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Super Silverstone! Sizzling Classic gets A Soaking!

Aston Martin Centenary

Glorious Goodwood

Beautiful Beaulieu

Brands Hatch birthday bash for supercar maker

Cars and superstars at the Festival of Speed

Spotlight on the National Motor Museum


Editorial You might have noticed that we have a bit of a soft spot for historic racing here at Classic, Performance & Retro magazine, so to say that last month was an exciting one for us is a major understatement! Three events really stood out, and you can read about each one of them in detail right here in this very issue. First, the mighty Silverstone Classic. This event just seems to get better and better with each passing year. Over 1,000 racing cars taking part in 24 highly charged races makes for a truly astonishing spectacle. This year, the drivers not only had to contend with stifling 32 degree heat, but also torrential rain and a thunder storm, which made the Jim Clark Trophy race on Saturday evening look more like a power-boat race! Then there was the Goodwood Festival of Speed, an event that brings together some of the most famous cars and drivers in the world. It was another stunning show, marred only by the crash of the ex-Ayrton Senna Lotus 98T. Thankfully driver Gary Ward escaped with nothing more serious than dented pride, but the car looked to have taken a fairly heavy front-end impact. Unfortunately, that is often the price we pay if we want to see these cars where they belong - out on the track. Yes, we could keep these priceless machines in museums where they never turn a wheel again, but who wants that? Lastly, the Aston Martin Centenary event at Brands Hatch in Kent also provided some amazing racing, featuring both vintage and modern cars, driven by amateur and professional racing drivers alike. The racing was as hot as the weather, and seeing the really early Astons racing wheel-to-wheel was an unforgettable sight! It’s a shame that we wont see this event take place every year, as centenaries only happen every hundred years, but thankfully the Aston Martin Owners’ Club still holds regular race events around the UK on a regular basis. Make sure you check one out soon. Well, as always we hope you enjoy reading this latest issue of Classic, Performance & Retro. We make no apologies for featuring lots of events again as we have to make the most of the summer weather and get out of the office. We’ll get back to the car reviews and road tests when the Autumn weather arrives! Drive safe!

The Classic, Performance & Retro team.

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Silverstone Classic: A dazzling line-up of over 2,000 historic cars along with 24 races meant that this year’s Silverstone Classic would be one of the motorsport highlights of the year. Simon Hazeldine dropped in to catch the action.

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100 Years of Aston Martin: To mark the 100th anniversary of Aston Martin, a huge centenary celebration was held at Brands Hatch in Kent. Phil Sullivan called in to join in the celebrations.

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MGCC At Cadwell Park: Leanne Fahy brings us her latest report from the MG Car Club’s race championship, with action from Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire.

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Glorious Goodwood!: With current F1 cars and high tech Le Mans racers combined with several land speed record setting cars, you could say that the Goodwood Festival of Speed is the fastest show on Earth! David Harrison reports.

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Autodrome - Beaulieu: Tucked away down on the south coast of England is one of the real treasures of the automotive world - the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu. Simon Hazeldine dropped in for a closer look.

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

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Glorious Goodwood! The Festival of Speed

016 Club News: A round-up of news from some of the best car clubs in the world. 054 New Stuff: A look at what’s hot...and what’s not in the automotive marketplace. 068 What’s On: Never miss another show with our comprehensive events guide. 072 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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The Latest Automotive News From Around The World!

Bargain Sale

Prototype Jaguar XJ220 Snapped Up For Just £72,800 At Auction One lucky collector got an amazing bargain at the H&H Auctions’ Buxton sale on July 24, when a prototype Jaguar XJ220 that had been estimated to make £150180,000 sold for just £72,800 in a ‘no reserve’ sale. The car came with an interesting history as it was used as a development car, specifically to test brakes and tyres. The car - referred to as Prototype 002 by Jaguar - is also shorter and lighter than the production models and was cited in various Jaguar press releases as being responsible for two XJ220 developmental milestones: `in September 1990 Prototype 002 achieved 186mph at the Bruntingthorpe circuit. The following month the car successfully completed 24 hour durability tests at the Millbrook proving ground’. Handwritten notes on file from Kelvin Nevitt (a long serving Jaguar manager) reveal that 002 played an important role in high-speed endurance, transmission durability, ride / handling and Bridgestone tyre testing. It was also present at the Nurburgring in September 1991 when its sister car - Prototype 005 - set a new production car lap record of 7 minutes 46 seconds (which stood until 2000). 002 was Among the cars personally inspected by HRH Princess Diana during the official opening of Jaguar Sport’s Bloxham facility a month later, 002 was mothballed thereafter. The car was eventually sold on, but later became the subject of a legal battle to determine its ownership. More recently, it was recommissioned by marque specialists JD Classics, who carried out work to its engine, gearbox, suspension, brakes and electrics. The overhaul took 791 man hours and £69,690.05 to complete. www.classic-auctions.com

Porsche Sale

200 Porsche Projects Offered For Sale Porsche fans might want to keep an eye on the Anglia Car Auctions website in the coming months. The Kings Lynn based outfit will be selling off an assortment of over 200 Porsches which have come from a collector in the USA, with the first cars going under the hammer on the August 24, sale. The collection of cars includes 50 early 911s, around 40 356s and 39 912s. Nearly all of the cars are left-hand drive and most require varying amounts of work to make roadworthy. Some of the cars look like they would benefit from fresh paint and trim, while others will need a thorough rebuild. The August sale includes a 1959 Porsche 356B Roadster which is described as a “Barn find in need of straightforward restoration” and comes with a very rare factory hard top. The car is expected to fetch between £59,000-£70,000. Other models from the same collector include two Range Rovers, a 1960 Peugeot 403 and a 1970 Austin J4. www.angliacarauctions.co.uk

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Record Repairs

Repaired Bugatti Back In Action At Prescott A veteran Bugatti racer that was seriously damaged in a crash in May was repaired in record time to make its return at the Prescott Hill Climb on August 3-4. The car flipped over during the La Vie en Blue with Edmund Burgess at the wheel, who luckily escaped with just a few bruises. The accident happened after the Bugatti went into the Esses with too much speed, clipping the barrier and flipping his car upside down. Once the dust had settled, work began on returning the car to a driveable condition with specialists Ivan Dutton Bugatti and Gentry Restorations helping with the rebuild and Spencer Longland overseeing the repairs. Speaking about the crash, Burgess said: ““The accident has allowed me to witness at first hand the professionalism and dedication of the many volunteers marshals and I would like to thank all those who give up their time to allow us to enjoy our sport as safely as possible. Ultimately the incident brought home to me the wonderful camaraderie of the old car movement from the many phone calls, texts, emails , letters and cards that I received.” www.vscc.co.uk

Save Birkin’s Bentley

Deadline Looms For Birkin Bentley Export

The clock is ticking as efforts to raise the £5,149,800 needed to keep Sir Henry Birkin’s famous 1929 4½ Litre supercharged ‘Blower’ Bentley in the UK are stepped up. The Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, Ed Vaizey has deferred the granting of an export licence for the iconic machine until October 31, but has allowed a provision for that period to be extended through to May 31, 2014 if a group or individual expresses serious intent to raise the money. The development comes after a recommendation by the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest (RCEWA). Explaining the decision, Mr Vaizey said: “It would be a tremendous loss to the nation if this wonderful car, that so beautifully epitomises the passion and glamour of motor racing in 1930s Britain, were to be exported overseas. I hope that a UK buyer can be found in the time now available so we can keep this magnificent piece of British racing history in the UK.” www.artscouncil.org.uk

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The Latest Automotive News From Around The World!

5 Bedrooms & A Classic Car!

House With A View & A 1937 Talbot! If you are a classic car fan and just happen to be in the market for a new house, we might have found the perfect property for you. The fivebedroom, ‘art deco’ style property is located in Deal, Kent and is being offered for £765,000. But that’s not all; included in the price is a beautiful 1937 Talbot 105. The house is just yards from the beach and has views out over the English Channel and across Goodwin Sands, while the car appears to be in excellent condition and certainly looks at home parked outside the house. It is valued at somewhere in the region of £40,000, which is something potential house buyers need to keep in mind. Of course, if the property is bought by someone who has no interest in the car, it could end up being offered for sale at a knock-down price, so keep your eyes peeled! www.brightandbright.co.uk

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Regularity Run

London to Brighton Veteran Run Adds ‘Regularity Trial’ A regularity trial has been added to this year’s 60-mile London to Brighton Veteran Car Run which sets off from Hyde Park in London on November 3, and finishes on Brighton’s Madeira Drive later the same day. Entrants in the run can nominate a particular time to aim for; for example, a time of three hours would return an average speed of 20mph, and there is a choice of hourly targets up to a maximum of six hours which gives an average speed of just 10mph. Ben Cussons, Chairman of the VCR Steering Group and Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club, said: “The Steering Group is committed to evolving the event and adding value and involvement for the participants. We are restricting the Trial to 150 entries for the first year as it is a new initiative.” The 2013 Veteran Car Run will attract as many as 500 automobiles from the dawn of motoring. As the longest running motoring event in the world and an estimated 500,000 spectators are set to turn out to enjoy the spectacle. And, in line with tradition, the event takes place as close as possible to the date of the original 1896 run. The special weekend also features the Regent Street Motor Show on Saturday November 2, which now hosts the world’s premier Concours d’Elegance for veteran cars. www.veterancarrun.com

