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« Respuesta #1665 en: 10 Julio 2019, 14:59:18 »
STIG: DREAMS DO COME TRUE!

Back in 1964, a young Swede jumped on his moped and headed off to watch the sixth round of the European Touring Car Championship at his local Karlskoga racing circuit. Little did the impressionable teenager know it at the time but it would be a life-changing day and a moment that he would now be honouring 45 years later at this month’s Silverstone Classic (26-28 July). Here’s why…

At Karlskoga on 9 August in 1964, the boy became fascinated with a huge 7-litre Ford Galaxie being raced by Alan Mann. By all accounts Mann had only entered the massive American monster as a makeweight to ensure there were enough cars on the grid for his team’s two main entries – factory-supported Ford Cortinas being raced by John Whitmore and Henry Taylor – to score maximum points.

Whatever the reason, the youthful Swede had never seen a car quite like the Galaxie – it was so big yet still wieldy enough to finish on the podium on such a small twisty circuit behind the pair of title-chasing Alan Mann Racing run Lotus Cortinas. The sight of the mighty American beast hustling around the track really caught his youthful imagination and fuelled his motor sport ambitions.

This eye-opening experience also sparked a lifelong love for Fords, which culminated in rally legend Stig Blomqvist – for he was that young boy – signing as a factory driver for the Blue Oval back in 1986, just two years after winning the World Rally Championship title with Audi.

Today, that ex-Alan Mann white Galaxie is owned by gentleman racer and Ford V8 specialist businessman Bill Shepherd. And, thanks to a chance conversation on a frozen lake earlier this year, he’s invited Stig to race the very same car that had mesmerised the young Swede all those years ago in Saturday afternoon’s spectacular Transatlantic Trophy for Pre ’66 Touring Cars at the Classic.

Like his famous Top Gear TV star namesake, Stig is not usually a man of many words, preferring to let his driving do the talking. He does, though, get animated and his eyes light up when talking about the approaching reality of racing this very special Galaxie.

“It’s a very good story isn’t it, eh?” he grins. “Seeing that big car all those years ago really made a huge impression on me when I was young – it looked four times bigger than all the other Cortinas and two-stroke Saabs on the grid back then!

“I could never have dreamt that one day I’d be actually racing the very same car that first excited me at Karlskoga. It’s going to be an incredible personal moment for me and a lot of fun at Silverstone – I can’t wait.”

Shepherd, too, is excited about sharing his Galaxie with such a motor sport legend in the two-driver showdown at the Classic. He says: “I’ve bumped into Stig several times in the past at places like Goodwood but, until earlier this year, had absolutely no idea about the impact that my Galaxie had made on him as young man.

“Back in the Spring he invited me to go ice driving up in Sweden: one night we got talking and he came out with this amazing tale of how he’d fallen in love with a particular Galaxie as a teenager and how the sight of this car had not only inspired him to pursue a career in motor sport but also fired his lifelong love for Ford.

“Almost unbelievably I’ve actually owned that very same Galaxie for more than 20 years, so it only seemed right and proper to invite him to the Classic to race it with me. Teaming up with him will be very special. I’m sure he’ll be quick in the car… unless, of course, he reverts to character and goes rallycrossing off track!”

As had been the scene at Karlskoga back in 1964, the Transatlantic Trophy race at Silverstone will feature a David v Goliath grid with agile Lotus Cortinas, Minis and Alfas taking on American V8 muscle… though this time the Galaxie will not be alone. It will be joined by large numbers of Mustangs and Falcons on what is a sensational full-capacity 58-car grid.

Despite the quantity and quality of the competition, Shepherd believes the ‘dream team’ could just come up trumps. “If we do stick to the black stuff, we should be pretty competitive,” he predicts. “The Silverstone Grand Prix circuit is pretty fast which always suits the Galaxie with its big 7-litre V8 engine. Wouldn’t it be great if we could crown off what will already be an historic moment with a fantastic win. We’ll certainly be aiming for the fairy tale finish!”

It could, too, be a double celebration as Blomqvist will be popping the corks for his 73rd birthday on the Monday (29 July) immediately after the Classic.

The Transatlantic Trophy for Pre ’66 Touring Cars is just one of more than 20 remarkable retro races on the bill at the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival.

This summer’s unrivalled roster includes special anniversary celebrations for Bentleys, Capris and Minis plus evocative showdowns for classic era Formula 1, Formula 2 and Formula 3 single-seaters all together on the same race-card for the very first time. There’s also a sparkling Twilight Tribute to Le Mans as the sun goes down on Saturday evening.

Providing great value, all tickets – which must be purchased in advance – also give access to a wealth of great family entertainment including period funfair rides, driving experiences, interactive games, massive car club displays plus live music concerts on Friday and Saturday evening which this summer pay homage to the seminal Woodstock festival of 1969. Along with access to both racing paddocks and open trackside grandstands, all of those fun-fuelled attractions are included absolutely free in the ticket price!

Adult tickets cost from just £45 and a wide range of child, young adult and family tickets are also available along with camping and hospitality options. Full details of all ticket prices are detailed on the silverstoneclassic.com website.

 

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« Respuesta #1666 en: 11 Julio 2019, 14:43:31 »
ALFA ROMEO GP TIPO 159 ALFETTA TO APPEAR AT F1 BRITISH GRAND PRIX

The legendary Alfa Romeo GP Tipo 159 “Alfetta” will lead the drivers’ parade ahead of this year’s British Grand Prix, driven by Kimi Räikkönen of the Alfa Romeo Racing Team. The 159 is an evolution of the 158 model that won the first grand prix in the history of F1, driven by Nino Farina on 13 May, 1950.

The history of this single-seater is an exciting one. After World War II Alfa Romeo, with its Tipo 158 “Alfetta”, joined a number of brands competing in the Grand Prix. The car was built back in 1938 and incredibly had survived the conflict, hidden in a farm, under a fake woodpile.

The car was fitted with an innovative 195hp twin-cam straight-8 engine, with a Roots supercharger. It featured an in-unit gearbox with differential and was mounted on the rear axle, a design that would appear on rear-wheel-drive Alfa Romeo road cars such as the Alfetta, 75 and SZ.

Alfa achieved supremacy in 1947 and 1948 by constantly developing the cars. However when tragedy struck in 1949, Alfa Romeo withdrew from Grand Prix racing to prepare for the inaugural Formula 1 World Championship in 1950.

The car’s power rose significantly to 350hp at 8,500rpm, giving it a top speed of 181mph. The first ever F1 race was held at Silverstone where Alfa Romeo competed with a team affectionately known as the three “Fs” - Farina, Fangio and Fagioli. The fourth car was given to Reg Parnell, who came in third, behind Fagioli and the winner Farina. The team achieved 11 victories in 11 races and Nino Farina won the first F1 World Championship.

In the 1951 season Alfa Romeo radically developed the car, which then became known as the GP Tipo 159. The power output increased to 425hp at 9,300rpm, with peaks of 450hp, and a top speed in excess of 195mph.

Going into the final race of the season, Farina had won two races and Fangio three and by winning the Spanish GP, the Argentinian was crowned World Champion. For the 1952 season, Alfa Romeo decided to withdraw - unbeaten - from Grand Prix racing.

The car leading the pack at this weekend’s race belongs to the FCA Heritage Collection, the department dedicated to protecting and promoting the history of the Italian brands of FCA. It is usually on display in the Alfa Romeo Museum in Arese, Milan - La Macchina del Tempo.

For more details about Alfa Romeo please visit www.alfaromeo.co.uk and to locate your nearest Alfa Romeo dealer visit www.alfaromeo.co.uk/find-a-dealer.

 

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« Respuesta #1667 en: 12 Julio 2019, 13:12:47 »
WALES RALLY GB TO CELEBRATE MOMENTOUS 75TH MILESTONE

This year’s Wales Rally GB (3-6 October) will be the 75th running of the globally renowned event – a significant milestone that will be celebrated in style when the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) arrives in the UK this autumn.

A special showcase featuring many of the stand-out cars from past generations will be one of the highlights at Thursday evening’s spectacular opening competitive stage at the popular Oulton Park circuit near Chester.

