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« Respuesta #1245 en: 19 Junio 2018, 08:43:41 »

FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens or international federation of historic vehicles) warmly welcomes Moldova to the 68 nations it currently represents, as the Moldovan club ‘RetroMobile’ joins FIVA as a full member.

RetroMobile (no connection to the famous Rétromobile show in Paris) was created in 2010 when a group of Moldovan friends formed an association of historic vehicle enthusiasts. In that same year, they held their first international exhibition – with vehicles from Ukraine, Romania and Moldova taking part.

Since then, RetroMobile has organised a great many more international events and exhibitions, with the originally modest number of members growing to 125, owning a varied and fascinating selection of both European vehicles and those from former Soviet Republics. The vehicles range in production year from a 1936 BMW 326 through to cars from 1980.

FIVA president Patrick Rollet extended a warm welcome to RetroMobile, adding, “We are always thrilled to see a new nation represented among our members, and the addition of Moldovan enthusiasts will add a rich new perspective to FIVA. We look forward to getting to know the members of RetroMobile better, to hearing their views on the future of the historic car movement, and to enjoying their company – and their vehicles – at international events.”

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« Respuesta #1246 en: 19 Junio 2018, 08:44:01 »

The year was 1978, UK inflation hit a six-year low, the Bee Gees dominated the charts, while flared trousers and bouffant hair was the height of fashion. It was also the year that Mazda unveiled the RX-7, a car that played a vital role in establishing Mazda’s reputation for building celebrated driver’s cars.

In the 1970s car makers the world over found themselves faced with the grim reality of a global fuel crisis. Soaring petrol prices meant few drivers wanted to own big, gas-guzzling V8 sports cars, so a new approach was needed. Responding to the challenging environment, Mazda’s brightest brains set about creating a new kind of sports car - one that would be smaller, lighter, more efficient and – most important of all – fun to drive.

So in the home market of Japan, Mazda revealed the ground-breaking RX-7. Its compact yet powerful rotary engine allowed the power unit to be mounted lower and further back resulting in a car that set new standards in road holding. The formula was a hit with customers and critics alike. Car and Driver magazine, one of America’s most influential car magazines, placed the Mazda RX-7 on its annual Ten Best list five times.

The original RX-7 ‘FB’ proved a huge success. More than 470,000 driving enthusiasts bought one, before the second generation ‘FC’ model was introduced with turbo power in 1985. The third generation ‘FD’ followed in 1992 until production of the iconic RX-7 ended in 2002^.

In addition, the RX-7’s success in competition around the globe further cemented its position as a one of the world’s best sports cars. The RX-7 took overall victory in the 1981 Spa 24 hours, competed at Le Mans, took part in the awe-inspiring world of Group B rallying and claimed the 1980 and 1981 BTCC titles. In the USA, the RX-7 took an unmatched 100 wins in 12 years of IMSA competition and won the GTU class at the 1979 Daytona 24 hours.

Win Percy, the British racing driver who took both the RX-7s BTCC championships, was blown away by the speed of the Mazda RX-7, “I won the title in 1980 and team owner Tom Wilkinshaw said: ‘Let’s go for it and try to win races outright next year.’ We duly did, beating the Rovers and Capris and I took the title again. It was a very capable little car ‑ you really could call it a giant killer.”

And Pierre Dieudonné who drove a Mazda RX-7 to victory in the 1981 24 Hours of Spa said, “That win was very important to Mazda. It was the first time a Japanese car manufacturer had won that race - the RX-7 didn’t have the image of something like a Porsche. But winning at Spa gave it the prestige.”

To mark the 40th anniversary of the Mazda RX-7, Mazda brought together all three generations of the sports car in a film that documents the evolution of the most successful model to be powered by a rotary engine:


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« Respuesta #1247 en: 19 Junio 2018, 14:54:36 »

RM Sotheby’s, the world’s largest auction house for investment-quality automobiles, has announced that it will expand its reach and level of client service with the creation of RM Sotheby’s Private Sales, a division of the RM Sotheby’s Group.

For more than two decades, RM Sotheby’s has been trusted to handle the discreet sale of many of the world’s most significant collector cars. June 2018 will see the formal launch of RM Sotheby’s Private Sales division, including a dedicated section on, and providing increased ease of service to RM Sotheby’s global network of clientele.

RM Sotheby’s Private Sales division provides collectors with discreet and honest advice, coupled with unparalleled global transaction execution. The division offers a tailored approach to clients through each stage of a private sale, from analysis, to acquisition and deaccession. Thanks to the company’s extensive auction experience, the Private Sales division is equipped with an arsenal of tools to achieve the best possible result for any car the team is entrusted with.

The Private Sales division is led by veteran car specialist and Global Head of Private Sales, Shelby Myers, alongside Jarrett Rothmeier, Chief Financial Officer for the RM Sotheby’s Group, and the team’s newest addition, Armando Petretti, Private Sales Car Specialist.

Shelby Myers, Global Head of Private Sales offers, “The newly established Private Sales division offers clients the unique advantage of leveraging the knowledge of RM Sotheby’s global team of 29 car specialists, combined with the company’s expansive client relationships, in-house research team, renowned marketing and creative departments, and public and private showrooms in both North America and Europe. Above all, clients can be secure in knowing that RM Sotheby’s Private Sales is committed to upholding client confidentiality across all divisions and at every step of the transaction process.”

