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Just why is the MGB so popular?

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Editorial Things are quickly starting to liven up round here, which is not surprising really as April is traditionally the month when many owners awaken their classics from their winter slumber. This particularly applies to those owners who still have to pay for their ‘road fund licence’, as they often just tax the vehicle for six months of the year (April to September) to help keep the costs down. If you are one of those owners who haven’t driven their car for nearly six months, then make sure you carry out the necessary checks before taking the car out on the road. For example, it is quite common for the rubber seals inside brake and clutch hydraulic cylinders to bond themselves to the walls of the cylinder, so that when the pedal is depressed for the first time, the seal becomes damaged and fluid starts to leak out. It also weakens the seal, and worst case scenario is the brakes fail just when you need them most. Consequently, take a little time to inspect the hydraulics and if in doubt, strip down and replace the seals. For some reason light bulbs also seem to suddenly fail if they haven’t been used for a while, so it’s worth getting a few spares to carry with you in the glovebox just in case. Of course, a few niggles are only to be expected if your car has been laid up for a while, but that’s just part of the charm of owning a classic car, right? The sheer simplicity of most of these vehicles means that if they do go wrong, it is usually within the scope of the owner to fix them. All it takes is a basic toolkit and a little time and even the most inexperienced owner will be surprised what can be accomplished. Anyway, the point is, that if you are bringing your car out of winter storage, make sure it gets a thorough check over before you drive it. As always, we hope you enjoy reading this issue of Classic, Performance & Retro! Drive safe!

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Contents Issue 32 April 2014


Hurricane Force: Back in 1969, Australian car maker Holden built a futuristic research vehicle called the Hurricane. It has now been restored to its former glory by a dedicated group of Holden designers and engineers. Here is their story.


MGB - Buying & Driving: Just what exactly makes the MGB such a universally popular classic car? Phil Sullivan asks the question, and drives one to find out.


MGCC At Silverstone: The first round of the long-awaited MGCC 2014 Race Series got underway at Silverstone on March 29. Leanne Fahy was there to catch the action.


Geneva Motor Show: The 84th Geneva International Motor Show attracted over 77,000 visitors to see some of the very latest offerings from the automotive world. David Harrison reports.


Pocket Rocket: Performance cars don’t have to be wedge-shaped two-seaters you know! Take the Abarth 595 Competizione for example. A small hatchback shopping car, it looks quite ordinary, but drives like a rocket! Is it a wolf in sheep’s clothing? Chris McEvoy finds out.

Regular Features: 006 News: All the latest news and gossip from the Classic, Performance & Retro worlds.


Geneva Motor Show Show Report!

018 Club News: A round-up of news from some of the best car clubs in the world. 074 New Stuff: A look at what’s hot...and what’s not in the automotive marketplace. 076 What’s On: Never miss another show with our comprehensive events guide. 078 Auction News: A round up of what’s been happening in the auctions rooms around the world. Classic, Performance & Retro magazine is a FREE monthly online publication produced by AV8 Publishing Ltd, Cambridge, England.

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TV Cars Under The Hammer

Records Set At Coys Spring Classics London Sale

Auctioneers Coys broke three world records at their famous Spring Classics auction in London on March 11, which was part of a unique television event with Channel 4. A 1972 Maserati Ghibli SS fetched £177,640, which is believed to be a world record price for this model and the first of the three records broken by Coys. The other two cars reaching exceptional prices were a 1981 Delorean DMC-12 and a 1950 Series 1 Land Rover 80”, both part of the new Channel 4 series ‘Cars’ (working title) with star Philip Glenister and restorer Ant Anstead - prices for these cars will be revealed later this summer when the show goes on air. Chris Routledge, Managing Partner at Coys, said: “It was an exceptional event, a buzzing evening with celebrities and a great crowd. The six Channel 4 cars sold really well, including two world records, but you will have to watch it on TV this summer to know how much they went for!” He added: “It was the first time for an auction company in Europe to do something like this. The experience was excellent, clients really enjoyed it and we were delighted to be associated with the production, which gave collectors the opportunity to purchase genuine celebrity television-featured cars that have been restored effectively regardless of cost.” Other important cars that went under the hammer included the former manager of The Beatles Brian Epstein’s 1964 Bentley S3, which sold for £31,000, a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 that sold for £360,000 and a 1926 Rolls Royce 20HP Barrel sided Tourer that sold for £103,720.

Classic Show Stars

Bristol Classic Car Show to showcase the best of motoring history The longest-running, independent classic car show in the UK will take place at the Bath & West Show Ground, Shepton Mallet over the weekend of 14-15 June 2014. Around 14,000 people are expected to experience the 35th Footman James Bristol Classic Car Show, which will feature around 200 classics from 65 car clubs, along with 200 traders, an autojumble and classic auction. Large club displays are the order of the show, with the Early MG Club bringing seven cars; the Aston Martin Owners Club with 10 models; and up to 12 cars from the Joint Rover Clubs as part of their 110th anniversary of Rover. The show will be very much a celebration, with many other clubs reaching landmark anniversaries. The MK15 Cortina Owners Club will celebrate their 25th anniversary; The Post Vintage Humber Car Club will have eight cars on its 40th birthday display; and The Daimler & Lanchester Owners Club will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a cross-section of cars. The Footman James 35th Bristol Classic Car Show takes place at the Bath & West Show Ground over the weekend of 14-15 June 2014. Advance tickets are from £11 and available at


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‘Wheeler Dealer’ At Silverstone Classic Television personality Mike Brewer will be appearing at this year’s Silverstone Classic (25-27 July). The ‘Wheeler Dealers’ star has just finished restoring his Ford Mustang will be taking his pride and joy to Silverstone to lead Saturday’s special on-track parade celebrating 50 years of America’s most revered motoring icon. “As an owner of a 1967 Fastback Mustang that I recently restored, it’s a treat to be able to get the car out and enjoy what the ‘pony’ stands for,” enthused Brewer. “This year is going to be a BIG one for Mustang enthusiasts and the biggest party of all happens to be in the UK, so I was delighted to be asked to be involved with this year’s event and to bring my car along for everyone to enjoy. It’s always a pleasure meeting fans of classic cars and I cant wait to get to Silverstone Classic in July to meet them all and start soaking up the amazing atmosphere.” As well as joining the massive Mustang celebrations, Brewer will be taking over the main stage area on Sunday, sharing his immense knowledge about the buying and selling of classic cars in a number of special live clinics. These will be open to all show-goers and are sure to be immensely popular new additions to what’s already a very long Rimmer LANDSCAPE ad_Layout 18/07/2013 Page 4 list of A5 unmissable festival1 attractions.

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Royal Route Revealed

Veterans Prepare For London to Brighton Run Entries have now started rolling in for the world’s oldest motoring event – the annual Veteran Car Run between London and Brighton. Due to take place, as ever, on the first Sunday in November, participants in this year’s Run will leave Hyde Park and pass under Wellington Arch before driving past Buckingham Palace and down The Mall through St James’s Park at the start of the 60 mile trip to Brighton. It’s an iconic route made famous by the Royal Family’s televised coach parades and this year is the first time in recent history it has been part of the Veteran Car Run. Organised by the Royal Automobile Club, the 2014 Bonhams Veteran Car Run takes place on Sunday November 2, and will attract as many as 500 automobiles from the dawn of motoring as well as hundreds of thousands of spectators en route. Open to all cars manufactured before 1905 – making the youngest 109 years old – the event is a moving history show, with pioneering motoring names such as Mors, Panhard, Darracq and Daimler to the fore. Participants can look forward to a spectacular interlude as iconic department store Harrods will open a luxury pop-up ‘pit-stop’ for drivers located within dealership. The prestigious store will be offering a taste of its exquisite Food Halls with much-needed hot drinks and pastries provided in a relaxed and comfortable environment. Harrods is poised to join in this year’s Run for the third time in its history. The first time the Knightsbridge establishment took part was in the inaugural Emancipation Run of 1896.

Aston Atom Auction

Unique Aston Martin To Star In Goodwood Sale

A car described as the ‘world’s rarest Aston Martin’ is set to go under the hammer for the first time ever. The unique, 75-year-old Aston Martin Atom is to be a star Lot in Bonhams’ Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale on June 27. The ‘avant-garde,’ lightweight and highly original aerodynamic Coupe concept car has been both renowned and revered for decades by Aston Martin collectors and the wider world of confirmed classic car enthusiasts. But while it is less well-known to the public at large, this 19391940 one-off prototype from the legendary British marque is in fact a hugely significant and influential landmark within motoring history. Bonham’s Group Motoring Director James Knight describes the Atom as: “Plainly one of Aston Martin’s absolute landmark designs, and certainly one of the most exciting one-off British cars we have ever been asked to offer. It is unique, it is super sophisticated, and when one considers it within the context of 1939-40 it represents a monumental achievement. That the Atom has survived in almost constant use, and is today so beautifully conserved in highly original order, is a great tribute to the enthusiasm and taste of the Aston Martin connoisseurs who have fostered it for so many years. “Placing a value on such an important and unique motor car is nigh on impossible but it has all the right credentials: a well respected and international marque; concours condition; originality, provenance, useability, rarity and of course its historical significance. Our initial thoughts are that it will realize many hundreds of thousands and certainly has the potential to achieve more. Time will tell though, and by offering Atom publicly at auction, we will let the market determine the value.”


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Rare Rally Veteran

Rare Ex-Works Sunbeam Tiger To Star At Brightwells Auction An ex-Works Sunbeam Tiger will go ‘under the hammer’ at the Brightwells sale in Leominster on May 14. The car is one of just seven works prepared examples and is expected to sell for around the £100,000 mark. Built in 1964, the car is fitted with a Ford 4.2-litre V8 engine and is said to be the most campaigned of all seven works Tigers. Its debut competitive event was the 1964 Geneva Rally where it won its class with ‘Tiny’ Lewis and Barry Hughes at the controls. The following year the Tiger took on the Monte Carlo Rally in the hands of Maurice Gatsonides. The car wasn’t so lucky on this occasion as it failed to finish after becoming trapped in a snow drift in the mountains. As 2014 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Tiger, interest in the model has never been higher and prices of even standard road-going cars have risen markedly of late, especially in America where a fully restored MkI was sold by RM Auctions for £58,000 in August last year despite having no competition history.

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‘Sheep Farm Hack’ To Star In Bonhams Mercedes Sale A rare 1909 Mercedes 35hp that was found languishing in the Australian Outback is set to go under the hammer at Bonhams’ single-marque sale at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart on July 12, with an estimated selling price of around €680,000. The car was initially used from 1914 as the daily runaround of a sheep station manager in Isis Downs, Queensland. It is believed that this particular car was chosen because it could stand up to the heavy demands of working in the Outback in hostile conditions, and the first owner used it for more than 20 years. By the 1930s the car found a new home with a neighbour who planned to restore it, but another three decades would pass before the work actually started. Around 40 cars are expected to be offered during the sale at the Mercedes-Benz Museum, and visitors to the auction will also be able to view the 1,500 exhibits and 160 vehicles which are on display in the museum.



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Fairfield Motorsport partners with Severn Valley Stages Fairfield Motorsport will support the 2014 Severn Valley Stages (Saturday May 31) by providing a special award for the best performance for a crew travelling across the Irish Sea to get to the event. The organisers of the Severn Valley Stages have thrown out an invitation to crews from Ireland and the Isle of Man to come and sample some of the finest gravel stages in the UK. The Fairfield Motorsport Award will be presented to the leading visiting crew. Although the event is still two months away, entries are already coming in for both the modern and historic sections of the rally. The Severn Valley Stages is round four of the West Wales Rally Spares R.A.C. Rally Championship, round five of the Brian Dennis Motorsport Welsh Historic Rally Championship and round five of the Pirelli MSA Welsh Stage Rally Championship. The Severn Valley Stages Rally is a competitor-focused event offering 44 stage miles for £475. The route will take in special stages in Cefn, Crychan and Halfway forests, and both Cefn and Halfway will not have been used for 10 months by the time of the 31 May rally. The rally will once again be based at the Royal Welsh Showground at Builth Wells.

