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« Respuesta #2085 en: 02 Octubre 2020, 14:13:56 »

Chance to win some incredible prizes in the first week of sales
Prizes include Formula 1 British Grand Prix tickets, Silverstone Driving experiences, back-stage passes…
Postponed 30th birthday party plus a host of additional celebrations in 2021
Book with confidence guarantee – full refunds offered should UK government guidelines prevent spectator access
Tickets for The Classic 2021 are now on sale and fans who book their tickets within the first week will be in with a chance of winning some incredible prizes.

All those buying tickets before midnight on Friday 9 October will automatically be entered into a Golden Ticket prize draw and items up for grabs include a pair a general admission tickets to the 2021 Formula 1 British Grand Prix, a Silverstone Single-Seater Driving Experience (photos below top – F1 photo credit: XPB Images) and a memorable ride in a course car as well as a behind-the-scenes tour of Race Control during The Classic next year (30 July – 1 August).

Prizes also include a backstage Green Room pass to The Classic’s live music stage on either Friday or Saturday evening plus a set of four tyres and Chelsea FC merchandise courtesy of event partner Yokohama HPT.
“This is the best Golden Ticket prize we have ever offered and the lucky winners are going to be richly rewarded,” confirmed Nick Wigley, CEO of The Classic promoter Goose Live Events. “In fact, everyone coming to next year’s event is going to have an incredible time as it will be the biggest and best Classic ever. The amazing celebrations we had planned for this year’s sadly cancelled 30th birthday party have been rolled over into 2021 and we’ll be celebrating a whole host more anniversaries on and off track, too. Even by The Classic’s own record-breaking standards, next year’s festival is going to be totally unmissable.”
Firmly established as the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival, the 2021 showcase will include all the greatest crowd-pleasing grids. Firm-favourites already confirmed are FIA Masters Historic Formula One, Royal Automobile Club Woodcote & Stirling Moss Trophy, Historic Touring Car Challenge, Formula Junior, HSCC Thundersports plus the Yokohama Trophy for FIA Masters Historic Sportscars. More magical retro races featuring the finest competition cars from yesteryear will be announced in the coming months.
Fuelling the deferred 30th birthday party, all the chart-topping bands due to perform last July will be back in 2021 with The Brand New Heavies headlining on Friday evening and Aswad and Scouting For Girls pumping out their roster of much-loved hits on Saturday evening.
Many of the glittering car club anniversary displays and track parades anticipated for 2020 are also being re-arranged for next July and will be further enhanced with all those evocative marque and model milestones being honoured in 2021.
“After so many disappointments, we really want to make next summer’s Classic an absolutely incredible event. We will be putting all the current troubles well behind us and reigniting everyone’s burning passion for the very best classic road and racing cars,” Wigley explained. “We do appreciate, though, that ticket buyers need confidence in the current climate and we will, of course, be offering full refunds should UK government guidelines prevent spectator access.”
Those eager to buy their tickets promptly can do so with the full confidence that not only will they have the unique opportunity to win one of the Golden Ticket prizes, but for a limited time period will have the chance to buy at last year’s Early Bird prices. Adult admission starts from £39 with the price of full three-day weekend tickets frozen at £105.
Encouraging the next generation to experience the love of cars, accompanied children aged 10 and under go free while day tickets for those aged between 11 and 15 are priced from just £6. Car Club Display packages are also available as well as a special 30th Anniversary Celebration Package.
All tickets will give access to both racing paddocks, open trackside grandstand seating and much of the fabulous family entertainment on offer. There will also be an opportunity for all ticket purchasers to make a donation to Alzheimer’s Research UK, The Classic’s official charity partner.
Full details of tickets for The Classic 2021 at Silverstone can be found at:


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« Respuesta #2086 en: 05 Octubre 2020, 08:53:20 »

Low mileage 1996 Porsche 911 (993) Carrera RS
Magenta 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 Targa (MFI), one of just two
One owner from new 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera SSE Targa
1988 Porsche 928 S4 with rare manual gearbox
Stoneleigh Park confirmed as location for viewings prior to auction weekend
Silverstone Auctions catalogue for The NEC Classic Live Online Auction is rapidly building, with a number of exceptional Porsches forming part of the line-up.

Harry Whale, Silverstone Auctions Sales Manager commented, “Porsche are a firm favourite in all of our auctions and this year we have achieved some great results for the marque. We are delighted to have a number of superb Porsche examples in our final sale of the year, which will take place over two days on 13th and 14th November”.

One of the stand outs has to be the Speed Yellow 1996 Porsche 911 (993) Carrera RS. The left-hand drive, 3.8-litre, French-market car was imported into the UK in 1999 and has had just two owners since its arrival. Fitted with the Clubsport Aero kit, the car is a matching numbers engine/gearbox and remains in standard factory specification. This is a fantastic opportunity to own a legendary modern classic which has covered just 34,267 miles (55,148km) from new.

Another striking Porsche which will cross the block next month is one of just 42 of its kind, a 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 Targa (MFI), and this particular car is one of only two to be finished in Magenta (Karminrot 009). Having had a comprehensive restoration in the 90’s, a successful 20-year Concours career followed, and it became well known due to its accomplishments. Well maintained and superbly presented, this is a special car and not to be missed.

Harry continued “We are pleased to say that we are once again able to offer buyers the chance to view the cars in person, prior to the auction weekend. The response we had to this in our last two live online auctions was fantastic, with bidders attending their pre-booked appointments and following social distancing guidelines”.

“For this sale, the viewings will take place at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire. This is a fantastic venue, centrally located in the country which can be easily accessed and with plenty of space for our customers to inspect the cars safely. Viewings will be available from 2nd – 12th November and the appointment system allows us to manage how many people we have in attendance at one time. To make your appointment, please contact the team on 01926 691141”.   

With just one owner from new and only 30,168 miles, the 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera SSE Targa is a superb example. Believed to be one of 651 that were UK-supplied, this right-hand drive was one of the later cars fitted with the five-speed G50 Getrag gearbox. In remarkable condition both inside and out, this is a collectable classic and another great Porsche that will be offered next month.

An extremely rare manual gearbox 1988 Porsche 928 S4 will also be going under the hammer, and with just 10,325 miles from new, this is an unrepeatable opportunity. Previously recommissioned to a high standard by Hexagon Classics, it has had just two registered keepers and is supplied with a Certificate of Authenticity. Likely to be the best example of its kind on the market today!

