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Argghh! Don’t you just hate winter! Scraping ice of the windows, flat batteries, barely adequate heaters and salt all over the roads; it’s not the sort of stuff you want to be exposing a classic car to. I guess that is why a lot of us lay our cars up during the winter months and take advantage of the ‘quiet period’ to take care of those niggling jobs that we have been meaning to do all year. At least those were the intentions, but if you are anything like me, then spending several days in a cold, unheated garage is less than appealing so you end up putting those jobs off until the spring and then it becomes a rush to get them done so you can get out on the road. That happens to me every year and I never learn! One man who did go above and beyond the call of duty recently was Chris Shaw, owner of the beautiful Ferrari 246 GT Dino pictured below. Chris had agreed to let us run a feature on his spotless car, but on the day of the photo-shoot the countryside was covered in snow! Even so, he insisted on taking the Ferrari out in the horrendous conditions so that we could drive it and get the pictures. What a star! It’s people like Chris, with a ‘nothing’s too much trouble’ attitude that make the classic car world such a pleasure to work in. If any of you went to the Classic Motor Show at the NEC, Birmingham, last month, then you might have bumped into us on our stand in Hall 2. If you did, it was great to meet you, and if you were one of the people accosted by Hollie and Lindsey (who worked tirelessly on the Friday and Saturday signing people up), we can only apologise! We thought the show was excellent, and running it alongside the MPH Show and the Classic Motorbike Show meant that the NEC was completely dedicated to motor transport for a whole weekend. I overheard someone calling it “Petrolhead Heaven!” and I certainly wouldn’t argue with that. We also need your help. If you enjoy reading Classic Performance & Retro, please tell your friends. Send it to everyone in you address book and ask them to register. You will after all, be giving them a magazine subscription for nothing, and since this is the time of year for giving, you’ll get that warm glowing feeling too! Well, all that is left for me to do is wish you a very Merry Christmas on behalf of the whole CPR team and we hope the New Year brings you everything you wish for. It does seem a bit weird wishing you a Merry Christmas in the January edition of the magazine, but hey, that’s the publishing world for you! Have a good one. Drive Safe!

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Star of the Show! The 1971 London Motor Show Ferrari 246 GT Dino.

Retro Classic! The Lancia Fulvia

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Asian Thunder! F1 Racing In The Far East.

CONTENTS Issue 2 January 2011 018

Star Of The Show: We drive the star of the 1971 London Motor Show - the Ferrari 246 GT Dino.


Asian Thunder: Steve Slater takes a look at some of the alternatives to Formula 1 circuits in Europe.


Boxing Clever: Matt Clay needed some extra room in his classic VW van, so he invented the Dub Box!


Big Cats On Tour: Steve Wright takes part in the Jaguar Drivers’ Club 75th Anniversary Tour..


Classic Motor Show - Show Report: A look back at the biggest indoor classic show in the UK.


MPH Show - Show Report: All things speedy were on display at the MPH Show and we were there to see it.


Lancia Fulvia - Retro Classic: Angie Voluti takes a closer look at this Italian retro classic.


Autodrome - Shuttleworth Collection: Check out the amazing collection of cars at Old Warden.


Book Shelf: A round-up of the latest books to emerge from the automotive world.



Boxing Clever! The amazing Dub Box.


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


Club News: A round-up of news from some of the best car clubs in the world.


Reviews: A look at what’s hot...and what’s not in the automotive marketplace.


What’s On: Never miss another race meeting or car show with our comprehensive events guide.


Auction News: A round up of what’s been happening in the auctions rooms around the world.

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The Latest Automotive News From Around The World!

BMW 1-Series Gets Make-Over ‘Car Set To Debut At Detroit Motor Show

The BMW 1-Series is getting a facelift, and the mildly revised car will go on show for the first time at the Detroit Motor Show in January. The new design features revised front and rear lights which include an LED ‘eyebrow,’ and what BMW calls an “air curtain,” or a splitter as it is more commonly known. According to the German manufacturer, the revisions will improve aerodynamic efficiency, which in turn will lead to an improvement in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, although no official figures have been released to confirm this. Three new wheel design options will be available to customers to choose from and ‘Marrakesh Brown’ or ‘Vermillion Red’ paint finishes have been added to the standard colour range.

Aerial Atom Mugen Set For Launch ‘To Be Unveiled At January Autosport Show British car builder Aerial will launch its limited edition Aerial Atom Mugen at the Autosport show at the NEC, Birmingham, in January. The car has been produced to celebrate ten years of the Atom, and the company says it will be the ‘ultimate track focused’ version of its car. The company says it will build ten examples of the Atom Mugen in association with Mugen Euro; the European branch of the iconic Honda engine tuner. Aerial says it will reveal the full list of the car’s performance and specifications during the show. 6 CPR Magazine


New Lambo Breaks Cover!

First Photo Of Lamborghini Aventador Revealed Love it or hate it, social networking (Facebook & twitter) can be useful for something. The first photo of the new Lamborghini Aventador, the car that is set to replace the freshly retired Murcielago, was published on Facebook recently. In fact, it has its own page dedicated to it! The Aventador will be powered by an all-new 700hp Lamborghini V12 engine and its performance is expected to exceed that of its predecessor. In the photo, the car appears to have the distinctive Lamborghini orange paintwork, although it has been covered in matt black vinyl to try and disguise the lines of the car from prying eyes. Expect to see the car revealed in all its glory some time in 2011.

Caterham Set To Launch New Model New Car Will Follow Successful Formula Caterham Cars, famous for its recreation of the Lotus Seven sportscar, has announced that it will introduce a brand new model at next month’s Autosport show at the NEC in Birmingham. The company is keeping the details under wraps for now, but we understand that it will be powered by a ‘Caterham Next Generation Motorsport engine’ and will follow the same lightweight, stripped-down blueprint as the Caterham Seven. January 2011 7


The Latest Automotive News From Around The World!

Ferrari 458 GT2 Seen At Fiorano Less BHP, But Lighter Than Road Car

Following hot on the heels of the new Lamborghini Aventador picture, another photo has been ‘leaked’ of the new Ferrari 458 GT2 at the manufacturer’s Fiorano test track. Naturally, the car looks stunning (did you really expect anything else from Ferrari?). Early reports suggest that its power output will be lower than the road car version, thanks to the fitting of mandatory air restrictors, with the GT2 producing 470bhp compared to the road car’s 552bhp. However, the GT2 weighs 240kg less than a standard F458 and will have an overall weight of around 1240kg.

Classic World Racing To Expand Following Buy-Out

Move Will Allow CWR To Diversify & Expand A Midland based company that prepares classic TVRs for racing events is set to expand following a buy-out of a sports car dealership. Mike Luck, the owner of Redditch-based Classic World Racing (CWR), has taken over Worcestershire-based David Gerald TVR for an undisclosed fee. The agreement will allow CWR to diversify and provide a full service facility for road cars. It comes after DG TVR completed the build of a race car based on a 1967 TVR Tuscan, after Mike Luck discovered the original moulds which had remained untouched in a barn for over 20 years. CWR, which currently employs seven people, opened a new 8,000 sq ft facility earlier this year in Redditch, Worcestershire, and is aiming to open a showroom in 2011.

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Lotus Seeks Government Funding For New Model Production Cash Required To prevent To Secure UK Jobs Norfolk-based car manufacturer Lotus says it could move the production of its new Esprit and other future models overseas if government funding isn’t forthcoming. According to a story in the Financial Times, Lotus has already held talks with Magna-Steyr in Austria and Valmet in Finland to sound the companies out about producing the cars at their facilities. Lotus says it will submit its request for government support in January, which early reports suggest could be for around £40 million. A response is expected by April 2011, and if successful, production of the new models in the UK could create up to 1,000 new jobs. The company also hopes to increase its output from its current level of around 2,000 cars per year to 6-8,000.



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Jaguar XK120 Project Fetches £27,500 Enthusiast Plans To Restore Car To Former Glory!

A battered Jaguar XK120 has sold at auction for an impressive £27,500. The car was bought by Jaguar enthusiast Bob Exelby who has just finished restoring an XK140. The car, missing its bonnet and a few other bits, had been dry stored since 1966 when a previous owner had started to renovate it. Speaking after the auction, Bob said that the car looked a bit of a wreck but was in fact remarkably solid. He know that the last attempt to restore it began in 1966 because the headlight bowls were stuff with copies of Sporting Life newspaper dated (you guessed it!) 1966. The car was expected to fetch between £15-20,000 in the auction, but Bob says he was prepared to go even higher than his winning bid in order to secure the car. We wish him the best of luck with his new project!

Classic Grilles Have Turned To Drink! Drink From Your Favourite Radiator Grille!

Still stuck for Christmas present ideas for that car enthusiast in your family that is impossible to buy for? Well, we might just have the answer to your problem…at a price! Craftsman Nicholas Brawer has designed a set of decanters replicating the radiator grilles of famous classic cars, such as Rolls Royce, Bugatti, Mercedes, Bentley and Jaguar cars. Each flask is hand crafted using quality materials like chrome and glass and measures 7.5 inches high. According to the maker’s website, they are made to accurately resemble the original grilles so they may be regarded as genuine collectors’ items. They are undoubtedly very nice pieces, but here’s the crunch…they cost $4,000 each!

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McLaren Returns To GT Racing Team Aims For Return In 2012

McLaren has confirmed that it is planning to bring back the McLaren name to GT sports cars racing. From 2012, McLaren and CRS Racing will supply and support a limited number of GT3 racing cars based on the McLaren MP4-12C highperformance sports car for European-based privateers. 15 years since the McLaren F1 GTR famously won the world-famous 24 Heures du Mans (Le Mans) on its debut, and 12 years since six ‘Longtails’ last raced at Le Mans, McLaren and CRS Racing, a successful and experienced UK-based racing team, have begun development work aimed at turning the 12C road car into a racewinning GT3 sports car. As part of the development programme, McLaren and CRS Racing will compete at a limited number of European GT races in 2011. With the 12C’s revolutionary lightweight one-piece moulded carbon chassis (the ‘MonoCell’), its high levels of downforce and aerodynamic performance, and its focus on form and function, the 12C should prove to be a great platform on which to develop a racing car, as well as visually setting pulses racing at European race tracks. Martin Whitmarsh, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Team Principal said: “Racing is in our blood - it was natural to develop a GT3 car alongside the 12C road car. We have a legendary history in global motorsport, including GT racing, and we aim to maintain that reputation with this GT3 programme, and any future sports car projects that may evolve.

Work Starts in us on f1 circuit Texas Track Will Be Ready For 2012

Organisers of the US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, have been given the go-ahead to begin work on the circuit ready for the first race in 2012. According to local sources, conditional approval has been granted for work to begin within the Dry Creek flood plain. Initial grading work will now take place at the site before final approval is granted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The race organisers said that anticipate no significant objections from FEMA and that it was important for work to start now so that the circuit is ready in time for the 2012 race.

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Former Arrows F1 boss loses battle with cancer

Tom Walkinshaw Dies Aged 64 Former F1 team boss and driver Tom Walkinshaw died on December 12, following a long battle with cancer. He was 64. His career covered the whole world of motorsport – both in driving and team ownership – and he was involved in touring cars, Formula 1 and sports car racing. He started out driving single seaters, but quickly changed to touring cars where he won the European Touring Car Championship in 1985 driving a Jaguar XJS run by his own team. TWR team Jaguar cars would go on to win three World Sportscar titles and win at Le Mans in 1988 and 90. In 1991 he joined Benetton as Engineering Director and was soon joined by Ross Brawn and Michael Schumacher; the latter would go on to win two world titles with the team. Walkinshaw eventually became owner of the Arrows Formula 1 team known for its distinctive black and orange cars. He persuaded Damon Hill to join the team who nearly won at Hungary in 1997. Financial strain took its toll on the Arrows team and it withdrew from racing in 2002. Walkinshaw was widely respected in the world of motorsport, and was also the owner of Gloucester Rugby Club.

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Team Germany Wins at roc Schumacher/Vettel Take Title

Team Germany defeated Team GB in the final at the Race of Champions to win the ROC Nations Cup in Düsseldorf after a thrilling contest featuring the world’s top motorsport stars. Legends from all aspects of motorsport did battle for national pride in the series, held on November 28, behind the wheel of various vehicles, including the awesome Audi R8 LMS, on a purpose-built parallel track at the ESPRIT arena. The ROC Nations Cup trophy has been won for the last three years by Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher for Team Germany and they did not disappoint the home German crowd.