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Audi R18 e-Tron Quattro Cockpit Revised For 2014 Audi has developed a new concept for the R18 e-tron quattro’s ergonomics for the 2014 season. The configuration of the elements in the cockpit is even more logical now, their functions have been rethought, and the seating position has been improved. This makes it easier for the Audi drivers in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) to operate the controls of the hybrid sports car. The range of tasks is growing: The Audi drivers not only have to pay the same attention to safety, speed and precision on track as before, but now have to get an exact handle on efficiency as well. The maximum consumption per lap specified by the regulations requires utmost discipline to avoid penalties. To make optimal concentration easier, the drivers’ work in the cockpit should involve as little effort as possible. “Long before the 2014 season, we took an in-depth look at how we could support our drivers even better,” says Dr. Martin Mühlmeier, Head of Technology at Audi Sport. “The result is a cockpit in which we practically changed everything - from the pedals through to the functions on the steering wheel and on the dashboard. Additionally, the seating position has been changed according to the regulations.” The regulations for 2014 also prescribe a change in cockpit dimensions and a different seating position which significantly benefits the driver. While he used to lie relatively flat in the monocoque before, his upper body is now in a more upright position. “This enlarges the forward angle of vision,” says a pleased Lucas di Grassi. “And vision through the side windows has notably improved as well. This clearly helps us in the on-track battles with our rivals.”



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Team M-Sport Bentley announces its driver line up for the 2014 motorsport season with a vastly experienced international team. Six Bentley Boys will drive two Continental GT3 race cars, starting with the five races of the 2014 Blancpain Endurance Series, looking to put Bentley back on the top step of the podium. The first car sees the continuation of the all-British driver line-up that powered the Continental GT3 to a stunning fourth-placed debut at the Gulf 12 Hours in Abu Dhabi last December. Long-standing Bentley Boy and Le Mans 24-Hours winner Guy Smith will drive with experienced GT3 racers Steven Kane and Andy Meyrick. Balancing a range of different experience between them, Smith, Kane and Meyrick have shown a great working relationship, second only to an impressive turn of speed. The second Continental GT3 will be piloted by a European driving team. Englishman Duncan Tappy will be partnered with Frenchman Antoine Leclerc and Belgian former F1 racer Jérôme D’Ambrosio, who makes his GT3 debut after several successful years of open-wheel racing. Brian Gush, Bentley’s Director of Motorsport, said: “Our six modern day Bentley Boys give me great confidence for the year ahead. The selection process has been tough after having had so much interest, but these six racers have shown the prodigious talent combined with the experienced, dedicated approach that we need. The whole team is now in final preparations for the season ahead, and we’re all extremely eager to get to Monza so that the real racing can begin.”

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Donington Historic Festival Timetable Revealed The timetable for this year’s Donington Historic Festival has now been finalised and it promises a hugely enjoyable selection of highly competitive world-class historic motorsport. The event is held on May 3-5, and will feature a wide diversity of grids and attractions. For example, the Saturday includes not one but two Touring Car races, covering four decades of this ever-popular genre, with Motor Racing Legends’ Historic Touring Car Challenge for 1966-85 Touring Cars kicking off the weekend’s race action, and the HRDC ‘Celebration of the BTCC’ for Touring Cars 1958-1965 providing the finale for that day. Historic Formula 3 and the Historic Touring Car Challenge open the race action on the Sunday morning, with each series having its second race of the weekend. They are followed by a superb variety of grids, including the D-types and C-types, Aston Martins and Austin-Healeys of the Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy pre-56 sportscars and the pre-66 under two-litre Touring Cars of U2TC. Sunday also sees the first parts of the Festival’s two feature races – the Motor Sport 90th Anniversary Trophy for pre-War Sports Cars, likely to feature such legendary marques as Bentley, Bugatti, Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Frazer Nash, BMW, Vauxhall, Riley, MG and Talbot, and the Maserati Centenary Trophy, showcasing cars from the 1930s to the 1960s powered by engines built by Maserati or OSCA. The day ends with the FIA Masters Historic Sports Car Championship for Le Mans-style sports cars and ‘Group 4’ cars from 1962 to 1974. The Bank Holiday Monday features yet another magnificent array of historic racing cars of all ages, shapes and sizes. The competitors in the Motor Sport 90th Anniversary and Maserati Centenary Trophies will be out in the second parts of their respective races, while the Mustangs, Lotus Cortinas and Ford Falcons of the Masters Pre-66 Touring Cars will also be put through their paces. The Stirling Moss Trophy for pre-1961 sportscars is always competitive, while the Festival ends in high style, with a 90-minute Masters Gentlemen Drivers pre66 GT race.

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MG90 Exhibition Opens in Abingdon A special MG90 themed exhibition was opened for the first time on the top floor of the Abingdon County Hall Museum on Sunday March 23. The exhibition has been created in collaboration with the MG Car Club to celebrate 90 years of MG motoring. Historical MG artefacts have been loaned to the museum from the club to create the special exhibition, which is open to the public until July 20th. Among the MG90 exhibits are a selection of items which belonged to Cecil Kimber, considered by many as the father of MG, such as Kimber’s overnight bag, ornaments from his desk and fur coat. There is also a selection of original prototype models of some of the most well-known MGs, which were created by hand in the Abingdon factory. As well as the mayor of Abingdon, Cllr Samantha Bowring, the opening was attended by a number of famous faces from the former Abingdon factory including Don Hayter, Chief Designer of the MGB; Peter Browning, BMC Competitions Manager, and Jimmy Cox and Brian Moylan who both worked on the various record breakers and Works competition cars. Julian White, General Manager of the MG Car Club said: “This is the first time I’ve seen the completed exhibition and it looks absolutely fantastic! Jane Bowen and her staff at the museum have done such a great job at bringing the history of MG to life. “I must also thank the MG Car Club’s archive team of Peter Neal and Phil Grinham along with Colin Grant for all their hard work in sourcing and gathering these artefacts together. It is so heartening to see so many people here today to celebrate the car we all love.”

Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club

Big Cats Get Ready To Roam In Cheshire Countryside! Members of the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club will be taking part in the Cheshire Cats XK Forum Run on Sunday, April 27. The run is designed to be ‘An enjoyable and relaxing drive through the beautiful Cheshire countryside, covering around 70 miles with splendid views, excellent undulating roads and the pleasant company of other XK enthusiasts.’ Participants can look forward to a fully detailed route guide, along with a mid-way coffee stop and a relaxing lunch at a local restaurant with good parking facilities. The organisers say that there will be lots of opportunities for photoshoots and chances to stop off and take in the scenery. The run sets of at 9.30am from Newcastle-Under-Lyme in Staffordshire, and with the early(ish) start in mind the club has provided details of some nearby suitable hotels to make sure things get off to a relaxed start. For more information, see the club’s website.


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HOLDEN...holden... Entry to the Hurricane is via this neat lifting ‘canopy’ section.

rear-vision camera and an automated route finder were all showcased in this groundbreaking vehicle over 40 years ago. In fact, many of these technologies have only recently made their way into mass production, which The Hurricane being worked on in the Holden workshops.


really demonstrates Holden’s remarkable foresight into both design and engineering technology.

Jaw Dropping!

The Hurricane caused quite a stir when if was first revealed,

stealing the headlines and causing jaws to drop right across its native Australia when it debuted at the 1969 Melbourne Motor Show. As its code name suggests, the RD 001 was the first product of the GMH Research and Development organization, staffed by a small squad of engineers working in conjunction with the Advance Styling Group at the Fishermans Bend Technical Centre in the 1960s. The team that designed and built the original Hurricane employed some advanced technologies and techniques when it came to the powertrain. Powered by an experimental 4.2-litre (253cu/ in) V8, this engine was a precursor to the Holden V8 engine program which entered production in late 1969.


Work being carried out on the fibreglass body during the restoration. The Hurricane’s V8 engine featured many advanced design components such as the four-barrel carburettor – a feature which wouldn’t be seen on a production 253ci Holden V8 until the late 1970s. The end result produced approximately 262hp (193kW), a towering power output in 1969 and one that ensured the Hurricane had the performance to match its looks.

Pathfinder System

Perhaps the most innovative features were the ‘Pathfinder’ Working on the Hurricane’s 4.2 litre engine.

Fitting the hinges for the ‘canopy.’

route guidance system and the rear-view camera. The ‘Pathfinder,’ essentially a preGPS navigation system, relied on a system of magnets

embedded at intersections along the road network to guide the driver along the desired route. A dash-mounted panel informed the driver of which turn to take by illuminating different arrows, as well as sounding a warning buzzer. The rear view camera was also a ground-breaking innovation. Engineers using a closedcircuit television system with a camera mounted in the rear bumper feeding a small blackand-white TV mounted in the centre console. Former Holden Chief Studio Engineer Rick Martin led the modern-day Hurricane team in researching the vehicle’s April 2014 23

HOLDEN...holden... The car during final assembly.

1988 Lola T88/00 Indycar on display at Autosport.

Rear end of the car is removed for engine access.

The Hurricane out on the test track.

components, systems and history. “There are some genuinely remarkable ideas and technology in the Hurricane,” Martin said. “From the automatic air-conditioning and magnet-based guidance system, to the inertia-reel seat belts and metallic paint, this was a car that was genuinely ahead of its time. “The hand-picked team of engineers and designers who built the original Hurricane worked in strict secrecy and began Holden’s now proud tradition of ground-breaking concept cars.”


RD 001 stands just 990mm high and has no conventional doors. A hydraulically powered canopy opens upwards and forward over the front wheels, combined with twin ‘astronaut type’ powerelevating seats which rise up 24


and pivot forward, along with the steering column for ease of access. Occupants are then lowered to a semi-reclining position before the roof closes over them. The wind tunnel-tested fibreglass body consists of three segments; the canopy, the engine hood and body shell and was finished in an experimental aluminium flakebased metallic orange paint. Safety innovations included an aircraft-style foam-lined fuel tank, integrated roll-over bar, digital instrument readouts, ignition safety locks, interior padding and a fire warning system.

Above: The light-weight construction of the Hurricane combined with its powerful 4.2 litre V8 engine gave it very impressive performance for a car of its era. Below: When viewed from the front, it’s hard to believe that this car was designed and built over 45 years ago!


The project to restore RD 001 began in 2006 and was finally April 2014 25



.holden...holden... completed in 2011, and has been described as a genuine labour of love for some very dedicated Holden designers and engineers who volunteered thousands of hours of their time. Paul Clarke, Holden’s manager for Creative Hard Modelling, was largely

responsible for managing the restoration. He ensured as many of the original parts as possible were used or remade using modern techniques to 1969 specification. “The entire team did a fantastic job in bringing this beautiful concept back

to life,” Clarke said. “The Hurricane plays a crucial role in Holden’s story and the company has such a great sense of history and heritage that it was very important to bring RD 001 back to life. It’s been a challenging but incredibly rewarding process.”

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1911 EMF.TYPE 30 FOUR SEATTOURER Chassis # 42286. Stunning, Original, Edwardian car, Concours, and drives superbly, please call for more details. £39,950.

2000ASTON MARTIN DB7VANTAGEAUTO,RHD. Aston Racing green, with fawn/green leather. One Previous Owner, 26000 miles only, FSH, as New!! £38,950

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1978 PORSCHE 930TURBO MARTINI,LTD EDITION RHD, Matching Numbers, Full History, in mint, unmarked, condition. one of only 18 RHD examples built. Very rare, and very special. £POA.

1958 ROVER P4 90 Dove Grey with red leather, one owner for 40 years. Original low Mileage example. All Books & Tools, & Original logbook. £12,950

PORSCHE RSR PASTICHE LIGHTWEIGHT ByRSTeknik.7000milesonly,Feturedin911andPorscheWorld, march 2012. Base on 70s Road/Race cars. Stunning. £45,000

1975PORSCHE9112.7(S) FullyrestoredtoSspecificationatacostofover£50,000.Minerva bluewithblacktrim.OriginalFuchsalloys.UKmatchingnumbers car, all books, tools and full documentation. An outstanding exampleandveryspecial.£69,950.

