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Editorial You might have noticed from the front cover that this issue has a bit of a motorsport theme running through it, and that is hardly surprising as there have been some amazing events recently, especially in the world of historic racing. The Donington Historic Festival (featured in this issue) was a brilliant example of just how such a meeting should be run. Spectators got to mingle with the cars and drivers in the paddock and watch the racing from safe, well positioned vantage points which offered superb views of the track. The safety of the spectators was paramount, but at no point did the safety measures detract from the enjoyment of the event at any time. Just as we were wrapping up this issue we heard the sad news that three spectators had been killed when they were hit by a car during the Jim Clark Rally in Scotland. Motorsport can never be 100% completely safe, but this particular form of racing, or rallying, has always seemed inherently dangerous for the spectators, who often line the roads being raced on with cars passing at full speed just inches away. There are no fences or barriers, and we have all seen footage of spectators actually standing on the road and stepping back at the last moment just as the car goes flying past. In an age where â€˜Health & Safetyâ€™ regulations often seem ridiculously tight, it seems that the world of rallying has been quietly overlooked and spectators still take massive risks to get the best possible view of the cars. Can you imagine that happening at a Formula1 race? It would be easy to blame the organisers, but while it is easy to close several miles of road for the cars to run on, it is almost impossible to prevent spectators from accessing the same roads for viewing. It must be said that it was alarming to hear some media outlets initially trying to blame the race marshals, especially since their job was to marshal the cars, not control the spectators. Perhaps the only solution is to set it up in the same way as the Le Mans 24 Hour race, where the whole circuit is pretty much fenced off and spectators tightly controlled. That of course would present massive cost and logistical problems for the race organisers, and most likely spell the end of many rallying events. It is too early to say what the outcome of this accident will be, but not doubt there will be serious questions being asked. The overriding fact is that these events are meant to be fun. People are not supposed to die. Unless the safety standards at rallying events can be brought up to the same level as circuit racing events, you would have to question whether the risk is really worth it. As always, we hope you enjoy reading this issue of Classic, Performance & Retro! Drive safe!
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Donington Historic Festival: Check out the stunning photos and report from one of the UK’s top historic motorsport events.
Gearing Up For Le Mans: Out tame lady racing driver Sarah Bennett-Baggs swaps her Pink 911 SC for a Healey 100M at the Donington Historic Festival as a warm-up to her inaugural Le Mans Classic experience.
AMOC Race Series: Double-header report brings all the action from the Silverstone & Oulton Park rounds.
Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake: Chris McEvoy comes face-to-face with the Jaguar said they would never make and discovers it’s a bit of a beast!
What’s In A Name? MG is a name long associated with British sports cars & performance saloons, so how does the new Chinese-produced MG6 measure up? Chris McEvoy finds out.
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Beauty & The Beast!
Rotten Dino Stuns Market With Huge Sale Price
Dealers and enthusiasts were left stunned at Silverstone Auctions sale on May 24, when a 1973 Ferrari 246GT Dino, described in the catalogue as being “rotten as a pear” sold for an incredible £132,250. The car which could well be one of the top ‘barn find’ cars of the last decade - is suffering terribly from rust, with many body panels literally crumbling away. Perhaps some of the car’s appeal lies in its specification as it is a right-hand drive model with a believed genuine mileage of just 13,932. The Dino is also finished in the unusual shade of Verdi Pino making it attractive to collectors. The car was previously owned by a ‘well-known Motorcycle racer,’ who used to drive like he was racing on a track everywhere he went. Allegedly, the story of how the car became forgotten was that he was driving home in the Ferrari at his usual breakneck pace when the police caught up with him. He managed to outrun the police, raced straight home, parked it in the garage and feared using the car again for some time. In the mean time he purchased a new car and soon the Dino was forgotten. It stood in the garage for a further 39 years until it saw the daylight once again. A leaky garage roof meant the car deteriorated badly over its four decades of storage, but while it might not be a project for the faint-hearted, the car is restorable. Watch this space! Another Ferrari Dino which changed hands at the same sale was the 1971 Earls Court Motor Show car which we featured in our January 2011 issue. The immaculate white Dino sold for £250,700, and while that is indeed a very good price for such a car, it could be considered a bargain when compared to the rotten Dino in the same sale. www.silverstoneauctions.com
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Six Car Run Revealed
Jaguar To Build Six ‘New’ Lightweight E-types Jaguar has announced that it plans to build six brand new Lightweight E-types from scratch to finally complete the intended run of 18 cars which it had originally planned to produce in 1963. The shock move is similar to the one made by Aston Martin recently when it built its ‘new’ DB4GT Zagatos. Jaguar says that the new all-aluminium Lightweights will be “perfect reproductions and [built] to the exact specifications of the original 12 cars first produced in 1963”. The new batch will even carry the originally allocated chassis numbers which were assigned but never used. The first car of the batch is expected to be completed this summer. Only 12 of the aluminium bodied Lightweight E-types were originally built, the last in 1964, the remaining six designated chassis numbers having lain dormant, until now. The new cars will be hand-built in-house by Jaguar’s top craftsmen. Each car will be constructed to the exact specifications of their original 1960s forebears - including the 3.8-litre straight-six engine. The Lightweight carried approximately 114kg (250lb) less weight than a standard E-type, thanks to its all-aluminium body and engine block, a lack of interior trim and exterior chrome work and a host of further weight-saving features including lightweight, hand-operated side windows. Jaguar expects a high demand for the six Lightweight E-types. Established Jaguar collectors, especially those with historic race car interests, will be prioritised amongst those potential customers who express interest. www.jaguarheritage.com
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Gawsworth Hall in Cheshire saw a superb gathering of classic and pre-war cars assemble in its gardens for the annual classic car show. The show - which has been running since 1998 - was held on May 5, and is one of the North-West’s most popular car rallies. The much anticipated Concours event drew an impressive selection of cars for the judges to deliberate over, with the eventual Car of the Show award going to a stunning 1932 Delage D8S owned by John Ash. The Denis Ferranti Prize was presented to Paul Wilson for his amazing Gangloff-bodied Bugatti Type 57 Stelvio. This latter category was introduced by show organiser Rupert Richards last year in honour of the electrical engineering entrepreneur who owned Gawsworth Hall before the Richards family bought it in 1960. Ferranti was known to be something of a car fanatic himself and would no doubt have been delighted with the quality of cars on show at the event. The award for Best Pre-War Car went to Phil Horsley for his 1936 Talbot-Lago T120C TT, a car that he only bought four years ago. The event was well supported by a number of local and national clubs, with the prime position of the front lawn being handed to the Manchester Historic Vehicle Club which had a wonderfully diverse display featuring Jensens, Fords, Bristols and Porsches. www.gawsworthhall.com
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Heritage Centre Expands
Work Starts On New Museum’s Collection Centre At Gaydon To celebrate the 21st anniversary of its opening to the public, the Heritage Motor Centre Museum at Gaydon hosted a special event on May 1. As part of this event, a ceremony was held at which Jaguar Heritage Trustee, Peter Mitchell, cut the first turf for the new Museum Collections Centre building which is due to open in early 2015. Peter was responsible for securing the funding for the Heritage Motor Centre back in 1991 and is also a trustee of the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust which operates the museum and conference centre. The new building will provide space to store and display more than 200 historic British cars from the reserve collections of both the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust and the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust. The £4 million project has been under development for two years and was recently awarded a Round Two grant of £1.45 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The HLF grant, together with match funding from Jaguar Land Rover, The Garfield Weston Foundation and both Trusts, has now enabled building work on this exciting new project to start. The building will also include a vehicle restoration and conservation workshop, space for enhanced education and lifelong learning programmes and office accommodation for all Jaguar Heritage staff. This exciting new facility will be immediately adjacent to the Heritage Motor Centre museum and it is hoped that it will be fully operational during the first half of 2015. www.heritage-motor-centre.co.uk
Mini Concept Revealed
‘Mini’ Roadster Concept Breaks Cover After seeing some of the most recent offerings to carry the ‘Mini’ name, you might be wondering if the word ‘Mini’ somehow got lost in translation when it was bought out by parent company BMW as some of the new cars are huge! Now in an equally bizarre twist, another new car carrying the Mini name has been revealed...and this one actually look pretty good. The car is an all-new roadster concept which was unveiled to a surprised audience at the traditional Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este design gathering. The new car is called the Mini Superleggera Vision, a tribute to Touring Superleggera, the established Milan-based coach-building firm. At the moment the car is just a ‘one-off’ and the manufacturer is keeping quiet on whether we can expect to see the attractive two-seater enter production. Speaking about the project, Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design said: “Touring Superleggera and Mini have much in common: both companies attach great importance to their history and this is something which defines their outward appearance to this day. What is more, they both emphasise iconic design and distinctive solutions. These elements are merged in the Mini Superleggera Vision to create an elegant automobile which interprets a British roadster under the influence of Italian style and hand craftsmanship.” www.mini.co.uk
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Masters HGP Set For Formula 1 Grand Prix Du Canada Thriller The all-new Masters HGP series is set for its opening races at the 2014 Formula 1 Grand Prix Du Canada. Masters HGP boasts a field headed by a brace of ex-Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 312 T5s driven by Bud Moeller and Larry Kinch. The cars, synonymous with the legendary French-Canadian, are sure to be a huge hit with spectators whilst Anthony Nobles will also drive an ex-Villeneuve car, the RAM March 01 that was driven in 1983 by Gilles’ brother, Jacques, although the car failed to qualify for the Canadian race that year. In a grid full of variety, Joaquin Folch will drive his ex-Nelson Piquet Brabham BT49C which bagged a fifth place in the 1981 Canadian GP, while Canadian fans will enjoy seeing the car that finished second in the 1978 Canadian GP as Doug Mockett drives the ex-Jody Scheckter Wolf WR6 and Chris Locke pedals the ex-Mario Andretti Lotus 77 that took third in the ‘76 GP. The 1980 Canadian GP-winning Williams FW07B of Alan Jones is to be raced by owner Charles Nearburg, whilst Andrew Haddon drives the ex-Carlos Reutemann Williams FW07B from 1981. Of the other constructors on the grid, March features strongly with cars for Steve Cook (ex-Hans Stuck 741), Greg Thornton (ex-Ronnie Peterson 761), Charles Monk (ex-Vittorio Brambilla 761) and Tommy Dreelan (ex-Arturio Merzario 761), plus there are the rare cars of the era such as Ron Maydon’s unique Amon AF101 and Brad Hoyt’s ex-Alan Jones Hill GH1. James Hagan’s ex-Michele Alboreto Tyrrell 011 will be a front-runner as should Nathan Kinch in the ex-John Watson McLaren MP4/B that finished third at Montreal in 1982, while multiple Spa 24 Hours winner Jean-Michel Martin drives the Fittipaldi F8 that Keke Rosberg guided to ninth in the 1980 Canadian GP. Rachel Bailey, Masters HGP’s Event Manager, said: “We are delighted with such a strong entry for our opening Masters HGP race and are pleased to see cars from North America and Europe going head to head. We have cars with great histories and our two races will provide a fantastic, moving history lesson for fans young and old.” The next events for Masters HGP season are on consecutive weekends in July at Mont Tremblant, July 11th-13th, and Road America, July 18th-20th. www.themastersseries.com
Silverstone To Honour Surtees At Classic The unique achievements of John Surtees OBE will be celebrated at this summer’s Silverstone Classic on July 25-27. It was exactly 50 years ago in 1964 that Surtees added the Formula One World Championship to his four 500cc motorcycle titles to become the first – and only – man to win World Championships on both two and four wheels. Marking that very special anniversary, Surtees will be guest of honour at this year’s BRDC Silverstone Classic Dinner. Held in the state-of-the-art Silverstone Wing building, the BRDC Silverstone Classic Dinner was initiated 12 months ago and has quickly established itself as one of the major highlights at the World’s Biggest Classic Motor Racing Festival. This year’s dinner takes place on the evening of Friday 25 July and will be compered by Johnnie Walker MBE, the veteran radio disc jockey and broadcaster. “It promises to be a very special evening,” enthused Derek Warwick, President of the British Racing Drivers’ Club. “We are incredibly proud and privileged to be honouring John – a true racing legend whose remarkable accomplishments “will never ever be equaled”. Clearly this is an extremely special year for him, and the BRDC is delighted to be paying its own tribute to one of its most outstanding members.” www.silverstoneclassic.com
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Motorsport At The Palace - Track Record Broken, Thousands Raised for Charity The fifth annual Motorsport at the Palace - in association with the Ancaster Group - proved a huge success, with over 5,000 spectators passing through the gates, despite Monday’s inclement weather. Indeed, the rain served only to demonstrate how popular this two-day sprint has become, among both enthusiasts and local residents, who came together to enjoy two wonderful days of motorsport-themed family fun. Motorsport at the Palace 2014 raised over £3,500 for local charity St Christopher’s Hospice, and spectators were treated to some thrilling on-track action. Gary Thomas, driving a Force PT, smashed the course record on Sunday, with a time of 32.58 seconds, while Justin Andrews claimed Fastest Time of the Day on Monday, with a time of 31.19 (on a shortened course, resulting from the poor weather). The Eco Kart races proved tremendously popular, as schoolchildren driving their own environmentally friendly go-karts competed on a dedicated track, bringing smiles to the faces of all who cheered them on. Congratulations to St Margret’s C of E Junior School from Rainham, Kent, which eventually triumphed in the face of strong competition. A highlight of this year’s Motorsport at the Palace saw a wonderful reunion of cars and drivers from the legendary 1971 Osram Saloon Car race held at Crystal Palace. Under the banner of “the Class of ‘71”, the cars and drivers which contested that fierce battle lined up in grid formation along the old Terrace Straight, just as they had done 43 years ago. Ex-racer Mike Crabtree, back behind the wheel of his Ford Escort MkI RS1600 for the first time in over four decades, appeared visibly moved by the experience, as did the sizeable crowd which gathered to watch history repeat itself. Gregor Marshall - son of Gerry Marshall who won the race that day in 1971 - represented his late father in Colin Robbins’ replica of Marshall’s Vauxhall Viva GT, while John Shoesmith completed the front row formation in the formidable Chevrolet Camaro, campaigned by Martin Thomas. Behind them sat Julian Townsend’s pretty WRA Anglia, which raced at Crystal Palace in period, and the rare ‘Fraud’ Cortina Mk2, raced by famous Australian driver Doc Merfield (and now owned by Jon Doubleday). It was a wonderful spectacle, made all the more so as the original commentary of the ‘71 race blared from the loudspeakers, carrying the unmistakable voice of Murray Walker across the park like a timeless breeze. It felt like the culmination of so many years of history; a final chequered flag on a wonderful era, which has come to define the splendid Crystal Palace circuit of old. Commenting on the event, Mike Crabtree said: “It was a great weekend. The organisation was excellent and everyone was so friendly. The Escort went well and it was terrific to be driving the car again after 43 years. I should like to thank everybody at the Sevenoaks Motor Club for a very good event.”