Continuing; “Our auction platform provides us with the unique ability to gauge supply and demand and subsequently provides the foundation of market intelligence that many dealers and brokers simply do not have access to. Leveraging the largest balance sheet in the industry, the RM Sotheby’s Private Sales division has the ability to financially support any transaction or requirement of immediate capitalization.”

RM Sotheby’s will launch its official Private Sales division with the most iconic supercar of the modern era—a 1998 McLaren F1 ‘LM-Specification’. The 63rd and penultimate road-specification example built, the car on offer is one of just two F1s upgraded by McLaren Special Operations with the LM-spec engine, the same engine as fitted in the limited edition, stripped-down F1 LMs. Furthermore, it also received the ‘Extra High Downforce Package’ in period, while retaining its road-specification interior, which features numerous upgrades, including satellite navigation. One of the most desirable examples in existence, the McLaren offers the best of both worlds: a fully street-legal F1 with LM performance and modern upgrades for driver comfort.

Additional cars currently on offer through RM Sotheby’s Private Sales include:

    1928 Mercedes-Benz 680 S Torpedo-Sport Avant-Garde
    1930 Bentley 61/2-Litre ‘Speed Six’ Sportsman’s Saloon
    1960 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster
    1961 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Coupe Aerodinamico
    1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy
    2003 Aston Martin DB AR1
    Further inventory available upon request

Myers adds: “It is important to note that private sales have always been a large part of our ongoing business and for some of our clientsit is the preferred arena for transacting. Historically, we have always worked with collectors to service this need, and we will continue to work with industry leaders including dealers and brokers, understanding that to be successful on behalf of the client, one must collaborate rather than compete”.

The global reach of the Private Sales division will expand across continents and cover a truly global marketplace. The division will have prominent visibility at RM Sotheby’s annual roster of auction events, debuting at the upcoming RM Sotheby’s flagship Monterey sale. The bespoke exhibition at the newly-renovated Monterey Conference Center, 24-25 August, will mirror the high level of presentation synonymous with the RM Sotheby’s name.

For further information on motor cars offered via RM Sotheby’s Private Sales division, please visit Parties interested in buying or selling via RM Sotheby’s Private Sales are invited to contact RM Sotheby’s Culver City, California office at +1 310 559 4575 or e-mail

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Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
« Respuesta #1248 en: 19 Junio 2018, 14:55:01 »

Heveningham Hall Concours d’Elegance has confirmed the details of all entrants participating in this year’s event on 30th June & 1st July at the 5,000 acre Georgian estate in the heart of Suffolk.

A total of 54 cars will grace the dramatic Kim Wilkie-designed grass terraces to the rear of the Grade I listed Palladian mansion, including cars from the very dawn of motoring up to the modern day. The oldest car confirmed is a wonderful 1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen and the youngest a stunning 2016 Aston Martin 6C Vulcan.

To mark the 70th anniversary of Porsche, the organisers have confirmed a number of spectacular entrants from the marque: a 1960 356B Super 90 GT; a 1968 Porsche 910; a 1969 Porsche 911 ST; a 1974 Porsche 911 RS; a 1987 Porsche 962, a 1997 Porsche 911 GT1 Evolution and a 2010 Porsche 918 Spyder.

The organisers have also confirmed that there will a separate McLaren F1 Exhibition on the lawn in front of the concours’ entrants. A total of seven iconic McLaren F1 Grand Prix cars courtesy of the British Formula One Team and David Clark will be on display including historic cars driven by legends of the sport including Mika Hakkinen; David Coulthard; Jenson Button; Lewis Hamilton and the late Ayrton Senna.

The details of the entrants in the aviation concours located at the airfield in the Capability Brown landscape have also been announced and they include a wonderful 1944 Spitfire Mk XI, a 1942 Texan AT6-D and a 1952 Morane-Saulnier 315 to name but a few.

Commenting on the entrants and this year’s concours, Max Hunt, chairman of judges, said: “Our third concours has attracted entrants from far and wide, including the United States and the list of exhibitors is extremely varied. During this, the 70th anniversary year of Porsche we are also really pleased to have so many of Stuttgart’s finest on display - we can’t wait to see everyone at the event.”

For more information about the concours, visit: For further information about the country fair which takes place at the same time as the concours, including ticketing, visit:


For press information, please contact Will Kitchener on Email: or Tel: +44 (0)7969 723207

