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GRAND PRIX DE L'AGE D'OR 2017 : Henri Suzeau
A vintage year  Report from Henri Suzeau. Images by Stephanie Bezard. The 53rd Grand Prix de l’Age d’Or 2017 at the Dijon-Prenois circuit over weekend 9-11 June, started with ideal weather conditions, helping attract a large crowd. This year 15,000 people flocked to the meeting continuing the progressive increase in spectators, a reward for the organiser Peter Auto for the nume...
 
SYDNEY CLASSIC SPEED FESTIVAL 2017 : Bill Fonseca
New Sydney historic race meeting  Images by Bill Fonseca The Sydney Classic Speed Festival, a new historic race meeting for 2017 at Sydney Motorsport Park, ran over the Queen’s birthday long weekend on 10/11 June. Headed by a group of experienced historic racers and supported by the professional staff of the Australian Racing Drivers Club it was to be a ‘historic race meeting w...
 
PORSCHES IN THE BAY : Ken Davies
Iconic German marque gathers at Wales Millennium Centre  Words and images by Ken Davies On Friday 16 June 2017, the impressive waterside plaza in front of the Welsh slate-clad building played host to the best of German engineering when the South Wales region of the Porsche Club GB used the popular venue for ‘Porsches in the Bay’, an annual gathering of cars manufactured by the r...
 
ADAC BAVARIA HISTORIC: Roman Klemm
ADAC Bavaria Historic rally 15-17 June 2017  Words and images by Roman Klemm Traffic jams formed around the city of Bad Aibling in South Bavaria as the spacious lawns of Castle Maxlrain filled with 3,000 lovely restored, precious oldtimers. Tens of thousands of interested spectators were at Castle Maxlrain and along the route of the 3-day rally, ADAC Bavaria Historic, which runs through th...
 
THE MOTOR SPORT HALL OF FAME 2017 INDUCTION : Peter Baker
2017 Motor Sport Hall of Fame   Words and images by Peter Baker Motor Sport Hall of Fame, Wednesday 7 June. Woodcote Park, owned by the Royal Automobile Club and with grounds large enough to build a third airport, lies hidden deep in the Surrey hills just a few miles south of London. The ideal location then, for Motor Sport magazine to hold its prestigious, annual Hall of Fame induction and...
 
PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE - SEVERN VALLEY STAGES 2017 : Phil Harris
Our gamble paid off Saturday 3 June 2017 saw the crews leave Builth Wells to tackle the dusty stages of mid-Wales for round 4 of the 2017 Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship, writes Phil Harris. The rally has a reputation as being very hard on cars – it’s usually hot, dry and dusty and the stages are generally very fast. Unusually for us we hit problems on the approach to...
 
IMPROBABLE RALLY CAR - HUMBER SUPER SNIPE : Retro-Gnome
The Humber Super Snipe  Words by Retro-Gnome Think success in rallying terms and the name Humber Super Snipe doesn’t immediately spring to mind but, surprisingly, this quite inappropriate sailing ship of a motor car has scored quite well over the years. For instance, back in 1950 Dutchman Maurice Gatsonides, against the odds, almost won the Monte-Carlo Rally in his Humber, beaten on...
 
HASLEMERE CLASSIC CAR SHOW AND TOUR 2017 : James Ewing
1927 Sunbeam 25HP Tourer is tops  Words and images by James Ewing Haslemere’s 9th Classic Car Show and Tour on Sunday 28 May began with 90 pre-1977 cars being flagged away from Lion Green by the Mayor Councillor Malcolm Carter. Also a car enthusiast, Malcolm joined a previous Mayor, Brian Howard in his 1949 Alvis TA14. The tour of 60 miles wound its way through the beautiful countrys...
 
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...