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« Respuesta #180 en: 21 Abril 2016, 15:08:08 »

Advance discounted ticket sales for the 2016 Donington Historic Festival close at 5pm on Wednesday, 27th April. So you have less than a week to enjoy significant savings on the on-the-gate prices for this three-day historic motorsport spectacular taking place over the Bank Holiday weekend of 30th April, 1st & 2nd May.

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

Across 17 exhilarating races, the Donington Historic Festival will showcase some 400 world-class competition machines. With three full days of racing, each featuring a mix of grids across a range of eras from pre-War to the 1990s, the Donington Historic Festival offers something for everyone.  Die-hard World Sportscar fans have a whole 180 minutes of racing to revel in with Saturday’s ‘1000km’, while lovers of early Grand Prix racing have two HGPCA Nuvolari Trophy races to look forward to. Touring Car, sports car and GT enthusiasts have some stunning grids awaiting them, Jaguar purists have the Jaguar Classic Challenge, and those who believe racing cars are best with just one seat can enjoy two HSCC Historic Formula 2 races as well as the aforementioned Nuvolari Trophy.

In addition to all the on-track action and open-access race paddock, the event will feature spectacular live-action historic rally car demonstrations (just the thing for rally fans who yearn to see Group B machines burning rubber), an open-access rally paddock, infield displays from dozens of car clubs, historic karting demos and a trade village full of automobilia, prints, books etc.

Historic F1 cars will take to the track on the Saturday and Sunday in a series of thrilling lunchtime demonstrations, and the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will stage flypasts on the Sunday and Monday. Festival visitors can experience adrenaline-fueled passenger ‘drift’ rides with BookaTrack Caterham’s Caterham Experience, and will also have the opportunity to visit the Donington Park Grand Prix Collection and the Wheatcroft Collection of historic military vehicles. In addition Jaguar is staging a regional heat of the hugely popular Jaguar Trophy concours in the race paddock on the Bank Holiday Monday.

Not all the action is reserved for Donington Park itself. On the Saturday evening, a selection of some 30 world-class competition cars head to Castle Donington village, where they will entertain thousands of locals and visitors, parading round the local streets before parking up to form a highly photogenic display.

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« Respuesta #181 en: 22 Abril 2016, 09:50:52 »

Ready, steady and (almost) go! The final tickets for this summer’s CarFest family festivals will go on sale during Chris Evans’ Radio 2 Breakfast Show at 8am on Thursday 28 April.

Now entering its fifth successful season, CarFest continues to go from strength-to-strength, and 2016’s pair of magical feasts of cars, music, food and fun will be even bigger and better than ever before with lots of exciting new innovations and attractions.   

Most notably, while CarFest South (26-28 August) remains at its spiritual home – Jody Scheckter’s award-winning Laverstoke Park Farm in Hampshire – an expanded CarFest North (29-31 July) is moving to a new residency at the beautiful Bolesworth Castle in Cheshire.

As well as providing more than a third of a million festival goers with magical weekends of wonderful entertainment for all ages, the eight sell-out festivals staged to date have raised a whopping £6.7m for BBC Children in Need. And once again in 2016 a minimum of 25 per cent of the price of each ticket sold will go directly to the charity.

The first tranche of tickets for both North and South events were extremely popular when released by Evans in early November. Now, with so much great content already confirmed, demand is expected to be every bit as high for the remaining 25 per cent when they are released next week.

As ever a dazzling array of performing cars is right at the heart of the day time CarFest show and, ringing in the changes, this year’s high-octane track sprint show will be split into two equally eye-catching sections. First up the ‘Time Tunnel’ will take festival-goers on a magical evolutionary journey of motoring history from early Edwardian pioneers to some equally inventive futuristic treats. Highlights already confirmed include James Martin and his new Porsche 911 GT-3 (one of the first off the hallowed Stuttgart production line), two of last season’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race cars, the 2015 Pikes Peak prepped Jaguar F-type as well as Chris Evans’ own Famous Five vehicles.

The second ‘Xtreme’ phase of track action will step up the pace with dramatic displays by the Red Bull Racing Formula One team, the Top Gear Live Stunt Team plus eye-catching power laps by The Stig. Expect plenty of crowd-pleasing donuts, burning rubber and flame spitting engines.

As CarFest tradition now dictates, when the daytime dust has settled, the atmosphere changes from high revving road show to pop festival. Among the live music acts already announced for this summer are Will Young, Bryan Adams, The Corrs, James Morrison and Squeeze. What’s more, Evans will be revealing more famous names next week in the build up to the final ticket release.

While revs and riffs are the CarFest lifeblood, they are just part of an amazing line-up of fun-filled activities and attractions. The 2016 North and South festivals offer even more than ever before and joining us this summer are professional dancing stars known to TV audiences – Kevin, Karen and Joanne Clifton plus the gorgeous Natalie Lowe – who will be adding dance tips and demos to the line-up to inspire and entertain festival-goers of all generations.

With so many visitors really getting into the summer festival vibe by camping on site, mouthwatering food is another hugely popular ingredient… and not just to eat. Adding to this year’s gastronomic mix, a new Food Fair area will feature cooking demonstrations, culinary lessons, talks and tastings as well as the CarFest Kitchen, a dedicated stage serving up live and interactive food entertainment.

It all adds up to two more wonderfully eclectic CarFest weekends. Those not wanting to miss out when the remaining tickets are released on Thursday morning are strongly advised to log onto the official website in advance and use the navigation to access the stress-busting ‘Tips for Buying Tickets’ section. Plus all the latest festival news can be found on the Festivals official website, twitter and facebook platforms.