Shark On Display

Unique Shark Car Goes On Display At AACA Museum A unique 1962 El Tiburon ‘Shark’ owned by Geoffrey Hacker has just gone on show in Pennsylvania. Hacker, who is well known for tracking down and restoring rare and unusual classic cars, has owned the car for over 30 years, first seeing it when he was just 18 years old, and eventually persuading the owner to sell it to him two years later for $350. He completely rebuilt the car in the early 1980s, and swapped the original Renault 4CV engine and gearbox for units taken from a 1971 Renault R10. To finish off the project, Hacker gave the car its ‘shark-inspired’ paintwork which made the car stand out from the crowd. The Shark, which was also one of the restorer’s first glass-fibre cars, is set to go on display as part of the Pop Culture and Cars Exhibit at the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Museum, in Hershey, PA. Among other cars going on display in the new exhibition are two ‘Superfly cars’ courtesy of coach builder Les Dunham. The Cadillac El Dorado Superfly car was used in Fort Apache - The Bronx and the Corvorado (Corvette made to look like an El Dorado) was featured in both Live and Let Die and Superman The Movie. Another icon of the silver screen is the 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans-AM (Bandit Car) from the movie Smokey and the Bandit, starring Burt Reynolds. www.aacamuseum.org

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News, Gossip & Views From The World Of Motorsport

Date For Your Diary

Dates Confirmed For 2014 Donington Festival The dates of the fourth Donington Historic Festival have been confirmed as Saturday, Sunday and Monday May 3rd, 4th and 5th 2014. Tickets will go on sale in November this year, giving UK and international enthusiasts plenty of time to plan their visit to what is now a firm favourite on the worldwide historic motorsport calendar. Festival organiser Duncan Wiltshire said, “2013 was our first ever three-day Festival, and it was a great success. Consequently we are delighted to be keeping to three days again for 2014 and, in response to popular demand, this will be Saturday, Sunday and Monday. This will allow the drivers and fans to enjoy superb historic racing – and all our off-track attractions such as the rally car demonstrations – for the entire Bank Holiday weekend, which we hope will make the event even more accessible for spectators new to the sport, as well as satisfying the most dedicated historic car enthusiasts.” The 2014 Donington Historic Festival is guaranteed to deliver a thrilling array of huge, international grids of the very best historic single-seaters, sportscars and Touring Cars, driven by top drivers, providing the mix of exhilarating racing, remarkable and priceless cars and the famous Donington Historic open-access paddock that always proves so entertaining. Car clubs will, of course, remain integral to the event, with clubs large and small invited to form the displays which traditionally draw huge crowds of interested enthusiasts, who love the opportunity to wander around the ‘living motoring museum’ that assembles on the infield, and to see the car club parades. Other attractions will include historic rally car action, fast demonstration laps from special race cars, the popular trade village and the Donington Grand Prix Collection museum. Ticket prices for the 2014 Donington Historic Festival will be announced later this year. www.doningtonhistoric.com

Welsh Valley Stages

Neath Valley Set For WWRS RAC Rally Championship Round 4 The classic Wales Rally GB stages of South Wales will be the setting for the Neath Valley Stages, round four of the West Wales Rally Spares RAC Rally Championship (Saturday August 10). With 14 models of car from 11 manufacturers and a vast array of quality drivers, including five-time British Rally Champion Jimmy McRae, it is another superb entry for the championship. The historic cars will run first on the road, competing over prime gravel stages in the Rheola and Margam forest complexes. The very compact route, based at Rheola, covers 45 stages miles and just over 60 road miles and the forest tracks are reported as being in prime condition. The Roger Albert Clark Rally Motor Club has developed the RAC Championship, which focuses on historic rally cars complying with MSA and FIA historic regulations. But, significantly, it also opens up the chance for the next generation of cars to join the historic fraternity. The 2013 championship is running over six one-day gravel rallies in England, Scotland and Wales. The championship caters for cars from MSA historic Categories One, Two and Three as well as cars prepared to FIA Appendix K. Additional classes accommodate cars built up to the end of 1986 as well as other pre ’87 cars that do not fully comply with historic regulations. www.threecountiescarclub.co.uk

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Time to get some work done to YOUR classic car?

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trackNews

News, Gossip & Views From The World Of Motorsport

NSX Breaks Cover

Honda NSX Prototype Excites Race Fans at Mid-Ohio Demo Lap The Honda NSX prototype lapped the 2.4-mile MidOhio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, just prior to the running of the Honda Indy 200 on August 4, showcasing the steady progress being made toward the planned 2015 launch of Honda’s nextgeneration, mid-engine supercar. Ted Klaus, Chief engineer of Honda R&D Americas, Inc. said: “With leadership from our R&D and manufacturing teams here in Ohio, we are developing a next generation sports car that will be equally at home on the street and on the race track, so it is natural for us to showcase the prototype vehicle here at Mid-Ohio. It is exciting for us to see the prototype running on track, reflecting the great progress we’re making toward the 2015 global launch of the NSX, as we engineer a new sports-car experience for customers around the world.” Targeting next-generation supercar dynamic capabilities with advanced environmental performance, the NSX will be powered by a mid-mounted, direct-injected V-6 engine mated to Honda’s Sport Hybrid SHAWD (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive) system. Sport Hybrid SH-AWD is an all-new, three-motor highperformance hybrid system that combines torque vectoring all-wheel drive with advanced hybrid efficiency through the use of three electric motors - one motor integrated with the V6 engine and its all-new dualclutch transmission (DCT) driving the rear wheels, and two motors driving the front wheels. The system enables instant delivery of negative or positive torque to the front wheels during cornering to achieve a new level of driving performance unparalleled by current AWD systems. The next-generation sports car will be produced in nearby Marysville, Ohio, using domestic and globally sourced parts, at the newly established, state-of-the-art Performance Manufacturing Centre, now under construction. www.honda.co.uk

Statue Honour

Adrian Newey As You’ve Never Seen Him Before! Famous British F1 car engineer and designer Adrian Newey OBE is the latest permanent resident at Mallory Park after a statue in his honour was unveiled in last month. July 1st 2013 was the day Formula One came back to Mallory Park with Red Bull F1 boss Christian Horner unveiling the statue to an exclusive list of 150 guests that included familiar names such as Martin Brundle, Tony Jardine, Stuart Graham, John Cooper (M/c Racer), Dave Brodie, Nick Bunting MSA and Alec Poole. Special guests included BRDC members Graham White HSCC, Mrs Roger Clark (Judith), BARC Chairman Simon Clark, Mayor of HBBC Lynda Hodgkins and circuit owner Chris Meek. The new statue shows Adrian Newey OBE in his familiar TV camera pit lane pose with headphones looking up to a timing screen. Newey has won more Constructors’ Championships than any other designer and is the only designer to have won Constructors’ Championships with three different Formula One teams. Mallory Park is well known for its collection of motorsport character statues, including Colin Chapman, John Surtees, Mike Hailwood and Jim Clark. These are outside the circuit track perimeter and available for anyone to visit and enjoy free of charge at any time throughout the year. www.mallorypark.co.uk

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Croft Classic

Croft Nostalgia Weekend Is Big Hit With Drivers The third running of the Croft Nostalgia Weekend (3/4 August) has been judged a big success as the Historic Sports Car Club ran the 16-race programme at the North Yorkshire track. Close racing, good grids and a wonderful retro atmosphere made the event a big hit, both with the drivers and the thousands of local fans who came along to enjoy the weekend. “The stand-out meeting of the year so far for me,” said historic racing ace Simon Hadfield, who took his Lotus 47 to victory from a capacity grid for the Guards Trophy race. Driving the rare Lotus for the first time for several years, Hadfield marked 30 years of racing with the HSCC by seeing off the Chevron B8 of Charles Allison and the Lenham P69 of John Waggitt. In his Lotus Europa, the road-going version of the 47, Oliver Ford moved closer to the 70s Road Sports Championship title with two narrow wins over the TVR 3000M of Julian Barter. Meanwhile, Peter Shaw maintained the Lotus successes by taking his Elan to a brace of wins in the Historic Road Sports races. Another champion-elect is young Sam Mitchell in Historic FF1600 and he swept to two commanding wins in his Merlyn Mk20. In the Historic FF2000 pack, reigning champion Nelson Rowe (Reynard SF79) took two more wins, but was run close by Andrew Park (Reynard SF81) and Callum Grant (Delta T78). Another double-winner was Jonathan Hughes (Brabham BT6) in the Formula Junior races, but Jack Woodhouse (Lotus 20/22) pushed him very close in the opening race. Among the on-track stars was Yorkshireman Dean Forward with his Tecno, which proved the class of the Historic Formula 3 field. In the opening race he went from last on the grid to victory and later added another win. Just as in 2012, Forward was in unstoppable form and this year he was racing his Tecno for the first time. Meanwhile, Peter Thompson, Leif Bosson and Jim Timms all scaled the podium during the pair of races. The earlier story of F3 was marked by a race for the 500cc cars, which was won by the Cooper Mk10 of Steve Jones. In two crowd-pleasing Historic Touring Car races, Neil Brown (Lotus Cortina) and Warren Briggs (Ford Mustang) took a win apiece. Brown narrowly beat his good friend Richard Dutton (Ford Mustang) on Saturday and then finished threetenths of a second down on Briggs in Sunday’s race. The HSCC season will continue at the Oulton Park Gold Cup on the August Bank Holiday weekend (25/26 August) www. hscc.org.uk

F1 History

Schumacher Benetton Offered For Sale The car in which seven time World Champion Michael Schumacher scored his first ever Grand Prix points is to be auctioned at COYS’ sale in Nürburgring, Germany, on August 10. This Benetton F1 Ford Cosworth is a direct derivative of the B194, in which Schumacher took his first title in 1994. It is eminently eligible for any historic Grand Prix events and remains highly competitive, having appeared at Goodwood’s Festival of Speed in 2003 and 2004. The car is offered in excellent race-ready condition with Pi dashboard, a data acquisition system and all equipment necessary to run and drive the car, including a spare set of wheels and assorted spare components. It also includes a comprehensive file documenting the car’s history, restoration and its most recent race-preparation last year. Chris Routledge, Managing Director of COYS, said: “This is a stunning and fine handling racing car. B191 05 represents a highly important piece of both Benetton and Michael Schumacher’s history. It is an opportunity not to be missed.” www.coys.co.uk