1951 JAGUAR XK120 ROADSTER Matching numbers RHD example with early race history, dry stored for many years, and ripe of restoration. £POA

1963 PORSCHE 356 1600 S,LHD Whitewithoriginalredtrim,2owners,lastownersince1971. Stunning,original,rustfreeexample.Oneofthebestavailable.. £65,000.

1969JAGUARE-TYPE4.2FHCS2.RHD.Specialorder ecossebluewithredleather.cww,Stainlessexhaust,upratedbrakes. restoredtoconcoursstandardsin2004,whenwesoldittoitslast owner.Astunningmatchingnumbersrustfreeexample.£POA.

1979 PORSCHE (930) 3.3TURBO Pewterwithtan/pashaleather.66,000milesonly,over50kspentby last owner to recomission after 12 years dry storage. £59,950

1985 PORSCHE CARRERA SPORT COUPE 3.2 Superb example, with upgrades to Engine, Suspension, Brakes, and Exhaust, By two leading specialists, Guards Red with Black Leather and pinstripe trim. FuchAlloys, ESR,Alarm, Music, and perfect to drive and in mint condition. £29,950

2009 COBRA 427 BY MAGNUM Jaguar turquoise with black leather trim. 7.1 Ltr V8 Chevrolet engine by RickWood, 431 Ci producing 571 BHP. £54,950

1962MGA1600S2 Originalmatchingnumberscar,and38000Milesonly.Storedfor manyyears,thanrestoredtoconcourswinningstandards.IrisBlue, Chromewires,RHD, thebestwehaveseenintheUK£39,950.

1979 MERCEDES 450 SL SPORTS Alpine white with original blue leather, 80,000 miles, full service historyhard and soft tops. £18,950

1989 MERCEDES 300SL SPORTS,AUTO. Alpine white with black trim and grey inserts, black hard top. flat face alloys, 2 owners 60000 miles, and full history, a genuine concours example, (as New) £29,950.

1968 PORSCHE 911L (2.0) SWB Stunning and original RHD matching numbers example A fortune was spent on this concours winning standard, example Very rare and stunning £69,950

1939 BSA SCOUT SPORTSTOURER Pinegreenwithblackleathertrim.Lastowner16years,restoredin 200 to high Concours standards and still superb. £24,950

1995FERRARI355GTS(LHD) Ferrariyellowwithnerotrim.Aircond,Staralloys,26750miles only,withFullandprefectservicehistory,2previousowners,all Books,Tools,anddocumentation.mintexample,justhadfullbelt service300milesago.£44,950

1972 (84) PORSCHE CARRERA 2.7RS RECREATION. The most accurate copy you will find .Stunning car, and superb in all detail. Please Call/ Email for full details. £POA

1961AUSTIN HEALEY 3000 MK2 FAST ROAD SPEC. Fast Road Engine, Gearbox, Brakes, and Suspension. Restored to Concours Standards, Please Email or Call for full spec. £65,000

1954 MERCEDES 300W186ADENAUR Very rare manual floor change, RHD example preped for classic rallying. FIVA papers past and present. black with grey leather. £69,950

1934ALVIS FIREBIRD, Special body, 2 seater sports tourer. Stunning Original example, fantastic History, andVery Rare. £75,950.

1957 ROLLS ROYCE SILVER CLOUD 1 Two-tone sage green with beige leather, PAS, original RHD example, with all books, tools, etc. 72,000 miles only. £39,950

2002 PORSCHE 996TURBO COUPE. Silver with Black Leather, Massive spec, 39000 miles only with FPSH, Stunning example. £29,950

1968MGCROADSTER Withoverdrive,MineralBlue,withBlackLeatherpipedwhite, Stainlessexhaust,WireWheelsOriginalUKMatchingnumberscar, RestoredtoconcoursStandardsbyitlastowner,Perfection£34,950.

1970 MERCEDES 280SE 3.5 CONVERTIBLE LHD auto ( factory conversion and matching numbers ) nautic blue with tan leather and blue mohair hood, stunning original example, 88000 KLMs and drives superbly. £POA

1976(oneofthelastbuilt)FIAT500 Withsunroof.Matchingnumbers,LHD,Rustfree,unrestored, lowmileage,mintoriginalexample.Thebestyouwillever see!! £18,950.

1961TRIUMPHTR3A Withoverdrive.Signalred,withredtrim,chromewires,stainless exhaust,OriginalMatchingNumbersRHD,example.twoowners,Restoredtoconcoursstandardsin2005.Stunning£34,950.

1963ALFA ROMEO 2600S BERTONE COUPE Rosso Corsa withTan leather trim. Original factory RHD, 58,000 miles only, matching numbers, all books, tools, etc. £49,950

1914 DARRACQ V14 Two seater (with dickey seat). French blue with black leather trim. Superb original, matching numbers example, in perfect order. £69,950

1973PORSCHE9112.4S MatchingnumbersLHD.Restoredbyswissporscheexperttoa full2.7RSLightweight,WithFullAppendixK racepapers.truely stunning,andexactineverydetail.£95,000

1971 PORSCHE 911S 2.2TARGA Mathing Numbers, original car, dealer converted RHD.Yellow with black trim. New alloys, exhaust. Still Sharp. Books,Tools, & restoration history,Very rare & in lovely condition. £79,950

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Just what exactly makes the MGB such a universally popular classic car? Phil Sullivan asks the question, and drives one to find out.

Buying & Driving


he MGB must surely be one of the most written about cars in history. Hardly surprising since over half a million of them were built between 1962 and 1981, so you could say they were


fairly popular! Of course, that creates all sorts of problems for a humble motoring scribe such as myself, who likes to wow the reader with lots of exciting and original text. It has all been written before!

Perhaps the one thing that has always puzzled me about the MGB is just why it is so popular. What did it have that made it the biggest selling British sports car of all time? If you analyze it, the MGB is

actually pretty average. Take its overall appearance for example. It doesn’t have the curves of cars like Jaguar’s E-Type, or the Austin Healey 3000. Its side profile is uninspiring, almost ‘cigar’ like

and flat in its shape. It looks 1.8 litre BMC ‘B’ Series engine ‘okay’ but there is nothing here is a tried and tested unit, but to really get the juices flowing. more of a donkey than a So what about the thoroughbred racehorse. It performance then? Well, again, does what is asked of it and nothing to really write home plods along with minimum about here either. The wheezy fuss. Likewise the handling. April 2014 31

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just well. What’s more, it was affordable and reliable, and if you wanted an open-top two-seater sports car, the MGB gave you everything you needed at a very good price. A ‘people’s sportscar’ if you like. It was also one of the most successful exports in British automotive history. Of the 513,276 MGB models produced, approximately nine out of every ten cars to roll off the production line were destined to leave the country, most heading to the USA.

The ‘cigar’ shaped body lacks curves, but is still attractive.

This is a car that has a solid rear axle, leaf-springs and lever arm dampers all-round. These parts do their job to the best of their ability, but don’t exactly offer an exciting or rewarding drive. They keep the car on the road and absorb the bumps, but that’s it. Creature comforts? No, you get two fairly basic seats, a 32

metal dashboard and a small semi-padded arm rest in the middle. It does come with a heater though.

Doing It Well

So what is the attraction? What made this car outsell all its rivals? The answer is simple. It did everything well. Not brilliantly, or amazingly...

On The Road So what is the MGB like to drive? Well the first thing you notice is that unlike some sportscars it is easy to get in and out of. The seating position is comfortable and all the controls are within easy reach. The view through the windscreen is good, although if you are used to modern Interior is basic, but functional.

saloon cars it will feel a bit like peering through a letterbox! With the engine fired up you can select first gear and get going. The gearbox, like many older cars, feels very mechanical and quite stiff. The stick doesn’t move very much and new MGB drivers will take some time to adjust to it. Likewise, the pedals feel quite stiff and you have to be firm with them, but a hearty squeeze on the throttle soon has the ‘B’ Series engine revving freely and raring to go. Out on the road the MGB feels surprisingly tight. Its monocoque construction means there is less twisting of the body compared to cars with a separate chassis, and that generally means less rattles and squeaks. It pulls along at a decent pace, but as mentioned earlier, the MGB is no racing car, at least not in stock configuration. If

you are heavy on the throttle you can change up through the gears at a rapid rate, and although the MGB only has a four-speed box, it does also benefit from ‘overdrive’ on third and fourth gears, effectively giving it six gear ratios. The ride is firm but not unduly harsh, and you certainly feel the bumps and potholes as you go over them. The original large steering wheel on our test car has

been replaced by a smaller 14” Motolita item that is more comfortable to use, but means steering is slightly heavier at low speeds. In fact, for a small car, the steering is surprisingly heavy, but that is why the MG Owners’ Club developed and sells a power-steering kit for the MGB.

Buying An MGB The really good news about the MGB is its price. With a

Right: The boot has room for a spare wheel, but not much else!

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bit shopping around, a good chrome bumper car can be picked up for less than £4,000.00. Later rubber bumper cars can be had for even less. Restoration projects with rotten shells can be bought for under £500.00, but when you factor in the price of a replacement shell or the numerous body panels 34

it will require, it makes more sense to buy a car where the work has already been done. Replacement parts are inexpensive when compared to modern cars and nearly everything you need is available off the shelf from a large network of specialists. For example, a brake master cylinder (single circuit) will

cost around £65.00; a 3-piece clutch kit (OE Spec) will be about £85.00 and an outer sill will cost you just over £60.00. There are a few things to look for if you are buying an MGB. A lot of the cars out there look great at first glance, with shiny chrome and polished paintwork. However, jack the car up and look underneath

and you could find corrosion which would be costly and time consuming to fix. A common rust point is the sill sections which run under each door. These are structural and consist of an outer sill, inner sill and castle rail and can suffer badly from rot. You need to know what you are doing if you want to replace

them yourself. Get it wrong and the shell will sag and the doors wont shut properly. The best option is to have them replaced professionally, although that could land you with a bill for around ÂŁ2,000.00 if both sides need doing, assuming you want them painting as well. While we are under the car,

I should also mention that careful attention needs to be paid to the rear spring hangers. These form the rear part of the chassis, and if they rot, they will need cutting out and replacing. Again, this isn’t a job for an amateur or the faint-hearted, because if you get the hanger even slightly out of alignment, it will have a April 2014 35

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Face level air vents and interior light mounted centrally. devastating effect on the car’s handling, that is assuming you can still get the springs to fit! Mechanically, water pumps and petrol pumps don’t seem to last very long for some reason, although both items are fairly inexpensive to replace. The suspension is 36

The famous ‘octagon’ badge. primitive with its lever arm dampers (which were still being fitted to the last cars in 1980!) and leaf-springs. The front wheels are mounted on a stub-axle fitted to a king pin, and if neglected for a period of time, the bushes in the assembly wear out and

will need replacing. That isn’t a straightforward job either, as the bushes have to be pressed in and then reamed to fit. The easier option is to buy a reconditioned stub-axle assembly with the king-pin already fitted. Kits are available which allow

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you to ditch the prehistoric lever arms and upgrade to fully adjustable telescopic dampers. These transform the handling qualities, although they can make the ride quite hard if not set up correctly. The faithful old BMC B-Series engine is usually reliable and lends itself well to upgrading and performance mods. 38

Popular add-ons include adding a Stage 2 cylinder head and Weber carb kit with K&N air filters, although the simplest and probably most effective performance mod is a good stainless steel exhaust system with a tubular manifold. Get the gas flowing freely and the horsepower will increase at a surprising rate.

