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NEW BRITISH MOTOR MUSEUM EXHIBITION : Dorothy
British Motoring Treasures - the British Motor Car in 50 Objects  Dorothy Endorses  A new exhibition, ‘British Motoring Treasures - the British Motor Car in 50 Objects’, opened on Friday, 19 May 2017 at the British Motor Museum at Gaydon near Warwick. Funded by Arts Council England, the exhibition is the story of Britain’s motor industry in 50 objects, and celebrates ...
 
PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE - LONDON TO LISBON RALLY 2017 : Mike Tanswell
HERO’s London to Lisbon – a view from Car 63  Words by Mike Tanswell Our trusty Triumph Stag was used for the London to Lisbon rally, the engine having been rebuilt prior to the event. We have owned the car since 2001 and it has covered many competition miles, many on the continent. Seventy-eight cars started from Brooklands Museum in Weybridge on 21 April. We were running numb...
 
AROUND THE WORLD IN TWO AUSTIN SEVENS : Peter Baker
It takes two!  Words by Peter Baker Just image: driving a two-seater Austin Seven 22,000 miles around the world. Well, that’s just what Richard B. Mathews and Hector McQuarrie, armed with just a tent, some spare petrol and a typewriter, set out to achieve way back in August 1928, starting from Australia. Sadly, the boat on which they were sailing, sank between New Zealand and San Fran...
 
PRODRIVE VISIT : Ken Davies
From winning Le Mans and the WRC to Catamarans and Hybrid Ford delivery vans  Words and images by Ken Davies Predictably, an invitation to Prodrive in Banbury quickly gravitated to the top of the ‘Things to Do’ in my 2017 diary. Prodrive is one of the largest and most successful independent global motor sport businesses and, since its formation in 1984, has formed solid working ...
 
LONDON TO LISBON 2017 : Kev Haworth
HERO’s London Lisboa classic rally Report from Kev Haworth. Images by Blue Passion  In an action-packed and truly testing nine-day event, Paul Crosby/Martyn Taylor won the event by a slender margin from Daniel Gresly/Elise Whyte who in turn held David and Joanna Roberts off on the final leg to take second overall. Seventy-eight starters set off from Brooklands on a 3,500-kilometre rou...
 
ABARTH 124 SPIDER : Ken Davies
Recreation of a legend? Words and images by Ken Davies Built between 1966 and 1980, the original Fiat 124 Sport Spider was a front-engined rear-wheel drive sports car designed by Pininfarina and launched at the 1966 Turin Motor Show. Engine size evolved from a 1400cc to just under 2 litres during its lifetime, yielding from 90 to 135bhp on Webber carburettors. Transmission was via an all-synchro...
 
PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE : PIRELLI INTERNATIONAL RALLY 2017 : Phil Harris
Phil conquers Kielder Saturday 29 April 2017 saw the competitors in the 2017 Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship tackle the ultra fast forest tracks of Kielder Forest in Northumberland for the Pirelli International Rally, writes Phil Harris. Killer Kielder as it is known, is a place where the slightest mistake can result in a massive accident. Its tracks are very fast with lots of bl...
 
TARGA FLORIO CLASSIC 2017 : Pierfranco Garcea
Moceri and Dicembre win 101st Targa Florio Words and images from Pierfranco Garcea The 101st Targa Florio in Sicily from 20-23 April was won by Giovanni Moceri and Valeria Dicembre in their 1938 Fiat 508C. This was the third win in a row for Moceri, who comes from Sicily. Second were Accardo/Messina (1957 Fiat 1100 103 E), followed in third place by Cane/Galliani (1938 Lancia Aprilia). Sponso...
 
GERMANY'S 2017 HISTORIC SEASON KICKS OFF : Roman Klemm
Hockenheim Historic, 21-23 April 2017 Words and pictures by Roman Klemm The Hockenheim Historic is the traditional kick-off to the international historic racing season in Germany. Around 40,000 spectators storm the site of the German F1 Grand Prix every April to witness what they have been waiting for the whole winter: pure racing. This year‘s Bosch Hockenheim Historic – Das Jim Cla...
 
JOHN DAVENPORT INTERVIEW : Ken Davies
Ken Davies interviews John Davenport – Images courtesy of John Davenport Once famously called ‘high speed office managers’ by Stuart Turner, and he should know as he was one of the best, co-drivers tend to possess the one thing that says they are not lacking in little grey cells. This normally means they realised at an early stage in their career that stimulating their adrenal ...
 