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« Respuesta #182 en: 22 Abril 2016, 09:51:13 »

Many modern classics built after the mid-1980s face an uncertain future, unless the industry can safeguard the technology behind these vehicles – the so-called ‘digital generation’.

FIVA (the international federation of historic vehicles) is keen to draw public attention to this very real threat, before it’s too late.Already, a number of isolated initiatives are making progress, but a sustainable solution is likely to require industry support, alongside concerted action by enthusiasts, clubs and organisations such as FIVA.

Stephan Joest, a consultant in electronic vehicle components and also president of Amicale Citroën Internationale, the network of 1,000-plus Citroën car clubs worldwide, agrees. “We currently have a clear window of opportunity when it’s still possible to preserve existing stocks of electronic components and their digital ‘source codes’,” he explains. “Otherwise, we risk finding ourselves unable to replace the ECUs (electronic control units) that – in classics from the mid-1980s onward – typically control everything from engine management to air-conditioning and safety equipment.

“Digital ageing – the physical ageing of electronic components – takes place whether or not the component is in use, and a startling statistic is that around 50% of 40-plus-year-old ECUs are ‘dead on arrival’, i.e. not in working order when installed freshly out of the box. The older the electronic unit, the harder it will be to find replacement units that still work,” says Joest, stressing that this is not a problem specific to any particular marque, but one that’s endemic across the industry.

Bosch is one organisation that has recognised the impending threat to younger historic cars and is working towards a solution.“To keep upcoming generations of classic cars running will be more challenging than in the past,” confirms Dipl.-Ing. Fritz Cirener, head of Automotive Tradition at Robert Bosch GmbH.“Together with the manufacturers, we are working on this topic.There’s along way to go but it will beworth it, if we want to preserve the technology for the younger and future user generations.”

Stephan Joest points out that the challenge is only going to get bigger. “The premium cars of today have some 60-100 separate ECUs, controlling every aspect of the car – and the complexity of the software is increasing every year. While the immediate need is to protect the longevity of vehicles from the 1980s to the end of the millennium, we also need to ensure that there is a future for today’s vehicles, 30 years from now. Currently, we are not sufficiently prepared.

“We need to act now to safeguard the technical heritage of the ‘digital generation’ of vehicles, and ensure that classic automobiles of the future don’t have to be simply static objects in showrooms, but can remain as lively cultural assets,” concludes Joest.

FIVA will be suggesting that this important topic is added to the agenda of the 2016 FIVA Heritage Forum at Chantilly, in early September, where the heads of the major motor manufacturer heritage departments meet to discuss common challenges and opportunities.

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« Respuesta #183 en: 26 Abril 2016, 10:36:02 »

A staggering 800 Fords are already booked to take part in Simply Ford at Beaulieu this weekend (Sunday May 1st) with even more owners expected to join the rally with their treasured cars.

Tickets are selling fast for this hugely popular event in the grounds of the National Motor Museum, open to every age and model of Ford, from Cortinas, Zodiacs and Anglias to Mondeos, Focuses and Transits. For a day out that will appeal to Ford fans and family visitors alike, Simply Ford is an unmissable event.

Owners’ clubs and enthusiasts groups are at the heart of Simply Ford, with 38 clubs booked to display their members’ cars on club stands, from the Electric Orange ST Club and Ford Probe Owners’ Club to West Country Fords and the Wiltshire Classic Ford Club.

Show regular Ford Heritage will display a selection of cars from its prestigious historic collection. On an ‘old and new’ theme, a preserved 1965 Mustang will be parked alongside the brand new version of this legendary muscle car, while an early example of the Focus RS will be displayed with the latest incarnation of the model.

Visitors will have the chance to vote for their favourite car of the event in the People’s Choice Award, with the owner of the winning vehicle receiving a commemorative Beaulieu trophy and Autoglym prize.

For rally participants arriving in a Ford, entry to the Beaulieu grounds is from 9am, when the Brabazon Restaurant will be serving drinks and breakfast bites. Participant tickets are£10 for an adult and £5 for a child and can be bought on the day, or in advance on 01590 612888 or

All other visitors should enter Beaulieu via the main reception at normal Beaulieu attraction admission prices.

For friends taking part in the show with more than one Ford vehicle, please ensure that you all arrive at the same time if you wish to park together.

Admission includes access to all of the Beaulieu attraction. Don’t miss the National Motor Museum’s new Driving Change display, which explores motoring innovations, technology and safety throughout history and makes motoring predictions for the future. Visit On Screen Cars and the World of Top Gear, take a stroll around the Montagu family home Palace House and grounds and the historic ruins of 13th century Beaulieu Abbey.

Simply Ford is part of Beaulieu’s 2016 line-up of Simply rallies, which also includes Simply Japanese, Simply Classics & Sports Car and Simply Aston Martin. For the full list of Simply rallies and other Beaulieu events see or follow @Beaulieu_Hants on Twitter.


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« Respuesta #184 en: 26 Abril 2016, 10:36:34 »

The first competitive event of the year at Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb is being held this weekend (April 30th/May 1st) and has attracted a full entry as some of the very best cars and drivers from across the country who will head to the iconic Teme Valley venue, near Worcester for two days of motor sport on Saturday and Sunday.

Several new machines and first time drivers will be making an appearance at the Midland Automobile Club's 'Speed into Spring' event in a wide variety of sports, classic, saloon and racing cars, alongside entrants in the highly competitive and popular Midland Hill Climb Championship.

Reigning Midland champion Mike Turpin, of Hereford, will continue the defence of his title in his extremely quick Vauxhall VX220 while Droitwich driver Duncan Andrews steadily improves in his much-modified Porsche Cayman in the modified sports car class. Tewkesbury driver Tony Hunt this year joins former Shelsley Walsh fastest-time-of-day winner Terry Graves in the large racing car class in their shared Gould GR55.

