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A LIFE IN CAR DESIGN - JAGUAR LOTUS TVR
BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker A Life in Car Design – Jaguar Lotus TVR Great value, as this is really two books in one, and all the better for it. Oliver Winterbottom has, in just 176 pages, combined a rattling good story, i.e. his time with Jaguar (Sir William Lyons), Lotus (Colin Chapman), TVR (Martin Lilley) and General Motors (John Peck) with what is tantamount to an Open University...
MASTERS HISTORIC FESTIVAL BRANDS HATCH 2017
11th Masters Historic Festival at Brands The 2017 Masters Historic Festival at Brands Hatch GP circuit this weekend, 27/28 May, features two rounds (25 minutes each) of the FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship and a round of the FIA Masters Historic Sports Cars Championship (60 minutes) during an unmissable two days. But that's not all, there’s a 60-minute race for Pre-66 Tourin...
LA VIE EN BLEU INCORPORATING LA VITA ROSSA 2017
French and Italian motoring festival at Prescott The eleventh La Vie en Bleu takes place at Prescott Speed Hill Climb, Gotherington in Gloucestershire during the Whitsun Bank Holiday 27/28 May 2017. This spectacular two-day event has always been a firm favourite and last year introduced ‘La Vita Rossa’ to celebrate everything Italian as well. Prescott will be transformed into a cel...
2017 HASLEMERE CLASSIC CAR SHOW AND TOUR
9th Haslemere Classic Car Show 2017 The Haslemere Classic Car show has become a popular feature in Haslemere’s 'season' and this year’s 9th running of the event will be held on Sunday, 28 May. Taking place at Lion Green, Haslemere, Surrey, GU27 1LD it’s a day filled with stunning pre-77 classic cars. Alongside the cars there is much to appeal to the whole family, with quality ...
SUMMER TRIAL 2017
HERO’s 2017 Summer Trial – 19-21 May The very popular HERO Events’ Summer Trial starts this Friday (19 May) with some 82 crews setting off from Stratford-upon-Avon. Crews will complete a series of road regularities, all under 30mph average, and special tests on private land over the three days with the route visiting several places of interest. Being an event aimed at the les...
HSCC INTERNATIONAL TROPHY MEETING 2017
HSCC heads to Silverstone Grand Prix circuit  An entry of nearly 400 cars will pack out the paddock at the Historic Sports Car Club’s International Trophy meeting on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit on 20/21 May, writes Paul Lawrence.   A full programme of racing includes the opening race of the season for the HSCC Pre ’80 Endurance Series, with a tremendous 30-car field,...
BRITISH MOTOR MUSEUM - NEW EXHIBITION
British Motoring Treasures – the British Motor Car in Fifty Objects A new exhibition will open on Friday 19 May 2017, at 2.30pm, at the British Motor Museum, Gaydon in Warwickshire. ‘British Motoring Treasures – the British Motor Car in Fifty Objects’ will run until March 2018. Funded by the Arts Council England, the exhibition will bring together fifty key objects which ...
LEUKAEMIA HISTORIC RALLY 2017
The 25th Leukaemia Rally The Silver Jubilee Historic Rally takes place this Saturday (13 May), starting and finishing at Chepstow Race Course.Covering a route of some 120 miles the Leukaemia will include around 18 special tests split up by six regularity sections of straight-forward navigation.Another strong entry on this, the next round of the 2017 HRCR Clubmans Road Rally Championship, means cho...
MASON'S MOTORING MAYHEM!
BOOK REVIEW  By Ken Davies Mason’s Motoring Mayhem! - Tony Mason’s hectic life in motorsport and television Tony Mason has now achieved ‘national treasure’ status, following his 20+ years in television; from 1986-2000 as one of the jovial team on the iconic motoring magazine Top Gear but also as a presenter on the Discovery Channel. Mason, however, is disarmingly mo...
MASERATI - THE FAMILY SILVER
BOOK REVIEW By Ed McDonough  Maserati – The Family Silver There are many good Maserati books which have been written by a range of authors, some but not all of them very knowledgeable. Those which have attempted to portray Maserati history have always come up a bit short, there is just too much history. Nigel Trow seems to have managed the task. However, it has taken two volumes...