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TV Deal For Porsche
Pirelli-Backed Porsche Club Championship Gets Top TV Package The Porsche Club Championship is exclusively supplied by Italian tyre firm Pirelli this year, with viewers all over Britain able to take in the action thanks to a new television deal that will showcase the cars and the tyres to an even wider audience. Motors TV, a European TV channel dedicated to motorsport, will broadcast all seven rounds of the Porsche Club Championship, underlining its status as one of the premier club series in the UK. The races will be shown on Wednesday afternoons, will full coverage of the series, which has just had its second round at Croft in Yorkshire. The Porsche Club Championship is organised by Porsche Club GB: the largest officially recognised Porsche Club in Europe. The Porsche Club Championship includes a number of different classes, designed to open up the competition to as many different models of Porsche as possible. What the cars all have in common are Pirelli’s race-bred tyres. The Italian firm will supply its renowned DH slick tyres, available in a variety of sizes, for dry conditions as well as the WH treaded tyre for wet conditions: as was the case at Croft. Porsche Club Championship co-ordinator Steve Kevlin commented: “The Pirelli tyres have been very quick and consistent, with the wet-weather tyres coming into their own in the tricky conditions of Croft. It’s great to have Pirelli back on board providing tyres and support for the club’s championship.” Pirelli and Porsche have a tradition of success, with P Zero tyres supplied as original equipment to many of Porsche’s latest models, including the iconic 911 - which uses a different compound on the front and the rear to complement the car’s renowned handling characteristics. Porsche’s latest model, the Macan SUV, also uses Pirelli tyres as original equipment, which are made at Pirelli’s UK facility in Carlisle. Pirelli UK Managing Director Dominic Sandivasci concluded: “We’re delighted to cement our links with Porsche through supplying the very popular Porsche Club Championship, which spreads its reach all over the country. With this latest television package, even more people will now be able to see our competition tyres at work on a thrilling variety of Porsches.” The next round of the Porsche Club Championship takes place at Silverstone from 21-22 June, two weeks before the British Grand Prix.
Chandhok & Senna Get Formula E Seats At Mahindra Karun Chandhok and Bruno Senna will drive for Mahindra Racing in the team’s inaugural season of the FIA Formula E Championship. The duo will represent Mahindra when they line-up on the grid at the start of the world’s first ever fully electric championship in Beijing later this year. Neither Chandhok nor Senna are strangers to international racing fans, both having competed at the top level of the sport in Formula 1. Representing the only Indian team on the Formula E grid, Chandhok and Senna bring with them a strong working relationship, having already raced as team mates previously in their careers. Team Principal Dilbagh Gill commented, “Karun and Bruno both represent the perfect balance between experience and youthful enthusiasm for this truly ground breaking championship. I am confident they will do their best to represent Mahindra on the world stage and the entire team is aiming for top results from the start of the championship.” Preparation for the season is already underway, with the team’s first car having been delivered to Mahindra Racing recently. This brand new Formula E car has already been painted with the team’s new livery - an attractive combination of Mahindra red and the colours of the Indian flag.
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Silverstone Classic To Stage Biggest Ever Parade Of F1 Cars The organisers of the Silverstone Classic are planning to stage the world’s biggest ever parade of Formula One cars at the event on July 25-27. The glittering cavalcade – to be led by motor sport legend Sir Stirling Moss OBE – is being organised to celebrate the 50 Grands Prix races which have been held at Silverstone. The Northamptonshire venue first hosted the British Grand Prix in 1948 and this year’s event will be its 50th, having shared the honour of putting on Britain’s premier racing event with both Aintree and Brands Hatch in the early years. With three massive grids (for FIA Masters Historic Formula One plus Historic Grand Prix Cars Association Pre ’66 and Pre ’61 Grand Prix cars) featuring more than 100 iconic F1 cars from past generations, spectators can expect to see and hear a dazzling display of cars. While these competitors will be at the heart of the special parade which will be on the full Silverstone Grand Prix circuit during the lunch break on Sunday, others with F1 cars not racing at the Classic will also be encouraged to participate in the historic occasion. “With three exciting and evocative races on both Saturday and Sunday afternoon starring more than seven decades of the world’s greatest Grand Prix cars, the Silverstone Classic is always a massive attraction for all F1 fans – but this year will be even more special,” vowed Nick Wigely, Event Director. “We really wanted to mark Silverstone’s 50th Grand Prix in terrific style and this fabulous parade will do just that – even more so as Sir Stirling Moss will be adding his magic to proceedings. Obviously I’d like to thank Stirling for agreeing to head the parade and those at Masters and the HGPCA for their enthusiastic support. We now want to hear from others with F1 cars who are keen to participate not just in setting a new world record but also in being part of something really special.” Moss, 84, is one of Britain’s best-loved motor sport personalities. He is widely regarded as ‘the greatest driver never to win the World Championship’ though he enjoyed many F1 victories for Cooper, Lotus, Maserati, Mercedes and Vanwall. “The Silverstone Classic really is a great event and it will be an absolute honour to lead this parade of Grand Prix cars,” said Sir Stirling. “This is the global home of motor racing after all – I recall meeting Her Majesty here and so many other dignitaries and guests over the years, not to mention my memories of the circuit itself and the Grands Prix I contested. “Silverstone is a wonderful place with a rich history; in my day it really was a fast and challenging circuit with some extremely demanding corners. During my career I believe I raced 108 cars so I had a pretty good innings and seeing some of those that’ll be involved in the Silverstone Classic brings back a lot of great memories for me. I’m really looking forward to being a part of it all in July.” www.silverstoneclassic.com
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FIAT 500 Club UK Plans Fun Packed Devon Weekend! The FIAT 500 Club UK is staging a fun-packed English Riviera Weekend on June 14-15, 2014. The event is being organised by Ian & Tracey Wilding who are inviting members of the club to bring their cars along to join in with the planned activities in South Devon. Owners’ attending can look forward to coffee and biscuits at Paignton in Devon, a drive out to the ‘House of Marbles’, and of course a Devon Cream Tea! There will also be a trip to the medieval town of Totnes for a meander through the narrow streets and a visit to the local food and farmers market. Sunday Lunch will be followed by a leisurely easy drive to historic Dartmouth via the river ferry for a tour of the local area and the obligatory ice-cream! This is an event for club members, so if you fancy tagging along, you will need to join the club first. More details and joining information can be found on the club website. fiat500club.org.uk
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Magnette Register Visit to Nuffield Place The MG Car Club’s Magnette Register has had a great start to the summer season with its members attending the Magnettes and Steam event and a trip to Nuffield Place. Magnette Register Chairman, David Halliday said: “We had a wonderful event with a total of 15 Magnettes turning up, a great result. The weather was good, the countryside beautiful and the feedback extremely positive. The National Trust staff and visitors at Nuffield place thought the sight of the 15 Magnettes on the forecourt of William Morris’s house was a sight to behold! It is great to be able to give Magnette owners some really enjoyable activities to use their cars on.” The Magnettes and Steam event was held at North Weald Station on the Epping & Ongar Railway on April 19. It was another well attended event which saw members given their own dedicated parking area and participants got to enjoy steam train rides and trips on classic buses around the local area. The Magnette Register is also gearing up for its 40th Anniversary celebrations which will be held on July 12-13 in the picturesque county of Somerset, and the historic city of Wells. It promises to be a weekend with something for all Magnette owners, and plans so far include a visit to the Haynes Motor Museum and a scenic drive to High Dam. www.mgcc.co.uk
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Drop-Top Summer Fun! If you happen to be looking for a two-seater convertible for those lazy summer months, thereâ€™s plenty to choose from, but if you want a fourseater your choice is a bit more limited. David Harrison discovers that the Triumph Herald offers a cheap solution to topless four-seater motoring.
ith warm weather (just about!) finally here, a good number of us will be looking out for a good, usable, classic convertible to really make the most of the summer weather with. Letâ€™s face it, what can be better than driving on leafy country lanes with the roof down? You and your passengers get to enjoy the warmth of the sunshine whilst 20 www.cprmag.co.uk
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Triumph Herald The Micholotti-styled Herald Convertible is actually a very good-looking car!
soaking up the sights and and that being the case, there sounds of your surroundings in are many options to choose from. Triumph and MG alone full glorious Technicolour! can offer cars like the Spitfire, The young, and the young-atthe MGB, the Midget and the heart, among us could well be looking for a classic twoTR range, all of which offer roof-down motoring at very seater sportscar on which to spend their hard-earned cash, reasonable prices. Those that The individual Triumph letters were fitted to early TR cars too.
want to spend a bit more might opt for a Jaguar, TVR, Austin Healey or Lotus, but if itâ€™s a two-seater you want, you really are spoilt for choice. But just suppose you have a couple of young children; which ever way you look at it, you wont realistically get four people in any of the cars listed above. Yes, the MGBGT does have a rear seat of sorts, but a) it is tiny, b) there is no leg room at all, and c) there are no seatbelts and no suitable anchorage points for them either. The simple fact is, that is you want a classic convertible that will carry four people, that is exactly what you have to look for. Limited By Choice So what are the choices? Cars like the Triumph Stag spring to mind, or possibly a
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This car has an aftermarket wooden dash fitted which enhances the interior. Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet Standard but or Morris Minor Convertible. functional door There are good cars out there, handles. but not as much to choose from as with the two-seaters. The other one of course, is the Triumph Herald; a car that will have lots of appeal, particularly if you are on a budget. Despite being arguably one of the top ten most popular British classic cars, the little cheap â€˜starter classicâ€™ bracket. Herald has never really had That is good news if you are the credit it deserves. Its looking to buy one, because prices have reminded largely there are some excellent cars static over the years and it to be had out there and you has always languished in that Engine access on the Herald is excellent.
just wont believe some of the prices. Stylish Bodywork The Herald made its debut in 1959 when the Michelottidesigned car was unveiled to the world at Londonâ€™s Royal Albert Hall. It was for its time a futuristic looking car, with crisp, flowing lines and a large glass area which gave the occupants excellent all-round visibility. However, underneath the stylish bodywork was a separate chassis frame, which while in keeping with Triumph tradition, went against modern thinking which was leaning firmly towards monocoque bodyshells. Many regarded June 2014 23
Triumph Herald With room for four people inside, the Herald is great for weekends away.
1988 Lola T88/00 Indycar on display at Autosport.
Plenty of luggage room in the boot.
The â€˜Heraldâ€™ script badge adorns the grille.
it as a backward step, but they lacked the ingenuity and foresight that Triumph had, because that chassis would form the foundation for a series of highly successful cars. All of the Heralds, the Triumph Spitfires and even the sixcylinder GT6 all used versions of that same Herald chassis. Of course, using a chassis also meant that the Coventrybased manufacturer could also offer a range of body styles at very little extra effort, and more importantly, cost. Consequently, the Herald was offered as a saloon, a Coupe, a Convertible, an Estate and even a van! The chassis, running gear, engine and gearbox were the same on all models, so the rolling chassis could be assembled in the factory, and then mated to whatever style of body was required most at the time. Pure genius!
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Grab A Bargain! These days, it is the Convertible and Coupe cars that are most coveted but they can still be had for very reasonable prices. Take the example which we used for the photos in this feature. It is a tidy, usable car and ready to take out on the road with no additional work required, and it was being offered by Triumph specialist TRGB (01487 842168) for under ÂŁ4,000. Not bad for four-seater, open-top motoring! However, buyer beware. Triumph in its wisdom produced the Herald Saloon cars with bolt-on roofs. This means that technically, the Saloon cars can be made into convertible cars with
Above: It is easy to find a usable Herald Convertible for under ÂŁ4k which makes this car a real bargain. Below: The front end on the later Heralds like this example are more stylish and streamlined than the earlier cars, but it is the older cars that command higher prices!
