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« Respuesta #1110 en: 05 Febrero 2018, 08:50:56 »
VOLKSWAGEN AT THE BREMEN CLASSIC MOTORSHOW: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CORRADO!

Congratulations, Corrado! The sporty coupé is celebrating its 30th birthday in 2018. The Volkswagen brand is presenting two very exclusive models from this series at the Bremen Classic Motorshow, which begins today.

The Bremen Classic Motorshow traditionally marks the beginning of the new classic car season. Volkswagen is attending the small but impressive classic car show in the northern German city in its own right for the first time in 2018. Its centrepiece will be a sports coupé celebrating its 30th birthday this year – the Volkswagen Corrado. The dynamic 2+2-seater was introduced in 1988 and was originally planned as the successor to the Scirocco II. But the latter continued to be manufactured alongside the Corrado until 1992, while production of the Corrado ceased in 1995.

The Golf II served as the technical basis for the Volkswagen Corrado unveiled in autumn 1988. When introduced, the coupé had a high-torque 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine which was charged by a mechanically powered G-Lader supercharger. This G60 engine boasted power output of 118 kW/160 hp. Two further engines were added to the Corrado range in 1991 – a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine with 102 kW/136 hp and the top-of-the-range 2.9-litre VR6 engine (140 kW/190 hp) that accelerated the Corrado to up to 235 km/h. The range was extended downwards in 1993 with a 2.0-litre engine offering 85 kW/115 hp.

A specific feature of the sports car made in Osnabrück was the rear wing that was raised automatically to improve the vehicle's roadholding at high speeds. In addition to being delivered within Europe, the Corrado was exported to the USA and Canada.

Volkswagen Classic is presenting two highly exclusive Corrado models to visitors in Hall 5: a prototype with a 154 kW/210 hp 16V G60 engine which was produced by Karmann in Osnabrück in 1989 and later became part of the Volkswagen Classic collection. The second exhibit is equally fascinating: it is the last left-hand drive Corrado to be manufactured – a 140 kW/190 hp VR6 in classic green pearl-effect paintwork, which rolled off the production line on 6 July 1995.

The look of the Volkswagen Classic Parts stand is entirely in keeping with the Corrado, presenting select spare parts from among the extensive Corrado array – featuring everything from model lettering to an entire side panel.

And this isn't the only reason why the Bremen Classic Motorshow is worth a visit: it will once again feature more than 600 exhibitors spread across space of 47,000 m². The total of eight show halls can be comfortably navigated in a day – offering a major advantage over larger and more expansive shows. In addition to the manufacturers' stands, visitors can come and discover more than 100 different club stands and an extensive private spare parts market.

 

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BEAULIEU IN THE RUNNING AS BRITAIN’S BEST CLASSIC DESTINATION

Beaulieu, the home of the National Motor Museum and host to a calendar of award-winning motoring events, has been shortlisted as one of Britain’s best classic car destinations – and you can vote for this jewel of the New Forest as your favourite place to enjoy a memorable petrol-fuelled day out.

Practical Classics magazine has announced Beaulieu’s place in the Britain’s Best Classic Destination competition shortlist. This selection of 30 favourite UK road-trip destinations voted for by readers will be whittled down to a top ten by enthusiasts’ votes.

Each of the final locations will become a destination stop-off on a round-Britain road trip undertaken by the magazine’s editorial team in their own classic cars. At each stop, the crew will be joined by the magazine’s readers for a pop-up classic car meet turning out in force to support them.

To see this road trip head to Beaulieu for a memorable motoring-themed day out, cast your vote at www.practicalclassics.co.uk/bestclassic before voting closes on February 24th.

Beaulieu is in esteemed company in the shortlist as one the most scenic locations to drive to in the UK. Practical Classics Editor Danny Hopkins said: “We’ve had suggestions for the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland, to the dramatic mountain passes of Cumbria and Snowdonia. There have also been submissions for many museums and historic sites… anywhere with space to put your classic and experience something memorable, and to take a great photo!”

For over 60 years, Beaulieu has been a motoring nirvana in the heart of the New Forest National Park, set in idyllic countryside surroundings and just a stone’s throw away from the south coast. A favourite with enthusiasts is the National Motor Museum which tells the story of British motoring with its collection of more than 250 vehicles. From British Land Speed Record breakers to oddities including a giant motorised orange, the museum is packed with motoring treasures.

But Beaulieu is more than just a museum. Throughout the year, the picturesque parkland comes alive with unmissable motoring events for national and international enthusiasts. The event fields are home to the award-winning International Autojumble, which recently won Tourism South East’s Beautiful South Award for excellence as the gold-winning tourism event in its 50th year. The Practical Classics team has long made Beaulieu’s International and Spring autojumbles landmark events on its annual itinerary.

Beaulieu also hosts a season of Simply rallies for marques including Aston Martin, Land Rover and Ford on its Events Arena. Its high-octane Beaulieu Supercar Weekend and Hot Rod & Custom Drive-In Day are also part of a busy events calendar which celebrates some of the most exciting cars on the road.

A drive to Beaulieu takes you through stunning New Forest scenery and once you arrive, admission includes entry to the museum, the ancestral Montagu home of Palace House, 13th century Beaulieu Abbey, the new-look World of Top Gear, On Screen Cars and the stunning grounds and gardens.

Vote for Beaulieu now by visiting www.practicalclassics.co.uk/bestclassic where further competition details and full terms and conditions are available.

Tickets to Beaulieu can be bought in advance online. For tickets, more information or the full events calendar, see www.beaulieu.co.uk or call 01590 612345.

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

 

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« Respuesta #1112 en: 05 Febrero 2018, 08:51:46 »
CITROËN CELEBRATES TWO ICONIC ANNIVERSARIES AT RETROMOBILE 2018

During the 2018 Rétromobile Classic Car Show, Citroën will be celebrating two iconic models: the 2CV, which debuted in 1948 and is turning 70, and the Méhari, launched in 1968 and turning 50 this year. The two anniversaries will be marked with original works of art by Stéphane Gillot at the event which takes place from 7 – 11 February in Paris. The brand is also beginning preparations for its 100th birthday next year.

Citroën welcomes visitors to its display in hall 1 at the 2018 Rétromobile Classic Car Show.
The event is held at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles between Wednesday 7 February and Sunday 11 February, with a press evening on Tuesday 6 February at 7pm.