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Schumacher squared up against Team GB’s Plato in identical KTM X-Bows for the first race of the best-of-three final and made the perfect start, winning by just under two seconds. The action switched to Audi R8 LMS cars for the second race, which Priaulx won to keep the contest alive and set up a head to head with Schumacher for the title. An incredibly tight deciding race in ROC Cars saw Schumacher narrowly defeat Priaulx and clinch Team Germany’s fourth ROC Nations Cup crown to the acclaim of their home fans. Earlier in the evening, Team GB as group winners and runners-up Team France progressed through the round-robin Group A to line up a best-of-three semi-final. Team Nordic, featuring Tom Kristensen and Heikki Kovalainen were eliminated on the tie-breaker of combined times while Alvaro Parente hit a wall in a KTM X-Bow as he and Team Portugal team-mate Filipe Albuquerque were knocked out. In the first semi-final, Team GB prevailed in two races, with Plato beating Alain Prost in a VW Scirocco before Priaulx just finished of Loeb in a Porsche 911 to eliminate Team France. In the other group, Team All Stars (Mick Doohan & Tanner Foust) and Team USA (Carl Edwards & Travis Pastrana) were knocked out as Team Germany and Team Benelux set a semi-final date. In that contest, the home fans were given a performance to remember as Schumacher beat Bertrand Baguette in a ROC Car while Vettel followed that up with an immensely popular win over Jeroen Bleekemolen in a KTM X-Bow.

NASCAR’s Scott Speed Released By Red Bull USA Kasey Kahne Expected To Fill Vacant Seat

Red Bull Racing has released Scott Speed, driver of the organization’s No. 82 Toyota, according to a statement provided by the team. Speed, 27, has competed full time for the group in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series since 2009. He finished 30th in the standings in 2010 after a 35th-place in points in ’09. “We have exercised our rights to end the relationship at the end of 2010,” officials said. “We wish Scott the best of luck in his career.” Speed, who competed in Formula One before moving to NASCAR, had two top-10s this season – finishing 10th at Atlanta in the spring and 10th at Daytona in July. The move paves the way for the addition of Kasey Kahne to the organization. Kahne drove the final five races in the team’s No. 83 entry while Brian Vickers continued to recover from blood clots. Kahne had already been scheduled to join the group in 2011, but made the move sooner when he and Richard Petty Motorsports agreed to part ways following the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte. According to Red Bull officials, Vickers is on schedule to resume his driving duties with the No. 83 team for next season, which will allow Kahne to move into Speed’s former ride. Kenny Francis, Kahne’s crew chief at RPM, will serve in the same capacity at Red Bull. Kahne was one of five drivers to work with the team during Vickers’ absence and ended the season with a pole and a sixth-place finish in the Ford 400 at Homestead. Speed made 13 starts in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series in 2009. He competed in 16 races in the Camping World Truck Series in 2008, earning a win at Dover.

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The Sporting Bears Motor Club raised an astonishing £35,000 on their ‘Dream Rides’ at the Classic Motor Show on November 12-14. The club gave rides in members’ cars in exchange for donations to charities, and it obviously proved extremely popular. Among the cars taking passengers on the roads around Birmingham’s NEC were Ferraris, Aston Martins, Lamborghinis, Porsches, Jaguars and even an Aerial Atom for those craving a ‘wind in the hair’ experience. Mick Bryan was the man responsible for coordinating the event and the funds raised were donated to the following charities: The Thomley Activity Centre; Look; Hearts & Minds Clowndoctors and Fairbridge.

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Star Of The Show! A chance discovery led to the purchase of an unused Ferrari 246 GT Dino, but a closer look at the car’s documentation revealed that it had once graced the Italian manufacturer’s stand at a very special show. Simon Hazeldine reports.


t’s amazing what you can find in a car’s history file. Sometimes you will discover tax disks and service records that date back several 18 CPR Magazine

decades; occasionally you will find information on the car’s previous owners, but one thing you don’t often find is the original bill of sale straight from

the car’s manufacturer. Even if you did, the aging piece of paper would be little more than an interesting curiosity and wouldn’t really add any

significant value to the car. Every now and then, the faded documents throw up a small gem of information; one that suddenly makes the car stand out from the rest and perhaps even adds to its value, and that is exactly what happened when Chris Shaw bought his

1971 Ferrari 246 GT Dino. Chris works for Triumph specialist TRGB, based in Somersham, Cambridgeshire, and went to view a TR4 in Norfolk that was being sold by its emigrating owner. While looking around the aging Triumph, he spotted another

car covered by a tarpaulin in the corner of the garage. Initial enquiries as to the type of car were met with some resistance from the owner; it seems he wanted to keep this mysterious car under wraps – quite literally. After a little persuasion though, the owner January 2011 19

The small slatted radiator grille did little to help cool things down under the bonnet, but it does look pretty.

relented and peeled back the dusty covers to reveal an equally dusty, but very solid looking Ferrari 246 GT Dino. Almost immediately Chris asked the owner if he wanted to sell the car. The owner wasn’t keen on the idea but didn’t rule it out altogether and said he would think about it and let Chris know. A few weeks passed and then the phone rang in the TRGB office. The Ferrari was for sale and if Chris could match the asking price, the car was his. Chris dashed to Norfolk complete with trailer before the owner could change his mind and with the deal done, the 20 CPR Magazine

Ferrari was transported back to the TRGB workshops.

Rolling Back The Years The car hadn’t been used for a few years and looked a little shabby around the edges. It had been repainted at some point in its life but the quality of finish was poor. Apart from that, the car was 100% original and the accompanying documentation suggested that the 48,000 miles showing on the clock was genuine. It was while sorting through the car’s paperwork that Chris found two very interesting facts about the Ferrari’s history. In

the folder was the original bill of sale from Maranello. This included an instruction to Dick Lovett to deliver the car to the Earl’s Court Motor Show in London where the car took pride of place on the Ferrari stand. Yep, Chris had actually found himself an ex-Ferrari show car. While the Vietnam War raged in the Far East and Apollo rockets were still taking men to the moon, this Ferrari Dino was the focus of attention on Ferrari’s stand at what was then the most prestigious motor show in the world. With its identity established, Chris began what he described

Hand-built quality is evident in the engine cover vents! Chris Shaw (right) and Gary Bates with the Dino.

Above: The timeless lines of the MGA look great against the back-drop of Crowland Abbey. The moody skies add to the dramatic effect.

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as a sympathetic 14 month restoration. He wanted to retain as much of the car’s originality as possible so a complete ‘ground up’ rebuild was out of the question. He also wanted to make the car more practical by installing sensible modifications to aid driving on modern roads. All of these would be easily reversible if a subsequent owner wanted to revert to original spec. According to the previous owner, the car was taken off the road due to a faulty windscreen wiper motor, but as it turned out this would prove to be one of the easier problems to fix. The first job was to remove the engine and gearbox. The heads were removed and then the pistons were taken out of the block… or at least that was the plan. Two of the pistons had seized solid; no amount of pushing and prodding was going to shift them, so Chris resorted to the time honoured method of soaking them in penetrating fluid for two weeks before easing them out with a large hammer and a block of wood! With the engine in pieces, the

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block and heads were bead blasted to remove the years of grime and dust that had built up before being tested for cracks. The crankshaft was also sent away for regrinding and polishing. The water pump proved to be beyond recovery as it was just one solid mass of corrosion and had to be replaced with a new unit. The gearbox was sent away for overhaul to Competition Transmission Services near

Prancing horse! Stainless steel bumpers replace chrome originals.

Above: Finger pull door handles seem too delicate for a car with such power!

Luton which gave Chris time to reassemble the engine using new parts wherever needed. While the gearbox was away, the engine bay was completely stripped and restored to its original condition. This involved fitting new hoses and piping along with stripping all the old paint off and repainting. Once the engine was back in one piece and the gearbox had been returned, the whole lot was lowered back into the newly restored engine bay. Next in line for a little TLC was the suspension and

Boot area retrimmed with Navy Blue carpet. January 2011 23

running gear. Now Ferraris aren’t exactly renowned for their poor handling, in reality most of them stick to the road like glue, but there’s no getting away from the fact that automotive technology has evolved considerably over the last 40 years, so it would be silly not to make use of it. As a result, Chris fitted new Gaz adjustable dampers which incorporated fully adjustable spring seats, allowing the car’s ride to be set to suit the owner’s driving style. While working under the car, Chris turned his attention to the braking system. The calipers were removed and rebuilt using new pistons and seal kits and all pipes and

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hoses were replaced. ‘Green Stuff’ Kevlar brake pads were fitted to give the Ferrari a little extra stopping power too. All the main suspension parts were completely stripped and bead blasted before being power-coated in a gloss black finish which not only looked good, it’s hard wearing too. The final piece to receive attention underneath the car was the exhaust system. The original one had seen better days, so Chris contacted Dino specialists Superformance in Hertfordshire who can supply a ready made stainless-steel exhaust off the shelf. This particular Dino was the only right-hand drive model to have a navy blue interior,

so buying a replacement trim panel kit was a nonstarter…they just don’t exist! Luckily, most of the panels were in very good condition but the door cards were looking a little worse for wear, however one man who likes a challenge is TRGB owner Gary Bates. Gary took on the task of renovating the door panels and began by carefully removing the vinyl from the battered cardboard backings. The foam that was sandwiched between the vinyl and the card crumbled away as the covering was removed and there was no way it could be salvaged. That left Gary with the delicate job of cutting the foam to the right size, shape

properly he also removed all and thickness before gluing it the glass from the car which into place accurately and then would later be replaced with trying the vinyl over the top new seals. The car was of it to see if he had achieved repainted in its original Polo the desired effect. The first Park White in the TRGB panel took several attempts workshops by Anthony Cole to get right; in fact it took Gary and the quality of finish is two whole days! The second superb. one took just two hours since Now it was starting to look like he had learned what was a proper Ferrari again! The required from the first one. alloy wheels were sent away The seats were in excellent for refurbishment and came condition and needed little back looking like new ones. more than a good clean to make them shine like new and The original Michelin 205/70 VR 14 tyres as fitted by the to finish off the interior a new navy blue carpet set was fitted. factory are incredibly hard to find now, but one phone call to Chris now turned his a vintage tyre supplier seemed attention to the bodywork. As promising at first. “Yes, we mentioned earlier it had been have them in stock,” came the given a low quality respray at answer to the enquiry. “Great,” some point in the past and no said Chris, “I’ll take five.” amount of polishing was going to revive it. Only one thing for “Err…we only have three in stock and can’t get any more,” it; strip the whole lot off and replied the vendor. give it a bare-metal repaint. In the end, Chris opted to buy To ensure the job was done

a set of aftermarket tyres; these would be fine for his requirements as it was never intended to make it a concours restoration.

Back On Show

With the wheels on and trim replaced, the car was almost finished. The car was scheduled to take pride of place on TRGB’s stand at the recent Classic Motor Show at the NEC, Birmingham, so the final jobs and first engine runs would have to wait. Naturally, the car attracted a lot of attention at the show as well as a fair bit of curiosity as many visitors wanted to know what a Ferrari was doing on a Triumph stand. With the show over, the last bits and pieces were fitted and Chris finally got to turn the key and start the engine for January 2011 25

Restored cylinder heads.

Left: Chris stripped all the paint from the Dino and gave it a bare-metal respray. Above: the freshly rebuilt cylinder block.

the first time. It fired almost immediately and settled into that low characteristic Ferrari burble which is music to any petrolhead’s ears. After a few minor adjustments, the car was taken for its MOT which it passed without any problems and the following day I got a phone call asking me if I’d like to come and drive it. Yes please!