The celebratory display will include many icons from previous eras including significant Ford Escorts, Group B machines and victorious cars rallied by British heroes Colin McRae and Richard Burns.

Illustrating the rally’s remarkable history, the collection will provide visitors with an engaging insight into the sport’s evolution over time, whetting appetites for the arrival of the latest generation of WRC stars and cars – the fastest and most impressive machines ever to set wheels in the forests.

Back in 1932, the inaugural Royal Automobile Club Rally took its lead from the Monte Carlo Rally with crews driving standard road cars setting off from nine different towns and cities all bound for Torquay on the English Riviera via a variety of 1000-mile routes, each one with four control points. No fewer than 342 competitors entered and the £25 prize for having recorded the lowest number of penalty points was awarded to Colonel A. H. Loughborough driving a Lanchester 15/18.

Motor Sport magazine reported: “People with the knowledge and experience of the Monte Carlo Rally may, perhaps, have regarded the R.A.C event as a meek and mediocre counterpart of the former, but as a preliminary effort there can be no denying the fact that it was a great success. It showed that British motorists are really keen to indulge in motoring fixtures when the opportunity occurs provided they are organised by a competent body.”

Though there was a break in the action following the outbreak of the Second World War and again in 1957 for the Suez Crisis, the RAC Rally followed a similar format, albeit with the introduction of more competitive tests, until the start of the sixties when Scandinavian style off-road forest stages were first introduced – a move which cemented the rally’s reputation as one of the most challenging and respected on the calendar.

In 1973, the event’s international repute earned it a founding position in the newly created FIA World Rally Championship and, together with Finland, remains one of only two rounds that have featured on every year’s WRC roster ever since.

The switch to gravel tracks in the forests and a wintry, end-of-season slot on the schedule resulted in 30 years of Nordic success only interrupted by Roger Clark’s two home wins in 1972 and 1976.

In more recent times, though, the victories have been shared more widely with further home-grown winners Colin McRae (1994, 1995 and 1997), Richard Burns (1998, 1999 and 2000) and most recently Elfyn Evans in 2017. Coming 25 years ago, the first of McRae’s victories was in the 50th running of the event.

The UK’s premier rally has also seen several title changes over its long history with the advent of title sponsorship from commercial partners such as Lombard, Network Q and Dayinsure. The UK’s round of the WRC has been titled Wales Rally GB for the past 17 years since the Welsh Government became principal funding partner in 2003.

“Only the Monte Carlo Rally can boast a longer or richer pedigree than Rally GB and only Finland has also retained a place on every World Rally Championship calendar – it’s this incredible esteem and heritage which make this historic event, in all its guises, so special,” remarked Hugh Chambers, CEO of Motorsport UK, organiser of Wales Rally GB. “While continuing to innovate and keeping the event fresh for both competitors and visitors, we are proud of the rally’s unique place in the sport’s history and will be celebrating that with this special 75th anniversary showcase at Oulton Park in October.”

Adult tickets to the opening Oulton Park Special Stage on Thursday are priced at just £25 and must be purchased in advance – grandstand seats are also available as well as a hospitality upgrade for those seeking the ultimate entertainment experience. Children aged 15 and under enjoy free admittance.

Full details of these – as well as a wide choice of tickets for the 21 Special Stages that follow on Friday, Saturday and Sunday – can be found on the walesrallygb.com website.

RALLY GB MILESTONES

1932 Inaugural Royal Automobile Club Rally finishing in Torquay
1933 First female RAC Rally winner: Miss Kitty Brunell
1940-50 RAC Rally not staged following outbreak of World War 2
1951 RAC Rally re-introduced based in Bournemouth
1953 Ian Appleyard wins his second RAC Rally in Jaguar XK120
1957 RAC Rally cancelled due to the Suez Crisis
1960 First forest competitive section successfully introduced in Scotland
1961 Multiple forest stages introduced around the country
1962 Erik Carlsson completes a hat-trick of wins in Saab 96
1965 Rauno Aaltonen gives the Mini its only RAC Rally triumph
1966 Entries from two F1 World Champions Graham Hill (Mini) and Jim Clark (Lotus Cortina)
1967 Rally cancelled due to foot-and-mouth disease
1970-73 Title sponsorship from the Daily Mirror
1971 Fan-friendly Spectator Stages first introduced at Harewood House
1972 Roger Clark becomes the first British driver to win since switch to forest event
1973 Rally GB included in the first FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers
1974-92 Title sponsorship from Lombard
1975 Timo Mäkinen completes a hat-trick of wins in dominant Ford Escort era
1976 Second victory for Roger Clark who becomes first British winner of a WRC round
1979 RAC Rally included in first FIA Drivers’ World Championship
1980 Henri Toivonen becomes final driver to win in 2wd car (Talbot Sunbeam Lotus)
1982 Hannu Mikkola becomes the first four-time Rally GB winner
1986 RAC Rally was final European round for Group B cars
1993-2002 Title sponsorship from Network Q
1994 50th running of RAC Rally; Colin McRae becomes first British winner for 18 years
1995 Colin McRae wins and is crowned as Britain’s first World Rally Champion
1997 Colin McRae wins his third Rally GB
2000 Richard Burns completes a hat-trick of Rally GB victories
2000 Rally GB moves to Cardiff with all 17 stages in Wales
2001 Richard Burns finishes third and is crowned as England’s first World Rally Champion
2003 Welsh Government becomes principal funding partner
2005 Petter Solberg/Phill Mills win for a fourth consecutive
2013 Rally moves to new home in Deeside, north Wales
2016-18 Title sponsorship from Dayinsure
2017 Elfyn Evans becomes first Welsh driver to win a WRC round
2018 Llandudno stages first world championship motor sport on closed public roads in the UK
2018 Sébastien Ogier becomes first fifth-time winner
2019 Milestone 75th running of Rally GB

RALLY GB MULTIPLE WINNERS: DRIVERS
5         Sébastien Ogier
4         Hannu Mikkola
Petter Solberg
3         Erik Carlsson
Richard Burns
Juha Kankkunen
Sébastien Loeb
Timo Mäkinen
Colin McRae
2.         Ian Appleyard
Stig Blomqvist
Roger Clark
Marcus Gronholm
Jack Harrop
Harry Källström
Jari-Matti Latvala
Carlos Sainz
Henri Toivonen
Tom Trana


RALLY GB MULTIPLE WINNERS: MANUFACTURERS
15          Ford
9         Subaru
6         Lancia
5         Saab

4
        Jaguar
Toyota
VW
3


        Audi
Citroën
Peugeot
2

        Mitsubishi
Volvo

 

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« Respuesta #1668 en: 15 Julio 2019, 15:16:58 »
ASTON MARTIN LEGENDS JOIN CONCOURS OF ELEGANCE


    Five Aston Martin legends have joined the Concours of Elegance line-up, charting the brand’s evolution into British performance car icon
    A 1932 class-winning Le Mans Lightweight is joined by fabled DB2/4 and DB5 models and the prototype that spawned the V8 Vantage ‘X-Pack’
    Astons line-up alongside a special world-first Aston Martin Zagato Centenary display, gathering one of each of the 19 models produced in collaboration
    Aston Martin will also be displaying some of its latest models at the show, and the Aston Martin Owners’ Club will be hosting a special display
    The Concours of Elegance takes place at Hampton Court from 6-8 September – tickets are available from www.concoursofelegance.co.uk/tickets

15 July, 2019: Five of the rarest and most astonishing Aston Martins ever built have now been confirmed for Concours of Elegance 2019. From the track-focused 1932 Le Mans Lightweight ‘LM9’ to the 1985 V8 Vantage that formed the template for the fabled X-Pack Vantages, these six cars are the very pinnacle of Aston Martin innovation, design and performance.

Now almost 90 years old, the 1932 Aston Martin Le Mans Lightweight ‘LM9’ was created specifically to race at the Le Mans 24 Hours race that year, in conjunction with its sister car ‘LM10’. ‘LM9’ was fitted with a number of ‘Electron’ parts, a magnesium and aluminium alloy, to help reduce weight over previous Aston Martin racers, and had a pointed tail and low radiator design to help with aerodynamics.