THE 2CV AT 70, A PART OF THE POPULAR IMAGINATION

The Citroën 2CV was unveiled at the 1948 Paris Motor Show before French President Vincent Auriol, stunning the crowd that had gathered to see it. While some laughed at its unique silhouette, others saw the qualities that had been missing from so many other models: simplicity, lightness, agility, comfort and versatility.

Even in the first few days of its launch, the 2CV gained a large volume of orders, which proved that the brand and its visionary designers were on to something. André Lefebvre, head of the Citroën design team, provided the 2CV with a wide range of technologies that were novel at the time, such as front wheel drive, a soft long travel suspension and an air cooled two cylinder engine.

With its great popularity, the Citroën 2CV became a marvel: a car for farmers, vicars, fathers and students. It had an exceptional 42 year run, with more than 5.1 million vehicles sold (including compact vans) by 1990. Today, the 2CV, affectionately called the 'Deuche' in French, remains an icon of automotive history, capturing the interest of collectors from around the world.

TPV, ancestor of the 2CV (1939)

The TPV (Toute Petite Voiture or Very Small Car) project, forerunner of the 2CV, was started in 1936. Its goal was to make cars into a popular commodity, something that would be useful in the agricultural sector and accessible to the working classes at a time when cars were still seen as luxury items.
To achieve this, simplicity, frugality, and ingenuity had to come together in the pursuit of a single goal, which was to transport four people and fifty kilos of potatoes or a small barrel at the top speed of 60 km/h (37 mph). The result was a vehicle that weighed 370kg when empty, and cost one third of the price of the 11CV. It even had just one headlamp, because the laws at the time didn't require two.

In 1939, about 250 pre-production models were ready for the Paris Motor Show, which was unfortunately cancelled when war broke out. These vehicles were voluntarily destroyed or hidden.
Only four made it through to today, including the restored model on display at the Rétromobile Classic Car Show. The other three were found in 1994 in the inaccessible attic of a farm near Citroën's Testing Centre in Ferté-Vidame.

THE MÉHARI AT 50, STILL A NON-CONFORMIST

In May 1968, just as an entire generation was taking to the streets of Paris in search of greater freedom, Citroën unveiled the Méhari, a leisure vehicle ahead of its time. This unusual cabriolet, built on a Dyane 6 base, was almost like an ‘unidentified driving object’ on the roads at that time. Therefore, it’s surprising appearance – fresh, uninhibited, and unpretentious – overturned traditional thinking about cabriolets.

Versatile, practical, and economical, the Citroën Méhari was the ideal choice for seaside adventures thanks to its ingenious ABS plastic body, which made it light (525kg), immune to corrosion, and able to be washed top to bottom with just a hose. Unusual, but also fun and optimistic with its considerable modularity and bright colouring, this little Citroën was an immediate success.

As a symbol of freedom and a simple, carefree life, the Citroën Méhari quickly became a social phenomenon. It also had a considerable film career (appearing notably in the popular Gendarme series starring Louis de Funès) and took to the road all around the world, such as in the Liège-Dakar-Liège rally in 1969 and the Paris-Kabul-Paris rally in 1970.

The Méhari remained in production for almost 20 years, through to 1987, selling 145,000 vehicles.

TWO ORIGINAL WORKS INSPIRED BY NOSTALGIA FOR THE 2CV AND MÉHARI

The 2CV and Méhari are often associated with an entire generation's childhood memories; therefore the anniversaries of these two automotive icons are also being celebrated artistically. Each model has been magnified, piece by piece, in two monumental works of art by Stéphane Gillot. Mr Gillot is an artist and television director who had a passion for model building as a child. Today, he engages with the popular imagination surrounding nostalgic industrial objects from the past by cutting them up and making them into kits with the help of skilled metalworkers. When these objects are deconstructed and made into a flat kit, they look like they're a new scale model. However, whereas traditional scale models are smaller than the real thing and made out of new pieces, Stéphane Gillot's works are on a 1:1 scale and they use real parts that are full of history. Mr Gillot exhibited his work at the Madeleine Theatre in Paris last October, displaying 12 different products that had been broken up and arranged into flat kits including a VéloSoleX moped and a Bonzini football table.

At the Rétromobile Classic Car Show, Citroën is proud to display the artist's vision of the iconic Méhari, as well as his latest creation using the 2CV. This magnified view of these two models connects viewers with their childhood.

    Exclusive photos of the creation of the artwork using the 2CV can be downloaded from our press website
    Other works by the artist can be found at 1on1.fr

TRAVEL THROUGH TIME WITH PLENTY OF OTHER MODELS

Alongside the two models celebrating their anniversaries, the brand is happy to show off its continuing creativity and vision with its newest model, New Citroën C3 Aircross Compact SUV. Other iconic brand models will also be on display, thanks to competitions held by Citroën collectors clubs.

All of the models on display at a glance:

Citroën C4F Large
   

1931

Citroën Traction Avant 11AL Cabriolet
   

1935

Citroën Traction Avant 11BL Cabriolet
   

1938

Citroën 2CV Type A (TPV)
   

1939

Citroën 2CV Special Edition
   

1976

Citroën Méhari
   

1969

Citroën CX 2000 Super
   

1979

Citroën C3 Aircross
   

2018

UNVEILING OF THE LOGO FOR THE BRAND'S 100TH ANNIVERSARY

Citroën collectors' clubs are invited to the 2018 Rétromobile Classic Car Show to get involved with preparations for the brand’s 100th birthday, which will be celebrated throughout 2019. The brand is also using this occasion to unveil the logo for this significant milestone. This logo plays on the 'Origins' logo designed in 2016 as part of the creation of the Citroën Origins virtual museum that has since been used for all activities related to the brand's history, and especially for merchandising.

This logo is a playful nod to history, using chevrons enclosed in an oval just as the brand did in its early days, starting in 1919. This pattern came from André Citroën's first company, which manufactured herringbone gears that have a similar chevron pattern.

Similar to previous years, visitors will have the opportunity to talk with representatives from the collectors' clubs, who will be on-site. There will also be a shop for purchasing brand merchandise.

While you're waiting for the Rétromobile Classic Car Show, the brand's most iconic models from throughout its history can be found on the Citroën Origins website: www.citroenorigins.com 

 

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« Respuesta #1113 en: 05 Febrero 2018, 14:41:55 »
SPECIALS BRING WOW FACTOR TO SPECTACULAR GRAND AVENUE SHOW

The record-breaking London Classic Car Show (15-18 February) just gets bigger and bigger – this year it has expanded to fill one complete side of the capital city’s premier ExCeL exhibition venue.

