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« Respuesta #1620 en: 05 Junio 2019, 14:47:25 »

Famous hot rod Coffee Grinder will cause a stir at Hot Rod & Custom Drive-In Day as one of the awesome creations at Beaulieu’s vibrant Father’s Day event on Sunday June 16th.

The super-smooth 1930 Ford Model A roadster – which was customised in America in the late 1950s, imported to England by celebrated pop-artist Gerald Laing and recently bought back by his sons – will be at the heart of the display of 500 incredible hot rods, customised vehicles and American classics at the action-packed show.

A legend in the custom car world and celebrated for its cool styling, powerful V8 engine and impressive build quality, Coffee Grinder will be a must-see for every hot rod fan when it returns to Beaulieu.

Held in association with the Solent Renegades club, Hot Rod & Custom Drive-In Day is paired with Breeze Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles-sponsored Simply VW on Saturday June 15th – for a retro motoring weekend against the backdrop of live music, dancing and a two-day Vintage Village in the grounds of the National Motor Museum.

At Hot Rod & Custom Drive-In Day, the amazing machines of Hard Up Garage are sure to be another crowd-pleaser as the popular car modifiers and dealers start up a selection of hot rods and muscle cars. Join their front man Sam Hard as he demonstrates flame-spitting rat rods, cool American muscle cars and eye-catching hot rods.

Bikes and trikes are always a key part of the show and will this year have their own special area for a showcase of two and three-wheeled dream machines. From sublime classics and retro scooters to choppers and monster-engine trikes, a wide variety of machines will be on show as bike fans park up in the showground.

For the first time this year, renowned car customiser Andy Saunders has become the event’s ambassador and will be judging and presenting his own award for the most eye-catching modified car of the show. This giant of the custom car world will arrive in style in his freshly re-engineered 1937 Cord 812 Westchester Tetanus, then meet show-goers and answer their questions.

Classic American magazine will be holding the heats for its Car of the Year competition at the event. Show participants with qualifying unmodified American cars of any era will be invited to compete, with a trophy for the owner of the most impressive machine and automatic entry into the finals at the NEC’s Classic Motor Show in November.

Across the weekend, get into the vintage groove with live music, dancing and a vibrant two-day Vintage Village by Bows & Braces. Shop for nostalgic collectables, records, jewellery, luggage, kitchenware and retro clothing from the 1920s - ’80s, then chill out with retro refreshments in a bigger than ever Vintage Tea Tent.

Dress up in vintage finery to win a prize for the best dressed VW on Saturday or individual, family or group on Sunday. You can even get the perfect retro updo at Paula’s Vintage Parlour, which will create a range of glamorous styles from the 1920s - ’60s.

Take to the dance floor with Jitterbug Jive as Bournemouth Lindy Hop Club puts event-goers through their paces with dance demonstrations over the weekend. Enjoy toe-tapping music on both days, with newly confirmed blues musician Rob Berry performing on Saturday, and on Sunday Bad Detectives, Spitfire Sisters and the roaming Mariachi el Mexicano band.

Getting the retro weekend off to a great start, Simply VW will be a chilled-out affair, celebrating Volkswagen cars and vans of every era. Last year saw a record 537 Volkswagens cruise into the grounds of the Beaulieu attraction, including camper vans, Karmann Ghias, Beetles, beach buggies, Golfs, Polos, Passats and Sciroccos – and this year’s show is set to follow in its tyre-tracks.

Why not make a weekend of it and enjoy both shows with free camping on the Saturday for participants displaying an eligible vehicle at Hot Rod & Custom Drive-In Day. Or camping is available at £10 for all Simply VW participants who would like to stay for the next day’s show.

If you own a relevant vehicle and would like to take part in either show, email details of your car or bike for consideration to or call 01590 614614. Camping must be booked in advance.

Event tickets can be bought in advance online and include admission to the whole of the Beaulieu attraction, including the National Motor Museum with its new Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 50 years exhibition, World of Top Gear, On Screen Cars, 13th century Beaulieu Abbey, the Montagu ancestral home of Palace House and its gardens and grounds. For tickets and more information see

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

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« Respuesta #1621 en: 05 Junio 2019, 14:47:51 »

Since its foundation 16 years ago by former historic racing champion Nigel Hulme, Le Mans Coupes Ltd has sold almost 50 Superformance GT40s, as well as numerous Shelby CSX9000 Series Daytona Cobra Coupes and Hi-Tech MKII and Superformance MKIII Cobra roadsters. Now, with a view to increasing its throughput of these sought-after models and adding complementary new products to its list of offerings, the company has been investing in its premises and expertise, and created a suitably eye-catching new corporate identity.

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A former business owner in his own right, Oliver has a background in motorsport and track days, as well as the social media platforms he considers vital to the promotion of the growing company. He has also been the driver behind the enticing new website – Remarked Oliver: “I have grown up around Le Mans Coupes and always wanted to be an integral part of the company. As modern cars become ever more sterile, I believe the true enthusiasts will continue to gravitate in increasing numbers to the exciting types of vehicle we specialise in, and am very much looking forward to helping expand the already successful business my father has created.”

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Perfect recreations of the original 1960s cars, clothed in very high quality glass fibre bodies. Prices from £79,166 plus VAT for the MKII and £70,500 plus VAT for the MKIII.

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« Respuesta #1622 en: 06 Junio 2019, 14:48:01 »

The London Concours presented by Montres Breguet opened its doors yesterday to a crowd of thousands for the first day of the event. Hosted at the Honourable Artillery Company, a five-acre oasis of green close to Bank, the event played host to the most incredible collection of vehicles ever gathered in the City.

In total, around 130 cars were on display across seven classes and three major features. The main concours event classes include ‘The Icons’, ‘The Innovators’, ‘Great Marques – Ferrari, ‘Great Marques – Jaguar’ and ‘The Outlaws’. Each of the classes was packed with rarities, from the McLaren F1 and Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France to the Bugatti Veyron Super Sports and Lotus 99/T championship-winning Formula One car, but there could only be one ‘Best in Show’.

The London Concours’ expert committee of judges picked an extraordinarily well-preserved C-Type with impeccable heritage as ‘Best in Show’. This particular C-Type has played its role within Jaguar’s esteemed racing heritage, appearing in the Monaco Grand Prix, driven by Tommy Wisdom, and later Stirling Moss who drove it for much of his 1952 season. It's presented at the London Concours in its original livery from the 1953 Mille Miglia.

The judges, led by members of the London Concours Steering Committee, not only awarded an overall winner, but a winner of each class, too.

These are the winners:

Great Marques – Ferrari, sponsored by ISAIA – Ferrari 166 Inte

Great Marques Jaguar, sponsored by Truefitt & Hill – Jaguar C-Type

The Icons, sponsored by Footman James – Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost

The Innovators, sponsored by Montres Breguet – Lotus 79

Made in Germany, sponsored by Geely – Volkswagen Golf GTI

The Outlaws, sponsored by Concours of Elegance – Lancia Aurelia B20 GT ‘Outlaw’

The Lost Marques, sponsored by Rémy Martin – Bristol 404

Best in Show – Jaguar C-Type

Outside of the main concours event, there were plenty of other astonishing cars on display. A special feature celebrates the Lamborghini Miura’s show-stealing appearance in the opening scene of The Italian Job, with a gathering of seven incredible examples. On the lawns of the HAC, guests were able to see the full spectrum of the Miura line-up, including P400S, SV and Jota models.

The evo and Octane Supercar Paddock brought together supercar originals and their modern day successors. The McLaren F1 lined up next to the McLaren P1, the Aston Martin DBS joined the DBS Superleggera and the Ferrari 250 GT Lusso was displayed alongside the GTC4Lusso.