Gearboxes don’t usually cause too many issues, but if you are looking at a car with an overdrive fitted, check it is working before you buy. Overdrives are fiddly to repair at home, and even reconditioned items can work out expensive. Down at the rear end, the MGB was fitted with two different types of axle. The

Special thanks to TRGB Ltd in Somersham, Cambs (01487 842168) for allowing us to use the car in this feature. It is currently being offered for sale.

really early cars were fitted with the ‘Banjo’ type axle which featured a removable differential, where as the later cars used the Salisbury, or ‘Tube’ type axle with a built-in diff. It should also be noted that the axles were different lengths depending on whether the car had wire-wheels or steel-wheels. Overall, the MGB represents

an ideal first classic car to cut your teeth on. Buy one with a solid, rot-free body, a good engine and gearbox, and you will have a great platform to which you can add whatever modifications take your fancy. There is excellent club support too, with the two main clubs being the MG Owners’ Club and the MG Car Club. Each organisation can help with

technical advice, spare parts and can offer an excellent social scene with regional meetings all over the UK. If you are contemplating buying your first classic, and you’re not sure what to buy, you could do a lot worse than an MGB. As an introduction to the scene, it really is about as good as it gets. April 2014 39

Time to get some work done to YOUR classic car?

TRGB are now established as one of the leading Triumph specialists in the country and have extensive and almost unrivalled experience on the restoration and maintenance of these cars. Along the way we have also gained years of experience working on other classic cars. Work and personal projects aside from our Triumphs include: full restoration of an E-type 4.2 Jaguar, full restoration of a ‘Healey 3000’, full engine build on a V12-E and full and detailed restoration of a Ferrari Dino (including full engine build). Our workshop is always very busy and to this end we have decided to expand this side of the business and are delighted to announce a new member of staff: Mr Jason Wright. Jason brings with him a wealth of experience and has worked on many TRs as well as Jaguar and TVR from a well-known leading dealership, and so will add his knowledge to the extensive experience of both Tim and Richard. To promote this new expansion we are offering a 10% discount (£40.50/hr + VAT) on all work booked in during the first three months of 2011. If you require any work on YOUR classic car, please call Gary at TRGB.





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1912 EMF 4 SEAT TOURER Type 30, chassis number 42286. A stunning example that has had a fortune spent by the last owner. Superb to drive, very easy to handle......................................................£39,950

1958 ROVER P4 90 SALOON. Dove grey with original red leather trim. A stunning low mileage example that was in one family for 40 years of its life. Fabulous history file, original tools, original buff logbook and full documentation. Truly stunning!...........£11,950

1962 MGA 1600 MK2. RHD matching numbers, concours winning ground up restoration. Iris Blue, Blue leather, and blue mohair hood, Chrome Wire Wheels, all books, tools, and documentation. Stunning example.......£36,950 1925 BENTLEY 3 LITRE RED LABEL SPORTS TOURER BY VDP. Restored to a very high standard circa 8 years ago and sold by us to its last collector owner. A stunning and very usable vintage Bentley. Please call or email for full details...............£250,000


1939 BSA SCOUT SPORTS TOURER. Last owner 12 years, restored to concours standards several years ago. Original Middlesex number, all books, tools, etc. The finest we have seen, and very rare. Not to be confused with a similar model.............£24,950

1951 JAGUAR XK120 ROADSTER, RHD. Original, mathing numbers car, with early racing history. Dry stored for over 40 years, and perfect for restoration............................£POA

1953 BENTLEY R TYPE (BIG BOOT). Chassis number B27SP. Burgundy over Cornish Grey, with grey leather, piped St James. Last owner over 12 years, and restored to concours standards several years ago. All books, tools, and vast history, a stunning and correct, matching numbers example................................£54,950

1922 BENTLEY 3 LITRE RED LABEL BOB TAIL. Chassis number 91. (Reg. XL 3595.) Stunning and very original, with superb patination. Early racing history, known to BRDC since 1935. The best driving example we have had in years.................................£POA

1935 ALVIS FIREBIRD SPORTS SPECIAL. Stunning and rare example in this superb and stylish special sports body. Drives superbly, very lively and great fun, a truly fabulous motor car. Original handbooks and excellent history file..........................£75,000

1935 AUSTIN 7 MILITARY TOURER. Very very rare, Chassis 228208, in superb original order. Only two are known to exist in working order, this is the best. Superb history file and period photos, it is a collector’s dream. It has new, custom made, weather equipment and drives perfectly. NOT to be confused with normal Austin 7 examples...................................................£14,950

1954 MERCEDES 300 W 186 (Adenauer) Very rare manual floor-change example, prepped for classic rallying (Gullwing spec engine with twin Solex carbs. Stainless steel exhaust, stainless steel fuel tank, sump guard and twin spot lamps. Fiva papers past and present available. This 3 owner motor car (first owner 38 years) is finished in its original black with grey leather trim and, although not Concours, is in remarkable original condition..............................£69,950

1957 ROLLS ROYCE SILVER CLOUD 1. Two tone sage green with beige leather, PAS, original RHD example, with all books, tools etc, known by us for many years, and sold by us to its last collector owner. 72000 Miles only, original build sheets in history file, lovely. Original, Stunning, example....£39,950

1908 SEARS MODEL J HORSELESS CARRIAGE. Twin cylinder with twin exhaust. In superb, original, condition and perfect working order. First owner till 1952, has been in 2 museums since. Very rare with superb history and period photographs from its early days in Atlanta................................................£39,950

1922 WOLSELEY 200 MILE (GEORGE MILLER) RACE REPLICA SPECIAL. Very rare and special machine that was on display in a famous museum and in several interesting books was totally restored in 2003/4 to a very high standard. It now has full VSCC documents and competition log-book, plus VSCC eligibility document stating that it's classification is a special/replica. A fraction of what it would cost to build today..........£ P.O.A

1961 TRUIMPH TR3A WITH OVERDRIVE. UK matching numbers example. Signal red with red trim, chrome w/wheels, overdrive, full weather equipment. One family owner until 2005, when restored to concours standards. Without question one of the best available........................................................£34,950

1938 ROSENGART (SUPERSEPT) GRAND LUX COUPE. 6CYL. (4 SPEED). Black with original cord trim/ headlining and red wheels. Spent 42 years of its life in a famous French car collection and has covered just under 9,000 kms from new. Recommissioned in 1997 and is in ‘time-warp’ condition. Original bill of sale to French nobility, superb history and very, very rare. A masterpiece of engineering........................£34,950


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Silverstone Thriller Kicks Off MGCC Series

The first round of the long-awaited MGCC 2014 Race Series got underway at Silverstone on March 29. Leanne Fahy was there to catch the action.


aturday March 29, saw a thrilling start to the MG Car Club race season. A total of six different race series’ and championships set up camp in the paddock 42

at Silverstone, ready to battle it out over nine tightly contested races. Getting the new season off to a flying start, the first cars out on track were those taking part in the

Drayton Manor Park MG Metro Cup. New to racing, and indeed the MG Metro Cup, novice racer Ben Rushworth led the way in his Rover Metro with a pole position start. As the

first five red lights of the new season diminished, a strong launch from Rushworth saw him leap ahead initially, until Tom Sanderson wiggled his way past in his Metro GTi. After losing the lead to

Sanderson, Rushworth found himself immersed in battle, as Mike Williams and Jack Ashton muscled their way past. After a gripping squabble for a number of laps, Rushworth was sadly thwarted by

mechanical difficulties, when he was forced to pull over in a plume of smoke. A familiar sight soon resumed when Williams joined Sanderson at the front, as the pair battled for supremacy. Unable to April 2014 43

Richard McKoen in the Triumph TR4A holds off an MGB.

make his way into the lead, Williams trailed Sanderson to the chequered flag, with the pair some 28 seconds ahead of third place. Peter Best Insurance MG Cup Races Andrew Young in his MGCGT was a force to be reckoned with in the first Peter Best Insurance MG Cup race. After stealing pole position, he immediately dived into the lead, to keep the chasing Robert Campbell, also in

an MGCGT, at bay for the full 20 minutes. With the top two positions decided early on, there was everything to play for further back. Paul Eales (MGBGT) and Alan Brooke (Rover Metro GTi) wrestled furiously over third place, as reigning champion James Walpole followed in his MGB Roadster. With the trio engulfed in their own scrap, Tom Diment managed to weave his way up to third place in the MGZR 190. Both keen A varied mix of cars took part in the Cockshoot Cup race.


to score class victory, the battle between Eales and Walpole certainly ignited. As Eales had the upper hand, a sudden spin saw him pirouette from fourth to sixth place, as Walpole and Brooke romped ahead. A man on a mission, Eales was soon back on the tail of his chief rivals, once again keen to displace Brooke and Walpole. A series of speedy laps gave Eales the edge he needed, when he found himself displacing Brooke and closing in on Walpole once more. A brave move around the outside of Copse onto the final lap saw Eales sneak ahead. As the pair weaved around the final tour, Walpole immediately fought back, but it was Eales who held the advantage across the finish line. Young completed the perfect

weekend with yet another victory in race two, again ahead of Campbell. Brooke looked set to score a third place finish, however as Diment caught up in the latter stages his race became unsettled. After a spot of wheel to wheel action, Diment managed to sneak ahead of Brooke, with the latter picking up fourth place. Further back, a fierce race long tussle between Eales, Clive Jones and Walpole saw Eales land ahead of Jones as they reached the chequered flag. MG Trophy

Jake Fraser-Burns and Richard Buckley, both driving MGZR 190s, provided thrilling entertainment for the first MG Trophy outing of the season, albeit in nonchampionship capacity, with the pair finishing side by side, just 0.006

Above: Thijs De Groot in his MG PA Special. Right: John Hilbery in his Lotus Elite.

seconds apart. A good getaway for Fraser-Burns from pole position gave him the ideal advantage, however it was Buckley who had the edge as the pair toured their opening lap. From here, both Buckley and Fraser-Burns battled furiously. As we settled into the middle phase of the race, Fraser-Burns saw his opportunity to sneak ahead, however it was short lived, when Buckley soon regained control. It was far from over between

the top two, when the final lap introduced us to a whole new level of excitement. With the chequered flag readied, Buckley and Fraser-Burns toured side by side, each trying to edge ahead. As the flag came into the sight it was a drag race to the end, with Fraser-Burns’ MGZR ahead by just 0.006 seconds to give him his first race win. Further down the field the battle was just as exciting, with Richard Marsh able to defend his third place April 2014 45

David Cocksey in his MG Montlhery Midget leads David Downs in his MG NA Magnette.

The packed grids at Silverstone gave some exciting racing! from Toby Sowery and Julia Penfold. A strong performance saw Penfold pile the pressure onto Marsh’s similar MGZR 170, however when a late race spin caught her off guard, Marsh was able to run away, taking the chasing Sowery with him. Despite 46

immense pressure from Sowery in the final stages, Marsh held on for third place, ahead of Sowery and Penfold. David Candy, Christopher Boulton and Ian Boulton completed the order. Fraser-Burns made it two out of two, when the

chasing Buckley suddenly slowed before retiring in race two. With more than 30 seconds protecting his lead, the final seven minutes appeared very lonely, until a dramatically slowing Fraser-Burns found himself fighting for the lead. In the absence of Buckley, Marsh was promoted to second, bringing Sowery and Christopher Boulton with him. As the trio battled furiously, FraserBurns began to lose time, to drop into their clutches. As the final lap came to a close Fraser-Burns managed to hold on, just three seconds ahead as he swept past the chequered flag. Marsh secured Class The MGB Roadster driven by the Pearson/Crewdson team.