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a little work. However, they don’t mimic the factory convertible cars exactly; the rear decking and boot area is different meaning that a longer specially designed soft-top and conversion kit is required to convert the cars, but if you don’t know what to look for, you could be fooled into buying a converted Saloon car instead of a genuine Convertible. Ticks All The Boxes We borrowed the Herald from TRGB to get a closer look and find out what exactly you get for your money, and while there were no great surprises, the little Triumph didn’t disappoint. This particular example had been fitted with 1500cc engine from a late Triumph Spitfire; the idea being that the extra power would make it more userfriendly in modern traffic and that is something it certainly seems to have achieved. The car is pleasantly light and responsive to drive, with a notchy gearbox and direct
steering. The brakes - like those on many older cars - are an acquired taste, but work well enough once you are used to them. Essentially, it drives like a classic and does everything a classic should do, but its main attribute is its spacious interior. You really can get four people in this car quite comfortably, and better still, there is actually room in the boot for a couple of decent sized suitcases. That makes the Herald an excellent car for weekends away with the family. Yes, it is a little underpowered so not ideal for touring, but as long as you are not in a hurry to get where you are going, the Herald ticks all the boxes. If you are looking for a cheap four-seater convertible to run around in for the summer then the Herald is certainly worth a look. It’s cheap to run, fun to drive, spacious and stylish too, so grab one now and get ready for some great topless motoring! June 2014 27
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The Donington Historic Festival continues to grow in size and stature and this year could have been the best yet! Simon Hazeldine reports.
ow in its forth year, the Donington Historic Festival has established itself firmly on the motorsport calendar as one of the UKâ€™s premier historic race meetings. Originally staged
as a two day event, it switched to its new three-day format for the first time last year, and by and large it has been very successful. In previous years I have spent the entire weekend
at the circuit and stayed for the whole duration of the event, but this year family life conspired against me and I only made it there on the Sunday. Still, not a problem as a quick look at the race card
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confirmed that it was going to be an action packed day with plenty of track action. Among the highlights at this years festival was a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Italian
sportscar manufacturer Maserati, and that included the Maserati Centenary Trophy Race packed full of cars like the T61 ‘Birdcage’, a 250F ‘Grand Prix’ and a 300S which was driven by Dire Straight’s
guitarist Mark knopfler. The other main celebrity guest at the show was non other than Mr John Surtees who is still the only man to win the world champion titles on both two and June 2014 31
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Nick Pellett’s 1931 Talbot 105 sparkles in the sunshine! Mini-Dunlop bridge in the paddock.
four wheels. John made several appearances signing autographs and meeting fans before setting off round the Donington track in a 1965 Lola T70 CanAm car for a few demonstration laps. Perhaps the biggest disappointment this year was the absence of the awesome Group C cars. These veterans from the Le Mans 24 Hour Race have been the highlight for many fans at all the past Donington Historic 32 www.cprmag.co.uk
Festivals, and while there were still some amazing cars out on track over the weekend, none of them quite matched the Group C racers for their deafening sound and aggressive racing. Lets hope the organisers have a rethink and get them back again for next year. Open Paddock
As with all previous years, the event ran the same ‘open
paddock’ policy allowing spectators to get as close to the cars as they wanted. I never grow bored of this, and challenge anyone else to say they don’t like it. Being in the Donington paddock is like being in a living museum; surrounded by priceless artefacts it’s impossible not to get drawn into the busy scene as the sounds of yesteryear and the smell of Castrol R assault your senses. If you want to know about the car you are looking at, you don’t read a museum-like plaque or board, you simply ask the driver or the crew working on the car. And that is the beauty of this event. It has the same spirit as the Classic Le Mans or the Silverstone Classic, but is somehow more intimate, more friendly and feels less commercial. Of course, even though spectators are allowed free
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access to the paddock, some still feel in necessary to take advantage. I spotted several members of the public sneaking trackside so they could take photographs, which is an incredibly stupid thing to do. Not only are they risking their lives just to get a ‘cool’ picture, but should the unthinkable happen, they will not be covered by any insurance. Situations like that could put the future of the whole event at risk, and the repercussions could have far reaching consequences in general. Anyway, enough of that.
Running repairs in the paddock.
The racing itself was up to the same high standards as seen at the festival in previous years, with an eclectic mix of machinery taking to the track several times during the weekend. Among the
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highlights was the race for the Motor Sport 90th Anniversary Trophy for Pre-War Sportscars which saw a superb line up of cars taking part in a very entertaining race. This outing saw no fewer than eight Bentleys from the 1920s going head-to-head with cars such as a 1938 Aston Martin 2-Litre Speed Model, a 1929 Frazer 34 www.cprmag.co.uk
Nash Super Sports and a 1931 Invicta S-Type. It was superb fun to watch the race, but you have to question the sanity of the drivers who drive these old cars flat out without the protection of even so much as a roll-over bar. Brave doesnâ€™t even begin to cover it! With the absence of the Group
C cars, the noisy race of the day was provided by the machines taking part in the FIA Masters Historic Sports Cars race. The qualifying result pointed to a straight shoot-out between Leo Voyazides and Simon Hadfield in their 1968 Lola T70 and Grant Tromans and Martin Stretton driving a near indentical machine.
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However, neither of the two front row cars finished the race, allowing Olly Bryant to take the chequered flag in what turned out to be a very exciting race.
Chris Williamsâ€™ 1985 Rover SD1.
Tame lady Driver! Elsewhere, our own semitame lady racing driver Sarah Bennett-Baggs was taking part June 2014 35
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Richard Hudson’s 1925 Bentley looked just stunning! in the RAC Woodcote Trophy for Pre-56 Sports Cars with her co-driver Mike Thorne (you can read Sarah’s own account of this race further at the end of this article). The pair pitted their little Austin Healey 100M against cars like the Jaguar C and D Types, a 1951 Aston 36 www.cprmag.co.uk
Martin DB2 lightweight Le Mans and even a 1951 Frazer Nash Mille Miglia. It proved to be another excellent race which was eventually won by Fred Wakeman and Patrick Blakeney-Edwards in their Cooper T38, while Mike and Sarah finished 22nd out of a
field of 30 cars; pretty good considering who and what they were up against! Leaving Early?
As I left the circuit on the Sunday evening it felt like everyone else was calling it a day with many teams
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and exhibitors packing up and heading home. I was starting to wonder if there would still be any cars there for the races on the Monday! I spoke to a few people who were there on the last day and they said that while it was undoubtedly quieter than the previous two days, there was still lots of great racing, so not really a huge concern. Yet again the organisers of this event pulled out all the stops to make it one of the most enjoyable historic race meets of the year. The circuit at Donington Park offers almost unrivalled viewing for the spectators, who can watch races literally unfold before their eyes from the bank over looking the Craner Curves. Yes, it was disappointing that the Group C cars were not there, but apart from that the event more than lived up to expectations. More of the same next year please! 38 www.cprmag.co.uk
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Gearing Up For...
Classic, Performance and Retro magazine contributor Sarah Bennett-Baggs swaps her Pink 911 SC for a Healey 100M at the Donington Historic Festival as a warm-up to her inaugural Le Mans Classic experience.
etting an entry to Le Mans Classic is one thing, driving the epic 8.4mile circuit in the dark will be quite another.Â One thing I am sure of though; driving the car will need to be totally second nature so that I can concentrate on where I am going and what is going on around me. It feels quite a daunting 40 www.cprmag.co.uk
prospect heading out to Le Mans in a 1950â€™s race car to drive a circuit which has been known to test man and machine to the limits over the course of its history. I have the benefit of my co-driver Mike Thorne having done the event before but not with this particular car. With all this in mind, we decided that we needed a shake down event in
the run-up to Le Mans so we chose the Donington Festival - RAC Woodcote Trophy where Mike is a regular competitor and front runner, (no pressure there then!). Mum Knows Best! Since it was a popular event there was a full grid of 30 cars and an incredible eight Healey 100â€™s, all with various different
specifications. I was told there was no pressure; we had little chance of winning so I should take it steady and enjoy it. Not dissimilar advice that I get from my mother before a race: “Drive carefully!” I decided to go out in qualifying first, and just lining up with all these 50’s racing icons like Jaguar D-Types,
Coopers and Aston Martin’s was really quite something. One of the front running cars had burst into flames even before I had left the collecting area! Out on track, everything suddenly starts to feel normal which is slightly bizarre. Yes, it’s a different car than the one I’m used to; the Dunlop historic tyres are very squirmy
and there’s lots of movement in the car, but not in a scary way; it actually makes the car very light on its toes, and it feels quick. The gearbox is 60-years old yet it feels solid and dependable. I set about putting in my fastest laps then coming in for the driver change. We qualified 17th overall out of the 30 runners June 2014 41
Sarah looking slightly nervous...but raring to go!
Bumper-to-bumper racing at Donington.
The little Austion Healey was in distinguished company! which was 6th in class, and the 3rd Healey 100.
came in bang on 30 mins, and we had a quick no-fuss change and out I went. Just Incredible! As you exit the pits in these When it came to the hour long races, all sorts of things are race, Mike took the start and going through your mind; I watched them all roar away ‘belts tight’, check, ‘pit lane on their rolling start – quite a speed’ check, ‘anything sight and an incredible sound. coming’, check – then you join I couldn’t help thinking what it the race and buckle down to was going to be like doing Le putting in some decent laps. I Mans Classic in July gunning was desperate not to let the it down the Mulsanne straight team down, and concentrating and into the chicanes. Mike hard to make sure I didn’t 42 www.cprmag.co.uk
make any mistakes. With so many different sports car types out on the track you have to keep a good eye on the mirrors but the sound of those Jaguar D-Types coming past you at full speed is just something else! Just incredible! Temperature Rising About 10 minutes in I noticed various dials waving at me from the dash and glanced
The car performed well during the first half of the race.
down to see the temperature higher than it should be, I backed off slightly and kept one eye on the gauge, sure enough on the long straight I started to see steam coming from the bonnet, so came in to the pits to get it checked out. Five litres of water later I was driving back down the pit lane and rejoining the race, but it didn’t last long. Clearly with a hole in the radiator the
water was coming straight back out and after only a few more laps I had to retire the car. We were so near the end of the race we still got a finishing position, but it was such a shame as we were looking at 3rd or 4th in class before the problems started. The radiator will be an easy fix for Healey experts Race100 and JME Healeys before the next outing and they will be
there to support us at Le Mans too. I went away from Donington feeling even more excited about Le Mans Classic than ever, I really enjoy driving the Healey and soaking up the 50’s racing ambience of the event. I can’t wait! Sarah Bennett-Baggs is proudly sponsored by Classic and Specialist Car Insurers Adrian Flux, visit www.adrianflux.co.uk or call 0800 369 8590 for a FREE quote.
Sadly, a punctured radiator ended Sarah & Mike’s race early.
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Aston Martin Ownersâ€™ Club Race Series Rounds 1 & 2
Round 1 at Silverstone Circuit, Northants, on April 5 & Round 2 from Oulton Park, Cheshire, on May 10.
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The first round of the much anticipated Aston Martin Ownersâ€™ Club 2014 Race Series got underway at an Silverstone on April 5. Sarah BennettBaggs reports. Photos: Dave Brassington
he first event of five race meetings organised by Aston Club Racing for the 2014 season featured a full programme of races contested by machines
spanning an incredible nine decades. One competitor - Peter Dubsky - had travelled from Austria to drive the oldest car at the meeting, his 1937 2-litre Aston Martin in the
AMOC 1950s Sports Car Race (incorporating the Vredestein JEC Jaguar XK Challenge), whilst Kevin Norville took second place in the AMOC Intermarque Championship in the
youngest, a 2013 Aston Martin GT4. Following morning practice, the first race on the bill was the inaugural running of Aston Club Racing ‘Innes Ireland Cup’ which has been designed to
provide an opportunity to exercise Pre ’66 GT and Touring Cars in the UK in a short-race format - a welcome provision as events for these types of car are usually endurance races on the continent. The
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Paul Kennelly in his Jaguar E-Type ‘Lightweight.’
Lotus Cortina, the ParryWilliams’s Austin-Healey 3000, an Aston Martin DB4 and Robert Rawe’s Aston Martin DP214 Replica, the ex-Jackie Stewart Ecurie Ecosse Tojero Ford GT and a clutch of American Muscle Mustangs, Falcon and Shelby 35- GT. Incredible Job Pre-season testing paid off for Peter Snowdon as he netted pole in the 1961 Jaguar E Type Lightweight that he said was, “Pretty
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much un-drivable a month ago - the team at Colin Blower Motorsport have done an incredible job improving the braking system and handling with a series of winter shakedowns”. The 45 minute endurance race, the first of five races planned for this year, was a hard fought contest, as Snowdon had to defy a strong Scottish challenge in the form of John Clark driving the McWhirter family’s Ecurie Ecosse
Tojeiro Ford GT, housed in their Moray Motor Museum in Elgin. Tight Racing Ex-Touring car ace, Clark, started from the back of the grid having missed the official morning qualifying session due to a problem meeting the noise limit required at scrutineering. Clark had overtaken everyone in the race, bar the leader by the fourth lap and it wasn’t long until he had carved into Snowdon’s extensive lead and made his first challenge on lap nine. Clark slipped by Snowdon at Woodcote but the Jaguar was never out of the Scot’s mirrors. They remained close for another half a dozen laps carving their way through the rest of the pack on average five seconds a lap faster. Meanwhile, two other top
A great mix of cars in the AMOC Intermarque Championship race. ten challengers fell by the wayside on lap 7, Robert Rawe retiring the evocative Aston Martin DP214 Replica and the Dodd/Melling Ford Falcon Sprint. The Innes Ireland Cup The â€˜Innes Ireland Cupâ€™ features an obligatory pitstop which must be fifteen minutes into the race and not before 30 minutes. Clark pitted at the earliest opportunity and re-joined in 5th position, a lap down on Snowdon who was now leading. Although Clark was whittling the gap down with great effect, Snowdon timed his pit stop to perfection coming in right at the end of the window, re-joining ahead of Clark but by lap 26, the gap was only 2.4 seconds and Clark look set to pass again. As the raiders entered the complex, Clark experienced a clutch problem and he
Above: A great mix of cars in the AMOC Intermarque Championship race. Right: Race it, break it, fix it... and repeat!
spun off at Brooklands narrowly avoiding Snowdon. From that point, Snowdon seemed to have proceedings sewn up, keeping a good lead on Clark, who, despite lapping faster than Snowdon (fastest lap 1.06.8 seconds against 1.07.5 seconds, Snowdon) could not chip into his advantage. Snowdon took the chequered flag some 28.9 seconds ahead of Clark. Behind, David Tomlin (Ford Lotus Cortina) and the Ford Shelby
GT350 of Cooke and Dowd were scrapping for third place mid-way through the race, the muscle-power Shelby, had the legs on the nimble Cortina but they unexpectedly retired in the last two minutes of the race as the Shelby was sickening with a broken suspension bolt, elevating a thrilled Tomlin to the final podium position. Paul Kennelly brought the second Lightweight Jaguar E-Type home in fourth position ahead of the experienced pair of Pete June 2014 51
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No ten-man pit crews at these events!