Andrew Evans, London Concours director, said: “I’m in absolutely no doubt that this astounding selection of vehicles is the greatest collection ever seen in the City of London, and I’m so proud to be able to share it with the thousands of people that came through our gates today. I’d also like to extend thanks to all of our partners for making the London Concours such a success, and I look forward to seeing many more people at the show on Thursday.”

As well as the automotive displays, visitors were able to browse a number of other attractions, including world-class watch boutiques from fine horologists Montres Breguet, arthouse Collier Dobson, and automotive artist, Ella Freire.

Guests were also treated to a range of luxury food and drink options, including a full three-course menu designed by celebrated chef, Mark Hix, and delivered by Searcys. Rémy Martin, Veuve Clicquot and Seedlip were on-hand to provide refreshments.

Tickets to Thursday 6 June at London Concours will be available on the door, with adult admission at £35.


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« Respuesta #1623 en: 06 Junio 2019, 15:01:20 »

The world’s biggest historic motor racing festival has just got even bigger and better with the addition of yet another mouth-watering grid to this year’s already record-breaking line-up.

Joining the festival’s first-ever single-seater showcase featuring a glittering array of retro F1, F2 and F3 grids and the greatest-ever field of racing Minis to mark the diminutive icon’s 60th birthday, it has been confirmed today (Thursday) that the Historic Sports Car Club’s newly re-titled Thundersports category will be a further addition to the ever-impressive racecard at the most comprehensive historic racing festival of the season.

The new addition will enjoy two spectacular showdowns: a single driver 25-minute Thundersports Sprint race on Saturday and then a longer 40-minute Thundersports Endurance race on Sunday with a mandatory pit-stop and optional driver change.

This will be the fourth season of the HSCC-organised series of races for some of the most spectacular sports and GT cars active in historic racing but is its first appearance on the highly prized Classic bill.

Cars of the type used in the World Endurance Championship, FIA GT Championship and FIA 2-Litre Sports Car Championship will race, along with Can-Am sports-racing cars from the heydays of the category in the 1970s.

The Thundersports season started at Silverstone in mid-May with a superb 30-car field, headed by the stunning DFV-powered Lola T282 of Leo Voyazides, the Chevron B26 of John Burton and the thundering 8-litre Can-Am McLaren M8F of Dean Forward. Many 2-litre sports-racers and a bumper field of Sports 2000s packed out the impressive grid.

“We are thrilled to be adding two more great races to what’s already a stand-out on-track programme at the Classic – perhaps our best ever,” stated Nick Wigley, CEO of the Silverstone Classic. “The inclusion of these Thundersports cars will add yet another dimension to an incredible feast of motor sport history which ranges from the wonderful Bentleys that raced so heroically at Le Mans in the twenties right up to the recent eras of startling prototype sportscars. With so many truly wonderful cars from yesteryear all racing on track, this is going to be a very special Classic for all involved.”

Andy Dee-Crowne, CEO of the HSCC, is equally enthused. He said: “We are very excited at the opportunity to take Thundersports to the Silverstone Classic alongside our existing races there for Historic Formula 2 and Classic Formula 3. Increasing demand from competitors has made this race possible and we’re planning to deliver a full, varied and spectacular field. I’m sure our regular contenders will be joined by some welcome newcomers to Thundersports.”

Fans wishing to experience the record-breaking roster of evocative retro-races must buy their tickets in advance. Adult admission is from just £45 and weekend camping and hospitality upgrades are available, too.

All tickets include entrance to both racing paddocks, all open trackside grandstands and live music concerts on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Full details can be found on the official website. 


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« Respuesta #1624 en: 07 Junio 2019, 13:17:25 »

A group of intrepid adventurers arrived in Kathmandu after an epic 5,540km journey from Chengdu, China, organised by international rally experts Rally Round. After 21-days, fifteen cars and their crews became the first westerners to drive their own cars up and over the Himalayas in the inaugural Trans-Himalayan Adventure.

From Chengdu, through the vastness of Tibet and into Nepal, the Trans-Himalayan Adventure was more of an expedition than a rally, with the terrain, altitude and elements providing the entrants with more than enough competition than an added regularity could ever provide.

“This is now the toughest rally there is,” entrant Mark Seymour said at the gala dinner held in Kathmandu. “Having done the Peking to Paris Rally, I can tell you this is the most epic adventure out there – and you’ve done it!”

Mark’s words were echoed by route designer Kim Bannister, who has rallied all over the world. “I firmly believe that the journey you have completed is not only the best drive there is in the world, but also the most challenging.”

Event Director Liz Wenman, who was commended by all involved for her courage in putting together such an ambitious event, handed out crystal tumblers to all the finishers, in cars ranging from a 1925 Bentley Super Sports to a 2014 Land Rover Defender. Of the 15 finishers, eleven crews were in classic or vintage cars. There were also two special awards – Spirit of the Rally and Against All Odds.

The Spirit of the Rally was presented to two crews – Car 16, Dominic and Rosie Collins in the 1959 Mk2 Jaguar, and Car 27, Rudi and Helga Friedrichs in the 2014 Land Rover Defender.

While Dominic was an experienced rally goer, Rosie Collins was a complete novice and had her first navigating lesson just weeks before the rally started in Chengdu. From a very nervous and fretful beginner, Rosie embraced the whole experience, even taking a stint behind the wheel. Despite numerous breakdowns, rough roads and even jumping out the car to run up a steep hill, Rosie smiled throughout and is now a fully-fledged rallyist.

Whenever there was a breakdown or steep ascent, Rudi Friedrichs and his Defender were always there to help the other crews. Rudi towed six of the crews up the notorious ‘Boulder Pass’, gave roadside assistance when the sweeps were not around and even did a 120km round-trip to fetch fuel for the Haslam’s 1954 Jaguar XK120 when it punctured it’s fuel tank.

The award for Against All Odds was also split between Car 10, the 1937 Rolls Royce of Mark Robinson and Yvonne Fuller, and Car 15, Phillip and Yvonne Haslam’s 1954 Jaguar XK120.

Mark and Yvonne in the 25/30 Coupe had experienced numerous fuel issues in the heavy vehicle, as well as ending up stuck in a ditch, but never gave up and despite some very long days on the end of a tow rope, still drove across the finish line.

The Haslams also suffered multiple fuel problems, but a ruptured fuel tank and a suspected fractured chassis nearly ended their whole rally. Sweep Karim De Mynn took the XK120 to a local workshop and managed to get Phillip and Yvonne back on the road within 36-hours.

As well as crossing borders, seven of Asia’s major rivers and umpteen mountain passes, the Trans-Himalayan Adventure also became the closest anyone has got to Everest base camp in their own vehicles including two Rolls Royce, 1937 Alvis 4.3, 1965 Porsche 911, and a 1970 Mercedes 280SL Roadster. Crews also experienced high altitudes of up to 5600m and extreme temperatures, ranging from cold of -22 to intense heat at 43 degrees.

Such was the success of the event, with exceptional feedback from the entrants and intense interest from those wishing to follow in their tyre tracks, a second is now in planning for May 2020.

Rally Round offers amazing adventures all over the world and has a full calendar up until 2021 and beyond. It creates unique events that combine the passion for historic motorsport with the adventure of global travel. Find out about future events on the Rally Round website -


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« Respuesta #1625 en: 07 Junio 2019, 13:17:47 »

A hand-picked panel of experts have been selected as Lead Judges for the Royal Automobile Club Historic Awards. All nominees will have the reassurance that their submissions will be reviewed by independent panels with an in-depth knowledge and enthusiasm for their particular category. The inaugural partners for the Awards have also been announced, with fine watchmaker A. Lange & Söhne, Bicester Heritage, specialist insurers Footman James, classic motoring event organiser HERO and Total all confirming their support for the Awards, which promise to become an integral element of the historic motoring calendar.