The 1.5-litre car’s first outing was at Le Mans, during 1932 but it didn’t prove successful. The driver pairing of Peacock and Buzzant were forced to retire from the race when a rocker arm broke, was replaced by mechanics, but then the whole rocker bracket failed on the next lap. But its story doesn’t end there; ‘LM9’ returned to Le Mans the following year with the driver pairing of Driscoll and Penn Hughes, with more success. In fact, ‘LM9’ finished the Le Mans 24 Hours fifth overall, first in class and 2nd in the Rudge Cup; an early weighting system that compared a car’s finishing position with its engine size.

At the more modern end of the Aston Martin line-up, Concours of Elegance will be displaying a V8 Vantage model with a significant history. The very car on display at Hampton Court Palace is the genesis of the fabled X-Pack V8 Vantage models, of which only 131 were built.

Finished in Kensington Silver, this V8 Vantage started life as a ‘standard’ car, but was later returned to Aston Martin Works so they could begin developing a new, more powerful and better handling version to best the Ferrari 288 GTO and Lamborghini Countach QV 5000. As a result, it got new high compression Cosworth pistons, a larger intake manifold, new Weber carburettors, redesigned cylinder heads and more.

No line up of Aston Martins would be complete without key ‘DB’ models; and Concours of Elegance will start with one of the earliest, the DB2/4 Mark II Saloon. Produced as a more practical four-seater version of the DB2, this particular example was purchased new in June 1956 from Brooklands of Bond Street by The Count Charles de Salis who, together with Cpt Gregor MacGregor entered the followings month’s International Alpine Rally – renowned as being one of the most gruelling motor events of its period. The pair came second in class and won a much coveted ‘Coupe des Alpes’.

Two examples of arguably the most famous Aston Martin in history will also be on display in the main concours d’elegance line-up; the DB5 and DB5 Convertible. Made famous by a certain secret agent, the DB5 catapulted Aston Martin into popular culture. The DB5 Saloon being displayed at Hampton Court Palace holds the honour of being the first car to wear the Aston Martin Works Coachbuilders badge, having been the first project fully restored by the factory.

The Aston Martins in the main Concours display will be joined by a special world-first Aston Martin Zagato feature as part of Zagato’s Centenary celebrations. Concours of Elegance will gather one of every Aston Martin Zagato variant ever manufactured in celebration of Zagato’s Centenary. From the 1960 DB4 GT Zagato, right through to the Vanquish Zagato Coupé, Volante, Speedster and Shooting Brake, visitors will be able to browse 19 examples from one of the most famous creative partnerships in automotive history.

Regarded as the UK’s finest concours d’elegance, the Hampton Court Palace Concours of Elegance will, for its 8th event, return to the finely manicured gardens of the former home of Henry VIII. From 6-8 September, this once-in-a-lifetime gathering of spectacular vehicles will not only include a celebration of the Ferrari 166MM celebration but also a gathering of ‘Future Classics’ – the rarest and most bespoke luxury and performance cars of the last decade.

Of course, the Concours of Elegance’s central display of more than 60 of the rarest vehicles ever built will be the focal point, telling the story of the motor car from the pioneers of the 1890s right through to the latest bespoke hypercars. Picking out icons and rarities from the world’s most famous car brands, including Lamborghini, Ferrari, Bugatti and Rolls-Royce, the Concours of Elegance is a celebration of craftsmanship, luxury and innovation.

Andrew Evans, Concours of Elegance Director, said:“For fans of the Aston Martin brand, Concours of Elegance 2019 is an absolutely unmissable event. Not only do we have a number of the most significant Astons ever produced in our main line-up, but we’ve also got a world-first Aston Martin Zagato display gathering one-offs and rarities that will come together only once in a lifetime. Add to that an official presence from Aston Martin itself, alongside car club displays from the Aston Martin Owners Club, and visitors will have nearly a hundred Aston Martins to admire over the course of the 6th-8th September.”

Adult tickets for this year’s Concours of Elegance start from £40, with children under five and carers entering free of charge. Visitors are also able to purchase bespoke hospitality packages, including VIP parking, three-course lunch, drinks reception and cream tea. To buy tickets head to: http://www.concoursofelegance.co.uk/tickets

 

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« Respuesta #1669 en: 16 Julio 2019, 11:26:53 »
BEAULIEU’S RECORD SIMPLY JAGUAR IS A ROARING SUCCESS

An all-time record of 474 Jaguars made Beaulieu’s Simply Jaguar the biggest and best yet, with luxury and sports cars from the British motoring legend roaring into the grounds of the National Motor Museum.

With an extra 59 cars to last year’s event, the fourth Simply Jaguar on Sunday (July 14th) was packed with a variety of eye-catching cars. The number of event-goers was also up from 860 last year to 940 this year.

The iconic Jaguar MkII, which was made famous by ITV’s popular Inspector Morse detective series, was well-represented for its 60th anniversary year. It was joined by examples of its MkI predecessor and the class-leading XJ6 that replaced it.

Two pristine Jaguar SS saloons, dating from 1936 and 1937, were the oldest cars on show, while an equally impressive sight were examples of Jaguar’s stunning XK120, XK140 and XK150 post-war sports cars and impressive D-type replicas. Other crowd favourites included the much-loved E-type and XJ-S, plus the modern-day XK and F-type, while the Jaguar Driver’s Club and Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club were both well-represented by members.

Show-goers voted for their favourite Jaguar of the show in the People’s Choice Award with Paul Baker, from Oxford, winning with his 1966 E-type roadster. An eye-catching machine in gunmetal with a blue hood, the E-type has received plenty of attention during Paul’s two years of ownership. He said: “I’ve done loads to it, including a full respray, new roof and an engine rebuild. It’s a style icon and I always aspired to have one.” Paul was presented with a Beaulieu trophy and Autoglym car care pack by Beaulieu’s Financial Director Phil Johnson.

Also scoring highly were runners-up Paul Whitfield, from Hook in Hampshire, and Alastair McIntyre, from Pinner in London. Paul’s 1956 Jaguar XK140 gave an impressive shine on the hot summer day. Paul said: “I just keep polishing it. I’m captivated by the colour combination of red with a beige interior and I love the 1950s style.”

Alastair has owned his 2016 Jaguar F-Type SVR, in Corris Grey paintwork, for two years. He said: “I’ve fitted new wheels and suspension to the car. I love it simply because it’s a Jaguar!” Both Paul and Alastair were presented with Autoglym prizes.

Simply Jaguar was Beaulieu’s seventh Simply rally this year. It will be followed by Simply Japanese on July 28th, the first Simply Mercedes on August 18th and Simply Smart on November 10th. For tickets and details see www.beaulieu.co.uk/events.

 

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« Respuesta #1670 en: 18 Julio 2019, 08:11:26 »
SPEED 8 DEBUT ICES BENTLEY BIRTHDAY CAKE AT THE CLASSIC

For the first time in history, one of Bentley’s stunning 24 Hours of Le Mans winning Speed 8 prototypes will race on home UK soil when it debuts on track at this month’s magical Silverstone Classic (26-28 July).

It is now more than 16 years since Bentley made a dramatic return to the scene of its ethos-defining early victories and scored an evocative sixth success at Le Mans in 2003 to add to its five original wins racked up between 1924 and 1930.

In the latest chapter in its history, Bentley was taken over by the Volkswagen Group in 1998 and the new German guardians were understandably keen to re-establish the brand’s sporting credentials.

To recreate those glory days, the new owners invested in a prototype motor sport programme and in 2003 briefly switched its Le Mans attack from Audi to Bentley.

British racing green livered Speed 8 coupés were designed and produced at the team’s UK base in Crewe – albeit with some technical support plus 600bhp twin-turbo V8 engines from serial LM24 winners Audi – and the programme culminated in Bentley’s first Le Mans win in 73 years. With mission accomplished, the fastest cars ever to wear the hallowed Flying B badge were immediately mothballed and VW’s endurance racing efforts switched back to more mainstream Audi ‘Silver Arrows’.