MK CLASSIC CAR TOUR 2017 : Dorothy
11th MK Classic Car Tour Dorothy EndorsesOrganised in aid of the Little Lives Appeal, the 11th MK Classic Car Tour 2017 will take place on Sunday 9 April.This is a non-competitive tour through Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire for vintage, classic and interesting cars, using an easy-to-read road book.Starting from Poplars Garden Centre, 200m from the east-side of junction 12 ...
 
PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE - RALLY NORTH WALES 2017 : Phil Harris
Two out of two!  A very wet morning saw the start of the second round of the 2017 Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship from Dolgellau in North Wales on Saturday 1 April, writes Phil Harris. The rally ran through the mountains and forests of Gartheiniog and Dyfi on the edge of Snowdonia. The forest stages here are notorious for being very fast, with big drops off the edge of the r...
 
THE JOWETT JAVELIN - Retro-Gnome
Javelins are as jaunty as Jupiters  Words by Retro-Gnome Roughly the British equivalent to Lancia in Italy and Citroen of France, Jowett produced the streamlined, four-door Javelin at its Bradford factory between 1947 and 1953. It was good looking and reasonably fast though, sadly, and perhaps unfairly, it has always lived in the shadow of its more sporting brother, the Jupiter. True, the ...
 
CASTLE COMBE'S MARSHALS TRAINING DAY : Ken Davies
Bumper support for Training Day Words and images by Ken Davies Castle Combe – 19 March 2017. Early on a cold but sunny spring Sunday morning at Castle Combe Race Circuit, a large crowd of enthusiastic marshals, young and old, turned out for Castle Combe Racing Club’s annual pre-season Marshals Training Day, in preparation for another busy season at the popular Wiltshire circuit. ...
 
GRAND TOUR - CAPE TO CAPE 2017 : Dorothy
Cape to Cape for Macmillan Cancer Support  Dorothy Endorses On 23 April 2017 Jane and Alex Postan will be competing on the 12th Grand Tour - Cape to Cape in their 1973 Lamborghini Jarama. Their aim is to raise as much money as possible for Macmillan Cancer Support, Alex having looked down the cancer tunnel twice now. The previous eleven tours have raised a terrific total of £671,650...
 
HISTORIC FORMULA 2 RETURNS TO OULTON PARK : Paul Lawrence
Historic F2 at 2017 Oulton Park Gold Cup  By Paul Lawrence After a gap of nine years, the spectacle of period Formula 2 cars will return to the fabulous Cheshire parkland track for a double-header for the Historic Sports Car Club’s 2017 Historic Formula 2 International Series, which is open to single-seater racing cars built to the appropriate Formula 2, Formula B and Formula Atlantic ...
 
THE SUNBEAM RAPIER - Retro-Gnome
Race or rally a Rapier  Words by Retro-Gnome. Images by Peter Baker The Sunbeam Rapier, a two-door pillar-less saloon car, produced by the Rootes Group and introduced at the London Motor Show in October 1955, was a very successful competition car until its demise in 1967. Within months of its launch, two Rapiers were entered on the 1956 Mille Miglia, the one driven by Peter Harper and She...
 
THE INTERNATIONAL JAGUAR XK CLUB 2017 ROUND BRITAIN COASTAL DRIVE - Dorothy
Jaguar XK Club supporting Prostate Cancer UK  Dorothy EndorsesThe International Jaguar XK Club Round Britain Coastal Drive will take place from 12-29 June 2017 and is in support of Prostate Cancer UK.First run last year, when over 200 Jaguar E-types took part, the event is the brainchild of author Philip Porter, who drove the entire route in his E-type a few months after recovering from prost...
 
PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE - RED KITE STAGES 2017 : Phil Harris
Double win on Red Kite Stages!  Sunday 19 February 2017 saw the Red Kite Stages, first round of the 2017 Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship, writes Phil Harris. The event was based in Llandovery in mid-Wales and took place in low cloud and mist through the surrounding mountain forests. The Harris & Co-backed Mini Cooper had been re-prepared for the coming season over the w...
 
PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE - CAMBRIAN RALLY 2017 : Lawrence Clift
62nd Cambrian Rally, Saturday 11 February It's been a long seven weeks or so without any live motor sport to report but that dry spell came to an end at the weekend when we travelled to North Wales for the opening round of the 2017 BTRDA Rally Series, the Cambrian Rally, reports Lawrence Clift. Having left rally HQ in Llandudno, we headed inland to the first stage ‘Alwen’ where we ...