Entries are still being invited and the Silverstone Auctions team can be contacted on 01926 691141 or email if you would like to discuss entering your classic car into this sale.


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« Respuesta #2087 en: 08 Octubre 2020, 13:51:27 »

Midlands classic motoring manufacturer RBW EV Classic Cars has today (Wednesday 7 October) revealed the pre-production model of its stylish electric classic roadster.

Inspired by the MGB Roadster of the 1960s, the RBW EV Roadster takes the classic sports car design and enhances it for the modern world, whilst retaining a stylish elegance. Under the brand-new heritage body shell from British Motor Heritage, sits a patented power drivetrain system that has been three years in development.

RBW has worked with Continental Engineering Services (CES) and Zytek Automotive, both part of Continental AG, which provides the world championship winning technology applied to Formula E racing cars. Following RBW founder Peter Swain’s vision, together they have created a vehicle with the aesthetic appeal of a classic car but with modern electric engineering.

Managing Director Peter Swain said: “Our patented system (Patent p: 1906698.4) places the electric motor at the rear of the car and Hyperdrive Innovation’s lithium-ion battery technology under the bonnet, which gives perfectly balanced weight distribution. Not only does this give the driver much better handling of the car, retaining that sports car feel, but it also affords maximum battery volume to be housed.

“The RBW system has been tested and has achieved European Regulation No 100 of the Economic Commission, which confirms RBW as a recognised automotive worldwide manufacturer.

“What is even more exciting for us is that the RBW System and architecture can be installed into other body shells such as Austin Healey, Jaguar E-Type, Mini, and many more. Each car can be built to the clients’ personal specification and requirements. The opportunities are endless and therefore safeguards the future of classic motoring.”

The RBW roadster also features bespoke-built front and rear suspension, all independent utilising coil-over damper technology around the vehicle, and OEM developed brakes discs and callipers, with Regen braking also included. It also has the latest generation of hub design and wheel bearing technology installed to ensure maintenance free usage. All parts and components installed are brand new.

The limited-edition hand-crafted models, with an initial 30 examples created, have been designed with high quality performance levels of noise and vibrations. Over the past 20 years, CES has accumulated experience of optimising Noise Vibration Harshness (NVH) in such vehicles, especially the challenges brought about by the replacement of an internal combustion engine with an electric drivetrain – this has been applied to the RBW Roadster to ensure a pleasant experience during pull-away, city-traffic, cruising and spirited driving.

The multi-function dashboard display combines driver gauges and messages with safety diagnostic symbols in an easy to use graphic interface designed around safe and smooth operation whilst driving.

Pioneer’s Flagship Wi-Fi® enabled built-in navigation system brings a large motorised 7-inch 24bit True Colour Capacitive WVGA multi-touchscreen to the dashboard. It also features a HDMI input to mirror smart phones, SD Card input and Dual USB inputs and gold-plated RCA connectors for the highest audio quality possible.

The interior of the car has been designed by Prototrim, specialists in trim development with more than 100 years combined knowledge and experience. With the very highest levels of craftsmanship, every finished interior is exquisite from the accuracy of the patterns to the quality of the stitch detail.

Further model developments are already underway with a fixed head GT version to follow in 2021 along with a second RBW electric recreation.

Production begins early 2021 with prices starting from £90,000 plus taxes, with an initial £5,000 deposit. Orders are already being taken with RBW taking the car to clients for Covid-safe test drives. For more information visit:


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« Respuesta #2088 en: 09 Octubre 2020, 16:50:31 »

Driven by three-time British Touring Car Champion, Win Percy
Qualified on pole position at the 2002 Goodwood Revival, St Mary’s Trophy
Rob Beere-built 3.4L capable of producing up to 300bhp
Accompanied by full FIA Historic Technical Passport, valid until 2026
For more information about DM Historics, visit:
Kent, 08 October 2020. Historic motorsport specialist, DM Historics, is delighted to offer a fully FIA-qualified example of one of the most iconic Jaguars ever built, the Mk1 saloon, complete with a storied racing heritage.

The iconic ‘Mk1’ Jaguar spearheaded the British company’s foray into the small luxury car market, running in production between 1955-1959.  This particular Mk1 is a stunning late ‘50s example with a proven competitive track record in prestigious motoring events.

First prepared for the track in the 90’s by its owner at the time, it was treated to a full race conversion enabling it to compete at the highest competitive level on the historic racing scene.

The story of this vehicle gets truly special under the ownership of historic driver Leo Voyazides. In partnership with Win Percy – British Saloon Car Championship winner in 1980, 81 and 82 – this Mk1 was driven to pole position at the 2002 Goodwood Revival.

Win Percy’s legacy continued beyond his pole in 2002, after close friend, Leo Voyazides, launched a fundraising campaign for Percy following a tragic medical error left him unable to walk in 2003. Voyazides with the help of HRDC Founder, Julius Thurgood, launched the ‘Top Hat Win Percy Fund’, raising enough money to custom fit the Mk1 with hand controls, allowing the Saloon car champion to get back on the track at the 2004 Goodwood Revival.

Purchased by an avid historic racing enthusiast in 2014, the car was recommissioned to full racing standards, removing the previously installed hand controls and undertaking a full race engine rebuild to further increase its competitiveness on the track, the Mk1 has performed admirably at Jaguar Heritage Challenge events across Europe.

Rebuilt by Rob Beere, the 3.4L engine is capable of producing up to 300 bhp and when paired with its straight cut close-ratio gearbox, competition clutch and uprated braking system, delivers maximum performance and exceptional handling.

Finished in a classic British Racing Green the Mk1 remains in a highly presentable condition for a well-tracked veteran. A combination of the Mk1’s classic finish with the exterior brightwork creates a deep and eye-catching shine, making it hard to miss on the track.

In accordance with FIA regulations, the Corbeau racing seat is pinned in by a Sparco 6-point harness. Completing the interior and giving a fantastic Green over Red look, is a heritage correct Red trim and period-correct wood veneered dash and fascia.

Complete with FIA racing papers valid until 2026, it has been expertly engineered specifically with historic racing in mind, appearing at countless Jaguar and Touring car events across Europe and the UK, offering eligibility to such events as Goodwood Revival, Le Mans Classic, Spa Six Hours and other HRDC & HSCC historic challenges .

DM Historics is a business built for historic motor racing, servicing, preparing, maintaining and supporting its clients in some of the best period race cars on the historic motorsport scene. Father and son team, Dominic & Marcus Holland are passionate racers themselves, providing genuine racing pedigree to the business.