Over 20 cars are entered into the 1100cc motorcycle-engined single-seater racing class, which always provides extremely close and competitive times, with local Martley driver Chris Aspinall possibly taking the honours in the Empire Wraith machine, which he shares with fellow local driver Clive Austin of Clifton-on-Teme.

Two classes for racing cars manufactured before 1971 and 1985 will see classic examples from Brabham, Lola, Alexis, Lotus and Pilbeam cars taking to the hill with Worcester driver Briony Serrell in her Lotus 51 upholding local honour.

Henley-in-Arden driver Keith Bristow will make his debut in the latest 3.5 litre supercharged Lotus Exige V6 as part of a full entry in the Paul Matty Sports Cars Lotus Championship, which hosts ten drivers in its sports class and 12 in the class for classic Lotus racing cars.

The Porsche Club of Great Britain National Hill Climb Championship has nearly a dozen examples of the marque taking part including Carrera, 911 GT3 and Cayman models.

A class for relative newcomers to the sport who hold a B grade competition licence and drive road going cars, which is sponsored by Newbarn Cars, has attracted several local entrants driving a variety of cars including Renault Clio, MG Rover, Mazda MX5 and a Ford Capri.

Practise and qualifying takes place on Saturday with timed competition runs in programme order with full commentary on Sunday including run off competitions for the fastest twelve cars taking place at the end of both morning and afternoon sessions.

Advanced tickets are still available
Tickets on the gate are £12.00 for Saturday and £15.00 on Sunday.
Accompanied children under 16 are free
Track action starts at 9.15am and finishes around 5.30pm

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« Respuesta #185 en: 26 Abril 2016, 16:32:58 »

Thousands of classic and vintage car fans enjoyed a mixture of exotic cars, military vehicles and motorbikes in the sun at the eighth Sunday Scramble at Bicester Heritage. In total, more than 3500 people, 1500 cars and 30 classic car clubs were on site.

The combination of glorious weather, the beautiful old buildings at Bicester Heritage and Drive It Day meant the attendees were treated to a wonderful array of cars from all eras and from all over the world. The event marked another successful step in Bicester Heritage’s history, and it has grown at a rapid rate in just three years to become a phenomenally popular date in classic car fans’ diaries.

Thirty classic car clubs were in attendance, with Porsche, MG, TVR and Jaguar owners clubs all on site, along with regional clubs from the likes of Coventry and Warwick also coming along.

The Sunday Scramble marked the launch of The Motor Market, which allowed visitors to offer their vehicle for sale in a relaxed fashion to thousands of like-minded enthusiasts. A total of 22 cars were available for sale, ranging from a classic Route Master double decker London bus to a 1964 Chevrolet Corvair Monza to a 1920 Dodge Brothers Model 30 Tourer amongst other famous brands such as Porsche, Ferrari and Land Rover.

Another first at the Sunday Scramble came from the Historic Vehicle Restoration Apprenticeship scheme run by Banbury and Bicester College, which announced that, from September, its ground-breaking course will be based at Bicester Heritage.

The apprenticeship scheme, now in its second year, was developed in conjunction with the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) and is supported by Bicester Heritage. The apprentices will be able to learn and work in close proximity to some of the foremost classic and vintage car experts in the UK, who are based at the centre of automotive excellence that is Bicester Heritage. This hugely important course looks to future proof the historic motoring movement by creating tangible career paths for keen individuals looking to join the sector.

Formula Kart Stars, the only karting championship supported by both Formula 1 management, and F1 teams also announced their move to Bicester Heritage at the Sunday Scramble. The series has four classes, for ages 8-10, 10-12, 12-15 and 15-18. Rounds 13 and 14 of the 2016 season will take place at Bicester Heritage on 2-4 September. By consolidating their office, storage and workshop needs in to one centrally located headquarters, they plan on developing their series further and to continue to nurture future F1 talent.

Blue Diamond Services will also join the businesses on site at Bicester Heritage as it establishes its first servicing outpost. Blue Diamond is one of the leading experts on pre-war Rileys and has been operating for more than 40 years. It will need to recruit a mechanic and a parts expert for its new operation.

The Spring Sunday Scramble saw the reveal of an exciting new collaboration for Bicester Heritage. Malle London launched the special edition leather and oiled canvas ‘Riley’ tool roll, created in partnership with Bicester Heritage.

The roll comes with 24 pouches and pockets designed to store motoring tools and accessories, and was inspired by the canvas tool rolls used by the RAF in the 1930s and 40s. The collaborative plan between Bicester Heritage and Malle London sought to repurpose a well-engineered military design to create an evocative, classic and durable item for modern use.

The tool roll is made using high quality materials from British manufacturers, with leather from Scotland and canvas from Liverpool. It is hand crafted and is available for £159 through Malle’s website.

Philip White, Bicester Heritage’s Marketing Manager said: “It was a pleasure to celebrate National Drive It Day in the company of so many motoring enthusiasts and to welcome such a fantastic spread of vehicles to Bicester Heritage.

“From a beautiful battle scarred Jaguar C Type to a fully prepped Fiat Panda 4x4 fresh from a Saharan adventure, we were delighted with the eclectic collection of motor cars that arrived for the eighth Sunday Scramble.”

“We look forward to seeing the Historic Vehicle Restoration Apprenticeship scheme develop as the apprentices move to The Engine Test House in the coming months and are thrilled to welcome both Blue Diamond Services and Formula Kart Stars to our former RAF base.”

The ninth Sunday Scramble will take place on 22 May and will take the theme of ‘Super cars through the ages’, celebrating powerful speed machines from every era. It will coincide with the Bugatti Owners Club ‘Prescott Breakfast Club’ hosted at Bicester Heritage.