C victory and second place, ahead of Sowery and Christopher Boulton. Cockshoot Cup In only his second ever race, Jason Simm tasted victory in the sole Cockshoot Cup race. Courtesy of a good start in his MGZS from pole position, both he and David Coulthard (no...not that David Coulthard!) rocketed towards Copse corner. Initially, it was Coulthard, in his new MGF Cup car, who stole the lead, however Simm managed to retake the lead, a position he never relinquished. Paul Clackett in the MGZS steered his way to a third

place finish, some six seconds adrift of Coulthard. Mike Peters had held the fourth place spot in his MG Midget for much of the 20 minute encounter, however with just two and a half minutes to go, he was forced to pull off at Copse, handing fourth place to

Michael Ashcroft (MGZR 190). Ecurie GTS Mark Halstead and Stuart McPherson returned to winning ways in the Ecurie GTS season opener. After rapidly switching pole for the race lead, April 2014 47

the pair driving a Turner MkII were untroubled in their 45 minute pursuit. With the top spot set in stone, the battle for second was certainly an attention grabber. Brian Lambert in the MGB, and Robi Bernberg in his TVR Grantura, were the gentlemen wrestling for position, with Lambert leading the way during the first half of the race. Despite his best efforts Bernberg was unable to find a way past the 48

for second come under MGB driver. However, as threat, as Bernberg held the mandatory pit stop window came into play, on for second place, just things began to work in half a second ahead as the Bernberg’s favour. A later chequered flag fell. Elsewhere, drama found its stop than his chief rival way to John Andon (MGB enabled Bernberg to dash ahead of Lambert, however Roadster), who suffered it wasn’t long before the a drive through penalty pair were once again due to a pit lane speed infringement, whilst Craig thrown into battle. With just a handful of laps Taylor (MGB) was handed a three second penalty due left to impress, Lambert and Bernberg enjoyed their to making his pit stop too final laps side by side. A early. brief slip onto the grass for The MMM’s, T-Types and Lambert saw his attempt invited VSCC outing

started well, however after At the restart a shortened 12 minute encounter just a few laps the red saw John Bussey romp flag was thrown following an incident for Hamish to T-Type victory, ahead of Stuart Dean in his McNinch. As he rounded the Maggots section MG Dick Jacobs Special. Original third placed man of the circuit, McNinch raised his hand having Nick Ashman seemed to struggle with a loss noticed a puncture on his of power, as he dropped MG C-Type machine. As out of position multiple the car struggled he was times. However, after thrown from the car. After precautionary checks at dropping to fourth place the circuit’s medical centre, he appeared to solve his MGTC’s ailments, as he set McNinch was airlifted to about chasing Jonathan hospital for further checks Harmer for third. Unable on his back.

to disturb Harmer’s rhythm, Ashman was forced to settle for fourth, just 0.4 seconds behind as the flag fell. After a fantastic day for our season opener, everyone at the MGCC is very much looking forward to Brands Hatch during May 3-4, where we will have even more racing action to thrill and entertain. Watch this space! Special thanks go to Dickon Siddall - DS Digital Photography ( for supplying the photographs for this article.

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This Jaguar D-Type finished 2nd in the 1954 Le Mans 24 Hour Race. 52

Colourful wheels on show at Geneva.


MOTOR SHOW The 84th Geneva International Motor Show attracted over 77,000 visitors to see some of the very latest offerings from the automotive world. David Harrison reports.


his year’s Geneva International Motor Show, which was held at the Palexpo Arena on March 6-16, showcased a stunning mix of cars old and new, and with one of the main exhibitions of the show tracing the history of the Le Mans 24 Hour Race, it was a real treat for motorsport fans too.

The Geneva show usually facilitates the unveiling of many new cars, among which are several high performance machines from the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini. In fact, in recent years Geneva seems to have become the unofficial ‘battleground’ where the two Italian ‘Goliaths’ of the supercar world April 2014


Cars in the Le Mans 24 Hour Race exhibition at Geneva.

lock horns and try to outdo each other with their latest release. And yes, things were pretty much the same this year too.

Hurricane Force! Lamborghini recently ended the remarkable 10-year production run of its iconic Gallardo, and the Geneva show would see the unveiling of its much anticipated replacement, the LP610-4 Huracán. 54

It looks every inch a typical Lamborghini, with aggressive styling and outlandish looks all formed from a new type of hybrid carbon fibre and aluminium construction. It is a process that has been used on several new Audis and offers great strength combined yet remains very light in weight. Many of the new car’s features are designed to bring what will be Lamborghini’s new flagship model into line with its

competitors. Cars like Ferrari’s 458 Italia and the McLaren MP412C outperformed the outgoing Gallardo so it’s no surprise that the Huracán is faster and more powerful. It is powered by a new, naturally aspirated 602bhp 5.2-litre V10 engine that drives all four wheels through a new design of seven-speed dualclutch gearbox. The manufacturer says that it will run 0-62mph in 3.2sec

and will hit 124mph in 9.9sec. Its top speed is claimed to be “over 200mph”. Lamborghini was also keen to push the economic virtues of the new car, not something you usually associate with a supercar, but apparently the Huracán will return a reasonable 22.6mpg, compared to the Gallardo’s 19.2mpg, while CO2 emissions are down from 351g/ km to 290g/km. The Huracán will go on sale in

Winner of the first ever Le Mans race in 1923; the Chenard & Walcker Sport. April 2014 55

Bentley Speed Six which won the 1929 Le Mans 24hr race in the hands of Woolf Barnato and Henry Birkin. the second half of this year and will sell for around £188,000.

California Dreaming

The Audi R18 e-Tron Quattro. The glittering Ferrari stand at Geneva.


Over on the Ferrari stand, most of the attention was going to the Ferrari California T which is the marque’s first turbocharged production vehicle since the 1987 F40. It is powered by a low-mounted, direct-injection 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine which produces 552bhp at 7,500rpm and 557lb ft of torque. It is a very attractive cars, and quick too. According to Ferrari it will cover 0-62mph in 3.6 seconds and has a top speed of 196mph. Both figures represent a slight improvement on the previous California model which the new car replaces. It has 70hp more than the outgoing car too, yet fuel consumption is better by some 15% at 27mpg. An upgraded crankshaft and exhaust manifold have been used which Ferrari says makes the car sound “even more potent” than the older car, so it should sound like a ‘proper’ supercar too.

The Rover P4 handled the freezing conditions really well. The Porsche 911 RSR with an added touch of glamour!

Legends of Le Mans As much as I love the hightech, super-fast cars of the performance world, it wasn’t long before I was drifting off towards Hall 3 to find the Le Mans display. It didn’t take much finding to be fair; covering 1,800m2 the area it occupied was huge. It featured 20 cars in all, with the earliest dating back to 1923 and the most recent was the winning Audi R18 e-Tron Quattro from last year. The oldest car in the line-up was the winning car from the first ever Le Mans 24 Hour Race, the Chenard & Walcker Sport driven by André Lagache and René Léonard. The veteran car still looks amazing in its Royal Blue paintwork and it was a treat to see it here at Geneva. The second oldest car in the display was the legendary Bentley Speed Six which won the 1929 race in the hands of Woolf Barnato and Henry Birkin.

The Lexus RC F GT3 made its debut at Geneva. The Maserati doesn’t really need any help looking pretty, but gets it anyway!

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Formula E electric racing car on display.

Big, brash and can only be Rolls-Royce!

Again, another rare opportunity to see one of the stars of the Le Mans race ‘in the flesh.’ Among some of the more recent cars was the 1992 race-winning Peugeot 905 which was crewed by Blundell, Dalmas and Warwick. Then there was the 1966 Ford GT40 MkII driven by Amon and McLaren which romped home in first place and kick-started yet another automotive legend. 58

The display was brilliantly arranged, with the deliberate low lighting creating just the right amount of atmosphere while still allowing visitors to see the cars clearly. Images taken throughout the history of Le Mans were shown on screens behind the cars and just added to the overall experience.

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this automotive Nirvana, I reluctantly headed back to the main show to check out some more new cars. Being a general motor industry event, the Geneva Motor Show is not just about supercars, but bland, boring everyday ‘shopping cars’ too. They seem to be everywhere, but among the latest hybrids and ‘superminis’ lurk a few more treasures from the performance car world. Take the new Porsche 911 RSR for example. Okay, it differs somewhat from the Ferrari and Lamborghini offerings as this is a track car, but it is still a notable appearance. Porsche says that the rear wheel drive 911 RSR features a lightweight design and refined aerodynamics for better lap times and better fuel efficiency. In its first appearance at the 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans the 911 RSR placed first and second in the GT-Class, and now the car has been further improved for 2014. It started the season

Sarah & Mike came to the rescue of this Triumph TR4. (Sarah Bennett-Baggs) Some of the stands were visual works of art!

The Ferrari 166 MM that won the 1949 Le Mans 24hr race.

Le Mans veteran Bentley Speed Six.

with a class victory at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in Florida and the 911 RSR is raced in the new TUDOR United Sports Car Championship as well as unit which has evolved from being part of the WEC World earlier V12 engines used in Sportscar Championship series, previous Pagani Zonda models. including the 24 Hours of Le It produces up to 800hp Mans. and 730Nm of torque and Also on the Porsche stand was transmits power to the wheels the new 919 Hybrid LMP car via a 6-speed magnesium that will be driven by ex-Red transversal, sequential gearbox. Bull driver, Mark Webber, in this Then there was the McLaren year’s Le Mans race. 650S; a car that the maker says Other highlights at the Geneva is faster than famous McLaren show included the Pagani Zonda F1. McLaren says the 650S Revolucion, a car powered by coupé will cost £195,250 and a 6.0-litre V12 Mercedes-AMG is capable of hitting 62mph in

3.0sec, and 124mph in 8.4sec. It has a top speed of 207mph and can run the standing quarter mile in 10.5sec. It looks pretty cool too! Overall the Geneva show didn’t disappoint. It didn’t quite have the same buzz as last year’s event, but seeing all the amazing Le Mans cars and the new Lamborghini certainly made the journey worthwhile. All I can say now is ‘roll on next year!’ April 2014 59

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Pocket Rocket! Performance cars don’t have to be wedge-shaped two-seaters you know! Take the Abarth 595 Competizione for example. A small hatchback shopping car, it looks quite ordinary, but drives like a rocket! Is it a wolf in sheep’s clothing? Chris McEvoy finds out.


ercedes has AMG, BMW has ‘M’ and Jaguar along with others have R, RS FR, or other Scrabble tile ‘go faster’ combinations. Almost without exception these are all applied to large cars. But when it comes to looking for a fast ‘supermini’ sized car the choice is much reduced. There’s always the iconic Mini, and in its latest Mini Cooper S guise it’s quick. With a 2-litre turbo engine pushing out a tad under 200bhp, and a 0-62 time of 6.7 seconds going on to a terminal velocity of 145mph is respectable enough. But at 3.85 metres long and weighing in at 1,250Kg it has become a bit, well, ‘porky’. So if you’re wanting something small, 64

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Seats are good, but dash could be better.

able to nip and tuck amongst city traffic, but still give B road whizz and the ability to overtake trucks on A roads without having to plan two hours in advance?

Racing pedigree shown in the detailing.

Trendy Style!

something that might even fit into your garage then what do you choose? I am of course assuming here that instead of parking your pride and joy (worth upwards of £20,000) in the road, where it is exposed to the vagaries of the UK weather and assorted passing lunatics, you want to put it in the garage which is currently used to keep warm, 66

dry and secure around 50p’s worth of assorted household junk and the bicycle you’ve only ever ridden twice. The choice is surprisingly limited. There are many cars in this class that are small and will do 3,000 miles on a egg cup of fuel. But what if you also want it to be fun to drive. Be able to pottle to the bistro, be

Fortunately there is an answer. It comes with bags of style, and the car on which it’s based is hugely popular with the trendy, flat white drinking set from Camden to Chiantishire in the north and beyond. Behold the Abarth 595 Competizione. Based on the FIAT 500 it benefits from chassis revisions, an uprated version of the Esseessee motor, complimented with embellishments to the interior and exterior. This results in a 160bhp, 0-62 in 7.4 seconds, max speed 130mph, ‘pocket rocket’, dressed in a sharp Italian suit. The Italians, as ever do things

Check out the quadexhaust at the rear! slightly differently. And this Abarth version of the FIAT 500 is no exception. They use Abarth’s specialist engineering skills and experience to breathe a bit more Vivace into the FIAT 500. Already a very big hit with the fashion conscious set, for whom the small, stylish run-about is as much of a necessity for townies from Hoxton to the the Kings Road, as it is for those who run trendy interior design shops in the Cotswolds. The car, resplendent in it’s unique grey and red livery, sparkled in the morning sunlight, it looked special. And on this car the addition of cross drilled brake discs and bright red Brembo calipers added to the sporty look. Inside the panache starts well with the excellent Sabelt red leather/Alcantara sports seats.

