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June 2012 - Issue 15

Pretty In ...Pink! Jaguar’s V12 E-Type In The Spotlight

Donington Historic Festival - Enfield Pageant - JEC Club Profile - And Much More!


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Editorial I guess it’s a sign of the times, but we were saddened to hear that Cambridgeshire-based Lola Cars International Ltd - one of the great names in motorsport - has gone into administration. The shock announcement came on May 16, where a statement from the company blamed the “latest economic downturn and the decision of HMRC not to pay ongoing R&D tax credits” which it said had “caused a serious cash-flow problem for the business.” In the most recent statement, the company said that 28 of the 65 employees of Lola Cars have been retained, while 37 have been made redundant with immediate effect. On a slightly brighter note, the administrators added that there had been “significant interest from potential buyers” and that they are currently in discussions with prospective new owners. With Lola’s rich motorsport heritage, we can only hope that who ever takes over the business retains the Lola brand name and continues to produce some of the incredible cars that have competed in many of the endurance championships around the world, the latest of which - a Lola Judd Prototype - is being driven by actor Patrick Dempsey in the American Le Mans Series. We wish them luck. Back to this issue, and as usual we have lots of great features for you. Make sure you check out the Donington Historic Festival report which has some fantastic photos from this great event, and if you are a fan of the Jaguar marque, you will find plenty of interest with features on the V12 E-type and Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club. The latter is the first of our new ‘Club Profile’ series, so if you want us to cover your car club, get in touch! As always, we hope you enjoy reading this issue of Classic, Performance & Retro. Drive Safe!

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Classics At Old Warden: With a stunning setting like Old Warden, even the British weather failed to dampen spirits at the recent Old Warden Classic Rally and Autojumble. Simon Hazeldine went along to see what was on offer.

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Club Profile - JEC: With cars like the E-type, the MkII and the XJ220, it’s hardly surprising that the Jaguar marque has such a huge following. In the first of our club profiles, we take a closer look at the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club and find out what’s on offer to its members.

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Pretty In Pink: Just 109 Jaguar E-types were painted in the controversial factory shade of ‘Heather’ which makes them very collectable cars, despite being pink! Simon Hazeldine takes a closer look at Jaguar’s V12 powered E-Types.

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Donington Historic Festival: Now in its second year, the Donington Historic Festival promised a feast of highoctane motorsport featuring some of the most desirable cars to ever grace the race track. Simon Hazeldine went along to catch the action.

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Enfield Pageant of Motoring: The Enfield Pageant of Motoring, now in its 35th year, has built up a reputation for displaying a superb range of high-quality classic and retro cars, and when the sun shines, it makes for an excellent day out as David Harrison discovered.

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

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

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AC/DC’s Brian Johnson To Race At Silverstone Classic! (Oh...And Some Other Celebs Too!) A host of celebrities will take to the famous Silverstone track during the 2012 Silverstone Classic ‘Celebrity Challenge’. The race, which will take place on Saturday 21 July at the world’s biggest classic car racing festival, will see an all-star line-up competing in 130mph Morgan lightweight race cars around the famous Silverstone Grand Prix circuit. Celebrity drivers including Hollywood star Sir Patrick Stewart, Olympic skier Chemmy Alcott and Strictly Come Dancing’s Brendan Cole will join fellow racers Kelvin Fletcher (Emmerdale), Coronation Street’s Tony Hirst and ex-England footballer Steve Bull in the race. Other famous faces set to line up on the grid for the event, which is raising funds for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital, the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK and the RPJ Crohn’s Foundation, include Countryfile presenter Julia Bradbury, awardwinning chef Heston Blumenthal, lifestyle guru Jo Wood, ‘Comedy Dave’ Vitty from Radio 1, Sky Sports presenter Vicky Gomersall and (most importantly in our eyes!) legendary rocker Brian Johnson from AC/DC. Speaking after trying out one of the Morgans, Sir Patrick Stewart said: “I’ve raced once before, in a pro-celebrity event on the Long Beach Grand Prix circuit in California – but that was ten years ago. I’ve been in retirement since then! When the chance to drive a great British sportscar here at Silverstone came up… well, what could be better? It was just irresistible. I’m looking forward to it immensely.”

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Triumph Italia No1 Offered For Sale Cambridgeshire-based Triumph TR specialists TRGB have a very special project for sale, but it’s not one for the faint-hearted. The car is a Triumph Italia, a model which many say is the most beautiful ever produced by the British manufacturer. Only 329 Italias were built between 1959 and 1962, but the car that TRGB has for sale was the very first car off the production line - chassis number ‘one.’ The car is being sold as a restoration project and requires a considerable amount of work to put it mildly. The hardest job will be sorting out the hand-built bodywork which has suffered badly from corrosion, where as the mechanical parts should present an easier proposition as most were taken straight from Triumph’s TR3. At around £40,000, it might seem like a very expensive project, but if done properly, the finished car could be worth in excess of £100,000. Contact TRGB for more details, but don’t expect a test drive!

Essex Car Extravaganza! Colin Moles of Chelmer Valley Car Meet has taken up the challenge to organise a brand new motoring extravaganza which will be held on July 1, at Maldon Promenade in Essex, working closely with sponsorship from the local dealership of Quest Motor Group, Maldon District Council and the charity SWANS. The Promenade Park and Quay will be transformed into an eclectic mix of all forms of transport, with the iconic backdrop of barges and the historical river estuary. Colin says that it is a truly spectacular Essex location which will showcase the rich engineering heritage of Maldon. Entry will be free to the public with family amusements as well as classic cars, tractors, customised bikes and other modes of transport on show. Local firm Fullbridge Restoration Company will display Jamie Oliver’s Shoot Bus “The Cock in Cider” from his TV series, along with his wife Jools’ Mustang among their customer’s other prestigious cars. Other local motor engineering industries will have trade stands alongside several car club stands and individual entries from vintage through to retro vehicles. All profits accrued on the day will go to the local charity SWANS. If you would like to take part in any way, contact Colin Moles on 01245 268157 or email colinmoles@hotmail.com

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Yeah Baby! Austin Powers E-Type Offered For Sale Ever dreamed of doing battle with Doctor Evil? Want to take on the destructive might of ‘Mini-me’? Well, if you answered yes to both questions...you really need to get out more, but you might also want to check out this rather groovy Jaguar E-Type. It is one of two cars used to make the Austin Powers movie, ‘The Spy Who Shagged Me’ and it’s being offered for sale by Netherlands based E&R Classic Cars. Still painted in its distinctive Union Jack livery with a contrasting red soft-top, the car is one of two identical models used for the film-work. Originally built in 1970, the car was restored on 1999 and has covered 6,473 miles since that time. Sold complete with a letter of authenticity from the film production company, the car is being offered for €89,000.

Classic Cars Get Ready For Belfast Portrush Cavalcade East Antrim Old Vehicle Club is gearing up to celebrate the 11th Anniversary of its flagship Belfast-Portrush Cavalcade event on Sunday August 5, 2012. The cavalcade will assemble at Mossley Mill, home of the Newtownabbey Council from 8.30 am and spectators are welcome to go along and view the vehicles. The cavalcade will leave at the Mill at 11.00 am and pass through Manse Road, Ballyhenry Road, Sandyknowes roundabout, Antrim Road, Templepatrick, Antrim and then on to Portrush for a static display at Dunluce Centre, Portrush, from 1.00pm until 4.30 pm. Anyone who has attended this event previously will notice a change in the form for this year. Instead of travelling through different towns as in previous years, the cavalcade will go straight to Portrush for the planned display. Spectators are also welcome to view the selection of various vehicles at Dunluce Centre and there is no charge. The money raised from this event will go to the club’s chosen charity ‘TINY LIFE’ which is Northern Ireland’s only premature baby charity. Any classic car owners who would like to join in with this event should call Robert on 02890 842993 for an entry form. Vehicles eligible to enter must have been registered on or before December 1991.

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Corfu Or Bust! If you happen to be in the Derby area this month, why not pop along to Derby Market Place or Chaddesden Park to show your support David Harvey who is about to drive a Triumph-based kit car all the way to Corfu to raise money for the Help4Heroes charity. David plans to drive his Midge - which uses the chassis and running gear from a Triumph Herald - from England, across France, Switzerland and Italy before catching a ferry to Corfu. He says that on the return trip he will come back via Austria and Germany, so it really will be a true ‘European road-trip.’ “I think some people are betting on whether the car or me will make it, as we are both classics,” said David. “It took me 18 months to build the car and it has just passed its 3rd MOT and since I got it on the road it has covered just over 6,000 miles.” David will be showing off his car and raising funds for his charity at Derby Market on June 8-9 and at Chaddesden Park on June 10. If you would like to lend your support, check out David’s web page at: www.bmycharity.com/DavidHarvey

Ginetta Driver Raises £1,400 For ‘Make-A-Wish’ Charity Ginetta driver Ryan Ratcliffe is following in the footsteps of Formula One ace Jenson Button, after raising a massive £1,400 for children’s charity; the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Having been fortunate enough to have his car and running costs covered from the offset of the 2011 Ginetta Challenge season, the 18-year old from Llanelli in Wales wanted to use his hobby to raise some extra money for a good cause, and after receiving a fundraising pack from Make-A-Wish - of which is motorsport hero Button is a patron -he decided to sign up. Ratcliffe managed to convince his sponsors Genquip, CJ Bird Transport, ABNC, Abbott Designs and Groundhog to donate up to £500 each time he brought home a top three finish. Progressing from a strong debut season in the 2010 Ginetta Junior Championship into the 2011 Ginetta Challenge Championship, Ratcliffe said; “I didn’t want to keep asking my sponsors to ‘pay for this, and pay for that’, so I asked them if I could donate the money to a good cause instead. Thankfully they were happy to help! Some of the other guys in the paddock soon came around to the idea, and before long, myself and Richard Sykes would be placing bets on which of us would do better on track, with the loser putting £10 in the collection tin.” A keen fundraiser himself, Ginetta Chairman Lawrence Tomlinson said; “It’s fantastic that Ginetta are able to support Ryan and Make-A-Wish in making children’s wishes come true. Ginetta aim to fulfil young racing drivers dreams of building a career in the motorsport industry, so to use our sport to extend our hand to support children with life-threatening illnesses is extremely humbling.”

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Old Warden Park, Bedfordshire SG18 9DX A stunning location and the home of Richard ‘Mad Jack’ Shuttleworth the winner of the first ever Grand Prix in 1935 Live arena and commentary Trade stands Entertainment Camping Club entries invited - cash prizes Discounted entry to the adjacent Shuttleworth collection for all pre booked vehicles owners. Trade plots available from £40 Supported by


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‘Shoestring’ Jim Clark Rally For Luckless Swift Darlington rally driver Paul Swift saw his hopes of a good result disappear on the very last stage of this weekend’s Jim Clark National Rally but in the end was counting his blessings as he managed to limp to the finish. Along with Cumbrian co-driver Edwin Cook, the pair were showing good pace in their Motoscopebacked 2.0 litre Ford Escort Mk2 RS1800 and after a steady start around the streets of Duns in the Scottish Borders on Friday evening, they gradually climbed the leaderboard yesterday and by SS7, they were up to 17th overall and third in class. However, drama struck on the very next stage as Swift recalls: “All seemed to be going fine when the alternator belt broke and sent the engine temperature soaring. We had no alternative but to stop in stage and take the alternator off and because we didn’t have a spare belt with us, it was a case of tying a shoelace around it to work the water pump. It was a very crude method but it worked and we were able to limp back to the finish so it just goes to show that it’s never over till the fat lady sings. But talk about rallying on a ‘shoestring’, we’ve taken that to a new level this weekend!” Despite the setback, the seven times British Champion managed to bring the car home in 45th place overall and ninth in class but didn’t manage to increase his championship position in the REIS-Get Connected MSA Asphalt Rally Championship.

Classics Line Up For Woodcote Trophy Race At Brands Hatch A full grid of very varied, top-class 1950s sports cars characterised the Woodcote Trophy race on the Brands Hatch GP circuit on Sunday 27 May. Two Jaguar D-types sat side by side on the front row of the grid, with a Lotus X and Cooper Bristol T24/T25 itching to get past on row two, and a diverse mix of Astons, Maseratis, Austin-Healeys and many more lining up behind. As the race began, it was the pole-sitting D-type of Carlos Monteverde which shot off into the lead, only for him to spin his advantage away at Druids on his second lap. He recovered, dropping to fifth as a result, but had worked his way back to third in time to hand the D-type over to Gary Pearson on lap 13. By then, the race lead was firmly in the hands of the Lotus X of Malcolm Paul and Rick Bourne, the familiar red and white Lotus which was so regularly raced by the much-missed Adrian Hall (and which still carries his name on the side in tribute). As many of the more knowledgeable spectators commented, it was delightful to see the car at the front of the pack, managing to keep even the highly competitive D-type of Adrian Hall’s former co-driver, Nick Adams, and Robin Ward at bay. But, lap by lap, Gary Pearson was moving up the field and shaving fractions of a second off the Lotus’s lead – so that when the Lotus pitted on lap 19, the D-type took first place and made it stick to the end of the race. Malcolm Paul and Rick Bourne, meanwhile, held onto the second step of the podium, with the Ward/Adams D-type in third. Not all the action was at the front of the grid, however, with one heck of a battle going on between the four AustinHealeys – which finished one behind the other in 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th places. In the end, it was the 100M of Robert Rawe who led the four across the line, with the 100S of Ian Montgomery and Robert Mills following close behind, and doing superbly well to finish ahead of the other two 100Ms.

