin engine, prior to its introduction all Peugeots used engines supplied by either Daimler or Panhard.

Other highlights include the extraordinary 1896 Salvesen steam car, which looks more like an early locomotive than a car, and the ever-popular 1901 Pope Waverley electric car from the Harrods stable. The Pope Waverly is just one of a collection of vehicles which Official Partner Harrods has preserved as a nod to the store’s rich history as a pioneer in electric vehicles in London.

Although the majority of the tricycles are single-seat De Dion Bouton models with a single front wheel, the entry includes three tandem-seat Leon Bollees from 1898 and 1899, where the passenger is seated between the two front wheels ahead of the driver, who sits above the engine which drives the single rear wheel.

Among the stars taking part are Pink Floyd drummer and car collector Nick Mason, who will be driving his 1901 Panhard et Levassor, one of almost 200 French-built cars on the Run. Thierry Peugeot and Robert Panhard are two more notable participants – they are both direct descendants of the founders of the famous automotive companies that bear their respective names.

While Germany is generally considered to be the birthplace of the motor car, it was France which accelerated the concept of the horseless carriage and was by far the biggest automobile producing nation as the 19th century turned into the 20th. This year’s Run has adopted a French theme in honour of the country’s contribution to motoring.

As well as familiar French names such as Peugeot and Renault there are no fewer than 65 De Dion Bouton cars and trikes entered and almost 30 Panhard et Levassor models. French rarities include the sole surviving Créanche from 1900 and the only Raynaud in existence.

British marques are also well represented with cars from Vauxhall, Wolseley, Humber, Riley and Siddeley among the more familiar names. One notable veteran, however, is an 1894 Santler Dogcart, believed to be the oldest British car in existence.

The 3½ hp machine was built in the town of Malvern ­– now better known as the home of Morgan – and was originally steam-powered before it was given a Benz petrol engine later in its life.

The Santler is one of several veteran cars due to come under the hammer at the Bonhams London to Brighton Run sale, which takes place two days before the Run. The car is offered complete with a guaranteed entry in the 2017 Run.

Following the Run will be 60 auction winners who bid for a seat on one of three vintage buses. The 60 Go Bonkers to Brighton auction was organised by BBC Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans to raise money for BBC Children in Need. In the three years Children in Need has been involved in the Run, more than £741,000 has been raised for the charity.

As ever, the Veteran Car Run will be held on the first Sunday in November and is organised by the Royal Automobile Club.

As dawn breaks, a red flag will be ceremoniously ripped up and the 450+ entries will start their journey from capital to coast: The Run celebrates the passing into law of the Locomotives on the Highway Act in November 1896, also known as the Red Flag Act, and refers to a time when these new-fangled machines had to follow a man holding a red flag.

The Veteran Car Run is the final act in the Royal Automobile Club’s annual London Motor Week – a week in which the Club presents an array of functions and events to suit all motoring tastes, which this year includes its annual Art of Motoring exhibition, the Motoring Lectures, a Motoring Forum, a dinner with FIA President Jean Todt and the Dewar and Simms Trophy presentations, awarded for British engineering excellence. The week culminates with the free-to-view Regent Street Motor Show on Saturday 4th November and the world-famous Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run supported by Hiscox.

For more information on London Motor Week, visit www.londonmotorweek.co.uk

Other events in London Motor Week include the Bonhams Auction, a motoring art exhibition at the Mall Galleries, which is open to the public, and several invitation-only lunches, receptions and functions at the Royal Automobile Club Clubhouse in Pall Mall.

For more details of the event and access to registration forms visit www.veterancarrun.com.

 

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« Respuesta #997 en: 13 Octubre 2017, 14:42:00 »
SUNDAY SCRAMBLE GALLERY: BICESTER’S MAYOR AND MAYORESS AMONG THOUSANDS OF GUESTS AT FINAL OPEN DAY OF THE SEASON