The Lead Judges
As a historic motorsport competitor and event organiser, Vanessa Marçais, Lead Judge for the Competitive Event category, has vast experience of being on both sides of the pit wall. She also sources and acquires sports, sports-racing and Grand Prix cars for private collectors, organises and runs the GT & Sports Car Cup and is a Curator for the Concours of Elegance.

Alastair Clements, Editor-in-Chief, Classic & Sports Car is Lead Judge for the Motoring Spectacle category. A passionate enthusiast of cars of all ages, types and values, Alastair has been associated with Britain’s best-selling classic car magazine for 20 years.

Ian Titchmarsh, motor racing commentator and Chair of Silverstone Heritage is Lead Judge for the Race Series category. He has been involved in motorsport since 1963, was Principal Commentator at Silverstone from 1983 until 2015 and still commentates at most circuits in the UK.

Lead Judge in the Collection category, Simon Taylor, joined Autosport straight from university and was editor by age 23.  As Publisher and then Managing Director of Haymarket Magazines he launched What Car?, Classic & Sports Car and F1 Racing.  For 20 years he was BBC Radio's motor racing commentator before joining ITV's F1 commentary team.

The judging panel for the Restoration category will be led by David Lillywhite, Editorial Director of Magneto. A classic motoring journalist since 1992, he co-launched Octane magazine and became Editorial Director of Octane, Vantage, Enzo and Land Rover Monthly and launch editor of AutoClassics. In 2018 he started Hothouse Media, to publish the new high-end quarterly magazine Magneto.

Steve Cropley, Editor-in-Chief, Autocar, Lead Judge for the Outstanding Journalism category, has been testing and writing about cars for nearly 40 years, half of that time at Autocar. He joined the staff of Car magazine in 1978 and became editor in 1981. In 1989 he launched his own magazine, Buying Cars, which was bought by Haymarket Media Group, where he has worked ever since.

Chairman of Motorsport UK Council and a Vice President of the Royal Automobile Club, Tom Purves is Lead Judge for the Personality category. In 2010 he retired from the position of CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in Goodwood (a BMW Company), following a career that also included roles as Managing Director of the BMW Group in Britain and head of BMW Group’s commercial operations in the USA and the Americas.

Jeremy Vaughan, Head of Motoring for the Royal Automobile Club, said: “The integrity and expertise of the jury is paramount to the Awards. By giving each category its own Lead Judge who will hand-pick other members of that particular jury, we are ensuring that each category is assessed rigorously. To win an award is a pleasure but to know that it’s been judged with rigour by experts makes it that extra bit special.

“We are delighted to welcome our first tranche of partners for the Awards and are looking forward to working with such key brands as A. Lange & Söhne, Bicester Heritage, Footman James, HERO and Total on such an important event for the Royal Automobile Club. We have been rewarding excellence for over 120 years and these awards continue the Club’s rich pedigree in celebrating motoring achievements.”

About the Royal Automobile Club Historic Awards
This new set of annual awards has been created to recognise excellence, outstanding achievement and innovation within the UK’s historic motoring and motorsport industries. With the exception of the Club’s Lifetime Achievement Award, category nominations are invited from all corners of the United Kingdom's historic motoring scene. Nominations must be made through the Awards’ website before the closing date of 30 September 2019. The nominations will be shortlisted for judging in October 2019 and the winners will be announced at a gala evening in the Club’s Pall Mall clubhouse on Thursday 21 November 2019.

Candidates can self-nominate or be nominated by anyone associated with them. The nominated activity, event or feat must have occurred entirely or at least in the main part within the UK and have a very strong, or exclusively, historic element to it. It must have taken place in the twelve months from 1 October 2018 to 30 September 2019.

Competitive Event
This award seeks to celebrate the very best of the multitude of events that have a strong competitive element. This covers any event from motor racing meetings and hillclimbs to navigation and stage rallies, regularity trials, and hot rod and drag races. Eligible events must have taken place within the UK, or to have had a significant part of the event take place within the UK.

Motoring Spectacle
This award recognises the stunning range of classic and historic car events that take place around the UK throughout the year. Potential nominees must have no element of timed competition. Eligible events include concours d’elegance, tours, classic vehicle shows and club gatherings. Judges will be looking for events – big or small – that have displayed a true sense of spectacle. Eligible events must have taken place within the UK or have had a significant part of the event take place within the UK.

Race Series
This award aims to recognise the huge number of highly active and successful historic racing series, many of which take place across an international stage, and can be organised by one of the big international organisers or by one of the many UK based historic racing clubs. To be eligible for this award a race series must have a predominantly UK based calendar.

This award will be presented to a British-based collection which has made a significant contribution to the historic motoring movement in the UK or internationally. Historic vehicle collections come in many forms, from those amassed by private individuals to those curated by museums large and small or by internationally-renowned marques.

This award will be presented for a restoration that results from not only impressive technical expertise but also a significant amount of research and sensitivity to the vehicle and its history.  The judges will be looking for evidence of a dedication and determination to learn as much as possible about the subject’s provenance, and for an immaculately-documented research and restoration process, combined with world-class skills, resulting in a sensitive restoration that is entirely appropriate to the vehicle concerned. The restoration must be UK based. It can have been started at any point but must have been completed during the year ending 30th September 2019.

Outstanding Journalism
This award will be presented to the author of what the judges deem to be the best written feature that has appeared in a British publication or digital platform within the twelve-month judging period. The feature can cover all aspects of the historic motoring world.

This award seeks to recognise any individual who has made a truly outstanding contribution to heritage during the judging period. The winner can come from any part of the British historic motoring world - private enthusiast, club organiser or perhaps a specialist who has achieved something remarkable - the possibilities are endless.

Alongside the Historic Awards, the Royal Automobile Club also presents a series of internationally recognised trophies and medals celebrating motoring achievements. These include the Segrave Trophy, the Torrens Trophy, the Simms Medal, the Dewar Trophy and the oldest trophy in motorsport still being competed for today; the Tourist Trophy.

To learn more about the Historic Awards or to make a nomination please go to


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« Respuesta #1626 en: 07 Junio 2019, 14:53:39 »

Classic Car Auctions kick off the opening of their August sale catalogue with three of Bavaria’s finest and rarest cars confirmed to go under the hammer on the 3rd August.

The Warwickshire Event Centre will again be hosting the sale with 30 to 40 cars already consigned for their Everyman Classic sale, with further cars invited towards the expected 150 lot sale.

A rare 1995 BMW M3 GT Individual, number 40 of 50 made, is coming to auction estimated at £20,000 to £25,000. This limited edition E36 M3 based homologation special comes with an extensive history file and the original build sheet. Presented in British Racing Green with a number of very special mechanical features, this is an original car, with three former keepers and 104,600 miles on the clock. Included in the sale is the registration number M3 XYX.

The second of our trio of BMWs is the pocket rocket 2001 Z3 M Coupe. One of only 165 right-hand drive cars with the S54 engine and manual gearbox, has been in the possession of the current owner for the last nine years. This stunning Sapphire Black Metallic car has just 62,900 miles on the clock, a high factory specification and comes with the factory build sheet and an MOT until May 2020. Estimated at £35,000 to £40,000.

