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Título: Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 30 Septiembre 2015, 11:28:37
Buenos días,

Después de la etapa "rinconera", aún sigo recibiendo muchas NP de nuestro mundillo de una agencia inglesa. Me hago cargo de que no todo el mundo dominará el idioma de Shakespeare pero aún así creo que vale la pena darlas publicación. Irán todos agrupadas en este hilo.

¡Saludos!
Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 30 Septiembre 2015, 11:29:40
CATERHAM CARS OPENS NEW SHOWROOM IN ITALY

British sportscar manufacturer, Caterham Cars, has expanded its growing European dealer network with the appointment of Borghi Automomobili as a new distributor in Italy’s fashion captial, Milan. Borghi Automomobili was established in 1919 and has almost a century’s experience in selling exotic sportscars from all over the world.

The appointment re-establishes Caterham’s presence in Italy and the full European range of Caterham’s iconic British sportscars - including the Seven 165, the brand-new Seven 275, and Europe’s most powerful Seven; the 485 - will be available, as well as Caterham Academy and R300 race cars.  In addition to catering for new customers, Borghi Automomobili also offers Italian customers a full after sales service.

To celebrate its appointment as an official dealer, Borghi Automomobili held a launch event on Friday 25th September at the showroom and showcased the recently released Seven 275 S and Seven 275 R models alongside the Seven 165 S.

Tim Flear, British Consul General and Director of UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) Italy, attended the event as well as members from the local Caterham Seven owners club.

David Ridley, Caterham Chief Commercial Officer, said: “We are delighted that our new partnership with Borghi Automobili allows us to once again deliver our cars to sportscar enthusiasts in Italy.”

“We’re looking forward to working with the vastly experienced team at Borghi Automomobili to keep building on our success in the European market.”

Borghi Automomobili is located on Via Stendhal 59,20144 Milano.

For Borghi Automomobili enquiries please contact the showroom on (+39)02 47 40 51, or info@borghiutomomobili.it.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 30 Septiembre 2015, 11:30:44
GOODWOOD MEMBERS’ MEETING TO HOST INCREDIBLE SUPER TOURING DISPLAY

he Goodwood Road Racing Club 74th Members’ Meeting will celebrate the golden age of the British Touring Car Championship in 2016 with a special on-track collection of Super Touring machines of the 1990s.

Sixteen cars, spanning Super Touring’s most outstanding years, will play a starring role at the Members’ Meeting on March 19-20 with a colourful high-speed demonstration on each day of the event.

The ‘Super Touring’ name came into being in 1995 and was applied to the set of touring car regulations that became the  BTCC’s sole class in ‘91 that centered around two-litre, normally-aspirated saloons such as the Vauxhall Cavalier and Nissan Primera.

The Members’ Meeting track activity will focus on the spectacular winged machines of 1995-2000 that resulted in championship successes for John Cleland, Frank Biela, Alain Menu, Rickard Rydell and Laurent Aiello.

Two-time BTCC Champion Cleland and podium finisher Patrick Watts – both of whom race in the HSCC’s Super Touring Championship – will take part in the Goodwood demonstration in, respectively, their own 1997 Vauxhall Vectra and ‘98 Peugeot 406.

The 2000 Honda Accord in which Le Mans legend Tom Kristensen won the last BTCC race held to Super Touring rules, the Ford Mondeo in which Rickard Rydell won three times the same season, and Jo Winkelhock’s 1994 BMW 318i are also confirmed already.

So are an ex-works Audi A4 Quattro like the one in which Frank Biela won the 1996 title, one of the Volvo S40s used by Rydell in his title-winning campaign of ‘98 and David Leslie’s Nissan Primera, in which the Scot finished second in the championship the following season.

Another Leslie car, the RML-run Ecurie Ecosse Cavalier in which the he took his maiden BTCC success at Thruxton in 1993, will take part, as will the ex-Jean-Christophe Boullion Renault Laguna from the 1999 season, with more names added in due course.

The Super Touring high-speed demos join those for sensational ground-effect Formula 1 cars and monstrous five-litre Group 5 sportscars on the Members’ Meeting line-up.

Goodwood can also today announce the names of all 11 races that will be held over the weekend. New events include the Hailwood Trophy for two-stroke grand prix motorbikes of 250 and 350cc, and the Alan Mann Trophy for Ford GT40s.

Members of the Goodwood Road Racing Club can secure their spots at the event now with those on the Club waiting list able to purchase from 2 November. A small number of tickets will go on general sale on 1 January 2016, subject to availability.

74th MEMBERS’ MEETING:

RACE-BY-RACE GUIDE*

Gerry Marshall Trophy – For Group 1 touring cars of a type that raced up to 1982 (two-driver race with ‘sprint’ race to decide grid for main event)

Graham Hill Trophy – For GT cars of a type that raced at Goodwood from 1960-66

Peter Collins Trophy – For sports racing cars of a type that raced from 1948-55

Hailwood Trophy – For two-stroke 250cc and 350cc grand prix motorcycles of a type that raced from 1970-82

Bruce McLaren Trophy – For Can-Am and Group 7 sports prototypes of a type that raced up to 1966

Parnell Cup –For grand prix, Formula 2 and voiturette cars of a type that raced up to 1953

Whitmore Cup –For saloon cars of less than 2-litre capacity of a type that raced from 1960-66

Brooks Trophy – For 2.5-litre, front and rear-engined Formula 1 cars of a type that raced from 1954-60

Derek Bell Cup – For one-litre ‘screamer’ Formula 3 cars of a type that raced from 1964-70

Alan Mann Trophy– For Ford GT40s Mk1s of a type that raced pre-1966

Sunbeam Trophy– For Edwardian racing specials of a type that raced up to 1923.

High-speed demonstrations featuring ground-effect Formula 1 cars, five-litre Group 5 sportscars and Super Touring Cars of the mid-1990s will also take place on each day of the 74th Members’ Meeting.

*Running order TBC

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 30 Septiembre 2015, 13:10:03
WHERE TO SEE THE BRIGHTON BELLES

Subtle route revisions will make it even easier for spectators to enjoy the splendour of the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

As many as half a million spectators will line the route of the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run this November, when the longest running motoring event in the world sets off on its annual adventure from London to Brighton (Sunday 1 November).

Like the hardy teams piloting their amazing horseless carriages from the capital to the coast, the spectators brave whatever the weather conjures up to salute motoring’s pioneers: every car taking part was built before 1905.

Best of all, every vantage point along the 60-mile route offers completely free viewing allowing everyone to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of more than 400 veterans as they ‘put-put’ their way to Brighton.

Although the Run follows more or less the same route as last year, there have been a few changes to make it even better for participants and spectators alike. The first cars will start at Hyde Park Corner at first light (6.54am) where the route takes them through Wellington Arch and down Constitution Hill to pass Buckingham Palace before they head down The Mall.

From The Mall, the cars will turn right onto Horse Guards Road before turning left onto Birdcage Walk, heading towards the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Bridge. Once south of the river, the cars will turn right onto Lambeth Palace Road before turning left by the Palace towards the Imperial War Museum where they join the A23 to head south towards Croydon, Purley, Redhill, Crawley and on to Brighton.

One popular viewing point just south of Redhill is at the A23 Brighton Road crossroads with Hooley Lane. This is a long incline that really tests the cars’ stamina: the first cars are expected here from 7.50am until around 11.30am.

Like last year, the participants will benefit from a pit stop in Crawley, courtesy of Harrods and Gatwick Honda. The dealer will clear its forecourt and service bays of modern cars to allow drivers and mechanics to fettle their steeds while passengers enjoy a warming drink. Due to lack of spectator viewing points, the time control checkpoint has been reintroduced into nearby Crawley High Street to allow fans to get up close to the cars. This will be the vantage point for spectators.

A knowledgeable commentary team will be on-hand in the High Street to give spectators some background on each car as it passes through. The first cars are expected to head off from 8.15am with the last leaving at about 1.45pm.

As the journey continues, the next popular vantage point is the village of Cuckfield where the pubs open early – for teas, coffees and soft drinks. Cars will be passing through here between 8.45am and 2.30pm before heading through Burgess Hill  between 8.55am and 3pm and reaching their destination at Brighton.

Another change this year sees the official finish moving to Madeira Drive, the site of the traditional ceremonial finish. The first cars are expected from 9.54am and all will be able to use bus lanes on Brighton’s Grand Parade to ease their passage to the sea front.

The event also attracts owners of classic cars who head out in support of the Run. MGs, Morgans, Rolls-Royces and Bentleys gather outside The Jolly Tanners and The Victory Inn by the village green in Staplefield as their owners cheer the veterans through. Members of the Panhard Club GB and Lotus 7 Club do the same at Handcross, just south of Crawley.

“Interest in the Veteran Car Run is higher than ever and the minor changes we have made to the route are designed not just to make life easier for the participants – you’ve got to remember these cars are all over 110 years old ­– but also to make it even more inviting to spectators,” said Clerk of the Course, Neil Carr-Jones.

“For anyone interested in the history of motoring and how the invention of the horseless carriage has shaped our lives, this is the greatest show on earth.”

There will be even greater spectator involvement on the Run this year. A social media campaign on the day will encourage spectators to vote for the crew dressed in the best period costume. The crew with the most nominations will win the Best Period Dress award!

For anyone that owns an eligible veteran car and is thinking about taking part this year, entries will be open until midnight on Friday 25 September, with registrations possible via the event website at: http://www.veterancarrun.com/register.

More information on the Run can be found at www.veterancarrun.com.

The Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is the pinnacle event in a week of motoring in the capital during ‘London Motor Week’ – a series of events hosted by the world famous Royal Automobile Club which also includes a Literary Festival, Motoring Forum and the Regent Street Motor Show.

Editor's Notes

About Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

With its unique atmosphere and camaraderie, the Bonhams Veteran Car Run travelling from London to Brighton (staged specifically as a non-profit making veneration) commemorates the Emancipation Run of 14 November 1896, which celebrated the Locomotives on the Highway Act. The Act raised the speed limit for ‘light locomotives’ from 4 to 14mph, and abolished the need for these vehicles to be preceded by a man on foot waving a red flag.

The Emancipation Run was first commemorated in 1897 with a re-enactment following the same route in 1927 and has taken place every November since, with the exception of the war years and 1947 when petrol was rationed. The Royal Automobile Club has managed the Run with the support of the Veteran Car Club of Great Britain since 1930.

About London Motor Week

The Veteran Car Run is an integral part of London Motor Week, which in 2015 incorporates the following events:

Monday 26 October – Royal College of Art - Design Presentation Evening
Wednesday 28 October – Literary Festival and Motoring Book of the Year Awards
Thursday 29 October – Royal Automobile Club Motoring Forum
Friday 30 October – Bonhams Auction
Saturday 31 October – Regent Street Motor Show
Sunday 1 November – Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 01 Octubre 2015, 11:42:02
CHILDREN GO FREE AT CLASSIC & SPORTS CAR – THE LONDON SHOW

London, September     

Organisers of Classic & Sports Car – The London Show have today announced that advance children’s tickets for the event will be free of charge.

The offer will apply to advance Saturday and Sunday tickets for those under the age of 16, when accompanied by an adult, making what is sure to be a great family day out even better value.

With a wide selection of features already confirmed, there really will be something for everyone at this autumn’s event. The show will cover a broad spectrum of automotive and motorsport history, from a celebration of Aston Martin and an exhibition of Sir Stirling Moss’ most iconic single-seater competition cars, to revealing the Best British Car Ever, voted for by the public.

The show will also feature a star-studded live stage, with influential guests including legendary former Formula One™ team principal, Ross Brawn OBE, presenter of For The Love Of Cars, Ant Antstead and former Jaguar Cars Chairman, Sir John Egan.

James Elliott, Classic & Sports Car magazine group editor, said: "With so much exciting content already confirmed for the inaugural show, we’re sure it will appeal to all ages. As such, we wanted to make it as cost-effective as possible for families and feel making tickets for children free of charge across the weekend was the perfect way to do this.”

Classic & Sports Car – The London Show will feature more than 300 of the world’s most prestigious classic cars from world-famous collectors and world-renowned classic car retailers. Organised by Classic & Sports Car, the world’s best-selling classic car magazine, The London Show will also include many more features to be revealed over the coming weeks.

To purchase your tickets, or to view the terms & conditions which apply to free child entry, visit www.classicandsportscarshow.com or call 0844 581 1275.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 01 Octubre 2015, 13:59:54
Formula 1 technical supremo Ross Brawn gears up for a second trip down memory lane to Brighton

The magic of the annual Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run always attracts a host of high profile personalities from right across sporting and entertainment spectrums. Last year’s staging of the world’s longest-running motoring event starred TV personality Paul Hollywood and Olympic heroes Sir Ben Ainslie and Sir Steve Redgrave.

Formula 1 legend Ross Brawn OBE was another of last year’s well-known figures making his debut on the hallowed route from Hyde Park to the Sussex coast. Now, bowled over by that ‘tremendous experience’, he’s returning for another veteran car adventure next month (Sunday 1 November).

Brawn is renowned for his engineering wisdom. Before stepping down as Team Principal of Lewis Hamilton OBE’s all-conquering Mercedes outfit in 2014, he was the technical genius behind the championship-winning Benetton and Ferrari Formula 1 teams as well as owner of his own Brawn Grand Prix team that took Jenson Button to the 2009 title.

Indeed, it’s this deep-seated fascination with automotive mechanics that attracted him to not only participate in last year’s Run but also to buy and enter his own pre-1905 veteran car. Adding further to his involvement, Brawn also joined the judging panel for the EFG International Concours d’Elegance which, as tradition now dictates, takes place during the Regent Street Motor Show on the eve of the Run. He’ll be joining the judging line-up once again this year.

The pioneering machine the 60-year-old Lancastrian mastermind now owns is unsurprisingly very special and highly innovative. It’s the only known surviving British-built Wilson-Pilcher dating back to 1904. Among a host of groundbreaking components, it features a 2.7-litre, water-cooled, flat-four 12/16hp engine, a Phaeton chassis, a remarkably low centre of gravity and a novel transmission fitted with dual epicyclic gears.

The forward-looking four-seater remained in its creator’s family for more than a century before Brawn acquired it in 2013 via a sale organised by auctioneers Bonhams. It was then recommissioned just in time for last November’s trip to Brighton – a memorable outing the rare Wilson-Pilcher’s new owner relished for lots of reasons. 

“It was a tremendous experience,” he recalls. “I was just staggered and impressed by the support the event gets from the public – they love it. Even though the weather wasn’t great, the amount of people out waving and cheering was really enjoyable and impressive.

“Driving the car for the 60 miles was completely novel. I’d had some lessons from someone who knew what they were doing but driving that far was certainly an undertaking. It was nice to challenge myself with something different – normally I’m watching someone else do the driving!”

As well as enjoying his time behind the wheel, Brawn is still intrigued by the technically advanced Wilson-Pilcher.

“It appealed to me because of the history of Walter Wilson who designed the car,” continues the brains behind no fewer than nine Formula 1 Constructors’ Championships. ‘Wilson was one of the most innovative engineers of his era and went on to design the First World War tank and the famous Wilson Pre-Selector gearbox. You just look at the car and there are so many interesting engineering concepts. They didn’t have the materials or the methods that exist now but what they achieved within the limitations they had is just staggering. Every time I look around the car, or do something on it, I discover something new that really impresses me. It’s a great car.”

Despite having to overcome a few little problems in true period style as well as battling a heavy rain storm when crossing the South Downs, Brawn and the Wilson-Pilcher made it all the way to Madeira Drive last November – a feat he is now aiming to repeat next month.

“As you get more into it, I think finishing becomes more of an important objective,” he admits. “For me the first year was just taking part and I was just glad to finish – now I want to make sure I finish!

“I can see the compulsion of people wanting to get to Brighton - we’ve had some more work done on the car this summer to get it ready and we’ll keep doing that. The car had been kept in reasonable condition but not had that much done to it over a number of years, so it’s now my responsibility to ensure it’s kept in full working order.”

Those wanting to catch Brawn en route to Brighton can find full route information on the official www.veterancarrun.com website. This year’s Run takes place Sunday 1 November with the first cars departing from Hyde Park at 06:54.

The Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is the pinnacle event in a week of motoring in the capital during ‘London Motor Week’ – a series of events hosted by the world famous Royal Automobile Club which also includes a Literary Festival, Motoring Forum, motoring lectures and the Regent Street Motor Show.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 02 Octubre 2015, 08:23:48
ORIGINAL FOOTAGE UNEARTHED TO CELEBRATE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF CATERHAM ACADEMY

Novice-only series started at Mallory Park on Oct 1, 1995
More than 900 new racing drivers created by series since then
Footage of inaugural race can be seen at: https://youtu.be/zSo5aDSXAUE


The ground-breaking Caterham Academy championship celebrates its 20th anniversary today (October 1).

The very first Academy event took place, under the banner of the Top Gear Caterham Scholarship, at Mallory Park in 1995 and Caterham has located rare footage of the event to celebrate the landmark birthday.

Since its inception, the Academy has gone on to become one of the most popular novice race series in the UK, with more than 900 amateur male and female drivers competing across the 21 seasons racing the iconic Caterham Seven.

The series is still going strong, with only a handful of the 56 grid slots for 2016 remaining. Academy graduates and aspiring racers alike can get a taste of the action from the inaugural event by visiting: https://youtu.be/zSo5aDSXAUE

In its 20 years, more than 300 Academy sprints and race events have taken place, generating enough competitive miles to orbit the Earth almost seven times.

The series has welcomed drivers of all ages and abilities; the youngest Caterham Academy driver was just 16 years old and the oldest novice racer to complete the championship was 74. The youngest drivers to be crowned champion were 17-year olds Ben Winrow and Guy Harrington, in 2002 and 2004 respectively. 

Caterham’s Chief Technical & Motorsport Officer, Simon Lambert, competed in the inaugural Caterham Academy, winning the very first race and coming second overall in the 1995 championship.

Lambert said: “The Academy, or the Scholarship as it was called back in 1995, made my childhood dream of being a racing driver become a reality; without it, perhaps it would never have happened. Several years of racing followed and this has provided me with some truly great memories and even better friends who have remained long after the racing stopped.

“Ultimately, I joined Caterham and am fortuitously responsible for the series. Some 900 people have followed in my footsteps and looking after the Academy is undoubtedly the highlight of my role here.  It’s a cliché, but I know from experience that we are making dreams come true.  It is a fantastic thing to be part of.”

The Academy is an amateurs-only programme, designed to guide competitors through every step, from gaining a competition licence, through car control training and on to their first season of competition at some of the UK’s best-known circuits.

The Caterham Academy is widely-acknowledged as one of the best-value introductions to motorsport.  Spaces on the Caterham Academy grid have continued to be in extremely high demand, with 49 drivers already signed up for the 2016 season and 8 for the 2017 season.

The last few spaces on the 2016 Caterham Academy season grid are available now, with the all-inclusive package available from £22,995 for the Seven in component form and £25,995 for a fully factory built car.

For more information, visit www.caterhamcars.com/academy or call Caterham South on +44 (0)1293 312300.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 02 Octubre 2015, 12:40:51
ALEXANDRA PALACE GEARS UP FOR CLASSIC & SPORTS CAR – THE LONDON SHOW

Host of stunning classic cars assemble at Alexandra Palace ahead of inaugural Classic & Sports Car - The London Show
Ferrari 250GT California Spider, Mercedes-Benz 300SL ‘Gullwing’ and Aston Martin DB4GT join £18m classic car line-up at historic London venue
This small selection of amazing machines gives visitors a flavour of the 300 classic cars they can expect to see at the show
Key attractions include ‘Best of British’ theme, Aston Martin celebration, display of Sir Stirling Moss single-seaters, Live Interview stage
Organised by Classic & Sports Car, the world’s best-selling classic car magazine, The London Show will feature the world’s most prestigious classic cars from world-famous collectors and world-renowned classic car retailers
Inaugural show will take place from 30th October to 1st November 2015 at Alexandra Palace, further information and tickets available at www.classicandsportscarshow.com


London, October 2nd 2015     

With less than a month until 300 classic cars descend on famous London landmark Alexandra Palace for Classic & Sports Car – The London Show, organisers of the inaugural event have assembled six iconic machines in front of Alexandra Palace previewing the main event, which will take place from 30th October to 1st November.

An Aston Martin DB4GT, Ferrari 250GT California Spider, Jaguar E-type Roadster, Mercedes-Benz 300SL ‘Gullwing’, 1973 Pontiac Trans Am and Porsche 993 Carrera RS appeared in all their glory outside Alexandra Palace, which first opened in 1873. These stunning classics are just a small selection of the 300 or so cars to which visitors will be able to get up close at the event, thanks to stands featuring historic machines from world-famous collectors and world-renowned classic car retailers. Andall under one roof too.

Classic & Sports Car – The London Show will also feature a number of high-profile themes in its first year, as well as some exciting exhibits.

Best British Car Ever sponsored by Autoglym

Reflecting the show’s catch-all theme of ‘Best of British’, Classic & Sports Car – The London Show will reveal the Best British Car Ever, sponsored by Autoglym. Classic & Sports Car magazine asked a jury of more than 100 motoring experts – including McLaren F1 designer Gordon Murray, Lotus head of design Russell Carr and Pink Floyd drummer and car collector Nick Mason – to come up with the shortlist of 10 cars. Their nominations ranged from the affordable car that put the nation on wheels, the Austin Seven, to the McLaren F1, the most uncompromised high-performance car ever built.

For stage two that shortlist (which also included the Range Rover, Lotus Seven, Jaguar XKSS, Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, Ford GT40, Mini Cooper, Bentley Speed Six and Jaguar E-type) has been put to a public poll. And thousands have cast their votes. The climax will come at Alexandra Palace when the people’s winner will be unveiled on a stand displaying all 10 cars from the shortlist, which have a combined value of a mammoth £30million!

Aston Martin Celebration

Revered British marque Aston Martin will feature prominently at the event. Aston Martin: The Story of an Icon partnered by EFG, will feature important cars spanning Aston’s 100-year-plus history. Thanks to the co-operation of the Aston Martin Heritage Trust, the oldest surviving car in the firm’s history, the 1921 ‘A3’, will be among them, as will the opposing bookend car, the DB9 GT. Visitors will also be able to feast their eyes on a rare DB MkIII, a V8, a DB7, a Vanquish and, of course, the best-loved Aston of all time: a silver birch DB5, a model immortalised by James Bond.

Stirling Moss single-seater display

To celebrate the career of Britain’s most successful and best-loved racing driver, Sir Stirling Moss, Classic & Sports Car – The London Show has assembled a quartet of British single-seater racing cars with which ‘Mr Motor Racing’ enjoyed so much success during the 1950s and early-’60s.

The Cooper MkIV, in which he won at Monaco in 1960, the Lotus 18 that he used to take victory on the streets of the Principality a decade later, the unique four-wheel-drive Ferguson P99 that gave Moss a win in the Oulton Park Gold Cup in 1961 and the teardrop Vanwall VW4 with which the great man shared victory in the British Grand Prix at Aintree in 1957 with Tony Brooks – thus becoming the first Brits to win their home GP in a British car – will wow visitors in a special display area.

Live Stage interviews

One of the key attractions of Classic & Sports Car – The London Show will be the Live Stage, in partnership with Smooth Radio. A line-up of superb guests, who will be grilled on their career highs – and lows – and favourite classics by motoring journalist and broadcaster Henry Hope-Frost, is already confirmed across the three days of the show.

Among the stage guests sure to draw a crowd is legendary race car designer and F1 technical director Ross Brawn, business guru Sir John Egan, who rescued the crumbling Jaguar car company at the start of the 1980s, bespoke-car builder and star of TV show ‘For The Love of Cars’ Ant Anstead, former BBC Top Gear presenter Chris Goffey, ex-BMC and Ford competition department chief Stuart Turner, Coys auctioneer and star of TV’s The Classic Car Show Chris Routledge and former Grand Prix driver and Le Mans 24 Hours winner David Brabham, son of three-time world champion Sir Jack.

James Elliott, Classic & Sports Car magazine group editor, said: “The six cars that gathered recently in the sunshine in front of Alexandra Palace really captured the spirit of what we think the inaugural Classic & Sports Car – The London Show is all about. And, incredibly, these six cars are just a taster of what visitors can expect.

“This stunning venue and 300 beautiful and, in many cases, rare machines will make for a unique experience in London, I’m certain. I’m hugely excited by the prospect of the show’s special attractions and demonstrations and look forward to welcoming like-minded enthusiasts to be part of such a convivial atmosphere.”

The organisers would like to thank to Hexagon (http://hexagonclassics.com), Bonhams (http://www.bonhams.com) and Coys (http://www.coys.co.uk) for the loan of the six cars. Tickets are now on sale, visit www.classicandsportscarshow.com or call 0844 581 1275 to book yours.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 07 Octubre 2015, 08:44:05
COYS AUCTION STOLE THE SHOW AT FRANKFURT

International auctioneers Coys achieved outstanding results at their ground-breaking inaugural auction at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show on Saturday 26th September.
 
As the exclusive auction partner of one of the world’s largest and most important motor shows, Coys offered a fabulous and varied selection of classic and sports cars.
 
One of the highlights of the auction was a 1959 Facel Vega HK 500, supplied new in 1959 to one of Hollywood's golden era most famous leading actresses Ava Gardner. This iconic celebrity car sold for €103,685.
 
Porsches had an outstanding performance at their home country with a 1989 Porsche 930 Turbo SE Flachbau selling for €90,000, a 1994 Porsche 964 Speedster for €123,500 and a 1956 Porsche 356 A 1600 Speedster by Reutter for €232,370.
 
Other important results included a 1966 Maserati Quattroporte I, which sold for €64,520, a 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Litre Roadster for €130,000, a 1984 Aston Martin V8 Volante for €122,000, a 1968 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman for €182,015 a 1965 Mercedes-Benz 600 for €81,305 and a 1994 Ferrari 512 TR for €154,040.
 
Chris Routledge, Managing Partner at Coys, said: “The superb selection of cars of offer appealed to the truly international audience present at the show, who queued 150 metres out of the door and round the corner to attend on auction day - with cars predictably selling to all four corners of the globe.”
 
Routledge added: “We will undoubtedly be returning and look forward to Frankfurt being a permanent feature in Coys' international auction programme.”
 
Coys next auction is The Spirit of Motoring, held at the seat of the British sporting establishment, Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire, with yet another broad, high-quality selection of classic and sports cars.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 07 Octubre 2015, 15:58:21
JD CLASSICS CELEBRATES SUCCESSFUL BERNINA GRANTURISMO

Maldon, Essex, Wednesday 7th October: In the gorgeous surroundings of the Alps, JD Classics put in a strong performance at the historic racing calendar’s newest event – the revived Bernina Granturismo. With JD Classics as sponsors, it was the first time the event had been officially run since the 1930s, and JD Classics’ six entries all performed well, capped off by a second-place overall finish for the ex-Fangio C-Type and two class wins.

Celebrating sports and racing cars built up to the early 1980s, more than 40 cars took part in the event, which traced the old Bernina hillclimb route 5.6km from La Rosa up to the Bernina Hospiz. JD Classics arrived in San Moritz early Friday morning, accompanied by its six cars: the ex-Fangio C-Type, Cooper T33, Ford GT40, Jaguar XK120, Datsun 240Z and an ex-Works Ford Escort RS1800.

Saturday morning’s practice runs were wet and misty, but the JD Classics Competition Department all put in strong runs on the Bernina Pass, despite challenging conditions and a seriously demanding route. The team’s expert engineers then carried out their final checks of the cars just ahead of the first competitive runs on the Pass.

JD Classics’ resident racing driver, Chris Ward, continued his excellent form following two wins at Goodwood Revival and a win at Spa Francorchamps to put the ex-Fangio C-Type second-fastest on his first run. His second run was quicker still, putting the JD Classics car at the top of the leader board. Alex Newman, in JD Classics’ Jaguar XK120, also went fastest in Class E.

Sunday morning was due to bring with it the second round of competitive runs, but with heavy snowfall and conditions showing no signs of improving, the competition was called off. Final positioning was determined by the outcome of Saturday’s runs, granting the ex-Fangio C-Type a second-place overall finish, and the Cooper T33 of JD Classics’ MD Derek Hood, fifth place. There were strong performances in individual classes, too, with the team’s XK120 winning Class E, the Datsun 240Z of Steve Riedling second in Class H1 and the ex-Works Escort RS1800 taking first place overall in the Regularity field.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 08 Octubre 2015, 09:35:58
OVER 65 CLASSIC AND SPORTS CARS TO GO UNDER THE HAMMER AT COYS ASCOT AUCTION

nternational auctioneers Coys are set to auction over 65 classic and sports cars at their regular autumn auction, The Spirit of Motoring, held at the Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire this Saturday 10th October.

The sale will features a broad, high-quality catalogue, with everything from a 1991 Rover Mini – Ex Britt Ekland (estimated at £7,000 to £10,000), an original 1937 Jaguar SS 100 2 ½ litre (Refer Department), Clay Regazzoni's single-seater 1966 Tecno Formula 3 racing car (estimated at £35,000 to £45,000) and a 1965 Lotus Type 26 Elan S2 (estimated at £60,000 to £70,000).

The 1991 Rover Mini on offer presents a rare opportunity to own a car with a unique and outstanding pedigree, having being owned by one of the original 1960's style icons and film actress, Britt Ekland. Ekland owned the Mini for 5 years and helped to make the Mini the incredible and appreciating classic car that it is today. She only sold it when she auctioned off everything she owned after her divorce from Slim Jim Phantom, the drummer from the Stray Cats in 1996. This Rover Mini still has the original V5 and service record book.

The wonderful 1937 Jaguar SS 100 2 ½ litres is in excellent restored condition and would be suitable to grace the most precious Jaguar collections in the world or any concours event it might be entered into. In its current ownership the car has been regularly displayed at concours events throughout the UK, where it has performed very well, receiving trophies at most events it attended.

Clay Regazzoni's 1966 Tecno works car is one of the most beautiful Formula 3 cars Coys has offered. It is offered with a wonderful history file containing a vast amount of period racing images and with the correct FEV fire system and safety belts in date, making it a very cheap entry into the historic racing scene.

The 1965 Lotus Type 26 Elan S2 is also a very interesting and a cost-effective entry for some of the best events in the classic car world. It was the winning car in one of the races of the 1966 Bahamas Speed Week. In August 2013, it was granted a FIA Appendix “K” Historic Technical Passport (HTP). Importantly, the car retains its original chassis, engine, body and gearbox and even comes complete with two sets of the original JAP Magnesium wheels from 1966, plus the original grey hood.

Chris Routledge, Managing Partner of Coys, said: “Ascot promises to be a great auction with over 65 high quality and interesting classic and sports cars. Held in the grounds of the Ascot Racecourse, a true British sporting establishment, we have lined up an exemplary selection of racing cars as well as a range of Ferraris, Jaguars and Mercedes-Benz, amongst other important collectors’ cars.”

The sale will also feature a 1976 Ferrari 308GTB Vetroresina (estimated at £135,000 to £150,000), a 1958 Aston DB2/4 Mark III (estimated at £130,000 to £160,000), a 1955 Bentley Series 1 Sports Saloon by Hooper (estimated at £26,000 to £30,000) and a 1929 Morgan Aero “Three Wheeler” (estimated at £18,000 to £25,000).

Other important lots include a 1968 Alfa Romeo GT (estimated at £20,000 to £25,000), a 1962 Jaguar MKII (estimated at £18,000 to £25,000) and a 1976 Ferrari 365 Barchetta Daddario (estimated at £250,000 to £300,000).

Coys auction will take place on Saturday 10th October at 3:00pm. Viewing available from Friday 9th October 2015 - 12.00pm - 6.00pm and on the day of auction from 10.00am.

Location: Ascot Racecourse, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 7JX.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 09 Octubre 2015, 08:48:14
UNIQUE ‘CONNOLLY’ F40 COMPLETES LINE-UP OF FABULOUS FERRARIS AT H&H’S 14 OCTOBER DUXFORD SALE

A 1992 Ferrari F40, the Maranello company’s 200mph supercar and the last design personally approved by Enzo Ferrari, is the latest top-drawer entry in H&H Classic’s forthcoming Duxford sale, the catalogue for which is now online.

It will join the headlining Richard Colton Collection 1960 250 GT SWB and 1967 275 GTB/4, and 13 other highly collectable Ferraris at the bumper sale to be held on 14 October.

What marks this F40 out as truly special is that it’s believed to be the only one that the factory authorised to have its seats trimmed in Connolly leather.  Ordered new by Francis John Connolly of the eponymous family firm, the car was used as a promotional tool to showcase the famous British company’s products so familiar over the decades in Bentleys, Aston Martins and, of course, Ferraris.

Instead of the familiar red Nomex, Connolly retrimmed this F40 in the UK in tan aniline leather, Cuoio in Italian.

As a long-standing supplier to Ferrari, Connolly was sanctioned to carry out the modification, and in 2007 the car was granted Ferrari Classiche certification. It also has a leather-covered fuse-box cover, on which is an embossed stamp of the Connolly crest. The Connollys used the car – together with a Jaguar XJ220 – on many business trips across Europe, come rain or shine – serious driving of which the late Richard Colton would have wholeheartedly approved.

Today, the desirable late-model, adjustable-suspension car with a fully stamped service book and just 18,800 miles on the odometer is in top-notch condition, and will be offered by H&H alongside its illustrious forebears at an estimate of £750,000 to £800,000.

Other Ferraris in the sale include a red 1983 Ferrari 308 GTS QV for £65,000 - 75,000 and a stunning silver – with red leather – 1996 Ferrari 512 TR at £130,000 - 150,000.  And of course the sale also includes another Colton car, one very much in vogue with collectors today and highly prized due to its unusual colour: the Verde Zeltweg (metallic green) 1998 Ferrari 550 Maranello. Like the other ex-Richard Colton entries, the latter will be offered ‘Without Reserve’.

The sale will take place on 14 October at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford, Cambridgeshire, CB22 4QR. The motor car sale will start at 12:00 prompt.

All bidding enquiries should be directed to Damian Jones, Sales Manager at H&H Classics, on +44 (0) 1925 210035, email damian.jones@handh.co.uk. 

www.classic-auctions.com

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 09 Octubre 2015, 08:48:43
COUNTDOWN BEGINS TO BIGGEST-EVER AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL

There are now just under 100 days to go until the start of Europe’s premier pre-season motorsport show – Autosport International.

Organisers of Autosport International will once again bring all the biggest cars and biggest stars of world motorsport together, along with all the leading companies from the performance engineering and motorsport sectors in what promises to be one of the biggest and best shows yet.

One of the headline-grabbing features at Autosport International is the arrival of Williams Martini Racing who is, for the first time away from the race paddock, erecting it Formula One® motorhome and integrating it with the central Autosport Stage.

The towering base will serve as the backdrop to a number of exclusive features by Williams, which includes an in-depth display of iconic championship-winning cars plus appearances from current drivers as well as famous faces that contributed to the success of Sir Frank Williams’ racing company. The event also gives fans a rare opportunity to learn more about Williams including its Advanced Engineering and Heritage divisions in the form of fantastic interactive displays.

The ever-popular Live Action Arena will deliver a number of exciting indoor races, drift displays, celebrity appearances, wheel-to-wheel racing as well as a driving masterclass from double FIA world champion and current World RallyCross Championship leader, Petter Solberg.

Visitors wanting to emulate their racing heroes on track can head over to the indoor Karting Track in the Adrenalin Zone. A number of arrive-and-drive sessions will be available for those wanting to showcase their skills out on track. In addition to this, a number of interactive and experiential features such as racing simulators and racing games will be rigged up in the Festival Zone over the weekend, located in Hall 9.

Running alongside Autosport International is the Performance Car Show presented by Landsail Tyres in association with Autocar and PistonHeads.com. The show will be launching an all-new and exciting theme for 2016 in the coming weeks, which will complement the stellar line-up of supercars and high-performance exotica.

Forming an integral part of Autosport International is Autosport Engineering in association with Racecar Engineering. Widely regarded by industry figureheads as motorsport’s foremost technology show, Autosport Engineering will once again bring together companies from the high performance engineering and motorsport sectors.

The show, running on two dedicated trade days between 14-15 January, will showcase the latest technological developments for the forthcoming season as well as creating many new business and networking opportunities. Furthermore, the Trade and Technical area supported by Race Tech Magazine within Autosport International runs across all four days and features a vast array of companies supplying motorsport products for active racing drivers.

Ian France, Autosport International Show Director, said: “Visitors will be entertained from start to finish with world firsts such as the exciting Williams display, the ever-popular Performance Car Show or interactive and experiential features in the Adrenalin Zone and Live Action Arena. Fans will have the chance to meet their racing idols too in the autograph signing sessions as well as witnessing live interviews on the Autosport Stage.

There are due to be many more exciting show announcements over the next 100 days and we are looking forward to making next year’s Autosport International the biggest and best yet.”

Don’t miss a minute of the action by purchasing your tickets from www.autosportinternational.com or by calling the ticket hotline on 0844 338 0338 (calls charged at 7p per minute plus your standard network rate).

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 09 Octubre 2015, 12:47:34
ORIGINAL ISOTTA FRASCHINI JOINS THE BONHAMS LONDON TO BRIGHTON VETERAN CAR RUN

Italian motoring pioneer, once given by Mussolini to America, makes its first ever appearance in the UK

A unique veteran car that Italian dictator Benito Mussolini once donated to the Henry Ford Museum will be making a guest appearance as a special invited entry on the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run on Sunday, 1 November.

Historically significant, the 1901 Isotta Fraschini is chassis number one, the very first car to wear the famous ‘IF’ badge.

At that time the Milan-based company, which had been started by Cesare Isotta and brothers Vincenzo, Antonio and Oreste Fraschini, assembled and sold Renault cars in Italy.

Although now best known for its powerful racing cars and the luxury limousines built until the end of the Second World War, Fraschini’s first car was a more modest machine.

A small two-seater voiturette, chassis number one was powered by a single cylinder De Dion Bouton engine, as used in the contemporary Renault Type D so familiar to the company. But curiously, the car was never given any bodywork.

It was in this state – a rolling chassis – in 1931 when it was donated to Henry Ford’s famous museum in Dearborn, Michigan.

The company explained the donation of this ‘dear and precious document of (our) mechanics’ by saying it ‘could not find a more suitable and worthy seat than the one of the Ford Museum in Detroit, which has been created by the prodigious faith of a man who has dedicated his whole life to the mechanical automobile industry.’

In fact, it turned out that it had not been quite so freely given by Isotta Fraschini – the donation had been ordered by Mussolini who was trying to entice Ford to start producing cars in Italy. An idea that Fiat quickly stopped.

And the museum appears to have been a little bemused by the donation. Although the chassis was put on display for a while, it spent most of its time in America stored in the museum’s vaults before being sold in the 1980s.

In 2014, however, it was bought by an Italian collector who made sure the chassis came home after 83 years away. Aside from getting the engine to run after decades of silence, the car has not been restored in any way. It remains a rolling chassis and wears ‘the coat of time’ according to its owner.

So that it can be driven on the Run, however, it has been fitted with a pair of wicker seats mounted on a removable frame allowing it to be quickly returned to its original state.

Ben Cussons, Chairman of the Veteran Car Run Steering Group, said: ‘This is a truly remarkable machine. The very first Isotta Fraschini ever built, it is exactly as it left the factory 114 years ago. It has never before been seen in the UK, so its appearance on this year’s Run is something very special indeed.’

More information on the Run can be found at www.veterancarrun.com.

The Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is the pinnacle event in a week of motoring in the capital during ‘London Motor Week’ – a series of events hosted by the world famous Royal Automobile Club which also includes the Motoring Forum, the Motoring Lectures and the Regent Street Motor Show.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 09 Octubre 2015, 15:00:04
CLASSIC & SPORTS CAR – THE LONDON SHOW REVEALS FULL DETAILS OF ASTON MARTIN CELEBRATION

London, October 9th 2015     

One of Britain’s best-loved luxury car manufacturers, Aston Martin, will be celebrated in grand style at the inaugural Classic & Sports Car – The London Show, with a stunning collection of some of the luxury brand’s most iconic models, from the oldest-surviving to the very latest.

Seven of Aston Martin’s handbuilt machines will appear at the Alexandra Palace event from 30th October to 1st November in a display sponsored by EFG International.

A3

Taking the Aston Martin story back to the very beginning, an ultra-rare A3 will headline the display. The 1921 car, the oldest Aston Martin in existence, was the fourth and only survivor of marque founders Robert Bamford’s and Lionel Martin’s original prototypes. The car is now looked after by the Aston Martin Heritage Trust.

DB MkIII

Fewer than 500 DB MkIIIs were built from 1957 to 1959 and hardly any survive today, so it is a real thrill for Classic & Sports Car – The London Show organisers to have one in the display.

DB5

Almost certainly the most famous Aston Martin of all thanks to its starring role in 1964 Bond flick ‘Goldfinger’, the DB5 is seen by many as the ultimate Aston Martin. Powered by a four-litre, six-cylinder, all-aluminium engine, and with timeless styling, the DB5 is rightly heralded as a motoring icon. Visitors to Classic & Sports Car – The London Show can see a wonderful Silver Birch-painted car, just like in the movie.

V8

The first of Aston Martin’s V8-engined machines was the result of massive customer demand for bigger engines. The car destined to get Aston’s very first V8 was the DBS, which was launched with a straight-six Vantage engine in 1967. Two years after the DBS’ launch, in 1969, the DBS V8 was finally added to the line-up, and as the straight-six engine was discontinued in 1973, Aston dropped the DBS badged and the car simply became known as the ‘V8’.

DB7

A car of which Aston Martin is justifiably proud, the DB7 was the company’s most prolific production model in history. More than 7,000 were built between 1994 and 2004.

Vanquish

The six-litre V12 Vanquish first appeared in 2001 and was the company’s flagship grand tourer. Made famous in the 2002 James Bond film ‘Die Another Day’, the car was later upgraded with an ‘S’ specification in 2004, featuring a more powerful engine and revised aerodynamics. 

DB9 GT

Harking back to the GT-badged Aston Martins of the 1950s and ’60s, the DB9 GT is the last of the ultra-successful DB9 range, the replacement for the DB7. It represents the ultimate DB9, which Aston Martin has produced to such critical acclaim for 13 years.

James Elliott, Classic & Sports Car magazine group editor, said: “We’re thrilled that the inaugural Classic & Sports Car – The London Show is able to celebrate Aston Martin’s position as one of the greatest British manufacturers with seven important cars from its glorious production history. From the 1921 A3, kindly loaned to us by Aston Martin Heritage Trust, to the latest DB9 GT, these seven automotive icons are sure to represent a star attraction for visitors to our inaugural Alexandra Palace event.”

Thanks to the Aston Martin Heritage Trust, Desmond J Smail, Aston Service London, Aston Sales Kensington and Aston Martin for generously supplying the cars for this feature.

Classic & Sports Car – The London Show will feature more than 300 of the world’s most prestigious classic cars from world-famous collectors and world-renowned classic car retailers. Organised by Classic & Sports Car, the world’s best-selling classic car magazine, The London Show will also announce the results of its worldwide poll to find the Best British Car Ever, while there will also be a collection of Stirling Moss’ British single-seater racing cars and a Live Stage, in partnership with Smooth Radio, featuring guests including Ross Brawn OBE. More features and news will be revealed over the coming weeks.

Tickets for Classic & Sports Car – The London Show are now on sale, visit www.classicandsportscarshow.com or call 0844 581 1275 to book yours.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 09 Octubre 2015, 15:00:31
McLAREN CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF HISTORIC US RACE SERIES WITH LIMITED RUN 650S CAN-AM

McLaren established itself throughout the 1960s and 70s as a world-beating force in one of the most extreme forms of motorsport, Can-Am, winning five consecutive championships between 1967 and 1971. In honour of the 50th anniversary of the 1966 inaugural season, McLaren Special Operations (MSO) has created the limited production 650S Can-Am which takes its inspiration from the race cars of this golden age of motorsport.  The 650S Can-Am can be commissioned now priced at £255,850 with deliveries set to commence in the spring of 2016, 50 years on from the first race at Mont Tremblant, Canada.  Just 50 examples will be produced globally, all based on the 650S Spider.

The Can-Am series, or Canadian-American Challenge Cup, was a no-holds-barred battle of power and speed around some of the most iconic circuits in North America and Canada.  It attracted the best drivers of the time including Graham Hill, John Surtees, Jackie Stewart and, of course, Bruce McLaren.  The championship started in 1966, only a year after Bruce McLaren Motor Racing was established and in the series that followed, the young Kiwi became one of most successful names in the sport.

Key to the success of the McLaren Can-Am racers was the use of the latest technologies and materials.  This principle is carried through to today’s 650S Can-Am.  Where lightweight materials such as aluminium and mallite were used in the construction of yesterday’s racers, the modern-day celebration features extensive carbon fibre not least in the construction of its lightweight MonoCell chassis.  A carbon fibre retractable hard top features for the first time while further carbon fibre is used for the bonnet, Airbrake, front splitter, rear bumper centre, door blades and 650S Can-Am branded sill cover.  MSO has also created a unique set of lightweight forged alloy wheels inspired by those of the 1960s racers with a gloss-black finish on each of the five spokes and a diamond cut rim. Held in place by titanium bolts, the wheels are shod with Pirelli P Zero™ Corsa tyres.  Carbon ceramic brakes with black painted callipers are standard equipment.

Further unique features inspired by the iconic Can-Am racers include carbon fibre louvered front wings and a new quad-exit, polished stainless steel exhaust system. The louvres are designed to reduce pressure over the front wheels and increase downforce, while the four circular tailpipes at the rear of the car housed within a new visual carbon fibre rear grille echo the aggressive and purposeful throttle trumpets of the historic models.  They also provide the 650S Can-Am with a unique soundtrack.

Like the 650S Spider, this limited production model features the award-winning 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 which produces 650PS (641bhp) and 678Nm (500 lb ft) of torque. Performance and economy figures are just as exhilarating: zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) sprint takes a mere three seconds and its top speed is 204 mph (329 km/h). 

The 650S Can-Am is offered in three bold colours. The launch colour, Mars Red, is directly inspired by the M1B raced by Bruce McLaren and his teammate Chris Amon in the debut season. The second colour, Papaya Spark, is a modern and metallic take on the famous Can-Am racing McLaren Orange.  The final option is Onyx Black which is similar to the base colour used by many of the McLaren customer teams in the later seasons.  Each is additionally available with a corresponding racing livery to give an even closer visual association with the historic Can-Am series.

Inside, the standard sports seats are upholstered with leather and Alcantara® which complement the exterior.  Carbon fibre naturally features extensively throughout the cabin while a further bespoke Can-Am touch is the unique dedication plaque on the driver’s door.

Commenting on the 650S Can-Am, Paul Mackenzie, Executive Director of McLaren Special Operations explains: ‘Can-Am racing is a major part of McLaren heritage, and this latest model from MSO pays homage to the cars and the racers who played a key role in making the championship such a spectacle during the 1960s and 70s.  The championship was a true test of the engineering ability, driving talent and bravery of Bruce and his teammates, which led them to secure five consecutive championships.

‘The 650S Can-Am is a modern day interpretation with a mixture of functional design features taken from the all-conquering models, combined with the lightest and most pioneering materials available, as was the case with the race cars. The extensive use of lightweight visual carbon fibre, including for the retractable hard top, adds to car’s dramatic appearance and with the roof down, drivers are treated to a stirring V8 soundtrack just as Bruce and his teammates enjoyed.’

See the 650S Can-Am, and the learn more about heritage behind the name, at cars.mclaren.com/650S-Can-Am

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 13 Octubre 2015, 08:32:57
BENTLEY COMPETES IN JOCHPASS OLDTIMER MEMORIAL AND HISTORIC-RALLYE

(Munich, 12 October 2015) Bentley Motors enjoyed an exciting and successful weekend at the 17th Jochpass Oldtimer Memorial and Historic-Rallye in Bad Hindelang, Germany.

Four historic Bentleys competed in the world-renowned classics event between 9 and 11 October, including the Team ‘Blower’, R-Type Continental, Speed 6 and a Bentley 4,5 Litre Le Mans. About 18.000 enthusiastic spectators were in attendance to admire the 280 classic cars on show. The drivers travelled from all over Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands.

Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and chief executive of Bentley Motors, said: “Bentley has a long and famous heritage and these classic models represent the DNA and spirit of the brand today. We were delighted to have raced our historic models this weekend to classic car enthusiasts and Bentley fans. Our appetite for competition is one of the reasons we go racing and our growing motorsport programme now successfully competes on four continents.”

The scenic rallye took the drivers on course around the picturesque town of Bad Hindelang. The Oldtimer Memorial race ran a 7,9 kilometre route to the which covered an ascent of over 360 metres and 105 turns up the mountain turns. 

Robert Engstler, Regional Director Europe at Bentley Motors commented: “The Jochpass Oldtimer Memorial is just the starting point for Bentley’s heritage race participation. We are already committed to classic rallies all over Europe in 2016, including the Monaco Historic Grand Prix, Le Mans Classic, Ennstal-Classic and Kitzbueheler Alpenrallye.”

At the same time, the final race of the Blancpain Sprint Series took place in Zandvoort, The Netherlands. Bentley’s latest race car, the Continental GT3, and the Bentley Team HTP Motorsport celebrated the Driver’s Title for Maximilian Buhk and Vincent Abril.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 13 Octubre 2015, 08:34:04
MASSIVELY SUCCESSFUL FIRST SERIES OF THE CLASSIC CAR SHOW NOW IN MORE THAN 100 COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD

London, October 12th

The first series of all-new TV show, The Classic Car Show, has been a huge success. It has enjoyed an overwhelmingly positive response with excellent viewing figures across all 13 episodes aired on Channel 5 in the UK and international sales success through Sony Pictures Entertainment means it is now in more than 100 countries around the world.

Presented by Quentin Willson and Jodie Kidd, the landmark new series has travelled the globe celebrating all manner of classic cars, from the glamorous and stratospherically expensive Ferrari 250 GT California Spider to more humble icons like the MGB GT. And viewers have loved every minute.

The series debut on Channel 5 earlier this year saw average weekly-consolidated viewing figures of 642,000, an uplift of some 42 per cent for the 7pm Thursday slot. The series reached a peak of 922,000 viewers, achieved during its first episode which averaged 750,000.

As a result of the success of The Classic Car Show on Channel 5, Sony Pictures Television, which distributes the show internationally, has sold the first series to more than 100 countries around the world including: Discovery Turbo in Latin America covering 43 countries; BBC Brit in Poland; History Channel in Japan; a multi-territory deal with BBC Brit in Africa, spanning 58 countries; SBS in Australia and Mega in Greece.

The series featured celebrity contributions from the likes of Bruno Senna, David Gandy, Steve Coogan, Britt Ekland, Tinie Tempah, Derek Bell MBE and Sir Stirling Moss, uncovered rare barnfinds and gave viewers the lowdown on which classics to buy now before their values go through the roof. The show’s unique ability to highlight undervalued cars was proved when prices of the classic Ferrari 456 doubled within weeks of it being mentioned on the programme.

One of the most popular episodes was the show’s James Bond Special, which celebrated cars from the 007 series and even guest-starred ex-Stig and Daniel Craig stunt double, Ben Collins. Social media response to the show was also overwhelmingly positive.

The programme also attracted high-end commercial partners, with sponsorship from Watchfinder. For the first time in its history, luxury car brand Aston Martin provided television viewers with the opportunity to drive away in a brand new bespoke Aston Martin V8 Vantage. This was one of the most successful TV car competitions ever with an unprecedented viewer response.

Infinity Creative Media Executive Producer, Russ Lindsay, said: “We’re incredibly proud of The Classic Car Show. The whole premise of the series was to create a series celebratory in tone without gimmicks or distractions. The episodes were packed full of content to delight classic car lovers and the contributions were second to none with thelikes of Bruno Senna, David Gandy and Sir Stirling Moss.

“We also designed the format and content of the show for an international audience, not just a UK one, and that has been reflected in the global sales.”

Executive producer and presenter Quentin Willson, said: “We’ve made TV history by celebrating classic cars in a deeply glamorous and passionate way and we’re all delighted that so many mainstream viewers, who aren’t hard core old car enthusiasts, have tuned in. The feedback from international viewers is the same - they tell us love the way we’ve brought beauty, style and sexiness to the world of classic cars.”

For full details on The Classic Car Show head to:
www.classiccarshow.com

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 13 Octubre 2015, 08:34:33
WHAT’S YOUR CAR OF THE YEAR?

It's time to go to www.historicmotoringawards.com and cast your vote for the Car of the Year. This year's nominees are:

The Baillon Ferrari California

When the Baillon family barnfinds emerged, the collection attracted publicity around the world. A few weeks later, auction house Artcurial displayed the collection in an eerily lit hall at Rétromobile, to yet more acclaim. The start of the collection was the ex-Alain Delon Ferrari, which has since been recommissioned and displayed at Pebble Beach.

Fiat S76 ‘The Beast of Turin’

A video of the engineer Duncan Pittaway firing up his 12-year-long restoration project speed record car went ‘viral’. The oil and rubber laid down on Lord March’s driveway are already the stuff of legend. And the sight of Duncan tearing up the Goodwood and Chateau Impney hillclimbs - spitting flames all the way - will be remembered by thousands.

Land Rover Series I ‘Huey’

To mark the end of the line for the Land Rover as we know it, the company gathered together its finest heritage vehicles and drove them all around the UK. The Land Rover most widely admired was HUE 166- or ‘Huey’- the oldest known survivor.

Mercedes-Benz 300SLR ‘722’

Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson achieved one of the greatest feats ever in motor sport history, averaging 97.9mph over 1,000 miles of bumpy, twisting public roads to win the 1955 Mille Miglia. This year, ‘722’ and Moss have appeared around the world for the 50th anniversary, mobbed by fans of every age.

Voting closes on November 1st - make sure you have your say!

The International Historic Motoring Awards are presented in association with EFG Private Bank and Octane magazine.

Celebrate with the best

The winners of the International Historic Motoring Awards 2015 will be announced at a gala dinner in London on Thursday 19th November at the magnificent St Pancras Renaissance Hotel. Tickets for this prestigious annual fixture on the international historic motoring calendar cost £180 per person. They can be bought via www.historicmotoringawards.com.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 13 Octubre 2015, 08:34:53
VAUXHALL FIELDS TWO-CAR ENTRY IN 89TH RUNNING OF LONDON TO BRIGHTON RUN

Luton – It was touch and go if the world’s second-oldest Vauxhall would make it to the start of this year’s Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, but with the help of good old-fashioned British engineering expertise, the car’s now on track to tackle the famous event.

Known simply as the ‘5hp’, the important veteran succumbed to a broken crankshaft earlier this year, and the challenge for Vauxhall’s Senior Vehicle Restorer, Andy Boddy, was to find someone who could manufacture a new crank before November 1, when 5hp will join 425 veteran (pre-1905) motor cars to travel from London to Brighton.

‘Timing was crucial,’ said Andy. ‘We’d already entered our 1904 car in the run, but having 5hp there too was important. Phoenix Engineering in Slough pulled out all the stops to manufacture a new crank, and fingers crossed, we’ll have everything back together in time.’

Vauxhall’s 5hp is the 45th vehicle built by the company in its first year of car manufacturing in 1903. It’s a rare four-seat model, with passengers sitting over the engine, in front of the driver. Vauxhall Heritage purchased and restored the car, registered BS8213, 20 years ago and it has completed the Run on many occasions since. Originally bought for £154 3s 3d by a Scottish shipbuilder, 5hp has a water-cooled 983cc engine powering its rear wheels through an epicyclic gearbox and chain drive. Top speed is 20mph and fuel consumption around 38mpg.

Joining 5hp is Vauxhall’s 6hp car. Registered JNM 400, it was one of 70 cars produced in 1904 at Vauxhall’s original factory in South London. Another London to Brighton regular, the 6hp also features a one-litre, water-cooled single-cylinder engine, along with tiller steering and similar performance and economy to the 5hp. Vauxhall Heritage has owned the car for more than 40 years.

Vauxhall is the only surviving UK car manufacturer eligible to enter Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, which is only open to cars built before 1905. Celebrating over a century of continuous vehicle production in London and Luton (its base since 1905), Vauxhall has produced over 14 million vehicles in its 112-year history. Its innovative designs and clever engineering rapidly turned Vauxhall into one of the most prestigious car companies in the early part of the 20th century.

The 2015 Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run marks the 119th anniversary of the first run in 1896, which celebrated the passing of the Locomotives on Highways Act the same year, giving road-going vehicles the right to travel at up to 14mph, instead of the previous 2mph in towns and 4mph in the country, led by an escort carrying a red flag. The next event didn’t happen until 1927, and has been owned and organised by the Royal Automobile Club since 1930, with only the onset of the Second World War and fuel rationing stopping it being an annual fixture right up to date. Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is now the world’s longest running motoring event.

For more information about this year’s Bonhams London to Brighton Run, including the Regent Street Motor Show which precedes it on Saturday, October 31, please go to www.veterancarrun.com.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 13 Octubre 2015, 08:35:20
ROYALTY, RACING & RESEARCH SHINE AT VAUXHALL’S NEC CLASSIC MOTOR SHOW STAND

Luton/NEC – Vauxhall Motors’ fourth appearance at the NEC Classic Motor Show (November 13-15) will this year showcase six rare and unique models that have never been seen at the event, forming the centre-piece of a large, eight-stand Vauxhall area.

The Vauxhall stand’s jewel in the crown, ‘MYT 1’, Her Majesty the Queen’s 1961 PA Cresta Friary Estate is making only its second outing from Sandringham in the past 31 years, since it was moved there from the Royal Mews in London. A personal favourite of the Queen, and one that she drove regularly in its day, the PA is painted Imperial Green – a bespoke colour not normally supplied by Vauxhall – and has a number of interesting features, like fishing rod holders built into the roof and a gun rack.

In shocking contrast to the aristocratic estate is the world’s most famous and successful Vauxhall competition car, Baby Bertha. Driven by the legendary Gerry Marshall between 1975 and 1977, Bertha won all but three of 43 races entered, and took the Super Saloon Championship two years running. Loosely based on a production Firenza, Baby Bertha was built around a spaceframe chassis and powered by a 500bhp, 5.0-litre GM V8 engine.

An equally dramatic 70s Vauxhall taking its bow at the NEC is the SRV, or Styling Research Vehicle. First shown at the 1970 Earls Court Motor Show, the sleek imposing shape belies its four door practicality. But with an aerofoil, electric self-levelling suspension and a ‘manometer’ to measure air pressure on the car’s hull, the SRV illustrated Vauxhall’s forward-thinking approach to engineering and design, which still exists today.

Car production ended in Luton in 2002 (though 110 years on, Vauxhall still manufactures LCVs in the town, as well the Astra at Ellesmere Port) and the fourth car on display is the last of seven-million to roll off the famous line. Powered by a 2.6-litre V6 engine, the silver Vectra CDX will be displayed with the names of all the Vauxhall employees who built it.

Scroll back 70 years, and Vauxhall was still building high-end cars for well-heeled drivers, and a perfect example will be the oldest car on Vauxhall’s stand, a 1930 T-type Melton Golfer’s Coupe. Now ultra-rare, with its Grosvenor body, dickey-seat and unique small door in front of the nearside rear wheel to house golfing equipment, the T-type was one of the first Vauxhalls wholly built under GM ownership.

The last car on display is a Viva HA like no other. Known as ‘Goldviva’, the car made its first appearance at this year’s Goodwood Revival, where it was the star of a cinematic pastiche in the Earls Court display. Wrapped entirely in gold, the car also gives a nod to Ellesmere Port’s 50 years of car production, which the plant celebrated last year.

But Vauxhall’s own exhibits only form part of the Griffin area at the show. Comprising eight stands in total, there are some rare and unusual cars on display, such as: John Cleland’s ex-works Mk. 3 Cavalier Touring Car; Silver Aero and Black Magic, one-off creations from Vauxhall’s design department; the oldest roadworthy Chevette and the oldest Cavalier, both of which are on show to support their respective 40th anniversaries.

Joining Vauxhall in the Griffin-branded area will be the Vauxhall Cresta Club, Vauxhall FD Register, Vauxhall VX4/90 Drivers’ Club, Chevette Owners’ Group, Vauxhall Cavalier and Chevette Club, Vauxhall/Opel Drivers’ Club and the Just Opel/Vauxhall Car Club.

‘We’re pleased to be back at the NEC once more,’ said Andy Boddy, Vauxhall’s Senior Vehicle Restorer and keeper of its 70-strong Heritage Collection. ‘Between the owners clubs and ourselves I think that we’ve brought together a truly remarkable mix of rare and one off models that pay homage to what is the UK’s oldest surviving car manufacturer.’

The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show runs from November 13-15 and is the largest show of its kind in the UK. This year, there will be 2,500 cars and bikes on display, many of which can be found on the 250 club stands. For more information about the show, please go to www.necclassicmotorshow.com.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 13 Octubre 2015, 08:35:42
RARE RENNSPORT PORSCHES ASSEMBLE AT INAUGURAL PORSCHE-ONLY AUCTION

Silverstone, 9 October 2015

Silverstone Auctions will hold its inaugural Porsche Sale on 25 October – and among the 57 high quality cars will be a mouth-watering selection of the brand’s most celebrated and desirable lightweight ‘RS’ 911 Rennsport variants.

The auction house is delighted to present an ‘early 500’ 1973 2.7 Carrera RS Touring at the sale, which was the very first Rennsport road car of its kind to be created. The homologation-special was born from the necessity to take the Porsche 911 racing and had the philosophy of “reduce weight and add power”, which is still evident in modern-day 911 RS models.

The Touring specification 2.7-litre 911 Carrera RS in The Porsche Sale is a left-hand drive example that has spent a vast amount of its life overseas. The car benefits from a recent restoration and is a credit to its former Porsche enthusiast owners. It will be auctioned with a guide of £375,000 - £425,000 and comes complete with its original engine block, tool set and sales brochures from the era.

After the success of the 2.7 Carrera RS, it took 17 years for the next variant of the Rennsport 911 – the 911 964 Carrera RS – to be produced. The 1991 3.6-litre left-hand drive example due to be auctioned has covered a mere 21,500 miles and is in factory-fresh condition. Finished in gleaming Grand Prix White paintwork, it will be sold with a guide price of £150,000 - £170,000.

Another selection of low-mileage examples joining the sale catalogue are two of 140 right-hand drive 2003 911 996 GT3 RS models ever produced. The first of which is a 3,277-mile example finished in Carrera White with red ‘RS Script’ and decals. The car was supplied new to Porsche in Hong Kong and has been imported to the UK with all taxes paid and a current MOT. The estimate of £145,000 - £165,000 reflects the car’s provenance and condition.

The second 911 996 GT3 RS is in rarer Carrera White and blue ‘RS Script’ and decal specification. The car is one of 113 right-hand drive examples officially imported to the UK and has had a number of driver-focussed upgrades during its 26,889-mile life. It will be sold with a guide of £120,000 - £140,000.

Replacing the 996 GT3 RS was the 997 GT3 RS - the last-ever manual water-cooled RS produced by Porsche. Two examples will join the sale, the first of which is a striking 2007 ‘gen 1’ example in limited edition Orange paint with contrasting black ‘RS Script’ and decals. The car is an original UK right-hand drive car with only two previous owners and has covered just 5,527 miles from new. The car’s sensibly guided at £130,000 - £150,000 and will be sold with a current MOT and a recent service.

The second 2010 ‘gen 2’ example is an immaculate left-hand drive car that has covered 1,500km since new. The car is finished in Carrera White with a black interior and has rare factory deleted decals. The car arrives to the auction with receipts for recent work and UK registration. It will be auctioned with an estimate of £130,000 - £150,000.

The Porsche Sale, which is presented by Silverstone Auctions and Porsche Club GB, will take place at Silverstone Circuit on Sunday 25 October from 10:30 onwards. Lots will be available to view all day on Saturday 24 and from 09:00 on Sunday 25 October. The e-catalogue is available to be downloaded here: issuu.com/carolinesmithdesign/docs/sa_porsche_sale_2015_catalogue/1

Silverstone Auctions will also be exhibiting at Classic & Sports Car - The London Show, held at Alexandra Palace from 30 October – 1 November as auctioneers for the silent auction. The auction house will be exhibiting two cars on their stand, as well as offering on-site valuations to show visitors.

Meanwhile, Silverstone Auctions’ biggest-ever sale of the year, The NEC Classic Motor Show Sale is now open for consignments. To discuss individual automotive auction requirements with the specialist team, either call 01926 691 141 or email enquiries@silverstoneauctions.com.

For the full list of lots in The Porsche Sale, please visit:
www.silverstoneauctions.com/the-porsche-sale-2015/view_lots/pn/all

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 14 Octubre 2015, 13:23:54
FROM THE HOLLYWOOD HILLS TO BCA BLACKBUSHE

Enthusiasts and collectors alike will be in for a treat when two iconic American classics go on sale at BCA Blackbushe on 21st October 2015.

With only one previous UK owner and a previous US owner in Hollywood, the 1957 Ford Thunderbird 5.1 V8 Convertible has been fully restored to a very high standard.  Finished in steel grey with black and cream leather upholstery and lots of chrome, this T’Bird exudes star quality.   The 1957 Thunderbird is an iconic model – even Marilyn Monroe was said to be a fan – and BCA expect this example to attract a lot of attention from buyers looking for their own ‘Hollywood’ experience.

The 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air 4.6 Sedan Saloon has been on British soil since 1989. Finished in two-tone teal and mint with matching leather interior, the car has been fully restored and is offered with two files of invoices and receipts detailing the work, plus books recording the restoration.  Unusually, this Chevrolet Bel Air has a manual gearbox rather than the more commonly found Turboglide or Powerglide auto transmissions.  This imposing stateside classic is in great condition and would be equally at home on the road or displayed in Concours D’Elegance events.

For more details, online catalogue listing and more photographs visit www.bca.co.uk

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 14 Octubre 2015, 16:10:55
CLASSIC & SPORTS CAR – THE LONDON SHOW BRINGS BRITISH AUTOMOTIVE HISTORY INTO FRAME WITH CELEBRATORY GALLERIES

London, 14th October 2015     

Visitors to Classic & Sports Car – The London Show will not only be able to feast their eyes on the world’s most amazing period cars – but they will also be treated to a host of eye-catching historical photographs celebrating British motoring and motorsport.

Located in Alexandra Palace’s West Corridor, these amazing installations will provide real insight into automotive history featuring images celebrating Jaguar Land Rover and British F1, thanks to pictures sourced from the world’s leading automotive image agency, LAT Photographic.

Jaguar Land Rover is sponsoring a 24-metre gallery featuring the top 20 iconic moments that have defined 80 years of Jaguar and 45 years of Range Rover. Entitled ‘Jaguar: 80 Glorious Years 1935-2015’, it will feature a range of imagery from the SS 100 in the 1930s and the racing success of the C-type and D-type, through to the modern era of its last Le Mans win and beyond.

The second gallery will be entitled ‘Range Rover: 45 Years of History and Innovation’ and will give visitors the opportunity to admire previously unseen images of the Range Rover from when it was formed in 1970 through its first, second and third generation cars.

Jaguar and Land Rover will also be represented in the Best British Car Ever display in the Great Hall, with the E-type, XKSS and original Range Rover featured in the Top Ten. The shortlist has been already put to the public vote and the winner will be revealed at the show.

But that’s not it for eye-catching galleries. LAT Photographic will also be honouring British F1 champions with a 17-metre long installation. Entitled ‘The Race Through Time’, the gallery will be a fitting celebration of LAT Photographic’s motorsport archive and its most iconic F1 imagery.

The display will take visitors on a nostalgic journey through half a century of British F1 history, paying homage to drivers including Mike Hawthorn and his 1958 championship-winning Ferrari to Lewis Hamilton and his world title-winning Mercedes.

James Elliott, Classic & Sports Car magazine group editor, said: “These galleries are not only a great addition to the inaugural show, but also a fitting way to further our celebration of Britain’s triumphs in all aspects of motoring. From the racing cars and iconic road models to our legendary race drivers, we have an incredible heritage that we are only too keen to honour.

“Each image has been carefully selected to best showcase the heritage of British F1 and Jaguar Land Rover, resulting in a beautiful feature we’re sure visitors of all ages will enjoy.”

John Edwards, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations, said: “There’s no doubt that 2015 is a significant year for Jaguar Land Rover, with two very important anniversaries for Jaguar and Range Rover. We’re delighted to sponsor these two galleries at Classic & Sports Car – The London Show and look forward to sharing our heritage with visitors to Alexandra Palace.”

Martin Lee, LAT Photographic, said: “We are looking forward to showcasing such an incredible range of British achievement in both the automotive and motorsport sectors through these two galleries. It will be fantastic to show off some of our most celebrated pictures from our archives.” 

Classic & Sports Car – The London Show will feature more than 300 of the world’s most prestigious classic cars from world-famous collectors and world-renowned classic car retailers. Organised by Classic & Sports Car, the world’s best-selling classic car magazine, The London Show will announce the results of its worldwide poll to find the Best British Car Ever, with all ten finalists celebrated in a special feature sponsored by Autoglym.

The London Show will also include a celebration of Aston Martin, a display of Sir Stirling Moss’ British single-seater competition cars and a star-studded live stage, with many more news to be revealed over the coming weeks.

Tickets for Classic & Sports Car – The London Show are now on sale, visit www.classicandsportscarshow.com or call 0844 581 1275 to book yours.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 15 Octubre 2015, 09:03:40
FORMER AVENGERS JAGUAR XJ12-C BROADSPEED DEFIES ESTIMATES FETCHING £62,000 AT AUCTION

Whitley, Coventry – 15 October 2015: The original Jaguar XJ12-C Broadspeed that appeared in the cult 1970’s TV series, The New Avengers, has sold at auction today for £62,000 – some £50,000 over initial estimates.

The iconic Jaguar, driven by secret agent John Steed (played by Patrick Macnee) in the hit series, began life as a pre-production prototype vehicle for the marque. Bought by a private collector at the H&H Classics’ auction at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, Cambridge, the XJ12-C completed its early development and testing work with Jaguar before being sent to Broadspeed Engineering Ltd. to be fitted with upgraded bodykit including wider bumpers and wheelarches plus bigger wheels and tyres in preparation for filming.

The car wears chassis number eight (2G1008BW) and features the original 5.3-litre V12 engine that powered secret agent Steed’s British sportscar during the 26-episode series.

Following the series finale in 1977, ‘NWK 60P’ was then sold and passed through the hands of multiple keepers and eventually put up for auction at the NEC Classic Car Show in the early 1990s. After the sale, the famous Jaguar disappeared from public view and remained in hibernation for the next two decades – during which time the car has been subjected to vandalism and general disrepair.

Tim Hannig, Managing Director, Jaguar Heritage, said: “There is no arguing about the desirability of this iconic Jaguar. The XJ12-C Broadspeed still looks fantastic today and although the condition of NWK 60P has deteriorated over the 20 years its been locked up, it still shows how the demand for Jaguar Heritage models has increased in recent times along with their values. We hope to see the car back on the road in the near future and we will continue to support owners of cars such as this famous XJ12-C through our Jaguar Heritage business.”

Nick Delaney, Business Development Manager of H&H Classics, said: “It is fantastic to see this Jaguar XJ12-C from The New Avengers TV Series back in public view again after being locked away for so long. The sale price of £62,000 is truly remarkable considering it fetched more than £50,000 over initial estimates. It just proves the appeal of not only the programme but also of the car itself. Buyers are seeing the investment potential with classic Jaguars and the added provenance of this car means that it, once fully restored to working order again, will be even more valuable.”

Jaguar Heritage forms part of Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Operations division and has been born to support the brand’s passion in nurturing and preserving its rich heritage of vehicles and supporting its loyal customer base across Jaguar’s global sales network. Jaguar Heritage boasts a catalogue of over 30,000 original spare and replacements parts for generations of Heritage models 10 years out of production. Furthermore, Jaguar’s Heritage workshop at Browns Lane, Coventry, carries out warrantied servicing and restorations on the marque’s classic models.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 16 Octubre 2015, 15:36:45
COYS’ ASCOT AUCTION WAS WELL RECEIVED BY THE MARKET

International auctioneers Coys attained a strong volume of sales at their Spirit of Motoring auction, held at the famous Ascot racecourse on 10th October 2015.

The wonderful 1937 Jaguar SS 100 2 ½ litres on offer sold for £309,800. This impressive car was in excellent restored condition, suitable to grace the most precious Jaguar collections in the world or any concours event it might be entered into. The car has always performed well at concours events throughout the UK, receiving trophies at most events it attended, and this success is destined to continue under its new ownership.

Among other lots sold was a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 220S Cabriolet Right Hand Drive, one of only 20 Produced, which went for £47,720, a 1986 Porsche 930 Turbo SE Flatnose that sold for £77,960 and a 1994 Porsche 964 Speedster, one of just fourteen right-hand drive cars produced, which sold for £141,800.

Chris Routledge, Managing Partner at Coys, said: “Held at a true British sporting establishment, Ascot was a great auction that deserved to host only the most exemplary selection of racing cars.  We were delighted to see such an exquisite list of collectors cars go under the hammer. Both collectors and the historic motor trade were pleased with the results, not only with the prices achieved, but also with the strong volume of sales.”

Other prolific sales included Clay Regazzoni's 1966 Tecno Formula 3 racing car, which sold for £29,500, a 1962 Austin Healey MkII, for £35,400, and a 1955 Bentley Series 1 Sports Saloon by Hooper - the 1956  Earls Court Motor Show Car, for £28,320.

Coys’ next auction will be “True Greats”, on 1st December 2015, at The Royal Horticultural Society, Lindley Hall, London, United Kingdom.

www.coys.co.uk

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 16 Octubre 2015, 17:44:55
REBUILT AND RESTORED PORSCHE 50TH ANNIVERSARY 911 MODELS AUCTIONED AT THE PORSCHE SALE

Silverstone, 16 October 2015

Two rare Porsche-built air-cooled 911s manufactured to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 911 in 2014 will head to Silverstone Auctions’ inaugural Porsche Sale next week at Silverstone Circuit with partners Porsche Club GB. Both cars represent a unique opportunity to buy one-off classic 911s never before seen on the open market.

Finished in iconic exterior/interior specification, the Guards Red and Black 911 ‘930’ Turbo was restored in just six months by the now recognised ‘Porsche Classic Restoration Centre’ to an exceptional standard by Porsche Centre Leeds.

The car, which was found in a garage not far away from the dealership, is thought to have been left there for more than 15 years before the extensive restoration took place. Porsche Centre Leeds chemically stripped and blasted the body’s shell and repainted it in its original colour of Guards Red, which looks stunning today.

Retaining its matching-number status, the engine and brakes were rebuilt, retaining many of the original parts along the way, and a replacement Turbocharger fitted. With such a labour-intensive and rigorous restoration, the car will be sold with a guide price of £100,000 - £115,000.

Joining the recently restored 911 ‘930’ Turbo is a one-of-one 1977 ‘Project 50’. The car, which was originally a 1977 911 Lux left in a Porsche Centre garage for many years, was converted by Porsche Central Operations as a ‘911 RS’. The aim of the project was to build a car that reflected the very best of 50 years of 911 development and evolution as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the 911 in 2014.

Painted in iconic Viper Green paint, the car is as striking to look at as it is to drive. The 993 development engine supplied from the Porsche Technical Department powers the car and rebuilt gearbox and drivetrain components ensure the smooth delivery of the air-cooled power unit. Stopping the car are ‘G-Series’ 930 front brakes and 3.2-litre Carrera brakes on the rear.

The bespoke ‘Project 50’ 911 has been built by the very finest Porsche Technicians and the number of man-hours took to create the car cannot be calculated. It will be sold at the first-ever Porsche Sale by Silverstone Auctions and is guided at £125,000 - £150,000 – approximately half what it would have cost to build privately.

The Porsche Sale, which is presented by Silverstone Auctions and Porsche Club GB, will take place at Silverstone Circuit on Sunday 25 October from 10:30 onwards. Lots will be available to view all day on Saturday 24 and from 09:00 on Sunday 25 October. The e-catalogue is available to be downloaded here: issuu.com/carolinesmithdesign/docs/sa_porsche_sale_2015_catalogue/1

Silverstone Auctions will also be exhibiting at Classic & Sports Car - The London Show, held at Alexandra Palace from 30 October – 1 November as auctioneers for the silent auction. The auction house will be exhibiting two cars on their stand, as well as offering on-site valuations to show visitors.

Meanwhile, Silverstone Auctions’ biggest-ever sale of the year, The NEC Classic Motor Show Sale is now open for consignments. To discuss individual automotive auction requirements with the specialist team, either call 01926 691 141 or email enquiries@silverstoneauctions.com.

For the full list of lots in The Porsche Sale, please visit: www.silverstoneauctions.com/the-porsche-sale-2015/view_lots/pn/all

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 26 Octubre 2015, 08:34:27
OILING THE WHEELS OF THE VETERAN CAR MOVEMENT

Total introduces modern lubrication technology to London to Brighton veterans more than 110 years old

What links the high speed, high-octane world of Formula 1 with the rather more stately progress of the century-old horseless carriages taking part in the annual Bonhams London to Brighton Run?

The answer is total… or rather, Total, one of the world’s largest integrated oil and gas majors. Total has been a partner of Renault Sport F1 for more than 40 years, and supplier of lubricants for the automotive industry in partnership with the world’s leading car manufacturers for longer still, and the company is now also applying its innovative high tech thinking to cars that top 20 mph rather than up to 200 mph.

While veteran cars may not be as quick as a Formula 1 car, veterans still have unique – and very different – demands on oils and lubes. To ensure older engines perform as well (or even better) as they did when new, Total’s range of mineral lubricants, fluids and greases perform particularly well in classic, vintage and veteran cars.

To help strengthen its link with the veteran car community, Total will play a significant role in this year’s Run from capital to coast. Appreciating that older cars – the youngest on the Run is 110 years old – are not built to quite the same fine tolerances as modern cars, Total technicians will be on hand at the Run’s halfway Harrods Stop at Crawley ready to provide any practical assistance to the veterans as well as to distribute suitable lubricants as required.

The company will also have a major presence at the end of the Run on Brighton’s Madeira Drive, with lubricants on offer and experts on hand to answer questions from participants. Their facility on Madeira Drive will also double-up as a media centre.

Two Total representatives, meanwhile, will experience the atmosphere and the highs of the Run itself by taking part as passengers on two of the veteran cars.

Marc Smith, General Manager Lubricants of Total UK said: “Total is a world-leading lubricant supplier with decades of experience designing specialist oils for a wide variety of engines.

“Total’s rich history dates back to the 1920’s and since then our engineers have been catering to the needs and specifications of generations of engines, right up to our multiple F1 World Championship wins in collaboration with Williams, Renault and Red Bull.”

As tradition dictates, the first of the 400-plus veterans on the Run will leave Hyde Park at sunrise (06.54) on the first Sunday of November, which this year falls on the 1st.

More information on the Run can be found at www.veterancarrun.com.

The Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is the pinnacle event in a week of motoring in the capital during ‘London Motor Week’ – a series of events hosted by the world famous Royal Automobile Club which also includes a Motoring Forum, Motoring Book of the Year Awards and the Regent Street Motor Show.

Editor's Notes

About Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

With its unique atmosphere and camaraderie, the Bonhams Veteran Car Run travelling from London to Brighton (staged specifically as a non-profit making veneration) commemorates the Emancipation Run of 14 November 1896, which celebrated the Locomotives on the Highway Act. The Act raised the speed limit for ‘light locomotives’ from 4 to 14mph and abolished the need for these vehicles to be preceded by a man on foot waving a red flag.

The Emancipation Run was first commemorated in 1897 with a re-enactment following the same route in 1927 and has taken place every November since, with the exception of the war years and 1947 when petrol was rationed. The Royal Automobile Club has managed the Run with the support of the Veteran Car Club of Great Britain since 1930.

About London Motor Week

The Veteran Car Run is an integral part of London Motor Week, which in 2015 incorporates the following events:

Monday 26 October to 2 November – The Art of Motoring Exhibition
Monday 26 October – Royal College of Art - Design Presentation Evening
Tuesday 27 October – The Royal Automobile Club Motoring Lectures
Wednesday 28 October – Dewar Trophy Presentation Lunch / Motoring Book of the Year Awards
Thursday 29 October – Royal Automobile Club Motoring Forum
Friday 30 October – Bonhams Veteran Car Run Auction
Saturday 31 October – Regent Street Motor Show
Sunday 1 November – Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run
For further information on London Motor Week, go to: www.londonmotorweek.co.uk

About The Royal Automobile Club
The Royal Automobile Club was founded in 1897 and its distinguished history mirrors that of motoring itself. In 1907, the Club was awarded its Royal title by King Edward VII, sealing the Club’s status as Britain’s oldest and most influential motoring organisation.
 
The Club’s early years were focused on promoting the motor car and its place in society, which developed into motoring events such as the 1000 Mile Trial, first held in 1900. In 1905, the Club held the first Tourist Trophy, which remains the oldest continuously competed for motor sports event. The Club promoted the first pre-war and post-war Grands Prix at Brooklands in 1926 and Silverstone in 1948 respectively, whilst continuing to campaign for the rights of the motorist, including introducing the first driving licences.
 
Today, the Club continues to develop and support automobilism through representation on the Motor Sport Association (MSA), Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and RAC Foundation, while continuing to promote its own motoring events, such as the free-to-attend Regent Street Motor Show and the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.
 
The Royal Automobile Club also awards a series of historic trophies and medals celebrating motoring achievements. These include the Segrave Trophy, the Tourist Trophy, the Simms Medal, the Dewar Trophy and the Torrens Trophy.

https://www.royalautomobileclub.co.uk/

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 26 Octubre 2015, 08:34:49
SILVERSTONE CLASSIC GEARS UP FOR MORE IN 2016

After the huge success of this year’s record-breaking Silver Jubilee extravaganza, the 2016 Silverstone Classic will continue to set the gold standard in global historic racing festivals. Staged at the home of British motor sport, next year’s Silverstone Classic will run from 29-31 July, with tickets going on sale on Thursday 12 November.

The glittering 25th anniversary blockbuster confirmed the Classic’s coveted status as the World’s Biggest Classic Motor Racing Festival with record grids, record track parades, record numbers of car club displays plus, for the first time, a record attendance of more than 100,000 visitors. Building on that spectacular success, even more ambitious plans are already well advanced to ensure that next summer’s three-day Classic is even bigger and even better.

The packed race programme will again comprise all of Europe’s premier retro racing series including ever-popular grids for the FIA Masters Historic Formula 1 Championship, Super Touring and Pre ’66 GTs. Added to these established fan-favourites will be a very special Can-Am showdown to mark 50 years since the birth of the legendary North American-based sportscar championship back in 1966.

More exciting grids are yet to be announced, along with the key motoring milestones that will be honoured in 2016 by the unprecedented number of car clubs attending with special displays and evocative track parades. The live music line-up will also be confirmed in the coming weeks.

“With Status Quo topping the bill and so much happening both on and off the famous Grand Prix circuit, our stunning Silver Jubilee will be a hard act to follow,” admitted Nick Wigley, Event Director. “Every year, however, the Silverstone Classic just gets bigger and better, and next July we will raise the bar again. This really should be the first date you put in your new 2016 diaries!”

Ticket details – including Early Bird savings for those booking immediately – will be available soon. In the meantime, a full report of the 2015 record-breaker can be found on the official website: www.SilverstoneClassic.com.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 27 Octubre 2015, 12:44:11
BONHAMS EXTENDS ITS SUPPORT FOR THE FAMOUS VETERAN CAR RUN

Leading auction house pledges to support the famous London to Brighton for at least four more years

The organisers of the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run are pleased to announce that Auction house Bonhams – a long time supporter of the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, sponsor for 11 years and the event’s title sponsor since 2014 – has   further extended its backing of the world’s longest running motoring event.

The renewed partnership will see Bonhams continue as title sponsor and auction house partner until 2019.

The agreement encompasses a number of significant elements during the lead up to the Run. The company will continue to sponsor the Veteran Car Zone at the free-to-view Regent Street Motor Show, held in London’s famous shopping street on the day before the Run. And as well as sponsoring the Run, the company will carry on providing welcome participant’s hospitality at the finish line in Brighton.

In addition, Bonhams will continue to hold its annual Veteran Car auction on the Friday before the Run. The auction of motorcars eligible for the London to Brighton Run and early automobilia is held at the company’s headquarters in New Bond Street, a short walk away from Hyde Park where the Run traditionally begins at daybreak on the first Sunday in November (this year, that’s 1st November at 06.45). More than 400 cars will be taking part.

And you could still join in!

Of the dozen cars in the Bonhams auction this year, no fewer than six already have provisional entries in to the 2015 Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. Should a successful bidder decide to take part in his or her new purchase, Bonhams has even arranged for testing facilities complete with on-site technicians to be made available on the Saturday morning.

Among the cars ready to go under the hammer this year is a 1904 MMC Rear-Entrance Tonneau with a guide price of £40,000-£60,000, a 1904 Darracq expected to make between £35,000-£60,000 while, for those with deeper pockets, a 1903 Clement could sell for as much as £500,000.

Specialising in fine art, furniture, fine wines, clocks and watches, collectables and, of course, classic cars, Bonhams was founded in 1793, almost a century before the ‘horseless carriage’ was invented.

Bonhams Chairman, Robert Brooks, is a lifelong fan of the Veteran Car Run and is a regular participant. This year he will be driving a 1895 Peugeot Vis-à-vis owned by the Dutch Louwman Museum. Most of the Bonhams motoring team will also be driving on the event, many in their own cars.

“We are not just auctioneers, but very much active enthusiasts who enjoy – like our clients and customers – the hobby of old motoring,” said Brooks.

“We all await the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run with eager anticipation. It’s all about fun excitement, adventure and camaraderie. It remains an incredible, unique event and one that I’m both delighted to support and in which to take part.”

More information on the Run can be found at www.veterancarrun.com.

The Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is the pinnacle event in a week of motoring in the capital during ‘London Motor Week’ – a series of events hosted by the world famous Royal Automobile Club which also includes a Literary Festival, Motoring Forum and the Regent Street Motor Show.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 27 Octubre 2015, 12:44:37
INAUGRAL PORSCHE SALE AT THE HOME OF BRITISH MOTORSPORT A RESOUNDING SUCCESS

Silverstone, 27 October 2015

The inaugural Porsche Sale held at Silverstone Circuit in conjunction with Porsche Club GB was a resounding success, with 70% of cars sold to their new owners, yielding a total sales value of £2,747,000*.

Held at The Wing auction room, Sunday’s sale saw over 300 Porsche enthusiasts assemble at Silverstone Circuit to bid on nearly sixty high-quality classic and modern sports cars and their related automobilia. Visitors to the sale were able to enjoy a Porsche Club GB track day on the GP layout at Silverstone Circuit as well as an open day and lunch at the Porsche Experience Centre, as well as the auction itself.

Headlining the inaugural sale results was a ‘first of 500’ 1973 Porsche 2.7 RS Touring. Long regarded as one of the most significant cars in the 911 RS line up, Porsche enthusiasts flocked towards this high-quality and very rare example. The car, which was optioned driver-focussed upgrades including a limited-slip differential and Recaro sports seats from the factory, reached an astounding price of £410,625* in the auction room.

Meanwhile, a later 2007 Gen 1 911 ‘997’ GT3 RS in striking Orange with Black decals was sold to its new owner for £168,750*, £28,750* over its upper estimate. The immaculate example had covered just 5,527 miles from new and is believed to be one of the lowest mileage 997 GT3s in existence.

Proving that low-mileage and provenance status is of the upmost importance, a 18,900-mile 1991 Porsche 944 S2 Cabriolet was sold for a believed record. The two owners from new example was sold for £27,560*. 

Another low-mileage Porsche convertible spiked the interest of the saleroom, this time a limited edition one of 150 right-hand drive 2004 Boxster S 550 Anniversary edition. With the unique status of having just one owner from new, full Porsche service history as well as having covered just 2,800 miles from new, it reached £23,850* on the day.

Finishing the highlights is a significant Porsche-built one-off ‘Project 50’, which was sold to a bidder in The Wing auction room for £173,250*, nearly £50,000* over its lower estimate. Built by Porsche Central Operations in 2014 as a celebration of the 911s 50th anniversary, the car was built using modern technology and parts to reflect the very best of 50 years of the 911 development and evolution.

Based on a 1977 911 Lux, the car was completely stripped and rebuilt in aid of the anniversary celebrations. Powered by a 993 development engine with race-spec cams, stopped by ‘G-Series’ 930 front brakes and 3.2 Carrera rear brakes and using a rebuilt gearbox and brand new exhaust system, ‘Project 50’ is presented ready to be enjoyed by its new owner in enviable specification.

Supported by Porsche Club GB, the UK’s only official Porsche owners club, The Porsche Sale saw nearly twenty member consigned cars entered in the auction, as well as a large club marquee and support. Club members were able to consign their cars free of charge to the sale as well as attend the auction on the day with a discounted catalogue.

Nick Whale, Managing Director of Silverstone Auctions commented on the sale and said, “The Porsche Sale was our first marque-specific event and I couldn’t have wished for a better outcome. As ever, the sun shone at Silverstone and Porsche Club GB members and enthusiasts flocked to The Wing auction room in their masses. The partnership of both parties continues for next year as we renew our commitment to The Porsche Sale in 2016.

“This sale is a true testament to the quality of cars consigned by both Porsche Club GB and the Silverstone Auctions team – representing what we feel to be the very best cars available on the current market. Our commitment to sell the very best examples of classic and modern sports cars continues at our next sale at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show Sale next month [14-15 November], where once again we have a number of sensibly guided Porsches for auction in the two-day sale, alongside other marques too. We hope to see you there.”

Chris Seaward, General Manager of Porsche Club GB said, “The Porsche Sale was a superb weekend and I speak on behalf of the Club saying I am very proud of what Porsche Club GB and Silverstone Auctions have been able to achieve in terms of consignments and attendance. Sunday’s sale just goes to show the power of the Porsche marque in the current market and I can’t wait for next year’s sale here at Silverstone.”

For the full result list of The Porsche Sale auction, please follow the following link:www.silverstoneauctions.com/the-porsche-sale-2015/view_lots/pn/all

To view the catalogue for the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show Sale, please follow the following link: www.silverstoneauctions.com/nec-classic-motor-show-sale-2015/view_lots/pn/all

Silverstone Auctions will also be exhibiting at Classic & Sports Car - The London Show, held at Alexandra Palace from 30 October – 1 November as auctioneers for the silent auction. The auction house will be exhibiting two cars on their stand, as well as offering on-site valuations to show visitors.

* All prices include buyer’s premium

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 28 Octubre 2015, 17:31:44
TOUCH OF GLITZ FROM LIBERACE’S GOLD LEAF CADILLAC AT THIS YEAR’S CLASSIC MOTOR SHOW

Visitors to this year’s Footman James stand at The Classic Motor Show may be forgiven for thinking the theme is a lovefest of the outlandish, lavish and extravagant as it unveils a classic car of monumental glitz as its 2015 centrepiece.

The specialist insurance broker has secured a 1931 Cadillac Fleetwood Drop Head Coupe featuring 23.7ct gold-leaf clad bodywork, silver external door handles and 24ct gold-plated internal door handles, to wow the crowds at the NEC show next month.

Reportedly owned by the flamboyant entertainer Liberace, the Cadillac represents a twist on the show’s theme of ‘She’s a beauty’; according to Footman James, beauty really is in the eye of the beholder!

David Bond, Director of Footman James said: “We are being a bit Liberace with the truth here, as the car was believed to have belonged to ol’ Walter.  However, regardless of ownership, it really is a bedazzling peacock and well worth a visit!  We would therefore like to encourage visitors to the show to pop by and let us know whether they think the Cadillac is either a beauty or a beast!”

In the 1970s the car was owned by a Jack Smith from Kansas who spent three years making it even more flamboyant; his efforts included dazzling white leather upholstery and driving lamps that move with the steering wheel.  It was later sold at auction in 1975 and then spent 12 years on display in a German museum.  Today it is owned by Cheshire based enthusiast Mike Radcliffe.

It’s a car that certainly divides opinion but either way it will certainly get attention! Beauty or Beast? Does it really matter?

For further information about Footman James please contact 0333 207 6000 or visit www.footmanjames.co.uk.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 28 Octubre 2015, 17:32:09
MOTORING PIONEERS GET READY FOR THEIR TRIP TO THE COAST

More than 400 veteran cars will set off from dawn on Sunday for the annual Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

As dawn breaks on Sunday (1 November) more than 400 intrepid drivers and their hardy passengers will deal with whatever the weather has in store to drive 60 miles from London to Brighton. They will be at the wheel – or the tiller – of hundreds of horseless carriages, many of which were built while Queen Victoria was still on the throne.

The first car will leave Hyde Park at 06.54 on Sunday and for the next couple of hours a huge variety of three and four wheel veterans will stream down Constitution Hill, alongside Buckingham Palace and on to The Mall before heading through Parliament Square and past Big Ben on their way to the coast.

The Harrods Stop at Crawley, the official half way point, will provide a welcome refreshment break in a warm, dry environment with ample parking at the Honda dealership for the veteran cars. Honda will be emptying its forecourt and service bays of modern cars to allow drivers to work on their veterans with assistance from RAC Motoring Services and specialist lubricants from Total.

There are ample viewing opportunities along the way, notably in Crawley High Street where a knowledgeable commentary team will give some background on the veterans on their passage through. In addition a time control check has been established which will provide the perfect opportunity for photos as the cars stop to have their cards “stamped”. The first cars are expected to pass through Crawley from 08.15 with the last leaving at about 13.45. Brighton expects its first arrival just before 10am with the last finishers ‘putt-putting’ in at 4pm.

As well as cars powered by petrol and some by steam, there will also be a few battery-powered electric vehicles making their way to Brighton.

This year’s Run has an American theme, with a celebration of US car marques – it is anticipated that one in four cars on the Run was built in the Land of the Free. American marques taking part will be familiar names like Cadillac, Ford and Oldsmobile alongside less well-known names such as Pope, Waverley and Northern.

And it’s a similar story as far as European marques are concerned. Renault and Vauxhall, both Manufacturer Patrons of the Run, are entering cars from their own heritage fleets: the French firm is entering a 1900 Renault Type C while Vauxhall is entering two vehicles, a 1903 5HP, the second oldest Vauxhall in the world, and a 1904 6HP.

Other familiar names include Peugeot and Benz but the rest of the field include long lost marques such as Bolide, Gladiator and De Dion Bouton. The oldest car on the Run is the 1888 Truchetet and one of the rarest is the 1901 Isotta Fraschini, the actual first car made by the Italian firm and which has never been seen in the UK before.

There are some familiar names in the driving seats, too. Look out for former Grand Prix ace Jochen Mass, Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason and F1 legend Ross Brawn.

BBC DJs Chris Evans and Ken Bruce, along with Alex Jones from The One Show and Zoe Ball, will be following the Run in two vintage buses, each filled with successful bidders who together raised almost £350,000 for BBC’s Children in Need.

“The Bonhams Veteran Car Run is a glorious celebration of the motor car and a tribute to those pioneering ‘automobilists’ without whom motoring today might be very different,” said Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club’s Steering Group for the Veteran Car Run, Ben Cussons.

“I’d also like to say a special ‘thank you’ to all those taking part in the Run: we think nothing of driving the 60 miles to Brighton in a modern car, but to undertake the trip in a sometimes temperamental vehicle that’s at least 110 years old with rudimentary brakes, steering and suspension and no weather protection takes a special kind of person.”

More information on the Run can be found at www.veterancarrun.com.

The Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is the pinnacle event in a week of motoring in the capital during ‘London Motor Week’ – a series of events hosted by the world famous Royal Automobile Club which also includes a Motoring Forum, Book of the Year Awards and the Regent Street Motor Show.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 28 Octubre 2015, 17:32:33
FIRST PRODUCTION TR5 TO BE SOLD BY CLASSIC MOTOR CARS

The car will be on display at the Classic & Sports Car show at Alexandra Palace

The first production right hand drive 1967 TR5 Roadster is to be sold by leading classic car restorers Classic Motor Cars (CMC).

This incredibly special car was the first TR5 P1 to be built on the normal assembly line, and is one of only 1,100 to be produced, carrying with it an indisputable history.

Manufactured on the 29th August 1967 by Standard Triumph Motor Company Limited, the car went into the Press Fleet, as well as appearing at the Earls Court motor show of that year.

The production of TR5s lasted a 13 month period, between August 1967 and September 1968.  They were built with a 2.5 litre straight-6-fuel-injected engine, developing around 145 hp.  Fuel injection was incredibly rare in road cars in 1967, causing Triumph to claim that this was the “First British production sports car with petrol injection”.

Managing Director of CMC, Nick Goldthorp said: “This TR5 is in very original condition throughout, having been serviced and maintained to a high standard throughout the last 48 years. A comprehensive and detailed history file confirms the provenance of this distinctive and historic car, which will certainly be a great addition to any car collection.”

The car is unique both inside and out, boasting an interior that has been upheld to an impressive standard over the years.  The car’s mechanics have been rebuilt using only genuine Stanpart parts where needed.  Furthermore, all the parts that have been replaced over time are accompanied by their respective documents, confirming their authenticity.

This iconic car is finished in the exterior colour of Valencia Blue with Black Ambala interior, and is being sold for £79,500.

It will be on display at the Classic & Sports Car show at Alexandra Palace, Stand H100, from Friday 30th October to Sunday 1st November.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 30 Octubre 2015, 08:16:55
CLASSIC & SPORTS CAR – THE LONDON SHOW: TOP TEN THINGS TO SEE AND DO AT ALEXANDRA PALACE

London, 29th October 2015     

With the inaugural Classic & Sports Car – The London Show opening its doors to the public in just one day’s time, here is a Top Ten list of things to see and do at Alexandra Palace:

1. Jaguar E-type ’77 RW’

A car so famous that it is known universally by its numberplate. This Jaguar E-type, which you can see on the Best British Cars Ever stand in partnership with Autoglym, was the very car that legendary test driver Norman Dewis OBE drove overnight in a 17-hour dash to Geneva before the new Jaguar took the show, and subsequently the world, by storm. Hear Norman Dewis tell all on the Interview Stage on Sunday November 1st.

2. Blower Bentley

As part of our commemoration of Lord Montagu’s life dedicated to veteran, vintage and classic cars, we will be displaying the National Motor Museum’s ‘Blower’ Bentley in Alexandra Palace’s fabulous Palm Court. As well as helping us to remember the recently departed stalwart, this towering 1930 leviathan embraces the overall show theme of Best of British like nothing else. A genuinely awesome machine.

3. Brough Superior

The show’s huge celebration of the British motorcycle industry will be told through a timeline of some 50 ’bikes, but the centrepiece will be a brace of Brough Superiors. One of the most prestigious of all Brit ’bikes, rivalled only by the legendary Vincents, the Superior was famously the favourite of TE Lawrence, Lawrence of Arabia. We have two great examples at the heart of the Panorama Room display, including a barn find 1938 example that was last on the road in 1959.