    Season-closing Sunday Scramble saw Bicester Heritage welcome the Mayor of Bicester and his wife – Les and Mary Sibley – to the historic motoring community on 1 October
    Bicester Heritage Managing Director Dan Geoghegan greeted the Mayor and his wife and gave them a tour of the former RAF Bicester site, which was a hive of activity with over 30 specialist businesses throwing open their doors and revealing a rare selection of motor cars
    The Mayor was in the company of over 3,000 vintage motoring enthusiasts and over 1,000 cars spanning a century of automotive history. Associated car clubs attended in high numbers, too
    A hi-res picture gallery from the event is available to download here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/87gutj6nmu615w6/AABzIeI-hXWGsaNf-IIyxY2_a?dl=0
    All images are available to use with credit to Autohouse London
    Vast array of cars from all eras, types and styles, including vintage, veteran, classic, modern classic, military, hot rod, modified, grand prix, rally and hill climb cars
    The Wriggly Monkey Brewery unveiled exciting plans to start brewing at their new facility at Bicester Heritage in Spring 2018.
    Bicester Heritage revealed freshly restored buildings from the fourth phase of restoration, most notably the UK’s best-preserved example of an RAF Motor Transport Yard.
    The buildings have been restored in a similar fashion to the rest of the Bomber Station, using period correct-colours and roof tile patterns, but they have been considerably updated and made appropriate for modern commercial us
    Auto Wax Works opened the doors of their new premises, giving guests an insight into their superb car detailing, paint protection and correction workshops.
    Hagerty International once again hosted a live Valuation Arena, while the Tiger 9 team ensured lovers of wheels and wings were catered for
    The Royal Automobile Club supported the event once more with their Pit-Stop catering truck which was a must visit for a tasty breakfast roll
    The first Sunday Scramble of the new season returns to Bicester Heritage on Sunday 7th January. Details on all Bicester Heritage events can be found here: bicesterheritage.co.uk/events


 

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« Respuesta #998 en: 16 Octubre 2017, 08:15:03 »
YANQI ISLAND CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE AND GREAT WALL INTERNATIONAL CLASSIC RALLY

On 3rd October 2017, the third YanQi Island Concours d’Elegance, held in spectacular surroundings, impressed with its display of 38 top-level historic vehicles and 14 modern automobiles. This is the third time the stunning concours event has been held at YanQi Island, Huairou District, near Beijing (venue of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation), and it’s certainly among the top exhibitions of its kind in China.

This year’s classic historic automobiles included the 1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SS Prototipo owned by eminent collector Corrado Lopresto, the car that won Best of Show at this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este; a 1967 Porsche 911 Targa from the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart; and the 1967 Red Flag Hongqi CA770 from the Beijing Classic Car Museum. There was also a very rare 1950 Skoda VOS, the car of Marshal Zhu De, restored by Skoda China and now part of the Military Museum of the Chinese People’s Revolution. This was its first appearance at a concours event.

In the competition section of the YanQi Island Concours d’Elegance, the five-person judging committee consisted of Gautam Sen, Vice President of the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens (FIVA), Rodolfo Gaffino Rossi, curator of the Italian National Automobile Museum, Camille Bourges, representative of the organising party of French Avignon Automobile Festival, Pierre-Antoine Faure, and Wu Jianxin, joint publisher of Racemaker Press. The committee gave their marks and judgments on the competing historic vehicles as per an internationally adopted marking system of concours d’elegance events across the globe.

Under observation by FIVA this year, it is hoped that the YanQi Island Concours d’Elegance and Great Wall International Classic Rally will be accorded international status by FIVA for next year, 2018.

A 1951 Volkswagen T1 Pickup Truck was awarded best in class in the ‘Functional Classic’ category, a 1983 Volkswagen Beetle in the class ‘For The People’, a 1914 Ford T for ‘The Oldtimers’, a 1930 Skoda 422 in ‘Pre-War Classics’, a 1980 Mercedes­-Benz 230TE in ‘The Youngtimers’, a 1959 Borgward Isabella Coupé Cabrio in ‘The Borgward Classic’, the 1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SS Prototipo in ‘La Dolce Vita’, a 1967 Porsche 911 Targa in the ‘Sunshine Express’ class, a 1982 Audi Quattro Rally A2 in ‘The Competition Car’, and the 1950 Skoda VOS in ‘The Luxury Classic’.

While Corrado Lopresto’s Alfa Romeo Giulietta SS Prototipo deservedly scooped Best of Show, the Red Flag Honqi was awarded a special Jury Prize, while the Porsche 911 Targa, along with a 1957 Hansa 2400 Pullman and a Bentley Mulsanne, won awards based on the jury’s personal favourites.