The third car is a wonderful 1987 BMW 352i Sport E30 M-Tech presented in Lachs Silver and just 47,000 miles on the clock. Having been with the current owner for the last three years, it is in beautiful condition and comes with a comprehensive history file and the BMW book pack. Estimated at £22,000 to £26,000.

Gary Dunne, Classic Car Auctions auction manager commented: “These are three fantastic cars to kick start our August sale catalogue. We recently sold a similar 325i Sport earlier this year for an excellent price and these cars make a great purchase as the M3s become rarer.”

“Our August sale of Everyman Classics is always a great sale and we are welcoming further consignments over the coming weeks. If you have a car you would like to sell, please do get in touch with me, or one of the team and we can help you to consign your car.”

“Having had two very good sales this year achieving a high percentage rate and with the current consignments and further cars to follow, we will again have a superb catalogue.”

Classic Car Auctions are still accepting cars for the auction and can be contacted on 01926 640888 or email and would be happy to talk with you and help you through the process of consigning your car, alternatively you can also use their online Value My Classic service.

2019 Forthcoming Auctions
3rd August - CCA August Classic Car Sale, Warwickshire Event Centre
5th October - CCA October Classic Car Sale, Warwickshire Event Centre
7th December - CCA December Classic Car Sale, Warwickshire Event Centre


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« Respuesta #1627 en: 10 Junio 2019, 14:39:26 »

Bicester Heritage, the UK’s only business campus dedicated to historic motoring excellence, is delighted to announce Bonhams MPH as the latest specialist to open at the unique destination and focal point for the historic car industry based at the beautifully restored former WW2 RAF Bomber Station.

Bonhams, the pre-eminent international auction house is renowned for the sale of significant motor cars at prestigious venues around the world. Bicester Heritage is pleased to have reached an agreement as the latest location of choice from which to launch their new auction venture, Bonhams MPH. The offices will be located in the recently refurbished former RAF Guard House, a beautiful neo-Georgian building which occupies a commanding position at the main gates to Bicester Heritage.

A separate business entity within Bonhams, MPH will focus on the consignment and sale of modern and affordable classics. Four auctions a year will be held at the Bicester Heritage campus in their vast events space, Hangar 113, the first taking place on Thursday 26th September. A new online consignment process carried out via the dedicated MPH portal is designed to make the transaction as quick and simple as possible for both buyers and sellers.

Bonhams MPH will have a presence at the inaugural Super Scramble event to be held at Bicester Heritage on Sunday the 23rd June, where their doors will be open to existing and new clients alike.

Dan Geoghegan, Chief Executive of Bicester Heritage, said: “We have long admired Bonhams' presence and performance in the classic car auction market and are absolutely delighted to welcome their new venture, Bonhams MPH, to Bicester Heritage. The establishment of Bonhams MPH within 90 minutes of 50% of the UK population will offer the best skills and professionalism in the auction world to the largest possible audience.”

James Knight, Bonhams Executive Director and Motoring Group Chairman, added: “We identified Bicester Heritage as the stand-out location for our new operation and I am so pleased that Dan Geoghegan and the management team expressed the same appetite for Bonhams to take up residence. We cannot wait to develop Bonhams MPH. The potential is enormous.”


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« Respuesta #1628 en: 10 Junio 2019, 14:39:52 »

e Mans: Aston Martin Racing heads into the 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans as a serious contender for victory in the fiercely-contested GTE Pro class, as the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) Super Season reaches its climax at the legendary Circuit de la Sarthe in France this weekend (15-16 June).

Sixty years on from Aston Martin’s greatest victory, when Roy Salvadori (GB) and Carroll Shelby (USA) took Aston Martin’s only outright win at Le Mans, the crews of the Vantage GTEs once again prepare to fight. In the front-running GTE Pro class, Aston Martin Racing will race against five of the world’s greatest sportscar manufacturers in a 17-car battle for supremacy.

The British manufacturer comes into the event as the form team, having won two of the last three rounds of the WEC. The #95 crew of Nicki Thiim (DEN) and Marco Sørensen (DEN), who will be joined by three-time Le Mans class-winner Darren Turner (GB), scored the Vantage GTE’s first win at Shanghai in China last November. Then, at Spa-Francorchamps last month, Alex Lynn (GB) and Maxime Martin (BEL) delivered a stunning triumph in the #97 car that will also be driven by 2017 Le Mans victor and reigning British GT champion Jonny Adam (GB).

But the team is not underestimating the opposition. During the official test on the 8.467-mile Le Mans circuit, the top ten, which included the front-running Aston Martin using a revised aero package for the first time, was covered by just 0.7 seconds. This suggests that Le Mans could be an even closer fight than the famous battle Aston Martin won against Corvette in the final laps of 2017.

Not long after their glorious victory in 1959, Aston Martin’s DBR1s were retired from active service. The same is true of the Le Mans-winning V8 Vantage GTE this year. Aston Martin’s GTE-Am class teams will field brand new Vantage GTEs for the 2019-2020 WEC season, which concludes at next year’s twice-around-the-clock event. After much success, the V8 Vantage GTE will make its final swansong with two entries in this year’s event.

The works #98 V8 Vantage GTE will once again be driven by Paul Dalla Lana (CDN), Mathias Lauda (AUT) and Pedro Lamy (POR), a trio that has raced together for five seasons. During this time, they have delivered 16 WEC class victories and won the 2017 GTE Am title. The only thing missing from the trophy cabinet is the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The #98 crew also remains in contention to retain the title, being 36 points behind the leaders with 37.5 on offer.

Also in contention for the GTE Am WEC title are TF Sport drivers Salih Yoluc (TUR) and AMR Junior driver and former karting world champion Charlie Eastwood (IRL), who will share the #90 V8 Vantage GTE with Euan Alers-Hankey (GB).

Aston Martin Racing Technical Director Dan Sayers: “The test day was a lot closer than last year’s and we are in a much more competitive position than we were 12 months ago, partly due to car development and to our increased understanding of the package. Last year’s Le Mans race was only the Vantage GTE’s second race. What we saw in the test was very encouraging. There is still a small gap to the fastest cars in the class, but we are confident we can find that over race week. This was the first time we’ve used the new aero pack and we’ve got some excellent data to work with. The car is very well-balanced, and the overall drivability has increased, so we are confident going in to Le Mans.”

Aston Martin Racing Team Principal Paul Howarth added: "Le Mans is as much about preparation and focus as it is about pace. In order to be successful in the 24-hour race a team must manage every detail and be precise and disciplined in all of its procedures. We have given 100 per cent focus in every aspect of the team’s build-up to Le Mans, from garage build to track time, so that we are in a maximum state of readiness to take advantage of all the opportunities that arise for this event and are ready to fight at the front of the field.”

Aston Martin Vice President Chief Special Operations Officer and President Aston Martin Racing David King said: “The 2019 24 Hours of Le Hours probably has the greatest field of GT cars ever assembled for the event – 34 across GTE Pro and Am – and it is with great pride that we can say that four of them will be Aston Martins that are capable of contending for victory. Aston Martin’s history is tightly woven in the heritage of the event, and this year’s 60th anniversary of our famous win in 1959 reminds us of the racing spirit that comes from the very core of the company. Back then, engineering, intelligence and planning were blended with brilliant driving talent and the race-craft of a crack team of dedicated people. The same is true of this year’s team, and with luck on our side and a clear run, we can honour this occasion with a result worthy of it.”

Ten facts from 1959

    The winning #5 Aston Martin DBR1 of Roy Salvadori (GB) and Carroll Shelby (USA) covered 2701 miles at an average speed of 112.5mph, shattering all records for a 3.0-litre class car in 1959. In 2018, the #95 Aston Martin Vantage GTE completed 2,870 miles.