4. Paul Smith

There are loads of great artists displaying their wares at Classic & Sports Car – The London Show, but for sheer breathtaking scale, none can compete with the giant canvases of Kent-based artist Paul Smith. His atmospheric large-format pictures of motor sport scenes were specially chosen to dress the glitzy JD Classics showroom in Mayfair and you’ll be able to see why at Alexandra Palace. We are particularly looking forward to the unveiling of a new work, Jim Clark and Lotus 33 at Goodwood, at the show.

5. Bentley R-type Continental

The very first classic car specialist to sign up for this event was Rolls-Royce and Bentley guru Frank Dale & Stepsons and we can’t wait to pore all over the beautiful 1955 Continental fastback that will be on its stand. Powered by the legendary 4887cc straight-six and clothed in iconic HJ Mulliner coachwork, this is as imperious a British car as can be imagined.

6. The Grove Classic Car Park

Make sure you explore the Grove Car Park, the one closest to the main entrance to the show, where there will be a special show of the classic and enthusiast vehicles brought to the event by visitors. There will be a show each day with participants already booked in ranging from mainstream classics like those of the Classic & Sports Car team, to cherished visitor cars such as Alfa GTV and Triumph Stag and on to pricey exotics including Ferrari F40 and Maserati Mistral.

7. Lotus 18

Just one of the cars on our celebration of Stirling Moss’ greatest British single seaters, but what a car. Not only did Moss pilot the Rob Walker Racing Team car to victory at Monaco in 1960 – in the process giving Lotus its first F1 World Championship win – but, against all the odds repeated the feat the following year when, in theory, it should have been left for dead by a grid of newer, more technologically advanced cars. Like Moss himself, a one-off.

8. LAT Photographic

The world’s largest motoring archive, boasting more than 1.2 million images dating back to 1895, is set to put on a stunning display in the West Corridor. The fantastic visual treat is still under wraps, but it has been set up in association with Jaguar land Rover and we promise you won’t be disappointed. Don’t miss it.

9. Aston Martin DB9 GT

We don’t often get excited about modern cars, but we are really looking forward to seeing the DB9GT, which along with A3 – the oldest Aston in existence – will bookend our celebration of the UK’s most desirable marque partnered by EFG. With a bit of added Bond fever in the air thanks to the launch of SPECTRE, this whole display is going to be really special.

10. New Zealand vs Australia

Just because we’ve got a superb show on doesn’t mean that we aren’t interested in the Rugby World Cup final. So whether you are a jubilant Kiwi or Aussie, a jealous southern hemisphere fan, or a slightly depressed northern hemisphere supporter who would still like to see how the game can be played, we’ll be screening the event live at the show. So grab a beer and join us while the drama plays out.

In total, Classic & Sports Car – The London Show will feature more than 300 of the world’s most prestigious classic cars from world-famous collectors and world-renowned classic car retailers. Organised by Classic & Sports Car, the world’s best-selling classic car magazine, The London Show will announce the results of its worldwide poll to find the Best British Car Ever, with all ten finalists celebrated in a special feature sponsored by Autoglym.

The London Show will also include a celebration of Aston Martin, a display of Sir Stirling Moss’ British single-seater competition cars and a star-studded Interview Stage featuring celebrity guests from the world of motoring including Norman Dewis OBE and Ross Brawn OBE.

Tickets for Classic & Sports Car – The London Show are still available from www.classicandsportscarshow.com or by calling 0844 581 1275.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 30 Octubre 2015, 08:17:13
CLASSIC MOTOR CARS LAUNCH NEW CAR CONCIERGE SERVICE

Leading classic car restorers Classic Motor Cars (CMC) have launched a new car concierge service for owners with little time.

Owners can now arrange for their classic and sports cars to be collected by CMC in their covered transporter and taken back to the company’s premises in Bridgnorth for a variety of services, before being returned to the owner at a destination of their choosing.

Delivery or collection can be arranged from or to anywhere in the world, and whenever the owner desires to visit their car, CMC can pick them up from rail stations and airports.

Whilst at CMC’s headquarters, the car will be stored in their brand new 24,000 sq. ft. facility, which is fully secure, dry, insulated and next to the company’s award winning workshops.

Managing Director of CMC, Nick Goldthorp said: “As a world-class company with a tremendous reputation for quality, our Car Concierge Service means we can assist caring owners with little time on their hands with a wide range of coordinated services covering all aspects of classic car ownership.”

The range of services includes restoration and general servicing, where CMC’s team of world-class craftsmen can attend to minor work or even major component or body repairs. The cars can be prepared for any event they are taking part in, whether it is a classic car rally or a Concours d’Elegance.

For race and rally events, they are fully tested, serviced, cleaned and the tyres are checked to meet event regulations and be on the button ready for scrutineering.

Concours detailing to award-winning standards can also be achieved through CMC. With their in-house paint shop, the team can rectify minor defects and restore the paint surface, so that it will look as good as new, adding value and preserving originality.  Before being returned to the owner, the car can undergo a full seal and shine service to the highest possible standard, giving the car a long lasting protective sheen.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 30 Octubre 2015, 12:06:57
FAST FORDS LEAD THE WAY AT CLASSIC MOTOR SHOW AUCTION

Silverstone, 30 October 2015

A selection of high-quality and historically important high-performance Fords will be auctioned at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show at the NEC, Birmingham on the weekend of 14-15 November.

The auction line-up will see a number of Fords from the Seventies, Eighties and Nineties go under the hammer by Silverstone Auctions; each of which has been carefully selected by the specialist auction team based on their history, provenance, low-mileage status and condition.

One of the most significant cars being auctioned is a 1987 Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500. The car is one of just 500 examples sold in Britain and is one of the more powerful ‘Evolution’ models. The car is finished in white, one of just 56 examples finished in this colour, and is presented in ‘time warp’ condition having covered just over 13,000 miles. It will be auctioned with a guide price of £70,000 - £80,000 and comes from a significant classic car collection.

A 1996 Ford Escort Cosworth Lux also forms part of the NEC Classic Motor Show Sale and follows its legendary Eighties Sierra namesake. The highly desirable Lux variant has covered just 7,700 miles from new and has had just five previous owners (three in the same family). The car in question was one of the last examples to leave the production line and will be sold for £38,000 - £44,000 after an extensive service and cam belt change.

Another last of the line example is a well-presented 1993 Sierra Sapphire RS Cosworth 4x4. This particular understated four door, four-wheel drive was the last of its type to leave the production line, as confirmed by a letter from Ford Genk. The car has covered just 20,006 miles and the Mallard Green paintwork gleams, while the black leather Recaro seats show little wear. The car is estimated to sell for £27,000 - £29,000.

The auction will also see two iconic Fords be sold without reserve. Lucky bidders will get the chance to buy a 1985 Ford Escort Turbo Series I that has covered just 5,568 miles. Described as being in Concours/factory-fresh condition, this particular example is believed to be the lowest mileage Series 1 RS Turbo in existence.

Another important car being sold without reserve is one of the most famous and historically important Ford Capris. The 1978 3.0 S example is a pre-production vehicle and has been on the cover of many automotive magazines throughout its life. The car was used as a test-bed for tuning and was once a long-term test car for Autocar; it was even owned by John Miles – ex-Lotus Formula 1 driver and journalist. Having been professionally restored, the bespoke one-of-one paint colour was preserved, and engine was rebuilt using a 3.2-litre engine and WMD crank.

Finishing off the collection of iconic Fords at the auction is two restored Seventies Capris. The first of which is a 1970 Capri RS2600, which is believed to be one of three factory prototypes. The car has undergone a significant restoration to exacting factory specification and is ready to be enjoyed for many years to come. The car is expected to sell for £26,000 - £30,000.

The second of the Capri line-up is another restored example with a story. This 1974 Capri RS3100 was bought later in in 1981 by Dennis Sellers, ex-Chairman of The Ford RS Owners Club who restored it using original Ford body parts and fittings but later sold it as a complete but unfinished project. Twenty years after the sale, the Capri was finished; including a complete engine rebuild. Having completed only running-in mileage since its restoration, this particular example is believed to be one of the best examples available on the current market today. It will be sold at the NEC Classic Motor Show Sale with an estimate of £45,000 - £50,000.

Silverstone Auctions will also be exhibiting at Classic & Sports Car - The London Show, held at Alexandra Palace from 30 October – 1 November as auctioneers for the silent auction. The auction house will be exhibiting two cars on their stand, as well as offering on-site valuations to show visitors.

For the full list of lots in The NEC Classic Motor Show Sale, please visit:http://www.silverstoneauctions.com/nec-classic-motor-show-sale-2015/view_lots/pn/all

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 30 Octubre 2015, 13:37:01
JAGUAR E-TYPE REVEALED AS BEST BRITISH CAR EVER AT CLASSIC & SPORTS CAR – THE LONDON SHOW

The wait is finally over and the answer to the question on the lips of every car enthusiast has been answered: the Best British Car Ever is the Jaguar E-type, revealed today at Classic & Sports Car – The London Show.

It’s the climax to a six-month process of selection and voting which has seen ten British icons battle to be named the car that people hold closest to their hearts. Today, that winner was revealed, with the wraps pulled off a fittingly special E-type as Classic & Sports Car – The London Show opened its doors to the public at Alexandra Palace.

Interview Stage special guest Ant Anstead, who has recently presented the BBC’s Building Cars Live, took the Autoglym cover off to reveal ‘77 RW’ – the oldest-surviving open E-type and the original car that Norman Dewis OBE, another Interview Stage guest, drove from Coventry almost non-stop to the Geneva Motor Show for its worldwide debut in March 1961.

The Series 1 3.8-litre car was built in in February 1961 as the first production two-seater and, as well as starring on the Geneva show stand, was a press demonstrator, used by The Motor for its road test, published 22 March 1961. In 2000, Mr Michael Kilgannon, the long-term owner, put ‘77 RW’ on permanent loan to the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust. The car was then completely restored with the assistance of Martin Robey Limited of Nuneaton.

From today until Sunday 1st November, this particular E-type will feature in a £40m centrepiece display, sponsored by car care and valeting specialist Autoglym, featuring the top ten British cars.

Earlier this year, Classic & Sports Car – the world’s best-selling classic car magazine – asked a jury of more than 100 motoring experts, including McLaren F1 designer Gordon Murray, Lotus head of design Russell Carr and former Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, to come up with the shortlist of 10 cars. Their nominations ranged from the affordable car that put the nation on wheels, the Austin Seven, to the McLaren F1, the most uncompromised high-performance car ever built.

For stage two that shortlist (which also included the original Range Rover, Lotus Seven, Jaguar XKSS, Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, Ford GT40, Mini Cooper S, Bentley Speed Six and Jaguar E-type) was put to a worldwide public poll. And thousands cast their votes with the E-type the overall winner.

As you might expect, the E-type was a big favourite with the expert panel. Gordon Murray praised its “classic styling and advanced engineering”, while Russell Carr nominated it for its “projectile styling” which, he said, “has real speed and sophistication with that dramatic long bonnet and cab rearward proportions.”

Dire Straits’ Mark Knopfler singled out the E-type’s combination of style and value for money: “It was the most beautiful car ever made, according to Enzo Ferrari, a lot less expensive and a lot better than the competition, too.” It was a feeling summed up by commentator, Simon Taylor: “Not only the fastest and most beautiful supercar of its day, but also miraculously half or one-third of the price of the cars that it pulverised. If they'd only made 75, instead of 75,000, they'd be auctioned today for Ferrari GTO money.”

James Elliott, Classic & Sports Car magazine group editor, said: "The E-type has it all, looks to stop traffic and a driving experience that has stood the test of time. When it was new you could not have bought more style and performance for the price. It is a car that continues to seduce young and old and is a very worthy winner. It’s very fitting that a great British brand like Autoglym has been so closely involved with celebrating our country’s iconic motoring heritage and I hope visitors to Alexandra Palace enjoy this display as much as we’ve enjoyed putting it together.”

John Edwards, Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations, said: “This a fantastic accolade for one of Jaguar’s most recognisable models ever built. Jaguar’s Heritage business aims to support loyal and passionate customers so that models such as the E-type can continue to be maintained and enjoyed across the generations. The fact that it has captured the most votes in a global public vote is a testament to its status as one of the world’s most iconic sportscars and now, officially, as the Best British Car Ever.”

Classic & Sports Car – The London Show features more than 300 of the world’s most prestigious classic cars from world-famous collectors and world-renowned classic car retailers. Organised by Classic & Sports Car, the world’s best-selling classic car magazine, The London Show includes a celebration of Aston Martin in partnership with EFG International, an exhibition of Sir Stirling Moss’ most iconic single-seater competition cars and a star-studded Interview Stage featuring Ross Brawn OBE, Ant Anstead and David Brabham among a host of other celebrity guests from the world of motoring and motorsport.

Visit www.classicandsportscarshow.com for more information. Tickets for Classic & Sports Car – The London Show are still available on the door.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 30 Octubre 2015, 16:32:17
JAGUAR E-TYPE CHOSEN AS BEST BRITISH CAR EVER IN GLOBAL POLL

Whitley, Coventry – 30 October, 2015: The Jaguar E-type has added yet another award to its enviable roll of honour after being voted as Best British Car Ever in a worldwide poll run by the inaugural Classic & Sportscar – The London Show, running from 30 October to 1 November at Alexandra Palace.

With thousands of votes cast, the E-type garnered the most votes of the shortlisted cars that also included the McLaren F1, Mini, Bentley Speed Six, Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost plus other British icons such as the original Range Rover and Jaguar’s own XKSS.

John Edwards, Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations, said: “This a fantastic accolade for one of Jaguar’s most recognisable models ever built. The Jaguar Heritage business aims to support loyal and passionate customers so that models such as the E-type can continue to be maintained and enjoyed across the generations. The fact that it has captured the most votes in a global public vote is a testament to its status as one of the world’s most iconic sportscars and now, officially, as the Best British Car Ever.”

James Elliott, Classic & Sports Car magazine group editor, said: "The E-type has it all, looks to stop traffic even today and a driving experience that has stood the test of time. More importantly than that, though, was that at the time you could not have bought more style and performance for the price. It is a car that seduces young and old and is a very worthy winner and rightly the Best British Car Ever.”

Jaguar originally intended it to compete exclusively as a racecar, however, it quickly developed into a road-going grand tourer and sportscar with an open two-seater or fixed-head coupe available.

The car was officially unveiled at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show and was an instant hit. One of the display cars featuring on the showstand in 1961 was an open-top version of the iconic sportscar – 77 RW -- which was driven almost non-stop from Coventry to Geneva by Jaguar’s legendary test driver, Norman Dewis OBE nearly 55 years ago.

Such was the E-type’s popularity it attracted many well-known celebrity and VIP owners such as Steve McQueen, George Best, Sir Jackie Stewart, Brigitte Bardot and Frank Sinatra.

Visitors to the Classic & Sportscar – The London Show will have the opportunity to get up close to this very same car, plus also listen in on interesting insights from Norman Dewis OBE who is confirmed for the Interview Stage.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 02 Noviembre 2015, 13:19:17
THE SUN SHINES ON THE HISTORIC BONHAMS LONDON TO BRIGHTON VETERAN CAR RUN

More than 380 pioneering veteran cars dating back to very the dawn of motoring enjoyed unseasonably mild conditions to take part in this year’s Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.

As tradition dictates, the 119th Anniversary Run set out from Hyde Park at day break and headed 60-miles south through a misty London and onto a sunny Sussex seafront. For only the third time in more than half a century, this year’s route took the intrepid participants – all driving pioneering cars from the pre-1905 era ­– past Buckingham Palace and down The Mall before heading past Big Ben and over Westminster Bridge. The capital’s early morning mist added to the period Victorian atmosphere.

The first few cars began to arrive on Maderia Drive shortly after 10am – the 1903 Berliet driven by John Bentley just pipping the 1904 Fiat of Dutchman Jan Bruijn to the honour of being first past the finishing post.

Among the others turning back the clock were Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, renowned Formula 1 team principal Ross Brawn and multiple Le Mans winner Jochen Mass. They were joined en route to Brighton by three classic coaches driven by BBC Radio broadcasters Chris Evans, Alex Jones and Ken Bruce raising nearly £350,000 for BBC Children in Need thanks to the generosity of their 40 passengers.

Before the start Evans, Jones and Bruce were joined by Natalie Lowe from Strictly Come Dancing and Robert Brooks, Chairman of Bonhams, for the ceremonial tearing up of the red flag. The symbolic ritual harks back to the original Emancipation Run, held on 14 November 1896, which marked the milestone Locomotives on the Highway Act and raised the speed limit for ‘light locomotives’ from 4 to 14mph abolishing the need for a man walking ahead of the cars waving a red flag.

The annual Run is now the only event anywhere on Earth where so many veteran cars parade in such numbers.

“That was without doubt the best car experience I have ever done,” enthused Evans after crossing the line. “I had absolutely no idea it was such a fantastic event – so wonderfully, wonderfully joyous. It’s like the London Marathon, with so many smiling faces, often ten deep on the roadside cheering you on all the way to Brighton. What’s more, thanks to the generosity of our passengers, we have raised a mega amount of money for BBC Children in Need. It was just an incredible day and one we must do again and again.”

Other entries included Genevieve from the eponymous 1953 film, a large number of cars from the US celebrating this year’s American theme and significantly the 1901 Isotta Fraschini – chassis number one – the very first car to wear the famous ‘IF’ badge which was making its VCR debut this year.

Mass, Mason and Brawn all made it to Brighton, too. Brawn needing all his engineering skills – and several tie-wraps – to overcome a broken flywheel on his 1904 Wilson Pilcher. “It’s such a fabulous event, we just had to make it to the finish,” he said.

Another impressive finisher was the steam-powered 1888 Truchutet driven by Daniel Ward – the oldest car on the run – believed to be one of the earliest vehicles to have ever completed the event.

In total 342 of the starters managed to complete journey from Hyde Park to the Sussex coast before the 4.30pm deadline, thus receiving a coveted finisher medal.

Having been introduced in 2013, the Veteran Car Run now includes a regularity section, where participants have to average a precise speed between two controls. It was the 1900 Georges Richard of Rodney Fowler that claimed the coveted trophy.

Ben Cussons, Chairman of the Veteran Car Run Steering Group and speaking on behalf of the Royal Automobile Club said: “This must have been one of the best London To Brighton Runs ever. Once the early morning mist burned off, the sunshine was unbelievably warm – some were even remarking it was too hot! Motoring more than a century ago was never for the faint-hearted but today’s mild conditions were welcomed not just by the participants but also by the hundreds of thousands lining the entire route.   

“I would particularly like to extend my thanks to Lodge Coaches for providing Chris with his coaches and all the volunteers and marshals along the 60-mile route who make this wonderfully unique and very, very special event possible.”

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 03 Noviembre 2015, 08:34:26
'TOTAL' SUPPORT FROM LONDON TO BRIGHTON

Total, one of the world’s largest integrated oil and gas companies, stepped in to support this year's London to Brighton Veteran Car Run on Sunday 1st November.

Appreciating that older cars – the youngest on the Run is 110 years old – are not built to quite the same fine tolerances as modern cars, Total as Official Lubricants Partner was on hand to provide oil and any practical assistance to participants.

Mechanics from leading restorers Classic Motor Cars were supporting Total's oil stations at the Run’s halfway Harrods Stop at Crawley and Madeira Drive in Brighton.

Marc Smith, General Manager Lubricants of Total UK, said: "Total’s rich history dates back to the 1920’s and since then our engineers have been catering to the needs and specifications of generations of engines, right up to our multiple F1 world championship wins in collaboration with Williams, Renault and Red Bull.

"It was amazing to see such a moving display of cars that are over 100 years old. The oil stop at Crawley was constantly busy with participants asking for oil top ups, some of which were carried out by themselves or by our mechanics.

Smith added: "Total’s range of mineral lubricants, fluids and greases perform particularly well in classic and veteran cars. This is part of our long-term commitment to keep these historic cars younger for longer."

This was the first of a series of initiatives from Total to support veteran and classic motoring in the UK, which will see advice, special services and lubricants offered to events, clubs and owners.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 04 Noviembre 2015, 16:51:07
CLASSY LADIES GATHER TO SHOWCASE SHE’S A BEAUTY

The ‘She’s a Beauty’ theme given to this year’s Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, held at Birmingham’s NEC from 13-15 November, is set to bring together some thrilling women and their prized classics. The show will team concours classics with motorsport marvels, highlighting the efforts of women across the classic car scene.

The Bentley 4.5-litre entered into the Benjafield 24 by the Bentley Belles will take pride of place on the feature display stand, along with Bentley Belle Katarina Kyvalova. The team, which also included Gillian Carr, Georgina Riley and Georgie Brewster, only met for the first time the day before the endurance event, and entered the record books as the only all-female team to campaign a Bentley in a 24hr endurance race, ever. Since then, they have added the same accolade to their list for the Spa Six Hour Race. Katarina also competed in the Flying Scotsman Rally and at Spa, as well as finishing third in a Cooper Jaguar at Goodwood Revival.

Jessica Harvey will be bringing her MGB GT, built for hillclimbing. A ‘Café racer GT’, it’s driven hard, but is also a show-scene classic, to the point where it’s received paint rectification for showing three times this year. She won “Best modified MG” with the car at MG Live in June, a testament to the uprated 2.0 B-series producing 150bhp, the race cam, the fully adjustable suspension and the uprated brakes.

The Whyte sisters are the world’s youngest all female endurance historic rally team, and compete in HERO’s Austin Seven. Seren, 23, and Elise, 25, have been competing in historic endurance rallies since their first Le Jog in 2012, and show no signs of letting up yet. They’ve used a variety of cars from the HERO fleet, including a BMW 1602 and a Triumph TR4.

But women aren’t all about motorsport. Sandra Britton has gone the opposite way with her Mini, taking it to concours-winning condition. Between her and husband Colin, the 1968 MK2 Super De Luxe has been fully restored on a suburban driveway over the course of four years. Sixty ‘first in class’ awards and scores of ‘best in show’ awards later, Sandra’s proud of the car. But not so proud as to trailer it – this car is driven to every show it attends.

Sometimes, the beauty in question isn’t human. Wanda the Chevrolet Impala really is a beauty, and embodies everything that the phrase suggests. This ten-year restoration project has seen a number of house moves, family illnesses and more interrupt progress, it’s now a credit to the restorers Vince and Andy Cooper.

The 2015 Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show will be held from 13th to 15th November at Birmingham’s NEC. For more information on the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show or Classic Motorbike Show as well as all the ticket prices and booking details, visit www.necclassicmotorshow.com.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 05 Noviembre 2015, 13:09:57
HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL WEEKEND FOR JD CLASSICS AT CLASSIC & SPORTS CAR – THE LONDON SHOW

Maldon, Essex, 4th November: JD Classics drew huge interest with its wide array of cars at the inaugural Classic & Sports Car – The London Show at Alexandra Palace last weekend.

With 12 beautiful models across two stands, JD Classics had the biggest dealer display of the show. This included three Aston Martins including an original factory demonstrator Series 3 DB4, two Jaguars and three Ferraris, including a 250 GT/L Lusso. Also featured were a 1957 Porsche 356 Speedster and a 1968 Lamborghini 400 GT.

Taking pride of place on the dealer’s display was a very special ex-works Formula One Scarab Transporter, used in the film Le Mans. Commissioned in 1956 and then later used by American team Scarab for the 1960 Formula One Championship, the works transporter was made with a Fiat chassis and designed by coachbuilder Bartoletti.

In 1964, it was sold to Carroll Shelby to transport the three famous Cobra Daytona Coupes. JD Classics has continued this legacy, maintaining the vehicle in its original blue livery with Cobra team stickers. At Alexandra Palace, it was loaded with a works Racing 289 Cobra and a Willment Supersonic 427 Cobra.

Commenting on the success of the weekend, JD Classics managing director, Derek Hood, said: “Having advertised with Classic and Sports Car for 27 years, I was pleased to be the first to sign up to the show. The team at Classic and Sports Car did a great job ensuring the show had an intimate feel. We were very successful on the stand and look forward to coming back next year.”

Classic & Sports Car – The London Show not only showcased over 300 classics, but also hosted numerous stars from the automotive and motorsport industries including Ross Brawn OBE, who will be joining JD Classics for its breakfast morning on Sunday 22nd November.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 06 Noviembre 2015, 08:57:16
COLIN McRAE TRIBUTE TAKES CENTRE STAGE AT WALES RALLY GB

Activities to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Colin McRae becoming Britain’s first FIA World Rally Champion are gaining momentum, with a raft of special features planned for this month’s Wales Rally GB (12-15 November).

It was on the 1995 Network Q RAC Rally – the final round of the season – that McRae lifted the world championship laurels, defeating Subaru team-mate Carlos Sainz in a straight fight to become the youngest-ever title-winner.

The Scot was met by a rapturous reception when he reached the finishing ramp in Chester that year. Two decades on and just down the road in Deeside, his success will be feted once more as rallying fans and the WRC community unite to remember one of the most popular and spectacular drivers in the history of the sport.

Central to the celebrations will be an impressive two-tier structure in the Service Park, which will house four of McRae’s most legendary rally cars, two of which he piloted to victory on home turf – his 1995 and 1997 Subaru Imprezas, as well as a brace of Ford Focus RS WRCs.

Other attractions will include original race suits, pace notes, trophies and posters – some of which have never previously been seen in public – that have been supplied by Jimmy McRae, M-Sport, Prodrive, Derek Ringer and Nicky Grist amongst others. The pièce de résistance, meanwhile, will be a bespoke multimedia show, utilising video footage, still photography and personal tributes to depict Colin’s remarkable career and his sensational achievements in all their glory.

This special production – with commentary from David Coulthard – will be for sale at the event only as a limited edition tribute DVD priced at just £10.

Constructed by C6(n), the one-off display will be open to spectators throughout Wales Rally GB, and that is just the tip of the iceberg.

Two of Colin’s former co-drivers, Derek Ringer (who co-drove McRae to his world title triumph back in 1995 in the iconic Subaru Impreza BAT 555) and Nicky Grist (who enjoyed 17 WRC victories alongside the Scot) will be in attendance all weekend, while Colin’s mother Margaret, wife Alison and daughter Hollie will also join in the celebrations.

Colin’s father Jimmy, himself a five-time British Rally Champion, will be contesting the Network Q WRGB National Rally in a mighty V8 Vauxhall Firenza Can-Am, but he will also flag away the first car from the official Ceremonial Start in Llandudno at 18:30 on Thursday, 12 November.

That car will be a Group N Subaru WRX STI, driven by seven-time Rally America Champion David Higgins and featuring an evocative throwback blue-and-yellow livery with classic gold wheels. Both men will appear in the pre-rally public Autograph Session earlier the same day, at 17:00 in Llandudno’s Venue Cymru.

“It does not seem 20 years ago that Margaret and I were at the finish in Chester celebrating Colin’s achievement,” reflected 72-year-old Jimmy. “The McRae family are humbled by the celebrations being organised in tribute to his memory.

“Colin was very popular in America, and I am very pleased that Subaru America are making the trip to this year’s Wales Rally GB. This will also be very special for David, who was a good friend of Colin’s. It will be an emotional time but I will be focused on my own rally, driving those classic Welsh stages in the noisy V8 Firenza hoping to improve on last year’s finish.”

“There is definitely going to be a lot of emotion when people see the car – it is such a special livery,” concurred Higgins, a Manxman who has made his home in Wales. “What we have here is a fantastic opportunity to remind people just how big Colin was and still is.

“It is also really important to remember how important Colin and Derek winning the World Championship was for British rallying. It put us on the map and helped give younger drivers an opportunity; I benefitted from their success and I’m sure British drivers are still benefitting now.”

The Deeside Service Park and Rally Village will be free to enter and will be open Thursday (09:00 - 22:00), Friday (06:00 - 22:00), Saturday (05:00 - midnight) and Sunday (07:00 - 17:00).

There will be strictly no parking on-site or on any of the roads surrounding the Service Park and a complimentary park-and-ride scheme will operate throughout the event. Visitors should leave the A494 joining the A548 towards Deeside Industrial Park and follow yellow WRGB directional signage. Visitors are advised to tune into the event’s dedicated Wales Rally FM radio station on 87.7FM for the latest information.

With two British drivers to the fore, huge numbers are expected in the legendary Welsh forests next week. Tickets sales are ahead of last year, with many taking advantage of the advance ticket prices.

The four-day World Rally Pass is the all-inclusive ticket for fans. It provides access to all the individual Special Stages as well as Thursday's pre-event Shakedown. It is priced at £99 for adults (or just £1 for accompanied children aged 9-15) and comes with a desirable hard card and lanyard plus an event programme valued at £9.

Forest Passes offer a similar level of flexibility as the World Rally Pass but just for an individual day of the event. Again they include an official programme and can be purchased in advance for just £25 – a considerable saving on Single Stage tickets which will cost £30 on the day. Tickets for the family friendly RallyFest at Chirk Castle are available now for £25 with an even greater discount being offered to families. Full ticket information can be found on the WalesRallyGB.com website.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 06 Noviembre 2015, 08:57:36
PETER SELLERS’ 1966 LOTUS ELAN GOES UNDER THE HAMMER

A rare 1966 Lotus Elan S2 once owned by famous comedian, actor, photographer, singer and all round icon Peter Sellers, will be auctioned at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show on Saturday 14th November by Silverstone Auctions, estimated at between £45,000 and £50,000.

The car was delivered to Peter Sellers’ Haymarket home on 22nd June 1966 and driven by him, with wife Britt Ekland in the passenger seat, until 29th February 1969. 'SAR 57D' then went through two other owners before being purchased by the current vendor.

The car is offered for sale having been part of an extensive private classic car collection for over a decade. It is in fantastically original condition and has been in dry storage off the road since August 2005. The Elan has covered 65,611 miles from new with the bodywork in good condition and ripe for a light restoration to return it to its former glory. Meanwhile the car is mechanically ‘on the button’, ready to go and be enjoyed by its next owner.

The extensive history file contains the original V5 with Peter Sellers’ signature, as well as MoT Certificates from July 1977 until 2005 and the car will have a new MoT issued before the sale.

Harry Whale, operations manager and classic car consignor of Silverstone Auctions said: “This truly is a unique Lotus Elan with superb ownership provenance, while it maintains a fantastic level of authenticity. First owned by Peter Sellers, who needs no introduction, this Lotus Elan has sat in a private classic car collection for more than a decade and will now be sold for the first time in many years.

“The car is sure to gather a huge amount of attention and we expect that it will appeal to fans of Peter Sellers as well as Lotus enthusiasts alike. This unrepeatable opportunity to purchase such a historically important and interesting car is one not to be missed.”

The Lotus will join nearly 100 other classic cars in an auction at the UK’s biggest and best classic car show on the 14th and 15th of November.

For more information on the car or any of the other lots on offer in Silverstone Auctions’ sale at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, please visit: https://www.silverstoneauctions.com/1966-lotus-elan-ex-peter-sellers-.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 06 Noviembre 2015, 14:46:43
ADVANCE DISCOUNTED TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE FOR 2016 DONINGTON HISTORIC FESTIVAL

Advance discounted tickets are now on sale for the 2016 Donington Historic Festival (Saturday April 30th, Sunday May 1st and Monday May 2nd), perfectly timed for those looking to secure the idea Christmas gift for a historic motorsport or motoring fan.

Over five very successful years, the Donington Historic Festival has gone from strength to strength, with world-class historic racing for grids from the 1920s to the 1990s supplemented by hugely popular features such as the exhilarating historic rally car and karting demonstrations and special paddock displays and track demos.  For 2016 the race content is building to be the event’s strongest yet, while the track action will also include some very exciting historic F1 car demos – always guaranteed to quicken the heartbeat of motorsport fans!

As always, the race car and rally car paddocks will be open to all, while the trade village will provide some great shopping opportunities. Add to that the chance to visit the Donington Grand Prix Collection, home to the world’s largest collection of Grand Prix cars and the Wheatcroft Collection of historic military vehicles, and the very special, relaxed Donington Park atmosphere and fantastic spectator viewing locations, and it’s easy to see why the Donington Historic Festival has become a ‘must-do’ part of the international classic motorsport calendar.

Advance tickets offer a significant saving on the on-the-gate prices. A single day advance discounted ticket costs £21 and a two-day ticket £34, while a three-day weekend ticket costs just £48 (on-the-gate prices will be £28, £45 and £65, respectively). Children aged under 16 are admitted for free. Advance discounted tickets can be bought via www.doningtonhistoric.com and through the 24-hour ticket hotline 0844 873 7355*. Advance ticket sales close at 5pm on Wednesday, April 27th 2016.

Calling all car clubs

The gathering of hundreds of cars from dozens of car clubs in the infield, and the daily car club parades, are a very popular element of the Festival, both with car club members and general spectators. Special discounts plus exclusive infield display parking are available for members of car clubs that are registered to attend. Car club organisers are invited to register their club via the car club section on the event’s website so that their members can benefit from the Festival car club offer.

To learn more about the Donington Historic Festival, or to plan your visit, please see www.doningtonhistoric.com.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 10 Noviembre 2015, 16:06:05
Buenos cacharros!!

94 AMAZING CARS IN SILVERSTONE AUCTIONS’ CLASSIC MOTOR SHOW SALE

94 amazing classic cars spanning 83 years, as well as a host of automobilia and luxury lifestyle items, will be offered this weekend at Silverstone Auctions’ sale at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show.

One of the biggest classic car auctions in the calendar, the two-day sale takes place on the 14th and 15th of November at the NEC, Birmingham.

The highlight of the sale has to be a fabulous ‘on the button’ low mileage 1991 Jaguar XJ220, estimated at between £300,000 and £350,000.

Chassis no. 220693 was hand built by TWR Jaguar in Oxford in 1991 before being exported to Brunei by special order of the Royal Family. The car remained as part of the world renowned, royal car collection until September 2002 when it returned to the UK.

The car has now covered just 5,782 miles and is supported by MoT certificates dating back to 2002. In August 2015 it had £20,000 worth of expert work completed by probably the UK’s leading authority on XJ220s, renowned specialists Don Law Racing of Staffordshire.

A fantastic selection of celebrity owned cars are also on offer, like a 1966 Lotus Elan S2 formerly owned by legendary actor and comedian Peter Sellers, estimated at between £45,000 and £50,000. Or for boxing fans out there how about a 1973 Ferrari 365 GT4 2+2 once owned by boxing legend Henry Cooper, offered at no reserve.

A wealth of rare, low mileage and single ownership cars will also be going under the hammer. A left-hand drive 2009 Ferrari 430 Scuderia, estimated at between £180,000 and £220,000, has covered just over 400km from new and is presented in exemplary condition throughout. Supplied with its original handbooks, tool kit and car cover, it was first registered on 31st October 2009 in Switzerland. Finished in the highly desirable colour of Grigio Medio 791, the car is offered for public sale for the first time in its life.

For fast Ford fans there is a fantastic 1985 Ford Escort RS Turbo Series I, offered at no reserve. This incredible example of Ford UK history has covered only 5,568 miles from new in the hands of one registered keeper. It has never been restored or modified and is preserved in what can only be described as factory fresh condition. This Ford simply represents an unrepeatable opportunity for any Ford RS fan, collector or enthusiast.

Speaking ahead of the sale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions, Nick Whale, said: “This may well prove to be one of our biggest and best auctions of the year and it’s a pleasure to be able to offer such a fantastic collection of cars once again at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show.

There really is something to tempt enthusiasts of all tastes, so I would encourage visitors to the show to come and take a look at the cars in the flesh.”

For those not able to attend the sale in person it is possible to bid online, by phone or by leaving a commission bid with Silverstone Auctions before the sale begins. Viewing is available all day on Friday 13th November and on the morning of both sale days.

For more information on the sale please visit https://www.silverstoneauctions.com/nec-classic-motor-show-sale-2015.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 12 Noviembre 2015, 09:28:43
UK’S BIGGEST MOTORING EVENT COMES TO BIRMINGHAM

he UK’s biggest motoring event returns to Birmingham’s NEC from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th November, as enthusiasts from all over the world gather for the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with a record 2,500 classic cars and motorcycles on display.

Event Director Daniel Nwaokolo said: “As the season finale, classic car and bike club members pull out all the stops, bringing with them fantastic displays of incredibly rare, beautifully kept and most importantly passionately preserved vehicles for all our visitors to enjoy.”

Around 250 of Britain’s best motoring clubs will showcase rare and exciting marques ranging from pre-war through to modern classics, supercars to saloons, American muscle cars to Japanese performance, European elegance to Great British sports cars, and many more.

There’s also the final of the Meguiar’s Club Showcase, celebrating its tenth anniversary, which gathers the ‘best of the best’ classic cars from the year’s club events to decide which is the ultimate showcase winner. All eyes will be on local Coventry classic owner Ian Kimpton and his 1990 MG Maestro, who is hoping to follow in the footsteps of previous winner, Wolverhampton’s Adrian Evans and his 1969 Ford Cortina.

New for 2015 is the show’s first ‘Pride of Ownership’ display for classic cars, boasting amazing rare vehicles including a skiff-bodied Packard by Nottinghamshire boat builder Steve Mills, and a limited edition Ford Mustang belonging to Kingstanding’s Luke Greenwood.

After last year’s record breaking fundraising, the Sporting Bears will be operating even more Dream Rides as its tries to beat the £50,000 it raised in 2014. The charity fundraising club offers ten-mile rides as a passenger in one of the club’s amazing cars in exchange for a charitable donation. The size of the donation determines the status of the car…

Wheeler Dealers Mike Brewer and Edd China will host a full-on line-up on the Live Stage with restoration challenges, competitions, and special guests including TV motoring mechanics Ant Anstead, from For the Love of Cars, local celebrity Fuzz Townshend, from Car SOS, and racing legends Sir Stirling Moss and Ross Brawn.

Richard Morley, Operations Director for Lancaster Insurance comments: “Being headline sponsor is a huge honour and we’re immersing ourselves into the show theme by hosting our own unique version of ‘Miss World’, with six stunning international cars vying for the crown. We want you to help us decide which beauty takes the top spot and we’ll also be showcasing our Mini restoration project in aid of Prostate Cancer UK as well. It really will be the classic event of the year!”

The 65,000+ motoring enthusiasts expected can also enjoy expert advice in the Restoration Theatre, buy themselves a classic car in Silverstone Auctions two-day or browse over 600 trade and Autojumble stands offering a wide range of parts, spares, tools, motoring services and memorabilia.

For more information on the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show as well as all the ticket prices and booking details, visit www.necclassicmotorshow.com.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 12 Noviembre 2015, 09:29:11
FIRST RIGHT HAND DRIVE PRODUCTION JAGUAR E-TYPE DRIVEN TO THE MAX?

1961 Jaguar E-Type chassis 860001, the very first right-hand-drive production Fixed Head Coupé restored by Classic Motor Cars Ltd (CMC), has been driven to 146 mph on a German autobahn by British Hill Climb Champion, David Franklin.

David was recreating for Octane magazine’s 150th issue one of the most famous road tests ever undertaken, attempting to match the 150 mph a Jaguar E-Type reached on a Belgian motorway in 1961, and he nearly made it!

David said:  “I saw 146mph and it was still accelerating when I had to back off because of cars and lorries in the distance.  When you’re travelling at that speed you have to err on the side of caution. You’re catching other traffic up quite quickly and you have to remember that there’s no ABS, although the brakes felt strong and progressive.It would comfortably have reached 150mph. Of that, I have absolutely no doubt.”

In 1961, Autocar took E-Type 9600HP to Belgium for a high speed test, looking to assess Jaguar’s claim that a standard roadgoing E-type could achieve 150mph.  This claim was validated in the historic road test, and Octane ventured to recreate the event using a similar car, E-Type 1VHP, chassis 860001.

The car was restored in the early 2000s by CMC, one of the world’s leading restoration companies, and is regularly serviced and prepared by the company.

Nick Goldthorp, Managing Director of CMC, said: “For safety’s sake, we could leave nothing to chance with the preparation of the car.  The demands of running at 150mph are very different from those required at half that speed.”

For this occasion, the team at CMC went through the car with a fine attention to detail, fitting new wheels and Avon CR6 ZZ tyres and checking every mechanical element. The car’s engine was even dyno-tested on a rolling road and a higher capacity fuel pump was installed as well.

Peter Neumark, Chairman of CMC and owner of the car 1VHP, said: “Chassis 860001 was built on 10 July 1961 and despatched on 26 August to Henlys in London as a demonstrator, which makes you wonder how many famous personalities sat in it during the first few weeks. We restored it to factory condition in the early 2000s and I drive it a lot.”

David Franklin, who has been competing in motor sport since 1965 and has been a champion in disciplines ranging from HSCC Historic GTs to hillclimbs and sprints, was incredibly impressed with the condition of the E-Type.  He said: “It rode very well, and the engine seemed notably smoother above 3500rpm.”

The official reading on E-Type chassis 860001 was 146.49mph, a result that greatly impressed Peter, who said: “I thought it would do well to get to 135, maybe 138mph, so I’m absolutely delighted. Well done to David Franklin!”

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 12 Noviembre 2015, 14:48:59
SILVERSTONE CLASSIC TICKETS ON SALE FOR 2016

Tickets for the 2016 Silverstone Classic go on general sale today (Thursday 12 November) with significant discounts for ‘Early Bird’ bookers.

After the huge success of this year’s record-breaking Silver Jubilee extravaganza – an event which attracted more than 100,000 visitors for the first time in the Classic’s 25-year history – the 2016 Silverstone Classic (29-31 July) is already gearing up for another massive attendance next summer, not least as many admission prices have been frozen and a great value new Family Ticket has been introduced.

With more and more festival-goers finding one day just isn’t enough at the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival, prices for three-day adult tickets – as well as camping and hospitality – are being held for 2016.

What’s more, for those planning ahead – or perhaps purchasing the perfect Christmas gift – discounts of up to 17 per cent are available on Early Bird tickets on sale until 31 March. These discounted Early Bird adult tickets cost £35 for Friday, £59 for Saturday and £49 for Sunday, while a three-day weekend ticket costs just £99. 

Commenting on the 2016 event, Nick Wigley, CEO of Goose Live Events, the company responsible for Silverstone Classic, said: “We are delighted to offer three-day tickets in 2016 at the same great value as this year. The event is now a firm family favourite and it’s wonderful to see all generations enjoying our celebration of classic motor racing. In recognition of this, we’ve also introduced a special new family ticket for the whole weekend – including camping for two adults and two children (aged 6-16) – which is discounted by over 20 per cent on our advance tickets. We’re looking forward to another great event in July!”

As widely-praised tradition dictates, all Classic tickets provide ‘access all areas’ ensuring everyone gets up close to the unrivalled spectacle of priceless racing and glittering classic road cars from bygone halcyon eras. All tickets provide unlimited access to both buzzing race paddocks and covered grandstand seating for great spectating, further enhanced by race commentary and live action on the big screens. Interactive driving activities, access to all the car club displays, live music from top classic rock bands and lots of family entertainment in the infield including a free vintage funfair all guarantee an unforgettable weekend.

Tickets are available via the official website www.silverstoneclassic.com. Early Bird ticket sales close at midnight on 31 March, 2016 with advance tickets available from 1 April, 2016. As in recent years, all admittance will be by Early Bird or Advance ticket only – there will be no sales on-the-gate at Silverstone.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 13 Noviembre 2015, 08:38:55
CLASSIC GRAND TOURING ANNOUNCES ACTION-PACKED CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR 2016

Classic Grand Touring, the specialist motor racing tour operators, have announced their 2016 calendar with a variety of exciting new and traditional tours to the finest historic races and classic events worldwide.

Thomas Brimblecombe, Managing Director of Classic Grand Touring, said: “This will be our sixth season specialising in motor racing tours - and we could not be more excited.

“We have planned a series of tours to sensational new locations and events as well as the old favourites, so book early to avoid any disappointment.”

The variety of motoring trips planned for 2016 features the return to the calendar of Monaco Historic and Le Mans Classic as well as the favourites such as Retromobile, Grand Prix de Pau Historique, Mille Miglia and the Circuit des Remparts at Angoulême.

New tours with plenty of promise are the Vernasca Silver Flag in Italy and Chantilly Arts et Elegance Concours in France.

Thomas added: “As well as being a full member of the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust (ABTOT) since 2012, we are delighted to announce that we have been accepted as members of the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA), meaning you can travel in total confidence.

“Our team is ever expanding to ensure excellent booking service, so do get in touch to talk through some of the exciting tours we’re offering this year.”

Classic Grand Touring 2016 Tours

3 – 5 February
8 – 11 & 11 – 14 February
28 April – 3 May
10 – 18 May         
12 – 16 May 
13 – 15 May
14 – 25 May   
24 – 31 May
31 May – 6 June   
2 – 5 June 
14 – 20 June   
7 – 11 July
30 August – 5 September
14 – 19 September     Retromobile
Ice Driving
Classic Days, Magny-Cours
Monaco Historic Driving tour
Monaco Historic flight tour
Spa Classic
Mille Miglia
Grand Prix de Pau Historique
Vintage Cognac
Grand Prix de l’Age d’Or, Dijon
Vernasca Silver Flag
Le Mans Classic
Chantilly Arts & Elegance
Angoulême, Circuit des Remparts

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 16 Noviembre 2015, 08:14:03
ADVANCE DISCOUNTED TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR FLYWHEEL 2016

Advance discounted tickets are now on sale for Flywheel at Bicester Heritage (July 2nd & 3rd 2016).

Held at the UK’s best-preserved Second World War bomber station – Bicester Heritage in Oxfordshire - Flywheel is packed with exhilarating, crowd-pleasing displays from some very special historic aircraft, competition cars and military vehicles, combined with hundreds of classic cars and bikes on show from across the decades.

Add to that period music performances and military re-enactors, a vintage trade fair and traditional funfair rides, an open paddock that lets spectators get up close to all the rare machinery on show, and the chance to explore the wonderful and atmospheric site - now home to a wide range of historic motoring, motorsport and aircraft specialists - and visitors to Flywheel 2016 have a real treat in store!

The introduction for 2016 of two-day weekend tickets and family tickets allows classic motoring, aviation and military history enthusiasts of all ages to enjoy further savings on the on-the-day prices.

Adult (16+) single-day advance tickets for Flywheel 2016 are £23, and adult two-day weekend tickets £41. Child (aged 5-15) advance tickets are £7 for a single day and £12 for the weekend. And single-day family advance tickets (two adults and up to three children aged 5-15) are £52, and a family weekend ticket £92. Children under five are admitted for free and all adult tickets include a copy of the official souvenir programme, worth £5.

Parking on site is free for ticket holders, and visitors arriving in a pre-1966 vehicle can also pre-book a free display parking space in the pre-66 parking area.

Advance tickets can be booked online now at www.flywheelfestival.com.

About Flywheel

The first Flywheel - held in June 2015 – was a huge success, drawing thousands of spectators each day to this historic site. Highlights included the return to the former RAF Bicester of the Blenheim bomber for the first time in over 70 years, spectacular air displays from the iconic Spitfire, WW1 dog fight demonstrations from the Great War Display Team, a flame-throwing Bentley-Packard special with a 41-litre engine, a historic Sherman M4 tank, the ex-Stirling Moss C-type, and stunning performances from the aircraft-engined 1905 Fiat land speed record car, while vintage glider rides, a ‘pop-up’ period fashion shoot and military re-enactors really brought the history of the site alive.

Further information can be found on www.flywheelfestival.com.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 16 Noviembre 2015, 11:56:03
AWARD-WINNING FERRARI MAIN DEALER H.R. OWEN OPENS CLASSIC CARS SERVICE CENTRE

London, Monday 16 November. H.R. Owen, the UK’s largest luxury car dealer, famous for supplying new Ferrari models, now offers classic Ferrari owners main dealer servicing, repair and restorations at its flagship north London service centre as it extends the launch of H.R. Owen Classic Cars.

Recently awarded the highest accolade of Ferrari’s Global Dealer of the Year, H.R. Owen continues its excellence and commitment to the marque by offering a range of fixed-price servicing options, expert restorations and repairs by Maranello-trained technicians for all Ferrari models, regardless of age.

Classic Ferrari owners can now deliver their cars to the experts at H.R. Owen’s state-of-the-art, 22,000 square-foot north London service facility; which is heralded as the UK’s largest and best-equipped aftersales centre. With 22 dedicated work bays, an engine overhaul room, industry-leading diagnostic and repair equipment and a dedicated wet area, H.R. Owen Classic Cars has the infrastructure to handle everything from an oil change to a full nut and bolt Concours-standard restoration.

H.R. Owen understands the responsibility and trust that their customers hand over when they place their ‘pride and joy’ in the care of H.R. Owen Classic Cars, which is why only the very best technicians are employed at their service centre. Technical Manager Attilio Romano is one of the many reasons why classic car owners return to H.R. Owen year after year. Starting his career in 1979 he entered the sportscar market in 1982 with Lotus and Lancia. Romano went on to work for many high-profile marques, most notably Ferrari Modena and Bugatti, working for the latter when the EB110 was launched, before going on to be the first factory-registered technician certified to work on the Veyron. Romano has won a host of awards on behalf of many manufacturers, and has worked for H.R. Owen for more than 19 years.

Famous for being the ‘go-to’ Ferrari technician, the ex-Ferrari Factory Technician can diagnose and correct issues swiftly, based on his many years of Ferrari experience. From tuning the carburettors of a Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona, to a full nut and bolt restoration of a 275 GTB, it’s said that nobody knows Ferraris better than him.

H.R. Owen Ferrari has been a main agent in London for over 40 years, offering unparalleled levels of experience and knowledge of the marque both past and present. All H.R. Owen technical staff are trained by Ferrari to the standard expected by the manufacturer and those of the H.R. Owen brand. This ensures that all members of the service team have factory-approved knowledge and skills, and provides expertise that can only be gained from using an officially approved dealer.

H.R. Owen’s flagship north London service facility is run by Service Manager Tony Vaccaro, who has worked in the motor industry all of his life and for H.R. Owen for nearly 20 years. When asked about the move into classic cars, Tony said: “We have looked after Ferraris from across the world for over 40 years and the cars that are now classed as classic were maintained by us when new. Having that experience in-house means we are best placed to look after any classic Ferrari as we know the cars inside out.

”Within the workshop, it’s not unusual to see a 512BB in for restoration alongside the latest LaFerrari, and the same dedication and passion will go in to both,” he continued.

Tony has been instrumental in the growth and development of the north London site since it opened seven years ago, saying: “In those years we have grown H.R. Owen Ferrari to become one of the largest dealers in the world. Last week we attended the Ferrari World Dealer meeting in Florence where we were presented with the highly prestigious title of Ferrari World Dealer of the Year. A fantastic honour and a reflection of the passion we have for the brand.

“The development of young talent is vital,” said Tony, “our young technician Vito Martuccio has recently been selected as one of the finalists for the 2015 Ferrari World Technician Challenge after working under the guidance of Attilio Romano. With many years of in-house experience and our continued development of new experts there is no better dealer to look after your Ferrari, old or new”.

H.R. Owen Classic Cars Service is just another demonstration of the full-service approach that it dedicates to its clients. The H.R. Owen Group not only operates in sales and service of premium luxury cars, but it also offers a number of related divisions in the dealership, including H.R. Owen Insurance Services, Luxury Car Hire, Chauffeur Drive alongside the much discussed H.R. Owen Classic Cars division.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 17 Noviembre 2015, 09:13:10
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RECORDS TUMBLE AT SILVERSTONE AUCTIONS’ CLASSIC MOTOR SHOW SALE

A frenzied bidding war which resulted in a world record auction price for a 1985 Ford Escort RS Turbo Series 1 of £60,188, helped Silverstone Auctions to a magnificent total of £4.4 million at its sale at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show this weekend.

In total, 80% of the 95 lots on offer were successfully hammered away in the two-day auction at the NEC, Birmingham.

Other fast Fords also proved extremely popular with the hundreds of buyers at the sale. A true time warp, 13,000 miles from new 1987 Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500 sold for £90,000.

While fast Fords proved popular throughout, a number of other significant results were seen at the sale. Achieving a believed UK auction record, a right-hand drive 1993 Ferrari 512 TR sold for £185,625, including premium, an amazing £75,000 over its lower estimate. Another Ferrari, a very special, last of the line 1999 Ferrari F355 F1 was hard fought over by bidders at the show, selling for £103,500.

The stunning 1991 Jaguar XJ220, formerly a part of the Brunei Royal family car collection, sold for a premium inclusive total of £315,000, while a beautiful 1956 Porsche 356A T1 Cabriolet was successfully sold for £196,875, more than £26,000 over its lower estimate.

Speaking excitedly immediately after the sale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions, Nick Whale, said: “It’s been an absolutely fantastic weekend here at the UK’s biggest classic car show. The atmosphere at the sale was electric and I’m delighted we’ve been able to secure such great prices on behalf of our vendors, as well as breaking a few records along the way. The key sign of a successful auction is when you have both happy sellers and happy buyers and this time we are proud to have achieved both!”

A pair of celebrity owned cars also found new homes. The ex-Peter Sellers 1966 Lotus Elan S2 sold for £50,625 and the 1973 Ferrari 365 GT4 2+2, once owned by boxing legend Henry Cooper, sold for £30,938.

Befitting the location at the heart of the UK’s automotive industry, two luxury British classics more than outperformed expectations. A 1999 Bentley Continental Sedanca Coupe Auto sold for £108,000, more than twice its lower estimate. While a very beautiful 1979 Aston Martin V8 Volante was hammered away for £151,875, more than £50,000 over its lower estimate.

Nick added: “It’s been another incredibly busy and successful year for our team and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all those that have attended one of our sales during the year and bought and sold cars with us. We look forward to seeing you at our sales in 2016, the full calendar for which is now confirmed.”

Silverstone Auctions’ next sales take place at Race Retro at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, on the 27th and 28th of February, and the Practical Classics Restoration and Classic Car Show on the 6th of March back at the NEC, Birmingham. Entries are now being invited into both these sales so those looking to sell a classic car with the support and expertise of Silverstone Auctions are encouraged to get in touch soon.

To view the full results from the Classic Motor Show Sale please visit https://www.silverstoneauctions.com/nec-classic-motor-show-sale-2015/view_lots/pn/all.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 18 Noviembre 2015, 08:57:31
RARE 1936 SQUIRE RESTORED BY CLASSIC MOTOR CARS AND SHORTLISTED FOR PRESTIGIOUS AWARD

More than 4100 man-hours have gone into the restoration of this car

Leading classic car restorers Classic Motor Cars of Bridgnorth (CMC) have restored a 1936 Squire, one of only seven built, which has now been shortlisted for Restoration of the Year at the prestigious International Historic Motoring Awards 2015.

This charismatic, costly and extremely rare British sports car was displayed at the 2011 Retromobile event in Paris in a very sorry state, its upholstery had been providing home to a family of rodents and it had been completely stripped of paint. Peter Neumark, chairman of Classic Motor Cars (CMC), saw its potential and a deal was made for the Squire to undergo a complete rejuvenation at the company’s workshops in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, in the UK.

Managing Director of CMC Nick Goldthorp said: “No detail has been too small to ensure originality. The work was completed on 26th May 2015, after more than 4100 man-hours. A finishing touch was the reissue of the Squire’s original registration number of CLO 5, forfeited on its export to the States in the 50s.”

CMC is no stranger to receiving accolades for its restorations. In 2011, the company won the Restoration of the Year award at the International Historic Motoring Awards for the epic restoration of the Lindner-Nocker Lightweight E-Type. The car had crashed in at the Montlhery circuit in 1964 and was so badly damaged that a complete restoration was thought to be impossible. After over 7,000 hours of work and using more than 90% of the original parts, CMC managed to bring it back to its former glory.

When the Squire arrived at CMC’s premises early in 2013 for a full nut and bolt restoration, it was practically complete but there were no spare parts. It had also undergone a few modifications over the years, which have all been carefully reversed to the state in which it left Squire’s Remenham Hill Works in 1936.

The original radiator shell was badly twisted so CMC fabricated a new one from brass. Even the missing quick-release caps on the radiator and petrol tank have been scrupulously reproduced using originals from another Squire for reference.

Although all of the instruments were present, a wooden dashboard had replaced the metal original. These were reconditioned and accommodated in a new plywood one, faced in aluminium and finished in the body colour as per the original specification.

When it came to restoring the body, all the original aluminium panels were carefully detached from the ash frame and re-beaten at CMC, saving as much of the original metal as possible. Over 2100 hours were spent by CMC’s head panel beater Luke Martin, who attended to all of the body work.

The car retained its original maroon colour thanks to examples of paint found inside the boot lid and on the engine bay plates, which allowed CMC’s John Langston to reproduce the original colour. The internal woodwork has also been painted in maroon.

The re-trimming was entrusted to CMC’s Tom Hampton, who coincidentally was responsible for reviving the interior of X103 (the second Squire to be completed).

Nick Goldthorp said: “The future of this Squire is now assured and is a credit to the team of skilled specialists at CMC that undertook this superb restoration.”

The car appeared today (Tuesday 17th November) at the Phyllis Court Classic Motoring Group, which hosted four original Squire cars that were built in near Henley (Remenham Hill) from 1934 to 1936. Piers Flashman, President of the Classic Motoring Group, said:  “This was a marvellous opportunity, Phyllis Court Members Club has a long history in Henley and so have these famous cars. We know that only seven were built and we planned this event when we realised we could invite the owners of four of these cars to come together, to coincide with the publication of a history of the marque.’

All Squires that were present at Phyllis Court are privately owned and came together for the first time since they were manufactured in a small garage nearby. Members of the family of Adrian Squire, the founder, attended the event together with several relatives of the original management team responsible for making and selling the cars from a small showroom in Henley.

The Squires are heavily featured in Jonathan Wood’s book Squire, the Man, the Cars, the Heritage, which candidly recounts the story of the formidable Adrian Squire and the seven cars built (www.squirebook.co.uk).

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 18 Noviembre 2015, 08:57:54
RECORD BREAKING YEAR FOR BEAUTY INSPIRED LANCASTER INSURANCE CLASSIC MOTOR SHOW

Just shy of 69,000 attendees made the journey to Birmingham’s NEC at the weekend for the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, the ‘season finale’ of the UK’s classic motoring scene. It smashed the previous year’s high of 65,000 for the three-day event which boasted around 2,500 classic cars and bikes on display.

Daniel Nwaokolo, Event Director, said: “The response to this year’s show is phenomenal. Thanks to all those who made it such a huge success – exhibitors, visitors, clubs and our fantastic celebrities. The standard of classics presented by the clubs, exhibitors, and the new Pride of Ownership entries set the bar at a new level. We also had more dealers than ever before offering exceptional vehicles and reporting brisk business. Our passion and dedication to the classic community is clear and we will continue to build this show until it is the best in the world."

Headline sponsor Lancaster Insurance embraced the ‘She’s a Beauty’ theme with its own take on the Miss World beauty pageant with a Gordon Keeble receiving the crown from Wheeler Dealers’ Mike Brewer.

Richard Morley, Operations Director for Lancaster Insurance, said: This year's show has once again blown us away, from the new layout to seeing how the theme has been interpreted by so many is incredible. Our 'Miss World' contest showcased six stunning cars from around the globe and 'Miss Great Britain' was named victorious! I'd like to thank those who loaned us their cars enabling this to happen, Mike Brewer for announcing the winner and everyone who attended for voting - it has been fantastic! We can't wait for the 2016 show already, to showcase our completed Mini restoration project and raise as much as we can for Prostate Cancer UK!”

The 10th anniversary of the Meguiar’s Club Showcase saw Alexander Louden from Country Antrim lift the crystal vase for his 1939 MG TB. Alexander saw off stiff competition with only two points separating him from his nearest rival.

Best in show from the inaugural Pride of Ownership competition for classic cars went to the stunning skiff bodied 1926 Packard 420 restored by boat builder Steve Mills from Long Eaton. Second place went to Richard Water’s 1962 Austin A40 Farina, while third place was awarded to the 1957 Meadow Frisky, owned by Malcolm Dudley.

The Discovery Channel’s Wheeler Dealers Live Stage was filled with celebrity hosts such as Mike Brewer, Edd China, Ant Anstead and Fuzz Townshend and special guests including Ross Brawn and Sir Stirling Moss.

Edd and the team from Walsh Vehicle Management transformed a 1998 Mazda MX-5 Eunos over the three days in true Wheeler Dealers style. The car was then driven away by Christine Fenlon from Wolverhampton, who won the car out of all the visitors who had booked advanced tickets before the end of October.

The 2016 Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show will return to Birmingham’s NEC from 11th to 13th November. For more information and the latest updates, visit www.necclassicmotorshow.com.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 23 Noviembre 2015, 16:11:48
2015 ‘HIGHLAND TOUR’ WINS PRESTIGIOUS INTERNATIONAL HISTORIC MOTORING AWARD

The Concours of Elegance Highland Tour has been crowned ‘Tour of the Year’ at the International Historic Motoring Awards, beating a number of other world-class driving events. The Concours of Elegance 2015 was also nominated for ‘Motoring Event of the Year.’

The International Historic Motoring Award caps off a fantastic year for the Concours of Elegance, following another critically acclaimed event at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. Thousands of people passed through the Palace gates over the course of three days of glorious sunshine to see some of the world’s rarest and most beautiful cars. Earlier in the year, the Concours of Elegance was named one of the six best Concours events in the world as part of the Peninsula Classics ‘Best of the Best’ Award.

David Lillywhite, Editor of Octane magazine, which hosted the glittering International Historic Motoring Awards in London’s St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, said:

“Our deserved winner of the 2015 Tour of the Year award - recognised for its fabulous location, routes, cars, spirit and organization - beat stiff international competition to this year’s prize.  Supported by His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent and Sir Jackie Stewart, tour entrants including Dario Franchitti and many of the world’s most notable collectors, took in the country's iconic roads in a unique opportunity to see Scotland in late summer from behind the wheel of some of the finest cars in the world.  The short film presented to judges captures some of this magic for those not fortunate enough to have been there."

This year’s two-day tour event ran from the picturesque Cameron House hotel on Loch Lomond to the Palace of Holyroodhouse – the stunning setting for this year’s Concours of Elegance. The convoy of priceless cars, including a one-of-ten Ferrari NART Spider and iconic Ecurie Ecosse D-Type, tackled the Rest and Be Thankful hillclimb, visited Inverary Castle and finally paraded down the Royal Mile and through the Palace gates as hundreds of car fans lined the streets.

Thorough Events, the team behind the Concours of Elegance Highland Tour would like to thank everyone involved in the organisation of the event, with particular thanks going to HRH Prince Michael of Kent and Sir Jackie Stewart OBE, patron and vice patron of the Concours of Elegance 2015.

In September 2016, the Concours of Elegance will return to Windsor Castle where the debut event was held in 2012. Celebrating Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday, the 2016 event is set to build on the successes of 2015’s Concours of Elegance. More details will be announced in the New Year.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 25 Noviembre 2015, 09:13:53
FISKENS LAUNCHES A ‘RETROMOBILE RETROSPECTIVE’ FILM AND PROUDLY ANNOUNCES RETURN TO PARIS WITH AN ALL NEW COLLECTION

Fiskens, one of the world’s leading specialists in fine historic automobiles, will return to the Salon Retromobile show in Paris in 2016, celebrating its seventh consecutive appearance at the world-famous classic car spectacular. 2016 is a significant year for the London-based company as it also celebrates its 25th anniversary as one of the world’s leading specialists in historic automobiles. A number of exciting new developments for the business will be announced in the New Year as the company meets the increasing demand for its highly sought-after professional service. 

The company’s presence at Retromobile has ramped up in recent years to become the biggest dealer display at the event, showcasing the finest historic automobiles available to the market. For 2016, Fiskens will reveal 14 stunning consignments on the opening day of the show, and already anticipates significant interest and sales success. At the 2015 event, Fiskens successfully sold a 1958 Ferrari 250GT California Spyder, a 1954 Pegaso Z102 Competition Coupé and a Bentley R Type Continental, all directly from the show stand, while more of the Retromobile Collection found new homes in the days that followed.

Today, the company is also delighted to launch a wonderful retrospective film, shot at Retromobile in 2015, and which beautifully shows the company’s philosophy, dedication and care in delivering the finest service to its clients.

Gregor Fisken, the company’s founder, says: “Retromobile continues to be our leading annual exhibition, showing our ability to offer the finest consignments to and from some of the world’s greatest collections. I can promise that we will be announcing some very special cars on 3rd February, 2016, as we proudly reveal the collection to the world. Our new film beautifully encapsulates how we go about our business at a show like Retromobile and I don’t believe there is another specialist in the market who cares more about presentation and customer service than that provided by our dedicated team.”

Fiskens has a limited number of remaining spaces available on its 2016 stand; anyone interested in consigning an important automobile should contact Gregor Fisken or Rory Henderson on cars@fiskens.com.

For more information about Fiskens and to view the current stock, please visit: www.fiskens.com

Retromobile takes place from 3-7 February, 2016, and features 450 exhibitors over 46,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space. More details can be found at: www.retromobile.com

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 25 Noviembre 2015, 09:15:29
HUGELY SUCCESSFUL CLASSIC & SPORTS CAR – THE LONDON SHOW WELCOMED MORE THAN 15,000 VISITORS TO ALEXANDRA PALACE

London, 24th November 2015     

The first-ever Classic & Sports Car – The London Show has been an enormous success with an incredible 15,150 visitors through the doors at Alexandra Palace over the course of the event. 

Held from 30th October to 1st November at one of London’s most majestic venues, visitors were treated to a motoring feast, with over 300 of the world’s finest classic cars – and bikes too – thanks to a variety of bespoke displays and stands from world-renowned dealers.

Organised by the world’s best-selling classic car magazine, Classic & Sports Car, and Haymarket Exhibitions, The London Show announced the results of its worldwide poll to find the Best British Car Ever, with all ten finalists celebrated in a special feature sponsored by Autoglym.

The winning car was the Jaguar E-type and a very special example, ’77 RW’, the oldest surviving open E-type, was unveiled by Building Cars Live TV presenter Ant Anstead just after the doors opened to the public on the morning of Friday 30th October.

The London Show also included a celebration of Aston Martin in partnership with EFG International, featuring a host of the brand’s most-loved models from its oldest surviving, the amazing A3, to the very latest DB9 GT. Showing the development between the two were a 2-Litre Speed, DB MkIII, DB5, V8, DB7 and Vanquish.

Sir Stirling Moss was honoured with a display that featured some of his most famous British single-seater competition cars. These included the Cooper MKIV Formula Three car which dominated the 1950 season, the Rob Walker-liveried Lotus 18 and the Ferguson P99 in which Moss won the 1961 Oulton Park Gold Cup.

Crowds flocked to a star-studded Interview Stage, held in partnership with Smooth Radio, which featured celebrity guests from the world of motoring and motorsport. Norman Dewis OBE entertained crowds with his amusing anecdotes, including driving Jaguar E-type 77 RW overnight to Geneva for the 1961 Salonwhile Ross Brawn OBE gave an enthralling insight into the workings of Formula One, such as what it was like to work with the legendary Michael Schumacher. Additional guests to take to the action-packed stage throughout the weekend included presenters Ant Anstead and Alex Riley, Professor Peter Stevens and BMC and Ford rally boss Stuart Turner.

Other features included two picture galleries from LAT Photographic, celebrating Jaguar Land Rover and British F1 respectively, while visitors could pore over a host of stands selling everything from motoring art to clothing and books. In the Panorama Room, 50 British motorcycles ranging from 1909 to the present day were on display, with a pair of barnfind Brough Superiors taking centre stage.

Meanwhile, outside Alexandra Palace there were car parks full of classics, a Pistonheads Sunday Service and period machinery including a vintage mobile cinema, a replica Supermarine Spitfire and a showcase of Lambrettas.

Running alongside these exciting elements were displays from some of the world’s finest dealers. Some truly iconic classics were in attendance including Desmond J Smail’s Aston Martin DB4 GT, Mecaniques Modernes and Classiques’ green Ferrari 275GTS and the first production Triumph TR5, which featured on the Classic Motor Cars of Bridgnorth stand.

Ferrari was well-represented at the show with desirable models such as the F40, F50 and 288 GT0 across the HR Owen, Graypaul and Maranello Classic Parts stands. Another highlight of the event was the Cobra-liveried Fiat Bartoletti transporter loaded with a 289 and Frua-bodied Willment example which took pride of place on the JD Classics stand. Dealers reported excellent footfall with high calibre visitors throughout the three-day show, resulting in several million-pounds worth of cars sold.

Commenting on the success of the weekend, JD Classics managing director, Derek Hood, said: “Having advertised with Classic and Sports Car for 27 years, I was pleased to be one of the first to sign up to the show. The team at Classic and Sports Car did a great job ensuring the show had an intimate feel. We were very successful on the stand, selling two cars and we look forward to coming back next year.”

Daniel Donovan, founder DD Classics, said: "It was great to be a part of the inaugural Classic and Sports Car - The London Show. We met lots of like-minded classic car enthusiasts and were very happy to find new homes for two of the cars - a Citroën DS and a Daimler Sovereign 420.”

Nick Aaldering, owner of The Gallery Brummen, commented: “Classic & Sports Car - The London Show was a really good event for us and we sold two cars over the course of the weekend - a beautiful Maserati Vignale Spyder and a rare fibreglass Ferrari 308. In addition we generated some great leads and have two appointments confirmed in the next week.”

Mike Biddulph, sales, Vintage and Prestige, said: “We thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the Alexandra Palace show and it turned out to be a great business opportunity for us. We not only sold one of our cars on stand - a 1929 Vauxhall Hurlingham Roadster - but also received numerous positive enquires and met many potential new customers.”

Key sponsors of the inaugural event also shared their experience of the show.

Paul Caller, chief executive, Autoglym, said: “The show was a great opportunity for us to meet enthusiastic car owners in a stunning setting. There were some fantastic features confirmed for the show, but the Best British Car Ever really caught our attention and we were thrilled to sponsor such a great tribute to the British automotive industry and maintain the top ten cars within it.

The diverse selection of cars shortlisted was a focal point at the show, with the reveal of the winning Jaguar E-type a definite show highlight that we were pleased to be a part of."

Keith Gapp, EFG International’s head of strategy and marketing, said: “EFG International was delighted to partner with Classic & Sports Car at its inaugural London Show. Many of our clients and employees are collectors, drivers, or simply admirers of classic cars and we have been an active supporter of historic motoring events for a good number of years now.

"The Aston Martin display we sponsored was a real highlight of the show which included some of the luxury brand’s most iconic models, from the oldest-surviving to the very latest. It was a great feature to be affiliated with and a fitting celebration of such an influential British marque."

James Elliott, group editor of Classic & Sports Car and show curator, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that our first London show has been such an enormous success. From the displays such as the Best British Car Ever, to the packed stands of some of the world’s most renowned dealers and an interview stage full of big names with even bigger stories, I am so happy that we filled the wonderful venue of Alexandra Palace with the Classic & Sports Car vibe. Seeing crowds queuing for the show to open every day was so satisfying and I am glad we made our visitors and exhibitors very happy. Myself and the rest of the Classic & Sports Car team are already looking forward to next year.”

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 26 Noviembre 2015, 10:31:25
GOODWOOD CONFIRMS 2016 FESTIVAL OF SPEED THEME AND REVIVAL DRIVER TRIBUTE

Goodwood is delighted to announce that the theme for the 2016 Festival of Speed has now been confirmed, along with the subject for the Revival driver tribute.

The theme for the 2016 Festival of Speed, which is planned to take place on June 23-26, will be ‘Full Throttle – The Endless Pursuit of Power’, celebrating the most powerful competition cars and motorcycles from the history of motor sport, and the heroic drivers and riders who tamed them.

Alongside this central theme, the 2016 Festival of Speed will celebrate the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, mark 50 years since the inaugural Can-Am Series for ultra-powerful sports prototypes, and pay tribute to James Hunt on the 40th anniversary of his Formula 1 World Championship success with McLaren in 1976. 

As usual, the event will open with the Moving Motor Show, on Thursday, June 23, featuring many of the world’s largest manufacturers showcasing their latest models, alongside exciting and innovative concepts.

The Goodwood Revival is the world’s largest historic motor racing and vintage culture festival, bringing to life Goodwood Motor Circuit’s glory days as an active race track from 1948-66. It will take place on September 9-11.

The annual Revival driver tribute will honour Sir Jack Brabham on the 50th anniversary of the legendary Australian becoming the only driver in history to win the Formula 1 World Championship in a car bearing his own name.

Brabham raced and tested at Goodwood extensively during his career, and developed a number of championship-winning cars at the Motor Circuit. A huge gathering of single-seater, saloon and sports cars encompassing his career as a driver and team owner will take part in a number of on-track demonstrations during the weekend.

A host of superstars from the world of motor sport attended Goodwood events this year, including the greatest grand prix motorcycle racer of all time, Valentino Rossi, fellow World Champions on two wheels Casey Stoner, Freddie Spencer and John Surtees, F1 title winners Jenson Button and Sir Jackie Stewart, US legends Don ‘Big Daddy’ Garlits, Richard Petty and Ken Block and Le Mans heroes Tom Kristensen, Derek Bell and Emanuele Pirro.

Tickets and hospitality packages for both events are already on sale. More information is available via www.goodwood.com/tickets or via phone 01243 755055.

Lord March said: “The theme for the 2016 Festival of Speed is ‘Full Throttle – The Endless Pursuit of Power’, which enables us to gather together some of the most spectacular machines from his history of motor sport, many of which will never have been in this country before. From turbocharged Formula 1 cars and ‘unrideable’ grand prix bikes of the 1980s, to Can-Am specials of a generation earlier, and even dragsters and Land Speed Record cars, the Festival of Speed will be a very special event. And in dedicating the Revival driver tribute to Sir Jack Brabham, we will pay a fitting tribute to a man who forged strong links with Goodwood during the Motor Circuit’s active past and was an extremely popular guest at the Festival of Speed and Revival more latterly.”

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 26 Noviembre 2015, 15:36:05
THE BEAUJOLAIS RUN® 2015 CELEBRATES ITS 45th ANNIVERSARY IN NAPOLEONIC STYLE

After a hugely enjoyable and successful event, the annual Beaujolais Run® is over for another year, with the 45th anniversary of this iconic motoring tour marked with style and panache, aided by an underlying Battle of Waterloo theme to the Run on the 200th anniversary of this epic historical clash.

More than 30 participants took part in this year’s Run, using a wide variety of interesting classic and contemporary cars to navigate their way across some amazing driving routes through Belgium and France.  These cars included four Bristols from enthusiastic members of the Bristol Owner’s Club – ranging from a 1949 400 Pininfarina, one of only three built on this chassis by the celebrated Torinese coachbuilder, right up to a modern and rare Fighter gullwing coupe – plus a Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale, a TVR Tuscan, Morgan Aero 8, Bentley Continental GTC Speed and Eunos Roadster, among others, ably supported by a fleet of new Ssangyong SUVs.

Covering more than 1,200 miles over five days, the Beaujolais Run® crews encountering famous vineyards, chateaux, historic battle fields and the world renown Reims motor circuit at Gueux, where the participants – plus some very pleasantly surprised locals – where joined by the world’s only two and four-wheeled World Champion, John Surtees OBE, at the wheel of his Ferrari FF.  John Surtees OBE is also the Patron of the Beaujolais Run® charity, which supports the Henry Surtees Foundation, with 100 percent of monies raised benefitting the charity with zero deductions to aide vital Air Ambulance services.

Each year the Run prides itself on its unique, unprecedented access to venues, wine makers, vehicles and experiences in a five day fund raising extravaganza, and this year was no exception.  After being flagged away last Monday from the Royal Automobile Club at Woodcote Park, Epsom, by John Surtees OBE and Anthony Reid, the Run participants headed via the Eurotunnel to the diamond city of Antwerp, a location much favoured by Napoleon. 

On Tuesday the navigation trial Run moved on the historic Battle of Waterloo site, including a long climb up the Butte du Lion to survey the battle fields, before heading into Reims to spend time with the Taittinger Champagne family, and explore the Champagne House’s vast network of cellars.

After a challenging navigational trial day on the Wednesday - designed to give a level playing field for all types of vehicles, with navigation classes for ‘maps only’ and ‘any assistance’ (satellite navigation) in the attempt to cover the course in the shortest distance to win the coveted ‘P2’ position on the following year’s start line - the crews headed for deepest Burgundy. Here they aimed to be the first to ‘bring back the Beaujolais’ after its midnight ‘launch’, having joined the mayor of Beaujolais for the official dinner and the release of the 2015 Nouveau vintage.

The Beaujolais Run® 2015 was generously supported by a number of key partners, including Partridge and Co., Champagne Tattinger, Ssangyong, Louis Latour, Rose and White Tailoring, The Review and Screaming Eagle Productions, as well as Bentley Motors, Ferrari North Europe and Artemis.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 27 Noviembre 2015, 09:08:32
TICKETS ON SALE FOR PRACTICAL CLASSICS RESTORATION AND CLASSIC CAR SHOW 2016

After a record breaking second outing in 2015, tickets are now on sale for the Practical Classics Restoration and Classic Car Show, which returns to Birmingham’s NEC at the slightly earlier date of 5-6 March, with more clubs and classics than ever before.

With around 700 classic cars – project, part and fully restored, 350 specialist exhibitors and leading dealers, Spring’s largest indoor Autojumble and 125 car clubs showcasing their ongoing and completed projects, it’s the perfect season opener for the classic motoring calendar.

Organisers are already on the look out for classics at either end of the motoring spectrum – as they aim to top the 25 ‘barn finds’ featured in last year’s show as well as rounding up the ‘best of the best’ for the Pride of Ownership display.

Dan Nwaokolo, Event Director, said: “This show is the fastest growing of its kind and so we need to continuously raise the bar by finding even more amazing barn finds with fantastic stories, and showcasing those who have spent hour upon hour restoring their cars to make them the best examples in the UK.”

Anyone wishing to display a barn find or enter the Pride of Ownership display, should contact Features Director Andrea Seed by sending images and details by email to andrea@poppyseedmedia.co.uk.

Other features include the ‘Ask our Experts’ stage including some of TV’s top motoring celebrities, the Workshop, Dream Rides by the Sporting Bears, the PC Live Stage with Discovery Channel, and Silverstone Auctions’ Classic and Project car sale.

The 2016 Practical Classics Restoration & Classic Car Show will be held from on 5th and 6th March at Birmingham’s NEC with tickets now on sale. For more information as well as ticket prices and booking details, visit www.necrestorationshow.com

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 30 Noviembre 2015, 13:22:48
THE CLASSIC SIX NATIONS: WHICH CAR PRODUCING COUNTRY WILL COME OUT ON TOP?

Grand Avenue announces Six Nations theme as classics from Italy, France, the UK and US, Germany and Japan battle for national honours

Italian beauty or America muscle? British tradition or French quirk? German efficiency or Japanese technology?

Ten hand-picked classic cars from each of the world’s six top car producing nations – 60 classics in all – will bring the 2016 London Classic Car Show (18-21 February) to life as they parade up and down the show’s centrepiece: The Grand Avenue.

Unique to the London Classic Car Show, The Grand Avenue is a highway that runs through the centre of the exhibition and along which some of the world’s finest classic cars are driven. The Grand Avenue turns the Show from a static exhibition to a moving feast, allowing visitors to see and hear their favourite cars in action.

At last year’s inaugural show, The Grand Avenue played host to a wide variety of 40 classic cars with highlights including a Maserati 250F once raced by Stirling Moss and one of James Hunt’s iconic Marlboro McLarens.

But like the rest of the show – which is almost doubling in size ­– The Grand Avenue will be significantly longer in 2016, providing space for more classics to parade at the same time.

“Everyone has a favourite classic, whether it’s a Italian thoroughbred from Ferrari, a futuristic Citroen DS from France or a brawny V8-powered Mustang from the US.

“By assembling ten of the finest classic cars from each of the Six Nations and parading them along The Grand Avenue, we can ask show-goers to decide for themselves what’s their favourite car making country,” said Event Director Bas Bungish.

Although the final list of cars has yet to be confirmed, among the marques promised are Ferrari and Lamborghini from Italy, Ford and Chevrolet from the US, Bentley and Jaguar (UK), Bugatti and Citroën (France), Mercedes and BMW (Germany) and Datsun and Toyota from Japan. Expect road cars and competition cars with plenty of rarities thrown in for good measure.

Attracting more than 25,000 visitors to the ExCeL centre in London’s docklands, the first London Classic Car Show was deemed such a success that even before the Show closed its doors, more space had been secured and dates confirmed for the 2016 event.

Tickets are on sale now and start at £23 (including booking fee) for single adult entry on Friday, Saturday or Sunday and rise to £65 for entry to Thursday’s Premium Preview Evening. This includes fast track entry, the best views of The Grand Avenue at the Turning Circle Viewing Platform, access to the exclusive Premium Lounge, a Show Handbook and even a glass of Joseph Perrier fizz.

Tickets are available at the click of a mouse from the Show’s website at www.thelondonclassiccarshow.co.uk. Those seeking the perfect Christmas gift can order before 14 December, click the ‘gift ticket’ option at the checkout and the tickets will be dispatched in a special presentation wallet… so you don’t even need wrapping paper.

Crammed with innovative features, mouth-watering classic cars and a long list of celebrity visitors, the London Classic Car Show is the one that’s setting the standards. It is staged by Brand Events, the company behind the hugely successful Top Gear Live and CarFest festivals.

New for 2016 is an entire hall inspired by a 1960s British Motor Show which will be full of privately owned prestige and performance classics representing the country’s leading car clubs. The result will form an entire show within a show.

The hall’s retro vibe will be enhanced by period entertainment and there will also be stands from leading classic car dealers.

To keep up-to-date with all the news from the London Classic Car Show visit the dedicated website – www.thelondonclassiccarshow.co.uk – or go to the show’s interactive Facebook page. Just search ‘London Classic Car Show’ from your own page and 2016 show news and 2015 highlights are there to be enjoyed.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 01 Diciembre 2015, 12:45:22
103 CLASSIC CARS FOR AUCTION AT CCA’S CHRISTMAS SALE

103 amazing cars will be going under the hammer in Classic Car Auctions’ final sale of the year, which takes place at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre just outside Leamington Spa, this Saturday 5th December. It’s one of CCA’s best catalogues yet, including rare and exciting classic cars and modern sports cars, as well as celebrity owned examples.

Highlights of the sale include a very special 1967 Ford Mustang Convertible, estimated at between £25,000 and £30,000, currently owned by legendary British actor and Game of Thrones star Charles Dance. The beautiful Mustang has been owned by Charles since 2002 and a full restoration was completed in August.

A 2007 Range Rover Sport, exclusively designed and first owned by David Beckham, is estimated at between £23,000 and £25,000. With every optional extra conceivable included, there is also a plaque bearing the moniker "Designed for David Beckham", as well as the Beckham name embroidered into the floor mats.

For Ferrari fans there is a beautiful manual 1995 Ferrari 348 Spider, reading just 34,285kms and estimated at between £40,000 and £45,000. This pampered example is one of only 1,090 348 Spiders produced and is presented in the superb colour combination of Rosso Corsa with a Nero leather interior.

A very rare 1978 Saab 96L Souvenir V4, the very last made for the UK market, will be going under the hammer with an estimate of between £15,000 and £20,000. This important Saab has covered a mere 3,010 miles from new in total.

Other low-mileage classics joining the Saab at the auction include a barn find 1980 MGB, with just one registered keeper and showing just 181 miles from new offered at no reserve.  Also offered is a fantastically original 1977 Mini Clubman that has covered just 8,703 miles. Originally sold on 14th October 1977, the car was resold on 28th April 1978 to a friend of the original owner. Garaged in 1985 when she stopped driving, the car was put away and never used again. It’s now going under the hammer with an estimate of between £7,000 and £9,000.

An extremely rare 1962 Chevrolet Nova Convertible, supplied with its original bill of sale, is offered at no reserve. The car is in amazingly well-preserved condition and the vendor believes this car to be probably one of very few Nova Generation 1 Convertibles remaining in the whole of Europe.

Commenting on the sale this weekend, CCA general manager, Guy Lees-Milne, said: “We have a fantastic selection of classic and modern cars on offer in our final sale of the year, many with fascinating histories and provenance. Cars like this always prove in high demand at auction and therefore we expect a lot of interest. It’s definitely one of our best catalogues yet and should be a great way to end our first year of classic car auctions.”

Those not able to attend the sale in person this weekend can register to bid online or by phone, or by leaving a commission bid with CCA before the sale.

You can view the full list of cars on offer or find out more about CCA’s Christmas Sale here http://www.classiccarauctions.co.uk/cca-december-2015-classic-car-sale/view_lots/pn/all.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 01 Diciembre 2015, 12:46:06
DATE ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2016 MSA SPRING CLASSIC

The date for the 2016 MSA Spring Classic has been announced.

International Motor Sports Limited (IMS) has confirmed that next year’s hugely popular scenic tour for classic cars will be staged over the weekend of 23-24 April.

After last year’s sell-out event, next April’s fourth MSA Spring Classic will be based back at the luxurious Celtic Manor Resort in the beautiful Usk Valley.

Full details of the full two-day, non-competitive route will be published shortly, but the itinerary will include a tour of Herefordshire on Saturday and a circuit of the Cotswolds on Sunday, again featuring a magical mix of great driving roads plus a number of cultural, motor sport and other places of interest – all chosen specifically to provide a memorable weekend of classic motoring.

“As well as involvement in Formula One and the World Rally Championship, IMS has more than 25 years of experience in highly successful classic car events both in the UK and in Europe,” said Ben Taylor, Managing Director of IMS, the commercial subsidiary of the Motor Sports Association, the national governing body of UK motor sport.

“We are confirming the date for next year’s MSA Spring Classic to give everyone something to look forward to over the winter months. This year’s event was over-subscribed and we are confident that next year’s event will again be hugely popular both with participants and those lucky enough to catch the evocative cavalcade on the open road.”

The MSA Spring Classic offers just 100 places for classic cars that are more than 20 years old. An interesting route of the best driving roads and interesting locations guarantees a fabulous weekend, while the Gala Dinner brings all participants together on the Saturday night.

Home of the 2010 Ryder Cup, the five-star Celtic Manor Resort is set in more than 2,000 acres of panoramic parkland at the gateway to Wales. It boasts two hotels – a 334-room luxury Resort Hotel and an historic 19th century Manor House with 67 rooms – two exceptional spas, two state-of-the-art health clubs and three golf courses.

The cars that brushed off their winter cobwebs earlier this year for the 2015 MSA Spring Classic included a lexicon of true classics from the golden era of the British sportscar industry. Among these were numerous iconic marques including Alvis, Aston Martin, Austin Healey, Bentley, Daimler, Jaguar, Lotus, MG, Morgan, Sunbeam, Triumph and TVR. They were joined by classics from right around globe, with brands such as Porsche and Mercedes representing Europe while a Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Corvette added a little American V8 thunder to proceedings.

You can register your interest in this year’s Spring Classic by visiting:  www.msaclassics.co.uk/register/index.php (please note this is an expression of interest rather than a reservation of a place on the 2016 event).

For the latest updates and information, follow International Motor Sports Ltd on Twitter@IntMotorSports join the conversations on Facebook at www.facebook.com/msaclassics or visit the website www.msaclassics.co.uk.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 02 Diciembre 2015, 15:04:09
FESTIVAL TICKETS FOR THE FESTIVE SEASON

Santa is revving up his sleigh and the festive season is fast approaching and while socks are great gifts for all ages, tickets to the 2016 Silverstone Classic are an unmissable, more inspired alternative for those looking to be a little more creative. Early Bird tickets are currently on sale which not only save money but also provide the promise of a wonderful experience for lucky recipients to look forward to next summer.

Tickets for the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival are on sale and a bespoke Gift Certificate can be printed out ready for personalisation for that perfect Christmas Day gift. Simply visit: www.silverstoneclassic.com/gift-certificate to download a gift certificate.

Attracting 100,000 visitors, last summer’s record-breaking 25th anniversary Silverstone Classic boasted something special for everyone. The on-track action featured more glorious motor sport history than can be experienced anywhere else on earth, while the infield was crammed with attractions and activities to amuse and entertain all ages.

Tickets to Silverstone Classic provide access to both race assembly areas and paddock complexes as well as trackside grandstands, huge static car displays, vintage funfair rides plus live music concerts from headline acts.

“Half the fun of Christmas is finding the perfect gift,” said Nick Wigley, CEO of Goose Live Events, the company responsible for Silverstone Classic. “Give someone Silverstone Classic tickets and they’ll spend the next seven months dreaming of the sights and sounds of all those glorious cars and the thrills of a wonderful family day out at our ultimate annual celebration of classic cars.”

To whet the appetites of those lucky enough to have received tickets for the 2016 Silverstone Classic – and encourage even more people to join the festivities – there will be highlights of this year’s event screened on ITV4 television at 10.30am on Tuesday 29 December.

Early Bird tickets offer significant savings of up to 17 per cent and additional discounts are available to the thousands of registered car club members displaying their own classics on the infield. There is also the all-new family ticket for 2016 which includes camping for 2 Adults and 2 children across the whole weekend and gives a discount of over 20 per cent on the advance tickets if bought individually.

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

Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 02 Diciembre 2015, 15:04:38
AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL ANNOUNCES INCREDIBLE LINE-UP OF WILLIAMS FORMULA ONE CARS

December 2nd 2015 

Visitors to Autosport International will be able to feast their eyes on one of the largest collections of Williams Formula One cars seen away from the team’s headquarters, as part of a major celebration of Williams at the show, which runs from 14-17 January 2016.

As part of the celebrations with the famous British racing team, there will also be appearances from a host of famous faces from Williams’ past and present – including 1996 Formula One World Champion and ex-Williams driver, Damon Hill OBE – alongside special features on the Williams Advanced Engineering division and Williams Heritage.

For many visitors, the cars will be the stars and they will not be disappointed. Williams has won nine Formula One Constructors’ Championships and seven Formula One Drivers’ Championships, and Autosport International show-goers will be able to see some of those most iconic winning cars up close.

The Williams-Ford FW06 from 1978 shows visitors where the story began. It was the team’s single entry in the 1978 season, having been established a year earlier by Sir Frank Williams and Patrick Head.

Some of the greatest names in Formula One racing have cemented their reputations at Williams, including Keke Rosberg, who won the 1982 Drivers’ Championship in a Williams-Ford FW08. Nigel Mansell and Nelson Piquet drove a Williams-Honda FW11 to the Constructors’ Championship in 1986. Visitors will be able to get up close to both legendary models at the show.

The ‘90s were host to some of Williams’ most dominant years of Formula One racing, and two of the most legendary cars from that decade will be on display at Autosport International. The Williams-Renault FW14B was driven by Nigel Mansell in 1992, winning nine races in a single season – a record at the time. Williams and Mansell took the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championship with five races to go.

The 1996 season was another standout performance for Williams, this time with its Williams-Renault FW18 car – statistically the greatest-ever Williams model. In the hands of Damon Hill OBE, it won 12 of 16 races in 1996 and scored 175 points – the most accrued in a season using the old scoring system. Hill will be reunited with this Drivers’ Championship-winning car at Autosport International.

From the BMW era, Williams will be displaying the 2003 Williams-BMW FW25, which was driven to victory in the Monaco GP by Juan Pablo Montoya. The Williams-Renault FW34, which won the Spanish GP in 2012 with Pastor Maldonado at the wheel, and 2015’s Williams Mercedes FW37 will be the most recent models on display.

As part of a major development of the Autosport Stage, the Williams Martini Racing motorhome will be constructed next to the main stage - the first time it has ever been erected away from a race circuit. A permanent feature for the duration of Autosport International, it will be an amazing sight, standing eight metres tall and bringing a real Formula One paddock feel to the NEC.

The Autosport Stage itself will play host to exciting interviews over the course of the show with famous Williams faces from the past and present. More details about these names will be announced in the run up to the show.

As well as interactive features focusing on Williams’ F1 exploits, the event will also give visitors an insight into the world of Williams Advanced Engineering, which supplies all batteries to the inaugural FIA Formula E Championship among many other high profile projects. In addition, visitors will be able to learn about Williams Heritage, the team’s historic racing division, which restores and fully supports Williams racing cars for private owners.

Claire Williams, Williams Martini Racing Deputy Team Principal, said: “We get such great support from the fans and we can’t wait to be able to give something back at Autosport International. We’ve got some incredible features lined up, and it is a great opportunity to get this close to some of our most famous racing cars – including the current season’s. It’s also a great opportunity for us to showcase the Advanced Engineering and Heritage divisions.”

Anthony Rowlinson, Group Editor – Motorsport at Haymarket Media Group said: “This collection of Williams racing cars is one of the largest assembled in any one place ever. And every single one of them is steeped in heritage, with famous names and victories associated with each. Visitors to Autosport International this year will be able to witness something truly special thanks to this Williams Martini Racing feature.”

Ian France, Autosport International show director said: “We’re confident that this year’s Autosport International will be the best yet, and a big reason for that is the excellent Williams Martini Racing feature we have planned. To be able to see so many legendary Formula One cars from such a celebrated racing team is amazing.”

The 2016 Autosport International show takes place from 14-17 January at the Birmingham NEC. Tickets for the event, which covers every aspect of motorsport from karting to Formula One and also engineering, are on sale now and can be purchased from http://www.autosportinternational.com

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 04 Diciembre 2015, 12:45:44
ENTRIES INVITED INTO SILVERSTONE AUCTIONS SPRING 2016 SALES

Following an incredible year of record breaking results, Silverstone Auctions is now inviting quality consignments into its spring 2016 sales.

Silverstone Auctions first sale of 2016 takes place at Race Retro, one of Europe’s premier historic motorsport shows, held at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, on the 27th and 28th February.

This year’s Race Retro sale saw a number of world record prices including a very special 1991 Ferrari Testarossa, with just 960 miles from new, selling for 202,500, a huge £72,500 over its lower estimate. A 1999 Ferrari 456M, the lowest mileage example in the country with just 400 miles from new, sailed past its estimate and achieved a world record price at auction, selling for £118,125.

Shortly after Race Retro, Silverstone Auctions returns to the NEC, Birmingham, to host its third sale at the Practical Classics Restoration and Classic Car Show on 6th March. A selection of stunning modern classics helped Silverstone Auctions achieve an 84 per cent sales rate at the show in 2015. A highlight of the sale included a 2010 Porsche 911 GT2 RS, one of just 500 made worldwide, that sold to a buyer in the US for a premium inclusive £236,250, more than £30,000 over its lower estimate.

Speaking ahead of next year’s sales, Nick Whale, managing director, Silverstone Auctions, said: “I’m delighted that we are once again hosting auctions at these fantastic, high profile classic car events which always attract a wealth of enthusiastic and knowledgeable classic car fans looking to add to their collections.  Now is the time to take advantage of an early consignment to benefit from extensive and professional marketing of your car.”

Silverstone Auctions will also be hosting sales at Silverstone circuit on May 21st, and a classic and competition car sale as part of the Silverstone Classic in July. The Salon Privé Sale takes place at Blenheim Palace in September, with the Porsche Sale taking place at Silverstone in October. Its 2016 calendar concludes with a two-day sale at the NEC Classic Motor Show in November.

Nick added: “Over the last five years we have sold some truly magnificent classic cars, modern supercars and competition cars on behalf of our vendors and look forward to selling even more in 2016.”

For more information on entering a car into any of Silverstone Auctions’ upcoming sales please visit https://www.silverstoneauctions.com/selling.

Notes
Formed in 2011, Silverstone Auctions is a world-class, specialist auction house for the sale of classic cars, modern supercars, all types of competition cars, modern and historic motorcycles as well as automotive memorabilia.

The company holds the exclusive automotive auction rights for Silverstone circuit and host sales as stand-alone events as well as an integrated element of some of Europe's biggest motorsport events such as the Silverstone Classic Festival.

In addition to sales at the circuit, it also host a number of auctions each year at other major classic car events including the NEC Classic Motor Show, Race Retro and Salon Privé.

Useful Links
Silverstone Auctions – www.silverstoneauctions.com

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 04 Diciembre 2015, 12:46:32
CATERHAM MOTORSPORT CALENDAR RELEASED

Caterham Motorsport has announced the calendars for its five domestic race championships for the 2016 season.

The calendar takes in the entry-level Caterham Academy, which enters its 22nd season next year, as well as the hugely competitive, single-make series for Roadsport, Tracksport, Supersport and Superlight R300-S models.

The Academy again features two sprints – at Aintree and Curborough – and five circuit races, joining forces with the other Caterham categories for the final four meetings at Snetterton, Oulton Park, Croft and Donington Park.

Meanwhile, the non-Academy classes get trips to Anglesey as well as the traditional race abroad, this year at Zolder in Belgium. The R300-S field kicks off its season at the legendary Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit, supporting the prestigious British GT Championship.

The schedules for all categories have been carefully planned to include circuits that lend themselves perfectly to Caterham Seven racing, with the right mix of fast sections and tighter, more technical elements.

Caterham Seven racing has been a staple of the British domestic motor racing scene for decades and is acknowledged as producing some of the most spectacular racing in the world.

The Seven is now raced across the globe in many other domestic championships, including places as far-flung as Malaysia and Colombia. There is a thriving Caterham racing scene in France, where grid sizes regularly rival those in the UK.

Meanwhile, the Academy continues to be one of the most popular entry-level series in the world. Open only to complete novices, only drivers who have never before held a race license may enter. Since its inception in 1995, it has created more than 900 brand new racing drivers.

For more information, please visit http://uk.caterhamcars.com/motorsport. 

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 07 Diciembre 2015, 08:28:18
ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS… 400 HISTORIC RACING CARS

Although most of us can only dream of finding a D-type Jaguar, a pre-War Bentley or a race-prepared Alfa Romeo under the Christmas tree, tickets for the 2016 Donington Historic Festival will give the lucky recipient access to a paddock full of such iconic machinery.

Some 400 historic racing cars from the 1920s to the 1990s are due to converge on Donington Park over the Bank Holiday weekend of April 30th, May 1st and 2nd for three days of world-class motorsport, making tickets the perfect Christmas present for a historic racing enthusiast.

Advance discounted tickets for the Donington Historic Festival cost from just £21. In addition to all the on-track action and open-access race paddock, the event will feature spectacular live-action historic rally car demonstrations (just the thing for rally fans who yearn to see Group B machines burning rubber), an open-access rally paddock, infield displays from dozens of car clubs, historic karting demos and a trade village full of automobilia, prints, books etc. Historic F1 cars will once again take to the track in a series of thrilling demonstrations and Festival visitors will also have the opportunity to visit the Donington Park Grand Prix Collection and the Wheatcroft Collection of historic military vehicles.

So, although you may not be able to delight a loved-one with a full-sized lightweight E-type or Chevron B8 this December 25th, Donington Historic Festival tickets will let them see – and hear – them in glorious action.