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the format perfectly compliments the longer European races for these cars and it is hoped to see the grid expand throughout the season. Snowdon and the Lightweight Jaguar E Type’s owner, Matt Le Breton, plan to launch a
raid on September’s Spa Six Hour endurance race. HRDC Touring Greats GT ace Darren Turner defied two lynch pins of the Touring Car world to take pole in the dying minutes of the HRDC Touring Greats qualifying session in the Austin A40 he shares with Aston Martin dealer, Desmond Smail. The session had been dominated by saloon car driver, Mike Jordan, and his son, Andrew Jordan, last year’s British Touring Car Champion, in the Austin A40 that they have just finished building for this season. Ironically, Touring Car engine-builder, Neil Brown, split the Austin A40s qualifying second
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in his Austin A35. Turner and Smail struggled to maintain their qualifying pace in the race however, as Jordan senior powered the A40 into the lead off the line and they slipped down to sixth position. During the first third of the race, the rain intensified, making the track greasy and the leader was six seconds off his qualifying pace. As Jordan extended his lead, Neil Brown launched his challenge on Peter Burtonâ€™s Jaguar Mk1 that had made two places up to second position. He made a move on lap eleven promoting the A35 to the lead just before the pit-lane opened. The Jordan team pitted
Martin Melling and Graeme Dodd drove this Ford Falcon Sprint in the Innes Ireland Cup.
immediately and rejoined in fourth behind Butterfield (Jaguar Mk1), Brown (Austin A35) and Burton (Jaguar Mk1) just before the Safety Car was deployed for 8 minutes to remove a stricken vehicle. At the re-start, the Jordan Austin A40 passed
Butterfield at Copse for third and Burton was really starting to feel the pressure from Neil Brownâ€™s Austin A35 which now had Richard Dutton at the wheel after a pitstop assisted by BTCC champion, Matt Neal, who was in charge of the June 2014 53
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Tim Mogridge battling in his Ferrari 355 Challenge in the AMOC Intermarque Championship. spanners. Dutton passed Burton with eight minutes of the race to go and the pair raced neck and neck to the line with only half a second separating them. It was anyone’s race but Dutton held his nerve to take the win. Behind, the Smail/Turner Austin A40 was back in the game, and passed Butterfield’s Jaguar on the penultimate lap to take third place. Neil Brown’s co-driver Richard Dutton commented, “I 54 www.cprmag.co.uk
nearly lost it in the pit lane. That could have been very embarrassing. I just caught up with the safety car. We didn’t see what had happened but we had a really good race with the Jaguar”. Neil added, “I left the car out in 1st place when I came in, so Richard had no excuse but to make sure he won!”. Second place man, Peter Burton said, “I was hoping for a win and I was running in 1st place as I came out of the pits after
a really good pit stop, but I made a mistake and knew they would get me. He got me at Copse and from there on it was a tough battle. I came in just before the safety car but it worked out”. The Jordan’s were thrilled with the competitive performance of their little Austin A40, and father Mike said, “It’s the first time out in this car and we are aiming to race it at Goodwood Revival in September”.
Equipe GTS Triumph TR4s took a threeway stranglehold on the front row of the grid for the first foray in 2014 of these races for smaller engined 1950s and 60s machines. Brian White, back out for the first time since the Six Hours of Spa last September, returned to action like a duck to water, taking pole one second ahead of John Andon (second) and Pete Foster (third). As the
flag dropped David Reed he suddenly pulled off at looked set to overhaul the Brooklands with mechanical problems, passing the lead Triumphs as he propelled his Aston Martin DB2 to to Andon. Half way through the 30 minute race, second the front to lead for 5 laps, until his drum brakes placed Foster had closed right up on Andon, outwaned allowing the trio of TR4s to pass with Brian dragging him on the exit of Woodcote with ten minutes White the forerunner. to go. Andon was poised to There was nothing challenge as he and Foster between the dominating made their way through top three, Andon nipping at his heels of White all the backmarkers but Foster held his nerve extending the while. White kept a his lead from 0.24 seconds strong lead, pulling away with 3 minutes to go to from Andon and Foster cross the line 3 seconds on the straights, until June 2014 55
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Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang driven by Jeremy Cooke & Michael Dowd. ahead of Andon. this, his 41st season of Reed brought his Aston competitive racing. John Martin DB2 home third, a Andon was sure that gallant effort given his overheating problems, car was over 12 years incurred half way through older than the top three the race definitely caused and he was running on a few problems to his car’s drum brakes as opposed performance. to the Triumphs disc brake AMOC Intermarque technology. Behind them Challenge there was another TR4 Ferrari looked set to battle as Dominic Spicer dominate the front row and David Allen scrapped of the grid for the first for 6th and 7th, Spicer 45 minute battle of the finishing the highest. 2014 AMOC Intermarque Only two-seconds split Championship thanks to the MGB and MGAs of Wayne Marrs taking pole Mountford, Bolderson and in his 1996 Ferrari 355 Wilkins (10th - 11th -12th Challenge and Paul Brooks, ) reinforcing the close competition running in this third in his 1994 Ferrari 456 GT. Kevin Norville popular race series. After the race, victor, Pete Foster thwarted the prancing horses efforts putting his said, “John and I had our usual battle which we have GT4 Aston Martin second. Brook’s had a great start been having for about 3 and took the lead, whilst years now, sometimes he behind, there were heroic wins, sometimes I win. efforts from drivers of This time I got him! It cars some 30 years older bodes well for some more – Robert Rawe was on a close racing this year”. mission moving from a Pete plans to contest qualifying position of 13th the whole programme in 56 www.cprmag.co.uk
to 3rd by the lap 3. Brooks spun out fifteen minutes in leaving two historic racers first and second. He commented, “I was leading but span it, and I didn’t know where I was after that”. Melling and Dodd (Aston DB4 Lightweight) were ahead by 2.4 seconds to Robert Rawe. By midway, Rawe had closed the gap to Dodd to less than a second, eventually passing, but his advantage was soon swallowed as he was still to take the obligatory pit-stop. Marrs pitted his Ferrari at the last opportunity and as he rejoined the track, found himself comfortably in the lead, Rawe some 4.48 seconds behind. Dominance Restored At this point, the modern machines restored their dominance, Norville demoted Rawe on lap 25 and the Melling / Dodd Aston Martin DB4 dropped right back to eventually finish tenth. With five minutes to go, Brooks took third, leaving Rawe to fend off the Ferrari 355 Challenge of Tim Modgridge but he ultimately had the upper hand finishing in 4th ten seconds ahead of Rawe. After 45 minutes, the top three positions were tantalizingly close, with only six seconds splitting them, Marrs taking top honors only 0.34 seconds ahead of Norville’s Aston Martin GT4, with Paul
www.amoc.org Brooks 5.43 seconds behind in his Ferrari 456. On the podium, Norville stated, “I am very happy with that, it was a great race, and I really enjoyed it, I think I need to brush up on my race craft!”. Wayne Marrs, enjoying his winner’s champagne said, “Another couple of laps and he would have got me Norville was chasing hard!”. The AMOC Intermarque Championship race once again proved versatility, with first-time racers using it as a great stepping stone to GT racing, with safe clean racing which ultimately resulted in a thrilling and exceedingly close finale. HRDC Allstars John Spiers nearly caused a coup on his HRDC debut putting in an exceedingly quick time in his 1965 TVR Griffith to threaten the favourite for pole position, seasoned HRDC man, Mike Whitaker, in an identical car. He was able to push Spiers aside to outqualify him by just over a second. Bill Sheppard’s Ford Galaxie, dwarfing the rest of the nimble HRDC field, utilised his 7 litres of power to qualify third. Despite the top four finishing the race in their exact qualifying position, the race saw a multitude of thrilling battles with the TVR Griffiths of rookie Spiers and Whitaker dominating proceedings. They swapped positions
several time on the opening six laps with Bill Shepherd’s monstrous Ford Galaxie holding steady in third. Mid-way, the gaggle of Burford, Dyson, Turrell and Small lying 10th -14th were split by only 4 seconds. The safety car - deployed midway thwarted the momentum of the race, the race restarting with only six minutes left. Spiers put in his fastest lap of the race (1 minute 06 seconds) on the penultimate lap but he could not reel in Whitaker who crossed the line 2.5 seconds ahead of Spiers. Bill Shepherd’s Galaxie was third with another solid performance from David Tomlin in his Lotus Cortina for fourth. Alfa Romeo man, Geoff Turrall had the legs on Desmond Smail’s Austin A40, out for its second race of the day. Turrall took tenth place, only 3 tenths of a second ahead of Smail. 50s Sportscars Race Darren McWhirter blew the rest of the 1950s Sports Racing cars to the
weeds, taking pole by an impressive 4 seconds ahead of Rob Newall (1953 Jaguar XK120) and Mike Thorne, third in his 1954 Austin-Healey 100M. McWhirter extended his dominance into the race, leading from the off to cross the line just shy of two-minutes ahead of his nearest rival, Rob Newall’s Jaguar XK120. Mike Thorne reeled in the Jaguar XK120 of John Burton taking third with 5 minutes to go and was then kissing the bumper of the Jaguar in the dying laps. Newall faded and both the Jaguar of Burton and the AustinHealey of Thorne passed. Thorne looked to have second in the bag, but Burton did not relent his challenge, the duo came onto the penultimate lap side by side and so continued to the flag only 0.13 seconds apart, Thorne having the upper hand to finish 1 minute 13 seconds behind the dominant McWhirter. It was a great conclusion to a superb weekend of racing.
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Oulton Park Showdown! The spectacular three-dimensional challenge of the Cheshire parkland track of Oulton Park was the setting for the second AMOC Racing meeting of the season on Saturday 10 May. Sarah Bennett-Baggs Reports.
he spectacular three-dimensional challenge of the Cheshire parkland track of Oulton Park was the setting for the second AMOC Race meeting of the season on Saturday, May 10. Despite the ever-changing weather conditions, the second of five meetings in 2014 organised by
rain shower as the cars Aston Club Racing was a great success, with completed their green slick organisation, an flag lap. But the slippery incident-free day of racing track failed to unseat invitation racer Mark and some entertaining action across a wonderful Halstead who powered his diversity of cars. Lotus Elan into a lead he First to the grid was would never relinquish. It a strong field for the was real tip-toe stuff over the early laps as drivers HRDC Allstars race and the weather showed its sought out what little grip was available. The rain intent for the afternoon soon stopped and the by delivering a heavy
track started to dry, but some sections remained slippery, including the challenging double-apex Druids Corner where the overhanging trees ensured the track took longer to dry out. The early chase of Halstead centred on the MGBs of Andrew Bentley and Mark Richardson, but as the track dried Jeremy
Cooke tigered through to make it an Elan one-two with the car he’d bought only a week earlier. With a view to using the car on next month’s Modena Cento Ore race and rally tour in Italy, Porsche driver Cooke only drove the Elan for the first time in testing on Friday, but took to it immediately. Over the closing laps,
Cooke worked up onto Bentley’s tail and only a third of a second split them at the flag. However, Bentley had been handed a 10-second penalty for a false start, so Cooke took second while Bentley had enough in hand over Richardson to take third. Behind fifth-placed Russell Martin (MGB), a great battle raged for June 2014 59
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Robert Rawe’s stunning Aston Martin DP214 Replica.
Brian White storming through the field in his Triumph TR4. sixth as Chris Keith-Lucas (Jaguar XK150S) just held off Brian Small (Ashley Midget) and Matt Moore (Austin A40). “It was very greasy out there and it certainly wasn’t easy,” said Halstead. Meanwhile, Cooke loved his first race in the Elan. “It was great fun, but it was like two different tracks in one!” 60 www.cprmag.co.uk
Shortage Of Brakes! Just as at Silverstone, Darren McWhirter was the class of the AMOC 50s Sports/Vredestein JEC Jaguar XK Challenge field with his glorious Tojeiro Jaguar from the Moray Motor Museum. However, an inspired Phil Bennett (Lister Jaguar) offered a determined pursuit while
John Burton was the best of the XK pack in third overall with his XK120. In the early laps, Tom Walker hurled his fabulous Allard J2X around in third place, but a general shortage of brakes and gear worries eventually dropped him to fourth behind Burton. However, it was not all plain sailing for McWhirter despite a 21-second margin over Bennett at the flag. “The silencer had blown and so it was very noisy in the car: I can’t hear a thing at the moment,” he said after the race. Bennett was a delighted second in the Lister he has owned and raced for three decades, while Burton was just as happy with third overall and best of the XKs.