Tickets are available to buy now, costing £5 per person, although visitors attending in super car or a pre-1990 classic vehicle (which includes cars, motorcycles and military vehicles) will be eligible for a 50% discount, as will members of vehicle clubs.

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« Respuesta #186 en: 27 Abril 2016, 14:00:43 »

Following another successful event in 2015, Silverstone Auctions is set to return to the home of British motorsport for three days of sales at the Silverstone Classic on Thursday 28th July, Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st July.

Last year’s sale saw Silverstone Auctions host its first ever dedicated competition car sale, where more than £1million worth of racing cars were sold, as well as a two-day classic road car sale that saw total sales of more than £5million.

Once again Silverstone Auctions will open the world’s biggest motor racing festival with a special racing car only sale on the evening of Thursday 28th July, before hosting a two-day classic road car sale on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st July. The sales will include a diverse and stunning collection of classic cars, modern sports cars and supercars, automobillia and luxury watches.

Nick Whale, managing director, Silverstone Auctions, said: “The Silverstone Classic Sale is one of our most exciting and high profile auctions in the calendar and I’m delighted that we’re once again playing an important role in this amazing event which has continued to grow over the years.”

Such is the demand to sell cars at the prestigious event Silverstone Auctions has already consigned a number of special cars into the sales.

Just announced for the Competition Car Sale is a recently ‘discovered’ 1958 Lotus Elite race car owned and raced personally by the legendary jazz musician, Chris Barber. Lotus’ first production car, this Elite is chassis number 9.

Found just a few months ago, the car is currently being expertly restored by Ant Anstead and Philip Glenister as a personal project and will be on display at the Silverstone Classic Media Day as a bare shell with a part-finished roll cage.

Featuring as part of the new series of Channel 4’s ‘For the Love of Cars’, the car will be sold at the auction before going onto compete in an event at this year’s festival immediately after.

Also in the sale, and being sold as a pair, are two legendary Ford Mondeo Super Tourers, two of just the original five built by Prodrive to contest the 2000 British Touring Car Championship, the golden era of the BTCC.

With factory drivers Alain Menu, Anthony Reid and Rickard Rydell, the fastest touring cars ever produced went on to dominate the championship completely, winning most of the rounds and finishing 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the 2000 BTCC final standings. At a supposed cost of £1m for each car, the team dominated like no other before or since. The two examples will be going under the hammer in the Competition Car Sale on Thursday 28th July.

Commenting on the cars already entered into the sale, Nick added: “The provenance of these particular cars is a clear indication of the quality of motorcars that will be on offer in our auction this year.”

Quality entries are now being invited into the sale and so anyone interested in entering their car into the sale and benefitting from Silverstone Auctions world class expertise can call +44 (0)1926 691141 or email

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« Respuesta #187 en: 27 Abril 2016, 14:01:09 »

Beaulieu’s Simply Classics & Sports Car on Saturday 18th June will celebrate the best-loved sports cars and classic cars on the roads, with a fantastic display in the grounds of the National Motor Museum on Father’s Day weekend.

One of the highlights of the Beaulieu events calendar, Simply Classics & Sports Car promises to please not only motoring fans, but also lovers of everything retro, with new show features for 2016.

Admire a wide variety of pre-1990 classics, and sport cars of all ages in the vibrant display, spanning family saloons, classic commercials, roofless roadsters and more. Show regular the Bournemouth & Poole MG Owners’ Club will also showcase a fantastic selection of members’ cars on its club stand.

Simply Classics & Sports Car appeals to varied motoring tastes and is a great day out for all the family. In tune with the era, Bows & Braces will create a Vintage Village for the show with authentic clothes from the 1920s to the 1980s and nostalgic home decoration including upcycled furniture, jewellery, kitchenware, luggage, records and maps. A Vintage tea tent is not to be missed.

There will be prizes for the best dressed man and woman, family or group. For those who need a little help, Vintage Victory Rollers will offer inspired make-overs in its event salon, with updos and cat eye flicks to make the boys whistle! To book your place at the salon email Raye at

Get rocking and rolling to live music throughout the show, as vocal quartet Company B perform 1940s-style swing numbers throughout the day that are sure to get you humming along.

Owners of qualifying vehicles are invited to drive into the grounds of the National Motor Museum to park, admire the other cars on display and catch up with other enthusiasts, as well as enjoy all of the features of one of the south’s leading visitor attractions, for the great value participant ticket price of £10 an adult and £5 a child for those displaying their sports car or pre-1990 classic.

Once you have chosen your favourite car of the show, cast your vote in the People’s Choice Award. The owner of the car that receives the most votes from visitors and participants will receive a commemorative Beaulieu trophy and special Autoglym prize, before leading a cavalcade of the most popular cars through the attraction.

Tickets can be bought on arrival at Beaulieu or in advance online at or on 01590 612888. Entry into the Beaulieu parkland with your classic or sports car is from 9.30am, when the Brabazon Restaurant will be serving breakfast snacks and hot and cold drinks.

All other visitors should enter Beaulieu through Visitor Reception from 10am, at the normal attraction admission prices, see for further details.

For friends taking part in the show with multiple vehicles, please ensure that you all arrive at the same time if you wish to park together.

Admission includes access to all of the features of the Beaulieu attraction. Don’t miss the National Motor Museum’s new Driving Change display, which explores motoring innovations, technology and safety throughout history and makes motoring predictions for the future. Visit On Screen Cars and the World of Top Gear, take a stroll around the Montagu family home Palace House and grounds and the historic ruins of 13th century Beaulieu Abbey.