A single-day advance discounted ticket costs £21 and a two-day ticket £34, while a three-day weekend ticket costs just £48 (on-the-gate prices will be £28, £45 and £65, respectively). Children aged under 16 are admitted for free. Advance discounted tickets can be bought via www.doningtonhistoric.com and through the 24-hour ticket hotline 0844 873 7355*.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 09 Diciembre 2015, 08:39:00
924 GT RACE CAR DRIVEN IN 1980 LE MANS 24 HOURS BY TONY DRON AND ANDY ROUSE

Back to the future: 1980 Porsche Le Mans racer reunited with British driver line-up at Silverstone prior to beginning restoration by Porsche Classic Centre Partners

Thirty-five years since it last turned a wheel in anger, a significant Porsche race car has arrived in the UK in the first stage of a journey that will see it restored prior to returning once again to the circuit.

The Porsche 924 Carrera GT Le Mans raced at the iconic French 24 Hours endurance motor sport event in 1980 as part of an innovative three-car, international team. Car #2 was the British entry, #3 the American and #4 was the German car. Each car featured distinctive liveries based on the national flags, and the British car is arguably the only Porsche factory race to have competed with such a prominent red, white and blue motif.

The driving force in 1980 comprised Tony Dron and Andy Rouse, and they finished the 24 Hours in 12th place. At a special event at the Porsche Experience Centre, Silverstone, the two British racers were reunited with ‘their’ car for the first time since the race.

The front-engined, rear-wheel drive 924 coupe has been in the storage archives of the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart since its retirement. Now, Porsche Cars GB has been entrusted with the restoration of the famous British car #2 in a unique initiative that will see the skilled technicians at Porsche Classic Partner Centres undertake key aspects of the work.

There are four Porsche Classic Partner Centres in the Porsche Cars GB sales network, located in Glasgow, Hatfield, Leeds and Swindon.  A thorough inspection of the historic race car has resulted in a comprehensive list of work that will be required to bring it back to a representative - yet historically sympathetic - race-ready condition. Porsche Centre Glasgow will work on the suspension, brakes and wheels; Porsche Centre Hatfield will take on the gearbox and drivetrain; Porsche Centre Leeds will have the responsibility for the electrics and radiator plumbing; and Porsche Centre Swindon will breathe new life into the engine. Road and Race Restorations in Manchester, a Porsche Recommended Body Repairer, will complete the project by restoring the bodywork and interior trim.

This project supports the 40th anniversary of the launch of the 924 in 1976, the first model in the so-called ‘transaxle’ series of Porsche cars, with their front engines and gearboxes located in combination with the rear-driven axle. Once completed, it is intended the historic 924 Carrera GT Le Mans will be demonstrated at events such as Goodwood Festival of Speed, Silverstone Classic and Classics at the Castle – and also proudly displayed in the showrooms of the Porsche Centres responsible bringing this part of Porsche motorsport history back to life once more.

Porsche Classic

Porsche Classic is the factory department responsible for the supply of parts and technical support for all Porsche cars from the earliest 356 from the 1950s up to the ‘Type 996’ 911 from 1998-2004 and ‘Type 986’ Boxster from 1996-2004 – and everything in between. Over 70 per cent of all Porsche cars ever made are still on the road, and over 50,000 original equipment parts are available from Porsche Centres to service and maintain these. Porsche Classic Partner Centres have invested further in offering drivers of older Porsche cars additional support, and a dedicated area of their Centre showrooms highlights this special focus.

The 924 Carrera GT Le Mans

Since its earliest days, Porsche has taken lessons from the race track and applied them in the development of its road cars – and vice versa. The 924 Carrera GT Le Mans was no exception. Taking as its basis the 210 hp 924 Carrera GT road car, famous Porsche racing engineer, Norbert Singer, was given the task of creating a fully-fledged racing car. Singer and the engineering staff at the Porsche Motorsport team at Weissach, near Stuttgart, Germany, drafted a relatively modest list of modifications. Under the product code Type 937, a production Carrera GT bodyshell was stiffened considerably with the addition of an aluminium roll-cage, and the exterior bodywork was clothed in new lightweight plastic panels. These extended to the nose, which was made more aerodynamic while keeping the appearance of the 924, and also helped to shroud the wider 11-inch front wheels and 12-inch wide rear wheels with racing Dunlop slick tyres.

The front cross-member was welded in place to increase cornering stiffness, and although the MacPherson strut front suspension was retained, titanium springs and Bilstein gas dampers were fitted. At the rear, however, the torsion bars were supplemented with titanium coil springs. The driveshafts were also made of titanium (in fact, they were taken from the ferocious 911-derived 935 race car) and the rear differential was fully locked for maximum traction.

Under the bonnet, the engine was relatively straightforward. The VW-based 1,984 cc, turbocharged in-line four-cylinder underwent some modifications to help with airflow and cooling; the KKK turbocharger was moved to the left side of the engine, and the intercooler increased in size and moved to the front. Bosch/Kugelfischer mechanical fuel injection replaced the production specification K-Jetronic, and dry-sump lubrication ensured consistent oil supply under racing loads.

As a consequence, power output rose by 50% from the 210 hp / 6,000 rpm of the road car to 320 hp / 7,000 rpm, with a 40% boost in torque. Combined with a weight reduction to 930 kg from 1,180 kg, the car’s performance leapt forwards. For a Le Mans racer, top speed is a prime focus and maximum velocity rose to 180 mph; large ventilated and cross-drilled brake discs (borrowed from the 917) were employed to slow the cars after the Mulsanne Straight.

In the context of the recent success at Le Mans with prototypes vying for outright wins (and already by 1980 Porsche had an enviable record of triumphs in the 24 Hours), there was some mixed feelings regarding the relative performance of these brave 924 Carrera GTP race cars. However, a suggestion by Porsche Cars GB to run the cars in the national identities of Britain, Germany and the US, with national drivers and exterior liveries, saw the programme gain a welcome boost internally at Porsche AG and also generate wide media interest.

In the event, external factors prior to the 1980 Le Mans start, saw Derek Bell switch to the American #3 car with US driver Al Holbert, and the #2 British car was shared by the proven pair of Tony Dron and Andy Rouse, and the #4 German car was driven by Jürgen Barth and Manfred Schurti.

A wet start to the Le Mans 24 Hours race itself saw the modest expectations of qualifying transformed considerably, with Bell running 16th overall after one hour followed by Barth in 22nd and Rouse in 28th. By nightfall, the three 924 Carrera GTP race cars were running 10th, 14th, and 15th and by breakfast time on Sunday morning they had moved up to sixth, seventh and eighth.

At the chequered flag, the #4 German car finished in sixth place, a remarkable achievement for the 924 Carrera GTP in what was not only the car’s debut at Le Mans but also the first time the 924 model had been entered by the Porsche factory in motor sport. The #2 British car crossed the line in 13th position, one place behind the #3 American entry.

In line with the Porsche ethos of race to road technology transfer, the 1980 Le Mans programme inspired the production of 59 examples of a new 924 GTS model that was homologated for competition use, plus a further 19 examples of the higher-powered GTR offered in full Le Mans race specification for customer motorsport (and priced at 180,000 Deutschmarks).

In a fitting post-script, in the 1981 Le Mans 24 Hours, the Porsche factory entered a 924 GTP which with a large 410 hp 2,479 cc four cylinder engine was technically a prototype of the forthcoming 2.5-litre 944 road car. Driven by Jürgen Barth and Walter Röhrl, it won the GTP class category and placed seventh overall. Of three privately-entered 924 Carrera GTR cars, the top finisher was the car of Andy Rouse and Manfred Schurti, in 11th place.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 10 Diciembre 2015, 11:39:10
A COLLEZIONE OF TIMELESS STYLE – CELEBRITY PHOTOGRAPHER LAUNCHES ALFA ROMEO COLLEZIONE RANGE

Alfa Romeo has commissioned renowned photographer Phil Knott - famed for his monotone images of celebrities including Prince, Jude Law, Kanye West and Amy Winehouse - to create a unique collection of stunning black and white photos of the new Alfa MiTo and Giulietta Collezione models using cameras from each decade since the 1950s.

Inspired by monochrome style of the Italian brand’s latest special editions, Knott used iconic cameras such as the Leica M3 (introduced in 1954), the Hasselblad 500C/M and the Nikon F, all of which have made their mark on the world of photography since the original Alfa Giulietta was launched in 1954.

British born Knott, who now lives in New York, chose locations around London that best embodied the style of each era and the story behind each camera, using the MiTo and Giulietta Collezione models alongside a 1959 Giulietta as the subject matter. The images have been developed and hand-printed by Robin Bell - one of Britain’s most respected black and white printers.

Shooting in Richmond using a 1950s Leica M3, Knott captured the area’s cinematic post-war brickwork in the background with the iconically shaped cars in the foreground, evoking memories of the famous Bert Stern prints of Marilyn Monroe. For the 1960s he used a Hasselblad 500C/M in Holland Park to create simple, warm and toned prints. And for the 1970s he worked with a Nikon F in the tall, concrete surroundings of Barbican to produce images inspired by The Beatles Abbey Road album cover shot by Iain Macmillan. 

The inspiration for the 1980s-style photography was David Sylvian’s Album, Life in Tokyo; using an Olympus OM4, Knott shot the Alfa Giulietta Collezione’s beautifully designed LED headlight in the foreground, with Alfa Giulietta’s limited-edition black wing-mirror in the midground and a hint of the Lloyd’s building at the back of the frame, creating abstract landscape images. He then used a 1990s Minolta Dynax 9xi to frame the new Collezione models with Canary Wharf setting the scene, whilst The London Eye provided the perfect backdrop for the shots with a 2000s Canon EOS 5D.

As a reflection of the times, Knott also embraced the latest trend in photography, using the 8-megapixel iSight camera with 1.5µ pixels on the Apple iPhone 6S for his contemporary day images. With these shots he created a unique mosaic of images to showcase the Alfa Giulietta and MiTo in contrast to the iconic street art of East London, capturing the Alfa Romeo Collezione car’s distinguishing details, such as the Alfa MiTo’s decadent bronze 17” alloy wheels and the Giulietta Collezione coupé looks with black wing-mirrors and signature contrasting black painted roof.

Knott commented: “To me it’s all about timeless style which both Alfa Romeo and the cameras I used perfectly encapsulate. Capturing Alfa Romeo’s timeless design with these iconic cameras, looking through some of the best set of lenses in history to showcase the fantastic evolution of such an iconic brand was truly a beautiful experience.”

Damien Dally, Country Manager for Alfa Romeo, commented: “We wanted to showcase the luxury and timeless style of the new Alfa MiTo and Giulietta Collezione in a unique way. Alfa Romeo’s iconic designs take inspiration from the past while looking into the future, and Phil has represented our ethos perfectly in his exclusive collection of images.”

The Alfa Romeo Black & White Collezione exhibition will be on display at the Underdog Gallery in London (www.underdogart.com) from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th December 2015.

For further information on the Alfa MiTo and Giulietta Collezione range visit www.alfareomeo.co.uk

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 11 Diciembre 2015, 09:44:02
CLASSIC GRIDS ON POLE POSITION AT NEC SHOW

Stars from the Silverstone Classic will again be out in force at next month’s Autosport International, staged at Birmingham’s NEC from 14-17 January.

The world’s biggest classic motor racing festival has teamed up with Classic & Sports Car magazine to create a very special showcase putting the spotlight on many of the mouth-watering grids that will feature on the action-packed racecard at the 2016 Silverstone Classic (29-31 July).

Presented under the evocative ‘When We Were Kings’ banner, the prominent display at Autosport International will include iconic F1, Le Mans and Can-Am sportscars from the sport’s golden eras plus, for the first time, some illustrious Grand Prix bikes from yesteryear.

The presence of celebrated two-wheeled machines follows the inaugural World GP Bike Legends event held at Jerez circuit in Spain earlier this year when past champions including Wayne Gardner, Phil Read MBE, Kevin Schwantz and Freddie Spencer rolled back the years racing on their much-loved period machinery.

Gardner and Read will be at the NEC to meet fans, sign autographs and share their magical memories. Read will also be signing copies of his autobiography ‘Rebel Read’ on Saturday and Sunday. Among the outstanding bikes on display at the show will be Read’s Suzuki RG500 from 1976 and the Suzuki RGV500 that Schwantz famously rode to the 1993 world title.

Looking ahead to next summer’s Silverstone Classic schedule will once again bring together all of Europe’s finest historic racing grids together with some dramatic new crowd-pleasers, too.

As tradition dictates, the stunning sights and sounds of the Masters Historic Formula 1 Championship and Group C prototypes will be among the headline attractions – and it’s no surprise that both series will be represented in the special Autosport International display. Ronnie Peterson’s celebrated John Player Special Lotus 72 will be on show alongside the equally esteemed Canon Porsche 956. Entered by Richard Lloyd Racing, this car finished second at Le Mans in 1985 with Lloyd, James Weaver and Jonathan Palmer sharing the driving duties through the day-night endurance epic.

Next summer’s extravaganza will also be celebrating 50 years since the birth of the legendary Can-Am Championship in North America in 1966. With very few technical restrictions, these outrageous Can-Am sportscars – often boasting more than 1,000 horsepower – were among the first to sport wings, ground-effect aerodynamics and aerospace materials.

Marking the anniversary, two spectacular Can-Am races are on the 2016 Silverstone Classic bill. To whet the appetite, several of these mighty motor sport monsters will be wowing visitors at the NEC. Among those already confirmed is a brace of Chevrolet V8-powered beasts from the early seventies – a 200+ mph March 717 and a 8.8-litre McLaren M8C/D.

Fans wanting to savour these incredible machines in action can take advantage of Early Bird tickets now on sale for the Classic, offering significant savings of up to 17 per cent. There is also the all-new Family ticket available for 2016 – this includes camping for two adults and two children across the whole weekend and gives a discount of more than 20 per cent on the advance tickets if bought individually.

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

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 14 Diciembre 2015, 09:14:20
BORN AGAIN CONCEPT CARS TO MAKE THEIR DEBUT AT LONDON’S TOP CLASSIC CAR SHOW

Highly accurate recreations, not replicas, bring two bold Jaguar icons from the ’60s and the ’90s back to life

Two concept cars from Jaguar – originally built more than three decades apart – have been accurately recreated by classic car experts, who plan to offer exact reproductions for sale.

The first is the mid-engined XJ13, a possible Le Mans contender built in the 1960s, while the second recreates 1999’s XK180, originally crafted to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the much-loved Jaguar XK120.

Both evocative recreations will be unveiled at the 2016 London Classic Car Show (ExCeL, 18-21 February) – the first time either will have been seen in public.

The original XJ13 was completed by Jaguar in 1966 and was powered by a prototype quad-cam 5.0-litre V12 engine. Just one car was completed and it claimed a UK speed record after racing driver David Hobbs lapped the banked MIRA test track at an average speed of more than 161 mph. Remarkably it held the record for 32 years.

It was later badly damaged in a high-speed crash, also at MIRA, but the rebuilt XJ13 – still owned by Jaguar – was rebodied and differs in a number of respects from the 1966 original.

Its swooping lines have been replicated before, but the version lovingly built by Building the Legend (www.xj13.eu) is unique because the company’s driving force, Neville Swales, is ensuring his recreation accurately reflects the original car... right down to the last rivet. It will be even be powered by one of the original six prototype quad cam V12 Jaguar engines.

“The project has been supported by surviving members of the original XJ13 Project Team and we have enjoyed the co-operation of Jaguar Heritage which has allowed us unfettered access to its archive. There is considerable international interest in the project and the London Classic Car Show will be the first time the general public will be able to see ­– and hear – the car,” said Swales.

As well as being on static display, the XJ13 will be driven along the Show’s unique Grand Avenue highway, hopefully by one of the original test drivers. In the passenger seat will be Mike Kimberley – the original XJ13 project manager.

Swales will also be showing the first customer car, which will be powered by a later SOHC V12 engine.

When Eric Fintelman stumbled across the story of the Jaguar XK180, he liked the car so much he decided to build one for himself. He bought a replica glass fibre body which he put onto a classic Jaguar XJS chassis, but he quickly realised the car was not an accurate recreation.

“It looked wrong… and I discovered the measurements were taken from a 1:18 model and scaled up,” he said.

He then decided to make his own recreation from scratch. Given access to Jaguar’s two existing prototypes he took photographs and exact measurements and then teamed up with Dutch company JePe Specials (www.jepespecials.com) to reproduce a perfect aluminium-bodied XK180.

Like the original concept, the Jaguar XK180 reproduction by JePe Specials is based on XK8/XKR underpinnings and features a unique two-seat speedster body. The first recreation uses a XKR convertible chassis with a supercharged 4.0-litre V8 engine, though customers can specify an XK8 chassis and any engine if they prefer. Those seriously interested are invited to attend a special ‘guest hour’ being organised on Thursday evening at the London Classic Car Show by contacting sales@jepespecials.com.

Crammed with innovative features, exquisite classic cars and a long list of celebrity visitors, the London Classic Car Show is the one that’s setting the standards. It is staged by Brand Events, the company behind the hugely successful Top Gear Live and CarFest festivals.

Tickets are on sale now and start at £23 (including booking fee) for single adult entry on Friday, Saturday or Sunday and rise to £65 for entry to Thursday’s Premium Preview Evening. This includes fast track entry, the best views of The Grand Avenue at the Turning Circle Viewing Platform, access to the exclusive Premium Lounge, a Show Handbook and even a glass of Joseph Perrier Champagne.

To keep up-to-date with all the news from the London Classic Car Show visit the dedicated website – www.thelondonclassiccarshow.co.uk – or go to the show’s interactive Facebook page. Just search ‘London Classic Car Show’ from your own page and 2016 show news and 2015 highlights are there to be enjoyed.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 15 Diciembre 2015, 15:37:56
DAYS OF THUNDER!


    Can-Am celebration grows into a 2016 race series
    50th anniversary celebration culminates at Silverstone Classic
    Three-venue challenge adds to the birthday excitement
    Early Bird tickets available, making the perfect Christmas gift


Silverstone Classic’s recently announced plans to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the legendary Can-Am Championship have blossomed into what is certain to be one of the most eagerly-anticipated highlights on the 2016 motor sport calendar.

The pair of very special commemoration races at next summer’s Classic (29-31 July) will be the amazing culmination of a not-to-be-missed, three-round Can-Am 50 Interserie Challenge being organised by Masters Historic Racing.

The addition of curtain-raisers at Brands Hatch and Donington Park will provide owners of these extraordinary Can-Am racers with a pair of extra incentives to dust off their monster machines and be part of what is going to be an astonishing celebration.

“There’s been an incredible buzz since we announced our intention to include Can-Am races in 2016,” reported Nick Wigley, CEO of Goose Live Events, the company responsible for the Silverstone Classic. “Now the addition of these two extra races will just fuel those fires and ensure the 50-year milestone is marked in memorable style with some truly fantastic races next summer. Rather like Group B in rallying, these fearsome Can-Am creations have rightly reached legendary status and to have so many of them back racing is really going to catch everyone’s imagination.”

“Can-Am cars always stop people in their tracks,” agreed Rachel Bailey, Masters Historic Racing event manager. “They look exciting, sound superb and we are very pleased to be organising this celebration series in tandem with the Silverstone Classic where the cars will take centre stage. We are sure that many cars from across Europe will seize the opportunity to take part in this series and it will be wonderful to see them return to the circuits again. We are keen to attract a wide range of cars into action and offer fans a snapshot of the history of Can-Am racing.”

To ensure massive grids, the must-see Can-Am 50 Interserie Challenge will include classes for 1960s and 1970s cars along with a category for the later, smaller-engined sports-prototypes that ran in the Masters Interserie Revival series a few seasons ago.

Launched in 1966, the legendary North American-based Can-Am Championship spawned some of the world’s most outrageous sports racers, often boasting well over 1,000 horsepower. Moreover, with very few technical restrictions, these amazing, cutting-edge Can-Am powerhouses were among the first race cars to sport wings, ground-effect aerodynamics and aerospace materials.

McLaren, Chaparral, Lola, BRM, March, Shadow and Porsche were among the notable constructors rising to the challenge, with their mighty machines driven by many of the era’s top aces – heroes such as Jackie Stewart, John Surtees, Bruce McLaren, Peter Revson, George Follmer, Jacky Ickx, Jackie Oliver, Denny Hulme, Mark Donohue and Alan Jones.

The inclusion of these incredible sportscars will be a major attraction at the 2016 Silverstone Classic. Fans wanting to savour these machines can take advantage of Early Bird tickets now on sale for the Classic, offering significant savings of up to 17 per cent. There is also the all-new Family ticket available for 2016 – this includes camping for two adults and two children across the whole weekend and gives a discount of more than 20 per cent on advance tickets if bought individually.

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

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 22 Diciembre 2015, 12:23:14
WILLIAMS FW08C TO STAR IN LIVE ACTION ARENA AT AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL

Fans of Formula One will get the chance to see a significant part of motorsport history at Autosport International, with an appearance from the Williams-Cosworth FW08C in the Live Action Arena.

The car, which raced in the 1983 F1 season, will be starring in the Live Action Arena at the Birmingham NEC from 14-17 January 2016, giving fans a unique chance to see the historic racer up close and on the move.

The FW08C played a particularly notable role in motorsport history, as it was the first Formula One car driven by legendary driver Ayrton Senna in the 1983 season. Senna was sat next to the Williams team founder Frank Williams on a flight when he begged for the chance to have a test-drive in the car. Senna got his chance at Donington in July 1983 where he completed 40 laps and managed to lap the track faster than anyone else, including that year’s team drivers, Keke Rosberg and Jacques Laffite.

Rosberg and Laffite still enjoyed success in the car, though, with Rosberg recording a pole position at the opening race of the 1983 season, the Brazilian Grand Prix. Later in the season, Rosberg pulled off a great drive to win the Monaco Grand Prix. This helped take the team to fourth in the Constructors’ Championship, better than all of the other Cosworth-powered cars that year. Rosberg himself finished fifth in the Drivers’ Championship.

Also appearing in the Live Action Arena will be a stunt Jaguar C-X75, one of cars which starred in the latest James Bond film, SPECTRE from Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn Mayer Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment. Specially-prepared for SPECTRE, the C-X75 was provided by Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations in collaboration with development partner Williams Advanced Engineering, the division of Williams that transfers technology from Formula 1 to other market sectors.

The C-X75 was driven on screen by Hinx and featured in SPECTRE’s iconic car chase through the streets of Rome.

Show-goers will also be able to take a closer look at a second, static, C-X75 at a major Williams feature, another of the star attractions at Autosport International.

As part of a revamped Autosport Stage, the NEC will play host to the eight-metre tall Williams Martini Racing motorhome, which will be constructed immediately next to the Autosport Stage.

As well as the FW08C in the Live Action Arena, Williams will be displaying eight other historically significant racing cars on its stand, including Damon Hill’s 1996 title-winning FW18, Nigel Mansell’s 1992 title-winning FW14B and the Williams-Mercedes FW37 of 2015.

Claire Williams, Williams Martini Racing Deputy Team Principal, said:

“We are really excited to be able to bring so many important cars from Williams’ Formula 1 history to share them with motor racing fans. The show will be a great opportunity for people to see the cars up close, and on the move when the FW08C takes to the Live Action Arena.”

Anthony Rowlinson, Group Editor, Motorsport at Haymarket Media Group, said: “With nine Constructors’ and seven Drivers’ Championships since the team’s birth in 1977, the Williams team is one of the most successful in Formula 1’s history. The FW08C will be a real treat for fans attending the show.”

Ian France, Autosport International show director, said: “Fans of Formula One, and the Williams team, will be able to get really close to some genuine stars of the sport’s past at Autosport International in 2016. To be able to see one of Williams’ historic racers in action is something truly special.”

To come along to what promises to be the most exciting and action-packed edition of Autosport International to date, log on to www.autosportinternational.com to get your tickets now.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 22 Diciembre 2015, 18:05:13
ROTHMANS LIVERIED MG METRO 6R4 HEADLINING A STELLAR CATALOGUE FROM COYS AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONA

A pristine slice of Group B rallying history is going up for sale at the Coys auction at Autosport International, in the form of a show-condition MG Metro 6R4.

The Metro 6R4 is headlining a star-cast of over 60 rare and collectable road and race cars going under the hammer live at Autosport International. This particular example is one of the lowest mileage examples of its kind, having covered just 3,100 miles since it was built in 1985. Its pristine condition is down to the fact that, unusually, it has never been raced or rallied, as it was the original Rothmans show car.

Instead, it was mainly used as a display car at shows, although it was used for the occasional demonstration. As a result, it is a perfect, almost box fresh example of the 6R4.

The Metro 6R4 gained revered status in the mid 1980s, when it was developed by Williams Grand Prix Engineering to compete in the short-lived and fantastically fast Group B rally class.

It came complete with a 3.0-litre, V6 engine that was naturally aspirated, unlike many of its turbocharged rivals. It was only available for a couple of years, until Austin Rover pulled out of motorsport in 1987 after the scrapping of the Group B class.

Also going up for sale is a 996 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, complete with proven racing pedigree. The 2002 car was first built for the Porsche Supercup Challenge, and won at Silverstone and Indianapolis in its debut season, and was driven by Henzler Wolf to finish fourth in the championship. It has been dry stored by the present owner, who has owned it for the past three years, and is race ready, coming complete with a spare set of wheels.

A concours competition winning 1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GT is also offered for sale, having been in the same family for the past 36 years since 1979. Because of this, it comes with a full history file dating back to the point that the current vendor’s father bought the car. This highly collectible car has an estimate of £230,000 to £265,000.

Another striking car up for sale is a 1958 Aston DB2/4 Mark III, which has only had two owners in the past 29 years, and has been owned by the vendor for the last 15 years.

Only 551 DB Mark IIIs were built, and all of those that survive are highly popular to this day. This example has been meticulously maintained by the current owner, and has been to noted Feltham restorers, Four Ashes, for a full rear suspension rebuild under his custodianship. It is estimated to reach between £130,000 and £150,000.

Other cars going up for auction include an ex-works 1982 Vauxhall Chevette HSR DTV that was previously driven by Russell Brookes. The Chevette retired from rallying in 1989, and was fully restored in 1999. A 1977 Ex-Works Group 4 Ford Escort MK 2 is also being auctioned, with a prestigious list of former drivers that includes the likes of Ari Vatanen.

All these cars and more will go up for auction at 14:00 on Saturday 16 January at Autosport International and is accessible to VIP ticket holders and those who have purchased the auction catalogue. The show runs from 14-17 January*, at the NEC in Birmingham.

If you want to attend Autosport International and see one of the most action-packed editions featuring unmissable cars and stars then log on to www.autosportinternational.com/public.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 22 Diciembre 2015, 18:05:52
MOTOR RACING LEGENDS UNVEILS 2016 RACING CALENDAR

Motor Racing Legends has unveiled its 2016 racing calendar which launches at the three day spectacular; Donington Historic Festival in May.

The four premier racing grids which come under the highly respected Motor Racing Legends banner include; the Historic Touring Car Challenge, Pre-War Sports Car Series, the highly competitive Stirling Moss Trophy for pre-’61 Sports Racing cars and for gentleman racers, the Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy for original pre-’56 Sports cars.

All four of the Motor Racing Legends grids get the opportunity to race at a range of premier international historic meetings offering competitors a chance in the spotlight at some of the world’s best historic racing events.

2016 calendar highlights include all Legends grids starting at the Donington Historic Festival (April 30-May 2). This year the Pre-War Sports Car grid will also head to Zandvoort for the Historic Grand Prix event on the 2-4 September and the Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy and Stirling Moss Trophy grids will both head to Silverstone Classic (Jul 29-31), Spa Six Hours (Sept 16-18) and the Algarve Classic Festival (Oct 28-30).

A first for 2016 sees the Historic Touring Car Challenge (HTCC) making its debut appearance on the Silverstone Classic programme with its own grid. This series is made up from touring cars from 1966 for Groups 1 & 2 and Group A Touring Cars that raced in the British and European Touring Car Championships between 1972 and 1985.

Motor Racing Legends Chairman Duncan Wiltshire commented “We’ve got a great calendar line-up for 2016, I am particularly excited to see the Historic Touring Cars featuring at Silverstone Classic and some interesting rule changes to be announced in the new-year should boost grid sizes as well as competition.  I am also looking forward to joining the Pre-War Sports Car Series when they head to Zandvoort where we hope to meet up with some new European competitors. All our grids will be out in force at the Donington Historic Festival and I am delighted to reconfirm support in 2016 from our sponsors JD Classics and EFG.”

Provisional Motor Racing Legends Calendar for: Historic Touring Car Challenge, (HTCC) Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy & Stirling Moss Trophy

    Donington Historic Festival (April 30 – May 2)
    Silverstone Classic (July 29, 30, 31)
    Spa Six Hours (September 16, 17, 18)
    Algarve Classic Festival (October 28, 29, 30)

Pre War Sports Car Series - Calendar

    Donington Historic Festival (April 30 – May 2)
    Historic Grand Prix - Zandvoort  (September 3 & 4)


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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 28 Diciembre 2015, 08:39:34
JOIN FIVE MOTORSPORT WORLD CHAMPIONS AT AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL 2016

Europe’s largest motorsport show, Autosport International, will next year welcome five motor racing world champions, including Formula 1 legend Damon Hill OBE, 2013 FIA World Endurance Champion Allan McNish and former WRC and current FIA World Rallycross champion, Petter Solberg.

From the world of motorcycle racing, Phil Read – the first man to win 125cc, 250cc and 500cc world championships – and 1987 500cc world champion, Wayne Gardner, will be signing autographs and reliving some of their career highlights as part of the stunning historic display called ‘When We Were Kings’ (stand 2280 in Hall 20).

Visitors to Europe’s premier pre-season motorsport show will have the unique opportunity to see Damon Hill OBE reunited with the iconic Williams FW18 – his 1996 Drivers’ Championship-winning F1 car. The FW18 is appearing as part of an exclusive Williams Martini Racing feature, which will see the team’s motorhome constructed next to the Autosport Stage – the first time it’s been built away from a race circuit.

Petter Solberg, two-time World Rallycross champion and former WRC Champion, will be taking to the Live Action Arena to show off his incredible driving skills on the UK’s largest indoor track. Away from the circuit, Solberg will be giving live interviews on the Autosport Stage, entertaining visitors with his tales of danger and glory.

Allan McNish is no stranger to the show, the 2013 FIA WEC Champion will be captivating the legions of fans at the Autosport Stage with many behind-the-scenes stories from his time in Formula 1 and of course his experiences of winning the 24 hours of Le Mans three times.

Representing the bikers at Autosport International will be Phil Read – the first man to win 125cc, 250cc and 500cc world championships – who will be on-hand alongside some of the bikes he rode throughout his career. Read will be signing copies of his autobiography ‘Rebel Read’ and meeting fans over the course of the weekend.  Australian rider Wayne Gardner, who was 500cc world champion in 1987, will also be at Autosport International, appearing on the Central Stage throughout the show.

Ian France, Show Director, said: “To have five world champions at Autosport International is a real privilege for us and a real treat for visitors. Nowhere else can you get access to such a huge number of world-class drivers and riders – you’re guaranteed to see some amazing stunts from Petter Solberg, hear some incredible insight from Damon Hill and Allan McNish and marvel at the achievements of Wayne Gardner and Phil Read.

“Couple these amazing appearances with the exclusive Williams feature – which will see some of the team’s most famous Formula 1 cars lined up in front of the towering motorhome – and I’ve no doubt that the 2016 edition of Autosport International is going to be the best yet.”

Autosport International takes place from 14-17 January* at the NEC in Birmingham . Tickets for the event, which covers every aspect of motorsport from karting to Formula 1, are on sale now. Visit http://www.autosportinternational.com/public or call 0844 581 1420.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 30 Diciembre 2015, 12:56:23
ON PARADE AT SILVERSTONE CLASSIC!

With the arrival of 2016 comes another new year packed with exciting automotive anniversaries. And, as tradition now dictates, many of these key motoring milestones will be celebrated in stunning style with mouth-watering displays and eye-catching track parades at the annual Silverstone Classic (29-31 July).

In recent years, the famous Silverstone Grand Prix circuit has staged record processions featuring evocative E-type Jaguars, fabulous Ferrari F40s, evergreen Porsche 911s, muscular Ford Mustangs and historic Formula One cars amongst a whole host of other glittering cavalcades.

The majority of these birthday celebrations are organised by ever-enthusiastic car clubs specially for their members, and many clubs are already revving up for new parties in July. The BMW Car Club GB is marking the opening of the original Bayerische Motoren Werke manufacturing company a century ago in 1916, the Lamborghini Club UK is honouring the 50th anniversary of the iconic Miura supercar as well as 100 years since the birth of company founder Feruccio Lamborghini while the Morgan Sports Car Club is paying tribute to the 4/4 model, which turns 80 in 2016 and remains the oldest model in the world that’s still in production today.

Along with the exotic Miura, a trio of rather more affordable British sportscars from the sixties are also turning 50 this year – the Lotus Europa plus a pair of Triumphs: the GT6 and 2-litre Vitesse. Parades for all three of these golden oldies are among those already confirmed.

The Nissan Figaro Owners Club is also busy organising a big Silverstone Classic party for 25 years of the Japanese retro car, the Viper Club of the UK will be popping the corks on its 20th birthday while the Westfield Sports Car Club will be out in force for its 30th anniversary.

Whether celebrating or not, unprecedented numbers of motoring clubs now choose to stage their main annual gathering at the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival. Taking advantage of an exclusive ticket offer, a record assemblage of more than 120 clubs attended in 2015, between them displaying more than 10,000 privately-owned cars over the enormous three-day extravaganza.

“Nowhere else will you get to see so many famous and legendary marques and models all lovingly maintained and displayed by their owners,” enthused Nick Wigley, CEO of Goose Live Events, the company responsible for the Silverstone Classic. “The sheer scale of these amazing displays is a landmark feature of the Silverstone Classic – a real celebration of motoring, auto design and memorabilia.”

Members of car clubs registered with the Silverstone Classic (a simple online process) are offered a fantastic advance ticket package. This special deal includes two adult general admission event tickets plus an infield vehicle display pass, allowing classic car owners to park on their club’s allocated stand right at the heart of the event.

Full details of all tickets – including car club registration and special ticket offers – can be found on the event website at: www.silverstoneclassic.com.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 07 Enero 2016, 14:09:34
GOODWOOD 74TH MEMBERS’ MEETING TO CELEBRATE GROUP 5 MONSTERS

The 74th Goodwood Members’ Meeting (March 19-20, 2016) will showcase some of the most iconic sportscars of all time – the mighty 5-litre Group 5 cars which raced from 1969-71.

Under the regulations at the time, prototype racers were limited to 3-litre engines, but ‘production’ cars – of which at least 25 examples had to be built – were allowed to use 5-litre units. This loophole was included to allow cars like the Ford GT40 to continue racing but, against the expectations of the governing body, manufacturers exploited it, building production runs of what were, in effect, full-blown prototypes with 5-litre engines.

The result was cars like the legendary Porsche 917 and Ferrari 512, which were immortalised in Steve McQueen’s cult classic movie, Le Mans.

The Members’ Meeting will celebrate this iconic era of sportscar racing with a special high-speed demonstration on the Goodwood Motor Circuit.

Created by Goodwood owner Lord March, to recreate the atmosphere and camaraderie of the original BARC Members’ Meetings held at Goodwood Motor Circuit from 1949-66, the event conjures up some of the most evocative sights and sounds from the golden era of motor racing.

A total of 16 Group 5 cars will take part in the high-speed demonstration, which will give visitors a real sense of the brutal power and immense speed of these machines.

The line-up will include at least six Porsche 917s, including the 1970 Le Mans 24 Hours winner and examples in the iconic Martini and Gulf liveries. Historic racer David Piper will drive the 917 he raced in period.

Five Ferrari 512s will also take to the track, including examples of the 512S and 512M derivatives, as well as a low-drag ‘Coda Lunga’, designed to maximise straightline speed on the Mulsanne Straight at Le Mans. Four Lola T70 Mk3Bs will also be featured, including the car raced by ex-F1 racer Jo Bonnier.

Richard Attwood, who won the 1970 Le Mans 24 Hours in a Porsche 917, will attend along with 1969 victor Jackie Oliver – both legends of the Group 5 era.

A packed, two-day programme for the 74th Members’ Meeting will feature 12 races for vehicles ranging from Edwardian leviathans to 1970s Grand Prix motorcycles. There will also be demonstration runs covering two other celebrated motorsport periods – ground effect Formula 1 cars from 1977-82, and Super Touring cars of the 1990s.

A vast array of top racing drivers from past and present will battle it out on track but, unlike most race meetings, will score points for four ‘houses’ captained by:

    Former Super Touring ace Anthony Reid
    Le Mans legend Emanuele Pirro
    Ex-Formula 3000 race-winner and world-class sportscar racer Nicolas Minassian
    Ex-F1 race and Le Mans 24 Hours winner Jochen Mass

As well as the action on the famous Goodwood Motor Circuit, the Members’ Meeting features a huge range of attractions for all the family off-track, including exclusive festivities on the Saturday evening and a wide variety of food and entertainment on offer throughout.

A fairground, live music, and a series of games in which visitors can score additional points for their chosen ‘house’ complete the carnival atmosphere.

Tickets for the 74th Members’ Meeting are now available; initially only available to Goodwood Road and Racing Club Members and people on the GRRC Waiting List, the remaining tickets have been released and can be purchased by other motorsport fans, allowing a golden opportunity to get an insight into one of the most exclusive events in the world.

For more information or to book tickets, please visit: www.goodwood.com/74MM

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 07 Enero 2016, 14:10:04
INCREDIBLY RARE 1981 LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH 400S JOINS RACE RETRO SALE

Silverstone Auctions has just consigned an incredibly rare 1981 Lamborghini Countach 400S into its classic car sale at Race Retro, taking place at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, on the 26th-28th February.

This original, right-hand drive example, estimated at between £200,000 and £250,000, is one of just seven produced and has covered just 61,155 km (38,221 miles). According to the MoTs, it has only covered 2,880km (1,800 miles) in the ownership of the current vendor, having been used lightly for the last few years.

‘GJK 854X’ was first registered in September 1982. Its first UK owner was Tim Dutton Wooley (of Dutton Cars fame) and sported the optional wing. The car was then sold in April 1987 to the next owner who had the wing removed. He was obviously an enthusiast and this car features heavily in Chris Bennett's book "Lamborghini Countach" published in 1993. A later owner re-instated the wing.

The car is presented in Lamborghini Pearl Yellow and the classic interior is in good condition, finished in Oatmeal Leather with a Black Suede dash top. It's accompanied by a comprehensive history file with nearly all of the MoTs present and there are dozens of invoices relating to work carried out over the years.

Commenting on the car ahead of the sale, Nick Whale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions, said: "The Lamborghini Countach is truly an iconic supercar and a car that every collector should take the opportunity to own at some point. This particular example is a fabulous piece of 1970's road art and is worthy of consideration, especially as a low-mileage 1981 LP400S-Series III has recently changed hands in the International market for a substantial sum, and other LP400S' appear to be changing hands for figures well in excess of our guide price here.”

The car is accompanied by its V5C, an MoT until June 2016, drivers handbook, the aforementioned books by Chris Bennett and David Hodges, a road test by Roberto Giordanelli and acres of service and maintenance history.

Silverstone Auctions is still inviting entries of classic road cars, modern supercars, competition cars and motorcycles, as well as automobilia, into the auction and those interested in selling should contact the team by telephoning 01926 691 141 or email enquiries@silverstoneauctions.com.

Nick added: “We are committed to providing the best possible service for both buyers and vendors alike, so those looking to sell a classic car with our support and expertise are encouraged to get in touch soon.”

To find out more about the car and Silverstone Auctions’ sale at Race Retro please visit https://www.silverstoneauctions.com/1981-lamborghini-countach-400-s.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 11 Enero 2016, 15:22:28
FOR THE FIRST TIME BRITISH APPRENTICES WILL RESTORE A CLASSIC CAR FROM START TO FINISH

For the first time ever in the UK a nut and bolt restoration of a classic car is to be undertaken by apprentices who are serving their time at a Shropshire company

MP for Ludlow and Minister of State for Defence Procurement Philip Dunne has unveiled the first car ever to be fully restored by apprentices in the UK.

The eight apprentices are all employed by Classic Motor Cars Ltd (CMC), one of the world’s premier restoration companies based in Bridgnorth, and will be given the chance to re-build a 1955 Series 4 Lancia Aurelia and learn the complete restoration process.

They will strip the Lancia Aurelia and then assess what needs to be replaced, restored or remade. They have been given 14 months to complete the restoration of the car.

Mr Dunne said: “It is great news that Shropshire apprentices will become the first in the UK to undertake a complete restoration of a classic car.

“I am pleased Bridgnorth’s Classic Motor Cars is committed to training apprentices, giving local school-leavers the chance to build knowledge, acquire practical skills and improve their job prospects for the future. Employers also benefit from apprenticeship programmes, as they can bring on the skills needed to expand their business by training young people, and can oversee training from start to finish.”

He added: “More than 3,000 apprenticeships have been started in the Ludlow Constituency since 2010, and I hope we will see this figure continue to rise as more young people and employers gain mutual benefits.

“This vehicle restoration will be a really exciting project for all eight apprentices, so I look forward to seeing them again with the completed Lancia Aurelia next year.”

The eight apprentices are Dan Conway (23) from Bridgnorth, who is learning his trade in the body shop and leading the team; Sam Gould (23) also from Bridgnorth and Luke Adams (22) from Wolverhampton, both in the trim department; Jack Brettle (19), who is a mechanical technician from Kingswinford; Charlie Jessop (23) from Dudley in the paint shop; mechanical technician Marcus Nemeth (20) from Wolverhampton; electrical apprentice Tom Smallman (24); and engine builder Ben Taylor (22), both from Bridgnorth.

After unveiling the car Philip Dunne talked to apprentices about the work that they will undertake on the car, which is owned by CMC’s Non Executive Director David Barzilay, from re-making body panels, rebuilding the engine, re-wiring, re-painting and re-trimming.

Dan Conway said: “It is an exciting and unique opportunity to be able to learn as we work on the Lancia; we are really looking forward to it. It’s a completely apprenticeship-based project, but we have a lot of experience on our side and the support from skilled senior managers who will mentor us through the restoration process.”

Peter Neumark, Chairman of CMC, said: “We carry out restorations for customers around the world, but as far as we know this is the first time that apprentices in the UK have been given the opportunity of restoring a classic car from scratch themselves.

“Apprentices are extremely important in the world of classic cars, which is worth several billions to the UK economy every year. It is essential that they learn the skills to keep classic vehicles on the road. We are proud of the fact that currently we have more than one apprentice for every ten members of our workforce.

The first step will be to strip the car completely, number all the parts and then decide a detailed plan of action. It is planned that the car will be “ready for action” by April next year when it will return to Italy to take part in a number of events including the Vernasca Silver Flag Hill Climb.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 12 Enero 2016, 14:16:31
MOTOR RACING LEGENDS EXTENDS ENTRY CRITERIA FOR HISTORIC TOURING CAR CHALLENGE (HTCC)

Ahead of this week’s Autosport International Show (AIS) - Motor Racing Legends has announced that they are extending eligibility for this year’s Historic Touring Car Challenge. (HTCC)

The popular grid for Historic Touring Cars will be extending the entry regulations to include Group A cars right up to December 1990 – to cover normally-aspirated and turbo-charged cars up to 1600cc. The HTCC Series, entering its sixth season in 2016, has traditionally celebrated cars from the Win Percy or Andy Rouse era, filling grids with cars from the British and European Touring Car Championships from 1966 right up to 1985. The Group 1, Group 2 and Group A eras include a mixture of Ford Capri, Triumph Dolomite Sprints and Rover Vitesses. But the grid extension will open the doors for newcomers such as BMW M3, Toyota Corolla and Astra GTEs, all of which will now be eligible to compete.

Alongside this new entry criteria, Motor Racing Legends will shortly be making an announcement regarding the Group 1 category.

This year the Historic Touring Car Challenge season opens at the prestigious Donington Historic Festival (April 30-May 2) before making its debut stand-alone appearance at Silverstone Classic (July 29-31) followed by a visit to Spa during the Six Hour Endurance weekend (Sept 16 -18). Rounding off the year with a weekend in Portimao for the Algarve Classic Festival. (Oct 28-30)

Motor Racing Legends Chairman Duncan Wiltshire commented “This new entry criteria will make a big change to the grid line up. By extending the entry criteria, we have expanded the number of eligible cars and expect to encourage good competitive racing right through the grid. The series already attracts some fabulous cars and a huge fan base, and with races planned at Spa, Silverstone Classic and the Donington Historic Festival we are sure to put on a great spectacle at all rounds.”

The Motor Racing Legends team will be in attendance at the Autosport International Show this coming week (Birmingham NEC, 14-17 January) with a stand alongside the  Silverstone Classic Pit Lane feature. Team members with be on hand on Thursday and Friday, so if you have any questions on eligibility please come along to Hall 20, stand 2280.

Provisional Motor Racing Legends Calendar for: Historic Touring Car Challenge, (HTCC)

    Donington Historic Festival (April 30 – May 2)
    Silverstone Classic (July 29, 30, 31)
    Spa Six Hours (September 16, 17, 18)
    Portimao - Algarve Classic Festival (October 28, 29, 30)

For further information on the Motor Racing Legends grids please visit www.motorracinglegends.com.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 12 Enero 2016, 14:16:56
RACE RETRO CELEBRATES THE LIFE OF RALLY DRIVER HENRI TOIVONEN

Race Retro will remember Finnish rally driver Henri Toivonen who sadly lost his life along with co-driver Sergio Cresto, in a Lancia Delta S4 on 2nd May 1986 some 30 years ago, when it returns to Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th February 2016.

To mark this occasion a display of ex-Toivonen cars is being put together by Peter Clarke, the team principal of PCA Motorsports, for whom Toivonen drove in the 1979 Lombard, including the original Ford Escort RS1800 (MK2), before retiring with clutch problems on Stage 30.

There will also be examples of the Talbot Sunbeam which Toivonen took to victory in the 1980 Lombard Rally, as well as the Rothmans Opel Ascona (B) he successfully campaigned during 1982-3 season.

Son of the 1968 European Rally Champion Pauli Toivonen, Henri Toivonen started his motorsport career in karting and circuit racing before turning to rallying. 1975 saw him make his World Rally Championship debut as a privateer in the Rally of 1000 Lakes, two days after his 19th birthday, in a Simca Rallye 2, retiring with a broken sum. On the same event in 1977 he achieved fifth overall in a Chrysler Avenger. In 1978 he entered two WRC events, driving for Citroen in their CX 2400.

Following a strong showing in the PCA Motorsports RS1800 in 1979 with Co-Driver Phil Boland, he was signed by the Talbot “Works” team, who paired him with English Co-Driver Paul White in the Talbot Sunbeam, which they took to victory on the 1980 Lombard Rally.

Toivonen’s co-drivers Phil Boland and Paul White as well as his brother Harri Toivonen have also been invited to Race Retro to help celebrate his life.

Race Retro, the international historic motorsport show, will be held from 26th to 28th February 2016 at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire with tickets now on sale. For more information, as well as all the ticket prices and booking details, visit www.raceretro.com

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 13 Enero 2016, 08:23:33
COYS WELCOME THE NEW YEAR WITH TWO INTERNATIONAL AUCTIONS IN ONE DAY

International auctioneers Coys are holding two major simultaneous auctions at the Autosport show in the UK and Interclassics in the Netherlands on Saturday 16th January.

Chris Routledge, Managing Partner and auctioneer at Coys, said: “We have lined up a selection of some of the most desirable cars available on the market for what will be an exciting day for Coys, with two auctions being held simultaneously in different countries. This shows the international reach of the company and we hope to achieve outstanding sales at both events.”

The auction at the Autosport racing car show in Birmingham, UK, features a selection of grand prix, competition, touring and rally cars. The line up of cars for sale include a 1993 Ex Works Ford Escort Cosworth (estimated at £45,000 to £55,000), a 1982 Ex Works Vauxhall Chevette HSR DTV driven by Russell Brookes (£70,000 to £85,000), a 1959 Elva MK III Sports Racer 1500cc Climax (£110,000 to £130,000) and a 1980 Ford GT40 L One-Off Continuation Car (£45,000 to £60,000).

The sale also offers the opportunity to invest in two mighty Mercedes-Benz historic touring cars that are synonymous with the fabled Goodwood Revival meeting, a 1964 Mercedes-Benz 300SE ‘FINTAIL’ with 17 consecutive race seasons in the same ownership (estimated at £35,000 to £45,000) and a 1958 Mercedes-Benz 220S ‘PONTON’, a star of the Revival meetings since 2008 (£35,000 to £45,000).

A1960 Lotus 18 Formula Junior estimated at £55,000 to £65,000 is going under the hammer. This car was purchased in September 1960 by Ken Tyrell and driven on its first outing by none other than world champion and racing legend John Surtees at the Oulton Park Gold Cup on September 24th that year. Henry Taylor then went on to win the British Empire Trophy in October driving this car.

Other important lots include a 1985 MG Metro 6R4, the original Rothmans team car (£85,000 to £95,000), a 1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GT (£230,000 to £265,000) and a 1958 Aston DB2/4 Mark III, with only two owners in 29 years (£100,000 to £115,000).

The ‘Grandes Marques’ auction at the Interclassics show in Maastricht, the Netherlands, offers a unique range of continental, sports and touring cars. The cars featured include a 1936 BMW 328 Roadster (€290,000 to €330,000), a 1965 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Series 1 (€230,000 to €270,000), a 1973 Porsche 911 T Coupe ex-Magnus Walker
(€95,000 to €120,000) and a 1964 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL (€50,000 to €65,000).

Other highlights include a 1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Pall Mall Tourer  (€125,000 to €150,000), a 1988 Ferrari Testarossa (€110,000 to €130,000), a 1957 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT (€100,000 to €130,000) and a 1960 Porsche 356B 1600S Cabriolet (€120,000 to €150,000).

The sale also features a selection of vintage motorcycles, including a 1954 MV Augusta 175CSS Squalo (€15,000-€18,000), a 1956 Maserati 125 Turismo Lusso (€8,000 to €10,000), a 1956 Vespa VL3T Struzzo (€5,000 to €7,500), a 1959 Vespa GS 150 (€5,000 to €7,000) and a 1962 Ducati Diana 250 (7,000 to €9,000)

For more information on both auctions and full catalogues, visit www.coys.co.uk.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 13 Enero 2016, 08:26:04
EIGHT DECADES OF MOTORSPORT TO ROAR INTO ACTION AT THE DONINGTON HISTORIC FESTIVAL

Fans of historic motorsport of all eras have a treat in store over the May Bank Holiday weekend when race cars from the 1920s to the 1990s take to the track for the Donington Historic Festival (Saturday 30th April, Sunday 1st May & Monday 2nd May).

Across 17 exhilarating races, the Donington Historic Festival will showcase some 400 world-class competition machines. Grand Prix cars and other single-seaters, Le Mans prototypes, GT cars, sportscars and Touring Cars will converge on a circuit renowned for fantastic on-track action and superb spectator viewing.

The oldest cars out on track will be the ‘Mad Jack’ pre-War sports cars. Named after Richard ‘Mad Jack’ Shuttleworth, winner of the first-ever Donington Grand Prix in 1935, this grid should delight fans of wire wheels and big steering wheels, as it features huge 1920s and ’30s Bentleys and powerful Bugattis and Frazer Nashes sharing the circuit with tiny Morgans, Austin Sevens and Rileys.

Donington celebrates the 80th anniversary of Richard Seaman and Hans Ruesch’s victory in the 1936 Donington Grand Prix this year, and the Festival marks that anniversary with the HGPCA Nuvolari Trophy, in which the HGPCA will be fielding a grid of iconic Grand Prix and Voiturette cars up until 1950, such as P3 Alfa Romeos, Bugatti T35s and T37s, ERAs, Talbot-Lagos and 8CM Maseratis.

The inimitable speed and style of 1950s and ’60s sportscars and GT cars such as C and D-type Jaguars, 300S Maseratis, Lister Costins and Cooper Bobtails will be seen in the Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy, the Stirling Moss Trophy and the GT & Sports Car Cup. And ‘big cat’ fans can enjoy watching a range of pre-66 Jaguars unsheathe their claws for the Jaguar Heritage Challenge.

Touring Cars are always very popular, and the Donington Historic Festival will present a fabulous range of races for ‘tin top’ fans. The HRDC ‘Touring Greats’ will charm the crowds by pitting Mk1 Jaguars against Austin A35s, Hillman Imps, Morris Minors and Ford Prefects, while the HRDC ‘BTCC Celebration 1958-1966’ should prove equally enjoyable, as Minis battle it out against Mustangs and Lotus Cortinas. Expect even more Lotus Cortinas in the U2TC for pre-66 under two-litre Touring Cars; this grid always has masses of them, usually fighting for position against BMW 1800Tis and Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprints.

Bringing the Touring Car contingent up to date are the Historic Touring Car Challenge (think Capris, Rover TWR Vitesses and XJS Jaguars) and the HSCC Super Touring Car Trophy, which will see cars such as Honda Accords and Ford RS500s taking on Nissan Primeras and Alfa Romeo 156.

New for 2016 is a round of the Pre-80 Endurance Series, making its DHF debut and bringing with it an unmissable mix of sports-racing, GT and Touring Cars such as Porsche 935s, Lola T282s, Chevron B26s and B19s, Porsche Carreras and Morgan Plus 8s.

Donington Historic Festival’s mammoth ‘1000km’ race is always a highlight of the meeting. Recreating the spectacular sports prototype battles of the early 1970s, it also features Touring and GT cars, as was traditional back in period. This is where Lola T70s and Chevron B8s thunder round Donington Park, lights flashing, as dusk descends.

Finally, single-seater fans can enjoy a round of the HSCC Historic Formula 2 International Series, where March takes on Brabham and Chevron fights for glory against Lola and Ralt.

The action doesn’t stop when the chequered flag falls, of course. The unmistakable sound of historic Formula 1 engines will reverberate round Donington Park once more, in a series of high octane demonstration runs, and the ever-popular historic rally cars will be burning rubber once more, as the mighty Group B machines and the cars of the Historic Rally Car Register entertain the crowds. Historic karts will also return to Donington Park for the event, as will dozens of car clubs, who will gather in the Club Village in the infield. The race and rally paddocks are both open-access and always draw big crowds.

A single-day advance discounted ticket for the Donington Historic Festival costs £21 and a two-day ticket £34, while a three-day weekend ticket costs just £48 (on-the-gate prices will be £28, £45 and £65, respectively). Children aged under 16 are admitted for free. Advance discounted tickets can be bought via www.doningtonhistoric.com and through the 24-hour ticket hotline 0844 873 7355*.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 13 Enero 2016, 16:50:47
SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO RALLYING’S GREATEST GENERATION

Thirty years since the fearsome Group B era was outlawed, the London Classic Car Show marks that milestone with a stunning display of epic cars presented by rally legend Ari Vatanen

Supercars between the trees. That’s what Group B was to rallying. Formula 1 in the forests.

In four years between 1983 and 1986 rallying developed further and faster than it had done in four decades before that. Group B took the sport to the absolute edge of performance, but put it beyond common sense. When FISA culled the category following a series of scary accidents, Group B was immortalised.

Though ultimately short-lived, since then the epic Group B era has acquired legendary status and will be evoked with a special display at next month’s London Classic Car Show (18-21 February).

The decision to axe the formula came almost exactly 30 years ago in May 1986. And yet the iconic collection of extreme Group B machines gathered at ExCeL still look current, futuristic even.

The cars include Lancia’s rear-drive 037 and the subsequent Delta S4, the Ford RS200 with its supercar styling, the Williams F1 engineered Metro 6R4, the punchy Peugeot 205 T16 and, of course, the trail-blazing Audi quattro that really set the ball rolling back in 1981.

Indeed one number, one word changed everything. Quattro. Four.

There were still those who refused to believe in the revolution, the combination of four-wheel drive and turbocharging would never work: too complicated and too heavy.

Six stages into the quattro’s World Rally Championship debut in Monte Carlo, though, Hannu Mikkola was almost six minutes ahead. The revolution had arrived. Rallying would never be the same again.

If Audi changed the game, it was Peugeot that defined the era. The quattro was good, but the 205 utilised the full freedom of Group B regulations. Beyond its 205 GTI silhouette, the rally car bore no resemblance to the road car. The turbocharged engine was mid-mounted and, of course, coupled to four-wheel drive transmission.

This was Ari Vatanen’s car and Ari will be one of the famous faces attending the London Classic Car Show. The Finn was one of the few men in the world who could contain the fearsome power of a Group B car and muster the controlled aggression required to get the best out of it.

For five rallies spanning the 1984 and 1985 seasons, Vatanen and the Peugeot 205 were unbeaten and utterly unbeatable.

“I was intrigued by this new car they were making,” he recalls. “And I was not disappointed. It was incredible. Remember, at the time, Peugeot was not really so well known in world of rallying. They had success in the long-distance African events, but nothing like a 205. When I sat at the start of the stage in a T16, I could always feel the side of my mouth making a smile.”

Group B was getting out of hand, however. Speeds were getting higher and higher and the death toll among fans and crews was rising. Vatanen himself almost lost his life in a terrifying crash in Argentina, 1985 – but that was more to do with the seat breaking mid-accident rather than the car around him.

By the end of 1986, Group B was gone. The cars, the Lancias and Audis; Austin Rover’s MG Metro 6R4 and Ford’s RS200 all of which will be on display in London became space-age museum pieces overnight.

Peugeot broke its 205 out of the museum and took it to America for the Pikes Peak hillclimb. Most famously, clothed as a 405, it helped Vatanen break the record for the 12-mile race to the Colorado sky in 1988.

The 405 T16 GR is a car Vatanen will never forget. “This was the diamond,” he says, “and like all unique jewellery, it only came out on special occasions!”

And the London Classic Car Show is one such occasion. An occasion made even more special with the news that Vatanen himself will attend the Premium Preview Evening on Thursday 18 February.

“I have such good memories of Britain,” admits the Scandinavian star. “I lived there at the start of my career and I always enjoy going back – it’s fantastic to meet such enthusiastic fans and it will be a nice opportunity to look back at some of our sport’s greatest cars.”

• Tickets for the London Classic Car Show are on sale now and start at £23 (including booking fee) for single adult entry on Friday, Saturday or Sunday and rise to £65 for entry to Thursday’s Premium Preview Evening. This includes fast track entry, the best views of The Grand Avenue at the Turning Circle Viewing Platform, access to the exclusive Premium Lounge, a Show Handbook and even a glass of Joseph Perrier Champagne.

To keep up-to-date with all the news from the London Classic Car Show visit the dedicated website – www.thelondonclassiccarshow.co.uk – or go to the show’s interactive Facebook page. Just search ‘London Classic Car Show’ from your own page and 2016 show news and 2015 highlights are there to be enjoyed.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 14 Enero 2016, 15:58:36
PEUGEOT 205 GTi CROWNED GREATEST HOT HATCH OF ALL AT PERFORMANCE CAR SHOW PRESENTED BY LANDSAIL TYRES

Hot hatches hold a special place in the hearts of many, but the Performance Car Show presented by Landsail Tyres in association with Autocar and PistonHeads.com can now reveal the greatest of all.

Following a global poll, the Peugeot 205 GTi emerged as the winner and was voted the best hot hatch ever. The revelation took place at the Performance Car Show this morning, with three-time British Touring Car Champion Matt Neal pulling the covers off.

The 205 GTi saw off some of the most popular hatches of all time to claim the accolade, having been part of a shortlist of 50. This shortlist was drawn up by a group of renowned automotive experts from two of the UK’s most respected and notable motoring titles.

Autocar’s Editor-in-Chief, Steve Cropley and Road Test Editor, Matt Prior, PistonHeads.com Editor, Dan Trent as well as Autocar Contributing Editor and overall curator, Richard Bremner came together to compile the list of contenders, which then went to a public vote.

The final top 10 features some of the most iconic and desired cars of the last four decades. The Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evolution 1 finished as a worthy runner up to the 205 GTi, while the most recognised Ford Escort of all time – the RS Cosworth from the mid-1990s – completed a prestigious podium.

The car that really lit the fuse on the hot hatch explosion back in 1976 – the Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk 1 – was also a strong performer, and it is testament to the Golf GTI’s appeal that the Mk2 also featured in the final 10. There were also two Renault Clios, with the Clio RenaultSport 182 Trophy from 2005 and the Clio Williams, which famously sported metallic blue paint and gold wheels, both proving popular with voters.

Here is the final top ten (all of which will be on display at Hot Hatch Nirvana at the Performance Car Show alongside Autosport International):

1. Peugeot 205 GTi 1.6
2. Lancia Delta HF Integrale
3. Ford Escort RS Cosworth
4. VW Golf GTI Mk1
5. Renault Clio Williams
6. Renault Clio 182 Trophy
7. VW Golf GTI Mk2
8. Renault 5 GT Turbo
9. Ford Focus RS Mk1
10. Talbot Lotus Sunbeam

Hot Hatch Nirvana curator Richard Bremner said of the winner: “The Peugeot 205 GTi was unbeatable for its sheer rev-happy, go-hard verve and subtly perfect styling. Lightning-quick gearshifts, urgent power delivery, blade-sharp steering and deliciously driftable handling made the 205 an overnight hot hatch king. And it was practical, too. For many it has never been bettered as its victory in this PistonHeads.com and Autocar readers’ vote confirms.”

Mark Pickles, Peugeot UK Marketing Director, commented: “Peugeot is blessed to have a rich and extensive history, with a portfolio of iconic cars. They remain accessible and true to our values of motion and emotion. The 205 GTi was launched in 1985 and the enthusiastic following it has enjoyed ever since still influences the affection for the brand, most notably with the GT and GTi models we offer in our current line-up. The selection and reader survey to find the ‘Greatest Ever Hot Hatch’, announced at the Performance Car Show has showed the Peugeot 205 GTi to be the overwhelming winner, and we couldn’t be more delighted.”

As well as a top ten of public-voted hot hatches, visitors to Hot Hatch Nirvana at the Performance Car Show can also see a display called Evolution of the Hot Hatch, which will feature 10 hot hatches that have defined the genre for more than the last forty years. The display will take visitors on a wonderful journey, covering all of the key hot hatches that have moved the game on time-after-time.

Next to Performance Car Show, Autosport International will feature a selection of the latest and most desirable hypercars, performance cars and racing cars. On display will be the Jaguar C-X75, eight cars from Williams F1’s illustrious history, the Aston Martin Vulcan, BMW M4 GTS and the McLaren P1 GTR. The latest lightweight sports cars from the likes of Avatar, BAC, Radical and Zenos will all also be on show.

Don’t miss out on this brilliant chance to see all the above cars and see famous faces from the world of motorsport talking to the crowds and performing in the Live Action Arena.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 19 Enero 2016, 11:55:11
CLASSIC POWER SHOW STARS AT THE NEC

The world’s biggest classic motor racing festival served up a stunning show of power at the annual Autosport International, staged at Birmingham’s NEC from 14-17 January.

The Silverstone Classic teamed up with Classic & Sports Car magazine to create a very special showcase putting the spotlight on several of the mouth-watering race grids that will star on the action-packed racecard at this summer’s spectacular three-day extravaganza (29-31 July).

Presented under the evocative ‘When We Were Kings’ banner, the prominent presentation at the NEC was one of the show’s major attractions, proving hugely popular with the sell-out numbers of visitors.

The display was a real tour de force topped by two of the formidable Can-Am sportscars from the seventies that will celebrate the deified championship’s 50th anniversary with two thunderous showdowns on the famous Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit at the end of July.     

Both the 820bhp March 717 and 817bhp McLaren M8C/D on show at the NEC are propelled by awesome 8.8-litre V8 engines and will be among around 50 such mighty monsters rolling back the years at the not-to-be-missed Classic.

"What a spectacle this will be – the earth will truly move!” said John Grant who will be competing in the McLaren at the Classic. “For the first time in more than a decade, the thunder and might of Can-Am McLarens, Lolas, Marches, BRMs and Shadows racing at the fastest circuit in the UK. We could be touching 200mph into Stowe Corner! I can’t wait to be part of it.”

Alongside the brace of Can-Am behemoths were a pair of equally significant and revered Grand Prix racers from the same era: the Lotus 72 and Surtees TS9. These two Cosworth DFV-powered machines feature in the FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship, one of the many highlights on the non-stop Classic schedule.

With its renowned black-and-gold JPS livery, the wedge-shaped Lotus 72 was one of the most remarkable and successful designs in F1 history, taking both Jochen Rindt and Emerson Fittipaldi to world championship titles. The car on the Silverstone Classic stand bore another standout name from the era, that of ‘Super Swede’ Ronnie Peterson who in 1973 won four Grands Prix in this chassis.

Though ultimately not quite as victorious, the Surtees on display was the car in which James Hunt made his F1 debut at the non-championship ‘Race of Champions’ at Brands Hatch in 1973. The flamboyant Englishman finished third that day and went on, of course, to win the world championship in 1976 – a notable 40-year milestone that will be marked at the 2016 Classic.   

Revival races for Group C prototypes hark back to a slightly more recent era but are equally evocative with festival-goers. Meanwhile the 650bhp Canon Porsche 956 and 635bhp Toyota 94C-V prototypes from the eighties exhibited at the NEC struck a chord with fans of all ages.

The glittering Silverstone Classic showcase was also the focal point for a number of those organising grids at the event. Masters Historic Racing, the Historic Grand Prix Cars Association, Motor Racing Legends and Peter Auto, the new organiser of the Group C racing series, all had their own stands adjoining the main ‘When We Were Kings’ exhibit.   

“Coming in January, the Autosport show is always a great way for everyone to kick off the new motor sport season whatever their interest or involvement,” enthused Nick Wigley, CEO of Goose Live Events, the company responsible for the Silverstone Classic. “Over the four days we had exciting conversations with lots of existing and potential competitors, those putting together our remarkable grids, thousands of fans and enthusiasts as well as a large number of other individuals and organisations all wanting to be part of what has become one of the biggest and most popular events on the UK sporting and social calendar.” 

Those whose appetites have been well and truly whetted, can take advantage of Early Bird tickets now on sale for the Classic, offering significant savings of up to 17 per cent. There is also the all-new Family Ticket available for 2016 – this includes camping for two adults and two children across the whole weekend and gives a discount of more than 20 per cent on advance tickets if bought individually.

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

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 19 Enero 2016, 14:53:27
THE ITALIAN JOB LAMBORGHINI MIURA HEADS ITALIAN TEAM FOR CLASSIC SIX NATIONS SHOOTOUT

Which car producing country will win as The Grand Avenue prepares for motoring’s ultimate contest? National pride is at stake…

A vivid orange Lamborghini Miura – arguably the most famous Lamborghini in the world, no less – is making a bid for Italian glory as teams of classic cars line up for a unique Six Nations contest at the London Classic Car Show (18-21 February) to find the world’s leading car producing country.

The Miura, chassis number 3586, is the actual car used in the opening scene to 1969’s The Italian Job film. Although apparently written off in an Alpine tunnel, the car in fact was undamaged and sold to a customer after filming… the actual wreck that was pushed down the mountainside in the movie by the mafia-controlled bulldozer in fact was another Miura that had already been badly damaged in a crash.

The legendary Lamborghini will join Ferraris and Fiats, Lancias and Maseratis in the Italian squad as they take on teams from Great Britain, France, Germany, Japan and America. The winning team will be decided by the hearts and minds of visitors to the show, to be held at the ExCeL centre in London’s Docklands.

With all six teams fielding ten cars each, there will be 60 iconic cars in total… and the Miura marks the half way point as the 30th Six Nations car to be announced.

As 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the Miura and the centenary of the birth of company founder Ferruccio Lamborghini, its appearance for the Italian squad is highly appropriate.

But the competition is fierce!

Heading the home team will be cars from famous marques like AC, Aston Martin, Lotus, Jensen and Jaguar. The team’s older statesman is the very first official Le Mans entry from Bentley – a glorious 1925 3-litre finished, naturally, in British Racing Green. Among the other cars it will be scrumming down with are a Jaguar E-type, a Jensen FF, an AC Ace, a Lotus Esprit and an Aston Martin Lagonda.

In the blue corner, among those representing France will be a couple of mid-engined pocket rockets – the Renault 5 Turbo and rally-inspired Peugeot 205 T16 – while Germany’s line-up includes the original Audi quattro, Porsche 356 Speedster and, fittingly in the company’s centenary year, a host of BMWs, including the CSL ‘Batmobile’, an original 328 and an M1.

As well as the Miura, the Italian squad so far also includes an early Lamborghini Countach LP400 Periscopio, a Fiat Dino, a Ferrari 250 Lusso and the only non-red Ferrari F40 in existence… appropriately for The Six Nations it’s wearing Azzuri blue.

From the Far East comes a host of iconic sporting saloons and coupés, many seldom seen in the UK. Joining the Datsun 240Z there will be an original Skyline GT-R saloon from 1972 plus the rare Toyota 2000GT (just 351 were made). Seldom seen on these shores is the 2000GT’s baby brother, the Sports 800, the first car to feature a targa top.

Meanwhile, the very Prodrive developed Subaru Impreza that Colin McRae took to RAC Rally GB victory back in 1997 will underline Britain’s contribution to Japan’s World Rally Championship supremacy in the 1990s.

And finally comes the USA team with cars like an original Ford Thunderbird and the vast Cadillac Coupe Series 62… if fins meant wins, the US team would have it.

More cars are being added in the movie and being announced via the show’s social media platforms. When the show opens its doors on Thursday, 18 February, a total of 60 cars – ten from each nation – will line up on the extended Grand Avenue, the show’s unique live roadway that runs through its centre allowing visitors not only to see but also hear the glorious selection cars in action.

“The Six Nations on The Grand Avenue started as a bit of fun, but as we have been curating each nation’s representatives it has developed more of a serious edge,” said show director Bas Bungish.

“Each country has some serious metal ready to uphold their national pride so it’s really hard to decide which one might come out on top by the time the show closes. Ultimately the decision lies with the visitors to the show.”

The Grand Avenue will be in action throughout the four days of the show and will also be used by other road and competition classics, including the exceptional McLaren F1, hailed as the greatest supercar of the 20th Century. The London Classic Car Show has a special display devoted to the McLaren and its creator, Gordon Murray.

Organised by Brand Events, the company behind CarFest and Top Gear Live, show tickets are on sale now and start at £23 (including booking fee) for single adult entry on Friday, Saturday or Sunday and rise to £65 for entry to Thursday’s Premium Preview Evening. This includes fast track entry, the best views of The Grand Avenue at the Turning Circle Viewing Platform, access to the exclusive Premium Lounge, a Show Handbook and even a glass of Joseph Perrier champagne.

To keep up-to-date with all the news from the London Classic Car Show visit the dedicated website – www.thelondonclassiccarshow.co.uk – or go to the show’s interactive Facebook page. Just search ‘London Classic Car Show’ from your own page and 2016 show news and 2015 highlights are there to be enjoyed

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 20 Enero 2016, 15:06:22
ALL ROADS LEAD TO CASTLE COMBE FOR 2016 MSA SPRING CLASSIC

The route for the 2016 MSA Spring Classic was announced this week, offering a fabulous weekend of non-competitive motoring over the weekend of 23-24 April, based at the luxurious Celtic Manor Resort hotel.

Organised by International Motor Sports Limited (IMS), this year’s scenic tour for classic cars more than 20 years old will coincide with the annual celebration of classic motoring known as ‘Drive It Day’. Last year’s Spring Classic was a complete sell-out and, with limited places available, the 2016 edition is proving to be just as popular.

Setting out from the beautiful Usk Valley, drivers will enjoy two wonderful days of traffic-free motoring through the beautiful counties of Monmouthshire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.

Saturday’s schedule includes a visit to Westons Cider Farm near Ledbury en route to a fine lunch stop at the 15th Century Hampton Court Castle and its award-winning gardens.

The afternoon stop at the Rolls of Monmouth Golf Club has its own special place in history. This was the ancestral home of the Rolls family for more than two centuries and it is where Charles Stewart Rolls spent many of his formative years before he joined forces with Henry Royce in 1904 to found the world’s most prestigious car company.

After a sumptuous Gala Dinner at the Celtic Manor on Saturday evening, Sunday’s itinerary heads east to the Cotswold Motoring Museum in picturesque Bourton-on-the-Water. A lunch stop at the Sudbury House Hotel and Restaurant is the prelude to the weekend’s exciting climax as the cars and drivers enjoy laps around Castle Combe race circuit. It all adds up to two days of memorable classic motoring.

Entries opened earlier this week and more than half of the 100 available places were reserved within 48 hours. With such high levels of interest, those wishing to be part of 2016 MSA Spring Classic should book now via the official www.msaclassics.co.uk website.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 22 Enero 2016, 17:24:43
TIN-TOP SUNDAY AT THE SILVERSTONE CLASSIC

Next summer’s Silverstone Classic is all set to break yet more records with its biggest ever line-up of spectacular touring car race action.

For the first time in history, the packed programme at the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival will feature no fewer than four separate touring car grids, providing fans with hitherto unseen levels of epic bumper-to-bumper entertainment. Adding to the appeal, all four grids will be included on the final day’s schedule under the evocative and exciting ‘Tin-Top Sunday’ banner.

Both U2TC and Super Touring races are already strong fans’ favourites at the Classic and continue to go from strength-to-strength. The former is for pre-1966 under two-litre cars and features Alfa Romeo GTAs, BMW TiSAs, Lotus Cortinas and hordes of giant-killing Mini Coopers. The latter is from a more recent era, putting the spotlight on the high-tech tourers from the nineties when, for many, saloon car racing reached its absolute zenith.

Adding some Yankee V8 thunder to the bill, the Big Engined Touring Cars also make a welcome comeback. The mighty American muscle cars from the sixties were last out in 2014 as part of the Ford Mustang’s memorable 50th birthday celebrations.

While these three grids return by popular demand, the fourth is a never-before-seen new addition, ensuring the full spectrum of dazzling touring car history is included on the unprecedented Tin-Top Sunday racecard.

The Historic Touring Car Challenge (HTCC) was launched back in 2011 by Motor Racing Legends (MRL) and revives the heydays of the British and European Touring Car Championships from the seventies and early eighties. It was the golden Group 1, Group 2 and Group A era that spawned such racing icons as the TWR Jaguar XJS, Rover Vitesse, BMW CSL and Dolomite Sprint – not forgetting the evergreen Ford Capri which dominated the BTCC between 1976 and 1981. Such was the interest in the new series that entries were quickly extended to include further cars from the late sixties.

Now, as the HTCC prepares to make its eagerly anticipated Silverstone Classic debut in 2016, the regulations have been widened still further to include non-turbo cars right up to 1990. While not catering for the fearsome Sierra Cosworths which will remain among the Super Tourers, newcomers such as the BMW M3, Golf GTi and Astra GTE will be permitted to enter the fray.

“Featuring so many great cars from such a great era, the HTCC has already gained a huge fan base among both competitors and spectators,” said MRL Chairman, Duncan Wiltshire. “Its arrival on the coveted Silverstone Classic programme is yet more proof of its spiralling popularity, and the further widening of eligibility is certain to produce an incredible grid well worthy of this landmark occasion.”

The HTCC’s debut on Tin-Top Sunday at the Silverstone Classic will come in the guise of a 40-minute showdown on the full Grand Prix circuit with a compulsory pit-stop and optional driver change adding to the retro drama.

“Right from its very early days, touring car racing has always been a massive hit with the British public and that’s why we have created this very special Tin-Top Sunday,” explained Nick Wigley, CEO of Goose Live Events, the company responsible for the Silverstone Classic. “By adding the flourishing HTCC to our more familiar U2TC, Big Banger and Super Touring grids, Tin-Top Sunday will live up to its star billing as the biggest and best celebration of touring car history ever seen at the Classic. There really will be something for everyone.”

Fans wanting to experience Tin-Top Sunday can take advantage of Early Bird tickets now on sale for the 2016 Classic, offering significant savings of up to 17 per cent. There is also the all-new Family Ticket available for 2016 – this includes camping for two adults and two children across the whole weekend and gives a discount of more than 20 per cent on advance tickets if bought individually.

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

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 25 Enero 2016, 13:18:44
GROUND EFFECT F1 CARS CELEBRATED AT 74TH MEMBERS’ MEETING

The brutally dramatic ground effect F1 cars of the late 1970s and early ’80s will be celebrated in spectacular style at the 74th Goodwood Members’ Meeting on March 19-20, 2016.

Ground effect aerodynamics represented a quantum leap in F1 design; F1 teams had been utilising front and rear wings to create downforce for nearly a decade, but when Lotus’ Peter Wright turned his attention to the underside of the vehicle instead, the results were remarkable, and cornering speeds increased dramatically.

A field of more than 30 ground effect F1 cars will take to the Goodwood Motor Circuit for a high-speed demonstration run as part of the Members’ Meeting, giving visitors a privileged insight into what this short-lived era of Formula 1 felt and sounded like.

The list of participating cars includes every model of ground effect Lotus, Ferrari 312T5, Williams FW07 and FW08, Brabham BT49C and McLaren MP4, as well as lesser known marques like Ensign, Fittipaldi, Osella and Wolf.

In an era of greater regulatory freedom, F1’s star designers constantly sought to steal a march on the opposition, experimenting with different engine and chassis configurations, outlandish aerodynamics and even extra wheels.

Having optimised the new ground effect technology with the Type 78 in 1977, Lotus dominated the 1978 championship with the sensational 79 – one of the most dominant F1 cars of all time, not to mention one of the best looking.

Where Lotus led, the other teams soon followed and the result was iconic cars like the Williams FW07, Brabham BT49 and McLaren MP4, which featured sophisticated aerodynamic profiling to literally suck them to the track.

Savagely fast around corners, the cars were physically demanding on drivers, who were subjected to previously unimaginable G-forces, in chassis with rock hard suspension – a necessity to cope with the downforce.

To balance the centre of pressure, drivers sat as far forward in the cars as possible – almost between the front wheels in some cases – giving them a distinctive, hunched appearance. Although effective, this also made them even more dangerous and, eventually, in the face of growing concerns about the safety of escalating cornering speeds, the governing body outlawed ground effect, mandating flat bottoms on cars from the start of the 1983 season.

Created by Goodwood owner Lord March, to recreate the atmosphere and camaraderie of the original BARC Members’ Meetings held at Goodwood Motor Circuit from 1949-66, the event conjures up some of the most evocative sights and sounds from the golden era of motor racing.

A packed, two-day programme for the 74th Members’ Meeting will feature 12 races for vehicles ranging from Edwardian leviathans to 1970s Grand Prix motorcycles.

An array of top racing drivers from past and present will battle it out on track but, unlike most race meetings, will score points for four ‘houses’, captained by:

    Former Super Touring ace Anthony Reid
    Le Mans legend Emanuele Pirro
    Ex-Formula 3000 race-winner and world-class sportscar racer Nicolas Minassian
    Ex-F1 race and Le Mans 24 Hours winner Jochen Mass

As well as the action on the famous Goodwood Motor Circuit, the Members’ Meeting features a huge range of attractions for all the family off-track, including an exclusive event on the Saturday evening and a wide variety of food and entertainment on offer throughout.

A fairground, live music, and a series of games in which visitors can score additional points for their chosen ‘house’ complete the carnival atmosphere.

Tickets for the 74th Members’ Meeting are now available; initially only available to Goodwood Road Racing Club Members and people on the GRRC Waiting List, the remaining tickets have been released and can be purchased by other motorsport fans, allowing a golden opportunity to get an insight into one of the most exclusive events in the world.

For more information or to book tickets, please visit: www.goodwood.com/74MM

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 27 Enero 2016, 15:01:17
ASTON MARTIN OWNED BY THE SAME FAMILY FOR 56 YEARS GOES UNDER THE HAMMER

A very special 1958 Aston Martin DB 2/4 Mk III, owned by the same family for nearly six decades, is set to go under the hammer in Silverstone Auctions’ classic car sale at Race Retro on the 27th-28th February.

Offered for sale for the first time since it was purchased by the current family custodians over 56 years ago, the car is estimated at between £160,000 and £180,000.

The first owner was a Mr W. Griffith from Somerset, who owned chassis number AM300/3/1433 until 1960, when he placed an advert in the local newspaper. Mr Marcus Green, a long-standing member of the Aston Martin Owner's Club, saw the advert and immediately arranged a viewing. A deal was struck and Mr Green bought the car, which is still in his garage today. In 2003, the car was inherited by Mr Green's son in law, himself a skilled mechanical engineer, who set about restoring the Aston to its former glory.

The restoration was a complete body-off nut and bolt rebuild that took place over two to three years. A photographic record documents this process and significant time and effort was put into ensuring the shut lines were better than when new. The original engine was rebuilt and the interior trimmed to a high specification. The car today is reading a mere 67,000 miles from new and still presents beautifully with dark blue paintwork that retains an excellent shine.

One of the most impressive aspects of this vehicle is the substantial history file that documents a lifetime of ownership. Bills and receipts dating back to the 1960s show that it has been cared for throughout its life. In addition, the complete original tool kit can be found under the bonnet along with the chassis plate and many other original components.

Commenting on the sale of this amazing car, Silverstone Auctions sales manager, Will Smith, said: “This car has been a significant part of family history for over 50 years. It is now time for this Aston Martin to find a new keeper who will hopefully preserve it for many future generations to come.”

The car will join many other classic road cars in the auction at Race Retro, which takes place at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire.

For more information on the car and Silverstone Auctions’ sale at Race Retro please visit https://www.silverstoneauctions.com/1958-aston-martin-db24-mkiii-saloon.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 27 Enero 2016, 15:01:44
EVEN BIGGER AND BETTER: THE CLASSIC & SPORTS CAR SHOW RETURNS IN 2016

London, 27th January 2016     

The Classic & Sports Car Show was an enormous success last autumn with 15,150 visitors attending the inaugural event. Now The Show is returning for 2016 – and it will be even bigger and better.

Organised by the world’s best-selling classic car magazine, Classic & Sports Car, and Haymarket Exhibitions, The Show will return to the majestic and iconic venue of Alexandra Palace, running from Friday 28th October to Sunday 30th October.

This year, the Organisers have expanded The Show, giving visitors even more to see and do over the three-day motoring celebration. Full details of the many themes and centerpieces will be announced in the coming months – but visitors can expect over 300 of the world’s most prestigious classic cars, celebrity guests and the world’s most-renowned dealers.

Last year’s event was full to the rafters with amazing features. Visitors were treated to a ten-car display featuring The British Car Ever – as voted for by the public in a global poll – and a tribute to Aston Martin and Sir Stirling Moss’s single seaters. They also got to see a host of motoring royalty on the Interview Stage – guests included Norman Dewis OBE and Ross Brawn OBE – not to mention stands featuring the world’s greatest classic car dealers.

Visitors to the 2016 event can expect even more cars and stars as James Elliott, Group Editor of Classic & Sports Car and Show curator, explained: “I am already so excited about this year’s event; we’ve got a host of centrepieces and themes planned that will really blow people away. Our first Show was such an enormous success, from displays including the Best British Car Ever, to the Interview Stage and its famous faces, and I can’t wait to bring the Classic & Sports Car vibe to Alexandra Palace again. Even bigger and better is certainly one way to describe this autumn’s event!”

The Classic & Sports Car Show in 2016 will feature more than 300 of the world’s most prestigious classic cars from world-famous collectors and world-renowned classic car retailers. Full details of The Show’s content will be revealed over the coming months.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 27 Enero 2016, 15:02:14
ICONIC CARS, RARE RACERS AND MOTORING HEROES GET READY FOR LONDON’S DEFINITIVE CLASSIC CAR SHOW

The famous red and gold colours of Alan Mann Racing, one of the top racing teams of the 1960s and now a leading light in historic motor sport, will be seen for the first time on a dramatic Cobra Daytona Coupé when it is unveiled at the London Classic Car Show (18-21 February at ExCeL, London).

In period, Alan Mann Racing campaigned a variety of cars for the Ford factory – including Cortinas, Falcons, Mustangs and Escorts – on the track and rally stage in the team’s iconic colours.

But although the team also prepared and raced the fastback Daytona at Le Mans and other tracks for the Blue Oval, the cars were never red and gold.

Despite huge success in the 1960s, Alan Mann Racing withdrew from the sport in 1970… but was revived in 2004 as historic motor sport started to really take off.

Today the company is run by the late Alan Mann’s sons Tom and Henry, who are ensuring that AMR will have a major presence at the show – the new Daytona and at least one other red and gold racing Ford will be displayed on the SZ Motorsport stand, run by racer (and AMR Ford GT40 owner) Craig Davies.

Said Henry: “When my father revived the company in 2004 it was done as a hobby but we have taken the decision to run it as a business and are offering our race preparation skills to historic racers – the Daytona has been built to race at Goodwood and elsewhere and it makes sense to finish it in our team colours.

“The London Classic Car Show is an ideal platform to show not only our cars but also to launch the Alan Mann Racing Club and to offer merchandising to fans old and new.”

AMR is not the only company in the classic car world to recognise how significant the London Classic Car Show has become, despite this being only its second year. There are plenty more mouth-watering cars promised…

They include awesome variations on the Jaguar E-type theme, the Eagle Speedster and the Eagle Low Drag GT, both highly praised by Jeremy Clarkson back in his BBC Top Gear era. The pair are modern interpretations of how the E-type might have developed had it stayed in production longer. If you fancy a slightly less flamboyant E-type, Eagle will have some restored road cars for sale with prices starting at £195,000.

Another Jaguar specialist is Evolution E-types, which will be debuting its Low Drag roadster, powered by a 5.0-litre version of the six-cylinder XK engine while auctioneers H&H Classics will be bringing an historic E-type to the show. Registered 9VPD, the 1961 E-type competition roadster was used by legendary Jaguar dealer Coombs as a demonstrator. Due to go under the hammer in April, it is expected to fetch £700,000- £900,000.

It’s not all Jaguars, though. Another historically interesting car on show will be the 1989 Aston Martin AMR/1 Group C racer, which is being offered by Aston Heritage Specialist, Nicholas Mee & Co. One of just four works cars in existence, it is finished in Mobil 1 colours just as it was when raced by legends Brian Redman and David Leslie.

And talking of legends, renowned motoring artist Dexter Brown will be one celebrity visitor to the show on the Friday (19 February). He will be signing prints of his work on the Speedsport stand between 11.00-14.00.

With more highlights still to be announced it just as well the show has doubled in size for its second edition. With more cars, more halls and more features visitors will need to ensure they set aside more time to see it all.

In particular, they won’t want to miss the action on The Grand Avenue. The unique roadway runs through the centre of the show and along which many star cars will be driven, including the 60 top classics representing their countries in the Six Nations contest.

Another top feature is the display dedicated to ‘the greatest supercar of the 20th Century’, the McLaren F1 and its creator Gordon Murray.

Organised by Brand Events, the company behind CarFest and Top Gear Live, show tickets are on sale now and start at £23 (including booking fee) for single adult entry on Friday, Saturday or Sunday and rise to £65 for entry to Thursday’s Premium Preview Evening. This includes fast track entry, the best views of The Grand Avenue at the Turning Circle Viewing Platform, access to the exclusive Premium Lounge, a Show Handbook and even a glass of Joseph Perrier Champagne.

To keep up-to-date with all the news from the London Classic Car Show visit the dedicated website – www.thelondonclassiccarshow.co.uk – or go to the show’s interactive Facebook page. Just search ‘London Classic Car Show’ from your own page and 2016 show news and 2015 highlights are there to be enjoyed.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 29 Enero 2016, 10:01:48
2016 IS WORLD MOTORING HERITAGE YEAR: FIVA WELCOMES A NEW DAWN FOR CLASSIC MOTORING

FIVA, the international federation of historic vehicles, has named 2016 as World Motoring Heritage Year – both in recognition of our motoring history, and to celebrate a new dawn for the historic vehicle movement throughout the world. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of FIVA, the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens.

“This is the perfect time to launch World Motoring Heritage Year, as we’re at the dawn of a bright new age of classic motoring,” says Patrick Rollet, President of FIVA, a non-profit-making enterprise that was set up in 1966 and currently represents 85 member organisations in more than 64 countries, on behalf of millions of individuals with a passion for historic cars, motorcycles or utilitarian vehicles.

“At a time when new technology and autonomous cars are poised to change the face of motoring forever, you only need look at the similarly dramatic shift in transport at the end of the 19th Century – when horses were almost entirely replaced by motor vehicles – to see a vibrant future for classic cars as recreational vehicles. Indeed, there are some startling parallels between the environmental crisis of the 1800s, and the challenges facing the motor industry today [see footnote on ‘Environmental crisis, then and now’].

“And it is right to celebrate motoring history. The automobile has – over the last hundred years or so – had a hugely liberating effect on humanity. FIVA welcomes safer, cheaper, more environmentally friendly modern vehicles as necessary transport, but as autonomous cars become the norm on arterial roads, the back roads will increasingly be available for people to enjoy classic motoring.”

To mark World Motoring Heritage Year and emphasise its new mission statement, ‘Protecting, preserving and promoting world motoring heritage’, FIVA is planning an ongoing series of events and initiatives throughout the coming year, including:

    Twice-yearly ‘Heritage Forums’, bringing together the heads of the classic divisions of the major vehicle manufacturers, and symposiums on pertinent topics for all stakeholders to deliberate and debate key issues;
    Broadening the scope of FIVA to allow professional members, such as manufacturers, to contribute to and aid the movement;
    Identifying issues of global concern, lobbying the relevant authorities and raising public awareness;
    Launching FIVA-backed awards at many of the world’s top events;
    Issuing FIVA ID cards based on the new technical code for historic vehicle authentication;
    The design of two World Motoring Heritage Year logos (one for cars and one for motorcycles, as shown) that will soon be available as stickers to the general public.

“Now is the ideal time to celebrate the freedom, pleasure and technological advances that our motoring heritage has brought us,” concludes Patrick Rollet.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 02 Febrero 2016, 09:28:05
JAGUAR RETURNS TO LE MANS: CLASSIC CHALLENGE CALENDAR ANNOUNCED FOR 2016

Excitement levels are building for the second season of the Jaguar Classic Challenge as the Le Mans Classic is confirmed for inclusion in the all-new race calendar for 2016. The Le Mans Classic will be one of the major highlights of the forthcoming season that will see a diverse field of pre-1966 Jaguars going wheel-to-wheel in the competitive single-marque series.

Jaguar has a long and successful history at Le Mans, with the marque first winning there back in 1951 with Peter Walker and Peter Whitehead driving the C-type – affectionately known as XKC 003.

A one-two finish followed this in 1953 with the duo of Tony Rolt and Duncan Hamilton taking overall honours. Jaguar dominated Le Mans for three consecutive years in 1955, 1956 and 1957 in the D-type.  A further two race victories were to follow years later in 1988 and 1990 in the XJR-9LM and XJR-12 respectively.

Along with the inclusion of the Le Mans Classic in the calendar, the Jaguar Classic Challenge, run in conjunction with the Historic Sports Car Club (HSCC), will also adopt new technical regulations based on the FIA’s Appendix K framework for cars competing in international historic racing competitions. These regulations pay particular consideration to a car’s period specification and are in keeping with the true spirit of historic motor racing.

Drivers participating in this year’s Classic Challenge will now also qualify to enter many other international historic races that run these standardised set of rules.

The dates for the 2016 Jaguar Classic Challenge are as follows:

Donington Historic Festival: 30th April – 2nd May

Silverstone International Trophy: 21st – 22nd May

Le Mans Classic: 8th – 10th July

AvD-Oldtimer-Grand-Prix, Nürburgring: 12th – 14th August

Oulton Park Gold Cup: 27th – 29th August

Tim Hannig, Director, Jaguar Land Rover Classic, said: “Jaguar’s wonderful history of racing at Le Mans will add to the spectacle of the Jaguar Classic Challenge. Watching a diverse array of pre-1966 Jaguars racing on the iconic circuit, some of which even raced there in period, will surely be a sight not to be missed.

“The racing and camaraderie between the drivers during the inaugural season was fantastic to witness and the new regulations will enhance the experience for both competitors and fans alike making it a fitting tribute to the brand’s rich racing pedigree.

“The Jaguar Land Rover Classic business specialises in cars, services, parts and experiences to maintain and nurture the passion for the Jaguar brand and its iconic models for decades to come.”

Drivers wishing to take part in 2016 can visit the dedicated web page for the new season at http://www.hscc.org.uk/jaguar-classic-challenge for full details and information on how to enter.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 02 Febrero 2016, 15:18:57
WHICH COUNTRY REALLY MAKES THE WORLD’S FINEST CARS?

It’s one of those great pub debates: ‘which is the world’s greatest car building nation?’. Thankfully it’s a long-running conundrum visitors to the forthcoming London Classic Car Show (18-21 February) will settle once and for all.

To put an end to all the interminable arguments, a special contest is being staged on the event’s central Grand Avenue – an indoor runway stretching the full length of the show at ExCeL where many of the world’s finest cars are fired up and driven.

Ten truly iconic and evocative cars have been selected to represent each of the American, British, French, German, Italian and Japanese automotive industries. These flag-wavers will then battle it out for ultimate Classic Six Nations Cup glory.

The teams will first be in action for a glittering Opening Ceremony during Thursday evening’s star-studded opening night Preview, after which there will be a very special public debate. Six respected classic car experts will put forward the case for each of the six countries represented on The Grand Avenue. Already confirmed are two well known motoring journalists and television presenters: Tom Ford and Jonny Smith.

Head-to-head heats then will follow on Friday and Saturday with show-goers voting for their favourite nation. After all those votes are counted, Sunday will stage fifth and third place play-offs before the afternoon’s Classic Six Nations Cup Grand Final. The winner of that concluding match will be crowned as the world’s greatest car building country, thus settling all the arguments.   

“It’s going to be a truly fascinating match-up,” agrees Bas Bungish, Event Director. “We have hand-picked some wonderful cars to represent the six nations including amazing Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Bentleys, Bugattis, Delahayes and Porsches as well as some less glamourous, but perhaps more significant, cars such as the VW Golf GTI, Mini Cooper S, Citroen 2CV and original Fiat 500. I’m now really intrigued to discover which country will come out on top. Will Vorsprung durch Technik overcome British Racing Green? Will French flair triumph over Japanese innovation? Will Italian prancing horses outrun American muscle? Luckily, we haven’t got long to find out.”

CLASSIC SIX NATIONS CUP SCHEDULE

Thursday 18 February
18:30: Classic Six Nations Cup Opening Ceremony

Friday 19 February
11:00: USA vs Japan
13:00: Britain vs France
16:00:  Italy vs Germany

Saturday 20 February
11:00: Italy vs Japan
13:00: Britain vs Germany
16:00: USA vs France

Sunday 21 February
11:00: Fifth place play-off
13:00: Third place play-off
15:00: Classic Six Nations Cup Grand Final

The Classic Six Nations Cup on The Grand Avenue is just one of the many highlights at the London Classic Car Show – a must-attend event for any motoring enthusiast, classic car owner or collector. Exhibitors include pedigree manufacturers, top dealers, passionate car clubs and notable automotive accessory outlets, while feature displays will put the spotlight on the incredible McLaren F1 supercar and fearsome Group B rally era.

Show tickets are on sale now and start at £23 (including booking fee) for single adult entry on Friday, Saturday or Sunday and rise to £65 for Premium tickets to Thursday’s opening Preview Evening. Sought-after Premium tickets are available for all four days and include fast track entry, the best views of The Grand Avenue at the Turning Circle Viewing Platform, access to the exclusive Premium Lounge, a Show Handbook and even a glass of Joseph Perrier Champagne.

Full details of these as well as even more affordable Family and Late Entry tickets can be found via the show’s official website – www.thelondonclassiccarshow.co.uk.
Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 03 Febrero 2016, 13:32:00
RENAULT AT THE 2016 RÉTROMOBILE SHOW: MORE THAN 115 YEARS OF SPORTING PASSION

Renault will have a strong presence at the 2016 edition of Salon Rétromobile, to be held from 3-7 February at the Parc des Expositions in Paris.

Indisputably the event of the year for classic car fans, this year’s Rétromobile offers visitors the opportunity to retrace more than 115 years of sporting passion courtesy of several outstanding models from the Renault Classic collection.

Renault Classic’s 700 square-metre stand will feature an impressive array of vehicles illustrating the diversity of the brand’s motorsport heritage.

The Renault Classic stand

The 1926 record-breaking 40 CV: During the 1920s, every self-respecting car manufacturer found itself locked in an all-out race to establish new records – a fashion that was encouraged by the construction of new speed circuits. In France, the Montlhéry banked circuit – built in 1924 – set the stage for many a confrontation, with many going down to the wire. Renault was among the front-runners in this ongoing rivalry, relying primarily upon its 40 CV flagship model which was powered by an enormous engine with more than 9,000cc.

In 1926, Robert Plessier and Ellery Garfield, the engineers in charge of the project, unleashed upon the ring a particularly streamlined 40 CV, with a single-seat body and the radiator positioned behind the engine. The car covered 50 miles at a speed of 118mph and completed 24 hours at an average speed of 107mph.

The car on display is an exact replica of the record-breaking vehicle, produced in the 1970s.

The 1930s Nervasport: During this period, Renault was renowned more for producing strong and reliable cars than for any great sporting flair, yet the Nervasport was a truly potent machine.

For Renault, the ‘Nerva’ models that appeared in 1930 benefitted from an eight-cylinder engine range, initially complementing the Reinastella model before going on to replace it as a luxury car designed for comfort-seeking clientele. In 1932, however, Renault modified the vehicle, producing a lighter and shorter version: the Nervasport, which would go on to achieve success in endurance events. Lightweight, powerful and agile, it won over driving enthusiasts, just as Louis Renault had predicted it would. In the 1933 Rallye Monte-Carlo, one of the three Nervasport entries narrowly missed out on second place.

Two years later, in 1935, Renault entered seven cars for the Rallye Monte-Carlo, including two Nervasports – one of which was driven brilliantly to victory. That success continued in the same year’s Liège-Rome-Liège rally where it tied for glory with a Bugatti. Throughout the year, the Nervasport underlined its sporting credentials in events covering the length and breadth of Europe, running both day and night, on rough, narrow roads, in adverse weather conditions.

The 4CV that stunned in the 1951 Le Mans 24 Hours: As a precursor to the success of the 4CV out on the racetrack, an advanced version was developed – the 1063 – which confirmed Renault’s post-war return to motorsport.

Following the Second World War, Renault – now going under the name of Régie Nationale – elected to focus on affordable people’s cars. Launched in 1946 with a 750cc engine producing around 30hp, the 4CV was an instant hit. Indeed, a number of vehicles were entered into endurance contests, where they stood out for their agility and reliability.

The Type 1063 was the sporting evolution of the Renault 4CV. It was modified so as to exceed 130kph and, from 1951 until 1954, it went on to achieve significant success in events as challenging as the Coupe des Alpes, Liège-Rome-Liège, the Tour de France, the Mille Miglia and even the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours in 1951 where it triumphed in the fiercely-disputed 750cc class. This early pocket rocket masterfully heralded Renault’s return to motorsport.

The 1956 Étoile Filante (Shooting Star): In the aftermath of the war, the aviation and automotive industries were flying high. The Étoile Filante was the perfect example of this trend.