Popular runabout...with added vroom! But it trails off, as much of the rest of the interior, particularly the dashboard is standard 500 and is bettered by rivals. Getting a good driving position was easy, although the back rest adjuster can only be reached with the door open and the steering wheel would benefit from reach adjustment.

Even though I’m 6ft 2in there was good head room. As far as extra’s in the creature comfort department are concerned the Abarth comes with a full suite; from parking sensors, to climate control, but this version’s ‘piece de resistance’ is the quad pipe Record Monza April 2014 67

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The two-tone paint scheme is an attractive finish.

sports exhaust. With the seat set, it was time to fire up the engine; you need to do this with the window down to get the full start-up rasp and timbre of the exhaust note, and head for the open road. The high mounted gear change falling easy to hand (an auto version is available) the car passed through the slow traffic without drama. The clutch/engine/gear ratios happily coping with the forests of traffic lights getting out of Slough.

providing a comfortable and well supported position even when driving with enthusiasm. On the twisting B roads, making full use of the 5-speed gearbox was a pleasure. And this brings me back to that exhaust note. It has that seductive quality that lures you into revving more than you intended to, just for fun. And this car has loads of fun factor. It’s no coincidence that Abarth started its relationship

with FIAT as a performance exhaust supplier. On the 595 it hits the right note every time. A subtle dolce in town to a full fortissimo with added pops when changing up on full acceleration. Glorious! In short, it’s acceptable in the city, and sporting but not scandalous in the country. Unlike the past goings on at my stop for coffee that morning - Cliveden House. So who or what is/was Abarth?

Firm Ride

The ride. Well its firm. A short chassis, a narrow track and corners fitted with 17” wheels wrapped in 205/40 Pirelli P-Zeros results in a rather rattling encounter on the worst of pot holed urban streets, but one that levels out appreciably on smooth tarmac. The sabelt seats

Abarth detailing on door plate. April 2014 69

The badges show that this is much more than a standard Fiat 500. The name is taken from Carlo Abarth (1908 - 1979), an Austrian and five time European motorcycle race champion. On moving to Italy he became well known to luminaries in the automotive sporting world such as Anton Piëch, Ferry Porsche and Tazio Nuvolari, and subsequently founded Cisitalia. In 1949 he founded the Abarth Company using his astrological sign of Scorpio as its emblem. As well as producing racing cars they also became a major supplier of high performance exhaust systems. Although the company was sold to FIAT in 1971, production of exhaust under the Abarth name continues to this day. Suitably refreshed, it was time 70

to hit the road again. This time onto wider A roads and a couple of motorway jaunts. With ‘Sport’ mode engaged the engine is a bit quicker on throttle response but retains drivability, and adds more weight to the electrically assisted steering. It actively purrs along open expanses of motorways and zips past lumbering trucks with ease. I suspect that that given the opportunity to a blast round a circuit like Silverstone, it would stay on the heels of many more powerful hot-hatch backs.

Angel or Devil?

Overall it’s a car with soul. In town it’s agile and nippy, out on the open road, smooth and

agile. But all with the extra reserve of bhp and torque if needed. It has the looks of an angel but can kick like the devil when needed. Given it’s dual persona, it was appropriate that I finished the day at the infamous Hell Fire caves in West Wycombe. It was here during the late 1700’s that the Hell Fire club held its revelries the antics of which were ostensibly ‘proper’ but widely rumoured to be raucous. Members being MP’s, Poets, Doctors, First Lord of the Admiralty and the son of the then Archbishop of Canterbury. Pillars of society and therefore above reproach. Hmm. Dating back to the 1740’s the caves were dug under the auspices of Sir Francis Dashwood, partly as a way of providing employment for the locals in a time of hardship and partly as a way of keeping up with other members of the landed gentry who were building fashionable gotto’s and follies on their estates. The splendid gothic style entrance heightened the level of expectation for visitors entering the complex, many of whom being further entertained in the underground banqueting hall. The tale relating to the prank played on the Earl of Sandwich by John Wilkes MP featuring a Baboon has gone down in the annals of local history. Like the Abarth 595 Competizione, outwardly respectable, but can also be a good natured rascal. The author would like to thank FIAT UK for the loan of the car for the day, and the Hell Fire Cafe for use of their forecourt for some of the images.

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Expect lots of American ‘Muscle cars’ at the Ace Cafe Mustang Meet on April 12.

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Ace Cafe Classic Mini Meet, London, England


Merlin Spring Classic Tour, Kettering, England


Regis Rally to the Cotswolds, Grantham, Lincs, England


Flying Scotsman London to Edinburgh Rally


Classics at the Sharnbrook, Bedford, England


Brooklands MG Era, Weybridge, Surrey, England


Lakeland Classic Drive-In Day, Cumbria, England


Amberley Vintage Car Show, Amberley, West Sussex, England


Newark Autojumble, Newark, Notts, England


Ace Cafe Classic Car Night, London, England


Ace Cafe Mustang Meet, London, England


Pride of Longbridge Rally, Birmingham, England


VSCC Silverstone Spring Start, Silverstone, England


Autojumble & Classic Meet, Wetherby, Yorks, England


Lincoln BIG Mini Day, Lincoln, England


Southern Classics Spring Show, Chichester, Sussex, England


Malvern Easter Mini Show, Malvern, Wilts, England


Caledonian MGCC Early Bird Run, Happendon, Scotland


HSCC Meeting, Thruxton, Andover, Hants, England


Stoke Prior Vintage Gathering, Bromsgrove, Worcs, England


Autojumble, Okehampton, Devon, England


Classics of all ages will head to Old Warden Aerodrome Rally on April 20.


Autojumble, Skipton, Yorks, England


Old Warden Aerodrome Rally, Biggleswade, Beds, England


Weston Park 27th Midland Festival of Transport, Shrops, England


Vintage & Retro Car Show, St Asaph, Wales


Gears of Change Motor Show, Sandwich, Kent, England


Manx Classic, Nobles Park, Douglas, Isle of Man


AACI Spring Nationals, Billing Aquadrome, Northants, England


Rover Sports Register Walney to Whitby Rally, Yorks, England


Ace Cafe London at Brighton InCarNation, Brighton, England


British & Midland Championships, Prescott, Glos, England


Classic & American Car Show, Wrenthorpe, Wakefield, Yorks, England



BPPC Annual Vehicle Run, Rockford, Hampshire, England


Sandbach Festival of Transport, Sandbach, Cheshire, England


Whitewebbs Classic Ford Day and Autojumble, Enfield, Middx, England


MG Day, Bressingham, Norfolk, England


Kents All Ford Show, Aylesford, Kent, England


Morris Minors All classics, Birmingham, West Mids, England


Classic Car Show, Stroud, Glos, England



Brimar Vintage Classic show & Cavalcade, Somerset, England


German Prestige Car Show, Donington Park, Derby, England


Jaguar London to Brighton Run, Greenwich, London, England


Wheel Nuts, Stroud, Glos, England


British Commercial Vehicle Museum Ford Day, Preston, Lancs, England

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RM Auctions broke records and notched up some impressive sales at the world renowned Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance sale on March 8. The respected auction house achieved its best-ever Amelia Island results at its 16th annual sale with a total of $35,947,500 and 97% of all lots sold. This represented a 34% increase over 2013 sale results. Top sale honours went to ‘Malcolm’s French Mistress,’ the ultra-rare 1937 Delahaye 135 Competition Court Torpedo Roadster offered from a half century of ownership as the jewel of the esteemed Pray Collection. One of only two surviving short chassis examples and the only surviving example with its Géo Ham body tag, the showstopper achieved a world-record $6,600,000 to become the most valuable car ever sold during the Amelia Island weekend. Additional top lots among the 16 offered from the Pray Collection include the impeccably pure 1958 BMW 507 Series II Roadster, which garnered a record-shattering $2,420,000, and a superbly authentic 1961



This stunning 1958 BMW 507 Series II Roadster fetched a record $2,420,000.

Ferrari 250 GT Series Cabriolet, which also sold very well at $1,760,000. Also joining the Pray Collection at the top of the sale list is the desirably equipped1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster, originally owned by Hollywood actress Natalie Wood, which brought a fantastic $1,842,500. “We could not be happier with the results of our 2014 Amelia Island sale,” says Gord Duff, Car Specialist, RM Auctions. “Despite the weather, our fantastic selection of cars and stylish presentation were showered with rave reviews from our international clientele. The Pray Collection certainly achieved the value it deserves, and we’re truly honoured to have offered such an incredible group of cars for a family who have been friends of RM for decades.” Additional very notable sales of the day include a highly original and beautifully presented 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta which sold for a strong $781,000, along with a show-condition and rally-ready 1939 Aston Martin 15/98 Short Chassis Open Sports which sold for an outstanding $616,000, well above its presale estimate. Also deserving of special mentions are a 1974 Iso Grifo 7-Liter and a 1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 which both generated spirited bidding battles and world auction record prices to sell for $440,000 and $335,500 respectively.

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Latest News From The Auction Rooms

One of two 1958 Jaguar XK150s being offered.

‘Barn Finds’ To Star In Silverstone Auctions’ NEC Restoration Show Sale Silverstone Auctions will be hosting a special sale at the very first Practical Classics Restoration Show, taking place at the NEC, Birmingham, on Saturday April 12, 2014. Reflecting the theme of the brand new show, visitors will have the chance to acquire some exceptional restoration projects and intriguing barn finds, as well as a selection of fine, roadworthy classic road cars and automobilia. “We’re delighted to have been chosen to host a brand new auction at the inaugural NEC Restoration Show”, said Nick Whale, managing director, Silverstone Auctions. With increased recent interest in barn finds, the auction is set to bring together a range of fascinating cars, and focus is being placed on quality or unique non-running cars in need of restoration. As a special incentive to potential vendors, Silverstone Auctions is waiving the entry fee and seller’s premium for all those that enter genuine barn finds or cars that have been off the road for a minimum of ten years and in need of restoration. Among the ‘barn finds’ scheduled to go under the hammer are two 1958 Jaguar XK150s, both estimated at between £35,000 to £45,000. The cars, an Indigo blue ‘Drophead coupe’ and a Carmen red ‘Fixedhead coupe’, both have fascinating histories having been bought brand new by their respective owners in 1958. Commenting on the cars, Nick Whale said: “It’s


This 1938 Austin Seven Ruby is being offered with no reserve!

Restored Triumph TR3A expected to fetch 18,000 - 22,000.


A rare Iso Lele Sport which is ripe for restoration will sell with no reserve.

thrilling to be able to offer such exiting cars at this brand new auction. With barn find cars the potential subject of much intrigue, the models could prove to be a fantastic investment.� The Drophead coupe, VLP929, is the 74th example of the 622 right hand drive cars built. In the 1980s the car was bought by an Italian collector and exported to Sicily where it was discovered a short while ago alongside a treasure trove of other British sports cars. It was repatriated back to the UK where the enthusiastic vendor had the intention of restoring it to its former glory. With other priorities taking precedence the car is now offered for auction. The Fixedhead coupe, offered at auction for the first time, arguably has an even more interesting past. Hidden from the world since 1969, the car was

discovered by an enthusiast in 2009, having spent forty years in a barn. Its first owner was a West Bromwich garage owner and renowned racing driver of the period, Alan Eccles. Fittingly for a racing driver, the car was specially ordered with an ultra rare close-ratio gearbox. After taking a job abroad in 1969, Eccles stored the car in the barn at his Shropshire home. Thinking this arrangement would only last for a few years, the car was eventually tucked away for the next 40 years, before being sold on. Both of these exciting project cars requires a full restoration and would provide an excellent base for any enthusiast looking for a fine 1950s British sports car. Head along to the sale if you want to bid for them, or see the Silverstone Auctions website for more details.

