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BENTLEY BOYS' BIRTHDAY BASH : Peter Baker
Benjafield's 100 race at Silverstone  Words and images by Peter Baker Quite rightly, at the opening VSCC Formula Vintage meeting of 2019 at Silverstone, on Saturday 13 April, Bentley Motors were permitted to steal the limelight, celebrating one hundred years with a 45-minute, two-driver race that featured a Le Mans-style start and a record number of cars, forty in total, on the grid. I have...
 
BROMYARD SPEED FESTIVAL 2019 - Personal Perspective : Joan Williamson
Historic Bromyard hosts Speed Festival  Words by Joan Williamson. Images by Dave Williamson. The 2019 Bromyard Speed Festival, on Sunday 7 April, was extremely well-organised and good value for money – 80-page programme in full colour £3, park and ride £10, and £3 for paddock access, and food and drink was readily available, with beer at £3 per pint (so Dave tel...
 
NINE ELEVEN TO NINE NINETY-TWO : Ken Davies
Is this the end of Porsche as we know it?  Words and images by Ken Davies There can be few cars that have made such an enduring mark on the world of automotive style and performance than the Porsche 911. The new model – the 992 – continues this evolutionary theme that has characterised all its predecessors since the original model, designed by Ferdinand ‘Butzi’ Pors...
 
GOODWOOD TO PRESCOTT - Editorial Ramblings : Peter Baker
Racing Minis and a rare Bugatti  Words by Peter Baker, images by Retro-Speed. Friday afternoon, 5 April, saw the editorial SAAB heading smoothly and safely in the direction of Goodwood, home to one of the most attractive and natural circuits left in the world, for the 77th Members’ Meeting. Unusually, for such a late start, we were lucky with the traffic, but not so lucky with our cho...
 
FERRARI F40 TEST DRIVE : Ken Davies
Virtuoso GT Winner and Enzo’s 1980s Cash Cow  Words and images by Ken Davies Originally designed to celebrate Ferrari's 40th anniversary, the mid-engined, two-door berlinetta sports car was built from 1987-1992, during which time it was the fastest, most powerful and most expensive car offered for sale by the legendary Italian car manufacturer. Racing versions of the F40 aligned with ...
 
NEW MHD TIMEPIECE- AGT STEEL EDITION : Advertising Feature
Advertising Feature New MHD timepiece - AGT Steel Edition Pre-order the final edition in the MHD AGT range, in association with Britain’s electric car company, Alcraft Motor Company. Limited to only 100 watches, the AGT Steel Edition introduces a solid 316 L stainless steel super oyster style bracelet, clasp and buckle. Sitting next to a stainless steel exoskeleton case with brushed ...
 
BAKER STREET : Peter Baker
Old stagers never give up  Words and images by Peter Baker At the end of January, yours truly set for Reims and 2019 Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique where, once again, I was helping (a loose description) to service entry number 193, the Chrysler Sunbeam Ti of Clive Berry and Rupert Barker. Two years ago, just after Bad Homburg the car was badly damaged, forcing early retirement, but after ma...
 
WIGTON MOTOR CLUB CHARITY DONATIONS : Dorothy
Club raises £1,000 for charities  Dorothy endorses Wigton Motor Club donations Wigton Motor Club continued to support local charities during 2018. Collections at events and the donations from Drive It Day resulted in £1,000 being donated to two charities. The image here shows Club committee member John Sloan handing over a cheque for £500 to representatives of the Cocker...
 
CONTAL MOTOTRI TO ATTEMPT ERA'S 2019 PEKING TO PARIS : HERO Events
Near impossible challenge for rare three-wheeler  Story from HERO Events and Anton Gonnissen  A 112-year-old Contal Mototri three-wheeler is set to take on the 2019 Peking to Paris, aiming to finish the 13,840-kilometre journey. The first Peking to Paris (P2P) ran in 1907, five competitors accepting a seemingly impossible challenge. Amongst them was a French three-wheeled Contal Mototr...
 
PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE - MCC EXETER TRIAL 2019 : Stuart Palmer
Trial by Cold!  Stuart Palmer Stuart Palmer and Phil Fearn and their Austin Seven Sports on the Motor Cycling Club’s 2019 Exeter Trial. The Ulsteroid was out again on this year’s MCC Exeter Trial, in class O, the ‘easy’ class for older cars and crews, or those who do not care to smash the car to bits on car-wrecking horrors such as Tippley. It is still a real challe...
 