Joseph Szidlowski, the founder of Turboméca, was a renowned expert in the field of turbine engines. Confident in the future of this technique, he was eager to educate the wider public in its benefits so he made contact with Renault. Renault’s first post-war chairman Pierre Lefaucheux was suitably impressed and entrusted the production of an experimental car to three experienced men: Director of Study and Research Fernand Picard, pre-eminent engine specialist Albert Lory and Jean Hébert, an engineer who would also be the driver. Based around a 270hp turbine engine, the Étoile Filante was born, with a tubular, polyester-clad body.

On September 5, 1956, the whistle of the turbine echoed across the Bonneville Salt Flats in the United States as the world land speed record was broken, with a peak of 190mph over a kilometre and 192mph over 5km, a record that still stands to this day.

The N°65 Dauphine of 1958: One of the N°65 Dauphine’s greatest successes was its brilliant victory at the 1958 Rallye Monte-Carlo.

The Dauphine shone particularly in international events, racking up a series of class triumphs in such demanding contests as Italy’s Mille Miglia and the Twelve Hours of Sebring in the USA, before clinching a superb outright win in the 1956 Tour de Corse, with Belgian champion Gilberte Thirion behind the wheel.

In 1958, the Automobile Club de Monaco resolved to make the legendary Rallye Monte-Carlo even tougher. Undeterred by this extra challenge, Renault’s Motorsport Director François Landon entered a Dauphine that duly went on to conquer the snow, black ice, rain, night-time stages and its 302 rival competitors, prevailing comfortably at the end of the event.

This victory – the first for a car with such a small engine – proved to be a tremendous coup for Renault; thrusting the Dauphine into the media spotlight and bringing the model to everybody’s attention.

The Group 5 Renault 17 from 1972: The Renault 17 enjoyed a successful career in motorsport. Indeed, this car battled through numerous rallies between 1972 and 1975 and would become the first Renault model to win a round of the FIA World Rally Championship when Jean-Luc Thérier and Christian Delferrier triumphed on the USA’s Press-on-Regardless Rally in 1974.

In total, 14 ‘factory’ cars were produced at the Renault plant. The vehicle on show is the last of them and the most advanced of the run. It is a Group 5 version, with vastly reduced weight thanks to the use of aluminium components.

The 1978 Le Mans-winning A442B: On June 2, 1978, the Renault Alpine piloted by Didier Pironi and Jean-Pierre Jaussaud took the chequered flag first in the Le Mans 24 Hours. It was the crowning glory of an adventure that had begun five years earlier.

Winning the Le Mans 24 Hours – widely regarded as the hardest race in the world – never happens by chance. The seed of the 1978 success was planted back in 1973, when Alpine made the decision to return to high-level circuit racing with Elf’s support.

Over the course of those five years, the first naturally-aspirated A440 evolved into the A441 and subsequently into the turbocharged A442, triumphing regularly on the world championship stage. In 1977, victory at Le Mans looked to be within reach, but the three ‘works’ cars all retired with engine failure. It was deemed necessary to find a test track that could reproduce the demands posed by the 50-second flat-out blast down the Mulsanne straight. The following year, two Renault Alpines finished first and fourth at La Sarthe, and that same evening, Renault President and CEO Bernard Hanon announced the brand’s withdrawal from endurance racing in favour of focusing on Formula 1. It was the beginning of an exciting new chapter in the firm’s motorsport history.

The 1978 Group 2 Renault 5 Alpine: Despite its modest power output, the Group 2 Renault 5 Alpine dominated its class from 1978 to 1980, occasionally finishing on the top step of the rostrum in world championship rallies.

In 1978, Renault Sport embarked upon a new challenge when, after the Alpines, it decided to gamble upon a small, front-wheel-drive car. Behind the wheel of the Group 2 Renault 5 Alpine, Jean Ragnotti immediately grabbed headlines, finishing runner-up in the overall classification of the 1978 Rallye Monte-Carlo and winning his class. This marked the beginning of an impressive run of results that continued in 1979 with second place outright on the Tour de Corse. The diminutive Renault 5 held its head high in relation to the opposition and concluded its sporting career in fine style by enabling Ragnotti – co-driven by Jean-Marc Andrié – to clinch the 1980 French Rally Championship crown. It almost always triumphed in Group 2 and on many an occasion, produced giant-killing heroics in the overall standings, finishing third in the Rallye de Nice-Jean Behra – thanks to an increased 140hp power output and notwithstanding limited slip differential issues – second in Rally Poland and claiming victory on the Rallye de Charbonnières, Rallye de Lorraine and Rallye du Mont Blanc. With this dazzling fanfare, the Renault 5 Alpine paved the way for a future legend: the Renault 5 Turbo.

The Marreau brothers’ Renault 20 from 1982: In 1979, the Marreau brothers were the talk of the inaugural Paris-Dakar Rally when they finished close behind the winners in a Renault 4. Three years later, they won the gruelling endurance event in a Renault 20 Turbo 4x4.

At the 1979 Paris-Dakar rally, brothers Claude and Bernard Marreau turned heads by piloting their modest Renault 4 to second place, just behind the Range Rover of Alain Génestier, Joseph Terblaut and Jean Lemordant. It was not, however, their first exploit of this kind in Africa, having held the record for the Cape Town to Algiers run since 1971.

In 1982, they returned to the Paris-Dakar with a prototype four-wheel-drive Renault 20 powered by a turbocharged engine. Their excellent navigation and driving skills won as they crossed the finish line ahead of all 380 rivals, but Renault’s ‘desert fox’ credentials don’t stop there. In 1983, the Marreau brothers finished ninth and, in 1985, they took fifth overall behind the wheel of a Renault 18 V6, whilst a Renault engine similarly powered Jean-Louis Schlesser’s buggy to Dakar success in 1999 and 2000.

Alain Prost’s 1983 RE40 Formula 1 car: During Formula 1’s turbo years, Renault never came as close to Constructors’ world championship glory as it did with the RE40, and 1983 would be the manufacturer’s best season of the era.

From 1980, Renault made consistent progress in the Formula 1 World Championship. After a troubled start to the 1983 season, Alain Prost claimed a popular victory in the French Grand Prix. The domination of the turbocharged engines – pioneered by Renault in 1977 – was now beyond doubt and besides the French manufacturer, there were a number of formidable teams challenging for victory, from Ferrari to Brabham-BMW and Williams-Honda. Prost fought hard, triumphing again at Spa, Silverstone and Zeltweg and taking podium finishes at San Marino, Monaco and Brands Hatch.

The 1988 Renault 21 ‘Superproduction’ touring car: Designed to contest the French Superproduction Championship, this racing model – entrusted to Jean Ragnotti amongst others – was an instant success story.

The project was launched in October 1987, followed by the car’s first race – and first podium – on March 20, 1988. Out of the ten races on the calendar, the Renault 21 achieved six victories – three apiece for Ragnotti and Jean-Louis Bousquet – to defeat Audi Quattro and Porsche rivals, in the final championship standings.

On the technical side, everything was new, with a 430hp engine whose power output was limited by a pop-off valve like in Formula 1. The 2.35m carbon-fibre driveshaft was a technology borrowed from the Espace Quadra.  Aerodynamically, wind tunnel sessions spawned the most efficient solutions, whilst a painstaking study of every parameter made the two-litre Renault 21 Turbo 4x4 the dominant force of the 1988 campaign.

The 2006 Formula 1 World Championship title-winning R26: Renault’s goal was to replicate the success achieved in 2005 by Fernando Alonso and his Renault F1 R25, whilst at the same time taking on the challenge of Formula 1’s new V8 engine regulations.

The 2006 campaign saw a strong field line up to contest the Formula 1 title. Led by Flavio Briatore, Renault F1 entered two cars for Spanish driver Alonso – the defending world champion – and team-mate Giancarlo Fisichella from Italy.

Renault got off to a superb start to the season, as Alonso snared six triumphs, three runner-up finishes and five pole positions from the opening nine races, whilst Fisichella pocketed a victory, a pole position and a third-place finish.

Michael Schumacher and Ferrari swiftly responded to make the duel for the title a tense one. However, by adding another race win and four further second places to his tally, Alonso – brilliantly supported by the whole team – successfully made it back-to-back Drivers’ world championship titles as Renault did likewise in the Constructors’ chase. Fisichella, meanwhile, secured fourth position in the final Drivers’ standings. With this magnificent ‘double-double’, Renault could legitimately claim to be on ‘top of the world of F1’.

The final outcome saw the R26 – which featured a moulded carbon-fibre and aluminium honeycomb composite monocoque, powered by Renault’s 90-degree V8 engine – underscore the success of 2005.

The Formula E single-seater from 2016: Renault at the forefront of all-electric motorsport.

Always on the lookout for new challenges, Renault was involved in Formula E from the very beginning of the FIA’s all-electric single-seater championship. Closely tied to the Renault e.dams outfit, the manufacturer played a major role in helping to clinch the very first Teams’ title in the history of this pioneering motorsport discipline.

The Renault e.dams single-seater is composed of the Spark-Renault SRT_01E chassis and the all-new Z.E.15 powertrain developed by Renault Sport at Viry-Châtillon, near Paris, France. It is the fruit of the technical expertise acquired over the years by the various Renault Sport teams.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 03 Febrero 2016, 13:32:51
PEUGEOT DISPLAY AT THE LONDON CLASSIC CAR SHOW REFLECTS ON ITS MANY CONSIDERABLE SUCCESSES

This year’s London Classic Car Show, held on Thursday 18th – Sunday 21st February at the ExCeL International Exhibition Centre, sees PEUGEOT celebrate its considerable history with key anniversaries, future and period classic cars, heroes of the moment and images of its considerable motor sport success.

Officially opening the London Classic Car Show is Ari Vatanen, who successfully took PEUGEOT to so many victories in the World Rally Championship, the Dakar and Pikes Peak.

Key PEUGEOT Motor Sport anniversaries in 2016 include:

    100 year anniversary of its second victory at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at the hands of Dario Resta – the first British driver to win there (1916 with wins in 1913 and 1919)
    50 years since the 504 won the East African Safari rally for the 2nd time (wins; 1963/1966/1967)
    35th anniversary of Peugeot Sport formation (1981)
    30-years since it took its second World Rally Championships for the 205 T16 (1985 & 1986)
    28-years since Ari Vatanen won the Pikes Peak hill climb in such convincing style

Displayed on the PEUGEOT stand alongside the Grand Avenue are two of the brands latest products developed by the company’s competitions department; the 208hp 208 GTi by Peugeot Sport in Ice Silver (production-durable textured paintwork) and the even more powerful 270 THP 308 GTi by Peugeot Sport with distinctive ‘Coupe Franche’ red/black paintwork. Alongside it is 1 of 200 models of the 205 T16 – the road-going version of the very-successful Group B winning rally car. The fourth classic car is a 405 T16 Grand Raid car which Ari Vatanen took to seven of its eight victories.

Being shown on screens on the PEUGEOT stand are images of the company’s considerable success covering the earliest and most historic races, during the operations of Peugeot Sport, now in its 35th year.

The organisers of the London Classic Car Show are celebrating the appeal of the Group B rally cars and are showing films of the cars of that era, especially including the all-conquering 205 T16. Also being screened is ‘Climbdance’ – the Cannes award-winning film of Ari Vatanen’s success driving the PEUGEOT 405 T16 Grand Raid car, both of which are in attendance at the LCCS. Ari Vatanen is formally opening the London Classic Car Show and the 405 T16 is being displayed in the dynamic 50-car cavalcade. Ari won the Pikes Peak hill climb in 1988 with a then record-winning time of 10:47:77. The 405 was unique at the time because of its four-wheel steering - a feature never before used on a rally or hillclimb car.

The London Classic Car Show takes place between the 18th – 21st February 2016 at the ExCeL arena;

http://www.thelondonclassiccarshow.co.uk/

PEUGEOT anniversaries in 2016

    120 years since PEUGEOT Automobiles business was established and produced its own engines
    115 years since the first PEUGEOT Bebé was launched – it became a ‘style leader’
    100 years since PEUGEOT won the Indianapolis Grand Prix for the second time (wins 1913/1916/1919)
    80 years since the launch of the 402 (produced as a Limousine, Coupé, Cabriolet and Coach)
    75 years since the VLV - the first production electric car
    60 years since the launch of the 403 Cabriolet – made famous as the car of ‘Columbo’ on TV
    50 years since PEUGEOT won the East African Safari rally for the second time (wins 1963/1966/1967)
    50 years since the launch of the 204 Coupé, Cabriolet and Fourgonnette (van)
    40 years since the 504 won the Morocco Rally and the 504 V6 Coupé won the Bandama Rally
    35 years since PEUGEOT Sport was formed, combining all the skills in one Competitions Department
    30 years since the 205 T16 won the World Rally Championship for the second time (wins in 1985/1986)
    25 years since the launch of the compact 106
    20 years of the Partner (commercial and passenger vehicle) – one of the UK’s best-selling LCVs

PEUGEOT

Since 1810 PEUGEOT has been producing durable products of excellence, since 1858 all are branded with the Lion logo – chosen to demonstrate strength, suppleness and swiftness to personify the durability of its products. As one of the earliest automotive producers, the PEUGEOT brand can trace its roots back to 1889 when it began producing automobiles and since then over 65 million vehicles have been produced, advancing technology with style and efficiency to enhance the customer experience. Demonstrated through its Brand signature ‘Motion & Emotion’, PEUGEOT is present in 160 countries, has 10,000 franchised Dealerships and is recognised the world over for the quality and design excellence of its products.

MOTOR SPORT

IN COMPETITION, FINISHING FIRST HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE PRIMARY OBJECTIVE:
1894 -    Albert Lemaître driving a Peugeot 3hp Type7 won the ‘first recorded motor sport competition’ - the Paris to Rouen race.  Five Peugeot cars were entered with all five finishing, Albert in front.
1895 -    Édouard and André Michelin first used pneumatic tyres in competition (before solids were used on public vehicles) on a Peugeot car for the Paris-Bordeaux-Paris race
1899 -    Lemaître won the Nice-Castellane-Nice Rally in a Peugeot 20hp racer
1912 -    Georges Boillot driving a Peugeot with the first four-valve per cylinder engine (with Double OverHead Camshaft - DOHC 4-cylinder 7.6-litre) won the French Grand Prix and was the first to repeat success winning again in 1913 and 1915
1913 -    Peugeot became the first non-American company to win the Indianapolis race (winning again in 1916 (Dario Resta) and in 1919 (Howdy Wilcox) at the Brickyard
1922 -    Peugeot won the Coppa Florios race and again in 1925
1923 -    First in the Touring Car Grands Prix, repeated in 1925 and in 1926 won the Spa 24 hour race
1963 -    The Peugeot 404 Sedan won the East African Safari and again in 1966 and 1967
1965 -    The 404 set 40 endurance class records for a Diesel powered car at the Monthléry race track
1975 -    The 504 Injection Sedan won the East African Safari and again in 1978
1981 -    Peugeot Sport was formed by then director, Jean Todt
1984 -    The 205 Turbo 16 (T16) Group B was the first mid-engined four-wheel drive car and took its first victory with Ari Vatanen
1985 -    Peugeot won the Manufacturer’s and Driver’s title (with Timo Salonen) in the World Rally Championship and again in 1986.
1987 -    Peugeot then won the Dakar Rally with the 205 T16 (and again in 1988, followed twice more 1989-1990 with the 405 T16)
1988 -    At the Pikes Peak Hillclimb in Colorado Peugeot won twice (1988 & 1989) with the 405 T16
1992 -    The 905 won the Le Mans 24-hour race and in 1993 followed it again with a perfect 1-2-3 finish
1994 -    Powered McLaren in Formula One, then Jordan GP in 1995-97 and Prost GP 1998-2000
2000 -    206 WRC won the Manufacturer’s (2000-2002) & Drivers title with Marcus Grönholm
2007 -    Peugeot won the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) three times (2007-2009) with the 207 S2000 - for Peugeot UK in 2009 with Kris Meeke
2009 -    908 won the Le Mans 24-hour race, winning many other LMS races around the world
2013 -    Peugeot returned to Pikes Peak with Sébastien Loeb who conquered the hillclimb in a time of just 8:13.878, beating the previous record by an astonishing 90 seconds
2015 -    2008 DKR wins China Rally Raid and in World RallyX 208 WRX wins the manufacturers championship
2016 -    Peugeot won the world’s most torturous event – the Dakar with the 2008 DKR driven by Stéphane Peterhansel on the occasion of his 12th Dakar win

PEUGEOT UK

The UK is the third largest market for PEUGEOT with its UK Headquarters located in Coventry. The UK car line-up includes the 108, 208, 308, 508, 2008, 3008 and 5008 supplemented by people-carriers and a four-model van range that includes the Bipper, Partner, Expert and Boxer. The 208 is the best-selling Peugeot.

208

Launched in 2012 and re-invigorated in 2015, the 208 remains the best-selling Peugeot car. Its arrival introduced the pioneering Peugeot i-Cockpit (combining the compact steering wheel with high-level instrumentation and TouchScreen technology) and PureTech 3-cylinder petrol engines. The latest versions feature BlueHDi diesel engines capable of just 79g/km – making it the most efficient non-hybrid car.

308

Launched in 2013, the 308 was 2014 European ‘Car of the Year’. Joined by the SW estate in 2014, is powered by accomplished BlueHDi diesel and PureTech 3-cylinder petrol engines. Sportier GT Line, GT and GTi models were introduced in 2015 greatly enhancing the desire for this class-leading and capable vehicle.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 03 Febrero 2016, 13:33:17
‘AFFORDABLE’ GT40 AVAILABLE FROM LE MANS COUPES LTD IN 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF FORD’S FIRST LE MANS WIN

See example on Stand C138, London Classic Car Show, Feb 18-21

The value of original examples of Ford’s legendary GT40 have long since exceeded the pockets of the general enthusiast – one of the four ex-Works Gulf cars sold for $11 million in 2012. However, help is at hand thanks to Le Mans Coupes Ltd, the sole UK agent for the stunning Superformance evocations. So accurate as to be 70 percent interchangeable with originals, they are available for an eminently more affordable £99,800 plus VAT, and come complete with P/2000 Series chassis numbers recognised by the Shelby American World Registry.

Painstakingly hand-built by Hi-Tech Automotive in ultra-modern 270,000 sq ft premises in South Africa, they are offered as per the original Ford MKI and MKII cars and in righthand or lefthand drive form. There is also a choice of engines from 5.6 to 7.0 litres (ie 430 to 560bhp), sill-mounted or centrally-placed gearchange, and ZF RBT or Quaife RFQ transaxle. Depending on engine selection, the Superformance GT40 can hit 60mph in 3.7 seconds and achieve a top speed of over 205mph.

Said Le Mans Coupes’ Managing Director Nigel Hulme: “Interest in the GT40 has been on the rise since the 50th anniversary of the model’s launch two years ago. Now the car’s countless worldwide enthusiasts are gearing up to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first of its four consecutive Le Mans victories. With Ford marking the occasion with a return to La Sarthe for the first time since 1969, courtesy of its all-new GT, it’s small wonder that UK sales of the Superformance cars are at an all-time high.”

An example of the breed will be displayed on Stand No.C138 at the London Classic Car Show, ExCeL, February 18-21. Further details of Superformance GT40, plus Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe CSX9000 Series, and Superformance Cobra MKIII are available at www.superformanceuk.com, by calling 01342 712774/07836 742725 or emailing info@superformance.com.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 10 Febrero 2016, 08:27:22
EX-NEW ZEALAND GRAND PRIX HEALEY MAKES WORLDWIDE SHOW DEBUT AT RACE RETRO

A 1953 Austin Healey that raced in the New Zealand Grand Prix will make its show debut at Race Retro on 26th to 28th February, the first time it has been on public display anywhere in the world.

The Healey 100/4 BN1, chassis no 145426, will be on display at Stoneleigh Park as one of three works cars that were sent to take part in the inaugural New Zealand Grand Prix on 9th January 1954.

This Healey is an incredibly rare survivor of the era of racing when sports cars would compete against single-seaters; on the starting grid at the Ardmore Circuit was Jack Brabham's Cooper-Bristol MkII, a works-entered supercharged BRM V16, a pre-war Alfa Romeo Monza and various locally built specials.

Only 14 cars were able to endure the 200-mile event, but all of the factory Austin-Healeys completed the 100 laps. Keith Roper drove this 100/4 to 13th place beating Peter Whitehead's Ferrari 125 in the process.

Roper next took the wheel of the Healey at the C W F Hamilton Trophy Race at Mairehau on 20th February 1954 where he achieved third place. The 100/4's final New Zealand event was the Havelock race meeting where the Healey recorded a record speed of 100mph in the flying quarter-mile event; the only other car to do so was a Jaguar XK120. 

Car no.145426 was sold in October 1954 and after passing through various owners, was placed into storage in 1971 where it remained for the next 24 years. Restoration commenced in 2005, and the 100/4 returned to the UK in 2014.

Today the Carmine Red 100/4 looks in every detail the way it did when it left the factory in October 1953, with an original chassis, body and engine and 16-inch racing wheels.

Sam Thomas Racing has recently prepared the Healey to compete in Historical Events and throughout 2016, it will be taking part in race meetings at the highest level including the Monaco Grand Prix; Nothing less would suffice for an Austin-Healey of an international Grand Prix pedigree.

Race Retro, the international historic motorsport show, will be held from 26th to 28th February 2016 at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire with tickets now on sale. For more information, as well as all the ticket prices and booking details, visit www.raceretro.com

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 10 Febrero 2016, 08:28:05
ONCE A SHOWSTOPPER, ALWAYS A SHOWSTOPPER

The world-class restoration of 1961 Jaguar E-Type Chassis No. 15 by Classic Motor Cars is to feature at the London Classic Car Show 2016

The E-Type that turned heads at the 1961 Scottish Motor Show has been brought back to its former glory by world-leading restorers Classic Motor Cars (CMC) and will feature centre stage at CMC’s stand (C40) at the London Classic Car Show on February 18-21.

Chassis No. 15 was the fifteenth right hand drive fixed head coupe E-Type to leave Jaguar’s production line in 1961 and was used as a press car at the Scottish Motor Show held at the Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, in November that year.

The car then moved on to private ownership and went missing for decades until CMC discovered it in a barn in Cernay, France, in late 2013.

Exactly 2,956hrs were spent restoring every nut and bolt of this E-Type at CMC’s modern workshops in Bridgnorth, saving as much of the original car as possible and bringing back its show-stopping condition.

Nick Goldthorp, Managing Director of Classic Motor Cars, said: “We found Chassis No. 15 in Cernay, a French town close to the border with Germany. It had been owned by the same person since 1976, who dismantled it probably some twenty years ago and that is as far as he got.

“The car was underneath some covers in a garden, very rusty and corroded – there was even a bird’s nest in the rear quarter! We carried out a full nut and bolt restoration, which proved to be quite a challenge due to the sorry state in which it was found.”

However, CMC is known to never back down from a challenging restoration and has a reputation for having restored some of the most historic E-Types, including Lofty England’s Chassis No. 4, the Lindner-Nöcker Lightweight and 1VHP, the first right hand drive fixed head coupe off the production line.

Nick said: “No detail was too small and extensive work has been carried out in the paint and trim shops so that the car can now boast its original colour combination of pearl grey exterior and light blue interior, being the only one produced in those colours in 1961.

“This was one of the six E-Types on display at the 1961 Scottish Motor Show. After restoring it to its former glory, we thought it was only fitting that the car returned to the centre stage 55 years later and what could be better than the London Classic Car Show.”

CMC will have the car on display at their stand (C40) at the London Classic Car Show at the ExCeL exhibition centre on February 18-21.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 10 Febrero 2016, 14:16:58
JD CLASSICS WOWS RETROMOBILE CROWDS WITH INCREDIBLE LINE-UP OF CLASSIC CARS

JD Classics once again amazed visitors to the prestigious Retromobile show in Paris with a selection of some of its finest cars, including a unique alloy-bodied Mercedes-Benz 300SL and a one-of-nine Ferrari 250 LWB TdF.

With more than 500 cars on display at Retromobile, there are always plenty of incredible classics, but the JD Classics stand consistently attracted a crowd, and was even voted as ‘Best Classic Car Stand’ by Classic Driver.

One of the star attractions of the JD Classics stand was the ultra-rare Mercedes-Benz 300SL Alloy Gullwing Coupe. Only three were delivered to the UK, and the JD Classics car is uniquely finished in Elephant Ivory/Red Gabardine Tartan interior with matching Elephant Ivory livery.

Also attracting plenty of attention were a pair of JD Classics’ ever-expanding collection of classic Ferraris: an open-headlight Ferrari 250 LWB Tdf and a Ferrari F40 LM. The 250 LWB TdF is just one of nine in existence, raced extensively in 1959-60 by Casimiro Toselli and competing in the legendary Mille Miglia three times in the 1980s. The F40 LM, meanwhile, is just one of 19 factory-modified for competition by Michelotto, fitted with an uprated gearbox, brakes and an engine producing between 850-900bhp.

The Maldon-based classic car specialist also showcased a 1972 Porsche 911 2.5 S-R, which is one of just 21 genuine factory works race specification examples. Raced by Bavarian driver Anton Fischaber in the ‘70s, the 2.5 S-R took victories in the 1972 and 1974 European Hill Climb Championships, and was also entered in to the 1972 and 1973 1000km race at the Nürburgring. Restored to its 1972 specification with factory original parts, this Porsche remains a genuinely original first production competition car.

JD Classics highlighted its world-famous restorations at Retromobile with the help of a gleaming 1967 Aston Martin DB6 MK1 Vantage Volante. A team of more than fifty craftsmen worked for thousands of hours at JD Classics’ headquarters in Maldon, Essex on this perfect bare-metal restoration. The team’s restorations have already won countless awards at some of the most prestigious classic car events in the world, including Pebble Beach and The Quail.

JD Classics Managing Director, Derek Hood, said: “Retromobile gathers some of the finest classic car specialists from across the globe so we really wanted to stand out with the rarity and variety of cars on our stand. Given the amount of interest we had from old customers, potential new customers and general visitors alike, we’re very pleased. Our world-class team in Maldon did a fantastic job preparing the cars, and our staff manning the stand consistently revealed their excellent knowledge and attitude.”

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 10 Febrero 2016, 14:17:22
SPRING ALFA DAY - 17TH APRIL 2016

Beaulieu will be welcoming more than 500 Alfa Romeos on 17th April for the Spring Alfa Day rally. The first national event of the year for the Alfa Romeo Owners’ Club, both club members and non-members alike will have the opportunity to drive their cherished Alfas into the grounds of the National Motor Museum to be part of the display, meet fellow enthusiasts and enjoy all of the features of the attraction.

Tickets are selling fast for this rally, which promises to bring together a wide range of models from the much-loved Italian marque, from classic favourites such as the Spider, Guilietta, GTV and Alfasud, to their modern counterparts, including the 156, Brera, 4C and MiTo.

Alfa fans will also be able to browse a selection of trade stands and the Alfa Romeo Owners’ Club shop, while dealership Meridien Milano Alfa Romeo will also have a stand.

Participants in the rally can also enjoy the rest of the Beaulieu attraction, including the National Motor Museum, home to over 280 historic vehicles. Don’t miss Driving Change, the new display in the museum exploring car design and safety, and take a ride on Wheels, a pod ride through 100 years of motoring history.

See up-close some of the automotive stars of TV and film in On Screen Cars, while World of Top Gear is the place to find a selection of wacky vehicles built for the presenters’ most ambitious challenges. Make sure you see Palace House, the historic home of the Montagu family since 1538, and explore the peaceful ruins of Beaulieu Abbey.

Advance tickets for Alfa Romeo Owners’ Club members cost £12.75 adult and £9.00 child, while for non-members participating in the rally, advance tickets cost £15.00 adult and £9.00 child. To purchase your advance participant tickets, visit the Alfa Romeo Owners’ Club website at www.aroc-uk.com.

On-the-day tickets for Alfa Romeo owners participating into the rally with their Alfas cost £15 adult and £10 child.

All other visitors can purchase admission tickets at the standard Beaulieu prices. See www.beaulieu.co.uk/plan-your-visit/ticket-prices for more information.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 11 Febrero 2016, 10:55:21
FANCY A CLASSIC FORD? THEN THIS IS THE SALE FOR YOU…

A one-off auction featuring only classic Fords will take place at The International Ford Show, this year’s newest and most prestigious event for fans of the Blue Oval.

From Anglias to Zephyrs, Mexicos to Mustangs, auction house Barons is expecting a record breaking selection that’s sure to wow the thousands of gathered Ford fanatics in the main hall at Sandown Park, Surrey on Saturday, April 30.

A first of its kind for Barons, this sale, which takes place on the opening day of The International Ford Show, will see up to 60 of Ford’s finest go under the gavel. Show visitors will be able to engage in the fast and frantic nature of a live auction, while some of the finest classic Fords find new homes.

Meanwhile, owners who have a classic Ford to sell are invited to enter their vehicle in the sale, which is expected to generate some very strong prices thanks to its high profile and enthusiast customer base.

“We’re really thrilled to be able to offer International Ford Show visitors the excitement of a live auction, especially a Ford-only sale from an auction house as well established and professional as Barons,” said The International Ford Show’s event manager Katherine Chappell.

Tim Gascoigne, from Barons auctions, added: “We are extremely pleased to have been asked to run an auction at The International Ford Show.  I’m sure all Ford enthusiasts will enjoy the spectacle, and hopefully one or two will put their hands in their pockets and buy something!”

Barons has been selling classic cars for 18 years and has over 30 years of combined expertise via directors Tony Cavell and Peter Gascoigne, both of whom are highly regarded classic car enthusiasts who are just as happy fettling cars under the bonnet as they are selling them.

Entry to the auction as a show visitor is by catalogue at £5 each, while anyone wishing to enter a classic Ford into the auction should contact Barons directly on 08454 306060 or www.barons-auctions.com

Advance tickets for the show itself are available now, priced at just £10 per person for single day access, or £20 for the weekend (up to two children below the age of 14 go free with each paying adult). Those wishing to make even more of a weekend of it can also take advantage of on-site camping for an extra £10 per person, adding to the show’s festival feel. They can be bought from the show’s official website at www.theinternationalfordshow.com

Full details of the show, the cars and the various activities will be announced nearer the date, on the event website, or via the official Facebook page and twitter feeds.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 11 Febrero 2016, 14:58:43
HAGERTY’S LIVE CLASSIC CAR VALUATION ARENA LAUNCHED

Hagerty International, the classic car insurance specialist, has announced the launch of their live classic car Valuation Arena on 24th April 2016 (Drive it Day) at Bicester Heritage’s Sunday Scramble event.  The Valuation Arena is supported by H&H Classic Auctions, Classic Cars magazine and the online classified site ClassicCarsForSale.co.uk.

Hagerty’s live Arena will provide owners of classic cars the chance to have their vehicle inspected and photographed by a small team of classic car valuation experts.  Each owner will then be presented with a unique Valuation Certificate describing the car and providing a statement of the value of the car at that time.

Angus Forsyth, Managing Director of Hagerty International, said: “We acknowledge that classic car values are an ever-growing part of classic ownership.  Many owners would like the chance to understand the true value of their classic and our team of experts from Hagerty, Classic Cars and H&H will provide consistent, knowledgeable and informative advice.”

“We have seen that, in recent years, classic car values have increased dramatically, so it is crucial that cars are properly valued and, therefore, properly insured” continued Forsyth.  “We are delighted to host our Valuation Arena at Bicester Heritage and will be returning with the Arena at all the Sunday Scrambles in 2016.”

“Hagerty’s Valuation Arena team will look to complete individual vehicle valuations within 15 minutes” said John Mayhead, Hagerty’s Online Editor who is responsible for the Hagerty Price Guide. “We understand that history and provenance can make a huge difference to value, so we encourage all participants to bring as much information on their car as possible for the valuation team to review”.

Phil Bell, editor of Classic Cars magazine said “we are delighted to be partnering with Hagerty in this exciting new venture.  People often talk and read about classic car values, so we are hopeful that this live valuation event will prove a popular addition to Bicester Heritage’s Sunday Scramble.”

“Not only will this provide some good additional content for the event,” adds Nick Delaney, business development manager at H&H Classic Auctions, “but we hope it will also assist people into achieving the right price if they are thinking of buying or selling their classic.”

Entry into Hagerty’s Valuation Arena is only available to people attending Bicester Heritage’s Sunday Scramble.  The Valuation will cost £15, all of which will go charity, and will include a certificate and goody bag of classic extras from all participating partners.  Go to http://bicesterheritage.co.uk/event/sunday-scramble-tickets to book your tickets for Bicester Heritage’s Sunday Scramble and add your valuation as soon as possible as spaces are limited.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 11 Febrero 2016, 14:59:26
LAST ‘TRUE’ LAMBORGHINI FOR AUCTION

A special 1999 Lamborghini Diablo SV, believed to be the very last Lamborghini to leave the Sant'Agata factory before Volkswagen took full ownership, will be auctioned at Silverstone Auctions’ sale at the Practical Classics Restoration and Classic Car Show.

An important piece of Lamborghini history, the car is also believed to be the last Diablo imported into the UK as well as the last Diablo SV off the production line. It is estimated at between £150,000 and £170,000 and will be offered in the sale taking place at the NEC, Birmingham on 6th March.

'V12 SVR' left the factory on the 21st of December in 1999 immediately before Lamborghini shut down for the Christmas break and their celebrations to mark the end of the Century. For the previous few months the Volkswagen Group had been in financial control of the company but the end of that year marked a turning point. From the beginning of 2000 Teutonic efficiency began to replace the magic of Italy in terms of the bloodline, style and general madness of the Italian supercars.

Speaking ahead of the sale of the car, managing director of Silverstone Auctions, Nick Whale, said: ”It’s a delight to be able to offer this fantastic part of Lamborghini history in the year of the 100th anniversary of the birth of the company’s founder, Ferruccio Lamborghini. The Diablo is a wonderful car that truly represents everything the marque is famous for.”

This right-hand drive example has covered just over 32,000 miles from new and is finished in what Silverstone Auctions believe may be a one-off colour of Pearl Red/Orange combined with a grey/black leather/alcantara interior.

This wonderful Diablo is still very much original. The original Lamborghini tool roll with its appropriate tools is present with the original tyre inflator and a very luxurious, custom-made, fleece-lined indoor car cover in red with an embroidered Lamborghini logo.

The condition of the car is amazing for the year and it drives superbly, particularly after a chassis and suspension restoration in 2013 at a cost of over £10,000. A full geometry set-up was carried out by Grimaldi Engineering in 2013 and in January 2016 the car was serviced and MoT’d.

Nick added: ”Owning a Diablo SV is a dream for most people, however if purchasing one is an option for you, then the appeal of this Lamborghini 'Devil' may be too much to resist.”

For more information on the car and Silverstone Auctions’ sale at the Practical Classics Restoration and Classic Car Show please visit https://www.silverstoneauctions.com/1999-lamborghini-diablo-sv-6817.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 11 Febrero 2016, 14:59:58
BARONS TO HOLD SALE AT ROLLS-ROYCE ENTHUSIASTS’ CLUB AT BURGHLEY HOUSE

Barons is adding three specialist auctions to its 2016 calendar, including a Rolls-Royce, Bentley and prestige classic car and memorabilia sale at the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club rally at the magnificent Burghley House, Stamford, Lincolnshire.

Entries are now invited for the sale, which takes place on June 25th at the RREC’s biggest gathering of the year. The three-day international Annual Rally and Concours d’Elegance attracts thousands of cherished Rolls-Royces and Bentleys, and their enthusiastic owners, from all over the world.

“We were delighted to be invited by the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club to hold a classic car auction at their very special event,” said Barons’ director Peter Gascoigne.

“Barons has a strong history with Rolls-Royce and Bentley at auction; for example, in 2015 we achieved £739,000, nearly double top estimate, for a 1954 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback ‘barn find’ restoration project. Whilst the Burghley House sale will naturally primarily be for Rolls-Royce and Bentley motor cars, we are also inviting entries from owners of other prestige marques and classic models who would like to offer their cars in this stunning setting.”

Barons has also been invited to hold specialist sales at two historic motoring events at its traditional venue, Sandown Park. Barons’ dedicated Ford auction at the International Ford Show will take place on April 30th, while its all-American sale at the Buster Lang Classic Car Show is on August 13th.

“It is extremely gratifying to be asked to have a presence at these enthusiast events,” said Peter Gascoigne.  “Ford is such a popular marque, and has a great breadth of models, so the April 30th sale should have a very broad appeal. And Barons has a long-standing tradition of featuring American cars in its sales, so holding a dedicated auction for vehicles made ‘across the pond’ is a natural move for us.”

Barons’ ten-sale calendar for 2016 also includes the auction house’s first-ever Connoisseurs’ Classic Car Collection at Tattersalls, the world’s oldest bloodstock auctioneers (July 12th) – the entry list for which is already looking every exciting – and the annual Jaguar Heritage sale, which takes place at another new venue, Kempton Park racecourse, on September 17th.

Barons’ 2016 sale calendar:

    Classic Winter Warmer (Sandown Park), February 23rd
    Spring Classic (Sandown Park), April 6th
    International Ford Show (Sandown Park), April 30th
    British Heritage, Classic and Sports Cars (Sandown Park), June 4th
    Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club (Burghley House), June 25th
    Baron’ Connoisseurs’ Classic Car Collection (Tattersalls at Newmarket), July 12th
    Buster Lang Classic American (Sandown Park), August 13th
    Jaguar Heritage and Classic Cars (Kempton Park), September 17th
    Classic, Collectors and Sports Cars (Sandown Park), October 25th
    Christmas Classic Collectors and Sports Cars (Sandown Park), 13th December

For more information or to consign a vehicle to any of these sales, please visit www.barons-auctions.com, email info@barons-auctions.com or call 08454 30 60 60.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 11 Febrero 2016, 15:02:13
BRIAN LISTER CUP AWARDED FOR INCREDIBLE RACING COMEBACK

Following the end of another incredible season of wheel-to-wheel racing in classic Listers, Lawrence Whittaker – CEO of Lister Motor Company – has presented the Brian Lister Cup to Tony Wood, Will Nuthall and their team for a sensational racing comeback in 2015 in the Woods’ family Lister-Jaguar Knobbly.

Presented at a star-studded dinner hosted by the Royal Automobile Club, the Brian Lister Cup went to Wood following a herculean effort that saw his priceless Lister-Jaguar Knobbly repaired in less than 40 days following an accident before the season began. Wood and his team then went on to grab three podium finishes and fifth place overall at the end of the season.

Following a crash at the 73rd Goodwood Members’ Meeting on 21st March, which caused severe damage to the rear chassis, rear bodywork and mechanicals, three teams worked tirelessly to repair the car. By the time the first race of the season rolled around – at the Donington Historic Festival in early May – the car was ready. To put the team’s incredible turnaround into perspective, Lister Motor Company takes six months to hand-build each one of its sold-out Knobbly ‘continuation’ models.

It was at Donington that Lister-Jaguar Knobbly BHL 117 took its first podium of the season, driven by Tony Wood to third position, coming in just behind two extremely powerful AC Cobras. Later in the season at Silverstone Classic, the car again was driven to third before taking its final podium at the Spa Six Hours event.

The Brian Lister Cup isn’t just awarded on finishing points alone, but also takes in to account passion, preparation and performance – all of the values that Lister Motor Company stands for. With the incredible passion of Barry Wood, Tony Wood’s father, and his team, not to mention their impressive results, there could really only be one winner of the Brian Lister Cup for the 2015 season.

Lawrence Whittaker, CEO of Lister Motor Company, said: “When we first created this Cup, named in honour of our founder Brian Lister, we were keen that it not just be awarded to the best performer, but to someone that really captures the essence of Lister. It was an easy decision for us to award the Brian Lister Cup to Barry and his team – getting the car repaired to a podium-finishing standard in a little over a month is a real achievement and perfectly reflects the determination that Brian Lister was famous for.”

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 11 Febrero 2016, 15:03:01
CULTURED CLUBS PROVE IT’S HIP TO BE SQUARE

Drive around many of London’s discreet Squares and you might find the occasional interesting classic parked up beside the pavement.

But if you don’t want to leave your car spotting to chance, there’s one London Square that’s guaranteed to be packed with desirable, cherished and rare classics. It’s Car Club Square and you’ll find it at London’s ExCeL centre.

That’s the venue for the London Classic Car Show (18-21 February) where one complete hall will be transformed into a scene resembling past motor shows in their glorious heyday.

The cars are being displayed by their owners, all of whom are enthusiastic members of owners clubs: among the marques and models represented will be Aston Martin, Jensen, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, Bristol, Gordon-Keeble, Audi quattro, BMW and Chevrolet Corvette while the Porsche Club will be exhibiting in the Show’s main hall.

Of course, the sight of all these highly prized classic cars might spur visitors on to buying their own classic… and the organisers of the London Classic Car Show have got that covered too.

Car Club Square also will feature Memory Lane, where dealers and private owners will be offering affordable classics for sale (though, naturally, there will also be the chance to spend six figure sums on super rare blue-chip classics elsewhere in the show).

There will be even be handpicked experts on hand to offer advice about taking the plunge. Another area of the hall is being turned into Speaker’s Corner where knowledgeable specialists will be holding regular seminars discussing topics such as classic car values, how to pick future classics and how to buy (or sell) at an auction. Champagne producer Joseph Perrier, meanwhile, will be holding tastings so buyers can find the perfect tipple to celebrate their purchase.

Several famous faces will also be appearing at the Speakers’ Corner open forum, notably rally driving legend Ari Vatanen at mid-day on Friday and racing legend Sir Stirling Moss at mid-day on Saturday. Moss will be interviewed by Simon Taylor about his latest book Stirling Moss – My Racing Life and will be signing books afterwards.

“The London Classic Car Show will be full of rare and highly valuable classic cars – for example, our special display of McLaren F1 supercars is estimated to be worth £50 million – but we are making sure there are plenty of affordable cars available for anyone thinking about joining the classic car movement,” said event director Bas Bungish.

“Car Club Square is the perfect opportunity for visitors to talk to owners about the cars and to get advice on how and what to buy.”

    Organised by Brand Events, the company behind CarFest and Top Gear Live, show tickets start at £23 (including booking fee) for single adult entry on Friday, Saturday or Sunday and rise to £65 for entry to Thursday’s Premium Preview Evening. Sought-after Premium tickets are available for all four days and include fast track entry, the best views of The Grand Avenue at the Turning Circle Viewing Platform, access to the exclusive Premium Lounge, a Show Handbook and even a glass of Joseph Perrier Champagne.

Full details of these as well as even more affordable Family and Late Entry tickets can be found via the show’s official website – www.thelondonclassiccarshow.co.uk

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 15 Febrero 2016, 14:56:40
GET READY FOR THE SHOW THAT PUTS THE CLASS INTO CLASSIC

The countdown to the capital’s top classic car show has begun. In a matter of days, the doors will open for visitors to feast their eyes and ears on fabulous Ferraris, marvellous Maseratis, powerful Porsches and countless other classics as the London Classic Car Show revs up for another record breaker.

Although only in its second year, the Show has already become a firm fixture on the classic car calendar. Such was the critical acclaim given to the inaugural show that the second edition is twice as big and promises more than 600 rare and desirable classics, celebrities galore and innovative features. There’s nothing quite like the London Classic Car Show.

What?

The London Classic Car Show

Where?

ExCeL, Royal Victoria Dock, London

When?

Thursday 18 February to Sunday 21 February

What will I see?

Hundreds of rare and desirable classic cars of all shapes and sizes. Some will be on static display but, uniquely, many will be put through their paces on The Grand Avenue, a motorised catwalk that runs through the centre of the exhibition and allows visitors to see and hear their favourite cars in action.

What are the special highlights?

There are almost too many to mention, but try these for size…

Mighty McLaren

A special tribute to the McLaren F1 supercar and its creator, Gordon Murray, takes pride of pace at the show. No fewer than five F1s will be shown (together worth an estimated £50 million) plus many other items related to the birth of the last road car to win Le Mans.

The display has been curated by Murray himself who said: “I’m honoured and excited to be a part of the London Classic Car Show and looking forward to celebrating the car as a whole. People are aware of the headlines but the car is much deeper than that and this exhibit will offer people the opportunity to get a unique insight into the car, what it stands for and the story behind how it was created.”

The Classic Six Nations Cup

Take ten iconic road and competition cars from each of the six leading car producing countries and pitch them head on to find out which nation comes out on top. Will it be France, Italy, Germany, Japan, the USA or the UK? Among the Six Nations cars to take to The Grand Avenue will be an ear-splitting V12 Matra F1 racer from France while among the cars being put up by Italy is The Italian Job Lamborghini Miura.

Celebrities

Some of motoring’s biggest names will drop into the show at various points of the weekend. Heading Thursday’s Premium Preview Evening will be McLaren F1 star Jenson Button and host Suzi Perry. Rally legend Ari Vatanen opens the show on Friday, while Sir Stirling Moss will be talking about his new biography on Saturday. TV petrol heads Jodie Kidd and Bruno Senna, meanwhile, will be part of The Great Debate on Thursday evening, which will try to determine which country should win the Classic Six Nations Cup.

Group B Rallying

They were the fastest cars ever to take to the rally stage, but their reign was short and bittersweet. The London Classic Car Show has gathered together some of the top Group B cars of the era, including the Peugeot 205 T16, Audi quattro, Ford RS200 and Lancia Delta S4.

History of the supercar

We’re talking real supercars here, machines designed to make the jaw drop – think Ferrari F40, Jaguar XJ220, Porsche 918 Spyder. The evolution of the supercar will be here for every schoolboy to drool over… no matter how old they are.

Car Club Square

One entire hall has been given over to leading classic cars clubs who will be putting on inspirational displays around their favoured classics. Among those marques represented are Aston Martin, Jensen, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, Bristol, Gordon-Keeble, Audi, BMW and Chevrolet. All will have eye-catching collections on show. The Aston Martin Owners’ Club display, for example, includes one of two original Mark II 4-seaters from 1935 plus the 1970 DBS as used by Roger Moore and Tony Curtis in the TV series The Persuaders. There’ll also be the chance for visitors to buy affordable classics from dealers and private sellers in Memory Lane.

Exhibitors

Leading classic car dealers will be offering a host of rare and highly desirable classics for sale – including a one-off Ferrari 330GT estate – while order books will be open for specialist recreations of rare concept cars such as the Jaguar XJ13 and Jaguar XK180. Among the manufacturers highlighting their heritage will be Peugeot, Abarth, Aston Martin and Noble. Other unusual cars for sale include a Daimler once owned by Sir Winston Churchill and a Jensen Interceptor owned by Eric Morecombe.

Speakers’ Corner

A vital part of London Life, Speakers Corner at the London Classic Car Show will be given over to experts offering advice about all aspects of the classic car movement including a special interview with one of Britain’s greatest ever racing drivers, Sir Stirling Moss.

How much?

Bought in advance tickets prices start at £23, including a booking fee, for single adult entry on Friday, Saturday or Sunday and rise to £65 for Thursday’s Premium Preview evening. Single entry price on the door is £25, with special late entry tickets available on Saturday and Sunday for £18 on the door. Premium tickets are available for all four days and include fast track entry, the best views of The Grand Avenue at the Turning Circle Viewing Platform, access to the exclusive Premium Lounge, a Show Handbook and even a glass of Joseph Perrier Champagne.

Full details can be found via the show’s official website – www.thelondonclassiccarshow.co.uk

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 16 Febrero 2016, 08:27:58
SIMPLY FORD - SUNDAY 1ST MAY 2016

One of the biggest and most popular Simply rallies in Beaulieu’s events calendar Simply Ford will return on Sunday 1st May 2016, with more than 1,000 Fords expected to join the display in the grounds of the National Motor Museum.

Open to all ages and types of Ford, from treasured show-pieces to road-going projects and day-to-day drivers, the show has become well-known for the variety of different models it brings together. From the latest Mondeos, Fiestas and Transits, through much-loved classics such as the Cortina, Escort, Zodiac and Anglia, to pre-war variants, every sector of the thriving classic Ford scene is represented.

The rally will give Ford owners the chance to drive into the Beaulieu parkland, where they can meet like-minded enthusiasts, admire the vehicles on display and enjoy all of the features of the Beaulieu attraction.

Simply Ford is always well-supported by owners’ clubs and enthusiasts’ groups, with 18 clubs already booked to attend. The Electric Orange ST Club, which impressed spectators at last year’s event with a brightly-coloured display of high-performance Focuses, will return for 2016, while West Country Fords, the Wiltshire Classic Ford Club and the Ford Probe Owners’ Club will also be showcasing a selection of their members’ vehicles.

Beaulieu visitors and rally participants will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite car or van of the show in the People’s Choice Award, with a commemorative Beaulieu trophy and Autoglym prize being awarded to the owner of the most popular car.

For rally participants arriving in a Ford, entry to the Beaulieu grounds is from 9am, when the Brabazon restaurant will be serving drinks and breakfast bites. Participant tickets are £10 for an adult and £5 for a child and can be purchased on the day, or in advance on 01590 612888 or www.beaulieu.co.uk/events.

All other visitors should enter Beaulieu via the main reception at normal Beaulieu attraction admission prices.

Ford clubs are welcome to book a club stand so that their members can park together within the show. To book your club stand at least two weeks in advance, and for all Ford-related trade enquiries, contact the Beaulieu Events team on 01590 614614 or events@beaulieu.co.uk.

For friends taking part in the show with more than one Ford vehicle, please ensure that you all arrive at the same time if you wish to park together.

Admission includes access to all of the Beaulieu attraction. Don’t miss the National Motor Museum’s new Driving Change display, which explores motoring innovations, technology and safety throughout history and makes motoring predictions for the future. Visit On Screen Cars and the World of Top Gear, take a stroll around the Montagu family home Palace House and grounds and the historic ruins of 13th century Beaulieu Abbey.

Simply Ford is part of Beaulieu’s 2016 line-up of Simply rallies, which also includes Simply Japanese, Simply Classics & Sports Car and Simply Aston Martin. For the full list of Simply rallies and other Beaulieu events see www.beaulieu.co.uk/events or follow @Beaulieu_Hants on Twitter.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 16 Febrero 2016, 14:19:28
NICHOLAS MEE & CO. TO BRING THE ‘SPECTACULAR SEVEN’ TO THE LONDON CLASSIC CAR SHOW

Aston Martin enthusiasts are in for a treat this Thursday, when West London official Heritage Specialists Nicholas Mee & Co. reveal their line-up of cars at the London Classic Car Show, the innovative ‘must-do’ event held at ExCel, London, from 18 to 21 February.

Once again placed in its prominent, ‘pole’ position close to the main entrance, the company’s impressive stand will showcase a selection of carefully chosen Aston Martins, the ‘Spectacular Seven’:

    1989 Aston Martin AMR1 Group C car. Finished in iconic factory Mobil 1 livery, this 740bhp, 217mph Le Mans car is the last, lightest and most powerful of only four cars built.
    1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series 2. A restored DB4 in its fabulous original colour scheme of green with Off-White hide interior and interesting period provenance.
    1988 Aston Martin V8 Vantage ‘X Pack’. A model very much in collectors’ sights right now, this genuine ‘X Pack’ is in fantastic condition following sympathetic refurbishment.
    2004 Aston Martin DB7 Zagato. A stunning, low-mileage example of the limited-production, Anglo-Italian coupé.
    1991 Aston Martin Virage. Arguably the finest in the world, this all-black coupé is to the ultimate specification and has covered just 6500 miles from new.
    1995 Aston Martin Virage Volante ‘Works Special’. One of only three cars produced with this elegant and dramatic bespoke coachwork, and just 10,000 miles from new.
    1986 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Zagato. A low-mileage coupé in exceptional condition. Its ‘X Pack’ engine produces 430bhp – enough for 186mph.

Managing Director Nicholas Mee looks forward to when the show opens at three o’clock on Thursday, 18 February:

“We are delighted to be exhibiting at the London Classic Car Show this year. In 2015 we, like most attendees, were stunned by the success of the event in only its first year. The organisers ensured the show ran like clockwork, while the range and calibre of fellow exhibitors, celebrity visitors, the innovative live action Grand Avenue, and well-researched and presented special features truly made it a ‘must’ for any UK classic car enthusiast.

“Following a great deal of hard work by our team of experts over the winter, we have secured what we believe will be a show-topping selection of seven Aston Martins, each representing different milestones of production – the Spectacular Seven.

“We look forward to greeting both existing and new clients at the show, which promises non-stop action and certainly something for everyone to enjoy, right up until the event finishes at five o’clock on Sunday afternoon.”

For further information, see www.nicholasmee.co.uk. To book tickets, visit www.thelondonclassiccarshow.co.uk.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 17 Febrero 2016, 16:19:44
ASTON MARTIN BARN FIND PAIR FOUND FOR CCA’S MARCH SALE

Two exciting Aston Martin barn finds will be auctioned by Classic Car Auctions at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre on Saturday 19th March. The two sleeping classics have been kept in dry storage for the past few years waiting for new owners to restore them back to their former glory.

A rare 1973 Aston Martin V8, one of just 288 produced, is estimated at between £35,000 and £40,000. One of only a few manual examples produced, the majority of Aston Martin V8s were automatic making this car rarer still, particularly as this car is one of the very last of the David Brown-era.

Featuring louvered rear vents and Aston Martin Lagonda embossed cam covers, this Series III houses a 5.3 litre Weber carburetted V8 engine. The leather interior is still in remarkably good order presented in black leather.

Also offered is the V8’s ‘son’, a 1990 Aston Martin Virage and is estimated at between £20,000 and £25,000. Introduced at the Birmingham Motor Show in 1988, the Virage model was Aston Martin's replacement for the decades-old V8 models.

This second barn find Aston has been with the vendor for five years, having been originally bought as a project and has been dry stored for most of this period. Again featuring a rare manual gearbox, the car has covered a total of just 34,000 miles.

Speaking ahead of the sale, general manager of Classic Car Auctions, Guy Lees-Milne, said, “Both of these rare Aston Martins offer great potential as restoration projects and will definitely catch the eye of the buyers at the sale.”

He continues, “It’s unusual to find two Aston Martin barn finds in the same place and this is an amazing opportunity for anyone wanting to get into the wonderful world of Aston Martin ownership.”

For more information on these cars and the Classic Car Auctions' sale this March visit http://www.classiccarauctions.co.uk/cca-march-2016-classic-car-sale/view_lots/pn/all.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 17 Febrero 2016, 16:20:15
ERIC MORECAMBE’S JENSEN INTERCEPTOR AT THE LONDON CLASSIC CAR SHOW

Silverstone Auctions will be displaying a very special 1968 Jensen Interceptor, first owned by comedy icon Eric Morecambe, at the London Classic Car Show on the 18th- 21st February at Excel, London.

Silverstone Auctions purchased the car in September 2014 and approached Jensen specialists Cropredy Bridge to undertake a full, no expense spared restoration at their base in Oxfordshire which was completed in July 2015. The car will be for sale at the show on a POA basis.

The car has a fascinating history. It left the Jensen factory on Kelvin Way in West Bromwich on the 23rd September 1968, and was delivered to its first owner, Mr Eric Morecambe, shortly afterwards. Residing at Morecambe’s house in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, the car was driven personally by Eric as well as used by Morecambe’s chauffeur, Mike Fountain, to ferry him and wife Joan around. According to Fountain, this Interceptor was Eric’s favourite car.

Eric spoke about this car on an episode of Parkinson in 1972, describing the time when he was driving through Batley in Leeds late one evening. He was appearing with Ernie Wise at the local variety club when he became unwell and decided to drive home. He felt increasingly ill, and eventually was forced to ask a passer-by to drive him to hospital in the Interceptor. He had actually just suffered a mild heart attack. Apparently the passer-by was so excited to be driving an Interceptor that it took him several minutes to realise who he was helping!

Speaking about the car, managing director of Silverstone Auctions, Nick Whale, said: ”This is a wonderful car with an equally wonderful history and has been a personal delight to see it restored to its former glory. It’s now time for the Jensen to find a new owner who will cherish it as much as Eric did.”

Visitors wil also have the chance to view two cars that will be auctioned in Silverstone Auctions’ Race Retro Classic Car sale, including a incredibly low mileage 1990 Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II and a one-owner, 1,500 mile 2010 Porsche 997 GT3 RS GEN II.

Members of the Silverstone Auctions’ team will be answering questions on the classic car market in Speakers’ Corner and holding talks and discussions throughout the weekend on buying and selling at auction with a focus on one of Silverstone Auctions’ specialties - modern classics.

Silverstone Auctions’ stand at the show can be found in the main hall alongside the Grand Avenue.

For more information on Eric Morecambe’s Jensen Interceptor please visit http://www.ericmorecambesjensen.co.uk/.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 18 Febrero 2016, 14:40:44
MOTOR RACING LEGENDS FINALISE NEW FORMAT FOR HISTORIC TOURING CAR CHALLENGE (HTCC)

New Regulations and Entry forms have this week been released for the new format Historic Touring Car Challenge. Motor Racing Legends made some significant changes to this popular series in separate announcements made earlier this year, by extending eligibility and introducing the Tony Dron Trophy.

New for 2016 the Historic Touring Car Challenge entry regulations have been extended beyond 1985 to include Group A cars right up to December 1990 – this extended era will cover all normally-aspirated cars, and turbo-charged cars up to 1600cc.

The new entry criteria is likely to add to the variety of front running cars of this historic grid with cars such as Ford Capri, Jaguar XJS and Rover Vitesse now being joined at the front of the grid by newcomers such as BMW M3, Toyota Corolla and Astra GTE.

To ensure healthy competition all the way down this expanding grid Motor Racing Legends recently launched a brand new series for Group 1 Historic Touring Cars. Named the ‘Tony Dron Trophy’ the new race series will run within Motor Racing Legends’ Historic Touring Car Challenge grid, with its own podium and results for each race. Named in honour of the ‘70s Touring Car ace and Le Mans sports car driver Tony Dron – the new series is for Touring Cars running to FIA Group 1 regulations or to British Saloon Car Championship Group 1 ‘Plus’ regulations between 1970 and 1982.

Motor Racing Legends Chairman Duncan Wiltshire commented “The changes are proving very popular with drivers. We have had a lot of interest in both the new series and questions about eligibility about the extended entry criteria. Hopefully we have covered off all queries in this new set of regulations and I am looking forward to seeing how the new grid shapes up.”

The Historic Touring Car Challenge season opens at the prestigious Donington Historic Festival (April 30-May 2) before making its debut stand-alone appearance at Silverstone Classic (July 29-31) followed by a visit to Spa during the Six Hour Endurance weekend (Sept 16 -18). Rounding off the year with a weekend in Portimao for the Algarve Classic Festival. (Oct 28-30)

Entry forms and regulations can be downloaded by visiting: http://www.motorracinglegends.com

Provisional Motor Racing Legends Calendar for: Historic Touring Car Challenge, (HTCC)

    Donington Historic Festival (April 30 – May 2)
    Silverstone Classic (July 29, 30, 31)
    Spa Six Hours (September 16, 17, 18)
    Portimao - Algarve Classic Festival (October 28, 29, 30)

For further information on the Motor Racing Legends grids please visit www.motorracinglegends.com.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 18 Febrero 2016, 14:41:32
DONINGTON HISTORIC FESTIVAL TIMETABLE IS ANNOUNCED

The action-packed timetable for the 2016 Donington Historic Festival features 17 races showcasing competition cars from the 1920s to the 1990s, as Donington Park drives back in time over the Bank Holiday weekend Saturday 30th April, Sunday 1st May & Monday 2nd May.

With three full days of racing, each featuring a mix of grids across a range of eras from pre-War to the 1990s, the Donington Historic Festival offers something for everyone.  Die-hard World Sportscar fans have a whole 180 minutes of racing to revel in with Saturday’s ‘1000km’, while lovers of early Grand Prix racing have two HGPCA Nuvolari Trophy races to look forward to. Touring Car, sports car and GT enthusiasts have some stunning grids awaiting them, Jaguar purists have the Jaguar Classic Challenge, and those who believe racing cars are best with just one seat can enjoy two HSCC Historic Formula 2 races as well as the aforementioned Nuvolari Trophy.

Special track parades and demonstrations, including historic Formula 1 cars on the Saturday and Sunday and tyre-squealing Group B and Historic Rally Car Register and period karting displays on all three days, add to the non-stop action, while spectators can also visit the open-access race and rally car paddocks or soak up the fabulous racetrack views while wandering around the car club displays in the infield.

Not all the action is reserved for Donington Park itself. On the Saturday evening, a selection of some 30 world-class competition cars head to Castle Donington village, where they will entertain thousands of locals and visitors, parading round the local streets before parking up to form a highly photogenic display.

The provisional timetable is as follows:

Saturday, 30th April
09:10-12:50 - Qualifying
12:50-13:50 - Lunch Break / Parades and Demonstrations
13:50-14:15 - HSCC Historic Formula 2 International Series, Race 1
14:30-15:20 - Historic Touring Car Challenge for pre-91 Touring Cars
15:35-15:55 - HGPCA Nuvolari Trophy for pre-50 Grand Prix cars, Race 1
16:10-19:10 - ‘1000km’ for 1964-71 World Sportscar Championship Sports, Touring and GT Cars

Sunday, 1st May
09:10-10:50 - Qualifying
11:05-12:35 - GT & Sports Car Cup for Pre-66 GT and Pre-63 Sportscars
12:35-13:35 - Lunch Break / Parades and Demonstrations
13:35-13:55 - HGPCA Nuvolari Trophy for pre-50 Grand Prix cars, Race 2
14:10-15:10 - U2TC for pre-66 under two-litre Touring Cars
15:25-15:50 - HSCC Historic Formula 2 International Series, Race 2
16:05-17:05 - Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy for pre-56 sportscars
17:20-17:40 - HSCC Super Touring Car Trophy for Touring Cars from the Group A and Super
                     Touring era, Race 1
17:55-18:55 - Pre-80 Endurance for sports racing, GT and Touring Cars

Monday, 2nd May
09:10-12:00 - Qualifying
12:00-13:00 - Lunch Break / Parades and Demonstrations
13:00-13:45 - HRDC ‘Touring Greats’ for pre-60 Touring Cars
14:00-14:40 - Jaguar Classic Challenge for pre-66 Jaguar cars
14:55-15:55 - Stirling Moss Trophy for pre-61 sportscars
16:10-16:30 - HSCC Super Touring Car Trophy for Touring Cars from the Group A and Super
                    Touring era, Race 2
16:45-17:25 - ‘Mad Jack’ for pre-War sports cars
17:40-18:25 - HRDC  ‘BTCC Celebration 1958-1966’

Advance discounted tickets

A single-day advance discounted ticket for the Donington Historic Festival costs £21 and a two-day ticket £34, while a three-day weekend ticket costs just £48 (on-the-gate prices will be £28, £45 and £65, respectively). Children aged under 16 are admitted for free. Advance discounted tickets can be bought via www.doningtonhistoric.com and through the 24-hour ticket hotline 0844 873 7355*.

*calls to the 24-hour ticket hotline are charged at 7p per minute plus your network access charge.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 18 Febrero 2016, 14:41:56
INTERNATIONAL CLASSIC FERRARI SPECIALIST GTO ENGINEERING AT THE LONDON CLASSIC CAR SHOW

GTO Engineering has chosen to bring the iconic 250 SWB Competition Berlinetta to showcase its skills as one of the most internationally renowned classic Ferrari specialists, at the London Classic Car Show, Excel, 18-21 February.

Partnering with Quaife, a global leader in high performance automotive drivetrain solutions, GTO Engineering’s 250 SWB will take pride of place on Quaife’s stand at the show, sporting a Quaife 4-speed gearbox.

“GTO Engineering and Quaife have enjoyed a mutually beneficial business relationship for years,” says GTO Engineering MD Mark Lyon. “It makes perfect sense to bring the Competition Berlinetta to the show as one of the best examples of our highly-specialised work at the top-end of the classic car industry.”   

An impressive record shows the firm’s competence when it comes to 250 SWBs: only 165 SWBs were originally built, and GTO Engineering has worked on more than a third of them.

Elsewhere on the stand, a selection of GTO London’s luxury accessories engineered from original Ferrari parts or inspired by the celebrated Italian marque will be on display: from key fobs, cufflinks, pins and money clips to leather hip flasks, cigar cases and leather wallets, each hand-made item is created by GTO London, the designer arm of GTO Engineering.

GTO Engineering and GTO London can be found on the Quaife stand (G40), on the North side of the Grand Avenue, at the London Classic Car Show; now in its second year, the Capital’s only event of its kind gathers the best names in the classic car world, for the delight of car collectors, owners and enthusiasts. More than 25,000 visitors attended the 2015 show and this year’s event, with more hall space, exhibitors, clubs and marques participating, promises to be an appointment not to miss.   

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 18 Febrero 2016, 14:53:38
INCREDIBLY LOW MILEAGE JAGUAR AND PORSCHE HISTORICS LEAD HEXAGON’S LONDON CLASSIC CAR SHOW HIGHLIGHTS

Leading London classic car dealer Hexagon is appearing at The London Classic Car Show with a host of incredible classics, including possibly the lowest-mileage Jaguar E-Type Fixed Head Coupé and Porsche 911 SC Targa models in the world.

In all five amazing cars will appear on Hexagon’s stand from 18-21 February at The London Classic Car Show held at ExCeL, but Hexagon’s involvement doesn’t stop there. It will also be showcasing a Porsche 356 Speedster in the Grand Avenue Parade, and a Jaguar XK140 in the ‘Memory Lane’ feature.

The incredible E-Type was supplied new in 1966 to a Mr. D G Owen of Christchurch, New Zealand, where it remained until it was recently acquired by Hexagon. Since new, the car has covered just 10,513 miles and comes complete with the original tool roll, maintenance voucher book and warranty certificate.

Another low mileage classic on the stand is a 1983 Porsche 911 SC Sport Targa with just 8,100 miles on the clock. Having spent its life in Jersey, this Guards Red and Pasha interior car is in immaculate condition, having undergone a full recent recommissioning.

Also on the stand is a one-of-31 AC 428 Frua Coupe. This ultra-rare machine, finished in AC Mist Silver Metallic, combines an elegant Italian body with a big block American V8. Acquired by Hexagon last year, it has been subject to a complete overhaul, including a full interior re-trim using the correct black leather Connolly hides.

Hexagon is also very proud to present a 1979 Ferrari 512 BB in Argento Auteuil metallic paint with Nero Leather interior. One of just 101 UK right-hand-drive cars supplied, it was sold new by Lancaster Garage Colchester and carries a complete service history warranting its 44,080 miles.

Rounding off Hexagon’s stand display is a stunning Porsche 911 993 Carrera 4S, which has covered just 8,396 miles. This manual-equipped car comes with desirable Sports seats and is finished in Arctic Silver with a black full leather interior.

The London Classic Car Show will be hosting a Classic Six Nations Cup parade on the Grand Avenue, in which Hexagon will be representing Germany with a beautiful concours-standard Porsche 356 Speedster. In the ‘Memory Lane’ area of the show, Hexagon will be displaying a gorgeous 1956 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupé, recently subject to a thorough restoration.

Hexagon chairman, Paul Michaels, said: “The selection of cars we’ll have on display at ExCeL is a perfect snapshot of Hexagon’s world-class stock. We specialise in offering the best of the best. Last year’s London Classic Car Show was a great success and we’re looking forward to welcoming visitors onto our stand again.”

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 22 Febrero 2016, 15:10:30
GREAT BRITAIN BEATS ITALY TO WIN THE CLASSIC SIX NATIONS CUP

The people have spoken! Great Britain has produced more of the world’s greatest cars than any other nation.

The verdict was delivered on Sunday night as the London Classic Car Show closed its doors after a record-breaking stay at ExCeL, London.

One of the show’s main events was the Classic Six Nations Cup in which teams of ten iconic classic cars from the six leading car-producing nations vied for votes from visitors.

And when all the votes had been counted, the UK team – which included such varied machines at the original Mini, the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, Le Mans Bentley, McLaren F1 supercar, Aston Martin DB5, Land Rover and Graham Hill’s 1988 title winning Lotus 49 Grand Prix car – narrowly beat an Italian team full of Ferraris, Maseratis and Lamborghinis.

American muscle cars helped the USA in to third place ahead of Germany, France and Japan. Prizes to the top three nations were presented by Jodie Kidd on Sunday afternoon.

“The Classic Six Nations Cup really caught the imagination of visitors. The sight and sound of wonderful classic cars – which included supercars, racing cars, rally stars and genuine motoring icons – being driven indoors along the show’s Grand Avenue was unforgettable. And hopefully the result will settle a few arguments… when it comes to the best cars in the world, no-one can touch Great Britain,” said event director Bas Bungish.

The second London Classic Car Show was twice as large as the inaugural show and welcomed a record 33,000 visitors over its four days (18-21 February). Such was its popularity that the event was trending on Twitter for many hours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Officially opened by F1 World Champion Jenson Button, among the other highlights were visits from motoring royalty including former World Rally Champion Ari Vatanen, Sir Stirling Moss, TV pundit Suzi Perry and McLaren designer Gordon Murray.

Special displays included an in depth exhibition devoted to the McLaren F1 with no fewer than seven examples on show, together worth more than £50 million. The display was curated by the car’s creator Gordon Murray.

Some of the world’s fastest cars were gathered together in a display which traced the evolution of the supercar, while another focused on the fearsome Group B rally cars, the so-called F1 cars of the forests.

Classic car dealers crammed the halls with impressive displays of rare and valuable classic cars, many with six figure price tags. By the end of the show they delightedly reported sales of many millions of pounds.

But there were also more affordable classics on display and for sale. An entirely new hall, effectively doubling the size of the show, was crammed with displays from one-make car clubs while dealers offered everyday classics for sale.

The new hall also incorporated ‘Speakers’ Corner’, a stage where experts were on hand to talk about all aspects of the classic car movement. Topics covered included how to choose the ideal classic, buying at auction and classic car values.

“If we were delighted by how the first London Classic Car Show was received in 2015, we were blown away by the response to the 2016 edition. From the moment the show opened right until the final curtain each day, the halls were buzzing with visitors. They loved the special displays and really got involved with the show: more than 9,000 for example, voted in the Classic Six Nations Cup.

“And the really good news is that we are already starting work to make the 2017 London Classic Car Show even better. Make a note in your diaries now: 23-26 February 2017,” said Bungish.

Full details and pictures from the event can be found via the show’s official website – www.thelondonclassiccarshow.co.uk– and Facebook pages.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 25 Febrero 2016, 14:44:11
SIMPLY JAGUAR - SUNDAY 8TH MAY 2016

Jaguar fans are leaping at the chance to join Simply Jaguar, Beaulieu’s new event to celebrate the brand’s thoroughbred saloons and sports cars on Sunday 8th May.

The invitation to join the rally extends to every model from this legendary marque, including the stately Mark V to X executive saloons, more compact Mark I, Mark II and S-Type, luxurious XJ and sporting icons such as the post-war XK range, E-type, XJ-S and the latest F-type. Daimler derivatives of Jaguar models are also welcome to take part in the event in the stately grounds of the National Motor Museum.

Events Assistant Reuben Rhodes-Leader said: “We are excited to welcome Jaguar owners and enthusiasts to Beaulieu for the first ever Simply Jaguar and look forward to an extensive display of impressive cars on show.  As such a well-loved marque, Simply Jaguar will be a day out for everyone to enjoy.”

Participating owners will drive their Jaguars through the scenic New Forest before parking up in the grounds of the National Motor Museum to compare their cars, chat with other enthusiasts and enjoy all of the features of the Beaulieu attraction which are included in one great value ticket.

The People’s Choice Award will give rally participants and Beaulieu’s attraction visitors the chance to nominate their favourite car. In the afternoon, the owner of the car which received the greatest number of votes will be presented with a commemorative Beaulieu trophy and a special Autoglym prize, before leading a cavalcade of the most popular cars through the Beaulieu grounds.

For rally participants arriving in a Jaguar, entry into the Beaulieu parkland with your car is from 9.30am, when the Brabazon Restaurant will be serving hot and cold drinks and breakfast bites. Participant tickets are £10.00 adult and £5.00 child and can be purchased on the day, or in advance on 01590 612888 or www.beaulieu.co.uk/events. All other visitors should enter Beaulieu via the main reception at normal Beaulieu attraction admission prices.

For Jaguar clubs whose members would all like to park together within the show, club stands are available. To book your club stand at least two weeks in advance, and for all Jaguar-related trade enquiries, contact the Beaulieu Events team on 01590 614614 or events@beaulieu.co.uk.

Admission includes access to all of the Beaulieu attraction. Don’t miss the National Motor Museum’s new Driving Change display, which explores motoring innovations, technology and safety throughout history and makes motoring predictions for the future. Visit On Screen Cars and the World of Top Gear, take a stroll around the Montagu family home Palace House and grounds and the historic ruins of 13th century Beaulieu Abbey.

Simply Jaguar is just one event in Beaulieu’s 2016 Simply rally line-up, which also includes Simply Porsche, Simply Bikes and Simply Land Rover. For the full list of Simply rallies and other Beaulieu events, see www.beaulieu.co.uk/events or follow @Beaulieu_Hants on Twitter.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 25 Febrero 2016, 14:44:40
‘THE LADY IN THE VAN’ STAR UP FOR AUCTION

A 1957 Bedford CA van, that starred in the awarding winning film ‘The Lady in the Van’ with Dame Maggie Smith, will be auctioned by Silverstone Auctions at this year’s Practical Classics Restoration and Classic Car Show on Sunday 6th March at the NEC, Birmingham.

The van is one of two specially prepared and cosmetically distressed for the film to mimic the true story of Miss Mary Shepherd, who resided in a Bedford CA van on Alan Bennett's driveway for over 10 years. The van is featured extensively throughout the film and is even painted by Dame Maggie on camera. In addition, it features on the promotional poster of this classic piece of British cinematography directed by the National Theatre's Nicholas Hytner.

Speaking in advance of the sale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions, Nick Whale, said, “We’re excited to be offering a piece of British cinema history at our sale which, paired with the appeal of the Bedford van to classic collectors, makes for a very exciting and unique opportunity for our customers.”

Having had restoration works prior to filming the van is in good working order and now boasts very special paintwork, hand-painted by Maggie Smith herself. It is offered for sale next month and is estimated at between £9,000 and £12,000.

The restoration of the van included an engine rebuild and it presents today in good working order with rust free bodywork and the 3-speed manual transmission and electrics reported to be in good working order.

This early Bedford is not only an important piece of film history but also an increasingly sought after classic British van. As an early split-screen example, with its two opening rear doors and sliding front doors, the Bedford CA is a rare sight on our roads nowadays, despite being the mainstay utility vehicle of the period.

First introduced in 1952, the Bedford CA was a light delivery van built on a separate chassis with production continuing through to 1969. The chassis allowed specialist bodywork to be fitted such as the Dormobile and Campervan conversions and was offered in either short or long wheelbase.

The van will be auctioned at the NEC, Birmingham, alongside 70 classic cars and restoration projects. To read more about the van visit http://www.silverstoneauctions.com/bedford-ca-10-cwt-short-wheelbase-van.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 25 Febrero 2016, 17:05:56
480 ES: THE VOLVO THAT PAVED THE WAY TO THE FUTURE IS TURNING 30

The Volvo 480 ES was the first front-wheel-drive car with a transverse engine produced by Volvo. It's now been 30 years since this wedge-shaped car made its official premiere at the Geneva Motor Show.

When the annual motor show in Geneva opened on 6 March 1986, the Volvo 480 ES was one of the cars that attracted the most attention. It was not just the premiere of the first sports car from Volvo in more than a decade; the 480 ES was also the brand's first front-wheel-drive car in series production. The model designation was tied to the 1800 ES sports wagon, which ended production in 1973. The low, wedge-shaped body with its pointed nose and pop-up headlights provided a hint of the future, while the abruptly ending rear section with its glass tailgate was yet another way to pay homage to the 1800 ES.

Several sketches had been prepared by designers such as Carozzeria Bertone and Volvo Cars' Chief Designer Jan Wilsgaard, but the proposal that got the green light was created by John De Vries of Volvo's subsidiary in the Netherlands. Dynamics and personality were key words guiding the design.
        

 

The interior was also innovative, with an instrument panel angled towards the driver and adjustable backrests in the individual rear seats. The interior was designed by Peter Horbury, who would later become Volvo's Chief Designer.

The level of technology in the car was high, and the 480 ES was well equipped even in the standard version. A new feature was the trip computer. This “electronic information centre” could give the driver information about average fuel consumption, average speed, range and outside temperature. Digitally, of course.

The 1.7-litre engine came from Renault and produced 109 hp thanks to the help of catalytic converters. This was enough to produce a top speed of 118 mph and enabled the car to sprint to 62 mph in 9.5 seconds. While the engine's power output was not particularly high, the 480 ES was a road car with driving properties that could match its sporty appearance.

1998 saw the launch of the 480 Turbo, which had a 120 hp engine with the help of its exhaust turbo and intercooler. In 1993, a new 2.0-litre engine was added to the 480 ES series, with 110 hp and, above all, improved torque.

The 480 series was designed to be a niche model and was not a big seller for Volvo. However, it was more important for Volvo than many realised at the Geneva Motor Show in 1986.

The 480 was namely the first car in a large and comprehensive project – internally called Galaxy. The name implied that they were aiming for the stars. For Volvo, it meant that a new era of technology was beginning. Rear-wheel drive was replaced with front-wheel or all-wheel drive, and a range of new engines was developed.

Project Galaxy began in 1978. Two years later, the first front-wheel-drive prototype was ready. The project was then split up so that Volvo Cars in Sweden was responsible for the larger car that would become the 850, and the Dutch subsidiary Volvo Cars B.V. was responsible for the smaller models – the 440, 460 and 480.

There were plans for an open 480 ES, and a prototype of a convertible version of the 480 was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 1990. However, it never made it into production. Neither did the Targa version that was also developed for study purposes. Three of the prototypes of an open 480 ES are currently preserved at the Volvo Museum in Gothenburg.

The Volvo 480 ES was primarily marketed in Europe. The largest single market was the UK, where 22,000 cars were sold. Production of the car in Volvo's plant in Born, Netherlands ended in September 1995. At the same time, the new compact model S40 was picked up. 76,375 Volvo 480s were built in total.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 26 Febrero 2016, 10:28:21
EX-BTCC CHAMPION ANDY JORDAN SIGNS UP AS HOUSE CAPTAIN AT GOODWOOD 74TH MEMBERS’ MEETING

Former British Touring Car Champion, Andy Jordan, will make his debut as a House Captain at this year’s 74th Goodwood Members’ Meeting (March 19/20).

The 26-year old, who won the coveted BTCC title in 2013, will replace fiery Frenchman Nicolas Minassian, who was due to captain the Aubigny house but will now be racing in the 12 Hours of Sebring in the USA on the same weekend.

Unlike most motor racing events, drivers are grouped into four ‘houses’ for whom they score points during the course of the weekend. Visitors can even score points for their chosen house by taking part in various off-track games.

Jordan will race in the Alan Mann Trophy, for pre-1966 Ford GT40s, as well as a Mini 1275GT in the Gerry Marshall Trophy for the iconic Group 1 touring cars of the late 1970s and early ‘80s at the exclusive Members’ Meeting and is relishing the chance to lead his house to victory.

"To be asked to be a house captain is something I am very proud of,” he said: “I love the events Goodwood puts on and, to now be a part of the fantastic Members’ Meeting is very exciting. We are all drivers and very competitive, so the main aim is to have our house win; that said, I am sure we will all have some fun with great racing along the way."

For more information about the 74th Members’ Meeting, please visit: www.goodwood.com/74MM.

Created by Goodwood owner, Lord March, to recreate the atmosphere and camaraderie of the original BARC Members’ Meetings held at Goodwood Motor Circuit in the 1950s and ‘60s, the Goodwood Members’ Meeting conjures up some of the most evocative sights and sounds from the golden era of motor racing.

The 2016 Members’ Meeting will feature 11 races for a huge range of historic cars and, for the first time ever, motorcycles; three high-speed demonstration runs will also celebrate some of the most iconic racing cars in the sport’s varied history.

As well as the action on the famous Goodwood Motor Circuit, the Members’ Meeting features a huge range of attractions for all the family off-track, including an exclusive event on Saturday evening and a wide variety of food and entertainment on offer throughout.

A fairground, live music and a series of games in which visitors can score additional points for their chosen ‘house’ complete the carnival atmosphere.

For more information or to book tickets, please visit: www.goodwood.com/74MM

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 29 Febrero 2016, 13:07:34
CLASSIC NOSTALGIA TO PAY TRIBUTE TO GROUP B RALLYING

he works Audi Quattro returns to Shelsley Walsh 30 years on as the Midland Automobile Club pays tribute to the mighty Group B rally cars of the 80s at Classic Nostalgia on the 16th and 17th July 2016.

Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb played its part in the history of Group B when Hannu Mikkola who was by then World Rally Champion came to the July 1986 meeting in the works Audi Quattro and set a Best Time of Day with a stunning run of 29.51 seconds. A month later at the August 1986 meeting, the famous Metro 6R4 that was once driven by Tony Pond made an appearance and driven by Roy Lane, set a time of 33.14 seconds.

Classic Nostalgia will pay tribute to these mighty cars and we can confirm that the Audi Quattro once driven by Hannu Mikkola at Shelsley Walsh will return for the weekend. 30 years on from its original appearance and kindly loaned by Steve Perez we look forward to seeing this car take to the hill.

Also confirmed is the Ford RS200 driven by Stig Blomqvist. He drove this car on the Acropolis and RAC rallies of 1986. He ran in the top four on both occasions but twice failed to make the finish due to mechanical failures. This car will be in action on the hill.

The very first Lancia Delta S4 will also be making an appearance on the hill as part of the Tribute Class of 6 iconic Group B cars.

There will be demonstration runs and competitive runs from other Group B cars on the 1000 yard tarmac course of the famous Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb as well as static displays from Group B clubs and owners.

Other attractions over the weekend will include music and dancing in The Courtyard from

There will also be action in the skies with air displays including the Lancaster Bomber which is making a flypast on the Saturday.

The Midland Automobile Club will make further announcements on cars, drivers and attractions shortly. For more information over the coming months visit the website www.shelsley-walsh.co.uk

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 01 Marzo 2016, 08:14:30
RECORD BREAKING RESULTS AT RACE RETRO SALES

In front of hundreds of historic motorsport fans, Silverstone Auctions achieved strong results in three days of auctions at Race Retro this weekend with total sales of £4.7million, more than £1.3million up on last year’s total.

Securing a brand new world record price, an incredibly special 1990 Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II, with just 1,723 miles recorded, sold for an amazing £292,500. With phone and online bids coming in from all over the world, as well as plenty of admirers in the room, the car sold to rapturous applause for more than double its lower estimate.

Setting another world record price, a 1987 Ford Capri 280 'Brooklands' with a similarly low mileage of just 936 miles, sold for £54,000. Fast Fords proved popular across the board with a best of breed a 1995 Ford Escort RS Cosworth LUX selling for £52,875 and an exceptional 1972 Ford Escort Mexico selling for £43,875, more than £16,000 over its lower estimate.

Speaking after the sale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions, Nick Whale, said: “I’m delighted we have achieved these fantastic prices on behalf of our vendors. Once again we’ve been able to host a highly successful auction with both happy sellers and happy buyers and have broken world records by offering some of the finest cars available in the market, with a special combination of auction atmosphere and customer service.”

As well as classic road cars, more than £580,000 worth of competition cars were also sold at the historic motorsport event on Friday 26th February in the first separate race car auction at Race Retro.

Other road cars that sold well included a 1958 Aston Martin DB2/4 MKIII Saloon that had been in the same family ownership for nearly six decades, selling for £208,125. The car had benefitted from a significant restoration and been cossetted throughout its life. Buyers were clearly impressed and the car smashed its estimate by nearly £50,000.

Iconic supercars were also in much demand at the show. A 2004 Porsche Carrera GT that had come from a significant private collection sold for £427,500, while a 1981 Lamborghini

Countach LP400 S, one of just seven right-hand drive models produced, sold for £213,750. A well cared for 1994 Jaguar XJ220 sold for £275,625, and a highly topical 2001 Honda NSX sold for £69,750, nearly £15,000 over its lower estimate.

Ferrari 550 Maranellos are proving to be the next big thing in the classic Ferrari market, and a 1999 example reading only 21,000 miles and presented in the special order colour of Canna di Fucile sold for £110,250, more than £30,000 over its lower estimate.

Silverstone Auctions next sale takes place this Sunday, 6th March at the Practical Classics Restoration and Classic Car Show with 70 cars on offer at the NEC, Birmingham.

Nick concluded: “I look forward to welcoming many more buyers at our next sale in less than one week’s time and expect to see a similar level of excitement around the cars for sale.”

To view the full results from Silverstone Auctions’ sale at Race Retro please visit https://www.silverstoneauctions.com/race-retro-classic-car-sale-2016/view_lots.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 01 Marzo 2016, 08:14:52
CONCOURS OF ELEGANCE 2016 AT WINDSOR CASTLE: BIGGER AND BETTER THAN EVER

The Concours of Elegance 2016 at Windsor Castle will be the biggest, most diverse and most glamorous iteration of the legendary international event yet. In a celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday, the Concours will bring together a larger selection of cars than ever, – almost 1000 over the course of the weekend – a broader array of features and a brand new supercar exhibit.

As ever, the main focus of the Concours of Elegance will be sixty of the world’s most incredible cars gathered from all corners of the globe in to the glorious quadrangle at Windsor Castle. But this year the Concours’ additional events, including the Club Trophy, Jaguar Trophy and Bentley Trophy of Elegance will gather together 90 cars each, in celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday.

With the gracious permission of Her Majesty The Queen, the Concours is again visiting Windsor Castle, having held its debut event there in 2012 to mark The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Further honouring Her Majesty, this year’s Concours will also star a selection of cars from 1926, the year of Her Majesty’s birth, and a line-up of revolutionary cars of the past 90 years – one from each decade.

This year’s Concours of Elegance will also have the broadest selection of cars ever, with a new feature lawn focusing on the latest supercars from legendary brands such as Ferrari, Bugatti, Lamborghini and Aston Martin.

This year’s event will take place at Windsor Castle from the 2-4 September, preceded by an exclusive driving Tour for the Concours participants, which will take in some of the UK’s finest roads, before arriving at the Castle on 2 September.

Tickets for the Concours of Elegance 2016 will be on sale soon from www.concoursofelegance.co.uk.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 01 Marzo 2016, 08:15:14
THE 2016 BONHAMS LONDON TO BRIGHTON VETERAN CAR RUN WILL MARK THE 130TH BIRTHDAY OF THE WORLD’S FIRST AUTOMOBILE

The ‘Benz Patent Motorwagen’ took its first, faltering, steps in 1886… but the rest is history

The 2016 Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run – the world’s longest running motoring event – will celebrate inventor Karl Benz’s 130-year old patent, granted on January 29th 1886, and the early days of German motoring when the annual pilgrimage of veteran cars makes its way to the south coast in November.

The Benz Patent Motorwagen (patent number 37435) was a two-seater, three-wheeler, powered by a single cylinder four-stroke engine mounted at the rear. Its first public demonstration run was not hugely successful; difficult to control, it collided with a wall.

Significant modifications meant that successful tests on public roads were carried out in the summer of 1886 and two years and further improvements later, the ‘Mk III’ version was offered for sale, becoming the world’s first commercially available automobile.

Alongside Benz, of which there were six examples on the 2015 Run, the organisers are hoping to see veteran cars from manufacturers such as Adler, Bergmann, (German-built) Daimler, Lutzmann, Mercedes and Opel tackling the 60 mile run from London’s Hyde Park to Brighton. Registration for the 2016 Run will open on Monday, 28th March.

As ever, the Run – a Royal Automobile Club event since 1930 – will take place on the first Sunday in November, which this year falls on the 6th.

The first cars will leave Hyde Park at sunrise where more than 400 three and four-wheelers make their annual pilgrimage to the Sussex seafront.

The Run is open to all vehicles built before 1905 – so even the youngest on the Run therefore being more than 110 years old – and while most will be petrol-powered there will be some powered by steam and, proving there’s nothing new under the sun, a handful will be battery-powered electric vehicles.

The Run itself will also be celebrating an anniversary this year. The very first ‘Emancipation Run’ from London to Brighton was held in November 1896 – 120 years ago – and marked the passing into law of the Locomotives on the Highway Act which raised the speed limit for ‘light locomotives’ from 4mph to 14mph and abolished the need for the vehicles to be preceded by a man carrying a red flag.

Tom Purves, Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club, said: “Karl Benz and his wife Bertha, who, in 1888, undertook the first long distance journey by car, were far-sighted automobile pioneers… but even they would be amazed by the role the car plays in 21st Century life. It is highly fitting that the 2016 Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run should honour Benz, his contemporaries and his country’s role in the history of the motor car.”

‘The Run’ is just one element of the Royal Automobile Club’s London Motor Week – a seven day celebration of motoring, which includes an art exhibition, motoring heritage lectures, a motoring forum and a motoring book awards evening. The penultimate event in the week is the free-to-view Regent Street Motor Show, on Saturday 5th November, turning London’s premier shopping street into a motoring showcase that puts the spotlight on veterans and moderns alike, before the week is rounded off with the Club’s premier event – the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.

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

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 01 Marzo 2016, 18:36:22
E-TYPE FOUND UNDER A HEDGE GOES UP FOR AUCTION

45 classic cars go under the hammer at COYS Spring Classics auction in London on March 8th

A 1963 Jaguar E-Type found under a hedge in the village of Bisley in Surrey could sell for thousands of pounds at an international car auction in London next week.

E-Types have become extremely popular with collectors over the last couple of years and this car, which shows just 44,870miles on the clock and still has the last tax disc on the windscreen which expired in November 1969, is already attracting attention from around the world.

“It is ideal for restoration and is extremely rare,” said valuer James Good at international auctioneers COYS, “It has a great history, including racing, which collectors love.”

The car’s first owner in May 1963 was Ivor Arbiter. Ivor owned Drum City and Sound City in London and was at the centre of the 60s music scene. He was the designer of the ‘drop – T’ logo for The Beatles.

Beatle’s Manager Brian Epstein requested that the band’s name appeared on the bass drum so Arbiter sketched the “drop-T” logo on a scrap of paper with the capital B and dropped T to emphasize the word ‘beat’.  Drum City was paid £5 for the design and it was hand painted by local sign writer, Eddie Stokes, who painted bass-drum heads for the store during his lunch hour.

James said: “The Beatles logo is now recognised as one of the most significant and widely reproduced logos in history, and the fact that it was designed by the first owner of this E-Type is not insignificant.”

The car changed owners a couple of times between 1965 and 1967, when it moved to its last owner Frank Riches. Frank was a keen motorsport enthusiast and raced both the E-Type and his MGTF at Oulton Park, Brands Hatch and Blackbushe between 1967 and 1969. Frank would drive the E-type to the circuit with the MG behind and would then race both cars and drive home.

James added: “This wonderful Series 1, 3.8 E-Type is in original condition, with matching numbers and has never been restored.  It retains all the features it carried in 1969 and is possibly one of the most original examples remaining today. The car needs a total restoration but it has all the ingredients to make a superb car – this is a true rarity!!

This fantastic E-Type comes with its original brown log book, V5 and V5C, its last MOT certificate dated November 1968, the sales invoice to Frank Riches for £855 along with the Heritage Certificate confirming all the important details.  It also has its original Operating Maintenance & Service Handbook, Service Manual and Spare Parts Catalogue and the original jack.

The Spring Classics auction also features a selection of important classics and collectors cars, including a 1967 Porsche 912 SWB Coupe (estimated at £28,000 to £35,000), a 1965 Austin Healey 3000 Mk III (£30,000 a £35,000), a 1935 Jaguar SS1 Sports Tourer (£65,000 to £70,000) and a 1967 Maserati Mistral 4000 Coupé Coachwork by Carrozzeria Frua (£30,000 to £40,000).

Other important lots include a 1979 Maserati Khamsin (£95,000 to £105,000), a VCC Dated 1901, London-to-Brighton Run eligible, 1901 Delin 4HP Voiturette (£58,000 to £70,000) and a 1926 Rolls-Royce 20 HP Open Tourer By Thrupp & Maberly (£55,000 to £65,000).

Collectors on the lookout for the next multimillion-pound Ferrari will find a number of sought-after examples from the Mackley-North Collection, which are likely to increase in value in the years to come.

The range of Ferraris in include a 1988 Ferrari Testarossa Coupe (£75,000 to £90,000), a 1992 Ferrari 512TR, 8,000 KM from new (£150,000 to £170,000), a 1971 Ferrari Dino 246GT Coupé Coachwork by Scaglietti and design by Pininfarina (£220,000 to £240,000), a 1997 Ferrari 456 GTA, 27,000 miles from new (£48,000 to £58,000), a 1994 Ferrari 348 TB Speciale that is one of only four cars delivered to the UK (£50,000 to £60,000) and a 2003 Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale (£160,000 to £180,000).

Chris Routledge, CEO of COYS, said: “Spring Classics has always been a popular event and a herald of the upcoming spring and summer classic motoring season. Collectors will find a wide range of classic cars of offer and, who knows, they could leave the auction room in the car they are going to drive in their next international tour!”

COYS Spring Classics auction takes place at the Royal Horticultural Society, Lindley Hall, Vincent Square, Westminster, London, next Tuesday, March 8th at 7pm.

Viewing takes place on Monday 7th March from 12.00 noon to 8.00pm and on the day of the sale from 10.00am to start of sale.

For more information on both auctions and full catalogues, visit www.coys.co.uk.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 02 Marzo 2016, 13:43:02
70 CARS ON OFFER IN SILVERSTONE AUCTIONS’ RESTORATION SHOW SALE

70 cars will be going under the hammer in Silverstone Auctions’ sale at the Practical Classics Restoration Show and Classic Car Show taking place this Sunday 6th March at the NEC, Birmingham.

The auction offers the opportunity to purchase an eclectic range of cars including some of the finest classics and modern supercars through to exciting barn finds and restoration projects. 

Headlining the sale is a very special, limited edition 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0, one of only 600 examples made and the last of the Mezger engined Porsches. Estimated at between £250,000 and £300,000 the car is a must have for any serious Porsche collector.

Those who prefer Italian machinery will certainly be tempted by a 1999 Lamborghini Diablo SV, the last Lamborghini produced before VW took ownership of the company, estimated at between £150,000 and £170,000. A 1976 Ferrari 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer, one of just 86 right-hand drive examples produced, is estimated at between £290,000 and £340,000.

A rare and historically important Land Rover, a 1950 Land Rover Series I Station Wagon Coachwork by Tickford, is estimated at between £35,000 and £40,000. Not only that but one of the oldest Land Rovers in existence, a 1948 Series I Chassis #149, is estimated at between £27,000 and £32,000. Sympathetically restored by the vendor, Chassis #149 is finished in the correct Sage Green.

From Newport Pagnell comes a 1985 Aston Martin Lagonda, specially built by the company for the 1986 New York Motor Show. The left-hand drive car was displayed on the Aston Martin stand and shortly after sold to a Mr J. Schnepf of Newport Beach, California. He covered limited mileage during his ownership before it was imported to the Netherlands and registered there prior to the current vendor's purchase. The car was then taken to Desmond J Smail's, one of the UK's premier Aston Martin specialists, where it was subject to a comprehensive recommissioning. It is now offered for sale, estimated at between £80,000 and £100,000.

For those that have always dreamt of restoring a classic car then the sale features some very interesting motorcars.

An original UK right-hand drive, matching numbers 1978 Aston Martin V8 Series III is offered as a non-running project, the perfect candidate for a full restoration and estimated at between £45,000 and £55,000. A very rare 1963 ISO Rivolta GT restoration project is offered at no reserve, while an original UK 1959 Facel Vega HK500 barnfind is estimated at between £45,000 and £55,000.

From the silver screen comes an amazing 1957 Bedford CA van which starred in the hit film ‘The Lady in the Van’ alongside Dame Maggie Smith, estimated at between £9,000 and £12,000.

For the first time at this sale Silverstone Auctions will also be offering a selection of luxury watches and automobilia.

Speaking ahead of the sale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions, Nick Whale, said: “I’m looking forward to returning to this fantastic show that gets bigger and better every year. This is certainly our best ever catalogue for our sale at the event and I’m sure visitors will agree.”

Viewing of the lots will be available all day at the show Saturday 5th March with automobilia and watches going under the hammer on Sunday at 10.30am followed by motorcars at 1.30pm.

You can find out more about the sale and view the full lot list here https://www.silverstoneauctions.com/the-restoration-show-sale-2016/view_lots/pn/all.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 15 Marzo 2016, 08:43:46
E-TYPE FOUND UNDER A HEDGE SELLS FOR £58,000 AT AUCTION

A 1963 Jaguar E-Type found under a hedge in the village of Bisley in Surrey sold for £58,000 at COYS Spring Classics auction in London.

Chris Routledge, CEO of international auctioneers COYS, said: “We were encouraged by strong results achieved across the board and the number of registered bidders joining us and bidding in the room – it’s always good to see the market is as active as ever.”

He added: “The derelict E-Type attracted attention from all four corners of the world and bidders in a packed auction room and via telephone fought fiercely for it on Tuesday night. It ended up going to an English collector and Beatles enthusiast who plans to slowly restore it to its former glory.”

The E-Type showed just 44,870miles on the clock and still had the last tax disc on the windscreen which expired in November 1969. The car’s first owner in May 1963 was none other than Ivor Arbiter, who owned Drum City and Sound City in London and was the designer of the ‘drop – T’ logo for The Beatles.

It changed owners a couple of times between 1965 and 1967, when it moved to its last owner Frank Riches, who raced it extensively at Oulton Park, Brands Hatch and Blackbushe between 1967 and 1969. Frank burnt out the clutch and instead of getting it fixed he put the car into storage in a lock up until the 1980s, he then moved it to his garden where is remained under a tarpaulin until the present vendor rescued it in 2015.

Other important cars auctioned included a veteran 1901 Delin 4HP Voiturette eligible for the London to Brighton Run (sold for £64,520), a 1984 Lamborghini Countach 5000 S (£253,800), a 2010 Aspira F620 (£86,920) and a 1956 Mercedes-Benz 190SL (£81,320).

Routledge said: “Values of classic cars remain robust with a particular note to the Lamborgini Countach selling for £253,800. COYS next auction will be the Essen extravanza with a catalogue of 160 classic and sports cars.”

COYS ‘Techno Classica’ auction takes place on April 9th in Essen, Germany, followed by ‘COYS at Ascot’ in the famous British racecourse on April 16th.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 15 Marzo 2016, 08:44:02
DUKE’S ‘LITTLE MOUSE’ FIAT 500 FOR AUCTION

A  special pre-war Fiat 500 Topolino with a fascinating history will be auctioned by Classic Car Auctions (CCA) on Saturday 19th March at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre.

This particular example, with silver paintwork and a blue leather interior, was ordered new by one of the wealthiest men in the world at the time, the second Duke of Westminster, Hugh Grosvenor, way back on 14th September 1939. It was registered to the Westminster ancestral country estate, Eaton Hall, in Cheshire.