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    1886 Benz Patent Motorwagon
    1903 Clement 12/16HP
    1923 Vauxhall 30-98 Velox
    1924 Bentley 3 Litre
    1927 Bugatti T37 Grand Prix
    1929 Herbert Engineering 16/60 Short Chassis Sports Tourer
    1930 Bentley Speed Six Works Team Car
    1931 Invicta Low Chassis Speed Model
    1931 Maserati Tipo 26S
    1934 Alfa Romeo Tipo B Monoposto
    1934 Bentley 3.5 Litre Vanden Plas
    1937 Aston Martin 2 Litre Speed Model
    1937 Bugatti Type 57S
    1938 Riley Sprite
    1939 BMW 327/80 Cabriolet
    1939 Delage D8-120 Cabriolet
    1949 Ferrari 166 Inter Superleggera
    1951 Bentley R-Type Continental Sports Saloon
    1951 Frazer Nash Le Mans Replica
    1953 Jaguar C-Type
    1953 Frazer Nash Targa Florio
    1955 Pegaso Z102
    1956 Aston Martin DB3S
    1957 BMW 507
    1959 Maserati T61 Birdcage
    1960 Porsche 356B Super 90 GT
    1960 Aston Martin DB4GT ‘Jet’ Coupe
    1962 Ferrari 250 GTO
    1963 Lister Costin Coupe
    1964 AC Cobra
    1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/6C
    1964 Ferrari 500 Superfast
    1965 Bizzarrini 5300 GT Corsa
    1968 Morris Mini Cooper S
    1968 Porsche 910
    1969 Porsche 911 ST
    1970 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona
    1974 Lancia Stratos
    1974 Porsche 911 RS
    1977 McLaren M26
    1985 MG Metro 6R4
    1987 Porsche 962
    1989 Jaguar XJR-10
    1993 Ferrari F40 LM Michelotto
    1996 McLaren F1 GTR
    1997 Porsche 911 GT1 Evolution
    2003 Pagani Zonda C12
    2004 Maserati MC12 GT1
    2010 Porsche 918 Spyder
    2011 Eagle E-Type Speedster
    2013 Pagani Huayra
    2014 Koenigsegg One:1
    2015 McLaren P1 XP1 LM
    2016 Aston Martin 6C Vulcan


    MP4-8 (1993)
    MP4-12 (1997)
    MP4-14 (1999)
    MP4-20 (2005)
    MP4-21 (2006)
    MP4-23 (2008)
    MP4-27 (2012)


    1936 Miles M.3A Falcon Major
    1936 Percival Mew Gull
    1937 De Havilland 90 Dragonfly
    1941 Dragon Rapide DH89A
    1942 Texan AT6-D
    1943 D84 Dragon Twin Engined Cabin Bi-plane
    1944 Spitfire MK X1
    1952 Morane-Saulnier 315
    2014 Bleriot EXP 2E

An entirely new event has also been launched for 2018: Horsepower Hill will provide an opportunity for concours’ owners and specially-selected guests to burn rubber in their own cars in a timed burnout in the heart of the Capability Brown-designed landscape.

The Heveningham Tour also returns on Friday 29th June and a number of the concours’ entrants will take the 50-mile route which this year includes a ‘ferryman’s picnic’ and unique river crossing.

Once again the event is in association with auctioneers Bonhams, British watch manufacturer Bremont, manufacturer Mercedes-Benz and English winemaker Gusbourne.

The Heveningham Hall Concours Royal College of Art Automotive Design Scholarship will see a student awarded a full scholarship to cover the 15 month MA Automotive Design course under the auspices of Professor J Mays. The event has also funded a dementia unit locally this year.

Heveningham Hall dates from 1778–80 and incorporates work from an earlier18th-century building. It was designed by Sir Robert Taylor for Sir Gerald Vanneck, 2nd Baron Huntingfield. The interiors of circa 1781-4 were designed by James Wyatt. The Heveningham Hall Country Fair Trust is a registered charity (number: 1095403). Since its launch, the Heveningham Hall Country Fair Trust has raised over £700,000 for charity. Satellite navigation for the event is IP19 0PN


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Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
« Respuesta #1249 en: 20 Junio 2018, 14:42:37 »

A 1968 Triumph TR250 driven by long time endurance rally campaigners David and Jo Roberts has won the Endurance Rally Association’s (ERA) Trans-America Challenge.

With around 35 crews entered, the top three cars battled it out from the start line in Charleston, North Carolina, to the finish in Seattle, Washington over 22 days, covering over 9,360kms.

Yorkshire husband and wife team David and Jo are veterans of the Peking to Paris, the Road to Mandalay and Saigon, the Flying Scotsman, the Classic Safari and every TransAmerica Challenge to date, never failing to finish a rally but never winning prior to this event.

David Roberts drew on his decade long experience of listening to others making their victory speech as he thanked Jo for her efforts over the last three weeks. He also thanked all the Porsches, Datsun 240zs and every other fast car which didn’t come to Charleston to start the rally. He also recounted his and Jo’s many discretionary awards picked up along the road to the overall win.

Second place in the Classics category went to Mike and Lorna Harrison in the 1963 Volvo PV544. Mike loved the route, loved the variety of landscapes and loved the competition.

Jim Gately and Tony Brooks in the 1937 Cadillac Convertible took home the Vintageant class win and third place overall against a field of newer cars which was a magnificent achievement.

As well as the overall and the class awards, discretionary awards were also presented with the Spirit of the Rally Award given to the two teams making up the crew, fundraising for breast cancer awareness.

Crew member Pam King had to withdraw from the event at the midway point as her own battle with cancer worsened and as the car crossed the finish line, she sadly lost her battle and passed away.

The Against all Odds trophy was presented to Mick and Grace De Haas who battled back to rejoin the Rally in Aspen after a fuel pump fiasco in Santa Fe on their 1966 Mercedes Benz 230SL.

