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BICESTER HERITAGE'S SUNDAY SCRAMBLE : Julian Burch
Sunday Scramble embraces Drive It Day  Words and images by Julian Burch Sunday Scramble at Bicester Heritage on 22 April coincided with the 2018 ‘Drive It Day’, and provided an ideal opportunity for a trip with my daughter in my late father’s work-in-progress rally Hillman Imp. Billed as doors open at 09.00, we arrived at 09.30 to find the main site packed and much of th...
 
PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE - HOCKENHEIM HISTORIC 2018 : Roman Klemm
Hockenheim Historic – 50 years after Jim Clark‘s tragic death  Words and images by Roman Klemm Hockenheimring, Germany‘s only Grand Prix circuit has started its 2018 international season (21-22 April), its first great event of the year traditionally being the ‘Bosch Hockenheim Historic in Memory of Jim Clark’. Well, it has to be said that the promoters failed ...
 
RACING ESCORTS : Peter Collins
Everyman’s racer  Words and images by Peter Collins Fifty years ago, in January 1968, Ford introduced its Anglia replacement, the Escort, to assembled press people in Morocco. A basic 1098cc De Luxe, which could do 75mph, was the entry-level model to retail at £635, then, via a 1300 Super and a 1300 GT, the latter of which could do 93mph and would set back a potential purchaser ...
 
ALFA ROMEO'S GIULIETTA : Peter Collins
Thereby hangs a tail  Words and images by Peter Collins  When you sit down and tot up the number of publicly available variations on the theme of Alfa Romeo Giulietta, it is not only astonishing to consider that you could have bought no less than eight totally different models carrying that name but, looking at photos of the Alfa Romeo factory in 1946, it is a surprise that you could bu...
 
PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE - THE FORD CORSAIR : Terry Bassett
In defence of the Ford Corsair  Words by Terry Bassett It is obvious to me that Peter Baker (see Best Forgotten - The Ford Corsair feature) has little experience of living with a Corsair for any length of time. I have been fortunate enough to have owned several Corsairs and Sceptres, both manual and automatic versions. I became familiar with both the vices and virtues of both cars. Both car...
 
PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE - GOODWOOD'S 76TH MEMBERS' MEETING : Stephen Mosley
Puffer jackets replace tweed jackets  Words and images by Stephen Mosley I was there for the 72nd Members Meeting at Goodwood, the first of the new era, in warm spring sunshine with a gentle breeze coming up from the coast. The myriad daffodils positively glowed under the azure sky as the prancing horse-badged, jewelled flashes of scarlet screamed past, accompanied with that spine-tingling ...
 
CASTLE COMBE ACTION DAYS 2018 : Dorothy
Castle Combe supports Wessex Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre  Dorothy endorses Action Days As the 2018 charity partner for Castle Combe Action Days, the Wessex Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre will have a presence at each of the Action Days, starting on Saturday 7 April. The Wessex Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Therapy Centre is a self-funding charity covering a large area of Wiltshire, Somers...
 
MHD AGT AUTOMATIC TIMEPIECE : Advertising Feature
Advertising Feature  MHD AGT automatic timepiece  The MHD AGT automatic timepiece is a special watch edition in association with Britain’s Electric Car Company, Alcraft Motor Company, and its first car, the GT. Designed by British car and watch designer Matthew Humphries, the AGT automatic timepiece focuses on automotive design processes and was conceived by Humphries whilst desi...
 
PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE - CAR 54 RALLYE MONTE-CARLO HISTORIQUE 2018 : Peter Barker
Team Retro-Speed Car no. 54 – the full story  Words by Peter Barker. Images by Retro-Speed. Preamble Having been away from the sport of historic rallying for five years and not even owning a classic car during that time, it seemed to me in early 2017 that the time was ripe to reacquaint myself with both these pleasurable items before I became too much older! So, I contacted Peter Scot...
 
BAKER STREET : Peter Baker
There’s a John in every village  Words and images by Peter Baker Having circled London for a disproportionate percentage of the total twelve hours flight time, even now, we were still waiting for a landing slot. And with Staines reservoir and Windsor Castle disappearing under the starboard wing of our A330 for the ‘nth time, I gave up waiting for the landing gear to drop and inste...
 