Now for sale seven decades after it was bought by its first owner, this Topolino will be offered at auction with an estimate of between £12,000 and £15,000.

The Topolino, which translates as ‘Little Mouse’, was one of the smallest cars in the world at the time of its production, and was the predecessor to the iconic Nuova 500 of the 1950s and 60s, as well as today’s popular model.

The Duke ordered his car with a 569L straight four side valve engine, with a manual gear box and in right-hand drive. Amazingly, the car has covered a total of just 1,593 miles in 77 years.

During World War II, the Topolino was transferred to the Duke’s Dublin estate while Eaton Hall was used as a hospital, as well as a temporary facility for the Britannia Royal Naval College. It was then shipped to back to Eaton Hall after the war. Upon the Duke's death in 1953, the car was transferred to the Dowager Duchess and remained part of the family until 1986 when the current vendor came across it.

“This is a remarkable little car with a fascinating past”, comments Guy Lees-Milne, general manager of Classic Car Auction. “Not only does it have ducal provenance, it has an extremely low mileage for a car of its age, making it a very rare find indeed.”

Having been with its current owner for 30 years, this special little car has benefitted from a lengthy and careful restoration, including a rebuild of the engine and a new leather interior.

“It’s amazing that one of the world’s wealthiest men would order such a modest little vehicle and a car of the people,” continues Guy Lees-Milne. “With its amazing story, and just two owners from new, we’re bound to have plenty of interest in its sale.”

For more information on this car and other classics offered in the CCA March Sale, visit http://www.classiccarauctions.co.uk/1939-fiat-topolino.
Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 15 Marzo 2016, 08:44:38
NEWEST BESPOKE COMMISSIONS OF SINGER VEHICLE DESIGN PRESENTED AT AMELIA ISLAND AND THE PALM EVENT

As the annual Concours season begins, Southern California-based Singer Vehicle Design joins the ‘best of the best’ in the collectible world, with two of the brand’s newest east coast commissions at two highly anticipated Florida showcases – the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance (March 11-13, 2016) and The Palm Event (March 18-20, 2016).  The North Carolina Car and The Florida Car, (referencing their geographic homes) will both hold court within the Singer display areas, acting as distinct examples of the finest Porsche 911s to be ‘Restored, Reimagined and Reborn’ by Singer Vehicle Design and blending the brand’s unique perspective and meticulous craftsmanship with client inspiration.

The company’s heritage is based on utilizing the ultimate in automotive design, engineering and industry standards to meet and exceed the vision of its fine clientele.  According to Rob Dickinson, creator and founder of Singer Vehicle Design, and ex-car designer and former rock musician, achieving the ‘best of the best’ in every modification is the only standard to maintain, and exceed.

“We began in 2008 with a vision to offer aficionados the opportunity to re-imagine their 911 without compromise,” said Dickinson.  “And now, with more than 40 commissions completed, and a significant global following, we’ve expanded our promise to remain obsessive in the details and keep striving for more innovations along the way.”

Dickinson’s mantra, ‘everything is important,’ is the baseline for each and every element within the handcrafted backbone of the company. “From the very start, we believed that if we could somehow create an environment that thrived on the best craftsmanship and creativity in customization, selecting only the best resources along the way, along with all the best elements if one could only have just one vehicle to drive – then maybe, our unique celebration of Porsche would be regarded with the same obsessive passion by enthusiasts too.”

And, as the world continues to take notice of a little restoration shop in Southern California that has provided a re-birth of sorts to old and tired Porsche 964s, a new fan base continues to emerge on a global scale.

Singer’s philosophy – creating one-of-a-kind masterpieces to each customer’s desires within perfectly optimized air-cooled Porsche 911s – continues to move forward with each new bespoke restoration. With limited availability and an 8-10 month restoration cycle, vehicles have more recently been commissioned by Porsche owners in Hong Kong, Moscow, Canada, England, Germany, Taiwan, New Zealand, Norway and the UK.

Display cars for both Amelia Island and The Palm Event include:

The North Carolina Car

    1991 Porsche 911 Restored, Reimagined, and Reborn by Singer Vehicle Design
    Carbon Fiber Body Panels
    Exterior finish: Blood Red Dark
    Interior Leather: Black Leather weave with 4 way touring seats
    Engine: 4.0L
    Transmission: 6spd
    Braking: Brembo
    Suspension: Ohlins
    Link to Photos: http://1drv.ms/1PJ2Gf0

The Florida Car

    1990 Porsche 911 Restored, Reimagined, and Reborn by Singer Vehicle Design
    Carbon Fiber Body Panels
    Exterior Finish: Hemingway Blue
    Interior Leather: Sand Beige with Suede Leather Weave and Track Seats
    Engine:4.0L
    Transmission:6spd
    Braking: Brembo
    Suspension: Ohlins
    Link to photos: http://1drv.ms/1PJ2xZ5

‘One More than 10: Singer and the Porsche 911’

While many have come to believe the ability to enter the inner circle of Singer Vehicle Design may well be  beyond reach, there’s one pathway to ownership within a less limited perspective that enthusiasts just may find easier on their pocket-book too – that being the release of the background story of the impeccable craftsmanship within Dickinson’s “re”imagination of Porsche 911s and the launch of his book “One More Than 10: Singer and the Porsche 911” currently available at www.singervehicledesign.com, as well as through publishing house Stance & Speed at http://www.stanceandspeed.com/automotive-books/one-more-than-10-singer-and-the-porsche-911.

Journalist Michael Harley and Dickinson tell the story, while an all-star cast of automotive writers, journalists and personalities offer their perspectives on the Singer phenomenon. Throughout the book some of the finest photographers in the automotive world, with unparalleled access to Singer’s operations, reveal the sublime beauty of these Porsche 911s as they are restored, and as they play at the track and run the open road.

As Dickinson notes, “The 911s, in all their luscious, heart-stopping, high-resolution pomp, photographed by real masters, are the stars - they always are. But this is also the story of a singular vision and the long road to make it a reality.”  (SVD 'One More than 10' book excerpt)

Finessed and agonized over just like the cars, this large format, hardback, 275 page, full color, Singer Vehicle Design book tells the full story behind Restored, Reimagined, Reborn for the first time and is priced at $85.

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Publicado por: Manu en 15 Marzo 2016, 08:45:05
LAND ROVERS STORM AHEAD AT SILVERSTONE AUCTIONS’ RESTORATION SHOW SALE

Just one week after a number of new record prices were achieved, Silverstone Auctions secured more high prices in its sale at the Practical Classics Restoration and Classic Car Show on Sunday. 75 per cent of the cars on offer were successfully hammered away at the NEC, Birmingham in front of hundreds of classic car fans at the show for a total sales figure of £1.5million.

In the home city of Land Rover, record prices were secured for two very special Series One examples. One of the earliest Land Rovers produced, a 1948 Series One Chassis #149, sold for £47,250, more than £20,000 over its lower estimate, and the highest price for a Series One in recent years. Not only that but one of the last Defenders produced, a 2016 Land Rover 110 Heritage Edition, one of only 400 made and with just 108 miles on the odometer, sold for £42,188.

A historically important and very rare car, a 1950 Land Rover Series I Station Wagon with coachwork by Tickford, sold for £38,250, a world record price. With early Land Rover’s status as important collectors’ items now proven, these cars are sure to prove a canny purchase for the new owners.

Far more exotic machinery also captivated the bidders. A 1999 Lamborghini Diablo SV, the last Lamborghini produced before VW took ownership of the company, sold for £174,375, nearly £25,000 over its lower estimate. From Maranello, a rare 1987 Ferrari 412i, which was presented in exemplary condition having benefitted from a restoration, sold for £50,625, more than £10,000 over its lower estimate.

Fast Fords have seen a rapid rise in value at auctions over the last 12 months, and Silverstone Auctions continued its success with the marque. A 1973 Ford Capri RS 3100, perhaps the best in the world, sold for £49,500, nearly £10,000 over its lower estimate.

Another car that could claim to be the best in the world was a 1971 Volvo P1800E. The UK right-hand drive car was a very special example indeed, and having had just two owners from new and a full restoration was sold for £34,875.

Speaking after the sale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions, Nick Whale, said: “Once again we’ve achieved a strong set of results at this fantastic show and I’m pleased that so many of our vendors are leaving having secured record prices and feeling satisfied that their pride and joys are going to good homes.”

Befitting the show, a selection of fantastic barn finds and restoration projects were presented to visitors. An original UK right-hand drive, matching numbers 1978 Aston Martin V8 Series III offered as a non-running project, sold for £47,250. A 1968 Jaguar E-Type Series II Roadster, a matching numbers example which will provide the new owner a wonderful project, sold for £41,625.

Nick added: “I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who attended the sale and I look forward to returning to our spiritual home of Silverstone circuit for The May Sale."

Consignments are now being invited into the May Sale, taking place at Silverstone circuit on May 21st, and to Silverstone Auctions’ first international sale which takes place at The Classic Race Aarhus in Denmark on the 28th and 29th of May. Anyone interested in submitting an entry and benefitting from Silverstone Auctions' expertise and support can call 01926 691141 or alternatively, visit www.silverstoneauctions.com.

You can find view the full results from the sale at the Practical Classics Restoration and Classic Car Show here: https://www.silverstoneauctions.com/the-restoration-show-sale-2016/view_lots/pn/all.
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Publicado por: Manu en 16 Marzo 2016, 08:25:32
AUTO UNION AT CLASSIC NOSTALGIA

Some of the most historic competition days ever held at Shelsley Walsh will be recreated during our Classic Nostalgia weekend (July 16 & 17) with two iconic cars returning to the 111 year old Worcestershire hill.

An Auto Union Type C similar to the one that Hans Stuck drove on the hill in June 1936 is returning to Shelsley with none other than Stuck's son, Hans-Joachim Stuck driving the incredible V16 Grand Prix turned-hill-climb-car that was such a stunning technological marvel at the time - and indeed still to this day. Hans Stuck was a European Champion hill climb driver to the extent that his 'King of the Mountains' name preceded him following his success at Austria's highest mountain pass the Grossglockner hill climb, and at Klausen hill climb in Switzerland, events that held as much status as a win at Monza or the Nürburgring.

Celebrating the Auto Union's visit fifty years after Stuck's was Hannu Mikkola who in 1986 drove works Audi Sport Quattro Group B car to new Closed Car record at Shelsley of 29.51 seconds that stood for many years. This famous short wheel base Quattro '44 WMN’ that drove in the British Rally Championship in 1986 in the hands of Mikkola, will too be returning to Shelsley Walsh over the July 16th and 17th Classic Nostalgia weekend.

For fans of the truly breath taking pre-war Grand Prix cars, the quite unbelievable Group B rallying era and of Hans Stuck who has won Le Mans, Sebring, the Nürburgring 24 hrs, the Sports Car World Championship and the DTM, it will be a weekend that one cannot miss at any costs.

Our thanks go to Audi Tradition and Audi UK for their tremendous help for this stunning gathering of genuinely priceless cars and also to Steve Perez the owner of the Audi Sport Quattro.

For more information visit the website www.shelsley-walsh.co.uk

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 16 Marzo 2016, 17:19:48
A “LOST” 1932 8C2300 ALFA ROMEO SURFACES!

It seems almost unbelievable that an example of one of the great pre-war cars, a straight eight supercharged Alfa Romeo of the type that won Le Mans four times and the Mille Miglia three times, could be lost from sight for many, many decades only to be discovered about five years ago. Even more amazing the long term owner, who is approaching his personal century, received the car as a 21st birthday present from his father back in 1937. An incredible story but absolutely true!

The car, chassis and engine number 2211079, was bodied in France by the coachbuilding firm of Figoni, the only short chassis to be bodied by that famous house. It was completed in time for first owner Mr Weinberg to compete in the Paris-Nice rally in March 1933, an event in which he competed in 1934 as well.

According to the existing French registration records the car passed to Count Francois de Bremond in May 1935 and he ran the Grossglockner Hillclimb that year finishing 5th in class. He may have used it for other competitions but he sold it in August 1937. The agent or broker in the sale was Luigi Chinetti who was then resident in Paris but later became the first agent for Ferrari in North America based in Greenwich, Connecticut.

The new owner had just graduated and his father gave him the car as a present – and he owned the car for over 70 years. During the war, it was hidden from the occupying forces and used for some years after the war before being garaged but well looked after until being acquired by the current owner. The car was then taken to restoration specialist Blakeney Motorsport here in the UK a year and a half ago. The car has not been restored but has been made safe to run as far as the engine, fuel system, dry sump oil system, brakes, steering, electrics and so on are concerned.

An absolutely fantastic story.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 17 Marzo 2016, 09:21:48
JAGUAR LAND ROVER CELEBRATES A CLASSIC FUTURE

Jaguar Land Rover is delighted to announce the renaming of its Heritage business to Jaguar Land Rover Classic.

The rebranded division will continue to provide cars, services, parts and experiences for Classic Jaguar and Land Rovers and their owners.

Tim Hannig, Director, Jaguar Land Rover Classic, said: “Renaming the rapidly growing global business to Jaguar Land Rover Classic best reflects the division’s overall capabilities in providing the best cars, services, parts and experiences for our customers. We aim to build an even more successful future by celebrating and nurturing Jaguar and Land Rover’s past.”

Jaguar Land Rover Classic can now accommodate full restorations of classic vehicles at its UK sites, as well as providing a repair and maintenance service for customers.

Jaguar Classic will continue to use the historic Browns Lane facility, where the six continuation Lightweight E-types were built and a newly developed Land Rover  Classic workshop at Solihull for the restoration of Land Rovers. Fully factory restored Jaguars and Land Rovers are now also available for purchase.

Jaguar Land Rover Classic Parts supplies genuine parts for models whose range has been out of production for over a decade.

The parts catalogue has over 30,000 individual and guaranteed parts, available to order from Jaguar Land Rover’s global retail network. Specialist technical advisors have extensive product knowledge and selected parts are available to order on the day for collection at local retailers.

In addition to cars, services and parts, the Classic business also offers customers the opportunity to experience a selection of Jaguar and Land Rover’s most iconic models with Classic Drives. This is complemented by the second season of the Jaguar Classic Challenge race series for pre-1966 Jaguar models, which commences on 2 May 2016 at Donington Race Circuit in the UK.

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Publicado por: Manu en 18 Marzo 2016, 08:56:52
TIN-TOP TREATS AT THE DONINGTON HISTORIC FESTIVAL

Just two weeks after the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship showcases the latest generation of stars at Donington Park, the circuit will play host to a fantastic selection of historic ‘tin-tops’ from the 1950s to the 1990s, with what promises to be a hugely entertaining group of Touring Car races at the Donington Historic Festival (30th April, 1st & 2nd May).

Touring Cars are guaranteed crowd-pleasers, and the Festival has grids covering everything from the earliest days of the BTCC (or BSCC as it was originally known) right up to the Super Touring era. Adding to the excitement is the fact that a number of cars at the Festival originally competed in period, as did some of the drivers, including John Cleland, Steve Soper and Patrick Watts.

Donington Historic Festival Touring Car action begins on the Saturday, with the Historic Touring Car Challenge, incorporating the new Tony Dron Trophy for Group 1 cars. 1980s and ’90s Touring Car ace Steve Soper will share JD Classics’ 1973 Ford ‘Cologne’ Capri with Chris Ward, racing against Mark Smith in the BMW M3 E30 that Soper campaigned in 1989/90. The grid also includes David Clark’s Luigi Racing Bastos Chevrolet Camaro in which Reine Wisell, Claude Bourgoignie and John Cooper took pole at Spa in 1981, and Nigel Garrett in the Rover SD1 that Andy Rouse drove to victory in the 1984 BTCC.

Touring Car content on the Sunday kicks off with the U2TC for pre-66 under two-litre Touring Cars.  In 2015, over half of the cars in this race were Lotus Cortinas, and a newcomer to this year’s Lotus Cortina contingent is Steve Soper, driving the car that Matt Neal and Gordon Shedden previously raced in U2TC. Last year’s winners, the Banks brothers, will defend their title in their Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA, while crime writer Peter James will generate thrills of a different sort, in his BMW 1800Ti.

Sunday also sees the first of two races for the Super Touring Car Trophy. Touring Car legends John Cleland and Patrick Watts will do battle, with Cleland in his 1997 Triple-Eight Vectra, and Watts in Tim Harvey’s 1998 BTCC Peugeot 406, while Jason Minshaw will be behind the wheel of the ex-Rickard Rydell Volvo S40, which is racing for the first time since it was campaigned by Rydell in his 1998 BTCC-winning season. Also making its historic racing debut since it was first raced in period is the ex Kris Nissen Audi A4, which will be driven by Keith Butcher.

Expect also to see Touring Cars among the entries for the Pre-80 Endurance Series, which makes its DHF debut on the Sunday, bringing with it an unmissable blend of sports-racing, GT and Touring Cars.

On the Bank Holiday Monday, 2nd May, the Super Tourers return for their second race, while the HRDC ‘BTCC Celebration 1958 – 1966’ showcases the early history of the British Touring Car Championship. Steve Soper features yet again; partnered in this pit-stop race by David Cuff in the latter’s immaculate Lotus Cortina Mk.1. The nemesis of the Lotus-powered Ford is likely to be the Italian ‘Homologation Special’ that is the Alfa Romeo GTA of Neil Merry. Mighty V-8 power will be used to its full potential by such leviathans as Chris Clarkson’s Ford Falcon Sprint and the Mustangs of Nicholas Ruddell and Pete Hallford.  Representing the 1950s era will be Geoff Gordon in his blisteringly fast 1959 Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti Berlina, Ding Boston in the Oxford University Motorsport Foundation-run Riley 1.5 and a gaggle of HRDC Academy A30 and A35 racers.

The Donington Historic Festival ends on the Monday afternoon with the HRDC ‘Touring Greats’ for pre-60 Touring Cars. Expect to see thundering Jaguar Mk.7s being harried by diminutive Austin A35s, while A40s take on the speed of the Mk.1 Jaguars. Glen Pearson will debut his newly-built Jaguar Mk.1, and will have the experienced Richard Butterfield and Darren McWhirter in their well-proven examples to contend with. Bruce Chapman will share his Austin A35 Academy car with ‘For the Love of Cars’ TV presenter, Ant Anstead. Quite how these 6ft-plus chaps squeeze into these tiny racers is a well-kept secret! Expect capacity grids and endless excitement – especially when the mandatory pit-stop window comes into play and shuffles the pack around…

Advance discounted tickets
A single-day advance discounted ticket for the Donington Historic Festival costs £21 and a two-day ticket £34, while a three-day weekend ticket costs just £48 (on-the-gate prices will be £28, £45 and £65, respectively). Children aged under 16 are admitted for free. Advance discounted tickets can be bought via www.doningtonhistoric.com and through the 24-hour ticket hotline 0844 873 7355*.

*calls to the 24-hour ticket hotline are charged at 7p per minute plus your network access charge.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 21 Marzo 2016, 13:28:54
2016 FORMULA 1 ROLEX AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX

Jolyon drove a mature race despite it being his personal Grand Prix debut, withstanding late-race pressure to finish eleventh. Kevin was unlucky with a first lap puncture, but fought back and showed particularly strong race pace on his final stint, finishing twelfth.

Kevin started the race in P14 on new Pirelli super soft tyres, changing to a set of fresh soft tyres after his first lap puncture, then new medium tyres on lap 16, just before the red flag period.

Jolyon started the race in P13 on new super soft tyres, changing to fresh soft tyres on lap 12 then new medium tyres during the red flag period on lap 18.

Kevin Magnussen, #20, R.S.16-02: Started P14, finished P12

“We have a really good car; the pace is strong, as is the baseline set-up. It’s something we can continue to work from and evolve to gain more performance. Today was pretty tough at the start as I was really gutted about the puncture. I don’t think I had any contact so it was really unfortunate. You never want to see a red flag incident, and it’s a positive statement that Fernando could walk away from that dramatic crash, but the restart did benefit us. Our pace after the restart was very promising so I’m excited for the next races”.

Jolyon Palmer, #30, R.S.16-01: Started P13, finished P11

“I think the team has done an incredible job this weekend to qualify in Q2 and then finishing the race in eleventh and twelfth; it’s the maximum we could expect to achieve.  It’s a good start, we were so close to scoring points, and we can move forward from here. The race itself was busy but good fun; I absolutely loved being wheel to wheel again after a year out of racing. It was great to be back in the fray and it all went pretty smoothly for me. Happy days.”

Fred Vasseur, Racing Director

“Today was very encouraging for the team as we showed good race pace and a good base to build on. We need to take a look at our qualifying pace to get us further up the grid and hopefully start to get some good results as it would have been much better to score points today! Both Kevin and Jolyon did a very good job, it was a shame to have Kevin suffer from a puncture but the rest of the afternoon went well, especially for a first race.”

Bob Bell, Chief Technical Officer

“It was a very credible first race from the team with everyone gelling and performing at a high standard. We had a trouble-free weekend, made the most out of the new qualifying format then the race was managed well with the only upset being Kevin’s puncture. Both drivers drove well and the car even looked a little racier than expected. We didn’t score points today but we weren’t far off. That’s definitely the next target.”

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 22 Marzo 2016, 12:39:13
FLYING SCOTSMAN RALLY 2016 GETS READY TO PULL AWAY FROM THE PLATFORM

It will be ‘all aboard’ for the 110 competitors in this year’s Flying Scotsman Rally as they depart from a new terminus at Belvoir Castle on Friday 15th April for three days of glorious vintage motoring.

The Endurance Rally Association’s critically acclaimed event will journey through the Lincolnshire and Yorkshire Wolds, onwards to the North and beyond via Northumberland and take in some of Scotland’s finest Lochs and Glens before arriving at the splendid Gleneagles hotel.

The cars and crews will cover almost 700 miles from Leicestershire to Perth and Kinross with many off-road tests and challenges set along the route to supplement the on-road navigational and regularity sections.

This year is the 8th edition of the ERA's Flying Scotsman Rally and, as usual there's yet another full and stellar field of cars and competitors all hoping to take the honours in the UK's most demanding, reliability trial for vintage cars. Such is the calibre and prestige of the event that many crews from all over the world return year after year to do battle with their (friendly) rivals.

The UK’s Bill Ainscough will have been on every one of the eight editions when the flag drops, in his trusty and well used 1927 Frazer Nash Sports. Similarly, David Thomson competes once again sitting in his 1936 Talbot 105 Alpine.

William Medcalf, the defending champion, a two times winner of the event and one of the original drivers from the first running in 2009 is no stranger to a podium presentation. The hat trick, which he declined to commit to at the end of last year’s event, is now within his grasp.

Bill Cleyndert, having thrashed his magnificent Model A through four editions already, has Dan Harrison alongside once more and is hoping to improve on last year’s second place.

Andrew Davies, the winner in 2011 will be back on the starting grid in his entertaining little 1936 Riley 12/4 Special. David and Jo Roberts, long time - long distance ERA competitors in a classic car are newcomers to the vintage scene and will contest the event in a pretty little HRG 1500.

From the Netherlands, Michel Laarman and Maryan Greif are with the rally for the first time in an unusual 1911 Knox Type R in which Michel completed the 2007 Peking to Paris despite losing a cylinder on day one.

From the USA, James Gately and Tony Brooks are well and truly in it for the win this time in the head turning Cadillac 60 Coupe, having been forced to settle for second place on the ERA’s Alpine Trial.

From the Emerald Isle, Andrew Bailey and Philippa Spiller are bringing a new car this time round. Instead of the Bentley or Invicta of years gone by, expect to see them cutting a dash in a 1934 Triumph Dolomite 6C.

Once the journey is done a kilt clad piper will provide a suitable welcome at the finishing arch and the prizes will be awarded during a glittering Gala dinner on Sunday evening.

For more details including a list of spectator points and the latest updates, visit www.endurorally.com

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 22 Marzo 2016, 17:11:11
JD CLASSICS TAKES A WIN AND A PODIUM AT 74TH GOODWOOD MEMBERS’ MEETING

JD Classics has kicked off the 2016 historic racing season in fine form, with a win and a second-place finish at the 74th Goodwood Members’ Meeting.

In the first race of the weekend – the Gerry Marshall Trophy – the JD Classics’ Patrick Motorsport Rover SD1 started third on the grid following a strong qualifying session. JD Classics’ own racing driver, Chris Ward, took the wheel first, lining up alongside the Chevrolet Camaros of David Clark and Grahame Bryant.

As the race kicked off, Chris Ward began chasing down the Camaros, and by lap three he was in first place, recording the fastest lap of the race on the very next lap. From there, the JD Classics Patrick Motorsport Rover SD1 extended its lead, eventually finishing almost 10 seconds clear of second place; the Ford Capri of John Young.

The grid for the second race of the Gerry Marshall Trophy is dictated by the results of the first, so Chris Ward sat on pole position in the SD1. Ward began immediately pulling away, with a lead of more than 10 seconds by lap six. Unfortunately, oil on the track was causing cars to spin so the safety car was called out, cutting Ward’s lead to just under a second.

With a late pit stop and driver change, Gordon Shedden came out of the pitlane in the Rover SD1 around 17 seconds ahead of the Camaro Z28 of Oliver Bryant. The hugely powerful Camaro had caught up to the JD Classics Rover by lap 24, despite a good defensive drive from Shedden, and went to take the win just ahead of the JD Classics car.

In the Alan Mann Trophy – contested by Ford GT40s – JD Classics supported John Young’s entry, with Young and Chris Ward sharing the driving. Having qualified in 13th position, the GT40 climbed the grid to seventh by lap 10 but was forced to retire on lap 22 with a gearbox issue.

JD Classics Managing Director, Derek Hood, said: “The 74th Goodwood Members’ Meeting provided yet another weekend of unforgettable racing, capped off by an excellent win and a second place in the two parts of the Gerry Marshall Trophy. Our Patrick Motorsport Rover SD1 is consistently quick, challenging the hugely powerful Chevrolet Camaros every step of the way.

“With seven overall wins and many more class wins last season, we’ve got a lot of pressure on us for the upcoming race calendar. But based on the performance of our world-class race preparation team this past weekend, I’m confident we’ll go on to have many more successes this year.”

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 22 Marzo 2016, 17:11:40
£1MILLION WORTH OF CARS SOLD AT CCA’S BIGGEST AND BEST EVER SALE

A record number of registered bidders at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre helped Classic Car Auctions (CCA) achieve an 85 per cent sales rate and total sales of more than £1million in its auction on Saturday, its best sale ever.

Headlining the results was a 1973 Aston Martin V8 barn find. The rare manual car covered in dust but presented as a running example was hard fought over by two determined bidders in the room, eventually selling for £64,350, nearly £30,000 over its lower estimate.

Not only that but another rare Aston Martin barn find caught bidders eyes. A 1990 Aston Martin Virage, also with a manual gearbox, sold for £31,900, more than £10,000 over its lower estimate. Both are now on their way to new homes awaiting restoration works to bring them back to their former glory.

For Aston Martin enthusiasts looking for a newer example, a 2000 Aston Martin DB7 Vantage Volante, with an impeccable service history, sold for £41,250.

Commenting on the results from the sale at the weekend, CCA general manager, Guy Lees-Milne, said: "This was our biggest catalogue yet and our customers were clearly impressed by the great selection of classic and modern cars we had on offer. It was great to see so many new and old customers join us for our first sale of the year. The atmosphere was fantastic and I’m sure both buyers and vendors are going home extremely happy.”

Fans of 80s hot hatches were well catered for with a number of special examples on offer including a very rare 1987 Fiat Strada Abarth 130TC, believed to be one of just five UK road registered examples. The car enjoyed lots of attention at the sale and sold for £15,180, almost double its lower estimate. A 1982 Talbot Lotus Sunbeam, one of the most exciting hot hatches of the period, sold for £17,050.

Japanese performance car fans were clearly tempted by the prospect of owning an example of the iconic, limited edition Subaru Impreza P1. One of only 669 believed to be left on the road, this 2000 example offered great value and sold for £14,080.

A 1988 Porsche 911 Supersport Targa 3.2 M491, one of the rarest 911s available on the market, sold for £40,150. From Stuttgart to Blackpool and a very impressive 2001 TVR Tuscan 4.0 Speed Six sold for £25,300. Living up to its pre-sale publicity a 2005 Maserati Quattroporte V, first owned by British pop icon Sir Elton John, sold for £27,500.

CCA also offered a number of collectable watches at the auction, and amazingly every single one sold.

CCA is now inviting entries into its June Sale which takes place once again at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre near Leamington Spa, on the 18th of June.

Guy added: “In only our first year as an auction house we have helped our vendors sell their ‘everyman’ cars for some very strong prices. We can’t wait to begin organising the next auction and welcoming new customers to sell their classic cars with us.”

You can view the full results from CCA’s March Sale here http://www.classiccarauctions.co.uk/cca-march-2016-classic-car-sale/view_lots/pn/all.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 23 Marzo 2016, 09:59:47
JAGUAR TO BUILD ICONIC XKSS – ‘THE WORLD’S FIRST SUPERCAR’

Jaguar is to build the stunning XKSS as an ultra-exclusive continuation model.

Nine new XKSS’s - often referred to by experts as the world’s first supercar - will be hand built by Jaguar Classic to the exact specification as they appeared in 1957, replacing the cars lost due to the famous Browns Lane factory fire.

Tim Hannig, Director Jaguar Land Rover Classic, said: “The XKSS occupies a unique place in Jaguar’s history and is a car coveted by collectors the world over for its exclusivity and unmistakable design.

“Jaguar Classic’s highly skilled team of engineers and technicians will draw on decades of knowledge to ensure each of the nine cars is completely authentic and crafted to the highest quality.

“Our continuation XKSS reaffirms our commitment to nurture the passion and enthusiasm for Jaguar’s illustrious past by offering exceptional cars, services, parts and experiences.”

The original cars were earmarked for export to the USA, however, just 16 were completed before disaster struck. Now 59 years later, Jaguar is going to build the nine ‘lost’ XKSS sports cars for a select group of established collectors and customers.

The expertise gained during the construction of the Lightweight E-type project will be transferred to the construction of the nine ultra-exclusive continuations. Each one will be hand-built at Jaguar’s new ‘Experimental Shop’ in Warwick.

Every car will be constructed to the same specifications as those first 16 made in 1957 – every aspect fully certified by Jaguar. The price will be in excess of £1 million.

The story of the XKSS began following Jaguar’s three successive Le Mans victories in 1955, 1956 and 1957 with the all-conquering D-type.

After the hat-trick of wins, Sir Williams Lyons took the decision on 14 January 1957 to convert the remaining 25 D-types into road-going versions with several external modifications - creating the world’s first super car.

These modifications included the addition of a new higher windscreen, an extra door on the passenger side, taking away the divider between driver and passenger and the removal of the famous fin behind the driver’s seat.

The first deliveries of the new continuation Jaguar XKSS will commence in early 2017.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 23 Marzo 2016, 10:00:19
TAKE POLE POSITION AT THE GRAND PRIX DE PAU HISTORIQUE

Classic Grand Touring, the specialist motor racing tour operator, is gearing up for the historic racing season with a 7-day driving tour to the Grand Prix de Pau Historique starting on Tuesday 17th May from the UK and there are spaces still available.

Thomas Brimblecombe, Managing Director of Classic Grand Touring, said: “The Grand Prix de Pau Historique remains one of our favourites on the historic motor racing calendar and to celebrate this we will have the opportunity to do parade laps of the circuit.”

He added: “Pau is the oldest and most exciting of the remaining street circuits and provides great racing and a convivial atmosphere. It is a lovely old city with thrilling views of the Pyrenees and our central hotel adjacent to the track will take you to pole position to see the action in a heart beat.”

Departing from Portsmouth, tour participants will arrive into Caen and drive through some of France’s most beautiful and quiet country roads. The route on the first days will stop at the famous Hotel de France in the small town of La-Chartre-sur-le-Loir, famous for its association with the 24hs of Le Mans race, followed by an overnight stay at the historic Abbaye de Fontevraud. The tour then continues south to Bergerac before arriving in Pau on Friday 20th May.

The weekend action starts at Pau with tickets for the practice and racing, parade laps of the circuit so participants get a driver’s eye view of the track. A superb lunch will be enjoyed in the paddock restaurant on the Saturday and Sunday, before driving to Santander for the cruise ferry back to Portsmouth on Monday 23rd May.

For further details, please contact Classic Grand Touring on +44 (0)1483 281 282, info@classicgt.co.uk or visit www.classicgt.co.uk.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 23 Marzo 2016, 16:36:22
AVON TYRES CELEBRATES OVER 60 YEARS AS CASTLE COMBE SPONSOR

Avon Tyres marks its renewed sponsorship of Castle Combe Circuit, in Wiltshire – in what is believed to be the UK’s longest-standing sponsorship at any circuit – by revamping the famous Avon bridge crossing the pit lane entry. The current deal takes Avon Tyres through to 75 years of association with one of the fastest tracks in the country.

The rebranded bridge has been unveiled for the first club race on Castle Combe’s 2016 calendar, taking place over the Easter weekend. 

Avon Tyres, located in Melksham, just 11 miles from Castle Combe Circuit, was one of the first permanent sponsorships secured by the race venue, in 1954.

Acting as the backdrop to many on-track battles over the past six decades, the Avon-branded bridge stands out as a recognisable and well-loved feature at Castle Combe. Famous names to have passed under the Avon bridge include Ayrton Senna, Nigel Mansell, David Coulthard, John Surtees, Mike Hailwood, John McGuinness and Barry Sheene. The local tyre manufacturer’s support for the race venue is also evident via the Race School on motorcycle track days, as a number of lead instructors can be seen riding on Avon tyres. Avon also supplies tyres to the Race School’s fleet of Formula Ford single seaters and Ford Fiesta and Focus ST saloon cars.

Sarah McRoberts, European Marketing Communications Manager for Avon Tyres, commented, “Our commitment to Castle Combe is shown by the longevity of our association with the race venue, and through our latest revitalisation of the iconic Avon Tyres bridge. As a drivers’ favourite in the UK, the circuit has seen numerous Formula 1 World Champions rise through the ranks of grassroots motorsport. The track also continues to support club racing and numerous motorsport events throughout the year.”

Graham Marshallsay, Managing Director of Castle Combe Circuit, added, “The Avon Bridge is an iconic landmark and probably the most recognisable feature of the circuit. We are delighted that our long standing partnership with Avon Tyres is extending into a new era with the bridge’s fantastic new livery. It marks the final threshold all drivers cross to join the circuit but it also performs a vital function of providing safe foot passage for our thousands of loyal spectators!”

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 28 Marzo 2016, 08:16:39
DON’T BE AN APRIL FOOL!

The clock is counting down for showgoers wishing to take advantage of significantly discounted Early Bird tickets for this summer’s spectacular Silverstone Classic (29-31 July).

Last year’s record-breaking Silver Jubilee festival was the greatest yet with more than 100,000 visitors savouring the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival staged at Britain’s premier motor sport venue – and July’s follow-up is all set to be even bigger and even better.

Ticket pre-sales are currently every bit as strong as they were 12 months ago with those booking before Friday 1 April saving up to 17 per cent on a wide range of day, weekend and all-new Family tickets, which must be booked in advance.

Perhaps that’s no surprise with so much family-fun, entertainment and dramatic action already confirmed both on and off the famous Silverstone Grand Prix circuit. 

Here are 10 great reasons to book Early Bird tickets for this summer’s special Silverstone Classic:

    Nowhere else in the world will you see so much evocative motor sport history in thrilling action with over 1000 race entries spanning the full spectrum of motor racing history.
    All tickets provide access to trackside grandstands, race paddocks, live concerts and for 2016 extra grandstand seating and double the number of giant screens have been added.
    Living up to the festival’s ‘Rocking and Racing’ maxim, live music concerts on Friday and Saturday evenings will include The Boomtown Rats, Reef and The Stranglers.
    A record number of more than 100 car clubs have already registered for dedicated infield displays.
    On track highlights include special showdowns to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the mighty Can-Am sportscar race series and Tin-Top Sunday’s unmissable schedule includes no fewer than four races featuring 50 years of epic touring car race history.
    A host of motoring milestones will be celebrated with notable anniversary track parades on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
    Special celebrations will mark the 40th anniversary of James Hunt’s astonishing Formula One World Championship success in 1976.
    Three auctions will take place over the weekend with event partner, Silverstone Auctions. These include a competition car sale on Friday, followed by two car and automobilia sales across Saturday and Sunday.
    The packed programme of flat-out family fun includes a vintage funfair, an adrenaline zone complete with extreme rides, passenger ride experiences, spitfire engine fire ups, retrorun rally, crazy golf, shopping village, hot rod drag strip demos in the streetcar shootouts, and much much more.
    Aerial displays will include the Wildcats on Friday & Saturday lunchtime, The Blades on Sunday lunchtime, and Twister Aerobatics’ Twilight Pyrotechnic display on Friday and Saturday nights during the evening concerts.

All those booking Early Bird tickets before the end of March can take advantage of significant savings with discounts of up to 17 per cent. Adult prices start at just £35 for a day ticket and with so much to enjoy and experience at the Classic, it’s no surprise that a growing number of visitors are opting for three-day weekend tickets and that the all-new Family ticket introduced this year already is proving to be a very popular addition. It encourages more parents to experience the non-stop ‘Rocking and Racing’ weekend with their children, including camping for two adults and two children across the whole weekend with a discount of more than 20 per cent on advance tickets bought individually.

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

Editor’s notes: The Silverstone Classic – which in 2015 celebrated its 25th anniversary – is firmly established as the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival. The epic event attracts more than 1,100 race entries and drew a record crowd of more than 100,000 in 2015. The spectacular classic car celebration – winner of the prestigious ‘Motorsport Event of the Year Award’ as judged by the International Historic Motoring Awards in 2013 – is staged at the famous Silverstone circuit in Northamptonshire, birthplace of the FIA Formula One World Championship and home to the Formula 1 British Grand Prix. The three-day festival features the very best of historic racing covering more than eight decades of motor sport, as well as live music from iconic rock bands (topped by Status Quo in 2015) and a wealth of family entertainment. This includes a free funfair, retail outlets, a host of interactive activities, a two-day classic car auction, air displays plus huge showcases of classic cars often celebrating important milestones in automotive history. In 2015, a record number of 120 car clubs displayed more than 10,000 classic cars. The Silverstone Classic is promoted and organised by Goose Live Events Ltd. Goose manage international events for companies such as AstraZeneca, Harley-Davidson, Bentley, Lamborghini, the Royal Automobile Club and Unilever.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 28 Marzo 2016, 08:17:07
HISTORIC FORMULA 1 CARS TO DESCEND ON DONINGTON

The unmistakable sound of Formula 1 engines will echo round Donington Park on Saturday 30th April and Sunday May 1st as historic Formula 1 cars stage a series of spectacular demonstrations on the first two days of the Donington Historic Festival (that takes place on 30th April, 1st & 2nd May 2016).

The youngest Formula 1 demo cars will be the 2002 Jordan EJ12 from Takuma Sato’s F1 debut year, the ex-Michael Schumacher 1992 Benetton B192, and the 1990 Camel Lotus 102 (ex-Derek Warwick/Martin Brundle/Johnny Herbert). The previous two decades will be represented by the ex-Rupert Keegan 1977 Hesketh 308E, 1983 Williams FW08 (ex-Keke Rosberg/Jacques Laffite), the ex-Jean-Pierre Jarier/Piercarlo Ghinzani/Corrado Fabi 1983 Osella FA1-D and two Tolemans. The 1985 TG-185 is ex-Teo Fabi, while the 1984 TG-184 was AyrtonSenna’s regular test car throughout 1984, and is the car in which he caused a sensation in Friday practice for the British GP at Brands Hatch, setting the fastest time in both of the day’s sessions.

Donington Park is a magnificent spectator circuit, as well as a firm favourite with drivers, and new viewing areas in the infield will give the crowds a superb vista as the historic Formula 1 machines storm round the track, Lamborghini V12, Ford DFV and Hart engine notes among the power units blending to form a very distinctive melody. From the classic Camel Lotus yellow to the Hesketh’s Penthouse/Rizla design, colourful period liveries will also make for some great photo opportunities out on track and in the paddock.

Across 17 exhilarating races, the Donington Historic Festival will showcase some 400 world-class competition machines from the 1920s to the 1990s. The Festival will also pay tribute to earlier Grand Prix racing, when it celebrates the 80th anniversary of Richard Seaman and Hans Ruesch’s victory in the 1936 Donington Grand Prix by staging the HGPCA Nuvolari Trophy, with a grid of iconic Grand Prix and Voiturette cars up until 1950.

Away from the competitive action, the ever-popular historic rally cars will be burning rubber once more, as the mighty Group B machines and the cars of the Historic Rally Car Register entertain the crowds. Historic karts will also return to Donington Park for the event, as will dozens of car clubs, who will gather in the Club Village in the infield. The race and rally paddocks are both open-access and always draw big crowds.

A single-day advance discounted ticket for the Donington Historic Festival costs £21 and a two-day ticket £34, while a three-day weekend ticket costs just £48 (on-the-gate prices will be £28, £45 and £65, respectively). Children aged under 16 are admitted for free. Advance discounted tickets can be bought via www.doningtonhistoric.com and through the 24-hour ticket hotline 0844 873 7355*.

*calls to the 24-hour ticket hotline are charged at 7p per minute plus your network access charge.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 30 Marzo 2016, 08:21:09
25 YEARS OF THE RENAULT CLIO

It’s 25 years since Renault launched its all-new supermini for the 1990s, the Clio.

During the intervening years, and through four successive generations, it has become one of the world’s best-loved small cars: from a newly qualified driver’s first ‘wheels’, to a hugely popular and potent track day machine – the Clio has evolved into many guises, taken on many personas, but always with a unique sense of French style, quality and practicality. In the process it has flown high in the sales charts, and even spawned one of the most famous TV advertisements ever made. Over 13 million Clios have been sold around the world since launch – enough to line them all up bonnet-to-boot and circle the globe almost one and a half times – with over 1.2 million sold in the UK.

Clio 1: A new ‘big’ little car

The Clio story begins in 1990, during October at the Paris Motor Show, with the debut of a new Renault for the supermini class. Clio, taken from a Greek word meaning ‘made or to make famous’, the all-new car was naturally seeking to improve yet further on the qualities of the much-loved Renault 5. The principal aim of the new car was to ‘create big-car refinement in a small car’ – a ‘big’ little car, as it was referred to at the time. To that end, Renault made the car physically larger, some 2 inches longer and 2.5 inches wider, and increased the wheelbase and track to be the largest in the class to the benefit of ride comfort as well as handling. New ‘Energy’ engines of 1.2- and 1.4-litre capacity, and a high level of interior specification for the time, pushed the Clio even further upmarket.

The Clio I arrived in the UK on 29th March 1991 having already scooped the prestigious European Car of the Year award. In Britain, the range started with the RL 1.2 3-door at £7,190, and rose to the RT 1.4 five-door at £8,980; all models featured an extended eight-year corrosion warranty, with top-line RT specification bringing the sophistication of front electric windows, remote central locking and a stereo radio/cassette.

The European Car of the Year award was the ideal launch pad for the car, and sales for 1991 raced to 21,124 units in the UK. Another 34,701 were sold in the first full year of UK sales in 1992, aided by new arrivals to the range such as the 1.8-litre 16v hot hatch and the 1.9-litre diesel model.

A ‘phase 2’ model appeared in 1994 with minor styling changes, the Clio by now accounting for 49% of Renault UK sales alone and surging strongly into the UK top ten best sellers list.

Further design enhancements, along with improved safety measures and additional mechanical changes were instigated with the ‘phase 3’ models of 1996, with 1997 being the final year of Clio I production. Ironically, and proof as if it were needed as to the quality of the original concept, the Clio I had its best sales performance in the UK in its final year: 58,033 examples finding homes in the UK during 1997, taking the UK total to over 300,000 sales. The ‘big’ little car had exceeded even its own maker’s loftiest expectations.

Selling a new brand: Clio, Nicole and Papa, Thierry Henry and Va Va Voom

The Clio I’s UK promotion began on April 1st 1991, with a new TV advertisement featuring a young French woman, Nicole, her father, ‘Papa’, and a Provençal Chateau. In the classic first instalment, titled ‘Interesting’ and conceived by the Publicis Agency, the hinted at afternoon activities of father and daughter help sprinkle some continental flair over the new car, reinforced in 1992’s ‘The Date’, featuring a gleaming red Clio 16v. Over eight instalments, the development of the characters held such a grip over the nation that at one point Nicole, played by actress Estelle Skornik, was judged the second most recognisable person in the UK, ahead of the then-serving Prime Minister John Major, Chris Evans and Bob Hoskins. The final episode was aired in May 1998 for the launch of Clio II, with comedian Vic Reeves spurned by Nicole at the altar in preference to Bob Mortimer, in the process becoming one of the most watched TV adverts ever.

Nicole and Papa’s replacement arrived in the form of French actress Hélène Mathieu who starred in adverts for the Clio II called ‘Size Matters’ featuring the then newly-launched Clio Renault Sport 172.

The history continued with the French footballer Thierry Henry. Henry starred in multiple advertisements that famously discussed: “What is Va Va Voom?”. Once again, the Clio worked its way into the nation’s consciousness and affections, with the phrase ‘Va Va Voom’ entering the Oxford English Dictionary in 2004.

In 2006, new characters ‘Ben’ and ‘Sophie’ discussed the merits of the UK versus France for the Clio III, with the theme of ‘French Car, British Designers’. The ‘Va Va Voom’ theme returned in 2011 in a new advert starring American model, Dita von Teese.

The current UK Clio media campaign uses the theme ‘Be Moved. Not Driven.’ The campaign echoes all that makes Renault unique: a sense of joie de vivre, passion and romance at its heart, featuring a number of Clio IVs driven with members of a jazz band and two lovers atop each Clio roof.

Clio II: The Clio matures, growing stronger and more sophisticated

The Clio II had a tough act to follow, given the Clio I had been in the UK top 10 sellers chart for the previous five years in a row. All-new, curvier bodywork clothed a car that had grown once again, but only by 6cm in length this time. Even so, a longer wheelbase realised more interior space, complemented by larger seats typically found in cars from the class above, and notably compliant bushing for the suspension; all to maximise the refinement for those on-board.

Advanced materials were incorporated to help reduce the weight of the car, such as polycarbonate headlamp covers, composite front wings and, on some models, an aluminium bonnet. Safety was also becoming ever more important, with ABS available on 50% of the range or as an option, a first for a supermini, as was the fitment of front side airbags. In fact, up to four airbags could be specified, along with seat belt pre-tensioners, and other comfort features including fingertip control for the sound system and the adoption of power steering. Renault was taking the art of the supermini to an entirely new level.

As a reflection of changing times, improved fuel consumption and emissions had also become more of a priority, with improvements of up to 15% on some models compared to its predecessor. In time, new 16-valve engines would boost Clio II’s performance in this area even further.

The new car arrived with a choice of four trim levels, with prices ranging from £8,350-£11,700. Minor changes took place in 2000 – along with a class-leading four-star Euro NCAP rating – with a ‘phase 2’ model appearing in 2001 that introduced sharper frontal styling, even better interior quality and a standout new engine: the 1.5-litre common rail injection turbo diesel.

2002 saw Clio II achieve its UK highest sales volume at 86,337.

Yet more minor changes were made for ‘phase 3’ models in 2004, recognisable by their grey headlamp bezels instead of black, and digital fuel and water temperature gauges in the cockpit. The Clio II had to face the challenge of ‘difficult second album’ syndrome, but it’s enduring popularity, including living on after the introduction of Clio 3 as the Clio Campus, proved the inherent ‘rightness’ of its design.

Clio III: new levels of safety and luxury for the supermini class

The Clio III made its debut at the 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show, and was available to order in the UK from August of that year. It marked another shift in the development of the small car as a whole: larger again in dimensions, and the first car in its market segment to be awarded a five-star Euro NCAP rating, the Clio III brought new levels of quality and sophistication to the supermini class. Particularly notable was the use of soft-touch materials on higher spec versions, giving an ambience far removed from that of a traditional small car. Other ‘big car’ features included a tyre pressure monitoring system and Renault’s ‘hands free’ card, instead of a traditional key.

The toil of the designers and engineers was rewarded by winning European Car of the Year for 2006, making the Clio the first car to win the coveted prize twice (firstly with the Clio I in 1991).

Originally available only as a three-door model, with the five-door variant arriving early in the new year, the Clio III could be specified in four trim levels – Extreme, Expression, Dynamique and Dynamique S – and ranged in price from £8,895 to £12,650. A new engine range reflected the inexorable rise of diesel as a fuel choice for small cars, with an equal number of petrol and diesel options: three 16v petrol engines of 1.2-, 1.4- and 1.6-litres were complimented by the 1.5 dCi engine in 68hp, 86hp and 106hp variants.

In 2009 the Clio III morphed into a ‘phase 2’ model, with significantly altered frontal styling, and further improved interior quality and specification. A sporty GT model was introduced and helped bridge the gap between the regular range structure and the Renault Sport derivatives. Over the course of its life, the Clio III brought new levels of quality and, crucially, safety to the class, shifting consumer expectation forever in the marketplace.

Clio IV: “simple, sensuous and warm”, with cutting edge technology

The Clio IV was the first all-new Clio to be designed under the watch of Renault’s current Head of Design, Laurens van den Acker. Unveiled at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, it deliberately set out to reinterpret the more dynamic visual qualities of the earlier Clios, while a longer body and significantly increased wheelbase improved even further the roominess within the car. Described as “simple, sensuous and warm”, the design of the five-door only Clio IV apes the coupe-like form of a three-door vehicle, with a lower roof than Clio III, a body that’s nearer to the ground and a wider track.  The fourth generation Clio was heavily inspired by van den Acker’s striking 2010 DeZir concept and established the now familiar Renault design language that has been seen on every new Renault since then.

Renault’s prowess with turbocharging technology has realised an advanced range of petrol and diesel engines, with a naturally aspirated 1.2-litre 75hp engine complemented by a 0.9-litre, three-cylinder TCe with 90hp and a 1.2-litre TCe offering 120hp. The 1.5-litre dCi engine now boasts an incredible 88.3mpg combined fuel consumption figure, while the standard five-speed manual gearbox is joined by the option of Renault’s new six-speed dual-clutch gearbox, EDC – unimaginable technology in the era of the original Clio.

Inside the Clio IV, a striking dashboard design in the shape of an aircraft’s wing is combined with a tablet-style facia with the option of Renault’s new R-Link integrated touchscreen, a bridge between the world of motoring and the connected world outside, with TomTom navigation and a catalogue of available apps. A personalisation programme allows buyers the freedom to specify their Clio like never before: a fitting new chapter in the life of the ‘big’ little car that grew up over the course of 12 million sales and counting.

Other varieties of Clio

The Clio has had a presence on the global market not just as the familiar hatchback, but also as a popular van, and in additional body styles. A saloon version of the Clio II, known as Symbol, was sold in various markets across central and eastern Europe and beyond, with the Clio III also available in a Sports Tourer version between 2008 and 2012 in the UK. The Clio IV is also available as an estate variant in certain markets.

Sporting Clios: 16 valves, Williams, and the birth of Renault Sport

Renault wasted no time in bringing the first sporting Clio to market, debuting the Clio 1.8 16V in the latter part of 1991; hardly surprising when you consider the brand’s fabulous history with performance derivatives, including the Renault 5 Turbo and 5 GT Turbo.

Fitted with a 1.8-litre, 16-valve engine producing 137hp, it was instantly recognisable thanks to the power bulge on the bonnet and flared wings. In 1993, Renault took the Clio 16V to new heights, and in the process created arguably the most famous hot hatch of all time: the Renault Clio Williams. Built to celebrate Renault’s Formula One World Championship wins with Williams and to fulfil Renault Sport’s ambitions in rallying, the ‘Williams’ featured a 2-litre version of the 16V’s engine producing 150hp, with a wider track and a close-ratio gearbox amongst many enhancements. Originally marketed as a limited edition, it appeared in a further two distinct series, in the process establishing blue paintwork with gold wheels as an iconic livery.

However, it was a year after the introduction of the Clio II that the family tree of Renault Sport Clios, revered to this day, began as we now know it. The original was known as the Clio Renault Sport 172 – the first to be sold under the Renault Sport sub-brand – and combined a new 2-litre engine producing 172hp with the classic hot hatch staples of wider wheel arches, larger wheels and a sporty interior. Immediately establishing itself as the class leader, the 172 evolved with a ‘phase 2’ version in 2001, and was offered in lightweight ‘Cup’ form during 2002 – where lightweight glass was fitted and even the ABS system was omitted to save weight – before becoming the ‘phase 3’-based ‘182’ version for 2004. This model was also available as a Cup variant, before the ultimate 182 Trophy models appeared in 2005, featuring exotic Sachs remote-reservoir suspension in a limited run of 500 cars for the UK market and 50 for Switzerland.

The Clio II also provided a much more exclusive, extreme performance hatchback in the form of the Clio V6. Originally built as a showcar for the 1998 Paris Motor Show, an incredible public reaction saw this car become a reality.  Based on the Clio Trophy racing car, a 3-litre, 230hp V6 engine now sat where the rear-seats once were, and the resulting broad-shouldered design had the road presence to outdo many a supercar. The ‘230’ model was replaced by a ‘phase 2’ 255hp version in 2003. Built in limited numbers, values are rising today in the collectors’ market for these unique, hand-built baby supercars.

The next instalment arrived in the form of the Clio III-based ‘197’ model of 2006 featuring, as the name implies, a 197hp engine with a new six-speed gearbox and careful attention to aerodynamics that included a functioning rear diffuser – inspired by Formula One. An R27 F1 Team version – built to celebrate Renault’s back-to-back F1 World Championships in 2005 and 2006 – followed, before the type evolved into the ‘200’ model during 2009, with more power and torque amongst Renault Sport’s fine tuning. In 2012 Renault capped a glorious era with the Raider limited edition, featuring matt grey or red paintwork, leather upholstery and black 18” alloy wheels.

In 2013 a new lineage began with the arrival of the Clio IV Renault Sport 200, powered by a turbocharged 1.6-litre engine connected to a dual-clutch ‘EDC’ gearbox for greater performance and usability. In familiar Renault Sport tradition, an even more potent version debuted in 2015 known as the 220 Trophy, featuring more power, a lower, firmer chassis set up and even quicker gearshifts.

No other manufacturer has so keenly supported the affordable performance car market in recent decades, with Renault Sport’s vast and loyal fan-base a testament to that commitment.

Clio in Motorsport

With Renault boasting a proud history across many forms of motorsport, it’s no surprise that the Clio has featured heavily in the brand’s sporting activities.

In the UK, the Clio is best known for the Clio Cup one-make racing championship. The Renault-backed series can trace its roots back to 1974, when the Renault 5 was the featured car. Following different iterations of the 5, including the 5 GT Turbo in the late 1980s, the Clio took over in 16v form for 1991, and apart from a brief switch to the Renault Sport Spider in the late 1990s, it’s been Clio all the way.

The current championship, with 23 cars announced for the 2016 grid, uses the latest Clio IV with its 1.6-litre, 220hp turbocharged engine. Once again, the Clio Cup will support the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) in 2016, for the 26th consecutive year, ensuring a large audience both at the circuit and on TV.   

The close racing of the Clio Cup has assisted the careers of many future racing stars, including Jason Plato (1996 champion), Andy Priaulx (1999 Champion), Tom Onslow-Cole (2006 champion) and future BTCC champ Andrew Jordan, who competed in the Clio Cup during 2007. In fact, Renault is represented at every level of the sport, from official Renault Sport track days to the Renault Sport F1 Team, with racing championships such as the Clio Cup and Formula Renault 2.0 in between.

In rallying, the Clio has featured in the sport from the early days of the 16v model. It was this motorsport discipline that inspired the famous Clio Williams, which in the hands of French ace Jean Ragnotti has provided fans with some of the most spectacular ‘sideways’ driving ever seen on a rally stage. The Williams evolved into the Clio ‘Maxi’ for 1995 under the ‘Kit car’ rules of the period, with a wider body, improved aerodynamics and up to 275bhp available from a very highly tuned version of the road car’s engine.

Various models based on Clio II and Clio III followed, culminating in the current Clio R3T, based on the Clio Renault Sport 200 EDC. This features a 242hp engine, a six-speed sequential gearbox, and all the performance and safety equipment required to compete successfully in rallying. 

Clio: Redefining the small car segment

The Clio certainly had a lot to live up to, following as it did in the tyre tracks of the classic Renault 4 and Renault 5 models. Both had made a major contribution to the development of the modern supermini, but it’s a testament to the enduring appeal of this ‘big’ little car that it has outgrown even them in the affections of the car-buying public. After 25 years and many millions of sales, the Clio is still redefining the small car segment through technology, refinement and style.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 30 Marzo 2016, 08:21:33
CONCOURS OF ELEGANCE 2016 STAR CARS REVEALED AS TICKETS GO ON SALE TO THE PUBLIC

Tickets for the Concours of Elegance 2016 at Windsor Castle are now on sale, as the first of the world-class cars to be displayed at the event are announced.

Celebrating Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday, Concours of Elegance 2016 is set to be the biggest yet, and will feature a range of cars linked to the Royal Family, including a 1900 Daimler 6hp first bought by King Edward VII. As the very first Royal to ride in an automobile, and with this Daimler as the very first Royal motorcar, it has an unrivalled history.

As ever, the Concours of Elegance will tell the story of the motorcar from its very beginnings through to the modern day, taking in incredible icons along the way, including a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO. An extremely special model in its own right, this particular GTO has the additional heritage of having been raced by Graham Hill at the Goodwood Tourist Trophy of 1962.

From the modern day, the Concours of Elegance will be hosting the UK debut of a one-of-seven Touring Superleggera Disco Volante Spyder. Using an Alfa Romeo 8C as its base, this handcrafted model is finished with a dramatic and retro-inspired body.

These are just three of the sixty world-class cars that will be on show in the Quadrangle at Windsor Castle, an area that has only ever once before been used for an event such as this – the 2012 Concours of Elegance. Elsewhere in the Castle grounds, more than 1000 cars will be on display from 2-4 September as part of the biggest Concours of Elegance event yet.

A spectacular array of Ferraris, Aston Martins, Bentleys, Jaguars and other luxury cars will be parked up along the incredible four-mile Long Walk that leads up to the Castle. Special features, including a display of innovative cars from each decade of Her Majesty’s reign and a selection of the world’s most exclusive supercars, will also be on show.

Adult tickets for this year’s Concours of Elegance start from just £25, with concessions from £17.50. Children under five and carers can enter free of charge.

For the first time, Concours of Elegance is offering members of the public the opportunity to attend on Friday 2nd September, a day normally reserved for the Owners of the sixty main Concours cars. This special ‘Members’ ticket includes VIP parking, a souvenir catalogue, champagne, refreshments and access to the Members’ Marquee.

Tickets for the Concours of Elegance 2016 are available now from http://concoursofelegance.co.uk/tickets/

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 31 Marzo 2016, 08:44:05
FIVA AWARDS ‘BEST PRESERVED VEHICLE’ TO CORD L-29

FIVA AWARDS 'BEST PRESERVED VEHICLE' TO CORD L-29 – as first action under UNESCO patronage of FIVA World Motoring Heritage Year

FIVA’s latest initiative to mark World Motoring Heritage Year 2016 is the presentation of a series of awards for Best Preserved Vehicle at top concours events around the world – followed by an end-of-year invitation for the award-winning cars to assemble in Paris. The plan is then to put the cars on display at UNESCO’s international headquarters in the heart of the French Capital.

FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens orinternational federation of historic vehicles) established the awards to recognise vehicles that retain such a high degree of their original components, materials and finishes that they can be seen as important cultural artefacts.

The first award for 2016 was presented at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance (10-12 March), to the highly deserving c.1930 Cord L-29 (s/n 2926823) with custom body by the Walter M. Murphy Company, owned by Dan Davis of Jacksonville, Florida.

When presenting the award, Mark Gessler, Vice President of FIVA and President of HVA (the representative for FIVA in the United States and Canada), commented, “It is fitting that the recognition of this wonderfully preserved Cord L-29 follows immediately on from the news that UNESCO has granted its official patronage to FIVA’s World Motoring Heritage Year 2016. Over the last seven years, the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance has worked with FIVA and the Historic Vehicle Association to help ensure that stewardship of unrestored vehicles is widely celebrated and strongly encouraged.”

The Cord L-29 built by the E. L. Cord Company of Auburn, Indiana, was arguably the first practical production car to feature front-wheel drive and was considered one of the most elegant designs of the period. About 5,000 Cord L-29 models were produced between 1929 and 1931 in saloon, brougham, convertible coupé and convertible saloon body styles. This particular example (s/n 2926823) is one of just several Cord L-29 chassis that were sent to the Walter M. Murphy Company in Pasadena, Calif. for custom coachwork. It is the only known example of the Murphy town car body style built on the Cord L-29 ‘standard’ 137½-inch wheelbase chassis.

In the early 1950s, this particular Cord L-29 was reputedly owned by E.L. Cord’s daughter, before being sold to Fred Thorenson. Jay Hyde purchased the car from Thorensen in 1959 and maintained it in original condition until his passing in 2014. Dan Davis purchased the car at Bonhams’ Amelia Island auction in 2015. Overall, the vehicle is exceedingly well preserved for its age and among the most well-preserved automobiles from the era. The exterior, interior, engine and other mechanical components are original to the vehicle, showing the careful stewardship of its owners.

“I am honoured the Cord L-29 Murphy Town Car has received this special preservation award during FIVA’s World Motoring Heritage Year,” said Dan Davis, owner. “This is a unique car and it deserves to be recognised as an important cultural icon for future generations to enjoy.”



“My father, Jay Hyde, owned this car for over 50 years,” added Kimberly Thompson, Hyde’s daughter. “Growing up, the Cord was always considered to be one of the family. We cherished our time with the car and always knew it was something special.”


Circa 1930 Cord Front-Wheel Drive (L-29) Custom Town Car*

Chassis no.: 2926823
Model: SD (standard wheelbase = 137½ inches)
Engine: Lycoming in-line 8-cylinder L-head
Displacement: 298.6 c.i.
Maximum hp: 125
Engine no.: FD 2410
Transmission: 3-speed manual
Brakes: 4-wheel hydraulic drum
Coachwork: Walter M. Murphy Co. (Pasadena, California); one of four built

* precise completion date not known

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 05 Abril 2016, 08:11:09
20 YEARS OF ŠKODA OCTAVIA: JUBILEE FOR THE HEART OF THE BRAND

One of the most successful model series in the automotive world made its debut 20 years ago: In 1996, ŠKODA AUTO presented its Octavia saloon for the first time to international media representatives. Over the following two decades, the Octavia became a worldwide hit and is still the traditional Czech automaker’s best-selling model. The vehicle has been instrumental in the successful development of the ŠKODA brand.

The ŠKODA Octavia is celebrating an important milestone with impressive interim results: In the 20 years since the debut of the first ŠKODA Octavia, five million customers around the world have opted for one of the various Octavia models offered. Its combination of above-average space,modern engines and safety features at an attractive price was to be the inspiration for all the brand’s later models.

Approximately one year after the Czech brand had joined the Volkswagen Group in 1991, the development of the completely new ŠKODA Octavia model series was underway. This was based on what was then an entirely new platform, developed at Group level in parallel with the conception of the Octavia. The engineers constructed a robust body structure with the help of modern CAD (Computer Aided Design) technology, while the ŠKODA design team created a timeless and unmistakable body shape, at the ŠKODA development centre in Mladá Boleslavled by Chief Designer Dirk van Braeckel.

The developers paid close attention to active and passive safety. In addition to front airbags, the brand offered side airbags for the first time. A special feature of the new compact was the practical liftback solution: The large rear door of the hatchback model allowed for excellent access to the 528-litre boot, which grew to as much as 1,328 litres by folding the rear seats down.

In 1996, the year the model was first released, customers could choose between two four-cylinder petrol engines and one turbo diesel drivetrain. The entry-level engine was the 1.6 MPI with 75 hp, the 1.8 20 V positioned above that brought it to 125 hp and the modern turbo diesel direct-injection 1.9 TDI generated an output of 90 hp, giving an average fuel consumption of over 55mpg. ŠKODA gradually expanded its engine range to include the particularly economical 1.9 SDI with 68 hp and the 1.8 20 V turbo with 150 hp.

The first Octavia Estate celebrated its world premiere in March 1998 and quickly became a bestseller, particularly in Europe. In 1999 a four-wheel drive Octavia Estate made its debut.

The Octavia/Octavia Estate name refers to the successful model of the same designation,of which ŠKODA produced approximately 364,000 units between 1959 and 1964 in Mladá Boleslav and Kvasiny. The Latin word ‘octavia’ means ‘the eighth’, relating to ŠKODA’s eighth automobile of the ‘modern era’ with independent suspension following the debut of this technology in 1933.

For the new Octavia series, ŠKODA built a new production line in a 37,500-square-metre hall at the Mladá Boleslav plant, followed by a new paint shop processing up to 1,800 vehicles per day. The new production line commenced operations on April 3, 1996. The capacity of the main plant increased by 90,000 units to 350,000 vehicles annually and ŠKODA became the largest industrial company in the Czech Republic.

The last vehicle of the first series eventually rolled off Vrchlabí’s production line in November 2010. From 1996 to 2010, ŠKODA delivered a total of 970,000 hatchbacks and over 470,000 estates to customers worldwide.

The second-generation Octavia continued unabated the success of its predecessor. ŠKODA sold a total of 1.6 million hatchbacks and 900,000 estates between 2004 and 2013. Technologies, such as direct-injection petrol engines, and the directshift gearbox (DSG) made their debut in the Octavia II.

The third-generation Octavia,an important cornerstone of ŠKODA’s model range, has been running off the production lines since November 2012. At the end of March 2016, the one millionth vehicle of this model generation was produced at ŠKODA’s main production facility in Mladá Boleslav.

The traditional Czech brand has manufactured a total of five million Octavias since the ŠKODA Octavia was first launched in 1996. In addition to Mladá Boleslav, the ŠKODA Octavia is also produced in China, India, Russia and Kazakhstan.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 05 Abril 2016, 08:11:34
ICONIC RACING NAMES TO BE HONOURED ON TRACK AT DONINGTON HISTORIC FESTIVAL

Two fascinating characters from the early days of motor racing will be honoured at this year’s Donington Historic Festival (30th April, 1st & 2nd May). Tazio Nuvolari will be celebrated in the HGPCA’s Nuvolari Trophy for pre-1950 Grand Prix cars, while tribute will be paid to Richard ‘Mad Jack’ Shuttleworth in Motor Racing Legends’ ‘Mad Jack’ race for pre-War sports cars.

Italy’s Tazio Nuvolari was arguably the greatest driver of all time. The ‘Flying Mantuan’ was a motorcycle racing champion who found his metier in cars, famously winning at Donington Park in 1938 in an Auto Union.  Drivers and cars are coming from Argentina, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and the USA to honour Nuvolari by taking part. The race also celebrates the 80th anniversary of the 1936 Grand Prix at Donington Park, at which Richard Seaman and Hans Ruesch took the chequered flag in an ex-Nuvolari Scuderia Ferrari Alfa Romeo Tipo 8C-35.

Marques represented in the HGPCA Nuvolari Trophy will include Alfa Romeo, Bugatti, ERA, Maserati, MG and Talbot Lago. There will be at least two unique entries, in the form of the Alta Norris Special and the Parnell MG, which competed at Donington Park in the late 1930s.

Bugattis will include 35s, 37s, 51s and a 59, alongside 4CL, 6CM, and 8CM Maseratis. English Racing Automobiles (ERA) was successful in the 1930s and the voiturettes, with their supercharged Riley-based engines, remain hugely popular. The ERA contingent is planning six cars for the Donington Historic Festival, including R5B ‘Remus’ – raced in period by Prince Birabongse of Siam and Tony Rolt – and GP1, the sole ERA Grand Prix car to be completed pre-War.

In 1935, daredevil aviator and racing driver Richard ‘Mad Jack’ Shuttleworth won the first Donington Grand Prix in his Alfa Romeo Tipo B (P3). His exploits in cars and aircraft are legendary, and his character fascinating; he once ordered a new Rolls-Royce, saying he needed it urgently as the one he’d bought only recently was being used for towing a muck spreader.

Motor Racing Legends’ ‘Mad Jack’ race will, naturally, be suitably adventurous, promising 40 minutes of exhilaration with a driver change in the middle of it all. Spectators can expect to see a pack of monster Bentleys at the front of the grid, battling against the Invicta, the Alvis Speed 20 and Jaguar SS100 with its extraordinary double rear wheels.

Jonathan Turner will reunite his Triumph Dolomite with Donington Park, a circuit it hasn’t raced on for 80 years, when it was driven by Tony Rolt in 1936. The grid will also feature three Talbot 105 team cars, which enjoyed significant international success in the early 1930s.

Away from the competitive action, the ever-popular historic rally cars will be burning rubber once more, as the mighty Group B machines and the cars of the Historic Rally Car Register entertain the crowds. Historic karts will also return to Donington Park for the event, as will dozens of car clubs, who will gather in the Club Village in the infield. The race and rally paddocks are both open-access and always draw big crowds.

A single-day advance discounted ticket for the Donington Historic Festival costs £21 and a two-day ticket £34, while a three-day weekend ticket costs just £48 (on-the-gate prices will be £28, £45 and £65, respectively). Children aged under 16 are admitted for free. Advance discounted tickets can be bought via www.doningtonhistoric.com and through the 24-hour ticket hotline 0844 873 7355*.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 05 Abril 2016, 16:23:35
COYS TO AUCTION 130 CARS WORTH OVER €15 MILLION AT TECHNO CLASSICA ESSEN

International auctioneers COYS return to their annual sale at Techno Classica in Essen, Germany, on 9th April with a selection of 130 classic and sports cars worth more than €15 million.

The auction, held at the largest historic car exhibition in Europe, features vehicles such as a 1952 Grosser Werkmeister with FIA, FIVA and German historic papers (refer to COYS for estimate), a 1968 Ferrari 330 GT/C (estimated at €600,000 – €700,000), 1978 BMW M1 works car, also the first M1 to be road registered (€550,000- €650,000), a 1986 Lancia Delta S4 Stradale “Group B Rally” Specification (€350,000 - €400,000) and a 1964 Alfa Romeo Giulia 1600 SS (€90,000 - €110,000).

Chris Routledge, Managing Partner of COYS, said: “Techno Classica Essen has become one of the most well established classic car sales in the world and further strengthens COYS position as the leading international auction brand in Germany.”

“We always look forward to coming back to this event and this year we are offering a fabulous and vast selection of vehicles, ranging from a German racing legend such as the 1952 Grosser Werkmeister to highly sought-after collectors cars such as the 1968 Ferrari 330 GT/C.”

The auction will also feature a 1929 Lancia Lambda, 8th Series Torpedo Type 223 evocation carrosserie by Casaro (€180,000- €200,000), a 1965 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Series 1 (€240,000 - €260,000), a 1965 Ghia 1500 GT Coupe (€65,000 – €95,000), a 1996 Porsche 993 RS Coupe (€240,000 - €280,000) and a 1987 Lamborghini Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole (€375,000 - €425,000).

Other important lots include a 1959 Alfa Romeo Touring Spider with one owner from new (€45,000 – €55,000), a 1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4 S Roadster (€130,000 - £140,000), a 1961 MG A Mk II Coupe, one of only 600 produced (€20,000 – €25,000), a 1992 Ferrari Testarossa (€115,000 - €120,000) and a 1980 Citroën Méhari (€15,000 - €20,000).

COYS will also be auctioning at no reserve a selection of cars from the Stasys Brundza collection, one of the largest European collections of Cadillacs. This includes a 1953 Cadillac 62 Coupe de Ville (€18,000 - €25,000), a 1949 Cadillac Series 75 Fleetwood (€15,000 - €18,000) and a 1939 Cadillac Series 39-75 Imperial Sedan (€30,000 - €40,000).

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Saturday 9th April 2016, 12:00hs
Wednesday 6th April from 14:00hs to 20:00hs
Thursday 7th April from 9:00hs to 18:00hs
Friday 8th April from 9:00hs to 19:00hs
Saturday 9th April from 9:00hs until the start of the auction at 12:00hs

Gruga Hall, Norbertstraße 2, 45131, Essen, Germany

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 06 Abril 2016, 14:54:30
RETRO RACECAR AS SOLE EUROPEAN AGENT FOR LEGENDARY RS WATANABE WHEELS

Retro Racecar, the newly established supplier to the classic car and historic motor sport markets, is proud to announce that it is launching an incredible new range of Retro Race-Mag wheels, a move that will see iconic RS Watanabe-manufactured wheels availble in Europe for the first time. RS Watanabe is one of the greatest names in lightweight wheel manufacturing, having been established in Japan in 1968.

Ivan Hayward, managing director of Retro Racecar, says: “We are delighted to bring RS Watanabe wheels to the European market for the first time. They boast a great motorsport heritage, so our Retro Race-Mag range of wheels are engineered to be strong, staggeringly light and have effectively been tested for 48 years. In the motorsport application for which these wheels were designed, they offer a significant weight and performance advantage whilst looking absolutely ‘period’ on cars from the early 1960’s onwards.”

RS Watanabe has built a world-renowned reputation as a desirable and innovative manufacturer of alloy wheels since being established in Japan in 1968, when the first set of classic 8 spoke wheels were made and raced by the company founder, Toshiyuki Watanabe. With ‘RS’ standing for ‘Racing Service’, the wheels were adopted by Nissan’s factory racing department and the brand quickly became part of Japanese racing history, featuring on the early Nissan Skyline race cars and Datsun 240Zs. Nissan took fifty race wins between 1969-72, forty-nine of which were consecutive, proving RS Watanabe’s credentials beyond doubt. Away from the circuits, the wheels have also featured victories ranging fromPikes Peak to Drifting championships.

The classic Watanabe eight-spoke style alloy wheel will be the one the most in demand. Suitable as a fitment on numerous European and Japanese sports and touring cars, the wheels initially offered are available in magnesium construction in a variety of colours, rim sizes and offsets. By combining design and testing with traditional manufacturing skills and high quality magnesium materials, the wheels offer lighter un-sprung weight and significant performance gains. 

To illustrate the available weight saving, a JWL approved RS Watanabe 15 inch, 5 stud wheel in magnesium, weighs in at an incredible 4.5kg and in Aluminium just 6.4Kg,  which compares very favourably to a well-known alternative wheel currently on the market, tipping the scales at a far heavier 6.8kg in magnesium and  8.35Kg in aluminium.

“In competitive motorsport, this is a huge performance gain area”, says Ivan. “It’s possible to shave close to 30kg off a car fitted with four RS Watanabe magnesium wheels versus competition wire wheels, and the standard alloy wheels offer significant savings too. Weight savings of that nature are hard to find elsewhere on a race car”.

For more information, please visit www.retroracecar.com

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 06 Abril 2016, 15:01:58
SIMPLY PORSCHE - SUNDAY 5TH JUNE

Celebrating one of the best-loved sports car marques, Beaulieu’s Simply Porsche will return for its fourth year on Sunday 5th June.

Held in association with The Independent Porsche Enthusiasts Club (TIPEC), this popular event will welcome Porsches of all ages and models into the picturesque grounds of the National Motor Museum.

Ranging from the earliest 356 models, through classics such as the 911, 914 and 928, up to the modern Boxster, Panamera and Cayman, Simply Porsche is open to all types of this legendary German sports car. Porsche drivers can park their much-loved cars, admire other cars on show and chat with like-minded owners and enthusiasts.

Throughout the day, rally participants and Beaulieu’s attraction visitors will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite Porsche in the People’s Choice Awards. A commemorative Beaulieu trophy and a special Autoglym prize will be awarded to the owner of the Porsche that receives the most votes, before leading a cavalcade of the most popular cars around the Beaulieu grounds.

Not only is Simply Porsche a great opportunity to see a fantastic selection of Porsches, visitors can also enjoy all of the features of one of the south’s leading attractions, all with one great value ticket.

Don’t miss the National Motor Museum’s new Driving Change display, which explores motoring innovations, technology and safety throughout history and makes motoring predictions for the future. Visit On Screen Cars and the World of Top Gear, take a stroll around Palace House, the historic home of the Montagu family since 1538, and the historic ruins of 13th century Beaulieu Abbey.

Participants will be able to drive into the attraction grounds from 9.30am, when the Brabazon restaurant will be serving hot and cold drinks and breakfast snacks. Advance participant tickets cost £10 an adult and £5 a child (aged 5-17 inclusive) and can be bought in advance at www.beaulieu.co.uk/events/simply-porsche or by calling the event ticket hotline on 01590 612888. Tickets can also be bought on the day at Beaulieu.

All other visitors should enter Beaulieu through the main reception from 10am, with tickets at normal Beaulieu attraction admission prices.

For Porsche clubs whose members would like to park together within the show, club stands are available. To book your club stand, at least two weeks in advance, and for all other trade enquiries contact the Beaulieu Events team on 01590 614614 or events@beaulieu.co.uk.

Simply Porsche is just one event in Beaulieu’s 2016 Simply rally line-up, which also includes Simply Classics & Sports Car, Simply Bikes and Simply Land Rover. For the full list of Simply rallies and other Beaulieu events, see www.beaulieu.co.uk/events or join the conversation with @Beaulieu_Hants on Twitter.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 06 Abril 2016, 17:08:09
WORLD DEBUT FOR LAND ROVER SERIES I ‘REBORN’ AT 2016 TECHNO-CLASSICA

Land Rover Classic is underscoring its commitment to providing the very best cars, services, parts and experiences to passionate Land Rover customers with the launch of the ‘Reborn’ initiative for the iconic Series I at Techno-Classica in Essen, Germany.

Reborn offers 25 prospective customers the unique opportunity to purchase an original and highly collectable Land Rover Series I directly from Land Rover Classic.

Land Rover Classic’s expert team has drawn on decades of experience to hand-pick 25 Series I chassis from Land Rover’s global network. Each model will undergo a complete restoration according to the brand’s original 1948 factory specification and using Land Rover Classic Parts to preserve authenticity. This includes the choice of five period finishes including Light Green, Bronze Green, RAF Blue, Dove Grey and Poppy Red.

Customers will be able to select their preferred base vehicle with the help and guidance of Land Rover Classic’s experienced restoration team, and they will be able to follow the restoration of their cherished Series I from start to finish at Land Rover’s new Classic workshop located within the original Defender production centre at Solihull.

Tim Hannig, Director, Jaguar Land Rover Classic, said: “The launch of the Reborn initiative represents a fantastic opportunity for customers to own a valuable and collectable automotive icon. Reborn showcases Land Rover Classic’s expertise in restoring and maintaining our loyal customers’ prized Land Rovers. It also demonstrates the business’ commitment to supporting customers with original and genuine parts for Land Rover models that have been out for production for longer than 10 years.”

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 07 Abril 2016, 09:04:57
LAMBORGHINI POLOSTORICO AT TECHNO CLASSICA 2016: RESTORATIONS CELEBRATE MIURA 50TH ANNIVERSARY

Lamborghini PoloStorico is at Techno Classica in Essen, 6-10 April 2016, celebrating the Miura’s 50th anniversary and illustrating its scope of expertise in restoring classic Lamborghini models. Showing the original Miura SV first unveiled at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show and the subject of a full restoration by Lamborghini PoloStorico, the stand also displays a Miura chassis demonstrating work in progress and a fully overhauled Miura engine.

“Techno Classica is the ideal forum at which to demonstrate the restoration expertise of Lamborghini PoloStorico,” said Enrico Maffeo, Head of PoloStorico. “Since PoloStorico’s official launch a year ago, a number of important restorations have already been commissioned including the first Miura SV chassis #4846, as well as our ongoing work in archiving, certification and management of spare parts for classic Lamborghini models.” 

The original Lamborghini Miura SV, chassis #4846 is the pre-production model for subsequent Miura SV models, and was unveiled at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show on Bertone’s stand (while Lamborghini showed its new Countach LP 500). The car was truly a one-off, carrying over parts from the previous Miura S and introducing new features that would be seen on later SVs. Lamborghini PoloStorico was appointed to fully restore chassis #4846 to its perfect original state.  The subject of exhaustive research, each detail of the Geneva show car has been respected rather than adopting later production SV parts.

Shown in metallic green (Verde Metallizzata) with tan leather, the restoration of the car by PoloStorico has included a complete restrip of the chassis and engine. Using photos and other archived historic documentation, every panel on the Miura has been returned to its original lines and angles and, following the original production sheet and records held by Automobili Lamborghini, every component restored or replaced. Expert Lamborghini craftsmanship and original Lamborghini parts have been used throughout, from bodywork to repainting the car in its original color, refurbishing the interior and overhauling the engine.

Also on display is a part-restored Miura SV chassis # 5030. The body in white demonstrates a chassis’ restoration by Automobili Lamborghini Polo Storico. Drawing on the references and expertise available from Lamborghini PoloStorico’s archives including production sheets, technical references and imaging scans of Miura chassis, the frame was corrected on a jig while the body panels were restored to their original lines and shapes. The chassis is now ready for anti-rust treatment and subsequently for pre-coating prior to paint.

A Lamborghini Miura P400S engine, no. 30563 from chassis #4644 is on display following a thorough overhaul by Lamborghini PoloStorico, using original classic spare parts to fully respect theoriginal finish of Miura production engines in the late ‘60s.

Lamborghini PoloStorico officially opened in spring 2015, supporting historic models and Lamborghini’s heritage through four main areas: restoration of historic Lamborghini models; archive management; original Lamborghini spare parts for which around 70% of the historic car park is covered; and official certification of Lamborghini historic cars.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 07 Abril 2016, 12:39:07
NISSAN SKYLINE NAMED ‘MOST ICONIC JAPANESE CAR EVER’

The model made famous by the Playstation Generation has been named the Most Iconic Japanese Car Ever by followers of Japfest, the biggest celebration of Japanese cars and culture in Europe.

The organisers of the show, which will be held for the first time this year at Silverstone, Northants, carried out a survey among its social media followers to see which performance car would be identified as the most iconic model in Japanese car culture.

The clear winner was the Nissan Skyline, a car that first came to prominence in the UK in 1997 as the star of the Gran Turismo console game.

Like the game, the Skyline was developed through multiple generations, each one faster and more advanced than its predecessor. The Skyline name has since become synonymous with Japanese performance tuning in the UK and beyond, and a bumper turnout of Skylines is expected at this year’s Japfest events.

Event Manager Katherine Chappell said: “The Nissan Skyline is one of the cars that really kicked off the Japanese tuning craze in the UK, so it’s no surprise to see that it’s been named as the most iconic Japanese performance car of all time. Japfest is a real celebration of the culture that it, in part, created, and we look forward to celebrating its success this year among the event’s festival atmosphere.”

The runner-up in the survey was the Toyota Supra, with the Subaru Impreza WRX in third position.

Japfest has moved to Silverstone after reaching capacity at its previous venue with over 16,000 attendees and 3,500 cars on display or on the circuit. The extra space at the home of British Motor Sport means more track time and more features than ever before.

The new, more central, venue is a significant part of Japfest’s broader expansion, as the most firmly established series of Japanese car events in the UK. In 2016, Japfest Rock! (the new name for Japfest 2) returns to Rockingham Motor Speedway on June 26th and also has track time available, while a brand new, third Japfest event has also been added to the calendar, Japfest Motorsport Heroes.

Taking place at the Hop Farm near Paddock Wood, Kent, on September 11th, Japfest Motorsport Heroes will be a special event celebrating some of the most iconic and significant Japanese cars from the world of motor sport, along with their road going equivalents.

Full details of the show, the cars and the various activities can be found at www.japfest.co.uk, or via the official Facebook page and Twitter feeds. Discounted early bird tickets are also still available via the website, saving £5 on the gate price.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 08 Abril 2016, 12:31:13
BICESTER HERITAGE LAUNCHES NEW MOTOR MARKET FOR BUYING AND SELLING CLASSIC CARS

Bicester Heritage is now the perfect platform to sell your classic car, with the launch of the Motor Market at the latest Sunday Scramble taking place at the 348-acre site in Oxfordshire.

Motor Market allows owners to put their car in front of thousands of like-minded motoring enthusiasts and buyers, and does so in an environment perfect for showcasing classic vehicles. This is a truly unique way for buyers and sellers to come together in a relaxed and non-pressured environment. With thousands of car enthusiasts attending the Sunday Scramble, sellers will be able to present their treasured classic in ideal surroundings to lots of potential buyers.

The Motor Market is also a fantastic way for buyers to view a car. It allows buyers to meet the car’s current owner and discuss its history, give it a thorough inspection and complete the purchase all in one easy location. There is also the opportunity for a test drive away from the busy streets in the likes of London.

Any treasured car built before 1990, be it a classic, vintage or even a modern car, will be eligible to feature in Motor Market, and entry costs £20 in advance and £30 on the gate. However, tickets are available at a 50% discount for the first Motor Market, making them £10 in advance and £15 on the day.

The Bicester Heritage team will promote the cars being sold in the run up to a Motor Market on social media and the site’s website.

If owners are unsure how much they should be selling their car for, then they will be able to book it into the Hagerty Valuation Arena. As part of the valuation process, the car will be photographed and assessed by experts before being presented with a valuation certificate. The valuation costs £15, but all the money raised goes to charity, and owners also get a goody bag of extras from the participating partners, which include H&H Classic Auctions, Classic Cars magazine and ClassicCarsForSale.co.uk.

The first Motor Market will take place at Bicester Heritage’s eighth Sunday Scramble, an event that has gone from strength to strength since its launch in June 2014.

The Sunday Scrambles see Bicester Heritage throw open its doors to host owners of classic cars at a large meet-up in a stunning environment. As well as the opportunity to see an eclectic selection of privately owned cars, all the specialists on site are open for the day to discuss any needs or desires, or for visitors to just have a look at what is on offer.  The Sunday Scrambles often sell out in advance, and can host as many as 5000 people. If you arrive in a pre-1990 classic vehicle then you can take advantage of a 50% discount on the entry price, while members of registered vehicle owners’ clubs can enjoy the same deal.

Bicester Heritage’s founder and managing director, Daniel Geoghegan, said: “Buying a car online has many things in its favour, but there is no substitute for going and seeing a potential purchase in the metal. The Motor Market at Bicester Heritage will be unique in allowing buyers to see many cars at once, and talk to their owners, but without the pressured environment of an auction hall.

“Buyers don’t even need to have to worry about finding a way to get a car home or finding a specialist for a that little job that would make their new purchase perfect thanks to the many experts we have on site at Bicester Heritage.”

To book your ticket for the Sunday Scramble and the Motor Market, head to www.bicesterheritage.co.uk/events.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 08 Abril 2016, 12:31:38
BMW – HONOURED MARQUE AT THE 2016 GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED

BMW will be the Central Feature Marque at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed. In its centenary year, the company will take centre stage at the world’s most prestigious motoring festival.  Showcasing the diversity of its brands - BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad - BMW Group will celebrate its illustrious sporting past, alongside the stylish cars and bikes of its current range.

Epitomising this year’s Festival of Speed theme – ‘Full Throttle – The Endless Pursuit of Power’ – the Central Feature will celebrate BMW’s myriad motorsport successes. Taking a starring role on the sculpture created by Gerry Judah will be the legendary BMW 328 Mille Miglia Roadster, the Gordon Murray-designed Brabham-BMW BT52, and the Le Mans-winning BMW V12 LMR.

Visitors will be able to see and hear many products from BMW’s past that continue to make their mark on the company today. Cars steering their way up Goodwood’s famous 1.16-mile course include a beautiful 1957 BMW 507, the Mille Miglia-winning BMW 328 Touring Coupé from 1940, and a 1965 BMW 1800 TiSA – an early example of BMW’s unparalleled success in touring car racing. Meanwhile, motorbike enthusiasts will be treated to an array of classic and modern bikes including a 1966 BMW R50 S Kaczor, a 1976 BMW R90 S 76 and legendary WR 750 Kompressor from 1929.

This summer’s festival also promises one of the most exciting displays ever for BMW Motorsport GmbH.Representing the most recent expression of the BMW M philosophy, the BMW M4 GTS will be seen for the first time at Goodwood – both up the hill and on display – powered by a six-cylinder in-line engine that develops 500bhp with the help of a new water injection system.

A unique ‘M Avenue’ will celebrate iconic BMW M cars from the last 40 years alongside the hottest new M products, including the new BMW M2 – the latest compact sports coupé in a long line of legendary road and racing BMWs. Meanwhile, visitors will be enticed to the BMW Pavilion to see the Bavarian manufacturer’s newest models, including the special edition BMW i8 Protonic Red Edition.

Graeme Grieve, BMW Group UK’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “Throughout our 100-year history, BMW has always proved to be a highly innovative company which has defined change and looked to the future. From our first racing success in 1924 through to our plug-in hybrid model BMW i8, BMW Group has played a pioneering role in the automotive world. I am delighted that we will be celebrating our landmarks and achievements at Goodwood this year.”

The Earl of March, Chairman of the Goodwood Group of Companies said, “In its 100-year history, BMW has created many landmark cars, and has an exceptional motorsport heritage in Formula 1, Formula 2, at Le Mans, and in a variety of touring car series around the world. BMW has been one of the Festival’s most loyal and enthusiastic partners for 19 years. I am thrilled to be celebrating their centenary, and our long-standing relationship, with a BMW Central Feature. The sculpture will feature three cars which epitomise BMW's competitive instincts and pursuit of technology in creating the ultimate driving machine.”

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is being held from 23-26 June 2016, beginning with Press Preview Day featuring the Moving Motor Show on Thursday 23.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 12 Abril 2016, 12:05:15
CLASSIC CARS A SOLID INVESTMENT

Being a new entrant to the world of classic car auctions, Fine Classic Autos serves as a reflection of the buoyant state of the market. Business during its first three weeks was buoyant, with over half a million pounds’ worth of classics sold.

Fine Classics Autos offers a personal touch to car sales – with commission of just 4% and a small team of professional petrolheads who take time to get to know their clients, it stands as proof that larger, less personal auction houses aren’t always what the customer wants. With consignments from across the classic car market, including everything from a Ferrari 550 to a Renault 4CV, its new approach has thus far been a hit.

Classic cars are a solid investment, and Fine Classics Autos recognises that. The last 12 months has shown an 8% growth in the market, and over the past ten years a 179% swell has been recorded. That’s better than shares, art, wine or jewellery, and reflects a growing interest in classic cars as an investment tool.

But that isn’t the sole appeal. Co-owner Philip Spani said: ‘Classic cars are a passion, as well as an investment. You cannot deal with peoples’ passion by herding them into large, faceless auctions; you have to take the time to learn what makes someone tick to ensure that their enthusiasm remains throughout the buying and selling process.’

Fine Classic Autos operates online, though buyers are encouraged to view vehicles prior to bidding. Bidding is continuous throughout the time the car is listed on the website, and payment is made via a segregated client escrow account to help ensure security. There is no fee for entering a vehicle, though a sellers’ fee of 4% of the sale price +VAT is applicable once the vehicle is sold.

If you are considering selling your classic car or interested in buying one, Fine Classic Autos is a fantastic way to get an excellent deal for your vehicle – what’s more, there are no entry fees. As a small but dedicated team of classic car enthusiasts and professionals, they are sure to provide an enthusiastic service to both the buyer and seller. So whether you are looking to buy or sell a 1930’s Alvis, a 1950’s American classic, a 1960’s Jaguar, or a 1980’s Mercedes, Fine Classic Autos will help you reach the best buyers and will hold your hand every step of the way.

Entry is a simple process. Just submit the vehicle details via the online entry form. Fine Classic Autos will help provide a pre-sale estimate; reserve price and the auction start and end date prior to listing it on the website. Auctions take place continuously, with start and end times determined by the seller. It is actively encouraged that potential bidders view the vehicle beforehand in person. Clients wishing to view a vehicle can get in touch with Fine Classic Autos directly to arrange a viewing with the seller at a mutually convenient time and place.

Hassle free – All buyers are vetted prior to bidding and payment is made via segregated client escrow account for the security of both parties. There is no fee for entering a vehicle. A seller’s fee of 4% of the hammer price +VAT is applicable once the vehicle is sold. This simple, no-nonsense website takes the time and effort out of buying or selling a classic vehicle. Leave the worry to Classic Autos and start looking for your new classic ‘love’

For more information or to enter a vehicle, visit www.fineclassicautos.com.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 12 Abril 2016, 12:05:37
SIMPLY ASTON MARTIN - FIRST BEAULIEU RALLY ATTRACTS HUNDREDS OF ASTON MARTINS

More than 350 Aston Martins cruised across the New Forest to Beaulieu on Sunday 10th April for the attraction’s first ever Simply Aston Martin rally, making it one of the largest gatherings of Aston Martins in the south.

Getting this brand new event off to an amazing start, Aston Martin owners parked in the grounds of the National Motor Museum. Visitors were treated to the spectacular sights and sounds of these high-powered cars, while owners had the perfect opportunity to catch-up with friends, talk about their Aston Martins and enjoy a day out in the picturesque setting.

Events Co-ordinator Andy Ollerenshaw said: “With strong advance ticket sales, we were expecting up to 300 cars for the rally but we were absolutely delighted by just how many owners joined us for the first Simply Aston Martin event. The response from Aston Martin owners and feedback from visitors was incredible and we anticipate that this successful event will return again next year.”

Every era of the British marque’s history was represented in the varied display. Pre-war examples such as a rare 1933 Le Mans Short Chassis were complemented by a selection of 1950s and ‘60s DB models, including a 1959 DB2/4 MkIII Fixed Head Coupe, one of only five made, and a pair of DB6 Volantes.

Classics from the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s such as the V8 Vantage and DB7 were well-represented, while Aston Martin’s modern creations also featured heavily in the line-up. The latest DB9 and Rapide S models were parked alongside such special editions as a 1996 DB i6 GTS, a 2009 DBS ‘Quantum of Solace’ and two brightly coloured examples of the limited edition N430. Even an unusual Cygnet, the smallest car to wear the Aston Martin badge, finished off the extensive selection.

The Aston Martin Owners Club brought a selection of members’ cars, while visitors could see new Aston Martins for sale on the dealer stand of Aston Martin Chichester.

Throughout the day, owners and visitors voted for their favourite car of the show in the People’s Choice Award. Taking the top prize in the afternoon awards ceremony was Tim Davis with his stunning 1930 Aston Martin International Series One. Tim from West Sussex, who has owned his very early Aston Martin for five years, was presented with a commemorative Beaulieu trophy and an Autoglym presentation pack prize by Lord Montagu, before leading a cavalcade of the most popular cars around the grounds.

Lord Montagu also presented Autoglym prizes to the two top People’s Choice runners-up. Terry Seaborn was chosen for his 1962 DB4 Vantage Series 4, which was one of only 44 built and has been extensively restored by Terry during his three decades of ownership. Also scoring highly with visitor votes was the 2009 DB9 belonging to Lisa and Steve Mackay, with its spotless black paintwork.

The other People’s Choice high-scorers demonstrated the remarkable variety of Astons at the rally. Tony Green’s 1950 Le Mans team DB2, a veteran of numerous motorsport events, contrasted with Ian Sheppard’s 2011 Cygnet. “It’s one of the rarest cars here,” said Ian Sheppard of his Cygnet, “and it was a good investment as values are going up.” Nigel Brain’s brand new GT12 was one of only 100 built, yet there were three examples at the show. Doug Hale’s 2003 DB7 Vantage V12, Stephen Mount’s 2011 DBS, Nick Packham’s red DBS and Mr Leighton-Boyce’s silver DB4 were also part of the line-up.

Simply Aston Martin is part of the range of Simply rallies at Beaulieu, covering a wide variety of motoring marques and themes including Simply Jaguar, Simply Porsche and Simply Classics & Sports Car. For more information on the 2016 Beaulieu events calendar, visit www.beaulieu.co.uk/events or join the conversation with @Beaulieu_Hants on Twitter.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 12 Abril 2016, 12:06:03
TR4 ACHIEVES DOUBLE ESTIMATE AND ITALIAN BEAUTIES FIND FAVOUR AT BARONS

A trio of Italian sports cars topped the popularity polls at Barons’ Spring Classic sale at Sandown Park on April 6th. However, in an auction in which several lots powered past top estimate, the biggest battle was over a one-owner, 1963 Triumph TR4, which sold for more than double estimate after frenzied bidding

The highest price of the day was the £79,200 achieved for the immaculate 2004 Lamborghini Murcielago, reinforcing that fine examples of this supercar will command premium prices. It was joined on the ‘podium’ for top spot by the very pretty 1959 Alfa Romeo 2000 Touring Spider, which exceeded top estimate to sell for £35,750, and the 1971 Alfa Romeo Montreal restoration project, which also exceeded estimate, at £27,500.

Bidding on the highly original 1964 Triumph TR4 was quite extraordinary, with a tenacious telephone bidder finally securing it for £26,950. The one-owner car has sat in a garage since its road tax ran out in November 1991, and the bidding battle to over double estimate reflected both the desirability of this classic British sports car and the importance of interesting provenance.

Another iconic British model to power past top estimate was the superb 1973 MG B roadster, which has had almost 3,000 man-hours spent on refurbishment. The new owner drove that away for £20,350. And the charming 1935 Riley Falcon – which was in the same ownership for 77 years from 1935 to 2012 – has gone to just its third owner, for £15,765.

It was a very busy saleroom again, creating a great atmosphere for the auction. There were a record number of internet bidders, and a large number of telephone bidders - many of whom ended up buying cars - and multiple commission bids on several cars. Many of the cars that did not sell under the hammer generated a lot of interest afterwards, most notably the Triumph TR3, which subsequently sold. Barn find and restoration projects are still very much in vogue; in addition to the Alfa Montreal, the Jensen Interceptor and Volvo P1800s sold under the hammer.

Tim Gascoigne, Barons’ Auction Manager, commented, “We are really pleased with the strong results, and it goes to show that you don’t always need to have a large number of cars to have a good sale, as quality really is key. We’re now very much looking forward to returning to Sandown Park for our Ford Auction on Saturday 30th April at the International Ford Show.”