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MG Car Club

MG Car Club Welcomes J.U.L.E. For Club Tour July 27 was a busy day for the MG Car Club! As well as running a club stand at the Silverstone Classic, the club also received a welcome visit from the MGB Jubilee and LE Owners Owners’ Club at its Kimber House headquarters in Abingdon. Members from the J.U.L.E group visited Kimber House for a tour of the building and to see the factory site where there cars rolled off the line some thirty years ago. MG Car Club General Manager Julian White was happy to greet members from J.U.L.E and recalled selling the LE models during his time working at a MG dealership. The stop-off at Kimber house was part of a road run by the group to Nuffield House, where they had been given special permission to display their cars on the front lawn of Lord Nuffield’s home. www.mgcc.co.uk

750 Motor Club

MGCC Revives Abingdon Works Car Show The 750 Motor Club has hailed its annual rally, held at Beaulieu on July 7, a great success. Over 200 Austin cars descended on the Hampshire museum, including an impressive collection of long-distance Sevens, starting with John Coleman’s famous Chummy in which he travelled from Buenos Aires to New York in 1959. There was also some more up-to-date ‘Austin adventurers’, like Guy Butcher and Eunice Kratky’s Chummy, which has very recently returned from their epic journey from New York to Alaska, then all the way through South America to Tierra del Fuego. A total journey of 18,000 miles. The 750 Trials section put on a spectacular display with their three trials cars on the grass banking. Meanwhile in the heat of the midday sun, Mike Griffiths and Penny Chew organised a marathon session of Austin 7 driving tests and the inter-club relay race. Lining the top of the field were the visiting cars from our friends Tacot Club from Calais. There were more Autojumble stalls than ever, record sales of ice creams, and a record attendance (100) at the Saturday evening grand barbecue dinner. www.750mc.co.uk

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GT40 Enthusiasts’ Club

GT40 Club Puts On A Show At Goodwood & Silverstone The GT40 Enthusiasts’ Club pulled out all the stops in July to display its cars at both the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Silverstone Classic. It was a big undertaking for a small club (and we mean that in a nice way!) and to say the results were impressive would be an understatement. Club member David Scaife was the man behind the sterling efforts, particularly for the Goodwood event, and the high-quality appearance of the club stand certainly reflected the huge effort involved. Club Chairman Andrew Komosa is also looking for GT40s to take part in the Simply Classics show at Beaulieu on August 25-26. The club has been invited to take part in the event by the show’s organiser, and as Andrew says, “We have an unique opportunity to show our GT40s at a prestigious automobile museum. Beaulieu is one of our premier motor museums...probably one of the finest in the World.” If you have a suitable car, contact the club via its website. www.gt40enthusiastsclub.com


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Silverstone

Classic

A dazzling line-up of over 2,000 historic cars, along with 24 ultra-competitive races, meant that this year’s Silverstone Classic would be one of the motorsport highlights of the year. Simon Hazeldine dropped in to catch the action.

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s this year’s much anticipated Silverstone Classic drew ever closer, the UK basked in some of the hottest weather that it had seen for quite some time; a stark contrast to the soggy months that affected many

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events last year. It looked like we would be in for a scorcher of a weekend, but then this is England, and our weather has an unpredictable, devilish streak, which even after all these years, still manages to catch us out. But more on

that later. The Silverstone Classic is run a bit like a military exercise, in so much as the organisers have found out what works, and have more or less stuck to that format rigidly. It was therefore surprising to discover


Group C cars on track at Silverstone. (All photos- Simon Hazeldine)

that a couple of key changes had been made to this year’s show, one of them good, and one maybe no so good. The best addition was that for the first time, visitors could now walk along the roadway between the trade village and the new Silverstone Wing complex. Okay, it is a long walk, and getting a bus is undoubtedly

quicker, but at least now you have the option, and it gives some great views of the track at Aintree, The Loop, Maggotts and Becketts. The one surprise omission from the Classic this year was the popular Celebrity Challenge race. Now at first I thought a race like that would be rather cheesy, but it kind of grew on me, especially last year when

some serious ‘petrolheads’ like Brian Johnston and Jay Kay got involved, and gave us some pretty competitive racing. It also brought a touch of showbiz to the paddock, and even if some of the celebs were not exactly ‘A-listers,’ it was still fun seeing how many you could recognise. Nobody I spoke to seemed to know why the celebrity race got binned, August 2013 19


Above: Lord Paul Drayson’s Aston Martin DB4GT. Top Right: CoolBirthday Bash! looking BMW 3.0L So, back to this year’s event CSL. Centre Right: and as usual, there would be Ferrari 250SWB. a number of anniversaries Right: Bentley and celebrated at the Classic. This Triumph share the year it was the turn of Porsche, Brooklands stand. celebrating 50 years of the 911, Aston Martin, marking their 100th year, and Lamborghini aiming to get (yes you guessed at this show, you have to go notched up its half century. it) 911 cars on track. In fact on the Friday. Many of the Other notable birthdays they ended up with well over really good deals sell out included the Lotus Cortina (50) 1,000. quickly, and the F1 team shirts and the Chevrolet Corvette and caps selling for a fiver Going Shopping (60). Each of these marques didn’t last long. took part in a track parade The trade village seemed better There was also a few unusual around the full Silverstone GP organised this year, although and interesting stands in the circuit, with the Porsche guys if you are looking for a bargain trade village, such as the one from the Brooklands Museum, which featured a Triumph Spitfire, a Bentley...and a Sopwith Camel! Not only that, but the Brookland’s team even fired up the vintage flying machine twice a day and it was certainly an impressive sight. Making noise of a different kind was the Gibson guitar stand. If you know anything about guitars, you’ll know that Mark Higson’s March 761. Gibson has produced some of but if I had to guess I would say that it took too heavy a toll on the cars.

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John Bowers’ Lotus 25 enters the pit lane.

the most desirable guitars ever made over the years, and they are favoured by some of the biggest names in the business. Each day the Gibson team raffled off one of their guitars to one lucky winner, and gave demos of a selection of their range. They were also showing off their new ‘self-tuning’ guitars (I kid you not!) which have to be seen to be believed.

Best Of The Bunch Back to the track and things started to hot up nicely as the

Bugatti on the perimeter road.

Sopwith Camel about to start up. weekend went on. The Friday was taken up completely with qualifying sessions, but the following two days promised

the mouth-watering prospect of an incredible 24 full races. It would be impossible to give detailed reports on each race, we simply don’t have enough space, so I’ll just pick out some of the highlights. One of those was the Stirling Moss Trophy. Racing in front of HRH The Duke of Kent, triple Formula 1 World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart, Murray Walker and numerous Lotus dignitaries (present to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jim Clark’s first world title in 1963), Oliver Bryant driving the Lotus 15 won the thrilling Stirling Moss Trophy pre-1961 sports cars race. Bryant seized the lead on lap August 2013 21


Viggo Lund’s Lotus Cortina takes a hit from Simon Miller’s Ford Mustang. three after Gary Pearson’s raucous Lister-Jaguar Knobbly was hobbled by a misfire. As it got progressively worse (limiting him to 5,200rpm instead of 6,200rpm by the handover), Pearson was overpowered by another 2-litre Lotus 15, piloted by freight logistics king, Philip Boot Led Zeppelin entertain the crowd!

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Walker. Graeme Dodd (Cooper Monaco) led the chase initially, hounded by the closelymatched triumvirate of Jason Minshaw (Maserati Tipo 61 ‘Birdcage’) – who went past when Dodd thought he’d lost a tooth in his ERSA gearbox – Shaun Lynn (ex-John Bekaert

Lister-Jaguar) and Anthony Reid in Nigel Webb’s gloriously befinned Jaguar D-type, soon to pull up. There had already been drama as the top-quality 37-car field descended upon Brooklands corner on the opening lap. The shapely aluminium tail of David Cottingham’s Ferrari 500 TRC was savaged here by the Elva Mk5 of Germany’s Ralf Emmerling. The latter – curiously presented in the national colours of Latvia, its wounds bandaged with tank tape. Dodd had been content to stay close to Minshaw, knowing that he could relay son James in 15 seconds, while soloist Jason would have to stop for 30 – but before he could do so second gear stripped and he drove the Cooper forlornly into retirement. As Walker put Danny Wright


Corvette kicks up cement dust on The Loop.

Simon Diffey in his Lotus 18.

Porsche 911s get ready for the parade.

Porsche 962 exits Village Corner. into his Lotus, Minshaw slithered past Pearson, then annexed the lead when Bryant made his mandatory stop. Scot Andrew Smith (JD Classics Lister-Jaguar Costin) briefly went ahead of Lynn before putting Chris Ward in to bat, in what was to be the drive of the race. The Silverstone Driving Experience chief danced the big car into corners and retrieved its pendulous tail from remarkable angles on the exits of the slower turns. Apparently unfazed by steam billowing from a breather, Ward had hacked Bryant’s advantage back from 30 seconds to 7.2 by the time his rival had regained the lead, Minshaw and Pearson (who installed Carlos Monteverde) having pitted late. Encouraged by his pit signals, Ward had sight of his prey with five laps remaining. Teammate John Young obligingly

drove his Austin-Healey 100S over the greensward at Becketts to avoid impeding him, but even when the D-type of Jaguar founder William Lyons’ grandson Mike

Quinn inadvertently held Bryant up, time was ticking away too quickly for an upset. As the chequered flag greeted Bryant, class winner Ward was two seconds adrift, rueing

Lamborghinis on show.