BAKER STREET : Peter Baker
Fifty-five years ago, January 1963  Words and images by Peter Baker On the 22nd December 1962 a bitter easterly wind heralded one of the coldest UK winters on record. The first snow fell on Boxing Day, followed by a full-on blizzard that brought the country to a standstill. The Channel froze, some idiot crossed the Thames at Oxford by car, and the average temperature for January 1963 was a ...
 
BMW'S BIG ONE : Peter Collins
Big bimmer  Words and images by Peter Collins ‘Holy Smoke Robin, it’s the Batmobile!’ – or words to that effect. The car you see here is one of a model that became known affectionately as the Batmobile due to the wings and spoilers that it carried – even as a road car. Before we get to that, a brief BMW history is appropriate. The company started building Aust...
 
PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE - VIPS AT THE RACES : Joan Williamson
VIPs at the Sandown Historics, Melbourne  Words by Joan Williamson, images by Dave Williamson For several years, Dave and I have kept in touch with the Victorian Historic Racing Register – mostly via email, but in person during our visits to our daughter in Melbourne. This November was no exception, since we visited the VHRR Clubhouse in Melbourne to admire a huge range of Australian...
 
JIM CLARK TRUST : Dorothy
Win a Jim Clark Special Edition Lotus  Dorothy endorses charity competition The competition to win a Jim Clark Special Edition Lotus Evora GT140 Sport was launched at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, where £53,000.00 was donated to The Jim Clark Trust. Honouring the 50th anniversary of Jim Clark’s death in 1968 at Hockenheim, all funds raised from the competition will be d...
 
ROVERING AROUND : Peter Baker
Rovering Around – The first twelve months  Words by Peter Baker When my Rover 12hp sports saloon went into production motor-car history was only forty or so years old, so one has to make allowances. Today we take simple things, such as comfort, steering and stopping, for granted. Well, let me tell you, in 1937 a lot of development work was still in the pipe-line. For example, the prim...
 
BAKER STREET : Peter Baker
Some hotels necessitate earplugs!  As one who freely admits voting to leave the EU, I assume that when the country contorts itself into overturning the majority verdict, yours truly will find himself guilty on a charge of treason and banished, along with 51 percent of the UK population, to some remote desert island. This, of course, will be almost as good as winning. A new country, a fresh ...
 
COTSWOLD TRIAL 2018 - Editorial Ramblings : Peter Baker
Next generation is more than competent  Words and images by Peter Baker. Click to view Gallery. As we head into winter, and dare I say it, ever closer to Christmas, the historic race season has finally run out of steam. ‘Thank goodness’ I hear teams say, what with Le Mans Classic and Monaco Grand Prix Historique added to the 2018 calendar, the year for many has been a real budget...
 
LONDON TO BRIGHTON VETERAN CAR RUN 2018 - Editorial Ramblings : Peter Baker
Rambling with a red flag  Words and images by Peter Baker One hundred and twenty years ago, give or take, the UK Government belatedly followed France and Germany in accepting the internal combustion engine as a reality. Well, we had better make the most it, because its days are numbered. By 2040, ownership of a motor vehicle that even whiffs of petrol or diesel will be a hanging offence. Lo...
 
JAGUAR LAND ROVER CLASSIC - Editorial Ramblings : Peter Baker
Rambling around with the GOMW  Words and images by Peter Baker Weather wise, October is always a gamble when touring the Cotswolds, so it was with a sense of relief when the early morning fog soon disappeared, leaving us a perfect autumnal day with which to enjoy our outing with the Guild of Motoring Writers on Saturday, 20 October 2018. First port of call was the new Jaguar Land Rover Class...
 
RALLYLEGEND 2018 - Personal Perspective : Lawrence Clift
The 16th Rallylegend  Words and images by Lawrence Clift It was whilst I was in Turin attending the Lancia centenary back in 2006 that I met the renowned author and photographer, Peter Collins, who mentioned that he'd be returning to Italy (San Marino) a few weeks later to report on a relatively new event, Rallylegend. I was quite intrigued and waited for the videos to appear on YouTube and,...