The starting grid for the Equipe GTS race. Costly error An absorbing contest raged for much of the HRDC Touring Greats race as Richard Butterfield’s Jaguar Mk1 fought a mighty battle with the Austin A40 of Mark Daniell. Often side-by-side, this was a real crowd-pleaser as the nimble A40 harried the powerful Jaguar. After the pit stops, Butterfield had a little breathing space, but there was a late twist to the race. Butterfield was shown the black and white flag as a warning over track limits and mistook it for a black flag. He drove into the pits and then rejoined, gifting victory to Daniell. On pole had been the Austin A40 of BTCC
champion Andrew Jordan and his dad Mike. However, a concern over the clutch had developed during Friday testing and they wisely elected to start from the pit road rather than at the very head of the 25-car field. In four
laps, Andrew was into the top six but then the brake pedal went to the floor approaching Hislop’s and he sensibly retired his father’s pride and joy to the pits. David Devine should really have completed
MGA Coupe on track at Oulton Park.
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Matt Le Breton's Jaguar E-type ‘Lightweight’.
Robert Beremner drove his AC Cobra to 2nd place in the Innes Ireland Cup race. the podium with Daniell and Butterfield, but he hit dramas with his Riley 1.5 on the final lap and coasted into the pits, crossing the timing line in sixth place. “It felt like the rear axle has come detached,” he said as he jumped out the car to investigate. However, he found four loose wheel nuts on a rear wheel. “The A40 is so evenlymatched with the Jag,” said a delighted Daniell after a great performance. “It was impossible to catch him in the few laps remaining,” said Butterfield after his un-planned visit to the pits. “You have to work like hell to stay ahead,” he added of the 62 www.cprmag.co.uk
entertaining early stages of the race. With Devine’s last lap drama, Stephen Miles bagged third from the similar A40 of Matt Moore, while German visitor Marcus Graf Von Oeynhausen clinched fifth in his Austin A30. Return Of The Rain Changing track conditions presented a real challenge for drivers in the 45-minute Innes Ireland Cup but an assured performance from Peter Snowdon, who went solo in Matt Le Breton’s lightweight Jaguar E-type, secured a commanding victory. More rain later in the race made conditions
very difficult, but Snowdon was up to the challenge. “It was just crazy: get to 3000rpm and change gear,” he said of coping with the conditions. Robert Bremner gave early chase before retiring his overheating AC Cobra, which promoted the Lotus Elan of Jeremy Cooke/ Mike Dowd to second from the fabulous Aston Martin DP214 replica of Robert Rawe/Stephen Archer. “This was the car’s first race after a complete rebuild,” explained Bremner. “It over-heated in qualifying and we thought we’d sorted it, but in the race the temperature started to creep up and I decided to park it. It wasn’t worth the risk on a fresh engine.” Great Battle Clive Morley celebrated his love of the Oulton Park circuit with victory in the Pre-War Team Challenge at the wheel of his mighty Bentley 3/4.5 and had a clear run to victory once the early challenge from Tom McWhirter’s Jaguar SS100 faded with a time consuming spin at Hislop’s. “I absolutely love this circuit and never get tired of coming,” said Morley, who had made his intentions for the race clear by boldly taking the lead around the outside into the first corner. Already carrying a 10-second penalty for a false start, McWhirter
www.amoc.org eventually finished sixth as Austrian Peter Dubsky (Aston Martin 15/98) made his journey from Austria worthwhile with second place after a great tussle with the supercharged Riley Special of Durward Lawson. “It was a little bit like ice skating but it was nice,” said Dubsky of the slippery track. McWhirter finally tigered ahead of a great battle between John Guyatt (Talbot Lago T150) and Richard Reay-Smith (Lagonda LG45) to finish fourth on the road, but his penalty dropped him back to sixth behind the battling duo.
Robert Rawe’s Aston Martin DP214 Replica pulls away.
Triumph Triumphs! Will Dick in the Alfa For the second Equipe GTS Romeo Giulia T1 Super. event running, there was disappointment for Brian White when his Triumph TR4 retired from the lead. White had a commanding lead when an electrical fault stopped the car with just three laps to run. Instead, for the second time in a little over a month, Peter Foster swept ahead to take the flag in his TR4 from the similar Pete Foster’s Triumph TR4 during car of Richard McKoen the Innes Ireland Cup race. as David Reed claimed a hard-won third in his Aston able to pull clear on the Martin DB2. opening lap and lay the White had seized the foundation for what should chance for a dry lap at the have been a convincing very start of qualifying before the rain arrived and victory. But on lap 10 of 13, White pulled off the took pole by a massive track on the exit of Shell nine seconds. He didn’t have such a big advantage and his race was over. “There was no mechanical in the race, but was still
bang; it just stopped. It’s probably ignition or something electrical,” said a philosophical White. Once more, Foster was the chief beneficiary of White’s problems and moved ahead to take a clear victory. “I couldn’t June 2014 63
Aston Martin Owners’ Club Race Series Wheel-to-wheel racing in the Pre-War Team Challenge race.
stay with Brian,” said the former airline pilot. “There was a lot of oil down and it was wet as well in places,” added Foster. McKoen was pleased with second, but had never been able to relax as Reed maintained a spirited pursuit. “I kept on seeing his lights in my mirror,” said McKoen. “It seems like I’ve finally got on top of the car,” he added. Reed upheld Aston Martin honour with a fine podium but, in turn, could never ease his pace as Paul Land chased in his MGB. Supercar Showdown The final race of the afternoon was the 45-minute AMOC Intermarque Championship round and it proved an 64 www.cprmag.co.uk
Peter Dubsky in his Aston Martin 15/98 2 Seater.
absorbing contest as everincreasing rain prompted a race of changing fortunes. Chris Scragg set the early pace in his mighty Aston Martin V8, but as the rain increased he came under attack from Robert Rawe in his Aston Martin DB4 lightweight. Then, as
the pit window opened, Wayne Marrs battled into contention in his Ferrari 355 Challenge. Of the leading runners, only Marrs elected to change tyres during his pit-stop and it cost him a full minute extra as his team battled to change
www.amoc.org four wheels. “It was getting bad so I went for wets,” said Marrs of his call on tyres. Meanwhile, Robert Hollyman (Porsche 964) took the lead, having moved up from fifth place in the early laps. Scragg rejoined to head the chase of Hollyman but coming up fast was the Ferrari 355 Challenge of Tim Mogridge, who was reveling in the conditions and charged up from sixth on the first lap. As conditions worsened, became. “The back end of Mogridge was lapping up the car had a mind of its to 10s a lap faster than Hollyman and swept ahead own,” he said. However, on the subject of a tyre of the Porsche. At the change during the pit stop, same time, Marrs jumped Scragg had a ready answer. Scragg for third and they “Have you seen my pit both elbowed Hollyman crew? The average age is further back in the closing about 73,” he joked. laps. However, Marrs could not do anything about Mogridge as they lapped Wayne Marrs in his at a very similar pace in Ferrari 355 Challenge. decidedly tricky conditions. By the flag, Hollyman had the Porsche 911 of Tim Bates close behind as Kevin Norville brought his Aston Martin GT4 into sixth place. “Absolutely brilliant fun,” said Mogridge after racing on a knife-edge of grip for 45 minutes. “Scary but good fun,” said Marrs, who was just under 10s down on the rival Ferrari at the flag. “I could see you,” said Marrs to Mogridge with a grin as they congratulated each other after the race. Meanwhile, Scragg confirmed just how tough the conditions
With a safe and competitive afternoon of racing in front of a healthy crowd, it proved to be another successful event for Aston Martin Club Racing despite best efforts of the British weather. Roll on Round 3!
Starting grid for the AMOC Intermarque Championship race. June 2014 65
, r e v e N l l ’ t I “ ” . . . n e p p a h Ever Chris McEvoy comes face-to-face with the Jaguar said they would never make and discovers it’s a bit of a beast!
ou may recall that in the December 2013 edition of this magazine I wrote about the marvellous Jaguar F-Type. I commented that if the same engine were to be put into the XF sportbrake, then a worthy rival to Mercedes-Benz’s AMG estates and Audi’s S class tourers would have been born. 66 www.cprmag.co.uk
I also gave the quote from a Jaguar engineer that this, couldn’t and wouldn’t be possible, and it would ‘never, ever, happen.’ My comment was give it six months! Well on a recent trip to Silverstone I got to drive the car they categorically denied would would ever be produced, the XFR-S Sportbrake.
First impressions were that this is indeed a worthy stable mate to the XFR-S saloon. With its 5.0 litre supercharged V8 engine giving 550PS and 680Nm the performance figures are impressive. Standstill to 60mph is completed in in 4.6 seconds and then carries on to a top speed of 186mph. If this is the
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car for you, then performance rather than economy is obviously a more desirable feature. Jaguar’s official figures quote an EU combined economy of 22mpg with a CO2 output of 297g/km. With a list price of just north of £83K, I guess a few quid extra for fuel probably won’t be a major concern. The automatic eight-speed gearbox does a remarkable job 68 www.cprmag.co.uk
of slick shifting despite the power and torque under its command. Again in common with the saloon the accompanying soundtrack is just amazing, the growling reverberations coming from a finely-tuned sports tuned exhaust. To distinguish it from the other variants it gets external adornments of carbon fibre door mirror caps, and power vents on the sides and bonnet. There
are also subtle changes to the stance and aerodynamics to improve handling by reducing lift. These along with the necessary changes to the active damping, rear differential, rear suspension stiffness and spring rates, ensures it goes where you point it even when pressing on. It sits on bespoke 20 inch forged alloy rims with special Pirelli 265/35 tyres at the front and 295/30 ‘skins’ at the back. Uprated brakes with enhanced cooling for when you want to stop complete the performance package. For the sporting driver an interesting feature is its ‘corner recognition’. This ensures that the autobox ‘recognises’ that the car is cornering and maintains the correct ratio for the exit. On my few laps of the Silverstone National circuit it seemed to work very well. On the road it shares many
of the excellent characteristics of the XFR-s saloon. Itâ€™s devastatingly fast in a straight line, handles corners with great aplomb, and despite the stiffened suspension offers a good ride. The interior comfort is right for a sporting car and features a very high standard of fit and finish. But. It also has that same engine as the saloon, and that means the throttle needs to be treated with respect. That 680Nm arrives at 2,500 rpm and once released attempts to catapult the car to the nearest horizon. You need to be paying full attention...or else! From that aspect its not as refined a high speed cruiser as an Audi RS Avant or the equivalent Mercedes Benz AMG tourer. It has a slightly rawer edge and demands more from its driver to gain the best from it. The XFR-S Sportbrake is a fascinating combination of sporting estate body and a
fiendishly powerful engine. In the right hands I have no doubt it would prove to be that elusive combination of B road sports racer and stylish load carrier. However in less capable hands, with a less dexterous right foot, or in poor conditions, it
could be just too much to handle comfortably. If you crave power, excitement and refinement in your car and need extra carrying capacity, then be careful what you wish for. In the Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake you may just find it. And then some! June 2014 69
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What's In A Name? MG is a name long associated with British sports cars & performance saloons, so how does the new Chinese-produced MG6 measure up? Is it worthy of the MG name? Chris McEvoy finds out.
n the car world the brand name often conjures up images of past glories, epic machinery, or just occasionally dismal failure. With those past comrades; body rot, unreliability, and dodgy handling being the main features. Austin Allegro, Lancia Beta and Ford Edsel are just a few that spring to mind. Others such a Lamborghini, Ferrari, TVR, had well known short comings in some models, but their names live on as ‘greats’ So what would you do if you tried to resurrect a brand, one that had a glorious past but, ultimately faded and disappeared? The last full scale production of MG’s were the two seater mid-engined F and TF models, which ran from 1995 to 2011. Prior to this the previous car designed 72 www.cprmag.co.uk
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Is the MG6 worthy of the MG badge?
Front features modern styling.
and built by MG was the MGB, which in various body styles and power plants lived from 1962 to 1980. The end of the MGB in 1980 also saw the end of production at the MG factory in Abingdon which had been in operation since 1924. However MG was one of those brands that couldn’t, or wouldn’t go away. Much to the distaste and often out 74 www.cprmag.co.uk
right horror of MG fans, the badge had been applied to various ‘sporting’ Rovers (MG Metro anyone?) to keep it alive. Even the collapse of the Rover Group in 2005 didn’t signify the end. Nanjing Automobile Group of China bought the MG Rover assets and within two years the MGF was back. The cars in kit form where shipped from China
and assembled at a new, NAC MG UK, facility on the remains of the old Rover Longbridge site. The MGF continued to be popular and was acclaimed as a worthy competitor to the Mazda MX5 and BMW Z3 in regards to performance and handling. However it just fell short in terms on reliability and the quality of fit and finish offered by the German and Japanese rivals. These factors and the general economic woes of the time brought production to a halt in 2011. The MG name looked set to disappear. Again. But as shown in Jurassic Park, engineers can resurrect mighty creatures from the smallest sample fragments.
Future Car? This brings us onto today’s question; how is MG perceived now? What does the future hold for MG, and is the MG6,
Interior is uncluttered and well laid out. first introduced in 2011, any good? Okay, so that’s three questions, but this is important stuff so best not to skimp! For those that follow the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) you’ll know that Jason Plato (series Champion in 2010) has been racing an MG6 since 2012 and has had a good deal of success in it. Along with team mate Sam Tordoff, they had another good season in 2013 with a 3rd and 6th placing. But when it comes to the road car, is there any real MG DNA left? Having travelled from Abingdon to Longbridge and then to the Far East and back again, with various liberties being taken with its name along the way, some dilution could be expected and at worst, be gone forever.
It even has a ‘sunroof’ option!
Well I’m pleased to report the answer is a resounding yes.