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Brundle Ready For Le Mans After Test Day Success Greaves Motorsport enjoyed a successful day in France during the Official Test Day for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with team driver Martin Brundle declaring that he was happy with the testing session. Running both of their Nissan powered Zytek ZN11SN prototypes in the LM P2 class, the primary task for the event was to get five of the team’s six drivers qualified for the race later this month, as Lucas Ordonez was the only driver in the squad who had already achieved this status. To qualify each driver has to drive ten timed laps at a competitive pace, a potentially awkward task given the length of the circuit at Le Mans and the changeable weather conditions. In car #41, Christian Zugel, Ricardo Gonzalez and Elton Julian all completed their required laps, while in #42 Martin and Alex Brundle did the same to join their already qualified team mate, Lucas Ordonez, meaning that all of the drivers will now take part in next week’s Practice and Qualifying sessions. During the eight hours on track the team tried out a number of different configurations for both cars, acquiring valuable data for the forthcoming race. The team and drivers all felt that progress had been made during the course of the day and are now looking forward to racing at the World’s greatest endurance event. Speaking after the session, Martin Brundle said: “I had to pinch myself in the driver’s briefing to believe that I was really here. It is a rare privilege to race at Le Mans again; something I didn’t think would happen in my lifetime. We have had a good day today and it is a case of mission accomplished for us. I didn’t manage to get a single clear lap, which has never happened to me before, but we have finished the day with a nicely balanced car. It is a good starting point for our race week so it will be good to pick it up again when we come back. I was a little worried at lunchtime but we had a great afternoon and we leave Le Mans tonight very happy with the position we are in.” Brundle’s son Alex also had a good day, saying: “ I was happy with our performance during the Le Mans Test Day. The car looks quick enough in everyone’s hands and the team are very calm and motivated. The lap time I delivered was all we needed to show we are in the hunt for Le Mans victory. It is clear that the LM P2 class is going to be brutal in 2012, but if we keep chipping away I am confident of a good result.” Team Manager of Greaves Motorsport, Jacob Greaves, summed up the day. “ It was a very positive Test Day for the team, getting the drivers all qualified was our first objective, which we did. We also learnt a lot about how to get the optimal set up on the car. The Nissan engine, the Zytek chassis and the Dunlop tyres are combining really well and the whole team is looking forward to the challenge against the large, high quality LM P2 grid.”

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MGOC Members Enjoy Tour Of MG Motor In Birmingham

An impressive turnout of over 200 MGs driven by MG Owners’ Club members arrived at the MG Motor HQ near Birmingham for the MG Works open day on Sunday 20th May. Their purpose was to meet up and enjoy guided tours around the factory site. As the MGs arrived they progressively took over all the available parking around the MG Motor Visitor Centre and Showroom at Longbridge. The factory tours began with a film show in the visitor centre, then a walk around the site first to Lord Austin’s office, then the MG6 GT and Magnette assembly line and finally the UK technical Centre where all the company’s design and development takes place. In the visitor centre MG Owners’ Club members were invited to look over the latest models or even take one out for a test drive, for the more sporty members there was replica of Jason Plato’s race car that could be test driven for a donation to the Help the Heroes campaign, in fact proceeds from all the activities of the MG Works Day were for this charity. Visitors to the factory were able to see and appreciate that the MG marque is alive and flourishing with the MG6 and Magnette in production with more new models the MG3 and MG5 to be launched soon. www.mgownersclub.co.uk

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GT40 Enthusiasts’ Club

Stoneleigh Success For GT40 Club The GT40 Enthusiasts’ Club assembled an impressive line-up of cars for the Stoneleigh Kit Car Show on May 6. Around a dozen cars took their place on the club stand which was decked out with club flags and regalia. As well as promoting the club to show visitors, some of the members and the club committee took the opportunity to have a brief re-run of the recent AGM so that those who missed the original meeting could stay informed of club matters. Finally, well done to the club for promoting its cars to the younger generation. As the show was winding down, a father brought his 13 year old son over to the club stand saying that his ambition was to ride in a GT40 and join the club! Pete Thompson, duly obliged and took the lad out his GT40 and he signed up and became club’s youngest ever member on his return. www.gt40enthusiastsclub.com

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Sporting Bears To Offer Dream Rides At Kimbolton The Sporting Bears Motor Club is planning a dazzling line-up of cars for one of its popular ‘Dream Rides’ events in July. The plan is for a selection of classic and performance cars to meet at the Kimbolton Country Fair on July 15, and for a small donation, visitors will be able to grab a ‘Dream Ride’ in the car of their choice. Past events have seen Ferraris, Aston Martins, Lamborghinis and other exotic cars taking passengers on the ride of a life-time, so expect a mouth-watering lineup at the Kimbolton show. www.sportingbears.org.uk


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Classics At Old Warden

With a stunning setting like Old Warden, even the British weather failed to dampen spirits at the recent Old Warden Classic Rally and Autojumble. Simon Hazeldine went along to see what was on offer.

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summer has finally arrived here in the UK. Sadly, all were absent at the recent Classic Rally & Autojumble at Old Warden in Bedfordshire, as visitors shivered in chilly temperatures under a depressingly gloomy ‘battleship grey’ sky.

It was a great shame because Old Warden Park is a fantastic location for an event like this one. Being just five minutes off the A1 means that it’s easy to reach too. Old Warden (the village) is perhaps best known for the superb Shuttleworth Collection, which features a


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Gothic Overtones

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It was this building that was once the home of Richard ‘Mad Jack’ Shuttleworth who was a keen pilot and racing driver in the 1920s and 30s; even today there is still a race series for pre-war sports cars named in his honour (see Donington Historic Festival feature).

The ancient house with its Gothic overtones makes a superb backdrop for the show and the grounds in which it is set provide enough space to accommodate several thousand cars. On a warm, sunny day, you would spend a long time trying to find a better location for a car show than this. Unfortunately, it was anything by warm and sunny at the Classic Rally and by midmorning it was obvious that the light rain and drizzle that swept the country at breakfast time had been enough to deter many owners from bringing their cars out. The number of cars and visitors was well down on what was expected and if I’m honest I really couldn’t blame them. I was cold, and I had about three extra layers on! It’s a great shame, as this


A great line-up of cars on the Old Warden ‘lawn.’ had all the makings of a really good show. The organisation was spot on from the moment I drove through the gates. Car park attendants directed the traffic into a large grassy field and it was just a short walk to the main show area. Having said that, the field had until very recently been home to a large flock of sheep, so it wasn’t long before I was wishing I had brought my wellies!

Empty Spaces As with most Greenwood Exhibitions shows, the cars were parked in areas according to year and type of car. The only downside to this system was that with many cars not showing up, it meant that there was sizeable gaps between some of the categories so that the show looked a little sparse in places. It was a fact acknowledged by event organiser Stephen Smith. “I hate these empty

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The classic lines of the Mk1 Ford Capri. spaces,” he told me. “They There were some wonderful should all be filled with cars displays, but I think my which we had booked in, but if favourite was seeing they don’t show up because of the wonderful line-up of immaculate Ford Capris from the weather, there isn’t much we can do.” the local Ford group. Okay, there might only have been

Live Action

At the centre of the show area was the ‘Live Action Arena’ which was hosted by knowledgeable enthusiast Steve Reddway, who is also Editor of the TR Register’s club magazine. Providing the commentary on a show like this is never an easy thing because you simply can’t plan for it; you never know what is going to turn up. It is a credit to Steve that he spoke with authority on such a wide range of cars and his entertaining style certainly seemed to be a hit with the visitors at Old Warden.

four cars in total (Two Mk1s and Two Mk2s) but they were in such amazing condition that they looked like they had just rolled off the production line. Away from the ‘live action,’ the autojumble was benefitting

There was a number of American classics at the show, including this stunning Ford Mustang.

Immaculate Capris During the day, some of the car clubs in attendance were invited to take their cars into the arena where the owners were interviewed and the cars put on display.

This lovely MGTA simply oozed period charm. June 2012 25


Beautiful Ford Model T...and no, it’s not black! down well, so at least one vendor wasn’t complaining about the chilly weather!

Chris Barrie

TV star Chris Barrie (left), show compère Steve Reddway (centre) and organiser Stephen Smith (right). from a steady stream of visitors. There seemed to be everything and anything available, from nuts and bolts right up to complete cars requiring restoration, and all the tools you will need to 26 www.cprmag.com

rebuild them with. There was also the usual selection of food vendors selling a wide variety of gourmet delights such as pizza, baked potatoes and hot dogs. The hot drinks certainly seemed to be going

One of the main attractions at the show was the appearance of TV star Chris Barrie, famous for his roles in Red Dwarf and the Brittas Empire. Of course, Chris is also a dedicated ‘petrolhead’ and has also made programmes such as Britain’s Greatest Machines, Massive Engines, Massive Machines and Massive Speed, where he looks in detail at some amazing machinery. He also owns a small fleet of classic cars, including a Triumph TR2 and an E-type Jaguar. Chris’ had two roles at the show; the first was to pick out his ‘cars of the show,’ and secondly to present his ‘100


Massive Machines Live Show’ which was staged inside large marquee adjacent to the autojumble. I should point out that there was a small additional charge for tickets to the presentation. This took the form of a slideshow with Chris talking in depth about some of the machines that he featured in his TV programmes. He gave a fascinating insight into what went into the filming and also his thoughts on some of the mechanical stars of the show. Naturally, the whole thing was delivered in Chris’ unique comic style and the audience certainly seemed to enjoy hearing about some of the more amusing incidents that occurred during the filming. He did a great job during the presentation, even though the bright light inside the marquee made some of the projected slide images difficult to see clearly. The whole presentation lasted for nearly an hour-and-a-half, and when you consider that the charge to see this show was a mere three quid, it was undoubtedly excellent value for money.

Classy classic! This Jaguar XK150 was gleaming, despite the lack of sunshine.

Flawless paintwork on this 1966 Triumph Herald.

King’s Favourite

Back outside, the weather still showed no real signs of improving at the seemingly unshiftable grey blanket remained stubbornly in place. I spent the rest of the afternoon walking around some of the cars that were on display and found one or two that really interested me. One of these was a 1935 Humber Snipe Pullmann Limousine that was once a favourite of King George VI; I’m sure he would have liked this car too as it was in

The Humber Snipe Pullmann Limousine was once a favourite of King George VI. immaculate condition. Another car which caught my eye, and also that of Chris Barrie, was the beautiful 1934 Packard 1103 Super8.

It has only been in the UK since 2008 and is owned by Terry and Evelyn Cantello. According to the owner, ‘Jean Luc’ as the car is known only June 2012 27


TV star Chris Barrie presented his ‘100 Greatest Machines Live’ show at Old Warden

the class winners at the event. Instead of the more traditional trophies and rosettes, the winners were presented with a china mug bearing the show logo with ‘class winner’ emblazoned across it.

Military Might!

An attractive 1953 Citroen ‘Six.’ gets used for car shows and the occasional wedding, and while it is undoubtedly in great shape, Terry says that he 28 www.cprmag.com

plans to do some tidying work, mainly in the interior. The day was concluded with the prize giving for each of

The first vehicle into the Live Action Arena was the ‘Best Military Vehicle’ which went to a rather aggressive looking Alvis Spartan Armoured Personnel Carrier which is believed to have served as recently as 1991 in the Gulf conflict. It has a respectable top speed of 50mph (both forwards and reverse!) although unfortunately for the


Spotted: humorous sticker in the back window of a Morris Minor.

owner, it only returns 4-5mpg! Luckily, the Spartan is only based about seven miles from Old Warden, so the trip there cost just under £30. Next into the arena were all the class winning cars led by John Wallett’s pristine 1969 Rover P5B. This was followed by Ken Wright in a tidy 1972 Triumph Stag and Terry Cantelo in the previously mentioned 1934 Packard Super 8. Chris Barrie was on hand to chat to each of the owners about their cars and of course present the winners’ prizes.

Each classic driver at the show received a commemorative ‘Tax Disc.’