Rally Director Fred Gallagher said: “Our crews have embraced all weathers and terrains over the past three weeks as we have journeyed through around a dozen states and enjoyed fabulous tests and competition throughout.

The next ERA events take place in September with the inaugural Himalayan Challenge and the Alpine Trial. To find out more about the ERA’s events, visit


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« Respuesta #1250 en: 21 Junio 2018, 08:18:01 »

A wide collection of classic Abarths will take to the track at this year’s Abarth Day (30 June), at Rockingham Speedway, Northamptonshire including a rare 1970’s Abarth Scorpione 1000.

Abarth UK have worked closely with Middle Barton Garage to bring the classics back to the track for another year. Middle Barton Garage owner Tony Castle Miller said: “Over the 31 years we have been in business, we have restored many classic Abarth models. It’s always a great pleasure to see these take to the track.”

Tony continues: “It takes many hours to prepare these classic Abarths but the owners have great passion for the brand. They really want to show these rare cars to as many people as possible and really enjoy being part of the official celebration of Abarth in the UK.”

Abarth Day is open to all car enthusiasts and people who are curious to find out what all the excitement is about. This is an opportunity to test all current models from the Abarth range in a dynamic setting and acquire a real taste for the brand.

“Seeing classic Abarths drive around the Rockingham circuit is always something to see. Our heritage is incredibly important to us and we are thrilled to have such a number of classic Abarths returning for our special day,” says Gerry Southerington from Abarth UK.

“You don’t have to be an Abarth owner to attend," he added. "We welcome anyone who is interested in finding out more about Abarth and its exciting range of cars. Ticket prices start from just £9 with many opportunities to drive the current Abarth range out on track. I’m sure all visitors will enjoy the day and discover the Abarth passion, some for the first time.”

A further exciting addition for 2018 will be an exclusive ‘Scorpionship Track Event’ held on Friday 29th June where Abarth owners can take part in track sessions in their own cars. The event starts at 2pm and will finish at 6pm with a barbeque. Only members of Abarth’s official club ‘The Scorpionship’ can attend at a cost of £79 which also includes a complimentary guest ticket and free access to Abarth Day the next day.

Ticket information:
Tickets for the Abarth Day 2018 and the exclusive ‘Scorpionship Track Event’ are on sale now and can be purchased on

Ticket prices start from only £9. ‘Scorpionship’ cardholders will enjoy up to a 50% discount.

Ticket type


Abarth Day Scorpionship ticket


Abarth Day Standard Entry


Scorpionship Track Event (Friday 29th June)


Under 17 (accompanied by paying adult)

Free entry

To join ‘The Scorpionship’ visit:


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« Respuesta #1251 en: 21 Junio 2018, 08:18:20 »

Tex has a long and distinguished history as the supplier of wiper arms, wiper blades and rearview mirrors to the British motor industry, but sales of the latter have declined steeply in the last 12 months, owing to an influx of cheap foreign copies.

Since 2008, Tex Automotive has been a wholly owned subsidiary of British Motor Heritage (BMH), whose Managing Director John Yea has this warning for the classic car fraternity: “Examination of these fake products reveals they are of less robust quality and the glass is not ‘E’ marked, meaning the optical properties will not meet the legislative standard that existed when such items were originally manufactured. Yet more concerning is the discovery that some unscrupulous traders are passing them off as the genuine article – something we have proved through a dedicated ‘mystery shopping’ campaign.

“Needless to say we will be taking action over this criminal activity, but in the meantime wanted to alert the public to the problem and help them avoid being tricked into buying these inferior, non-original specification products for their cherished classics. The obvious visual difference is that the copies lack the all-important Tex trademark, which on the genuine product is located in the pressing where the arm attaches to the mirror head.”

Following BMH’s purchase of Tex, manufacture was relocated to the Heritage premises in Witney, and one of the highlights of the regular plant tours is seeing the production of genuine Tex product. The skilled assembly of the myriad small components is in stark contrast to the heavy duty production of replacement body panels and complete bodyshells that takes place throughout the rest of the factory, for which BMH is, of course, far better known.


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Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
« Respuesta #1252 en: 21 Junio 2018, 08:18:43 »

 RM Sotheby’s is honored to announce that it has secured a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, perhaps the ultimate collector car, for what is set to be its most exciting Monterey auction offering to date.

Ferrari’s 250 GTO was effectively the final evolution of the marque’s famous 250 model, which debuted in 1953 and ended with the last GTOs in 1964. In total, a mere 36 examples of the 250 GTO were ever produced, all of which have survived. Widely considered the most beautiful Ferrari design, the model was one of the most successful road/racing cars that the marque ever built, claiming overall victory or 1st in class in nearly 300 races worldwide. Decades down the road, the Ferrari 250 GTO has become the car collector’s “holy grail”, thanks not only to its incredible pedigree, but to a group of French collectors who organized the first gathering of GTO owners in 1982. Occurring every five years since its inception, the meeting is a glorious driving and dining tour across the country of their choosing, and the only entry into this exclusive club is ownership; making the GTO the hottest ticket in the collector car world.