In the run-up to the concours itself, the 2017 Borgward Great Wall International Classic Rally – a five-day, 550km run – was successfully organised by the magazine Auto Bild China. This was the fourth running of the road rally since it launched in 2014, during which time it has established itself as one of China’s most important historic vehicle events. Departing from the Beijing Yanqi Lake International Convention Center, the rally took participants through the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, China Film Group Base, Beijing Classic Car Museum, Borgward Automobile Production Base, Huiyuan Group Base, Gubei Water Town, Longqing Valley, the ancient town of Yongning and the Lakeside Great Wall, before arriving at Yanqi Island in Huairou, Beijing, having completed nine timed sections and seven non-competitive road sections. Sixteen historic vehicles completed the rally, with victory going to Xu Tao/Song Shan in their 1994 Porsche 993; second place to Albrecht Rolf Karl/Lautenbacher Wolfgang Georg in their 1982 Audi Quattro Rally A2; and third to Wang Yin/Zhang Qi in their 1980 Mercedes-Benz 230TE.

Mr Wang Yin, founder of the Great Wall International Classic Rally and the YanQi Island Concours d’Elegance, concluded by commenting: “The Great Wall International Classic Rally is a moving ‘poem’, while the YanQi Island Concours d’Elegance is a static ‘painting’, as well as a wonderful interaction between historic vehicle culture and Chinese culture. This is the vital significance of these two activities. As organisers, we are tasked to steadily hold these two annual events, striving to make them ever more wonderful.”

 

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REVVING UP FOR 2018 ON REGENT STREET

Cost-saving Super Early Bird tickets for the eagerly-anticipated 2018 Silverstone Classic went on sale today (Monday). Enthusiasts and aficionados, however, will only have to wait until early next month for a sneak preview into some of the amazing attractions in store for the world’s biggest historic motor racing festival.

Whetting appetites for next summer’s nostalgia-fuelled extravaganza (20-22 July*), visitors to the ever-popular Regent Street Motor Show (4 November) will be treated to a special showcase featuring a number of the eye-catching cars that will be enthralling the huge crowds attending the Silverstone Classic in nine months’ time.

Highlights for next summer’s event already announced include a milestone celebration to mark 70 years since Silverstone hosted its first British Grand Prix back in 1948 plus the introduction of thrilling new races for Masters Endurance Legends, starring an awe-inspiring grid of super-fast endurance prototypes and GTs from 1995-2011.

As an eye-catching curtain-raiser to the excitement ahead, the Regent Street display will feature F1 cars from Silverstone’s past as well as an attention-grabbing icon from the sparkling new Endurance Legends line-up.

The central London preview will also include the much-loved Silverstone Classic VW campervan and a big screen bringing to life the unrivalled track action that all-comers can experience at the Classic.

With the capital city’s flagship shopping destination closed to through traffic during the day, the prestigious stretch of road between Piccadilly and Oxford Circuses is the perfect destination for those keen to find out more about plans for next year’s Classic... while enjoying some early Christmas shopping on Regent Street.

As the 400,000+ visitors attending the free-to-view Regent Street Motor Show will discover, the 2018 Silverstone Classic will once again present three days of unrivalled entertainment with the biggest entry, the most racing and the best paddock access at any such event, not to mention the massive range of off-track activity.

Super Early Bird tickets now on sale offer festival-goers the opportunity to purchase their 2018 tickets at 2017 prices, providing up to a 20 per cent discount on Standard tickets. What’s more, all tickets for the 2018 event will be issued as e-tickets giving buyers instant gratification from their purchase.

The Super Early Bird offer is open until the end of the year – a boon for those seeking a special Christmas present. Thereafter, as in previous years, a range of Early Bird tickets will be available for those purchasing between 1 January and 31 March. From 1 April admission will be available in advance via Standard tickets.

Once again all advance tickets will give access to both Silverstone racing paddocks, all open trackside grandstands, the live music concerts, air shows, fun fair rides and the vast majority of the family entertainment on offer.

Adult Super Early Bird tickets start from £35 and the cost of the three-day weekend ticket remains at £99. Full details of all 2018 ticket prices – Super Early Bird, Early Bird and Standard – are available on the silverstoneclassic.com website.

* Provisional date

 

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59 AMAZING PORSCHES UP FOR AUCTION AT UK’S ONLY PORSCHE SALE

Porsche fans will descend on Silverstone Circuit on Saturday, 21st October to bid on 59 of the finest Porsches up for auction at the third annual Porsche Sale.