Fire & Ice Almost as soon as I had put the phone down, it started to 27 CPR Magazine

snow…and snow…and snow. I was scheduled to drive the car on the following Monday and I spent the weekend watching the surrounding countryside getting whiter by the minute. I didn’t hold out much hope. Luckily, most of the roads had been cleared by the Monday, but I still didn’t think Chris would want to take this freshly restored Ferrari out in the icy conditions, so you can imagine my surprise when he called and said come on over. The car looked every bit as

good as it did at the Classic Motor Show, and when I met Chris in the TRGB workshop, he was busily cleaning the white Ferrari. Wasting no time, we jumped in the car and took it out into the Arctic conditions and the first thing I noticed was that the heater worked! We took the car out through the local village, stopping briefly to take some photographs on the way, and then it was my turn behind the wheel. My first impressions were that it feels exactly like what

Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano


2006, 17,580 Miles, Nero Daytona

Ferrari 575 Superamerica F1 2006, 14,015 Miles, Grigio Silverstone


A stunning example with full Ferrari service history, finished in Nero Daytona with Daytona seats

Grigio Silverstone finish with Beige interior. One of 57 UK right hand drive F1 examples this

in Nero with Giallo stitching this 599 GTB has a massive specification full details can be seen

Ferrari has a full main dealer service history. This phenomenal machine is still in perfect

online. Also fitted is a HGTC style sports exhaust and and upgraded sound system.

condition, and with a total production number of 559 cars world wide will keep appreciating.

Lamborghini Gallardo

Ferrari F40 Cat non-adjust


2003, 13,890 Miles, Nero

1992, 3,028 Miles


This example is finished in Nero with giallo hide and nero carpets. A manual car it also features

Having been involved in many of these cars in recent years this is by far the best one we

giallo calipers, Cassiopea wheels, electric seats, electric folding mirrors and dual climate control.

have seen. A Ferrari Cerificazione di autenticita (Classiche) comes with the car along with all

In fantastic condition this low mileage example has been impeccably looked after.

tools,books etc.

Ferrari 550 Maranello

Ferrari 348 GTC


2000, 32,047 Miles, Nurburgring

1994, - As featured in EVO magazine


Finished in Argento Nurburgring Silver with Nero hide and Nero Carpets this 550 Maranello

Only 56 GTC’s were made between 93 and 94, this being number 36, only eight of these cars were

is one of 457 UK right hand drive examples. Options over and above standard include silver

right hand drive, meaning in the future this model will be very sought after. This example is in

stitching, carbon fibre dash inserts, door card, handbrake cover and sill covers.

superb condition and is not an ex track day/hill climb car and would complement any collection.

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550 Barchetta


Dino 246 GTS

360 Spider

2002, 14,300 miles

1989, 7,967 miles






2001, 10,000 miles

2004, 3,047 miles

1972, 61,478 miles

Once all the paint was removed, the bodywork was found to be in excellent condition. it is – a high performance 1970s car. It has all the power you could wish for but lacks the refinements of a modern vehicle…and that’s exactly what makes this a ‘driver’s car.’ The seating is comfortable; you sit in a semi-reclined position and all the controls fall easily to hand. The tall gear stick – capped with an austere looking black ball marked with the gearbox layout – sits in the chrome ‘H’ gate that is so characteristic of this marque. It’s perhaps a good job that the box layout is marked on the knob since the ways of the Dino will find the Dino’s gears are in a nonthemselves constantly looking conventional layout. First gear down at the gear stick to is across to the left and back; check what gear they are in. second is where third normally The car pulls away well and is, third is where fourth should the freshly rebuilt engine be and so on. It takes a bit responds beautifully to every of getting used to, and those squeeze of the throttle pedal. that are not well versed in The Webber carburettors are

optimised for faster driving conditions than the snow and ice would allow and it felt like I was holding the machine back against its will; it wanted to go faster…much faster. Some of those wonderful Italian eccentricities are present in the Dino and when January 2011 29

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to push the car as the grip was excellent, even in the challenging conditions.

A Star Is ‘Reborn’

you drive it, it doesn’t take long to find them. The large indicator stalk is where it should be and falls nicely to hand, except what initially appears to be the indicator stalk is in fact the control for the headlights! The indicator switch is a much smaller stalk in front of the lighting controls; barely noticeable at first glance. The ride is excellent, thanks to the adjustable Gaz shocks which have been fitted in place of the factory originals. We certainly gave the ride a really

good test too, since the road (or is it a track?) that leads to TRGB is like the surface of the moon! Pothole and craters everywhere, but to the Dino’s credit, it didn’t ground out and it smoothed out the bumps so they were barely noticeable. Out on the road at higher speeds, the handling again feels great. The ride is soft, but don’t be fooled into thinking that this car wallows all over the road – it doesn’t. The feedback from the wheels is good. The traction level gives the driver confidence

Overall, this Dino is a fantastic little car. It does everything you ask of it and more, but it’s not perfect. The clutch feels a little heavy, the engine sounds like it is in the cockpit alongside you, the gear stick presses against your left knee when in 5th gear and you almost have to reach behind the steering wheel to get at the indicator switch. On a modern car, all these would be infuriating design faults, but in the Dino they are just part of the car’s character. If you buy a 16th century thatched cottage, you don’t expect to get high ceilings, large windows and a wide stair case. No, you get beams that you bang your head on, tiny windows that let very little light in, and stairs that would be condemned by every health & safety inspector in the country if it wasn’t for the fact that they are part of a listed building, and the Dino is exactly the same. If you want electronic engine management, suspension you can adjust with a push of a button and lightning fast automatic gear changes, then buy an F458, but if you want a Ferrari with character, personality and charm, the Dino wins every time. Maybe Ferrari knew what a great little car this was when the chose it to star in the 1971 Motor Show. Who Knows? One thing’s for sure though; this car will be turning heads just like it did at the Motor Show for many years to come. January 2011 31


Thunder New Formula One races around the globe have opened up some great opportunities to visit new venues and exotic countries - and it might not be as expensive as you think, as Steve Slater explains.

Photos; Singapore GP Ltd, Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro. 32 CPR Magazine

Outdoor dining in ‘hawker food’ centres is a part of the race experience in both Singapore and Malaysia.

ver the past decade, I’ve been in a privileged O position. I have earned my

living as a TV commentator covering Formula One and (I hope) interpreting the action for the world’s fastest-growing viewer audience, across the Far East. The Star Sports satellite network is the main F1 broadcaster for a swathe of countries including India, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines. It now attracts over 25 million viewers per broadcast, many of whom are quick to respond by e-mail and Twitter, the moment I get a fact wrong - and I must admit I give them plenty of opportunities! As well as watching, these new countries are now increasingly hosting Grand

Prix. Malaysia was the first, with the Sepang circuit hosting its first event in 1999. Since then the Gulf States, China, Singapore and most recently Korea have all added to the Grand Prix scene and the new season will bring India, with the new track close to Delhi promising a fascinating new experience.

Head East! So, instead of flogging down the M1, why not try something different? Choose wisely and you can combine a spectacular break with your F1 fix, for only a little more than you might spend at Silverstone! The Malaysian Grand Prix and the Singapore Grand Prix come with my highest commendations. The additional cost of travel in both cases can be balanced

against lower ticket prices and cheaper accommodation than you’ll find in Europe. The Sepang circuit is an hour out of Kuala Lumpur, but right next to the main international airport. There are some smaller hotels around the airport and the commuter towns which link Sepang to KL, but many tour providers provide shuttles between the track and the Malaysian capital, which is well worth exploring. The Sepang track has matured into one of the best permanent circuits visited by F1, with spectacular corners as well as its two long keynote straights. The views from its grandstands, some of which shield the sun with roofs shaped in the national symbol of the Hibiscus flower, are superb. January 2011 33

However even Sepang comes second to the spectacular night-time race which weaves its way through Singapore’s city streets. The location combines with the balmy tropical evening to create a unique event. Instead of paying for lengthy coach transfers or expensive rental cars to reach the track, the Marina Bay circuit is within walking distance of many hotels. Once the racing is over, many spectators walk on, to the restaurants and nightlife 34 CPR Magazine

along the river at Clarke Quay or Boat Quay.

It’s Showtime! In addition the race organisers add a multi-million dollar entertainment schedule in the Padang, a large grass area in the middle of the track, accessible to all ticket holders as part of their normal admission price. Last year’s line-up included top stars Mariah Carey, Missy Elliott, Daughtry, Adam Lambert and Sean Kingston.

Singapore is also regarded by many as the ideal, userfriendly, location for a first visit to Asia. Singapore offers a wonderful fusion of Chinese, Indian, Malay and many other cultures. The same can be applied to the food. There is everything from roadside satay stalls to Michelin-star restaurants, but for the true Singaporean culinary experience one should ideally eat out in some of Singapore’s 24-hour ‘hawker centres.’

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Sepang and Singapore offer an experience a world away from Brands Hatch or Silverstone.

Don’t be put off by the name. The days have long-gone when the food traders ‘hawked’ their wares around the streets. Now they offer excellent local food at amazingly low prices, which is enjoyed by Singaporean locals and visitors alike. Despite being more than 10,000km from the UK, the island state is amazingly accessible. It is served by no less than six direct flights a day from Heathrow and it’s not even as 36 CPR Magazine

expensive as you might think. Currently return flights are being offered for as little as £500 and a bit of judicious internet trawling can find top-class four-star hotels in Singapore offering rooms at around £80 per night. Just imagine some people will spend that staying at a bed and breakfast in Northampton during race weekend! Don’t just take my word for it; go and see for yourself and discover the world of Formula 1 racing ‘Eastern Style!’

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Cool Stuff To Spend Your Money On! Fidanza Lightweight Alloy Flywheel for 5 Bearing, 3 synchro MGB Available from: Cambridge Motorsport Price: £349.50 + VAT See: Official Fidanza distributors, Cambridge Motorsports Parts are now offering the Fidanza lightweight alloy flywheels for the 5 bearing, 3 synchro MGB. The lightweight flywheel weighs just 4.3 kilos (9.5lbs) - about half the weight of the original - and offers quicker ‘spin-up’ after gear changes for faster acceleration. The lightweight alloy flywheel has an insert of high carbon 1050 steel for the friction surface. This area can be unbolted from the T6 billet aluminium flywheel and replaced separately to save having to buy a whole new flywheel when the time for replacement finally comes around. The friction surface is fastened to the flywheel with military grade fasteners and the whole package comes complete with mounting bolts, studs and Loctite 620 retaining compound.

Performance Brake Discs for BMW 135i Available from: Tarox Price: £320.00 Inc VAT See: No doubt BMW’s new beefed up One Series, the 135i, will see some serious usage both on the track and on winding country roads. Performance brake specialists Tarox, have just released a selection of uprated brake discs to give the pocket rocket a bit more stopping power and to minimise the risk of fade during repeated harsh braking. The discs have all the usual unique Tarox features including stress relieving heat treatment and a final hand finishing to ensure perfect smoothness and flatness - each Tarox disc is checked for surface flatness at the final packaging stage. Anything that’s less than perfect won’t find its way into the Tarox box! Amber Warning Studs Available from: Really Useful Gift Co Price: £59.99 See: A warning triangle is all well and good, but in poor conditions these flashing, CE approved, LED studs are far more effective, with a visibility of up to 1000 metres. There are no batteries involved. They charge up from you car’s cigarette lighter and once you’ve charged them up you can forget about them. When you need them you just remove them from their case and they start to flash, lasting up to 24 hours. On today’s roads, these really are a useful addition to the standard emergency triangle and more effective too! 38 CPR Magazine


Draper Tool Tote Bag Available from: DIY Tools Price: From ÂŁ17.69 See: We really liked this soft padded tool bag from Draper. Yes, it has lots of pockets and storage space for all your vital equipment, but the great thing is that you can carry it in the boot of your classic and not have to worry about it scratching the paintwork. The soft pockets also mean that you can carry delicate items such as glass fuses without them getting broken (unless you are particularly heavy handed!) The sturdy carrying handle allows a considerable weight to be carried and the whole thing has a quality feel about it. A tool bag for the mechanic on the go, or for carrying around your spare set in the boot! The choice is yours.

Heater Hotter Available From: Nimbus Motorsport Price: ÂŁ11.16 + VAT See: Heater Hotter is a performance radiator additive specially formulated to rapidly absorb heat from the engine and transfer it to the cooling system without raising engine temperatures. Accelerating the transfer of heat means 50% faster engine warm-up to reach normal operating temperatures and ensures hot air is available for interior heating on demand even in sub-zero temperatures. A welcome thought for the coming winter! Heater Hotter also includes a corrosion inhibitor that helps stabilize the pH level to reduce rust, prevent electrolysis and mineral deposits from forming on radiator and intercooler cores for long term protection. January 2011 39


Cool Stuff To Spend Your Money On!