Pleasantly Surprised I’ve been driving an MG6 Magnette for the past week and despite an initial trepidation, overall I’ve been pleasantly surprised. As with many things, first
impressions are key. And my first impression is that it’s a modern, sleek, attractive vehicle. Given that its trying to attract buyers away from a new Ford Focus or a used BMW 3 series, in this respect it even wins bonus points. The front has a purposeful stance with the octagonal MG badge June 2014 75
Overall the car is good, but could do with a better engine.
taking pride of place in the centre of the narrow grill. The light clusters flow into the body work and overall it has a clean modern look. Itâ€™s not a styling stunner, but then neither are any other cars in this C/D sector. The exterior is set off with stylish 18â€? alloy wheels.
took me some time to realise that the button to unlock the doors is placed to the far right of the centre console; not the most convenient place to put it! The centre speedo and rev counter are clear, but in common with many, the speeds are marked in 20mph
lots and so seeing 30 is an issue. Not good when many towns are setting their urban speed cameras closer to 30 than before (allegedly). The far left display of media; radio Sat Nav, or a telephone if bluetooth is used, is again clear and its easy to see
Fit to wear the badge.
Entering the cabin is easy and unlike some cars I have driven recently, I wasnâ€™t forever at risk of banging my head on the door opening. The leather sports seats were trimmed in a good grade of leather and electric adjustment took care of getting the right position. The dashboard is clear enough with most controls falling easily to hand and well marked. It also has the radio and cruise controls mounted on the steering wheel for convenience. That said, it June 2014 77
similar black magic. Although at present they aren’t intrusive. Pulling out of a side road or junction with enthusiasm on a damp road, didn’t produce any drama or evidence of torque steer.
Signs are hopeful for the future of MG.
Is It A ‘Real’ MG?
what’s been set. This also doubles as the screen for the rear view camera as fitted to the model I drove. The fit and finish of the plastic trim is OK, but not a rival to the German brands it wants to compete with. A touch too much hard plastic ‘elephants bum’ materials being in evidence. However, at least space isn’t an issue, and as if to prove the point, on one trip I was able to comfortably carry two rear-seat adult passengers.
Better Than Expected Out on the road the the handling and comfort were far better than expected. Even on the less than perfect Hertfordshire urban roads, the ride was smooth and compliant. With the steering giving good feel at speed but ease of manoeuvring when parking. That said, all the finesse of the chassis and suspension is let down by an average engine. The six speed manual box is 78 www.cprmag.com
okay, but not as slick as its rivals. And the engine, albeit a diesel in the one I had, couldn’t make best use of the potential. Initial acceleration is eager enough, a 0-62mph is a shade under 9 seconds, is again okay, but it quickly runs out of rev’s. In this areas its rivals have the definite edge. For those that say you can’t have a engine than runs on canal boat fuel in a sport car, remember that both Maserati and Porsche offer them. And Audi haven’t done too badly at Le Mans when using one in the stunning R-18. Out on the open road its a relaxed and sporting tourer, and the excellent chassis and suspension set up allows it to devour twisting A and B roads in a surefooted manner without drama or complaint. The front suspension uses a pair of ‘McPherson’ type struts and the rear is a multilink set up. These mechanicals are backed up by the usual computer electron-trickery of traction control and other
All in all, it isn’t a bad drivers’ car. But with more power from a better engine it could be a great one. So is it an MG. Yes, but…. At a price of circa £20k it needs to fight its corner against its rivals in a very competitive sector of the market. True it does come fully fitted with all the options you’d want; folding mirrors, reversing camera, electrically adjustable heated leather seats, dual zone climate control, etc., whereas these can be at significant extra cost on some rivals. With decent power plant under the bonnet it ought be able to take on its competitors and show its true ability and heritage. Will it survive in the UK, I can’t tell. But the signs are hopeful. The rural shots of the car were taken in Braughing just off the A120 near Ware. It was here in 1571 that the funeral of Mathew Wall (just one t in Mathew) was taking place. As the pallbearers carried the coffin along Fleece lane to the church one of them slipped and the coffin fell to the ground. On recovering their composure they heard frantic knocking from inside the coffin and opened it to find Mathew, confused but alive. He continued to live for a further 24 years. A parallel for MG’s recent history and future perhaps.
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GAZ Telescopic Dampers for Triumph TR7/8 Available from: GAZ Prices from: £55.03 plus VAT See: www.gazshocks.com Owners of Triumph TR7s and 8s can now look forward to improved handling and better road-holding thanks to the latest release from suspension specialists Gaz. The Essex based company has produced its highly popular fully-adjustable telescopic dampers for the iconic Triumph ‘wedge’ and this is a product that is likely to be popular with those owners who rally or race their cars. As usual, the build quality of the dampers is excellent, and they can be adjusted on the car by means of a small knurled knob to increase or decrease the rebound rate. This makes the dampers ideal for owners who want to use their cars on the road, but occasionally take them out onto race circuits for track days or other competitive events. The Gaz dampers will fit all Triumph TR7/8 built between 1975 and 1981 and are sold individually. They can be ordered as GAI 1006 for the front at £83.62 each and GT42276 for the rear at £55.03 each. Prices are plus VAT.
Classic Mini Bonnet & Front Wings Available from: Mini Spares Prices from: £43.20 inc VAT See: www.minispares.com If you own a Triumph TR, an MGB or Jaguar, and have recently purchased any front panelwork for your car, you might want to look away now. Hertfordshire-based Mini Spares has just added some reproduction bodywork to its range for the classic Mini, and the prices are pretty keen to say the least! First up is a new bonnet, which Mini Spares says will fit all Mk3 models, even the 1970 models as it has dual hinge positions. (Early cars had a gap of 23” between the hinges and later models had a 34” gap). It is available as part number MSL2 and retails at £90.00 inc VAT. To go alongside the bonnet (literally!) Mini Spares has also issued new front wings which are available with or without the holes for the indicator repeaters. The wings without repeater holes are for MkI and MkII Minis but will fit all models from MkI to MkIV without modification. The wings with indicator repeater holes are for 1985-96 models (except some export and MPi cars that had different headlamp mounts for dipping headlamps). The supplier says that the quality and fit of these panels is good and that they are well on par with the original panels. The wings are priced at £43.20 inc VAT if no repeater hole is required, or £45.00 if you want the hole. 80 www.cprmag.co.uk
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Header Tank for Jaguar E Type V12 Available From: Cambridge Motorsport Parts Price: £285.00 plus VAT See: www.cambridgemotorsport.com If you are the owner of Jaguar E-Type V12 you have no doubt lost many nights sleep worrying about the appearance of the header tank under your bonnet. For years, this dour looking part has blighted the lives of dedicated Jaguar enthusiasts who take great pride in the appearance of their engine bays, but now a solution is finally at hand. Those awfully nice chaps at Cambridge Motorsport Parts have just introduced a replacement header tank which not only does the job, but it looks rather spiffing too! The tank has been hand formed by craftsmen in aluminium and then polished to a mirror finish. It has a similar shape to the original part, but without the ugly belt line and utilitarian paint finish that made the OE part so unattractive. The CMP Header Tank for the Jaguar E-Type V12 retails at £285.00 plus VAT, and if the shiny version of the tank is just a little too ‘blingy’ for your tastes, then an unpolished version of the tank is also available if preferred.
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Webcon Single Weber 48DCOE/SP Manifold for Pinto Engine Available From: Webcon Price: £210.00 plus VAT See: www.webcon.co.uk This is a new inlet manifold from fuel specialist Webcon is specifically designed to allow fitment of a single Weber 48DCO/SP to the iconic Ford Pinto Engine. Little needs to be said about the Pinto as it is one of the most popular fourcylinder engines in classic race and rallying circles, and it lends itself brilliantly to upgrades and improvements. This new manifold now allows owners to benefit from the advantages of a Weber set-up and will be especially useful when race series regulations prevent drivers from using more than one twin choke carburettor, or when space prohibits the use of multiple carburettors. At £210.00 plus VAT it represents good value for money (and no, the carb isn’t included in the price!)
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Find Out What’s On Near You!
Each month, Classic, Performance & Retro magazine brings you some of the best motoring events from around the world in our comprehensive ‘What’s On’ guide. Each listing features a live website link, so if you want know more a single click of the mouse is all you need. If you would like us to include your event, just send an e-mail with the details to: firstname.lastname@example.org
June gets off to a great start with the London to Brighton Classic Car Run on June 1.
june 2014 Date
Brighton Beach Classic Motor Show, Brighton, East Sussex, England
Classic Ford Show, Santa Pod Raceway, Northants, England
Doncaster Car Club Classic Car Show, Doncaster, S.Yorks, England
Classic Car Cruise, Alton, Hants, England
DLOC 50th Anniversary International Rally, Gaydon, Warwickshire, England
Clasics at the Manor, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales
London to Brighton Classic Car Run, Brooklands, Surrey, England
Ace Cafe Classic Mini Meet, London, England
Heritage Bristol Volksfest, Bristol, Somerset, England
Jersey International Motoring Festival, Jersey, Channel Islands
Classic Motor Rally, Dunstable, Beds, England
Gloucestershire Motor Show, Gloucester, England
HSCC Snetterton Three Hours, Snetterton, Norfolk, England
Ace Cafe Triumph Car Meet, London, England
VSCC Cadwell Park, Lincolnshire, England
Retro & Classic Show, Old Warden, Biggleswade, Beds, England
Wonderland Classic & Sports Car Show, Hoveringham, Notts, England
NorthWest Casual Classics Show, Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Lea Francis Annual Rally, Broughton Castle, Banbury, England
Rotary Historic Vehicle Show, Royston, Herts, England
Bromley Pageant, Bromley, Kent, England
Donâ€™t miss the amazing Mini Cooper Register at Beaulieu on June 8.
Mini Cooper Register at Beaulieu, Hampshire, England
Cholmondeley Pageant of Power, Malpas, Cheshire, England
Mighty Dub Fest, Northumberland, England
Brooklands Double Twelve, Weybridge, Surrey, England
Classics on Show, Stokesley, Teeside, England
Footman James Classic Car Show, Bristol, England
Raby Castle Classic Car Show, Darlington, England
Grantham Classic Vehicle Show, Grantham, Lincs, England
Jensen International Weekend, Milton Keynes, Bucks, England
Supercar Event, Dunsfold, Surrey, England
MGLive! Silverstone Circuit, Northants, England
German and VAG show, Billing Aquadrome, Northants, England
HSCC Cadwell Park, Louth, Lincs, England
Standard Triumph Marque Day, Brooklands, Surrey, England
Goodwood Festival of Speed, Chichester, Sussex, England
Rover Sports Register National Rally, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Morris Minors All classics, Birmingham, West Mids, England
VSCC Pembrey, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, Wales
Morris Minor National Rally, Kelmarsh, Northants, England
Beaulieu Simply Alfa Romeo, Beaulieu, Hants, England
Pure Nostalgia Classic Car & Retro Show, Rochford, Essex, England
Classic Vehicle Show, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, England
Classic Vehicle Show, Burnley, Lancs, England
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Latest News From The Auction Rooms
Amazing ‘Barn Find’ 1934 Lagonda M45 T8 Tourer sold for £123,200.
‘Barn Find’ Lagonda Sells For £123,200 At H&H Duxford Sale
H&H Auctions Duxford Sale Duxford, UK. April 24, 2014.
This Aston Martin DB6 attracted the highest bid of the day at £157,920.
H&H Auctions Duxford Sale Type
Aston Martin DB6
Lagonda M45 T8 Tourer
Ferrari 308GTB ‘Vetroresina’
Mercedes-Benz 300SE Cabriolet
Marmon Model 34B 2-Passenger Speedster
With bidders from the Middle East, Hong Kong, America, Australia and mainland Europe as well as hundreds from the UK, H&H’s latest sale at the Imperial War Museum at Duxford, Cambridgeshire, was as well attended as ever. The sale grossed in excess of £2.25 million and saw numerous lots exceed their guide prices. The the highest bid of the day went to a 1969 Aston martin DB6 which fetched a respectable £157,920. The car had never been fully restored but fettled by numerous marque specialists over the years, including a conversion from automatic to manual transmission. Formerly the property of motorcycle ace and racing driver Walter ‘Wal’ Handley and in the vendor’s family ownership since 1967, the ‘barn find’ 1934 Lagonda M45 T8 Tourer justified its spot below the rostrum by selling for £123,200 (more than twice its low estimate figure). Among the many interested onlookers at the sale was one of Wal Handley’s nephews who had numerous anecdotes about the car. 84 www.cprmag.co.uk
This beautiful 1954 Triumph TR2 sold for £26,880.
Well known in racing circles, the 1964 Lotus Elan GTS (with distinctive Shapecraft aluminium hardtop) commanded £100,800 and looks set to continue its competition career. Indeed, all three examples of Colin Chapman’s iconic design entered found new homes. We were also rather taken with a rather attractive 1954 Triumph TR2 which had been with its vendor since 1989. It had been stripped to a bare chassis some eleven years later ahead of an extensive `nut and bolt renovation’ that lasted until 2005. It had covered just 544 post-restoration miles and was reunited with its initial `STA 715’ number plate in 2010. There was much interest in the car and bidding was competitive, with the hammer eventually falling at £26,880. Other strong performers at the sale included the 1976 Ferrari 308GTB ‘Vetroresina’ (£92,400), 1965 Mercedes-Benz 300SE Cabriolet (£69,440), 1977 Maserati Khamsin (£56,000) and 1923 Marmon Model 34B 2-Passenger Speedster (£53,760).
Ultra rare Ferrari 308 GTB Vetroresina went for £92,400.
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Latest News From The Auction Rooms
This Jaguar XJ6 2.8 Saloon was one of the true ‘barn find’ cars at the sale.