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« Respuesta #2089 en: 15 Octubre 2020, 10:30:50 »

1986 MG Metro 6R4 Ex-Works which achieved the second-best results for any 6R4
1987 DAM4100, David Appleby and Tony Pond’s superb creation
Championship winning and one of just three extreme versions of the Renault 5 Turbo, ‘Superproduction’
The only genuine Works Maxi5 Turbo in the UK, developed by rally legend John Price
Significant and hugely successful Renault 5 Turbo Group 4
A private collection of significant competition cars from a golden era in Motorsport will be offered in Silverstone Auctions next sale, the NEC Classic Live Online Auction.

Harry Whale, Silverstone Auctions Sales Manager commented “We are delighted to be offering this five-strong, unrepeatable collection of competition cars in our final sale of the year. Each of the cars has a its own unique Motorsport heritage, these are undoubtedly special cars, and this is a fantastic opportunity for interested buyers.”

Harry continued “We have extensive, detailed descriptions for each of the five cars on our website and I would encourage serious bidders to take the time read the rich history for the individual cars. There is also numerous photos and video content to view.”

C99 KOG is a 1986 MG Metro 6R4 ex-Works, finished in the iconic blue and white Computervision livery and in the latest specification, as developed ‘in period’. It has the distinction of having achieved the second-best WRC result of any 6R4 in San Remo during 1986 and during its short but impressive international rallying career, the car was driven by Malcolm Wilson and co-driven by Nigel Harris. Whilst the car later had a mechanical rebuild, the exterior was left untouched so that the original battle scars from its Works rallying career were left intact.

The 1987 DAM4100 is one of five examples of the evolution car that was a collaboration between Works rally car engineer and driver David Appleby, and the legendary Works driver Tony Pond. This car, A14 LOO, was the first prototype and it was constructed from Clubman’s chassis #183, it was subsequently his favourite and the one in which he kept at the time. In 2015 and now with a new owner, David himself carried out an extensive overhaul and renovation and the car comes to the market today in stunning condition.

Within the collection there are three significant Renaults and the 1987 Renault 5 Turbo ‘Superproduction’ is a very special collectors car. Renault were determined to win the 1987 Championnat de France de Supertourisme and as such this car is one of three examples that was re-prepared; a huge amount of work was carried out by specialists, defining the rarity of the three cars and the outcome resulted in them being as competitive as they could be. Renault achieved their goal and this car, Ch 3-86, was the actual car used on the championship-clinching drive by Érik Comas on 25/10/1987 at Pau-Arnos!

The 1984 Renault 5 Maxi Turbo is the only genuine one of its kind within the UK, and as such this is recognised by Renault Sport. This example was developed by the late UK rally legend John Price, with assistance from Renault Dieppe, and the car was in John’s ownership multiple times throughout its life. Not only has the car won a number of important rallies, but it is also a Concours winner and has twice been recorded for Sony Playstation.

One of Renault’s most historically significant competition cars is the 1982 Renault 5 Turbo Group 4, having been driven with great success by renowned French rally drivers Jean-Luc Thérier and Jean Ragnotti. This example was the 1982 French Rally Championship winning car and 5-time rally winner from 1982 to 1984, furthermore, it was the first two-wheel-drive car at the 1984 Rallye Monte-Carlo, where it finished in a respectable 4th position overall.

All of the cars in the auction will be available to view, by prior appointment, at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire between 2nd – 12th November. This viewing period gives buyers the chance to inspect vehicles of interest prior to the auction day, where bidding will be available online, by phone or commission. To book your appointment to view or to register to bid, contact our team on 01926 691141.

Entries are still being invited and the Silverstone Auctions team can be contacted on 01926 691141 or email if you would like to discuss entering your classic car into this sale prior to the catalogue closing on 26th October.


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« Respuesta #2090 en: 15 Octubre 2020, 10:32:44 »

The workshop at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, is opening its doors to historic vehicles owned by enthusiasts, as its engineers draw upon decades of experience to expertly maintain customers’ cherished cars.

For nearly half a century, the workshop engineers have kept the National Motor Museum’s prestigious vehicle collection in tip-top order, tackling Land Speed Record breakers, legendary racing cars, unique luxury limousines, film star cars and more. Now the workshop engineers are offering the same quality of service to private owners of historic vehicles, from veteran and vintage cars all the way up to pre-1970s classics.

National Motor Museum Manager and Chief Engineer Doug Hill said: “We are proud to be offering our skills to owners of older motor vehicles, helping them to keep their much-loved vehicles in fine working order. Between us, we have built up a collective experience of more than 100 years, working on some of the finest motor vehicles in the world. Now we are delighted to be helping other enthusiasts to look after their own cars and preserve their historic importance.”

While the ongoing maintenance of the museum collection of over 280 vehicles is a labour of love, the workshop team is now also welcoming new engineering challenges. As a result, the engineers are able to apply their renowned high standard of workmanship to specialist maintenance, servicing and expert repairs. If your historic vehicle is in need of care, contact the workshop team by emailing to discuss your specific requirements.

The National Motor Museum’s vehicle collection is world-famous, along with its extensive range of motoring artefacts, photographic images, specialist reference library and film and video library. For more information about its collection and services see

Beaulieu visitors can enjoy the National Motor Museum and its brand new exhibition Motoring in Miniature – the Toys of Your Childhood, as well as all of the features of the attraction, including new play area Little Beaulieu, On Screen Cars, World of Top Gear, the ancestral Montagu home Palace House, Secret Army exhibition, Beaulieu Abbey and its grounds and gardens. For tickets and further details see


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« Respuesta #2091 en: 20 Octubre 2020, 14:42:41 »

First Volkswagen with water-cooled engine and front-wheel drive broke new ground for Volkswagen
A trendsetter with future-oriented design
A fan of the K 70 right from its launch remembers: “It was really quite special”
“Love the VW K70 – because it opens up a new VW era” this was the advertising slogan used for the launch of the Volkswagen K 70 50 years ago. With a water-cooled front engine, front-wheel drive and modern styling, the mid-sized sedan actually did usher in a new era at Volkswagen.

Salzgitter (D) – At a press conference held in Salzgitter on October 20, 1970, Volkswagen presented the new K 70 and the plant built especially for the production of this model. “A new Volkswagen, different to all the others made to date – the VW K 70,” the press folder said. In fact, the notchback sedan broke new ground in many respects. With this new model, Volkswagen was on the threshold of a new, successful era.