Simply Classics & Sports Car is part of Beaulieu’s 2016 line-up of Simply rallies, which also includes Simply Japanese, Simply Land Rover and Simply Smart. For the full list of Simply rallies and other Beaulieu events see or follow @Beaulieu_Hants on Twitter.


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« Respuesta #188 en: 28 Abril 2016, 08:13:36 »

The organisers of the record-breaking Silverstone Classic (29-31 July) are delighted to announce eBay, the global online marketplace, will be joining the event, for the first time, as the official parts and accessories partner.

It is a significant collaboration that will add yet another crowd-pleasing component to this summer’s staging of the world’s biggest historic motor racing festival. Demonstrating that eBay is the premier destination for car parts show-goers will be able to follow the live restoration of a 1982 classic Range Rover over the three-day event.

Hosted by eBay, RESTORATION LIVE with Fergus Walkinshaw is sure to be a hugely popular attraction for the tens of thousands of show-goers, many of whom will be travelling to Silverstone in their own lovingly restored classics.

Walkinshaw and his team will guide the crowd through every step of the project as they renovate the iconic first-generation Range Rover using only items bought from eBay. Whether it’s a new replacement body panel or an original piece of internal trim, finding the right pieces shouldn’t prove too tricky as there are more than eight million live listings of car parts and accessories on to buy at any time. Indeed, eBay is home to one of the largest collections of motoring products in the world and, thus, the ideal destination for everything from replacement parts for the family car to the final rare piece in a classic restoration puzzle.

Murray Lambell, eBay’s director of retail car parts and accessories, said: “We love the Silverstone Classic. It attracts everyone from the highly experienced restorer right through to people who simply just love their car – just like eBay does – so it’s a great event for us to be part of.

“With such a huge selection of products Fergus and the team will easily find everything they need when they restore the Range Rover. eBay can help with everything from an everyday replacement part – to a rare component in a classic restoration.”

As for the Range Rover, once it is restored to its former glory, it will appear on stage during the Mike Brewer Car Clinic on Sunday at the Classic, with Mike and Fergus answering questions and sharing their experience of the complex project.

“We are understandably enthused to be partnering a company of eBay’s global esteem and importance,” said Nick Wigley, CEO of Silverstone Classic organiser Goose Live Events. “All the more so as eBay will be helping us to add yet another fascinating new dimension to this summer’s festival. A large number of our visitors are no strangers to restoration projects, and I’m sure they will really enjoy seeing a 34-year-old Range Rover being restored to its original grandeur.”

All tickets for the 2016 Silverstone Classic must be purchased in advance.  Adult admission starts at just £42 and sticks to the Classic’s widely-praised ‘access all areas’ policy, thus providing admission to both National and Wing race paddocks, trackside grandstands, the vintage funfair, air displays and the live music concerts which this year include chart-toppers The Boomtown Rats, Reef and The Stranglers.

Full details of all tickets – as well as hospitality packages, special family offers and weekend festival camping – can be found on the event’s official website:

For more information: Visit the official event website

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« Respuesta #189 en: 28 Abril 2016, 08:14:13 »

A host of the famous stars and evocative cars that will wow the crowds at this summer’s action-packed Silverstone Classic (29-31 July) revved up at today’s traditional Media Day curtain-raiser.

As the premier event on the historic motor racing calendar, the Silverstone Classic is firmly established as the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival, with last year’s record-breaking silver jubilee extravaganza attracting more than 100,000 visitors for the very first time.

Judging by the attendance and fever around Media Day, 2016’s follow-up is gearing up to be even bigger and better, with the Home of British Motor Sport primed to host the ultimate celebration of classic cars.

With the variety of on-track action matched by a plethora of off-track entertainment, the sheer scale of the event is astonishing – and it is continuing to grow year-on-year, as the vast Silverstone estate is given over to a full-on festival of flat-out fun for all the family.

Some 150 of the world’s finest cars took to the Grand Prix track, while static displays in the paddock highlighted many of the car club anniversaries – with lots of models and marques set to celebrate momentous milestones this summer, including the 50th birthday of the iconic Lamborghini Miura and 25 years of the charismatic Nissan Figaro.

Freddie Hunt was one of the undisputed star attractions, as the 2016 Silverstone Classic prepares to mark the 40th anniversary of his father James Hunt’s Formula 1 World Championship crown. Freddie got behind the wheel of his father’s 1976 title-winning McLaren-Ford M23, and was interviewed by commentating legend Murray Walker for a forthcoming feature on Channel 4’s F1 programme. He was joined by Alastair Caldwell – McLaren Team Manager at the time – who regaled a captivated audience with little-known tales from the 1976 campaign.

Other big names to lend their support were actor and renowned car fanatic Philip Glenister and his co-presenter Ant Anstead from TV’s For The Love Of Cars, Nic Hamilton – brother of World Champion Lewis – and former England international footballer Luther Blissett, who is an ambassador for new event charity partner Prostate Cancer UK.

Touring car heroes Steve Soper, Jeff Allam and Patrick Watts were similarly in attendance, and they will all be appearing on-track as part of the inaugural ‘Tin-Top Sunday’ in July.

For the first time at the Silverstone Classic, there will be four separate touring car grids – the JET Super Touring Car Trophy (1990-2000), Historic Touring Car Challenge (1967-1989), Big-Engined Touring Cars (Pre ’66) and Under 2-Litre Touring Cars (Pre ’66) – bringing together more than 200 of the nation’s best-loved cars.

In another exciting innovation, in addition to the ever-popular Group C twilight race, FIA Masters Historic Formula One, Legends of Modern Formula One and Stirling Moss Trophy amongst many others, the new Can-Am 50 Interserie Challenge will stage its season finale at the Classic. These extreme machines will provide an awesome soundtrack to the event as they celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2016.