One of those stunning 215mph speedsters from 2003, though, is now in the private hands of experienced sportscar racing enthusiast Shaun Lynn and he will be contesting both showdowns for the Aston Martin Trophy for Masters Endurance Legends at the 2019 Classic – incredibly it will be the first time one of these magnificent Speed 8s has ever raced in the UK.

“We are absolutely thrilled that Shaun is joining us at the Classic to race his Speed 8,” enthused a delighted Ron Maydon, President of Masters Historic Racing. “This will be another iconic addition to our already impressive grid and is sure to be a massive crowd-pleaser. The Speed 8’s debut in a Masters’ race is all the more pertinent, of course, as Bentley is celebrating its centenary at the Classic and its Le Mans victories are very much a highlight of the brand’s incredible heritage.”

Bentley turned 100 earlier this month (W.O. Bentley was founded his eponymous company on 10 July 1919) and that milestone will be honoured with special displays, parades and races at the Classic.

Indeed Saturday’s packed programme concludes late in the evening with an evocative ‘Twilight Tribute to Le Mans’. Three spectacular sportscar races set at dusk will cover almost a century of round-the-clock racing and feature 150 great cars ranging from the Bentleys of 1920s right up to the superfast sports prototypes such as the Speed 8, Lola Aston Martin and a pair of striking Peugeot 908 HDi FAPs – another Le Mans winner. It’s not to be missed!   

“We must thank Shaun massively for bringing the Speed 8 to Silverstone – it’s an incredible car and will be the icing on Bentley’s centenary birthday cake as we celebrate the company’s milestone 100th anniversary at the Classic,” said Nick Wigley, CEO of the Silverstone Classic. “Our special Saturday evening Twilight Tribute to Le Mans is now complete: it will kick off with a wonderful array of vintage Bentleys competing in the Pre-War Sportscar race and conclude at dusk with the Speed 8 racing into the sunset. Just perfect!”

This summer’s unrivalled roster of retro races also includes special anniversary celebrations for Capris, Minis and Abarths plus evocative showdowns for classic era Formula 1, Formula 2 and Formula 3 single-seaters, all together on the same Classic race-card for the very first time.

Providing great value, all tickets – which must be purchased in advance – also give access to a wealth of great family entertainment including period funfair rides, driving experiences, interactive games, massive car club displays plus live music concerts on Friday and Saturday evening which this summer pay homage to the seminal Woodstock festival of 1969. Along with access to both racing paddocks and open trackside grandstands, all of those fun-fuelled attractions are included absolutely free in the ticket price!

Adult tickets cost from just £45 and a wide range of child, young adult and family tickets are also available along with camping and hospitality options. Full details of all ticket prices are detailed on the silverstoneclassic.com website.

 

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« Respuesta #1671 en: 18 Julio 2019, 14:55:39 »
A DATE DESERVING POLE POSITION IN YOUR DIARY

Break out those 2020 diaries and block out Friday 1st May, Saturday 2nd May and Sunday 3rd May - the dates for next year’s Donington Historic Festival have now been confirmed.

Friday 1st May will be an action-packed day of qualifying, allowing classic race fans to see every single grid out on track over the course of one day, while the Saturday and Sunday will be full-on race days, with an international cast of hundreds of world-class historic race cars and their highly competitive and skilled drivers battling it out on the stunning, spectator-friendly Donington Park race circuit.

With a strong supporting cast of off-track attractions and parades, including displays from dozens of car clubs, this family-friendly event is a ‘must-see’, whether you’re a longstanding historic motorsport enthusiast or want to get a taster for this hugely exciting and entertaining spectacle. Be warned - if you’re not yet a fan, you’re likely to come away hooked on the sport!

Festival visitors can also enjoy fantastic access to the competition machines in the open-access paddock, with everything from priceless 1920s and ‘30s Bugattis, Bentleys and Alfa Romeos to classic Touring Cars from the 1950s-1990s on show, and the lunchtime pitlane walks give a great chance to get behind the scenes of a race track.

Tickets for the 2020 Donington Historic Festival will go on sale on November 1st 2019. For further information please visit www.doningtonhistoric.com.

 

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« Respuesta #1672 en: 18 Julio 2019, 14:56:06 »
TV AND FILM CARS TO JOIN DAILY PARADES AT BEAULIEU THIS SUMMER

Motoring stars from TV and film will join the amazing line-up of vehicles in daily parades at Beaulieu this summer – from July 20th to September 1st.

The gadget-laden Jaguar XKR from the James Bond film Die Another Day which duelled with Bond’s Aston Martin on a frozen lake, famous three-wheeler Del Boy’s Reliant Regal Supervan from Only Fools and Horses and the fantasmagorical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang can all be seen in action in the grounds of the National Motor Museum.

Also taking part will be a rare 1960s Amphicar convertible that is just as at home on land as it is on water and the 1959 Standard Ten Gold Star named Bluebell, which captured the hearts of thousands of classic car enthusiasts when it was saved from scrappage scheme destruction.

Inside the museum, see Beaulieu’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 50 years  with the original Child Catcher carriage, Truly Scrumptious’ Humber 8hp, Lord Scrumptious’ Austro-Daimler 27/80 Prince Henry, the film’s wonderfully inventive machines of Rowland Emett, a replica Grandpa Potts’ hut and exciting Chitty memorabilia.

In the World of Top Gear  see eye-catching new exhibits with vehicles straight from the set of filming the latest series with new presenters Paddy McGuinness, Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris.

For more high-octane fun, spectacular Beaulieu Supercar Weekend on August 3rd and 4th offers the chance to get up-close to some of the world’s most exclusive and desirable cars as they unleash their horsepower on demonstration runs. Super sound-offs, an appearance of the new extreme Jaguar XE SV Project 8, car marque Marcos 60th anniversary display and more than 100 Aston Martins are the highlights of this year’s event, which is sponsored by A-Plan Insurance.*

Throughout the summer at Palace House, see costumed actors perform play lets with motoring marvels including the 1904 De Dion Bouton. Pick up collectors’ cards for the historic characters you meet, then join traditional games on the lawns before heading inside for a singalong around the grand piano. Make sure you visit The Art of Belinda, Lady Montagu– her story in stitches, the new exhibition which celebrates the painting, drawing and needlework of Lord Montagu’s mother.

Lord Montagu’s falconer will give demonstrations of his magnificent birds of prey in Beaulieu Abbey Cloister, with the chance to learn more about this ancient art in the Abbot’s Mews falconry exhibition. Then for a selfie photo opportunity, try on a habit and talk to the costumed monk in the ruins of Beaulieu Abbey.

On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from from 11am-3pm on August 6th- 29th, younger visitors can also get hands-on with free creative workshops in the National Motor Museum. Family craft activities will be inspired by the National Motor Museum Trust’s collections and celebrate the 90th anniversary of World Land Speed Record-breaking Golden Arrow. See nationalmotormuseum.org.uk/ for more details.

Summer activities are included in a general admission ticket to Beaulieu, which includes entry to the National Motor Museum, World of Top Gear, On Screen Cars, Palace House, Secret Army exhibition, Beaulieu Abbey and the grounds and gardens.

Tickets to Beaulieu can be bought in advance online. For tickets and details see www.beaulieu.co.uk or call 01590 612345. If there is too much to do in a day, then tickets include a return-for-free visit within six days.

* Event tickets to Beaulieu Supercar Weekend are available separately. For tickets and details see www.beaulieu.co.uk/events/beaulieu-supercar-weekend/.

 

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« Respuesta #1673 en: 23 Julio 2019, 08:26:34 »
SILVERSTONE AUCTIONS FLAGSHIP SALE IS THE BEST YET WITH THE BIGGEST VARIETY AND HIGHEST QUALITY

The Silverstone Auctions sale over the weekend 26th to 28th July is one of the biggest sales yet and of the highest quality which includes rare cars and two collections.

Taking place at the historic Silverstone Classic race meeting, the sale opens with a preview on the Friday followed by two sale days on the Saturday and Sunday.