Historic F1 cars head through Luffield. August 2013 23


Lamborghini line-up.

Nick Naismith in his Lotus Cortina. Classic Corvette looks stunning.

The hovering ‘Flyboard.’

Maserati A6GCM. the fact that the victor had crossed the line 2.8s after the allotted 50 minutes was up! Wright and Minshaw claimed the minor places, clear of Monteverde (who spun on his out-lap) and Paul Woolley whose ex-Stirling Moss Cooper Monaco was the best of the three surviving examples. The other class winners were Billy Bellinger/Keith Ahlers (Lola Mk1 Prototype), which ran a remarkable fourth towards the end of the pit 24 www.cprmag.co.uk

stop window, Philip Champion/ Sam Stretton (whose Lotus 11 Le Mans was slowed by a misfire during Stretton’s stint), Malcolm Harrison/Patrick Watts (Rejo Mk3) and Gordon McCullough (Maserati 200Si). Silverstone Classic promoter Nick Wigley found time to rumble Tony Bianchi’s AllardCadillac ‘Farrallac’ home 12th.

Woodcote Trophy Another race that really stood out was the Woodcote Trophy

The winner takes it all! which featured a wonderful field of 43 pre-1956 sports cars embroiling 12 famous marques. Pre-event favourites, the Pearson brothers, duly won it in their Jaguar D-type, but the local lads had to toil for glory come Sunday morning. Gary Pearson qualified the British Racing Green streamliner on pole position, but Chris Ward lapped barely a second slower in JD Classics’ hot Jaguar C-type. It was to


Podium for the Peter Gethin Trophy.

Running repairs. Ready to race!

be started by John Young, who would then clamber into its Cooper-Jaguar T33 stablemate that lined up third with Scot Andrew Smith aboard. Also within two seconds of pole was the mighty Kurtis 500S of Welshman Geraint Owen, which had Brazilian Carlos Monteverde’s ex-Border Reivers/Jim Clark D-type, German Wolfgang Friedrichs’ Aston Martin DB3S (qualified by Simon Hadfield) and the

Provenance is everything.

Group C Porsche 962. Ultimate Eagles perform.

Rain and red lights stop play! August 2013 25


The trade village was quieter on the Friday, but busy on Saturday & Sunday.

Jaguar XJR14 Group C car.

ex-Mike Anthony Lotus-Bristol 10 of Rick Bourne/Malcolm Paul snapping at its heels. The colourful pack included a pair of Richard Gaylard Shattock’s RGS Atalantas (‘Whizzo’ Williams joining Tony Wood in the finned version), the McWhirter family’s unique Lagonda V12 Le Mans, the ex-Tony Crook Cooper-Bristol of John Ure/Nick Wigley, exBritish GT Champion Bradley Ellis sharing Simon Arscott’s ex-Cliff Davis Tojeiro-Bristol and a host of Austin-Healeys and Aston Martin coupés. 26 www.cprmag.co.uk

Gary Pearson was already a few lengths clear as the peloton – compressed by the tricky infield section between Village and Aintree corners – blasted onto the Wellington Straight for the first time, whereupon pursuer Owen’s Kurtis gyrated like a top across the track, delaying everybody else. “Geraint was sideways in my mirrors as I changed up, and when I looked again he was still spinning,” chuckled Gary afterwards. Once the dust had settled, Smith led the chase, with

American Fred Wakeman gunning his sleeker CooperJaguar into third, ahead of Young in the bronze C-type, Bourne’s Lotus and Patrick Watts’ Allard J2. Monteverde recovered from an early spin, but stopped a lap too early for Pearson, thus the Brazilian had to go round again while the leader came in at 10½ laps – the timing line being after Club, while teams worked out of the traditional pits. John Pearson resumed third, behind Smith and Wakeman, and regained the lead from Young (now in the silver Cooper-Jag) on lap 20. But Ward was bearing down on them both in the C-type and a lap later passed his teammate into Stowe. Chris then threw caution to the wind as he homed in on Pearson in a succession of opposite lock flurries. John’s focus remained steadfast, though, and despite the growing threat he crossed


Paul Griffin and the Cooper T51 get a soaking!

Klaus Lehr in the Maserati 250F. the line 0.429s ahead, relieved that the race didn’t go another lap. Young thus finished second (with Ward) and third, ahead of spinner Patrick BlakeneyEdwards (in for Wakeman), while Gary Pearson and Simon Hadfield hauled their partners’ cars brilliantly back to fifth and sixth, the latter having made up a lot of time. YBest of the Healeys was the Martyn Corfield/Jeremy Welch 100/4 in 17th place, although Welch (in the car shared with

Rob Huff gave a spirited drive in the Trans-Atlantic Touring Cars race. Swede Nils-Fredrik Nyblaeus) had previously enjoyed a terrific 100M tussle with Mike Thorne’s closed version and the hairy Harvey Woods. Alas, David Wenman’s Jaguar C-type took a wallop from Nick Ruddell’s Aston Martin DB2 when a suspected mechanical problem threw the Jag into a spin at Becketts on the opening lap. The Kurtis didn’t last much longer, another lairy rotation (out of Luffield this time) persuading Owen to throw in the towel.

Spirited Drive Another highlight on the Saturday afternoon was the Trans-Atlantic Touring Car Trophy race that saw Mini Coopers racing against the much larger Ford Mustangs and Galaxies. It provided some of the most exciting racing of the whole weekend, not least because current World Touring Car Champion Rob Huff was at the controls of the No47 Mini. He took on the larger cars August 2013 27


like a man possessed and his car quickly picked up a hefty knock that rearranged his front bumper, giving the car a curiously un-Mini like smile. Undeterred, his fought his way up the field until he eventually led his class and stayed there until the chequered flag. Speaking after the race, Rob said: “I loved every minute! It’s a great little car and it’s really well balanced. I was managing to gain places on the corners when I could out-brake the larger American 28 www.cprmag.co.uk

cars, but couldn’t match their straight-line speed. It was loads of fun though - a great experience!”

Thunder & lightning! One race that didn’t go quite to plan was the Jim Clark Trophy for Pre-66 Grand Prix Cars. The race started just as black storm clouds pushed towards Silverstone from the east. Sure enough, as the veteran racers hammered around the track, there was a clap of

thunder, a flash of lightning, and then the skies opened. Within minutes, the track was awash with water and the focus switched from racing to just getting the cars back to the pit lane without any of them spinning off the track. With conditions so bad, the decision was quickly taken to ‘red flag’ the race. You simply had to feel sorry for the soggy drivers coming back into the pit lane - wet doesn’t even begin to cover it. The rain continued for some


time before it stopped long enough to get the GT cars out on track. It was a spectacular sight as the swarm of cars lunged down the start/finish straight, headlights blazing, in a huge cloud of spray. Sadly, it would be the last race of the day as the conditions were considered to treacherous for the Group C cars to race in. The following day saw a big improvement in the weather which allowed the racing to

continue uninterrupted, and the Group C cars to do their stuff. In fact, all the races on the Sunday went ahead as planned, and by the time the F2 cars lined up for the final race of the weekend, many of the spectators were already heading home. It hardly needs saying, but once again the Silverstone Classic was a massive success. It is in a different league to most other automotive events. Where as the Goodwood

Festival of Speed is more relaxed with the emphasis on having fun, the Silverstone Classic really delivers as a serious historic motorsport event where no quarter is given or expected. If proof was needed, you only had to look at the bent metal in Park Ferme after each race. The racing was great, the music was good, the weather was mostly okay...and the cars were just sensational. If it ain’t broke...don’t fix it. More of the same next year please! August 2013 29


100 Years Of Aston Martin To mark the 100th anniversary of Aston Martin, a huge centenary celebration was held at Brands Hatch on July 6-7. The result was a staggering display of cars and racing. Phil Sullivan joined the celebrations. Photos: Chris McEvoy.

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here are certain birthdays that simply demand a party. Your 18th for example, then your 21st, followed later in life by your 50th. After that we tend to play down the

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fact that we are over half a so, and with 2013 being its century old, but those people 100th year, it seemed fitting lucky enough to reach the full to throw a party to remember. century, surely they deserve a Forget your canapĂŠs and fancy party? Supercar manufacturer cocktails, all that was required Aston Martin certainly thought for this soiree was a race track,


a few hundred cars and a few thousand gallons of high octane fuel. And that’s exactly what we got. Held at Brands Hatch race circuit in Kent on July 6-7, this event was a cross between a car show and a race meeting, with some live demonstrations thrown in for good measure. A full weekend of racing was

planned which would feature not just Aston Martins, but lots of other prestigious classic and sports cars too.

Timeline Of course, not everyone who is into Aston Martins is into racing, but there was still enough on offer to keep even the most

demanding enthusiast happy. Perhaps the most appropriate display, considering the occasion, was the ‘Timeline of 100 Aston Martin Cars’ which brought together as many different Aston Martin models as possible, in date order. This featured some of the very earliest Aston Martin cars August 2013 31


through to current production models. Strangely, although the company was formed 100 years ago in 1913, the first actual Aston Martin car didn’t appear until two years later in 1915, so is this centenary jumping the gun slightly? Nah, that would just be pernickety. 32 www.cprmag.co.uk

Bond Cars

Aston Martin known to exist is Back to that timeline though, an open-wheeled, 1922 model, and although a good deal of known simply as ‘A3.’ effort was made to ensure It is a car that has passed all available models were through various owners in its represented, some cars simply time, each one adding their own personal touches to the car, no longer exist. That very first Aston Martin but in 2002 it was purchased by is nothing but a few faded the Aston Martin Heritage Trust photographs. In fact the oldest and returned back to original


Below: Aston Martin DB4 ‘Lightweight’ breathing fire at Brands.

condition. however exquisitely beautiful. It was fascinating to see all the Of course, if there is one person older cars lined up with their that Aston Martin owes a huge beautiful hand-built bodywork debt of gratitude to, it has to shimmering in the sun. be 007 himself, James Bond. I’m sure most of us could pick Okay, he may be a fictional out the DB range, the V8s, character, but surely nobody Vantages and so on, but some has done more to boost the of these early cars are nowhere image of the niche British car near as recognisable. They are manufacturer than Britain’s

most famous secret agent. In acknowledgement of that fact, the centenary meeting played host to a number of cars from the Bond films, including a DB5 and a DBS, but top honours went to the machinegun touting Vanquish from the movie ‘Die Another Day.’ The kids certainly loved it! August 2013 33


Above: Alan Hudd in the 15/98 Speed. Left: Whether restored or original - the effect is stunning.