    Three Aston Martin DBR1s were entered for the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans: #4 Stirling Moss (GB)/Jack Fairman (GB), #5 Roy Salvadori (GB)/Carroll Shelby (USA), #6 Maurice Trintignant (F)/Paul Frére (BEL). The 1959 event was the first time that either Salvadori or Shelby had ever finished the race.

    Moss and Fairman battled for the lead with the Jean Behra/Dan Gurney Ferrari for much of the first half of the race, but both cars would retire with technical issues. Salvadori was later quoted as saying: “Moss was very unlucky. He was very gentle on his car and did not push it unduly. They could easily have won”

    Salvadori estimated that Aston Martin team manager Reg Parnell collected a cheque from the organisers for approximately £10,000 in French francs for finishing first and second in the race, as well as third in The Index of Performance (a balancing measure that scored cars from all classes).

    Parnell encouraged all three crews to run to a pre-set delta lap time, and not to pay attention to the faster opposition. Moss’s car was the fastest and Salvadori believed that the Briton’s pace is what broke the Ferrari challenge:“Moss put on quite a lot more pressure than they were prepared to accept, and he made them go much faster than they would like to have gone.” The Salvadori/Shelby delta was 4m20 per lap with a pit-stop strategy of 34 laps per stint.

    The #5 Aston Martin DBR1 that completed the 24 hours of Le Mans in 323 laps was in such good condition at the finish that it was reckoned it could have completed another 24 hours. “The oil pressure was 80 pounds at the start and never varied… The car was 100% for the entire race,” said Salvadori.

    Salvadori and Shelby drove to Le Mans in an Aston Martin DB MKIII. Fairman meanwhile took a Lagonda Shooting Brake packed with spares for the race.

    Such was the heat generated in the DBR1, through its aluminium bodyshell and the position of the clutch pedal above the exhaust pipes, that both Salvadori and Trintignant suffered badly scolded feet. Shelby meanwhile endured a sickness bug that he carried from the sixth hour of the race to the finish.

    Shelby and Salvadori engaged in a heated contest of ‘Gin Rummy’ card games throughout the Le Mans week. By the end of it Salvadori was £28 up on his team-mate, though it’s not known whether the American ever paid up.

    In the build-up to the race the weather had been hot and all the team had taken to swimming in the river adjacent to the Hotel de France in the Le Chartre-sur-le-Loir. Moss didn’t partake until the Wednesday morning, when disaster struck and he lost his front teeth diving in. He was forced to get his secretary to fly out his spare pair of false teeth on the first flight out of Paris.

Driver quotes:

Marco Sørensen (DEN), #95 Aston Martin Vantage GTE: “I think everything is looking very interesting for Le Mans and we obviously have a good package this year. With the new Le Mans upgrade, we’ve added a little bit to the car. So, for me I just want to get it started. I know it’s a long week up until Saturday before the race start. But in the end, this weekend is what we work for all year long and I can’t wait. There is only one satisfying goal for this race and that is to win it. We have had the chance to win it two times now and this year we have to make it stick.”

Nicki Thiim (DEN),#95 Aston Martin Vantage GTE: “We have a year’s experience with the car now and we had a really good and positive test where we learned a lot and the car feels strong. You can really feel the positive steps, and the massive gains we have made with the car, if you compare it to last year. It’s really a big step on drivability and competitiveness. It’s going to be awesome to see what 17 Pro cars fighting for the biggest race on the planet with the best GT drivers in the world can show racing fans.”

Darren Turner (GB),#95 Aston Martin Vantage GTE: “We have so much to look forward to going back to Le Mans this year. Last year was the first time with the new Vantage GTE and we learned a great deal with the car and as the season has gone on with the World Endurance Championship, a huge amount of progress has been made with the car. The test day looked very promising and we were in the mix, which is a good sign at this point. All the drivers were happy with the handling characteristics of the car. It is my 17th time at Le Mans and I am as excited as I was when I first went there back in 2003. I am really looking forward to seeing what we can do this year and hopefully we will have a good chance of fighting for a podium.”

Jonny Adam (GB),#97 Aston Martin Vantage GTE: “I’m really looking forward to Le Mans this year and joining up again with my team-mates in the #97 Aston Martin Vantage GTE. The build-up has been strong, and the team has worked hard on the details behind the scenes to give us a good opportunity to deliver a big result this year. It’s nice celebrating 60 years since Aston Martin won in 1959 and the goal is to challenge for another Le Mans victory.”

Alex Lynn (GB), #97 Aston Martin Vantage GTE: “It doesn’t get bigger than this! It is what the last 12 months have been about, as a team and as a driver crew. We’ve come an extremely long way from what was without a doubt the longest 24-hour race I’ve done as a racing driver. The distance we’ve come as a team and as a manufacturer and as a group of people working for the same goal, it is all going to come down to the next 24 hours. We are going all in for this. It’s obviously everything you dream of as a driver and as a manufacturer to win this race. You can guarantee that every single one of us is fully committed to win this race.”

Maxime Martin (BEL),#97 Aston Martin Vantage GTE: “This is the last race of the Super Season. For sure the expectations are quite a lot higher than last year. We had a difficult Le Mans last year, but we have proved through the season that we have really made big progress with the car and the team. I’m really looking forward to returning to Le Mans for the second year with this car and a lot more knowledge. I think we will be a lot more competitive.”

Paul Dalla Lana, #98 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE: “We have a great team, great engineers and, as a driving unit, we have always clicked. We have good top-speed and it is always a solid car, it hardly ever fails. Our goal is always to win and we have led the race so many times. We have one last chance to do it with this car and I do not intend to waste it.”

Carroll Shelby (USA), 1959, #5 Aston Martin DBR1: “Anyone who reckons on winning Le Mans is just day-dreaming. Le Mans is 80 per cent luck. A car that’s built for out-and-out racing is not supposed to stay together for 24 hours. I think it’s too much to ask of them.”

Roy Salvadori (GB), 1959, #5 Aston Martin DBR1: “The reason I went so much quicker in the first session [of the race] was simply because one of the Ecurie Ecosse cars was in front of me. I didn’t mind having a Ferrari in front, but I wasn’t going to have a Jaguar there.”

Stirling Moss (GB), 1959, #4 Aston Martin DBR1: “As soon as a motor race is over it becomes history. This was memorable history, no doubt about that, but history all the same because there’s always the next race to start thinking about and planning for.”


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The first Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Continuation – part of the Aston Martin DBZ Centenary Collection – to make its public debut at the world’s most famous endurance motorsport event later this week.

Breaking cover at Aston Martin’s VIP hospitality facility alongside the famous French circuit, the first complete DB4 GT Zagato Continuation – one of just 19 cars being made – will be on show throughout the gruelling 24-hour race.

The production model of this track-only sports car, the latest in Aston Martin’s hugely successful Continuation programme which began with the DB4 GT Continuation series in 2017, represents the culmination of around 4,500 hours of painstaking and meticulous artisan craftsmanship.

As with all the Continuation cars, the Zagato has been created at Aston Martin’s globally renowned Heritage Division headquarters in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire. Now the largest, best equipped and most knowledgeable Aston Martin restoration centre in the world, the invaluable and highly specialist skills nurtured at Aston Martin Works are perfectly suited to the brand’s celebrated Continuation projects.

The car on show in France this weekend represents the pinnacle of Aston Martin’s Continuation projects to date, and proudly continues the brand’s 50-plus year association with world-renowned Italian coachbuilder and design house, Zagato.