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The winning cars: (L-R) Rover P5B, Triumph Stag, Packard Super 8 Sedan and Jaguar 2 /12 Litre Sports Saloon.

Chris Barrie (left) with the award winning owners. which was a completely original 1947 Jaguar 2 1/2 litre MkIV Sports Saloon owned by Alan Filby. This is one of those true unmolested ‘time capsule’ classics and still 30 www.cprmag.com

wears its original paintwork. The finish is starting to show signs of its age now, and has been patched up in a few places, but it’s still in remarkable condition.

Chief judge Barrie had said earlier that he prefers original cars over restored machines, so it came as no surprise that the Jaguar got the nod as car of the show. “There are some beautiful cars here today,” said Chris, “and although this car is not concours, it has a great original patina. I had pretty much made up my mind that this was the winner, but when Alan showed me the completely original tool kit, that swung it for me!”

Great Success

Despite the gloomy weather, the show was a resounding success and the cars that turned up certainly made


This originalJaguar 2 1/2 Litre Sports Saloon won Car of the Show award.

Class winners were presented with an attractive commemorative mug.

Jamiroquai frontman Jay Kay navigates the Palmer Bend on the new in-field section at Snetterton. an interesting spectacle. Combined with Chris Barrie’s excellent 100 Greatest Machines presentation, it made for a really good day out, and judging by the number of people I saw carrying various spare parts around, the autojumble was a success too. Greenwood’s next event is at Woburn on June 17, for the Fathers’ Classic Day Out show, which promises another dazzling array of classics, so why not take your car along too? They will also return to Old Warden on August 12 for the Classic, Kit & Performance Show, so stick that one in your diary too.

Gas guzzling Spartan won the Best Military Vehicle award.

Sparse interior.

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Clubprofile

With cars like the E-type, the MkII and the XJ220, it’s hardly surprising that the Jaguar marque has such a huge following. In the first of our club profiles, we take a closer look at the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club and find out what’s on offer to its members.

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aguar is certainly one of the most iconic marques in the classic car scene and the cars from the Coventry-based manufacturer are as popular today as they were when they first rolled off the production line at the famous Browns Lane factory. The manufacturer used a 32 www.cprmag.com

simple formula to create its cars, with Jaguar boss Sir William Lyons insisting that each model had “grace, space and pace.” It was those three words that would define the brand and make it a global success, both on road and track. It comes as no surprise then,

that there is a healthy club scene catering for just about every model of Jaguar ever produced, and one of the biggest organisations is the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club (JEC), based in Bristol. We spoke to club stalwart Terry Dye, who is also the club’s Competition Secretary, and


Jaguar cars lined up outs ide the club headquarte ’s rs in Bristol.

asked him how the JEC got started. “The Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club was formed in December 1984, by 13 enthusiasts who felt the club scene at that time didn’t offer enough for Jaguar owners, particularly those who liked to get their hands dirty by maintaining or restoring

their SS, Jaguar or Daimler cars. The objective was to assist these enthusiasts, in a friendly and informal manner, and try to help them keep their cars on the road with the minimum of cost.” So who set up the club and what was the club like in the

early days? “The club was originally set up in the study of one of the founding members, Graham Searle. It wasn’t an ideal situation, but it served a purpose and it got things moving in the right direction. The club quickly outgrew this small environment and within June 2012 33


The JEC stand at last year’s Silverstone Classic.

Remember when you could pick up a scruffy MkII for a few hundred pounds? 18 months, the JEC had over 2,000 members, identifying the organisation as the fastest growing one-marque Club in the UK. This rapid expansion eventually necessitated a move to a new larger office, and in 1999 the club relocated to the Old Library in Filton, Bristol.” 34 www.cprmag.com

from a couple of part-time roles to the full-time positions we have today. Graham Searle is still there as General Manager, and he is supported by James Blackwell who works as Assistant General Manager and runs the Club Merchandise department. We also have some enthusiastic and experienced office staff; Lynne Searle, Phillipa Fox, Helen Norris & Marilyn Baldwyn, who handle general queries, membership renewals, events and services, together with regional support around the country. Graham also provides insurance valuations.”

Is the club still based in that building? No, the continued growth in members & services gave the club the opportunity What does the club offer in to purchase its own larger premises at Abbeywood Office the way of services to its members? Park, Filton, Bristol. The staff at the office has also increased “Within the first twelve months steadily since the early days, the club had developed


significantly and started producing its own glossy A4 monthly magazine. The club also set up its own spares department and a technical advice service to help members with any problems they might be having with their cars. This spares service is available to members only and consists of a number of products not readily available elsewhere. The club remanufactures all tools applicable to older Jaguars (spring compressors, hub pullers etc.) “The range of facilities and services has expanded over the years to encompass not one but three, club insurance schemes. These are run by Footman James, Adrian Flux & Peter D James. Specialist model seminars are also held on a regular basis, normally

at Jaguar Cars in Coventry. On top of that, the club also arranges major events and trips and the JEC office also supplies the largest selection of Jaguar memorabilia available anywhere, as well as a comprehensive range of clothing, models, books & other regalia.”

The club is obviously very active here in the UK, but is it only open to British-based Jaguar owners? “No, we pride ourselves on being a very international club which operates in 72 national and international regions. We have 22 overseas membership regions which span from

JEC General Manager Graham Searle’s MKVIII saloon. June 2012 35


The Jaguar MkII has a very loyal following within the club.

The JEC has its own well supported race series. Austria to South Africa. These regions run a series of local & national events, including monthly ‘noggin and natter’ evenings at local hostelries, video and talk shows, visits to local specialists and monthly comprehensive newsletters on regional activities. The regions also run their own tours, trips & meetings, mainly during the summer months.” 36 www.cprmag.com

The club magazine is something you are obviously very proud of; can you tell us a little more about it? “Yes, it’s a monthly 132-page magazine called ‘Jaguar Enthusiast’ and it contains everything from full month-onmonth restorations to details on social events, along with small scale model news to details on any planned new

Jaguar cars. The magazine is edited by Nigel Thorley, who is also one of the original club founders. In recognition of his work, Nigel was awarded ‘Best Editor of the Year’ in 1997 by Classic Car magazine and ‘Jaguar Enthusiast’ has won the prestigious ‘Club Magazine of the Year’ award, presented by Classic Car magazine, a total of three times. Incidentally, the JEC has also been voted ‘Club of the Year’ by the same organisation.” So does the club have any official links to Jaguar, or is it endorsed by the manufacturer in any way? “We have a very good working relationship with the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust, recently renamed Jaguar Heritage, the historic arm of Jaguar Cars Ltd, and


JEC Northern Day at Thorsbury Hall.

that is something we are very proud of. We work very closely together to further appreciation of the marque. The JEC refurbished a Series1 XJ6 which belonged to Sir William Lyons, the founder of Jaguar, for the Trust along with the original Series 3 E-Type press car. The club also restored a unique Series2 XJ which was the Jaguar Chairman’s daily transport and was used as a development car by the company, and we also rebuilt an historic Mark 1 and the concept Daimler Corsica, which needed completely rewiring and an engine! This work was carried out by Dave Marks Garages, one of the JEC Technical Advisers.”

just about every possible form of motorsport, from Formula1 to the Le Mans 24 Hour Race. Reflecting this, the club has a very active Racing Section which takes part in a wide range of competitive events in the UK and mainland Europe. I asked Terry to tell me a bit Jaguar has a rich history when more about the racing side of it comes to racing, and its cars the club. “The Racing Section was have competed in, and won,

The club’s stand at the NEC Classic Motor Show. established in 1998 following the success of a ‘Jaguar XK50’ race meeting at Donington Park in Leicestershire. The event was held to celebrate 50 years of the famous Jaguar XK Engine, and then the following year a race series for Jaguar XKs (1948-1961) was formed. That first race series was such a success that the club gradually added to June 2012 37


This stunning E-Type is owned by JEC General Manager Graham Searle.

If you want wheel-to-wheel racing, join the JEC! it and now we run four or five race series’ each year. These consist of; Jaguar XKs, Jaguar Saloons, Jaguar XJS, E-Types, and also a series called ‘Powered by Jaguar’ which, as the name suggests, is for any Jaguar-powered car. Since then our cars have raced at Zandvoort in Holland as part of the British Sports Car Festival, 38 www.cprmag.com

Laguna Seca in the USA, Spa in Belgium, Monthlery and Angouleme in France and Phoenix Park in Ireland. Additionally, some of our XKs also regularly take part in the Historic Le Mans events and others have raced at Daytona & Sebring in the USA. “Recently we had a record 44 Jaguar XKs take to the grid at

the prestigious Silverstone Classic, which was truly a sight to behold, and an event at Donington Park in 2001 even saw the great Stirling Moss take part in our E-Type race. “JEC Racing also runs two or three ‘trackdays’ each year where all makes of road car are welcome. Free tuition is provided to help people get the best out of the car & drive in a safe & controlled environment. It is a great opportunity to explore both your own and your car’s potential in a strictly controlled & safe environment.” Apart from the Racing section, I gather that the club also takes part in a number of shows around the country.


One of cars on the JEC’s Route 66 American Tour. Are these a good place to find out more about the club? “Absolutely! The Club has a stand at most of the major classic motoring shows such as the Footman James (NEC) Classic Car Show, Race Retro (Stoneleigh) & many others. We also take the stand over to the world-famous Techno Classica in Essen, Germany. The club also holds two International rallies each year, with one in the north of the country, and another in the south. “The JEC Stand is usually manned by club members at these shows, so you can find out first-hand how they have benefitted from the club. We also usually have some of the office staff go along too, so they can answer any questions of an ‘official’ nature. Perhaps

The JEC stand at Race Retro at Stoneleigh. the biggest attraction on the club stand is the JEC raffle, where we actually give away a Jaguar car as the main raffle prize. This year the car is Jaguar XK Coupe & proceeds from the raffle will go to Troop Aid. A different Jaguar theme is featured at every show with an example of a particular model on display, including

competition cars. For example, 2011 was the 50th anniversary of the E-Type, so the stand usually had at least one or two examples on show. “Over the years, we have also worked closely with the organisers of the largest one make Spares Day in the world. In March and October of each year, over 120 June 2012 39


Cars and owners on the JEC Tour of South Africa. stallholders and over 2,000 enthusiasts descend on the National Agriculture Centre at Stoneleigh in Warwickshire to find that elusive part, or just to browse and talk about all things Jaguar. The club also has a spares & regalia stand at this show too.” If the idea of taking your Jaguar abroad appeals to you, then the JEC organises a number of excursions each year that combine top class facilities with some great driving routes, as terry explained. 40 www.cprmag.com

“The social side is an important element of the club, and the two International rallies play an important part in that. We also run successful tours to France, Germany, South Africa & the USA and these are enthusiastically welcomed by host countries. These tours are primarily sight-seeing trips which allow members to meet fellow enthusiasts, with functions & visits to places of interest planned each day. The club also provides a full technical backup service to ensure the journeys go smoothly. Perhaps the most

popular of the overseas events are the annual visits to the Le Mans 24 Hour Race and the Historic Le Mans event. The next tour planned for this year is the Entente Cordiale; a seven-day tour of the Loire Valley which takes place on June 15-21. Other 2012 tours include: Jersey on September 12-16, and USA/Canada from September 26, until October 15. “In addition to the planned tours, races & local events, the club is also hosting the International Jaguar Weekend at Weston Park, Shiftnall,


Shropshire, on June 23-24. This promises to be a great event for Jaguar fans as we will have the Jaguar XJ220 development team at the show, along with Win Percy (Jaguar works driver) and Norman Dewis (Test Driver for Jaguar Cars including the C & D Type). There will be lots of other attractions too, including a gala dinner, a hog roast, RAF Attendance & much more. Full details can be found on the club Website.” I was certainly impressed with what I heard about

the club. I like the way it runs the international tours which provide a great way to see interesting parts of the world, and meet fellow enthusiasts. I was also impressed with its spares and technical advice programmes; if a part or specialist tool is no longer available, the club will often try to get it back into production, or produce a limited run themselves. This is a brilliant way of ensuring that the Jaguar cars and the brand’s rich history, remains on the road for many years to come. If you own a Jaguar car,

or even if you are just a fan of the Jaguar marque, then the JEC is a great organisation to be part of. Just check out the club’s website for more details. Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club Address: Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club Abbeywood Office Park Emma Chris Way, Filton Bristol, BS34 7JU. Telephone: +44 (0) 1179 698186 Website: www.jec.org.uk

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Pretty In Pink Just 109 Jaguar E-types were painted in the controversial factory shade of ‘Heather’ which makes them very collectable cars, despite being pink! Simon Hazeldine takes a closer look at Jaguar’s V12 powered E-Types.