Results, Barons, Sandown Park, April 6th
Make/Model      Sold @ Inc
2004 Lamborghini Murcielago     £79,200
1959 Alfa Romeo 2000 Touring Spider      £35,750
1971 Alfa Romeo Montreal         £27,500
1963 Triumph TR4    £26,950
1965 Ford Mustang Coupe     £25,850
1973 MG B Roadster      £20,350
1995 Aston Martin DB7    £18,150
1998 Aston Martin DB7     £16,500
1935 Riley Falcon      £15,675
2001 Maserati 3200 GT         £14,300
1969 MG CGT      £12,925
1950 Opel Olympia    £8,800
1984 Mercedes 500SEC      £8,580
1967 Toyota Corona 1600S Coupe       £6,875
1972 Jensen Interceptor III       £6,750
1975 BMW 1602 Coupe       £5,610
1991 Bentley Turbo R      £4,600
1989 Mercedes 500SEC     £3,960
1984 Jaguar XJS V12 Coupe           £3,850
1996 Mini Cooper Saloon    £3,800
1998 Jaguar XJS Paul Banhams Conv.      £3,520
1998 Jaguar XK8 Coupe    £3,520
1992 Mercedes 190E      £3,080
1985 Opel Monza GSE 3.0 Coupe    £3,080
1996 Alfa Romeo Spider Convertible      £2,860
1991 Mitsubishi 3000 GTO V6 4WD    £2,800
1979 MG BGT     £2,420
1999 BMW 323i       £2,200
1973 MG BGT    £2,200
1964 Volvo P1800S     £1,870
2004 MG TF Sports Convertible    £1,760
1999 Mercedes C200 Classic Saloon      £1,350
1972 Volkswagen K70     £1,250
1995 BMW    328i      £1,150

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 12 Abril 2016, 14:02:51
THE ICONIC CENTRAL FEATURES OF GERRY JUDAH

One of the most eagerly-anticipated moments of every Festival of Speed is the reveal of Gerry Judah’s Central Feature, this year sponsored by honoured marque BMW in celebration of their Centenary.

Unveiled each year at a private party on the eve of the Festival, the first public viewing of the iconic sculpture marks the official opening of the Festival weekend.

‘I’ve been producing a sculpture for the Celebrated Marque at Goodwood for the last 19 years,’ says Gerry. ‘Every year I like to think of something that is very different to anything we’ve done before. Indeed, the hardest thing about designing these sculptures is trying to avoid any similarity, any conceptual connection, with anything I’ve done before.’

BMW’s Centenary piece is Gerry’s 20th sculpture for the Festival of Speed and his resolute determination to push the boundaries of what is possible never ceases to amaze. Gerry says of his work at Goodwood: ‘The critical thing for these pieces is that they have to be iconic. Coco Chanel said: “I don’t do anything innovative; I want to make something that’s classic.” Everything I do I try and make it so that it’s classic: different, unique, but classic.’

Gerry’s work at FoS has become the symbol of the Festival for the 200,000 strong crowd, and has varied from the rustic steel framework of the Land Rover sculpture in 2008, to the beautiful reconstructed Jaguar E-Type model made from 174 tonnes of steel tubes and reminiscent of a vast church organ in 2011, and last year’s twisting, Japanese-inspired Mazda celebration, which towered high above Goodwood House. Each piece takes eight months from conception to build, and the Sculptures are now Europe’s biggest regularly commissioned installations.

Each year the exact design of the Central Feature is a closely guarded secret, and Gerry isn’t giving much away about his plans for this year, but he did say: “the sculpture, displaying three iconic BMW race cars, will stretch well outside its boundaries, soaring over us and into the sky".

Goodwood presents a short film in celebration of Gerry’s work and a glorious look back at the motorsport milestones he has immortalised on the turning circle across the years:

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 12 Abril 2016, 14:03:30
GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED 2016 - DRIVERS AND RIDERS FOR 2016

Goodwood presents this short film celebrating the drivers and riders who have starred at previous Festivals of Speed, and revealing those already confirmed for 2016:

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Already confirmed for 2016 are, in no particular order, Grand Prix winners Rene Arnoux, Tony Brooks, Jenson Button, Emerson Fittipaldi (along with his brother Wilson), Jochen Mass, Sir Stirling Moss, Riccardo Patrese, John Surtees and Mark Webber, Le Mans winners Richard Attwood, Derek Bell, Emanuele Pirro and Vern Schuppan, plus sports car legend Brian Redman, Motorcycle champions Giacomo Agostini, Troy Corser, Eddie Lawson and Sammy Miller, Rallycross stars Ken Block, and Liam and Pat Doran, Indy winner Kenny Brack, NASCAR champion Bobby Labonte and legendary team owner Richard Childress, and Touring car stars Fabrizio Giovanardi, Andrew Jordan, Matt Neal, Gordon Shedden and Steve Soper.

Many more names will be announced in the coming weeks…
Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 13 Abril 2016, 13:32:31
PAIR OF SPECIAL LAMBORGHINIS COULD BE YOURS

Two very special Lamborghini Countachs have recently joined Silverstone Auctions’ May Sale, taking place on Friday 20th May at Silverstone race circuit.

The first of the two examples is a 1989 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary edition, one of just 627 made to celebrate Lamborghini’s 25th birthday, and the most refined and powerful version of the Countach produced before it was superseded by the Diablo.

Designed by none other than Horacio Pagani, creator of the iconic Zonda, the 25th Anniversary edition features bespoke wheel arch extensions, extended air intake ducts and a new rear engine cover design, as well as increased torque and performance with a top speed of 185mph.

Now offered for sale for the first time in 16 years, this particular right-hand drive example was previously owned by Cleo Roberts, who went on to become the wife of legendary automotive designer, racing driver, and entrepreneur Carroll Shelby.

This highly collectible Lamborghini is expected to achieve £250,000 to £300,000 at auction having covered just 8,000 miles from new, and is presented today in excellent condition and finished in its original colour combination of Rosso with Bianco leather.

“A supercar with provenance associated with Carroll Shelby is a very intriguing thing. This car has a special past, which makes it even more desirable to collectors and enthusiasts,” explains Silverstone Auctions managing director Nick Whale.

Also offered is a rare, right-hand drive 1983 Lamborghini Countach 5000 S of royal heritage. As one of only 320 examples made, a handful of which were right-hand drive, this particular car was supplied new to Prince Salman Bin Saud Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud through Lamborghini London, and spent five years in his ownership in Saudi Arabia.

First registered in the UK in 1988, this car was then stripped and restored by Lamborghini expert, Mike Pullen. Acquired by the current vendor in January 2009, it has undergone a £60,000 restoration and been kept in a bespoke, heated and dehumidified storage facility in Mallorca.

Presented today in truly exceptional condition, with just 30,000 miles on the clock, the car is offered at an estimate of between £275,000 and £325,000.

“We’re no stranger to Lamborghinis at Silverstone Auctions having sold some of the best available on the market this year, and the Countach always draws impressive glances”, adds Nick Whale. “It is a truly incredible supercar and to have two examples in the May Sale, both with great provenance, will make for a highly anticipated auction indeed.”

To find out more about the Lamborghinis for sale and other best of breed classics and modern sportscars for auction, visit http://www.silverstoneauctions.com/the-may-sale-2016.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 13 Abril 2016, 13:32:54
JAMES HUNT: A CELEBRATION OF THE MOST CHARISMATIC MAN EVER IN FORMULA 1

It is 40 years since James Hunt beat Niki Lauda to the 1976 World Championship title in Japan, winning by one point and settling one of the fiercest duels in Formula 1 history.

This year the Festival of Speed will be celebrating Hunt, a motoring legend, full of charm, determination and desire to win, once described by Lauda as ‘the most charismatic personality there has ever been in Formula 1’, and the embodiment of the 2016 theme, “Full Throttle: The Endless Pursuit of Power”.

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Examples of every significant car Hunt raced during his career will be here on the hallowed ground of Goodwood House, including the Surtees, Hesketh, McLaren and Wolf cars he raced in Formula 1, plus touring, sports and junior formulae cars, and even his beloved A35 road car!

James’ sons Tom and Freddie, along with his family, friends, fellow drivers, team members and mechanics, will be here to join in celebrating a true motorsport hero.

The James Hunt tribute will be presented in association with the Festival’s Official Timing Partner, TAG Heuer, who will exclusively launch two special James Hunt anniversary, Formula 1 limited edition watches, created in collaboration with the James Hunt Estate and on-sale at the Festival of Speed.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 13 Abril 2016, 13:33:24
100 YEARS OF BMW GROUP

Goodwood is delighted to be playing an integral part in BMW Group’s Centenary celebrations at the 2016 Festival of Speed.

BMW will be Honoured Marque and collaborate in the creation of the Central Feature at the world’s largest automotive garden party.

Throughout its history, motorsport has been an essential component of BMW’s DNA. Alongside road cars old and new, the 2016 Festival of Speed will celebrate the Bavarian marque’s many and varied motorsport successes on two wheels and four, with a fabulous line-up of cars and bikes.

Goodwood presents a film in honour of BMW’s pioneering successes in motorsport, featuring many of the machines that will be at Goodwood:

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    BMW 328 Touring Coupé ‘Superleggera’

Won the Mille Miglia in 1940, taking four of the top six positions and setting a record average speed.

    BMW 1800 TiSA

Won the Spa 24 Hours in 1965 – the first of an incredible 22 victories for BMW in the Belgian endurance classic.

    BMW R 50S Kaczor

Named after bike racer, designer and BMW engineer Ferdinand Kaczor, who set a new lap record on the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 1969, riding a BMW of his own design.

    BMW M1 Procar

A field of identical BMW M1 Procars was the basis of the greatest one-make series ever created. Procar supported the F1 World Championship in 1979 and 1980, with Niki Lauda winning the first championship, and Nelson Piquet the second.

    Brabham-BMW BT52

Won the World Championship in 1983, driven by Nelson Piquet – the first in a turbocharged car.

    BMW M3

The BMW M3 (E30) is still the most successful touring car in the world, winning multiple championships, including the World Touring Car Championship in 1987.

    BMW 635 CSI

Won the Spa 24 Hours in 1983, 1985 and 1986, and the European Touring Car Championship in the hands of Dieter Quester.

    McLaren-BMW F1 GTR Long Tail

Finished 2nd and 3rd at Le Mans in 1997.

    BMW V12 LMR

Won the 1999 Le Mans 24 Hours – BMW’s only outright victory in the famous endurance race.

    The BMW M3 DTM

Won the Sebring 12 Hours in 2010 and 2011 and the American Le Mans Series GT Championship, and was a Class winner – GT Pro – at Le Mans in 201.

    BMW S 1000 RR

Michael Dunlop won the senior TT in 2014 on an S1000 RR, 75 years after Georg Meier won the TT in 1939 on a BMW, becoming the first non-British winner.

As well as looking back at the first 100 years, BMW’s Centenary celebrations look forward to ‘The Next 100 Years’, and Goodwood can’t wait.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 14 Abril 2016, 08:17:25
TOP 10 CARS FOR AUCTION AT COYS AT ASCOT THIS SATURDAY

nternational auctioneers COYS return to the famous Ascot racecourse with more than 50 classic and sports cars going under the hammer at their long-established auction on Saturday 16th April.

Chris Routledge, CEO of COYS, said: “Ascot promises to be a great auction. Held in the grounds of the Ascot Racecourse, a true British sporting establishment, we have lined up a fine selection of historic and sports cars with everything from Jaguars and Aston Martins to Bentleys and Ferraris.”

Top 10: COYS at Ascot

2000 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible: First assigned to the Rolls Royce works with the famous registration plate RR1, which is historically used for press cars. The car then went into long term single family ownership before being recently acquired by the current vendor. Estimated at £90,000 to £105,000.

1964 Gordon Keeble: This car is one of only 99 built and is fitted with the desirable manual gearbox. It underwent a £100,000 restoration, has been recently presented at the Cartier and Goodwood concourse and is offered with FIVA papers. Appearing as it did back at the launch in 1960, this is a true collector’s piece with an exacting restoration to the highest detail. Estimated at £70,000 to £80,000.

1959 Jaguar XK150 RHD: With only 39,000 miles from new, this exceptional XK150 must have one of the best documented histories of any Jaguar sold by COYS in a long time. The car has been continually serviced and looked after by a motoring engineer who is a close friend of the vendor. Estimated at £100,000 to £120,000.

1985 Lamborghini Countach 5000 QV: One of just 610 QVs produced and one of 350 with 6 Weber Carburetors. This car is in excellent condition throughout and arguably is ‘the’ poster car of the last 40 years. There is no better time to buy into the Lamborghini legacy with this timeless classic. Estimated at £320,000 to £380,000.

1936 Bentley-Royce 8 Litre V12 Supercharged Special: One of two ever made, making it a covetable historic road rally car. It has been successfully campaigned with wins at Prescott, Shelsley Walsh, Brighton Speed trials and Santa Pod, with a notable win on the Isle of Man in 1998, where it won all four events. This stunning car gathers crowds wherever it appears and sounds superb as only an 8 litre supercharged V12 could! Estimated at £130,000 to £160,000.

2009 Ferrari 16M: Built to commemorate Ferrari’s 16th victory in the Formula 1 Constructor’s World Championship in 2008, this is one of a mere 37 cars designated for the UK market, with only 7,500 miles on the clock. Offered with all relevant Ferrari books and manuals, a UK V5, UK MoT certificate and the all-important Ferrari Classiche, this is an immensely talented and rewarding Ferrari also offers gilt-edged investment potential for the future. Estimated at £300,000 to £320,000.

1962 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupe Adaptation by H.J. Mulliner: This is an extremely rare and desirable Rolls Royce, with unimpeachable provenance. Formerly the property of Sir Felix Dennis, one of the richest men in Britain, it is in excellent condition throughout, supplied with its original Rolls Royce owners manuals, copies of build and test sheets, a thick file of invoices from the present day back to the mid 1970s, 14 UK MoT certificates (including the current MoT), and a UK V5 registration document. Estimated at £330,000 to £360,000.

2007 Mclaren SLR 722 Edition: As two of the most successful teams in motorsport, people tend to take notice when Mercedes-Benz and McLaren work together. The ‘722’ Edition celebrates the victory by Stirling Moss and his co-driver Denis Jenkinson in a Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR with the starting number 722 (indicating a start time of 7.22am) at the Mille MIglia in 1955. This is a car for the Mercedes Benz connoisseur. Estimated at £330,000 to £380,000.

1932 Bentley 4-Litre Saloon with Coachwork by Thrupp & Maberly: One of 12 in existence, this car featured in Ray Roberts’ Bentley Specials and Special Bentleys Vol 2 (page 524). It is a superb example of the last of the Cricklewood-built models and comes with a large history file containing bills; period photos; original factory blueprints; and copies of several articles written about it. Estimated at £130,000 to £160,000.

1968 Aston Martin DB6: This DB6 has been the subject of a bare metal restoration which finished in 2015, it has formed part of a significant collection from the South of England and has been wonderfully cared for. As the popularity of Aston Martins continues to reach new peaks, this DB6 could be a wonderful opportunity to join an elite club of Aston Martin owners. Estimated at £300,000 to £350,000.

One to watch:

1973 Range Rover: Built to be luxury, practical farm vehicles, there is no doubt these Range Rovers were a revelation back in the 1970s. This iconic example has undergone a full body restoration, including genuine Land Rover old stock rear quarter panels and front wings. Its V8 3528 litre engine still pulls very well with that unmistakable V8 growl as it accelerates. It is a great opportunity to buy into one of the best of British 4x4 ever made. Estimated at £20,000.

COYS at Ascot auction takes place on Saturday 16th April at 12:00pm at Ascot Racecourse, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 7JX. Viewing is available on Friday 15th from 12.00pm to 6.00pm and on the day of auction from 10.00am.

Location: Ascot Racecourse, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 7JX.

www.coys.co.uk

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 18 Abril 2016, 14:13:43
FORD IN FOCUS AT BARONS

The famous blue oval will be seen everywhere in Barons’ Sandown Park saleroom on April 30th, as Barons stages a dedicated Ford auction as part of the International Ford Show.

Barons has a fine selection of entries that really showcase the diversity of the Ford offering over the decades, from charming little Anglias to potent, American-built muscle cars and from a 1949 Thames van to an F150 Supercharged pick-up originally owned by David Beckham.

Ford’s muscle car heritage will certainly make itself felt at Sandown Park. The iconic Mustang is represented by four examples, including a rare right-hand drive 1971 Convertible 302. This unique machine was built in Dearborn as a special order for the UK, as a New Year’s present for the MD of Ford. (£30,000-£34,000). The sale also includes a 1965, ex-ICS Series racing car which has run very successfully in the Aston Martin Owners Club Intermarque Challenge (£55,000-£70,000).

Other representatives of Ford’s production from the other side of ‘the pond’ include a mighty 1969 Talladega (£32,000-£35,000) a 1972 Gran Torino Sport (£9,000-£11,000) and a rare, RHD 1963 Galaxie 500 Convertible.  All chrome and sweeping lines, this is a fantastic cruising car (£8,000-£10,000).

Ford’s commercial vehicle and pick-up side is highlighted through a number of entries. The 2002 F150 Supercharged Harley Davidson edition pick-up is a relatively modern example, with the interesting provenance of having originally been owned by David Beckham (£10,000-£12,000).  The 1958 F1 SWB pick-up is highly original, almost ‘time-warp’ (£10,000-£12,000), while the 1958 Ranchero V8 pick-up is a spectacular example of 1950s fins and chrome styling (£11,000-£14,000). In contrast, the 1949 Thames Van E83W is a charismatic and very British little machine. It has just one owner on the V5C, and was recently discovered having been tucked away unused for 20 years (£12,000-£15,000).

Numerous variations on the Cortina theme are on offer at Barons, including two Crayford Convertible conversions (£18,000-£22,000 and £7,000-£9,000), a handsome 1977 Ghia Mk 4 (£3,500-£4,500), an exceptionally rare Cortina De Tomaso (£20,000-£25,000) and a superb 1963 Mk1 Consul Cortina (£7,000-£9,000).

Two stately Consul Farnham Estates will also go under the hammer at Sandown Park. The 1960 example was supplied new to South Africa. It is highly original and in splendid condition (£17,000-£20,000). The 1957 Hi Line example is one of only two known to survive worldwide. It has an extremely rare Raymond Mays cylinder head and Handa overdrive (£17,000-£20,000).

Fans of Fiestas and Escorts won’t be disappointed either, with several on offer, from XR3i Cabriolets and RS Turbos to a sporty Fiesta XR2.

For more information or to consign a vehicle to the sale, please visit www.barons-auctions.com, email info@barons-auctions.com or call 08454 30 60 60.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 18 Abril 2016, 14:14:16
RARE BARN-FIND VAUXHALL RETURNS FOR HAPPY REUNION

93-year-old 23/60 drives back to Luton to meet former owner’s family

Luton – A 1923 Vauxhall 23/60 made its first long journey after an 18-month mechanical restoration last weekend to be reunited with three generations of the previous owner’s family at Vauxhall Motors’ Heritage Centre in Luton.

Known as ‘Alice’, the vintage Vauxhall is now thought to be the most original of the c90 surviving 23/60s from a total production of 1,300 made at the famous Kimpton Road factory between 1922 and 1926.

Kay Lorenzato, whose late husband owned the car from the 1950s, was delighted to see it for the first time after its inaugural, post-resto drive from Leicestershire to last Sunday’s VBOA (Vauxhall Bedford Owners’ Association) meeting. Her husband, she said, would have been ‘proud to see Alice on the road again’ after he’d shared so many experiences with the car during the 1950s and ‘60s.

And Raymond Lorenzato certainly used the car extensively. A Grimsel Pass sticker on the windscreen and three tickets from a cinema in Lucerne found under the seat during restoration were evidence of just some of the European road trips he made in the ‘50s. The car also competed in various VSCC events, before being pushed into service as the Lorenzatos’ daily transport during the 1960s (including the harsh winter of 1962/63).

Alice was last seen in Luton in 1964 at a 30-98 Register meeting and was on the road for a further three years, before being retired to the family garage with a cracked block. Talking to Vauxhall staff at the VBOA meeting, Kay Lorenzato had fond memories of attending rallies in Alice with her husband in the early sixties – including one at Brooklands – and recalled how attached they both were to the car.

Well known restorer and vintage racer, Mark Walker, purchased Alice from Kay at a Bonhams Beaulieu auction and over the last year and a half has undertaken a full mechanical restoration. The block has been repaired and new high-compression pistons fitted, but wherever possible Mark has retained original components, with ‘conservation’ rather than ‘restoration’ being his mantra. And Alice’s appearance – which still shows the scars of a 93-year life – has carefully been preserved, with even the original leather trim being saved during the process.

‘In Alice, sixty mph at two-thousand rpm is still a comfortable and smooth cruising speed and the car keeps up well with modern traffic,’ said Walker. ‘Higher speeds are certainly possible, but with only rear brakes, probably not advisable! I intend to use the car as family transport and would love to recreate the trip over the Grimsel Pass one day.’

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 20 Abril 2016, 10:41:30
CLASSIC TRADER'S NEW GUIDE TRACKS INDIVIDUAL CARS' VALUES

Classic Trader has just added a very useful function to its website, www.classic-trader.com: international visitors and users of Germany’s largest marketplace for classic vehicles now have access to Classic Trader’s brand-new interactive guide, revealing the financial performance of the top 100 individual classic cars which have recorded the biggest shifts in value over the last six years.

This has been achieved by tracking cars sold in that period of time, identified by their chassis number.

The interactive guide puts the exotic De Tomaso Mangusta in first place, with a growth of over 500% since 2010. Three British icons (Rolls Royce Phantom II, + 499%, Aston Martin DB2/4, + 469% and DB4 Vantage Volante, + 330%), two German classics (BMW M1, 449% and Mercedes 190SL Roadster, + 412%) and three Ferraris (512 BB, + 392%, 500 Superfast, + 354% and 212 Inter Europa by Vignale, + 330%) complete the top ten with French Talbot-Lago T26 GS (+ 327%).

Whilst the report highlights a somewhat predictable rise among the most sought-after models, more humble cars such as the Fiat 850 Spider and Lancia Integrale Evo 1 are proving to be equally desirable as they have doubled or even tripled in value since 2010.**

Classic Trader MD Timo Joost explains: “Our decision to add this valuable reference tool to the website was inspired by a wish to cater for what many call ‘passion investing’; it is for anybody who enjoys classic vehicles and wishes to gain an insight of the classic car market, specific popular marques and interesting trending phenomena within market movements, with a view to investment. Like many other alternative investments, the classic car market is short of affordable, reliable, accurate information and/or analysis.”

Whilst monitoring classic vehicle trends by recording auction prices achieved over a period of time is a fool-proof way to keep one’s finger on the market pulse, Classic Trader has gone a step further and has identified specific cars which have been sold within a certain timeframe, and calculated their increase (or decrease!) in value.

This method ensures that only like-for-like scenarios are compared, giving much higher confidence in the figures, instead of potentially basing assumptions on model value spikes that may be due to a particular car’s racing history or some other factor.

Crucially, the guide does not only track top marques: growth (or loss) shown is the result of public auction prices achieved by specific vehicles irrespective of the badge.

The analysis also shows average prices achieved by popular models such as the Mini, Ford Escort and Ford Capri; interestingly, although the Mini and the Capri show an increase of 32% and 24% respectively, the Escort reports a loss of 32%. Calculating averages, in fact, does not take into account other factors; for example, the rise in value of the Escort Mexico and the resulting flooding of the market with less prestigious Escort versions may have brought the average value down.

At the other end of the scale, the average* value of a Ferrari California Spider LWB has risen from € 2,058,500 in 2010 to € 6,638,170 in 2015.

Other illustrious examples (also expressed in average* value terms) are:

Ferrari 250 SWB: €3,706,108 in 2010 to €10,776,595 in 2015;
Ferrari 250 Tour de France: €2,115,600 in 2010 to €9,143,681 in 2015;
Ferrari 250 S1 Pininfarina Cabriolet: €1,396,409 in 2010 to €5,229,624 in 2015;
Porsche Carrera 2.7 RS: €186,440 in 2010 to €733,187 in 2015.

Classic Trader is in its 3rd operating year; its website boasts over 3 million monthly page views from 27 countries and the vehicles being traded on the platform reach more than 400,000 potential buyers a month. Against a truly international landscape, the site caters for enthusiasts of all classic motorised vehicles, from cars to motorcycles and even tractors, with useful information about running costs and transport options.

* This is calculated as an average across the few models which have been sold in 2010 and 2015 because research shows that no identical model (identified by chassis number) has been sold twice in the relevant period of time.   

** Data supplied by Cliff Goodall, marketing analyst and consultant to blue-chip companies in Italy.

Link to interactive guide on Classic Trader:
https://www.classic-trader.com/uk/passion-investing-classic-cars

Links to top three cars sold:
https://www.silverstoneauctions.com/1957-aston-martin-db24-mkii-saloon

http://www.goodingco.com/vehicle/1934-rolls-royce-phantom-ii-continental-sedanca-drophead-coupe

http://www.goodingco.com/vehicle/1970-de-tomaso-mangusta

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 20 Abril 2016, 10:41:58
THE LAST FERRARI 275 GTS/4 NART SPIDER HEADLINES RM’S STAR-STUDDED MONACO SALE

RM Sotheby’s, the world’s leading collector car auction house for investment-quality automobiles, is delighted to announce the addition of an ultra-rare and highly desirable 1968 Ferrari 275 GTS/4 NART Spider to its Monaco auction, 14 May. Held during the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique weekend, the single-day auction features over 100 handpicked automobiles and select motorcycles, as well as the stand-alone, bespoke sale of the Quattroruote Collection.

The 1968 275 GTS/4 NART Spider, chassis no. 11057, is unquestionably one of the most important road-going Ferraris in history, substantially rarer than virtually all of its iconic colleagues. Only ten were ever built as part of an ingenious collaboration between American Ferrari importer extraordinaire Luigi Chinetti and Enzo Ferrari, bearing the race-winning moniker of Chinetti’s North American Racing Team. A fixture in the most glamorous, jet-setting locales around the world, the model itself also catapulted itself to instant automotive immortality as a result of its association with Steve McQueen, whose dapper character Thomas Crown, drove one on screen. The example on offer is all the more special, as it is not only Ferrari Classiche certified and matching numbers, it is the last of the ten built, the only one delivered new to Europe, and the third from last 275-series Ferrari of any kind constructed. The dark red metallic finish and beige interior are paired beautifully with the throaty 330-horsepower V-12 engine, and the car will stun onlookers when set against the dramatic backdrop of Monaco’s skyline. This incredible Ferrari will be one of the most valuable automobiles offered at auction in 2016 (Est. expected to fetch in excess of €19 million).

“It is a privilege to present this NART Spider, not only because of its importance and rarity, but also because its offering at auction is such an extraordinary event. Ownership of a NART Spider represents membership in a club of only nine other enthusiasts around the world,” said Rob Myers, Chairman and CEO, RM Sotheby’s. “If a Ferrari is the choice of car connoisseurs, then the NART Spider is the choice of Ferrari connoisseurs.”

No less than 21 Ferraris, including the 275 NART Spider, are poised for RM’s upcoming Monaco event. Among other notable entries ready to bask in the Monaco sunshine is a 1952 Ferrari 212 Inter Cabriolet, chassis 0227 EL, one of just four bodied by Vignale. Painted in black with a distinctive red leather interior, this handsome 212 has led a jetsetter lifestyle and is eligible for such prestigious events as the Mille Miglia Storica and the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este (Est. €1.250.000 – €1.500.000). Meanwhile, another V-12-powered drop-top also set for RM’s Monaco stage is a stunning Ferrari Classiche-certified 1972 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider, chassis no. 15535. One of just 18 original LHD European-specification spiders, the featured Daytona has covered just 27,000 km from new (Est. €2.400.000 - €2.800.000). For the ultimate Ferrari aficionado looking to stand out in Monaco’s yacht-lined harbour, RM’s Monaco catalogue also includes an ultra-rare, avant-garde 1990 Riva Ferrari 32, hull no. 28; striking in its F1-inspired, signature Ferrari Rosso Corsa red hull, the boat was designed to reach speeds of up to 100 kph (Est. €180.000 - €220.000).

RM’s biennial Monaco sale has quickly become one of Europe’s leading collector car auctions, with the very best automobiles lining the principality’s famous Le Sporting venue. In keeping with the location and the event’s timing during the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique weekend, motorsport greats are always a strong feature of the sale. Highlighting this year’s catalogue are the previously announced 1951 Ferrari 340 America Barchetta (Est. expected to fetch approximately €7.500.000) and the road-going 1997 Porsche 911 GT1 Evolution (Est. €2.700.000 - €3.000.000), both of which have spectacular endurance racing provenance. Newly announced for the sale is an incredible La Sarthe legend, the ex-Team Peugeot Total 2008 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP Le Mans Prototype, chassis no. 908-05. One of two chassis built for the 2008 season, the featured Peugeot was driven to second place at the 24 Hours of Le Mans that year by Jacques Villeneuve, Nicolas Minassian and Marc Gene, before winning the Petit Le Mans in 2009. Boasting a groundbreaking HDi FAP clean-exhaust diesel-power V-12 engine, its upcoming sale provides serious collectors and historic racing participants the opportunity to acquire one of the Le Mans prototype class’ most successful and unique entrants (Est. €1.200.000 - €1.600.000).

As a prelude to the main auction on 14 May, RM will present the Quattroruote Collection during a separate sale session earlier in the day. An eclectic group of 39 vehicles, including automobiles, motorcycles and carriages, the Quattroruote Collection represents the carefully curated cars of one of the most famous names in Italian motoring journalism, Gianni Mazzocchi, and his family. The founder of Quattroruote magazine, the late Mr. Mazzocchi was an automobile enthusiast who appreciated fine engineering, eventually bringing together his purchases in a museum at his publishing company headquarters in Milan. Reflecting the family’s desire to tell the history of the automobile, the selection of cars on offer spans everything from a beautiful Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet to a humble 1951 Fiat 500 C ‘Topolino’. Featuring coachwork by Gangloff, the Bugatti T57 is an historically important car, having been the company demonstrator of Bugatti racing legend Jean-Pierre Wimille, as well as one of the 11 late-production chassis produced in the autumn of 1938 as a 1939 model. Currently finished in cream and dark green, it remains in authentic order with its original engine (Est. €500.000 – €600.000). The collection also features a rare 1930 Hispano-Suiza H6B Coupé Chauffeur, an imposing pre-war car from the great Spanish company, well-known for its large and luxurious cars built for the wealthiest of pre-war society (Est. €220.000 – €280.000). The standalone Quattroruote Collection catalogue is available here: http://bit.ly/1SQFUQE.

The Quattroruote Collection will cross the podium at 12 noon on 14 May, followed by RM’s traditional evening Monaco sale from 18.00. For further information, or to view the complete Monaco digital catalogue, please visit www.rmsothebys.com or call + 44 (0) 20 7851 7070.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 20 Abril 2016, 16:46:04
TALBOT ALPINE ENDS BENTLEY’S WINNING STREAK IN TOUGHEST FLYING SCOTSMAN RALLY TO DATE

The Talbot 105 Alpine of Gareth Burnett and Martyn Turner put an end to Bentley’s winning streak as it crossed the finish line in what was the toughest Flying Scotsman rally in the event’s eight-year history.

The 110 crews faced rain, hail, sleet and snow as they journeyed from the starting line at Leicestershire’s Belvoir Castle, driving around 700 miles through Lincolnshire, Yorkshire, Northumberland, and into Scotland for the Gleneagles finale.

After back-to-back wins by Bentley specialist William Medcalf for the past two years, Gareth reclaimed the trophy having previously won the event in the same 1931 vintage car back in 2013.

Gareth said: “As much as we are delighted to win and grateful to the Endurance Rally Association for organising such a fantastic event, I’d also like to thank all the other competitors for bringing out these amazing vintage cars out and doing with them what they were designed for. It’s a pleasure to be on the road with them.”

The winning crew finished with an overall total of 0:28:06 with second place going to John Abel and Leigh Powley in the 1937 Lagonda LG45 on 0:28:45, and the 1938 Bentley Derby 4 of Stuart Anderson and Andy Pullen on 0:29:38, finishing in third.

There was also a win for the oldest Pioneer car in the rally, the 1911 Knox Type R, bravely crewed by Michel Laarson and Maryon Grief who tackled every speed test, regularity, and challenging mountain climb alongside cars 30 years junior.

Fred Gallagher, Rally Director of the Endurance Rally Association (ERA), said: “Our competitors faced every type of weather condition imaginable over three days of intense driving in some very exposed terrain and remained in great spirits throughout. Our thanks go to every crew and marshal who once again made it a fantastic event for the vintage motorist.”

There were two special awards presented at the prize giving dinner at the luxurious Gleneagles Hotel and the Concours D’elegance went to Shane Houlihan and Richard Pain in the 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C.

The Spirit of the Rally award went to Matthew Abrey and Jasper Hulscher in the 1931 Ford Model A, who found themselves taking the engine out of the car on Saturday night after the clutch failed. A new clutch was driven from Norfolk to Scotland arriving in the early hours. It was ‘all hands on deck’ to get the clutch fitted and car reassembled but the crew managed it, even checking out of the first time control on time.

Class wins went to stunning mix of marques, with Paul Crosby and Ali Proctor in the 1939 MG TB Supercharged winning Class 2 for cars up to 1500cc, and Martin Hunt and Robert Mannix in the 1937 Frazer Nash BMW 328 winning Class 3 for cars 1501 to 2000cc.

Last year’s runners up Bill Cleyndert and Dan Harrison in the 1928 Ford Model A won Class 4 (Vintage cars 1920-1930 over 2000cc), while Shane Houlihan and Richard Pain in the 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C won Class 5 (Vintageant cars 1931-1948 2001 to 3000cc). Class 6 (Vintageant cars 1931-1948 over 3000cc) was won by Dirk and Nick Van Praag in the 1936 Delahaye 135M.

The ninth Flying Scotsman Rally will take place from Friday 31st March to Sunday 2nd April 2017, starting from Slaley Hall, in Hexham, Northumberland, in order for the crews to experience more of the Scottish terrain. Entries are now open.

For more details including all the results and the latest updates on the forthcoming Peking to Paris Rally, visit www.endurorally.com

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 20 Abril 2016, 16:46:29
MERCEDES 300 SLR RECREATION HEADLINES CLASSIC RACE AARHUS AUCTION

A special recreation of the iconic Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR, made famous by Sir Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson’s victory in the Mille Miglia in 1955, will headline the Classic Race Aarhus Auction hosted by Silverstone Auctions and Lauritz.com in Denmark on 28th and 29th May.

Just nine examples of the original Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR were ever produced, and with only six left in existence today, the value of each car is known to be simply priceless, making recreation examples highly sought after.

This particular example is very rare and the fifth and final version hand-built by Jim Marland, the original founder of Proteus Sports & Racing Cars. It was constructed over a period of two years, finished in 2010 to the exact dimensions of the original and utilising the very highest quality components throughout.

The aluminium body was hand crafted by Clive Smart of Shapecraft, one of the most noted of all UK body builders. The paintwork was carried out by well-known Midlands specialist, XK Engineering Ltd, and the car is powered by a Mercedes-Benz 280E engine, mated to a four speed manual gearbox, rebuilt to the highest standard by Crewe Engines.

With other carefully selected genuine Mercedes-Benz parts, visually the car is as close to the original as possible. Not only that, the interior is all handmade, with hand painted dials and instruments, again maintaining the highly faithful and original look of the car.

Offered now by the original owner, the car is estimated at between €320,000 and €360,000.

Speaking ahead of the sale, Nick Whale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions, explains “We’re absolutely delighted to be offering this car at the Classic Race Aarhus Auction. The attention to detail in this car proves that this build was truly a labour of love, and the car exudes outstanding quality. It would not look out of place in any of the finest of car collections anywhere in the world.”

The left-hand drive model is UK registered and carries the very appropriate registration number, ‘300 LFX'. The unique registration number ‘722 SLR' is available by separate negotiation.

Nick concluded, “With the other four examples all in private collections in the USA and Germany, this is an extremely rare and special opportunity to acquire an outstanding recreation of the legendary 300 SLR, quite simply one of the most famous race cars of all time.”

To find out more about the car and Silverstone Auctions’ sale at the Classic Race Aarhus, please visit https://www.silverstoneauctions.com/mercedes-300slr.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 20 Abril 2016, 16:46:57
SAVE THE DATES – THE SECOND ‘LES GRANDES HEURES AUTOMOBILES’ GETS INTO GEAR FOR 2016

After the great success and acclaim of last year’s inaugural Les Grandes Heures Automobiles (LGHA), this unique event for historic competition cars and motorcycles is coming back this September (24-25), with even more activities and attractions planned to entertain every historic motor racing fan and classic car and bike enthusiast.

Between 24 and 25 September 2016, an extraordinary event awaits visitors to the legendary banked Autodrome de Linas-Montlhéry, conveniently located on the outskirts of Paris, just over 20 miles (33 kilometres) away from the Eiffel Tower!

The Autodrome de Linas-Montlhéry has been a legendary temple of speed and world records since 1924, with this important and venerable racing circuit set to give a memorable welcome to the glorious cars and motorcycles of yesteryear as the 2016 LGHA gets underway in late September.

The iconic descendants of these historic racers will also make an unforgettable appearance at the 2016 LGHA, including a selection of fiercesome Group B rally cars, set to take to the steeply banked Montlhéry track in the dark with headlamps ablaze.

The on-track action at LGHA is not a competition, but rather a lively series of demonstrations, based on the different vintage years and categories of the 200+ participating vehicles, thus enabling all LGHA visitors to clearly and comfortably see the world’s greatest vehicles in action, without having to push their way through huge crowds.

A key aim of LGHA is enjoyment for participants and spectators alike without unnecessary risk-taking, with the important aim of drivers being able to drive safely in order to preserve the cultural heritage of the historic banked Autodrome de Linas-Montlhéry, with its 51° banking, as well as the legendary vehicles – and drivers - tackling this celebrated circuit.

The LGHA’s car and motorcycle demonstrations are reserved for historic cars and bikes, as well as younger sports models, with all generations running together, divided into grids of similar machines, taking account of their engine size and age.  The groups take turns on the track in a series of 20 minute sessions each, with all participating cars getting a minimum of four 20 minute runs, and every motorbike enjoying at least three 20 minute sessions over the weekend to create an amazing show.  LGHA visitors can expect to see some famous motor sport celebrities in attendance too.

Within the banked motor circuit, with the track action visible at ground level from the car, the LGHA will include a substantial, unlimited area dedicated to French and international car and motorcycle clubs, with the possibility for clubs to customise their own display with their club livery.  Clubs that wish to exhibit or sell articles related to their activities will also be able to rent a space in the LGHA’s dedicated Trade Village.

Car and motorcycle club space will be reserved near the LGHA ‘participants’ paddocks, with a dedicated Club reception, plus the not-to-be-missed opportunity to take part in the final LGHA parade with the participants, free of charge.  LGHA weekend wristbands at the special price of just  €30 will be available for car club members.

With lively demonstrations of iconic cars and motorcycles, Group B rally cars, famous faces, large dedicated classic vehicle club displays, paddock access, a Shopping and Trade Village, plus exceptional on-site catering, bars and refreshments, all just one hour away from Paris, the 2016 LGHA will have plenty to offer every enthusiast and family alike.  The event also falls just days before from the opening of the 2016 Paris Motor Show, the Mondial de l’Automobile, allowing motoring enthusiasts the opportunity to visit two great car events in less than one week, whilst also enjoying the many pleasures Paris has to offer.

EDITORS’ NOTES RE LGHA AND THE AUTODROME DE LINAS-MONTHLERY:

The first Les Grandes Heures Automobiles was held to huge acclaim at the historic Montlhéry track in 2015, attracting many happy visitors, plus famous racing drivers and riders.

For 2016, the LGHA will open at 9am, with on-track action from 10am until 10pm on Saturday 24 September, and 9am to 6pm the Sunday 25 September, allowing visitors plenty of time to take advantage of the many activities and attractions on and beside the motor racing track.  Admission tickets can be purchased in advance from the LGHA website from just €16 upwards http://www.lesgrandesheuresautomobiles.com/spectateurs/billet-en.html

The high speed Linas-Montlhéry track near Paris opened in October 1924.  It was Inspired by Alexandre Lamblin and designed by Raymond Jamin. Its 51° angled bends set the stage for over 1,800 car, motorcycle and bike records. It also hosted the most prestigious races during the interwar period, including the Grand Prix of the Automobile Club of France and the French Motorcycle Grand Prix.

In 1925, a road track measuring over 12 kilometres was added. This set the scene for races such as the famous Paris 1000 Kilometres, the Motorcycle Bol d’Or and the road cycling World Championship.  The track set the scene for several prestigious records historically.  It has now been reduced to 3.5 kilometres, and has not held any timed, competitive races since 2004.  The LGHA team look forward to welcoming visitors from all over the world to relive some great times at the famous Linas-Montlhéry speed track.

For more information about the 2016 LGHA event, including tickets and video highlights of the 2015 LGHA, please visit: http://www.lesgrandesheuresautomobiles.com/index-en.html

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 21 Abril 2016, 15:07:19
RENAULT UK CLIO CUP: 25 YEARS OF DRAMA, UNPREDICTABILITY & STAR QUALITY

Today officially marks 25 years since the first race was held for Renault UK’s Clio Cup motor racing championship.

The race took place at Leicestershire’s Donington Park circuit on 21 April 1991 – a Sunday that year. Its grid consisted of 25 race-tuned Clio 1.8 16Vs. Steve Waudby, driving for the Harlow Motorsport team, led all the way from pole position to win the race ahead of Mark Fish Vehicle Engineers’ Mark Fish and Automech Racing’s John Wadsworth.

To put into context how long ago 21 April 1991 feels, also on the grid was WHAM! pop star Andrew Ridgeley – he qualified 17th fastest but failed to complete the race. That same day at Donington, David Coulthard won the British Formula 3 Championship race for Paul Stewart Racing and Jason Plato took victory in the Formula Renault Euroseries round for Manor Motorsport. In the world of Formula 1, Ayrton Senna was already on his way to a third drivers’ title having won the season’s opening two grands prix in the USA and Brazil…

At the time the UK Clio Cup became the latest in a series of popular one-make saloon car racing championships used by Renault to promote its road-going models in Britain (in the Seventies it had been 5 TLs/TSs and in the Eighties the 5GT Turbo). Initially it ran until 1995 but was then ‘rested’ in favour of Renault’s open-topped Sport Spider sportscar which raced from 1996-99. By 2000, however, the Clio Cup was back with a capacity 32-car grid for the Clio Renaultsport 172 model. Other models to have been used since include the Clio Renaultsport 182, 197, 200 and, currently, the 220 Trophy.

For the past 16 years it has enjoyed an almost permanent home alongside the British Touring Car Championship and last weekend’s two races at Donington – in front of a giant trackside crowd and shown live on ITV4 – were typical of the excitement, drama and unpredictability that the UK Clio Cup has become famous for over the past quarter of a century.

Jeremy Townsend, Communications Director, Renault UK, enthuses: “Renault’s single-model racing categories were always a big hit with competitors and motor sport enthusiasts in the Seventies and Eighties but perhaps not even Renault believed just how popular the Clio would be. The fact it has stood the test of time over a quarter of a century and produced so many great racing talents speaks volumes for the quality and the following of the product. It has been an immensely successful marketing tool for Renault in terms of public image and we very much look ahead to the next exciting chapter in the UK Clio Cup’s history.”

Tim Jackson, Renault UK’s former PR Director and in charge of the manufacturer’s motor sport programmes in the Nineties (and now a non-executive director of the MSA), recalls: “The Clio was introduced as a road car into the UK in Spring 1991 and, as we found with the Laguna when we started racing that in the BTCC in 1994, it did a great deal of good in terms of potential interest and sales. Unfortunately there wasn’t a high performance Clio available at launch – the only high-performance cars were the ones in the UK Clio Cup, although people could clearly see what potential was.

“I remember it was the only championship which has received a round of applause from the crowd when the cars were still on the grid. We did have a hard act to follow in the 5GT Turbo which had packed grids already, but Clios took one-make racing to a different level.”

BTCC Series Director Alan Gow also has fond memories of the UK Clio Cup. He comments: “Renault’s impact on the British motor sport scene with its Clio model was highly significant. Suddenly the whole face of one-make saloon car racing changed and moved up to another level – a level which Renault Sport has perhaps like no other manufacturer been able to maintain for 25 years.

“Plus of course the Clio’s looks and the manner in which the championship was both presented and positioned alongside the BTCC also contributed greatly to Renault’s profile and popularity in the UK – suddenly huge numbers of public were buying Clios and it’s remained the same ever since.

“The UK Clio Cup also ranks right up there as one of the stand-out championships when it comes to producing the star drivers of the future in not just touring cars but also GT and sportscar competition. Look no further than Donington Park last weekend when its reigning champion Ashley Sutton qualified on pole position for only his second event in the BTCC with Josh Cook and Mat Jackson, both also out of the UK Clio Cup, lining up right behind him in second and third. It was a fitting tribute to what has always been and continues to be a real jewel in British motor sport’s crown.”

For ITV’s BTCC presenter David Addison, that event in April 1991 marked his first motor racing meeting as a commentator – he was handling the podium interviews. He says: “It was immediately clear this was going to be a very serious championship – the entry list was full of proper drivers and very well presented cars and to do well you were going to have to be a top talent. With that sort of calibre the racing was always going to be very spectacular too and so it proved – just as every one-make Renault championship has been since. It’s also fair to say there is an argument that Renault, a French manufacturer, has done more for motor sport in Britain than any British manufacturer.”

Renault Sport’s UK Motorsport Championship manager Will Fewkes adds: “Right now, without a doubt, the Renault UK Clio Cup is the best manufacturer-supported racing category in the land in terms of levels of professionalism, competition and following among the public. Renault really hit on something very special with the Clio in 1991, didn’t they?”

Meanwhile we’ll leave the last word with North Yorkshireman Steve Waudby, winner of that inaugural race at Donington and who today is still connected with the championship as a specialist in Sadev transmissions via his company SWR Motorsport.

Beginning with that win at Donington in 1991, he comments: “It was an easy win… or so I thought. I was miles ahead but in the final stages I started to suffer with a loss of engine power. I had to nurse it home to the line…

“I’d come from the 5GT Turbo and had loved that car so was perhaps a bit sceptical of the Clio but immediately it walked the walk and talked the talk. It was a great looking car with nice lines and which filled the arches and you really had to lean on it to wring the most from it. It also posed a challenge on the engineering front for teams and drivers which I believe to be important.

“It’s something that all other later models of the Clio have demanded, plus they have always looked fantastic cars. The current one based on the 220 Trophy has a very powerful engine and, coupled with a paddle shift sequential gearbox, it takes some beating… although the fundamentals behind Renault’s one-make racing philosophy of training and producing the best future talent remains.”

The 2016 Renault UK Clio Cup is already four rounds into its 18-round calendar following events with the BTCC at Brands Hatch and Donington Park. Next up is the fastest circuit of the season – Thruxton in Hampshire on Sat 7/Sun 8 May.

PAST CHAMPIONS: RENAULT UK CLIO CUP

Year               Driver                                     Model
2015               Ashley Sutton                       Clio Renaultsport 220 Trophy
2014               Mike Bushell                         Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo EDC
2013               Josh Files                              Clio Renaultsport 200
2012               Jack Goff                               Clio Renaultsport 200
2011               Paul Rivett                            Clio Renaultsport 200
2010               Dave Newsham                   Clio Renaultsport 200
2009               Phil Glew                               Clio Renaultsport 197
2008               Ben Winrow                          Clio Renaultsport 197
2007               Martin Byford                      Clio Renaultsport 197
2006               Tom Onslow-Cole                Clio Renaultsport 182
2005               Jonathan Adam                   Clio Renaultsport 182
2004               Paul Rivett                            Clio Renaultsport 182
2003               Jonathan Fildes                   Clio Renaultsport 182
2002               Paul Rivett                            Clio Renaultsport 182
2001               Daniel Buxton                      Clio Renaultsport 172
2000               Jim Edwards Junior             Clio Renaultsport 172
1995               Lee Brookes                          Clio 1.8 16V
1994               John Bintcliffe                      Clio 1.8 16V
1993               Alastair Lyall                        Clio 1.8 16V
1992               Matt Johnson                        Clio 1.8 16V
1991               Steve Waudby                      Clio 1.8 16V

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 21 Abril 2016, 15:08:08
LAST CHANCE TO SAVE ON DONINGTON HISTORIC FESTIVAL TICKETS

Advance discounted ticket sales for the 2016 Donington Historic Festival close at 5pm on Wednesday, 27th April. So you have less than a week to enjoy significant savings on the on-the-gate prices for this three-day historic motorsport spectacular taking place over the Bank Holiday weekend of 30th April, 1st & 2nd May.

A single-day advance discounted ticket costs £21 and a two-day ticket £34, while a three-day weekend ticket costs just £48 (on-the-gate prices will be £28, £45 and £65, respectively). Children aged under 16 are admitted for free. Advance discounted tickets can be bought until 5pm on 27th April via www.doningtonhistoric.com and through the 24-hour ticket hotline 0844 873 7355*.

Across 17 exhilarating races, the Donington Historic Festival will showcase some 400 world-class competition machines. With three full days of racing, each featuring a mix of grids across a range of eras from pre-War to the 1990s, the Donington Historic Festival offers something for everyone.  Die-hard World Sportscar fans have a whole 180 minutes of racing to revel in with Saturday’s ‘1000km’, while lovers of early Grand Prix racing have two HGPCA Nuvolari Trophy races to look forward to. Touring Car, sports car and GT enthusiasts have some stunning grids awaiting them, Jaguar purists have the Jaguar Classic Challenge, and those who believe racing cars are best with just one seat can enjoy two HSCC Historic Formula 2 races as well as the aforementioned Nuvolari Trophy.

In addition to all the on-track action and open-access race paddock, the event will feature spectacular live-action historic rally car demonstrations (just the thing for rally fans who yearn to see Group B machines burning rubber), an open-access rally paddock, infield displays from dozens of car clubs, historic karting demos and a trade village full of automobilia, prints, books etc.

Historic F1 cars will take to the track on the Saturday and Sunday in a series of thrilling lunchtime demonstrations, and the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will stage flypasts on the Sunday and Monday. Festival visitors can experience adrenaline-fueled passenger ‘drift’ rides with BookaTrack Caterham’s Caterham Experience, and will also have the opportunity to visit the Donington Park Grand Prix Collection and the Wheatcroft Collection of historic military vehicles. In addition Jaguar is staging a regional heat of the hugely popular Jaguar Trophy concours in the race paddock on the Bank Holiday Monday.

Not all the action is reserved for Donington Park itself. On the Saturday evening, a selection of some 30 world-class competition cars head to Castle Donington village, where they will entertain thousands of locals and visitors, parading round the local streets before parking up to form a highly photogenic display.

For more information please visit www.doningtonhistoric.com.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 22 Abril 2016, 09:50:52
CARFEST REVS UP FOR SUMMER OF ’16

Ready, steady and (almost) go! The final tickets for this summer’s CarFest family festivals will go on sale during Chris Evans’ Radio 2 Breakfast Show at 8am on Thursday 28 April.

Now entering its fifth successful season, CarFest continues to go from strength-to-strength, and 2016’s pair of magical feasts of cars, music, food and fun will be even bigger and better than ever before with lots of exciting new innovations and attractions.   

Most notably, while CarFest South (26-28 August) remains at its spiritual home – Jody Scheckter’s award-winning Laverstoke Park Farm in Hampshire – an expanded CarFest North (29-31 July) is moving to a new residency at the beautiful Bolesworth Castle in Cheshire.

As well as providing more than a third of a million festival goers with magical weekends of wonderful entertainment for all ages, the eight sell-out festivals staged to date have raised a whopping £6.7m for BBC Children in Need. And once again in 2016 a minimum of 25 per cent of the price of each ticket sold will go directly to the charity.

The first tranche of tickets for both North and South events were extremely popular when released by Evans in early November. Now, with so much great content already confirmed, demand is expected to be every bit as high for the remaining 25 per cent when they are released next week.

As ever a dazzling array of performing cars is right at the heart of the day time CarFest show and, ringing in the changes, this year’s high-octane track sprint show will be split into two equally eye-catching sections. First up the ‘Time Tunnel’ will take festival-goers on a magical evolutionary journey of motoring history from early Edwardian pioneers to some equally inventive futuristic treats. Highlights already confirmed include James Martin and his new Porsche 911 GT-3 (one of the first off the hallowed Stuttgart production line), two of last season’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race cars, the 2015 Pikes Peak prepped Jaguar F-type as well as Chris Evans’ own Famous Five vehicles.

The second ‘Xtreme’ phase of track action will step up the pace with dramatic displays by the Red Bull Racing Formula One team, the Top Gear Live Stunt Team plus eye-catching power laps by The Stig. Expect plenty of crowd-pleasing donuts, burning rubber and flame spitting engines.

As CarFest tradition now dictates, when the daytime dust has settled, the atmosphere changes from high revving road show to pop festival. Among the live music acts already announced for this summer are Will Young, Bryan Adams, The Corrs, James Morrison and Squeeze. What’s more, Evans will be revealing more famous names next week in the build up to the final ticket release.

While revs and riffs are the CarFest lifeblood, they are just part of an amazing line-up of fun-filled activities and attractions. The 2016 North and South festivals offer even more than ever before and joining us this summer are professional dancing stars known to TV audiences – Kevin, Karen and Joanne Clifton plus the gorgeous Natalie Lowe – who will be adding dance tips and demos to the line-up to inspire and entertain festival-goers of all generations.

With so many visitors really getting into the summer festival vibe by camping on site, mouthwatering food is another hugely popular ingredient… and not just to eat. Adding to this year’s gastronomic mix, a new Food Fair area will feature cooking demonstrations, culinary lessons, talks and tastings as well as the CarFest Kitchen, a dedicated stage serving up live and interactive food entertainment.

It all adds up to two more wonderfully eclectic CarFest weekends. Those not wanting to miss out when the remaining tickets are released on Thursday morning are strongly advised to log onto the official www.carfest.org website in advance and use the navigation to access the stress-busting ‘Tips for Buying Tickets’ section. Plus all the latest festival news can be found on the Festivals official website, twitter and facebook platforms.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 22 Abril 2016, 09:51:13
WE MUST ACT NOW, SAYS FIVA, TO PRESERVE THE ‘DIGITAL GENERATION’ OF CLASSIC VEHICLES

Many modern classics built after the mid-1980s face an uncertain future, unless the industry can safeguard the technology behind these vehicles – the so-called ‘digital generation’.

FIVA (the international federation of historic vehicles) is keen to draw public attention to this very real threat, before it’s too late.Already, a number of isolated initiatives are making progress, but a sustainable solution is likely to require industry support, alongside concerted action by enthusiasts, clubs and organisations such as FIVA.

Stephan Joest, a consultant in electronic vehicle components and also president of Amicale Citroën Internationale, the network of 1,000-plus Citroën car clubs worldwide, agrees. “We currently have a clear window of opportunity when it’s still possible to preserve existing stocks of electronic components and their digital ‘source codes’,” he explains. “Otherwise, we risk finding ourselves unable to replace the ECUs (electronic control units) that – in classics from the mid-1980s onward – typically control everything from engine management to air-conditioning and safety equipment.

“Digital ageing – the physical ageing of electronic components – takes place whether or not the component is in use, and a startling statistic is that around 50% of 40-plus-year-old ECUs are ‘dead on arrival’, i.e. not in working order when installed freshly out of the box. The older the electronic unit, the harder it will be to find replacement units that still work,” says Joest, stressing that this is not a problem specific to any particular marque, but one that’s endemic across the industry.

Bosch is one organisation that has recognised the impending threat to younger historic cars and is working towards a solution.“To keep upcoming generations of classic cars running will be more challenging than in the past,” confirms Dipl.-Ing. Fritz Cirener, head of Automotive Tradition at Robert Bosch GmbH.“Together with the manufacturers, we are working on this topic.There’s along way to go but it will beworth it, if we want to preserve the technology for the younger and future user generations.”

Stephan Joest points out that the challenge is only going to get bigger. “The premium cars of today have some 60-100 separate ECUs, controlling every aspect of the car – and the complexity of the software is increasing every year. While the immediate need is to protect the longevity of vehicles from the 1980s to the end of the millennium, we also need to ensure that there is a future for today’s vehicles, 30 years from now. Currently, we are not sufficiently prepared.

“We need to act now to safeguard the technical heritage of the ‘digital generation’ of vehicles, and ensure that classic automobiles of the future don’t have to be simply static objects in showrooms, but can remain as lively cultural assets,” concludes Joest.

FIVA will be suggesting that this important topic is added to the agenda of the 2016 FIVA Heritage Forum at Chantilly, in early September, where the heads of the major motor manufacturer heritage departments meet to discuss common challenges and opportunities.
Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 26 Abril 2016, 10:36:02
MORE THAN 800 FORDS AT BEAULIEU’S BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND RALLY

A staggering 800 Fords are already booked to take part in Simply Ford at Beaulieu this weekend (Sunday May 1st) with even more owners expected to join the rally with their treasured cars.

Tickets are selling fast for this hugely popular event in the grounds of the National Motor Museum, open to every age and model of Ford, from Cortinas, Zodiacs and Anglias to Mondeos, Focuses and Transits. For a day out that will appeal to Ford fans and family visitors alike, Simply Ford is an unmissable event.

Owners’ clubs and enthusiasts groups are at the heart of Simply Ford, with 38 clubs booked to display their members’ cars on club stands, from the Electric Orange ST Club and Ford Probe Owners’ Club to West Country Fords and the Wiltshire Classic Ford Club.

Show regular Ford Heritage will display a selection of cars from its prestigious historic collection. On an ‘old and new’ theme, a preserved 1965 Mustang will be parked alongside the brand new version of this legendary muscle car, while an early example of the Focus RS will be displayed with the latest incarnation of the model.

Visitors will have the chance to vote for their favourite car of the event in the People’s Choice Award, with the owner of the winning vehicle receiving a commemorative Beaulieu trophy and Autoglym prize.

For rally participants arriving in a Ford, entry to the Beaulieu grounds is from 9am, when the Brabazon Restaurant will be serving drinks and breakfast bites. Participant tickets are£10 for an adult and £5 for a child and can be bought on the day, or in advance on 01590 612888 or www.beaulieu.co.uk/events.

All other visitors should enter Beaulieu via the main reception at normal Beaulieu attraction admission prices.

For friends taking part in the show with more than one Ford vehicle, please ensure that you all arrive at the same time if you wish to park together.

Admission includes access to all of the Beaulieu attraction. Don’t miss the National Motor Museum’s new Driving Change display, which explores motoring innovations, technology and safety throughout history and makes motoring predictions for the future. Visit On Screen Cars and the World of Top Gear, take a stroll around the Montagu family home Palace House and grounds and the historic ruins of 13th century Beaulieu Abbey.

Simply Ford is part of Beaulieu’s 2016 line-up of Simply rallies, which also includes Simply Japanese, Simply Classics & Sports Car and Simply Aston Martin. For the full list of Simply rallies and other Beaulieu events see www.beaulieu.co.uk/events or follow @Beaulieu_Hants on Twitter.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 26 Abril 2016, 10:36:34
SPEEDING INTO SPRING AT SHELSLEY WALSH

The first competitive event of the year at Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb is being held this weekend (April 30th/May 1st) and has attracted a full entry as some of the very best cars and drivers from across the country who will head to the iconic Teme Valley venue, near Worcester for two days of motor sport on Saturday and Sunday.

Several new machines and first time drivers will be making an appearance at the Midland Automobile Club's 'Speed into Spring' event in a wide variety of sports, classic, saloon and racing cars, alongside entrants in the highly competitive and popular Midland Hill Climb Championship.

Reigning Midland champion Mike Turpin, of Hereford, will continue the defence of his title in his extremely quick Vauxhall VX220 while Droitwich driver Duncan Andrews steadily improves in his much-modified Porsche Cayman in the modified sports car class. Tewkesbury driver Tony Hunt this year joins former Shelsley Walsh fastest-time-of-day winner Terry Graves in the large racing car class in their shared Gould GR55.

Over 20 cars are entered into the 1100cc motorcycle-engined single-seater racing class, which always provides extremely close and competitive times, with local Martley driver Chris Aspinall possibly taking the honours in the Empire Wraith machine, which he shares with fellow local driver Clive Austin of Clifton-on-Teme.

Two classes for racing cars manufactured before 1971 and 1985 will see classic examples from Brabham, Lola, Alexis, Lotus and Pilbeam cars taking to the hill with Worcester driver Briony Serrell in her Lotus 51 upholding local honour.

Henley-in-Arden driver Keith Bristow will make his debut in the latest 3.5 litre supercharged Lotus Exige V6 as part of a full entry in the Paul Matty Sports Cars Lotus Championship, which hosts ten drivers in its sports class and 12 in the class for classic Lotus racing cars.

The Porsche Club of Great Britain National Hill Climb Championship has nearly a dozen examples of the marque taking part including Carrera, 911 GT3 and Cayman models.

A class for relative newcomers to the sport who hold a B grade competition licence and drive road going cars, which is sponsored by Newbarn Cars, has attracted several local entrants driving a variety of cars including Renault Clio, MG Rover, Mazda MX5 and a Ford Capri.

Practise and qualifying takes place on Saturday with timed competition runs in programme order with full commentary on Sunday including run off competitions for the fastest twelve cars taking place at the end of both morning and afternoon sessions.

Advanced tickets are still available
Tickets on the gate are £12.00 for Saturday and £15.00 on Sunday.
Accompanied children under 16 are free
Track action starts at 9.15am and finishes around 5.30pm

Further details can be obtained at www.shelsley-walsh.co.uk

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 26 Abril 2016, 16:32:58
SUNDAY SCRAMBLE SUCCESS IN THE SPRING SUNSHINE AT BICESTER HERITAGE

Thousands of classic and vintage car fans enjoyed a mixture of exotic cars, military vehicles and motorbikes in the sun at the eighth Sunday Scramble at Bicester Heritage. In total, more than 3500 people, 1500 cars and 30 classic car clubs were on site.

The combination of glorious weather, the beautiful old buildings at Bicester Heritage and Drive It Day meant the attendees were treated to a wonderful array of cars from all eras and from all over the world. The event marked another successful step in Bicester Heritage’s history, and it has grown at a rapid rate in just three years to become a phenomenally popular date in classic car fans’ diaries.

Thirty classic car clubs were in attendance, with Porsche, MG, TVR and Jaguar owners clubs all on site, along with regional clubs from the likes of Coventry and Warwick also coming along.

The Sunday Scramble marked the launch of The Motor Market, which allowed visitors to offer their vehicle for sale in a relaxed fashion to thousands of like-minded enthusiasts. A total of 22 cars were available for sale, ranging from a classic Route Master double decker London bus to a 1964 Chevrolet Corvair Monza to a 1920 Dodge Brothers Model 30 Tourer amongst other famous brands such as Porsche, Ferrari and Land Rover.

Another first at the Sunday Scramble came from the Historic Vehicle Restoration Apprenticeship scheme run by Banbury and Bicester College, which announced that, from September, its ground-breaking course will be based at Bicester Heritage.

The apprenticeship scheme, now in its second year, was developed in conjunction with the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) and is supported by Bicester Heritage. The apprentices will be able to learn and work in close proximity to some of the foremost classic and vintage car experts in the UK, who are based at the centre of automotive excellence that is Bicester Heritage. This hugely important course looks to future proof the historic motoring movement by creating tangible career paths for keen individuals looking to join the sector.

Formula Kart Stars, the only karting championship supported by both Formula 1 management, and F1 teams also announced their move to Bicester Heritage at the Sunday Scramble. The series has four classes, for ages 8-10, 10-12, 12-15 and 15-18. Rounds 13 and 14 of the 2016 season will take place at Bicester Heritage on 2-4 September. By consolidating their office, storage and workshop needs in to one centrally located headquarters, they plan on developing their series further and to continue to nurture future F1 talent.

Blue Diamond Services will also join the businesses on site at Bicester Heritage as it establishes its first servicing outpost. Blue Diamond is one of the leading experts on pre-war Rileys and has been operating for more than 40 years. It will need to recruit a mechanic and a parts expert for its new operation.

The Spring Sunday Scramble saw the reveal of an exciting new collaboration for Bicester Heritage. Malle London launched the special edition leather and oiled canvas ‘Riley’ tool roll, created in partnership with Bicester Heritage.

The roll comes with 24 pouches and pockets designed to store motoring tools and accessories, and was inspired by the canvas tool rolls used by the RAF in the 1930s and 40s. The collaborative plan between Bicester Heritage and Malle London sought to repurpose a well-engineered military design to create an evocative, classic and durable item for modern use.

The tool roll is made using high quality materials from British manufacturers, with leather from Scotland and canvas from Liverpool. It is hand crafted and is available for £159 through Malle’s website.

Philip White, Bicester Heritage’s Marketing Manager said: “It was a pleasure to celebrate National Drive It Day in the company of so many motoring enthusiasts and to welcome such a fantastic spread of vehicles to Bicester Heritage.

“From a beautiful battle scarred Jaguar C Type to a fully prepped Fiat Panda 4x4 fresh from a Saharan adventure, we were delighted with the eclectic collection of motor cars that arrived for the eighth Sunday Scramble.”

“We look forward to seeing the Historic Vehicle Restoration Apprenticeship scheme develop as the apprentices move to The Engine Test House in the coming months and are thrilled to welcome both Blue Diamond Services and Formula Kart Stars to our former RAF base.”

The ninth Sunday Scramble will take place on 22 May and will take the theme of ‘Super cars through the ages’, celebrating powerful speed machines from every era. It will coincide with the Bugatti Owners Club ‘Prescott Breakfast Club’ hosted at Bicester Heritage.

Tickets are available to buy now, costing £5 per person, although visitors attending in super car or a pre-1990 classic vehicle (which includes cars, motorcycles and military vehicles) will be eligible for a 50% discount, as will members of vehicle clubs.

Tickets are available at bicesterheritage.co.uk.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 27 Abril 2016, 14:00:43
SILVERSTONE AUCTIONS RETURNS TO THE WORLD’S BIGGEST CLASSIC MOTOR RACING FESTIVAL

Following another successful event in 2015, Silverstone Auctions is set to return to the home of British motorsport for three days of sales at the Silverstone Classic on Thursday 28th July, Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st July.

Last year’s sale saw Silverstone Auctions host its first ever dedicated competition car sale, where more than £1million worth of racing cars were sold, as well as a two-day classic road car sale that saw total sales of more than £5million.

Once again Silverstone Auctions will open the world’s biggest motor racing festival with a special racing car only sale on the evening of Thursday 28th July, before hosting a two-day classic road car sale on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st July. The sales will include a diverse and stunning collection of classic cars, modern sports cars and supercars, automobillia and luxury watches.

Nick Whale, managing director, Silverstone Auctions, said: “The Silverstone Classic Sale is one of our most exciting and high profile auctions in the calendar and I’m delighted that we’re once again playing an important role in this amazing event which has continued to grow over the years.”

Such is the demand to sell cars at the prestigious event Silverstone Auctions has already consigned a number of special cars into the sales.

Just announced for the Competition Car Sale is a recently ‘discovered’ 1958 Lotus Elite race car owned and raced personally by the legendary jazz musician, Chris Barber. Lotus’ first production car, this Elite is chassis number 9.

Found just a few months ago, the car is currently being expertly restored by Ant Anstead and Philip Glenister as a personal project and will be on display at the Silverstone Classic Media Day as a bare shell with a part-finished roll cage.

Featuring as part of the new series of Channel 4’s ‘For the Love of Cars’, the car will be sold at the auction before going onto compete in an event at this year’s festival immediately after.

Also in the sale, and being sold as a pair, are two legendary Ford Mondeo Super Tourers, two of just the original five built by Prodrive to contest the 2000 British Touring Car Championship, the golden era of the BTCC.

With factory drivers Alain Menu, Anthony Reid and Rickard Rydell, the fastest touring cars ever produced went on to dominate the championship completely, winning most of the rounds and finishing 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the 2000 BTCC final standings. At a supposed cost of £1m for each car, the team dominated like no other before or since. The two examples will be going under the hammer in the Competition Car Sale on Thursday 28th July.

Commenting on the cars already entered into the sale, Nick added: “The provenance of these particular cars is a clear indication of the quality of motorcars that will be on offer in our auction this year.”

Quality entries are now being invited into the sale and so anyone interested in entering their car into the sale and benefitting from Silverstone Auctions world class expertise can call +44 (0)1926 691141 or email enqurires@silverstoneauctions.com.

For more information about Silverstone Auctions visit www.silverstoneauctions.com.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 27 Abril 2016, 14:01:09
SIMPLY CLASSICS & SPORTS CAR - SATURDAY 18 JUNE 2016

Beaulieu’s Simply Classics & Sports Car on Saturday 18th June will celebrate the best-loved sports cars and classic cars on the roads, with a fantastic display in the grounds of the National Motor Museum on Father’s Day weekend.

One of the highlights of the Beaulieu events calendar, Simply Classics & Sports Car promises to please not only motoring fans, but also lovers of everything retro, with new show features for 2016.

Admire a wide variety of pre-1990 classics, and sport cars of all ages in the vibrant display, spanning family saloons, classic commercials, roofless roadsters and more. Show regular the Bournemouth & Poole MG Owners’ Club will also showcase a fantastic selection of members’ cars on its club stand.

Simply Classics & Sports Car appeals to varied motoring tastes and is a great day out for all the family. In tune with the era, Bows & Braces will create a Vintage Village for the show with authentic clothes from the 1920s to the 1980s and nostalgic home decoration including upcycled furniture, jewellery, kitchenware, luggage, records and maps. A Vintage tea tent is not to be missed.

There will be prizes for the best dressed man and woman, family or group. For those who need a little help, Vintage Victory Rollers will offer inspired make-overs in its event salon, with updos and cat eye flicks to make the boys whistle! To book your place at the salon email Raye at vintagevictoryrollers@gmail.com

Get rocking and rolling to live music throughout the show, as vocal quartet Company B perform 1940s-style swing numbers throughout the day that are sure to get you humming along.

Owners of qualifying vehicles are invited to drive into the grounds of the National Motor Museum to park, admire the other cars on display and catch up with other enthusiasts, as well as enjoy all of the features of one of the south’s leading visitor attractions, for the great value participant ticket price of £10 an adult and £5 a child for those displaying their sports car or pre-1990 classic.

Once you have chosen your favourite car of the show, cast your vote in the People’s Choice Award. The owner of the car that receives the most votes from visitors and participants will receive a commemorative Beaulieu trophy and special Autoglym prize, before leading a cavalcade of the most popular cars through the attraction.

Tickets can be bought on arrival at Beaulieu or in advance online at www.beaulieu.co.uk/events or on 01590 612888. Entry into the Beaulieu parkland with your classic or sports car is from 9.30am, when the Brabazon Restaurant will be serving breakfast snacks and hot and cold drinks.

All other visitors should enter Beaulieu through Visitor Reception from 10am, at the normal attraction admission prices, see www.beaulieu.co.uk/plan-your-visit for further details.

For friends taking part in the show with multiple vehicles, please ensure that you all arrive at the same time if you wish to park together.

Admission includes access to all of the features of the Beaulieu attraction. Don’t miss the National Motor Museum’s new Driving Change display, which explores motoring innovations, technology and safety throughout history and makes motoring predictions for the future. Visit On Screen Cars and the World of Top Gear, take a stroll around the Montagu family home Palace House and grounds and the historic ruins of 13th century Beaulieu Abbey.

Simply Classics & Sports Car is part of Beaulieu’s 2016 line-up of Simply rallies, which also includes Simply Japanese, Simply Land Rover and Simply Smart. For the full list of Simply rallies and other Beaulieu events see www.beaulieu.co.uk/events or follow @Beaulieu_Hants on Twitter.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 28 Abril 2016, 08:13:36
LIVE RANGE ROVER RESTORATION FOR ALL TO FOLLOW

The organisers of the record-breaking Silverstone Classic (29-31 July) are delighted to announce eBay, the global online marketplace, will be joining the event, for the first time, as the official parts and accessories partner.

It is a significant collaboration that will add yet another crowd-pleasing component to this summer’s staging of the world’s biggest historic motor racing festival. Demonstrating that eBay is the premier destination for car parts show-goers will be able to follow the live restoration of a 1982 classic Range Rover over the three-day event.

Hosted by eBay, RESTORATION LIVE with Fergus Walkinshaw is sure to be a hugely popular attraction for the tens of thousands of show-goers, many of whom will be travelling to Silverstone in their own lovingly restored classics.

Walkinshaw and his team will guide the crowd through every step of the project as they renovate the iconic first-generation Range Rover using only items bought from eBay. Whether it’s a new replacement body panel or an original piece of internal trim, finding the right pieces shouldn’t prove too tricky as there are more than eight million live listings of car parts and accessories on ebay.co.uk to buy at any time. Indeed, eBay is home to one of the largest collections of motoring products in the world and, thus, the ideal destination for everything from replacement parts for the family car to the final rare piece in a classic restoration puzzle.

Murray Lambell, eBay’s director of retail car parts and accessories, said: “We love the Silverstone Classic. It attracts everyone from the highly experienced restorer right through to people who simply just love their car – just like eBay does – so it’s a great event for us to be part of.

“With such a huge selection of products Fergus and the team will easily find everything they need when they restore the Range Rover. eBay can help with everything from an everyday replacement part – to a rare component in a classic restoration.”

As for the Range Rover, once it is restored to its former glory, it will appear on stage during the Mike Brewer Car Clinic on Sunday at the Classic, with Mike and Fergus answering questions and sharing their experience of the complex project.

“We are understandably enthused to be partnering a company of eBay’s global esteem and importance,” said Nick Wigley, CEO of Silverstone Classic organiser Goose Live Events. “All the more so as eBay will be helping us to add yet another fascinating new dimension to this summer’s festival. A large number of our visitors are no strangers to restoration projects, and I’m sure they will really enjoy seeing a 34-year-old Range Rover being restored to its original grandeur.”

All tickets for the 2016 Silverstone Classic must be purchased in advance.  Adult admission starts at just £42 and sticks to the Classic’s widely-praised ‘access all areas’ policy, thus providing admission to both National and Wing race paddocks, trackside grandstands, the vintage funfair, air displays and the live music concerts which this year include chart-toppers The Boomtown Rats, Reef and The Stranglers.

Full details of all tickets – as well as hospitality packages, special family offers and weekend festival camping – can be found on the event’s official website: www.silverstoneclassic.com.

For more information: Visit the official event website www.SilverstoneClassic.com

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 28 Abril 2016, 08:14:13
SILVERSTONE ROARS TO LIFE, CLASSIC STYLE!

A host of the famous stars and evocative cars that will wow the crowds at this summer’s action-packed Silverstone Classic (29-31 July) revved up at today’s traditional Media Day curtain-raiser.

As the premier event on the historic motor racing calendar, the Silverstone Classic is firmly established as the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival, with last year’s record-breaking silver jubilee extravaganza attracting more than 100,000 visitors for the very first time.

Judging by the attendance and fever around Media Day, 2016’s follow-up is gearing up to be even bigger and better, with the Home of British Motor Sport primed to host the ultimate celebration of classic cars.

With the variety of on-track action matched by a plethora of off-track entertainment, the sheer scale of the event is astonishing – and it is continuing to grow year-on-year, as the vast Silverstone estate is given over to a full-on festival of flat-out fun for all the family.

Some 150 of the world’s finest cars took to the Grand Prix track, while static displays in the paddock highlighted many of the car club anniversaries – with lots of models and marques set to celebrate momentous milestones this summer, including the 50th birthday of the iconic Lamborghini Miura and 25 years of the charismatic Nissan Figaro.

Freddie Hunt was one of the undisputed star attractions, as the 2016 Silverstone Classic prepares to mark the 40th anniversary of his father James Hunt’s Formula 1 World Championship crown. Freddie got behind the wheel of his father’s 1976 title-winning McLaren-Ford M23, and was interviewed by commentating legend Murray Walker for a forthcoming feature on Channel 4’s F1 programme. He was joined by Alastair Caldwell – McLaren Team Manager at the time – who regaled a captivated audience with little-known tales from the 1976 campaign.

Other big names to lend their support were actor and renowned car fanatic Philip Glenister and his co-presenter Ant Anstead from TV’s For The Love Of Cars, Nic Hamilton – brother of World Champion Lewis – and former England international footballer Luther Blissett, who is an ambassador for new event charity partner Prostate Cancer UK.

Touring car heroes Steve Soper, Jeff Allam and Patrick Watts were similarly in attendance, and they will all be appearing on-track as part of the inaugural ‘Tin-Top Sunday’ in July.

For the first time at the Silverstone Classic, there will be four separate touring car grids – the JET Super Touring Car Trophy (1990-2000), Historic Touring Car Challenge (1967-1989), Big-Engined Touring Cars (Pre ’66) and Under 2-Litre Touring Cars (Pre ’66) – bringing together more than 200 of the nation’s best-loved cars.

In another exciting innovation, in addition to the ever-popular Group C twilight race, FIA Masters Historic Formula One, Legends of Modern Formula One and Stirling Moss Trophy amongst many others, the new Can-Am 50 Interserie Challenge will stage its season finale at the Classic. These extreme machines will provide an awesome soundtrack to the event as they celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2016.

Extending the event’s appeal to two- and three-wheeled fans as well as car connoisseurs, this summer’s Classic will also welcome to the bill World GP Bike Legends – off the back of a successful debut at Jerez in Spain last year – and the Sidecar Salute, with 1987 500cc World Champion Wayne Gardner and ten-time ten FIM Sidecar World Champion Steve Webster both in attendance at Media Day.

Away from the racetrack, the impressive infield display will include live music concerts from chart-toppers The Boomtown Rats, The Stranglers and Reef, more than 120 car clubs exhibiting classic models from through the decades, Silverstone Auctions, aviation displays, a live Range Rover restoration with new event partner eBay and – for the first time – a Concours d’Elegance.

In a special feature to commemorate England‘s victory over Germany in the 1966 Football World Cup Final, meanwhile, a car football match with the Classic’s official courtesy car partner SsangYong UK will be held exactly 50 years to the day on Saturday, 30 July.

“Thanks to a tireless effort by the entire organising team, the Silverstone Classic has become a world-class event,” commented Nick Wigley, CEO of organisers, Goose Live Events. “Everybody works all year round to ensure that what we offer remains the biggest and best historic racing you will see anywhere in the world.

“I’m incredibly excited about the addition of the Can-Am celebration this year – the sound will be absolutely immense – as well as the introduction of Tin-Top Sunday. I think deep down, we’ve all got a soft spot for touring cars because they’re the kinds of cars our dads used to drive.

“Not only that, but having always wanted to include some two and three-wheeled action, I’m delighted that we have secured some absolute sporting icons with the World GP Bike Legends and Sidecar Salute.

“The Silverstone Classic has become the unmissable event for all of Britain’s car clubs, and this year there will be some 10,000 beautifully polished classic cars on display for visitors to come and admire over the weekend.

“Ticket sales for the 2016 event are really strong, and at such fabulous value for money, our new family weekend ticket has proven to be immensely popular. All the ingredients are in-place for yet another record-breaking Silverstone Classic!”

All tickets for the 2016 Silverstone Classic must be purchased in advance.  Adult admission starts at just £42 and sticks to the Classic’s widely-praised ‘access all areas’ policy, thus providing admission to both National and Wing race paddocks, trackside grandstands, the vintage funfair, air displays and the live music concerts which this year include chart-toppers The Boomtown Rats, Reef and The Stranglers.

Full details of all tickets – as well as hospitality packages, special family offers and weekend festival camping – can be found on the event’s official website: www.silverstoneclassic.com.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 28 Abril 2016, 08:14:38
SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO JAMES HUNT AT THE SILVERSTONE CLASSIC

The headline grabbing career of one of Britain’s most charismatic and colourful sportsmen will be celebrated at this summer’s Silverstone Classic (29-31 July). It’s exactly 40 years since hard driving, fast living James Hunt overcame all the odds to win the FIA Formula One World Championship in 1976 – a dramatic feat recently acclaimed in the award-winning movie Rush.

Hunt sadly passed away in 1993 at the age of just 45 but the legend lives on and the ruby 40th anniversary of his crowning achievement will be marked at the world’s biggest historic motor racing festival in July, with special displays curated by his two sons Freddie and Tom. These displays will include a number of James’ most notable road and racing cars plus rarely seen trophies and memorabilia from the flamboyant Englishman’s title winning 1976 season.

The special celebrations at Silverstone are very appropriate, too, as Hunt savoured more Formula One success at the superfast Northamptonshire venue than at any other circuit worldwide. As a much-loved underdog, home hero Hunt scored a hugely popular maiden F1 win at Silverstone in April 1974 when racing for the locally based Hesketh team. Although the BRDC International Trophy was non-championship, the grid featured many of the era’s top teams and drivers.

Two years later, Hunt ignited his title winning campaign with a second confidence boosting International Trophy victory, this time for his new team McLaren. And it was at Silverstone that, as reigning champion, he won his only British Grand Prix after an epic dice with John Watson in 1977.

“I know the crowds at Silverstone back in the seventies really took my dad’s heroics to their hearts, so it’s going to be very special for all of us in the family to be marking the 40th anniversary of his World Championship at this summer’s Silverstone Classic,” enthused Freddie Hunt who drove one of his father’s title winning McLaren M23s during today’s Silverstone Classic Media Preview curtain-raiser at the legendary Grand Prix circuit.

“I’ve seen so many photos and films of my father racing the M23 that it really was emotional to get behind the wheel and experience just a smidgeon of what it must have been like to race these fantastic F1 cars in period. It really was a remarkable era and one which the Classic always celebrates in style.”

Indeed, the McLaren M23 and its successor the M26 which Hunt raced to British Grand Prix victory in 1977, will feature in the two rounds of the FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship – among the many highlights on the action-packed Silverstone Classic schedule. Freddie, himself, is also planning to race a giant-killing Mini in the showdown for Big Engine Touring Cars from the early sixties.

“It’s a tremendous privilege to have Freddie and the Hunt family so involved in this year’s Classic, 40 years after James famously took the title in 1976,” said Nick Wigley CEO of event organiser Goose Live Events. “Knowing just how special James was to the fans at Silverstone, we invited Freddie to last year’s event and have been making plans to celebrate this important anniversary ever since.”   

Fans wanting to be part of these special celebrations must buy their tickets in advance. Adult prices start from £42 and full details of all tickets – as well as hospitality packages and weekend festival camping – can be found on the event website at: www.silverstoneclassic.com

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 29 Abril 2016, 11:06:27
BICESTER HERITAGE CELEBRATES MOMENTOUS FIRST THREE YEARS AS CENTRE FOR MOTORING EXCELLENCE

Bicester Heritage is celebrating three years since the start of the project to return the former RAF base to its former glory and turn it into a hub for motoring excellence.

Since the project began, Bicester Heritage has been transformed, with the site now playing host to 35 automotive and aviation-related businesses and holding a series of phenomenally successful motoring related events. It also continues to be an active airfield, has sponsored the UK’s first historic vehicle restoration apprenticeship course, and has an on-site test track, which is available for private testing.

When the team behind the revitalising of Bicester Heritage took over, the site was in serious danger, and a far cry from the hub of military aviation that played host to a royal visit in 1965. Instead, it had lain untouched for almost 40 years, having been mothballed by the RAF in 1976. It was under such threat that it was described as being the ‘most at risk of all defence estates in Britain’ in 2008, and even now 80% of the site is registered as Grade II listed.

The future remained bleak until as recently as 2013, when the current team stepped in and bought the site from the Ministry of Defence, with big plans to turn it into a hub for all things related to classic cars.

Just three years down the line, these plans have developed at a staggering rate, and Bicester Heritage is enjoying a life of the sorts it hasn’t experienced for many years.

There are around 50 buildings on the 48-acre technical site and, as the site celebrates its third anniversary, 70% of these have been reactivated, using original materials and techniques wherever possible.

There are now as many as 35 businesses operating from these buildings, a rapid rise from the 12 that were on site two years ago. All six of the carefully selected start-up businesses that were the first to begin trading from the site are still going strong. The businesses’ combined areas of expertise mean that the site acts as a marina-like environment for classic cars, with specialists able to take care of all areas of buying, restoring, running, storing and enjoying life with a classic car.

Bicester Heritage has also played host to numerous events, including eight Sunday Scrambles, which bring together classic car enthusiasts and their vehicles at the site. The largest of these Sunday Scrambles has seen 3500 people and as many as 2000 cars attending, and more than 25,000 people came to the various events throughout 2015.

Dan Geoghegan, Bicester Heritage Managing Director said: “When we took on the challenge of bringing the RAF site at Bicester back to life, we knew it was a huge undertaking. There is no denying that it has been tricky at times, but the team have performed wonderful achievements to get us to where we are today.

We are not taking our foot off the accelerator, though, and phase four of our plan will see the reactivation of the remaining buildings on the technical site within the next 12 months.”

The work at Bicester Heritage is by no means finished, and the reactivation of the buildings on the technical site is just the start of the plans for the future.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 04 Mayo 2016, 12:07:38
JAGUAR CLASSIC CHALLENGE SEES THOMAS AND LOCKIE WIN ACTION-PACKED RACE AT DONINGTON

The first race of the second season of the Jaguar Classic Challenge opened in dramatic style with the pair of Julian Thomas and Calum Lockie taking the chequered flag.

The season opener at the Donington Historic Festival began in perfect conditions with bright sunshine and a warm track in the morning qualifying. Julian Thomas topped the time sheets in his E-type from Joaquin Folch-Rusinol joining him on the front row and Martin Stretton third fastest, both in E-types.

However, the race itself was run in less-than-perfect weather as the rain came down to add an extra degree of difficulty for the drivers. From the off, the pole sitters got away to a brilliant start with Calum Lockie at the wheel in wet conditions and lead the field through the first corner. He began to get into a rhythm, but John Pearson was on a charge and lead from the front for the next 20 minutes, with Lockie staying with him on a sodden track.

As always, the driver change served up its usual mix of drama and as Lockie swapped with Thomas at the 20-minute mark, he began to close on Pearson as the intense rain changed the complexion of the race.

The lead changed hands on more than five occasions and the driving was heroic from all the drivers in the adverse weather conditions. Coming into the final part of the race, one of four drivers was in contention for the win including Martin Stretton, and the team of Joaquin Folch-Rusinol/Simon Hadfield.

Thomas held his nerve in the closing stages to cross the line in first by seven seconds from a fast-charging John Pearson in his E-type finished second, while Martin Stretton finished third behind Pearson in his E-type.

Calum Lockie, race winner said: “This was an absolutely amazing race. It was unbelievably slippery! I started the race and we were immediately under pressure from John Pearson who drove an amazing race. I managed to hold onto him until the driver change. After that, it began tipping it down in Julian’s stint to the finish. This was to our advantage as we managed to close the gap and eventually overtake John, but it was one of the most exciting and action-packed races I’ve been involved in.”

Tim Hannig, Director, Jaguar Land Rover Classic, said: “Despite the rain, the strong field of drivers have put on a thoroughly entertaining show for the spectators and I’d like to congratulate our top three drivers on a superb effort. Jaguar’s rich racing pedigree is clear to see in this strong field of 31 competitors with XK150s, Mk1s, D-types and E-types making up the grid. We look forward to welcoming yet another line-up of pre-1966 Jaguars to the next race at the International Trophy at Silverstone taking place between 21-22 May.”

Class A was won by Marc Gordon in his XK150 followed in second place by Claire and Chris Keith-Lucas also in an XK150. Class B honours, and Driver of the Day, went to Roger Cope in his Mk I for a superb ninth overall in the 31-car field. The duo of Diane Osborne and Stephen Radcliffe finished second, also driving a race prepared Mk I. Gary Pearson in the iconic D-type took the class honours for Class C followed by Benjamin Eastick in second, also in a D-type.

Class D was a close-fought affair with E-type drivers of John Burton, Ben Shuckburgh and Bob Binfield finishing first, second and third respectively.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 04 Mayo 2016, 12:08:02
JD CLASSICS RECORDS DOUBLE VICTORY AT THE DONINGTON HISTORIC FESTIVAL

JD Classics picked up a commanding pair of wins at the Donington Historic Festival this weekend, taking victories in the Historic Touring Car Challenge and the Stirling Moss Trophy.

JD Classics’ Chris Ward was the star driver of the weekend, having put in a pair of impressive performances to be involved in both victories.

Chris paired up with legendary saloon-car driver Steve Soper in the Historic Car Challenge on Saturday, with the two driving JD Classics’ 1973 Ford Cologne Capri.

The two faced a clutch problem in qualifying but managed to complete enough laps to qualify 10th on the grid. With the problem solved in the pits, the car was ready for the race and Steve took the early stint behind the wheel, battling his way up to second in no time.

The team took the decision to keep him out as long as possible before the weather turned. When the rain finally started Chris took over, heading back out on full wet tyres. This proved to be a tactically astute call: the rain continued to fall and Chris went on to take victory by some margin.

Chris’s second win of the weekend came on Monday, when he took to the wheel of JD Classics’ Costin Lister for the Stirling Moss Trophy. A handling problem prevented Chris from qualifying any higher than third but this proved to be no major handicap come the start of the race, with Chris passing both cars ahead of him on the grid to take an early lead at Redgate on the first lap.

He held onto this lead, and drove a sensational race, making the most of any available grip on the track in what were once again torrential conditions. His margin of victory was a comfortable one in the end, as he finished nearly a minute ahead of the second-placed car.

Other JD Classics-supported cars performed admirably over the weekend, too. The Austin Healey 100S driven by JD Classics Managing Director Derek Hood and John Young was one such notable performer, taking third in its class in the Woodcote Trophy. Steve and Josh Ward also completed their first competitive outing in the weekend’s Woodcote Trophy. Despite stiff competition, they drove their 1952 Ecurie Ecosse Jaguar XK120 to an impressive 3rd in class.

Andrew Smith was another entrant to the Stirling Moss Trophy, taking part in a Jaguar D-type, while JD Classics’ Datsun 240Z Super Samurai, known as ‘Big Sam’, took part in the Historic Touring Car Challenge.

JD Classics’ Managing Director Derek Hood said: “The Donington Historic once again provided a fantastic weekend of racing with some mixed weather conditions providing a real challenge. As ever, the JD Classics team put in a world-class performance, preparing six cars to their usual exceptional high standards. Chris Ward drove superbly in very difficult track conditions to pull off two victories.

“With these wins taking JD Classics to nine overall victories this season, we’re delighted with how the weekend went and are now really looking forward to two of the blue riband events of the racing calendar – the Monaco Historique and the Mille Miglia later this month.”

The JD Classics team will be taking part in the Grand Prix Historique de Monaco weekend from 13 to 15 May, and the Mille Miglia from 19 to 22 May.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 04 Mayo 2016, 14:56:11
CREDIT SUISSE ANNOUNCES EXCITING OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE PRESS AT THE 10TH GRAND PRIX DE MONACO HISTORIQUE

With the 10th biennial Grand Prix de Monaco Historique just a few days away (May 13-15, 2016), the excitement is building as key event partner Credit Suisse announces a number of engaging media opportunities for all attending journalists and photographers accredited by the Automobile Club de Monaco (ACM).

The opportunities kick off at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, May 13 with a Media Breakfast at the Credit Suisse Drivers Club, immediately followed at 9:30 a.m. by the consistently popular Credit Suisse Historic Racing Forum within the Credit Suisse Drivers Club, for media accredited by the ACM. The Historic Racing Forum will bring together a captivating group of panelists to discuss ‘Manufacturers versus Privateers: The Battle for Motorsport Supremacy.’

Credit Suisse is delighted to confirm the panelists participating in the Forum. These will include three-time Monaco Grand Prix winner and racing legend Sir Stirling Moss OBE, Italian former Formula 1 driver and five-time Le Mans 24-hour winner Emanuele Pirro, Grand Prix and Le Mans winner Jochen Mass, TV presenter and World Sportscar Championship race winner Alain de Cadenet, and veteran racer and RML team owner Ray Mallock. Motorsport writer and broadcaster, Henry Hope-Frost, will once again moderate the panel.

After the ‘Manufacturers versus Privateers: The Battle for Motorsport Supremacy’ Forum discussion, a short photographic opportunity with the panelists will take place in the Credit Suisse Drivers Club at 10:35 a.m. Following this, at 10:45 a.m., Sir Stirling Moss will be reunited with his 1956 Monaco GP-winning Maserati 250F in the paddock, 60 years after his maiden win in the Monaco Grand Prix. Ahead of a photocall, Henry Hope-Frost will conduct a brief interview with Sir Stirling looking back on the great man’s memories of the famous win.

On Saturday at 11:30 a.m., Sir Stirling Moss will discuss his 1961 Monaco win in the Lotus 18 with Henry Hope-Frost in the paddock, ending with the signing of a special artwork of the car depicting Sir Stirling on his way to victory. At 3:50 p.m., the British racing legend will exclusively come to the Media Center and be interviewed by Henry Hope-Frost to discuss in more detail his 1961 victory in the iconic Lotus 18.

Based on the success of its Photo Contest at Goodwood Revival and the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique over the past few years, Credit Suisse will once again be inviting ACM-accredited photographers and media at this year’s event to take part. Prizes will be given for the best image submitted for each of the Photo Contest categories at Monaco, with a trophy also being awarded to the overall winner.

The Credit Suisse Photo Contest categories for the 10th Grand Prix de Monaco Historique are:

    Action
    Inside the Paddock
    Credit Suisse Media Moments

Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Media Timetable (subject to change)

Friday, May 13, 2016
9:00 a.m.    Media Breakfast for ACM-accredited journalists and photographers at Credit Suisse Drivers Club
9:30 a.m.               Credit Suisse Historic Racing Forum, with expert panelists Sir Stirling Moss OBE, Emanuele Pirro, Jochen Mass, Alain de Cadenet, and Ray Mallock debating the theme of ‘Manufacturers versus Privateers: The Battle for Motorsport Supremacy’ at Credit Suisse Drivers Club
10:35 a.m.                Photocall opportunity with Forum panelists in the Credit Suisse Drivers Club
10:45 a.m.               Photocall opportunity with Sir Stirling Moss and his 1956 Monaco GP-winning Maserati 250 F in the paddock


Saturday, May 14, 2016
11:30 a.m.               Photocall opportunity with Sir Stirling Moss with a short interview and signing of a special artwork of the Lotus 18 in which he won the 1961 Monaco Grand Prix
3:50 p.m.                Sir Stirling Moss interview in the Media Center with Henry Hope-Frost

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 05 Mayo 2016, 08:30:20
VAUXHALL SETS DATE FOR ANNUAL HERITAGE CENTRE OPEN DAY

Vauxhall Motors’ 113 years of history will be laid bare next month as its ever-popular Heritage Centre Open Day is confirmed for 2016.

On Sunday, June 12 Vauxhall’s 73-strong collection of vehicles, covering every decade since the company started building cars in 1903, will be open for families and enthusiasts to explore. And best of all, admission is free.

At this year’s event Vauxhall will be marking two anniversaries: 50 years since the first Viva HB drove off Ellesmere Port’s production line, and 30 years since the last Bedford commercial vehicle was manufactured. Supporting this, an early SL-model HB will be on display, as well as two CVs that bookended Bedford production: a 1931 2-ton truck and two CFs – a one-off electric model, and a near concours production panel van.

Two new additions to the collection will also be on show. Completing a set of the first five sporting Astras is a 2009 VXR Nürburgring, which will join our two GTEs, Mk. 3 GSi and Mk. 4 888 Coupe. And at the opposite end of the spectrum, a 1949 Wyvern L-type also makes its debut at the Open Day. This car – the only left-hooker in the collection – makes a welcome return to the town of its birth after 67 years pounding the roads of Portugal and Holland.

The breadth and quality of Vauxhall’s Heritage Collection is near-unique, with most of the cars roadworthy and maintained by a small team, led by Andy Boddy, Senior Vehicle Restorer. A majority of the cars were also built in Luton, at the famous Kimpton Road plant.

Vauxhall’s Heritage Centre Open Day will run from 10am to 4pm. Refreshments will be available throughout the day, and parking is free. The Heritage Centre is situated behind Vauxhall’s Head Office on Park Street, Luton LU1 3HG.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 05 Mayo 2016, 14:03:37
RARE IMPREZA SET TO BE A KNOCKOUT AT SILVERSTONE AUCTIONS’ MAY SALE

A rare 1998 Subaru Impreza 22B STi, one of the most sought after Japanese performance cars in existence, will be auctioned by Silverstone Auctions at the May Sale, at Silverstone race circuit on Friday 20th May.

This car has a mileage of just 2,500 miles and only one registered owner from new, the legendary British boxer, Prince Naseem Hamed.  This very special example is one of only 400 made globally, all of which are believed to have sold in just 30 minutes, and is presented in excellent condition, offered at an estimate of £60,000 to £70,000.

The famous 22B model was introduced in 1998 to commemorate Subaru's 40th anniversary, as well as the third consecutive win in the FIA World Rally Championship. A host of special design features from the Peter Stevens’ designed rally car were applied to the road going coupe, including the fender flared widebody, unique bonnet, front and rear bumpers and a one-off adjustable rear wing, as well as the unique "555" Blue paint colour.

But the 22B is not just a visually impressive car, the performance is astounding. With a 2.2 litre E22 engine, complete with forged pistons, a big turbocharger and intercooler, this car achieves zero to 60 mph in just four and a half seconds.

The 22B also features Subaru’s full-time all-wheel-drive,Bilstein suspension, Brembo brakes, and a twin plate upgraded clutch with 'ceramic' discs, meaning the 22B offers the driving experience expected of Subaru’s signature STi and worldwide icon.

Nick Whale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions, commented ahead of the sale: “We’re delighted to be offering such an iconic car in the May Sale. These Imprezas come to market exceptionally infrequently and very few exist in the UK. The lucky new owner will have a lot of fun driving it as well as a very secure investment.”

This 22B also benefits from a recent full service by renowned specialists Roger Clark Motorsport of Leicestershire and is also sold accompanied by the special number plate featuring the letters 'WRC'. Inside, additional unique extras include headrests with Prince Naseem’s unique logo and name stitched into the leather.

To find out more about the Subaru Impreza 22B and Silverstone Auctions’ May Sale please visit http://www.silverstoneauctions.com/1998-subaru-impreza-22b-sti-.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 05 Mayo 2016, 14:04:03
COYS TO PUT ICONIC CLASSICS UNDER THE HAMMER AT THE CLASSIC & SPORTS CAR SHOW 2016

A major new feature of this year’s Classic & Sports Car Show has been announced – renowned auction house Coys will be putting a host of iconic classics under the hammer when The Show returns to the majestic and iconic venue of Alexandra Palace from Friday 28th October to Sunday 30th October.

Organised by the world’s best-selling classic car magazine, Classic & Sports Car, and Haymarket Exhibitions, The Show has some unique innovations planned for the auction, which are sure to make it a highly anticipated feature of the event. These developments will be announced in the coming weeks. 

Chris Routledge, Coys CEO, said: “We exhibited at the inaugural Classic & Sports Car Show last year and were very impressed with the venue, the event itself and especially the knowledge and passion of the visitors. We are now delighted to be able to offer an extra element to that already vibrant event.”

James Elliott, Group Editor of Classic & Sports Car, added: “Confirming such a significant auction is a real testament to the success of the inaugural show last year, that saw 15,150 visitors pass through the gates. We’re looking forward to not only seeing some iconic classics go under the hammer, but also to working with Coys to do so in a bold and different way.”

The classic car auction is not the only addition to the 2016 show, with a wider range of ticket options also confirmed.In addition to a limited earlybird offer of general admission tickets priced at £20 for adults (£26 on the door) and free for children under 12 years old, a selection of premium tickets will be available.