Finished in Rosso Maja red paint, the car’s exterior colour has been matched to original masters created by Max Meyer & ICI, the paint suppliers for the original cars. Inside, the car is trimmed in Obsidian Black leather, which covers the pads in the carbon fibre race seats; door cards, headliner and rear environment. Black Wilton carpets bound in Obsidian Black leather trim cover the floor, stitched in matching Obsidian Black thread.

The new model boasts a larger capacity 4.7-litre version of the straight-six cylinder petrol engine found in the DB4 GT Continuation and, in this guise, is producing in excess of 390 bhp. This is transmitted to the rear wheels through a four-speed manual transmission and limited-slip differential.

Continuation specification instrumentation and interior equipment such as a full FIA-approved roll cage is standard, as are the Borrani silver painted wheels and polished lips.

Originally built to race against the might of Ferrari in the 1960’s, the DB4 GT Zagato was a thoroughbred machine. Evolved for the rigours of motor racing and blessed with a rare and incontestable beauty, just 19 were made. Drawing on the unrivalled knowledge and expertise of the team at Aston Martin Works the 2019 DB4 GT Zagato Continuations are meticulously crafted, staying true to those original Zagato-bodied DB4 GTs produced by Aston Martin and Zagato in the 1960’s.

Each car is being constructed to the highest possible quality using a blend of Sir David Brown-era old world craftsmanship and the sympathetic application of modern engineering advancements and performance enhancements.

A digital body buck has, for instance, been created to allow Aston Martin engineers to examine minute details of the Continuation cars. In contrast, hand-finished body panels of the new cars are each worked from flat sheets of 1.2 mm thick aluminium and representing hundreds of hours of world-class craftsmanship, are created using techniques that were commonplace almost 60 years ago.

Originally built as an evolution of the short-chassis DB4 GT, the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation follows the same recipe, with those thin-gauge aluminium body panels dressing a lightweight tubular frame in a chassis optimised for track work.

This latest continuation car follows the success of the 25 Aston Martin DB4 GT Continuation models that sold to enthusiast collectors in 2017 and precedes what will perhaps be the most ambitious continuation to date: the Aston Martin Goldfinger DB5 Continuation cars that will come to market in 2020.

Andy Palmer, Aston Martin Lagonda President & Group CEO, said: “The development and successful creation of this latest Continuation car is an achievement that should not be underestimated. Indeed, it could well be argued that we are making history with these new cars.

“Celebrating our brand’s deep and enduring partnership with Zagato in this, their landmark year, by launching the DBZ Centenary Collection has been a mammoth undertaking and I’m personally extremely proud of the results in the shape of this new DB4 GT Zagato.”

Paul Spires, President of Aston Martin Works, said: “Like Andy, I’m incredibly proud of what the team have achieved in making the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation a reality.

“After the unprecedented success of the DB4 GT Continuation cars, we are once again bringing to life the stuff of Aston Martin folklore.”

The DBZ Century Collection will be priced at £6m plus taxes. First deliveries to customers will commence in QTR 3 2019 for the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation and in QTR 4 2020 for the DBS GT Zagato.


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The 2019 London Concours Icons Award, sponsored by Footman James, in association with Azure, was won by the 1912 ‘Taj Mahal’ Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost of Katie Forrest.

In a category comprising 13 truly special vehicles, the iconic cars were all invited to attend the prestigious international concours held in the manicured and historic grounds of the Honourable Artillery Company in the heart of the City of London.

After much deliberation by the judges, the 1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost was awarded the trophy for its incredible condition, remarkable provenance and engaging back story.

Ordered new by Rolls-Royce Bombay, it was built for the Indian market and was designed to withstand tropical climate and usage. Specified with additional features, including higher coachwork to protect occupants from wildlife and with upgraded wiring to survive the Indian heat, the Silver Ghost was named the ‘Taj Mahal’. It was purchased new from the dealership by the Maharaja of Nabha in 1912 and remained in his ownership until the 1990s when it was returned to the UK and purchased by its current owner for use on club events and rallies.

Sympathetically restored over two decades, the Silver Ghost has been regularly enjoyed ever since, and has covered more than 75,000 miles in this time. Affectionately known by the owner’s family as ‘Nellie’, owing to its grey colour and elephantine proportions, the car was presented on the lawn of the HAC by the owner’s daughter, who has herself competed in motorsport events, in the vehicle, on many occasions.

Katie Forrest was presented the Icon award by Managing Director of Footman James, David Bond.

She said: ‘It is a great surprise and huge honour to win this award when up against such a collection of wonderful cars in this category. ‘Nellie’ is not usually shown at these sorts of events as she is used so often over the summer, but it’s a pleasure to display her for the public to enjoy. It’s also a real joy to share this moment together with my parents, as we have always enjoyed the car together as a family.”

David Bond added: “It is a pleasure to be able to present this award to a vehicle that is not only historically important, but also wonderfully cared for and regularly used by its owner and his family. In a category that included many stand-out vehicles, the decision was not an easy one but we felt this vehicle was deserving of recognition as a true icon of the motoring world.”


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« Respuesta #1631 en: 11 Junio 2019, 16:36:50 »

Having been given the honour of hosting the very first official World Championship Formula One race in 1950, Silverstone is rightly revered around the globe as the home of Grand Prix racing in the UK.

The hallowed Northamptonshire venue, though, has also staged World Rally Championship action in its illustrious past – a chapter in the circuit’s history that ended exactly 20 years ago in 1999 and which will be retold at this summer’s Silverstone Classic (26-28 July).

A special rallying showcase organised by Slowly Sideways UK will not only feature legendary beasts from the audacious Group B era but also Colin McRae’s iconic blue Subaru Impreza – the very car in which the swashbuckling Scot competed at Silverstone in 1997 en route to winning his third and final Network Q RAC Rally.

Back in the days of crowd-pleasing Sunday Spectator Stages set at stately homes and race tracks, the World Rally Championship roared into Silverstone on five occasions – the first visit came in 1980 then again in 1989, 1997, 1998 and finally in 1999.

Those years straddle the legendary Group B era which came between 1983 and 1986 – an omission that will be plugged at the Classic as the Slowly Sideways showcase will include a number of these fearsome Group B monsters including Ford RS200, Nissan 240RS and Peugeot 205 T16 icons.

Often termed ‘Formula 1 in the forests’, Group B regulations were introduced for the 1982 season with only a few restrictions and allowing almost unlimited power. Cars could be mid-engined two-seaters and manufacturers only had to produce 200 examples that bore no more than a passing resemblance to showroom models to meet minimal homologation requirements.

As a result, in the four years between 1983 and 1986, rallying developed further and faster than it had done in the previous four decades. Group B took the sport to the absolute edge of performance, but put it beyond common sense and reasonable safety levels. When FISA, the then world governing body, culled the category following a series of terrifying accidents, Group B was immortalised.

The presence of these daring Group B vestiges at the Classic will add yet another attraction to what’s already the biggest retro-racing festival on Earth. Even more so, as the beasts won’t just be caged in a showcase – they will be released for dramatic demonstration runs in the event’s popular live demos area (located on a stretch of ex-track between former Abbey and Bridge Corners) and now crowned the Shift & Drift Zone, where they will share the spotlight with stunt driving supremo Terry Grant and the ever-spectacular Streetcar Shootout.

The rubber-burning Streetcar Shootout is celebrating its tenth year at the Classic, giving visitors a glimpse of British streetcar drag racing at its very best with more than 70 of the UK's ‘baddest’ street cars battling it out to take the much coveted crown.