One the secrets to the show’s spiralling success is its innovative Grand Avenue, a ground-breaking all-action roadway running right down the middle of the show, along which more than 50 of the world’s greatest classic road and competition cars will again be driven later this month.

It means The London Classic Car Show is no mere static exhibition but a living, breathing tribute to the automobile… where else can you see – and hear – Le Mans winners, Grand Prix racers, classic supercars and century-old veterans in action all under one roof?

This year’s Grand Avenue show will focus on ‘Specials’ – limited editions, one-offs and prototypes all adding up to a delectable collection of unique street and competition cars renowned for their rarity, curiosity and desirability. The final line-up confirmed today certainly lives up to the exciting and enthralling billing, too!

Taking the theme into account, it is no surprise that the icons performing dramatic demo runs indoors at ExCeL include a record number of Grand Prix cars including F1 winners raced in period by the great Stirling Moss and World Champions such as Graham Hill, Nelson Piquet and Michael Schumacher.

For many visitors, though, the seminal scarlet 1960 Ferrari 246 Dino will be the star performer – an example of the last traditional, front-engine car to win a Grand Prix.

Other standout motor sport machines revving up on The Grand Avenue include a stunning Alfa RLTF as raced by the legendary Enzo Ferrari and Alberto Ascari on the 1923 Targa Florio. Competition Jaguars are also well represented with XJ220 and XJR15 Le Mans sportscars as well as what is widely regarded as the most famous saloon racing Jaguar – the ex-John Combs entered Mk1 complete with its unique BUY 1 number plate.

While the track stars are out in force and sure to make their presence felt, they are outnumbered by a truly wacky and wonderful gathering of road cars.

Among the motoring pioneers are the brilliantly-monikered 1907 Stanley H4 ‘Gentleman’s Speedy Roadster’ and 1916 Packard Twin Six Typhoon. With a top speed of more than 80mph, the steam-powered Stanley was the hypercar of its era. Only two H4s were ever made and the only known survivor is coming to ExCeL from its home in the Isle of Man Motor Museum. The Typhoon is a one-off recreation of an experimental car built by Packard to set a new land-speed record of 103.5mph in 1915.

Two more remarkable homages will also be eye-openers at The London Classic Car Show. The first is an example of the original ‘Centre Steer’ Land-Rover (then hyphenated) prototype. Based on a 1942 Jeep, it featured a novel steering wheel mounted in the middle – an effort to serve all global export markets. The novel set-up, though, had little legroom and thus was dropped.

The second is a twin-engined, four-wheel-drive Mini. Back in 1963, decades before Audi unleashed the quattro, BMC’s Experimental Department created a pair of motor sport prototypes each armed with two standard 997cc Mini Cooper engines – one under the bonnet, the other in the boot.

Adding further to the automotive intrigue, there is also a special category for classics with a more modern twist. Among these are a Ford Cortina Mk2 propelled by a V8 turbo engine pinched from a Lotus Esprit, an E-type inspired Eagle Speedster, a jaw-dropping 300+bhp MGB roadster from those at Frontline Developments, a seriously souped-up Renault 4 plus a glorious GTA coupe from those at Alfaholics.

Lovers of more conventional classics are in for a treat, too. Historians will savour the sole surviving 1939 Daimler DB18 Drophead Coupe – the very car used by Winston Churchill to address the crowds during his election campaigns in the darkest hours of the 1940s.

A pre-production 1959 Aston Martin DB4 is another of the many notable performers along with an eye-catching gathering of classic cars featuring European styling and American muscle. Rare marques under the spotlight include Facel Vega, Iso Griffo, Bitter, Gordon Keeble and a super-rare Intermeccanica Murena 429 GT.

A pair of very different Lamborghini V12s have also made the cut. The first a super-rare Miura SV Jota mid-engined exotic from the sixties, the second a ‘Rambo Lambo’ LM002 off-roader from the late 1980s.

“I think it’s fair to say that we’ve massively over-achieved in rounding up such an incredible – and eclectic collection – of truly special machines,” said Bas Bungish, Event Director. “At one extreme we have a unique vintage steam car from the dawn of motoring and a prototype Land Rover with its steering wheel in the middle, at the other extreme an unprecedented gathering of F1 cars. It’s a mind-blowing collection that visitors will not only be able to see on static display but also hear as they rumble up and down The Grand Avenue.”

Those not wanting to miss such a diverse and dazzling showcase can take advantage of significant discounts on offer when booking tickets for the 2018 London Classic Car Show in advance. If purchased now, adult admission costs just £25 (£30 on the door) and a range of upgraded Premium and Family Tickets are also available online.

Moreover, all tickets also include entry to the London Classic Car Show’s sister show Historic Motorsport International, which celebrates the UK’s leading role in all areas of historic motor sport. Full details can be found on the show’s official website – thelondonclassiccarshow.co.uk.

 

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RARE ASTON MARTIN ONCE OWNED BY SIR ELTON JOHN CBE FOR AUCTION

A rare Aston Martin formerly owned by one of the biggest music stars on the planet is being offered for sale at the Silverstone Auctions Race Retro Classic Car Sale on the 24th and 25th February.

Sir Elton’s hand-built 1997 V8 Vantage V550, which he ordered new from the world-famous Aston Martin factory in Newport Pagnell, is expected to fetch up to a quarter of a million pounds at auction.

Looking amazing in black with a black leather interior, the car once owned by the man who wrote such mega-hits as A Candle in the Wind, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Rocket Man and Circle of Life, is capable of 0-60mph in under five seconds and hitting a top speed of 186mph – an astonishing feat for such a large car.

Adam Rutter, classic car specialist at Silverstone Auctions, said: “Sir Elton is a global superstar and is still making headlines around the world, so it’s a pleasure to offer for sale this Aston Martin that he ordered new back in 1997.

“As well as enjoying celebrity ownership, this stunning V8 Vantage has been maintained regardless of expense and has a mere 8,663 miles on the clock, that’s equivalent to being driven about 400 miles only a year!”

Step inside the cabin and this must-have motor still has a ‘new car’ smell and is swimming in sumptuous wood and leather. In addition, it is thought that only 240 standard V550s were ever made, making them highly collectable no matter who the previous owner was.

The exterior is also a beauty to behold. A deep front spoiler, lower stance and flared wheel arches combine to give it a fearsome appearance.

Recently chassis number #70174 has undergone considerable expenditure at respected marque specialist Rikki Cann. It even has its original service books and invoices.