“We are thrilled at the rare opportunity to offer a legendary Ferrari 250 GTO at auction,” says Shelby Myers, Car Specialist, RM Sotheby’s. “Due to the evolution of technology and safety regulations that followed, the GTO was essentially the final true road racer, marking the end of an era when drivers really got their hands dirty. This was the last car that you could park in your garage, drive to the track, win the race, and then drive home.”

The Ferrari 250 GTO on offer, chassis no. 3413 GT, is the third of the 36 examples built, and began its life as a Series I car. Under Ferrari factory use, the GTO was a test car driven by Phil Hill for the 1962 Targa Florio road race. The car was then sold to its first owner, one of Ferrari’s most favored privateer customers, Edoardo Lualdi-Gabardi. The Italian gentleman racer entered the GTO in 10 races in 1962, winning all but one (in which he placed 2nd in class) and securing him the Italian National GT championship that year. Lualdi-Gabardi’s incredible track success with the early GTO, right out of the gate, contributed significantly in cementing what would become the GTO legend and legacy as known today.

Mr. Lualdi-Gabardi received a second GTO in 1963 and sold chassis no. 3413 to then race car driver Gianni Bulgari, who went on to lead the renowned Bulgari jewelry company from the 1960s to the 1980s. Under both Bulgari and subsequent owner Corrado Ferlaino’s ownership, the GTO handily won its class in the 1963 and 1964 Targa Florio. The car contested a total of 20 races in period, never involved in an accident, and not once failing to finish. A rare case and incredible feat for any race car, it retains its original engine, gearbox, and rear axle, as well as its factory Series II body, in which it was clothed by Carrozzeria Scaglietti in 1964.

Following its racing career, the GTO has passed through an unbroken chain of ownership that includes some of the most prominent Ferrari collectors in the hobby. In 2000, it was acquired by current owner Dr. Greg Whitten, Chairman of Numerix, avid collector car enthusiast and former chief software architect at Microsoft. Under Dr. Whitten’s ownership, the GTO has competed in vintage events around the world over the last two decades, as well as four of the lauded GTO anniversary tours. Wonderfully maintained in highly original condition, the GTO is estimated to achieve in excess of $45 million in Monterey, making it the most valuable motor car ever offered at auction.

Myers adds: “This marks just the third time that a GTO has been offered for public sale in the new millennium. I can think of no better place than our flagship Monterey event, an auction that has borne witness to the record-smashing sale of some of the most important cars in history, for the presentation of such an exceptional example of Ferrari’s most successful racer and the world’s most sought-after collector car, full stop. The fact that the GTO exists as it did in period, along with Dr. Whitten’s long-term, enthusiastic ownership, only adds to the car’s impeccable pedigree.”

Watch the 250 GTO on the track with current owner Dr. Greg Whitten behind the wheel here:

Held during the world-famous Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance motoring week, RM Sotheby’s Monterey sale (24-25 August), has been the pinnacle of collector car auctions for more than 30 years, leading the field and raising the bar with its consistent, record-setting results. This year’s Monterey sale is set at the newly reopened Monterey Conference Center following its $60-million-dollar renovation, offering collectors a stunning new experience and a beautiful space for the display and offering of 120 of the world’s most important motor cars in the ultimate collector car destination.

For further event information and an updated list of entries, or to register to bid for the Monterey sale, please visit To speak with an RM Sotheby’s car specialist about entering an exceptional car in the auction, please call +1 519 352 4575.


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« Respuesta #1253 en: 21 Junio 2018, 14:56:18 »

From humble beginnings, at The Hurlingham Club in London, to the spectacular lawns of ‘Britain’s Greatest Palace’, Blenheim Palace, Salon Privé has come a long way in a relatively short space of time, especially when one considers the events it is most frequently compared to are at least 60 years old.

Now in its 13th consecutive year, and with a long-term agreement in place, the event is set for a long and bright future at Blenheim Palace, made all the more ‘formal’ by the recent announcement that His Grace, The 12th Duke of Marlborough has accepted brothers Andrew and David Bagley’s request to become the event’s official Patron.

“I was honoured to be asked by Andrew and David Bagley to become the Honorary Patron of Salon Privé and had no hesitation in accepting the position,” commented His Grace, The Duke. “I have long been a car enthusiast and through my honorary patronage hope to support the event through known car collectors and also my relationship with a number of manufacturers. I am delighted that Blenheim is confirmed as the new long-term venue for Salon Privé. During the last three years the event has been held here, I have seen it grow and expand, and this year it will encompass the whole of the hallowed turf of the South Lawn. Whilst Salon Privé is a private event, the general public will also have the opportunity to see these incredible cars on the Sunday during Blenheim Palace Classic & Supercar, the sister event to Salon Privé. I greatly value the trust that has developed between myself and the Bagley brothers, who do an incredible job in putting together this annual super car show.”

“It’s a real privilege for us to be able to host our event at Blenheim Palace” commented Andrew Bagley, Managing Director. “Our sponsors, clients, concours entrants and guests have shown incredible enthusiasm for the event since its move to Blenheim Palace, there is simply no other concours event like it in the UK. My brother and I are truly grateful for the support we have received from the whole Blenheim team, which in turn has enabled us to focus on further developing Salon Privé as a world-class event on all levels. Now to have His Grace, The Duke of Marlborough, as our Patron is an absolute honour.”