Race & Track While it’s fair to say that Bond has done a lot for the company’s image, you would have to say that Aston Martin’s sporting success has played a big role too. While the manufacturer has only won the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans just once back in 1959, the company’s cars have played a major role in GT and endurance cars racing with numerous outright victories and class wins at major events. Since the centenary meeting 34 www.cprmag.co.uk

was being held at a race track, it would be silly not to show off at least a few of these sporting legends, and thankfully, that is exactly what we got. Among these cars was the awesome Aston Martin Nimrod, a car from the Group C heyday. The Aston Martin-engined, Lola-bodied Nimrod had the unenviable task of competing against the Rothmans Porsche 956 in the early 1980s, but still performed admirably. Also from the Group C era, the AMR1 lined up next to the

nimrod. This car competed in the 1989 World Sports Prototype Championship and 1989 24 Hours of Le Mans with David Leslie behind the wheel alongside numerous teammates. The car was the product of Aston Martin’s link-up with Ecurie Ecosse, the long-running Scottish race team. It looked and sounded amazing as it pounded around the Brands Hatch tarmac. Bringing things right up to date and dressed in iconic Gulf livery, the Aston Martin GTE began the 2013 season in dominant fashion, with Bruno Senna, Darren Turner and Stefan Mucke driving the #97 car to third place in the GTE Pro class at Le Mans

Precious Metal Elsewhere, visitors to the centenary got a chance to see some of the very rarest Aston Martins on display. Cars like the ‘Works Zagato DB4GT’. Only 20 of these beautiful looking machines were produced and the example here at Brands


Steve Boultbee-Brooks in the DB3S.

was one of only two works cars. It entered the 1961 Le Mans 24 Hours alongside its sister 1VEV model. Then there was the DB7GT prototype which was developed for use in a single-make racing series in 1995. Only two cars were made, and the one at the show is the only one still in existence. Banburybased company Prodrive was enlisted to build the car alongside Aston Martin Lagonda, and Le Mans winner Andy Wallace was the test driver. Sir Stirling Moss demonstrated the car at Goodwood too before the project was eventually shelved.

Wonderful mix of cars on track.

Track Action Out on the track there was a full programme of racing taking place throughout the weekend, and if you thought these might be token, demonstration races, you’d be wrong. Despite the amazing value and rarity of some of the cars

Aston Martin AMR1 Group C car. August 2013 35


Now you know why Aston Martins go so fast!

Vintage style!

The Aston Martin Nimrod.

taking part, these drivers were pushing the limits in some of the best wheel-to-wheel racing you could wish to see. One of the highlights was the Aston Martin GT Centenary Race which was open to all categories of Aston Martin Racing cars from the last decade, as well as some classics. In keeping with the centenary theme, the race lasted for 100 36 www.cprmag.co.uk

minutes and featured some nature, these machines still brilliant driving, but it was gave 100% out on the track. Bruno Massimiliano Wiser and The race featured DB2, DB3, Alvaro Barba Lopez, drivers of DB4, DB5 and even a couple of the #100 Villois Racing Aston 15/98s, as well as a rare DB4 Martin Vantage GT3, who took Zagato. the top step on the podium and As soon as qualifying was secured their place in the Aston wrapped up it was obvious that this would be a spectacular race. Martin history books. There was also a centenary Robert Rawe in his DB4 Zagato race for the historic cars, and took pole and held the lead for despite their more ‘fragile’ the entire race, bringing his car


Aston Martin Vantage GT3.

Anne Read in the DB2.

Gun-toting Vanquish from ‘Die Another Day.’ home in first place. Several cars racked up DNFs including Steven Boultbee-Brooks in his Aston Martin DB3/S who spun off the track in spectacular fashion spraying gravel at our photographer! Among the other races taking place over the weekend were

the ‘Equipe’ GTS, Intermarque, Pre-War Team Challenge, AMOC ‘50s Sports Cars, The St John Horsfall Memorial Trophy and the HRDC ‘Allstars’ & ‘Touring Greats’ races. Brand Hatch was undoubtedly the place to be for any fan of the marque, and if you were

not there, you missed a superb event. I’d love to say that I’ll see you at the next one, but as that will be in 100 years time, I’ll have to give it a miss, unless medical science makes great advances in the next ten years. Now wouldn’t that be something to look forward to!

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Craig Tayloer in his MGB Roadster during the Ecurie GTS race.

Cloudy Cadwell Park Sparks Red Hot Racing Leanne Fahy brings us her latest report from the MG Car Club’s race championship, with action from Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire. Images Dickon Siddall Photography

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unday July 21, saw the return of the MG Car Club to Cadwell Park after a three year absence, for the fourth round of the 2013 race championship. Despite a recent spell of beautiful weather, the sun decided to disappear for most 38 www.cprmag.co.uk

of the day and left us with cloudy skies, however the action on the track was as hot as ever. The Peter Best Insurance Challenge got the day’s festivities under way, as the drivers lined up on the grid for the first of their two

races. As the five red lights disappeared pole sitter Alan Brooke in his Rover Metro GTi immediately made good use of his advantage, as he rocketed towards turn one ahead of the chasing pack. Behind, Neil Fowler in his MGC slotted into second, after


Mark Campbell in his Triumph TR5 chases Rob Spencer’s MGBGT around Cadwell Park.

recovering from an accident in qualifying for the BCV8 Championship race. Before long Brooke had definitely asserted his authority and disappeared into the distance, as a five car train battled for second place. As Fowler defended his second place, James Walpole’s MGB was soon forced to defend his third place, as the hard charging Peter Bramble in an MG ZR 160 launched an attack from fourth. As Brooke developed a gap of 7.4 seconds, his lead quickly evaporated when he suffered a bouncy moment across the grass on the penultimate lap. With Brooke out of the running, Fowler inherited the advantage, which he held until

Paul Khouri and Howard Grundon battle for position.

Malcolm Gammons in his MGB followed by Rod Begbie in the TVR Grantura.

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Tight racing in the BCV8 Championship.

Frogeye Sprite at Cadwell Park.

the chequered flag waved to greet him home. Walpole held off Bramble for second place, with James Darby’s MGBGT behind Bramble in fourth.

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behind. The pair chased one another lap after lap, with the gap between them virtually nothing. Eventually their fun was brought to an end by the appearance of the chequered flag, to crown Spencer as winner, just 0.5 seconds ahead of his rival. James Wheeler (MGBGTV8) finished in a solitary third place, ahead of Ken Deamer (MGBGTV8) and Mark Scott (MGB). Neil Fowler returned for his second race of the day, however after obtaining severe damage to his MGB GT in qualifying he raced in his MGC, from the back of the grid to sixth place.

and pole man Ian Prior, both in GTV8s, roared around the fast and twisty circuit nose-to-tail for the full 20 minutes. With mere millimetres separating the two V8-powered machines, The Ecurie GTS race brought it was Spencer who grabbed more intrigue to the track as success, despite Prior’s best Malcolm Gammons in his MGB efforts. Roadster battled his way to As the race got underway, it his first win of the season. was Spencer who leapt to Pressure in the early stages the fore as Prior slotted in

Ecurie GTS


BMH stalwart, John Yea, in his MGB Roadster.

of the 30 minute encounter came in the form of Rod Begbie’s TVR Grantura MKIII, as the latter kept the battle alive. As early challenger Mike Harris, driving an MGB Roadster, fell by the wayside, it became a two-way fight for honours. Gammons held the control for much of the outing, until Begbie saw his opportunity in the second half of the race. With a daring

Mertos compete with older MGs.

move around the outside into turn one, Begbie grasped his chance to leap ahead of Gammons; however after a bit of a moment at the top of the Mountain section of the circuit for Begbie, Gammons regained control. With just a few laps to go, Begbie disappeared from his second place, after a mishap at the Hairpin. An appearance of the safety car saw the race

pace neutralised, before a one lap dash to the flag. With his chief competition out of the running, Gammons succeeded to score victory, ahead of John Yea and David RussellWilks, making it a trio of MGB Roadsters in the top three. After a number of retirements, only eight cars took the chequered flag, with Richard McKoen (Triumph TR4A), Craig Taylor (MGB), James Marsden (MGB), Graham Bates and Colin Newbold, both in MGBs, completing the line-up That is just a taste of what was a very eventful day at Cadwell Park – with safety cars, red flags and some thrilling action once again. The series now takes a bit of a summer break before round five at Oulton Park on September 7, but if previous races are anything to go by, it will be well worth the wait! August 2013 41


Links To Track Day Organisers & Racing Circuits Apex Track Days - www.apextrackdays.co.uk • BHP Track Days Ltd - www.bhptrackdays.co.uk • Bookatrack - www.bookatrack.com • Club MSV - www.clubmsv.com • Gold Track - www.goldtrack.co.uk • Javelin Track Days - www.javelintrackdays.co.uk • RMA Trak Days - www.rmatrackdays.com • Track Culture - www.trackculture.com • Wheelsports www.classicgt.co.uk • Snetterton Park - www.snetterton.co.uk • Brands Hatch - www.brandshatch.co.uk • Donington Park - www.donington-park.co.uk • Oulton Park www.oultonpark.co.uk • Knockhill Racing Circuit - www.knockhill.com • Blyton Park - www.blytonpark.co.uk • Santa Pod - www.santapod.co.uk • Silverstone www.silverstone.co.uk • Goodwood Circuit - www.goodwood.co.uk • Thruxton - www.thruxtonracing.co.uk • Rockingham - www.rockingham.co.uk • Mallory Park www.mallorypark.co.uk • Cadwell Park - www.cadwellpark.co.uk • Castle Combe - www.castlecombecircuit.co.uk

Key: db - Decibels • ND - Noisy Day • OPL - Open Pit Lane • S - Sessions • T - Timing/Chrono • RC - Road Cars Only • RCN - Road Car Novice

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Why not build your own track day car, like this stunning Gardner Douglas T70 Lola.