EDITORIAL RAMBLINGS : Peter Baker
Rambling on, but off the autoroutes  Words and images by Peter Baker It was a simple plan; follow Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique 2018 from Reims to the finish, taking pictures on the go for Retro-Speed. Oh yes, and to make the trip a bit more of a challenge, use my 1962 Lancia Flavia, similar in fact to the car that finished 9th overall on the rally that year. Obviously preparation was not ...
 
ACESPEED HISTORIC MOTORSPORT : Advertising Feature
Advertising Feature Job Opportunity Acespeed Historic Motorspsort is looking for a skilled mechanic to join the team at its interesting and busy workshop in Shipley, Yorkshire. The position includes working on modern and classic cars, including motor sport work. Salary is negotiable. For more information contact Andy Harrison on 01274 585803....
 
MUSEO AUTOMOVILISTICO : John Searle
Malaga’s motoring museum  Words and images by John Searle To most people Malaga is just an airport in Southern Spain that they fly to for their holiday on the Costa del Sol. The city of Malaga, however, has a lot more to offer. There is a magnificent Renaissance cathedral, the old Moorish indoor market and numerous museums including the famous Museo Picasso. Another of its attraction...
 
STOLEN MG BGT RECOVERED : Kev Haworth
Tim Lawrence re-united with his MG  The classic car community came together recently after a well-known MG BGT was stolen from Tanworth in Arden, near Solihull on Sunday (7 January 2018), writes Kev Haworth. The car, registered in the first half of 1967 was taken as part of a break-in at Tim Lawrence’s home. Tim has competed in 35 rallies over the 10 years he has owned the vehicle and...
 
JOHN SPRINZEL - THE BIG BRIEF CHRISTMAS INTERVIEW : Ken Davies
Ken Davies interviews John Sprinzel – Images courtesy of John Sprinzel Retro-Speed tracks-down rally and racing legend John Sprinzel to a small idyllic island in Hawaii to find out more about his fascinating motor sport career. As a schoolboy, I spent many sleepless nights reading John Sprinzel’s unmissable book ‘Sleepless Knights’ and I think that this compelling tome w...
 
BAKER STREET : Peter Baker
A jaunty Javelin sounds good for Christmas  Words and images by Peter Baker In many ways Classic Cars Challenge China 2017 was disappointing. The start, which in previous years had always taken place with celebratory pomp beneath the shadow of The Great Wall in Beijing, was moved to a rather dingy trading estate off the 4th Ring Road, it rained pretty well every day, and the roof of our 196...
 
DENIS WELCH MOTORSPORT : Advertising Feature
Advertising Feature Brand new Healey chassis available If you're planning a major rebuild, or perhaps it's time to replace your chassis, then Denis Welch Motorsport (DWM) can help Made in their Staffordshire factory, DWM’s new Healey chassis have been closely controlled, ensuring the very best available. CAD-designed by them and using many original factory drawings, the accuracy of fitm...
 
DEJA VU KILLARNEY 2017 : Dorothy
Deja vu Killarney supports Irish Cancer Society  Dorothy endorses rally Following their Deja vu Killarney event, Dr. Beatty Crawford and Alan Tyndall have now handed over a cheque for €5,000 to the Irish Cancer Society. The rally re-union recreated the glory days of Group B rallying in the 1980s by bringing together an immensely valuable collection of cars and some of the internationa...
 
TARGA FLORIO AUSTRALIAN TRIBUTE 2017 : Pierfranco Garcea
From Sicily to Australia  Words and images from Pierfranco Garcea  For the first time in its 101-year history the Targa Florio has featured outside its Sicilian roots, with the inaugural Targa Florio Australian Tribute 2017 which ran from 29 November to 3 December and took competitors through Victoria’s countryside and along its coastline. Using the same format as the famous even...
 
THE COTSWOLD MOTORING MUSEUM : Dorothy
A day out in The Cotswolds  Dorothy endorses motor museum. Images by Peter Baker. Now owned and run by Boundless by CSMA (Civil Service Motoring Association), the Cotswold Motoring Museum was opened in 1978 by its founder Mike Cavanagh, who had then recently returned to England from South Africa. Mike Cavanagh had been an avid collector of motoring items since 1959, following his purchase o...