Adam added: “Our Race Retro auction is a rare opportunity to own one of the last coach-built Aston Martins. If that wasn’t enough, then throw in the fact it was ordered new by Sir Elton John and you have a truly special car.”

For more information about this 1997 Aston Martin V8 Vantage and Silverstone Auctions Race Retro Classic Car Sale, which takes place at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire, visit https://www.silverstoneauctions.com/1997-aston-martin-v8-vantage-v550.

 

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« Respuesta #1115 en: 06 Febrero 2018, 16:06:02 »
HEXAGON ENTERS DIGITAL SPHERE WITH 3D SHOWROOM

Hexagon has made viewing some of its most prestigious and delectable cars a little easier with a virtual showroom displaying its North London showroom.

The website offers online visitors a 3D tour around the extraordinary automobile sanctuary, allowing people to see what static pictures cannot express. Automobile patrons can rejoice in up-close perspectives and seamless viewing of the rarest cars in the world.

With a total of over 100 classic cars in stock, exploring the simulated showroom gives a glimpse of what to expect at the main showroom, an enjoyable and interactive experience, which can only be surpassed by enjoying the cars in person.

The 3D tour on the Hexagon website takes classic cars from the past and brings them into the future, allowing viewers to get up close and personal with some of the best Ferrari, Jaguar, Aston Martin and Mercedes examples in the showroom.

Paul Michaels, Chairman of Hexagon Classics, said: “By delivering a dynamic, innovative experience through our virtual showroom, prospective customers, classic car enthusiasts and fans can see what we see on an everyday basis.

“It goes without saying Hexagon is a treasure trove of beautiful classic cars with stunning art and design throughout, which will no doubt have those behind a screen wanting more.”

Hexagon delivers this unparalleled experience by making its showroom more than just a storehouse for cars. Michaels’ focus on presentation is evident on the 3D visual walk-around, with the combination of collector cars and contemporary art displayed throughout.

Hexagon focuses on passion to drive its success in collecting the rarest cars in the world, some of which can be seen on the website. Its experience and unmatched contacts makes the search for out of stock cars attainable.

Not solely for automotive aficionados, the showroom also features pieces from Hexagon Classic Design representing artists and designers. The classic designs in furniture, art, ceramics and sculpture compliment and further enhance the experience of Hexagon’s beautiful North London home.

Hexagon Classic Design curator Racheline Michaels has 35 years’ experience as an interior designer and has careful collated some of the most vibrant up-and-coming artists alongside the classic car showroom. The design gallery is vibrant in exhibiting a wide range of art forms and products. The collection of art and cars is seamlessly integrated on the website.

Paul Michaels started Hexagon Classics 54 years ago and has built a strong reputation on his wealth of experience and unrivalled collection. Michaels’ brand grew from being the official dealer of prestigious names including Porsche, Alfa Romeo, Lotus and London’s leading BMW dealer for over 45 years, into the wonderful hub of collectable cars and art on display on this website today.

 

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« Respuesta #1116 en: 07 Febrero 2018, 16:36:27 »
BICESTER HERITAGE AND HAGERTY AGREE THREE-YEAR EVENT, INSURANCE AND VALUATION PARTNERSHIP

Bicester Heritage has announced a new, three-year partnership with leading classic car insurance specialist Hagerty, which will become the exclusive insurance partner to Bicester’s renowned Sunday Scramble events.

Hagerty hosts the ever-popular Valuation Arena at the Scramble events, with its team of classic experts providing valuation guidance and bespoke certificates for participating enthusiasts.

The new deal will also see Hagerty support insurance requirements and risk assessment management for the Bicester Heritage team and offering support to the 35-plus businesses that call the historic motoring hub home.

Past Sunday Scrambles have seen the Hagerty valuation team examine some exceptional classics from a pristine BMW Alpina B9 to a Datsun 240Z, as well as more challenging valuations such as a Riley 9 Special and a GMC Truck.

In doing so, Hagerty has raised over £1,000 for charities such as the Air Ambulance and the Marshal's Trust, as every valuation is accompanied by a donation.

Angus Forsyth, Hagerty’s International Managing Director, said: “Bicester Heritage is such a focal point for any classic car enthusiast, so we are delighted to partner with the team and support their events, help their tenants and devise new and exciting content with them.

“We expect the partnership will initially add value to the Bicester tenants and attendees of the Sunday Scramble events, but as we develop more content and ideas with the team at Bicester, we strongly believe that there will be a much broader appeal to the classic car community. We also look forward to learning about the exciting developments at Bicester Heritage and sharing this information with our global database of terrific clients.”

Daniel Geoghegan, Managing Director of Bicester Heritage, added: “Over the past five years, we have enjoyed an excellent working partnership with Hagerty not just across events but also as very impressed clients; we had no hesitation in wishing to build on these strong foundations. As well as supporting our mission to revolutionise the classic car ownership experience, Hagerty’s innovative spirit and genuine enthusiasm for motoring represents a strong cultural fit with Bicester Heritage. Together we look forward to enhancing the classic car community.”

The next open day at Bicester Heritage will be Sunday Scramble ‘Drive It Day’ on 22nd April. Tickets are available for the event – as well as access to Hagerty’s Live Valuation Arena – at www.bicesterheritage.co.uk/events.

 

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« Respuesta #1117 en: 08 Febrero 2018, 16:09:08 »
GLITTERING LALIQUE IN BEAULIEU’S NEW LUXURY OF MOTORING DISPLAY

A stunning collection of 28 Lalique glass car mascots will be on show together for the first time as the glittering centrepiece of The Luxury of Motoring, a new display which opens in February at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu.

This brand new gallery showcases a selection of the most luxurious cars ever built and tells the story of their design, the people who owned them and the chauffeurs who drove them.

Spanning the golden age of luxury motoring to today’s aspirational cars, perceptions of taste and class are themes that are explored through a range of fascinating objects, films and rarely seen images from the National Motor Museum Trust’s archives. Four films include:

A matter of taste showing the diverse range of interior and exterior designs for luxury cars;

A touch of class about the car owners – sometimes royalty – their chauffeurs, motoring clothes and accessories;

At what cost to the environment by high-performance models and bygone fashions using ivory, animal hides and fur; 

Luxury by design with skilled craftsmanship and often hand-crafted, bespoke finishing touches. 

At the heart of the display is the privately-owned Lalique collection, whose owner chose the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu as the home of motoring and therefore the perfect setting to showcase his treasures for the first time.

