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NEW MHD TIMEPIECE- AGT STEEL EDITION : Advertising Feature
Advertising Feature New MHD timepiece - AGT Steel Edition Pre-order the final edition in the MHD AGT range, in association with Britain’s electric car company, Alcraft Motor Company. Limited to only 100 watches, the AGT Steel Edition introduces a solid 316 L stainless steel super oyster style bracelet, clasp and buckle. Sitting next to a stainless steel exoskeleton case with brushed ...
 
BAKER STREET : Peter Baker
Old stagers never give up  Words and images by Peter Baker At the end of January, yours truly set for Reims and 2019 Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique where, once again, I was helping (a loose description) to service entry number 193, the Chrysler Sunbeam Ti of Clive Berry and Rupert Barker. Two years ago, just after Bad Homburg the car was badly damaged, forcing early retirement, but after ma...
 
WIGTON MOTOR CLUB CHARITY DONATIONS : Dorothy
Club raises £1,000 for charities  Dorothy endorses Wigton Motor Club donations Wigton Motor Club continued to support local charities during 2018. Collections at events and the donations from Drive It Day resulted in £1,000 being donated to two charities. The image here shows Club committee member John Sloan handing over a cheque for £500 to representatives of the Cocker...
 
CONTAL MOTOTRI TO ATTEMPT ERA'S 2019 PEKING TO PARIS : HERO Events
Near impossible challenge for rare three-wheeler  Story from HERO Events and Anton Gonnissen  A 112-year-old Contal Mototri three-wheeler is set to take on the 2019 Peking to Paris, aiming to finish the 13,840-kilometre journey. The first Peking to Paris (P2P) ran in 1907, five competitors accepting a seemingly impossible challenge. Amongst them was a French three-wheeled Contal Mototr...
 
PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE - MCC EXETER TRIAL 2019 : Stuart Palmer
Trial by Cold!  Stuart Palmer Stuart Palmer and Phil Fearn and their Austin Seven Sports on the Motor Cycling Club’s 2019 Exeter Trial. The Ulsteroid was out again on this year’s MCC Exeter Trial, in class O, the ‘easy’ class for older cars and crews, or those who do not care to smash the car to bits on car-wrecking horrors such as Tippley. It is still a real challe...
 
BAKER STREET : Peter Baker
Fifty-five years ago, January 1963  Words and images by Peter Baker On the 22nd December 1962 a bitter easterly wind heralded one of the coldest UK winters on record. The first snow fell on Boxing Day, followed by a full-on blizzard that brought the country to a standstill. The Channel froze, some idiot crossed the Thames at Oxford by car, and the average temperature for January 1963 was a ...
 
BMW'S BIG ONE : Peter Collins
Big bimmer  Words and images by Peter Collins ‘Holy Smoke Robin, it’s the Batmobile!’ – or words to that effect. The car you see here is one of a model that became known affectionately as the Batmobile due to the wings and spoilers that it carried – even as a road car. Before we get to that, a brief BMW history is appropriate. The company started building Aust...
 
PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE - VIPS AT THE RACES : Joan Williamson
VIPs at the Sandown Historics, Melbourne  Words by Joan Williamson, images by Dave Williamson For several years, Dave and I have kept in touch with the Victorian Historic Racing Register – mostly via email, but in person during our visits to our daughter in Melbourne. This November was no exception, since we visited the VHRR Clubhouse in Melbourne to admire a huge range of Australian...
 
JIM CLARK TRUST : Dorothy
Win a Jim Clark Special Edition Lotus  Dorothy endorses charity competition The competition to win a Jim Clark Special Edition Lotus Evora GT140 Sport was launched at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, where £53,000.00 was donated to The Jim Clark Trust. Honouring the 50th anniversary of Jim Clark’s death in 1968 at Hockenheim, all funds raised from the competition will be d...
 
ROVERING AROUND : Peter Baker
Rovering Around – The first twelve months  Words by Peter Baker When my Rover 12hp sports saloon went into production motor-car history was only forty or so years old, so one has to make allowances. Today we take simple things, such as comfort, steering and stopping, for granted. Well, let me tell you, in 1937 a lot of development work was still in the pipe-line. For example, the prim...
 