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he Jaguar E-Type; the King of British sports-cars. Available in Black, Blue, Red, White, British Racing Green and a range of other traditional colours. And Pink. Yes, Pink. When Gary Bates - proprietor of our local Triumph specialist TRGB - told me that he had a Pink E-Type in his showroom, I thought he must have been at the Sherry again. Could this be the automotive equivalent 42 www.cprmag.com

of ‘pink elephants’? No, it was genuine, and what’s more, this wasn’t some tacky ‘Jordanesque’ re-spray by a previous owner with more money than taste, Gary assured me that it actually left the factory like that. There’s something about Jaguars; they are quintessentially British, like strawberries and cream, red telephone boxes and tennis at Wimbledon. They

ooze class and quality like no other, and while the Coventry manufacturer had a well earned reputation for building performance cars that handled as good as they looked, the E-Type looks most


at home gliding gracefully up a tree-lined driveway to a large country manor house, the burble from its exhaust accompanied only by the

crunching of its tyres on gravel. Yes, perhaps that scenario is just one big cliché, and let’s face it, plenty of those have been used over the years to describe the E-Type, but the

point I’m making is that this is one of those cars that you simply don’t muck about with. Jaguar nailed perfection with it’s first attempt, so why mess with it? Keep things traditional. June 2012 43


Even painted pink, the Jaguar E-Type still looks good!

Cardinal Sin? That leads me back to this Pink car. It is anything but traditional. Painting an E-Type Pink is like making James Bond wear a dress. It should be a cardinal sin, for which the offender should be tarred and feathered. Twice. At least that’s what I thought before I saw the car. As I arrived at TRGB’s Cambridgeshire base, I saw 44 www.cprmag.com

the E-type parked outside, basking in the hot sunshine. It looked...er...actually quite good. I had expected a visual abomination that would offend my eyes and leave me begging for the darkest of sunglasses, but as it happened, the dusky pink hue actually suited the elegant lines of the ‘big cat’. Thankfully, it wasn’t the ‘Barbie’ shade of Pink that I

had visualised. The factory name for the colour is ‘Heather’ (paint code 9204) and it is far more subtle than I had imagined it would be. It was a shade applied just 109 cars in 1973 and 1974, and those years provide a clue as to why the colour was deemed acceptable by the Jaguar hierarchy. Those of you old enough to remember will recall that the


That long sweeping bonnet hides the massive 5.3 litre V12 powerplant.

70s were defined by some pretty lurid colours, where it was not uncommon to see people wearing purple flares and lime green shirts, or a similarly brash combination. Kitsch was the order of the day, as bands like Slade, The Bay City Rollers and T-Rex provided the soundtrack to the

Steel wheels deal with the V12’s massive torque much better than wires.

decade that taste forgot. Car companies cashed in on the demand for garish colours and offered just about every shade in the rainbow in an attempt to lure customers into their showrooms. I still remember the metallic purple Capris, the Daytona Yellow Cortinas and the Limeflower

MGBs; none of which I would have opted for, but they certainly brightened up the otherwise dull British roads.

Matching Trim Of course, the wacky colours were not just restricted to the exterior paintwork; in many cases the interior got the same treatment too. In the case of the ‘Heather’ Jaguars, matching seats and trim were installed inside the car, although I use the word ‘matching’ in the loosest sense. The E-Type cockpit isn’t quite as subtle as the outside, but I am impressed to see Pink carpet where most manufacturers would have taken the easy option and gone for Black. This particular car is about as original as they come having never been restored, and it’s fair to say that it is showing June 2012 45


Just look at those beautifully sculpted headlights!

Above: Just look at those beautifully sculpted headlights! Left: Petrol flap reveals...the filler cap! (what else were you expecting?) Below: The twin tail-pipes deliver that delightful V12 roar.

signs of its age. It was built in 1973 and has covered just over 61,000 miles in its 39 years on the road, and passed through the hands of just three owners, with the last custodian owning the car since 1978. It has been reasonably well cared for, but it has had its fair share of scrapes too, once loosing an argument with a lorry in France that left it needing a new bonnet. Generally though, it is a good solid car that just requires a cosmetic renovation. Oh, and an engine rebuild! Yes, that big V12 under the bonnet decided to fail when 46 www.cprmag.com

the last owner took the car for an MOT test. The engine had been swapped for a rebuilt exchange unit about five years ago, and given the V12’s reputation for its robust

qualities, it should have easily lasted for another 100,000 miles. However, while the car was up of the inspection ramp, the engine suddenly stopped. A subsequent investigation later revealed that the rear oil seal had dried up which led to one of the main bearing shells on the crankshaft to start turning, effectively welding itself to the block in the process. As you can appreciate, that will require some fairly major surgery to repair.

What To Look For If you are in the market for an E-Type, what should you look for? The answer to that


Looks amazing doesn’t it? The cathedral isn’t bad either!

question obviously depends on what sort of car you are looking at buying. Is it a top notch concours example or perhaps a project car? Prices vary wildly; the less popular 2+2 cars can be had for £5,000 for a tatty project car, where as a genuine factory Lightweight which is ‘on the button’ can set you back over £1million. There was a time when the Roadsters were selling for nearly twice as much as the fixed-head cars, but recent years have seen the gap close considerably.

Above: The Roadster cars look so streamlined with the roof folded down. Right: Just in case you were wondering what was under that bonnet...

Powerplant From its introduction in 1961 and for the following decade, the E-Type was fitted with the well respected XK engine. This highly engineered unit has June 2012 47


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The Jaguar’s awesome V12 engine.

an unburstable feel about it, but like any true thoroughbred, they do require lots of care and attention. Neglect the engine on an E-Type and you can expect problems. Big expensive problems. The V12 unit, as fitted in the ‘Heather’ E-Type in this article, was first installed in 1971. It sounds great, and like the XK units, if maintained correctly could easily last for 200,000 miles before requiring a rebuild. If it’s neglected, it could suffer from over-heating and a ‘lumpy’ running engine could mean that it has suffered from excess heat at some point in the past causing the alloy cylinder heads to distort. The main reason for this is owners failing to sufficiently maintain the anti-freeze, or worse still, using water as coolant; this causes the alloy engine parts to rapidly corrode, leading

Engine access is good with the bonnett open. to blocked waterways and eventually an over-heating engine. Oil pressure on the V12 should ideally be around 50-55lbs at 2,500rpm, although even 40-45lbs is deemed acceptable by many. The rear crank oil seal is one of the primitive ‘rope-type’ seals and they are prone to leaking, especially if

not fitted properly. A special tool is required to ‘pre-size’ the seal and by all accounts it is not a job for the amateur or faint-hearted. It is a job for the pros, and even they will take up to 60 hours to complete the job. The trick to keeping the seal in good shape is to use the car. If used infrequently, the seal will June 2012 49


The ‘Heather’ cars had matching ‘Pink’ trim. dry out and quickly wear. A full professional rebuild of the Jaguar’s V12 engine will cost well over £4,000 so it pays to buy a car where the unit is proven good condition or has been rebuilt by a reputable company - ask to see receipts! one bit of good news is that 50 www.cprmag.com

you can happily run the V12 on standard unleaded petrol as hardened valve seats were fitted by the Jaguar factory. How’s that for foresight! Even changing something as innocuous as the rubber coolant hoses can turn out to be a big job on the V12

as there are 20 individual hoses in total, and to get at some of the upper hoses, the water rails and carburettors must be removed. It pays to buy the correct hoses from a Jaguar specialist too, as the coolant system runs at the comparatively high pressure of 45lbs. SNG Barratt sells a complete V12 hose kit for £73.03, plus about another £10.00 for a set of clips. Buy cheap, and you could regret it.

Transmission Usually the V12 cars were fitted with three-speed Borg Warner automatic gearboxes, but the ‘Pink’ car in our feature has the rather more desirable four-speed manual box. Like


the engine, the gearbox is a robust, hard-wearing unit and won’t usually cause any major problems. The most common fault is a weak syncromesh on second and third gears, which can make gear changes awkward when the car is cold.

Running Gear Most of the standard checks will suffice when carrying out a pre-sale inspection on an E-type’s running gear. With the rear of the car jacked up you can check for ‘play’ or worn bushes by rocking the wheels; a tiny bit of movement is normal - no movement at all could mean that the bearings are too tight which leads to over-heating and premature failure. While the back end is jacked up, it is also wise to remove the rear wheels and check the axle cage mounts for signs of wear or perished rubber. Poor brake performance can be attributed to oil leaking from the diff onto the inboard rear brakes, so check these

too. Lower hub pivots need regular greasing or they will quickly wear and eventually seize; a creaking noise from the rear suspension is the biggest giveaway. It’s a similar story at the front end. A little movement is normal; excessive play could be down to a worn bearing or failing wishbone ball-joints. These joints can be shimmed out to take up any slack, but if they are still sloppy then

replacements will be required. The steering unit is usually problem free, but the column joints can wear. That is a fairly easy fix and the parts are readily available. Brakes are straightforward, but the self-adjusting mechanism on the handbrake can seize if neglected. Keep it well greased and you won’t have any problems. One final point to check on the V12 cars is the wheels, especially if it’s

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E-Type V12 Roadster 5.3 Litre V-12 Four-Speed Manual 105in (2,667mm) 184.5 in (4,686 mm) 66.1 in (1,679 mm) 48.1 in (1,222 mm) 7.3 seconds 154mph

running on wires. The huge amount of torque generated by that massive engine means that the splines on the wirewheel hubs must be in nothing less than excellent condition. If they are worn, consider replacing as a hefty shove on the throttle could strip the hubs. Overall the V12 E-Types represent good value for money when compared to other prestige marques. Always buy the best car that you can afford and don’t be 52 www.cprmag.com

lured in by underpriced cars. A tatty Roadster for £15,000 will almost certainly need £50,000 spending on it to bring it up to top condition, so keep that in mind when choosing your car. As for that Pink car, well I guess it’s a matter of personal taste. Speaking to some of the other guys at TRGB, I was surprised to learn that the colour had grown on them too, although they did state that in rather over-exaggerated manly voices. It’s certainly a

Above: Even in Pink, the Jaguar E-Type looks absolutely stunning.

rarity and you could almost guarantee that if you took it along to a car show, it would be the only Jaguar there painted that colour. Pretty in Pink? Absolutely! Special thanks to TRGB for letting us use the E-type featured in this article. The car is currently for sale, so if you are interested, contact TRGB on 01487 842168 or see www.trgb.co.uk


