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EDITORIAL RAMBLINGS - GOODWOOD FOS 2018 : Peter Baker
Rambling down to the Goodwood festivities  Words and images by Peter Baker. Click to view Gallery.  No doubt about it, Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018, celebrating its Silver Jubilee this year, was the best yet, helped no end by the extravagant Porsche 70th birthday party that pulled together a world beating collection of famous cars and drivers This ultra-professional turnout took plac...
 
DRM LEGENDS AT RED BULL RING : Roman Klemm
Even Bernie came to see Mateschitz´ show  Words and images by Roman Klemm ‘Mr. Red Bull’ Dietrich Mateschitz had greater ideas for ‘his’ 2018 Austrian Grand Prix than other promoters, offering the paying public much more than the well-known monotony consisting of F1, F2 and GP3. He again called on the greats of motor sport history to demonstrate some classic ...
 
EDITORIAL RAMBLINGS - LE MANS CLASSIC : Peter Baker
Rambling through France via Le Mans Classic  Words and images by Peter Baker. Click to view Gallery. One hundred and thirty-five thousand people attended Le Mans Classic 2018 and presumably, despite the non-stop heat, arrived back home satisfied that they had witnessed the best of today's historic motor sport. So well done Peter Auto on another great organisational job. Apart from one or two...
 
PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE - NOSTALGIA AT NORISRING : Roman Klemm
Nostalgia at Norisring  Words and images by Roman Klemm Well, this year’s DTM/F3 event at Norising in Germany, on 23-24 June 2018, was not one of the most glorious. The whole weekend was overshadowed by politics and the pending future of DTM, but it was solved by Saturday, as Gerhard Berger announced the beginning of DTM‘s cooperation with Japanese Super-GT championship. The nu...
 
BAKER STREET : Peter Baker
SAABS on the streets of Sweden again  Words by Peter Baker  Over the years many motor manufacturers have had a crack at making aeroplanes. Ford and the magnificent Tri-Motor of 1925 immediately springs to mind, as does the series of jets produced by F.I.A.T, most famous being the potent sixties G 91 fighter. Even Ettore Bugatti before WW2 attempted to build a futuristic military aircraft...
 
EDITORIAL RAMBLINGS - SILVERSTONE TO BROOKLANDS : Peter Baker
Rambling from Silverstone to Brooklands  Words and images by Peter Baker I suppose at some point in this unusually warm summer we must expect a little rain to fall. And it did, at Silverstone’s International Trophy meeting on Saturday (16 June) just in time to throw the 60-minute Jaguar Classic Challenge race into complete disarray. Luckily, with the Grand Prix circuit being so long, ...
 
GRAHAME WHITE TO STEP DOWN AS HSCC CHIEF : Ken Davies
Ken Davies interviews Grahame White Images by Ken Davies On 13 June 2018, the Historic Sports Car Club announced that Grahame White would be standing down as its chief Executive Officer at the end of the year following 20 successful years in this role, switching to a new position as consultant to the Club. Retro-Speed felt it appropriate to mark this event with an appreciation of his achieve...
 
CASTLE COMBE'S 2018 CHARITY EVENTS : Dorothy
Castle Combe Circuit supports local charities  Dorothy endorses charity events Wiltshire charities have benefitted from Castle Combe Circuit following more key events held at the race track. Whether it’s the collections found at race meetings, or the 50p donation made by each attendee to the ever-popular car boot sales, each event sees the organisers select a local charity to support....
 
A BRITISH AFFAIR AT MONACO : Roman Klemm
Lotus, Williams and McLaren celebrate three decades of F1  Words and images by Roman Klemm. Click to view Gallery. It is interesting that this year’s Monaco Grand Prix Historique was a rather British affair. About half of the drivers were English, not to mention the awesome number of British machinery on the track. Even the main sponsors and participants of this richly-supported progra...
 
PORSCHES TAKES OVER LLANDUDNO : Ken Davies
Porsches overun the Llandudno promenade  Words and images by Ken Davies Llandudno reverberated to the sound of Porsche engines when members of the Porsche Club GB descended on the seaside town for the 2018 edition of Porsches on the Promenade on Sunday 10 May. The expensive traffic jam of Porsches stretched back through the town as drivers filled parking places on the expansive promenade....
 
TALKING TO MONACO'S DISTINGUISHED ELDERS : Roman Klemm
Patrick Tambay, Jacky Ickx, Riccardo Patrese, Iddie Irvine and Bob Dance talk to Roman Klemm  Words and images by Roman Klemm. Click to view Gallery. In the paddock of the 2018 Monaco Grand Prix Historique one can bump into more than a few motor sport greats. And, as in the past, it provided a unique opportunity for Roman, to ask several distinguished elders about their best and worst exper...
 
EDITORIAL RAMBLINGS - DONINGTON, SHELSLEY AND CURBOROUGH : Peter Baker
Rambling from Donington to Shelsley Walsh via Curborough  Words and images by Peter Baker The 2018 early May Bank Holiday provided three days of blue skies and unbroken sunshine, perfect conditions in fact to enjoy open-air motoring around a beautiful British countryside at its best. During the long weekend I visited, and hugely enjoyed, three separate ‘classic’ motor sport event...
 
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...