Organised by Silverstone Auctions in collaboration with the world’s biggest car club, Porsche Club GB, the auction features a wide range of Porsches from an entry-level 2003 Porsche 911 (996) Carrera 2 Tiptronic estimated at £18,000 - £22,000, right up to an exquisite 1998 Porsche 911 (993) Turbo S estimated at £245,000 - £285,000.

One of only 26 built in right-hand drive, the Turbo S is one of the most desirable and powerful versions of the vaunted 993 generation, the last iteration of the air-cooled 911 era. High performance versions rarely come to market, and with only 36,210 miles on the clock, this 450 bhp Porsche in Ocean Blue and a grey leather and carbon fibre interior represents an incredible opportunity to acquire one of the finest of the finest in 911 history.

The Porsche Sale also has something of a rock star theme, with two 911s coming to market previously owned by some of the biggest heavy metal stars of the eighties. Glenn Tipton, lead guitarist of Judas Priest, is selling his 1985 Porsche 911(930) Turbo SE which he has owned and cherished from new. A special car in its own right, it also holds a place in rock history as the inspiration for the platinum-selling album ‘Turbo’, and the hit single ‘Turbo Lover’, both penned by Tipton. The cosseted Porsche is estimated at £180,000 - £220,000.

Another rock guitarist, this time from cult band Whitesnake, is also presenting his Porsche at the sale, this time a Dark Metallic Blue 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Supersport Targa with an estimate of £48,000 - £54,000.

One of the rarest cars on offer is a 1992 Porsche 911 (964) RS Touring, one of only six UK-supplied right-hand drive models in black and with a black interior. This formidable machine has a detailed history and has featured in several specialist magazines and road tests. The RS Touring has an estimate of £185,000 - £210,000.

“I’m very impressed with the range and depth of cars on offer for the Porsche Sale. Our consignors have put together a fantastic catalogue,” comments Nick Whale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions. “Now in our third year with this sale, we are proud to be associated with Porsche Club GB and in addition to the auction, the club is putting on a fantastic series of events, including a Porsche Experience Centre track day for members. So with the auction and other attractions, it will be a great weekend for Porsche fans.”

Sporting Porsches are also in evidence, including a superbly built 1973 Porsche 911 2.8 RSR FIA Historic GT race car crafted from an original 1973 911T. Faithfully created to match the specification of the super-rare RSR homologation special, this raw and powerful 265 bhp machine is estimated at £80,000 - £100,000.

A full range of front-engined Porsches are also present, with a very rare 1981 Porsche 924 Carrera GT estimated at £30,000 - £35,000, and a remarkable 1987 Porsche 924 S with only 6,600 miles on the clock estimated at £25,000 - £30,000.

And if all that is not enough, you can also pick up a Porsche Tractor! The 1962 Porsche 'Standard J' Tractor comes fully restored in red and cream, and has an estimate of £13,000 - £15,000 making it a relatively inexpensive and somewhat quirky entry into Porsche ownership.

Viewing of lots and Porsche Club GB activities start on Friday, 20th October with auction cars available to view from 10am. A special Porsche automobilia sale kicks off proceedings at 11am on Saturday, October 21st, with the car auction starting at 2pm.

To view the full list of cars on offer at the auction please visit https://www.silverstoneauctions.com/the-porsche-sale-2017/view_lots/pn/all

 

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« Respuesta #1001 en: 16 Octubre 2017, 14:31:47 »
THE BIG FIVE DISPLAY AT INTERCLASSICS BRUSSELS

‘The Big Five, Presenting The European National Motor Museums’ is to be the lead theme of InterClassics Brussels.The five leading motor museums of Europe will come together at the third edition of InterClassics Brussels. The five museum directors recently met at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu (UK) to prepare for their joint participation in InterClassics Brussels.Never previously displayed and therefore a unique opportunity to see unique exhibits from five countries under one roof at InterClassics Brussels from 17 to 19 November 2017 at Brussels Expo.

Each museum will present three of its best cars during InterClassics Brussels; one pre-war classic car originating from that country, one car that typifies the museum and one race car. Beaming with pride, the men each announced the masterpieces they would be displaying at InterClassics Brussels in the collective pavilion, ‘The Big 5’, to be set up in Hall 1 from 17 through 19 November 2017 at the Brussels Expo.