Alloy Front Hubs For Classic Fords Available from: Burtons Price: ÂŁ59.95 See: Classic Ford specialists, Burtons now have aluminium alloy lightweight front hubs for classic Escort Mk 1 and 2, Capri (Excluding 3.0), Cortina Mk3/4/5. The hubs are machined out of solid billet and are available to take either standard bearings or large outer bearings. Burtons can also supply large outer bearings, grease caps and Gp 4 studs, inserts and nuts to suit the alloy hubs. You can order online at www.burtonpower. com or by phone. For further details contact Burton Power on 0208 554 2281.

Stormforce Car Cover For Mini Vans, Estates & Travellers Available from: Mini Spares Price: From ÂŁ100.00 + VAT See: Now owners of Mini Vans, Estates and Travellers can protect their vehicles from the elements this winter with the latest Stormforce car cover from Mini Spares. The Stormforce custom fitted outdoor car cover has been specially tailored to fit Mini vans, estates or Travellers. The Stormforce is made from four layers of heavy duty material and is totally waterproof, vented and soft lined with under straps to provide the ultimate weather protection. 40 CPR Magazine

WWW.CPRMAG.COM Rose Petal Wheel For Classic Minis Available from: Mini Spares Price: From £125.00 + VAT (Each) See: Nothing makes a car more than a set of alloy rims, but on a classic car they need to be in keeping with the style of the car. These “Rose Petal” 4.75” x 10” alloy wheels from Mini Spares, are certainly in keeping with the classic Mini. They are a faithful reproduction of the classic wheels originally made in the 1960’s. They are supplied with the correct open-ended stainless steel nuts and washers and come finished in matt black with a silver centre and outer rim. They are equally suitable for use on road cars and FIA Historic race cars and are made with the correct ET +40 offset for Cooper S disc brakes. Each wheel is supplied with a wheel spacer and 2 sets of nuts, for use with or without a spacer. When using without spacers, as per FIA cars, the disc and caliper will have to be modified slightly. The bare wheel weighs just 2.98kg. Triumph TR Cylinder Liners Available from: Cambridge Motorsport Price: From £49.50 Each + VAT See: Cambridge Motorsports Parts are offering uprated cylinder liners for classic Triumph TRs. The liners are suitable for fast road and race use and are a considerable improvement on the standard parts. Three bore sizes are available - 87mm, 89mm and 92mm and are available for TR2 to TR4A engines. The liners are made from centrifugally-cast nodular cast-iron. The 87 and 89mm liners will fit into a standard block without modification. The oversized 89mm liner is a useful way to increase power and torque for road use, or for competition use where regulations allow. The 92mm liner and appropriate pistons will give a large increase in torque and power, however some block machining will be required to fit, as the mounting spigot where the liner fits into the block is a larger diameter than the standard liner. Thermo Tec Turbo Covers Available from: Nimbus Motorsport Price: £181.14 + VAT See: Nimbus Motorsport, the official UK and European distributor for Thermo-Tec products is pleased to announce the launch of a new range of Thermo-Tec Turbo covers catering for T3, T4 and T5 turbochargers. Thermo-Tec turbo covers improve horsepower and performance by maintaining the temperature inside the turbo. This in turn helps reduce turbo lag by minimising the time taken for the turbine to spool up. The covers further enhance performance by significantly reducing overall under bonnet temperatures. Dual layer construction increases both performance and durability and the turbo cover comes complete with grommets and wiring to make installation quick and easy. January 2011 41

November 2010 3

Boxing Clever A classic camper is great for getting away from it all, but what happens when your family starts to outgrow it? Matt Clay thinks he has the answer with his impressive ‘Dub Box’ caravan.


’m Matt Clay, an avid Volkswagan fanatic. Over recent years I have enjoyed many camping trips in my beloved VW Type 2 campervan, but as my family grew, it soon became apparent that my pride and joy was getting more and more 44 CPR Magazine

claustrophobic with each new addition. After our third child was born it was obvious that the VW was no longer going to be big enough, but what could I do? Apart from the lack space, there were other issues too. It didn’t have the facilities or

amenities to keep a family of five warm, dry and able to function without the inevitable drama over “why was that left there?” I am unreserved about my hatred for mess. Half sucked sweets, spilt milk and melted chocolate all over my lovely

van is not in anyway ideal! I had to find additional space that would conform to modern standards; in other words, it had to be safe, comfortable and ‘childproof’ so that it wouldn’t remove one of the six juvenile eyes that I am responsible for. Oh, and one other thing, it had to look the ‘mother of all cool’ against the kitsch of the campervan. We searched in vein for a solution

and it was obvious, within a very short space of time, there wasn’t one.

Metal Bashing After graduating from an architectural metalwork course and bashing, literally, gates and railings into shape for a few years, I found myself designing and producing 3.5 ton trailer chassis for event trailers within the family

business. I really enjoyed the work and actually got quite good at it. I quickly became workshop manager and bought the business within three years. That might all sound a bit flash but it was just natural progression, I think they call it nepotism. Ten years down the line and I find my self needing a trailer/ caravan that didn’t exist. Maybe I could build one January 2011 45

The Dub Box - like building an extension on your VW campervan! Surprisingly roomy and well-appointed inside.

myself, but there were lots of things to consider: trailer chassis conformity, moments of inertia, towing ratios and weights of steel. Body work, I’ve had VW’s since the age of 15 so I know my way around a pot of body filler and various grades of wet and dry, tedious 46 CPR Magazine

but do-able. Why not?

Turning Heads

Our self imposed brief for the caravan was governed by a few central points; the fact that we only had 46 German made horses, all be it brimming with torque for a 1500cc, brakes

that would scare a bobsleigh driver and steering fit for a drifting tanker, but despite this it would turn every openmouthed head as you burbled along at 30mph with elbow out of window. It also needed to be light, well balanced, fitted with brakes, and so sharp you wouldn’t want to walk in to it on the way to the bathroom at 2.30am. The body started as two smashed up camper back ends that took 18 months of deals and moaning to get hold of from the USA; they are like hens teeth here in ‘Blighty.’ Taking inspiration from American classic caravans and vintage campers, we married the two bodies together changed the shape to fit our galvanised chassis, moved the door, shifted the wheel arches, replaced the

The modern interior contrasts the ‘retro chic’ of the exterior.

bottom 18” and generally tarted about with it to get it to look how we wanted it to…you will never know the amount of unmanned spanner flights, expletives and burnt body parts there were thrown around the workshop over that time!

Steel Becomes Glass

It became clear very early on that ‘light’ was never going to be achieved with forty year old scrap vans and not wanting to let the project falter we decided to push on with a view to making the bodies out of a different material – fibreglass – this would also stop me from being attacked by disgruntled VW owners for cutting up perfectly good vans. Two to three sets of fingertips later and the plug was ready; four to five weeks later the first

The prototype Dub Box during the construction stage. Matt assures us that his daughter wasn’t responsible for any of the welding! GRP bodies were back from our friends in the north, all the skill sets from event trailer production were lined up for a month long thrash to the first of our shows....we were off! The chassis consists of box section and angle steel and is very similar to the 70’s

‘inverted bridge’ design of caravan chassis. Set on 750kg max rubber half axles, Knott brakes with a Bradley 900kg pole coupling with pressed corner steadies, it went together very well. We also incorporated a removable pole for the tow with all the January 2011 47

The Dub Box project started out as two rusting vans that were beyond repair for road use.

The Dub Box bodies are made from fibreglass. ridged brake linkage fitted to it, so we could take out four bolts and kick the set up under the body so it would fit in a normal size garage. Spacers were put on the hub faces to take the pre ‘67 wide 5 PCD wheels that are found on the campers. 48 CPR Magazine

With the chassis back from the galvanisers, we bonded the body on, and the polypropylene weather floor, with hot welded wheel arches, was also bonded to the chassis and body. Timber and insulation was the theme for the next two days,

taking the raw unfinished internal fibreglass to a flat usable, workable surface was probably the biggest and the most invisible task of the whole build, with countless skeletons and boarding out required. The bottom half was finished in a laminate (thousand of colours and finishes) covered Italian Poplar board; super strong and super light. The upper half was still in raw ply ready for its marine grade, “anti this” and “anti that” vinyl lining.


With the carpentry in the capable hands of Sam and Frank, who were tasked with building the seating area, cupboards, worktops and table, we turned our attention

The undercoat is applied to the first Dub Box.

to fitting the three doors. I now have so much respect for TVR and any other fibreglass body manufactures after the battle I had fitting of the doors. We ended up profile cutting ribs for them, just to get the bloody things to stay in shape! Several more tools were reminded what it is like to travel unaided, subsonically within the confines of a workshop. The mock fitted doors, handles and locks, pop out windows, bumpers and road lights were all stripped off ready for paint. We had the bodies produced in a primer like finish ready for prep and paint, gel coat colour was an option but we felt that we could give our customers better choice of colour and finish if we went

down the painted route. The man tasked with applying the paint was Phil at Phil Davies Bodyshop in Prestigne. I dropped the paint and the Dub box off – I can call it that now as it was starting to look like one – and four days later went back to find one of the most

Dub Box

fantastic sights of my life, an immaculately finished paint job that simply put the whole project on a different level! Phil, I am forever in your debt! Back at the workshop, the mock fits went on without a hitch as did the polycard windows with reproduction

Specifications Overall length including A frame Body length including bumpers Overall width including bumpers Overall height Weight unladen Maximum technically permitted laden mass Maximum loading capacity Tyre size Double bed size

489 cm 375 cm 172 cm 185 cm 600 kg 750 kg 150 kg 165/65R14 5’2”x6’2” January 2011 49

Volkswagen Type 2 Campervan The Volkswagen Type 2, officially known as the Transporter or informally as Bus, was a panel van introduced in 1950 by German manufacturer Volkswagen. It was the second vehicle the company had produced following on from highly successful Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle. As one of the forerunners of the modern cargo and passenger van, The Type 2 gave rise to competitors in the United States and Europe, including the Ford Econoline, Dodge A100, and the Corvair 95 Corvan, the latter even adopting the Type 2’s rearengine configuration. Updated versions of the Type 2 are still in production as a passenger van, cargo van, and as a pickup truck.

Like the Beetle, the van has received numerous nicknames worldwide, including the “microbus”, “minibus”, “kombi” and, due to its popularity during the counterculture movement of the 1960s, “hippie van”. 50 CPR Magazine

All the interior structure is made to measure. camper window seals. Blinds, upholstery and fitting the equipment was short lived as cooker hob, sink, tap and fridge flew in with the renewed rigor of the home straight; the leisure battery and Zig unit with radio, lighting and sockets took a matter of hours to fit. Dub box number one was completed without any great hurdles, so the phrase ‘repeat until knackered’ was employed for number two, which turned out to be a lot easier as the process finding had already been done.

Grubby Fingers

We launched the product on the March 26, to the ‘grubby fingered elite’ of the VW scene at the Volksworld show. As

I mentioned earlier, I have been part of that UK scene since the tender age of 15, more passive that active through most of those years, but it seemed a comfortable first step and I was eager to get a muted approval from the passionate people who know their nuts and bolts. I didn’t ever see the Dub Box becoming as accepted as it has in such a short space of time, hoped, but never expected the level of good responses that we got. I guess the VW gang see it as an extension of the ‘cool’ scene, and for that I am very grateful. After attending twenty plus VW shows, we now stand on the edge of a precipice with

Travelling in style! Cup of tea anyone?

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the scary ‘grown up’ caravan world darkly calling us in. The National Caravan Council accreditation process has been started with various sized hoops all set out in front of us, it all seems fairly straight forward and something we need to stick to as closely as possible, since ‘modern standards’ are always a high priority for us. Dub Box is slowly getting a dealer network together, Mike at Three Counties Caravans, who is the fountain of all knowledge and the Family Travel Centre near Bath are but two, but again all this takes time and more importantly confidence in our product to really roll the ball. It has been a good old slog 52 CPR Magazine

that is not yet complete; now we are looking at options on ‘pop tops’ and awnings which we hope to put into production soon. Our brief has been met. With its light 750kg max capacity, you can tow a Dub Box on a new driving licence without the need for a trailer test. It’s well balanced too; 35kg on

the nose fully kitted out – the camper suspension wouldn’t take anymore. We couldn’t be happier with the Dub Box, and my family certainly approve as we can once again all go away together. As for its looks, well, I’ll let you decide if it would turn open mouthed heads at 30mph, especially if it was colour matched to your pride and joy.


