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« Respuesta #30 en: 27 Octubre 2015, 12:44:37 »

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

To view the catalogue for the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show Sale, please follow the following link:

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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« Respuesta #31 en: 28 Octubre 2015, 17:31:44 »

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


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« Respuesta #32 en: 28 Octubre 2015, 17:32:09 »

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

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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« Respuesta #33 en: 28 Octubre 2015, 17:32:33 »

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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« Respuesta #34 en: 30 Octubre 2015, 08:16:55 »

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 or by calling 0844 581 1275.


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« Respuesta #35 en: 30 Octubre 2015, 08:17:13 »

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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« Respuesta #36 en: 30 Octubre 2015, 12:06:57 »

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:


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« Respuesta #37 en: 30 Octubre 2015, 13:37:01 »

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


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« Respuesta #38 en: 30 Octubre 2015, 16:32:17 »

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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« Respuesta #39 en: 02 Noviembre 2015, 13:19:17 »

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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« Respuesta #40 en: 03 Noviembre 2015, 08:34:26 »

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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« Respuesta #41 en: 04 Noviembre 2015, 16:51:07 »

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


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« Respuesta #42 en: 05 Noviembre 2015, 13:09:57 »

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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« Respuesta #43 en: 06 Noviembre 2015, 08:57:16 »

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 website.


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« Respuesta #44 en: 06 Noviembre 2015, 08:57:36 »

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: