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ALFA ROMEO MONZA - THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF THE CELEBRATED 2211130
BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker Great Cars 12: Alfa Romeo Monza – The autobiography of the celebrated 2211130 With the publishing of this book, author Mick Walsh has taken the Great Cars series, published by Porter Press International, to a new level. In fact, the evocative, black and white, double-page spread that opens the story, alone makes purchase a must. It’s June 1933 and E...
WINTER CHALLENGE TO MONTE-CARLO 2018
Seafront start for Winter Challenge I was one of those who competed on this Philip Young-inspired event way back in the early 1990s, driving at first a Sunbeam Rapier then later a Sunbeam 90, followed by a Lancia Fulvia, writes Peter Baker. We dressed in duffle coats, made do with mechanical trip-meters and drove seemingly forever over snow-bound mountain roads on what was considered the ultima...
HSCC AT 2018 HMI
HSCC plans star line-up at HMI  The Historic Sports Car Club will have an impressive line-up of cars on show at the second edition of Historic Motorsport International, which runs from 15-18 February at Excel, London.   Marking the Club’s plans to celebrate 50 years of the Ford Escort, the ex-Frank Gardner Ford Escort Mk1 from Alan Mann Racing will be a star exhibit. The car beari...
MEMORIES OF A RALLY CHAMPION
BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker Memories of a Rally Champion If, like me, you were involved in rallying during the 1960s and 70s then this 225-page soft-back book, copiously illustrated and published by Chris Slater, with Jonathan Pulleyn, is an absolute must. Between 1966 and 1974, before becoming involved with Datsun, and then Chrysler and Vauxhall, Chris stayed loyal to Ford, his first wi...
THE WINTER TRIAL 2018
UK crews to tackle The Winter Trial With a route designed by Mark Appleton on behalf of Classic Events, the 2018 Winter Trial will again be a tough five-day adventure starting on the Austrian border and travelling through Germany, the Czech Republic and Slovenia. Thirty-five cars are competing in the Trial Class with top British crews including John Abel/Andy Pullan, Mark Godfrey/Martyn Taylor,...
BROOKLANDS - VSCC NEW YEAR DRIVING TESTS 2018
Pre-war cars put to the test at Brooklands Brooklands is hosting its first competitive event of 2018 on Sunday 28 January when the Vintage Sports-Car Club holds its annual New Year Driving Tests. Dozens of pre-war cars will be zooming around bollards on the various tests set out throughout the site, including the Finishing Straight and Members’ Banking, as well as tackling the Brooklands ...
FORMULA 1 - CAR BY CAR 1970-79
BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker  Formula 1 – Car by Car 1970-79 Author Peter Higham has crammed a lot into this very worthwhile reference book, the 304 pages listing, with pictures, not only the top runners but those teams who mysteriously disappeared after one season – I’m thinking HB Bewaking Alarm Systems and Kohima Engineering. Each year is also given a full result...
FORD GT40 MKII - THE REMARKABLE HISTORY OF 1016
BOOK REVIEW By Peter Baker  Exceptional Cars 3: Ford GT40 MkII – The remarkable history of 1016 This, the latest in the Porter Press International ‘Exceptional Cars Series’ deals with Ford GT40 chassis number 1016. Chassis number 1016 is best remembered for being the third of the three Fords choreographed to finish first, second and third at the 1966 Le Mans, thus sti...
AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 - THE STORY OF DD 300
BOOK REVIEW By Peter Baker Porter Profiles: Austin-Healey 3000 – The story of DD 300 This, the first of a new ‘budget’ series from Porter Press International, follows a familiar story line copied from its more expensive brethren by concentrating on just one car. In this case, the well-known ex-works Healey (EJB 143) that was raced by the likes of Jack Sears and Peter Riley at...
VSCC FORMULA VINTAGE AND SPEED CHAMPIONSHIP 2018 DATES
The Vintage Sports-Car Club will open entries for both its 2018 Formula Vintage and Speed Championship series at 09.00 on Wednesday, 20 December 2017. Six Race meetings will run under the VSCC Formula Vintage banner and take place at Silverstone, Oulton Park, Mallory Park, Cadwell Park and Snetterton. The Club’s return to Donington Park on 24 June will celebrate the 80th anniversary of the ...