£1million worth of barn finds sold at Silverstone Auctions’ NEC Sale Silverstone Auctions NEC Sale Birmingham, UK. April 12, 2014. Silverstone Auctions NEC Sale Type
Facel Vega HK500
Aston Martin DBS Vantage
Aston Martin DBS V8 Series 1
Mercedes-Benz 230SL Pagoda
Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster
The largest collection of barn finds ever offered in one auction helped Silverstone Auctions achieve an all-time record sales rate of 85 per cent in their £1million total sale at the very first Practical Classics Restoration Show. A number of fascinating cars were sold in the sale which took place at the NEC, Birmingham. British classics sold particularly well including a stunning 1958 Jaguar XK150 Drophead Coupe. A true barn find discovered a short while ago in Sicily and repatriated back to the UK, the car sold for a premium inclusive total of £62,100, more than double its lower estimate. The top seller at the sale was a restoration project
Hard to believe there are ‘barns’ with Aston Martins lurking in them!
This 1962 Facel Vega HK500 sold for £64,400.
‘Nice one Arfur!’ This 1981 Daimler Sovereign starred as Authur Daley’s car in ‘Minder.’ It sold for £15,525.
1962 Facel Vega HK500, successfully hammered away for £64,400. An international bidding war saw a rare 1969 Aston Martin DBS Vantage eventually sell for premium inclusive £51,175, more than double its upper estimate. Another DBS barn find, a 1970 V8 Series I, proved equally popular selling for £49,450. Managing director of Silverstone Auctions, Nick Whale, said: “I’m delighted with the results we’ve achieved for our vendors in the biggest ever auction of its type. If ever proof was needed for the enduring appeal of the barn find then surely these results are it”. Form the world of TV was a 1981 Daimler Sovereign
Saloon that featured in Minder, selling for £15,525, whilst the original EastEnders Morris milk float sold for £2,300. Another frenzied bidding war saw an incredibly low mileage 1983 Fiat X19 Bertone sell for £17,940, more than twice its lower estimate. A 1939 Lagonda V12 Hooper two door saloon that was set to go under the hammer at the sale was snapped up in a significant six figure pre-auction deal. The auction house do not usually accept pre-auction sales but due to the gravitas and strength of the offer, and in full consultation with the vendor, it was impossible to ignore.
Second highest seller on the day was this 1958 Jaguar XK150 which went for £62,100.
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Top DVDs, Videos & Movies
Classic Cars Driven
All About The Experience... Series 1
Format: PAL DVD Running Time: 70 minutes Price: £14.99 Available From: www.cartercollectables.co.uk
We recently stumbled across this quirky little DVD which should appeal to fans of British classic cars. It has been produced by the classiccarsdriven. com website and features ten short road-test films on some of the most popular British classics. The classic cars reviewed are the: MG BGT, Triumph TR4A, Austin Mini Cooper S, Jaguar MK2, Jaguar E-Type 4.2 Convertible, Daimler SP250 ‘Dart’, Jensen Interceptor, Porsche 911T, Alfa Romeo GTV and HMC Healey MKIV. Okay, so that’s actually eight British classics tested; the Alfa is Italian and the Porsche is German, but the rest are true British classics. Each road test is narrated by Matt Nicholls, who gives a brief potted history of the car being featured while driving it around the English countryside. He goes on to explain what each car is like to drive and how they handle on the open road. The camera work is pretty basic and lacks the ‘wow-factor’ of TV road-tests, like those seen on Top Gear etc, but it works well enough. In fact, the whole DVD has a rather amateur feel to it, and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I mean, homemade cake tastes better than supermarket made cake, right? What I mean is that the films lack the sanitised corporate polish often found on more lavish productions, but that ‘polish’ often detracts from the actual subjects being featured the cars. This DVD has less polish and more of a ‘home-made’ charm about it. That said, sometimes the ‘homemade’ feel can get a bit frustrating as there are times when Nicholls’ voice is drowned out by the engine sound and you want to see more of the car and less of the driver, but apart from that the videos are quite watchable.
While there is nothing groundbreaking in these films, they are enjoyable, and it’s obvious that someone has spent a lot of time editing the pieces together. Besides, the sound often makes up for any short-comings with the video footage and the exhaust notes of the classics is at times captured superbly. I guess this DVD is ideal for someone looking to buy their first classic car, but is not sure which model to go for, since it gives a good overview of ten of the most popular cars available, most of which could be described as ‘entry level.’ If you want lavish production with music and special effects, then this isn’t the DVD for you, but if you want to watch some basic, honest road tests on some of the most popular classic cars, then you wont go far wrong with this.
Speedy Stories & Revving Reads!
The Calssic Car Book Author: Jurgen Lewandoski & Rene Staud Price: £72.00 Format: Hardback. ISBN: 9783832798284 Available From: www.motorbooks.co.uk
I wasn’t expecting much from this book if I’m honest. With such a sweeping title, I thought I would be in for one of those ‘beginner’s guides’ aimed at those with little or no knowledge of classic cars, but thankfully that isn’t the case. What you get for your money is a high-quality title that showcases the work of photographer Ansel Adams, whose other credentials include working as an honorary judge at the famous Pebble Beach concours event. Alongside Adams’ wonderful images are pictures from one of the co-authors, Rene Staud, who has shot automotive classics ranging from the Jaguar XK 140 to the Porsche 550 Spyder in settings both subtle and spectacular. The other driving force behind this book - Jurgen Lewandowski - is Head of the Car Selection Committee for Schloss Bensberg Classics and it is he that has provided the authoritative text throughout the book. The Classic Cars Book conveys a real passion for these spectacular vehicles, and is essentially another ‘glossy’ coffee table book that has a lot of nice pictures of some very expensive cars. Oh, and allow a little flexibility with the title. Some of the cars featured might not necessarily be considered ‘classics’ in the true sense of the words, but rather performance cars. For example, the 2014 Bugatti Veyron. Beautiful, fast and very expensive, but a classic car? Hmmm... Anyway, nice is a word that sums this book up quite... nicely! The content is strong enough to make reading it enjoyable, and the photos are well worth seeing, so if you are in the market for a classic car book, why not give this one a look? Maserati 250F In Focus Author: Anthony Pritchard Price: £60.00 Format: Hardback. ISBN: 978-1-845845-63-6 Available From: www.veloce.co.uk
Perhaps one of the most iconic racing cars of all time, the The Maserati 250F raced against Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Vanwall for Grand Prix supremacy during the 2,500cc Grand Prix Formula years of ’54-’60. In fact, so notable is this car that numerous books have already been written about it, some of which are very good, so from the outset this new title has some stiff competition. Thankfully it stands up well to its rivals. Period photographs, including contributions from Tom March, are presented, along with engine cutaways, drawings, technical descriptions, and the chassis and race numbers of every 250F known to have competed during this period. Stories from leading drivers who raced the 250F, including Sir Stirling Moss, Juan Fangio, and Mike Hawthorn, along with Anthony Pritchard’s lively text, helps bring the racing story of this incredible machine back to life. This superbly illustrated book features photographs by Tom March, one of the 1950s leading motor racing photographers. As you would expect for a car of this era, the pictures are a mix of colour and black and white, but all are well worth of inclusion and there are no obvious space fillers. It is well written and the book oozes quality from cover to cover. A fantastic ‘coffee-table’ book for any historic racing enthusiast.
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Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet – The full story of the convertible Beetle Author: Malcolm Bobbitt RRP: £19.99 Format: Paperback. ISBN: 978-1-845840-74-7 Available From: www.veloce.co.uk
The iconic Volkswagen Beetle has been around since the 1940s and still has a huge following today. It is easily one of the all-time great classic cars - just go along to any ‘Bug-meet’ to see what I mean. For a general rule of thumb, the earlier the car, the more collectable it is, but perhaps the most collectable of all Beetles is the ‘Convertible.’ Karmann Ghia built the majority of the original VW Beetle Cabriolets between 1948 and 1980, and today these convertible Beetles are much sought after as practical, durable and very attractive classics. Altogether, over 330,000 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolets were built and the quality of their engineering has ensured a very high survival rate. This book - described by the publisher as “the essential guide to Beetle Cabriolets” has now been released in an updated and revised new edition, and unlike the previous editions, this one has a chapter on the New Beetle. Written by Malcolm Bobbitt – whose companion Volkswagen titles cover the Karmann Ghia coupé and convertible, and VW Bus, this revised book chronicles the history of this practical and sought after convertible Beetles from the classic era. The author traces the Beetle Cabrio’s ancestry from its prewar origins, following its development through to 1980, by which time more than 330,000 examples had been built, and up to the present day, when the New Beetle cabriolet continues to be in strong demand worldwide. The book is also acts as a guide to Beetle Cabrio ownership, providing buying advice, specifications, and information on customising. It covers all convertible Beetles from 1948 to 1980, and the New Beetle from its introduction through 2010. Good punch writing combined with detailed photos make this a great book for any Beetle enthusiast. Austin-Healey Big Healeys Author: Reid Trummel RRP: £12.99 Format: Paperback. ISBN: 978-1-845843-92-2 Available From: www.veloce.co.uk
Interest in Big Healey models has continued to grow since production was halted over 40 years ago, and support for the marque remains strong. In fact, in the popularity stakes, Austin Healey lags behind only Jaguar, Triumph and MG when it comes to British classic sportscars. The concept of this book certainly isn’t a new one, but then buying guides like this one will always have their place, and they are certainly handy if your knowledge of the particular marque is a little sketchy. So much so, that the publisher describes this book as “an indispensible resource for anyone contemplating the purchase of an example of these iconic cars.” What you get is a candid assessment of each Austin Healey model. It guides you through selecting the right car for your intended use, and provides you with essential knowledge enabling you to select the right example of this ever popular marque. The book features both short and thorough evaluation guides, advice on paperwork, auctions, restorations, and covers cars built during the period 1953 - 1967, which includes the 100 series, BN1 and BN2, 100-Six, series, BN4 and BN6, 3000 Mark I, series BN7 and BT7, 3000 Mark II, series BN7, BT7 and BJ7, 3000 Mark III and series BJ8. The chapters are organised in a logical sequence and present all the information you need in a clear, nononsense fashion. The photos are detailed and they are there to support the text, not entertain the reader, so if you are looking for a picture book, this isn’t for you. If however you are looking for a guide to buying your next Austin Healey, they this book is well worth obtaining.
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1972 Alfa Romeo 2000GTV, Matching 1968 Triumph TR5, Full documented numbers vehicle, previous owner for history file. Totally rebuilt. No undersealing, over 12 years. Outstanding condition, many updated improvements, new orig. car completely recommissioned tyres 165SR15, EBC disk brakes etc. Believe little under concours. Reluctant by Alfa Specialists, Bianco Auto sale due to age/health, £37,500, call Developments who have performed 01428 722915. a complete vehicle check, full service with balancing and tuning of the Delorto carburettors & replaced suspension bushes throughout. Drives perfectly. £23,000, Call 01883 344226 for more info.
1957 Austin-Healey 100 100/6 BN4, Colorado red (Longbridge Factory). Beautiful condition. Full restoration. Dry weather use only. Housed in 1970 Triumph GT6 MKII, Beautiful atmosphere controlled environment. looking sports car, resprayed in Wire wheels. Works fitted overdrive. Signal red. Restored interior. New Approx. 3,000 miles post restoration. wire wheels. £800 spent on parts. Heritage Certificate. Arguably one of All photographs & receipts of rebuild. the finest available, a fine example of Please phone for more details. £9,400, a great British car, £38,500, call on 01725 513335 for more info. call on 01793 826047.
Be Wise When You Advertise! When you advertise always take steps to guard against identity fraud. Do not place personal details in your adverts. If you are selling a car, remember that there are a lot of unscrupulous people out there who will use every trick in the book to part you from your car or your money. Take sensible precautions. If you are buying a car; make sure you check it thoroughly. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is! Never meet a vendor on the street or at service stations. Research the type of car you are buying so you know what to look for. If you are unsure, take an expert along with you.
1966 Chevrolet Impala, Complete frameoff restoration completed 2 years ago. Slight resto-mod very tastefully done. Includes: 283 V8, 700R4 tranny, original all new AC, aluminium radiator, elec fan, rebuilt 10-bolt rear-end, disc brakes, Air-Ride System, Diamond Audio Stereo System, pwr windows, pwr canvas top, PPG DBC solvent paint with multiple coats of cleared blocked, original black interior, 140amp alternator with battery isolator. All receipts, pictures, books, and original builds sheet for car are included. Price includes 100 point inspection, shipping to the UK, insurance, import tax, MOT and registration with DVLA. £45,500, call 07808 019146.
1949 Singer Nine Roadster 4A, Exported to America new in 1949, this Singer Roadster 4A was imported some years ago. I bought it with the intention of carrying out a full restore. Unfortunately, I am now too ill to complete the job so she has to go. Car is in very good condition for its 65 years and would require a relatively small amount of work to get her on the road. Although unregistered in the U.K., all import paperwork and original California plates are included. A small amount of spare parts, historical documents and manuals will also go with the sale. For many years the car was owned by a Howard G. Singer. £offers. Call 01335 343619.
2004 Jaguar XK, many desirable features including heated leather, park assist, aluminium detailing, memory seats, 11968 Chevron B8, regarded as not headlamp powerwash, ‘R’ steering wheel only among the most beautiful sports and 18” Aris allo wheels. The service book racing cars ever produced, but also details 7 stamps, £14,995, call (0) 1798 one of the best-handling of their kind. Produced by Chevron Cars between 874477 for details.