Bentley 4½ Litre Supercharged 1930
National Motor Museum, Beaulieu – United Kingdom
W.O. Bentley built his first sports car, a 3-litre, in 1919. The successor to this early model was the 4½ litre which was developed to become the famous supercharged, or Blower, model. Bentley himself disapproved of supercharging and the blown cars were largely developed by Bentley racing driver Sir Henry Birkin. The supercharged version did not have a particularly successful competition record, although un-blown Bentleys did win the Le Mans 24 Hour Race in 1924, 1927, 1928 and 1929. In spite of this, it did make a fine road car. The supercharger used on Bentley was designed by engineer Amherst Villiers who was a close personal friend of author Ian Fleming. Perhaps this is why in Fleming’s original novels Casino Royale, Live and Let Die and Moonraker, James Bond drove a battleship-grey 4½ litre Bentley Blower.

Talbot Lago (T150 SS 'Teardrop' coupe Figoni & Falaschi) 1937
Louwman Museum, The Hague – The Netherlands

‘Goutte d’eau’ was the name of this exceptionally beautiful body, or ‘drop of water’. In English, it was named ‘the teardrop’. It was a creation credited to the Parisian coach builders Figoni & Falaschi, known at the time for their flamboyant yet always stylish coach designs. Their work stood in stark contrast to what was usually on offer. Their techniques were also innovative; they used the Nitrolac metallic paints that were new at the time. Behind its beautiful exterior hides the fact that this car was a pure racer with a four-litre six-cylinder 160 hp engine under the bonnet. One of these ‘teardrops’ rode to third place at the 1938 Le Mans, losing to two Delahayes. This particular car was the property of Mrs Robin Byng, Countess of Strafford, who used the car in pre-war France. After the war, the Talbot-Lago was sold to gentleman racer Rob Walker who used it as a practice car for the 1949 Le Mans. Figoni & Falaschi was a partnership between two Italians who had emigrated to France; designer Joseph (Giuseppe) Figoni and businessman Ovidio Falaschi. They started their company in 1935, but their success was short-lived. After the war, the demand for special coachwork had dried up, and the monocoque body was on the rise. Ultimately, only 16 of their masterpieces, the ‘teardrop’, were manufactured. Each of these cars is so different because they are made to meet specific demands.

Bugatti, type 46, coach 1933
The Cité de l’Automobile/Schlumpf Collection, Mulhouse – France

This is the only so-called ‘surprofilée’ version of the Bugatti type 46 that was assembled at the workshops in Molsheim. The history of this model is a prime example of the often unusual life cycle of our precious cars. The body (designed by Jean Bugatti) was initially mounted onto a 46 S-chassis and was shown in this configuration at the Paris Motor Show in October 1932. In March of the following year, the body was mounted onto a new chassis (type 50 T). The ‘surprofilée’ body that you see here was discovered by the American collector E. Richardson in the courtyard of a farm in the Dordogne region in France. He had previously purchased a 46 chassis from the factory and decided to mount the body onto this. You can see the result here. In other words, there is only one ‘surprofilée’ body for the Bugatti 46 which would ultimately be combined with three subsequent chassis. Inv.MNA 0914: Eight-cylinder in-line engine at the front; 81 x 130 = 5359 cc; 140 hp at 3500 rpm; top speed of 140 km/h.

Cisitalia 202 SMM Spider Nuvolari 1947
Museo dell’Automobile, Turijn - Italy

Named after Tazio Nuvolari, Italy’s leading prewar racing driver, who drove it in the 1947 Mille Miglia, this “speeder” was given a very original style under the direction of Giovanni Savonuzzi, Cisitalia’s chief engineer from 1945 to 1948. It has an all- aluminium bodyshell and its streamlined fins are barely noticeable on the rear mudguards. The Museum’s exhibit is one of the ten or so that still remain out of the approximately 20 built from 1947 to 1948.

Minerva OO Vanden Plas, 1921
Autoworld Museum Brussels – Belgium

Featuring the Belgian Vanden Plas ‘Tulipe’ body, this beauty was the personal car of King Albert I. At the time, it was the most expensive model in the Minerva range. Production of the Minerva line was started up again after World War I. The first model was a 20 hp four-cylinder 3,570 cc, followed in 1920 by a six-cylinder with the same bore and stroke of 90 x 140, and this 30 hp was equipped with a 5,335 cc engine. The suspension on these cars consisted of semi-elliptic springs with dampers at the front, and reverse cantilever springs at the back, resulted in a very comfortable suspension thanks to their large stroke. The radiator had a slightly aerodynamic, rounded shape. Specifications: Six-cylinder sleeve-valve engine/5,335 cc/30 hp/four speeds.