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June 2012

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

Date Venue

Organiser

Noise Level

Status

1

Castle Combe 

Castle Combe 

100

OPL

2

Mallory Park 

Apex Track Days 

105

OPL

2

Wittering (RAF) , 1.8 mile

Javelin Trackdays 

102

OPL

2

Pembrey 

Pembrey Circuit 

105

Sessions

3

Pembrey 

Pembrey Circuit 

105

Sessions

4

Spa Francorchamps 

Gold Track 

107

OPL

4

Abbeville 

Lotus on Track 

98

OPL

4

Blyton Park , 1.6 Mile Circuit

Javelin Trackdays 

105

OPL

4

Pau Arnos 

Wheelsports 

OPL

5

Spa Francorchamps 

Gold Track 

5

Nogaro 

Wheelsports 

107

OPL

6

Knockhill 

Knockhill 

105

OPL

6

Snetterton , 300 circuit

ClubMSV 

105

OPL

7

Brands Hatch , Indy

ClubMSV 

105

OPL

88

OPL

7

Croft , Full Circuit

Javelin Trackdays 

7

Haute-Saintonge 

Wheelsports 

8

Silverstone , International Circuit Mitsubishi Lancer Register 

105

OPL

8

Cadwell Park , Full Circuit

105

OPL

Javelin Trackdays 

Sessions OPL

8

Castle Combe 

Motorsport Events 

100

OPL

8

Anglesey , Coastal Circuit

BookaTrack.com Ltd 

102

OPL

8

Blyton Park , 1.6 Mile Circuit

Javelin Trackdays 

105

OPL

9

Mettet , Beautiful Belgium

DriversDays 

95

OPL

9

Elvington , Airfield

Javelin Trackdays 

98

OPL

9

Mallory Park 

Javelin Trackdays 

105

OPL

9

Lydden 

Lydden Hill Race Circuit 

105

OPL

9

Shakespeare County Raceway 

Shakespeare County Raceway 

N/A

Sessions

9

Santa Pod Raceway, RWYB

Santa Pod Raceway 

N/A

Sessions

9

Blyton Park 

TrackCulture 

105

OPL

9

Wittering (RAF) , 1.8 mile

Javelin Trackdays 

102

OPL

10

Shakespeare County Raceway 

Shakespeare County Raceway 

N/A

Sessions

10

Blyton Park 

Apex Track Days 

105

OPL

10

Blyton Park , 1.6 Mile Circuit

Javelin Trackdays 

105

OPL

11

Castle Combe 

MGs on Track 

100

Sessions

11

Brands Hatch , Indy

ClubMSV 

105

OPL

11

Cadwell Park , Full Circuit

Javelin Trackdays 

105

OPL

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Keevil 

Motorsport Events 

100

OPL

12

Brands Hatch , Indy

ClubMSV 

105

OPL

12

Oulton Park , International

Circuit Days 

105

OPL

12

Brands Hatch , Indy

Circuit Days 

105

OPL

13

Donington Park 

BookaTrack.com Ltd 

102

OPL

13

Donington Park 

BookaTrack.com Ltd 

105

OPL

14

Snetterton , 300 and 200

Javelin Trackdays 

105

OPL

15

Abingdon 

Motorsport Events 

100

OPL

16

Cadwell Park 

Opentrack Track Days 

105

OPL

16

Santa Pod Raceway, RWYB

Santa Pod Raceway 

16

Blyton Park , 1.6 Mile Circuit

Javelin Trackdays 

17

Kirkistown 

Trackskills 

102

OPL

18

Castle Combe 

BHP Trackdays 

100

OPL

20

Cadwell Park 

ClubMSV 

105

OPL

20

Brands Hatch , GP circuit

Gold Track 

101

OPL

20

Oulton Park 

Easytrack 

105

OPL

20

Blyton Park , 1.6 Mile Circuit

Javelin Trackdays 

105

OPL

21

Donington Park 

RMA 

112

OPL

22

Oulton Park , Drifting

ClubMSV 

105

OPL

22

Hullavington 

Motorsport Events 

100

OPL

23

Barkston Heath 

Javelin Trackdays 

100

OPL

23

Mallory Park 

Javelin Trackdays 

105

OPL

24

Blyton Park , 1.6 Mile Circuit

Javelin Trackdays 

105

OPL

25

Snetterton , 300 circuit

ClubMSV 

105

OPL

25

Bedford Autodrome 

Easytrack 

102

OPL

26

Oulton Park , Full circuit

BHP Trackdays 

105

OPL

26

Castle Combe 

BookaTrack.com Ltd 

100

OPL

26

Rockingham, Various Tracks

Rockingham 

98

OPL

27

Bedford Autodrome , GT

Lotus on Track 

87

OPL

28

Cadwell Park 

ClubMSV 

105

OPL

29

Castle Combe 

Castle Combe 

100

OPL

29

Cadwell Park 

ClubMSV 

105

OPL

29

Donington Park 

BookaTrack.com Ltd 

102

OPL

30

Santa Pod Raceway, RWYB

Santa Pod Raceway 

28

Silverstone , GP

Gold Track 

105

OPL

28

Bedford Autodrome 

Easytrack 

102

OPL

29

Knockhill 

Knockhill 

105

OPL

29

Zolder 

Lotus on Track 

95

OPL

OPL 105

OPL

OPL

29

Oulton Park 

Easytrack 

105

OPL

30

Cadwell Park , Full Circuit

Javelin Trackdays 

105

OPL

30

Brands Hatch , GP circuit

BookaTrack.com Ltd 

105

OPL

30

Donington Park 

Apex Track Days 

102

OPL

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

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Now in its second year, the Donington Historic Festival promised a feast of highoctane motorsport featuring some of the most desirable cars to ever grace the race track. Simon Hazeldine went along to catch the action.

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fter last year’s impressive debut, the 2012 Donington Historic Festival certainly had a lot to live up to. More intimate than the

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Silverstone Classic, and lacking the glitz and glamour of the Goodwood events, the Donington Historic Festival creates its own unique atmosphere by making

the cars the centrepiece of the show and allowing the visitors unrestricted access to them. The visitor experience starts as soon as you arrive. No five


mile walks or shuttle buses from the car park; just park outside the main gate, walk in, and immediately you are in the paddock surrounded by rare and exotic racing machines. You would be forgiven for thinking you have taken a wrong turn and inadvertently wandered into some ‘off-limits’ area reserved for race teams only, but no.

This wonderful unrivalled access is what makes this event so special. You can watch the cars being prepared for the races, talk to the crews and drivers, and then step aside as the car fires up and drives slowly away through the paddock and heads for the track. Try doing that at a Formula1 race! In some ways you have to admire

the ingenuity of the festival organisers. The standard formula for events like this is to have the teams and cars in one area, the spectators in another, and then a separate location for trade stands and retail areas. Figuring that the cars and teams would be in the paddock anyway, and that is what the visitors had come to see, why not open it up, stick

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Veteran cars battle it out in the ‘Mad Jack’ race. the retail and trade stuff in there too, and hey-presto...you have a show. Not only is it an incredibly simple idea, it also means that nearly Left: Silverware all of the main show area is awarded to situated on concrete, so no need the ‘Mad Jack’ to worry about soft ground or winners Fred flooding. That must have been a Wakeman and huge advantage considering the Patrick Blakeney- seemingly endless rain that fell Edwards who in the weeks leading up to the drove the Frazer show.

Above: Veteran cars battle it out in the ‘Mad Jack’ race.

Nash Super Sport.

‘Mad Jack’ The general layout of the festival had changed slightly from the previous year. the main trade area had been relocated from its slightly isolated position on the infield side of the track to a more central spot adjacent to the main paddock. It certainly gave the show a more compact feel and also freed up space on the infield

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for the classic car club displays. The Saturday got off to an early start with the ‘Mad Jack’ Pre-War Sportscars taking to the track at 09.00 for their qualifying session. Taking their name for pre-war racing driver Richard ‘Mad Jack’ Shuttleworth, these cars certainly seemed to live up to the ‘mad’ part of their moniker. Priceless cars like the Jaguar SS100, Aston Martins, Bentleys and Alfa Romeos charged around the track with more enthusiasm than their insurers would probably feel comfortable with. It could have been a scene for the 1930s, were it not for the drivers wearing modern full-face crash helmets. The Historic F2 cars then ran through their qualifying session before the RAC Woodcote Trophy Pre-56 Sportscars went out on track to set their times. Again, more priceless cars thundered around the circuit, with cars such as Jaguar C & D-Types, Aston Martins, Maseratis and Austin Healeys all fighting to set the fastest time.

E-Type Disaster The next qualifying session was taken up by the Jaguars competing in the E-Type Challenge. The sight and sound of over 30 highly-tuned E-Types was just incredible, but sadly that enjoyment was short-lived. Half way through the session, one of the cars suffered a catastrophic engine failure and dumped oil all over the track on the main straight, just before the start/finish line. Some of the following cars hit the oil and spun across the track colliding with the concrete wall at high speed. Car 82 driven by David Edge and Barry Carpenter went into an uncontrollable spin before taking a broad-side hit from

Class winning 1935 Fraser Nash Shelsley of Simon and Jo Blakeney-Edwards. car 41 driven by Michael Quinn and Trevor Groom, which was franticly trying to brake and avoid the ensuing crash. The session was immediately red-flagged as emergency services raced to the scene while the hard-working marshals set about clearing up the oil and debris. Two drivers were taken to the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham, but were released a few hours later after sustaining nothing more than bumps and bruises. There was a delay of just over an hour to allow the clean-up operation to conclude, during which a large amount of oil-

absorbing powder was thrown over the track making it look more like a beach in some places than a racing circuit!

Wacky Racers! The following qualifying sessions saw the 66 tom 85 Touring Cars out on the track, followed by the machines taking part in the ‘1000km for Pre-72 Sportscars’ race and the Group C Sportscars. It was lunchtime, and as I made notes on the morning’s activities, I had to remind myself that despite all the action, excitement and drama...these had only been qualifying sessions. There hadn’t even been any proper racing yet!

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Philip Gladman in the Chevron B34D competing in the HSCC Historic Formula 2 race. took second place, much to the delight of spectators. Another heroic pairing was the husband and wife team of Simon and Jo Blakeney-Edwards, sharing a Frazer Nash Shelsley that raced at Donington back in 1935. In 2012, the Nash’s back axle broke in qualifying, so Jo drove across the country to collect a borrowed differential, Simon fitted it before the race began, they started from the back of the grid – and came through to finish fifth.

Robert Rawe in the 1961 Aston Martin DB4. That was all about to change though, as the ‘Mad Jack’ cars lined up on the starting grid for the first race of the weekend. What ensued was a delight to behold and almost looked like a crossover between Whacky Races and the Keystone Cops. This was serious stuff though, and while there was much trading of

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places in the middle of the field, the eventual winner was never in much doubt. Crossing the line in first place, the Frazer Nash Super Sport of Fred Wakeman and Patrick BlakeneyEdwards won by a country mile. It was the tiny three-wheeler Morgan Super Aero of Gary Caroline and Sue Darbyshire that

Double Podium Lifting the decibel level a few notches higher, the Historic F2 cars were up next and put on yet another exciting race. Some close racing eventually saw Matthew Watts take the chequered flag in first place in his March 772, followed closely by David Gathercole in the Chevron B25 and Peter Meyrick in the March 782 for second and third.


Left: Barry and Tony Wood’s 1952 RGS Atalanta. Above: Tom Pochciol’s 1976 Ford Capri which competed in the JD Classics Challenge for 196685 Touring Cars.

With hardly a pause for breath, the Pre-56 Sportscars competing for the RAC Woodcote Trophy formed up on the grid for the third race of the afternoon. It was this race that was to provide one of the talking points of the weekend, after Gary Pearson drove two different cars in the race and finished both first and second! Gary was paired with Carlos Monteverde in the winning Jaguar D-type, but he was also sharing the second-placed D-type with his own brother, John Pearson. With four laps of the race to go, Gary was in the curious position of coming up to overtake his brother in the D-type that he had been driving in the earlier part of the race. Mention must also be made of motorsport’s racing vicar, the Reverend Simon Butler, who was very modest about his chances in this, his first historic event. But he and Jonathan Crouch took

their shared C-type to 14th place overall, and 4th in class. The 66-85 Touring Cars put on an entertaining race with its grid made up of Escorts, Capris, Rovers and even a Triumph Dolomite, although the track did seem a little empty with only 11 cars taking part.

Triumphant Return However, the final race of the day would turn out to be one of the

highlights of the weekend. At last year’s festival, Veteran racer Frank Sytner suffered a heart attack at the wheel of his Lola T70, but this year he was back and fighting fit again. Speaking about last year’s dramatic turn of events, Synter said: “The marshals got to me first and they were unbelievable – how do I ever thank them for that? When the doctor got to me, my heart had stopped and they had

Right: Daniel Sauer looking focused before the historic F2 race.

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Cars in the ‘1000km for Pre-72 Sports Cars’ race thunder down the ‘Wheatcroft Straight.’

Michael Schryver exits the ‘Foggarty Esses’ in his Ford GT40.

Frank Sytner made a brave return to Donington in the Lola T70.

Wheel to wheel racing! to defibrillate for about two and a half minutes.” When asked whether he’d still be alive if he’d had the heart attack on the M25, he replied, “No. Absolutely not. The course doctor saved my life.” The Lola, meanwhile, took longer to recover than Frank

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himself, with the car’s rebuild only finished three weeks before this year’s festival, leaving no time for testing. “My first time back in it was for the 20-minute practice session at Donington, on Saturday morning. I’d obviously had loads of serious health tests

before I could regain my race licence, but even so, I had myself linked up to a heart monitor while I was driving in practice, to check everything was okay.” Once again he lined up in the T70 with co-driver Simon Hadfield and would eventually grab an impressive 3rd place in what turned out to be an exciting race. The first car across the finish line was another Lola T70 crewed by David Coplowe and Martin Stretton, while second went to Rick Hall in the Matra MS650. I reflected on an exciting, if rather chilly day, as I headed back to my hotel in deepest Derbyshire, but if the second day of the festival would be as good as the first, then I couldn’t wait for morning to come.


Above: Jaguar D-Types fight Sunday saw the reappearance for position in of a long absent friend - the Sun! Yes, it was warmer, and the the Woodcote Trophy race. improved conditions made the

Club Displays

thought of another day’s historic racing even more appealing. As I got to the track early, I headed across to the in-field to check out some of the displays put on by various car clubs. The biggest of these seemed to be the one from the TR Register which had about 30 cars on show, while the Porsche clubs also had an amazing assortment of cars at the event. Back on the track, the day’s entertainment started with qualifying sessions for the Stirling Moss Trophy Pre-61 Sportscars, the Pre-63 GT cars and the Pre66 under two-litre Touring Cars. The first race of the day saw the E-Type Challenge cars hit the track. This was another closely

Right: Philip Gladman shares his Formula 2 win with his daughter.

fought race which saw the top three cars jostling for position with some spectacular overtaking. Alexander Buncombe was the eventual race winner, fending off a late challenge from Martin O’Connell who ended up in third place after dropping a place to ‘Mr E-Type,’ Jon Minshaw. Next up was the Stirling Moss Trophy for Pre-61 Sportscars.