VINTAGE REVIVAL MONTLHERY 2017
4th Vintage Revival Montlhery Almost within walking distance of Paris this weekend, 6/7 May, sees the popular Vintage Revival return to the banked Linas-Montlhery circuit. Demonstrations, including a celebration of the 1927 Grand Prix, are split into eleven dated plateaux, which include motor cycles, each racing for fifteen minutes on both days. Meanwhile, off-track entertainment includes club...
BROOKLANDS ITALIAN CAR DAY 2017
Italian jobs head for Brooklands Expect to see all things Italian at Brooklands Museum on Saturday 29 April when the Museum, in association with Auto Italia magazine, hosts its Italian Car Day 2017. This is one of the biggest events on Brooklands’ calendar and this year celebrates its 25th year. Over 1,200 Italian cars and motorcycles of all ages are expected, along with numerous traders....
BUGATTI - THE 8-CYLINDER TOURING CARS 1920-1934
BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker Bugatti - The 8-Cylinder Touring Cars 1920-1934 Veloce Classic Reprint Series Soft-backed and reprinted in black and white the 160 pages, charting the history of Bugatti Types 28, 30, 38, 38a, 44 and 49 models between 1914 and 1939 (including some race and rally results), are devoted mostly to 200 captioned images. Items of interest include new car prices, c...
PIRELLI INTERNATIONAL RALLY 2017
The Pirelli is next for Mintex MSA BHRC  The 2017 Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship will head into Kielder forest for round three, the Pirelli International Rally on Saturday 29 April, with Nick Elliott and Dave Price bidding for a hat-trick of 2017 victories, writes Paul Lawrence. Damp and foggy conditions met the Red Kite Stages at the start of the season in mid-February, wh...
DONINGTON HISTORIC FESTIVAL 2017
2017 Donington Historic Festival, 28-30 April This superb bank holiday historic motor sport extravaganza, spread across three days, begins with the all-qualifying sessions on Friday (28 April), allowing uninterrupted racing over Saturday and Sunday. A 20-minute race for pre-61 front engine Formula Junior cars gets things underway on Day 2 and the racing continues into dusk with the 90-minute, ...
RALLYE SALAMANDRE 2017
Belgium next for R.A.C. Historic Asphalt Championship  The 2017 Fuchs Lubricants R.A.C. Historic Asphalt Rally Championship continues with round two on Sunday 23 April, Rallye Salamandre in Belgium, writes Paul Lawrence.   In an event with a superb capacity entry, around a dozen championship contenders will tackle this hugely popular event on closed public roads around the town of Beau...
SPECIAL EXHIBITION AT BROOKLANDS MUSEUM
Dame Ethel Locke King Exhibition 2017 A special exhibition at Brooklands Museum from 1-30 April 2017 is highlighting the contributions of Dame Ethel Locke King to motor racing and hospitals in Surrey. Dame Ethel was instrumental in the construction and running of the Brooklands Race Track, and is the subject of an exhibition being held at the Museum during April to mark Surrey Museums Month, an...
JAGUAR XK 120 - THE REMARKABLE HISTORY OF JWK 651
BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker Exceptional Cars 2: Jaguar XK 120 – The remarkable history of JWK 651 Co-written by Chas Parker and Philip Porter this high quality publication packs an incredible amount of history, supported by many period images, into its 128 pages. One of six, original factory-built competition Jaguar XK 120s, JWK 651 – chassis number 660040 – began its r...
HSCC 2017 HISTORIC FORMULA 2
Entries build for Historic F2 season opener The entry list for the opening two races in the 2017 HSCC Historic Formula 2 FIA-sanctioned International Series is building strongly ahead of the high-profile Donington Historic Festival on 28-30 April, writes Paul Lawrence.   There are already 25 cars entered for the Donington event and there could be more to come yet as drivers prepare for the ...
MASTERS HISTORIC RACING 2017
Masters at the 2017 Espiritu de Montjuic The European Masters Historic Racing Championship 2017 kicks off this weekend, 8/9 April, at the Espiritu de Montjuic meeting, near Barcelona in Spain, where twenty five cars are entered for rounds 1 and 2 of the FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship. Last year's overall winner Nick Padmore, driving a Fittipaldi FA5, will be taking on, among oth...