Beaulieu will also display its Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost, which is one of the most famous cars ever built and forms part of the collection at the National Motor Museum. It was built in 1909 as chassis number 939 and supplied to Colonel Ferguson of Boughty Ferry, Dundee. The Rolls-Royce underwent several transformations before being rediscovered and put on show by Edward, Lord Montagu at Beaulieu. Engine: 7,046cc, 6 cylinder, side valve, 48 bhp at 1,200 rpm.

The third Beaulieu star of the show will be the legendary Lotus 49 which marked its 50th year in 2017. The F1 car, which was built in 1967 with chassis number 3, was famously campaigned by Graham Hill and is one of the most iconic racers of its generation. Its 2993cc V8 engine is sure to impress show-goers.

Beaulieu Commercial Director Stephen Munn said: “We are proud to be one of the leading motor museums in Europe and to be part of this amazing display of some of the most iconic and legendary vehicles in the world. The opportunity to see the collection together is one not to be missed.”

 

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SILVERSTONE CLASSIC INSURES ITS FUTURE WITH ADRIAN FLUX!

The organisers of the Silverstone Classic are delighted to announce a significant new three-year partnership with Adrian Flux Insurance, the UK’s largest specialist motor insurance broker.

Adrian Flux Insurance has been appointed as the Official Vehicle Insurance Partner to the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival for 2018, 2019 and 2020. The date for next summer’s massive three-day day extravaganza has been announced (provisionally) as 20-22 July, taking place at the home of British motor racing less than two weeks after the British Grand Prix. Giving the 100,000 festival goers who regularly attend the Classic an early chance to book ahead, a range of Super Early Bird tickets are already on sale at this year’s prices.

The exciting new partnership with Norfolk-based Adrian Flux Insurance is an entirely new programme of which both parties are extremely proud.

“It is a highly significant development that not only further endorses the Classic’s ever-growing reputation as one of the greatest car-themed attractions on the entertainment calendar but also one that has huge resonance with all those coming to Silverstone,” expounded Nick Wigley, CEO of organiser, Goose Live Events. “I have no doubt that the experience and expertise of those at Adrian Flux Insurance will benefit all those attending. After all, whether you are driving one of the latest showroom models or one of the 10,000 glorious classics that are part of the massive in-field show at the Classic, we all need car insurance.”

“Adrian Flux Insurance is delighted to be the Official Vehicle Insurance Partner for the next three Silverstone Classics,” confirmed Gerry Bucke, General Manager from Adrian Flux Insurance. “Our company supports the classic car community whenever it can, and this festival is a huge celebration of classic motor racing and its history. It’s the biggest and best event of its kind in the world, and involves thousands of cars at the internationally-renowned Silverstone race track. We’re really looking forward to being involved.”

Although the 2018 Silverstone Classic is nine months away, some details of next year’s event have already been announced. These include special celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of the first British Grand Prix staged at the Northamptonshire circuit back in 1948 and the introduction of the exciting new Masters Endurance Legends series, thus introducing an amazing grid of endurance prototype and GT racers from 1995-2011 to the passionate Silverstone Classic crowds.   

The introduction of Super Early Bird tickets is another new innovation and offers festival-goers the opportunity to purchase their 2018 tickets at 2017 Early Bird prices, providing up to a 20 per cent discount on Standard tickets.

The Super Early Bird offer is now open until the end of the year – a boon for those seeking a special Christmas present. Thereafter, as in previous years, a range of Early Bird tickets will be available for those purchasing between 1 January and 31 March. From 1 April admission will be available in advance via Standard tickets.

 

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« Respuesta #1003 en: 17 Octubre 2017, 14:35:37 »
THE FAST SHOW HEADLINES AT CHOLMONDELEY CASTLE

The high-octane thrills of World Championship rallying are returning to England later this month when Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire hosts its second not-to-be-missed RallyFest on Saturday 28 October.

The fun-fuelled Toyota-backed RallyFest is designed to appeal to new rally fans as well as those attending with children, who will benefit from easier access and more facilities than the traditional forest stages.

Last year’s inaugural event at Cholmondeley Castle marked the first time since 1999 that top-class WRC action had ventured outside of Wales, and it proved to be an immediate success. The result of staging what is one of the most spectacular motor sport attractions on the planet closer to cities such as Birmingham, Liverpool, Stoke and Manchester resulted in 10,000 fans flocking to the well-known stately home venue to the west of Nantwich.