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Big Cats On Tour When the Jaguar Drivers’ Club arranged a tour to celebrate the 75th anniverary of the marque, Steve Wright was called up along with his XJS to take part in a very memorable event. This is his story.


hen the email came through from the Jaguar Driver’s Club asking for cars to participate in the 75th

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Anniversary Drive, sponsored by Jaguar Cars, I didn’t think I’d be lucky enough to be chosen. After all, there

must be quite a few early XJ-S convertible V12s about. Jaguar was looking for a total of 75 cars to take part, four of

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which were to be XJ-Ss. But the call did come and my slot was confirmed. A few days before the run, a pack arrived containing tour ‘roundels’ for the doors, a thick aluminium rally plaque for the front of the car and confirmation of the hotel room and evening meal on the Thursday. It was clear how professionally organised the trip was going to be, and what a privilege it was to be on it. I arrived in Coventry for 8pm, following a delightful ‘top down’ drive from Southampton. Jaguar Cars had reserved a whole floor in a nearby multistorey car park and what a sight there was to greet me – 75 pristine Jaguars from 1935 to the present day. An employee rushed over and offered to stick on my roundels and plaque - what service - and a flavour of the whole event to come. The remainder of the evening was passed swapping old car stories with David Brown, the driver of the

1937 white SS 1½ saloon. Friday September 17, started early. The cars were sent off in groups of nine, the newer cars first and my group left for the Coventry Motor Museum at 06:00. We were expertly parked up and awaited the other participants. The waiting time was not wasted; not only were there lots of enthusiastic people to talk to and photos to take, but in addition, we were provided with some of the best bacon rolls I’ve ever tasted! Throughout the morning there were films crews of all nationalities, with interviews and videos being taken from all angles. Once we had all assembled, the roar of the Works cars announced

the arrival of a very special convoy put together by Tony O’Keeffe, Curator of Jaguar Heritage; the famous rally XK120 (NUB120), an XKSS, a D type and a C type, the XK8 Shaguar with its union jack paintwork, together with a factory E type, XJ-S saloon and convertible, all driven by long-serving Jaguar employees with VIP Jaguar senior executives as ballast. Before we left, us drivers were provided with route books (I turned down the proffered sat-nav - too 21st Century!) and introduced to the specially invited international journalists who were to be our companions and navigators for the tour. ‘My’ journalist was January 2011 55

Rodrigo Fernandez, Editor of Auto Bild Spain. We were well matched, as his “favourite Jhagwarr” was the XJ-S. Clearly a man of taste! A super route had been planned for us to The Vineyard at Stockross, near Newbury, along

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the Fosse Way with the addition of plenty of twisty A roads to ‘let the horses’ free. We convoyed with an E Type for some of the way – Oh, the noise! The Vineyard has a 2* Michelin restaurant, and the food provided, whilst perhaps was not quite

Above: The Jaguars had the honour of parking outside Wellington Barracks near Buckingham Palace. Below Left: Getting away from it all. The Goodwood Revival, that incomparable pageant of motorsport, seemed busier than ever this year.

to this standard, it was still delicious. The rest break also afforded some drivers the time to make some emergency running repairs. The second part of our journey took us across the Berkshire Downs via Basingstoke (home turf for me) to London. The Pope’s UK visit caused the convoy a slow travail past Harrods. A few of the older cars suffered as a result, but there were few breakdowns to report. The tourists enjoyed it though, with the unique photo opportunity taken full advantage of. Once past Hyde Park Corner, we were privileged to park up in Wellington Barracks by Buckingham Palace. Quite a honour; someone pulled

a few strings to organise this. We were shuttled to the May Fair Hotel by a fleet of classic, and soon to be outlawed (thanks Boris!), taxis. After check-in, we assembled in our dinner suits and ball gowns (well the delightful Russian Playboy Magazine journalists did anyway!) for the pre-dinner champagne reception; a time to meet old friends and make new acquaintances. We were then asked to move to the in-house theatre, where we watched a couple of archive films and a video of Day One of the event, followed by a speech by Jaguar MD Mike O’Driscoll. We were then treated to a dinner to remember in the Crystal Room - the very

Right: The just-completed prototype hybrid ‘Limo Green’ also accompanied us, driven by some of the team who had designed it.

room that William Lyons launched the SS Jaguar 2½ Litre saloon, with a life-size copy of the iconic photograph looking down over us. Very impressive. Our table was lucky enough to have Jaguar’s Head of Marketing and Head of Research with us,

leading to some interesting discussions. With speeches from Dr Ralf Speth CEO, William Lyons’ grandson (involved with design) and reminisces from Norma Dewis, the evening was complete. I was lucky enough to sit with one of the hybrid January 2011 57

scientists and our table spent some time discussing the merits of the fuels available both today and those most likely in the years to come. The proposed XE two-seater sportscar was also a hot topic of conversation, with production being suggested as 2012. For those with a strong constitution there was a free bar until the small hours. Yours truly was not up to much by this time and so retired to the well-appointed bedroom. Saturday 18th began with

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another early start - 7:00. The superb breakfast was slightly surreal as everyone was in period dress in preparation for the Goodwood Revival, our destination for the day. I breakfasted with the likes of RAF pilots, Bertie Woosters and Motor Mechanics in their crisp white overalls. Goodness knows what the waiting staff thought. All the Spanish journalists (there was a possy) had for some reason decided to dress as US Marines; Rodrigo’s

uniform was seemingly made up of leftovers; trousers and jacket two sizes too short, shirt two sizes too big – he was not amused. I don’t think the hangover helped much either! Following the short trip by classic taxi back to the Wellington Barracks, we set off for the south coast. Some participants decided to take the’ route a la crow’ in order to get to Goodwood early; I decided to follow the prescribed route, mainly to get the chance to convoy with the two pre-war SS100s and for my guest to experience the rolling Sussex hills. We stopped for petrol after about an hour and had the privilege of bump-starting an XK140 with a dead battery. Rodrigo drove for the last 20 miles or so, insurance courtesy of Jaguar. His UK roadcraft did leave a little be desired, but we, and the XJ-S, survived to tell the tale. We eventually got to Goodwood and parked in the Jaguar reserved slot right next to the auction marquee and the entrance to the site. We seemed to cause quite a stir. We were met with a reception party to show us to our Hospitality – the War Rooms. I have to say, the hospitality was first class, even surpassing the May Fair Hotel experience. What better than to relax amongst new friends with the howl of classic Jaguar race cars screaming past? I was lucky enough to meet up with family and friends to make for the perfect weekend. A big thank-you to Jaguar Cars from all us drivers – a truly memorable experience. Here’s to the next 75 years of Jaguar, whatever form motoring takes or fuel it uses.

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The Classic Motor Show

The Classic Motor Show, held at the NEC, Birmingham on November 12-14, is the UK’s biggest indoor classic car show of the year. Simon Hazeldine reports on some of the highlights of the event.


he Footman James Classic Motor Show, held each year at the NEC, Birmingham, has become something of a pilgrimage for car enthusiasts from all over Europe. It occupies four of the largest halls at the cavernous NEC, and while the venue can prove to be a little daunting for 60 CPR Magazine

some visitors, for three days of the year it houses a collection of classic vehicles that is the envy of the automotive world. Let’s not beat around the bush here; this show is huge! Around 1,200 cars are on display inside the halls and over 200 car clubs have stands at the event. Initial

figures suggest that almost 50,000 people attended this year’s show over the course of the three days and I very much doubt that any of them would have seen everything that was on offer. There is so much to see that you really need more than a single day to take it all in.

Okay, where do I start? Well, let’s talk a bit about the venue first. Love it or loathe it, the NEC is almost perfect for this event. For a start there is nowhere else in the UK that is big enough to hold it. Its transportation links are as good as they get and anyone arriving by road, rail or air will have easy access to the site. Only those arriving by boat will find things a little more challenging, although having

said that, the Midlands is famous for its canal system so perhaps even that method of transport shouldn’t be written off completely. Most visitors arrive by car, and while there is more than enough parking space at the NEC, even the nearest car park to the halls is a good 15 minutes walk from the main entrance. Yes, there are free shuttle buses to ferry you to the halls, but if you arrive at

a peak time, you could be in for a longish wait for the next available bus. That is my only real grumble about the NEC; I can’t even complain about the £8.00 car parking charge and believe me I used to. That was until earlier this year when I was fleeced by both Wembley Arena and the O2 Arena for a whopping £25.00 to park for about four hours! I’m still recovering from the shock of January 2011 61

Ayrton Senna’s 1987 F1 car attracted a lot of attention over the weekend.

Immaculate engine bay on a Triumph GT6. that one. Walking through the door into Hall 1, the visitor is confronted by a mind-blowing sight, enough to send even the best prepared into sensory overload. Everywhere you look there is polished paint, chrome and steel. Names from the ‘golden years’ of motoring confront you at every turn; Austin Healy, Triumph, 62 CPR Magazine

Morris, AC, MG to name just a few, and they’re all here in abundance. You’re barely through the door and the whole thing seems overwhelming…and then you realise there are three more halls like this! The exhibitors can be split into a small number of categories; car clubs, those who buy/ sell/restore cars, parts and

accessory sales and then miscellaneous. Let’s start with the car clubs. With over 200 in attendance, there was almost certainly a club there representing you particular favourite marque. Some had small stands displaying maybe a single car, while others took on the appearance of a small village and looked more like a retro car park. Actually, that reminds me – I did have another grumble. Some of the car club stands seemed a little unwelcoming. Sometimes this was obvious, when signs stating ‘Members Only’ barred all but the chosen few from accessing parts of certain stands. Some stands even had large seating areas where club members could sit down and tuck into light refreshments. This meant the vast majority of visitors

had to contend themselves with peering over the fence at the cars within, almost like Dickensian children with their noses pressed up against the sweet shop window at Christmas time. So close, yet ultimately out of reach. The seating areas might have been welcome by the club members, but ultimately it created a ‘them and us’ feeling and alienated the vast majority of visitors – you know, the ones who had paid to come in and see these stands. Other stands, although less restrictive, seemed to have club members or car owners sitting in chairs in front of, or around their cars. This made photographing the cars almost impossible and also deterred people from looking unless they were prepared to get into a conversation. Sure, I understand that many people go to the show so they can talk about cars with other likeminded individuals, but an equal number just want to wander around and take pictures. If you’re going to put your cars on display, please let people see them. Okay, enough of the grumbles. Across in Hall 2, Mike Brewer and Ed China from TV’s ‘Wheeler Dealers’ programme were putting on some entertaining shows on the live stage. The pair plucked members from the audience to assist with the fun and games, and Mike in particular seemed to have endless amounts of energy and enthusiasm and he bounded around the stage. Also in Hall 2, one small stand was causing quite a stir – yep, it was ours!

The Start Of Something Big! We might not have had a huge stand, but we still made a big splash when we launched Classic, Performance & Retro magazine at the 2010 Footman James Classic Motor Show! We would like to thank everybody that stopped by at our stand at the Classic Motor Show, and also offer our congratulations to the lucky winners of our special Autoglym polishing kits. Among the winners were: Thomas Metcalf, Tim Kett, Roy Glanley and Mr Burgess. We would also like to thank Autoglym for donating the prizes. The show was a massive success and we were delighted to be a part of it. Nearly 1,500 people registered for Classic, Performance & Retro at the show and we gave away an amazing 5,000 more leaflets. Now were planning to attend more shows in 2011, so if you see us at a show, make sure you come over and say ‘hello.’ January 2011 63

Mike Brewer and Edd China kept the visitors entertained!

Even ‘Herbie’ behaved himself!

And the General Lee made an appearance.