The Gold package, priced at £50 per person, will include fast track preview entry from 9am, a Show Programme and a glass of fizz in addition to the general admission and Routemaster shuttle bus transfer. These ticket holders will also receive relaxed seating in the dedicated Gold Lounge and a reservation service at the fine dining à la carte restaurant.

Including everything in the Gold package, Platinum tickets (priced at £100 per person and limited to just 150 entrants) will also receive a continental breakfast and lunch buffet in the exclusive Platinum Lounge, with a selection of hot and cold drinks. In addition, Platinum visitors will be treated to a tour of The Show with a member of the Classic & Sports Car magazine team, a three-month Haymarket digital subscription, a signed poster and a copy of The Daily Telegraph with limited edition show bag.

Premium packages are available to over 18s only. Family tickets for four (adults or children over 12 years old) will also be available for £69 in advance, plus £2 booking fee, or £72 on the door.

James Elliott continued: “With such a great selection of features and themes being planned for the 2016 event, we were keen to offer visitors a great selection of ticket options to match. This new pricing structure will enable classic car enthusiasts to find the perfect package for them and really get the most out of The Show, which is set to be even bigger and better this year.”

Last year’s event was full to the rafters with amazing features. Visitors were treated to a ten-car display featuring The British Car Ever – as voted for by the public in a global poll – and a tribute to Aston Martin and Sir Stirling Moss’s single seaters. They also got to see a host of motoring royalty on the Interview Stage – guests included Norman Dewis OBE and Ross Brawn OBE – not to mention stands featuring the world’s greatest classic car dealers.

The Classic & Sports Car Show in 2016 will feature more than 300 of the world’s most prestigious classic cars from world-famous collectors and world-renowned classic car retailers. Full details of The Show’s content will be revealed over the coming months.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 05 Mayo 2016, 14:04:31
DEREK BELL MBE TO STAR AT UK’S MOST FAMOUS ONE-DAY CLASSIC CAR SHOW

One of the world’s best known and longest established one-day classic car events is gearing up for a bumper year, with half price advance ticket offers, new and established features and the chance for show visitors to win themselves a classic Mini.

The Peter James Insurance Bromley Pageant of Motoring takes place in Norman Park, Bromley, Kent, on Sunday 5th June, and yet again promises to be one of the most vibrant and best attended classic shows in the UK.

One of the stars of the show will be celebrated driver, Derek Bell MBE, who will be in attendance throughout the day featuring in Q&A sessions, signings and meet and greets. Derek is a five-time Le Mans winner, three-time Daytona 24 winner and two-time World Sports Car champion.

This year, one lucky winner could end their summer behind the wheel of a classic Mini, which is currently undergoing restoration. Competition entry tickets cost just £2.50 each and are available to buy on the day of the show, with the draw taking place at Mini in the Park (www.minishow.co.uk), Santa Pod, on Sunday 14th August.

One of the Pageant’s most popular features, One Make Parking, is available to pre-book on the show’s website, www.bromleypageant.co.uk, and is once again likely to be stacked out, with fans of many of the more popular marques coming together to form single brand displays. Whether it’s Austins or Rovers, Vauxhalls or Fords, there’ll be a packed out area full of all your favourite cars, plus the inevitable curio thrown in. The One Make Parking is open to cars in production prior to 1996, with a separate modern classics section set aside for modern classics, introduced between 1996 and 2006.

Only cars displaying a valid ticket will gain entry to Norman Park. Once One Make Parking tickets are booked, a space will be reserved in the relevant section. Advance entry costs £5 for a car and two passengers, a 50 per cent discount (additional passengers will pay standard admission), and will include a voucher for a free souvenir programme and commemorative plaque, to be redeemed at the Peter James Insurance stand.

Alternatively, people wishing to show off their wheels as a group can get together to exhibit cars in a dedicated ‘Club Display’, which allows a minimum of 3 cars in a suitably sized plot. There is no maximum number of cars, simply book in the number of club vehicles that are attending the show.

The show will also feature a dedicated ‘Cars for Sale’ area, where vendors will be able to show off their cars to a captive classic enthusiast audience for a fee of just £30 in advance (£35 on the day, ticket includes a single driver).

As ever, individual displays will also be welcome, to include stationary engines, overseas visitors, tractors, commercial, military vehicles, competition cars, motorcycles, pre-war, custom cars and hot rods. Again, advance tickets are £5 for a car and two passengers, or £10 on the day. Motorcyclists wishing to exhibit together can apply for a special club display.

An increasingly popular feature will be the return of the Hot Rod Review, now in its third year. Here, British hot rod builders come together to show off new and existing rods in a battle to be crowned the best on the scene, with last year’s winner, Stuart Vear, returning to defend his honours  in his immaculate Chevy Pick-up.

With added attractions, a fantastic autojumble and live bands performing all day, the Peter James Insurance Bromley Pageant of Motoring promises to be a classic day out for all the family.

For more information, and to pre-book for any of the display or ‘Cars for Sale’ areas, go to www.bromleypageant.co.uk

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 06 Mayo 2016, 09:34:11
RAIN DOESN’T STOP PLAY AT THE DONINGTON HISTORIC FESTIVAL

In spite of the British weather throwing almost everything it had at it, the Donington Historic Festival presented three days of hugely exciting historic motor racing over the Bank Holiday weekend (April 30th-May 2nd).

Classic motorsport fans were treated to a vast range of competition cars from the 1920s up to the 1990s, campaigning in a challenging range of climatic conditions ranging from torrential rain and hail to high winds and even a scattering of snow! Happily these were not constant throughout the weekend, and there was plenty of sunshine to show Donington off in all its park-like beauty; and the frequently wet track made for some very interesting racing indeed.

The rare and valuable historic competition machines were in safe hands, however, with drivers such as Le Mans winner Jackie Oliver and Touring Car giants John Cleland, Tim Harvey and Steve Soper representing earlier generations of racers, and present-day BTCC stars Andrew Jordan, Matt Neal and Colin Turkington showing that today’s drivers are just as comfortable behind the wheel of a decades-old race car as they are battling it out in the latest works offering. Andrew Jordan and his father Mike took the chequered flag in the final contest of the meeting, steering their Austin A40 – rebadged Austin GT40 for DHF – to victory in the HRDC Touring Greats race.

Other well-known faces spotted around the paddock included musician Chris Rea, who turned in an arresting performance in his Morris Minor ‘Police’ car, and motorsport pundit Tony Jardine, who took to the track in an E-type in the Jaguar Classic Challenge. And a familiar face to fans of 70s and 80s motor racing – Tony Dron – was on hand to present the trophies for the inaugural round of Motor Racing Legends’ Tony Dron Trophy, incorporated within MRL’s packed Historic Touring Car Challenge grid.

The Festival saw a mass presence of pre-War sports cars in the ‘Mad Jack’ race, and the DHF debut of the Pre-80 Endurance series, which pitched Lola T292 and T282 against Chevron B19 and March 75S in a fantastic battle.   And it was also Lola vs. Chevron (though this time T70s and B8s) in the mammoth, three-hour HMRN ‘1000km’ race into dusk on the Saturday evening.

Paddock visitors had an immense amount of metal to feast their eyes on, ranging from ERA R5D ‘Remus’, one of the iconic early Grand Prix cars taking part in the HGPCA’s Nuvolari trophy, to Rickard Rydell’s Volvo S40 from his 1998 BTCC Championship-winning season, which returned to racing for the first time in 18 years for the HSCC Super Touring Car Trophy.

Other Festival highlights included lively demonstrations of historic Formula 1 cars and Group B rally cars, the car club displays in the infield, and dozens of competition cars taking to the streets of Castle Donington village for the now-traditional village parade.  The RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight joined in the fun, sending – most appropriately, given the weather – a Hurricane to entertain the crowds.

The dates of DHF 2017 will be announced later this year.  For more information or to download the full racing results from the 2016 Donington Historic Festival, please visit www.doningtonhistoric.com.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 06 Mayo 2016, 09:34:38
MOTORSPORT AT THE PALACE BRINGS THE ITALIAN JOB BACK TO CRYSTAL PALACE

Motorsport at the Palace is bringing The Italian Job back to Crystal Palace as the red, white and blue trio of Minis used in the film will be in action at this year’s event on Sunday 29th and Monday 30th May.

The Minis return as in 1969, the venue was used to film scenes in the iconic motoring movie The Italian Job. The circuit’s inner field was used to film the van being blown up so the film’s star Michael Caine could say that immortal line; “You’re only suppose to blow the bloody doors off.”

The actual circuit was used by stunt drivers to practice the jumping sequence with the Mini Cooper cars as well as being used for part of the car chase itself.

In honour of the UK’s favourite motoring move, the three actual Mini Coopers, in red, white and blue, from the film will be at Motorsport at the Palace. They will be on static display so fans can have pictures with these three famous cars as well as taking to the circuit for a parade lap at lunchtime each day.

Around 150 cars from racing and rallying spanning over 100 years of motoring at this year’s show with Classes ranging from pre-war vintage to modern day, delivering high octane competition with around 75 cars running each day. Expect to see the most diverse line-up of racing with a pre-1931 Austin 7 Ulster in one race and a 2000 Honda Civic R-Type in the next!

From Alfas to Westfields, this is a bank holiday of racing not to be missed and a must for any petrol head – be it a classic car nut, a supercar savant, former racing driver or someone who just loves cars!

Motorsport at the Palace, held on Sunday 29th and Monday 30th May 2016, is open from 9am until 5.30pm. Car Parking is free. Tickets are now on sale, with adults passes from £12 and children from £5 when booked in advance. For more information, race updates, and booking details, visit www.motorsportatthepalace.co.uk

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 06 Mayo 2016, 09:35:07
ALL NEW WHEELER DEALERS PREMIERE IN THE UK – SEASON 13 STARTS MONDAY 9TH MAY, 9PM ON DISCOVERY CHANNEL

The WHEELER DEALERS are back as experienced car dealer, Mike Brewer, and multi-talented mechanic, Edd China, return with the 13th series and eight more classic cars with a mix of British, European and American marques.

Mike and Edd may have set up their workshop in sunny California, but their love of classics remains universal. Mike navigates the surrounding states in search of cars with money-making potential, bringing them back to Edd for him to work his mechanical magic to restore the cars into profit making machines.

In the new series, the boys get eco-friendly with the original ‘Econobox’, a 1977 Honda CVCC; rescue a neglected and extremely rusty 1965 Land Rover Series 2a; get aircooled California style in a 60s Corvair, and put the zip back into the performance of an 80s icon, the 1988 Ford Mustang 5.0.

The first episode sees Mike and Edd pick a car that was the car to buy in the 1980s if money were no object – a 1987 Mercedes 560SL. The Mercedes engineers spared no expense when designing this classic. Mike finds a well looked after example but one in need of a complete refresh, mechanically and cosmetically. As the costs and work mount up will Edd be able to revitalise this 80s icon without breaking the bank?

Mike said: “After restoring over 100 cars, me and Edd are still finding fantastic classics to restore and if there was a theme for this series, it would be ‘having fun.’ With cars from the 1960s, 70s and 80s, Edd will be getting more involved in choosing the type of car we are looking for each week while I’ll be taking my turn getting my hands dirty in the workshop.”

When the repairs are complete, the duo hit the open road to test the restored ride before Mike tries to sell it for the highest profit possible. From the massive oily challenge of rebuilding an engine to fixing tiny items like a rev-counter, no one knows how to transform a rust bucket to a dream machine like the WHEELER DEALERS.

Edd adds: “We may be basking in the LA sunshine but the job in hand remains the same. Our brand spanking new workshop will see the same amount of sweat and tears as the previous ones in Bracknell; It just so happens that we now have the Pacific Coast Highway outside rather than the M25!”

The brand new season of WHEELER DEALERS will have its world premiere in the UK on Discovery Channel, 9pm, Monday 9th May (Sky 520, Virgin 250, BT TV 322, TalkTalk 322)

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 06 Mayo 2016, 14:58:32
GOLDEN YEAR FOR THE HSCC

The 50th anniversary of the Historic Sports Car Club will be marked in style at the Silverstone Classic (29-31 July) with a very special parade of 50 cars from the club’s extensive portfolio of race championships and series.

The HSCC was formed in 1966 and the club has planned a year of celebration events in 2016 to mark its golden jubilee. On the Sunday of the Silverstone Classic (31 July), a 50-car parade will show the breadth of the club’s race programme with at least three cars representing each of the club’s 16 championships and series.

The parade will span single-seaters from Formula 5000 cars from the Derek Bell Trophy and Historic Formula 2 to Formula Junior, Classic Racing Cars, Classic and Historic Formula Ford 2000 and Historic Formula Ford. Sports and GT cars will come from the Guards Trophy, Pre ’80 Endurance Series and Jaguar Classic Challenge. Touring Cars from the Super Touring Trophy and Historic Touring Car Championship will span four decades, and two generations of Formula 3 cars will be on show from the Historic and Classic categories. Meanwhile, entry-level historic racing will be represented by Historic and 70s Road Sports and Classic Clubmans.

The 50-car parade will include cars from five decades and cover everything from a Formula 5000 Lola to a Lotus Elan, offering event visitors the widest possible spread of historic racing cars on track together.

“It seemed appropriate to mark 50 years of the HSCC with 50 cars in a parade at the world’s biggest classic and historic racing festival,” said HSCC Chief Executive Officer Grahame White. “We are very grateful to the Silverstone Classic team for allowing us the opportunity to showcase the fabulous range of categories that the club organises.”

As well as providing several of the competing grids, the HSCC is also is proud to be the organising club for the entire racing element of the annual Silverstone Classic.

“This is a very special golden anniversary year for the HSCC and we are truly delighted that the club has chosen the Classic for this very special parade,” said Nick Wigley, CEO of organisers, Goose Live Events. “Even more so as the HSCC has contributed massively to the Classic’s success by overseeing what’s become an unrivalled programme of virtually non-stop dawn to dusk racing action over three very longaction-packed days. Due to the extraordinary scale of the meeting, it’s a function which means working from both pits complexes and one which, despite the complexities, the HSCC always performs with huge professionalism and proficiency. This wonderful 50-car parade not only celebrates the club’s 50th anniversary but also the major role the club plays today right at the heart of British motor sport.”

The HSCC track cavalcade will be one of many at this summer’s staging of the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival with a large number of car clubs making the Silverstone Classic the base for their marque and model celebrations.

Owners and enthusiasts will mark 50 years of the iconic Lamborghini Miura, 70 years of Allard and 80 years since the introduction of the evergreen Morgan 4/4 – a car that is still being crafted in Malvern today making it the longest single model production run in automotive history.

Other home-grown classics enjoying their weekend in the spotlight include the Lotus Esprit, which turns 40 this year, the Jaguar XK8 which celebrates its 20th birthday, plus the Triumph GT6 and Vitesse 2 Litre, which like the HSCC are both 50. In fact, wherever you turn within Silverstone’s vast infield, there will be huge club displays and celebrations taking place.

All tickets for the 2016 Silverstone Classic must be purchased in advance.  Adult admission starts at just £42 and sticks to the Classic’s widely-praised ‘access all areas’ policy, thus providing admission to both National and Wing race paddocks, trackside grandstands, the vintage funfair, air displays and the live music concerts which this year include chart-toppers The Boomtown Rats, Reef and The Stranglers.

Full details of all tickets – as well as hospitality packages, special family offers and weekend festival camping – can be found on the event’s official website: www.silverstoneclassic.com.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 06 Mayo 2016, 14:59:43
INCREDIBLY RARE PORSCHE 964 TURBO ‘FLATNOSE’ GOES ON SALE AT HEXAGON

There are rare Porsche 911s and there is the 964 Turbo ‘Flatnose’: Hexagon Modern Classics is proud to announce it is now offering for sale one of just 12 right-hand-drive ‘Flatnose’ models ever made.

In August 1993, as the very last 964 models were coming off the production line, Porsche produced a final and limited special series of 76 Exclusive Department-built Turbo Flachbau (‘Flatnose’) vehicles.

The X84 body package included front wings and pop-up headlights derived from the 968, while the modified front spoilers also had air intakes for cooling and the rear wheel housings had air intake shafts similar to those of the 959.

As well as the X84 body package Porsche also made the enhanced X88 engine package available too. The same 385bhp 3.6-litre flat six-cylinder engine as the Turbo S, it features an enlarged turbocharger, modified camshafts, valve timing, cylinder heads, inlet manifolds and intermediate flanges, an extra oil cooler and four-pipe exhaust system.

The car at Hexagon’s new flagship Finchley showroom features both the X84 and X88 packages. Painted metallic black with black leather interior, it has covered just 630 miles having been part of a private collection for many years. Until now, it has never been offered for sale.

Paul Michaels, chairman of Hexagon Classics, said: “At the time, only a select few were offered the ‘Flatnose’ models – they weren’t publicised, they were almost ‘under the counter’.  Not only is this incredible 964 possibly the nearest thing to a brand-new Porsche 964 Turbo, it is also one of the rarest and most important time-warp Porsches we’ve ever had the pleasure of offering for sale. A true collectors’ item.”

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 06 Mayo 2016, 15:00:50
THE SEARCH IS ON TO FIND BRITAIN’S FAVOURITE CLASSIC FORD

Fans of the iconic Blue Oval are being asked to nominate their favourite Ford model of all time in advance of the Classic Ford Show, which takes place at Santa Pod, Bedfordshire, on Sunday June 5th.

Be it a Cortina or a Cosworth, Model T or Mexico, the show organisers are looking to establish which classic Ford is the nation’s all-time number one, with the winner being announced in advance of the event.

The survey will run until Friday May 13th, and participants are invited to add their own rationale behind their choice of favourite Ford. It can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3TDDKHJ

The Classic Ford Show, in association with Admiral Insurance, will take place at the famous Santa Pod drag strip in Podington, Bedfordshire, and will play host to thousands of the best Fords in Britain, from both club exhibitors and individual entrants.

There will be a wide variety of standard, tuned and modified cars on display at the show, which is supported by Classic Ford, the UK’s leading publication for fans of the Blue Oval’s most iconic models, and its sister title Fast Ford.

It will feature an exclusive Ford-only Run What Ya Brung on the drag strip, open to show visitors and their cars. The quarter-mile contest will give guests the chance to pit their own Fords against each other, and drivers will receive a full performance print out showing reaction time, terminal speed and the time it took to complete the sprint.

Another major highlight of the show will be a series of Ford Drag Car demos, featuring some of Santa Pod’s most famous Ford-based dragsters, which are always a huge hit at the show. The hotted-up Capris, Sierras, Anglias, Fiestas and more will be available to view in the pit area, where showgoers can get up close to the cars and their drivers.

Santa Pod will also be doing a few runs with the strip’s famous FireForce Jet Car. Powered by the engine from a Skycrane helicopter and putting out approximately 10,000bhp and 5,000lbs of thrust, FireForce has the fastest terminal speed of any Jet Car in the world – it’s an impressive beast to look at, and even more awe-inspiring to hear.

In addition, there will be dramatic live stunt displays, drift trikes and the opportunity for  showgoers to win a Ford Focus ST, which is currently being transformed by Classic Ford’s sister title, Fast Ford.

This year, the show is backed by Admiral, which has introduced a range of classic car insurance products including policies aimed at owners of multiple vehicles.

Those wanting to make a weekend of it will be able to take advantage of on-site camping, available from midday on Saturday June 4, complete with a bar and live entertainment.

Camping is priced at £10 per person on the gate, although early bird tickets are available including show entry and camping at £25 per person – a saving of £8. Early bird tickets are also available for the show alone, priced at £18 - £5 less than the gate price.

Advance tickets and more show information are available from www.classicfordshow.co.uk

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 09 Mayo 2016, 12:03:02
BMH TO HAVE COMPREHENSIVE PRESENCE AT MGLIVE! 2016

British Motor Heritage (BMH) has been a strong supporter of MGLIVE! and this year’s meeting at Silverstone on June 4/5 will mark its most comprehensive presence at ‘the world’s largest MG event’ to date.

The company’s stand will feature a range of vehicles built from BMH replacement body shells and a large sample of other parts for classic MGs. Complementing this quality hardware will be a major selection of motoring products available via the company’s ever-growing online brand, Motoring Classics. They will include:

    MG-branded leather cases, travel bags, driving gloves and key rings
    MG-branded leisurewear by Auto Club Racing
    Moto-Lita steering wheels
    EBC brakes
    Tex original equipment wash/wipe and mirror products
    Other items by such respected brands as:
        Samco
        Revotec
        Zircotec

Visitors to the stand are assured of a warm welcome, where BMH’s comprehensive and illustrated 2016 parts catalogue, the latest issue of the company’s Motoring Classics magazine, and advice on all things classic will be freely available.

Further information on BMH products and its worldwide network of Approved Specialists can be found at www.bmh-ltd.com, while that on the Motoring Classics range is available at www.motoringclassics.co.uk

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 09 Mayo 2016, 16:12:50
RPS LEADS THE FIELD AS 24 CARS HEAD FOR THE PEKING TO PARIS STARTING LINE

Everyone loves a winner and that’s certainly true when its comes to preparing a car for the world’s toughest endurance rally – The Peking to Paris Motoring Challenge. After preparing the Chevrolet Fangio Coupe crewed by Phil Garratt and Kieron Brown, winners of the 2013 event, Oxfordshire-based Rally Preparation Services (RPS) has worked with 24 competitors from across the world to rebuild and restore their classic and vintage cars ready for the starting line on 12th June 2016.

“There is no other outfit globally that can boast having 24 cars on the entry list for the Peking to Paris rally that come from its own stable,” says Simon Ayris, Owner of RPS. “And that’s cars we’ve had in the workshop. There’s at least another dozen or so cars on the entry list that we have consulted on and given advice about. Its taken well over 18months to get them all ready and on the boat to Beijing.”

Amongst the 24 cars RPS prepared cars are seven Chevy Coupes from 1938/39 that are all hoping to follow in the tyre tracks of the winners of the 2013 and 2010 events, with another five crews opting for 1930s American Coupes.

“They’re popular on endurance rallies because of their toughness yet simplicity. You can put them through hell and they can be fixed fast. Ideal for an event like the Peking to Paris where you have got 36-days of relentless terrain to tackle.”

RPS seems to have carved out a niche with vintage American cars but that doesn’t stop a mix of other marques coming through the workshop.

“There will be a 1957 Chevy Bel Air in one bay, and a 1971 Peugeot 504 in the next, both doing the same event. We’ve also worked on a Mk2 Jaguar, a Mercedes 230SL and a Datsun 240Z. No two days or cars are the same and we love it that way.”

As well as preparing competitor cars for the rally, RPS has also been responsible for getting the 14 support trucks ready for the organising team of the Peking to Paris, the Endurance Rally Association, which Simon and his senior technician Gary Pickard are joining for the rally. Plus, every single car on the rally along with the ERA vehicles have all had their event GPS tracking units supplied and administered by RPS.

“To get the cars ready to go is one thing, to see them in action is another especially somewhere like the Gobi Desert. It’s an amazing event to be involved with.”

The Peking to Paris Motor Challenge begins on Sunday 12th June from the Great Wall of China with 110 crews journeying 8,500 miles to the centre of Paris, crossing the finish line on Sunday 17th July.

For more information on RPS, visit www.rpsrally.com. For updates on the Peking to Paris event, visit www.endurorally.com.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 10 Mayo 2016, 08:55:01
OVER 180 CLASSIC CARS EXPECTED AT FAWLEY HILL CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE

More than 180 cars are due to attend the Fawley Hill Concours d’Elegance for the Total Trophy, presented by international auctioneers COYS at this year’s steam and vintage weekend, which takes place between Friday 20th May and Sunday 22nd May.

On all three days over the weekend, COYS alongside their corporate partners leading International oil and gas company Total, will be providing a fabulous hand-picked selection of very high quality classic cars, which will all be competing for the People’s Choice award, the Total trophy.

On each day the public will be asked to choose the classic car that they have enjoyed the most at the event and the winner will be presented with a Total trophy for the day with runners up being given goody bags from the oil company.

Marc Smith, General Manager Total Lubricants UK, said: “Total is becoming more and more involved in the world of classic cars, which is part of our history with brands such as ELF and over the next couple of months we will be making some major announcements about how we plan to support this important market.”

He added: “We are delighted to be supporting the event at Fawley Hill. It is a fantastic opportunity for classic car owners to meet up and it has attracted an eclectic list of vehicles.”

Chris Routledge, CEO of COYS, said: “We are delighted to be supporting Sir William and Lady Judy McAlpine at this event. It is one of the ‘secret gems’ of the British transport calendar and one of the few occasions when motoring and steam enthusiasts can enjoy first hand Sir William’s legendary railway, which runs around the estate.”

Lady Judy McAlpine said: “We have a fantastic collection of vehicles, coming to a great party at one of the wackiest estates in the country. There is still room for more classic cars. All owners have to do is to go to the website (www.fawleyhill.co.uk) and register under ‘entry forms.’ They will have a great time and be helping some of the best small charities in the country.”

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 10 Mayo 2016, 08:55:24
ONE AND ONLY SOUTH AFRICAN F1 CAR TO RACE AT MONACO

Labour of love is rewarded with an invitation for the Assegai to compete in the illustrious Historic Monaco Grand Prix this weekend, May 13/15.

55 years after it was built, the only Formula One car constructed in South Africa is primed to make its international racing debut after being accepted for entry into the illustrious Historic Grand Prix of Monaco this coming weekend, May 13th -15th.

Built in 1961 by South African engineer and racing driver Tony Kotzé, who sadly passed away three weeks ago, the Assegai was due to contest the 1962 Rand Grand Prix in Kyalami but did not qualify.

After occasional track appearances and changes of ownership, the car was purchased at classic car auction specialists, Historics at Brooklands, in August 2015 by former F1 team member and now Oxfordshire classic car collector and enthusiast, John Carpenter.

Together with long-time friend, historic racing car preparation guru and racing driver Iain Rowley and his Nuffield-based company, Delta Motorsport, John embarked on a painstaking journey to return the car to exactly the same mechanical specification as it appeared at Kyalami, in order to fulfil the very stringent regulations of the Monaco GP organisers. Iain will be at the wheel of the car as it lines up on the immortal 3.34km Monaco road circuit.

The purity and simplicity of the Assegai - named after a zulu spear - follows the lines of a Lotus 18 but with a distinctive Italian styling cue…It’s creator is said to have been obsessed with the sharknose of 1961 Ferrari F1 cars and hence the front styling of the car, which is powered by a 1.5 litre, 4-cylinder Alfa Romeo engine and five speed gearbox.

“It’s such an honour to be accepted by the ACM, The Automobile Club de Monaco, to compete the car at the tenth running of the biennial Grand Prix de Monaco Historique,” said John.

“Since buying the car at Historics at Brooklands last year, Iain and I embarked on a hugely time-consuming voyage of discovery to ensure the Assegai is presented in entirely original mechanical specification in all respects, as demanded by the organisers. It’s been a great challenge but also a real labour of love.”

Iain added: “Let’s hope we are more successful at Monaco than the car’s creator at Kyalami in 1962 but whatever the outcome, it will be a hugely memorable experience, and a fitting tribute to Tony Kotzé and his unique racing car after so many years.”

A magnet for classic car enthusiasts and collectors, Historics at Brooklands next major auction of 130 varied classic motor cars is at Brooklands Museum near Weybridge, Surrey on Saturday June 11th.  All consignments and information are at www.historics.co.uk

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 10 Mayo 2016, 12:49:51
HEXAGON ANNOUNCES FIRST LE MANS LEGEND TO STAR AT ITS CHARITY EVENING: 1970 WINNER RICHARD ATTWOOD

Hexagon is proud to announce the first of many Le Mans legends to star at its charity evening this summer: 1970 winner Richard Attwood.

Celebrating the world’s oldest sports car endurance race, Hexagon is putting together a panel of famous endurance drivers for its July 5th event to be held at its flagship Finchley showroom.

Richard Attwood is one the UK’s most talented and revered single seater and sports car racing endurance drivers. He competed in 17 World Championship Grand Prixs, racing for BRM, Lotus and Cooper, scoring one podium and 11 championship points.

At the same time as he was racing in F1, he began an extremely successful sports car endurance racing career, driving everything from a Ford GT40 in 1964 at Le Mans, to several Ferraris including the 250LM and 330P3/4. Signed to the Porsche works team in 1969, he won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1970 in a Porsche 917K, coming second in 1971.

First run in 1923, the 24 Hours of Le Mans is the world’s oldest endurance race for sports cars and forms one part of the famous Triple Crown of Motorsport, the others being the Indianapolis 500 and the Monaco Grand Prix.

Taking place on the Circuit de la Sarthe over a mix of closed public roads and a dedicated racing circuit, the track features landmarks such as the high speed Mulsanne straight and iconic Porsche Curves.

Raising money for the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and the Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charity, the evening will feature not just famous faces but star cars too, with appearances from a host of period endurance racers and an auction of motorsport memorabilia.

Paul Michaels, chairman of Hexagon Classics, said: “I’m absolutely delighted to confirm that Richard Attwood will be one of our guests at our charity evening this July. The word legend is often overused, but there’s no better way of describing Richard. He’s synonymous with Porsche at Le Mans but has had an incredible career in F1 too – I can’t wait to hear his many stories. And I can’t wait to announce some more famous names for our panel too. Watch this space.

“Most importantly, though, this evening will raise money for a charity that is very close to my heart. My granddaughter owes her life to the care she received while at Great Ormond Street and I am so happy that we will be able to give something back to this great hospital – and the Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals too – helping them to continue their incredible work. Last summer’s celebration of Ayrton Senna raised £72,000 and we have every intention of eclipsing that incredible figure.”

Hexagon’s 24 Hours of Le Mans celebration evening will take place on July 5th at 730pm at Hexagon’s flagship north London showroom located at 82-92 Great North Road, London, N2 0NL.

Tickets cost £195 and include food from Michelin star chef Christian Honor. Interested guests are asked to RSVP: Annabel@hexagon.uk.net or call 07711 169 111

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 10 Mayo 2016, 12:50:16
SIMPLY JAGUAR - JAGUARS PURR INTO BEAULIEU FOR THE FIRST SIMPLY JAGUAR

Beaulieu’s first ever Simply Jaguar saw 319 Jaguars of all ages and marques drive into the National Motor Museum grounds for an impressive launch show. Together with glorious sunshine, visitors were treated to a display of these treasured machines, ranging from 1940s classics up to the latest Jaguar models.

Fans of Jaguar’s sports cars were spoilt for choice with the varied line-up. Examples of the XK120, XK140 and XK150 represented the legendary post-war XK range, while its modern day namesakes also featured heavily, with much-loved XK8s, nearly-new XKRs and the latest F-type. E-types were crowd favourites, with straight-six and V12 versions displayed in a range of vibrant colours, while coupe, convertible and targa-top examples of the later XJ-S attracted interest.

Jaguar’s high performance saloons also made up a large proportion of the display. The oldest car of the show, a 1949 3½ litre Mk V looked impressive in its silver paintwork, while an immaculate 1970 XJ6 4.2-litre Series I only had 34,000 miles on the clock. Almost every variation of the ubiquitous Mk II was present, from a delightfully original gold 2.4-litre example to a Mk II with a 4.0 V8 Jaguar engine, last-of-the-line 240s and 340s, and even examples of the Daimler V8 250 and Jaguar 420 derivatives. Also on show were modern Jaguar X-type, S-type and XF saloons.

Club stands were an important part of the show, with the Dorset, West Sussex and Isle of Wight branches of the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club all putting on a strong display of members’ cars, while the Jag-lovers enthusiasts’ group also took its place in the line-up.

Enthusiasts looking to take home their very own Jaguar could have chosen a 1966 Series 1 E-type roadster for sale. A fully restored left-hand-drive car, offers in the region of £80,000 were offered for this immaculate grey machine. For Jaguar fans whose pockets were not quite so deep, a variety of miniature Jaguar models were on sale, while visitors and owners could browse a selection of trade stands.

Visitors and owners had the opportunity to vote for their favourite car of the show in the People’s Choice Award. The overall winner was Steve Varden from Wolverhampton with his supercharged XKR-S. Although this special order roadster had only covered 20,000 miles, Steve has worked hard to personalise it.

Steve said: “I just like to tweak it and make it different. I’ve changed the supercharger pulley, the exhaust and the air intake, and it has been lowered and all chrome removed.”

Steve was presented with a Beaulieu trophy and a special Autoglym prize by Beaulieu’s Events Assistant Reuben Rhodes-Leader.

Runners-up in the People’s Choice Award were Malcolm Watson with his race-prepared 1963 E-type low drag coupe, featuring striking aerodynamic bodywork, and John and Helen Bowen of Shropshire with their XJ8 Sovereign. Celebrating their first wedding anniversary, the happy couple had adorned their XJ8 with the ribbons from their wedding car.

The other high scorers in the vote joined the top three for a cavalcade through the grounds of the National Motor Museum. Trevor Whyte drove his 1957 D-type replica, which is used regularly for motorsport events, while Graham Woodberry’s Daimler Sovereign, Neil Blaxill’s highly modified Mk II, Stephen Hayman’s XJ6, Clint Watson’s replica E-type lightweight, Ryan Upward’s Mk II 2.4 and Henry Fryer’s XJR 3.6 all joined the cavalcade.

Simply Jaguar is part of Beaulieu’s 2016 line-up of Simply rallies, which includes Simply Porsche, Simply Classics & Sports Car and Simply Land Rover. For the full list of Simply rallies and other Beaulieu events see www.beaulieu.co.uk/events or follow @Beaulieu_Hants on Twitter.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 10 Mayo 2016, 12:50:42
SUBARU CELEBRATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF ITS HORIZONTALLY-OPPOSED ‘BOXER’ ENGINE

Fuji Heavy Industries, the manufacturer of Subaru automobiles, this year celebrates the 50th anniversary of its horizontally-opposed ‘Boxer’ engine, so called due to the engine’s pistons resembling the punch-counterpunch motion of a boxer’s fists.

Subaru’s signature Boxer engine was introduced on the Subaru 1000 compact passenger car on 14 May 1966. Since then, Subaru has sought to maximise the advantages of its Boxer engines and continuously enhanced them to power its vehicles to this day. Today, every vehicle sold by Subaru is fitted with a Boxer engine*, with total production over the last 50 years topping 16 million units.

With the horizontally-opposed design of Subaru’s Boxer engine, the pistons face each other in a side-to-side symmetrical layout. The opposing pistons work to cancel out the inertia force of each other, resulting in less vibration and superb rotational balance to provide smooth acceleration right up to the highest engine speeds. Its compact form also allows it to be fitted lower in the engine bay than a conventional four-in-line engine, lowering the centre of gravity.

The Boxer engine is one of the key components that comprise Subaru’s distinctive Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system. Subaru Symmetrical AWD offers a combination of superior stability and traction, with the symmetrical layout of the drivetrain allowing a balanced weight distribution, aided by the longitudinally-mounted Boxer engine. This synergy between engine and drivetrain delivers excellent performance, both in terms of high speed stability and under cornering. Earlier this year, the Japanese brand announced the production of the 15 millionth Subaru vehicle equipped with its famous Symmetrical AWD system.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 10 Mayo 2016, 12:55:32
STRATSTONE BECOMES PROUD OWNER OF 2015 JAGUAR LIGHTWEIGHT E-TYPE CHASSIS #15

Stratstone has today been revealed as the owner of one of the famous 2015 Jaguar Lightweight E-types.  Chassis number 15 is one of the infamous ‘Missing Six’ and didn’t have to travel far from the iconic Jaguar Browns Lane production facility in Coventry as it made its way to its new base at Stratstone Jaguar London in Mayfair.

The fascinating story of the Lightweight E-type dates back to February 1963 and the intended 18-car ‘Special GT E-type’ race car project from that time.  Only 12 of the 18 were built and delivered by the Browns Lane competitions department between 1963 and 1964, which gave rise to the infamous ‘Missing Six’.  These missing chassis numbers – 13 to 18 – were found in 2014, and so the modern-day production by Jaguar Land Rover’s new Special Vehicle Operations division’s Jaguar Classic, got underway.

The modern incarnation of the Lightweight saw Jaguar Classic draw on the company’s original 1960s tooling and production methods, and it’s unique highly experienced engineering and design resources.  Replete with world-leading aluminium body technology, skilled hand craftsmanship, the six-cylinder XK engine with its aluminium block, wide angle aluminium cylinder head and dry sump lubrication (derived from the Le-Mans winning D-type of the 1950s), the 2015 Lightweight E-type is both original and special in every way.

The cars are delivered as period competition vehicles, fully compliant with FIA homologation for historic motorsport purposes.  All of the ‘Missing Six’ are built to period-exact dimensions and specifications, ensuring absolute authenticity and a modern-day build to the highest quality standards.

Trevor Finn, CEO of Stratstone’s parent company Pendragon PLC, comments: “Our intention for this very special Jaguar is that it will serve as a living and dynamic ambassador for Stratstone across the UK and Europe.  A passion for cars and motorsports is ingrained at the heart of Stratstone and its illustrious heritage. This car brings its own legacy and we’re delighted to be a part of its story.  It was a pleasure to have the chance to work with Jaguar Special Vehicle Operations and we’re proud and privileged to have been successful in securing one of the ‘missing six’. We want E-type 15 to be the UK’s E-type and the plan is to give as many people as possible the opportunity to see it in a variety of locations.”

Handing over the keys to Chassis Number 15 at an exclusive event in Mayfair, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations’ Managing Director, John Edwards said: “Special Operations’ remit is to indulge our most discerning and enthusiastic fans’ passion for our cars – and I think it is safe to say, given our 30 year history together, that Stratstone certainly fits that criteria.  The E-type is an iconic car, especially in London, so to be able to complete this intended production run of 18, some 50 years after the first Lightweight was completed, and to deliver it to its new home right here in the heart of the capital, is really something quite special.”

To watch a video of the car being unveiled at the event last night visit https://youtu.be/WLkz-UF8egk and find out more about the story of #StratstoneEtype on its dedicated website www.stratstone.com/jaguar/e-type/

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 10 Mayo 2016, 17:00:18
ASTON MARTIN EMERGES FROM 30 YEARS HIBERNATION IN ISLAND BARN

An early Aston Martin DBS, which has been sleeping in a barn since 1986, is set to be offered for sale at Silverstone Auctions’ May Sale, at the Silverstone race circuit, on Friday 20th May.

This right-hand drive DBS is the definition of a true barn find. Despite three decades collecting dust, it still exudes Aston Martin’s iconic presence and style. Delivered new to its first owner in Surrey on 5th November 1968, it was finished in mink bronze with a red Connolly leather interior, and the specification included a Motorola Radio, Borg Warner automatic gearbox, power assisted steering, fog and spot lamps, and air conditioning.

Two years later the car was subsequently purchased by a Mr. Pasqua and travelled down the Channel to be registered in Jersey in April 1970. Residing on the island just nine miles long and five miles wide, it was in regular use up until 1986, when with just 30,565 miles on the clock the owner chose to roll his Aston Martin into a barn where it has stayed ever since.

Today this iconic motor car is in close to original condition, still with its original paint colour and interior, but now in need of a full restoration with its mechanical condition unknown. The original 6-cylinder engine number 400/3728/S is mated to automatic gearbox and the car is essentially complete. One of just 787 examples produced, it will now be offered at auction with a sale estimate of £50,000 to £60,000.

Speaking ahead of the sale, Nick Whale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions commented, “This is one of the most exciting barn finds of the year so far. Having been left untouched for the last 30 years this DBS certainly needs restorative care, but to find an iconic car like this one intact with its original features is a fantastic opportunity for someone to acquire a desirable early car, which is prime for restoration or to rebuild to their own specification.”

To find out more about this 1968 Aston Martin DBS and Silverstone Auctions’ May Sale, please visit http://www.silverstoneauctions.com/aston-martin-dbs-6.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 11 Mayo 2016, 13:25:50
GATWICK AIRPORT FLIES TO SUPPORT THE WORLD’S OLDEST MOTORING EVENT

A warm welcome is promised as London’s second Airport becomes an official partner

Gatwick Airport, the UK’s second busiest airport, has been appointed the Official Airport and a partner of the 2016 Bonhams Veteran Car Run supported by Hiscox.

The Airport will be providing a warming drink to all participants at the start of the event – not just welcome but also likely to be much needed on an early November Sunday morning – and will be rewarding participants for their punctual arrival at the official finish line in Brighton’s Madeira Drive.

The world’s most efficient single runway airport will also be welcoming visitors to Crawley by providing them with hand warmers and the opportunity to sit inside a veteran car to have their photo taken.  Crawley, a mere three miles away from the Airport is a major viewing area and gathering point where the public can get close to the pioneering horseless carriages.

Ben Cussons, Chairman of the Veteran Car Run Steering Group, said: “We are delighted that Gatwick Airport has come on board as an official partner. It is perfectly positioned in the middle of the run equidistant from both London and Brighton. The supporters at Crawley will certainly receive a warm welcome and a chance to get closer to the action this year!”

Melanie Wrightson, Community Engagement Manager, Gatwick Airport, said: “The London to Brighton corridor is an important UK transport link with Gatwick uniquely placed at the centre of this growth corridor. We are delighted to be sponsoring this year’s Run and are particularly pleased the event will be returning to Crawley, the home town of Gatwick. We wish all the participants a successful event and applaud the pioneering spirit of all those involved in helping to make this event possible.”

This year’s Run marks the 120th anniversary of the first ‘Emancipation Run’ from London to Brighton, which was held in November 1896. It marked the passing into law of the Locomotives on the Highway Act which raised the speed limit for ‘light locomotives’ from 4mph to 14mph and abolished the need for the vehicles to be preceded by a man carrying a red flag.

As tradition dictates, the Run – which has been organised by the Royal Automobile Club since 1930 – will take place on the first Sunday on November, which this year falls on the 6th. More than 400 three- and four-wheelers – all built before 1905 – will take part in the Run.

The Run is just one element of the Royal Automobile Club’s London Motor Week – a seven-day celebration of motoring, which includes an art exhibition, motoring heritage lectures, a motoring forum and a motoring books awards evening. The penultimate event in the week is the free-to-view Regent Street Motor Show, on Saturday 5 November, which turns London’s premier shopping street into a motoring showcase that puts the spotlight on veterans and moderns alike. And just before 7am on Sunday 6 November the Club’s premier event, the 120th anniversary Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Run supported by Hiscox, gets underway.

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

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 11 Mayo 2016, 13:26:13
TIME-WARP FORD ESCORT TAKES CCA BACK TO THE 1970s

A very special 1979 Ford Escort Ghia, in time-warp condition and with less than 4,000 miles on the clock, will be offered at auction by Classic Car Auctions (CCA) at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre on Saturday 18th June.

Looking as immaculate as the day it left the factory 37 years ago, this car has a fascinating history. It was supplied new to its first owner by Garrings of Newbury in 1979 to be used on trips to his holiday cottage. Spending most of his time in London, the owner barely drove his brand new Escort, keeping it safely in storage.

Several years later, while enquiring at a local garage about replacing a windscreen wiper, the workshop took such an interest in car and its exceptional condition for its age that they went on to buy it. The car was then acquired by its current owner in 2013, still in immaculate, preserved condition, where it has been stored as part of a private collection since.

Now offered for sale having spent the last two years in storage, this unique, wonderfully preserved, right-hand drive manual example will be offered with a sale estimate of between £9,000 and £11,000.

“With this car it takes very little imagination to believe you are sitting in a new Ford in a dealer's showroom in 1979,” comments Guy Lees-Milne, general manager of Classic Car Auction. “Fords of this era are big news in today's classic car market, and this must be the one of the lowest mileage examples left in existence.”

The stylish Escort Ghia, with its unmistakable square headlights, wooded fascia dashboard, and velour interior with leather trim, would have been a sophisticated choice in 1979, developed specifically for the small, luxury car market.

Offered with a fresh MoT and suitably recommissioned, this highly collectible classic Ford would be a fantastic addition to any low-mileage collection. The car will be accompanied by its history file and the original dealer handbook folder.

“CCA’s second sale of the year is just around the corner and we’ve already had a lot of interest from our customers”, concludes Lees-Milne. “We are expecting a huge turnout on the day with many other very special, low mileage classic which are sure to cause a frenzy among bidders.”

To find out more about the 1979 Ford Escort Ghia and CCA’s June sale please visit http://www.classiccarauctions.co.uk/1979-ford-escort-16-ghia.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 11 Mayo 2016, 13:26:38
ASTON MARTIN DB3S TO HEADLINE BONHAMS ASTON MARTIN AUCTION

The expected star of the show at the forthcoming Bonham’s Aston Martin auction is a 1953 Aston Martin DB3S, raced by Sir Stirling Moss, Tony Brooks, Peter Collins, Roy Salvadori and Reg Parnell. With an estimate of £6-7 million, the ex-works race car is expected to attract the attention of classic car collectors across the globe.

“Few cars that have appeared in film can also boast an association with so many great names from the heyday of British sports car racing, but this Aston Martin DB3S does just that,” said Tim Schofield, Bonhams UK Head Motoring. “Drivers who raced it include such legends as Peter Collins, Roy Salvadori, and Sir Stirling Moss, competing at world-class level in such gruelling races as the Mille Miglia, the Spa Grand Prix and the Nürburgring 1,000kms.”

Since specialist auctioneer Bonhams first held an Aston Martin sale in 2000, the auction has become one of the highlights of the automotive calendar. As in previous years, Aston Martin Works in Newport Pagnell will host the auction.

Aston Martin Works is the historic home of the iconic sports car maker, a unique facility with a remarkable automotive heritage.  An approved heritage service and restoration facility as well as a new car dealership it is possible to view, purchase, service and restore cars from every era of the marque’s 103-years.

Aston Martin President and CEO Dr Andy Palmer said: “We are very proud of our heritage at Aston Martin so it is fascinating to hear about the histories of the cars that come up for sale at these auctions. Some of our cars have led extremely interesting lives.”

Joining the 1953 Aston Martin DB3S, which is one of only 11 works cars built for the World Sportscar Championship, is an array of exciting lots. A 1962 Aston Martin DB4 Convertible with an estimate of £1.5-1.6 million is listed alongside a 1963 Aston Martin DB4 Series V Vantage Convertible; one of only five right-hand-drive examples.  Other highlights include a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible and a 1968 Aston Martin DB6 ‘Mark I’ Volante, which is one of the rarest of post-war Aston Martins.

Paul Spires, Commercial Director at Aston Martin Works said: “The Bonhams Aston Martin auction exceeds our expectations every year. It is a delight to see Aston Martins that have been lovingly cared for being sold to new and existing enthusiasts.  Judging by the lots we are going to have another exceptional year.”

The 2016 Bonhams Aston Martin auction will begin at 10:30 BST on Saturday 21 May. To view the full catalogue and register to bid please go to www.bonhams.com/auctions/23592/ .

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 13 Mayo 2016, 08:39:04
VERNASCA SILVER FLAG HILL CLIMB TO CELEBRATE ALFA ROMEO’S RACING HERITAGE

Two hundred classic cars from all over Europe will take part in the 21st Silver Flag hill climb in Vernasca, in the Italian province of Piacenza, on June 17-19 to celebrate the Alfa Romeo’s racing heritage.

As an additional feature before the start of this year’s hill climb, participants will have the option of a classic track day on the 16th at the Varano de Melegari Circuit and a visit to the Dallara factory, responsible for building some of the most successful F1 Ferraris and F3 race cars.

Chris Routledge, CEO of international auctioneers COYS and sponsors of Silver Flag, said: “We have supported Silver Flag for nine years and are delighted return to this fantastic event with a grid of amazing cars in a beautiful setting.”

Claudio Casali, organiser of the event, said: “We received over 300 applications for just 200 spaces available. It was a challenging task but we selected only the most iconic and those that best represent the spirit of the Silver Flag hill climb.”

The event remains loyal to its traditional three 9km hill climb runs during the weekend, on closed roads and with no timekeepers. Another feature will be the “Dynamic Restoration and Conservation Concours” where a jury will have the difficult task to choose the “Best Restored” or “Most Original” cars for each category.

In celebration of Alfa Romeo, over 70 racing cars of the Milanese brand will be taking part, with the oldest being a RLTF coming from Great Britain. There will be cars from the pre-war years also, including a 1500 GS, a 1750 GS Compressor and a 2300. The 50’s and 60’s will be represented by major players with a 1900 Superleggera, a Giulietta Sprint and the Zagato. Cars from the Alfa Romeo museum will be taking part as well.

One of the great Alfa Romeo drivers, Arturo Merzario, will drive the Giulietta Zagato in which he began his career, while Sandro Munari will drive the Lancia Stratos Alitalia in which he won four editions of the Rally of Monte Carlo.

The daughter of the famous F1 driver Clay Regazzoni will participate with the Tecno F2 in which his father won the European F2 Championship.

But it is not only about Alfa Romeos, more than 30 brands will be represented at the event, including Abarth with models ranging from the small “derivata” Fiat 500 up to the great 3000 Sports Prototype.

There are also many cars driving from Britain to the event including a BRM (a classic F1 in Marlboro livery), Cooper, Lotus, Brabham, Ford, Allard, Alvis and MG, amongst others.

From France, the Matra Museum will be sending a MS 630 and F3 in their “Blue France” colours.

Germany will be represented with a rare Veritas and several Porsche prototypes of the ’60.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 13 Mayo 2016, 08:39:29
THE JEEP® BRAND: PIONEERING NEW MODELS AND SEGMENTS

The Jeep® brand history can be traced through 9 fundamental vehicles that not only marked milestones in the Jeep legend, but also allowed to have a pioneering role in terms of introduction of new models and segments in the automotive industry.

These 9 milestone models showcase how the Jeep brand has been a key player in the evolution of the SUV industry and of its sub-segments. From 1941, when the first Willys-Overland rolled off the assembly line to today, the ‘Jeep’ vehicles have been transformed into a faithful work companion in farmhouses, recreational family vehicle and premium car for city customers, anticipating the needs of the customers and introducing important elements of innovation in the market place.

The Jeep legend starts with the Willys-Overland MA/MB (1941-1945). In 1940, with war raging in Europe, the U.S. Government issued a requisition for a ‘light reconnaissance vehicle’ for the Army and invited 135 manufacturers to bid on production. Willys-Overland won the contract with its “MA” design of 1941 (where ‘M’ stands for military and ‘A’ indicates the series number). This early prototype led to the production of the Overland MB: the authentic forerunner of the Jeep legend. Willys trademarked the name after the war and turned the Jeep into an off-road civilian utility vehicle for the farm.

With the 1945-1949 Jeep CJ-2A, the Jeep brand introduced the first modern mass production off-road vehicle, (where CJ stands for Civilian Jeep) and in the same years found inspiration to create the first SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle), thanks to the launch of the (Jeep) Willys  Wagon (1946-1965).

First introduced in 1946, the Willys Wagon made an important contribution to the evolution of the SUV, being the industry’s first all-steel-bodied station wagon, sold as a non-commercial vehicle. Featuring room for 7 passengers, the Wagon also introduced the concept of a multifunctional sports vehicle, offering functionality, versatility and 4x4 capability, all in the same package. In 1949, the four-wheel drive system was introduced for the first time to this model, allowing to combine for the first time four-wheel drive to a station wagon body, and therefore to pioneer the category of the Sport utility vehicles.

In 1955, the CJ-5 is launched (1955-1983). Improvements in engines, axles, transmissions and seating comfort contributed to make it the ideal vehicle to satisfy the public's growing interest in off-road vehicles for recreational usage, allowing the brand to pioneer this vehicle category. But a milestone innovation was still to come: when in 1963, the Jeep Wagoneer (1963-1983) was launched, the brand could proudly claim the creation of the premium Large SUV. An all-new vehicle from the ground up, the Wagoneer represented also the first time a manufacturer mated an automatic transmission to the four-wheel-drive system. And this was not the only revolution. The Jeep Wagoneer was also the first four-wheel-drive vehicle equipped with an independent front suspension and it also featured the first automatic full-time four-wheel-drive system (Quadra-Trac®) introduced in 1973. Later in 1984, the Jeep Grand Wagoneer (1984-1991) was introduced, replacing the Wagoneer. This model became a premium lifestyle vehicle, popular with celebrities and the general public until the end of its run.

In 1974, the first Cherokee model (SJ  -1974-1983) is produced. This two-door off-road vehicle was based on the Wagoneer, without offering all premium features of that model. Indeed, the Cherokee aimed at attracting a younger public than the Wagoneer and was built to answer the requests of the growing recreational vehicle market.  A next major step in the evolution of the Jeep SUV came with the launch of the second generation of Cherokee in 1984 (XJ - 1984-2001). With this model, that was the first SUV with a uni body, the Jeep brand introduced a further revolution in the market and created the new category of the compact SUVs .

The last step taken from the Jeep brand was to reinvent the SUV that it had created almost 45 years before. With its introduction in mid-1992, the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee model set a new standard in terms of craftsmanship and refinement in the premium Large SUV market. This vehicle, meant to become the flagship of the brand, was the first SUV to be equipped with a standard driver-side air bag, as well as the first to offer three different four-wheel-drive systems. Another major feature was the Quadra-Trac, a four-wheel-drive system that reacted automatically to road conditions without the driver’s need to shift. Grand Cherokee defined in the years the new standard in terms of style, craftsmanship and performance in the premium Large SUV segment. Through three generations of Grand Cherokee (1999, 2005 and 2010), the Jeep brand enhanced its flagship with new technological features and refined its on and off-road driving performance to reach the excellence of the current model.

Technological innovation is also the hallmark of the Jeep models that were introduced after the Grand Cherokee. As a matter of fact, in 2013 with the launch of the new generation of Jeep Cherokee, the Jeep brand introduced the first rear axle disconnect in the mid-size SUV segment. This system reduces energy losses when it is not necessary to use the 4x4 mode, thus resulting in increased fuel efficiency. The new Cherokee is also the first mid-size SUV to feature a 9-speed automatic transmission. One year later the same technological innovations – rear axle disconnect and 9-speed gearbox - was introduced in the small SUV segment by the all-new Jeep Renegade, the compact SUV the marks the debut of the brand in the small SUV category. A ‘game changer’ as it has been defined, the Renegade fully represent the new ‘Jeep era’ and further confirm the brand’s pioneering role in the automotive history and its capability to anticipate trends and customers’ needs.

But this will be all in a new chapter of our ‘journey’ of exploration of the legendary Jeep brand.

Stay tuned!

Jeep 75th Anniversary contents, videos and photos are available in a dedicated section on Jeep Press website at the following link: http://www.jeeppress-europe.com/anniversary

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 17 Mayo 2016, 10:16:23
RECORD NUMBERS OF VIPERS TO SNAKE AROUND SILVERSTONE

As tradition dictates, this summer’s Silverstone Classic (29-31 July) will be home to a huge number of enthusiastic car clubs all celebrating significant model or marque milestones with vast displays and glittering track parades.

Recent events have exulted in record breaking birthday cavalcades of E-type Jaguars, Ferrari F40s, Porsche 911s, Ford Mustangs and Grand Prix racing cars. This year’s highlights will include an unprecedented gathering mighty Dodge Vipers, one of America’s most iconic muscle cars.

Originally conceived by Chrysler in the late eighties to be a modern day Cobra, the venomous Viper RT/10 Roadster first went on public sale in January 1992. While the finish of the dramatically styled two-door roadster was pretty spartan (there were no windows or exterior door handles!), it came with a Lamborghini-inspired 8-litre V10 engine and thus walloping 160+mph performance. A true US classic was born.

Four years later came a slightly more powerful and refined second generation Viper plus a GTS coupe version for road and track. Also in 1996, the United Kingdom Viper Club was formed and, thus, it is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a record-breaking display at the 2016 Silverstone Classic.

“The Classic weekend is going to be the biggest event for us in what’s a very special year,” enthused Adrian Swift, President of the UK Viper Club. “We have at least 16 Vipers coming from Europe to join us at Silverstone and expect to have more than 30 Vipers in Saturday’s track parade. It will be the largest number of Vipers that has ever been gathered together at one spot in the UK!”

It’s not only the UK Viper Club that will be out in force in July; a colossal number of car clubs now make the Silverstone Classic the base for their annual celebrations, and 2016 is set to be no different. Owners and enthusiasts will be marking 50 years of the iconic Lamborghini Miura, 70 years of Allard and 80 years since the introduction of the evergreen Morgan 4/4 – a car that is still being crafted in Malvern today making it the longest single model production run in automotive history.

Amongst all these varied celebrations, the retro-styled Nissan Figaro will be honoured 25 years since its launch. The distinctive little convertible has acquired a cult following in the UK, and is sure to be a standout feature at the Silverstone Classic.

Homegrown classics enjoying their weekend in the spotlight include the Lotus Esprit turning 40 this year, the Jaguar XK8 celebrating its 20th birthday, plus the Triumph GT6 and Vitesse 2 Litre, which are both 50. In fact, wherever you turn within Silverstone’s vast infield, there will be huge club displays and festivities taking place.

And it’s not too late for others to join the party either – but time is running out. Special ‘Car Club Packages’ are available until the end of May. These offer members of registered car and bike clubs the chance to purchase two adult tickets plus a coveted infield display parking pass at a significantly discounted price. Club registration is free and full details can be found on the official website: http://www.silverstoneclassic.com/whats-on/clubs.

Whether drawn by the record numbers of Vipers or the myriad of other attractions at the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival, visitors must buy their tickets in advance. Adult admission starts at just £42 and sticks to the Classic’s widely-praised ‘access all areas’ policy. This provides admission to both National and Wing race paddocks, trackside grandstands, the vintage funfair, air displays and the live music concerts which this year include chart-toppers The Boomtown Rats, Reef and The Stranglers.

Full details of all tickets – as well as hospitality packages, special family offers and weekend festival camping – can be found on the event’s official website: www.silverstoneclassic.com.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 17 Mayo 2016, 10:16:58
‘TIME-WARP’ LOVE BUG READY FOR NEW OWNER AFTER 42 YEARS

A 42 year old Volkswagen Beetle, that has covered just 90 km, has been discovered in time warp condition and will be sold at Silverstone Auctions’ Classic Race Aarhus Auction in Denmark on 28th and 29th May.

Unique is a word often used incorrectly, but in the case of this 1974 Beetle, it is not inaccurate. With just one owner from new and only 90 kilometres on the clock, this little car must be one of the lowest mileage examples in existence still in its original condition.

Supplied new by G. Terragni Volkswagen, Genoa, Italy, on the 23rd January 1974, its first and only proud owner was an elderly gentleman by the name of Armando Sgroi. He had never owned a motorcar before and did not particularly want this one. However, he was a deeply religious man and walked every Sunday from his house in the hills to his local church. This was only a short distance, but it had become a struggle as he became more and more frail with age.

The car was used less and less as his church-going became more infrequent, up until the last outing in 1978, when the car was retired to a barn where it has remained for almost four decades. This little Beetle has recently been rediscovered, has been lightly recommissioned and will now be offered at auction. For sale for only the second time in its life, it will head to auction with an estimate of €35,000 to €40,000.

Speaking ahead of the sale, Nick Whale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions commented, “The VW Beetle is one of the most successful and loved cars worldwide, and we’re no strangers to them at Silverstone Auctions, but this one is a very special example and something we rarely see. With such an incredibly low mileage it is in virtually new condition, 42 years after it was first bought.”

Finished in blue with a black leather interior and all its original features, this left-hand drive, manual example still holds the original oil in the engine and is shod with its first set of tyres. The original books and invoice, along with its unwrapped tool kit, are also supplied with the car.

The car features as part of the Classic Race Aarhus Auction hosted by Silverstone Auctions and Lauritz.com at the prestigious motorsport festival in Denmark.

To find out more about this 1974 Volkswagen Beetle and the Classic Race Aarhus Auction visit http://www.silverstoneauctions.com/volkswagen-beetle-90km-from-new.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 17 Mayo 2016, 10:17:26
LOTUS ELAN PLUS 2S OF RONNIE PETERSON COMES TO SALE

Swift bidding is anticipated on this very affordable 1972 Hethel classic

A 1972 Lotus Elan Plus 2S first supplied to Formula 1 driver, the late Ronnie Peterson, is one of the undisputed - and very affordable - stars at Historics at Brooklands summer sale in Surrey on Saturday 11th June.

With a tempting estimate of  £18,000 - £22,000, this very original Elan Plus 2S 130/5 is sure to attract considerable interest as, besides its proven provenance, it’s also the very first chassis to leave the Hethel production line fitted with the five-speed gearbox.

Peterson – dubbed ‘Super Swede’ by his legion of fans - was given the car by Lotus boss Colin Chapman in November 1972. Doubtless, it was a great welcome present to Lotus after Peterson left the March F1 team to sign for the 1973 season alongside Emerson Fittipaldi at the wheel of the John Player Team Lotus 72.

In its original Lagoon Blue coachwork, the matching numbers 2+2 is in very good order throughout, drives well and is to the same specification as handed to Peterson 43 years ago.  A very extensive history file contains documents authenticating his receipt of the car in 1972, together with personal photographs of the day, plus a large quantity of invoices dating back to the 1970s, and a factory Workshop Manual.

Offered with a UK V5 registration document, JPW 162L represents a unique opportunity to acquire a historic Lotus with its unique imprint from one of the finest Formula 1 drivers of his era.

The Lotus Elan Plus 2S 130/5 is one of 130 fine classic motor cars, across a wide range of values, eras and marques, on sale on Saturday, June 11th at Historics at Brooklands, Surrey, where all consignments can be viewed on the Thursday and Friday prior.

Full consignments and information are available to view at www.historics.co.uk, or contact Historics at Brooklands on 01753 639170, or email auctions@historics.co.uk.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 17 Mayo 2016, 11:55:38
BICESTER HERITAGE BECOMES HOME TO PIONEERING HISTORIC VEHICLE RESTORATION APPRENTICESHIP COURSE

An innovative historic vehicle restoration course and apprenticeship scheme is moving to Bicester Heritage, the centre for automotive excellence based in Oxfordshire.

The course, run by Active Learning and Banbury and Bicester College, equips students with the skills they need to go on to a career in the historic motoring industry. The move to Bicester Heritage means that they will be able to study in a supportive environment surrounded by businesses and experts practising the skills that they are looking to emulate.

The move will take place this summer, meaning that apprentices starting later this year, and those already involved, will be based in the former RAF Engine Test house at Bicester Heritage. The former Bomber Training Station is also home to over 30 businesses, employers and experts, all specialising in classic and vintage cars and their restoration and preservation.

Many of the buildings at Bicester Heritage are now being reused for their original purposes, with vintage Bentley specialist Kingsbury Racing fitting engines to Bentleys in the old Engine Fitting Shop and Classic Oils storing and selling heritage oils from the RAF’s Lubricant store. It is therefore appropriate that the apprentices will have their knowledge and skills tested in the former RAF Engine Test House.

The historic vehicle restoration apprenticeship scheme was launched in order to respond to a skills gap in the industry, and to train up the next generation of classic and vintage vehicle experts and enthusiasts.

The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs, who created the course, carried out research that identified that half of the 28,000 employees that work in the vehicle renovation industry are aged 45 or older. Businesses are expected to need up to 150 apprentices a year for the next five years in order to protect the future of an industry that is worth an estimated £4.3bn a year.

Daniel Geoghegan, Managing Director of Bicester Heritage, added: “Bicester Heritage is focused on the future of our past and, as such, skills transfer is a major pillar of our strategy. We are also delighted to see the Engine Test House, built in 1926, return to life so appropriately.”

Pablo Lloyd, Chief Executive of Activate Enterprise, said: “The historic vehicle apprenticeship was launched to develop the talent required to safeguard the future of this important and high value sector.

“The opportunity to locate our training programmes within the UK’s specialist centre for the classic vehicle industry is extremely exciting.

“Our aim is to offer apprentices and students a direct line of sight to employment. This move will offer them an unrivalled learning experience, surrounded by industry enthusiasts and expertise, and the chance to build vital links with employers.”

FBHVC Chairman, David Whale said, “The instant success of the course at Banbury and Bicester College meant that it very quickly outgrew the existing premises at the Bicester campus.

“The fact that ideal facilities, in absolutely the most appropriate environment, existed so close at Bicester Heritage was too good an opportunity to miss. It means that the students will develop their knowledge and skills surrounded by the very craftsmen they aspire to succeed.”

Bicester Heritage is throwing open its doors to the public on May 22 for the 9th Sunday Scramble, which pays tribute to the fastest, most evocative and most glamorous cars throughout history. The theme is ‘Supercars through the ages’ and will see the likes of the Bugatti Owners Club heading to the site whilst the specialist businesses based at Bicester Heritage will offer the opportunity for visitors to see their latest projects, workshops and showrooms.

For more information on the historic vehicle restoration apprenticeship course, head to www.banbury-bicester.ac.uk or for Sunday Scramble tickets visit:

www.bicesterheritage.co.uk

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 17 Mayo 2016, 11:56:06
INAUGURAL BRITISH GRAND PRIX CARS GATHER FOR WORLD-FIRST AT CONCOURS OF ELEGANCE 2016

Visitors to Concours of Elegance 2016 – held at Windsor Castle from 2-4 September –  will have the unique opportunity to see four of the remaining 1926 British Grand Prix cars in one place. In a celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday, the historic racing cars will be joined by a revolutionary British car from each decade of Her Majesty’s life.

Organised by the Royal Automobile Club, the very first British Grand Prix took place at Brooklands Motor Circuit, Surrey, in the year of Her Majesty The Queen’s birth, 1926. A total of 11 cars took part, with just three finishing the race, and Concours of Elegance 2016 will mark the first time that this many competitors have gathered since the race 90 years ago.

It’s a unique opportunity to see where top level British motorsport began, as four of the original racing cars line-up in the grounds of Windsor Castle in September; among them a Delage 155B, Talbot 700, Thomas Special and Halford Special. Each carries an incredible racing story, like that of the Delage, which was making frequent stops to avoid causing serious burns to the drivers’ feet.

Concours of Elegance 2016 will also be gathering 10 of the most revolutionary British cars from Her Majesty The Queen’s life – one from each decade. Running from the Bentley 3 Litre of the 1920s, through the Land Rover Series I, the Mini and the McLaren F1, the feature will showcase Britain’s pivotal role in the motor industry.

These features are just a small part of the Windsor Castle event which – at its heart – showcases sixty of the world’s most exclusive cars. The full list of those sixty, which are hosted in Windsor’s glorious Quadrangle, will be finalised in the next few weeks by the event’s Steering Committee, a group of the world’s most knowledgeable classic car experts. Already confirmed is a one-off art deco masterpiece, the 1937 Hispano Suiza Dubonnet Xenia, and an Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Zagato, a car which dominated motorsport events of its day.

Concours of Elegance 2016 will also feature a free-to-view area, consisting of more than 800 models from the UK’s best car clubs, including the Ferrari, Aston Martin, Lamborghini, Jaguar and Bentley owners’ clubs.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 17 Mayo 2016, 16:36:25
GET YOUR MOTOR RUNNING FOR MOTORSPORT AT THE PALACE

Held at Crystal Palace, one of the oldest venues used for racing in the world and the first place from which live televised motor-racing was ever broadcast, Motorsport at the Palace attracts racing drivers from all over the world showcasing cars from historics right through to the latest supercars.

It’s a celebration of motoring so a must for any petrol head – be it a classic car nut, a supercar savant, former racing driver or someone who just loves cars! As well as club and private owner static displays, you get to see these amazing cars how they should be seen – in action!

Around 200 cars from racing and rallying spanning over 100 years of motoring at this year’s show with Classes ranging from pre-war vintage to modern day, delivering high octane competition with around 100 cars running each day. Expect to see the most diverse line-up of racing with a pre-1931 Austin 7 Ulster in one race and a 2000 Honda Civic R-Type in the next!

From Alfas to Westfields, this is a bank holiday of racing not to be missed and a must for any petrol head – be it a classic car nut, a supercar savant, former racing driver or someone who just loves cars!

There will also be a tribute to another famous use of Crystal Palace as in 1969, the venue was used to film scenes in the iconic motoring movie The Italian Job. The circuit’s inner field was used to film the van being blown up so the film’s star Michael Caine could say that immortal line; “You’re only suppose to blow the bloody doors off.”

The actual circuit was used by stunt drivers to practice the jumping sequence with the Mini Cooper cars as well as being used for part of the car chase itself.

In honour of the UK’s favourite motoring move, three replica Mini Coopers, in red, white and blue, from the film will be at Motorsport at the Palace. They will be on static display so fans can have pictures with these three famous cars as well as taking to the circuit for a parade lap at lunchtime each day.

Around 35-45 clubs will display their cars, with national groups on offer. Previous attendees have included the Alfa Romeo Owners Club, the British Street Rod Association, The Independent Porsche Enthusiasts Club, Stag Owners Club, and MX-5 Owners Club.

There’s also a fantastic presence by the regional motoring clubs. In 2015, the show was joined by Kent Ferrari, Crystal Palace Street and Strip Car Club, North Kent Lotus Group, Surrey Vintage Vehicle Society, and South East London Mini Owners Club.

For those who prefer two-wheel motoring, there is a stunning collection of classic motorbikes with the tremendous line-up including a 1962 250 Aermacchi Ala D'oro, 1930 Scott Sidecar, 1966 Triumph Thuxton Bonneville, a 1961 BSA DBD Gold Star and many more.

Alongside all the motorsport action, car and bike displays, is the trader village as well as live music from all-girl harmony group Elle & the Pocket Belles and a family fun fair.

Private owners can also book pole position parking in the classics area, meeting like-minded owners to showcase a multitude of marques and finding themselves much closer to the action, as this area becomes an extension of the show itself.

Motorsport at the Palace, held on Sunday 29th and Monday 30th May 2016, is open from 9am until 5.30pm. Car Parking is free. Family tickets are available. All tickets can be booked in advance as well as on the gate. Only service dogs allowed. For more information and the latest show news, visit www.motorsportatthepalace.com

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 18 Mayo 2016, 09:55:53
JD CLASSICS’ EX-FANGIO C-TYPE TAKES THIRD CONSECUTIVE VICTORY AT MONACO HISTORIQUE

D Classics’ legendary ex-Fangio C-Type took victory at the Monaco Historique over the weekend, cementing its place as one of the most consistently successful historic racing cars in current competition. This latest win marks its 24th award in 27 races.

JD Classics’ in-house racing driver, Chris Ward, took the wheel for qualifying in what was his very first time racing at Monaco. Ward put in an incredible lap that put him in pole position around two seconds ahead of the nearest competitor.

But it wasn’t all smooth sailing. In a wet second qualifying session, the C-Type was in a minor collision with a Ferrari as Ward tried to overtake going into the swimming pool complex. The damage was only cosmetic, and with a quick fix, the C-Type was ready to race on Sunday.

From the very beginning of the race Ward was pulling away from the rest of the pack, settling in to an easy lead while delighting the crowds with some incredible on-the-limit cornering. Within the first ten minutes, Ward had built up a ten second lead before a retirement at Rascasse called the Safety Car into action.

As soon as the incident was cleared, Ward began to storm away from the pack again, maintaining a lead that was up to almost eight seconds by the time he crossed the finish line.

Derek Hood, JD Classics Managing Director, said: “The JD Classics Competition Department keeps getting better and better – to have won three Monaco Historique events in a row is an incredible achievement for us and a real testament to the talented engineers at our Maldon HQ. Our ex-Fangio C-Type is fast becoming legendary, but our race team work on a huge range of historic competition cars throughout the year – all of which are competing at the very highest level.”

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 19 Mayo 2016, 13:13:36
FOUR STAGES, 1000 MILES AND THE BMW 328: BMW GROUP CLASSIC AT THE MILLE MIGLIA 2016

The Mille Miglia was the toughest endurance race in the world for three decades. Since 1988, it has been held as a reliability and regularity race for historic automobiles. It is a veritable feast for classic fans who line the 1000 mile route through Northern Italy in large numbers. Around 450 historic sports cars will take part in this year’s event, driving from Brescia to Rome and back from 19 to 22 May 2016. The regulations state that only vehicles of the type that were registered at least once for the Mille Miglia between 1927 and 1957 are permitted to take part. They include the BMW 328. This year, BMW Group Classic is sending six automobiles from its collection to line up at the start to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the legendary roadster.

Once again, the sporty sextet from Munich reminds us of the historic link between the BMW 328 and the Mille Miglia. The first appearance of the roadster – which debuted at the Eifel Race in 1936 – at the Mille Miglia ended in 1938 with a win in the class for vehicles with maximum capacity of 2.0 litres. Two years later, even the competitors powered by larger and more powerful engines did not stand a chance. Fritz Huschke von Hanstein and Walter Bäumer secured a win in the overall placings, driving their BMW 328 Mille Miglia Touring Coupé with a lead of around 15 minutes ahead of the fastest follower in the field. Three other BMW 328 automobiles crossed the finishing line in third, fifth and sixth place, so that the team award also went to the BMW works team.

This triumph was not achieved with superior engine power, but with optimised weight, low drag, superb reliability and perfect road holding. It enabled the BMW 328 to conquer a firm place in the history of the Mille Miglia. This year’s contingent from BMW Group Classic includes the BMW 328 Berlin-Rome Touring Roadster built in 1937 and a BMW 328 Mille Miglia Roadster from 1939. A team from automobile care specialist Sonax, long-time partner of BMW Group Classic, is entering the race driving a red BMW 328 from the Munich collection.

The Mille Miglia 2016 will start in Brescia, Northern Italy, in keeping with tradition. The first of four stages begins in the afternoon of 19 May 2016 and goes through Verona and Ravenna, to the Adriatic coast at Rimini. On the second day of the competition, the field initially passes San Marino, before going on to Rome, taking in Macerata and Ascoli on the way. A rapturous reception awaits the cars and their drivers in Rome. A few days later, Poggibonsi in the heart of Tuscany is the destination for the midday stop. Before that, the convoy of classic cars wends its way through Siena, before powering along the roads of Pisa and Luca. The afternoon journey takes them over the legendary Futa Pass and shortly afterwards over the Raticosa Pass, before reaching Parma in the evening. On 22 May 2016, the final stage of the Mille Miglia is routed via Piacenza and, after a diversion to the race track at Monza, back to the start of the 1000 mile drive in Brescia.

The following teams are lining up at the start of the Mille Miglia 2016, driving vehicles from BMW Group Classic:
123    Dirk Hattenhauer     Tim Lücke     BMW 328
124    Markus Schramm      Ted Gushue    BMW 328 Berlin-Rom Roadster
126    Sergio Solero    Gianluca Pellegrini      BMW 328
131    Andreas Wendt    Burkhard Riering     BMW 328
139     Bernhard Kuhnt      Volkan Demirkusak    BMW 328
140     Graeme Grieve    JasonBarlow      BMW 328 Mille Miglia Roadster

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 19 Mayo 2016, 15:24:57
RARE FERRARI 512BBI AND TIMEWARP 456 HEAD LIST OF EXOTIC ITALIAN SUPERCARS AT H.R. OWEN

A selection of rare Italians are taking star billing at H.R. Owen’s dealerships, with an iconic 1980s Ferrari 512BBi, a time-warp Ferrari 456 with less than 450 miles, a limited edition Lamborghini Aventador LP750-4 SV and a one-off Lamborghini Murcielago LP-670-4 Superveloce all available. The range and rarity of the cars on offer is further example of H.R. Owen’s position as the leading luxury dealership in the UK.

An icon of 1980s supercars is available at the Old Brompton Road showroom, in the form of a classic 512BBi, which was first registered in 1982. The pristine left-hand drive, Rosso Corsa example with Crema Daytona seats was first bought in Germany, and came over to the UK in 2009.

The supreme 1980s, 12-cylinder Ferrari comes with a fantastic amount of history accrued over the last 34 years, and has covered just over 24,000km (14,912 miles) in that time. H.R. Owen has known the car for the last several years, having maintained it in recent years and sold it to the last owner. It is now available and looking for its next custodian, and has a price tag of £299,950.

One of the most pristine examples of a Ferrari from the 1990s is also available, in the form of a 456 M that has been perfectly preserved throughout its life. It has covered less than 450 miles in the 17 years since it was first registered in 1999.

Despite its low mileage, this is a car that has been lovingly stored over its lifetime; having always been kept in a de-humidified garage, and regularly turned over and run up to temperature. As you would expect, this car is unmarked inside and out, and has a pristine engine bay that is as new. The gearbox is another element that makes this car even more rare, as it is one of only a few manual 456s that were sold.

Ferrari fans are spoilt for choice, with a trio of F12 Berlinettas on offer. All three are supreme examples of the front-mid engine grand tourer, and all three are well known to H.R. Owen, having been originally supplied by the specialists.

The cars’ 6.2-litre naturally aspirated V12 engine has a phenomenal 740hp, and is capable of firing the F12 Berlinetta to 62mph in just 3.1secs, and on to a top speed of 211mph.

H.R. Owen Lamborghini currently has a pair of rare lightweight road-going supercars, in the form of the 2009 Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 Superveloce and the 2015 Aventador LP750-4 Superveloce.

The Aventador was only released last year, and the Gallio Orion finished LP750-4 Superveloce has covered only 760 miles since new. The 750hp naturally aspirated V12 gets from 0-62mph in just 2.8secs and the owner will be able to admire the look and the sound of the engine, thanks to a transparent engine bonnet.

The other rarity from the famous Italian brand is one of the final Murcielagos to be made, and only the third Lamborghini to wear the Superveloce, or SV, badge, following the Diablo and the Miura. Its 670hp engine was 30hp more powerful than the standard Murcielago, and it is capable of 0-62mph in less than 3.0 seconds.

The Murcielago LP670-4 Superveloce was a truly rare car, with just 186 created. The model at H.R. Owen Pangbourne is an even more special example, as it is finished in the 50th anniversary colour, Giallo Maggio.

Another rare, anniversary Lamborghini available through H.R. Owen is the Gallardo LP560-2 50th Anniversary. Just 100 of the limited models were created to mark a major landmark in Lamborghini’s history.

It is finished in Bianco Opalis and comes with a large carbon fibre rear wing, as seen on the Superleggera version of the Gallardo. All 100 of the 50th Anniversary models were rear-wheel drive, making them an exciting and rare example from Lamborghini’s history.

Tom King, H.R. Owen’s Marketing Director said: “The wide range of rare and interesting cars available in our showrooms around the country is unrivalled, meaning fans of Italian supercars are truly spoilt for choice. The 512 BBi is particularly special, and is a real icon of the 1980s.

“The wide range of cars on offer is a great example of the diversity offered by H.R. Owen. Whether it is new cars, used classics, servicing, repair or any other area, we aim to be the best in the world, and the cars that we have for sale are further proof of this in action.”

All of these cars, and more, can be seen on H.R. Owen’s website, http://www.hrowen.co.uk/.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 20 Mayo 2016, 11:38:52
CHARGING BACK TO THE FUTURE

In 2009, Boris Johnson commented: “Electric vehicles are a clear example of how technology can provide the solution to the biggest challenge of our generation."  But what the then Mayor of London failed to mention was that the electric car epiphany is not exactly new, as UK classic car auction specialist, Historics at Brooklands, emphasises with the sale of two astonishingly-competent, electrically-propelled cars dating back to manufacture in 1906.

The USA-built centegenarian duo - an elegantly-named 1906 Pope Waverley Victoria Phaeton and 1907 Victor High Wheel Electric Runabout - come to sale at Historics major summer auction at Brooklands Museum, Surrey, UK on Saturday, June 11.

The fact that Brooklands - the birthplace of UK motorsport and aviation - was opened in 1907 only adds to the resonance of these electric time-warp masterpieces as they come under the hammer.

Immensely rare and sought-after today, they were no flashes in the pan at the time they were built. Indeed, emphasising the clamour for electric cars as personal mobility became the mantra, there were over 100 manufacturers of cars powered by a battery in the early 20th century. It was only advances in the internal combustion engine and the mass production of cheaper petrol vehicles that sounded the death knoll of the electric car movement.

The 1906 Pope Waverley Victoria Phaeton, offered by Historics at an estimate of £30,000-£40,000, sold at the time of its build in Nebraska for some $1,600, and is notable for its supreme presentation.  Fully-restored and elegant in the extreme, the convertible features a leather-lined hood, with the additional sumptuous comfort of complementary leg covers.

Seating two on the floral print, button-back fabric ‘bench’ seat plus a rear-facing occasional seat, the car is steered by tiller and rudimentary but extremely effective controls to go and stop. With electric coach lamps, it is fully capable of nighttime expeditions but it is in its element with the roof down on a summer’s day.

Brought to the UK by the vendor some years ago, the Pope Waverley is now equipped with modern technology batteries and charging system giving it a very useable range.

The very compact 1907 Victor High Wheel Runabout, built one year later in Indianapolis, spent many years on display in an American Museum before being imported to the UK, when it was the subject of a complete sympathetic overhaul. This included the fitment of contemporary batteries and charging system, and a recent repaint of both the chassis and bodywork, together with black leather upholstery and far from rudimentary patent leather mudguards to protect its inhabitants. As is the case of the Pope Waverley, vision is superb from the high driving position.

In common with today’s ‘new age’ electric vehicles the Victor is practically silent when running – all the more so thanks to minimal solid tyre contact.  Perhaps today’s EV manufacturers could take a cue from the Victor, which is equipped with a large bell on the driver’s side so pedestrians are aware of its stately approach.

In common with the 1906 Pope Waverley, much interest in this equally rare and sought-after Victor is anticipated at its estimate of £30,000-£40,000.

These magnificent examples of electric cars from more than a century ago are two of the highlights of 139 fine classic motor cars, across a wide range of values and marques, spanning ten decades, on sale on Saturday, June 11th at Historics at Brooklands, Surrey, where all consignments can be viewed on the Thursday and Friday prior.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 23 Mayo 2016, 08:15:56
CREDIT SUISSE CELEBRATED TWO IMPORTANT ANNIVERSARIES AND HOSTED THE 7TH HISTORIC RACING FORUM

Credit Suisse celebrated the 10th Grand Prix de Monaco Historique (May 13-15) with a selection of memorable moments for media, competitors and spectators alike.

Credit Suisse marked 12 years of its Classic Car Program by returning to the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique with its famous Drivers’ Club, now located alongside the harbor at Rascasse Corner. Throughout the weekend competing drivers and invited guests enjoyed this new location as they took the chance to relax between races.

7th Credit Suisse Historic Racing Forum

As is now tradition, the doors were opened on Friday to invited media for the 7th Historic Racing Forum, where Sir Stirling Moss and the Credit Suisse ambassadors Jochen Mass and Alain de Cadenet were joined by Emanuele Pirro and Ray Mallock to discuss the differences between racing for a factory team and a privateer outfit, chaired by Forum host Henry Hope-Frost.

Former F1 driver and five-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Emanuele Pirro started proceedings by explaining the financial and cultural differences between racing for works operations and privately run teams – all with his trademark Italian enthusiasm.

Three-time Monaco GP winner and British racing legend Sir Stirling Moss offered a fascinating insight into the way racing was run in the 1950s and why he relished success with low-budget squads in a range of different disciplines.

Alain de Cadenet, who built and raced his own sports prototypes, explained how he took on and mixed it with the grandee teams in the 1970s, before asking the audience if they preferred modern or historic racing – with a predictable outcome.

Veteran racer and RML team owner Ray Mallock, first-time guest of the Historic Racing Forum, brought immense knowledge to the panel, sharing tales of trying to reach Formula 1 on a shoestring, before embarking on team ownership and mastering the tricks involved in getting the most from the differing programs.

Grand Prix and Le Mans winner Jochen Mass took the audience on a journey to 1970s F1, in which he competed for front-running teams and back-of-the-grid operations.

A video of the 7th Historic Racing Forum will be available to view on the Credit Suisse media corner soon.

Sir Stirling Moss celebrating 60 years of his Monaco victory in a Maserati 250F in 1956 and 55 years since he won it in a Lotus 18 in 1961

Following the Forum the panelists stood for a photocall before the assembled media were invited to follow Sir Stirling Moss outside to the paddock, where the motorsport icon was reunited with his Monaco-winning Maserati 250F, 60 years to the day after his maiden Formula One win in the principality in 1956.

With the harbor and Credit Suisse Drivers’ Club providing a stunning backdrop, Sir Stirling recalled his famous victory in front of a spellbound audience.

“I spent three hours pushing as hard as I could, but 100 laps round here in this 250F was an absolute joy,” he told interviewer Henry Hope-Frost.

Sir Stirling later posed for photos with the Maserati and its owner, Graham Adelman, who was racing it in the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique.

On Saturday, May 14, Sir Stirling recalled his 1961 Monaco victory as he perched on the wheel of a Lotus 18, interviewed once again by Henry Hope-Frost, just outside the Credit Suisse Drivers’ Club. Bathed in Riviera sunshine, he recounted another famous win, and what the Lotus 18 was like to drive that day in 1961.

With the crowds jostling for the best viewing position, Sir Stirling wound back the clock to the day he trounced the three factory Sharknose Ferraris for what he feels was his greatest achievement in Formula One and explained how delighted he was to be back in Monaco to celebrate both wins on the exact date of their anniversaries.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 23 Mayo 2016, 08:16:19
PORSCHE FAMILY PICK-UP ‘TRUCKS’ TO AUCTION

An unusual Volkswagen pick-up truck, which belonged to a member of the world famous Porsche family and designer of the iconic 911, will be auctioned by Silverstone Auctions at The Classic Race Aarhus motorsport festival in Denmark, on 28th and 29th May.

This 1989 Volkswagen T3 double cab pick-up truck was owned by Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, also known as “Butzi”, the son of "Ferry", and grandson of Ferdinand Porsche, founder of Porsche and Volkswagen and creator of the VW Beetle.

After it was decided to change the Porsche legal structure and to keep the family out of its management, Ferdinand Alexander went on to found his own company, the Porsche Design Studio in 1972. Initially based in Stuttgart, the company was later moved to Zell am See, Austria, close to the Porsche family estate, Schüttgut. It was for use at this company that “Butzi” bought the T3 Doka pick-up. Purchased on 12th December 1989, the truck was used on the estate for various purposes in the daily running of the business.

The truck was purchased by the current vendor, a Porsche racing driver with long-standing links with the Porsche family, in 2014. After a bare metal restoration process of over 700 hours carried out at his Porsche racing garage, the truck presents today in superb condition. With a total of 141,000 kilometres recorded, and supporting paperwork clearly listing Ferdinand Alexander Porsche as the first owner, the truck will be offered at auction with an estimate of between €60,000 and €80,000.

Speaking ahead of the sale, Nick Whale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions, commented, “The Porsche family is automotive royalty and it’s an honour to have a vehicle in our auction with the distinction of being one of the few cars registered privately in the Porsche family name. This is a superb opportunity to add a quirky and historically significant vehicle to an ultimate Porsche collection.”

The youngest in the lineage of Porsche family engineers, Ferdinand Alexander, affectionately nicknamed "Butzi", meaning ‘baby’ in German, was chief designer of the styling department at Porsche. He played a fundamental roll in the design of the iconic Porsche 911, as well as the 904 and 914, establishing a design culture that continues to shape the manufacturers sports cars to this very day.

Nick Whale added, “This is a very special addition to our first international sale in Denmark, and though pick-up trucks do not come into our sales often, we feel this is a very special exception.”

To find out more about the 1989 Volkswagen T3 double cab pick-up truck and the Classic Race Aarhus Auction please visit http://www.silverstoneauctions.com/1989-volkswagen-t3-doka-ex-ferdinand-butzi-porsche.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 23 Mayo 2016, 13:49:59
THE LAMBORGHINI MIURA CELEBRATES ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARY ON THE ROADS OF “THE ITALIAN JOB”

As part of celebrations commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Miura, Automobili Lamborghini has sent two Miuras from its Museum down the route used in the film, “The Italian Job”, directed by Peter Collinson. In the opening sequence of the 1969 cult film, the cars traveled up the hairpin curves of state road 27 around Great St. Bernard mountain, in the heart of the Italian Alps.

During the event, the “fathers” of the Miura met in a warm reunion. Gathering together were engineers Gian Paolo Dallara and Paolo Stanzani, who were in charge of the technical side, and Marcello Gandini, who came up with the exterior design for Carrozzeria Bertone.

Vehicles from Anas (the government-owned Italian company that builds and maintains roads) and the Polizia Stradale (Highway Patrol) escorted these Lamborghini super sports cars up to the Great St. Bernard Pass, which was opened on a one-time basis for this event, only.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 23 Mayo 2016, 13:50:22
ICONIC ESCORT NAMED BRITAIN’S FAVOURITE CLASSIC FORD

The iconic Escort has been named the favourite Ford of all time by fans of the UK’s best-selling car brand.

Launched in 1968, the Escort was sold in six generations and enjoyed an impressive 32-year production run, with the final hatchback model rolling off the production line at Halewood, Liverpool, in July 2000, although the Escort van remained on sale until 2002.

In total, over three million Escorts were sold in Britain, making it one of the country’s best selling cars of all-time.

It spawned several performance models, including the RS1600, the Mexico, the RS2000, The XR3, RS Turbo and RS Cosworth, all of which enjoyed astonishing motorsport success.

The Escort scored 36 per cent of the vote in a survey organised by The Classic Ford Show, beating the Capri to a close second in terms of legendary status.

Both of the icons, along with other fine names from Ford’s past, such as the Anglia, Cortina, Mustang and Granada, along with more modern icons such as the Fiesta and Focus, will be in abundance at the Show, which takes place at Santa Pod, Beds, on Sunday June 5.

The Classic Ford Show, in association with Admiral, will play host to thousands of the best Fords in Britain, from both club exhibitors and individual entrants.

There will be a wide variety of standard, tuned and modified cars on display at the show, which is supported by Classic Ford, the UK’s leading publication for fans of the Blue Oval’s most iconic models.

It will feature an exclusive Ford-only Run What Ya Brung on the drag strip, open to show visitors and their cars. The quarter-mile contest will give guests the chance to pit their own Fords against each other, and drivers will receive a full performance print out showing reaction time, terminal speed and the time it took to complete the sprint.

Another major highlight of the show will be a series of Ford Drag Car demos, featuring some of Santa Pod’s most famous Ford-based dragsters, which are always a huge hit at the show. The hotted-up Capris, Sierras, Anglias, Fiestas and more will be available to view in the pit area, where showgoers can get up close to the cars and their drivers.

Santa Pod will also be doing a few runs with the strip’s famous FireForce Jet Car. Powered by the engine from a Skycrane helicopter and putting out approximately 10,000bhp and 5,000lbs of thrust, FireForce has the fastest terminal speed of any Jet Car in the world – it’s an impressive beast to look at, and even more awe-inspiring to hear.

In addition, there will be dramatic live stunt displays, drift trikes and the opportunity for  showgoers to win a Ford Focus ST, which is currently being transformed by Classic Ford’s sister title, Fast Ford.

This year, the show is backed by Admiral, which has introduced a range of classic car insurance products including policies aimed at owners of multiple vehicles.

Those wanting to make a weekend of it will be able to take advantage of on-site camping, available from midday on Saturday June 4, complete with a bar and live entertainment.

Camping is priced at £10 per person on the gate, although early bird tickets are available including show entry and camping at £25 per person – a saving of £8. Early bird tickets are also available for the show alone, priced at £18 - £5 less than the gate price.

Advance tickets and more show information are available from www.classicfordshow.co.uk

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 23 Mayo 2016, 13:53:56
£3.2 MILLION WORTH OF CLASSICS SOLD AT SILVERSTONE’S MAY SALE

On its return to Silverstone circuit for the May Sale on Friday 20th May, Silverstone Auctions sold 70% of the best of breed classics on offer, for a total sales value of £3.2million.

Four of Lamborghini’s finest went under the hammer at the home of British motorsport, including a rare and highly collectible 1983 Lamborghini Countach 5000 S, selling for £281,250 including premium. Sitting proudly opposite in the auction hall, a 1989 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary edition sold for £241,875, while a 1988 Jalpa 3.5 Targa sold for £58,500.

Other Italian classics that caught the attention of buyers were a stunning 1964 Alfa Romeo 2600 Spider by Touring. The elegant, rare, right-hand drive example had enjoyed extensive recommissioning by marque specialists and sold for a fantastic £82,688, more than £30,000 over its lower estimate.

Another incredibly rare right-hand drive model, a 1962 Maserati Sebring Series I, thought to be one of only 10 made, sold for £196,875, and a 1987 Ferraris Testarossa, beautifully maintained with just 12,425 miles from new, sold for £120,375.

With no less than eight telephone bidders joining huge demand in the room and from an international audience online, a 1962 Mercedes-Benz 190SL was successfully hammered away after a lengthy bidding war for £101,813, more than £30,000 over its lower estimate. Not only that, but a 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Pagoda, a UK supplied right-hand drive example, sold for £60,750, more than £15,000 over its lower estimate.

Speaking just after the auction, Nick Whale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions, was pleased to report on another successful sale: “We’re delighted to return great prices to our vendors in our first sale of the year at Silverstone race circuit. Once again, I believe we put together a fantastic catalogue with a wide selection of high pedigree classics.”

With Japanese performance cars beginning to make headway in the classic market, a 1998 Subaru Impreza 22B STi sold for £73,125. Not just any Impreza, the car is one of just 400 cars built and was supplied new to boxer Prince Naseem. With just 2,500 miles covered and unique details, the car was in high demand from collectors and sold for more than £13,000 over its lower estimate.

Continuing to prove in demand with collectors, two beautiful Aston Martins sold for strong prices. A 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4, owned by the vendor for 40 years, sold for £151,875, and a 1986 Aston Martin V8 Volante sold for £137,250.

Silverstone Auctions’ next sale takes place at the Classic Race Aarhus in Denmark this weekend, Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th May. Nearly 100 cars will be going under the hammer at the prestigious motorsport festival.

Silverstone Auctions return to the UK for three days’ of sales at the Silverstone Classic on 28th to 31st July. Entries are now being invited into these sales so those looking to sell a classic car with the support and expertise of Silverstone Auctions are encouraged to get in touch soon.

Nick added: “It’s been a great start to the summer auction season and I look forward to welcoming customers old and new to our next sales very soon.”

For the full list of results from the May Sale visit https://www.silverstoneauctions.com/the-may-sale-2016/view_lots/type/automobiles/pn/all.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 24 Mayo 2016, 08:12:43
JULIAN THOMAS AND CALUM LOCKIE WIN EPIC JAGUAR CLASSIC CHALLENGE RACE AT SILVERSTONE

The duo of Julian Thomas and Calum Lockie took their second consecutive race victory in the Jaguar Classic Challenge by a mere two-tenths of a second in the International Trophy at Silverstone over the weekend.

After the morning’s qualifying session, Thomas and Lockie were in a strong position ahead of the afternoon race and put their low drag Jaguar E-type on pole – their second of the 2016 campaign.

Just like the last round at Donington, adverse weather added an extra dose of complexity to the race. From the green light, Lockie surged ahead closely followed by Robert Dickinson, Martin Stretton and John Pearson. The lead changed hands on several occasions throughout the first stint before the compulsory one-minute driver change/pit stop.

Once Lockie swapped with Thomas after 20 minutes, the duo has maintained their lead out front and were setting the pace with the other front runners of Martin Stretton and John Pearson.  With the lead changing hands on many occasions and coming into the final lap, it was anybody’s race to win on a very slippery Silverstone circuit. Coming into Luffield, Thomas has slipped abc to third place but made his move for the lead and dived on the inside of Stretton and Pearson in a stunning execution of driving skill. Exiting the corner, Thomas had the momentum and pipped Stretton by only 0.265 seconds to take a second consecutive victory.

After the race, Julian Thomas said: “It's absolutely fantastic to win here at Silverstone and it was a joy going wheel-to-wheel with my fellow competitors. Nobody gave an inch from the start and Calum [Lockie] and I had to fight hard especially as we were lying third with just three corners to go. It is easily one of the most exciting races I've been involved in."

Taking his second consecutive class victory was Marc Gordon in his XK150, followed by Paul Kennelly in an XK150S and the pairing of Chris and Claire Keith-Lucas in their XK150, and rounding out the podium in Class A.

Both Mk1s in Class B unfortunately did not finish the race as a combination of mechanical problems and a slippery track curtailed proceedings for the entrants. Class C meanwhile went to Gary Pearson in his Jaguar D-type, who also finished fourth overall amongst the E-types at the front of the field. Benjamin Eastick, also in a D-type was runner-up in the class.

John Burton crossed the line first in Class D in his E-type while John Harper and Michael Quinn finished second and third respectively. For his last-lap heroics, Julian Thomas was awarded Driver of the Day.

The next round of the Jaguar Classic Challenge now moves to Europe from 8-10 July at the world-famous Le Mans Classic. There, Jaguar is already expecting one of the largest-ever grids of pre-1966 Jaguars and time to enter is fast running out with only a few space left. Those drivers wishing to be part of the Jaguar Classic Challenge can visit http://www.hscc.org.uk/jaguar-classic-challenge for full regulations and entry details.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 24 Mayo 2016, 08:13:09
MORE STANDS FOR BARGAINS AT BEAULIEU’S SPRING AUTOJUMBLE

Hundreds of autojumblers jostled for the best finds as they packed Beaulieu’s 23rd Spring Autojumble in spite of the weather. As many as 14,735 event-goers visited the show, an unmissable highlight of the classic events calendar in the Beaulieu parkland on May 21st and 22nd. The number of stands was up to 1,236 from 1,176 last year, including 48 club stands.

Saturday’s rain gave way to sunshine for Sunday as enthusiasts hunted down bargains and elusive spares, to barter, buy and swap everything automotive. As well as parts for cars, commercial vehicles and motorcycles dating as far back as the veteran era were books, models, tools, automobilia and oddities such as a fairground cat-face dodgem and even a model camel. The wide variety of motoring miscellany once again proved that if you can’t find it at Beaulieu, it probably doesn’t exist!

Beaulieu Events Manager Judith Maddox said: “We were delighted to have even more stands this year and to have so many wonderful comments about how much people enjoyed themselves. There was a lovely atmosphere and everyone was glad to see the sun on Sunday.”

Impressive new club displays included a collection by the Retro Caravan Club which reminded visitors of camping holidays of the past, with a camp site of period-perfect caravans and matching tow vehicles. A 1935 Bertram Hutchings Winchester Deluxe was the oldest caravan on display and also one of the biggest, measuring over 16 feet long. Also on show was a 1957 Hunters Moon, a 1969 Bluebird Europe and a 1977 Viking Fibreline, all kitted out with an fantastic selection of period camping gear and accessories. The matching tow cars included a Hillman Minx, VW Type 3, Wolseley 6/110 and Ford Zodiac MkIII.

The Classic Hearse Register turned plenty of heads with a stunning display celebrating the dignified but often overlooked classics. In addition to Cadillacs, Volvos and Daimlers were more unusual hearses, such as a 1963 Fiat 2300, still equipped as it would have been when on service in Italy, and a 1958 Morris Minor Traveller which had been lengthened for funeral duties.

Show regular the Wessex Car Club displayed a wide selection of members’ cars, ranging from a Delorean to a VW Beetle.