Last year saw the biggest and best display to date with newcomer Danny Wilson taking top honours in his Outlaw Anglia running a 412 cubic inch small block Chevy engine with an incredible best ¼ mile time of 8.85 seconds crossing the line at an astounding 153 mph!

What’s more, each show will be topped and tailed by three mind-blowing dragsters. Sam Freeman will open up with his immaculately turned out, supercharged Keith Black powered Dragster producing an ear-shattering 2,000hp. Closing each show will be Thing 8 supercharged outlaw – the star of last year's Classic – plus Lee Galimore’s Red Mist Altered dragster. The dynamic duo bringing the curtain down with an awesome display totalling close to 4,000hp!

Legendary stuntman Grant, a multiple world record holder, made his Silverstone Classic debut in 2018 and wasted no time wowing crowds with an incredible exhibition of jaw-dropping stunts. He left his stunned audience crying out for more… and that’s just what they are going to get in July.

“It’s great to be adding the aura of Group B to the power-packed Shift & Drift Zone show,” said Nick Wigley, CEO of the Silverstone Classic. “Those monsters really caught the public’s imagination back in the eighties and it’s no surprise that they continue to do so today. The heroics of Colin McRae were similarly exciting, so the presence of his RAC Rally winning Subaru is sure to be yet another must-see magnet for all Classic visitors.”

Entry to the Shift & Drift Zone is included in the ticket price. Adult general admission starts at £45 and all tickets also provide access to both Silverstone racing paddocks, all open trackside grandstands, live music concerts, Drive Live test drives, funfair rides and the vast majority of the great family entertainment on offer.

A wide range of child, young adult and family tickets are also available along with camping and hospitality options. Full details of all 2019 ticket prices are detailed on the website.


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« Respuesta #1632 en: 13 Junio 2019, 08:23:30 »



    RM Sotheby’s offers nearly unrepeatable opportunity to acquire an original 1965 Aston Martin DB5 James Bond Car at record-setting Monterey auction
    DB5 is one of two examples outfitted with John Stears-designed Bond gadgets from new and used on the North American promotional tour for Thunderball
    Beautifully restored, all 13 Bond modifications are fully-functioning, including a Browning .30 caliber machine gun in each fender, wheel-hub mounted tire-slashers, smoke screen dispensers, revolving license plates, and more
    Experience the gadgetry and performance that the DB5 afforded 007 in a film trailer starring Florence Walker: VIDEO
    Additional information and updated list of entries for Monterey sale available at

BLENHEIM, Ontario (12 June 2019) – RM Sotheby’s, the official auction house of Aston Martin, has announced “the most famous car in the world” and perhaps the most iconic Aston Martin of all time to lead ‘An Evening with Aston Martin’, a special single-marque sale session at the company’s 2019 Monterey auction on 15 August. RM Sotheby’s will present a 1965 Aston Martin DB5, one of just three surviving examples commissioned in period by Eon Productions and fitted with MI6 Q Branch specifications as pictured in Goldfinger.

No one could have predicted the fabulously successful multi-decade synergy that would develop when production designer Ken Adam and special effects man John Stears visited Aston Martin’s Newport-Pagnell plant in late 1963. The two men were on a mission to source a pair of the latest Aston Martin models for use in Eon Productions’ third adaptation of an Ian Fleming novel, again about the MI6 superspy with a license to kill, James Bond. The film was called Goldfinger.


Two near-identical cars were built and loaned to Eon Productions for filming, with each fulfilling various roles; one for stunt driving and chase sequences and therefore needing to be lightweight and fast, and the other for interior shots and close-ups, to be equipped with functional modifications created by Stears. As Desmond Llewelyn’s legendary weapons-master Q would go on to explain to Sean Connery’s 007, the Snow Shadow Gray-painted DB5 was equipped with front and rear hydraulic over-rider rams on the bumpers, a Browning .30 caliber machine gun in each fender, wheel-hub mounted tire-slashers, a raising rear bullet-proof screen, an in-dash radar tracking scope, oil, caltrop and smoke screen dispensers, revolving license plates, and a passenger-seat ejection system. Although never used during the film, the car was also equipped with a telephone in the driver’s door to communicate with MI6 headquarters and a hidden compartment under the driver’s seat containing several weapons.

The smash success of Goldfinger was also a success for Aston Martin, which saw DB5 sales surge to fuel an unprecedented level of production. The producers at Eon also took notice of the enormous appeal and potential marketing opportunities. In preparation for Thunderball’s release, the company ordered two more DB5 saloons, receiving chassis nos. DB5/2008/R, the example on offer at RM Sotheby’s Monterey sale, and DB5/2017/R. The two cars were fitted with all of Stears’ Goldfinger modifications and were shipped to the United States for promotional duties for Thunderball.

Reached through his son, Stephane Connery ahead of the sale, legendary actor Sean Connery, who originally portrayed James Bond on film in both Goldfinger and Thunderball said: “These DB5s are amazing – I remember the Furka Pass tire shredding as well as the promotional events with these cars – they have become increasingly iconic since Goldfinger and Thunderball, in fact I bought a very fine DB5 myself relatively recently.”

Following the tour, the two cars were no longer required as the next two Bond films debuted with different, more current automobiles in the hero roles and, accordingly, they were quietly offered for sale in 1969. The cars were soon purchased as a pair by well-known collector Anthony (now Lord) Bamford, whose British registration for chassis no. 2008/R remains on file. The Aston Martin build record lists Eon Productions as the original purchaser, with the important designation of being a “(Bond Car)” noted.

Bamford then sold DB5/2008/R to B.H. Atchley, the owner of the Smokey Mountain Car Museum in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The Aston Martin was featured as the museum’s centerpiece, remaining in a pristine state of display for 35 years, receiving regular start-ups for exercise. In 2006, RM Sotheby’s (previously RM Auctions) was privileged to offer this very Bond DB5 for public sale, in a largely unrestored state.

Since that time, a well-documented, no-expense spared restoration by Switzerland’s esteemed Roos Engineering was completed. Roos Engineering is one of 13 specialist facilities whom Aston Martin have appointed as official Heritage Specialists. Not only were the chassis and body completely refinished to proper standards, but all thirteen of the John Stears-designed Bond modifications were properly refurbished to function as originally built.

Barney Ruprecht, Car Specialist, RM Sotheby’s comments: “No other car in history has played a more important leading role on film and in pop culture than the Aston Martin DB5. The DB5 is the iconic cornerstone of a marketing relationship that still exists to this day—with the model’s collectible status rooted largely in its 007 fame—and we look forward to exciting car and film enthusiasts alike in the lead up to the auction. This is an unbelievably rare chance to play secret agent in a car that offers incredible performance and style in its own right and we’re honoured to offer the Bond DB5 alongside our partners at Aston Martin.”

The first Stears-modified car has been lost since 1997, narrowing the number of surviving examples to just three. The car on offer is one of only two built from new with all Bond gadgetry, and chassis no. 2008/R stands apart with its extremely minimal chain of ownership, having had just three private owners over 50 years, including a 35-year period of museum exhibition. An incredibly rare and exciting example of what has been deemed “the most famous car in the world”, the DB5 offers a highly desirable acquisition for the serious marque collector…or secret agent (Est. $4,000,000 - $6,000,000).

RM Sotheby’s will display the Bond DB5 in North America this summer, with July dates to be announced. The car leads ‘An Evening with Aston Martin’, a special third auction evening on 15 August during RM Sotheby’s flagship Monterey sale, featuring more than 30 of the world’s most sought-after road-going and track-ready Aston Martin sports cars from across the marque’s illustrious history. This year’s Monterey sale (15-17 August) will once again present more than 120 of the world’s most important motor cars in the ultimate collector car destination.