Stars Of The Screen! One of the great things about the Classic Motor Show is that where ever you look there seems to be either a famous face of a well known car. Among the automotive celebrities in attendance this year were legendary racing driver Stirling Moss and also Mike Brewer and Ed China from TV’s ‘Wheeler Dealers’ programme. As for the famous cars, there were reproductions of Herbie, the comical Volkswagan Beetle with a mind of its own; there was the converted American ambulance from the movie Ghostbusters and from the ‘Deep South’ of the USA was Dodger Charger ‘General Lee’ from the Dukes of Hazzard. 64 CPR Magazine

Classic, Performance & Retro magazine was officially launched on the first day of the show and we were completely blown away with the reception we got from most of the visitors. At one point on the Saturday we had people queuing up to register for the magazine and I can honestly say it was a pleasure meeting each and every one of you. Some of those who registered were lucky enough to win one of our special Autoglym polishing kits, so not only did they get a free magazine subscription, they got nice shiny cars too courtesy of us and Autoglym. There were so many amazing cars on show that it was difficult to pick a particular highlight or favourite, but one that stood out for me was Ayrton Senna’s 1987 Lotus Formula 1 car which he raced to victory in Monaco and Detroit that year. The car was located on the Macallan whisky stand and attracted crowds of people throughout the weekend. Another car that attracted a lot of attention was the winner of the 2010 Meguiar’s Club Showcase. David Moores’ flawless 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta was chosen as the ‘Best in Show’ by a panel of independent judges. The car – finished in Marrone Metallizzato with a beige leather interior – had previously won the HR Owen Trophy for Car of the Day at the 2010 Ferrari Concours earlier in the year. It featured in the Showcase with 15 other sensational vehicles, each having already been

Yes, there really was two Lilac coloured Morris Minors on the MMOC stand! awarded top honours at one of the marque specific shows through the year. Despite the undoubted quality of David’s car, the decision for the judges wasn’t an easy one as only nine points separated the cars in first and fifth place. Across in Hall 4 was a collection of cars that made the NEC look like the motoring version of Heaven. The Ferrari Owners’ Club of Great Britain had a mouth-watering selection of exotic metal, most of which was painted red, while the Maserati Club stand featured a mock racing grid hosting a line-up of nine Maseratis ranging from a 1956 200S to a 2009 Granturismo in full race spec. Also in the line up was a 1958 Maserati OSCA FS372 once driven by Sir Stirling Moss. In the same hall was also a superb collection of American ‘muscle cars’ which included an aggressive looking Pontiac

A stunning Triumph TR3A GTO ‘Judge,’ a beautifully restored 1960s Ford Mustang GT and of course a Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. A small stage had been set up in the corner of the hall where a band was belting out tunes from the 50s and 60s and while most visitors were there only to see the cars, a surprising number stopped to take in the musical spectacle, so many in fact that I couldn’t get close enough to get any good pictures!

I should also mention the brilliant job that the Sporting Bears did with their ‘Dream Rides’ in Hall 2. The ‘Bears’ managed to raise an incredible £35,000 by exchanging rides in exotic cars in exchange for charitable donations. Brilliant work guys! Throughout the weekend I spoke to a lot of visitors and quite a few exhibitors too. Nearly all of them were full of praise for the show. The organisers certainly deserve January 2011 65

The show’s not over, until... One aspect of the show that most visitors don’t see is the breakdown. As soon as the last member of the public leaves the halls, a small army of workers starts to take down all the stands. Some are gone in minutes, while the larger ones take several hours to dismantle. The photos on the left depict Hall 1 during the show, while the lower one shows exactly the same scene two hours after the exhibition had ended. Next year, when you are stuck in the queue to get out of the car park, spare a thought for the guys who will still be at the NEC at 10.00PM on the Sunday night taking the stands down, because without them there would be no Classic Motor Show!

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a lot of praise for managing to make sense of this logistical nightmare and even the NEC staff were helpful and friendly. When the end of the show was marked with the customary sounding of horns (yes, every vehicle in the NEC sounds its horn when the ‘show is now closed’ announcement is made) I was almost disappointed to be going home. I say almost because three days at the NEC is enough for anyone and is absolutely shattering, but it was great fun all the same. If you haven’t been to the Classic Motor Show before, make sure you go next year because if this year was anything to go by, you’ll be in for a real treat.

Mr Burgess collects his Autoglym kit from CPR’s Lindsey Vickers.

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The MPH Show While the Classic Motor Show was taking place in Halls 1-4, just across the main concourse in Hall 5, the MPH Show was in full swing with its supercars and other exotic metal stretching as far as the eye could see! Okay, how often do you get a great bargain these days? Very rarely would have to be the answer, but that it seems is exactly what visitors to the Classic Motor Show got, for their ticket not only got them into the classic show, it also granted them access to the high-octane MPH Show too. So what exactly is the MPH Show all about? Well, speed basically. From Formula 1 cars to latest high-powered street machines, the MPH Show had it all. It also had the Top Gear Live show, complete with its three over 68 CPR Magazine

excitable presenters and one anonymous racing driver (expect a book in about three years!). The MPH Show is also about glitz and glamour, and from the moment visitors stepped through the main door they were accosted by lycra clad promo girls giving away freebies. Don’t knock it though; I was there for the whole three days and each time I entered the show I was handed a bottle of shower gel which I accepted with good grace. I have no idea what shower gel had to do with a

motoring show (can you dilute it and make screen wash?), but they do make great Christmas presents for the people in the office that I don’t actually want to spend money on! Having fought my way past the attractive promo girls, the first stand to catch my eye was the one from Ferrari. The Italian supercar maker had brought along one of its Formula 1 cars and was giving visitors the change to take part in a wheel changing competition. It was great fun to watch, as teams of people attemted to

swap the wheels over in less than six seconds. Some came surprisingly close, while others would have been better off calling the AA. I guess the supercar that everyone is talking about at the moment is the Bugatti Veyron and the MPH Show wouldn’t have been complete without one. However, you could have been forgiven for missing the car altogether as the one on show on the Kahn Design stand was finished in a rather nondescript white paint scheme. There wasn’t anything wrong with it; it’s just that it didn’t give the car much presence and I saw several visitors almost walk past it before stopping in their tracks sayin “Oh look...a Bugatti Veyron!” It may be cliched, but I can’t help feeling that modern supercars should be painted firey red, bright yellow or ‘in your face’ black. White just seems so...bland. One car that did look absolutely stunning was the Invicta S1. Again, its silver paint didn’t really do it justice, however, one look at those beautifully sculpted front wings was enough to make yer average bloke go wobbly at the knees. Visitors were not allowed within six feet of it in case they dribbled on the paintwork! The S1 looks beautiful and aggressive all at the same time, a bit like when Angelina Jolie played Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider films. It does more than just look good though; under the bonnet is a 5.0 litre V8 producing over 600hp which is capable of propelling the car to speeds of 200mph plus. Just don’t try reaching that on the public roads!

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The awesome Invicta S1.

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Visitors take part in the Ferrari Formula 1pit crew challenge.

Perhaps the one group of cars that was attracting the most interest were the novelty vehicles supposedly created by the Top Gear presenters for some of their challenges on the show. Among the cars on display were James May’s battered 71 CPR Magazine

Triumph Herald sailing boat along with the ‘Lotus campervan’ and a Suzuki ‘police car.’ These rusting relics almost seemed to be even more popular than the impressive array of supercars on display, although that’s perhaps not

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Lancia Fulvia Mix Italian style and flair with good handling and performance and the result is the often under-rated Lancia Fulvia. Angie Voluti take a closer look at this retro classic.

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ecent photos of the modern, stunning, £500k Lancia Stratos prove that, once in a while, there will be a car whose lines are so clean, elegant and well-proportioned that its demise will not erase it from its admirers’ memories. Sometimes its spirit inspires even forty years later: the Lancia Fulvia, one of the most

charismatic icons of the ‘60s and ‘70s, reincarnated at the Geneva Motor Show 2003 into a concept car designed in-house by the Lancia design team and based on a Fiat Barchetta chassis. It wooed the crowds, but never made it into production. The original Fulvia earned a good reputation thanks to its numerous Rally successes at

Italian, European, International and World level. In the Seventies, the HF Coupe version outsold the Fulvia saloon – which was, by comparison, a little challenged in the looks’ department. The model was kept alive until 1976, being sold alongside the newer Lancia Beta (launched in 1973). Lancia has always been able to carve a niche in the already exclusive sportscar market because it is a maker of refined, sophisticated performance cars which are equally at ease being driven

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to its predecessor, the bigger (59bhp) unit found in its fourLancia Flavia, with which door sister. A large part of Lancia’s it shared the running gear, sitting on a shorter wheelbase success history is due to its engines. Lancia put Boxer but with the same track. Two years after the saloon’s launch, engines in its Flavia, albeit the even shorter coupé briefly. It soon came to its senses and went back to the version joined the range: it was powered by a 1.2 engine ‘V’ configuration, with such a developing 80bhp, a significant narrow angle that one engine head could still cover both improvement over the 1.1 cylinder banks. Originally used in 1918 aeroengines, the double overhead camshaft engine had variable valve timing, with one camshaft controlling the inlet and the other the outlet valves. The engine was tilted by 45° to reduce height, and each cylinder fed by twin carburettors. The engineer responsible for such masterpiece was Ettore Zaccone Mina, who had penned Formula 1 Lancia D50’s V8. When Fiat took over Lancia in 1969 such technology was abandoned, citing production costs. Three generations of engines powered the Fulvia, January 2011 77

progressively narrowing the initial angle until it reached 11° in the final version, the 1600cc. Mina had to fight to see his compact V4 being adopted in the 1.6 HF Rally, but eventually Lancia’s Reparto Corse (the competition arm), headed by Cesare Fiorio, refined the original version until it achieved the magic 100bhp per litre figure in 1968. Reparto Corse, called, in the beginning, ‘Scuderia HF’, was created to manage and co-ordinate private drivers’ activities. It boasted, among others, World Championship victories with Fulvia in 1972 and Stratos in 1974, 1975 and 1976. Fulvia’s beautiful lines, more in coupé than in saloon guise, were entirely due to in-house designer Piero Castagneto, who took inspiration from the shape of a small Riva boat. HFs are lighter thanks to the use of Peralluman alloy for their shell. 78 CPR Magazine

Zagato penned and built his interpretation of a Fulvia Coupé in 1965, which was in production until 1972. This version was entirely made in Peralluman alloy, aerodynamically superior to the standard version, light and very

Above: Fulvia Sport 2 Serie (1970-72). Left: Fulvia Coupe 1.3S Monte Carlo (1970-74). Below: Fulvia Coupe 1.6 (1967-76).

expensive. From 1968 to 1970, though, the Fulvia Coupé Sport was built using a combination of steel and alloy (only for doors, bonnet and spare tyre shelf). Because of the cost involved, Lancia soon went back to steel altogether. Fiat took over Lancia at the end of the 60s, and – despite the fact that Lancia kept collecting competition awards throughout the 70s – things changed dramatically for the worse: quality control at production line point was abandoned, suppliers’ brief became vague, cheaper materials were used and advanced technology, research and development ground to a halt. No more wooden steering wheel, dashboard, stainless steel inserts in the wheels. Good quality fabric gave way to nasty velour. A plastic radiator cover made its first appearance.

The trademark Lancia performance and handling made the cars ideal for rallying. However, electrics and braking systems improved, bigger wheels and seatbelts were fitted, a five-speed gearbox was adopted by all versions in the range, together with a collapsible steering rack. In short, the sportscar was modified to become a more appealing proposition for the mass market, thus alienating the traditional and affectionate clientele. It is also true that in the austere 70s there was no room or scope for a car such as the original Lancia Fulvia, born out of sheer love for beauty, sublime handling and driving experience. Ownership of the little pre-Fiat Fulvias did not change hands often. The Fulvia, never let down by its strong engines, refined front suspension and a sparkly personality, became

Fulvia V4 engine.

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are some features which explain why the model’s success is not exclusively due to its racing achievements. The Fulvia’s chassis is derived from the Lancia Flavia Sport, which explains road-holding, handling and driving feel. It is also one of the first Italian monocoque bodies in the car industry. Passive safety is catered for, as such body is meant to deform progressively in case of impact and the extra structure given by the subchassis is functional in adding further protection.