Indeed, it proved so popular that organisers are expecting an even bigger crowd at the end of this month and thus have implemented a raft of upgrades including a new traffic management system, more catering outlets plus a revised timetable and a host of additional entertainment and activties.

The stunning World Championship cars and stars arrive in the afternoon for an electrifying blast around the Castle’s parkland roads, with their presence providing an awesome climax to a full day of epic entertainment for all ages ­­– a real bonus for those with children on half-term. In total, more than eight hours of compelling attractions and activities are promised.

On-track highlights will include dramatic demos from 50 historic and legendary Group B rally cars, a supercar cavalcade featuring Ferraris, McLarens and Porsches plus rubber-burning antics from SuperMoto bikes.

Visitors will also be wowed by BMX stunt shows from Lee Musselwhite and his high-flying ‘Bike Battle’ team, while Red Bull will host its own Street Fighter Fan Zone with three Street Fighter consoles to keep gamers amused.

Younger visitors will also be treated to a host of the interactive activities being provided totally FREE of charge by Dayinsure, the event’s title partner.

The Dayinsure Family Fun Zone will include an 18ft climbing wall, a caving tunnel, human hamster balls, bungee runs, Segways, an inflatable obstacle course, penalty shoot-outs and giant garden games.

Other notable RallyFest attractions include: appearances by Welsh Rally Legends; autograph and selfie sessions with today’s WRC stars; big screen coverage; live commentary; a catering village; trade stalls; car club displays; a face-painter; mini tanks and funfair rides.

There will also be a wonderful opportunity to take a memorable passenger ride in a number of eye-catching classic and sports cars provided by the Sporting Bears Motor Club. These will be raising funds for Ty Gobaith, event’s official charity and the only children’s hospice in north Wales.

“We’ve done more than ever to make this a fantastic family-friendly event,” enthused Ben Taylor, managing director of Dayinsure Wales Rally GB. “I can’t think of a better way to round off the half-term week than to give the family a brilliant day of fun before watching the best cars and drivers in the world in one of Cheshire’s most beautiful settings.”

Furthering the RallyFest appeal, as a half-term bonus, all accompanied children aged 15 and under will be admitted FREE while adult tickets cost just £23 (including a glossy programme priced at £9) when purchased in advance, or £30 on the gate.

Full details of 2017 Dayinsure Wales Rally GB and the Toyota RallyFest at Cholmondeley Castle can be found on the official www.walesrallygb.com website.

Toyota RallyFest at Cholmondeley Castle

Saturday 28 October

09:00 Gates Open

09:20-09:55 Historic Rally Cars Demo Runs

09:30-10:00 BMX Bike Battle Stunt Display 1

10:00-10:15 SuperMoto On-Track Display

10:00-15:00 Sporting Bears Passenger Rides

11:00-12:30 WRGB National Rally Special Stage

12:30-13:00 BMX Bike Battle Stunt Display 2

12:30 -12:45 Supercar Parade

12:45-13:00 SuperMoto On-Track Display

13:05-14:15 Historic Rally Cars Demo Runs

13:45-14:15 BMX Bike Battle Stunt Display 3

15:00-15:30 BMX Bike Battle Stunt Display 4

15:00-15:35 WRC Autograph Session

15:45-17:30 Dayinsure Wales Rally GB Special Stage

16:00 No Further Access to Event*

18:00 Venue Closes

*One-way system to provide swift egress for those leaving the venue

 

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LONDON TO BRIGHTON REGULARS GO FOR GOLD ON 2017 RUN

Special achievement medals given to three participants who have each taken part in more than 50 London to Brighton Runs

John Dennis knows exactly where he was on the Sunday, 1st November 1959. He knows exactly where he was on Sunday, 6th November 1960, too.

In fact, he can pinpoint where he was on the first Sunday of November of every year, ever since. Bar one year in the 1990s, when he was in America on a business trip, on the first Sunday of every November, Dennis has been behind the wheel of his veteran car, making his way from London to Brighton.

Not just any veteran car, either, but one made by his grandfather’s company 115 years ago. It’s a 1902 Dennis Tonneau built by the Guildford-based Dennis Brothers, a company better known today for its buses, trucks and fire appliances.