This weekend’s sale has a number of star lots which include the stunningly beautiful Mercedes-Benz Gullwing 300 SL, a 7-mile Metro 6R4, the Aston Martin DBS V8 press car direct from actor and comedian Steve Coogan and a fresh to market Aston Martin DB5.

The amazing selection of cars continues with this incredible 1973 Porsche 911 2.4T MFI Coupe. Built-in very limited numbers, approximately 289, this is a very rare car indeed and one that has literally just been restored. Supplied new by Porsche America and used very sparingly until 1985 when it was taken off the road to be repainted in Guards Red, which thankfully never happened. The car was to remain in temperature-controlled storage for the next 30 years. In 2016 the current vendor purchased the car from Silverstone Auctions and set about restoring the car to its former glory, spending £105,000 in the process using marque specialists to ensure the car was one of if not the best MFIs available. Now being offered for sale at an estimated £110,000 to £130,000 this is one beautifully restored, matching numbers, rare 911.

If that wasn’t enough for Porsche enthusiasts, also included in the sale is a super rare one of 100 RS Clubsports. This 1995 car was delivered new to its German owner who then moved to Australia with the car in 1997. Whilst It was there the car was used for motorsport events until 2012, but never actually registered for the road hence the low mileage of 48,970 miles. During its time in Australia, the engine developed a fault and was subsequently replaced, but the original engine was sent away to be rebuilt and is available should the next owner wish to reunite them. In 2013 the car came to the UK thanks to the purchase of the current vendor and underwent a thorough but sensitive programme of work to ensure the car was in the finest condition so it could be enjoyed on trips to Europe. Estimated at £170,000 to £220,000 this car will come with a fresh MOT.

Another of the stunning lots is this 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300B Cabriolet D, one of just seven made in right-hand-drive. Restored over four years using wherever possible original parts and sourcing the missing original parts from a former owner and a donor car from Poland. Now finished to the most glorious condition in Gloss Black and red leather upholstery, the car is back to where it once was as a luxurious cabriolet, an important car marking the end of the war and the start of a new era. Estimated at £200,000 to £250,000 this 300B has had so many hours lavished upon it and not to mention the costs involved, it took six months to achieve the Gloss Black finish alone. Such was the quality of the restoration the car was loaned to Mercedes-Benz World where it was displayed during 2018.

Silverstone Auctions are also offering 21 No Reserve cars amongst which is this incredible opportunity to own a 1997 Bentley Continental R estimated at £35,000 to £40,000. This two-door, is an outstanding example of a UK-supplied car which has been owned by a real Bentley enthusiast and comes with an array of optional extras, confirmed by the original factory specification included in the history file. With just over 71,000 miles this is a car that should defiantly not be overlooked.

Harry Whale auction manager for Silverstone Auctions commented: “I am really very proud of this weekend’s auction it has to be our best yet. Our team have consigned the biggest variety and highest quality of cars, featuring two collections.”

“We are very proud to be offering cars from the late Barrie “Whizzo” Williams a wonderful character around the paddock and Silverstone seemed to be the most appropriate place to auctioning his collection.”

“We are also auctioning the Gentlemans’ Collection, a fine selection of 17 unique cars all offered at No Reserve.”

“And finally, our star lots, the 300SL Gullwing, Metro 6R4, the Aston Martin DBS V8 press car from Steve Coogan and the DB5. These are super lots and we are delighted to have been asked to offer them for sale. They have attracted a lot of interest and we look forward to seeing them find new homes.”

The sale would not be complete without the automobilia sale of which there are 200 items being offered. With automobilia being very popular as the growth of historic events continues a 1950s Beckmeter fuel pump could be just the item to power up your event. Estimated at £2,000 to £2,700 this item has been recently restored and presented in the Green and Yellow BP livery. Autographs are always a very popular item to have in your prized possession and Lot 327 is a selection of autographs from the greats of motorsport framed and presented on a page from Motor racing Year 1961. Offered at £1,200 to £1,500 including a Certificate of Authenticity. And very appropriately a 1973 Heuer Silverstone watch with the rare Burgundy dial at £7,500 to £8,500 serviced by a German Heuer specialist, proofed and 100% genuine. One for the budding car enthusiast in the family a Ford GT40 child’s car estimated at £4,000 to £6,000 with a 150cc engine, disc brakes and key start, this is a great car to keep the youngest in the family entertained.

The Silverstone Classic Auction takes place on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July 2019 offering an exclusive selection of classic cars, sports cars and supercars and automobilia. The lots can be previewed on the 26th July from 09.00 to 18.00.

 

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« Respuesta #1674 en: 23 Julio 2019, 08:26:55 »
FINAL COUNTDOWN TO ANOTHER RECORD BREAKING CLASSIC

With record grids, record numbers of car club displays and record ticket sales, this weekend’s sizzling Silverstone Classic (26-28 July) will be the biggest and best yet – quite an accolade for an event already hailed as the largest classic motor racing festival to be found anywhere on the planet.

This year’s action-packed 21 race programme features the broadest spectrum of iconic retro racing cars ever seen at the glittering three-day festival with entries ranging from the legendary Bentleys of the early 1920s right up to Aston Martin, Ferrari and Porsche GTs from the start of this decade – ninety years of glorious motor sport history all in evocative action on the full Silverstone Grand Prix circuit.

For the first time ever, the 2019 Classic racecard includes showdowns for historic Formula 1, Formula 2 and Formula 3 single-seaters from their golden eras as well as a special ‘Twilight Tribute to Le Mans’ at sunset on Saturday – three epic dusk races dedicated to GT and sportscars that have competed in the famous French 24 Hour enduro since its first running way back in 1923.

Adding to the incredible variety, huge grids of a bygone era of touring and saloon cars will also be renewing old rivalries on an outstanding bill which also includes record-breaking double-header races to honour the 60th anniversary of the evergreen Mini. To mark the occasion appropriately, special dispensation has been agreed to start no fewer than 60 mechanically similar competition-prepared original Mini Cooper S icons from pre-1966.

The magical milestone will be acclaimed, too, by an anniversary track parade on Friday led by Mini rallying legend Paddy Hopkirk in his 1964 Monte Carlo Rally winner. Adding to the celebrations a number of car clubs run by Mini enthusiasts will be out in force among the record number of 140 registered clubs, all contributing to this year’s massive event with huge infield displays of privately-owned classic cars.

And there’s so much more for petrolheads to savour… the ever-popular Street Car Shootout has an amazing line-up of more than 70 dramatic drag racers. This year, the UK’s baddest street cars are sharing the rubber-burning Shift & Drift Zone with Slowly Sideways rally demos plus equally spectacular stunt shows by multiple world record holder Terry Grant.

For fans of two-wheeled motor sport, the star-studded World GP Bike Legends return too, with an impressive line-up topped by world champions Wayne Gardner and ‘Fast’ Freddie Spencer as well as TT lap record-holder Peter Hickman.

Other standout highlights include the exciting Wall of Death shows, a two-day Silverstone Auctions sale, 4x4 off-road rides, an interactive Autotest Challenge in Abarths, stage appearances by the wrapping kings from Yiannimize on Friday and Mike Brewer, the TV Wheeler Dealer, also taking to the stage over the weekend with his car clinics plus a feast of other attractions to amuse and excite those of all ages.

Indeed, there is plenty to entertain younger visitors with a host of fun-fuelled children’s activities based around the busy Village Green. These range from giant garden games, traditional funfair rides and mini golf to the chance for those aged over 10 (but under 17) to get their first driving experience behind the wheel of a Vauxhall Corsa courtesy of the Young Driver initiative. Budding young football stars, aged between 5-15, can prepare for the forthcoming soccer season, too, with Chelsea FC Foundation coaches in the Yokohama Chelsea Skills Zone.

On Friday evening there is a Fun Run around the track for those aged 16 and over in support of the event’s official charity, Alzheimer’s Research UK, raising funds for vital dementia research. It is a cause Sir Jackie Stewart will also be championing when reunited with his 1969 British Grand Prix winning Matra MS80-02 for some not-to-be-missed hot laps on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

And, with record numbers now booking three-day tickets, the entertainment continues long after sunset with live rock concerts on both Friday and Saturday evenings with a wide range of mouth-watering street food options to keep bellies well fuelled as the music replaces the sounds of V8 and V12 engines.