For further information on RM Sotheby’s 2019 Monterey auction and to view a frequently updated list of entries, please visit Interested consignors are invited to call RM Sotheby’s global headquarters at +1 519 352 4575 to speak with a car specialist about entering an important motor car in the Monterey sale. Consignments are invited through 3 July 2019.


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« Respuesta #1633 en: 13 Junio 2019, 08:23:56 »

Among the 50 exceptional and rare motor cars, battling for the prestigious ‘Best of Show’ prize at the annual Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance by Chubb Insurance, will be a pair of significant competition cars; a celebrated 1937 Delahaye 145, plus a 1957 Ferrari 500 TRC.

The Delahaye to feature at Salon Privé is the remarkable ‘Million-Franc’ 145, the first of four 4.5-litre V12 race cars built for the Écurie Bleue Racing Team owned by Americans, Laury and Lucy Schell. After months of tuning, one of the Schell Delahaye Type 145’s competed in the French government’s automotive engineering challenge; the Million Franc Prize. On August 27th 1937, legendary driver René Dreyfus drove one of Schell’s Type 145 for 200 kilometers in a record one hour, twenty-one minutes, 49 1/2 seconds, travelling at an average speed of 91.3 miles per hour (146.7 km/h) on the banked Montlhery motor circuit, south of Paris. The Prix du Million had been won, this being a one million franc prize offered in 1937 by the French Government to encourage French motor car manufacturers to beat the Germans, which were then dominating motor racing.

The Delahaye then competed in the Grand Prix de Pau in 1938 with a first-place finish, beating the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows. This victory was repeated at the Grand Prix de Cork, followed by the Mille Miglia with a fourth-place finish. World War II then engulfed Europe and racing stopped. Post-war, this significant Delahaye traded hands, lost part of its original body and its identity was for a time difficult to establish, but careful research revealed its true history as the ex-Rene Dreyfus Montlhery record-breaker.

Another important competition racer at Salon Privé 2019 is the stunning Ferrari 500 TRC, acknowledged as one of the most beautiful racing cars ever built by Ferrari and successor to the two-litre racing 500 TR of 1956, in its turn successor to the Mondial. Only 19 Lampredi-engined 500 TRC models were built, all
for privateers, and the car presented at Salon Privé is the very last one. Chassis 0708MDTR was originally finished in red from the factory and sent to John Von Neumann in September 1957. Von Neumann was the first Ferrari dealer in California, who painted all his cars silver (argento with a red stripe), the racing colour of Germany, with the red stripe being an homage to Ferrari. 0708MTDR did not actually find its first owner until August 1958, when it was sold for $11,232 plus tax to Jack Nethercult of Sylmar, California.

While it missed most of the 1958 season, Nethercult made up for lost time by running 0708MDTR up and down the West Coast in at least thirteen races in 1959, with success. This Ferrari racer is today, without question, one of the best 500 TRCs in the world.

Commenting on this pair of outstanding competition cars, Salon Privé’s Concours Chairman, Andrew Bagley said: “We are delighted and very excited to include these notable competition cars of their day, and the inclusion of these important Delahaye and Ferrari models highlight the global reputation and status of our spectacular and exclusive Salon Privé Concours celebrations at Blenheim Palace.”

Now in its 14th year, Salon Privé is a must-attend event for any car enthusiast or aficionado. Having been invited into the Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award, the Concours is now recognised as one of the top eight events in the world alongside Pebble Beach, Villa d’Este and Amelia Island to name a few. It is an automotive Garden Party held within the grounds of ‘Britain’s Greatest Palace’, Blenheim Palace and firmly established as the UK’s most exclusive automotive Garden Party.

Salon Privé showcases a globally-recognised Concours and a one-marque ‘Masters’ celebration within the same four-day event; firstly, the ‘Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance by Chubb Insurance’ on Thursday 5th September comprising 50 eclectic historic cars and 20 motorbikes, followed by ‘Bentley Masters by Chubb Insurance, Pirelli & Lockton Private Clients’ celebrating Bentley’s 100th Anniversary on Saturday 7th September. ‘Salon Privé Ladies’ Day by Boodles’, a favourite on the British summer social season, sits between the two on Friday 6th September.

Finally, the newly-formed Salon Privé Classic & Supercar will become our finale day for the public on Sunday 8th September.

For more information, please contact Gema Bernaldo de Quirós –

Tickets can be purchased via the website or by calling the Ticket Hotline: 0808 100 2205.


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The Warwickshire Event Centre will host the next CCA auction for Everyman Classics on the 3rd August and amongst the lots consigned are a number of sporty and classic Coupes.

With offerings from Porsche, Chevrolet, Fiat and Jaguar, CCA’s catalogue continues to offer a wide choice and type of cars to suit all budgets.

If you like a bit of American muscle, a fabulous 2015 Chevrolet Corvette C7 251 Stingray could be an option. This was the first model since 1968 to bear the famous Stingray name. This car is offered in a superb specification with an additional body kit including splitter and side skirts, Magnaflow Exhaust and lowered suspension which makes this car look and sound so great. Presented in Metallic Grey, with just 15,000 miles and offered with a sensible estimate of £35,000 to £40,000 will generate lots of interest.

At the opposite end of the scale, a true British classic and one in need of some tlc, is a 1962 Jaguar E-type Series
1. CCA always do well selling E-types and this is a fascinating car estimated at £25,000 to £30,000. It was supplied new to Jaguar Cars in New York in 1963 where it remained with them for all of its life, until now, when it returned to the UK. It is a left-hand drive car with matching numbers, a Heritage and full NOVA Certificate. This E-type would make a great project and return the car to its former classic glory.

CCA has become the preferred auction house to sell your Porsche and they always achieve excellent prices. For this auction one of the star cars has to be this superb 1988 Porsche 928 S4, designed as a luxury tourer and originally destined to replace the 911. This particular car has had just two registered owners from new and features an electric sunroof, as well as a fully documented service history across two books and the original order form. With a new cambelt and water pump recently fitted this is a really lovely S4 estimated at £28,000 to £32,000.

Richard Greenhalgh Senior Consigner for Classic Car Auctions commented: “This a special car which is ticking quite a few boxes and makes it an exciting modern classic. You don’t see that many of them with relatively low miles and low ownership. Being an original UK right hand drive car makes this 928 an exciting proposition.”

Just in time for the summer, you could have this pretty little Pininfarina designed 1977 Fiat 124 Spider which has been with the current owner for over 10 years. Originally imported and converted by specialist DTR European Sports Cars from California in 1994, this sports car has been lowered to European ride height and had the bumpers and side indicators removed. Attractively presented in Midnight Blue with Fiat Speedline alloys this car has been very sensibly guided at £8,000 to £10,000 and will include a fresh MOT prior to the auction.

Gary Dunne, Classic Car Auctions auction manager commented: “This is our second auction of the year at the Warwickshire Event Centre, a very popular venue for our clients, who consign their cars knowing they get a tremendous service and access to so many potential buyers due to its central location.”

“Our summer sales have always been well attended and these featured cars are just some of the wonderful cars we have consigned so far, with loads more already committed.”

Classic Car Auctions are still accepting cars for the auction and can be contacted on 01926 640888 or email and would be happy to talk with you and help you through the process of consigning your car, alternatively you can also use their online Value My Classic service.

2019 Forthcoming Auctions

3rd August - CCA August Classic Car Sale, Warwickshire Event Centre
5th October - CCA October Classic Car Sale, Warwickshire Event Centre
7th December - CCA December Classic Car Sale, Warwickshire Event Centre



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