This year, John Dennis OBE will be driving the same car – registered P 26 – for the 58th time on the annual Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, supported by Hiscox. The car, however, will be on its 66th Run, having completed eight runs with John’s father at the wheel in the late 1940s and early 1950s.

John and two other drivers who have taken part in 50 or more Runs are to be given special Gold Medals by the Royal Automobile Club in recognition of their remarkable achievements. John will be joined at the ceremony by John Kemsley and John Newens, who have participated in 50 and 61 Runs respectively.

“My father acquired the car in 1936 and took part in his last Run in 1954. I accompanied him on a couple of those Runs as a passenger before doing my first as a driver in 1959,” said John Dennis.

The Dennis company was founded in 1895 and produced Speed King bicycles before building its first motor vehicle in 1898. It started car production in 1900 with the first Dennis bus arriving in 1903 and its first fire engine in 1908. Commercial vehicle manufacture quickly took off and car production became a side line before ceasing in 1915.

It is thought the company made between 2,000-3,000 cars in that time, of which just three are known to have survived: and all three are owned by John, who has cars 1909 and 1915 to go with the 1902 veteran.

The Dennis Tonneau is powered by an 8hp single cylinder engine, and was discovered by John’s father, then assistant managing director of the company, languishing at the back of the factory in 1936.

“We think it must have been taken back as a part exchange many years earlier when a customer wanted a new car. It was pushed into a corner and largely forgotten until my father rescued it. When he got hold of it, many parts were missing – presumably it had been used as a donor vehicle when other customers needed parts.

“At least we still had factory drawings, so my father could get the missing parts remade and he restored the car so it could take part in the Veteran Car Run,” said John.

Remarkably the Dennis has never failed to make it to Brighton in time to be a classified finisher – “all the finishers’ medals are on the car... goodness knows how much extra weight they add” – but there have been some close calls.

“One year we had a wheel bearing collapse. You can’t expect to turn up at Halfords and get a spare part off the shelf, of course, but we did manage to find an old-style garage nearby which, luckily, just happened to have the right size of ball bearings so we could rebuild the part. We got to Brighton at about 3pm that year.

“Then about eight years ago I was due to take the lady Lord Mayor of Westminster and her consort down to Brighton, so I arrived in Hyde Park with an otherwise empty car. She arrived with a heavy cold and apologised profusely that she and her husband wouldn’t be coming after all.

“I put a message out on the public address that I had a spare seat if anyone was interested in a ride. When I got back to the car there was a long queue of hopefuls, with an attractive young lady at its head.

“It turned out that she was in Hyde Park to support her boyfriend who was in another car and she had been due to take a train down to Brighton to meet him at the other end. I was not only able to give her a lift but also to invite her to a splendid VIP lunch with Sir Stirling and Lady Moss at the other end that had been intended for the Lord Mayor. Her boyfriend wasn’t terribly amused.”

The 2017 Veteran Car Run will be held on 5th November – the first Sunday in the month – and is organised by the Royal Automobile Club.

As dawn breaks, a red flag will be ceremoniously torn up and the 450+ entries will start their journey from capital to coast: the Run celebrates the passing into law of the Locomotives on the Highway Act in November 1896, also known as the Red Flag Act and refers to a time when these new-fangled machines had to follow a man holding a red flag.

The Emancipation Run stopped in 1903, but was revived in 1927. The RAC took over its organisation in 1930 and in 1936 the start moved to Hyde Park. Aside from the war years and 1947 when petrol rationing was in place, the Run has taken place every year since. The first Sunday in November has been the date of the Run since 1956.

The Veteran Car Run is the final act in the Royal Automobile Club’s annual London Motor Week – a week in which the Club presents an array of functions and events to suit all motoring tastes, which this year includes its annual Art of Motoring exhibition, the Motoring Lectures, a Motoring Forum, a dinner with FIA President Jean Todt and the Dewar and Simms Trophy presentations, awarded for British engineering excellence. The week culminates with the free-to-view Regent Street Motor Show on Saturday 4th November and the world-famous Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run supported by Hiscox.

For more information on London Motor Week, visit www.londonmotorweek.co.uk

Other events in London Motor Week include the Bonhams Auction, a motoring art exhibition at the Mall Galleries, which is open to the public, and several invitation-only lunches, receptions and functions at the Royal Automobile Club Clubhouse in Pall Mall.

For more details of the event and access to registration forms visit www.veterancarrun.com.