BAKER STREET : Peter Baker
Some hotels necessitate earplugs!  As one who freely admits voting to leave the EU, I assume that when the country contorts itself into overturning the majority verdict, yours truly will find himself guilty on a charge of treason and banished, along with 51 percent of the UK population, to some remote desert island. This, of course, will be almost as good as winning. A new country, a fresh ...
 
COTSWOLD TRIAL 2018 - Editorial Ramblings : Peter Baker
Next generation is more than competent  Words and images by Peter Baker. Click to view Gallery. As we head into winter, and dare I say it, ever closer to Christmas, the historic race season has finally run out of steam. ‘Thank goodness’ I hear teams say, what with Le Mans Classic and Monaco Grand Prix Historique added to the 2018 calendar, the year for many has been a real budget...
 
LONDON TO BRIGHTON VETERAN CAR RUN 2018 - Editorial Ramblings : Peter Baker
Rambling with a red flag  Words and images by Peter Baker One hundred and twenty years ago, give or take, the UK Government belatedly followed France and Germany in accepting the internal combustion engine as a reality. Well, we had better make the most it, because its days are numbered. By 2040, ownership of a motor vehicle that even whiffs of petrol or diesel will be a hanging offence. Lo...
 
JAGUAR LAND ROVER CLASSIC - Editorial Ramblings : Peter Baker
Rambling around with the GOMW  Words and images by Peter Baker Weather wise, October is always a gamble when touring the Cotswolds, so it was with a sense of relief when the early morning fog soon disappeared, leaving us a perfect autumnal day with which to enjoy our outing with the Guild of Motoring Writers on Saturday, 20 October 2018. First port of call was the new Jaguar Land Rover Class...
 
RALLYLEGEND 2018 - Personal Perspective : Lawrence Clift
The 16th Rallylegend  Words and images by Lawrence Clift It was whilst I was in Turin attending the Lancia centenary back in 2006 that I met the renowned author and photographer, Peter Collins, who mentioned that he'd be returning to Italy (San Marino) a few weeks later to report on a relatively new event, Rallylegend. I was quite intrigued and waited for the videos to appear on YouTube and,...
 
TOUR DE CORSE HISTORIQUE 2018 - Personal Perspective : Phil Harris
Tour de Corse Historique victory The Tour de Corse Historique is one of the hardest rallies in the world, writes Phil Harris. Held over four days, the 840km-route tackles Corsica’s narrow, winding, twisting roads over precipitous mountain ranges at high speed in unpredictable and rapidly changing weather conditions. The event is rarely tackled by British crews and this year Richard Suter,...
 
RAIN AND MORE RAIN - Editorial Ramblings: Peter Baker
Drivers defy Donington rain  Words and images by Peter Baker. Click to view Gallery. The Grand Prix Collection is closing on 5 November 2018, so Donington Park has been in the news recently. This is, of course, a sad state of affairs. But being honest, whenever I have visited, unlike most of its European counterparts, it's always been a rather deserted, uninviting place with few enthusiasts ...
 
PADDY HOPKIRK'S NEW GIRL : Advertising Feature
Advertising Feature Paddy Hopkirk’s New Girl The legend that is Paddy Hopkirk, MBE chose Bex from ‘ArtbyBex’ for his Legendary Anniversary Artwork, celebrating his most famous 1964 Monte-Carlo Rally win. Bex has created this bespoke artwork by capturing the essence of the Mini heritage and the 1964 ‘Monte’ victory that changed Patrick Hopkirk into ‘Paddy Ho...
 
AUTUMN CLASSICS 2018 - Editorial Ramblings : Peter Baker
Two Autumn Classic meetings in one weekend  Words and images by Peter Baker Castle Combe’s 2018 Autumn Classic on Saturday 6 October was a packed race day, to which yours truly enjoyed a rapid Cotswold-style 60-mile cross country blast in the MG ZTT before trading awful weather for some great images. Then it was Prescott Speed Hill Climb on the Sunday, where this American-themed extra...
 
THE 2018 ROSSFELDRENNEN : Roman Klemm
Edelweis Bergpreis Rossfeld Hillclimb 2018  Words and images by Roman Klemm On 29-30 September, 50 years after Ludovico Scarfiotti’s death, the historic Edelweis Bergpreis Rossfeld hillclimb was a sensationally packed weekend. The mountain road of Rossfeld, situated right above the famous winter resort of Berchtesgaden, has been hosting hill climbs since the 1920s. But the escalating ...