FERRARIS AT THE DESIGN MUSEUM
The Design Museum hosts Ferrari: Under the Skin exhibition  Click to view Gallery. ‘Ferrari: Under the Skin’ is a major exhibition marking the 70th anniversary of Ferrari and is being shown at The Design Museum in London until 15 April 2018. Seventy years of passion, glamour and design innovation are depicted in this important exhibition which has been beautifully curated and i...
HRCR OPEN DAY 2018
HRCR showcases MG Metro 6R4 at Open Day The HRCR (Historic Rally Car Register) 2018 Open Day takes place on 13 January at the British Motor Museum, Gaydon, Warwickshire from 10.00am to 3.00pm. As ‘the Home of Historic Rallying’, the HRCR Open Day is a social gathering where the rally community comes together to meet friends, view a selection of rally cars from the ‘50s through...
LE JOG 2017
Land’s End to John o’Groats HERO’s 2017 Le Jog, 8-12 December It’s that time of the year again when hardened rally crews from across Europe assemble at Land’s End, that weather beaten corner of the UK overlooking the mighty Atlantic Ocean, preparing to take on one of the biggest road rally challenges, Le Jog. Four days of special tests, night navigation and long reg...
FORD GT40 - THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF 1075
BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker Great Cars 11: Ford GT40 – The autobiography of 1075 On 7 April 1968, as a fan of long distance endurance racing, no way was I going to miss the BOAC 500 at my local circuit, Brands Hatch. Strongly supported, it promised an enthralling six-hour battle dominated by Ford with the new Alan Mann-entered F3L. The less exciting Jacky Ickx / Brian Redman Gulf Fo...
RACRMC HISTORIC ASPHALT CHAMPIONSHIP 2018 DATES
The calendar for the 2018 Fuchs Lubricants RACRMC Historic Asphalt Rally Championship has been announced, comprising seven rounds at six events.   Organised by the Roger Albert Clark Rally Motor Club alongside the MSA British Historic Rally Championship, the Championship is for two-wheel drive historic cars from up to the end of 1990. The 2018 calendar replicates the 2017 schedule and highl...
SUPER TOURING CAR CHALLENGE 2018 CALENDAR
The Historic Sports Car Club has confirmed the 2018 schedule for the Super Touring Car Challenge covering 12 races at six high-profile race meetings.   The Super Touring Car Challenge is home to the 2-litre Super Touring Cars of the 1990s and pre-1990 Group A cars, while a new class was added this year for pre-2006 FIA S2000 and invited BTC cars. A 46-car field battled it out at the Silverst...
HSCC 2018 RACE CALENDAR
The Historic Sports Car Club’s 2018 race programme will be capped by major summer events on the Brands Hatch and Silverstone Grand Prix circuits. The nine-event championship schedule starts in April with an extended two-day meeting at Donington Park and concludes with the two-day Finals Meeting at Silverstone in October. “Donington Park is a great way to start the season and we’...
BROOKLANDS MUSEUM
Motor Car Club celebrates at Brooklands The 120th anniversary of the very first British motor races organised by the Motor Car Club is to be commemorated at Brooklands Museum on Wednesday, 29 November 2017. In 1897, as a first anniversary celebration of their Emancipation Run from London to Brighton, the Motor Car Club organised a series of races for De Dion Bouton motor tricycles on the quarte...
2018 HISTORIC FORMULA 2 SCHEDULE
The Historic Sports Car Club has unveiled its schedule for the 2018 Historic Formula 2 FIA International Series. The series will cover 10 races at five race meetings, on the Grand Prix circuits at Silverstone and Brands Hatch, as well as the Zandvoort Historic Grand Prix and Dijon Motors Cup, with the season starting at Hockenheim in late April. The Championship is open to cars built to period re...
VSCC COTSWOLD TRIAL 2017
Cotswold Trial next for the VSCC Just a week after the Vintage Sports-Car Club’s Lakeland Trial, comes its Cotswold Trial on Saturday 18 November. Based at the Prescott Speed Hill Climb, Gotherington near Cheltenham, this is the VSCC’s only Trial that features a class for Novices, and spectators are afforded ample opportunity to watch what is going on and to compare the different ca...