With the man himself watching on, there was certainly a little bit of extra pressure on the drivers to create a favourable impression, even if they didn’t show it. The packed grid read like a ‘who’s who’ of iconic car manufacturers, with examples from Aston Martin, Maserati, Lotus, Lister, Jaguar and Lola all taking part. As soon as the lights went out,

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The busy pit lane before the F2 race.

Sir Stirling Moss ready to roll in the Jaguar C-Type. any thoughts that these priceless machines might be handled with kid-gloves went straight out the window! Bobby Verdon-Roe put in a spectacular performance in the 1959 Le Mans-winning Aston Martin DBR1, beautifully prepared by Tim Samways, staying in the lead for the first half of the race but never more than a second ahead of the Lister Knobbly of Martin Stretton. When the two cars pitted, Stretton handed over the Knobbly to Jon Minshaw, while Bobby – as a single driver – had to keep the Aston stationary in the pit-lane for 45 seconds. As a result, when the two cars were back on track the Lister was ahead, but Bobby didn’t give up – closing in until on the penultimate lap he slipped back into the lead and won by a mere 1.4 seconds.

Back In The Saddle A beaming Sir Stirling Moss was waiting in the pit lane as the cars came back in. He chatted to the drivers like they were old friends before presenting the trophies to the crews of the top three cars. However, waiting nearby was a very special car. It was the

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Sir Stirling chats to Bobby Verdon-Roe who won the Stirling Moss Trophy. actual Jaguar C-Type that Sir Stirling had driven to victory in the famous 1952 Reims GP, giving it the distinction of being the first car with brake discs to win a race. Wearing his sky-blue overalls, Sir Stirling climbed into the Jaguar with the agility of a man half his age. Pulling on his distinctive white helmet and goggles, he fired up the engine and sped

away down the pit lane. He completed a couple of laps in the car in front of a cheering and waving crowd before bringing it back to the garages with an even bigger smile than when he left. After the lunch break (even drivers have to eat!) came the second to the weekend’s two HSCC Historic F2 races. Like the first offering, it featured lots of noise and some aggressive


Sir Stirling Moss back out on the track in the historic Jaguar Sir Stirling poses with the top three crews from the Stirling Moss Trophy race.

wheel-to-wheel racing. Philip Gladman led the charge in his bright orange Chevron B34D to eventually cross the finish line in first place. This was no easy cruise to victory though, with Peter Meyrick in his March 782 finishing just over one second behind and James Claridge in the Brabham BT38 coming in five seconds later. It was a nail-biting finish and

worth the admission price on its own!

Star Names The next race featured the Pre63 GT cars, which had a grid positively dripping with mouthwatering classics. Also taking part was the ‘star’ team of Alain de Cadenet and Dire Strait’s guitarist Mark Knopfler in their AC Ace.

If you wanted to see Jaguar E-Types battling Ferrari 250s and Aston Martin DB4s, then this was the race for you! More wheel-towheel racing ensued, with Jackie Oliver and Gary Pearson in the bright yellow Ferrari 250 SWB running bumper to bumper with James and David Cottingham in their E-Type for most of the race. It was the Ferrari that finished first as the flag dropped,

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The stunning Aston Martin AMR1 won the Group C Sports Cars race. Battered and bruised - the Jaguar XJR5B driven by Don Miles.

with the Jaguar finishing in second just over a minute later. The AC Ace of de Cadenet and Knopfler finished 24th out of the remaining 26 cars.

Tension Level With the GT cars clear of the track, the tension level went up

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a degree as the sleek shapes of the Group C cars edged out of their garages ready for their highoctane duel. With the cars assembled on the grid, a cacophony of noise exploded as each car fired up before the safety car led them away on the formation lap for the

rolling start. As they came back round, the safety car peeled off and the race was on. As the pack accelerated, the Nissan R90 CK driven by Steve Tandy spun across the track and smashed into the wall opposite the pit lane. Bits of yellow bodywork flew off, but the car remained intact and the driver climbed out unhurt. The Aston Martin AMR1 driven by Andy Meyrick looked quick, and sure enough took an early lead, with the Spice SE89 of Mike Donovan snapping at its heels. A few laps into the race and the Jaguar XJR5B driven by Don Miles made an unscheduled excursion right through a gravel trap and smashed his left-hand front wing, trapping a chunk of bodywork beneath the tyre. Undeterred, he simply drove off, with the errant panel eventually flying off


Jonathan Fay gets ready to take the TIGA TG287 out on track.

Dire Straights frontman Mark Knopfler in his AC Ace.

Henrik Lindberg in the iconic Porsche 962C.

Steve Tandy’s Nissan R90.

Gareth Evans in the Mercedes C9. Sir Stirling meets the fans.

Jackie Oliver in the stunning Ferrari 250 SWB. somewhere on the next lap. However, it was Meyrick in the AMR1 who took the victory, with Donovan is second and the Lancia LC2 of Bob Berridge and Rupert Cleverly in third. It had been yet another exciting race, but there was still more to come. The final race of the weekend featured the sub-two litre Touring Cars, and while the racing was as competitive as any other during the event, it did seem a bit of an anti-climax after the sheer brute

force of the Group C cars. Some spectators stayed to the end, but many started to drift away once the Le Mans veterans had done their stuff. It was still a good race, with the Lotus Cortina crewed by Leo Voyazides and Simon Hadfield taking the victory, with second going to Alex Furiani and Frank Stippler in their Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA and third place went to Jackie Oliver and Richard Shaw in their BMW 1800 TiSA.

There can be little doubt that this year’s festival surpassed the inaugural event...and then some! Tight competitive races, slick organisation and unrivalled access to the cars means that this event will grow rapidly in stature, and as word spreads, the visitor numbers will only go in one direction, and that’s up. Watch out for the announcement for next year’s dates and make sure you don’t miss it - I for one, will certainly be there

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Please Note: Due to the recent UK weather conditions, it would be wise to check that any event you plan on attending is still going ahead before setting off.

If you want thrills, spills and lots of high-octane excitement, head to the Chomondeley Pageant of Power on June 16-17.

June 2012 Date

Event

Website/Tel

8-10

Jersey Credit Suisse Motoring Festival, Jersey, Channel islands

jerseyinternationalmotoringfestival.com

8-10

Heritage Bristol Volksfest, Bristol, UK

www.bristolvolksfest.co.uk

8-10

Jensen International Weekend, Kenilworth, UK

www.joc.org.uk

9

Ingleton Durham Village Fayre, Darlington, UK

www.ingleton-classic-cars.com

9

Ace Cafe Triumph Car Day, London, UK

www.ace-cafe-london.com

9

NYMR 60s Weekend, Whitby, UK

www.nymr.co.uk

9

Dunstable Classic Motor Rally, Dunstable, Beds, UK

www.dunstable.gov.uk

9

St. Albans Steam and Country Show, St Albans, Herts, UK

www.hertssteam.org

9-10

HSCC Snetterton Three Hours, Snetterton, Norfolk

www.hscc.org.uk

9-10

Wonderland Classic & Sports Car Show, Hoveringham, Notts, UK

www.capriclub2000.co.uk

9

VSCC Cadwell Park, Lincs, UK

www.vscc.co.uk

9-10

Lea Francis Annual Rally, Banbury, Oxon, UK

www.lfoc.org

9

Letchworth Classic Car Club Picnic, CANCELLED

www.lgccvcc.co.uk

9

Coventry Car Day Celebration, Coventry, Warks, UK

www.coventry.ac.uk/coventrycarday

9

Bishops Waltham Show, Hampshire, UK

www.bishopswalthamrotary.org.uk

10

Bude Cornwall Motor Classic, Bude, Cornwall, UK

www.budemotorclub.co.uk

10

Bromley Pageant, Bromley, Kent, UK

www.bromleypageant.co.uk

10

East Yorkshire Thoroughbred Cars East Coast Run, Hull, UK

www.eytcc.org.uk

10

E Type Day, Prescott Hill Climb, Nr Cheltenham, Glos, UK

jaguardriver.co.uk

10

Garstang Classic Vehicle Show, Garstang, Lancs, UK

www.markwoodwardclassicevents.com

10

Barry Festival of Transport, Barry Island, Wales

www.ctpg.co.uk

10

Stobs Classic Rally, Hawick, Scotland

www.caledonianmsc.com

10

Mini Cooper Register at Beaulieu, Hants, UK

www.minicooper.org

10

Bourne Classic Car and Bike Show, Bourne, Lincs, UK

www.bourneclassiccarshow.co.uk

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10

Classic London to Brighton Run, Weybridge, UK

www.classicmotorshow.com

12

Ace Cafe Classic Car Night, London, UK

www.ace-cafe-london.com

13

Castle Combe Classics & Sports Car Action Day, Chippenham, Wilts, UK

www.castlecombecircuit.co.uk

15-17

RREC Annual Rally, Rockingham Castle, Leics, UK

www.RREC.co.uk

16

Rover Sports Register National Rally, Blackpool, UK

www.thersr.co.uk

16-17

Brooklands Double Twelve, Weybridge, Surrey, UK

www.brooklandsmuseum.com

16-17

Cholmondeley Pageant of Power, Cheshire, UK

www.pageantofpower.com

17

Peaks & Dales Charity Run, Stockport, Cheshire, UK

hhcvc.moonfruit.com

17

Knebworth Fathers Day, Knebworth Park, Herts, UK

www.classicshows.org

17

Normanby Hall Lincolnshire Mini Day, Scunthorpe, Lincs, UK

www.trentvalleymoc.co.uk

17

MGOC Herefordshire Mountains and Valleys, Hereford, UK

www.mgownersclub.co.uk

17

Bristol Mini Day, Easter Compton, Bristol, UK

www.bristolminiday.co.uk

17

Ford AVO Club National Day, Hatton, Warks, UK

www.avoclub.com

17

Rotary Club of Senlac Sussex Classic Car Show, Bodiam, Sussex, UK

N/A

18

Hope Motor Show Peak District, Brough, Derbys, UK

www.sheffieldandhallamshiremc.co.uk

21-25

TSSC Derwent Valley Peak Run, Whatstandwell, Derbys, UK

www.tssc.org.uk

23-24

NECPWA Sledmere House Yorkshire Rally, Driffield, Yorks, UK

necpwa.org.uk/necpwa

23

Classic Vehicle Show, Abertillery, Wales

N/A

23-24

Bath Pageant of Motoring, Bath, Somerset, UK

bathpageantofmotoring.com

23

Essex Motor Fest, Abridge, Essex, UK

abridgevillageweekend.co.uk

23-24

Bloxham Vintage Vehicle Rally, Banbury, Oxon, UK

www.banburysteam.co.uk

23-24

Mid Summer Speed Fest, Prescott, Gotherington, Cheltenham, UK

www.prescott-hillclimb.com

23-24

MGLive Silverstone International, Silverstone, Northants, UK

www.mgcc.co.uk

23-24

Jaguar Enthusiasts International Weekend, Weston Park, Shrops, UK

www.jec.org.uk

24

Raby Castle Classic Car Show, Nr Darlington, UK

www.markwoodwardclassicevents.com

24

Alvis Midland Day, Calke Abbey, Derbys, UK

www.alvisoc.org

24

Whelnetham Suffolk Vintage Rally, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, UK

N/A

24

Newark Autojumble, Newark, Notts, UK

www.penny-farthing-fairs.co.uk

24

Pure Nostalgia Classic Car & Retro Show, Rochford, Essex, UK

www.classiccar-retroshow.co.uk

29-1

Goodwood Festival of Speed, Goodwood, Sussex, UK

www.goodwood.co.uk

29-1

Standard Annual Rally, Little Horwood, Bucks, UK

www.standardmotorclub.org.uk

30

Kingsley Classic Vehicle Rally, Frodsham, Cheshire, UK

www.kingsley-carnival.co.uk

30

Ace Cafe Consul / Zodiac / Zephyr Meet, London, UK

www.ace-cafe-london.com

30

Classic Vehicle Show, Mile Cross, Norwich, UK

milecrosscommunity.btck.co.uk

30-1

Tatton American Car Show, Knutsford, Cheshire, UK

www.cheshireautopromotions.co.uk

30-1

Morris Minor National Rally, Kelmarsh Hall, Northants, UK

www.morrisminoroc.co.uk

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Enfield Pageant Of Motoring

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The Enfield Pageant of Motoring, now in its 35th year, has built up a reputation for displaying a superb range of high-quality classic and retro cars, and when the sun shines, it makes for an excellent day out as David Harrison discovered.

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he Enfield Pageant of Motoring has been around for a long time. I can remember reading about it back in the 1980s when I had just bought my first car a Triumph Spitfire - and the event was often featured in several classic car magazines. Strangely though, despite being less than an hour’s drive from where I lived, I never actually went to the Pageant, but that was something I intended to put right this year. The Pageant is run by the Enfield and District Veteran Vehicle Society, which also runs the Whitewebbs Museum of Transport which was featured in the last issue of Classic, Performance & Retro.