Technology. With the water-cooled engine and front-wheel drive of the K70, Volkswagen accomplished a changeover to a drive concept that was entirely new for the brand and would later achieve success with the Passat and Golf. The K70 had a state-of-the-art chassis with independent suspension. The extraordinarily long wheelbase allowed an especially spacious interior and provided very good handling.

Safety. Despite all the comfort of the K70, one of the main emphases was on active and passive safety. Features such as a reinforced passenger compartment, crumple zones at front and rear, a fuel tank at the rear in the protected area and preparation for safety belts on all seats as a standard feature set new standards.

Design. The uncluttered design with its clear lines, which is still attractive today, proved to be ground-breaking. The notchback sedan was designed by Claus Luthe, one of the major automobile designers of his time. His design signature is also evident in later Volkswagen models such as the Golf and the Polo.

Convinced from the start
Karl-Günter Queißer is an eyewitness who experienced the K70 and the upheaval at Volkswagen right from the start. The 79-year-old started his career with Volkswagen in 1970 as a vehicle painter at the new plant in Salzgitter. He still remembers the first few years very well, a time of upheaval and transformation. “That was really something quite special,” he says, remembering the era of the K70.

He was soon convinced by the car with its water-cooled front-mounted engine, four doors and its sensationally spacious interior and trunk. He already bought his first K70 in 1971. Until then, he had driven a Beetle and the changeover was a quantum leap. After he had driven three K70, a Golf appeared in his garage. “Things keep moving,” says the man who generally welcomes change and enjoys the experience.

From K70 to ID.31
Nowadays, he drives a K70 LS and a Golf 8. By purchasing the K 70, he has fulfilled a dream and he regularly takes part in rallies and organized trips with his classic. In September, an excursion took him to his old place of work in Salzgitter. With his fan club, he had really wanted to celebrate the anniversary of the K70 with a special organized tour and event. Unfortunately this was not possible in view of the situation this year. He therefore celebrated with a small group of people in Salzgitter and remembered a very special era. More and more employees stopped by the unusual vehicle and their former colleague Queißer answered all their questions enthusiastically.

He is very proud of the fact that he has driven every generation of the Golf to date. With the new Golf 8, the digital Golf, he is once again welcoming change and chal- lenges with open arms. After all, things keep moving. He is also sure that an ID.3 will also take its place in his garage.

1) ID.3 – combined power consumption in kWh/100 km (NEDC): 15.4-14.5, CO2 emissions ing/km: 0; efficiency class: A+.


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« Respuesta #2092 en: 20 Octubre 2020, 14:43:10 »

“While the world struggles to overcome the pandemic, the younger members at FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens or international federation of historic vehicles) came up with an initiative to keep spirits high – and optimism glowing bright – in the large family of passionate historic vehicle enthusiasts around the globe,” says Nataša Grom, president of the FIVA Culture Commission, as she unveils the winning entries to FIVA’s creative competition for the ‘young-at-heart’.

The competition celebrated the United Nations’ International Youth Day on 12 August 2020, with a creative challenge themed ‘Historic Vehicles and Industrial Heritage’.

“We received a spectacular response from participants across all age groups, from 7 years old right up to 72,” continues Grom, “hailing from Morocco, Switzerland, Brazil, Romania, France, Turkey, Germany and a dozen other countries. There was a flood of drawings, paintings, photographs and beautiful personal stories, narrating generations of love and affection for historic vehicles.”

The winners of the 3 categories of the competition, decided by a jury of the FIVA Culture and Youth Commissions (14 people from all over the world), are as follows:

Category 1: Photography of industrial buildings, fuel stations, garages, etc., in some way connected to historic vehicles

Winner: Klaus Hadeler from Rosenheim, Germany

A dramatically posed photograph of a 1983 Opel Monza 3.0 E, a car owned by the winner since 2003. Never restored but rust-free, it’s driven every day and now has more than 265,000km under its belt.

Category 2: Paintings/drawings of industrial buildings, fuel stations, garages, etc., in some way connected to historic vehicles

Winner, Adults’ Category: Tünde Szénási from Belgium

A Hungarian-born student living in Belgium, Tünde will be 18 in a few months’ time and has great interest in studying biology – and art. The latter skill is clear from this atmospheric artwork.

Winner Children’s Category: Alícia Bianca Fernandes Silva from Brazil

Alícia, a 14-year-old student at Colégio de Aplicação in Brazil, drew this stunning illustration of a 1929 Ford pick-up truck that belonged to former President Washington Luís and the city of São Paulo.

Category 3: Photography showing an owner with his/her historic vehicle

Winner: Ohiane Adriana Gil Mateos from Spain

An enthusiastic photographer and graphic designer, Ohiane is addicted to travelling and declares herself in love with classic cars – while the FIVA judges love the sheer joy captured in this photograph.

“Though only four outright winners could be chosen, it’s important to applaud every individual who joined hands with FIVA and helped spread a splash of colour and positivity in these most trying of times. The initiative has shown that passion for historic vehicles has truly united young and old, proving that love for these vehicles is not limited by age. More importantly, witnessing the rise in youth participation reveals a promising future for the preservation, protection and promotion of these magnificent, timeless vehicles,” concluded Nataša Grom.


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« Respuesta #2093 en: 20 Octubre 2020, 14:43:34 »

It is with deep regret that the Royal Automobile Club has been forced to cancel the 2020 RM Sotheby’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run (Sunday 1 November). Given that the Run has taken place without interruption since 1947, this decision has not been taken lightly. 

The organisers have been working tirelessly with the local authorities along the route to plan a Run which would be safe for the participants, staff and spectators. However, respecting the Government’s efforts to control the current rise in COVID-19 infections, this is no longer possible.

All participants and supporters are now looking forward to celebrating the 125th Anniversary in style next year on 7 November 2021.

The Royal Automobile Club would like to thank the Veteran Car Run Steering Group, partners and participants for their encouragement, commitment and support – and wish everyone a safe year ahead.


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« Respuesta #2094 en: 20 Octubre 2020, 14:45:13 »

Highlights of Mazda’s global motorsport heritage include overall Le Mans and Spa 24 Hour victories.
From the beginning of the company, motorsport has highlighted sporting attributes and reliability.
Today, Mazda North America competes in the IMSA Sportscar Championship with the Mazda RT24-P.
With a century of history that has seen Mazda turn itself from a manufacturer of cork products to a successful independent global automotive company, Mazda’s story has always had engineering innovation at its heart and Mazda has never been afraid to highlight the capabilities of that engineering in the fierce world of motorsport competition.