Date Venue

Organiser

Noise Level

Status

1

Nürburgring, GP

BookaTrack.com Ltd 

3

Blyton Park, 1.6 Mile Circuit

Javelin Trackdays 

Open Pit Lane 

OPL

4

Donington Park 

BookaTrack.com Ltd 

Full day 

OPL

6

Oulton Park, Full

ClubMSV 

Some Novice 

OPL

6

Silverstone, GP

Gold Track 

105db 

OPL

7

Spa Francorchamps 

Curbstone Track Events 

OPL 107 dB(A) 

OPL

8

Donington Park, GP

Circuit Days 

10

Woodbridge 

Javelin Trackdays 

10

Anglesey, Coastal Circuit

BookaTrack.com Ltd 

OPL

10

Santa Pod Raceway, Drag Strip

Santa Pod Raceway 

OPL

10

Cadwell Park 

Circuit Days 

OPL

12

Castle Combe 

BHP Trackdays 

OPL 100db 

RWYB

12

Silverstone, Grand Prix Circuit

Silverstone 

105dB OPL 

OPL

12

Snetterton, 300

Circuit Days 

Evening 

OPL

15

Snetterton, 300 circuit

Gold Track 

OPL 105db 

OPL

OPL

RWYB 2 Mile Airfield 

RWYB

15

Donington Park 

BookaTrack.com Ltd 

Full day 

OPL

16

Oulton Park, Full

ClubMSV 

Some Novice 

OPL

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In Association With

A Porsche on the historic circuit at Aintree race course in Liverpool. 16

Donington Park, Full Circuit

Javelin Trackdays 

16

Donington Park 

Opentrack Track Days 

Evening, OPL 

OPL

17

Mallory Park, Full Circuit

Javelin Trackdays 

OPL 95db 

OPL

17

Blyton Park, 1.6 Mile Circuit

Javelin Trackdays 

Open Pit Lane 

OPL

17

Bedford Autodrome 

Track and Tour Events Limited  

18

Le Mans, Bugatti circuit

RMA 

18

Santa Pod Raceway, Drag Strip

Santa Pod Raceway 

20

Snetterton, 300

Javelin Trackdays 

OPL 102db 

OPL

20

Donington Park 

BookaTrack.com Ltd 

Full day 

OPL

22

Silverstone, GP

Gold Track 

105db 

OPL

23

Anglesey, Coastal & GP

Javelin Trackdays 

24

Elvington, Airfield

Javelin Trackdays 

98db OPL 

OPL

24

Croft 

Javelin Trackdays 

Quiet Day 

OPL

26

Croft 

BookaTrack.com Ltd 

98db driveby 

OPL

OPL

OPL Single day 

OPL OPL

OPL

30

Rockingham, Various Circuits

Rockingham Circuit 

Open Pitlane 

RWYB

31

Santa Pod Raceway, Drag Strip

Santa Pod Raceway

Open Pit Lane

OPL

This Track Day Diary has been produced in association with MotorsportAds (see www.motorsportads.com). All dates believed correct at time of publishing. Please check with venue before setting off to avoid disappointment.

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Keeping the great marques alive

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Glorious Goodwood With current Formula1 cars and high tech Le Mans machines combined with several land speed record setting cars, you could say that the Goodwood Festival of Speed is the fastest show on Earth! David Harrison reports. Photos: Chris McEvoy.

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remember some years ago speaking to a friend about the possibility of going down to the Goodwood Festival of Speed; it sounded like a great event and there was more than enough there to make it worth the journey south. I didn’t get quite the reaction I was expecting. “Don’t you mean the Festival of greed?” he replied with more than a hint of sarcasm. You see, it turned out that he had been before, and being of a rather thrifty nature, he 46 www.cprmag.co.uk

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found some of the prices being charged a little on the high side. He might have a point, but the thing is, quite often it’s a case of you get what you pay for, and that is certainly the case with the Festival of Speed. Sometimes, it’s easy to forget that show organisers are doing what they do to make money, since this is after all a ‘hobby industry.’

One Of A Kind With the possible exception of the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power, nothing else in the UK comes close to the Festival of Speed. Want to see current F1 drivers hurling team cars round the course? How about seeing some of this year’s Le Mans 24 Hour Race machines up close? Or maybe you get a kick out of watching some incredibly rare and valuable historic cars thundering around the track, bringing back the sights and sounds from the golden years of motorsport. If any of that appeals, you’ll be delighted to hear that it’s all part of the Festival of Speed. While Goodwood’s location makes it a particularly attractive setting for an event such as this, the surrounding country lanes are less than ideal for handling the vast amount of traffic generated by the festival. The trick is to get there early and beat the queues. Ideally, get a hotel room and travel down the night before so you can get an early start, but be warned. Nearly all the local hotels have cottoned on to the high demand for rooms while the festival is on and many inflate their prices by more than double their normal rate. Yep, there is making a living, and then there’s making a killing.

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Sir Henry Segrave’s 1,000hp Sunbeam.

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Surfing and beaches at Goodwood! House. These structures have become an attraction in their own right here at Goodwood, having first appeared in 1997. They are designed and produced by sculptor Gerry Judah, and most of his creations seem to defy the laws of physics. This year’s design was no 48 www.cprmag.co.uk

Jaguar XJR11 takes to the track. exception, featuring three Porsche 911s in honour of the marque’s 50th anniversary. Each Porsche is supported by gravity defying curved, white armatures that raise the cars a staggering 35 metres into the air. it is impressive as it is thought provoking, but it’s not what I’m here for.

Record Breakers As usual, no effort had been spared on any of the numerous static displays scattered around the grounds. One particular favourite of mine was the display showcasing some of the famous Land Speed Record


The new King of Le Mans the Audi R18 eTron Quattro.

Porsche celebrated 50 years of the 911.

cars, nearly all of which had adorned my bedroom wall in my younger years. Most of these epic machines were positioned on mocked-up sandy beaches, some of which even had extra additions like palm trees and sunbathing girls! Among the machines on show were Sir Malcolm Campbell’s Blue Bird V which broke the Land Speed Record in 1935 and Sir Henry Segrave’s

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Sunbeam 1,000hp car that featured not one but two engines - one ahead of the driver and one behind. Segrave reached 203.79mph at Daytona Beach in 1927, an amazing speed back in those days, and still impressive today.

Breaking History Out on the track, some famous names from motorsport past and present thundered around

the circuit, holding little in reserve. Unfortunately, it didn’t always go quite to plan. It’s fair to say that historic Formula1 cars don’t get much more famous than the ex-Ayrton Senna Lotus 98T, resplendent in black and gold JPS colours, and driven at Goodwood by Gary Ward. Regrettably, the driver lost control of the iconic car as it came out of Molcomb August 2013 49


Above: Girls on Goodwood beach! Left: Caterham F1 car.

Corner, stopping abruptly as it slammed into the straw bales lining the track. Thankfully the driver emerged unscathed, which is more than can be said of the Lotus. The same corner later claimed another victim when the #17 Porsche 962C (Chassis 006) raced to victory by Derek Bell, Hans-Joachim Stuck and Al Holbert in the 1987 24 Hours of Le Mans ran off the track. Thankfully, this accident happened at a much lower 50 www.cprmag.co.uk

of the Italdesign Giugiaro Parcour Concept car which sustained heavy damage as it ran into the bales.

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Luckily the modern Formula1 Below: Ferrari cars managed to stay intact brought its 2007 for the duration of the show, F1 car along too. which is probably just as well as a few of them were speed and the damage was being driven by current F1 apparently only superficial. drivers. Nico Rosberg took And Molcomb also proved too his Mercedes round the track, much to handle for the driver Jules Bianchi did the same


with the Marussia F1 car, while other F1 drivers making an appearance included Jenson Button, Max Chilton, Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen. Quite a line up, I’m sure you’ll agree.

Le Mans Heroes Of course, there was also a good selection of cars and drivers from the world of endurance racing. Current

Top: 1954 Fiat Turbina Prototype. Above Left: Campbell’s Bluebird V was shipped across from its home in the USA to be at the Festival of Speed. Above: Chris the snapper goes all creative over the Jaguar XJR. Kings of the long distance race, Audi, brought along its R18 eTron Quattro which has ruled Le Mans for the last few years, while Aston Martin, already in celebratory mood thanks to it being the marque’s centenary year, brought along a selection of

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Nico Rosberg. Record breaker’s beach!

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P1 which was demonstrated by non other than a certain Mr Jenson Button. No doubt he was using the opportunity to try his new company car for size! Also taking part was a car that the P1 will be going headto-head with in the supercar sales market, the Porsche 918 Spyder. I like the look of

the Porsche with its nicely balanced proportions, and its spec sheet isn’t too shabby either. The naturally aspirated 4.6-litre V8 produces 599bhp at 8,600rpm, giving a specific output of 130bhp per litre. Two electric motors – one mounted within the front axle,


A poignant tribute - Babs.

