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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...
 
PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE - MORGANS AT SPA : Mark Shears
Morgans make their marque at Spa Summer Classic Words by Mark Shears There was a good turnout of Morgans for the 2017 Spa Summer Classic co-organised by the Classic Sports Car Club over the weekend of 23-25 June. For only the second year they also promoted the Spa 3 Hours which took place on the Saturday evening, racing into darkness. There were Morgans in all four of the CSCC grids at Spa ...
 
BONHAMS - GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED 2017 : Michael Fox-Byrne
Bonhams at Goodwood Festival of Speed  Team Retro-Speed’s Michael Fox-Byrne takes a look at Bonhams’ best at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed sale on Friday 30 June. Click gallery top right to view what caught Mike’s attention....
 
LE MANS LEGENDS AT THE AUSTRIAN GRAND PRIX 2017 : Roman Klemm
Le Mans Legends at the Austrian GP, 8/9 July 2017  Words and images: Roman Klemm Dietrich Mateschitz started a wonderful tradition when he lured F1 back to Austria three years‘ ago. For those who can remember, and those new to motor sport history, he introduced races for older cars. His assembly of Austria’s ex-F1 drivers back in 2014 was followed by a sensational race for turbo...
 
PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE - NICKY GRIST STAGES 2017 : Peter Scott
Off but not out!  Words by Peter Scott Robin Eyre-Maunsell, now 77, and I competed on the one-day gravel part of the 2017 Nicky Grist Stages based in Builth Wells on 8/9 July, using Geoff Jones’ Subaru for the second time. The event took place on the gravel roads in the military area and Crychan. Robin had not driven the car until we left the start, since the last event eight weeks&r...
 
PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE - SPA 3 HOURS : Peter Mallett
MGB No. 36 of Peter Mallett Spa 3 Hours race at the 2017 Spa Summer Classic 23-25 June Like many racers, the Spa-Francorchamps circuit is something that must be ‘done’ at least once, writes Peter Mallett. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been to this iconic circuit but I think it started in 1989 when Barry Sidery-Smith got me to go along with a crowd of MG ra...
 
PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE - GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED 2017 : Ken Davies
Indelible memories from the 2017 Festival of Speed  Words and images by Ken Davies Headlining this year with the snappy strap-line ‘Peaks of Performance’, focusing on motor sport’s game-changers – cars that were too clever, too powerful, too dominant and sometimes too dangerous, the Festival of Speed again delivered in spades over four days. Every year Goodwood&rsqu...
 
TOURENWAGEN CLASSIC NORISRING 2017 : Roman Klemm
2017 Tourenwagen Classic at Norisring, 1/2 July  Words and images by Roman Klemm The Tourenwagen Classic at the Norisring street circuit in Nuremberg. It started just two years‘ ago with an idea from ex-BMW and Mercedes works driver Marc Hessel who thought,“that there were so many race-ready DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters) cars from the eighties and nineties just standing aro...
 
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...