Extending the event’s appeal to two- and three-wheeled fans as well as car connoisseurs, this summer’s Classic will also welcome to the bill World GP Bike Legends – off the back of a successful debut at Jerez in Spain last year – and the Sidecar Salute, with 1987 500cc World Champion Wayne Gardner and ten-time ten FIM Sidecar World Champion Steve Webster both in attendance at Media Day.

Away from the racetrack, the impressive infield display will include live music concerts from chart-toppers The Boomtown Rats, The Stranglers and Reef, more than 120 car clubs exhibiting classic models from through the decades, Silverstone Auctions, aviation displays, a live Range Rover restoration with new event partner eBay and – for the first time – a Concours d’Elegance.

In a special feature to commemorate England‘s victory over Germany in the 1966 Football World Cup Final, meanwhile, a car football match with the Classic’s official courtesy car partner SsangYong UK will be held exactly 50 years to the day on Saturday, 30 July.

“Thanks to a tireless effort by the entire organising team, the Silverstone Classic has become a world-class event,” commented Nick Wigley, CEO of organisers, Goose Live Events. “Everybody works all year round to ensure that what we offer remains the biggest and best historic racing you will see anywhere in the world.

“I’m incredibly excited about the addition of the Can-Am celebration this year – the sound will be absolutely immense – as well as the introduction of Tin-Top Sunday. I think deep down, we’ve all got a soft spot for touring cars because they’re the kinds of cars our dads used to drive.

“Not only that, but having always wanted to include some two and three-wheeled action, I’m delighted that we have secured some absolute sporting icons with the World GP Bike Legends and Sidecar Salute.

“The Silverstone Classic has become the unmissable event for all of Britain’s car clubs, and this year there will be some 10,000 beautifully polished classic cars on display for visitors to come and admire over the weekend.

“Ticket sales for the 2016 event are really strong, and at such fabulous value for money, our new family weekend ticket has proven to be immensely popular. All the ingredients are in-place for yet another record-breaking Silverstone Classic!”

All tickets for the 2016 Silverstone Classic must be purchased in advance.  Adult admission starts at just £42 and sticks to the Classic’s widely-praised ‘access all areas’ policy, thus providing admission to both National and Wing race paddocks, trackside grandstands, the vintage funfair, air displays and the live music concerts which this year include chart-toppers The Boomtown Rats, Reef and The Stranglers.

Full details of all tickets – as well as hospitality packages, special family offers and weekend festival camping – can be found on the event’s official website:

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The headline grabbing career of one of Britain’s most charismatic and colourful sportsmen will be celebrated at this summer’s Silverstone Classic (29-31 July). It’s exactly 40 years since hard driving, fast living James Hunt overcame all the odds to win the FIA Formula One World Championship in 1976 – a dramatic feat recently acclaimed in the award-winning movie Rush.

Hunt sadly passed away in 1993 at the age of just 45 but the legend lives on and the ruby 40th anniversary of his crowning achievement will be marked at the world’s biggest historic motor racing festival in July, with special displays curated by his two sons Freddie and Tom. These displays will include a number of James’ most notable road and racing cars plus rarely seen trophies and memorabilia from the flamboyant Englishman’s title winning 1976 season.

The special celebrations at Silverstone are very appropriate, too, as Hunt savoured more Formula One success at the superfast Northamptonshire venue than at any other circuit worldwide. As a much-loved underdog, home hero Hunt scored a hugely popular maiden F1 win at Silverstone in April 1974 when racing for the locally based Hesketh team. Although the BRDC International Trophy was non-championship, the grid featured many of the era’s top teams and drivers.

Two years later, Hunt ignited his title winning campaign with a second confidence boosting International Trophy victory, this time for his new team McLaren. And it was at Silverstone that, as reigning champion, he won his only British Grand Prix after an epic dice with John Watson in 1977.

“I know the crowds at Silverstone back in the seventies really took my dad’s heroics to their hearts, so it’s going to be very special for all of us in the family to be marking the 40th anniversary of his World Championship at this summer’s Silverstone Classic,” enthused Freddie Hunt who drove one of his father’s title winning McLaren M23s during today’s Silverstone Classic Media Preview curtain-raiser at the legendary Grand Prix circuit.

“I’ve seen so many photos and films of my father racing the M23 that it really was emotional to get behind the wheel and experience just a smidgeon of what it must have been like to race these fantastic F1 cars in period. It really was a remarkable era and one which the Classic always celebrates in style.”

Indeed, the McLaren M23 and its successor the M26 which Hunt raced to British Grand Prix victory in 1977, will feature in the two rounds of the FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship – among the many highlights on the action-packed Silverstone Classic schedule. Freddie, himself, is also planning to race a giant-killing Mini in the showdown for Big Engine Touring Cars from the early sixties.

“It’s a tremendous privilege to have Freddie and the Hunt family so involved in this year’s Classic, 40 years after James famously took the title in 1976,” said Nick Wigley CEO of event organiser Goose Live Events. “Knowing just how special James was to the fans at Silverstone, we invited Freddie to last year’s event and have been making plans to celebrate this important anniversary ever since.”   

Fans wanting to be part of these special celebrations must buy their tickets in advance. Adult prices start from £42 and full details of all tickets – as well as hospitality packages and weekend festival camping – can be found on the event website at:


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Bicester Heritage is celebrating three years since the start of the project to return the former RAF base to its former glory and turn it into a hub for motoring excellence.

Since the project began, Bicester Heritage has been transformed, with the site now playing host to 35 automotive and aviation-related businesses and holding a series of phenomenally successful motoring related events. It also continues to be an active airfield, has sponsored the UK’s first historic vehicle restoration apprenticeship course, and has an on-site test track, which is available for private testing.