As many as 129 classic vehicles were on sale in the Automart, up on the 116 vehicles for sale last year. Those seeking a restoration project could have chosen an original 1956 Citroen HY horse box for £3,950, which was still wearing its French registration plates, or a Vanden Plas 4 Litre R for £3,750, complete with its original leather interior trim. In contrast, a stunning Jaguar D-type replica was ready to be driven away by a new owner. Built in 1976 using XJ6 mechanicals, it was on sale for £32,950. A 1948 Morris 8 Series E was also a charming classic in fine condition with green-over-black paintwork and superb brown leather seats for £8,750.

A selection of low-mileage classics included a 1958 DKW 1000 Coupe which had covered only 25,000 miles from new, with the vendor seeking offers over £13,000, while £11,950 would have secured a 1988 Mini Moke with just 14,000 miles on the clock.

An affordable classic was a 1968 Morris Minor 1000 saloon with a brand new MOT and priced at £2,750, one of several Minors up for grabs in the Automart. A distinctive British microcar, a 1957 Bond Minicar Mk D was on sale at £8,500. With a one-cylinder two-stroke engine, this tiny classic contrasted with a huge 1997 Hummer, powered by a 6.5-litre V8 diesel and on offer for £39,999.

In the Dealermart visitors were able to admire more high-quality classic cars being offered for sale by classic car traders.

On Sunday, Trunk Traders brought an excellent selection of autojumble stock to the events fields, including mechanical spares, body panels, tools and parts. Trading was brisk and Austin Seven owners were particularly spoilt for choice, with several pitches offering engines, panels and even a full chassis for these pre-war favourites.

Another Sunday highlight, the Beaulieu Land Rover Rummage gave enthusiasts the opportunity to gather items for their much-loved 4x4s. Wings, doors, roofs, roll-bars and winches could be found alongside transmissions, fuel tanks, wheels and more. A restored 1956 Land Rover pick-up was a rare find for £18,575. The Solent and District Land Rover Club displayed a line-up of members’ vehicles including radical off-road specials, early Discoveries and a Series III Lightweight.

Show sponsor Ringwood Brewery treated visitors to the sight of its beautifully preserved 1950s Bedford truck, as they sampled special beers.

The team from Practical Classics magazine, the media sponsors of the Spring Autojumble, showed visitors a decrepit Ford Model T – the feature of its new car rebuild challenge – complete with Henrietta the hen roosting under the bonnet. The team will put its mechanical know-how to the test to transform the car and show its progress at Beaulieu’s International Autojumble. Cars from the magazine’s Staff Car Sagas were also on display, including a Rover P6 which was fitted with a replacement engine at the 2015 event and sold to an enthusiastic new owner within minutes of the opening of this year’s show.

The popular Walkabout Auction returned in the closing hours of the show on Sunday afternoon, as traders filled boxes with unsold stock to be auctioned to the highest bidder. The variety of odds and ends included fan belts, air filters, manuals, light lenses and even a door and boot lid from a Morris 1100. While some lots were fought over by keen bidders, bargains included a fully-functioning classic Raleigh bike for just £2 and a spare MG Midget front wing for just £1.

The Best Stand trophy, donated by Lolly Lee in memory of her father, autojumbler Terry Lee, was awarded by Lord Montagu to Don Pitt and Ria Mills for their combined stand selling vintage car and motorcycle spares, automobilia signs on one side and vintage clothes and accessories on the other. Winning the award was the perfect celebration for Don’s 50th Beaulieu autojumble.

Don said: “I started coming with my father and remember playing in a pedal car at Palace House with Lord Montagu when we were both children. I took over the running of the stall at the age of 12 and can’t imagine being anywhere else this weekend. Winning this award made the weekend perfect. ”

Ria said: “A few of us decided to start bringing our clothes to the autojumbles so there was something special for us too. That has grown into vintage stalls and now the men come to buy clothes here too.”

Practical Classics Editor Danny Hopkins, who chose the Best Stand, said: “Don and Ria are the personification of what the Beaulieu autojumbles are all about. Old cars and parts will always be at the centre of the event but it has also evolved to include the period automobilia, making it more of an inclusive show than it has ever been before. Don and Ria show the two perfect halves of the show and gave everyone a proper Beaulieu welcome.”

Another long-standing exhibitor, Singer enthusiast John Bramwell celebrated his 80th birthday at the show on Sunday. John said: “I’ve been coming to the autojumbles at Beaulieu since the very first one in 1967. Although in those days I was there because my mate had a stand, I have had my own stand with my wife Monica for the last 37 years.”

Exhibitors and visitors to the Spring Autojumble also brought photographs and memorabilia from the early autojumbles to add to celebratory displays and a commemorative booklet being planned for the 50th International Autojumble onSeptember 3rd and 4th. To share any memories or display items from the early autojumbles to the present day, email them to IAJ50@beaulieu.co.uk or post them to Jane Riddiford, PR Manager, Beaulieu Enterprises, Beaulieu Hampshire, SO42 7ZN. For more information about the 50th International Autojumble will take visitwww.beaulieu.co.uk/events for more information or join the conversation on Twitter with @Beaulieu_Hants using #autojumble.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 24 Mayo 2016, 08:13:33
RACING IMPROVES THE BMH BREED

‘Racing improves the breed’ is an overused and often abused saying, but is totally apt when it comes to a number of products offered by British Motor Heritage (BMH). So, in addition the company’s long-established range of original specification replacement bodyshells and panels, a host of specialist items is also now offered by this versatile supplier, including:

Competition parts for the MGB

BMH’s managing director John Yea has now been successfully campaigning the company’s FIA specification MGB in a variety of high profile historic race series for some nine years. His first-hand experience of ‘Britain’s favourite sportscar’ on the track has directly resulted in the following being made available from BMH:

    4.1:1 crown wheel and pinion
    Close ratio gear set for ‘4-synchro’ transmissions
    Alloy door and boot-lid skins
    FIA specification alloy front valance
    Seam-welded replacement bodyshells
    Bespoke bodyshells featuring full-range of BMH alloy panels (these are sold without warranty for motorsport use only)

Bodyshell tubs for the MG Midget

BMH also has a competition Midget with which it contests hillclimbs and sprints. This experience plus ongoing requests from owners of Lenham, Ashley and WSM-bodied Midgets and Sprites has led to the availability of replacement tubs, in addition to original specification individual panels and complete bodyshells.

Race-proved products from BMH’s Motoring Classics range

The following were all thoroughly tried and tested courtesy of BMH’s MGB racer before being added to the company’s ever-growing list of online sales items:

    Revotec cooling fans
    Zircotec heat management products
    EBC brake pads and shoes
    Samco silicon hoses
    StartMonkey 400 lightweight jump-start system

Further information on replacement panels, bodyshells and the Heritage Approved Specialists from which they can be bought can be found at www.bmh-ltd.com, while for details of all items purchasable online under the Motoring Classics banner please log onto www.motoringclassics.co.uk.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 24 Mayo 2016, 16:02:59
ENDURANCE RALLY ASSOCIATION LAUNCHES BALTIC CLASSIC RALLY

The Endurance Rally Association (ERA) has launched an exciting new addition to its 2017 calendar. The Baltic Classic is a two-week rallying adventure which starts in Copenhagen on Sunday 28th May 2017. The route takes in Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland before finishing in Berlin on Saturday 10th June.

Open to both Vintage and Classic cars, the event loops around and across the beautiful Baltic Sea and will see plenty of gravel driving and exciting forest sections on roads made famous by events such as the Rally of the Thousand Lakes and Rally Estonia.

ERA Rally Director Fred Gallagher explains: “The Baltic Classic is aimed at both newcomers to long distance historic rallying as well as experienced ERA competitors. The route has been chosen to combine the finest scenery this spectacular region has to offer while visiting areas steeped in rally history.

The chosen route takes in acres of spectacular sub arctic forests, miles of beautiful rolling countryside and long hours of daylight, making this a rally to remember.

“The competition element of the event will be familiar to those with experience of past ERA events, comprising regularity sections on wide, flowing gravel roads as well as special tests on private land and will be held entirely on non-damaging roads.”

The event concludes in historic Berlin where the results will be calculated before a splendid poolside lunch and prize-giving ceremony.

Naturally as much attention has been paid to the comfort of the crews when they’re out of their cars as to the automotive challenges when they’re in them. Participants can expect to enjoy the finest accommodation and the best dining in each of the countries we visit. As part of the route, competitors will also enjoy two crossings on board luxury ferries which sail the Baltic Sea.

Entries are now being accepted for vintage, vintageant and classic cars pre-1976 for what is guaranteed to be a fantastic 14-days of rallying and another tremendous ERA event.

For more details on the Baltic Classic as well as other ERA events and the latest updates, visit www.endurorally.com.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 24 Mayo 2016, 16:03:30
LANCASTER INSURANCE CLASSIC MOTOR SHOW CELEBRATES ‘HEROES AND HEROINES’

The organisers of the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show have revealed that this year’s show theme is ‘Heroes and Heroines’. Held from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th November, clubs and exhibitors are invited to pay tribute to the people and motors that are their inspiration.

Dan Nwaokolo, Show Director, explains: “Everyone has a hero, something or somebody that inspires and encourages them, and with the timing of this year’s show, being Remembrance weekend, we simply had to recognise the brave men and women who have served their country, so this theme was the perfect choice.”

The 250 exhibiting clubs are encouraged to get creative with their displays and to interpret the theme in their own unique way.

Some may choose to celebrate the heroic cars that were the leaders of the marque’s fleet or saved a manufacturer from failure or maybe the motors that were the changing point in motoring history such as the first V8 engine, advanced braking systems, etc.

There are also the people who changed motoring history by setting a world record, designing a revolutionary car, or inventing things we take for granted such as traffic lights and road signs.

Cars and bikes driven by our heroes and heroines could feature be it from motorsport, royalty, music or film, along with the motors linked to heroic achievements or milestones.

Unsung or forgotten heroes could be a route for some displays to take, highlighting pit crews, co-drivers, stuntmen and service engineers who are not normally recognised.

Then there are everyone’s own heroes and heroines. For some it will be their parents who taught them to drive or took them on family adventures in their classic car, for others it will be the famous names that were the driving force in their lives.

Being Remembrance weekend, there are also the vehicles used as part of the war effort and the incredible people who were behind the wheel at such a difficult time, which are bound to be celebrated.

Richard Morley, Operations Director at Lancaster Insurance, said: “We’re really excited about this year’s theme as it gives real scope for clubs and exhibitors to make it their own and pay tribute to their own heroes and heroines. The show is one of the highlights of our year, which is why we signed up to be headline sponsor for the next three years, and we can’t wait to see how the theme is interpreted.”

The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show returns to Birmingham’s NEC from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th November. For more information as well as all the ticket prices and booking details, visit www.necclassicmotorshow.com.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 25 Mayo 2016, 16:15:04
93 CARS ON OFFER AT SILVERSTONE AUCTIONS’ INTERNATIONAL DEBUT AT THE CLASSIC RACE AARHUS

Almost 100 classic cars will be going under the hammer in Silverstone Auctions’ debut international sale at the Classic Race Aarhus taking place this weekend, Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th May, in Denmark.

Hosted by Silverstone Auctions and Lauritz.com, Scandinavia’s largest online auctioneer, The Classic Race Aarhus Auction is set to be one of the biggest classic car auctions in Europe.

Headlining the sale is a very special recreation of the iconic Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR. One of just five examples, this 2010 model was hand-built to the exact dimensions of the original, utilising the very highest quality components throughout. It is estimated at between €320,000 and €360,000.

Among the other headline lots is a highly collectible, left-hand drive 1982 Ferrari 512 BBi. The car is in outstanding condition and barely driven, with just 4,181 miles from new, and will be offered at an estimate of between €350,000 and €400,000.

Speaking ahead of its first international sale, Nick Whale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions, commented, "We’re delighted to be hosting an auction at this prestigious classic car and motorsport event. We have a fantastic and varied catalogue specialising in left-hand drive classics which we are very excited to offer to our existing customers as well as a new worldwide audience.”

Perfect for the occasion, a 1931 REO Royale Sport Victoria Coupé, used and driven by King Christian X of Denmark when staying at Marselisborg Palace in Aarhus, the location for this very auction, will be offered at an estimate of €80,000 to €90,000. Also of royal provenance, a 1993 Mercedes-Benz 500GE, which was purchased new by ex-King Constantine of Greece, who is also a Prince of Denmark by birth. Used by the family at their ski chalet in Switzerland, the car will now be offered with an estimate of €19,000 to €23,000. From royalty to business magnates, a 1964 Mercedes 600, formally owned by Danish travel tycoon and one of the wealthiest men in Denmark, Simon Spies,is estimated at between €120,000 and €140,000.

For collectors seeking a special low mileage classic, there are some very intriguing examples available. A remarkable 1974 Volkswagen Beetle barn find with just 90 km from new will be offered with a sale estimate of €35,000 to €40,000. A 1991 BMW 850i with just one owner and an indicated mileage of 1,759 km is estimated at €80,000 to €90,000. Also, a beautiful, left-hand drive 1990 Ferrari 348TB, one of only 60 pre-production cars and with just 2,500 km on the clock, is estimated at between €130,000 and €150,000.

More unusual lots in the auction include a 1919 Hamlet, an early Danish motorcycle believed to be the only one in the world, estimated at €17,000 to €20,000. A 1967 Amphicar CV770 bought and restored by Mike Brewer and Edd China and featured as the 'star car' on the television series, Wheeler Dealers, will be offered with a sale estimate of €55,000 to €65,000.

“We’re very excited about this weekend’s event and to meet all the enthusiasts, collectors and motorsport fans who will be attending the festival, and we look forward to welcoming them at our sale,” concluded Nick.

Those not able to be at the sale in person can bid online, by phone or by leaving a commission bid prior to the sale. You can find out more about the sale and view the full lot list here http://www.silverstoneauctions.com/the-classic-race-aarhus-auction---powered-by-silverstone-auctions-and-lauritzcom.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 30 Mayo 2016, 08:53:46
CELEBRATE 40 YEARS OF THE LOTUS ESPRIT WITH RARE ‘HIGH WING’ MODEL

A 1992 Lotus Esprit Turbo SE 'High Wing', one of just two original factory press cars, will be auctioned at Classic Car Auctions’ (CCA) June Sale on Saturday 18th June, at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, Leamington Spa.

In the year that Lotus celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Esprit, this car is the perfect opportunity to acquire an important example of the iconic model. This rare ‘High Wing’ variant, which appeared on the front covers of motoring magazines in the early 1990s and at various motor shows at the time of the model’s launch, will be offered for sale with an estimate of between £22,000 and £26,000.

A right-hand drive manual example, finished in Calypso Red with leather interior, the car presents today is very good condition and is showing just over 59,000 recorded miles.

Speaking ahead of the sale, Guy Lees-Milne, general manager at CCA, commented “We’re huge fans of the Lotus Esprit, which perfectly encapsulates Colin Chapman’s philosophy "simplify, then add lightness”, in a supercar package. This car represents an excellent opportunity to acquire a really nice example of a rare model, which has obviously been well cared for.”

The ‘High Wing’ was the only model produced by Lotus in 1992 after the final run of the Elan. It sported the Esprit’s most radical wing to date, along with a revised front bib increasing the top speed to 165mph. With a repackaged interior providing additional space, only 64 examples were produced making it a model rarely seen on the market today.

Following a sparkling career in the media spotlight, theiscar was later acquired by the current vendor, a gentleman with a passion for British sports cars and the owner of over 20 Lotus cars during his lifetime. He enthusiastically describes the car as “the most rewarding Lotus he has ever driven”. Included in the car's documents file are a valid MoT Certificate until December 2016 and a Lotus “Certificate of Vehicle Provenance”.

“At CCA we specialise in offering special ‘everyman’ classic cars. This Lotus, with an attractive guide price, definitely fits the bill and will provide the new owner with a whole host of fun.  The June Sale is our biggest to date with over 160 cars for auction, and we welcome fans of all the marques to come along and invest in a classic to love and enjoy,” concludes Guy.

To find out more about this 1992 Lotus Esprit Turbo SE 'High Wing' and CCA’s June sale please visit http://www.classiccarauctions.co.uk/lotus-esprit-ex-motorshow-car.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 30 Mayo 2016, 08:54:27
THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA BECKONS FOR THE START OF THE PEKING TO PARIS MOTOR CHALLENGE 2016

The sixth Peking to Paris Motor Challenge will begin on Sunday 12th June 2016 as 110 crews cross the start line at the Great Wall of China in Beijing with an 8,500mile rally ahead of them.

Competitors will cross eleven countries including Mongolia’s Gobi Desert, Russia and Belarus before entering Europe to reach the finish line in the centre of Paris on Sunday 17th July.

More crews are taking part in the 2016 outing than ever before, with 50 cars dated pre-1942 in the Vintageant class and 60 in the Classic class dated pre-1977.

All eyes will be on the 2013 Classics winner, and the oldest competitor in the event, Gerry Crown from Australia in the mighty 1974 Leyland P74. Gerry, aged 84, has competed in all five of the Endurance Rally Association’s revivals of this epic adventure.

In the Vintageant class, there is an abundance of pre-war American cars following wins by Chevrolet Fangio Coupes in both 2010 and 2013, when Phil Garratt and Kieron Brown raised the trophy. With no fewer than 40 coupes entered, all will have their eyes firmly on the top of the leaderboard.

Endurance Rally Association Rally Director Fred Gallagher said: “The entry list features over 30 different automotive manufacturers and competitors representing 24 different countries. This is a truly global event that challenges both car and crew to the limit.

“Some of our competitors have faced the ‘P2P’ before and are self-confessed adrenaline junkies whereas the newcomers are a mix of people undertaking this mammoth journey in aid of charities or to cross a dream off their bucket lists.

“We have husbands and wives, fathers and daughters, friends and colleagues taking part, who normally spend their days very differently. Occupations range from student to retired CEO, from Fish Farmer to Rocket Scientist. But none of that will matter once we cross the starting line. It’s all about the next 35 days and getting to Paris.”

For 2016, the ERA is staying faithful to the original route used in 1907, crossing the Gobi Desert and Mongolia before striking through Russia but instead of heading to Moscow, it now turns to Belarus and enters Europe through Poland taking in Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland and France.

The overall winners will receive a magnum of Champagne and the prized trophy when they cross the finish line at Place Vendôme. More silverware will be presented at the glamorous Gala Prize-Giving Dinner to the various Class winners and those deserving of a coveted ‘special award’ such as Spirit of the Rally and True Grit.

There will also be a trophy awarded in the memory of ERA founder Philip Young. The highest placed finishing novice crew in the event will receive the Philip Young Cup, donated by long-time ERA supporter Peter Livanos.

The Peking to Paris Motor Challenge begins Sunday, June 12, 2016, at the Great Wall of China outside Beijing and concludes Sunday, July 17, 2016, at Place Vendôme in the centre of Paris, France.

For more details including the full route itinerary, entry list, and the latest updates, visit www.endurorally.com

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 30 Mayo 2016, 13:43:45
WHAT TO DO IF YOU DIDN’T MAKE THE SHORTLIST FOR THE FIRST BATCH OF NEW FORD GTS AND CAN’T AFFORD AN ORIGINAL GT40!

There is rightly great excitement around Ford’s fabulous-looking new GT and the company’s return to Le Mans 50 years after the first of its four victories there. However, with 6,506 applicants chasing just 500 initial examples at c.£300,000 each, many would-be owners are going to be disappointed. And with original GT40s each now valued in the £millions, it would seem all Ford supercars are beyond the reach of everyone but the super-rich. Well not quite, thanks to Le Mans Coupes Ltd who can readily supply one of the stunning Superformance GT40 evocations for the eminently more affordable price of £102,500 plus VAT.

So accurate that 70 percent of the components are interchangeable with their original counterparts, they come complete with P/2000 Series chassis numbers recognised by the Shelby American World Registry. Each example is painstakingly hand-built by Hi-Tech Automotive in ultra-modern 270,000 sq ft premises in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. They are offered in MKI and MKII form and with left or righthand drive. The many options include a choice of powerplants from 5.6 to 7.0 litres (ie 430 to 560bhp), central or sill-mounted gearchange, and ZF RBT or Quaife transaxle. Depending on the choice of engine, Superformance GT40s can sprint from rest to 60mph in just 3.7 seconds and accelerate on to a top speed of over 205mph.

Commented Le Mans Coupes’ Managing Director, Nigel Hulme: “Interest in the GT40 has grown steadily since the model’s 50th anniversary celebration of two years ago, and has inevitably been further heightened by the launch of the new GT and Ford’s exciting decision to give it its Le Mans debut exactly 50 years after first beating Ferrari there.”

Further details of the Superformance GT40, plus the Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe CSX9000 Series and Superformance Cobra MKIII that are also available from Le Mans Coupes Ltd, are available at www.superformanceuk.com, or by calling 01342 712774/07836 742725, or emailing info@superformance.com.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 31 Mayo 2016, 13:24:28
THE CLASSIC FATHER’S DAY GIFT

Coveted tickets to the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival are a great way to spoil dads on Father’s Day, fast approaching on Sunday 19 June.

Moreover, as this summer’s Silverstone Classic (29-31 July) offers unrivalled entertainment for all ages – and a new Family Ticket option – the entire family can join in the high-speed thrills and spills, making what is already an unforgettable Father's Day gift all the more special.

No matter what his particular interest, any action-loving dad will be blown away by a visit to the dazzling Silverstone Classic for an amazing flat-out trip down memory lane. Across three full days of non-stop entertainment, there will be a glittering array of attractions and activities, headed by a glorious line-up of unmissable races on the famous Silverstone Grand Prix circuit. These feature many of the world’s rarest, most spectacular and valuable racing cars from past golden eras.

Ranging from the evocative racers of the 1930s to the high-tech machines from the 1990s, the stellar race card will deliver some of the most eye-catching grids ever seen in Great Britain covering the history of Formula 1, Le Mans, sports, touring and GT cars.

This year’s line-up includes two thundering showdowns for mighty Can-Am cars plus a major tribute to mark the 40th anniversary of James Hunt’s F1 world championship-winning campaign in 1976. There will be famous faces, too, with bike heroes Wayne Gardner, ‘Fast’ Freddie Spencer and multiple sidecar world champ Steve Webster joining a host of legendary riders and drivers from past generations all revving up and adding to the superb nostalgia at Silverstone.

As if that isn’t enough to put a huge smile on every dad’s face, there will be more than 10,000 classic cars lovingly exhibited on the infield, ranging from awe-inspiring Ferraris and Maseratis to lovable Morgans and MGs. What’s more this summer several iconic marques including Lamborghini, Porsche and Viper will be putting on huge displays to celebrate important milestones in their histories.

As has become customary, live music will also be a popular feature over the weekend, with crowd-pleasing concerts on the evenings of both Friday (29 July) and Saturday (30 July) maintaining the fabulous event’s ‘Rocking and Racing’ tradition. Chart-toppers The Boomtown Rats will strut their stuff on Friday, while Saturday’s performances are headlined by Reef and The Stranglers. Entry to all these rock concerts is included within the general circuit admission price.

But the entertainment doesn’t stop there. A vintage funfair, aerial displays, three auctions, hot air balloon display, helicopter flights, streetcar shoot-outs, 4x4 passenger experiences, spitfire demonstrations, crazy golf, a huge shopping village, an adrenaline ride zone, Car Clinic shows with Mike Brewer and a live Range Rover restoration, both presented by eBay, as well as giant TV screens showing all the on-track action are all part of the most remarkable show of the year.

"The Silverstone Classic is the biggest and best classic motor racing festival in the world as well as one of Europe's most entertaining and action-packed car-themed events," said Nick Wigley, CEO of organisers, Goose Live Events. "There really is something for everyone – that’s why a family day out at the Silverstone Classic is the perfect Father's Day gift for any dad with even the smallest drop of high-octane fuel in his veins."

In keeping with the event’s widely acclaimed ‘access all areas’ policy, all tickets include free entrance to both racing paddocks and pit complexes, trackside grandstands and live music concerts on Friday and Saturday evenings. Adult admission is from just £42 and considerable savings are on offer for those festival-goers spending the full weekend at Silverstone. This year there’s also a special Family Ticket. Full details can be found on the official www.silverstoneclassic.com website. 

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 31 Mayo 2016, 13:24:55
‘THE MOST BEAUTIFUL RACE IN THE WORLD’ WITH JD CLASSICS

JD Classics – one of the world’s leading classic car specialists – has launched its teaser Mille Miglia film, giving viewers a taste of ‘The Most Beautiful Race in the World’. As a gold sponsor of the event, and with nine supported entries this year, JD Classics knows the Mille Miglia better than almost any other classic car specialist.

For this year’s gruelling 1000-mile rally, the JD Classics Competition Department prepared, rallied and supported two Jaguar XK120s, three XK140s, an Aston Martin DB2, an Alfa Romeo 1900, a Lincoln Capri and a Jaguar MkVII. As all of the Mille Miglia cars arrived at the Brescia Trade Centre for scrutineering on the first day, the JD Classics hospitality lounge opened its doors to all competing crews.

For months before the rally, JD Classics’ expert engineers and craftsmen were fettling and fine-tuning the cars, some of which were customer entries, some of which were JD Classics’ own. On the gruelling four-day event itself, each of the team’s entries has its own support vehicle on-hand to get competitors back on the road, should anything go wrong.

With driving stints as long as 15 hours at a time, taking in Italy’s most incredible roads from Brescia to Rome and back to Brescia, the Mille Miglia is both the most breath-taking and most demanding road rally in the world. Around 20 per cent of competitors don’t even make it to the finish line, such are the demands placed on both car and driver.

But JD Classics’ decades of experience in preparing world-class competition cars shone through as its entries battled through incredible rain in Rimini, challenging mountain roads down to Rome and days of non-stop high-speed driving. The support crews ensured not even a puncture would slow the team down, while the JD Classics engineers worked through the nights to have the cars in perfect working order at the beginning of each day.

Run as a time trial event, rather than a race, smooth-running of the cars is paramount. And the reliability of the JD Classics’ cars allowed them to finish strongly in the final rankings, with the Lincoln Capri and Jaguar Mk VII both in the top 200 – an excellent result in an event competed by around 450 time trial experts.

JD Classics founder, Derek Hood, said: “The Mille Miglia is such a beautiful and unique spectacle, but it’s also incredibly demanding. That’s why we work so hard preparing the cars to an impeccable standard at our workshop back in Maldon, why we have expert engineers on the road in Italy and why we know this event inside-out – so we can always ensure our clients enjoy only the best bits of the Mille Miglia.”

To experience a taste of the Mille Miglia with JD Classics, the team has produced a short film. You can watch a teaser here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdZQkVPBnFI

JD Classics entries:

1. Jaguar XK120 ‘OVT 325’
2. Jaguar XK120 ‘TAL 81’
3. Jaguar XK140 ‘OGD 261’
4. Jaguar XK140 ‘156 XUY’
5. Jaguar XK140 ‘2B6 325’
6. Jaguar MkVII ‘LHP 5’
7. Alfa Romeo 1900C ‘WSU 590’
8. Aston Martin DB2 ‘JAK 648’
9. Lincoln Capri  ’54 LNCN’

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 31 Mayo 2016, 16:27:51
RARE MERCEDES STEAL THE SHOW AT CLASSIC RACE AARHUS AUCTION

Heading outside the UK for its international debut at the Classic Race Aarhus in Denmark this weekend, 28th and 29th May, Silverstone Auctions achieved total sales of more than €2million.

The two-day auction, hosted by Silverstone Auctions and Lauritz.com, took place in the stunning setting of the Mindeparken in view of the Royal Palace and featured nearly 100 best of breed cars from vendors in Europe and the UK.

The star car of the sale, a beautiful recreation of the iconic Mercedes Benz 300SLR, was sold to rapturous applause for €326,250. One of just five examples, this 2010 model was hand-built to the exact dimensions of the original, utilising the very highest quality components throughout.

With plenty of pre-sale interest from Danish visitors at the auction, a 1964 Mercedes 600, formally owned by travel tycoon and one of the wealthiest men in Denmark, Simon Spies, sold for €140,630, more than €20,000 over its lower estimate.

Collectors seeking a special low mileage classic were spoilt for choice, with a fantastic selection on offer. A remarkable, time-warp 1974 Volkswagen Beetle barn find with just 90 km from new sold for €38,250 while a 1991 BMW 850i with just one owner and an indicated mileage of 1,759 km sold for €87,750, a believed new world record price. Ferrari fans were clearly impressed by a 2003 Ferrari 456M with just 11,900km from new and the desirable manual gearbox, which sold for a fantastic €90,000, more than €25,000 over its lower estimate.

Speaking immediately after its first international sale, Nick Whale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions, said, "We’ve had a fabulous weekend here at the Classic Race Aarhus and it’s been a privilege to showcase Silverstone Auctions to a brand new audience. I want to offer my personal congratulations to all those who were successful in purchasing the cars of their dreams and hope they will be very happy with them.”

More unusual cars caught the eyes of buyers in the Danish sunshine.  Of royal provenance, a 1993 Mercedes-Benz 500GE, which was purchased new by ex-King Constantine of Greece, who is also a Prince of Denmark by birth sold for €25,310.

BMW M car enthusiasts fought hard over a pair of special examples with a recommissioned 1986 BMW E28 M5 selling for €49,500. A definite contender for future classic status, a 2005 BMW M3 (E46) CS sold for €30,150.

“We now return to the UK for three days of special sales at the Silverstone Classic on 28th to 31st July. Entries are now being invited into these sales so those looking to sell a classic car with our support and expertise should get in touch soon,” concluded Nick.

For the full list of results from the Classic Race Aarhus Auction please visit https://www.silverstoneauctions.com/the-classic-race-aarhus-auction---powered-by-silverstone-auctions-and-lauritzcom/view_lots/pn/all.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 31 Mayo 2016, 16:28:14
FIVA AWARDS ‘BEST PRESERVED VEHICLE’ TO ALFA GIULIETTA SZ ZAGATO

FIVA awards ‘Best Preserved Vehicle’ to Alfa Giulietta SZ Zagato
– under UNESCO patronage of FIVA World Motoring Heritage Year

The second FIVA preservation award for 2016 – presented at top historic car events around the world – was given to Corrado Lopresto at Villa d’Este (20-22 May) for his spectacular ‘half-and-half’ Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ Zagato. The pictures tell it all: half the car is cleaned but not restored, while the other is in as-found condition.

Corrado Lopresto treated the car – the Coda Tronca prototype, jointly developed by Elio Zagato and Ercole Spada – as a work of art, saving as much as possible of the amazingly well-preserved original. But he also drew on archaeological techniques, in that he decided to clean only half the car, leaving the other half frozen in time. In the uncleaned half, Lopresto preserved everything (including the dust) under a thin layer of transparent matt lacquer.

The FIVA awards are one of the ways in which FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens or international federation of historic vehicles) is marking World Motoring Heritage Year 2016 – a FIVA initiative to which UNESCO has granted its official patronage.

At Villa d’Este, the award was presented by Dr Khalil Karam, Lebanese Ambassador to UNESCO, who congratulated FIVA on its 50th anniversary in 2016 “which will be celebrated in Paris at UNESCO on 17 November, under the patronage of UNESCO”, adding that “We are very much inspired by what is being done by FIVA as a protector of world motoring heritage.”

FIVA established the preservation awards to recognise vehicles that retain such a high degree of their original components, materials and finishes that they can be seen as important cultural artefacts. The awards will be followed by an end-of-year invitation for the winning cars to assemble in Paris. The plan is then to put the cars on display at UNESCO’s international headquarters in the heart of the French Capital.

The next FIVA preservation award will be presented at the Le Mans Classic, 8-10 July 2016.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 01 Junio 2016, 13:49:08
THE ROYAL AUTOMOBILE CLUB HOSTS THE MOTOR SPORT HALL OF FAME



Motor racing luminaries came together with industry colleagues and, for the first time, the public, as the Motor Sport Hall of Fame moved away from its regular London ceremony to a day’s celebrations at the Royal Automobile Club’s Woodcote Park clubhouse in Epsom.

The oldest motoring club and oldest motor sport magazine in Britain came together to present a motor sport spectacle, which started off with an early afternoon panel discussion on ‘The Great Rivals’ and included nine-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen, two-time Le Mans class winner Darren Turner, former Formula 1 driver and team owner Jackie Oliver, five-time Le Mans winner Derek Bell, Isle of Man TT winner and Motor Sport magazine writer Mat Oxley and Motor Sport editor Damien Smith. The panel was hosted by Formula 1 presenter Jennie Gow and covered both the sport’s historic rivalries as well as those closer to home for the panel.

Following the panel discussion and afternoon tea on the Cedar Lawn, attendees were treated to demonstration runs up the Captain’s Drive, carving their way through the centre of the Club’s Old Course golf course. Leading the way was Derek Bell in a Porsche 962C, followed by the fabulous sights of the ex-Stirling Moss Jaguar C-type, ex-John Surtees Honda motorcycle, ex-Colin McRae Subaru Impreza and Mike Hailwood’s son David, taking his father’s Honda up the hill.

The rain held off as the guests arrived for the evening’s main event and once again, the cars and bikes blasted their way up the hill as the precursor to dinner and the awards themselves, which saw five new names inducted into the Hall of Fame. This year, it was the public that decided the inductees with over 25,000 people casting their votes in the various categories.

The awards themselves kicked off with the rallying category with nominees including Hannu Mikkola, Sébastien Loeb and Richard Burns but it was the Frenchman, and nine-time World Rally Champion who won the award, presented by Paddy Hopkirk.

In the sports cars category, Tom Kristensen was on stage to present winner Derek Bell with his award.

Next up were the motorcycles and from the choice of Joey Dunlop, Valentino Rossi and Mike Hailwood the public chose the charismatic Italian. Rossi, speaking from the Yamaha motorhome at the Spanish Grand Prix commented, ‘Being with these important names of motor sport is fantastic. Thank you to everybody and I hope to see you next time.’

Three-time Formula 1 World Champion Jackie Stewart was on hand to present the US racing award, which went to his great friend Dan Gurney, who sent a heartfelt message: “Motor Sport magazine, the green one that I remember Jenks used to write… Well, certainly I am touched to be considered to be a part of this group listed on the trophy, people that I have looked up to all my life, some that I raced against. I appreciated the fans, if there was a vote and they voted me in I say ‘thank you very much!’ I am glad that I have managed to get in and I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart.”

The finale was the Formula 1 category, hotly contested between Professor Sid Watkins, Gilles Villeneve and Mike Costin and Keith Duckworth from Cosworth Engineering. McLaren chairman Ron Dennis was on hand to help present the award, which went to his close friend Sid Watkins’ whose wife, Susan and son, Alistair, went up to collect the award to great applause.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 01 Junio 2016, 13:49:34
ALMOST 90 YEARS ON, THE 1927 24-HOUR SPEED RECORD VOISIN SET TO RETURN TO MONTLHERY FOR THE FIRST TIME AT THE 2016 LGHA

Four of the most unusual but successful competition cars of the 1920s will be in action on the famous banked Autodrome de Linas-Montlhéry motor circuit near Paris at the end of September (24-25), as a quartet of Avions Voisin race cars attend the 2016 Les Grandes Heures Automobiles (LGHA).

Generously provided by Peter Mullin, from his celebrated Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, California, the four significant competition Avions Voisins are set to run on the steep banking at the celebrated Autodrome de Linas-Montlhéry track, just 20 miles south of Paris, in late September.

Created by the gifted French aviation and automotive engineer – Gabriel Voisin – the four Voisin race cars at LGHA will include one of only two C1 Competition models, built in 1921, along with an example of the C3, which took the top three places in the 1922 Strasbourg Grand Prix, as well as the extraordinary 1923 C6 Laboratoire, plus the 1927 Speed Record Voisin, which broke 17 speed records at Montlhéry on 26 September 1927, almost 90 years ago.

This 210 bhp 1927 record Voisin will return to the Linas-Montlhéry Autodrome for the very first time in 89 years after its astonishing feats, where it will be in action again for a truly memorable and emotional moment, which no motor racing enthusiast can afford to miss.

The 24-hour record is one of the most coveted in the motor racing world, so when the huge 45 h.p. Renault annexed it at 108.53 mph at Montlhéry in July 1926; it was thought that this record speed would stand for some time.  However, the Renault record was soon surpassed by the Voisin, driven in turn by Morel, Kiriloff and Marchand, to raise the speed record to 114.2 mph.  In the course of this 24-hour run at Montlhéry, a number of other world's records were also taken, and after the two rounds of the clock, the Voisin was kept going for another three hours or so, in order to capture the records for 3,000 miles and 5,000 kilometres, with the average speed of the Voisin actually increasing right up to the 24th hour, which is a wonderful tribute to the endurance of both Gabriel Voisin’s car and its drivers.

The four Voisins will be joined at LGHA by around 200 or so other competition car and motorcycles, as well as a large quantity of car and bike club vehicles, which will all have the chance to drive on the steeply banked Linas-Montlhéry track as part of the event’s close on Sunday 25 September.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 01 Junio 2016, 13:50:03
GREATEST SUPERCAR EVER TO BE REVEALED AT THE CLASSIC & SPORTS CAR SHOW

What’s the greatest supercar of the last 100 years? Lamborghini Countach or LaFerrari? Mercedes 300SL ‘Gullwing’ or McLaren F1? There’s only one way to find out: visit The Classic & Sports Car Show this autumn.

That’s because The Show is launching ‘A Century of Supercars’, a global poll to name the greatest supercar of all time – and the winner will be revealed at Alexandra Palace from 28th – 30th October in a show-stopping centerpiece.

With the Lamborghini Miura celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2016, supercars are in the spotlight, but the concept and, contrary to popular opinion the very term – first used in a 1920 Ensign Six advert – goes back way further.

Experts from Classic & Sports Car have picked three leading contenders from  each era/decade that enthusiasts can vote on in a huge online poll.

The game-changing contenders vying for victory include the Mercedes 60hp, Alfa Romeo 8C 2900, monstrous Metallurgique, sublime Ferrari 250GT SWB, fiery Ferrari F40 and record-breaking Bugatti Veyron to name just a handful of pioneering machines.

Here is the full shortlist for ‘A Century of Supercars’:

Up to 1914
Mercedes 60hp
Metallurgique Maybach
Panhard et Levassor

1914-1929
Mercedes-Benz SSK
Bugatti Type 43
Bentley 41/2-litre Blower

1930s
Bugatti Type 57SC
Alfa Romeo 8C 2900
Delahaye 135 Sport

1940s
Ferrari 166 Barchetta
Talbot-Lago Grand Sport
Jaguar XK120

1950s
Mercedes 300SL ‘Gullwing’
Jaguar XKSS
Ferrari 250GT SWB

1960s
Lamborghini Miura
Ford GT40 road car
De Tomaso Mangusta

1970s
Lamborghini Countach
911 Turbo
Ferrari 365 GT4 BB

1980s
Porsche 959
Ferrari F40
Ferrari 288 GTO

1990s
Bugatti EB110
McLaren F1
Jaguar XJ220

2000s
Pagani Zonda C12 
Bugatti Veyron
Koenigsegg CCX

2010s
Porsche 918 Spyder
McLaren P1
LaFerrari

To vote, simply go to the show’s all-new website www.classicandsportscarshow.com/supercars and pick your favourite from each group between now and 31st August.

All votes will be entered into a ballot to win one of five pairs of Gold tickets, each pair worth £100 and include a host of benefits such as access to a dedicated lounge, early entry to the show and more.

Once all the first-round votes are in, the winners from each category will be pitted against each other in a final showdown with voting taking place throughout September. All the finalists will be on show, and the winner will be revealed in a spectacular multi-million pound display.

Tickets for the event are now officially on sale. There’s a raft of great new ticket packages this year, offering everything from general access to a strictly limited number of platinum tickets offering an unrivalled visitor experience. Plus, the price of the newly introduced family ticket is just £69 for two adults and two children. Under 12s go free.

To book tickets, get all the latest show updates, plus see highlights from last year, visit the freshly revamped website at www.classicandsportscarshow.com.

For weekly or daily news follow the event on Facebook (classicandsportscarshow) and Twitter (@candscshow).

James Elliott, Classic & Sports Car Group Editor: “It’s hugely exciting that we will be naming the greatest supercar of all time at The Classic & Sports Car Show this autumn. We’ve burned the midnight oil to come up with probably the most in-depth list of supercars ever compiled – a true century of pioneering machines.

“There are some incredible icons, from household names such as Ferrari, Lamborghini and Bugatti – but also some of the more unsung heroes of the pursuit of going as fast as possible. I can’t wait to see what people vote for from each decade and it’s going to be a real show-stopper bringing the finalists to Alexandra Palace this autumn.”

The Classic & Sports Car Show in 2016 will feature more than 300 of the world’s most prestigious classic cars from world-famous collectors and world-renowned classic car retailers. Full details of The Show’s content will be revealed over the coming months.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 02 Junio 2016, 15:05:17
RACE RETRO 2017 TO BE ‘POWERED BY’ MOTOR SPORT MAGAZINE AS HISTORIC MOTORSPORT SHOW ENTERS NEW ER

Race Retro will be ‘powered by’ Motor Sport Magazine when the historic motorsport show returns to Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, in 2017. Held from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th February, the new three-year partnership will see Motor Sport’s Hall of Fame develop into a live spectacle within a dedicated Motor Sport Magazine Hall at Race Retro.

Hall of Fame Live will give visitors the chance to meet Hall of Fame inductees from racing and rallying as well as enjoying live interviews with the stars. There will also be stunning displays of the cars and bikes that lead them to victory.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to vote for their favourite motorsport legends who have been shortlisted to be inducted at the next Hall of Fame awards gala dinner in May 2017 and beyond.

Race Retro Event Director Daniel Nwaokolo said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Motor Sport and Race Retro. Having motorsport legends – be they the cars and motorcycles or drivers and riders – at the show, interacting with enthusiasts, has always been a highlight of the event. Introducing the Hall of Fame as a new feature raises that to the next level.”

The Motor Sport Hall of Fame, launched in 2010, inducts four motoring luminaries each year with names such as James Hunt, John McGuinness, Colin McRae, Niki Lauda, and Giacomo Agostini added to the prestigious list in recent times.

Damien Smith, Editor of Motor Sport magazine said: “We are delighted and excited with this new partnership that will push the Motor Sport Hall of Fame to the next level from 2017 and beyond. We’re looking forward to featuring a physical Hall of Fame display at our favourite historic racing car show of the year, which has always had a perfect synergy with Motor Sport magazine.

“We’d like to thank Clarion Events, organisers of Race Retro, for a partnership that offers so many possibilities to expand the Hall of Fame and take the Motor Sport brand and content to a wider audience.”

Race Retro will be held from 24th to 26th February 2017 at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, with tickets on sale later in the year. For the latest updates, visit www.raceretro.com

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 03 Junio 2016, 09:16:01
AUSTIN MINI TAKES ON PEKING TO PARIS MOTOR CHALLENGE

This year’s Peking to Paris Motor Challenge, billed as the world’s toughest endurance rally for classic and vintage cars, will feature a Mini for the first time in the event’s history.

The 1972 Austin Mini 1000 has been entered as a last minute replacement for Car 34 after Paul and Chris Hartfield’s pre-war Packard wasn’t ready in time.

Concerned for the Packard, Paul contacted Owen Turner from the Rover Centre whom he had met on last year’s Sahara Challenge, for some advice and seeing just how much work still needed to be done on the old American car, advised against taking it on the grueling 36-day 8,500mile event that journeys through some extremely difficult terrain.

Needing a car in a hurray to meat the shipping deadline, the best option was to buy the Mini Owen had prepared for himself for the 2015 Marrakesh event as well as Le Jog.

Owen explains: “The Packard needed a lot of work still doing and would not have coped with the likes of Mongolia at all in its current condition. It will be a challenge for the Mini, especially the Gobi Desert, but at least you can fix it fast and get moving again.”

The Mini 1000 has a 1300 engine and uses a 1991 body shell, sprayed in its original colour. Not bad considering it was built in two weeks.

The sixth Peking to Paris Motor Challenge, organised by the Endurance Rally Association, will begin on Sunday 12th June 2016 as 110 crews cross the start line at the Great Wall of China in Beijing.

Competitors will cross eleven countries including Mongolia’s Gobi Desert, Russia and Belarus before entering Europe to reach the finish line in the centre of Paris on Sunday 17th July.

More crews are taking part in the 2016 outing than ever before, with 50 cars dated pre-1942 in the Vintageant class and 60 in the Classic class dated pre-1977.

The Peking to Paris Motor Challenge begins Sunday, June 12, 2016, at the Great Wall of China outside Beijing and concludes Sunday, July 17, 2016, at Place Vendôme in the center of Paris, France.

For more details including the full route itinerary and the latest updates, visit www.endurorally.com

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 03 Junio 2016, 13:18:20
LOTUS 18 – COLIN CHAPMAN’S U-TURN


IN BRIEF

    Revered Concours Steering Committee reveals final list of 60 cars that will enter the 2016 Concours of Elegance at Windsor Castle in September
    These sixty cars make up the ‘Main Concours’ event, held in the exclusive Quadrangle at Windsor Castle
    Concours of Elegance will also bring a further 1000 of the world’s most collectible cars to Windsor Castle in a celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday
    Highlights of the Main Concours include a 1900 Daimler 6hp owned by Her Majesty The Queen, a one-off 1938 Hispano Suiza Dubonnet Xenia and a stunning Ferrari 250 GT Pininfarina Series I Cabriolet
    Some of the more recent cars in the Main Concours are a 1966 Radford Mini de Ville GT previously owned by George Harrison, the only factory-built Ferrari Testarossa Spider and an ultra-rare 2016 Touring Superleggera Disco Volante Spyder
    Special Features will celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday, including a display of remaining cars from the very first British Grand Prix, held in the year of Her Majesty’s birth, 1926
    A free-to-view section of the Concours of Elegance will see hundreds of cars from the likes of Ferrari, Aston Martin, Rolls-Royce, Jaguar, Bentley and more line Windsor Castle’s famous Long Walk
    Some of the UK’s most respected car clubs will be displaying the best models they have to offer, including a standout display from the Aston Martin Owners’ Club, which will showcase one of every single model ever produced by the firm
    The Club Trophy brings together the most incredible models from the UK’s premier car clubs. All entries are judged by a team of experts, which in the past has included David Gandy and Prince Michael of Kent
    The Concours of Elegance is a charity fundraising event, and has already donated more than £800,000 to charity, and aims to break through the £1million barrier in 2016. This year the Concours is raising funds for The Queen’s Choral Foundation, The Household Cavalry Foundation and Springfield Youth Club Hackney
    Concours of Elegance has a host of exclusive partners for this year’s event, including AIG, Autoglym, Bentley, Ferrari, Jaguar Land Rover, Octane, RM Sotheby’s and the Royal Automobile Club

IN DETAIL

The event

The Concours of Elegance began in 2012, showcasing sixty of the world’s finest cars at Windsor Castle to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Since then it has moved to St James’s Palace and Hampton Court Palace, before heading to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh in 2015. This year’s fifth edition of the Concours returns to Windsor Castle as part of a celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday.

The Main Concours
Sixty of the world’s rarest cars will gather in the exclusive Quadrangle at Windsor Castle this September – the full list of which is revealed by the Concours Steering Committee today.  A 1900 Daimler 6hp owned by Her Majesty The Queen represents one of the earliest cars in attendance, first bought by King Edward VII as the first Royal motorcar.

A car like no other is the 1938 Hispano Suiza Dubonnet Xenia, an art-deco masterpiece designed by Jacques Saoutchik complete with unusual parallel sliding doors and an aviation-themed interior. From 1958 is another coachbuilt rarity, the Ferrari 250 GT Pininfarina Series I Cabriolet – one of just 40 built.

Sometimes the stories behind the cars are what makes them great, including the 1966 Mini Radford Mini de Ville GT in the Concours. Bought by Beatle, George Harrison, the car was painted with a psychedelic livery for the film Magical Mystery Tour. Also in the Main Concours is a 1986 Ferrari Testarossa Spider Valeo – the only factory-built convertible Testarossa in existence. It was especially built for Gianni Agnelli when he took over Fiat S.p.A in the ‘80s.

The Concours of Elegance traditionally tells the story of the automobile from start to finish, and the very latest car in this year’s Main Concours is the one-of-eight Touring Supeleggera Disco Volante Spyder. Based on the rare Alfa Romeo 8C Spider, the Disco Volante is hand-crafted from aluminium and carbon fibre.

The Special Features

1. 1926 Grand Prix cars 

Part of the celebrations of Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday, the Concours of Elegance will gather cars that remain from the very first British Grand Prix in 1926 – the year of Her Majesty’s birth. The incredible Delage 155B, Talbot 700, Halford Special and Thomas Special will allow Concours visitors the chance to see where top level motorsport began in the UK.

2. Revolutionary Cars of Her Majesty’s lifetime

Concours of Elegance will gather the British cars that have defined the British motor industry in each decade of Her Majesty The Queen’s lifetime. From the glamorous Bentley 3 Litre of the ‘20s and Rolls-Royce Phantom of the ‘30s, to the ingenious Mini of the ‘60s and game-changing McLaren F1 of the ‘90s, it will be a true celebration of British innovation and engineering. 

3. Specialists’ Showcase

Some of the UK’s best classic car specialists will be exhibiting at the Concours of Elegance 2016, including Nicholas Mee, Frank Dale, Talacrest, Eagle GT, Fiskens, Duncan Hamilton and GTO Engineering. Displaying some of their most amazing models, the Specialists’ Showcase offers visitors to not only admire the cars on display but, also to buy them.

4. The Club Trophy

The Club Trophy will be held at the Castle in September, featuring hundreds of classic cars from across the UK and the best-of-the-best from the nation’s car clubs. Each club submits their individual Concours winners, which are then judged by a panel of Concours of Elegance experts, chaired by HRH Prince Michael of Kent and guest judges which in recent years have included David Gandy, Mark Knopfler and others.  2016’s judging panel will be confirmed in the summer.  The Club Trophy winner car is then entered in to the Concours of Elegance in 2017.


5. Parade of Aston Martins

One of the most incredible sights coming to Windsor Castle in September, is a parade of every single Aston Martin ever produced. Organised with the help of the Aston Martin Owners’ Club, the parade will be arriving in to Windsor Castle at 9am on Saturday 3rd September, telling the complete Aston Martin story from the very beginnings to the latest DB11 model.


6. Car Clubs

More than 800 cars will be attending over the weekend of Concours of Elegance 2016, from the UK’s leading car clubs. Owners’ clubs from AC, Aston Martin, Bentley, Jaguar, Ferrari and Lamborghini will join a host of others in showcasing their cars as part of a free-to-view area of the Concours on Windsor Castle’s incredible Long Walk.

7. Charity and partners

One of the primary aims of Concours of Elegance is to raise money for charity, and this year’s event will be generating funds for The Queen’s Choral Foundation, The Household Cavalry Foundation and Springfield Youth Club Hackney. So far, Concours of Elegance has raised more than £800,000 for its charities.

Concours of Elegance takes place between 2-4 September and has partnered with a series of exclusive brands for the event, including AIG, Autoglym, Bentley, Ferrari, Jaguar Land Rover, Octane, RM Sotheby’s and the Royal Automobile Club.Tickets are available now from concoursofelegance.co.uk, with an adult ticket costing £40, and discounts for children. A variety of hospitality packages are also available. 

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 03 Junio 2016, 13:21:50
WORLD MOTORING HERITAGE YEAR
 2016: FIVA ANNOUNCES FULL LIST OF EVENTS

FIVA has announced the full programme of 2016 events around the world that will benefit, in various ways, from UNESCO’s patronage of FIVA’s World Motoring Heritage Year (WMHY).

Mario Theissen, Senior Vice-President of FIVA, comments, “The huge and varied list of historic vehicle events, covering so many countries and so many types of vehicles – cars, motorcycles and utilitarians – demonstrates the overwhelming breadth of interest right across the world in protecting our automotive heritage, and the enthusiasm that greets UNESCO’s patronage of World Motoring Heritage Year 2016. Some events will see further presentations of the FIVA preservation awards, others are organised under the WMHY/UNESCO banner, while many simply bear the WMHY/UNESCO logos to show their fervent support for this very special year.”
March 10-13 *    USA    Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance
April 14-26    USA    Cars at the Capital Exhibition
April 23    UK    Drive it Day
May 1    UK    London to Brighton Run (utilitarian)
May 11-12    France    Classic Machines
May 13-15    Hungary    III. Balatonfüred Concours d' Elegance
May 13-16    Germany    Ibbenbürener Motorrad-Veteranen Rallye
May 21 *    Italy    Villa d’Este Concours d’Elégance
May 22    Andorra    la edicio Motos Clássiques Andorra
May 28-29    Cyprus    Lespa-FIPA International Historic Car Rally 2016
June 1-7    Switzerland    La route des Grands Crus et des Bulles
June 4-7    Norway    Rally Trondhjemsridett 1919
June 5    Belgium    Eddy’s Tour
June 5    Germany    ADAC Macki Motorrad Tour in Reinfeld
June 5-6    UK    MG Live
June 6    Sweden    National Day for Historic Vehicles
June 9-12    Slovakia    FIVA World Rally (Cars)
June 11-12    Greece    8th Hand Shift Rally
June 12    Spain    Barcelona Rally
June 17-18    Germany    Internationale Deutsche Schnauferl Rally
June 17-19    Germany    Ludwigsburg RetroClassics Meets Barock
June 18    Slovenia    Summer Museum Night
June 18-19    Italy    Motociclettando
June 19    Holland    Nationale Oldtimerdag Lelystad
June 19    UK    Banbury Run
June 22-25    Czechia    FIVA World Run (Motos)
June    Europe    European Motorcycle Week
July 8-10 *    France    Le Mans Classic
August 5-7 *    Germany    Classic Days Schloss Dyck
August 21 *    USA    Pebble Beach Concours
September 2-3    France    FIVA Heritage Forum
September 4 *    France    Chantilly Arts & Elégance
September 15    Italy    Torino Symposium
October 1-2    Slovenia    Slovenia Classic Marathon
October 7-10 *    Argentina    Autoclasica Buenos-Aires
October 8-9    Turkey    Republic Rally
October 9-21    P.R. of China    Classic Cars Challenge China (4C)
October 20-22    USA    Protecting Automotive Heritage, Allentown PA.
November 9-13    Argentina    Mil Millas de Patagonia
November 16?    France    Paris Symposium
December 16-18    Thailand    Hua Hin Vintage Car Parade
January 7-8, 2017    India    The Statesman Vintage Car Rally
February 5, 2017 *    India    Cartier Travel & Style Concours d’Elégance

* Events in bold indicate the presentation of a FIVA preservation award

Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 06 Junio 2016, 12:33:43
E-TYPE BARN FINDS READY FOR RESURRECTION AT CCA

Two early Jaguar E-type barn finds, both ideal candidates for restoration projects, will be auctioned by Classic Car Auctions (CCA) at the June Sale on Saturday 18th June at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, Leamington Spa.

The first of the pair is a 1963 Jaguar E-Type 3.8 Series I Fixedhead Coupe. Clearly a well-loved car, the first owner kept it for 30 years before it was passed on to its second owner in 1993. Driven for only two years, the car was then tucked away in a barn and has recently been discovered an amazing 20 years later.

This early E-Type is an original, highly desirable, UK right-hand drive manual now in need of some TLC.  Beneath the dust, this blue E-type presents in partially dismantled condition with the bumpers, headlamp covers, engine air filter and interior carpets removed. The bodywork appears to be sound with the original dashboard,glass and wheels still in place.

The car now offers an exciting opportunity for an E-type enthusiast to bring it back to life when it goes to auction this month with an estimate of £25,000 to £30,000.

Speaking ahead of the sale, Guy Lees-Milne, general manager of Classic Car Auctions, commented “The Jaguar E-type is one of the most recognised and iconic cars ever produced and is extremely popular among classic car fans. Barn finds such as these offer the chance to purchase a beautiful car at a great value price and bring back to its former glory, a labour of love which could also be a very savvy investment.”

The second E-type ready for resurrection is a 1966 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2 Coupe 2+2, a model which is currently increasing in value on the market. The right-hand drive, manual example with a 4-speed gearbox is an abandoned restoration project which ran out of steam some 15 years ago.

The car presents today as partially stripped with the bodyshell described as solid and in good order, currently partially painted in a grey oxide undercoat. The interior has been restored at some stage and can easily be returned to good condition. Though the Webasto roof is in a poor state, the car is up on its wheels with the engine, exhaust, gearbox, and steering all fitted.

The Jaguar Heritage Certificate confirms that the car was manufactured on 11th July 1966 and originally finished in Opalescent Dark Blue. The chassis number also ties up and its original registration number was 'DSO 672E'. This unfinished project car comes with bags of potential and an auction sale estimate of between £12,000 and £15,000 for the ambitious prospective new owner.

To find out more about the two Jaguar E-types for auction and CCA’s June Sale please visit http://www.classiccarauctions.co.uk/cca-june-2016-classic-car-sale/view_lots/pn/all.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 06 Junio 2016, 12:34:06
THE WORLD’S FIRST MINI CENSUS – THE RESULTS!

Over half of the world’s Minis are boys, with the most popular name being Marvin, according to the world’s first ever Mini Census.

The survey, carried out by the organisers of Mini World Live, which takes place at Rockingham Motor Speedway, Northants, on July 10, 2016, received responses from Mini owners all over the globe, including places as far afield as Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Malta and the USA.

The results show that in total, 51% of the world’s Mini population is male, 35% are female and 14% are neither – although anyone who’s ever owned a Mini knows it’s more than just a car.

Among the boy Minis, the most popular names are Marvin, Tommy (Cooper) and Jack, although there’s a developing trend towards the names Dave, Stuart and Bob, made famous by Minions - The Movie. Girl Minis tend to follow a more alliterative tone, with Minnie (perhaps unsurprisingly), Mollie and Millie being the three most favoured names.

Some of the more unusual names that owners have given their Minis include Pingu (because he’s white with a black roof), Tetley (because he has more holes in him than a tea bag) and Mojo Jojo (after the evil monkey in The Powerpuff Girls). Randomly, one correspondent has also named her Mini Leigh Halfpenny after the Welsh rugby international (because he’s smallish, gorgeous and powerful).

The survey also proves the diversity of the world’s Mini owners, with the youngest respondent being 17-year old Luke from Auckland, New Zealand, who has a male Mini called Sheldon, after Sheldon Cooper from the Big Bang Theory. The oldest respondent was 80-year old John from Bangor, North Wales, who has a female Mini called Mavis, named after his late wife.

Commenting on the survey, Mini World Live event manager, Katherine Chappell, said: “Mini owners have a real sense of community, and their cars are just as much a part of that community as they are. Minis, both old and new, are the most celebrated and characterful cars in the world, and with Mini World Live we want to celebrate that character.”

Following the show’s debut in 2015, which brought thousands of Mini enthusiasts to the Northants venue, the organisers are promising even more action and more of a festival feel for the show, which is backed by three major Mini-related magazine titles – MiniWorld, Mini Magazine and Modern MINI.

The show will feature attractions catering for fans of both classic and modern Minis, including a concours competition, individual entries, a huge retail village, show and shine areas, club displays and on-track action, the details of which will be confirmed nearer to the date.

Visitors will also be able to enter a competition to win a Mini, sponsored by specialist insurers Carole Nash. The classic is currently being restored by the magazine teams, and will be on display at the Show. Modified Mini owners will also be able to enter a ‘Best Wheels’ competition, in association with Wheel Whores.

Live music and refreshments will also form a core part of the event, with camping available the evening before to ensure it benefits from a vibrant, festival feel.

Full details of the show, along with the opportunity to buy advance early bird tickets saving at least £4 on show entry, are available at www.miniworldlive.co.uk (booking fee applies)

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 07 Junio 2016, 08:13:01
FIESTA 40TH TO HEAD-UP NEW EVENT

The 40th birthday of one of the UK’s most popular small cars will be celebrated in style as part of a new event taking place in Brighton this summer.

The Ford Summer Festival, organised by the team behind Fast Ford, Classic Ford, Fast Car and Retro Cars magazines, will be held at Brighton Racecourse on Saturday July 16, and will start with a traditional ‘London to Brighton’ run.

Many of the cars on the run will start their journey, just as they did at the very beginning of their lives, at the Ford plant at Dagenham, on the Essex/London border. Heading up the convoy will be a special selection of 40 Ford Fiestas, from the very first to the very last, including some rare performance models. The run will be backed by Ford itself, which will be entering a fleet of its own heritage Fiestas in the drive down to the South Coast.

The popular small hatchback celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, and its birthday will be the central theme of the event, which promises to be a car show like no other.

Event manager, Katherine Chappell, said: “For the Fiesta’s birthday, we wanted something that was a bit more than a traditional car show. We wanted an event with a proper party atmosphere, and coming to Brighton gives us just that. This is a festival, not just a car show, and we fully expect Ford fans to make a full weekend out of it.”

As well as the run, the event will feature Ford displays, a retail area and a live entertainment stage, with a selection of acts throughout the day and well into the evening, including up-and-coming local bands. Overnight camping will be available and is included within the ticket cost for all those taking part in the run, helping to keep the festival atmosphere going as the sun goes down.

The Festival is open from 11am to 11pm and entry tickets cost £10 in advance (£15 on the day). For those wanting to take part in the run, entry costs £60 and includes a breakfast voucher, rally plaque, camping for two people, two free drinks and Visit Brighton vouchers for July 17.

The Ford Summer Festival is just one of a series of high profile Ford events organised by the Fast Car Entertainment team. Other events include Ford Fair, Ford Fest, The Classic Ford Show and The International Ford Show. To buy tickets, take part in the run or find out more about the Festival, visit http://www.fordsummerfestival.co.uk/

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 07 Junio 2016, 13:07:15
TURN-OUT IS 40 PER CENT UP FOR SIMPLY PORSCHE AT BEAULIEU

Forty per cent more rally-goers turned out for this year’s Simply Porsche event as more than 800 cars roared into the grounds of the National Motor Museum.

Held in association with The Independent Porsche Enthusiasts Club (TIPEC), the rally had something for every Porsche fan, with every era of this favourite sports car marque represented in the varied line-up, from the 1950s up to the present day.

There were two significant anniversaries for the German manufacturer to celebrate at this year’s fourth Simply Porsche rally. Marking 40 years of the 924 was an impressive showcase of best-selling classics, including examples of the uprated 924S and 924 Turbo models. Celebrating 20 years of the Boxster, a staggering range of this popular model was also on show.

Early Porsches on display dated as far back as the 356 of the 1950s and 1960s, the ancestor of the modern Porsche range, which included examples of the Speedster, Cabriolet and even the rare ‘Super 90’ performance version. The classic 911 was well-represented by Carrera, Turbo and Targa open-topped versions, plus several examples of the charming four-cylinder 912 of the 1960s and 1970s. Enthusiasts could also see examples of the mid-engine 914 and front-engine 944, 928 and 968 on show.

A strong display of modern Porsches included the Cayenne and Macan 4X4s, Porsche’s four-door cruiser the Panamera Turbo and a limited edition, high performance Porsche 918 supercar. The latest Cayman and Carrera coupes made a strong showing, while several examples of the open-top Spyder and high-performance GT4 also joined the display.

A wide selection of trade stands at the show included a display by Brookspeed Porsche, showcasing racing Porsches for the 102 competition series. Eager visitors could have also bought their own Porsche at the show, with a selection for sale ranging from an immaculate 944 Turbo for £17,995 to a low-mileage 924 Lux for £4,950.

Throughout the day, visitors and owners voted for their favourite Porsche in the People’s Choice Awards. The car which received the most votes was Nick Fitch’s immaculate 1964 911, painted in vivid green.

“It’s a bit of a hot rod as I used lots of different Porsche parts to build it into my dream car,” said Nick. “The original engine has been rebuilt and uprated to 3.8 litres and it now produces 400bhp.”

Nick was presented with a commemorative Beaulieu trophy and a special Autoglym prize by Beaulieu’s Commercial Director Steve Munn, before leading a cavalcade through the Beaulieu parkland.

Runners up in the competition were Norman Holliday with his 2011 Cayman R and John Devereux with his 1952 356 Cabriolet. Hot on his heels were Steve and Kate Hough with their 2013 Carrera 4S, Jeff and Josh Talbot with their highly original 1982 944 Lux, David Mills with his 2012 Boxer S and Martin Broadribb with his 2000 Boxer S.

TIPEC held its Show & Shine competition at Simply Porsche which was open to owners of both classic and modern Porsches, as they fastidiously cleaned and prepared their cars. Ian Coleman took first place with his 1986 911 3.2 coupe, Dave Wood was in second place with his 914/6 and Arthur Jones was in third place with his 1983 924.

Simply Porsche is just one event in Beaulieu’s 2016 line-up of Simply rallies, which includes Simply Classics & Sports Car, Simply VW and Simply Land Rover. For the full list of Simply rallies and other Beaulieu events see www.beaulieu.co.uk/events or follow @Beaulieu_Hants on Twitter.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 07 Junio 2016, 13:07:41
THE MODEL THAT AIMED FOR THE STARS: THE VOLVO 850 CELEBRATES ITS 25TH BIRTHDA

The Volvo 850 was the car that changed everything – a front-wheel-drive Volvo with a five-cylinder transverse engine. It was the result of the Galaxy project, which got its name because it was aiming for the stars. The 850 series achieved great success in the field of motorsport, and was the first car from Volvo available with AWD.

The brand-new Volvo 850 GLT had its world premiere in the Stockholm Globe Arena on June 11 in 1991. The model was the result of one of Sweden's largest industrial investments and differed fundamentally from previous Volvo designs. It had front-wheel drive, a five-cylinder transverse engine and offered a whole new level of driving pleasure.

The new car was launched under the banner "A dynamic car with four world firsts". These new features were the transverse five-cylinder engine, the Delta-link rear axle designed in-house, the integrated side-impact protection system, SIPS, and the self-adjusting front seat belt.

Even though the design was reminiscent of the 700 series, the 850 was a completely new car. The work on developing the model began back in 1978. At a meeting held that year, it was decided that it was now time to think freely and aim for the stars. That's why the project was christened Galaxy.

Project Galaxy resulted in two model series – one Swedish and one Dutch. The underlying technology was developed jointly; after this the teams split up. The Dutch company Volvo Car B.V went on to develop what would become the 400 series, while Volvo Cars in Sweden developed the 850 series.

The first model to be presented was the 850 GLT, with its 20-valve naturally aspirated engine producing 170 hp. During the development phase, Volvo worked actively to make the 850 GLT a lively car that delivered great driving pleasure while achieving the correct intake and exhaust noise.

The next important 850 version was presented in February 1993 – the estate car. It boasted typical Volvo features such as the abruptly ending rear section for maximum load capacity. One new design feature, however, was the extended vertical tail lights that covered the entire D-post. During the development work, Chief Designer Jan Wilsgaard had a model on which the large tail lights could be removed and replaced for comparison. The estate version was subsequently awarded the prestigious Japanese distinction “1994 Good Design Grand Prize” as well as the Italian “Most beautiful estate”.

The 850 series was soon expanded with various engine options. The model that would achieve most attention was presented at the Geneva Motor Show in 1994. With its distinctive yellow colour, the T-5R really stood out like an exclamation mark on wheels. This special model was intended to be manufactured in a run of 2,500 cars. The turbocharged engine with intercooler produced 240 hp and 330 Nm of torque. The equipment on the car included special spoilers, a square exhaust pipe and 17” Titan alloy wheels. The yellow cars sold out in a couple of weeks, and so the same number of black cars were produced, finally followed by a run of 2,500 dark green T-5Rs.

1994 was also the year when Volvo returned to the racetrack – and did so in an extremely eye-catching way. When two 850s drove up to the starting line for the season premiere at the Thruxton track in southern England, they were the estate version! Competing with a “van” in Europe’s most prestigious standard car series, the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) attracted an enormous amount of attention. Volvo invested heavily alongside Tom Walkinshaw Racing, with the two cars being driven by the Swede Rickard Rydell and the Dutch driver Jan Lammers. In 1995, estate cars were practically made illegal by rule changes and Volvo switched to the saloon model. That season Rickard Rydell came in third place overall in the championship.

Right from the outset, the press called the Volvo 850 “the world’s safest car”, and in 1995 it introduced another world first in terms of safety. At this point, the Volvo 850 became the first mass-produced car to come with side-impact airbags.

The 850 AWD – the company's first four-wheel-drive car – was a pioneer for Volvo when it was launched in 1996. The 850 All Wheel Drive had four-wheel drive engaged at all times – a viscous coupling automatically distributed the power between the front and rear wheels. If one of the rear wheels started to spin, the electronic TRACS anti-spin system automatically distributed the power between the front wheels to the one with the best grip. The 850 AWD was powered by a newly developed engine with light pressure turbo boost producing 193 hp, and was a predecessor to Volvo's four-wheel-drive XC models.

1996 was the final year the 850 was in production. When the models underwent a major upgrade in 1997, the designations were changed to S70 for the saloon models and V70 for the estate version. A total of 1,360,522 cars were built in model versions originating from the 850 series.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 07 Junio 2016, 16:19:34
JACKY ICKX AND MARK BLUNDELL TO STAR AT HEXAGON’S LE MANS CHARITY EVENING

Hexagon is proud to announce that six-time Le Mans winner Jacky Ickx and 1992 Le Mans winner Mark Blundell will be joining its star-studded panel at this summer’s Le Mans-themed charity evening.

Celebrating the world’s oldest sports car endurance race, Hexagon is putting together a line-up of famous drivers on July 5th at its flagship Finchley showroom, at an event that will raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charity.

Already confirmed are five-time Le Mans winner Derek Bell MBE and 1970 Le Mans winner Richard Attwood: now Jacky Ickx and Mark Blundell will join this stellar line-up with more famous drivers to be announced.

Jacky Ickx started his racing life in touring cars in the mid-Sixties before moving into F1 in 1967 and over 12 years, drove for legendary teams including Ferrari, McLaren, Williams, scoring eight outright Grand Prix wins, 13 pole positions and 181 championship points.

But it was endurance racing in which he was even more successful. Ickx won the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1969 in a Ford GT40, 1975 in a Mirage GR8 and 1976, 1977 and 1981 as a factory Porsche driver (in the incredible Porsche 936) while his sixth victory was in 1982 in a Porsche 956.

Mark Blundell is another driver who has experienced success in F1 and endurance racing. In 1989 he was both a Williams F1 test driver and a factory Nissan sports car driver and, in 1990, put the fearsome turbocharged Nissan R90CK – rumoured to be running in excess of 1,000bhp at the time – on pole at Le Mans by more than six seconds in an incredible lap. In 1992 he won Le Mans in the V10-engined Peugeot 905, while his F1 career has seen him race for legendary teams such as Ligier, Brabham, Tyrell and McLaren.

First run in 1923, the 24 Hours of Le Mans is the world’s oldest endurance race for sports cars and forms one part of the famous Triple Crown of Motorsport, the others being the Indianapolis 500 and the Monaco Grand Prix.

Taking place on the Circuit de la Sarthe over a mix of closed public roads and a dedicated racing circuit, the track features landmarks such as the high speed Mulsanne straight and iconic Porsche Curves.

Raising money for the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and the Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charity, the evening will feature not just famous faces but star cars too, with appearances from a host of period endurance racers and an auction of motorsport memorabilia.

Paul Michaels, chairman of Hexagon Classics, said: “Our line-up for July 5th is just incredible. It’s fantastic to announce that Jacky Ickx and Mark Blundell will be joining Derek Bell MBE and Richard Attwood on our star-studded panel. Jacky has had a phenomenal career – and many of his Porsche factory wins at Le Mans came with him sharing cars with Derek. It’ll be incredible to hear the two of them talking about those times. Meanwhile, Mark is one of our most experienced racers. I can’t wait to hear the story of that incredible lap in the brutal Nissan R90CK back in 1990. With more drivers to be revealed our guests are in for a fantastic evening.

“Most importantly, though, this evening will raise money for a charity that is very close to my heart. My granddaughter owes her life to the care she received while at Great Ormond Street and I am so happy that we will be able to give something back to this great hospital – and the Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals too – helping them to continue their incredible work. Last summer’s celebration of Ayrton Senna raised £72,000 and we have every intention of eclipsing that incredible figure.”

Hexagon’s 24 Hours of Le Mans celebration evening will take place on July 5th at 730pm at Hexagon’s flagship north London showroom located at 82-92 Great North Road, London, N2 0NL.

Tickets cost £195 and include food from Michelin star chef Christian Honor. Interested guests are asked to RSVP:

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 07 Junio 2016, 16:37:57
RELIANT RIALTOS FROM FIRST TOP GEAR ROAD TRIP GO ON SHOW AT BEAULIEU

The roofless Reliant Rialtos driven by Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc in their first road trip challenge of the BBC’s new Top Gear series have gone on display at Beaulieu.

The new presenters defended the honour of their nations in a 250-mile journey from London to Blackpool in the fibreglass three-wheelers in the first show of the series. The two cars came straight from filming to their new home in Beaulieu’s World of Top Gear, which features original and unique cars from the TV show.

Chris, driving the better performing car which was decorated in the British Union Flag, ended up helping Matt in his American stars and stripes painted car to complete the challenge when it continued to overheat.

The pair battled through wind and rain and Matt’s car even had to be carried part of the way on a flatbed truck in order to complete the challenge. Chris described Matt’s car as the “worst car in the world” and gave it a shunt in his Reliant Rialto to literally bump-start it on the outskirts of the seaside resort, so that it could arrive under its own steam for a night-time welcome under the Blackpool illuminations.

The challenge was the first of many for the new six-part series of Top Gear, the world’s biggest motoring show. More glamorous challenges include chauffeuring superstar musicians to the top of Africa in 4x4s and hitting the Rolls-Royce campaign trail in western Ireland. There will also be a battle of off-road baddies in the Ariel Nomad, a car made mostly from scaffolding.

German racer Sabine Schmitz, YouTube star Chris Harris, BBC F1 pundit Eddie Jordan and motoring journalist Rory Reid will join the presenters to put the finest cars from across the globe to the test, including Ferrari’s fearsome F12tdf, the McLaren 675LT, BMW’s pugnacious M2 and the screaming Aston Martin Vulcan.

At Beaulieu’s World of Top Gear, visitors can see cars from some of the most ambitious challenges on the TV show over the years – from stretch limousines, which were built to carry stars to the glittering Brit Awards, to the unforgettable Grannymobile.

Beaulieu’s Enormodrome also recreates the feel of the Top Gear studio with the Celebrity ‘Lap Times’ board and behind-the-scenes footages and clips from some of the best Top Gear moments.

World of Top Gear can be seen as part of a visit to the whole Beaulieu attraction which also includes the National Motor Museum, Palace House which has been home to the Montagu family since 1538 and the 13th century Beaulieu Abbey and gardens.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 08 Junio 2016, 17:07:55
McLAREN RETURNS TO GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED TO CELEBRATE ENDLESS PURSUIT OF POWER

McLaren Automotive will return to the Goodwood Festival of Speed this summer celebrating race wins and titles spanning more than five decades. McLaren will honour the drivers and championships where the team has claimed the top step of the podium, in the ultimate expression of ‘Full Throttle – The Endless Pursuit of Power’. McLaren House will once again return to the lawns of the Goodwood Estate, with iconic racers displayed alongside the full range of modern-day McLaren models in the Sports Series, Super Series and Ultimate Series. The broad selection of models, spanning more than 50 years of the McLaren name, will be the most extensive display of McLaren models ever showcased, including the new 570GT.

As in previous years, McLaren will also be present in the Supercar Paddock with models from each of the three tier range. The recently announced track-only 570S Sprint will make its global dynamic debut on the famous Goodwood Hill alongside the 570S Coupé from the Sports Series, while the 50th anniversary of the Can Am championship will be celebrated by the 650S Can Am by MSO, joined by the sold-out 675LT Spider representing the Super Series. The McLaren P1™ GTR completes the line-up. As the most powerful McLaren ever built, the Ultimate Series model is the true reflection of an endless pursuit of power.

The 2016 season is a key anniversary for motorsport, and McLaren in particular. milestones of note include the 50th anniversary of the Can-Am series, the 100th running of the Indy 500, 40 years since British racing legend James Hunt’s dramatic Formula 1™ title and 30 years since Alain Prost claimed his second world title. The results – each a major achievement in its own right – have contributed to the rich tapestry of racing history, and forms part of the heritage of the most successful team in global motorsport.

The brutal McLaren M8D from the 1970 season, finished in iconic McLaren Orange heritage livery, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the no-holds-barred Can Am series of the 1960s-70s. Revered as the ultimate test of engineering and bravery, the series established McLaren as the team to beat, claiming five back-to-back championships led by New Zealand-born racer and team-founder Bruce McLaren.

2016 marks the 100th running of the Indy 500, a race which McLaren has been victorious at on three separate occasions. The debut for McLaren at the famous ‘Brickyard’ was with the Gordon Coppuck-designed M15 in 1970. The design used the single seater Can-Am sports car experience in chassis layout and conception, winning the prestigious designer’s award for engineering excellence.

Representing 50 years since McLaren entered the Formula 1™ championship is the MP4-2C from the championship-winning 1986 season. Driven by Alain Prost and Keke Rosberg, the MP4-2C is the final iteration of the most successful chassis ever raced in Formula 1™. During 1986, Prost claimed four race victories on his way to his second Drivers’ Championship title.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 08 Junio 2016, 17:08:18
RECORD 58 CAR GRID AT SILVERSTONE FOR EQUIPE GTS

Coming off the back of a Brands Hatch sell out, Equipe GTS celebrated another record grid this weekend when fifty-eight cars lined up to race at Silverstone’s MG Live event, putting on an spectacular display of clean but close racing, all highly competitive with the top three competitors all qualifying within half a second.

Equipe GTS is a series for smaller engined pre 66 FIA cars running to Appendix K regulations. The grids encompass MG, Triumph, TVR, Healey, Lotus, Morgan and others providing great racing with affordable race entry fees.

Last weekend was the third round of the Equipe GTS series, which came under new management in 2014 and has been going from strength to strength. A maximum thirty-four cars lined up at Brands Hatch on 30 April for the second race of the season and last weekend the series enjoyed its highest grid number ever as fifty-eight cars packed onto the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit for the double-header race weekend at MG Live.

Equipe GTS club competitors range from 18 years to 80 years old.All of which compete either solo in the two 30 minute races, or with co-drivers in the longer 40 minute races which have a mandatory pit stop. Entry fees are kept as low as possible to ensure the club concentrates on providing value for money and a good social atmosphere for drivers outside of the racing.

Equipe GTS is an independent series run by John Pearson and Rob Cull – who both race in the series. When asked about the success of the series John Pearson commented “This is a series for Drivers run by Drivers, we have been working hard on putting the club camaraderie back and building a good paddock atmosphere with the racing being just one part of the weekend.”

“There is no such thing as cheap racing but the Equipe GTS cars are an era where the classics are still affordable and really fun to drive and we have seen lots of new drivers this year including many ‘Dads & Lads' for the pit stop races. The racing is close, clean and hugely enjoyable.”

John also mentioned about their success “We give back to club competitors as much as they put in, so where possible we keep entry fees low, provide free jackets and paddock hospitality. The fact the grids are so packed is encouraging and it has worked out better than we could ever have imagined.”

Equipe GTS goes on to Mallory Park next on the 3 July, for a single 40 min race and then to Snetterton on the 23 July.  For full race reports, gallery, entry details or a full event calendar please visit: http://www.equipegts.uk/ for details of entry please contact: info@equipegts.com

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 08 Junio 2016, 17:08:41
HOARDS OF FORDS AND SOME FINE AWARDS…

Fine weather and an even finer selection of cars made the 2016 Classic Ford Show one of the most successful ever, with interest in the Blue Oval’s most iconic cars showing no sign of waning.

In total, over 1,200 cars were on display at Santa Pod, Beds, the best-known drag strip in the UK. Among them were all sorts of classics, ranging from standard, concours restorations, through to performance-tuned models modified mildly to wildly. From Anglia to Zodiac, via Escort, Focus and Fiesta, every imaginable type of Ford was there.

Now in its 12th year, the Classic Ford Show is one of the best attended and most loved Ford events in the calendar, and this year proved why, with some amazing exhibits.

Among them were a ‘Great Unveil’ of some future Classic Ford feature cars, including an immaculate Crayford Corsair Convertible restored by Steve Pardoe, a wide-arched Mk 1 Escort built by Simon Dolphin and a Mk 2 Lotus Cortina ‘Team Lotus’ belonging to Jonathon Parker.

Another show-stopper, which also made its way onto the Classic Ford stand was a Mk 1 Cortina built from the ground up in just four days by a group of friends, as a challenge to see if it could be completed in time for the show.

Owned by Darren Miles and built under the leadership of well-known Ford restorer Ben Szanto, the story will feature in the next issue of Classic Ford magazine on sale June 17.

Another highlight of the show was the 116-strong Old Skool Ford club stand, which won the Best Club Stand Award sponsored by main show supporters, Admiral, and the Autoperfekt show and shine, which was won by Lazlo Horvath, with his Mk 1 Fiesta. The Wheel Whores Best Wheels award went to Mike Johnson, who also owns a Mk 1 Fiesta.

Overall, the 2016 Classic Ford Show was a huge success, but fans of the brand don’t need to wait until next year for another great Ford-themed event. Next month, on July 16, it’s the Ford Summer festival (www.fordsummerfestival.co.uk) including a run from Ford’s home in Dagenham to Brighton, while Ford Fair in August (www.fordfair.co.uk) and Ford Fest in September (www.fordfestshow.co.uk) give fans of fine Fords plenty to look forward to as the summer goes on.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 08 Junio 2016, 17:09:03
FIRST LOOK AT HEVENINGHAM HALL CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE ENTRANTS

Heveningham Hall, the 18th Century country estate in Suffolk, is set to host its inaugural Concours d’Elegance on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd July in association with auctioneers Bonhams as part of celebrations to mark the Grade I listed Georgian mansion’s 20th annual Country Fair and Capability Brown’s Tercentenary.

The Concours d’Elegance will feature around 50 of the most prominent pre and post war cars in history, forming a stunning line-up that tells motorsport history. However, it will be a Concours d’Elegance with a difference, adding a contemporary twist to a family weekend.

Today Heveningham Hall has announced a selection of the entrants to the Concours d’Elegance: a 1955 Mercedes Aluminium Gullwing number 19 of 29, 1995 McLaren F1 GTR and a 1926 Vauxhall 30-98 Velox. Also featuring in the line up will be a Ferrari 250 GTO, Ferrari 250 GT SWB and a Jaguar D Type.  More cars and other special guests will be announced on a weekly basis prior to the event.

Each of these cars has a fascinating history, with the McLaren F1 GTR coming third at Le Mans in 1995 driven by Derek Bell, Justin Bell and Andy Wallace. It wears unique Harrods colours and is only one of six GTRs built (another won at Le Mans in the same year).

The 1955 Mercedes Gullwing competed in the legendary Mille Miglia driven by Italian Gentleman Driver Alberico Cacciari, while the Vauxhall 30-98 Velox (one of only 20 left in the world) has been kept in impeccable condition. It is a special order in polished alloy and is of the best specification examples around, with a counterbalanced crank.

Commenting on the Concours, Andrew Hall, speaking on behalf of Heveningham Hall, said: “We are delighted to be able to announce these iconic cars as part of our first Concours, and there are a lot more to come. They all have interesting stories and I can’t wait to see them all lined up on the day.”

The Concours, which will take place in the 5,000-acre estate’s Capability Brown parkland, will offer trophies in both pre and post war categories, with the winners elected by a judging panel. 

The annual Heveningham Hall Country Fair typically hosts around 15,000 visitors, and each year the Heveningham Hall Country Fair Trust distributes all proceeds to local communities for village and school projects, church repairs, and individual cases of need, such as Halesworth Community Nursing Care Fund.

A 10km run on Sunday 3rd July also raises money for ‘Get Kids Going’, a national charity that provides disabled children and young people with the opportunity to participate in sport.

For more information about the Concours visit: www.concoursdelegance.org

Further information about the Country Fair, including ticketing, visit: www.countryfair.co.uk 

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 10 Junio 2016, 11:35:25
LORD MARCH TO OPEN FESTIVAL OF SPEED WITH RUN IN ICONIC BMW 507

Goodwood Festival of Speed founder, Lord March, will open this year’s event by driving up the hillclimb course formed by his driveway in a beautiful 1957 BMW 507 sportscar.

BMW is this year’s Honoured Marque and the central theme of the 2016 edition of the Festival of Speed will celebrate the German manufacturer’s centenary.

Lord March will complete the very first run up the 1.16-mile hillclimb at the start of the Moving Motor Show, part of the new Press & Preview day on Thursday, June 23.

The 3.2-litre V8-engined BMW 507 was driven by Hollywood stars Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley in its heyday but only 252 were ever built.

With a top speed of 122mph, the 507 was beautifully hand-built and, while it was priced £3,200 when it was first built in ’57, the rarity of the model now means that the example Lord March will drive up the hill is estimated to be worth around £2 million.

Lord March said: “I’m delighted that BMW has chosen to mark its centenary with us. Our magnificent central feature sculpture outside Goodwood House will celebrate BMW’s sporting success and I will be honoured to drive one of the rarest, and most beautiful, BMWs ever built to open what promises to be a terrific show.”

The BMW 507 and Lord March will take to the hillclimb track to open this year’s Festival of Speed at 9am on Thursday, June 23.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 10 Junio 2016, 11:36:30
HAMILTON AND ROSBERG TO TOP THE BILL AT FESTIVAL OF SPEED 2016

Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have confirmed they will be among the glittering line-up of star drivers attending the world's largest motoring garden party, now only two weeks away.

For the first time, the sell-out Festival of Speed crowd will be able to see (and hear) one of the new-generation turbo F1 cars, as the Mercedes pair take to the famous Goodwood Hill in a 2014 Mercedes F1 W05 Hybrid, with Hamilton, who drove it to World Championship victory in 2014, taking the wheel on Saturday, and Grand Prix winner Rosberg on Sunday.

Nico Rosberg currently leads the 2016 Formula 1 season by 24 points over his team-mate and three-time Formula 1 Champion Lewis Hamilton, and both will be coming fresh from the European Grand Prix at Baku, Azerbaijan. Rosberg tweeted "See you on Sunday at Goodwood" to fans this week.

Hamilton and Rosberg will be part of a stellar line-up, that includes famous names from all branches of motorsport.

Drivers and riders attending this year (subject to change):
Adam Morgan    BTCC race winner
Alain Menu    Double BTCC champion
Alessandro Zanardi    Two-time CART champion and Paralympic cycling gold medallist
Alex Wurz    Le Mans winner and former F1 driver
Andrew Jordan    2013 BTCC champion
Bobby Labonte    2000 NASCAR Winston Cup champion
Brian Johnson    Legendary AC/DC singer
Sir Chris Hoy    Multiple Olympic cycling champion and now Le Mans driver
Carl Fogarty    World Superbike Royalty
Colin Edwards    Two-time World Superbike Champion
David Brabham    Le Mans winner and ex-F1 racer
Derek "Buttsy" Butler    Drift star with his own F1 car!
Derek Bell    Five-time Le Mans winner
Emerson Fittipaldi    Two-time F1 World Champion and double Indy 500 winner
Frank Biela    Five-time Le Mans winner and 1996 BTCC champion
Freddie Spencer    Three-time motorcycle GP world champion
Gerhard Berger    Ten-time Grand Prix winner
Giacomo Agostini    15-time Motorcycle World Champion
Gordon Shedden    Reigning BTCC champion
Gordon Sheddon    Two-time BTCC champion
Hans-Joachim Stuck    Touring car legend and double Le Mans winner
Sir Jackie Stewart    Three-time F1 World Champion
James Martin    TV chef and classic car enthusiast
Jari Matti Latvala    WRC front-runner
Jason Plato    Two-time BTCC winner and TV presenter
Jean Ragnotti    Two-time Monte Carlo Rally winner
Jean-Pierre Jabouille    The first driver to win a Grand Prix in a turbocharged car
Jenson Button    2009 Formula 1 World Champion
Jochen Mass    F1 and Le Mans winner and Goodwood House Captain
John McGuinness    Multiple IoM TT winner
John Surtees    World Champion on two wheels and four
Johnny Cecotto    Motorcycle Grand Prix World Champion
Karun Chandhok    Former F1 driver
Kelvin Fletcher    BTCC driver and Emmerdale Star
Ken Block    Gymkhana star and WRX front-runner
Kenny Brack    1999 Indy 500 winner drives on the hill
Liam Doran    World Rallycross front-runner
Lorina McLaughlin    Regular winner of 'Fastest Lady' prize at Festival
Mad Mike Whiddett    Star of the drifting world
Mark Higgins    British Rally champion and IoM Record Holder drives on the hill
Martin Brundle    Le Mans winner and F1 star
Matt Neal    Three-time BTCC champion
Mike Conway    Indy Car race winner
Mike Skinner    1995 NASCAR Truck champion
Nick Mason    Pink Floyd drummer
Nicky Hayden    MotoGP Champion
Nico Hulkenberg    F1 star and Le Mans winner
Nyck de Vries    McLaren development driver
Olly Clark    Last year's Festival of Speed shoot-out winner
Pat Doran    Four-time British Rallycross champion
Patrick Friesacher    Will be smoking in his Toyata Camry
Réné Arnoux    Seven-time F1 GP winner
Riccardo Patrese    Six-time Grand Prix winner
Richard Childress    Legendary NASCAR team owner
Ricky Carmichael    The 'greatest of all time' in motocross
Sam Tordoff    BTCC race winner
Sammy Miller    Two-time European Trials Champion
Steve Soper    Touring car legend
Sir Stirling Moss    Racing legend and "Mr Goodwood"
Stoffel Vandoorne    McLaren reserve driver
Troy Bayliss    World Superbike champion to ride Ducati GP3
Troy Corser    World Superbike Champion to ride BMW Kaczor R50S

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 10 Junio 2016, 15:59:31
VEE DUBS TO JOIN BEAULIEU’S SECOND SIMPLY VW ON SUNDAY 26TH JUNE

‘Vee Dubs’ of every type are invited to join the great day out for Volkswagen fans and visitors at Beaulieu’s second Simply VW on Sunday 26th June.

Sponsored by Breeze Volkswagen Group, the celebration of this much-loved German marque will return with a varied line-up of Volkswagen models, both classic and modern. Campers and commercials, from the iconic Type 2 to the latest T6, will form the backbone of the display, with additional saloons, hatches and sports cars.

Look out for air-cooled icons such as the Beetle and Karmann Ghia, as well as 1970s and 1980s models such as the Golf, Polo and Scirocco, and their modern counterparts. All are welcome to take part in the rally.

Volkswagen clubs will also showcase their members’ cars, with the New Forest Dub Club, the Vee Dub social group and the R32OC owners’ forum all taking part.

Throughout the day, visitors can vote for their favourite Volkswagen of the show in the People’s Choice Award. The driver of the winning car will be presented with a commemorative Beaulieu trophy and a special Autoglym prize, before leading a cavalcade of the most popular cars through the attraction grounds.

Rally participants, displaying a Volkswagen in the rally, can enjoy all of the features of the Beaulieu attraction for the great value ticket of £10 an adult and £5 a child. Tickets can be bought in advance online or on arrival. Vehicle entry into the Beaulieu parkland is from 9am, when the Brabazon Restaurant will serve breakfast snacks and hot and cold drinks.

Overnight camping on Saturday 25th June is available for rally participants, while camping tickets need to be bought in advance. Adult camping tickets are £10, while children camp for free. Visit https://www.beaulieu.co.uk/events/simply-vw/ for further details. Volkswagen drivers who wish to park up with their friends in the rally must all arrive together.

Admission to the event also includes access to all of the Beaulieu attraction. Don’t miss the National Motor Museum’s new Driving Change display, which explores motoring innovations, technology and safety throughout history and makes motoring predictions for the future. Visit On Screen Carsand the World of Top Gear, take a stroll around the Palace House which has been home to the Montagu family since 1538 and the 13th century Beaulieu Abbey and grounds.

Simply VW is just one event in Beaulieu’s 2016 Simply rally line-up, which also includes Simply Japanese, Simply Land Rover and Simply Smart. For the full list of Simply rallies and other Beaulieu events, see www.beaulieu.co.uk/events or follow @Beaulieu_Hants on Twitter.

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 10 Junio 2016, 16:00:10
BRITISH GP WINNERS JOIN F1 LEGENDS ON-TRACK AT SILVERSTONE CLASSIC

A trio of the most evocative and successful Grand Prix cars from recent Formula One history will add to the high-octane, on-track excitement at this summer’s Silverstone Classic (29-31 July). All three head-turners are proven winners, raced in period by World Champions.

Indeed, festival-goers can expect to experience a real assault on all of their senses, not least as two of these iconic, eye-catching machines are actual British Grand Prix winners. What’s more, adding to the fervour, both of these victors are powered by euphonic, high-revving V10 engines.

The first is the very Williams-Renault FW18 in which Jacques Villeneuve roared to victory at Silverstone exactly 20 years ago in 1996. A similar all-conquering FW18 took Villeneuve’s team-mate, Damon Hill, to the world title in the same season.

The second British Grand Prix winner is Mika Hakkinen’s equally illustrious McLaren-Mercedes MP4-16A, which took the coveted chequered flag five years later in 2001.

Today, both these Adrian Newey-designed world-beaters are owned by United Autosports, the Leeds-based team headed by American sponsorship and marketing guru Zak Brown and erstwhile British racer Richard Dean. The two cars have recently been restored to their former glories by those at Williams and McLaren and will be making their eagerly-anticipated Silverstone Classic debuts in July. Not only will they be revving up on track alongside a number of other F1 cars from the similar Mansell, Senna and Schumacher epoch, but additionally they will be on prominent public display in the paddock, giving all visitors a rare chance to see them up close.

“What a fantastic treat for visitors!” enthused Nick Wigley CEO of event organiser Goose Live Events. “Just hearing these V10s revving to 20,000rpm is going to be something no F1 fan is going to want to miss. And that both cars have true Silverstone pedigree makes their presence even more special. I must thank Zak for sharing their wonderful excesses and amazing provenance with all of those coming to the Classic in July.”     

Brown will also be racing an evocative March 701 in the two FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship showdowns. This particular chassis was the very car – run by the Ken Tyrrell Organisation – in which triple World Champion Jackie Stewart won the 1970 Race of Champions at Brands Hatch – the March marque’s maiden Formula 1 race win – and followed up with an equally significant victory a month later in the Spanish GP. This special milestone March has some interesting Silverstone history, too – a week after winning in Spain, Stewart drove it to second place in the BRDC International Trophy, a non-championship race staged at the super-fast Northamptonshire circuit.

“I've yet to compete in the Silverstone Classic, which I've heard is a world class event,” said Brown. “To be able to share three World Champion race cars – two of which won the British Grand Prix–  with the spectators and competitors is awesome. I can’t think of a better track to showcase these cars!"

While this trio of star attractions will certainly be high on the list of crowd-pleasers, they are among illustrious company at the annual Classic – a not-to-be-missed record-breaking event which sees unrivalled numbers of historic racing cars still competing today.

Adding to the festival’s immense appeal, all tickets include free entrance to both racing paddocks and pit complexes, trackside grandstands and live music concerts on Friday and Saturday evenings. Adult admission is from just £42 and considerable savings are on offer for those festival-goers spending the full weekend at Silverstone. This year, there is also a special Family Ticket. Full details can be found on the official www.silverstoneclassic.com website. 

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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 10 Junio 2016, 17:09:06
GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED TO OPEN WITH 25 NEW CAR DEBUTS AT MOVING MOTOR SHOW

This year’s Goodwood Moving Motor Show will feature the first appearance of at least 25 of the world’s most exciting new cars.

The list of cars making UK, European or world debuts includes the McLaren 570S Sprint, Porsche 911 R, Ferrari 488 Spider and Tesla Model X.

Thirteen of the world’s largest car manufacturers will appear at the Moving Motor Show in association with The Daily Telegraph, which kicks off the Goodwood Festival of Speed Press & Preview Day on Thursday, 23 June.

Alongside this year’s Honoured Marque, BMW, confirmed manufacturers for the Moving Motor Show are Aston Martin, Ford, Dacia, Ferrari, Honda, Lexus, Maserati, Subaru, Abarth, Porsche, Renault Sport, Mazda and Toyota.

BMW will feature on two stands at the event, celebrating its centenary showcasing the rich heritage of its M Sport line of vehicles, as well as looking to future technologies with the story of its i8. The German marque will also open this year’s Festival of Speed, with event founder Lord March driving a classic BMW 507 up the Goodwood hillclimb in the first run of the weekend.

The Press & Preview Day, featuring the Moving Motor Show, is unique in giving motor manufacturers a dynamic platform on which to showcase their very latest models and, in some cases, providing an opportunity for visitors to get behind the wheel themselves and tackle a specially-constructed course around the Festival of Speed grounds.

Now in its seventh year, the Moving Motor Show has established itself as a key platform for car makers, with a record attendance of 35,000 in 2015 and an even larger crowd expected this summer.

The full list of cars confirmed to date as making some form of debut at MMS includes the following:

Abarth 124 Spider
Alfa Romeo Giulia
Audi Q2
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Título: Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
Publicado por: Manu en 13 Junio 2016, 14:20:52
RECORD 164 ENTRIES FOR CCA’S BIGGEST EVER SALE

A record total of 164 ‘everyman’ classics will be auctioned at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre in Classic Car Auctions’ (CCA) sale on Saturday 18th June, making it the auction house’s biggest sale to date.

The huge selection of cars on offer includes everything from low mileage, time-warp classics, excellent value performance cars from the likes of Porsche and Ferrari, barn-find restoration projects, and some unusual, rare vehicles to appeal to car collectors of all tastes and budgets.

Among the headline cars on offer on the day is a rare 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Supersport SSE Cabriolet perfect for summer. Only 18 right-hand drive Supersport Cabriolets examples were made, making this a special opportunity to acquire a stunning and highly collectible Porsche. The car will be offered with a sale estimate of £35,000 to £40,000. Porsche fans will also have the opportunity to purchase an impressive UK right-hand drive, manual 2006 911 (997) 3.6 Turbo with an estimate of £28,000 to £32,000.

Another star of the show is a true time-warp with an incredibly low mileage. Having been in storage for over twenty years, a 1990 John Cooper Special Mini has just 292 miles on the clock and will be auctioned with a sale estimate of between £12,000 and £14,000.

Buyers can’t get enough of them and CCA has several low mileage classic Fords in the sale, with a 1979 Ford Escort 1.6 Ghia, looking as immaculate as the day it left the factory 37 years ago and with less than 4,000 miles covered, estimated at between £9,000 and £11,000.

A one owner from new 1988 Ford Sierra 1.8GL Sapphire with just 2,100 miles recorded over the past 28 years has a sale estimate of between £6,000 and £7,000, and a 1983 Ford Fiesta Popular Plus, with just 6,000 miles from new, will be offered without reserve.

The variety of cars on offer continues with a selection of great value performance cars. A 1987 BMW E30 M3 presented in absolutely remarkable condition and indicating just 58,480 kilometres (36,300 miles) will be offered with an estimate of between £36,000 and £40,000.
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