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Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
« Respuesta #1254 en: 22 Junio 2018, 10:10:28 »

Lamborghini Polo Storico has completed restoration of one of the most famous Miuras ever built: the Miura SVR. On the occasion of its delivery, the car was also exhibited at Japan’s Nakayama Circuit.
As is well-documented, only 763 Lamborghini Miuras were produced, between 1966 and 1972, at the company’s plant in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy. The number of Miuras built outside of Sant’Agata, however, is much greater, as numerous model car manufacturers have created a scale version of what is one of the most iconic vehicles in automobile history.
Among these was Japan’s Kyosho, which produced 1:18 scale models of both the Lamborghini Miura SV and Miura SVR. The Kyosho SVR, in particular, has achieved legendary status among collectors, since it depicts one of the most astonishing Lamborghinis ever built, the Miura SVR: a race car evolution of the fabled Jota developed by Lamborghini test driver Bob Wallace, which was even featured in the Japanese manga “Circuit Wolf”.
After Wallace’s Jota was lost in an accident, incessant customer demand in the following years led Automobili Lamborghini to build a few Miura SVJ models and - remarkably - a single Miura SVR. The latter was eventually sold in Japan, where it served as the “model” for both the vehicle used in the comic book and the Kyosho toy version. The car is the Miura SVR chassis number #3781, which has been returned to its former splendor by the Polo Storico specialists, and exhibited during an event organized in its honor at Nakayama Circuit in Japan.
The Miura with chassis number #3781, engine number 2511 and body number 383 was born as an S version painted in trademark Verde Miura with black interior. It was originally delivered to the Lamborauto dealership in Turin, Italy, on 30 November 1968, following its display at the 50th Turin Motor Show.
After changing hands eight times in Italy, the vehicle was bought in 1974 by German Heinz Straber, who took it back to Sant’Agata in order to have it transformed in an SVR - a job that required 18 months of work. In 1976 the car was sold to Hiromitsu Ito and made its way to Japan, where it caused quite a sensation, including the inspiration for the Circuit Wolf” comic book series.
The vehicle’s legend was further cemented when it was chosen by Kyosho as the base for its renowned scale model, whose lines and colors made this SVR an indelible part of toy car lore.
Paolo Gabrielli, Lamborghini Head of After Sales and Director of the Polo Storico, said: “The full restoration took 19 months and required a different approach to the way we normally work. The original production sheet wasn’t of much help, as we relied mostly on the specifications from the 1974 modifications. The challenge for the Polo Storico team was even more daunting as the car arrived in Sant’Agata in pieces, although the parts were all there, and with considerable modifications. The only variations on the original specifications were the addition of 4-point safety belts, more supportive seats and a removable roll bar. These were expressly requested by the customer and are intended to improve safety during the car’s racetrack exhibitions.”


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« Respuesta #1255 en: 25 Junio 2018, 14:37:35 »

At the invitation of Brands Hatch owner MSV, Equipe Classic Racing - which organises the hugely popular Equipe GTS and Pre ‘63 series for historic sports cars - is to run a 30 minute support race on the venue’s Grand Prix Circuit at the high-profile British GT Championship meeting on August 4. Holding modern and historic races on the same day will be a treat for spectators, and a rare opportunity for drivers of the older cars to test their mettle on one of Europe’s finest race tracks.

This newly-announced race swells the already busy Equipe GTS calendar to 10 weekend’s worth of competition. The series has boasted full grids and extra races at most meetings throughout the season so far, and saw in excess of 100 cars entered for a meeting on the Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit earlier this month. The newly-established sister series for pre ‘63 cars is also achieving strong grids, with an ever-widening spread of drivers and marques.

Now relatively rarely used, Brands Hatch’s 2.43 mile long Grand Prix circuit is beloved by drivers of all eras of race car, and was the scene of many titanic battles when hosting the British Grand Prix biannually between 1964 and 1986 – the most successful driver was Niki Lauda with three wins (Ferrari/McLaren), while the last F1 race held at the Kent circuit fell to Nigel Mansell (Williams).

Said Equipe Classic Racing partner John Pearson: “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to field a strong historic grid with close, competitive racing at one of the country’s top modern racing meetings. Many regard the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit as the Holy Grail of race tracks, and we are very much looking forward to some tremendous racing.”

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« Respuesta #1256 en: 26 Junio 2018, 08:59:47 »

Beaulieu's Simply Land Rover celebrated the 70th anniversary of Britain’s favourite 4X4 with record participant numbers, an off-road driving course and a Land Rover-themed autojumble to make 2018’s rally the best yet.

501 Land Rovers of every age and model joined the display in the grounds of the National Motor Museum, up by 25 per cent from last year, with as many as 1091 participants enjoying the baking sunshine and admiring the impressive selection of off-roaders on show.

A brand new feature of the show for the Land Rover’s anniversary year was Simply Rummage, an autojumble dedicated to spare parts for Land Rovers. Eager enthusiasts snapped up lights, wheels, seats and engine parts for their treasured vehicles, while those searching for larger parts for their projects could choose from doors, bonnets and even a complete front bulkhead.