Impressive line-up! Festival of bears?

The Sea King crew lines-up with the Bentleys.

Aston Martin’s 2013 Le Mans ‘art car.’

John Parry-Thomas lost his another at the rear – add an additional 275bhp. Combined, life in 1927 at Pendine Sands. the three power sources The car was subsequently output 875bhp. Not bad eh? buried in sand dunes where it crashed, and lay undisturbed There were some wonderful old classics on display too, and until recovered 42 later. Now one veteran performer that restored to its former glory, always causes mixed emotions, the car makes a poignant for me at least, was Babs, the tribute to all those who lost their lives in pursuit of speed. record setting car in which

It goes without saying the this years Festival of Speed was once again a huge success. The cars, the drivers and the track action were all superb. It might not be the cheapest of days out, but you certainly get a lot for your money, and as far as entertainment goes, it’s top notch! August 2013 53


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Beaulieu Tucked away down on the south coast of England is one of the real treasures of the automotive world - the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu. Simon Hazeldine dropped in for a closer look.

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e have been meaning to do a feature on the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu for some time now, and as luck would have it, a recent run of events down on the south coast meant that it would be easy for us to pop in and see what was on offer. Situated on the edge of the New Forest in Hampshire, Beaulieu isn’t exactly what you would call a central location. Some might

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say it is an odd place to situate a ‘national motor museum’ as it doesn’t get much in the way of passing traffic, and it’s not really the sort of place you can visit in a single day if you are based in the Midlands or the north of the country. It is however an exquisite location and perfect if you fancy a motoring-themed weekend away. If you are visiting the museum by car, you will need to take a

little extra care as you near the village of Beaulieu. Its location on the edge of the New Forest means that the famous New Forest Ponies - the wild horses that populate the area - are often seen roaming on the surrounding roads. In the village itself, swans, ducks, geese and even donkeys wander around without a care in the world. It really is ‘picturepostcard’ pretty, but do try and keep your eyes on the road if


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driving! To you, me and lots of other motoring enthusiasts, the name Beaulieu will instantly be associated with cars, but actually there is much more to this place than a feast of automotive gems. The Beaulieu Estate, which hosts the National Motor Museum, is also home to Beaulieu Palace, which for generations has been home to the Montagu family, and also Beaulieu Abbey, an ancient

monastery dating back to the 14th Century. In short, it’s the sort of place you can really spend a full day at and not get bored. Now I won’t dwell on the palace or abbey for too long, as obviously this feature is really about the motor museum, but it would be wrong not to mention them at all. Sections of the palace are open to the public, although as it is still the residence of the Montagu family,

a large part of it isn’t. Some of the rooms have been restored to how they would have looked in the 1800s and there are lots of period antiques on show. The Abbey is partially ruined, but the Refectory still remains and now acts as Beaulieu Parish Church, while the Domus Conversorum (or large hall) has been restored as a museum and function hall, and is indeed a remarkable building.

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Above: The Top Gear ‘Nissank’ which was basically a Nissan pickup with an outboard motor attached.

To get to either the abbey or the palace, visitors have to go through the main motor museum entrance which also acts as the gift shop and ticket office. It is a modern, purpose-built building, and the shop is well stocked with lots of motoring related goodies.

Left: The Top Gear Reliant Robin Space Shuttle.

Rockets & Trains! Once outside you are free to wander where ever you like, and while the main museum building was tempting, I couldn’t resist taking a look at the ‘World of Top Gear’ exhibition first, as it was right next to the entrance. As you might expect, this display features some of the weird and wacky cars that have been used to make the popular BBC TV series, including the Amphibious Cars, the Grannymobile, the Reliant Rocket ‘Space Shuttle’ and the TGV12 (Jaguar) Sports Train. There are loads more too, and TV screens mounted near the exhibits play footage from the programme showing how the


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cars were used during the filming. Next to the Top Gear exhibition is another small display showing ‘On Screen Cars’ which hosts machines like Mr Bean’s Austin Mini, Del Trotter’s Reliant Regal van from ‘Only Fools and Horses’ and the Ford Anglia from the Harry Potter films.

Ancient & Modern From the film cars exhibition it is just a short walk to the main museum building, also a modern, purpose built structure. The large entrance hall hosts a range of cars designed to give visitors just a taste of what is to come, with machines from the very earliest days of motoring facing much more modern cars like the Cosworth Sierra and Citroen Saxo. From there you enter the cavernous main display hall where most of the museum exhibits are displayed. They seem to be arranged loosely in date order with the earliest

Top:Mr Bean’s Austin Mini. This is one of several cars used to make the popular TV series. Above: Some of the museum’s oldest exhibits greet visitors as they walk through the main doors. cars being nearest to door, and among these are an 1899 Renault Type A 1.3/4hp, an 1898 Canstatt Daimler, a 1903 Cadillac Model A, a 1910 Bugatti Type 15 and a 1903 Mercedes 60hp to name just a few.

If you follow the walkway around this part of the museum, the cars get progressively newer and the fragile machines from the early 1900s merge into more modern cars like the Ferrari 246GT Dino, the Jaguar E-Type, Triumph TR2

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They don’t get much more famous than this car! Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

fitted (they are!). Downstairs the museum has a more spacious feel about it and the exhibits seem more random. There is a great collection of racing cars lined up on the floor, including Jaques Villeneuve’s 1996 William Renault FW18, Ayrton Senna’s 1988 McLaren Honda MP4/4 and Jim Clark’s 1967 Lotus 49, while high above a selection of Grand Prix cars are frozen in motion on a steel track, slanted precariously at 45 degrees. The overall effect is extremely impressive.

Donald Campbell’s iconic Bluebird.

Record Breakers and Morris Traveller. It makes for an interesting mix of domestic and sporting classics, many of which still have enthusiastic followings today.

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car that surely must rank as one of the most famous of all time. It is none other than ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,’ the magical flying car that featured in the film of the same name. It still looks really cool, and I can’t help but peer underneath to see if those red and yellow wings are still

While on the subject of fast cars, there is also a great display of Land Speed Record setting machines, which include Donald Campbell’s Bluebird which set a new World Land Speed Record of 403.10mph/648.73kph July 17, 1964, and alongside that sits Henry Segrave’s Golden Arrow


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This immaculate Triumph TR2 is also part of the Beaulieu collection. which was driven to a new record of 231.362mph/372.341kph at Daytona Beach Florida on March 11, 1929. There is so much history connected to these two cars that it’s difficult to take it all in. Next to the record-breaking cars is a brilliant mock-up of a vintage garage, complete with authentic petrol pumps and a workshop crammed with all those traditional tools (remember the days before electric screwdrivers?). In fact, there are a number of historical recreations throughout the museum and they definitely help bring the exhibits to life. I particularly liked the vintage street scene with its wooden fronted shops and cobbled road; very atmospheric.

James Bond Lotus esprit ‘sub.’

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Series I Jaguar E-Type. Ferrari 246 ‘Dino.’

Bugatti Type 35.

Impressive line-up of F1 cars. no surprise to find an entire exhibition dedicated to vehicles used in the James Bond movies. Whether it’s aquatic Lotus Esprits or rocket-firing Aston Martins, they are all here, as too are many of the other gadgets and machines which starred in the films. For example, there is ‘Little Nellie,’ the heavily-armed autogyro from ‘You Only Live Twice’ and the Acrostar ‘mini-jet’ from ‘Octopussy.’ It’s fascinating stuff, and brilliantly displayed too. Back in the main display area, the amazing cars just keep on

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coming. There is a 1924 Bugatti Type 35 which was built for the French Grand Prix in Lyon and driven by Ferdinand de Vizcaya, and nearby is a dark green 1930 Bentley 4.1/2 Litre Supercharged, or ‘Blower Bentley’ as it is often called.

Touring The Grounds Perhaps one of the more surprising aspects of the museum is its mono-rail system which carries passengers on an elevated tour of the estate grounds. What’s surprising about

that you might ask. Well, after passing overhead the outside exhibits, the mono-rail makes a turn and heads through a doorway and into the main museum building. It passes right through the main display hall, just inches from the ceiling, and gives visitors a great ‘birds-eye’ view of the exhibits. Outside the main hall, a vintage bus pulls up and takes visitors around the grounds, making stops at Beaulieu Palace and the abbey. It’s not a long walk to be fair, but


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Excellent recreation of a vintage garage, complete with fully equipped workshop. James Bond’s ‘Little Nellie.’

Morris Traveller on display at Beaulieu. if it was cold or wet, then the bus would indeed be very welcome. The only other main building that I haven’t yet mentioned is the museum’s restaurant which serves a wide range of hot and cold snacks. You always pay a little over the odds at any ‘daytrip destination’ and Beaulieu is no exception, but the food I tried was of good quality and not too badly priced. The restaurant itself is a spacious and well laid out venue, and offers both indoor and outdoor seating.

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Beaulieu Palace is open to museum visitors.

Delightful Destination You could probably say the same about any motoring museum, but if you like cars, you’ll just love Beaulieu. The whole place came into being thanks to the current Lord Montagu’s passion for vintage cars, and he certainly has a few. In fact, if you drive around the local roads near Beaulieu on a sunny Sunday afternoon, you will probably see him at the helm of a 100 year old car of some sort. There can’t be many places on earth that have so many famous cars in one place which means that even non-petrolheads will still find it interesting, but in the unlikely event that they don’t, you can always pack them off to look around the palace or the abbey. If you plan to make a weekend of it, then the south coast is just a stones-throw away with

views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight, while the cities of Portsmouth and Southampton are just are only half an hour’s drive and offer numerous attractions. Yep, Beaulieu might be a little off the ‘beaten track,’ but it is certainly worth making the effort to get there, because what awaits you is one of the best automotive collections in the country. Just watch out for that wildlife!