One of the 100s of autojumble stalls. The event was first staged in 1978 on a farm in Buckhurst Hill, Essex. The idea was to use the show as a way of raising money to help the society restore some of the vehicles it owned. It wasn’t a

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Above: A superb line-up of Jaguars at Enfield. Left: Even Kermit didn’t want to miss this show!.

for ‘severe ground damage’ after cars attending the show inadvertently carved up the soft grass surface. Thankfully, the society remained undeterred and stuck with the idea of a ‘fundraising’ show, each year seeing a bigger public turnout and increased amount of exhibitors. The event has been staged on the Enfield Playing Fields ever 80 www.cprmag.com

since. The site itself is huge; about the size of 8-10 football pitches, and is located just off the A10 Great Cambridge Road, just a short distance from the M25.

Three Day Show The show is held over three days, starting on a Friday and finishing on Sunday. The first day is a low key affair which

concentrates mainly on the autojumble side of the show. With no arena events to divert your attention, it’s a good day to get around all the stalls and hunt down those elusive parts for your project, and there is discounted entry too. I decided to go on the Sunday. I had no press pass or media accreditation; I just turned up and paid my money like everybody else so I could get the ‘true visitor experience.’ Weather wise, it couldn’t have been better; wall-to-wall blue sky and scorching hot - perfect for a classic car show. First impressions were good, with well laid out parking and less than a minute’s walk to the main gate. I smiled to myself when I paid the entry fee; the chap behind the counter gave me a ticket which was then promptly


Above: Live music gives the pageant a real ‘party’ atmosphere. Below: The ‘Wall of Death’ seemed to be a popular attraction.

torn in half by another guy standing by the door just 3ft away. Definitely a case for the Ministry of Over-Staffing!

Club Displays The Enfield Pageant of Motoring consists of a large autojumble, a live arena, lots of classic cars, and a fun fair. There are side attractions too, like live bands, craft stalls and face-painting for the kids, so it has a real family feel about it. But of course it was the cars I was really here to see, and there certainly was a great selection. The car clubs were out in force too, with some excellent displays from the Southend Mini Action Group and the Rover P6 Club, the latter of these having a rare factory-built Rover P6 Convertible on display. Ford cars were particularly well

represented with the Fiesta Club of Great Britain and the Southern Capri Club among several at the event showing off some dazzling cars.

USA Meets Enfield! Perhaps the automotive highlight for me was seeing the amazing selection of

American cars on display. As much as I love the British classics, you can’t help but admire the cars from across the ‘pond’ with their outlandish fins and sparkling chrome, and there were plenty at Enfield. There was a very attractive 1966 Ford Mustang GT painted up to look like the famous June 2012 81


A very patriotic MGBGT.

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Breath-taking ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ artwork.

One of the amazing custom vans on display. ‘Eleanor’ from the film ‘Gone In Sixty seconds’ and a tidy 1970s ‘Mach1’ Mustang that was in immaculate condition. There were a few interesting US ‘pick-ups’ on display too, including a spotless 1954 Chevrolet 3100 ‘Advance 82 www.cprmag.com

Check out that steering wheel! Design’ and another example wearing the same name across the showground in a rather more ‘grungy’ condition, which was in fact a GMC ‘Task Force’ truck. Near the main arena was a large marquee which hosted

the stage where various bands did their stuff. If you are into Elvis and similar 50s ‘rock ‘n roll’ music, then this was the place to hang out. Also inside the marquee were several cars for the world of film and TV, including a ‘Dukes of Hazzard’


A beautifully restored 1971 Morris ‘Half Ton’ van.

Andrew Harrison The ‘Dukesstarts of Hazzard’ another lap in his XJS. General Lee.

Stunt bikes performed for the crowd. Dodge Charger; Batman’s ‘Batmobile’, ‘Herbie’ the VW Beetle and ‘Del Boy’s Reliant Regal van.

Royal Connection Parked next to the ‘film stars’ was another car that while not

A rather bizarre Triumph Spitfire/ GT6 hybrid. as famous as its neighbours, was certainly more historical and also linked in nicely with the show’s Royal Jubilee theme. It was a Humber Super Snipe that was used by Queen Elizabeth II during her first official tour of Australia.

Back outside, I head across the showground to see some more American vehicles, but this time they were vans. Yes, never let it be said that we don’t embrace all forms of classic and retro transport in this magazine! These were June 2012 83


There was a great selection of steam-powered lorries at the Pageant.

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no ordinary vans though; they were mobile works of art. Easily my favourite of the bunch was a 1975 Chevy van that had some breath-taking airbrushed artwork on its exterior depicting scenes from the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’, while inside was wood panelling, treasure chests and ship’s netting. Even the steering wheel had a wooden ‘ship’s wheel’ fixed on top of it, although it appeared that it was just for show.

Great Day Out! I really enjoyed my first visit to the Enfield Pageant of Motoring. There seems to be something for everyone at the show and the organisers have worked hard to make it interesting for the whole family. There was a great variety of cars on display, and the ‘live action’ arena means there is always something going on to keep visitors entertained. If you haven’t been before, add it to your list of events to visit next year and I’ll see you there!

Top: The Enfield Pageant always attracts some beautiful American cars. Above: A sticker spotted in the window of a Ford Mustang. Below Left: The busy funfair kept the younger visitors amused while the Dads went off and looked at the cars! Below Right: Awesome chain-link steering wheel in a USA ‘Hot-Rod.’

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H&H Auction Duxford Sale Duxford, Cambs, UK. April 19, 2012. H&H Auctions, Duxford. Type

Year

Price

Aston Martin DB6 Mark 2 Vantage

1970

£210,000

BMW 3.0 CSi / ‘Batmobile’ CSL FIA Gp4 Race Car

1972/81

£134,400

Singer Nine Le Mans ‘Savoye Special’

1935

£128,800

Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante ‘X-Pack’ 6.3

1988

£123,200

Peugeot 205 T16

1984

£112,000

Arab Super Sports Low Chassis Tourer

1926

£89,600

Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III LWB Limousine

1963

£64,166

Lagonda 2 Litre Continental

1932

£62,720

Jaguar E-Type 3.8 Roadster

1961

£58,240

Jaguar MK V 3.5 Litre Drophead Coupe

1951

£54,320

Peugeot 205 T16 sold for £112,000.

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since leaving the Newport Pagnell factory in 1988. A superbly presented, Claretcoloured 1963 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Long Wheelbase Limousine by James Young, that had appeared at the Earls Court Motor Show of the same year and had one owner from new, fetched £64,166, while an eminently usable 1932 Lagonda 2 Litre Continental made £62,720. The non-British sales of particular note included a 1972/1981 BMW ‘Batmobile’ evocation that had been winning races for over 30 years and made £134,400. One of the 200 midengined, fourwheel drive 205 T16 specials with which Peugeot homologated its all-conquering Group B rally car of the 1980s and had covered only 8,045

A small auto-jumble provided in interesting distraction outside the hall.

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bargain of the sale, the perfectly presentable Porsche 924S, was knocked down for a seemingly impossible £1,904; £1,736 less than was paid for a 1947 Morris Eight Series E. The collectors’ car market never fails to surprise! June 2012 89


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Le Mans Panoramic Author: Gavin Ireland Price: £35.00 Format: Hardback. ISBN: 978 1 84584 2437 Available From: www.veloce.co.uk Pick up any car book, and the best pictures will show glossy apparitions of motoring art. Polished paint and chrome, moody backgrounds and dreamy sunsets are the industry standard when it comes to getting a ‘great car photo’ and when I heard about this new Le Mans ‘picture book,’ I naturally expected more of the same. Car after car after car... and not much else. However, that is not quite what you get with Le Mans Panoramic. Sure, there are lots of car photos, but it is the shots that capture the unique atmosphere of this event that really get your attention. The book features the “ground-breaking panoramic photography” of the author, and while the standard of photography is undoubtedly high, it is his choice of subject that makes this book genuinely fascinating. Shots of the campsite and other public areas capture the spirit and atmosphere brilliantly, while photographs taken in Le Mans town centre reinforce the historic aspect of the race. It was these photos that I found particularly captivating as the high-tech cars contrast with the ancient architecture, and crowds of race fans mingle with bemused local shoppers. The trackside photos are also truly stunning, and anyone who has tried to photograph a fast-moving car at night will certainly appreciate the technical skill involved. Overall I though Le Mans Panoramic was a great book and it is one that I find myself picking up again and again. If you are a fan of sports car racing, make sure you grab a copy.

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Aston Martin - Model by Model charts the highs and lows of almost a century of the Aston Martin brand through the car models which have represented the marque on road and track. Inside are more than 100 individual entries detailing every significant Aston Martin model, together with many rare and exciting machines built as racing cars, prototypes or one-offs for wealthy clients. The Lagonda marque, which has for so long been associated with Aston Martin, is also featured heavily. The history, achievements and specification of every car are described and each one is illustrated, and many of the pictures in this book have never been published before. Aston Martin is a very British marque which has survived the trials and tribulations of a century of motoring to take its place as one of the most exciting car makers in the world today. Aston Martin Model by Model is a celebration of that turbulent story and of the great cars Aston Martin and Lagonda have built over the years. Written by seasoned motoring journalist Andrew Noakes, this book uses a vibrant mix of eye-catching photos and concise writing to deliver a very interesting account on one of the most famous sports car brands in the world. a great ‘coffee table’ book and one for serious collectors too.

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www.cprmag.com WSC Giants - Gulf Mirage Author: Ed McDonough RRP: £15.99 Format: Paperback. ISBN: 978-1-845842-51-2 Available From: www.veloce.co.uk This book details the origin and history of the Mirage sports cars which were designed by ‘JW Automotive’ at their factory in Slough, England, to compete in the various versions of the World Sports Car Championship between 1967 and 1975. The cars were funded by the Gulf Oil Corporation, ensuring that they carried the famous sky-blue and orange livery that had graced so many legendary cars of the era. The cars were a development of the icon Ford GT40, and the first car - the M1 - did indeed look a bit like a streamlined version of the GT40. The highlight of the M1’s short racing career was the victory by Jacky Ickx and Dick Thompson in chassis M.1003 in the 1967 Spa-Francorchamps 1000 km. After 1975, the Mirage was no longer in the hands of JW Automotive, but the name lived on, and it remained a significant player in the World Championship for some years. This book includes the developmental and race history of the marque, with a full list of all events and individual chassis numbers. It is illustrated with a mix of colour and black & white photos taken throughout the car’s history showing the cars and drivers, and there are some great candid shots taken behind the scenes at some of the world’s greatest endurance races. If you like sports car racing, of if Le Mans is your idea of Heaven, then this book will certainly make a welcome addition to your bookshelf.

Molly The Millionth Minor Author: Dave Benn RRP: £5.95 Format: Paperback. ISBN: 978-0-9567345-5-6 Available From: www.waterstones.com This book is the sixth title in a series of books telling the stories of various Morris Minor cars, such as ‘Connie the Convertible,’ ‘Woody the Traveller’ and ‘Bernie the Pick-up.’ Aimed squarely at the children’s market, ‘Molly the Millionth Minor’ tells the story of a sad and neglected Minor which has been locked away in a garage for decades; in other words, a typical barn find. But this car isn’t just any old Morris Minor, it is the one millionth car to roll of the Minor production line at the Morris factory in Cowley. The tale goes on to tell of Molly’s restoration and first visit to a car show, where she meets other Minors and makes lots of new friends. The book is illustrated throughout with wonderful ‘cartoon style’ water-colour paintings by artist John Izod. They depict individual scenes from the story and every picture looks busy thanks to the numerous little details crammed into the images. The book will no doubt appeal to children with a passion for cars and it will also be sought after by avid Minor fans who collect anything to do with the Morris cars. Molly the Millionth Minor is sold by Waterstones online for £7.99, but the author also sells copies via his eBay page at the lower price of £5.25.

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Porsche GT3 2009 Cup S Ex Mulhner Motorsport Used by Mulhner in Europe in 2009 then used in the 2009/2010 Cytec UAE GT Championship for the last 5 rounds run by Mulhner motorsport in Dubai. The final round was cancelled. 2 wins were acheived from the other 4 rounds, one with Rene Rast the other with Andrew Donaldson. Engine has circa 32-35 hrs max TBCGearbox has 12-15 hrs max TBC The car is fitted with adjustable ABS and downshift blipper. This is a factory built 997 CUP S. Spares include:3 sets of wheelsFront bumperRadiatorsBrake padsWheel socket . Call +44 (0)1256 760256 for more info.