A highlight for many enthusiasts was the return of the Beaulieu Forest Drive. This action-packed feature, held in association with Land Rover Experience West Country, was a perfect opportunity to practice off-road driving skills. Land Rovers of all ages were put through their paces on the forest course, including a rare 1982 Carmichael Commando six-wheeled Range Rover, still in its historic RAF Fire & Rescue livery.

Rally participants and visitors had the chance to vote for their favourite Land Rover of the show in the People’s Choice Awards. The winner was Gary Williams from Wargrave with his 2000 Range Rover P38 2.5 DHSE. Gary is very proud of his all-original Range Rover, which has had just two owners from new. “I love the fact that it is in excellent condition,” said Gary. “I don’t use it for going off-road but we do use it for towing a caravan on holiday.” Gary was presented with an Autoglym car care pack by Beaulieu’s Commercial Director Steve Munn.

The runners-up were Michael Smith with his 2011 Land Rover 90 Defender and Christopher Pendred with his 1964 Land Rover Series IIA. Lifelong enthusiast Michael from Botley enjoys his 90 as the most modern of his collection of Land Rovers, while Christopher from Kent had restored his Series IIA and its matching Brockhouse trailer to as-new condition. They were both presented with special Autoglym prizes by Beaulieu’s Commercial Director Steve Munn.

The varied selection of Land Rovers on display ranged from 1950s Series Is, right up to modern-day Defenders, while every generation of the popular Discovery was represented, including examples that had been heavily modified to tackle extreme terrain. The ex-military Land Rovers on display included Lightweight versions and an ambulance.

A rare sight was a 1969 Velar Range Rover prototype from the Dunsfold Collection of historic Land Rovers, parked alongside the latest Range Rover Velar that was inspired by it. Several of the Land Rovers on display were kitted out with everything their owners could need for an adventure, including roof tents, while a rare 1970 Dormobile camper version featured a pop-up rising roof.

Club displays were at the heart of Simply Land Rover, with the Solent and District Land Rover Club, Cheshire Land Rover Club, Range Rover P38 Owners South Coast, Land Rover Overland Club and more featuring members’ vehicles on their club stands.

Simply Land Rover is one of nine Simply rallies at Beaulieu in 2018. Still to come are Simply Jaguar on July 8th, Simply Japanese on July 29th and Simply Smart on November 11th. For tickets or more details see

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« Respuesta #1257 en: 26 Junio 2018, 09:00:10 »

McLaren has revealed its full line-up for Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018, presented by Mastercard – and it’s packed with past legends and future stars.

The impressive McLaren roster of drivers includes F1 world champion Emerson Fittipaldi, who won the 1974 world title with the team and is also a two-time Indy 500 winner. Joining him behind the wheel of McLaren’s competition cars up the famous hill will be current McLaren star Stoffel Vandoorne, and test and reserve driver Lando Norris. Vandoorne is currently in his second full season with the Woking team while 18-year-old Formula 2 driver Norris is a member of McLaren’s Young Driver Programme, having won the European Formula 3 title last season.

Double F1 world champion and fan favourite Mika Hakkinen, who won back-to-back titles for McLaren in 1998 and 1999, will also be in attendance at the Festival of Speed.

To complete McLaren’s exciting line-up, 2003 Indy 500 champion and adviser to the McLaren team, Gil De Ferran, and Rudy Van Buren, winner of McLaren World’s Fastest Gamer competition will also be taking part at the Festival. Van Buren beat more than 30,000 contestants in the esports event last year and is now one of the F1 team’s official simulator drivers for the 2018 season.

The Festival is renowned for attracting the best cars and most famous drivers in motoring. The 2018 running of the event is set to be no different as Goodwood marks its Silver Jubilee having been staged every summer since 1993.

The FOS Future Lab will also be open again this year, focusing on space exploration, autonomous transport, robotics and personal flight. Visitors will be able to view displays and demonstrations, interact with some of the technology for themselves and learn more about these exciting innovations.

FOS Future Lab will be open to the public throughout the Goodwood Festival of Speed, which runs from the 12 – 15 July 2018, 7am – 7pm each day.

Hospitality packages are available throughout the weekend. To buy tickets or enquire about hospitality visit or call the Goodwood Ticket Office on 01243 755 055.


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« Respuesta #1258 en: 27 Junio 2018, 08:27:54 »

Silverstone Auctions will offer three touring car homologation specials from the golden era of touring car racing at the two-day Silverstone Classic Sale on 21st and 22nd July at Silverstone Circuit.

A 1987 Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth, 1990 BMW E30 M3 Sport Evolution and 1992 Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II, each in outstanding condition, will offer an incredibly rare opportunity for car collectors at auction, representing the most iconic models of 80’s and 90’s motor sport.

“These three cars come from a time when touring car racing was at its peak, both in terms of popularity and in the cars produced from the series,” says Nick Whale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions. “These road-going homologation specials are the closest many can get to experiencing the ferocity, power and speed from the heyday of touring car racing, and we’re delighted to be offering all three challengers at our headline sale of the year at Silverstone.”

The first is a UK, right-hand drive 1987 Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth, production number 38 of the 500 RS500 models produced, of what is today one of the most sought after modern classics on the current market. Coming from single family ownership, it has been barn stored for the majority of its life and has covered just 11,000 miles from new. Following an inspection from noted expert of the RS500 registrar of the RS500 Owners Club, Paul Linfoot, it has been described as “one of the most original RS500s I have ever seen”, and will be offered at the auction in original, ‘barn find’ condition, with an estimate at £90,000 to £105,000.