The collection began with his first purchase of a perch fish mascot because he was a keen angler. It started his journey to find perfect examples of Rene Lalique’s stunning car mascots, which graced the bonnets of the most stylish automobile marques of the day. The final three rare Lalique mascots to complete his collection – the comet, owl and fox – are missing until he is able to source perfect examples.

From the light radiating, delicate veined wings of a dragonfly to the heartiest falcon mascot with its thick, tapered neck which fits tightly into the mount, the collection includes majestic animals and human forms that bring art into everyday life. The collection is on loan courtesy of Dawson’s Auctioneers & Valuers at Maidenhead and visitors to Beaulieu can see its full beauty by pushing a button to light up the dragonfly star exhibit.

From stylish models to the supercars of their era, The Luxury of Motoring brings its story to life with a display of some of the most luxurious cars ever built. Beaulieu has an unparalleled collection of Rolls-Royces by virtue of the Montagu family connection with its founders – John, 2nd Baron Montagu even opened their first factory – and the display includes:

The 1909 Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost which was a favourite car of the late Edward, Lord Montagu and carried his coffin at his funeral. The Rolls-Royce claimed the reputation as ‘the best car in the world’ during its two-decade production life. Beaulieu’s model was rescued from a hard life as a tow-truck in Scotland in the 1950s before being completely restored, when its stunning Roi des Belges body was fitted.

His father, the motoring pioneer John, Lord Montagu was so impressed by the 1925 Rolls-Royce 40/50 Phantom – the successor to the Silver Ghost – that he bought the new car at the London Motor Show and used it until his death four years later. The car’s fortunes worsened in later years, being adapted as a mobile canteen during World War II, before being rescued by his son Edward, Lord Montagu and restored to its former glory.

Also in the display is the imposing 1933 Rolls-Royce 40/50 Phantom II which was bought by media tycoon Lord Beaverbrook and fitted with a luxurious Sedanca de Ville body. It is now owned by the Beaverbrook Foundation and, in its heyday, kept Rolls-Royce at the forefront of luxury motoring design.

Over three decades later, the 1968 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow, which is part of the National Motor Museum Trust’s collection, made great strides with its radical design and incorporated four-wheel disc brakes and self-levelling suspension.

Bringing this decade-spanning collection bang up to date is the 2017 Rolls-Royce Wraith commissioned by Giles Martin, the son of Beatles record producer Sir George Martin, as a tribute to his father. Between the rear seats is a list of the Number One hits that Sir George was associated with, and his signature is engraved on the base of the bonnet’s Spirit of Ecstasy mascot. This bespoke model is one of just nine Wraiths ‘Inspired by British Music’ and joins the display courtesy of the Rodger Dudding classic vehicle collection at Studio 434.

Other marques included are the 1906 Renault 14/20hp XB and, joining the display later in February, the 1913 Argyll 15/30hp. Both perfectly represent the high-quality cars that ruled the roads in the Edwardian era, when motoring was solely for the wealthy. The Renault was built for King Edward VII and finished in its original Royal Claret livery. It was used for private journeys by the king and for shopping trips to the West End by Queen Alexandra. It later passed to King George V. The Scottish-built Argyll was an exceptionally well-engineered machine, with cutting-edge features such as brakes on all four wheels. The privately-owned car was originally a wedding gift from a husband to his wife and has remained in the same family ever since.

Another manufacturer with an enviable reputation is represented by the 1928 Mercedes-Benz S Type 36/220 which was formerly owned by actor and writer Peter Ustinov before joining the Trust’s collection. This highly sought-after supercharged Model S was one of only 146 examples built.

The Luxury of Motoring display has been part-funded by a £50,000 grant awarded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and the Wolfson Foundation Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund. The grant is part of a £4m initiative to help English museums and galleries increase access, improve displays and enhance public spaces. The Wolfson Foundation is an independent charity that supports and promotes excellence in the fields of science, health, education and the arts and humanities.

National Motor Museum Chief Executive Russell Bowman said: “The Luxury of Motoring is an exciting new display and the latest part of our master plan to redesign the way we tell the history of British motoring at the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu.”

Director of Collections Andrea Bishop said: “Led by our Curator of Objects Gail Stewart-Bye, the Collections Team has researched the museum’s wonderful treasures to find stories, objects, images and film which explore the concept of luxury. We’re confident that our visitors will enjoy the colourful, quirky and sometimes controversial things we have discovered.”

To celebrate the new display, during Hands-on Half-term (February 10th-18th) visitors to Beaulieu can design their own car mascot, make a top hat and dress up in a luxury motoring costume before stepping into a 1904 veteran car for a selfie opportunity. Or why not recreate the striking pose of the Rolls-Royce Spirit of Ecstasy mascot for a family album photo?

Or enter a competition to say What makes your car luxury? for a chance to win a VIP experience competition with a money-can’t-buy, behind-the-scenes tour of Beaulieu with exclusive access to areas of the National Motor Museum not usually open to visitors. Whether it’s fluffy dice and cushions or a must-have Mercedes, share pictures of what makes your car special. To enter, share your pictures and suggestions on Twitter @Beaulieu_Hants, Facebook at /nationalmotormuseum, Instagram @national_motor_museum or on email to competitions@beaulieu.co.uk. See www.beaulieu.co.uk/the-luxury-of-motoring/ for more details.

Group tours of The Luxury of Motoring are also available. For more information see www.beaulieu.co.uk/groups.

The Luxury of Motoring display can be seen as part of a visit to Beaulieu. A ticket to Beaulieu includes entry to the National Motor Museum with its collection of more than 250 vehicles from throughout motoring history, the new-look World of Top Gear, On Screen Cars, the ancestral Montagu family home of Palace House, 13th century Beaulieu Abbey and the stunning grounds and gardens. Tickets can be bought in advance online. For tickets or more information see www.beaulieu.co.uk or call 01590 612345.

The Luxury of Motoring Fact File

Car mascots

. . . Were thought to bring good luck. Moulding them from glass was the ultimate luxury, capturing the essence of the grace and power of the cars they adorned.

When new owners started to attach their own choice of mascot to cars, Rolls-Royce asked Charles Sykes to design one for them  . . . and the Spirit of Ecstasy was born. The muse and inspiration for much of Sykes’ work was Eleanor Thornton, the personal secretary and secret mistress of John, Lord Montagu. Eleanor later died in the tragic sinking of SS Persia, while John was one of the few survivors.