When the team behind the revitalising of Bicester Heritage took over, the site was in serious danger, and a far cry from the hub of military aviation that played host to a royal visit in 1965. Instead, it had lain untouched for almost 40 years, having been mothballed by the RAF in 1976. It was under such threat that it was described as being the ‘most at risk of all defence estates in Britain’ in 2008, and even now 80% of the site is registered as Grade II listed.

The future remained bleak until as recently as 2013, when the current team stepped in and bought the site from the Ministry of Defence, with big plans to turn it into a hub for all things related to classic cars.

Just three years down the line, these plans have developed at a staggering rate, and Bicester Heritage is enjoying a life of the sorts it hasn’t experienced for many years.

There are around 50 buildings on the 48-acre technical site and, as the site celebrates its third anniversary, 70% of these have been reactivated, using original materials and techniques wherever possible.

There are now as many as 35 businesses operating from these buildings, a rapid rise from the 12 that were on site two years ago. All six of the carefully selected start-up businesses that were the first to begin trading from the site are still going strong. The businesses’ combined areas of expertise mean that the site acts as a marina-like environment for classic cars, with specialists able to take care of all areas of buying, restoring, running, storing and enjoying life with a classic car.

Bicester Heritage has also played host to numerous events, including eight Sunday Scrambles, which bring together classic car enthusiasts and their vehicles at the site. The largest of these Sunday Scrambles has seen 3500 people and as many as 2000 cars attending, and more than 25,000 people came to the various events throughout 2015.

Dan Geoghegan, Bicester Heritage Managing Director said: “When we took on the challenge of bringing the RAF site at Bicester back to life, we knew it was a huge undertaking. There is no denying that it has been tricky at times, but the team have performed wonderful achievements to get us to where we are today.

We are not taking our foot off the accelerator, though, and phase four of our plan will see the reactivation of the remaining buildings on the technical site within the next 12 months.”

The work at Bicester Heritage is by no means finished, and the reactivation of the buildings on the technical site is just the start of the plans for the future.


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The first race of the second season of the Jaguar Classic Challenge opened in dramatic style with the pair of Julian Thomas and Calum Lockie taking the chequered flag.

The season opener at the Donington Historic Festival began in perfect conditions with bright sunshine and a warm track in the morning qualifying. Julian Thomas topped the time sheets in his E-type from Joaquin Folch-Rusinol joining him on the front row and Martin Stretton third fastest, both in E-types.

However, the race itself was run in less-than-perfect weather as the rain came down to add an extra degree of difficulty for the drivers. From the off, the pole sitters got away to a brilliant start with Calum Lockie at the wheel in wet conditions and lead the field through the first corner. He began to get into a rhythm, but John Pearson was on a charge and lead from the front for the next 20 minutes, with Lockie staying with him on a sodden track.

As always, the driver change served up its usual mix of drama and as Lockie swapped with Thomas at the 20-minute mark, he began to close on Pearson as the intense rain changed the complexion of the race.

The lead changed hands on more than five occasions and the driving was heroic from all the drivers in the adverse weather conditions. Coming into the final part of the race, one of four drivers was in contention for the win including Martin Stretton, and the team of Joaquin Folch-Rusinol/Simon Hadfield.

Thomas held his nerve in the closing stages to cross the line in first by seven seconds from a fast-charging John Pearson in his E-type finished second, while Martin Stretton finished third behind Pearson in his E-type.

Calum Lockie, race winner said: “This was an absolutely amazing race. It was unbelievably slippery! I started the race and we were immediately under pressure from John Pearson who drove an amazing race. I managed to hold onto him until the driver change. After that, it began tipping it down in Julian’s stint to the finish. This was to our advantage as we managed to close the gap and eventually overtake John, but it was one of the most exciting and action-packed races I’ve been involved in.”

Tim Hannig, Director, Jaguar Land Rover Classic, said: “Despite the rain, the strong field of drivers have put on a thoroughly entertaining show for the spectators and I’d like to congratulate our top three drivers on a superb effort. Jaguar’s rich racing pedigree is clear to see in this strong field of 31 competitors with XK150s, Mk1s, D-types and E-types making up the grid. We look forward to welcoming yet another line-up of pre-1966 Jaguars to the next race at the International Trophy at Silverstone taking place between 21-22 May.”

Class A was won by Marc Gordon in his XK150 followed in second place by Claire and Chris Keith-Lucas also in an XK150. Class B honours, and Driver of the Day, went to Roger Cope in his Mk I for a superb ninth overall in the 31-car field. The duo of Diane Osborne and Stephen Radcliffe finished second, also driving a race prepared Mk I. Gary Pearson in the iconic D-type took the class honours for Class C followed by Benjamin Eastick in second, also in a D-type.

Class D was a close-fought affair with E-type drivers of John Burton, Ben Shuckburgh and Bob Binfield finishing first, second and third respectively.


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JD Classics picked up a commanding pair of wins at the Donington Historic Festival this weekend, taking victories in the Historic Touring Car Challenge and the Stirling Moss Trophy.

JD Classics’ Chris Ward was the star driver of the weekend, having put in a pair of impressive performances to be involved in both victories.

Chris paired up with legendary saloon-car driver Steve Soper in the Historic Car Challenge on Saturday, with the two driving JD Classics’ 1973 Ford Cologne Capri.

The two faced a clutch problem in qualifying but managed to complete enough laps to qualify 10th on the grid. With the problem solved in the pits, the car was ready for the race and Steve took the early stint behind the wheel, battling his way up to second in no time.