The second is a 1990 BMW E30 M3 Sport Evolution, number 139 of just 600 limited editions produced, presented in outstanding condition throughout. Originally sold in Germany, it was imported to the UK in 1999 and has been thoroughly pampered by its three UK owners. Finished in Jet Black Metallic with Black Nappa leather Recaro sports seats, as well as suede trimmed steering wheel, handbrake leaver and gear stick, it comes with a number of performance upgrades and options. Over the years it has covered just 127,765km (equivalent to 79,389 miles) and has been treated to a sympathetic re-commissioning including a bare-metal respray. Offering an incredibly rare opportunity to purchase one of BMW Motorsport’s finest creations, it will be offered with an estimate of £85,000 to £95,000 at auction.

Last but not least, a 1992 Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II joins the auction line-up. Number 167 of the 502 cars produced, it was first purchased in Switzerland and later acquired by the director of one of the leading Mercedes Benz dealerships in Holland, where it became a showroom centre-piece. Having arrived in the UK more recently, this incredible example has had just four owners from new and has covered just 34,000 miles, earning it an auction estimate of £130,000 to £150,000.

“These are three, truly rare, perhaps once in a life time, opportunities. Based on their motorsport heritage alone it’s fantastic to see these three spectacular cars return to the Silverstone Circuit, and it will be exciting to see them compete once again, this time at auction,” concludes Nick.

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« Respuesta #1259 en: 27 Junio 2018, 08:28:15 »

The tenth Flying Scotsman saw William Medcalf and a whole fleet of vintage Bentleys line up at Brooklands in late April 2018. Just as they had done a decade earlier, they had come to contest perhaps the toughest UK rally for pre-war motor cars. All manner of different marques were down on the start list but it’s not too much of a stretch to say that as usual, anything from the Cricklewood stable acquitted itself very well over the typically tough course.

The late Philip Young and the Endurance Rally Association devised the Flying Scotsman as a reliability trial ‘for crews with a press on attitude’ and, in every edition since the first one in 2009, the crews and their cars have been tested by the roads, the weather and the navigation. This year the route was designed by Anthony Preston, renowned for throwing in the odd curveball and finding what could best be described as the roads less travelled.

William Medcalf himself has taken part in eight Flying Scotsmen including the original one in 2009, and has won this prestigious event twice in 2014 and 2015 and, eventually came a close second this year.

This year, the tenth anniversary edition, was always going to be hotly contested and William, always keen to be competitive arrived at the start in a rather special 1925 Super Sports which was fresh off the boat and still sticky with champagne after winning the month long Road to Saigon Rally in February.

Even with 5400 rally miles on the clock, and bearing the marks of a tough jungle journey this remarkable car owned by Graham and Marina Goodwin only needed a quick wash up brush up and an oil change to get it ready for the cold and wet hills and dales of Northern Britain.

Day one of the rally saw William and his navigator, Andy Pullan, take an early lead as the rally hit the Hill at Brooklands before striking out towards Luton Hoo through the Surrey Hills and the Chilterns. The sun shone and surely the wind was in their sails. Bill Cleyndert and Dan Harrison, so often seen harassing William on the results sheets, was in second place in his own Medcalf prepared machine, a 1925 Bentley 3-4½.

Day two began under heavy drizzle which soon turned into incessant rain and, whilst steaming through the very wet Lincolnshire Wolds William and Andy were caught up behind a tractor on a narrow regularity section and subsequently lost a lot of time ending up in fourth place at the night halt with Bill Cleyndert and Dan Harrison holding fast in third.

Day three therefore was one for a fightback and through Yorkshire, Durham and into Northumberland their measured approach and reliability got them back into contention and by the time that Gosforth arrived they’d clawed themselves back to second place overall. The Cleyndert / Harrison combo were right behind them.

Day four turned out to be explosive, with William and Andy taking chunks out of Gareth Burnett and Matthew Vokes’ lead, and sensing the Alta’s fragile state, even more pressure was applied through the Scottish borders and into Edinburgh. The Bentley then encountered yet another farm vehicle which cost them dearly, and they just kept a grip on their second place. Third place, as expected went to the other Medcalf Bentley, that of the irrepressible Bill Cleyndert and Dan Harrison.

After a sun soaked Regularity over the Lammermuir Hills, the final Test at Scoughall Farm on the Firth of Forth, was a great way to sign off before a lap of Arthurs Seat whereafter a kilt clad piper led the cars into the heart of the Scottish capital where over a thousand fans and well wishers applauded as Frank Ross, Edinburgh's Right Honourable Lord Lieutenant and Lord Provost flagged them under the finish arch.

Speaking as the rally finished on the magnificent Royal Mile, William reflected on a hard fought campaign and once again covered the Bentley in bubbly.

“One of the most important things in rallying is to be lucky. We definitely didn’t have a run of luck this year, getting snookered by two farm vehicles, but that’s rallying. Well done to Gareth for getting the Alta across the line and becoming the first and only man in history to have won the event three times.”



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