By demonstrating its products in the public eye, putting them to the test against rival manufacturers on the racetrack and rally stage, Mazda validated its technology, marketed its cars across the globe and inspired countless privateers to compete in their own Mazdas at all levels of motorsport. This never stop challenging approach has seen Mazda compete from the very earliest stages of the company. 

When industrialist Jujiro Matsuda took charge of Toyo Cork Kogyo Co., Ltd in 1921 and transformed the business first into a machine tool producer he spotted an opportunity to promote his evolving company.

Motorcycle racing was popular in Japan in the late 1920s but most of the bikes were imported or assembled from imported parts. Toyo Kogyo, as Mazda was then known, wanted to build a domestic Japanese bike and began development of a prototype in 1929. A 250cc 2-stroke prototype motorbike was revealed in October 1930 and to everyone’s surprise it won its first race beating a British-made Ariel, which was one of the most-respected and fastest bikes of the time.

Toyo Kogyo went on to produce 30 more motorcycles in 1930, but commercially Matsuda took the decision to instead focus attention on developing the practical Mazda Go three-wheeler, setting the company on the road to success in automobiles rather than motorbikes, and leaving Mazda’s flirtation with motorbikes as a small snippet in the 100-year story of Mazda, but one that started with victory in motorsport.

However, this approach of using motorsport to promote the company and its new products was revisited three decades later as Mazda expanded to sell cars across the globe. Just seven years after the launch of its first car, the tiny R360 Coupe - Mazda revealed the stunning rotary powered Mazda Cosmo Sport. So, what better way to show the world this unheard-of Japanese sports car than to head to Europe and the hugely competitive world of European racing. And for this first foray into international motorsport in 1968 the company didn’t choose the easy option, instead they opted to test the endurance and reliability of the Cosmo’s rotary engine in the grueling Marathon de la Route – a mind-boggling 84-hour race around the fearsome 28km Nurburgring circuit.

While one car crashed out of the race, the surviving Cosmo finished fourth, beaten only by a pair of Porsche 911s and a Lancia Fulvia – considered at the time to be two of the finest sports cars in Europe. Mazda, the rotary engine and the stunning Cosmo had made their mark.

After success in the 1968 Marathon de la Route, in 1969 Mazda entered the Spa 24 Hour race with three Mazda R100 coupes. The R100’s twin-rotor engine produced 200bhp at 9,000rpm, while the unsilenced noise of the rotary engine left European fans in no doubt about the unique engine under the bonnet. Held on the ultra-fast original 14km Spa Francorchamps circuit this race tragically claimed the life of Mazda driver Leon Dernier, yet the Mazda team bravely continued to race.

Against competition from BMW, Lancia, NSU, Gordini, Mini, Alfa Romeo and Porsche, the remaining Mazda R100s finished fifth and sixth, behind four Porsche 911s. The little rotary powered coupes had proved their speed and reliability in one of Europe’s toughest races, while repeating the success of the Cosmo the year before, a R100 finished fifth in the 1969 Marathon de la Route.

Building on these successes abroad, Mazda focused on racing at home in Japan – taking on the Nissan Skyline in domestic racing with the new RX-3 coupe. In the 1972 Fuji Grand Prix race for touring cars the RX-3s took a historic 1-2-3 finish as the battle for supremacy with Nissan reached a new level of intensity. The RX-3 also became a popular and successful race car around the world – competing in the USA, Europe and Australia.

Yet arguably the car that really put Mazda amongst the sports car greats was the Mazda RX-7. Across all three generations this Mazda icon took part in racing and rallying in a huge myriad of specifications in the hands of both the factory and privateer entrants. The Mazda RX-7 was used for Mazda’s first factory entry at Le Mans 24 Hours, but it was overall victory at the 1981 Spa 24 Hours – the first for a Japanese brand – that really put the RX-7 on the map. Alongside winning the British Touring Car Championship in 1980 and 1981, these victories for the British TWR team firmly established the RX-7 in the UK.

The RX-7 was also making its mark on the other side of the Atlantic where it enjoyed consistent success. Competing in the GTU class for cars with engines smaller than 2.5-litres it won the 24 Hours of Daytona at its first attempt in 1979. It then took the GTU championship for seven years on the trot. From 1982 it also lifted the GTO class (for cars with engines bigger than 2.5-litres) for 10 consecutive seasons. And while the class structures might have changed, the RX-7’s success remains undiminished: it has won more IMSA races than any other model in history.

Although its track exploits are well documented, the RX-7’s rallying achievements are less well known. On February 1, 1984, the RX-7 was homologated for the Group B category of rallying. The Group B RX-7 programme was created by Mazda Rally Team Europe, an operation set up by German rally driver Achim Warmbold and based in Belgium. Unlike other Group B cars which were four-wheel drive, the RX-7 was rear-wheel drive, nonetheless it recorded some successes, winning the 1984 Polish round of the European Rally Championship. Possibly a more notable success was its third place on the 1985 World Rally Championship Acropolis event in the hands of Ingvar Carlsson. However, when Group B rallying was banned at the end of 1986, the Mazda RX-7 was remembered fondly by rally fans for its flame-spitting rotary engine and the spectacular sideways technique demanded by its rear-wheel drive set-up.

For all the brand fame achieved by the motorsport activities of the Cosmo, R100, RX-3 and RX-7 coupes, it’s Mazda’s association with the world’s most famous race: the 24 Hours of Le Mans - that stands above all else.

The first toe-in-the-water look at Le Mans came in 1970 when with a Mazda 10A rotary engine installed into a British Chevron chassis, Belgian outfit Team Levi’s International became the first team to compete at Le Mans with a Mazda engine. Sadly, the Chevron-Mazda retired after just 19 laps, but 1970 marked the beginning of Mazda’s long association with Le Mans. In both 1973 and 1974, a Japanese Sigma prototype was powered by a 12A rotary engine, while in 1975 a plucky French privateer team took part in an RX-3. The RX-7 made its debut at Le Mans in 1979 and in 1981 a pair of RX-7s were entered under the Mazdaspeed name, these streamlined RX-7s featured more powerful 300bhp twin rotor 13B engines.