Visitor Info The National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, Brockenhurst Hampshire, SO42 7ZN Telephone: 01590 612345 E-mail: info@beaulieu.co.uk Website: www.beaulieu.co.uk Open Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays (seasonal) 10am till 5pm

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Ace Cafe Classic Mini Meet, London, England

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Post Vintage Humber International Rally, Chelmsford, Essex, England

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VSCC Prescott Hill Climb, Cheltenham, Glos, England

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RREC North of England Rally, Harrogate, Yorks, England

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MGA Day, Coughton Court, Warks, England

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1954

£19,601,500

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1928

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1953

£785,500

All automotive auctions have their ‘star’ lot but few will surpass the much anticipated sale of the ex-Juan Manuel Fangio 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196R Formula 1 car at Coys’ recent sale at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Some impressive estimates were quoted ahead of the sale, but when the hammer eventually fell the historic racer became the most expensive car ever sold at auction, fetching an incredible £19,601,500. Some might say that is a crazy amount to pay for a car, but it’s not difficult to see its appeal. For a start it has a remarkable history. On July 4, 1954, at the Reims-Gueux circuit in France, Juan Manuel Fangio drove the W196 home to win the French Grand Prix. It was a success that marked Mercedes-Benz’s post-war Grand Prix come-back for the first time since 1939. The car is Coys’ sales is the only W196 out of factory or institutional captivity; the only survivor not preserved within either Daimler-Benz or an International museum. Yet it is the most successful of all surviving W196s. It is the only surviving Mercedes-Benz W196 to have won not just one World Championship-qualifying Grand Prix race, but two. It is the first open-wheel version of the landmark W196 design ever to have won a race, and it is the actual car in which Fangio clinched the second of his five Formula 1 Drivers’ World Championship 72 www.cprmag.co.uk


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1979 Mk3 Ford Capri 3.0 Litre S in Black. Current owner since July 2010. Much spent in recent years. The Capri also has power steering fitted which helps when you are parking her. Iinterior is immaculate with the traditional Carla Check Fishnet Recaro seats. If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to ask. £6,500. Call: 07551-931593.

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Iso Rivolta Competition Special, All alloy body built with superleggera type tubular body frame over which aluminium panels have been fitted. Chassis Number: IR460368. Chevrolet 5.4 V8 engine. Set up for competition use this Iso would be extremely competitive in historic racing with full roll cage, magnesium alloy knock on wheels, full harness belts etc. It would also make a fantastic car for road use and tours and is road registered and has long MOT and historic road tax. £75,000. Call 01981 250147.

1967 Rover P6 2000, original burnt grey and red leather interior with that wonderful period smell inside! Slight scrape on bodywork. Starts well, not the fastest off the blocks but a period luxury cruiser. Boot full of spares. Extensive history file, new MOT 6mths tax. I’m an enthusiast and would like to see this P6 go to a good home: only selling due to the excessive size of my car collection! £2,500. Call 07950 943159.

1974 MGBGT, 1950cc Engine On Weber Side Draught Carb, Overdrive Gearbox, Modified Suspension, 4 Point Roll Cage, 72 Spoke Wide Rim Wheels, Semi Stripped Out. Oselli Fast Road Engine, Lots of work - call for spec. £4,995. Call: 07761 549454

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1990 Mini City Rover, Rover mini city 60000 from new (1000cc) Welcome to the sale of this rust free mini city 1000cc. Genuine 60000 miles from new with no rust or rot to be found. Finished in flame red with a white roof with a set of minilite alloy wheels. This car can only be described in very nice condition with lovely finish to the paint work. Drives fantastic with its nippy 1000cc engine, no crunching from any gears. Inside the car is all standard and in very good condition. Being a 1000cc this is the perfect car for a first time driver to just a town car. £3,850. Call on 01223 841141 for more info.

1992 Mini British Open Classic, limited edition of the Mini which was based on the Mini Mayfair and only 1,000 were produced. Finished in British Racing Green Metallic with Stone Beige ‘Countryman Tweed’ upholstery with leather inserts and Green piping plus a label stitched to seats reading “By Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen”, Black Carpets with Green piping, Cream leather Steering Wheel, matching Door Cards and Seat Belts, electrically operated full-length Webasto Sunroof. 1275cc Engine and 4 Speed Manual Gearbox. Wooden Mota-Lita Steering Wheel, The car has covered 62,000 miles and has a full and comprehensive Service History from new. £5,995. Tel: 020 8876 8171 call for details.

1973 Porsche 911 2.4E Targa. £POA. Finshed in Purple coachwork with Black interior. Please call for more details and price. Immobilizer, New MOT on purchase, Petrol, Radio, Service, Sports Seats, Sunroof. Call: 020 8870 9977.

1968 Triumph TR250 for restoration, Imported from Colorado USA 2 years ago and dry stored. All taxes and duties paid. All relevant documentation and original US Title Certificate. This car is very original and straight and a good candidate to restore, non overdrive. The engine turns by hand and the car is all original panels. Floors and sills need attention, the surrounding metal is solid. Bottom of the battery box needs replacing, but other than this under the bonnet is sound and original. Chassis looks in good shape. Genuine reason for sale. £8,450. Call: 01283 512787.

Triumph Stag Mk1 Auto in white, with hard top and soft top, in great original condition, needs nothing just driving and enjoying. 43,000 miles, great history, Mot 12 Months, 12 Months Tax which is Free. Pictures and more details to be added. £13,995. Please phone for more details: 01676 523520

1953 Citroen 11 Normale, Tax Exempt, Mot’d. LHD. 1911cc DS Engine and 4 speed gearbox, 123 Ignition system, Electrics converted to 12V. Body in excellent condition with new window, door and boot seals. Full stainless steel exhaust system. Reconditioned interior with maroon leather seats beige cloth roof lining and new carpets. New Koni shock absorbers and new brake cylinder system. All mechanical parts in good working order. £11,000. Call: 01828 633827.

Jaguar E Type S1 4.2 FHC, This E Type Jaguar is an original RHD S1 4.2 FHC finished in White with Old English Red. Having been in the same ownership since 1986 1972 VW Beetle, Professional this E Type has been a very rebuild to resemble ‘64 model. chersihed Jaguar that has been 12 volt/copper brake pipes/gas MOT anually and has always shocks, s/s exhaust and bumper been garaged which has a lovely blades. Dry stored. Excellent clean patiana. Call for appointment to condition. Reliable/good runner. view on 01922 749244. £56,950. £4,900. Call: 07881363869


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1999 MG MGF Limited Edition, Metallic british racing green with cream leather and green piping. 5 speed manual,pas, electric windows, over-mats, stereo, hood cover, alloy wheels, taxed and mot. 2 private owners from new with full main agent service history and all invoices. Mileage is from new an exceptional car with such a low mileage. Please call for any further details. £2,395. Call: 07919 854037.

1977 Triumph Dolomite 1300, Very well presented in British Racing Green with tan vinyl interior, all of which appear to be in good condition. Has been used recently as a daily driver and is running sweetly. At one time was owned by MGM Cars, Elstree Film Studios and appeared in Ashes to Ashes. History file includes the Met Police ID for Alexandra ‘Alex’ Drake, played by Keeley Hawes and a CD of the TV series, along with a few recent bills. While at MGM the car also appeared in Silent Witness and the film Awaydays. Also has original Passport to Service, owner’s handbook, Leyland sales brochure and a service manual. £1,795. Call: 07711 509600.

Austin-Healey 3000 MK3, BRG with Black Leather Faced Seats, fitted overdrive and new wheels and tyres. Panel fit and paint finish are excellent. Drives beautifully. Fully serviced and ready for the season! £42,950. Call: 07768 323466

1950 Healey Silverstone, A car with wonderful road presence, very rare just 105 cars ever built offering Blue Chip Investment potential which can be realised very quickly. Cars with rock solid provenance such as this supported with mechanical integrity & with known fully documented regular past participation in events such as the Mille Miglia are oh so rare ! In Deep Navy paint with beautiful green leather this car arguably one of the prettiest to come to the market for many years. £POA. Call: 01394 459 493.

1970 MG Midget 1275, Fresh respray in bright red, looks superb, replacement gold seal engine and gearbox in the past history, just been serviced so pulls keenly though all the gears, slight whine in 1st, but no other untoward noises from gearbox or rear axle. Recently replaced interior, dashboard refurbished. £5,995. Call: 01785 841177.

1937 Daimler Light Straight Eight 4 Door Saloon. Pre Select Gearbox. It is absolutely magnificent and totally original. Her beautiful unmarked coachwork is finished in the original livery of Black and Ivory. Her interior is finished in dark Tan leather, totally original, in beautiful condition with a lovely patina. Maintained regardless of cost. Stainless steel exhaust, full length sunroof. All original manuals handbooks, buff log books and of course stacks of history. £39,950. Call: 01794 390895.

1951 Riley RME Drophead Coupe, Complete rebuild chassis up, colour bronze, new white leather interior with matching bronze carpet, new hood and hood foldaway cover, Tax, Mot exempt, pristine condition. £24,995. Call: 07585 778683.

1976 Triumph Tr8 Rally Car, Competed from 1976 – 1982 in the hands of David Lambton in 1972 Lotus Elan Sprint, Carnival many major events. A total rebuild Red over White, walnut Dash, was completed in 2009 to the Alloys, Eared Spinners, Stainless highest of standards. Dry sump Exhaust, Electric Windows, Roll engine by John Eales. Close Bar, Car Cover, Solid Driveshafts, Ratio Box. Quaiffe LSD. Full cage Alternator, Koni Shock Absorbers. Biltein Suspension. Every rally aid £25,500. Call: 01234 750205. etc. £39,995. Call: 01636 812655.

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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