Lalique

Rene Jules Lalique was born in France in 1860. By the age of 12 he was already winning awards for his drawings and his mother arranged his apprenticeship with famous Parisian jeweller and goldsmith Louis Aucoc. He opened his own workshop in 1885 and attracted the attention of prominent personalities of the day. After becoming a master glassmaker, he was inspired by the shooting star on top of the Eiffel Tower which was commissioned for the Paris Exposition by Andre Citreon – who later asked Lalique to produce a car mascot. Lalique went on to produce 30 car mascots, plus a limited edition Cote D’Azur Pullman Express mascot.   

Motoring costumes

Motoring outfits were designed for men, ladies, children and even pets! From driving gauntlets, goggles and masks to “preserve the complexion” . . . to fashion-conscious hats sporting feathers, flowers and ribbons. See a range of the costumes which evolved to keep pace with the cars they were worn in.

Accessorise

From luxury picnic hampers and matching luggage sets to cut glass decanters and even a gold-plated tea jug . . . we show a selection of the wealth of motoring accessories on offer to those who could afford them.

 

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RECORD-BREAKING BTCC CHAMPIONSHIP WINNING COSWORTH FOR AUCTION

The 1990 British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) winning 1990 Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500 driven by Robb Gravett, Mike Smith and Stig Blomqvist is being publicly offered for sale for the very first time.

This important part of BTCC history will headline the Silverstone Auctions Race Retro Competition Car Sale at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire on 23rd February and is estimated at between £175,000 to £220,000.

Nick Whale, managing director at Silverstone Auctions, said: “This record-breaking Cosworth RS500 dominated the Group A 1990 BTCC season with lead driver Robb Gravett behind the wheel.

“For the long distance two-driver races Robb was supported by Stig Blomqvist at Donnington and the late and great Mike Smith at Brands Hatch.

“It was perfect harmony between man and machine, and perhaps no surprise that the championship-winning Cosworth also smashed numerous records along the way.

“Now it is being publicly offered for sale for the very first time after being in storage for 20 years. The Silverstone Auctions Race Retro Competition Car Sale on the 23rd February at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire is an opportunity not to be missed.”

Chassis number MTRS01 competed under the team Trackstar banner, formed by Mike Smith in 1989 together with ex-Prodive team manager Malcolm Swetnam and Robb Gravett, with the sole ambition of winning the BTCC championship. It turned out to be aa devastating combination.

The Cosworth was fitted with a new shell and used the running gear from the previous year Dick Johnson car, together with all the ‘trick bits’ including Eggenberger suspension, a Getrag 5-speed dog gear box and a top-spec Mountune RS500 engine, producing 500bhp. The result was a record-breaking season with nine wins, eight pole positions and eight fastest laps.

Now back in its impressive 1990 livery, this awesome machine is eligible to race in the HSCC ‘Supertourers’, the Grand Prix Legends Touring Car Challenge, as well as numerous other prestigious events.

Nick added: “The roll of honour for this Cosworth is truly impressive and it has cemented its place in BTCC history. Adding to the provenance of this car is that in 1991 the new 2-litre cars took over, making 1990 a glorious swansong for this championship winning RS500.”

For more information about the Silverstone Auctions Race Retro Competition Car Sale, visit www.silverstoneauctions.com

 

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PREVIEW DAY PROVIDES FREE TESTING OPPORTUNITIES FOR SILVERSTONE CLASSIC COMPETITORS

Competitors gearing up for another record-breaking Silverstone Classic (20-22 July) are once again being offered the welcome opportunity to test their cars in advance… and for free!

Staged at the ‘Home of British Motor Sport’, the Silverstone Classic is the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival, attracting more than 1,000 race entries. The packed programme features the full spectrum of historic motor sport, and this summer’s added highlights will include spectacular new showdowns for Masters Endurance Legends plus the return of Tin Top Sunday to celebrate 60 years of the massively popular MSA British Touring Car Championship.

All those competing in July’s extravaganza are being given the chance to fine-tune their cars and/or familiarise themselves with the full Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit on Wednesday 2 May.

The curtain-raiser will include morning and afternoon test sessions segregated into classes with an extended break at lunchtime to enable a series of event photo opportunities and other publicity-generating activities on-track.

“It’s really no surprise that the provision of a free test day on the Silverstone Grand Circuit has always been extremely popular with our competitors as it gives them a wonderful opportunity to prepare for the Classic later in the summer,” said Nick Wigley, CEO of event organiser Goose Live Events.

Understandably, the chance for free testing at Silverstone has proved highly popular in recent years and event organisers are expecting the limited number of available places to be snapped up swiftly.

Entries – strictly restricted to those competing at the Classic – will be accepted on a ‘first come, first served’ basis and application forms are available via the official event website at https://www.silverstoneclassic.com/competitor-info/Preview-Day-Testing.

For the public, Early Bird tickets for the 2018 Silverstone Classic are available offering significant savings. Adult prices start at just £37 and stick to the Classic’s widely praised ‘access all areas’ policy, providing admission to both race paddocks, trackside grandstands and the live music concerts.

Full details of all tickets (which must be purchased in advance) – as well as hospitality packages and weekend festival camping – can be found on the official www.silverstoneclassic.com website.

 

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IT’S OFFICIAL: ANOTHER GUINNESS WORLD RECORD RATIFIED!

The superlative Silverstone Classic has witnessed yet another momentous world record. The latest landmark – the largest parade of McLaren cars – wowed visitors to last summer’s spectacular event and has just been officially ratified by the adjudicators at Guinness World Records.

In total, an unprecedented 115 McLaren supercars took to the famous Silverstone Grand Prix circuit on Sunday 30 July to establish the new criterion.

The peerless parade was organised by the McLaren Owners Group to mark what would have been company founder Bruce McLaren’s 80th birthday.

Back in the sixties, McLaren was a racing legend winning Le Mans, two Can-Am titles and four Grands Prix before tragically losing his life aged just 32 in an accident when testing a sportscar at Goodwood in 1970. It is as a racing car constructor, however, that he is best remembered – and where the McLaren name lives on.

The history books reveal that the team he founded has won no fewer than 20 F1 World Championships – 12 for drivers, eight for constructors – and 182 Grands Prix. McLaren cars have also won Le Mans and the Indy 500 and, today, the badge adorns some of the world’s finest GT road cars.

Fittingly, the world record parade featuring such an amazing assembly of the company’s latest generation of showroom supercars, was led by Bruce’s only child, Amanda. She was just four years old when her father lost his life but is still connected to the company as a McLaren Brand Ambassador.