After another RX-7 entry in 1982, 1983 saw the factory Mazdaspeed team move into the prototype ranks with the diminutive Mazda 717C. Built for the 1983 Group C regulations and entered in the smaller Group C Junior class, the 717C was powered by twin-rotor engine and had an aluminum monocoque chassis. Its low drag bodywork and enveloped rear wheels were designed to ensure the highest possible speed along the famous Mulsanne straight and the slippery 717C had a drag coefficient of just 0.27cd. However, with very little downforce and a short wheelbase  – the little Mazda was a handful for the drivers, but its speed and endurance resulted in a 12th place finish overall and the Group C Junior win for Japanese drivers Takashi Yorino, Yojiro Terada and Yoshimi Katayama. In fact, as a mark of Mazda’s reliability – the only other finisher in the Group C Junior class was the second 717C of British drivers Steve Soper, James Weaver and Jeff Allam, who took the flag in 18th overall.

In 1983 Mazdaspeed entered the renamed Group C2 class with a pair of Mazda 727Cs, an evolution of the previous year’s winning 717C, it used the same Mooncraft built chassis and twin-rotor 13B engine. However, Mazda’s attack was bolstered by a pair of sleek Lola T-616s entered by American Jim Busby. Powered by the same 13B rotary engine as the factory cars, the British built Lolas were shod with experimental BFGoodrich radial road tyres. At times the crowd were treated to the sight and sound of a quartet of rotary powered cars running together and all four Mazdas made the chequered flag – once again proving the durability of the twin-rotor engine. With Americans John O’Steen and John Morton joined by Mazda factory star Yoshimi Katayama, the number 68 Lola-Mazda crossed the line in 10th place overall and took C2 class victory. Even better, the sister Lola-Mazda took third in C2, with the leading 717C fourth in class.

Mazda’s tally of class victories at Le Mans continued during the late 1980s where Mazda scored a further three class victories: in 1987 the Mazda 757 of David Kennedy, Pierre Dieudonne and Mark Galvin won the GTP class and finished seventh overall, while the Mazda 757 took home another GTP trophy in 1988 with a 15th place finish for Yojiro Terada, David Kennedy and Pierre Dieudonne. Powered by a new three-rotor engine, the Mazda 757 was the first Mazda prototype chassis designed by Englishman Nigel Stroud, but it was only a stepping stone to the even faster and more powerful four-rotor Mazda 767, which made its debut alongside the 757 in the 1988 Le Mans 24 Hours.

In 1989 its replacement the 767B took GTP class victory with a seventh-place overall finish, yet for all the class titles, Mazda’s real aim was to win the world’s most famous race outright and in 1991 that dream became a reality. The pinnacle of Mazda’s motorsport achievement and the ultimate validation of Mazda’s rotary engine technology that had been the cornerstone of Mazda’s Defy Convention approach to motorsport since 1968, the victory for Volker Weidler, Johnny Herbert and Bertrand Gachot in the Mazda 787B on the 23rd June 1991 was the first victory for a Japanese brand and in the world’s most famous race.

And it wasn’t just the rotary engine that pushed the technological boundaries, the Mazda 787B was the first car to win Le Mans with carbon brakes and a carbon clutch, plus it was the first Mazda racer to feature telemetry. Immediately retired from competition and placed in the Mazda Museum, 787B chassis 002 is today a fully working reminder of how Mazda’s Challenger Spirit led to victory at the world’s most famous race.

With rotary engines banned at the end of 1991, Mazda made one final factory appearance at Le Mans in 1992 with the radical Mazda MXR-01. Based on the previous seasons Jaguar XJR-14 chassis, the British firms’ withdrawal from sportscar racing, allowed Mazda to adapt this advanced Ross Brawn designed prototype and fit a Mazda badged V10 Judd engine. Famed for its incredible grip and downforce, just five examples where built, but sadly the collapse of the World Sportscar Championship at the end of 1992 spelt the end of Mazda’s world level sports car programme and denied the MXR-01 the chance of success. In America the Mazda RX-792P prototype used the rotary engine for one-more year, but at the end of 1992 this IMSA programme also came to an end.

However, it wasn’t just success at Le Mans that marked Mazda out in the 1980s and 1990s, with rallying changing to Group A regulations, Mazda took on contenders from Lancia, Toyota and Ford with the Mazda 323 AWD. However, in spite of producing 250bhp, the 323’s 1.6-litre engine didn’t have the power of the bigger 2.0-litre units in rival cars, fortunatly its dimunative size and nimble handling played to its advantage, particualry on ice rallies. Something Timo Salonen highlighted by winning the 1987 Swedish rally, while in 1989 Ingvar Carlsson repeated that feat when he took the win in Sweden. In what proved to be the Mazda’s most succesfull season, he added another win with victory in the New Zealand Rally, while local driver Rod Millen was second in another 323. At season end Mazda celebrated third place in the World Rally Constructors championship and continued rallying the next-generation 323 into the 1990s, before in 1991 the company withdrew from the World Rally Championship.

In the hands of private teams and drivers, the Mazda 323 went on to be a very popular and succesfull car in Group N rallying. Today, the Mazda 323 remains a somewhat forgotten star in Mazda’s all-wheel drive heritage, but it was the launch of the Mazda MX-5 in 1991 that really made Mazda a mainstay of amateur racing across the globe. Raced by owners in one-make cups, endurance races and amateur competition of all varieties – the MX-5’s driver engagement meant every generation found its way onto the race track, with the third-generation even taking on the Nurburgring 24 Hours in 2014, while in 2012 Mazda UK built the bespoke MX-5 GT4 car and competed in the British GT Championship. Today, the fourth-generation MX-5 competes in the Super Taikyu Endurance Series in Japan, while the MX-5 Global Cup is one of the most popular and most competitive one-make cup series in the United States.

While Mazda Corporation stepped away from global motorsport at the start of the nineties, success continued in the United States and today Mazda Motorsports North America continues to compete at the highest level with a two-car factory supported effort in the 2020 IMSA Sportscar Championship with the stunning Mazda RT24-P prototype. With British drivers Oliver Jarvis and Harry Tincknell on the driving squad the team heads into the 10-hour Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta this weekend.

Even better, when it comes to racing on road course circuits in the USA, more private competitors race a Mazda or a Mazda powered car than any other brand and across the world from Mexico to Australia, from Europe to North America, and at home in Japan, Mazdas are chosen by drivers and teams to race and rally - highlighting the driver’s car ethos at the heart of every Mazda.