1968 and 1970, only 44 examples were built. They were fitted with a number of different engines, the most popular being a 2-litre BMW unit. The car offered here, chassis DBE52, was originally delivered to John Bridges, who campaigned it extensively 2005 TVR Tuscan, Reflex Green with throughout 1968 and 1969 alongside Ocean Green full hide and forest green co-driver John Lepp. They raced lamonta inserts, green carpets piped in DBE52 at numerous events including ocean green hide, forest green hood, grey the Spa 1000 Kilometres, Cadwell stitching throughout. Fitted with air con, full Park, the Brands Hatch 6 Hours and hide, 18” anthracite alloys, gas discharge Paris 1000 Kilometres. What’s more, headlights, sat nav, 6 stack CD and rear they also secured a famous overall speakers. Huge specification, £39,995, victory at Oulton Park. £POA. Please call 01428 653924. call (0) 20 7584 350 for more details.
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1968 Jaguar E-Type S2 4.2 - 2+2, finished in Regency Red with Biscuit 1991 Mini 1000, Full restoration. 1994 Morgan 4/4 2str, 1800cc, Interior, original RHD matching MED engine, 12” alloys, rollcage, Connaught green, green leather, numbers car. Can only be described adjustable suspension. Needs some alloy body/wings, galvanised work to engine, no MoT/tax. High as a fairly unmolested example spec, reduced for quick sale. £3,795, chassis, walnut dash, scuttle throughout which has a lovely pantia roll bar, lady owner. MoT 1 year, which drives extremely well and call 07834 185740. superb example. £19,995, call for is fitted with Jaguar factory power steering and a Borg Warner Automatic more info on 07850 500911. gearbox. Within the history file is an MOT history starting in 1981 and the 64,000ml speedometer reading is believed to be genuine, though not warranted. £34,950. Call 01922 749244.
1964 Morris Minor 1000, Interior upholstery renewed and good sound bodywork. Drives well and is very reliable. MoT March 2015, £1,500. Call 01279 730816.
1985 Reliant Scimitar SS1, 1.6XR3, 6 months, MoT, soft & hard top. Lots of history, lots of work done including seats re- Jaguar XK R Convertible, 4.2 litre trimmed. Drives well. £1,000. facelift model, 2003MY, 34000 01639 771299. miles. FJSH. MoT & tax. Superb example. £14,995, call 07745 107968.
Jaguar S-Type 3.4 Auto Fully refurbished in 2005 by Robert Hughes, this car has won prizes. Finished in Opalescent Silver with Red Leather, the car has 60,000 miles (proven with MOT certs). Wire wheels, seat belts, wooden steering wheel. Chrome mesh headlight guards. A beautiful car which attracts lots of admiration and attention. Very slight rust to small part of a front bumper, otherwise completely clean! First viewer will buy. Regrettable sale due to lack of garage space. £16,995, call 07825 756693 for details.
1989 Ferrari 412, Effectively only two owners from new - the first for 20 years. This extremely low mileage (21,000) example has extensive service history and drives exceptionally well, having just undergone a full service at Shiltech Ferrari and received further attention in our workshops. The original black leather interior is shortly to be refurbished.Hugely underrated and surely destined to appreciate, as one of only 306 right hand drive 412s produced by the factory. Complete with its original tool kit, lambswool overmats, leather service book pack, service book and an extensive file of invoices. £34,995. Call 01244 529500.
1975 Volkswagen Beetle 1300, A lovely 1300 Beetle from 1975 which was extensively restored about 6 years ago. retrimmed in black leather This is a very smart example running well with a large history file, £4,850, call 0121 427 3420.
1979 MGBGT, vermillion red - low mileage just over 57,000. Growing family means reluctant sale. MOT till October 14 with no advisories, TAX till August 14. Used as a daily runner and starts every time. Front seats are leather. £1,995, Call 07725 896175.
1991 Lotus Elan M100 SE, Pacific Blue Metallic, Mileage: 56,744, Grey Leather trim, Extras: Radio/ Cassette, Mohair Hood, Alloy Wheels, Stainless Tailpipe, Electric Windows, Power Steering 1.6 Turbo with 5 speed gearbox. Practically 1 owner. Extensive service history. A genuine low mileage example which would benefit from some minor light restoration/paintwork. This Lotus will be serviced before sale and supplied with a warranty and 12 2000 Mini Cooper LE. This mini month MOT, £4,995, call 01234 has been owned by 2 retired 750205. owners who were friends from new. It has covered just 22,000 miles and has always been garaged. It drives very well and is in beautiful condition both inside and out. £11,495, call 07967 135037.
1957 Ford Popular 103E, totally unrestored, only 3 owners from new, warranteed mileage of 56,000, extensive history file. She drived beautifully and starts instantly ready to rally and enjoy. £6,500. Call 0121 427 3420 for more details.
1947 Triumph 1800 Roadster, body-off restoration in 2007, engine was totally re-built by vintage car mechanic, supension restoration london, stainless steel exhaust, new alloy petrol tank, new leather hide upholstery and carpets fitted, instruments and steering wheel restored, fully rewired in correct braided cable. Huge spec list. Call for details. £22,750, Phone 01487 842085.
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1972 Volkswagen Beetle 1300A, Reluctantly selling this Classic Beetle due to family bereavement. 1300A is a rare model of the Classic 1300 VW Beetle. Excellent condition. Recently restored, March 2013. Only driven for a month following restoration. Specialist breathable car cover protects car and has kept body work in excellent condition. No TAX or MOT. £8,000. Call 01743 233790.
1968 MGBGT, Grampian Grey, Barn Find car! Full red leather interior. Fully original throughout. Needs restoration. The body is totally solid with no holes as its been dry stored. Comes with many new parts. This will make an excellent rare car! £1,895, call 07951 047588.
Rare original 1951 Minor MM Tourer convertible with a Heritage certificate, manufactured 25/26th July 1951. Thames Blue with excellent cream hood. Navy blue leather interior. 62,700 miles indicated. 918cc sidevalve engine that runs smoothly and with good oil pressure, light clutch and quiet gearbox. Body exterior and underside amazingly solid. Free historic tax, been dry stored this winter and drives ok, but footbrake wheel cylinders sticking on two wheels and pedal ‘hard’ so needs 1972 Alfa Romeo 1300 GT Junior, some remedial work to brakes. LHD. Three owners from new I am looking for £6000 but will complete with original Italian log consider offers around the asking 1969 MG MGC Roadster, nice and book. Comes with new MOT and solid example of an MGC with lots price. £6,000ono. Call 01243 of original features such as rubber in all round very good condition. 585810. floor mats etc. It has recently had a Clearly the car has been well new hood fitted. This car comes with looked after. These cars are a good history file and a nice patina. becoming quite rare, are fun to Engine, gearbox and overdrive are drive and surely also make a both sweet with engine holding good oil pressure. Call for more info - this good investment. £13,750, call car will be sold with full 12 months 07860 806904. MOT. £15,495, call 01328 855595.
1978 MGB Roadster, Chrome Bumper, Only 34,000 miles from new, Full service history from new with all old MOTs, original sales invoice and invoice for rust proofing. The car has been sympathetically restored to new condition mainly with a bare metal re-spray and unleaded head fitted. It was a special order car being order with blue carpets and a white hood and tonneau cover, original fitted mini lite wheels not imported china rubbish. I have replaced the hood with a new black one but the original is with the car. Stainless steel exhaust fitted just looks and drives like a new car. If you want a low mileage beautiful car this is the one £7,750. Call for more details on 07949 492377.
Morris Minor, 1965 Trafalgar Blue 2 door saloon. Complete rebuild by Charles Ware of Bath 8 years ago including new carpet throughout, seat belts and servo assisted brakes. Approx 2000 miles since rebuild. Garaged car used during the summer months. Full service history and records back to 1965. 2 lady owners since new, £6,500, call 01865 361264.
2009 Jaguar XK, finished in Ultimate black with warm charcoal interior soft grain leather with contrasting cranberry stitching is fitted with show-stopping Bowers and Wilkins DAB premium sound. Heated/ Cooled Seats, Super Performance Brakes, Front and Reverse Park Control, Suede-Cloth Headlining, 20 inch Kalimnos alloy wheels, Heated Leather Steering Wheel, Auto Wipers, Xenon Headlamps, Heated Front Screen, Keyless Entry, Touch Screen Navigation, Memory Seats, Bluetooth Connection and Auto Headlamp Levelling. The service record details main dealer only servicing, £33,995, call 01798 874477
1933 Riley 9 Lynx, with fully disappearing hood, arguably the prettiest of the touring Rileys of this 1946 Singer Nine, runs, steers period. Built for just one season and stops as it should, in excellent October 1932 to September 1933, condition throughout with very good survivors are now eagerly sought. paintwork, chrome, interior and First registered February 1933, mechanics. The Singer Roadster retains original distinctive registration is unusual in being an open four number - APC 81. Over £2,000 seater. Photographic restoration in recently spent on maintenance work Austin-Healey 3000 BJ8, 1965. The 1994, has held up so well with only and the car is running very well, car has spent all its life in Arizona a few minor blemishes, large history feeling lively and precise on the road. with one family from new. Three file shows considerable mechanical Owner selling due to health issues. years ago a ground up restoration work completed over the last 10 Restored in the 1970s it would was carried out by the respected years including engine and gearbox now benefit from some cosmetic Speedwell Engineering Company at rebuild, reconditioned steering box, improvement, however, it remains a cost of £70,000. The car is now stainless steel exhaust, refurbished in sound useable order. The original better than new in the correct green dash, replacement Armstrong shocks, red leather interior is serviceable and colour with black upholstery & hood. petrol pump, hood and tonneau. Even a tonneau cover is included. Many The gearbox has overdrive and there has the sliding glass side screens. bills are supplied on file. £23,950, call is a removable roll over bar. £52,000, £12,950. Call 07711 509600. call 01548 821391. 07710-364945 or 01420-474919.
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1963 Austin-Healey 3000 MK11A, reliable car starts first time Fabulous looking car which was everytime, this car has given me restored around 20 years ago. Very no problems what so ever being little mileage has been done since japanese the car is very well built. by just one owner. Originally built for i have a lot of reciepts for car and the German Market. The panel fit and there is history aswell, car comes paint work are extremely good. The with electric sunroof, electric whole car is very clean and tidy and mirrors and windows. 17” alloys comes with a history file since the wheels, stainless steel exhaust rebuild. £30,950. Call 01488 648304. (great sound). Oil and filter just
1960 Commer Cob van, Great little run about classic. Preserved for many years with extensive home restoration. No rust issues and mechanicaly in great shape. This van is ready to use and is taxed and tested. £1,800. Call 07956 165937.
changed, new radiator, MOT till the end of April 2014, no tax, good condition, viewings welcome. £700. Call 07835 610597.
1969 Mini Cooper Special, Fully restored car with a new body shell. Fitted with a 1275 fuel injected engine with loads of trick bits.The car has done 5000 miles since its rebuild. Selling on behalf of a friend so please let me know if you require any further information.Cannot be recreated for any where near this price, (we have the bills to prove it!!). £6,250. Call 01488 648304.
1967 Fiat Dino Coupe, this example was exported to the USA in 1990 with approximately 80,000 miles recorded. The car was then had a specialist engine rebuild, a bare metal respray, brake rebuild, and a complete high quality re-trim to original Bertone specification, but substituting soft leather for the the original vinyl seat covers. Complete with a detailed history file incorporating a photographic record of the restoration, copies of all import and available US documentation, and invoices for the work carried out in the UK. £44,995. Call 01244 529500.
1972 Alfa Romeo Montreal, 2.6L V8 LHD, 5-Speed Manual Gearbox. Originally imported in February 1990 with all Tax paid, the car had a complete bare metal re-spray in 1992 changing it from its original red to blue. A full photo history is available. Other work carried out: Suspension stripped and refurbished, Roddy Harvey Bailey uprated ride and handling components fitted. Engine and gearbox stripped and re-builtConverted to Carbs: 1 of 3 carried out by the highly respected Mike Elliott of Superperformance. Ignition uprated by H&H Ignitions. Seats & carpets retrimmed. £24,500. Call 01376 528217.
1974 Triumph Stag, Mk11 Auto with Hardtop and original Softtop, comes with black interior, polished Alloys.67,000 miles from new, never welded, very original.Comes with a very large detailed history folder of bills and receipts. Was with the last owner for 33 years.Just had recent MOT and will come with 6 Months Tax. £12,995. Call 01676 523520.
1977 Triumph 2500S Estate, A rare model in the last year of production. Very interesting history. Manual gearbox and overdrive. Significant money spent in refurbishment, car does not want for anything. Drives superbly, engine ticks over at around 200rpm smoothly, up to 30mpg. Period radio, handbooks, etc., Car looks and drives like new, a real stunner, no work required and the equal of any modern estate on the road. £7,500. Call 01302 771462.
1971 Triumph Vitesse 2 litre Mark2 Convertible, overdrive,. Comprehensive history and original handbooks. Over £13,000 spent since 2008. Body/ paint, brightwork, leather interior, carpets, woodwork, seat belts, sports exhaust, wire wheels, Michelin tyres, Spitfire 1500 diff, springs/brakes and much more with all bills to substantiate work done. £8,500. Call 01302 771462.
1959 Triumph TR3A, Fully restored, overdrive, finished in gleaming red, runs and drives really well, comprehensive history, unleaded conversion, 87mm pistons/liner kit, HS6 carbs., rack/ pinion steering, kenlowe electric thermostatic controlled fan, new chrome tubeless wire wheels on new Dunlop Sport 195/65R15 tyres, red leather upholstery with white piping and new set of wool carpets. Comes with two sets of weather gear (incl side screens), one in white the other in black with a black tonneau cover. £22,500. Call: 01383 415591.
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