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CHEVRON B8 TO STAR AT 2018 GOLD CUP MEETING : Paul Lawrence
Oulton Park to host unique Chevron B8 race  The 50th anniversary of the Chevron B8 will be marked with a unique one-make race at the Historic Sports Car Club’s Oulton Park Gold Cup meeting over the 2018 August Bank Holiday weekend.An enduringly popular sports-racing car design, the Chevron B8 was one of the most successful projects from talented designer and engineer Derek Bennett, th...
 
EDITORIAL RAMBLINGS : Peter Baker
Editor-in-Chief rambles on for miles and miles  Words and images by Peter Baker. Click to view Gallery.  Friday 10 November – I should have been at the NEC for the 2017 Classic Motor Show, but decided instead to visit Shelsley Walsh for the start of the Roger Albert Clark Rally. That also went out the window when John, who has been working on my Rover 12hp Sports Saloon, phoned to...
 
CLASSIC CARS CHALLENGE CHINA 2017 : Peter Baker
All aboard the ‘Shanghai Express’  Words and images by Peter Baker. Click to view Gallery.   The forty-two crews competing on the seventh Classic Cars Challenge China (4C) departed at one-minute intervals early on 12 October 2017 from downtown Beijing to begin stage one of the 1,400km regularity rally that was to end in Shanghai seven days later. Cars ranged from a 193...
 
BAKER STREET : Peter Baker
All is right with the world  Words and images by Peter Baker It was meant to be a trade off, using a small Fiat Panda as everyday transport instead of my Mercedes gas-guzzler, that passes as a ‘classic’ to the myopic. But, and although the Panda is not a bad little car exuding a certain amount of cheeky Italian charm, I soon got fed up with trucks and their like constantly over...
 
CIRCUIT DES REMPARTS D'ANGOULEME 2017 : Joe Morel
2017 Circuit des Remparts d’Angouleme, 15-17 September  Words and images by Joe Morel The Circuit des Remparts d’Angouleme weekend starts with the Concours d’Elegance on the Friday evening, the cars having been displayed around the town during the previous three days. On the following day Rallye International de Charente takes one on a tour of the region’s beautiful c...
 
EDITORIAL ROVING : Peter Baker
2017 continues to engage Editor-in-Chief  Words and images by Peter Baker. Click to view images AMOC Racing / Prescott Autumn Classic.Another busy weekend began with the popular AMOC Racing’s St. John Horsfall meeting at Silverstone on Saturday (30 September), followed the next day by the American-themed Autumn Classic at Prescott Speed Hill Climb.Prophets of doom predicted a two-d...
 
HISTORIC MOTOR SPORT : Retro-Gnome
Historic Motor sport – Where to from here?  Words by Retro-Gnome. Images by Retro-SpeedHistoric motor sport is now big time, with new events springing up every other week. It’s fantastic entertainment, and whether it be Goodwood, Spa, Brooklands or Brands Hatch, we are spoiled for choice. Great, except, it’s not all good news. The calendar is already saturated with UK and...
 
RALLYDAY 2017 : Ken Davies
2017 R5 Ford Fiesta WRC stars at Rallyday  Images by JMS Photographic and Ken Davies  2017 Rallyday – Castle Combe Circuit, 23 September The sun shone down on Castle Combe Circuit last weekend for another epic edition of the UK’s premier rally show – Rallyday, writes Ken Davies. Thousands of fans rocket-up at the convenient Wiltshire venue to see some of the very bes...
 
BRUMBY - 1933 ROLLS ROYCE PHANTOM 2 : Dorothy
A very special Rolls Royce  Dorothy endorses Brumby.   Rolls Royce Phantom 2 - chassis 51RY - was built in December 1933 and shipped to Melbourne Australia in March 1934. In 1956 she moved to a remote cattle station called Narwietooma located near Alice Springs. Her new owner, E J Connellen, Esq. was an aviation legend of Australia, the founder of the then active Conair airlines. ...
 
PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE - RALLY ISLE OF MAN : Phil Harris
The magnificent seven! Rounds seven and eight of the 2017 Mintex British Historic Rally Championship were held over the fast roads of the Isle of Man on 14-16 September, writes Phil Harris. The rally is known to be the toughest of the Championship. It is flat out driving over incredibly demanding narrow, bumpy twisty roads over three days and two nights. It’s a very tough test for both th...
 