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The Story of the Formula One British Grand Prix 1964 Format: PAL DVD Running Time: 70 minutes Price: £12.99 Available From:

If you’re a fan of historic motorsport, then you’ll love this! This DVD uses footage taken from the BP film archive to take the viewer on a nostalgic look back at the 1964 British GP. It is essentially two individual films; one called ‘Time Between’ and the second titled ‘European Grand Prix 1964.’ First up is ‘Time Between,’ an extraordinary glimpse into the lives of four of the greatest racers of their generation away from the track. The fly-on-the-wall documentary follows Graham Hill, Bruce McLaren, Innes Ireland and Mike Hailwood for 13 days from the end of the 1964 French Grand Prix at Rouen to the start of the British GP at Brands Hatch. Rare black-and-white footage shows these four greats away from the track, attending business meetings, pursuing their own interests and even filling the downtime between races with some more racing! McLaren works on his cars, Ireland tours the highlands in an off-road vehicle, Hill travels back to France for a hair-raising GT race while Mike ‘The Bike’ goes back to his first love and competes at the Belgian motorcycle Grand Prix – and wins! The incredible on-board footage of Hailwood riding the MV Agusta is simply stunning. In ‘European Grand Prix 1964’ the viewer is treated to all the action from the fabulous July race meeting at Brands Hatch circuit in Kent. Although designated the ‘European GP,’ this was also the British Grand Prix, and exceptional colour footage shows all the action from practice


right up to the thrilling race itself. The line-up of drivers reads like a who’s who of Grand Prix legends - Jim Clark, Graham Hill, John Surtees, Jack Brabham, Dan Gurney and more. Wonderful camerawork shows the close wheelto-wheel racing throughout the field and the tremendous battle between Clark’s Lotus-Climax and the BRM of Hill for victory. In addition, Hill gives us a fascinating insight into the preparations of driver and team as we eavesdrop on a briefing between him and BRM’s Tony Rudd. Overall this is a very watchable DVD and will make a great addition to any motorsport collection.

Speedy Stories & Revving Reads! British Vans and Pick Ups 1945-1965 Author: Rinsey Mills Price: £31.50 Format: Hardback. ISBN: 978 1 906133 313 Available From: In the twenty-year period following World War II, light commercial vehicles in Britain gradually changed from being working versions of passenger cars to vehicles which were specifically designed for the job. At the beginning was the Morris Eight van, which struggled to cope with a five hundredweight load, or to reach 50 mph. At the end came the Ford Transit which carried three times that load, drove like a car and cruised at 70mph. In this book the van manufacturers (large and small) are dealt with in A-Z order, from Austin, Bedford, Bond and Commer to Reliant, Standard, Triumph and Trojan. The author gives a brief history of each and then provides individual coverage of the models produced, using material from brochures and advertisements for the illustrations to give the flavour of the times when they were seen to be going about their business. The overall layout of this book works very well, and despite not being a great fan of commercial vehicles, I actually found it to be a fascinating read, and that must surely be credit to the author. It features 192 pages so there is lots to get stuck into, but nostalgia fans will love the reproductions of the period advertising posters which will no doubt bring back fond memories for many readers. An excellent book! Return to Glory! The Mercedes 300SL Racing Car Author: Robert Ackerson Price: £67.50 Format: Hardback. ISBN: 978 1 84584 6176 Available From:

This book chronicles the development and racing career of a car regarded as the ultimate example of the purebred sports car of the 20th century and the epitome of functional beauty and extraordinary performance: the 1952 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL. Taking second place at its 1952 Mille Miglia debut, it went on to win every one of its races that season. 1952 was one of the most important years in Mercedes-Benz racing history; after a 13-year absence, it returned to motor sport competition with an automobile that rewrote the history of modern sports car racing. The 300 SL’s debut was the culmination of a long, difficult road back to racing for MercedesBenz after a 13 year break. This book vividly depicts the 300 SL’s performance in the five races in which it competed in 1952, and tells the story of how it became the most successful competition sports car of that year. Through dramatic photographs, and equally stirring text, one of the greatest years of sports car racing is brought to life, filled with cars often finished in national racing colours, prepared by great factory teams, driven by men who were national sporting idols, and raced under gruelling conditions unique to the age. From its Mille Miglia debut, through the Nürburgring, the Le Mans 24 Hours, to its greatest race, the Carrera Panamericana, the 300 SL’s career from conception to retirement is presented here, culminating with a detailed photographic essay illustrating restoration of the oldest 300 SL in existence. Dramatic photos, vivid descriptions, and dramatic recollections from the drivers ensures this book will be a joy to read and enjoy for years to come.


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SS & Jaguar Cars : 1 1/2 Litre, 2 1/2 Litre, 3 1/2 Litre, SS100 & Mark V, 1936-1951 Author: Allan Crouch RRP: £45.00 Format: Hardback. ISBN: 978 1 906133 498 Available From: Massive desirability and equally huge price tags define some of the early SS & Jaguar cars, and this book takes a detailed look at some of these remarkable machines. With flowing body styling inspired by William Lyons himself, these cars in their heyday were strikingly attractive and desirable machines made available at extraordinarily keen prices. The author of this book, as a volunteer researcher in the Jaguar Heritage Archive, has spent years compiling a database of all the cars manufactured through the period, establishing a complete history of their production. This he has put to good use in the preparation of this definitive work, which examines the cars, their development and their features in unprecedented and probably unsurpassable detail, to satisfy the most demanding enquirer. Competition history, sales, exports, coachbuilt cars, one-offs, colour schemes, production changes, production numbers, chassis numbers and rally entrants are all included. It is therefore perhaps the definitive book on these particular models. Containing some 250 colour photographs of outstanding surviving examples of the cars, along with images from the archives, this is truly the most in-depth study ever published of William Lyons’s memorable family of cars of this period. It is written in a clear and concise way and the photographs are of the highest quality. If you are researching these early Jaguars, then owning a copy of this book is the next best thing to actually having access to the Jaguar factory archives yourself! Supercharged Mercedes in Detail : 1923-42 Author: James Taylor RRP: £45.00 Format: Hardback. ISBN: 978 1 906133 481 Available From: This book is about some of the rarest and most exciting cars in automotive history, namely the magnificent supercharged Mercedes of the 1920s and 1930s. Cars like the mighty 7-litre S, SS, SSK and SSKL models of the 1920s, principally the work of Ferdinand Porsche, and the exceedingly glamorous, though softer and less stark, eightcylinder 380K, 500K and 540K cars which succeeded them in the mid-1930s are all featured. There were other models too, going back to 1923 and on to the construction of the final mighty 770 Grosser Mercedes in the early 1940s. Much has been written on this subject, but there have been areas of confusion and obscurity. In this book James Taylor treads a sure path towards clearing up past misunderstandings in order to present as clear a history as is possible of Mercedes-Benz’s output of sporting and luxury supercharged cars in the period. Dealing initially with the company’s first forays into supercharging motor cars, he goes on to provide separate chapters on each of the families of models. First is the S series, where he plots the development of the line from the progenitor Model K through the S to the more powerful SS; then comes a chapter on the highly developed SSK and SSKL cars. There are full descriptions of mechanical elements, factory bodywork and the creations of outside coachbuilders, as well as notable competition outings, the best remembered having been in the hands of the great Rudolf Carracciola. With 170 colour photographs of surviving examples by the outstanding motor photographer Simon Clay, and over 200 pictures from the archives, this book tells all about a quite unique group of motor cars, rarely seen yet universally admired, in whose conception, design, engineering and construction absolutely no compromises were made.

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1972 Alfa Romeo 2000GTV, Matching 1968 Triumph TR5, Full documented numbers vehicle, previous owner for history file. Totally rebuilt. No undersealing, over 12 years. Outstanding condition, many updated improvements, new orig. car completely recommissioned tyres 165SR15, EBC disk brakes etc. Believe little under concours. Reluctant by Alfa Specialists, Bianco Auto sale due to age/health, £37,500, call Developments who have performed 01428 722915. a complete vehicle check, full service with balancing and tuning of the Delorto carburettors & replaced suspension bushes throughout. Drives perfectly. £23,000, Call 01883 344226 for more info.

1957 Austin-Healey 100 100/6 BN4, Colorado red (Longbridge Factory). Beautiful condition. Full restoration. Dry weather use only. Housed in 1970 Triumph GT6 MKII, Beautiful atmosphere controlled environment. looking sports car, resprayed in Wire wheels. Works fitted overdrive. Signal red. Restored interior. New Approx. 3,000 miles post restoration. wire wheels. £800 spent on parts. Heritage Certificate. Arguably one of All photographs & receipts of rebuild. the finest available, a fine example of Please phone for more details. £9,400, a great British car, £38,500, call on 01725 513335 for more info. call on 01793 826047.


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1966 Chevrolet Impala, Complete frameoff restoration completed 2 years ago. Slight resto-mod very tastefully done. Includes: 283 V8, 700R4 tranny, original all new AC, aluminium radiator, elec fan, rebuilt 10-bolt rear-end, disc brakes, Air-Ride System, Diamond Audio Stereo System, pwr windows, pwr canvas top, PPG DBC solvent paint with multiple coats of cleared blocked, original black interior, 140amp alternator with battery isolator. All receipts, pictures, books, and original builds sheet for car are included. Price includes 100 point inspection, shipping to the UK, insurance, import tax, MOT and registration with DVLA. £45,500, call 07808 019146.

1949 Singer Nine Roadster 4A, Exported to America new in 1949, this Singer Roadster 4A was imported some years ago. I bought it with the intention of carrying out a full restore. Unfortunately, I am now too ill to complete the job so she has to go. Car is in very good condition for its 65 years and would require a relatively small amount of work to get her on the road. Although unregistered in the U.K., all import paperwork and original California plates are included. A small amount of spare parts, historical documents and manuals will also go with the sale. For many years the car was owned by a Howard G. Singer. £offers. Call 01335 343619.

2004 Jaguar XK, many desirable features including heated leather, park assist, aluminium detailing, memory seats, 11968 Chevron B8, regarded as not headlamp powerwash, ‘R’ steering wheel only among the most beautiful sports and 18” Aris allo wheels. The service book racing cars ever produced, but also details 7 stamps, £14,995, call (0) 1798 one of the best-handling of their kind. Produced by Chevron Cars between 874477 for details.

1968 and 1970, only 44 examples were built. They were fitted with a number of different engines, the most popular being a 2-litre BMW unit. The car offered here, chassis DBE52, was originally delivered to John Bridges, who campaigned it extensively 2005 TVR Tuscan, Reflex Green with throughout 1968 and 1969 alongside Ocean Green full hide and forest green co-driver John Lepp. They raced lamonta inserts, green carpets piped in DBE52 at numerous events including ocean green hide, forest green hood, grey the Spa 1000 Kilometres, Cadwell stitching throughout. Fitted with air con, full Park, the Brands Hatch 6 Hours and hide, 18” anthracite alloys, gas discharge Paris 1000 Kilometres. What’s more, headlights, sat nav, 6 stack CD and rear they also secured a famous overall speakers. Huge specification, £39,995, victory at Oulton Park. £POA. Please call 01428 653924. call (0) 20 7584 350 for more details.

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1968 Jaguar E-Type S2 4.2 - 2+2, finished in Regency Red with Biscuit 1991 Mini 1000, Full restoration. 1994 Morgan 4/4 2str, 1800cc, Interior, original RHD matching MED engine, 12” alloys, rollcage, Connaught green, green leather, numbers car. Can only be described adjustable suspension. Needs some alloy body/wings, galvanised work to engine, no MoT/tax. High as a fairly unmolested example spec, reduced for quick sale. £3,795, chassis, walnut dash, scuttle throughout which has a lovely pantia roll bar, lady owner. MoT 1 year, which drives extremely well and call 07834 185740. superb example. £19,995, call for is fitted with Jaguar factory power steering and a Borg Warner Automatic more info on 07850 500911. gearbox. Within the history file is an MOT history starting in 1981 and the 64,000ml speedometer reading is believed to be genuine, though not warranted. £34,950. Call 01922 749244.