The team took the decision to keep him out as long as possible before the weather turned. When the rain finally started Chris took over, heading back out on full wet tyres. This proved to be a tactically astute call: the rain continued to fall and Chris went on to take victory by some margin.

Chris’s second win of the weekend came on Monday, when he took to the wheel of JD Classics’ Costin Lister for the Stirling Moss Trophy. A handling problem prevented Chris from qualifying any higher than third but this proved to be no major handicap come the start of the race, with Chris passing both cars ahead of him on the grid to take an early lead at Redgate on the first lap.

He held onto this lead, and drove a sensational race, making the most of any available grip on the track in what were once again torrential conditions. His margin of victory was a comfortable one in the end, as he finished nearly a minute ahead of the second-placed car.

Other JD Classics-supported cars performed admirably over the weekend, too. The Austin Healey 100S driven by JD Classics Managing Director Derek Hood and John Young was one such notable performer, taking third in its class in the Woodcote Trophy. Steve and Josh Ward also completed their first competitive outing in the weekend’s Woodcote Trophy. Despite stiff competition, they drove their 1952 Ecurie Ecosse Jaguar XK120 to an impressive 3rd in class.

Andrew Smith was another entrant to the Stirling Moss Trophy, taking part in a Jaguar D-type, while JD Classics’ Datsun 240Z Super Samurai, known as ‘Big Sam’, took part in the Historic Touring Car Challenge.

JD Classics’ Managing Director Derek Hood said: “The Donington Historic once again provided a fantastic weekend of racing with some mixed weather conditions providing a real challenge. As ever, the JD Classics team put in a world-class performance, preparing six cars to their usual exceptional high standards. Chris Ward drove superbly in very difficult track conditions to pull off two victories.

“With these wins taking JD Classics to nine overall victories this season, we’re delighted with how the weekend went and are now really looking forward to two of the blue riband events of the racing calendar – the Monaco Historique and the Mille Miglia later this month.”

The JD Classics team will be taking part in the Grand Prix Historique de Monaco weekend from 13 to 15 May, and the Mille Miglia from 19 to 22 May.


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With the 10th biennial Grand Prix de Monaco Historique just a few days away (May 13-15, 2016), the excitement is building as key event partner Credit Suisse announces a number of engaging media opportunities for all attending journalists and photographers accredited by the Automobile Club de Monaco (ACM).

The opportunities kick off at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, May 13 with a Media Breakfast at the Credit Suisse Drivers Club, immediately followed at 9:30 a.m. by the consistently popular Credit Suisse Historic Racing Forum within the Credit Suisse Drivers Club, for media accredited by the ACM. The Historic Racing Forum will bring together a captivating group of panelists to discuss ‘Manufacturers versus Privateers: The Battle for Motorsport Supremacy.’

Credit Suisse is delighted to confirm the panelists participating in the Forum. These will include three-time Monaco Grand Prix winner and racing legend Sir Stirling Moss OBE, Italian former Formula 1 driver and five-time Le Mans 24-hour winner Emanuele Pirro, Grand Prix and Le Mans winner Jochen Mass, TV presenter and World Sportscar Championship race winner Alain de Cadenet, and veteran racer and RML team owner Ray Mallock. Motorsport writer and broadcaster, Henry Hope-Frost, will once again moderate the panel.

After the ‘Manufacturers versus Privateers: The Battle for Motorsport Supremacy’ Forum discussion, a short photographic opportunity with the panelists will take place in the Credit Suisse Drivers Club at 10:35 a.m. Following this, at 10:45 a.m., Sir Stirling Moss will be reunited with his 1956 Monaco GP-winning Maserati 250F in the paddock, 60 years after his maiden win in the Monaco Grand Prix. Ahead of a photocall, Henry Hope-Frost will conduct a brief interview with Sir Stirling looking back on the great man’s memories of the famous win.

On Saturday at 11:30 a.m., Sir Stirling Moss will discuss his 1961 Monaco win in the Lotus 18 with Henry Hope-Frost in the paddock, ending with the signing of a special artwork of the car depicting Sir Stirling on his way to victory. At 3:50 p.m., the British racing legend will exclusively come to the Media Center and be interviewed by Henry Hope-Frost to discuss in more detail his 1961 victory in the iconic Lotus 18.

Based on the success of its Photo Contest at Goodwood Revival and the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique over the past few years, Credit Suisse will once again be inviting ACM-accredited photographers and media at this year’s event to take part. Prizes will be given for the best image submitted for each of the Photo Contest categories at Monaco, with a trophy also being awarded to the overall winner.

The Credit Suisse Photo Contest categories for the 10th Grand Prix de Monaco Historique are:

    Inside the Paddock
    Credit Suisse Media Moments

Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Media Timetable (subject to change)

Friday, May 13, 2016
9:00 a.m.    Media Breakfast for ACM-accredited journalists and photographers at Credit Suisse Drivers Club
9:30 a.m.               Credit Suisse Historic Racing Forum, with expert panelists Sir Stirling Moss OBE, Emanuele Pirro, Jochen Mass, Alain de Cadenet, and Ray Mallock debating the theme of ‘Manufacturers versus Privateers: The Battle for Motorsport Supremacy’ at Credit Suisse Drivers Club
10:35 a.m.                Photocall opportunity with Forum panelists in the Credit Suisse Drivers Club
10:45 a.m.               Photocall opportunity with Sir Stirling Moss and his 1956 Monaco GP-winning Maserati 250 F in the paddock

Saturday, May 14, 2016
11:30 a.m.               Photocall opportunity with Sir Stirling Moss with a short interview and signing of a special artwork of the Lotus 18 in which he won the 1961 Monaco Grand Prix
3:50 p.m.                Sir Stirling Moss interview in the Media Center with Henry Hope-Frost