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MG MIDGET MK 3 1972 Tax exempt. White MGB roadster for sale, Completely restored 3000 miles ago reluctant sale due to MG6 GT (1999). MoT to May 2013. Professional coming very soon. MOT until end charcoal leather interior. Mohair hood, of September. Previous owner had beautiful. £3100 for quick sale. Phone sills replaced, unleaded gas flowed 01225 422419 (Bath) head fitted along with a three branch

manifold. Body in good condition but could do with TLC currently on sorn any questions phone 07866 834255 or email peterbramble1@hotmail.com

MGB ROADSTER 1970 Flame red, excellent condition, C/B, W/W, S/S exhaust. O/D, Kenlowe fan, R/W shield, MoT Dec ‘12. Complete receipts and photos of rebuild. Insurance valuation MG Midget 1500cc Unleaded Engine £10,500. Price £10,500 Tel: 01494 443209 Full/Half Tonneau Cover, Rollover Bar. (Bucks)

MOT December 2010, Tax April 2011. Good Condition Some Service History. 64000 Miles, Tahiti Blue £2,650.00 ono (Somerset)Tel 01458445806 Or email: peter.b10@tiscali.co.uk

Jaguar E-Type V-12 Manual, 1972, rare original colour Heather with matching trim, previous owner 34 years, extensive work carried out on engine, 12 months MOT, for sale due to unforeseen circumstances. £POA. Tel: 01487 842168 1956 MGA ROADSTER, Red, complete nut and bolt restoration with all invoices, MGB 1800cc engine, 5 speed box, 1,100 miles, excellent condition. Genuine reason for sale, £21,950, 07595 037932 (Hampshire)

WILLIAMS CLIO 3. Genuine 13,194mls! Have owned 15+ years One previous owner. All history and documentation. Never had any paintwork,original tyres, NO RUST, Near concours condition. Private plate negotiable. 07518023961.


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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

1962 MG MIDGET midnight blue, 3 owners from new, 64k, Original delivery paperwork etc. Rebuilt 96, MOT July. Always garaged/used in dry. Condition 2/3. £5000 Tel: 01580 830237

TVR Griffith 5.0 litre, 1996, Yellow, Black Leather Interior, Walnut Dash, Power Steering, Full Service History, 35,079 miles. £19,995. Call Mark on 01354 638678

Morris Minor Traveller (1967)Almond green. Fairly good condition, good runner, well-maintained + garaged. Owned since 1997. MOT’d until Oct ‘12. Tax exempt. Respray, reconditioned engine, radiator + exhaust in 2006, gearbox (‘07), converted to unleaded, seat belts + engine isolator switch, complete new wood (‘03) just been re-varnished. Buyer collects. £3,450. 07043 242550

1963 Morris Minor convertible. Delightful little convertible Minor. Finished in deep black (recently re-sprayed) with brand new interior including seats recovered, new door and quarter trims recovered over new hard board. Nice red carpets and red hood really make this car stand out. 1098cc engine starts on the button and pulls very well. Full MOT and service when sold. £5,995. 01733 270227 (Cambs)

1986 Mini Cooper recreation. Stunning car finished in grey with white roof. Full rebuild with a rust free shell, and is fitted with many period MK1 parts including MK1 boot lid, rear lights, cooper front grill, full wood dash and cooper alloys and wheel arch spats. 1275 GTA engine fitted runs perfect. All in all this mini is as close to perfect as they come. £5,995. 01733 270227 (Cambs)

TR4 1964 Full body off restored rally style TR4. 89mm Omega pistons, with fast road cam running on Webbers with very quick engine (reputed 180bhp!) Extensive engine upgrades. Rebuilt & uprated A-Type overdrive, Alloy Surrey top. Great fun to drive. Full photographic history file of the restoration. £27,500. Call Gary on 01487 842168 (T)

1976 MGB GT V8 factory car, flame red with black leather interior. Dry use only. Professionally restored (1998). FSH. A superb example of this rare model. Condition 2. £5995. Tel: 01642 750877

1974 Triumph Stag £6,995 This manual, overdrive car still retains its original factory hard top and has a good soft top. On the road the car performs very well with a super strong, responsive engine and a smooth, quiet gearbox. 01944 758000

1980 MGB GT Yellow, 110,965 miles, SORN / garaged, since 2000, taxed 6 months, year MoT. Lady owner since 1986, one pervious owner. £2750ono. Ideal Christmas present?! Condition 3. Tel: 02392 732837 jwilsonmather@yahoo.co.uk (Portsmouth)

MGB ROADSTER 1973 Flame red, superb condition, walnut dashboard, wire wheels, overdrive,, comprehensive restoration history, bm/ht certificate taxed long MoT last 10 years low dry mileage. Condition 2. £7,500ono Tel: 01702 588089 (Essex)

1963 Ford Classic Consul, MOT, new paintwork, brand new tyres including the spare, drives like a dream - no knocking or screeching, tax exempt, cheap on classic car insurance. £3,250, 01302 560096

MG TF 160vvc, 2003, 70,700 miles. Service history includes: MG new design cylinder head, new clutch and cambelt, waxoyled. MoT 22/07/12 tax 31/01/12 medical condition forces sale. Condition 3. £1995ono. Tel: 01736 366606 (Cornwall)

MGB ROADSTER 1965, with overdrive, Red, Seebring bodykit, flared arches, Wolfrace wheels, wide tyres. Solid car. T&T. 5-bearing crank. Runs well, stiff suspension. Does need TLC. £3250 ono. 07817 850022 Day. 01895 236747 Eve

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ZT-T 260SE 4.6LTR V8 mustang, 2004/54, facelift, one of 70. 5 speed manual, FMGSH, MOT, Tax, traction, ABS, climate control, sunroof, GPS/TV, half leather, 47,400 miles, brilliant. £10870 ono. 01296 770450 Bucks

1971 RACING GREEN MIDGET for restoration. Off road for 12 years following MOT failure on body work. £500.00 Tel: 01590 644616, Hampshire.

1961 Austin Healey 3000 MKII Works Replica RHD. Colorado red, old English white works hard-top. Road/race/rally, full FIA papers past and present available. A fortune has been spent with leading race Healey specialists. Massive spec. Very fast. Please contact Martin Daly for full and detailed mechanical spec. Stunning machine. £48,950. 01663 733209

MGB ROADSTER 1977, Flamenco red. Lady owner last 29 years, all history, not used last 6 years. Mechanically excellent but work needed for MOT. Ideal restoration project, £1,750. Nottingham 0115 9261175.

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Sage Green. All original. 2.6 straight 6. Column shift manual. Good all round condition .MOT MGC ROADSTER Midnight blue. May 2013. Recent new front discs, cww. o/d. Superb cond. Detailed pads, and shocks. Good useable engine bay. Fully lined boot.MG car. £1,795. Call 01268 773459. reg. no. Large history file. Mot to April 2013. One of the very best. £18900 ovno. Tel.01623 842373.

The subject of an older professional restoration by marque specialists and only two owners since. Strong Mechanically with very good bodywork and interior, this is a fine example in all departments and displays excellent ‘road manners’. She benefits from fitted overdrive, mohair hood and chrome wire wheels. £41,950. Call 07768 323466 or 01844 344275.

Jaguar 3.8 S Type. 1966. Manual, with Overdrive. Gun Metal Grey with Red interior. This is a top example of this famous Marque. This Jaguar 3.8 S Type comes with the original Service History from the 60’s and 70’s, also the wall maintenance sheet, and the original Log Book. Thick files of very detailed Service History from later periods. This Jaguar totally lives up to its pedigree. Sleek, fast, stunningly beautiful. Very special top condition. £16,900. 0114 231 This 1973 MGB GT is in great 5000 shape with a few blemishes in the paint but still looks good and the chrome is very bright. Previous owner was an MG collector. I have 6 wire wheels powder coated rally gray, 4 have new tires. The motor and carbs are rebuilt. I have upgraded it to an aluminum head. The transmission is stock with overdrive. The interior is MGF, 1.8 VVC 2003. Silver, black and in great condition, the black leather, air-con. Alloys, CD driver side door pull has a crack player, central-locking/alarm, 84K, from leaning on it. This is a low serviced regularly (condition 3), mile, low optioned car: rubber removable boot luggage rack/ floor mats, rear defrost. Asking weather-proof suitcase. MOT $7200. Car is located in the Aug11, Tax Feb11. 01844 351211 United States. Please contact: tinkerer81@yahoo.com £1,950 ono

Super driving car in incredible original condition, but would handsomely reward restoration. They are only original once! Brooklands race history (winner), so eligible for most events. Last owner 50 years! Unique and fabulous. Serious offers invited. Call 01825 750788.

1954 Morris Minor Split Screen 4 door. Finished in deep gloss black with dark red upholstery and red carpets. Fitted with the correct 803cc engine, recon gearbox and rear diff in 2009. This car is truly stunning inside and out, all period correct. Rare 4 door model. Drives fantastic and is ultra smooth. Just had full MOT. £5995. Call 01733 270227 / 07841 718715

MGF 1.8i Manual, 2001 51 Reg , Silver. E/W E/M alloys, airbag, alarm, CD, leather seats, 69,000 miles. New head gasket, cambelt, MoT July 2012, vgc. £1,500 Tel: 07854 322022 (Notts)


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TR5 FULL RESTORATION TO 1970 Triumph Herald 13/60 EXCEPTIONAL STANDARD. Convertible. Refurbished car in PROFESSIONAL DETAILED valencia blue with black interior. BODY OFF CHASSIS BUILD TO New dark blue carpets finish off CONCOURS STANDARD AND the interior. New white rubber VIRTUALLY NO MILES SINCE. CHROME WIRE WHEELS FULL bumper strips fitted, great solid LEATHER AND WALNUT INTERIOR. chassis, engine and box both run THIS CAR IS AS BEAUTIFUL ON very well. New MoT and service THE UNDERSIDE AS IT IS THE TOP! when sold. £4,995. Call 01733 VIRTUALLY READY TO SHOW OR 270227 / 07841 718715 ENJOY. Telephone: 01487 842168

1977 MGB Roadster Beautiful condition, garaged, service history. Chartreuse yellow, black interior, overdrive, unleaded, leather seats, radio/cassette, alloy wheels, tonneau cover, exterior restoration 1990, Tax/ MOT August 2012. £4,495 ONO (Cumbria) Contact Telephone 01539 536545

1973 Triumph TR6 PI with overdrive, an original UK RHD example. Subject of a professional restoration in 1991 to concours standard. The work undertaken upon the Triumph TR6 is fully documented and photographed. Since the restoration was completed it has covered circa 12,000 miles. This is supported by all the MOT certificates being present since 1991. This TR6 was a regular competitor at Triumph TR Register events in the early 2000’s gaining awards certificates. £16,995. Call +44 (0) 1246 451772

1995 M Rover Mini Cooper in red with white roof, mirrors and bonnet stripes. This very bright classic Cooper is in lovely condition and has clearly been very well cared for. It drives very well and is very original and unmodified, just as I should be. It has covered just 40280 miles in 17 years and I have a number of old MOTs to support the mileage. The condition both inside and out is fantastic. Recently serviced and MOTed and ready to be enjoyed. £5,295. Call 07967 135037 or 01769580407

MGB ROADSTER 1974 Rare Citron Yellow. Overdrive, 123 Ignition, Wood dash. Solid car, runs well. Good condition 3. New MOT and serviced by MG specialist April 2012 £4950 Tel:01782 537667 (Stoke) pblewis73@yahoo.co.uk

Ferrari 575M, 2004, Full Spec, rare “H” gated, late, manual transmission car which has only covered 18,365 miles since new. Unmarked Tour De France Blue with Tan hide stitched in blue, and blue carpets. Fiorano Handling Pack, 19” modular Wheels, enamel Scuderia wing shields, yellow brake calipers, sports exhaust, Ferrari CD changer, and SuperAmerica front grill. FSH. £78,950. Call 0141 812 1496

MG MIDGET MK 3 1972 Tax exempt. Completely restored 3000 miles ago (1999). MoT to May 2013. Professional charcoal leather interior. Mohair hood, beautiful. £3100 for quick sale. Phone 01225 422419 (Bath)

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FREE! LOTUS EUROPA TWIN CAM 1972, 87,670 miles, A fully restored car in fabulous Pistachio Green. An ongoing 12 year restoration having taken place from 2000 until very recently. This is a wonderful period sports-car in the classic 1970’s colour with light tan interior trim. Right hand drive, 4 speed manual gearbox, Alloy wheels, Wood finish dashboard, Wood finish gear knob. £19,999. Call +44 (0) 1242 680130

1957 MGA ROADSTER Black with Black interior, One owner since 1984 had 2 restorations in that time, comes with MGOC hard top, CWW, history since purchase. Rust free but with minor body work scratches. Some extra spare parts included £14,995. Tel 01344 844317 email: lynne.mackenzie@btinternet.com

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