This summer’s ‘Rocking and Racing’ Classic is partying to the 50th anniversary of Woodstock with what is believed to be the world's biggest homage to the most famous rock festival of them all. Bands – some featuring members that actually performed at the original festival – will be performing songs by Woodstock artists Creedence Clearwater Revival, Joe Cocker, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Sly and the Family Stone, Ten Years After and The Who. Moreover, concert goers are encouraged to get into the spirit by wearing hippie-inspired ‘fancy dress’.

“With so much going on, there really is something for everyone at the Silverstone Classic,” enthused event director Nick Wigley. “Whether it’s the wonderful racing, the dazzling car club displays or the acres and acres of captivating off-track entertainment, every year the Classic just gets bigger and better – and this weekend’s festival has all the ingredients to be the best yet. The weather forecast looks fabulous, too.”

Providing great value, all tickets – which must be purchased in advance before midnight on Thursday – give access to the vast majority of the great family entertainment as well as access to both racing paddocks and open trackside grandstands.

Adult tickets start from just £45 and a wide range of child, young adult and family tickets are also available along with camping. Full details of all ticket prices are detailed on the silverstoneclassic.com website.

 

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« Respuesta #1675 en: 23 Julio 2019, 08:27:17 »
1977 MORRIS MARINA 1.3 ESTATE IS CROWNED DELUXE DE L’ORDINAIRE AS WINNER OF 2019 HAGERTY FESTIVAL OF THE UNEXCEPTIONA

The latest, and arguably greatest, Hagerty Festival of the Unexceptional took place in the beautiful surroundings of Claydon House in Buckinghamshire on Saturday, 20 July. Welcoming thousands of enthusiasts, the 2019 hurrah for the humdrum saw huge numbers of enthusiasts of the ordinary gather in the sunshine to admire vehicles many would ignore.

Classic vehicle insurance and valuation specialists Hagerty International created the first Festival of the Unexceptional (FOTU) in 2014 to highlight the attrition rate of some of the most popular and best-loved vehicles of our recent motoring past, with the event now becoming a focal point for the core enthusiasts who take real pride in their rare and long-forgotten everyday family cars of the 1968-1989 ‘Unexceptional Era’.

50 expertly selected unexceptional models were presented on the lawns of Claydon House with a hugely diverse and eclectic selection that has become expected from FOTU. Highlights included a 1992 Renault Clio 1.4 RT, in showroom condition and showing just 24,000 miles since new. Another popular entrant was a 1987 Rover 820E, suggested to be the very last model of its type remaining on UK roads. Cars that used to be mainstream, but are now a rarity, included a 1989 Vauxhall Cavalier 2.0i CD, a 1985 Nissan Sunny 1.5 GL and a 1980 Ford Cortina 2.0 L. Slightly rarer models included a 1971 Fiat 128, 1979 Colt Sigma and a 1973 Toyota Crown Custom Estate.

Judging took many hours of discussion with owners, car inspections and deliberation in the estate café, as owners waited patiently on the lawns for the final verdict. At 14.00 the results were announced to a crowd fueled by period-style picnics and July sunshine.

The 2019 Hagerty Festival of the Unexceptional winners are announced:

    Best in Show: 1977 Morris Marina 1.3 Deluxe Estate owned by Michael Carpenter
    Runner Up: 1978 Chevette E owned by Philip Hunt
    People’s Choice: 1982 Peugeot 305 SR Estate owned by Simon Gaisford
    Junior Judges Choice: 1989 Citroen BX 19 DTR owned by Dan Goff
    Anniversary Class: 1982 Vauxhall Astra GL 1300 owned by David Loasby
    Feast of the Unexceptional/Best Picnic: Mike and Judith Burkett and their 1979 Colt Sigma GLX

The Best in Show winning ‘77 Marina Estate was a true example of base specification, providing an honest interpretation of seventies family motoring. The previous owner had part-restored the car (losing three fingers in the process) before storing it for 15 years in little more than a shed. When uncovered, by the current owner Michael Carpenter, it was covered in a thick layer of dirt that seemed to protect the car as, when cleaned, it revealed the shiny, original paint seen today. A truly honest and well-preserved example of the much-loved Marina.

Notable runner up was a beautiful 1978 Vauxhall Chevette saloon, once again built in absolute base specification. Current owner Philip Hunt has known the car from new and saved it from being scrapped by the original owner. The Chevette was rescued from the crusher and has been well-loved, and used, ever since.

A number of notable cars were present in the Festival car park, and included an Alfa Romeo 2300 Rio, a 50th Anniversary Saab 900 Turbo, a British Gas Transit 4x4, an immaculate, original Golf GL, a rare Renault 25 LWB Limousine, a Rover SD1 that had travelled from Ireland and a number of historic vehicles provided by manufacturers.

Commenting on the sixth Festival of the Unexceptional, Marcus Atkinson of Hagerty International, said, “What a delight it is to present cars that evoke so many memories to so many people, and to reward the enthusiasts who spend precious time and money on keeping the more ordinary classics on the road. As you walk around the lawns you overhear guests saying, ‘my Dad had one of those’ or ‘we went on our Summer holiday in that’ and that’s why we do what we do. Great cars and great memories, a meeting of like-minded people who appreciate that unexceptional is a term of endearment and not derogatory.”

Marcus continued, “Hagerty created FOTU six years ago and we now have a sell-out event that attracts guests from around the world. While we have admiration and passion for all classic car owners and events, FOTU is truly special…more family gathering than sterile show, it brings people together. We have no rules, no boundaries and light-hearted judging which makes everyone smile and enjoy the event. Car concours don’t have to be stuffy and boring. We thank all those who joined us on the lawns of Claydon and look forward to doing it all over again next year”

 

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« Respuesta #1676 en: 23 Julio 2019, 08:27:39 »
SALON PRIVÉ PAYS TRIBUTE TO 60 YEARS OF SHORT WHEELBASE STYLE, ELEGANCE & EXCITEMENT; THE FERRARI 250 GT SWB BERLINETTA

One of the Concours Classes at the much-anticipated 14th edition of Salon Privé (5th to 8th September) will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the highly-acclaimed and admired Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta.

First previewed in late 1959 at the Paris Salon, with small-scale production commencing in 1960, the short-wheelbase Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta dominated GT racing in the early 1960s. The SWB proved to be unbeatable in contemporary GT class competition, claiming the 1961 Constructor's Championship for Ferrari. The Ferrari 250 SWB also won the prestigious Tour de France Automobile endurance race in 1960, 1961 and 1962, before moving aside to make way for the Maranello marque’s equally successful, and now legendary, 250 GTO.

Developed by Ferrari’s gifted ‘dream team’ of engineers – Giotto Bizzarrini and Carlo Chiti – the 250 GT Berlinetta SWB sat on a truncated 2,400 mm (94.5 in) chassis, taken from the ‘regular’ 250 for even better handling. This shorter chassis was mated to the fabled Colombo 3-litre V12 engine, developing a healthy 237 to 276 bhp and wrapped in a brutal but beautiful Pininfarina-designed coupe body. The SWB’s coachwork was handcrafted by Scaglietti in both steel and aluminum, with both body types used in various road ‘Lusso’ and racing trims.

Just 176 examples of the stunning Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta SWB were built, 8 examples of which have been entered into the world-renowned Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance by Chubb Insurance, now one of the top 3 global Concours events alongside Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este and Pebble Beach Concours.

The first of the two Ferrari 250 GT SWBs entered, chassis 3037, was the sixth right hand drive example imported by Maranello Concessionaires Ltd. It was supplied new in October 1961, finished in Rosso Corsa (Racing Red) with a black leather interior, and some competition features like the racing seats and outside quick release fuel filler cap. It was displayed at the 1961 London Motor Show at Earls Court that month, and then repainted metallic grey before being used by the company principal, Colonel Hoare as his road car and demonstrator on UK registration number PR 99. In early 1962 it was repainted once more, this time in blue, before being offered for sale. It has spent most of its life with UK owners, apart from brief periods in Europe and the USA, and was returned to its original Rosso Corsa colour scheme some years ago, and retains this to this day.