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« Respuesta #2095 en: 20 Octubre 2020, 14:45:49 »

A parade of 50 Range Rovers drove the famous Goodwood Motor Circuit yesterday to celebrate five decades of Range Rover
The procession included an eclectic mix of models from all over the country including Range Rover fire engines, expedition vehicles, ambulances, and record breakers
Led by two cars, a drivable chassis, used to demonstrate the original Range Rover 4x4 system in the 1970s and the latest Range Rover ‘Fifty’ limited edition model – number 1 of 1970
The same 50 Range Rovers were also driven that afternoon to create a dramatic ‘50’ outline which was captured from the air to commemorate the anniversary
Goodwood Speedweek takes place this weekend; an event that sees action normally found at Festival of Speed and Revival streamed live online and on ITV
The Range Rover 50 Parade and ‘50’ outline will be broadcast on at 15:48 on Friday 16th October
Friday 16th October 2020, Chichester – One of this year’s Goodwood Speedweek highlights was a unique gathering of 50 Range Rovers, as they took part in a parade around Goodwood Motor Circuit to celebrate 50 years of Range Rover.

An eclectic mix of Range Rovers from the last half century formed the parade to commemorate the special anniversary, from original classics to a modified ambulance and a 6x6 fire engine.  The parade was led around the famous circuit by two iconic vehicles: The first, a 1969 drivable chassis, originally developed to allow engineers to monitor suspension and powertrain over rough terrain, ensuring the Range Rover was one of the most capable vehicles of its time.  The second was a brand-new limited edition ‘Range Rover Fifty’, number 1 of 1970, produced specifically to mark this year’s celebrations.

All four generations of Range Rover featured in the convoy and included the Beaver Bullet, which broke 27 speed records in 1985, a Trans-American Expedition example which crossed the all-but-impassable Darien Gap in 1971 and a 2004 example used by Greater Manchester police.

The same 50 Range Rovers also took part in a  complex dynamic ’50’ formation, creating a spectacular moving aerial image, co-ordinated by professional drivers, and captured with a drone. All 50 vehicles and drivers had to undergo training during the day to precisely navigate and position each vehicle to achieve the one-off visual.

Rawdon Glover, Jaguar Land Rover UK Managing Director said ‘’As we continue to celebrate Range Rover’s 50th Anniversary throughout 2020, it has been a pleasure to remind ourselves not only of some of the extraordinary forms that the Range Rover has taken over the years, but also the people and stories behind them. Of course, the gathering was aptly marked by the debut of the new Range Rover Fifty limited edition which epitomises the design, luxury and capability Range Rover stands for today.

I would personally like to express my thanks to the owners and collectors who contributed to the event, helping us celebrate this significant milestone in Range Rover’s heritage.”

The limited edition Range Rover Fifty is available to configure at with a on the road starting price of £111,195


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Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
« Respuesta #2096 en: 20 Octubre 2020, 14:47:38 »

Stunning Series 1 3.8 LHD OTS available from E-Type UK
Extremely early car, representing purity of E-Type design
Documented in ‘Jaguar E-Type Six-Cylinder Originality Guide’ as one of the few known existing original E-Type examples
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Kent, 15 October 2020:  Ahead of the 60th anniversary of the Jaguar E-Type in 2021, E-Type UK is pleased to offer this extremely early Series 1 that perfectly exemplifies the fascinating developments hidden with the first E-type design – Chassis 875407.

Chassis 407 is the 407th left-hand-drive roadster to have rolled off the production line, and the 21st model built after the final outside bonnet locker E-type. Today seen finished in a heritage correct Opalescent Gunmetal over Red interior with French Grey hood, fully restored, this early Series 1 E-Type retains the same beautiful shine that it did when it rolled off the production line in August 1961.

What makes Chassis 407 so desirable is the level of early and original features, which include flat floors, spot welded-in louvers, two-piece door skins, correct double hinges and single drain hole of the boot, the extremely sought after Butlers number plate lights and of course the pumpkin-colored cylinder head. So significant is this E-Type, that it is frequently referred to in the ‘Jaguar E-type Six-Cylinder Originality Guide’ by Dr. Haddock & Dr Mueller, a well-known E-Type bible for true enthusiasts.

From new, it was exported to Jaguar Cars in New York before being sold to an owner in Ohio and is believed to have spent the next 45 years in the Mid-West, including a full restoration by its owner in 1981. Completed with input from Jaguar Cars, including original factory records, the car was returned to as-new condition.

A later trip to Dubai to what was registered to be the third owner in 2015, saw the E-type treated to a full strip-down of the chassis to bring new life to the heritage combination of Opalescent Gunmetal, red interior and French Grey mohair hood.

Whilst maintaining the breathtaking red leather interior – adding originality to the vehicle – the Series 1 also underwent several reliability upgrades, including a new aluminum radiator and power steering, adding a new level of drivability to this stunning vehicle.

Complete with its original 3.8L straight-six – one of the most iconic engines of all time –, this ultimate driving machine combines classic performance with modern upgrades for a truly memorable driving experience.

E-Type UK Founder, Marcus Holland said: “This is a fine example of an early Series 1 E-Type that has been incredibly well maintained by each of its owners. As we enter a very important anniversary year for the E-Type, it’s a real privilege to have Chassis 407 in our showroom. These early E-Types are very nearly the purest translation of the original engineers’ and designers’ vision, and they hold a very important place in automotive history.”

To find out more about this Series 1 3.8 LHD OTS. visit:


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Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
« Respuesta #2097 en: 20 Octubre 2020, 14:48:16 »

The husband and wife team of Andrew and Anne Davies drove their splendid 1929 Chrysler 75 Roadster to a convincing overall victory in Bespoke Rallies’ recent and much-anticipated Highland 1000 classic rally.

It was the very first event of its type since the national lockdown, and was achieved before Scotland was again forced to implement major restrictions, and was therefore a unique opportunity for the fun-loving motorsport fraternity to dust off their treasured cars, and briefly once again enjoy the freedom of the open road. The 1000 kilometre rally started and finished in Falkirk, the home of the extraordinary Falkirk Wheel. And, while what could have been a full capacity event was perhaps inevitably affected by COVID-inspired international travel restrictions, the nine teams that were able to participate were blessed with the best of the UK weather at the time, and revelled in clear skies, prolonged sunshine and stunning views of the incomparable West Coast of Scotland.

The event made full use of Bespoke Rallies’ proprietary Virtual Marshal system, which meant no physical officials were required – a major aid during this period of social distancing regulations. Thanks to the system, the rally ran like clockwork, despite having to cope with 60-plus time controls. The sustained series of regularity sections on this most scenic of routes were divided into three legs of c.205 miles a day.