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Despite the fact that the Fulvia’s engine is longitudinal, with the gearbox immediately behind it, a harmonious ratio between wheelbase, track and overall weight/size ensures intrinsic balance and lower polar centre of gravity. Performance is achieved without skittishness, and the front-wheel-drive Fulvia can boast an almost neutral behaviour under wet and/or rough driving conditions, with very little understeer. The sophisticated front suspension counterbalances the relatively primitive rear

set-up, a rigid axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs and telescopic dampers. Puzzling choice by the manufacturer, if one considers that almost thirty years earlier, the Lancia Aurelia could already boast independent suspension allround. Despite that, there aren’t many classic cars available today which can deliver such a combination of every-day usability and racy ‘esprit de finesse’. What To Look For One does not need to break

the bank to purchase a good Fulvia, although HF versions are more expensive: around £3,500 will buy a basic but decent saloon, a coupé will set one back by £5,000, and Zagato/HF models can fetch up to £18,000 if in excellent conditions. Whilst Fiat-owned Lancia started churning out vehicles which were substandard in many ways, the Fulvia’s saving grace is its sophisticated engine and mechanics, which ensure that very little can go wrong. The dreaded ‘R’ word springs to mind whenever one is in

the market for a Fulvia: rust, and subsequent gaping holes, can be found in the subframe housing the engine, fuel tank, hinges, and door panels. Small, but significant details (control switches, handbrake) must be checked before buying as fixing later may prove expensive. A seriously bad Fulvia (a project one can be found at £500) may need extensive overhauling, from the carburettors to the leaf springs, new brakes, rubber bearings, shock absorbers, rust-treatment, etc. The engine

will rarely be in need of any TLC, because that’s meant to outlive the car itself. Verdict Concept car aside, if one can find a small but perfectly formed Fulvia in good condition, the experience of owning and driving a proper classic Lancia is certainly quite rewarding and unique. In a Fulvia, one can almost imagine being part of some ragged Rally; admire its understated elegance; and sample a slice of Italian ‘gioia di vivere’ (joie de vivre).

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The Shuttleworth Vehicle Collection

The Shuttleworth Collection at old Warden Aerodrome, Bedfordshire, is best known for its impressive assortment of vintage aeroplanes, but as Alan Gray found out, it also has an amazing selection of cars on display too. .


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cars on show alongside the aeroplanes, some of which you won’t find in any other museum in the country. This amazing collection is mainly down to the foresight of one man, namely the late Richard Shuttleworth. He was born in 1909 and his family made its fortune from the heavy engineering industry and the production

of agricultural machinery as part of the Clayton and Shuttleworth partnership. Richard was sole heir to the 4,600 acre (1,862 hectare) Old Warden estate that he inherited from his father at the age of 23. He began collecting cars and motorcycles while still at school and went on to enjoy a successful career in motor


Right: Richard Shuttleworth was the man responsible for starting this remarkable collection of vintage cars and aircraft. The trust set up in his name continues the vital preservation work to ensure that his legacy can be seen by future generations.

racing, winning the first British continually acquired until the to this day, including the aircraft Grand Prix at Donington Park outbreak of war in 1939, when and car collection, which first in 1935; he retired from motor Richard joined the RAF. Sadly, opened to the public in 1963. racing shortly afterwards, his life came to a premature Much of the land is farmed following a serious accident in end as the result of a flying and the mansion house, once South Africa and took up flying accident in a Fairey Battle in the family residence, became in 1936 to provide, what his 1940. He was 31 years old. a Red Cross convalescent family hoped would be a ‘safer’ As Richard had never married, home during World War Two, hobby. His first flying machine control of the estate with its although Dorothy continued was a 1928 DH.60 Hermes farms, airfield and over 100 to live there until her death in Moth in which he flew regularly properties reverted to his 1968. Following the War, the with his favourite dog; this mother, Dorothy, who set up Trust used part of the house to aircraft is still retained in flying a non-profit making trust to found an agricultural college, order by the Collection today. run it in his memory. The trust in which Dorothy took a keen A small airfield was laid out in continues to administer the interest. It is still based there the park and additional aircraft diverse interests of the estate today. January 2011 87

The 1898 International Benz on display in one of the hangars.

The 1920 Huck Starter - designed to take the strain out of aircraft starting. The success with which the opening of the collection was received by the public, has lead the trust to develop further tourist attractions on the estate, the first was the beautiful Swiss Garden which was originally laid out in the early 1800s. The garden was restored and opened to Lots on offer in the shop.

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the public in association with Bedfordshire County Council in 1981. The opening of The English School of Falconry, which lays claim to be the largest Bird of Prey Centre in Britain with around 300 birds, followed in 2001. The most recent addition is the twoacre children’s Jubilee Play

Centre, which was opened by the Duke of Edinburgh and is used by The Playing Fields Association to showcase new play equipment. By providing a broad range of entertainment for disparate tastes, the trust is able to attract families from the UK and abroad, confident that there will be something of interest for Mum, Dad, Granny and the kids. Returning specifically to ‘The Collection,’ there are over 20 vehicles on display at any one time along with about 50 aircraft. The Shuttleworth Trust has a policy of keeping all of its exhibits, including the cars, in working order and this is one of the reasons that it prefers to be labelled

It’s hard to believe, but the 1939 MGTA is one of the most modern cars in the collection.

as a ‘collection’ rather than a museum. All of the vehicles on display are in superb condition. It is difficult to pick out a particular favourite, but the 1898 International Benz must get a mention for being the oldest working vehicle on show, along with the Panhard Levassuer which was built in the same year. The International Benz looks very much like a ‘horseless carriage’ and was one of the vehicles bought by Richard Shuttleworth in the 1930s. Richard was obviously taken with the car as he entered it for the 1936 London to Brighton run, but the drive to the south coast would prove to be more challenging than he thought.

1902 Baby Peugeot.

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Richard Shuttleworth’s Railton.

He took the Benz down to London the day before the event was scheduled to start, but the following morning the car refused to start. After a little tinkering, Richard harnessed the Benz to his Railton and managed to get the vintage machine running. He set off for Brighton with

his friend Charles Martin in the passenger seat, chugging along at a leisurely 15mph. The drive went well until the car was nearing its destination, where Richard noticed cyclists passing him laughing at the car. He pulled over to inspect the vehicle and to his dismay found that the wheelbase was

getting bigger by the mile! A tie rod between the front and rear axles had broken allowing them to spread apart. Ever resourceful, Richard spotted a clothesline outside a cottage which he ‘borrowed’ to tie the two axles together and completed the run without any further problems. Among the other rarities is the rather bizarre looking Huck Starter. This is a machine designed with a particular purpose in mind – starting aeroplanes! Back in World War One and the immediate post-war years, most planes didn’t have the luxury of a starter motor and the only way to start the engine was to crank the engine by hand by ‘swinging’ the propeller. With the small low-compression engines fitted to the very earliest machines, this wasn’t

The Shuttleworth Trust Vehicle Collection Year 1898 1899 1899 1900 1901 1901 1902 1903 1903 1912 1912

Make/Model Panhard Levassuer Mors Petit Duc (Under Restoration) Benz International dogcart Marot Gardan Locomobile Steam Car Arrol Johnston Baby Peugeot Richard Brasier De Dietrich Crossley T5 Wolseley M5

1913 1920 1926 1931 1935 1937 1937 1938 1939 1943

Morris Oxford Hucks Starter Jowett Type C Austin Burnham Austin Seven Railton Fiat Topolino Hillman Minx RAF Bomb Disposal Car MG TA Fordson WOT Van

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Shuttleworth College The Shuttleworth family home is now occupied by the Shuttleworth Agriculture College. The College offers a wide variety of full-time and part-time courses, making full use of the natural resources available, which include parkland, farm land, lakes and woodland. It seems like a great place to study and many of the students even live on site in the halls of residence. According to the college, many of the students are so happy living at Old Warden that they don’t want to leave once their course has finished!

a big problem, but aircraft like the Hawker Hart with its RollsRoyce V12 came along, swing starting became a serious problem. The Huck Starter is based on a Model T Ford chassis. A chain runs from the engine to a long shaft suspended above the vehicle which engages with a spigot on the aeroplane’s propeller hub. When the plane is ready to start, the operator depresses a clutch which engages the starter shaft to the engine, which in turn starts to turn the aircraft’s prop. The whole thing works on the same principal as a starting handle as found on many vintage cars, only instead of cranking over by hand, the Huck’s motor does the work instead. The example owned by the collection was built in 1920 by the de Havilland Aircraft Company and later restored in 1952 by the London Aero Club before it was acquired by the collection. I could go on at length about each individual car, such is the depth of their histories, but the best way to find out more about them is to go along and see them for yourself! As the cars are regularly run, most are parked in the hangars alongside their aerial stable mates, however some of them are set in a vintage garage workshop diorama that lends a bit of period authenticity to the scene. Scattered around the cars are other artefacts from the earliest days of motoring, including tools, parts, enamel forecourt signs and bicycles and the effect is superb. There have been a number of recent improvements to the public facilities at Old

Some of the cars are set in period backgrounds.

1937 Fiat Topolino.

Warden in recent years as Shuttleworth Trust Marketing Manager Tony Podmore explained, and he was also keen to point out the unique nature of the Shuttleworth Collection. “Here you are buying a lifestyle, not just a ticket, you could call it a ‘period experience’. Style and nostalgia provide a popular contrast for people in austere times. We manage

the collection with a small, dedicated team but we are very dependant upon volunteers and on donations from the public, which have helped us to improve things here. Recently we have converted one hangar into a new shop, doubled the size of the restaurant and built hangar eight to display the expanding collection. It would be nice to build more in the future but January 2011 91

The Shuttleworth Collection’s 1938 Hillman Minx RAF Bomb Disposal Car.

Even motorcycles are part of the collection. there are no firm plans at the moment. We have no funding other than ticket money and donations, as the trust does not receive any grant aid from Government or other

organisations; in this way we retain control of the way the trust is run. Other areas that now help to augment income include: contracting out our engineering expertise

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to owners of vintage aircraft; film work – we assisted with 12 productions last year; the hiring of the Princess Charlotte suite for functions and providing research information via our extensive library.” The little Bedfordshire village of Old Warden has been completely dominated for centuries by this huge, semifeudal estate and in the early days one felt that the collection, whilst open to the public, was merely tolerating the ‘visiting proletariat’ and that the organisation functioned best as part of the ‘Old Boy Network’. Happily this is no longer the case and whilst there may still be cliques at work within the organisation, it is now definitely being run in a business-like manner as a modern tourist attraction.

While you are at Old Warden, make sure you visit the excellent Bird of Prey centre.

Whether you prefer this to the old regime is largely a matter of personal preference, but what is certain is that the future of the collection depends upon the public appreciation and support that this unique facility so plainly deserves. This it continues to receive, as is evidenced by its recent growth at a time when many leisure industries would consider themselves to be among the first victims of recession. Having said that, this collection doesn’t have much in the way of competition as there simply isn’t anything like it here in the UK. I’ll leave the final word to Tony Podmore: “We see ourselves as custodians of a unique place and hope to leave it a little better for our having been here.”

The beautiful Swiss Gardens at Old Warden make a tranquil diversion from the cars and planes.

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MAZDA MX-5 RENOVATION MANUAL 1989–2005 Author: Paul Hardiman RRP: £19.99. Format: Hardback. ISBN: 978 0 85733 006 2 Available From: The Mazda MX-5 is widely acclaimed as having inspired the revival of the sports car market – winning hearts and minds with its nimble handling and attractive styling. This practical guide provides expert advice on how to breathe new life into used examples of this modern-day classic, and also includes a guide on to what to look for and what to avoid when buying a used example, including imported Japanese-market Eunos models. From preventative maintenance, to the renewal of worn components and details of common problems and how to fix them, the clearly written, comprehensively illustrated text provides all the information required to run an MX-5 on a budget. Coverage extends from the first MX-5 models, introduced in 1989, to the ‘Mk2.5’ models, introduced in 2005, with details of routine maintenance and servicing procedures, renewal of components that commonly need attention on high-mileage cars, such as shock absorbers, window winders and hood (soft-top) and details of simple modifications, such as uprated lighting and brakes. Comprehensive appendices provide full technical specifications and a list of useful contacts. Art Deco and British Car Design : The Airline Cars of the 1930s Author: Barrie Down RRP: £19.99. Format: Hardback. ISBN: 978 1 84584 2529 Available From: The 2010 Formula 1 season has seen the most exciting World Championship battle for a generation, with five drivers, from three different teams, battling to the penultimate race, and four still in the hunt at the dramatic finale in Abu Dhabi. Furthermore, the title battle really did come down to the last lap of the last race – not only did Sebastian Vettel have to bring his Red Bull home safely in front, but he had to wait for five cars in between himself and rival Fernando Alonso to cross the line first before his title was assured. Now in its seventh year, and available less than two weeks after the final race in Abu Dhabi, The Official Formula 1 Season Review 2010, published by Haynes in association with Haymarket Consumer Media, provides the full, in-depth inside story of the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship, from Fernando Alonso’s victory in the untypically processional opening race in Bahrain, through to the breathtaking season climax, where Sebastian Vettel beat Fernando Alonso, Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton to the World Championship in dramatic fashion. The story is told by many of the key drivers and team personnel involved, including Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso, Mark Webber, Lewis Hamilton, Christian Horner, Adrian Newey, Martin Whitmarsh and Ross Brawn. The Official Formula 1 Season Review 2010 is the ultimate record of a remarkable season, capturing the excitement and atmosphere of each Grand Prix weekend, and providing rare behindthe-scenes insight.