The second car, Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione, chassis 2009, was ordered new through Maranello Concessionaires Ltd. in England for Mr Graham Whitehead; a relatively well-known privateer racing driver of the period.  After many podium finishes in the ‘60s, and after several new owners, chassis 2009 was eventually sent to Ferrari Classiche in 2015 for a comprehensive restoration where the Ferrari Classiche Certification was granted.  Since the restoration the car has been exhibited at Ferrari’s 70th Anniversary Celebration at Maranello where it won “Honorary Jury Special Award” and most recently at Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.

Commenting on the 8-strong line up of 250 GT SWBs entered into this year’s Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance by Chubb Insurance, Salon Privé’s Chairman Andrew Bagley said: “The inclusion of notable Ferraris are a must for any world-class Concours d’Elégance such as Salon Privé, and to have 8 significant models of the 250 GT Berlinetta SWB is a real honour and highlights the global reputation and status of our spectacular and exclusive celebrations at Blenheim Palace.”

For more information about tickets, please visit the website: https://www.salonpriveconcours.com/buy-tickets/

 

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« Respuesta #1677 en: 23 Julio 2019, 08:29:11 »
TOP TEN NOT-TO-BE-MISSED STAR CARS AT THE CLASSIC

With 1,000 exquisite race entries and more than 10,000 cherished treasures on display at the spectacular Silverstone Classic (26-28 July), the cars are always the stars at the biggest classic motor racing festival on the planet.

For three memorable days, both racing paddocks will be packed with many of the world’s finest and most revered competition cars, not only spanning a full century of epic motor sport history but also showcasing the sport’s complete spectrum from iconic single-seaters and magical GTs through to much-loved touring cars and dramatic sports prototypes.

Adding to the incredible show, much of the 760-acre Silverstone estate laying between the pair of paddocks is brimming with dazzling displays of privately-owned classic cars. A record number of car clubs have registered for 2019, with Saturday’s glittering display areas totally sold-out.

Flaunting a wealth of wonderfully evocative automotive history, the Classic offers both casual visitors and serious enthusiasts an unrivalled spectacle of motoring through the ages – a true assault on the senses!

With so much eye-catching machinery on show both on and off the famous Grand Prix circuit, it is almost impossible to select just ten standout star cars that really shouldn’t be missed. Nevertheless, here are the exceptional heart-stoppers that everyone attending will want to see.

They are not necessarily the fastest nor the most expensive paragons on show but, like so many of the esteemed cars at the Classic, they all have great stories to tell.

1963 Ford Galaxie
With so many stars and cars competing at the Classic, the sight of a former World Rally Champion racing a sixties American muscle machine may not appear worthy of special note – but this is a dream come true for 1984 WRC title-winner Stig Blomqvist. As a teenager in Sweden, Stig’s motor sport passions were fuelled when attending a round of the European Touring Car Championship at his local Karlskoga circuit and seeing a mighty 7-litre Ford Galaxie thundering around the track. Now, 45 years later, he’s going to be racing that very same car at the Classic in the Transatlantic Trophy for Pre ’66 Touring Cars.

1964 Mini Cooper S
To mark the game-changing Mini’s 60th birthday in appropriate style, special dispensation has been granted to stage two incredible races with record grids packed full of 60 pre-’66 Cooper Ss. Watching them swarming around the Silverstone GP circuit has to be worth the price of a ticket on its own! Adding to the Diamond Jubilee party, rally legend Paddy Hopkirk will lead a huge track parade on Friday driving the same red Mini #37 (reg 333 EJB) in which he famously won the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally – he’ll also bring his trophy with him, making the celebrations all the more special and when not taking part in the Parade, the car will be on display with the British Motor Museum on the Village Green.

1965 Ferrari 1512
With its mesmerisingly small, 1.5-litre, flat-12, high-revving zinger of an engine, the Swiss-watch Ferrari 1512 is one of the most gorgeous and sweetest-sounding of all F1 cars. Ferrari built just three and they were raced by the likes of John Surtees, Lorenzo Bandini and Pedro Rodriguez in the mid-sixties. One of these remarkable jewels is today owned by Larry Auriana, and he is bringing it across the Atlantic to race at the Classic for the very first time to race for the Gallet Trophy for Pre ’66 Grand Prix Cars (HGPCA). See, listen and marvel!

1969 Matra MS80-02
Fifty years after winning his first British Grand Prix at Silverstone en route to the first of his three F1 World Championship crowns, racing legend Sir Jackie Stewart will be back behind the wheel of his title-winning Matra MS80-02 for some evocative demonstration laps on both Saturday and Sunday at the Classic. The Flying Scot will also be raising awareness and funds for dementia research, a charity cause very close to his own heart.

1969 Ford Capri
It is 50 years since the Mustang-inspired Ford Capri was first launched at the Brussels Motor Show in 1969, and the fastback was not just – as marketed by Ford – ‘The Car You Always Promised Yourself’ but also a mighty fine racing car. Proving the point, tin-top ace Gordon Spice took the top class honours in the BTCC for five seasons in succession between 1976 and 1980, and one of his multiple race winning red Capris is competing at the Classic. Spice will also be present at the home of British motorsport to award a one-off trophy to the top Capri racer in the Historic Touring Car Challenge race and will also lead out a special Capri anniversary parade behind the wheel of the very same Capri with which he enjoyed such success.

1979 Williams FW07
The once great Williams F1 team may no longer be quite the force it once was but this July marks the 40th anniversary of its maiden victory: Swiss speedster Clay Regazzoni made the breakthrough when winning the 1979 British Grand Prix. Examples of the innovative FW07 – as campaigned so successfully by Regazzoni, Alan Jones and Carlos Reutemann in period – are still racing, and winning, at the Classic today. They star in the weekend’s two blue riband races contesting the Sir Jackie Stewart Trophy for FIA Masters Historic Formula One races, featuring F1 icons from the sport’s halcyon DFV era still competing in their much-loved original liveries.

1985 MG Metro 6R4
Everybody reveres the extreme Group B era of rallying which dates back to the early 1980s, and the glorious-sounding, V6-propelled MG Metro 6R4 was one of the radical machines created specifically to exploit those audacious technical regulations. The mid-engined brutes were built by the Williams F1 team and, incredibly, a totally mint example with just seven miles on the odometer will be coming under the Silverstone Auctions hammer during a massive road and race car sale over the weekend of the Classic.

1989 Middlebridge Scimitar
HRH The Princess Royal’s lifelong love for Scimitar sportscars will be on show at the Classic as part of a record-breaking display celebrating the 30th birthday of the reborn Middlebridge Scimitar. Princess Anne received her first Scimitar as a 20th birthday present from Her Majesty The Queen and was one of the first to take delivery of an upgraded version after Middlebridge acquired production rights from Reliant. That dark blue 1989 model is still in her ownership today and will be part of a record anniversary display and track parade at the Classic.

2003 Bentley Speed 8
One of the big celebrations at the 2019 Classic will be honouring Bentley’s centenary. The 100-year milestone will be marked with special displays, a track parade and a captivating twilight race on Saturday featuring a number of early cars as piloted by the famous ‘Bentley Boys’ at the 24 Hours of Le Mans back in the 1920s. Even more excitingly, the weekend’s two stellar showdowns in the races for the Aston Martin Trophy for Masters Endurance Legends will, for the first time ever, feature a stunning Bentley Speed 8 prototype as raced to Le Mans victory in 2003.

2019 Brabham BT62
One of the greatest names in motor sport history returns with the launch of the Brabham BT62 – a brutally quick 700bhp, V8-powered track day star that has been created in honour of triple F1 world champion Sir Jack Brabham by an Anglo-Australian company spearheaded by his son David. Just 70 of these £1.2m+ hypercars are being spawned and one will feature among the Astons, Ferraris and Lamborghinis in the Supercar Legends presented by Yokohama display located in the International Paddock at the Classic.

This unofficial Top Ten of unmissable icons is just the tip of the automotive iceberg at the Classic – an event that witnesses more motor sport history in action than any other.

As well as special anniversary celebrations for Abarths, Bentleys, Capris and Minis, this summer’s unrivalled race roster includes super-evocative showdowns for classic era Formula 1, Formula 2 and Formula 3 single-seaters all together on the same race-card for the very first time. There’s also a sparkling Twilight Tribute to Le Mans as the sun goes down on Saturday evening.

Providing great value, all tickets – which must be purchased in advance – also give access to a wealth of great family entertainment including period funfair rides, driving experiences, interactive games, massive car club displays plus live music concerts on Friday and Saturday evening which this summer pay homage to the seminal Woodstock festival of 1969. Along with access to both racing paddocks and open trackside grandstands, all of those fun-fuelled attractions are included absolutely free in the ticket price!

Adult tickets start from just £45 and a wide range of child, young adult and family tickets are also available along with camping. Full details of all ticket prices are detailed on the silverstoneclassic.com website.

 

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« Respuesta #1678 en: 23 Julio 2019, 14:45:18 »
RARE EDITIONS OF JAPANESE PERFORMANCE CARS COMING TO AUCTION NEXT WEEK

Some of the very best Japanese performance cars are coming to the CCA auction next week, featuring not one but two Tommi Makinen Editions of the Mitsubishi Lancer

The collection features twelve very selective Japanese cars including, Skylines, Imprezas, Civics, Mitsubishis and an NSX. Also included from the same collection are another nine high-performance cars from BMW, VW, Renault, Porsche and Ferrari.

Gary Dunne, Classic Car Auctions auction manager commented: “Our vendor has the most amazing collection of some very well chosen cars and we are delighted to have been appointed to help sell these very high-performance Japanese cars.”

“The most astounding part to the collection is the two Mitsubishi Lancers, the Impreza P and the Skyline which have already attracted significant interest.”

Some Japanese performance cars have become total icons of the motoring world and none more so than the Mitsubishi Lancer thanks to World Rallying. In the hands of Tommi Makinen he took Mitsubishi to the World Drivers Championship not once but four times in succession and to celebrate this amazing achievement Mitsubishi celebrated by creating the EVO VI.

Coming from this collection is what many might consider being the most desirable. In the colours of the world rally team car, Passion Red with the white, silver and red stripes a 2000 model with 56,000 miles. Producing nearly 300bhp this is one awesome road car with a host of extras over and above the standard EVO VI edition. Estimated at £15,000 to £20,000 this will no doubt have enthusiasts excited.

The second Makinen Edition comes in white and also a 2000 model with 34,933 miles. Imported from Japan in 2018 with red and black Recaro seats and estimated at £12,000 to £15,000. Both these are cars are very attractively guided providing a very special opportunity to acquire a very special limited edition car.

It wasn’t just Mitsubishi that was successful in rallying, Subaru also were, with both Colin McRae and Richard Burns. Subarus in the Blue 555 colour scheme is probably the most iconic of all colour schemes, especially amongst British fans. There were a host of imported specials but the P1 was developed in the UK with Prodrive the team behind Subaru’s world rally championship success and officially type-approved for Europe. Just 1,000 of these cars were produced and all in Sonic Blue. CCA has a 2001 model, estimated at £16,000 to £20,000 with a fresh MOT, 44,238 miles, substantial history with a recent service within the last 500 miles.

The Nissan Skyline GT-Rs have always had a very strong following and this fabulous V-spec in Bayside Blue with 40,400 miles is in fantastic condition and already attracting interest. Estimated at £30,000 to £40,000 with a fresh MOT and service, this Victory spec car is defiantly going to turn heads.

These are just some of the cars from this incredible collection which also include a 1990 a Honda CRX V-Tec SI R, from 1997 a Mitsubishi 3000 GT 4WD AWS, a Toyota Supra Twin Turbo and a Honda Civic Type R, a 1999 Subaru Impreza WRX STi Type RA Version 5 Limited Edition number 434 of 1,000 made and from 2000 a Honda Integra Type R (DC2) and a Honda NSX and finally a 2003 Mazda RX-7 Spirit Type-A.

Just in case you are not an enthusiast of the Japanese marques there are also a number of significant cars from elsewhere in the world which include, 2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe, 2000, BMW Z3M Coupe, 1994 BMW M3 Coupe, 2002 Porsche 911 Turbo, 2005 BMW M5 saloon, 1996 Ferrari Berlinetta, 1995 VW Corrado Storm VR6, 2005 Renault Clio Sport V6 and a Peugeot 205 Rallye.

Viewing takes place on Friday 2nd August from 10am to 6pm with the auction getting underway on Saturday the 3rd from 10.30am.

Classic Car Auctions can be contacted on 01926 640888 or email enquiries@classiccarauctions.co.uk and would be happy to talk with you about any of the cars consigned, alternatively, have a chat with them on the day.

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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GOLDEN OLDIES DISPLAY FOR BEAULIEU’S INTERNATIONAL AUTOJUMBLE

Beaulieu is inviting owners of pre-1970 classic and vintage cars to take part in a Beaulieu’s Golden Oldies display at International Autojumble in the grounds of the National Motor Museum on September 7th & 8th.

From Bristols and Borgwards, through Panhards and Plymouths, Standards and Saabs to Triumphs and Trojans, all manner of pre-booked machines dating from the early days of motoring to 1969 are welcome to drive into the show. As well as taking part in the display, their owners can enjoy a complimentary weekend of bargain-hunting among the 2,000-plus stands at the event.

Beaulieu’s Events Manager Judith Maddox said: “Beaulieu’s Golden Oldies is a brand new feature for 2019 and will celebrate the cars from the golden era of motoring that are truly at the heart of International Autojumble. These older machines are a big part of the show’s heritage and we are expecting an eclectic mix of cars to join us for the weekend.”

Owners who would like to take part in the display with their pre-1970 vehicles should get in touch with the Beaulieu events team to be considered – places are limited, so book now. Show entry is free for vehicles that are accepted, with successful owners receiving a pair of three-day entry wristbands. Visit www.beaulieu.co.uk/events/international-autojumble or call 01590 614614 for details on how to apply.

For more than 50 years, International Autojumble has been an unmissable date on the classic car calendar for enthusiasts to track down elusive spare parts to keep their cars on the road. Fittingly, the show will offer a final look at Bluebell, the 1959 Standard Ten that is an automotive ambassador for the preservation of classics before she returns to Practical Classics, the event’s media sponsor. The family saloon captured the hearts of thousands who joined a campaign to save her from scrappage scheme destruction and fans can meet the Practical Classics team that saved her and chat about restoration skills and their latest vehicle projects on their event stand.

Other show features include Automart with an impressive selection of up to 200 classic cars – from immaculate examples to restoration projects. While Dealermart will feature a selection of top condition classics from traders.

Bonhams auction of collectors’ cars, motorcycles and automobilia will return on Saturday September 7th, as desirable and rare historic machines go under the hammer. Admission to the sale room is by catalogue only. To register in advance see www.bonhams.com/auctions/25455.

A Sunday highlight is Trunk Traders, as enthusiasts sell assorted motoring jumble from their garages, sheds and lofts, providing a great opportunity to find bargains.

One-day and two-day visitor tickets are available, with a limited number of premium tickets giving early entry to the showground an hour before the event opens to the public, plus priority parking. Tickets are available in advance online, with discounts for those bought by 5pm on August 29th. For tickets and details see www.beaulieu.co.uk/events/international-autojumble or call 01590 612888.

Event tickets include entry to the whole of the Beaulieu attraction, including the National Motor Museum with its Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 50 Years display, World of Top Gear with a new collection of cars from the latest series, On Screen Cars, Palace House, the Secret Army exhibition, Beaulieu Abbey and the grounds and gardens.

Exhibitors and Trunk Traders can book their stand online at www.beaulieu.co.uk/events/international-autojumble/exhibitors or contact the events team at events@beaulieu.co.uk or 01590 614614.