The Mini-Cooper pairing of Edmund Peel and Sarah MacDonald were among those quick to praise the Highland 1000: “It was wonderful to get out and participate in what may be the only such rally to take place until sometime next year. The route was outstanding, with great roads and spectacular scenery, and the Bespoke Rallies team were helpful and friendly, as were the other crews. It was the breath of fresh air we needed!”

The final results for the Highland 1000 were:

Andrew & Anne Davies – 1929 Chrysler 75 Roadster
Andrew Taylor & Janet Lowe – 1972 Jaguar E-Type
Edmund Peel & Sarah MacDonald – Mini-Cooper
Reto Mebes & Hansjurgen Benze – 1930 Bentley 4½ Litre
Mike Howells & Louise Littler – 1966 MGB
Barbara Shooter & Sarah Morgan – Porsche Boxster
Dee & Les Searle – 1936 Lagonda Le Mans
Andrew & Peter MacLellan – 1935 MG KN Special
Julian Bowen & Peter Hannan - 1964 Jaguar E-Type
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Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
« Respuesta #2098 en: 22 Octubre 2020, 14:52:33 »

New official parts production for a landmark car in Mazda’s history helps owners enjoy the Mk1 MX-5.
A range of 156 right-hand drive reproduction parts are now offered for the first-generation MX-5.
The first-generation Mazda MX-5 is fast attaining revered classic status as it enters its third decade.
Revealed at the 1989 Chicago Motor Show, the Mazda MX-5 has become a landmark car in the 100-year history of Mazda – a car that is the very essence of the Jinba Ittai driver-and-car-as-one philosophy that goes into every Mazda. With more than one million cars sold across four generations, the Mazda MX-5 is the world’s best-selling two-seater roadster and continues to win new fans across the world.

However, for many MX-5 fans it’s the timeless first-generation that’s closest to their hearts. Now into its third decade the original Mazda MX-5 is as popular as ever with sports car enthusiasts and in recent years has begun to be even more accepted as a true classic to be preserved, enjoyed and restored. With the popularity, rarity and values of Mk1 MX-5s rising, especially original UK cars, the first-generation MX-5 is fast attaining the revered classic status it deserves.

With this in mind Mazda Corporation is introducing an expanded range of official reproduction parts that will allow owners to enjoy and enhance their Mk1s for many years to come with factory approved parts and components. In total there are now 117 left hand drive and 156 right hand drive vehicle parts available to support first-generation MX-5 restoration projects.

To ensure Mazda introduced the most needed parts, the company consulted specialist retailers and MX-5 fan clubs across Europe. All the parts will be manufactured in Japan using modern methods and highest quality materials, while maintaining the look and feel of the original components. The new range includes parts that enthusiasts have been frequently searching for, including a newly-developed fabric hood that uses the same rear screen material as the original version. Continuing the authentic approach, Enkei Wheels will be manufacturing aluminium wheels that perfectly match the original design, but will be using modern technologies to make them lighter and more hard-wearing.

There will also be a large list of replacement interior trim parts, mechanical components and smaller bolts and washers. Commenting on the increased list of official first-generation MX-5 parts that will be available to order from UK Mazda dealers, Mazda Motors UK Parts and Accessories Marketing Manager, Steve Rose said: “right from its launch here in 1990, the MX-5 has always been hugely popular in the UK, so we are delighted to be able to offer Mazda Genuine Parts through our Authorised Repairer Network allowing our customers to keep their MX-5 100 per cent Mazda”.

Adding, “with the early cars becoming modern classics  it’s great to see so many still being driven and enjoyed. Whether it’s a full restoration or general maintenance, having a ready supply of genuine parts means these cars can continue to be enjoyed for years to come”.

A total of 20,132 first-generation MX-5s were official imported to the UK and now there’s an even bigger range of official parts for the original MX-5 owners in the UK, while the current Mazda MX-5 range has recently been updated with the 2.0-litre 100th Anniversary Special Edition and the 1.5-litre R-Sport. Both cars continue a long tradition of offering distinctive, stylish and exclusive limited-edition models.


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« Respuesta #2099 en: 26 Octubre 2020, 14:54:11 »

The “Lingotto VIVE & RIVIVE. Quand’era una fabbrica”, “Lingotto LIVES & RELIVES. When it was a factory”, exhibition opened today at the Lingotto Shopping Center, Turin.

Internationally famous, but not always recognised for its past glory as a car-making factory, the exhibition offers a fascinating journey of discovery in a place that symbolises Turin and its urban regeneration. Thanks to drawings, photographs, films and iconic vehicles, visitors can relive the history of the famous Fiat factory in the period between the early 1920s and the late 1980s.

The exhibition will remain on view until 31 December 2020, at Pavilion 5 of the Lingotto Shopping Center in Via Nizza 230 in Turin.

FCA Heritage – the FCA department dedicated to the protection and promotion of the historical heritage of the group's Italian brands – contributed videos and photographs from the Centro Storico Fiat for the creation of this exhibition. Centro Storico Fiat houses a superb collection of cars, memorabilia, models and advertising posters, plus a huge archive that tells the story of the largest Italian car manufacturer.

The materials loaned by the Centro Storico Fiat evocatively narrate the productive and architectural history of Lingotto in its design, operation, conversion and renovation phases. The Fiat Lingotto factory was inaugurated in 1923, and is still admired today for its extraordinary modernity, elegance and for the breathtaking solution of the rooftop test track, which at the time astonished many architects. Long before it was finished, what had been conceived as a workplace became a symbol of Italian industry and inventiveness and very soon entered the country’s collective memory.

Over the decades it became the birthplace of numerous legendary models and contributed to the motorisation of Italy, until new production processes needed to move to plants that responded to a different technological logic. Lingotto found ways to renew itself to adapt to the needs of a changing urban context and – while remaining a symbol of industrial archeology – the factory has undergone a long process of internal restructuring, leaving its charismatic external appearance unchanged.

As part of the "Torino Design of the City 2020" event, the exhibition "Lingotto VIVE & RIVIVE. Quand’era una fabbrica” also aims to raise awareness of the Torino Automotive Heritage Network project. This consists of a web of cultural and entrepreneurial events that act to revive the cultural heritage of the automobile city of Turin, through initiatives for the enhancement, promotion and interpretation of the city’s industrial history and its territory.

The scientific coordination and organisation of the Lingotto exhibition have been provided by the Turin Polytechnic’s Department of Architecture and Design, and by the Institute for the Memory and Culture of Labor in Business and Social Rights (ISMEL).