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« Respuesta #45 en: 06 Noviembre 2015, 14:46:43 »

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 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


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« Respuesta #46 en: 10 Noviembre 2015, 16:06:05 »
Buenos cacharros!!


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


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« Respuesta #47 en: 12 Noviembre 2015, 09:28:43 »

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


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« Respuesta #48 en: 12 Noviembre 2015, 09:29:11 »

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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« Respuesta #49 en: 12 Noviembre 2015, 14:48:59 »

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 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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« Respuesta #50 en: 13 Noviembre 2015, 08:38:55 »

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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« Respuesta #51 en: 16 Noviembre 2015, 08:14:03 »

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

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.

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« Respuesta #52 en: 16 Noviembre 2015, 11:56:03 »

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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« Respuesta #53 en: 17 Noviembre 2015, 09:13:10 »
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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


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« Respuesta #54 en: 18 Noviembre 2015, 08:57:31 »

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 (


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« Respuesta #55 en: 18 Noviembre 2015, 08:57:54 »

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


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« Respuesta #56 en: 23 Noviembre 2015, 16:11:48 »

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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« Respuesta #57 en: 25 Noviembre 2015, 09:13:53 »

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

For more information about Fiskens and to view the current stock, please visit:

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:


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« Respuesta #58 en: 25 Noviembre 2015, 09:15:29 »

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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« Respuesta #59 en: 26 Noviembre 2015, 10:31:25 »

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 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.”