“We are thrilled at receiving the confirmation from Guinness World Records – seeing the certificate brought home the real significance of our achievement,” said a delighted Jeff Vaudrey, administrator of the McLaren Owners Group. “We knew around 60 McLarens had gathered together in Japan and felt we could top that number – but to nearly double it was well beyond our initial hopes and huge credit to all involved.”

As the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival, the Silverstone Classic has amassed many remarkable records in recent years. It is already in the Guinness Book of Records for staging the biggest-ever parade of Jaguar cars when 767 E-types took to the track to mark the automotive icon’s 50th anniversary in 2011. The colossal event has also staged unsurpassed parades of Grands Prix cars, Porsche 911s and, again last year, Jaguar XJ220 hypercars. More outstanding displays are planned for this July, too.

“While the Silverstone Classic is famous right around the globe for the incomparable numbers of wonderful historic racing cars competing in the packed programme of races, its reputation for hosting these record-breaking parades just keeps growing and growing, too,” extolled Nick Wigley, CEO of Goose Live Events, organiser of the Silverstone Classic. “McLaren, of course, is a magical name in motor sport and we congratulate all those involved on achieving this new Guinness World Record. It’s another feather in all of our caps!”

Many of the track parades are organised in conjunction with the ever-growing number of enthusiastic classic car clubs taking advantage of special ticket offers to be an integral part of the massive showcase at Silverstone.

Members of clubs registered with the Silverstone Classic (a simple online process) are offered a special Car Club Display package which includes two adult general admission event tickets plus an infield vehicle display pass. This enables classic car owners to park on their club’s allocated stand right at the heart of the event and thus be a major part of the record-breaking three-day extravaganza.

Visitors wishing to experience this mega-turnout of classic road and race cars can take advantage of a range of Early Bird ticket offers. All tickets for Silverstone Classic must be purchased in advance and, for those buying before 31 March, adult admission begins at £37.

Once again, all advance tickets will provide access to both Silverstone racing paddocks, all open trackside grandstands, live music concerts on the Friday and Saturday evenings, air shows, funfair rides and the vast majority of the family entertainment on offer. Options on camping and hospitality are also available. Full details of all 2018 ticket prices are detailed on the silverstoneclassic.com website.

 

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LES GRANDES HEURES AUTOMOBILES (LGHA) BREAKS RECORDS AT THE 2018 RETROMOBILE, PARIS

t last week’s annual Retromobile classic vehicle exhibition in Paris, Les Grandes Heures Automobiles (LGHA) stopped thousands of visitors at the Expo Porte de Versailles event in their tracks with a special feature display.

Following-on one year after the LGHA’s popular Group B rally car 30th anniversary display at the 2017 Retromobile, for 2018 the LGHA team staged another ‘must-see’ exhibit with its special ‘Les Grandes Heures de l'Autodrome’ presentation. LGHA displayed over a dozen significant ex- Montlhéry speed and endurance record-breaking cars and motorcycles to illustrate the long history of the Linas-Montlhéry Autodrome, the legendary banked ‘world of records’ circuit where the LGHA has been held every September since 2015.

LGHA’s 2018 Retromobile dedicated feature display gave a strong taster of what spectators can expect to see in action at this September’s LGHA – now being held over three days for the first time, due to popular demand – from 28 to 30 September at the Autodrome de Linas-Montlhéry, near Paris.

Pre-war Montlhéry record breaking cars that formed part of the extensive LGHA display at Retromobile included the imposing 7-litre 1927 Voisin des Records – a crowd-pleasing favourite seen in action at last year’s sell-out event – as well as the huge 1934 Panhard et Levassor 35CV, an 8-litre, 290bhp cigar-shaped missile, which achieved an average speed of 132 mph for an hour. The famous Montlhéry 1933 Citroen ‘Petite Rosalie’ was also shown.

A later record-breaking Citroen, the 2CV Bardot ‘barquette‘ that scooped nine international records in 1953, was joined by another equally-unlikely record breaker, a single-seater bubble car-based Velam Isetta, which took the Class K sub-250cc record with an average speed of 66 mph over 24 hours in 1957!

Record-beating Peugeots also drew the curious crowds, such as a special Darl’mat-bodied 1953 402 DS, plus the more recent EX1 electric prototype from 2010 . A standard 49cc Peugeot 104 moped, which covered 1,257 kilometres in 24 hours at Montlhéry , at an average speed of 32 mph, ridden by the father and son team of George and Phillipe Monneret. Philippe was just 12-years old at the time, and later went on to win the two-wheeled Le Mans 24 Hours Moto in 1991.

A number of other ex- Montlhéry record-breaking motorcycles also joined LGHA’s Retromobile line-up, including a 1934 Peugeot 515 (2,000 km and 3,000 km international records), 1977 Yamaha TZ 750 OW31, 1978 Kawasaki 125 and 15-national records-breaking 1975 Kawasaki side-car combo.

Following its stand-out performance in action at the 2017 LGHA, with Sebastian Loeb at the wheel, the Pikes Peak Peugeot 208 Turbo 16 was also displayed on the LGHA stand at Retromobile, much to the visitors’ delight.

Entries to this September’s three-day LGHA for participating cars and motorcycles, drivers and riders, plus the large number of enthusiastic car clubs expected to attend the 2018 event, are now open on the LGHA website, as are advance entrance tickets.

 

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BRUCE WILLIS AND JAY KAY OWNED DODGE CHARGER FOR SALE

A 1969 Dodge Charger previously owned by film legend Bruce Willis and Jamiroquai front-man Jay Kay is going under the hammer at the Silverstone Auctions Race Retro Classic Car Sale on 24th February.

Finished in imposing, shiny gloss black paint and with a very original leather interior, this particular ‘Bullitt’ spec model is based on the car in the cult 1968 film starring ‘King of Cool’ Steve McQueen.

Owned by Bruce Willis for ten years as a gift from his first wife, actress Demi Moore, Jay Kay bought the car in 2008 from the American actor and producer and imported it to the UK.

The comprehensive history file shows that in 2014 Jay Kay spent £25,000 to have the engine rebuilt and upgraded as part of an improvement package to make the car as near perfect as possible, resulting in an incredible driving machine that performs as well as it sounds.

Nick Whale, managing director at Silverstone Auctions, said: “What can we say about this amazing car! Aside from the fact that it has been enjoyed by two massive global mega-stars – Bruce Willis and Jay Kay – it is also an unbelievable example in its own right.

“Indeed, its star-studded celebrity past will attract interest from bidders around the world, who will also appreciate that it is one of the best examples of a 1969 Dodge Charger ‘Bullitt’ spec model currently available to buy.”

With a potent 8.2-litre V8 engine and 3-speed automatic gearbox, the left hand-drive American muscle car is estimated at between £50,000 and £60,000. Its sale by Silverstone Auctions will be one of the highlights of the Race Retro weekend, considered to be one of Europe’s most prestigious historic motorsport weekends, held at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire.

For more information about the Bruce Willis and Jay Kay Dodge Charger, visit https://www.silverstoneauctions.com.

 

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BMH IS UNDERPINNING AN EVER-INCREASING PERCENTAGE OF THE BOOMING CLASSIC CAR MARKET

British Motor Heritage (BMH) is the foundation on which an ever-increasing percentage of the burgeoning classic car market is built.

In the last 40 years it has supplied over 6,000 replacement bodyshells for MGBs, MG Midgets, Austin-Healey Sprites, Triumph TR6s and classic Minis – not to mention several hundred thousand individual panels for those models, plus Triumph Spitfires, GT6s, Stags, TR7s/TR8s and the ubiquitous Morris Minor. Since 2012 it has also been manufacturing E-Type Jaguar bonnets for Jaguar Land Rover Classic, and recently commenced production of front wings and rear quarter panels for the Range Rover Classic. All BMH panels are created on original tooling or presses of exactly equivalent specification.

Said Managing Director John Yea: “It is fair to say that this fast flowing stream of hardware encourages our BMH Approved Specialists, and other such suppliers, to stock ever more of the complementary items needed by enthusiasts and restorers in their seemingly unquenchable support of the classic car movement. The combined effect is a volume of parts sales normally only associated with modern car lines. And this is without including the new shells we are now building for Frontline Developments for their popular MGB evocations or the stunning range of new/classic Minis recently launched by David Brown Automotive.”

Still not that well known
Yea continued: “The funny thing is that, despite our pivotal role in this very British success story, there are still a surprising number of classic car owners who are unsure of who we are, or exactly what we do. Some understandably confuse us with the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust (BMIHT) that operates the British Motor Museum at Gaydon, and to which we were once related; though haven’t been for over 20 years. Others are aware of our very successful online parts, accessory and car care product business Motoring Classics, but don’t necessarily realise it’s part of the BMH group of companies. Just a few of the mainly ‘Best of British’ branded items stocked under the Motoring Classics banner are Irvin flying jackets, Revotec fan kits, Samco Sport hoses, Greycar clothing and Moto-Lita steering wheels.

“Even less classic car drivers probably appreciate that for some 10 years the long-established Tex Automotive wiper and mirror enterprise has been owned and run by BMH, as has Powerstop Brakes that specialises in providing upgraded EBC pads, discs, drums and linings for the old car sector.”

Regular new products
New items are constantly being added to both the BMH and Motoring Classics ranges to keep pace with demand, the most significant of which recently unveiled were the long-awaited replacement bodyshells for the MK1 version of the classic Mini – ‘the daddy of them all’ – and a five-speed gearbox conversion for the MGB. More products will follow very soon – the classic motoring world will make sure of that! Further details of all the current offerings courtesy of British Motor Heritage and its Motoring Classics brand can be viewed at www.bmh-ltd.com and www.motoringclassics.co.uk respectively. BMH also has a major presence at this week’s (February 15-18) Historic Motorsport International exhibition, ExCeL, London.

 

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PORSCHE TO CELEBRATE 70 YEARS OF SPORTS CARS WITH THIRD FESTIVAL OF SPEED CENTRAL FEATURE

Goodwood and Porsche are delighted to today announce that Porsche will be the honoured marque at this year’s Festival of Speed, presented by Mastercard (12 – 15 July). Porsche cars will adorn the world-renowned Central Feature for the third time in the manufacturer’s long relationship with Goodwood. Porsche will be the first marque to take this honour in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the iconic 356 – its very first sports car.

Previously the German marque has celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1998 and the 50th anniversary of the legendary 911 in 2013 at Goodwood. This year’s Festival will showcase the full range of Porsche’s achievements in a dedicated batch on the Goodwood Hillclimb, with other examples of the marque's rich heritage also displayed around the sell-out event site.

“Porsche has been one of our most loyal and enthusiastic partners, supporting the Festival of Speed since 1995, and the Revival since 2010,” said The Duke of Richmond and Gordon. “This year Porsche will become the first manufacturer to create the central display at the Festival for the third time, underlining the huge contribution from this iconic manufacturer of world-beating racing cars and road cars."

Alexander Pollich, Managing Director of Porsche Cars Great Britain, commented: “We thought long and hard about how best to celebrate the 70th anniversary of our sports car and how we could share this with enthusiasts, Porsche fans and owners here in the UK. The Goodwood Festival of Speed will be the perfect setting – allowing the cars that, over seven decades, have made Porsche so unique and so special, to be seen, and heard, in action. Watching a 917 twitch and weave its way past the flint wall is a highlight that I’m very much looking forward to this July.”

With over 100 class wins to its name, including an unprecedented 19 overall victories, Porsche is best known for its successes at the Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race, but its pedigree runs much deeper and across all disciplines of the sport. Alongside a strong GT and Prototype contingent, Goodwood will pay tribute to Porsche’s many successes, with examples on display from its history in Formula One, IndyCar and rallying, in addition to a number of road-going models.

The Festival is renowned for attracting the rarest and most exciting road and race cars and bikes ever created and the 2018 running of the event will be no different. A never- before-seen parade of Porsche cars that have helped define and guide the company's vision over the years – be it on circuits or road cars – will feature in action on the Goodwood Hillclimb alongside static exhibits and the incredible Porsche Experience Centre. This year the Porsche stand will host the lates.

Porsche road cars and will be joined by models that provide a glimpse into the future. Visitors will be able to enjoy an exhilarating ride in the all-new Cayenne as well as race cars virtually via simulators.

The celebration batch on the Goodwood Hillclimb will culminate with a stunning static display around the Central Feature in front of Goodwood House, once again designed by Gerry Judah.

A strong supporter of Goodwood, with over 20 years as a Festival of Speed partner, Porsche has also been a regular partner at the Revival, having put its name alongside March Motor Works in 2010 and 2011, and the Revival Earls Court Motor Show concours in 2013. The marque has been a main event sponsor of the Goodwood Revival since 2014.

Tickets for the Festival of Speed are on sale at Goodwood.com and at the Goodwood Ticket Office on 01243 755 055

 

 

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