Bernie - The Biography of Bernie Ecclestone RRP: £19.99 Format: Hardback ISBN: 9780857330338 Available From: Bernie Ecclestone is best-known as the architect and figurehead of modern Formula One, but he has been a constant and often controversial presence in both Formula One and British public life since the 1970s. In this exhaustive and insightful biography, initially written in close collaboration with Bernie, Susan Watkins analyses in detail his rise to prominence, from his early entrepreneurial exploits as a schoolboy to his position today as a peerless businessman and multi-billionaire. All aspects of his business and racing exploits are examined, and contrasted with intimate insight into his personal life. Love him or hate him, this book will be compelling reading for any F1 fan.

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Russian Motor Vehicles : Soviet Limousines 1930-2003 Author: Maurice A. Kelly RRP: £24.99. Format: Paperback. ISBN: 9781845843007 Available From: This is a book concerning Russian Limousines, and the Chinese models that were initially derived from them, has never been attempted before. This book investigates the whole story of why the Soviet Communist Party required such a bourgeois product, and how production was subsequently achieved. Following the orders of Stalin, work on the Limousines commenced during the first Five Year Plan (1927-1933) at the Putilov Works, late the Kirov Zavod, where the Leningrad L-1 was made in a limited number. From these beginnings, the Moscow and Gorky models emerged, and later the Chinese-derived types made with Russian aid during the late 1950s. Covering all of these models, up to the last one produced in 2003, and featuring full specifications translated from the relevant primary sources in Russian and Chinese literature, this is a meticulous and unique account of a previously neglected subject.

The Maharajas and Their Magnificent Motor Cars Author: Gautam Sen RRP: £40.00. Format: Hardback. ISBN: 978 0 85733 063 5 Available From: From a swan-necked car that ‘caused elephants and natives to flee in every direction’, to a Rolls Royce converted to transport a maharaja’s personal cricket team, The Maharajas and Their Magnificent Motor Cars provides a fascinating insight into a changing society, through the history of the maharajas’ cars. Indian royalty’s love affair with the automobile began when the first three ‘horseless carriages’ were imported into British India in 1898. In the next half century, the choicest cars with the most unusual coachwork made their way to India to satisfy the varied tastes and demands of the rajas and the maharajas. All manner of ceremonial throne cars, hunting cars, wedding cars and cars for state processions were owned by 500-odd Indian princes who tried to outdo each other in terms of pomp, glamour and splendour. This is an engaging account of 70 of the few hundred surviving cars and the stories of the extraordinary people associated with them. The Maharajas and Their Magnificent Motor Cars examines the particular role the cars played in the culture of the royalty, where some were passed down through generations or offered as dowry for marriages as it was deemed ‘shameful’ to sell them. After India gained Independence, the fortunes of the maharajas began to fade and only a handful were able to keep their wealth by converting their palaces into luxury hotels and retaining the cars bought by their ancestors. Other princely cars were bought up by Indian collectors or found their way abroad. The extraordinary Brooke ‘Swan’ Car – so named because of a huge swan’s neck curling up from its bonnet – hissed steam from its ‘nostrils’ and provoked uproar when it arrived in Calcutta, causing women to scream and carriages to career off the road. The fabulous Talbot Lago, arguably the most beautiful car in the world at the time, was given by a smitten maharaja to his beautiful British mistress, the Folies Bergere dancer Stella Mudge, as a wedding present. And a magnificent maharaja’s Delahaye 175 was owned at one time by Elton John. Gautam Sen, the ‘father’ of Indian automotive journalism has done extensive research and been afforded unique access into some of the most splendid car collections in India to create this authoritative and visually impressive study. The Maharajas and Their Magnificent Motor Cars is not just a book about cars but an insight into the privileged lives of the top tier of Indian society.

1965: Jim Clark & Team Lotus. The UK Races Author: Peter Darley RRP: £29.95. Format: Hardback. ISBN: 978-1902351285 Available From: This new publication concentrates on just one season of Jim Clark’s career. And what a season1965 was, Clark showcasing his versatility by tackling everything from Formula One to saloon cars; the Indy 500 to sports-prototypes. Compelling reading.

Secrets of Speed Author: Nick Swager RRP: £19.99. Format: Paperback. ISBN: 978-1-845842-97-0 Available From: The process of building 4-stroke engines to a professional standard, from selecting materials and planning work, right through to methods of final assembly and testing, written for the DIY engine builder in an easy-to-understand style. Containing five engine inspection and build sheets, and the contact details of approximately 45 specialist manufacturers and motorsport suppliers, the book explains build methods common to all 4-stroke engines, rather than specific makes or models. An essential purchase!

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1980 MG B GT £3950, Located in Scottish Borders TD6. Full restoration 2005 with work done since total over £11000 spent including full respray in original Vermillion. Rubber bumpers removed & lowered to chrome bumper height with uprated springs & pollybushes and spax rears. Complete ownership history known & full file of all receipts for work done. Unleaded conversion with K&N’s, AAA needles, s/s manifold & system & elctronic ignigtion. All new carpets with full leather interior. A great car always reliable and with MOT until June 2011, currently on SORN for winter but can be taxed for new owner at cost to make it a drive away purchase. Contact Philip Titley on 07795 400022 or email

Ford Escort brake linings, pads and shoes. Genuine Ford parts bought 1985 for 1981 XR3. Believe fit other 1.6 mark III models but buyer to check. Kept in dry storage from new. £25 + £9 UK carriage or collect FOC. York, UK. email: tel 01904 633872.

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MGBGT. Taxed/moted, my lightly restored Gt is for sale at £2500. Old English white, Webasco roof, woodrim, overdrive, Kenwood stereo/cd. New battery and tyres. Retro push button start and immobiliser. Mot history and full ownership record support mileage 522080. Very smooth engine and gearbox, full soundproofing, waxoyled. Retired engineers 6th mgb project. or mobile 07802 449822. View Enfield, by appointment.

Rolls Royce Silver Shadow 1, 1976, Flared wheel arch model, Only 34,000 miles, Oxford Blue, Everflex roof, Light blue upholstery, RR service history, Handbook, Service book, Build history, Tool kit, Show condition, Every MOT certificate, Tax & 12 months MOT. Truly magnificent. £14950 ono. Tel: 01362-860961 or 07802-256298. Email:

DAIMLER DS420 LIMOUSINE £10995 ONO. 7 SEAT WEDDING CAR. 89.000 MILES. MOT August 11th 2011. Black over cream. Beautiful car inside and out. Must see car ready for next wedding. Lots of photos just ring with email address. Price for quick sale. 01977-645034.

MG Midget 1500cc Unleaded Engine Full/Half Tonneau Cover, Rollover Bar. MOT December 2010, Tax April 2011. Good Condition Some Service History. 64000 Miles, Tahiti Blue £2,650.00 ono (Somerset)Tel 01458445806 Or email:

For Sale. Ford Model T Stakebed Truck NISSAN 200SX 1991 1.8 16v AUTO 1926. Fully rebuilt and balanced engine, DAIMLER DS420 LIMOUSINE £8995 ONO. 7 SEAT WEDDING CARS. SILVER 6 MONTHS MOT CAR IN gearbox, electrics, suspension. New body 75.000 MILES. MOT August 14th EXCELLENT CONDITION. NO and roof. Fitted with high-ratio Ruckstell RUST. OWNED FOR 8 YEARS 2-speed axle. Taxed (free), new MOT. 2011. Black over ivory. Beautiful car PART OF MY CAR COLLECTION Fitted with stop light and indicators for inside and out. Must see car ready for BUT I NEED THE GARAGE SPACE. safety. Drives and runs perfectly. Ideal next wedding. Lots of photo just ring CAR IS IN PLYMOUTH £999 phone vintage transporter. £9,250ono. 01235 with email address. Price for quick 07710872016 553574 Oxfordshire. sale. 01977-645034.

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TRIUMPH TR4 - 2.5 1963 Signal Red fitted CP TR6 stage 2 engine, on triple SU’s. TR5 performance, superb drive. Body-off chassis/ suspension/engine upgrades by TR specialist. Strong and reliable £15,950 ono. For spec & photos call Mike 07979 531877 or e-mail

MG MIDGET, WHITE, RUBBER BUMPER, 1979, 1500cc, 16,771 miles, luggage rack and radio, 12 months MOT and 6 months Tax. Very good condition. £2,500. Tel: 07947 551006 W.Sussex

1972 MIDGET RWA WHITE. W/W. MOT Sept 2011, Tax exempt. Garaged, restored 2001, 500 dry miles since. Some history and books. Reliable, good condition £3250. Tel 01525 385645. Bedfordshire.

Breaking a Rover Sterling 827 (G -Reg) Most parts are available! For info contact Tony on 01270 841573 or mobile 07949642830. 1979 1500 MIDGET e-mail: BROOKLANDS GREEN. £1500 MGB GT 1971, British Racing ono. Taxed Aug 2011, no MOT Green, chrome bumpers, MOT but should pass, great engine June 2011. One previous owner, some bodywork needs attention. excellent condition, full history. Selling as no time to enjoy! £4,500 ono. Tel: 01580 819 209 David 07940 534271 (Barnet) (East Sussex)

Chevrolet Corvette 1992 Auto Red LT1 47,000 miles always garaged. MOT till Oct 2011, Tax till Apr 2011. vgc. Reg Plate C20 VET incl. Unmarked black leather electric seats t/c, c/c, e/w, e/m, Bose cd/ radio included is car cover and GM Manuals. £8000 ono. tel 01242 574083. Glos.

RALEIGH WISP Moped 1967 49cc Gold. Rebuilt and painted seven years ago. Good runner, everything works. Complete with rare top engine covers and rear bag. New Mot, Taxed (free). Electronic speedo. Ideal for cyclemotor runs, nipping down the shops or put on the back of a camper. £550 o.n.o. 01235 553574 Oxfordshire.

1967 MIDGET 1725cc. Tax exempt, MOT-July 11. Garaged/ dry use. Condition 2/3. Reluctant sale, garage space needed £4,200. 01797 252921 East Sussex

1978 MIDGET 1500CC Yellow, MOT till 10/11, garaged for last 4 years. Been in family for over 10. New soft top. Full/half tonneau, some service history/receipts. £3999. Contact Ross: 07773 304463 or

1974 BGT BLUE, O/D, gearbox, starts and drives, bodywork sound but requires paint, interior and trim work, no Tax or MOT. 07807 158816 evenings £1200 Devon

MGB GT 1976, O/D, W/W, webasto. Tax 31/01/11, full MOT. Recent black leather seats, radio/ cd, speakers. 27k this engine gearbox, 1990s rebuild £13,000 bills. Tahiti blue. Valuation £6000 accept £4995. 01736 755148 Cornwall. Condition 2

1972 MGB ROADSTER, condition 1-2, Brooklands Green, original 74 MGB GT, 60k, 1800cc, shell restoration, new carpets, overdrive, SSE, undersealed, leather/green piping, 1k dry SORN, no MOT, 2.5k spent since miles, stored 13 years. FSH, full Dec04, good SH, spare tyre, CD, MOT, O/D, http://mgb.jonnyboy1. very reliable when in use, £750 £8000 ono T: 07590 364631 ono for quick sale. Contact owner by e-mail at for more info

MGB ROADSTER 1965, with overdrive, Red, Seebring bodykit, MGB GT 1979 1800cc, rubber flared arches, Wolfrace wheels, bumpers, restored, good engine wide tyres. Solid car. T&T. and gear box, alloy wheels, spare 5-bearing crank. Runs well, stiff set of steel wheels, no tax or MOT, suspension. Does need TLC. viewing recommended, Carlisle £3250 ono. 07817 850022 Day. 07584 067490 01895 236747 Eve

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