KOP HILL CLIMB : Ian Wagstaff
Public road restrictions don't always rule  Words and images by Ian Wagstaff Kop Hill Climb, 16/17 September2017 Initially held in 1999 and then regularly since 2009, the Kop Hill Climb ‘revival’, near Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire has gained rapidly in stature. This was underlined this year with milling crowds, despite the overcast skies, and an entry that ranged from t...
 
PEKING TO PARIS 20TH ANNIVERSARY REUNION : David Gatehouse
Vintage cars and drivers celebrate 1997 Peking to Paris rally The day before heading off to the 2017 Goodwood Revival to compete in the Brooklands Trophy in his Triumph Dolomite 8C, Jonathan Turner hosted a 20th anniversary reunion for those who had taken part in the historic and pioneering 1997 Peking to Paris Motor Challenge, writes David Gatehouse.Jonathan, his 1929 4.5-litre Bentley was o...
 
PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE - P99 AND GOODWOOD REVIVAL 2017 : Ken Davies
Ferguson-Climax P99 unfortuantely fails to finish  Words and images by Ken Davies Showcasing the delightfully idiosyncratic British way of life, the globally renowned Goodwood Revival meeting delivered on all fronts yet again. This year, soggy car parks proliferated and looked a little out of place coupled with chic and stylishly dressed spectators driving a variety of 1950s and ‘60s ...
 
HONDA CELEBRATIONS AT ITALIAN GRAND PRIX 2017 : Roman Klemm
Monza celebrates Honda’s 50th anniversary  Words and images by Roman Klemm Honda celebrated the 50th anniversary of John Surtee’s win at the 2017 Italian Grand Prix on Sunday 3 September at Monza. The result of Gran Premio d‘Italia 1967 was a rather surprising affair. Nothing hinted towards a win for Honda after qualifying. The only car entered by the Japanese company, wit...
 
AVD OLDTIMER GRAND PRIX 2017 : Roman Klemm
45th AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix  Words and images by Roman Klemm AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix, 11-13 August 2017 Nurburgring – the most tricky, beautiful and even dangerous track of the world is celebrating its 90th birthday and the traditional AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix was a part of these celebrations. Well, the only thing that the ultra-modern southern part of the circuit has in common with ...
 
PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE - HARRY FLATTERS STAGES 2017 : Phil Harris
Blind crests require concentration and commitment The Harry Flatters Stages on Sunday 30 July 2017 was the sixth round of 2017 Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship, writes Phil Harris. A very long established event, the Harry Flatters Stages is held on the military roads over the Epynt region of the Brecon Beacons. Epynt has a fearsome reputation – the roads up there are ultra-f...
 
COPPA D'ORO DELLE DOLOMITI 2017 : Pierfranco Garcea
Belometti and Vavassori win 70th Coppa d'Oro  Words and images from Pierfranco Garcea The 2017 Coppa d’Oro delle Dolomiti from 20-23 July was won by Andrea Belometti and Doriano Vavassori in their 1932 Fiat 508 Spider Sport, followed by Gianmaria Aghem/Rossella Contiin (1938 BMW 328 Roadster) and Alessandro Gamberini/Arturo Cavalli (1937 Fiat 508 C). Passos Falzarego and Pordoion on ...
 
ENNSTAL-CLASSIC 2017 : Roman Klemm
Austria’s 25th Ennstal-Classic  Words and images by Roman Klemm The Ennstal-Classic 20-22 July 2017. Twenty-five year’ ago Austria’s legendary journalist Helmut Zwickl realised his dream and organised a rally for cars and heroes from his youth. Helmut Zwickl chose the beautiful scenery of the Styrias region for the Ennstal route – and all those he called upon came to...
 
TED'S OPEL VAUXHALL RUN 2017 : Dorothy
Ted’s Opel Vauxhall Run  Dorothy endorses charity run  Celebrating its tenth anniversary, Ted’s Opel Vauxhall Run 2017 takes place on 12/13 August in aid of ‘Dogs for the Disabled’. This is a non-competitive event and all Opel, Vauxhall, Bedford and GM vehicles are welcome. This year’s event is based at the Blarney Hotel & Golf Resort in Co. Cork, Irela...
 
JANO'S 8C CAPOLAVORO: Peter Collins
Jano and his 8C capolavoro (masterpiece) : Images by Peter Collins An all-too-brief acquaintance with one of Vittorio Jano’s quantum leap 8C Alfa Romeos, now with Gregor Fisken in London, writes Peter Collins. He is probably not everyone’s perception of an Italian, but Vittorio Jano who, virtually single-handed, made Alfa Romeo’s name during his time with the Company, was an ex...