1964 Morris Minor 1000, Interior upholstery renewed and good sound bodywork. Drives well and is very reliable. MoT March 2015, £1,500. Call 01279 730816.

1985 Reliant Scimitar SS1, 1.6XR3, 6 months, MoT, soft & hard top. Lots of history, lots of work done including seats re- Jaguar XK R Convertible, 4.2 litre trimmed. Drives well. £1,000. facelift model, 2003MY, 34000 01639 771299. miles. FJSH. MoT & tax. Superb example. £14,995, call 07745 107968.

Jaguar S-Type 3.4 Auto Fully refurbished in 2005 by Robert Hughes, this car has won prizes. Finished in Opalescent Silver with Red Leather, the car has 60,000 miles (proven with MOT certs). Wire wheels, seat belts, wooden steering wheel. Chrome mesh headlight guards. A beautiful car which attracts lots of admiration and attention. Very slight rust to small part of a front bumper, otherwise completely clean! First viewer will buy. Regrettable sale due to lack of garage space. £16,995, call 07825 756693 for details.

1989 Ferrari 412, Effectively only two owners from new - the first for 20 years. This extremely low mileage (21,000) example has extensive service history and drives exceptionally well, having just undergone a full service at Shiltech Ferrari and received further attention in our workshops. The original black leather interior is shortly to be refurbished.Hugely underrated and surely destined to appreciate, as one of only 306 right hand drive 412s produced by the factory. Complete with its original tool kit, lambswool overmats, leather service book pack, service book and an extensive file of invoices. £34,995. Call 01244 529500.

1975 Volkswagen Beetle 1300, A lovely 1300 Beetle from 1975 which was extensively restored about 6 years ago. retrimmed in black leather This is a very smart example running well with a large history file, £4,850, call 0121 427 3420.

1979 MGBGT, vermillion red - low mileage just over 57,000. Growing family means reluctant sale. MOT till October 14 with no advisories, TAX till August 14. Used as a daily runner and starts every time. Front seats are leather. £1,995, Call 07725 896175.

1991 Lotus Elan M100 SE, Pacific Blue Metallic, Mileage: 56,744, Grey Leather trim, Extras: Radio/ Cassette, Mohair Hood, Alloy Wheels, Stainless Tailpipe, Electric Windows, Power Steering 1.6 Turbo with 5 speed gearbox. Practically 1 owner. Extensive service history. A genuine low mileage example which would benefit from some minor light restoration/paintwork. This Lotus will be serviced before sale and supplied with a warranty and 12 2000 Mini Cooper LE. This mini month MOT, £4,995, call 01234 has been owned by 2 retired 750205. owners who were friends from new. It has covered just 22,000 miles and has always been garaged. It drives very well and is in beautiful condition both inside and out. £11,495, call 07967 135037.

1957 Ford Popular 103E, totally unrestored, only 3 owners from new, warranteed mileage of 56,000, extensive history file. She drived beautifully and starts instantly ready to rally and enjoy. £6,500. Call 0121 427 3420 for more details.

1947 Triumph 1800 Roadster, body-off restoration in 2007, engine was totally re-built by vintage car mechanic, supension restoration london, stainless steel exhaust, new alloy petrol tank, new leather hide upholstery and carpets fitted, instruments and steering wheel restored, fully rewired in correct braided cable. Huge spec list. Call for details. £22,750, Phone 01487 842085.

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1975 Triumph TR7 16V, A rare opportunity to purchase an ex works 1947 Wolseley 18/85, good press/reconnaissance TR7 16V with condition for age, original brown the special KDU reg no, as used by interior, paint work average the first works rally cars. This car is condition, good engine and chassis no 6 ,and is almost certainly gearbox. A very rare car. Taxed, the oldest TR7 on the road. It has an MOT exempt. Car was used for TV interesting competition history, having work. Might px, £5,995, call 02392 been a rally car, successful circuit racer, then having a long spell in a 324172. well known private collection. The car comes with Heritage Certificate, MSA Homologation Papers, FIVA Certificate, FIA HRP and MSA Logbook and is now prepared as a Category 3 Historic Rally Car in tarmac spec. Huge spec list and too much to mention here. £15,250, call for details on 07785 597635.

Morris Minor 1000, Fantastic condition, MoT, solid car, Mint interior, new carpet, new gear box, new brakes, new suspension, bushes all round, new timing chain. New alternator, waxoyled, just serviced. Well looked after, £2,500, call 07545 185806.

1962 MG MGA 1600 MKII, Vehicle Registration WCX 99, MFD 1962, 91,000 miles from New, 2 Owners, 1622cc Petrol Engine, 4 speed Synchromesh gear box, complete with detachable side windows, Tonneau Cover, Chrome Rear Luggage Rack, Spare Wheel. Current Owner has owned it for 40 Years, Garaged, Never raced or Rallied, or involved in a collision, call for further details 01642 221100.


1968 NSU Ro80, Rebuilt original type NSU Rotary Engine. MOT & Tax, Stainless Steel Exhaust, Alloy Wheels. Enthusiast owned, very reliable and admired wherever you go. To be featured in forthcoming classic car feature. £5,995, call 07875 556193 for more information.

1964 Willys Model 64 12v, rebuild completed in 2011 & only travelled 169 miles since. New 1940s GPW tub, windshield, wing, 5 split rim wheels, 5 tyres plus tubes, canvas and seats, steering wheel, all clocks and switches, horn, wiring loom, Nos light switch, both head light lenses with the correct dip and side light built in, Indicators, autolite 12volt starter, generator, distributor, coil, air filter, carburettor, petrol tank. All electrics are modern parts. I’m sure I’ve missed some items. The chassis and all other parts have been sand blasted and rust treated before respray in correct paint. £7,261, Call 0702407821.

1954 Land Rover Series I, excellent mechanical order and has to be one of the very best driving examples. Recent work includes a full service, new front springs, new brake linings, new headlights, and new gear lever reverse springs. Further new parts include a fuel tank, tyres, rocker cover gasket, exhaust rear silencer, water pump, hoses and heater air hoses. Recent full external re-paint and as a result presents superbly. The body is excellent, the paint finish superb and the wheels also very smart. The canvas hood is in very good order, the upholstery nicely presented and the vehicle is ready to drive away. £12,995, Call 01944 758000.

1958 MG MGA Roadster totally restored by Oselli to a very high spec, Midnight blue with tan,. Original UK car, 3 previous owners. Full photographic record of restoration. The spec includes a ‘B’ series engine rebuilt to 1,840cc stage 2 balanced and coupled to a five speed gearbox. Rear axle rebuilt, front suspension converted to coil over shock absorbers, telescopic rear shock absorbers, Disc brakes to front with a brake servo up grade. Alternator negative earth charging system with electronic ignition and electric fan cooling. 60 Spoke wire wheels with Firestone tyres, New HS 4 carburettors, new fuel tank and lines, performance large bore exhaust system. Engine oil cooler. £34,000, call (01993) 849610.

1971 Vauxhall Victor FD VX 4/90, Man/O 49,000 miles, Rust free, unmolested example in very very nice original condition, drives as new, very rare car - only made for a 2 year period! £12,995, Call: 0117 956 7144.

1976 BMW 1502, MOT until July 2014, Original bill of sale from new, I have spent hundreds: new battery, rear brake cylinder master cylinder, new fluid. All welding done and undersealed/ Schulz. Car starts and runs Bodywork solid apart from lower passenger door and front spoiler. Engine smokes when cold told by previous owner valve stem seals. Needs seats recovering. I have left the car to stand over winter. started and moved it 1968 Jaguar Mark 2 2.4, excellent when I pressed the clutch pedal condition, never been raced or fluid started running out not yet rallied. Showing 64,000 miles investigated (still goes in gear). on the clock & no reason to will send pictures of whatever you disbelieve it. Drives superbly. A need. Loads of receipts, original proper useable everyday car. handbook and vehicle registration Please come and have a look document, £2,995, call 07515 you wont be disappointed for the 621550 for more info. money. £12,950, 01622 743612.

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1936 Morris Eight, Really lovely car. Would need little to get running again. Turns over but need a little fettling to get it to run. Original unrestored condition. Bodywork really good, just need some elbow grease and fettling to get on the road. Wire wheels and chrome grill. Black/Blue. Sunroof, rear blind, leather seats, rear luggage rack. Have all docs etc plus a box of spare parts. £4,500, call 01293 771056.

1974 Triumph Stag, Manual overdrive, Cd player, New hood and seats and engine, very good all round car, £9,995, call for more information on 0117 956 7144.

1954 Fordson E83W pick up, Rare original steel backed pickup, Purchased by an enthusiast whilst in New Zealand because of its outstanding original condition due to private use only. No rust to body, cab, chassis, wings or any evidence of welding. Rear body in an unusually excellent condition for steel pick up no dents rust spots with tailgate closing as when new, Original hardwood planking with no gouges or splinters. Fully serviced (all fluids changed) and new high capacity Lincon period style battery.This vehicle is in show condition and any inspection is welcome. £7,950, call 01473 652619.

1957 Jaguar XK150, This early XK150, Chassis No. S834234 and Engine No. V1286-8, was imported in very good condition from Texas in the early 1990s. It was professionally converted to RHD and subsequently has been repainted and fitted with new leather, upgraded brakes, new chrome wire wheels etc. Showing 68k miles which is in accord with service records from the 70s. It has had only two recorded owners, drives superbly 1993 Bentley Brooklands, just and has been dry-stored for most of undergone a full body renovation, its life. £POA, Call 07763 589 680. finished in Rosewood with magnolia leather, piped in red. Red carpets and trim with burr walnut veneers. 60,000 miles from new, much history and paperwork. Roadside toolkit is complete and hand-tools are unused. 3 Speed Auto Transmission, Auto Ride Suspension, Cruise Control, Climate Control, Electric Mirrors/ Windows/Seats, Parking Sensors, Pioneer 6-Stack CD & DVD Player 1962 Sunbeam Alpine series 2 and Navigation System. It is due for for sale, it needs restoration but service in March 2014, which will be comes with new hood and seats. completed prior to sale. This car is Also rare factory hard top. Very absolutely on the button, priced to sell and being sold only to make way for pretty car, been stored for eight the next project. £9,995, call 01424 years, comes with spares, £3,200, 214556 call 07926 921338 for more info.

1968 Chevron B8 BMW DBE-B8-081. Prolific history. Monza 1000k, Nurburgring 1000k, 1969 Targa Florio etc. etc. Superb. Please visit www. for the full story. £POA, call 01451 821611.

1979 Triumph Spitfire 1500, White with hardtop. LHD. New Mexico import. One registered to a US Naval Commender. 27,000 miles and never used in the UK. Excellent original condition with no rust or corrosion as it should be for a warm climate state. Comes with all US specs, bumper, full emission system etc etc. Comes with custom made protective leatherette nose cover. Very very original. Hard to find a better one. £8,250. For more information, please call 0131 343 2574.

2004 Jaguar XK XKR Coupe, 59,000 miles, Auto, Very nice well-maintained car which drives beautifully. Black bodywork with black leather interior in excellent condition. Sits on 20” alloy wheels. Brakes are uprated Jaguar. Sports exhaust with mellow note. Immaculate service record with 10 stamps in the book, all by major Jaguar dealers. £15,995, call 01252 544888.

1959 Triumph TR3A, Fully restored, overdrive, finished in gleaming red, runs and drives really well, comprehensive history, unleaded conversion, 87mm pistons/liner kit, HS6 carbs., rack/ pinion steering, kenlowe electric thermostatic controlled fan, new chrome tubeless wire wheels on new Dunlop Sport 195/65R15 tyres, red leather upholstery with white piping and new set of wool carpets. Comes with two sets of weather gear (incl side screens), one in white the other in black with a black tonneau cover. £22,500. Call: 01383 415591.

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